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The 365 Days

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Book : The 365 Days

Author : Nikhil Ramteke
Paperback price(discounted) : 140.00/-
Pages : 178

Story Line

The 365 Days, is a story of a fisherman from Kerala whose life has been bounded-in by sea always. Shijukutty living with his beloved wife and son, is lured by the gleaming global hub of fortune, Dubai. Southeast coast of the Persian Gulf has changed fate and status of his fellow Malayali‘s in community. Shiju also dream of a life where he wants to uplift the status of himself & his family. With anticipation of leaving his wife Dhanya & his son, and dreams in his eye he takes heavy loan for traveling to the city of dreams.
On reaching Gulf, the words

“My dreams began to fade as reality stretched its scaly torso and wrapped itself around me in a bruising clasp”

make it clear what he thought it would be and what actually was there. No one is different their, the story of why they are here are same. All was attracted towards the dream city for money. But they never knew, they would be cheated, cheated by the agent back home, cheated by their employer here. By giving them less money from what they were promised. Befriending his fellow migrants and knowing their story is depicted in other pages of this 365 days journey.

Options of going back to previous life is not possible for all, as all that is left back there is a BIG loan and their shattered dreams in heart. All can’t take it.

Writing

The narration is very good, and the depth of author’s knowledge for the plot conceived is impressive. Author Nikhil has written novel from a malayali perspective, and have used certain malayali words which is apt for narrating the story from protagonist’s mind.
I found the plot to be a constant line, there were no ups and down that couldn’t be foreseen. Only last few pages, shook me.
Also there were certain things which weren’t anywhere supporting the plot.
For example : watching that bhojpuri film, or those random retold of Jabbar’s life stories.

I could related to book more, as one friend of mine is Malayali and is from Kerala. And her brother-in-law’s are working in Gulf for so long for the same reasons, as in the book. I loved the naration where author has given each day to day references of labour class working and life. However, I got sadden by the end. I loved the little cartoon animations at almost each chapter giving apt meaning to chapter. My little 2 yrs nephew used to turn pages of the book, and show me those cartoons and asked me to narate a story to them that included us the family members (yup, the book got personal to me πŸ˜› ).

Also I loved how the Cover of book is given Matt finished. I haven’t seen any book with this finishing yet.

Cover: 4.5/5
Title: 3.5/5
Blurb: 3/5
Theme: 4/5
Story: 4/5
Characters: 3/5
Overall: 3.6/5

Received a review copy from the author and publisher for an honest review.

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Book Review – The Mahabharata Code

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Book : The Mahabharta Code

Author : Karthik Rao
Paperback price : 158.35/-
Pages : 214

First and foremost Thanks to TBC for sending me a copy of book in exchange of an honest review.

So me being honest, the book completely lost me in first 30 pages. I didn’t knew what the author was writing. It was too confusing to read so many “I”‘s being narrating it, and then there were so many “worlds”. This made me consider myself miserable that why did I said yes to this book.

Seeing reviews on goodreads, everyone giving it 4-5 stars I thought it’s definitely a 4 star on an average. The Blurb and goodreads rating was my reason to say yes.

I don’t regret it, but was definitely too confusing for me the whole time. Author has played with minds, by mixing events together. One page we are NR in Bengaluru, other page we are NR in alien world. That didn’t worked for me.
There were certain questions that keep peeking my mind, how did it even happen because earlier page was just to small to happen it. For E.g.

In Chapter 8, NR was on spiritual journey in India. Talking to Shristi about the religion and other sensitive topics. And suddenly Chapter 9, NR is on some other planet with his team mates. In which few pages down, Shirti is also there. How did she came there ? How they got a child ?
All are unanswered till last chapter.

Also what I couldn’t digest was the language used by author for/by Mythological characters. It looks like the author wanted to IMPRESS the new generation, instead of giving any literature to his readers. Reading words like below WAS NO FUN, instead a BIG TURN OFF !!

KLPD
scumbag
MC ! BC !
Blind king
Dummy king

Author tried to bring in BIG guns like, religious Hindu-Muslim issues, Nirbhaya & the final spiritual journey which was nothing in any sense. Because, Uhhh..!! all I could read was same words from different angles.

