Thursday, December 27, 2018

QBR: BOMBAY fever by Sidin vadukut

                                                    Bombay Fever by Sidin Vadukut
                                                           RT Rating: 2.75/5
                                                           Medical Thriller
                                             370+ pages, Simon & Schuster India (2017)

The Verdict:'Bombay Fever' is a decent (desi) medical thriller. It describes how an outbreak occurs and how difficult it is to contain one. It has it's moments but the fans of Robin Cook might not find anything new in this work!
Synopsis: An Indian Journalist in Switzerland travels all the way back to India with a 'mystery' illness. But little did he know that it was the beginning of an outbreak!

The Good: starts with a bang, the outbreak is described in a dramatic yet 'interesting' manner as far as a lay reader is concerned, the pacing is good, climax is also pretty decent , the 'beta-protocol' and the 'multi-sampler' are innovative concepts.

The Bad: pretty much loses steam after the initial 50-60 pages or so and only picks up towards the climax portions, greater part of the book is basically the same stuff getting repeated again and again- descriptions of numerous people getting infected with the same mutant strain,the lies and speculations about the Indian Navy (the submarine sub-plot) could have been done away with! 

RecommendationsBorrow it!


Wednesday, December 26, 2018

The Tandoor Murder by Maxwell Periera

              The 'Tandoor Woman' or the 'Tandoor Murder' was undoubtedly one of the most sensational crimes that took the nation by storm in the mid-1990s. Those of you who were born in the late 80 s or the 90 s would definitely remember the news paper reports which gave the sorrid (and quite often pretty much exaggerated) account of the gruesome murder. As a late 80 s kid myself, one of my vivid memories of the nineties pertains to the infamous and much publicized Naina Sahni ('Tandoor') murder case (the other one being the ISRO- espionage/'spy case' including the Maldivian women and the eminent scientists)

            In Tandoor Murder, Maxwell Periera gives a detailed account of this 'crime of passion' and also reconstructs the entire chain of events of the same. An upcoming politician (Sushil Kumar) from the ruling party has a secret love-life (marital life) ,suspects his lover (wife) of infidelity, murders her in a fit of rage only to realize later that he has no means to dispose off the corpse.The cunning manipulator that he is, decides to burn it off in the Tandoor of the restaurant that he owns, with the help of his aid, Keshav. The plan goes awry due to the inadvertent interference by a smart, diligent police constable (Kunju) and from then starts Sushil Kumar's run for cover.How the investigation team nabs him and brings him to the books is what the book is all about.The investigation and the trial process over the years is painstackingly written with great deal of detail and the reader almost feels that he is in the middle of the investigation process.

          The language is pretty simple and Maxwell Periera hasn't gone overboard with his writing. Though he has touched upon a similar case (the infanous Priyadarshini Mattoo Murder Case) and the double standards of the media in one of the closing chapters, the book more or less focuses solely on the Tandoor Case. The book never becomes a boring read and this work of Non Fiction is undoubtedly one of the better books from India this year. 

Verdict: I'm giving the book a 3.5 out of 5.


Saturday, December 1, 2018

I yaam a Rajini fan by Devnath

I have watched only one or two rajini movies but having stayed in South for sone years I have heard and seen the craze and love people have for him and his movies. Most of bollywood stars too have their share of fandom but the respect and loyalty Rajini fans shower on him is unparalleled.

So when a book is written on a fan , it is both a reflection on the star and also his influence on a life so far different and seat from his world. That's a story this book delivered with such a charm that it's so endearing through out. I did not feel outside my comfort at all even if the story was in a remote village or talked of movies I have no clue of. I felt the elation , love , disappointment and the way it felt like magic and cosmic connection with Rajini for the central character. It made me think of the movies I count as milestones in my life. No Indian is without his share of love for its movie stars. That is the reason most of the readers would be able to instantly like and relate to the book. In the mix of Rajini movies and life in Tamil Nadu generally , the book has covered the life of a regular boy growing through school , crushes, wins , losses and learning to survive in life. This is a everyday tale sung so beautifully.

Simple writing and good editing makes the story flow smoothly. I totally enjoyed this book.

4/5 stars. 

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