Category Archives: Book Reviews

More Unfairy Tales by T F Carthik – Book Review

Synopsis:

A knight rescues a damsel in distress. They marry, the whole kingdom rejoices, and everyone lives happily ever after. The end.

Or at least that’s what Official sources say. But what tales do insiders tell? What secrets lie buried deep inside Davey Jones’ Locker?

What, dear reader, about The Unfairy tales?

The Zoya Factor by Anuja Chauhan – Book Review

Synopsis:

This is the story of Zoya Singh Solanki, a twenty-seven-year old who works in an advertising firm. She was born on 25th March 1983, at the very moment that India won the Cricket World Cup. Cricket being another religion in India, this is a huge deal for the cricket lovers in the country. 

Eagles Over Bangladesh – Book Review

Eagles Over Bangladesh: The Indian Air Force in the 1971 Liberation War

By: P. V. S. Jagan Mohan & Samir Chopra

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Synopsis:

In December 1971 Bangladesh was born. Its birthing was among the most painful of any new nation: it had suffered a brutal genocide conducted by its former countrymen from West Pakistan, and a war for liberation fought between the indigenous Mukti Bahini (Liberation Army) and the Indian Armed Forces on one side, and the West Pakistani Armed Forces on the other. Open war broke out on the Western and Eastern fronts in December 1971. The war ended quickly, with the West Pakistani Army surrendering in Dacca two weeks later. A significant factor in facilitating the Indian Army’s rapid progress to Dacca was the Indian Air Force (IAF) which proved itself to be a formidable fighting force. Eagles over Bangladesh: The Indian Air Force in the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War recounts the IAF offensive over Bangladesh, commencing with the raids on Dacca on the first day of the war, and moving on to the final coup de grace delivered on the Governor’s House in Dacca. It aims to fill in the gaps regarding a military conflict that took place almost four decades ago.’

Tryst With Paradise Once Again

Article 370 is history and with that, the paradise that was bleeding since ages sees a new dawn. The state has suffered a lot due to the militant insurgency, but now new hopes and aspirations have generated among the people of India.

I happened to visit Kashmir in 2014 and it mesmerised me with its charm and beauty. However, I am not a resident of the region and can only talk about my experience as a tourist to the place.

They say books are a person’s best friend. So, here’s a list of few books based on Kashmir that will help you know the pain and struggle the people of Jammu and Kashmir had to face.

Prem Purana by Usha Narayanan – Book Review

Synopsis:

Stories of love and extraordinary devotion
No one is untouched by love, not even devas (gods) and asuras (demons), kings and nymphs. And when they face life’s unexpected tribulations, their love also undergoes trials. Read how Ganesha took myriad forms to please Riddhi, Siddhi and Buddhi, how Ravana shared an unbreakable bond with his true love, Mandodari and how Nal and Damayanti’s relationship was tested till nothing remained.
Tormented by passion, wracked by betrayal, torn by the agony of separation, love in its many splendored forms is the origin of these incredibly endearing stories of Prem Purana.

The Tree with a Thousand Apples by Sanchit Gupta – Book Review

Synopsis:

Inspired by true events, this riveting narrative traces the lives of Safeena Malik, Deewan Bhat and Bilal Ahanagar, three childhood friends who grow up in an atmosphere of peace and amity in Srinagar, Kashmir, until the night of 20 January 1990 changes it all.

While Deewan is forced to flee from his home, Safeena’s mother becomes ‘collateral damage’ and Bilal has to embrace a wretched life of poverty and fear. The place they called paradise becomes a battleground and their friendship struggles when fate forces them to choose sides against their will.

The Class by Erich Segal – Book Review

Synopsis:

From world-renowned author Erich Segal comes a powerful and moving saga of five extraordinary members of the Harvard class of 1958 and the women with whom their lives are intertwined. Their explosive story begins in a time of innocence and spans a turbulent quarter century, culminating in their dramatic twenty-five reunion at which they confront their classmates–and the balance sheet of their own lives. Always at the center; amid the passion, laughter, and glory, stands Harvard–the symbol of who they are and who they will be. They were a generation who made the rules–then broke them–whose glittering successes, heartfelt tragedies, and unbridled ambitions would stun the world.

Anusual by Anu Aggarwal – Book Review

Anusual: Memoir of a Girl Who Came Back from the Dead


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Synopsis:

Anusual is the story of Anu Aggarwal, the dusky Delhi girl who went to Bombay and became an international model, and then a star with her very first Bollywood movie, Aashiqui, only to chuck it all up and join a yogashram. Coming back to Bombay, she was involved in a horrifying car crash that put her in a coma for twenty-nine days. Miraculously, the girl who broke into a million pieces recovered, and put the pieces of her life back together, first taking sanyas and then returning to Bombay to teach yoga. This fascinating story of a woman’s self-discovery, a near-death experience and amazing recovery is told in a straight-from-the heart, unbuttoned style, including details of the men in her life, from millionaire jet-setters to super yogis. In the end, as she says, love is all there is.

Mrs Funnybones by Twinkle Khanna – Book Review

Synopsis:

Almost everyone has a similar family story in India and this is what Mrs Funnybones or rather Twinkle Khanna pokes fun at. The husband who’s the “man of the house”, the crazy mothers in law, friends and of course the constant jibes at her weight make it an intriguing read. Everything comes together to leave the reader cackling away in laughter.

Shatranj Ke Khiladi by Munshi Premchand – Book Review

शतरंज के खिलाड़ी मुंशी प्रेमचंद द्वारा लिखित एक लघुकथा है जिसमे एक बार फिर उन्होंने पाठकों के समक्ष समाज का एक आइना प्रस्तुत किया है। इस पुस्तक में १९ स्वी सदी के अवध के उस पक्ष का चित्रण किया गया है जब नवाबों से लेकर आम नागरिक तक  विलासिता में लीन थे। शासन विभाग में, साहित्य क्षेत्र में, सामाजिक अवस्था में, कला कौशल में, उद्योग धंधों में, आहार व्यवहार में सर्वत्र विलासिता व्याप्त हो रही थी। जीवन के प्रत्येक विभाग में आमोद प्रमोद का वास था। सभी की आँखों में विलासिता का मद छाया हुआ था। संसार में क्या हो रहा है, इसकी किसी को ख़बर न थी। बटेर लड़ रहे हैं। तीतरों की लड़ाई के लिए पाली बदली  जा रही है। कहीं चौसर बिछी हुई है; पौ-बारह का शोर मचा हुआ है। कहीं शतरंज का घोर संग्राम छिड़ा हुआ है। और इसी विलासिता के मद में अंधी लखनऊ नगरी देख ही नहीं पाई कब अंग्रजों ने अवध पर कब्जा कर लिया।