Bharma Laboratory
God Program
THE GAME
Cloning
Environment
Testing
Bug
Four Yuga’s into Environments
Malware-infested souls

Ahh..!! too MUCH TO HANDLE!!

Being an Indian origin and a NASA person NR is shown too DUMB in The Revelation chapter :-/

The talks between Shristi & NR were so monotonous and some discussions were question after question. For e.g.

So was this onsite just an illusion which provided temporary happiness? Was it just an outlet for making more money as their dollar value happens to be stronger than our Indian rupee? How much is more money then? Will more money buy me permanent happiness and bliss? Should I have followed the crowd and gone abroad for my higher education like all my friends? Will holding fancy degrees give me permanent bliss?

I mean why SO MANY QUESTION MAN!!!!!

Only thing that “kinda” worked out for me, was few of things that was technically connected to mythological scenes. Like Ravana having 10 head, how only few could pick the Bow etc.

Mythological Stories are one of my favorite kind of genre, but this book just couldn’t give anything like that. There was nothing related to mythological relation with the story, instead it was YO PEOPLE TRYING TO INACT A MYTHOLOGICAL STORY.

Cover: 4/5
Title: 4/5
Blurb: 3/5
Theme: 3/5
Story: 1/5
Characters: 1/5
Overall: 2.6/5

The book was provided by TBC for an honest review.

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Book Review: Unns – The Captivation

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Book- UNNS: The Captivation
Author- Sapan Saxena
Genre- Fiction (Romance/Thriller)
Publisher- Inspire India Publishers

Paperback Prince – 189/-
Pages- 244

Unns- The Captivation,

As the name suggests it has actually kept me captivated while reading. At first, the story looked like a school romance, that will flourish as the time goes. But author Sapan Saxena had something else in mind. A story where two different religions meet has always attracted me to read more.

I love it when I learn new things while reading. And this book has definitely taught me “Seven stages of love”. Not only mentioned it in every chapter title, but same has gone through each page of the book.

1. Hub means the stage of Attraction.
2. Unns means the stage of Infatuation.
3. Ishq is when people actually fall in Love.
4. Aqeedat is stage of Reverence.
5. Ibadat is Worshipping of lover.
6. Junoon is the sixth stage of Obsession for your lover.
7. The final stage is Maut (death).

 
The book is very intelligently by the author has separated in 3 parts. And I am going to review each part differently.

The Beginning: what I love calling it as school romance, shows all of the things we as a schoolmate have seen our friends doing it or even we did it. Finding someone before we end the school is one of the certificates everyone think they deserve.
The three friends in starting gave me a look of Harry Potter, Ron Weasly & Hermoine Granger. And I knew, I am going to love this (HP things ALWAYS connect to potterheads)

The Middle: Well, I will be very true about this. If I hadn’t seen “Ek tha Tiger” movie, this part would have been my favorite. But glimpse of the movie was so much inevitable in this part.
What I loved the part in the garden where Atharva told Meher about her feeling again, just before he discussed his mission in Germany. Atharva’s feelings in Sapan’s words have been more than just words. It remains with me, even after I finished it.
“ALWAYS” my FAVORITE (what you expect from a potterhead πŸ˜› )

The END: This part has definitely kept me tight on my toes. Thinking about, how she is now in love with him. How he still loves her. Thinking about their opportunities of being together.
But alas, once a betrayal always a betrayal..

Loved it, how the characters have aged really well. They were immature in the beginning, but as the time lapsed in book both the characters grewn strongly into what they are and what they want.

All in all, it was quite a good read, simple language with some grammatical errors & loopholes. Although, I am still in question with the things happened in Ode on Solitude..!!

Romance in the beginning,
Thriller in the middle,
& Mystery as it ends.

Cover: 4/5
Title: 4/5
Blurb: 3.5/5
Theme: 4/5
Story: 3.5/5
Characters: 4.5/5
Overall: 4/5

You can by book at Amazon -> Unns- The Captivation

The book was provided by Half Baked Beans(HBB) in exchange for a genuine review.

Do give a shot at this book, doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket still keeps you entertaining while it lives.

-mpsn_fables ^_^