Monday, 20 June 2016

The Secret Of The Druids

 CCD Is The Master Of The Intellectual Cliffhanger !!!


Title: The Secret Of The Druids
Author: Christopher C. Doyle
Genre: Fiction
Publishers:  Westland Ltd
Price: INR. 350
Goodreads Rating: 5/5


So it's been two years now since our last encounter with Vijay's clique,smart folks  who'd solved several ancient puzzles in his way through previous CCD's page-rippers. 21st of June mark the release of the CCD's newest instalment of The Mahabharata Quest, ' The Secret Of The Druids '. After two back to back best-sellers it's already clear what CCD can do with this genre. He has perfected the breathless art of cliffhanger chapters with historic background mingled with mythology and science. Usually stretching between 350-370 pages, a reader doesn't have to worry about length  'cause the engrossing storyline wields the grip till the very end and takes the reader on a fun ride which is mired with the ancient myths and the anecdotes of Julius Ceaser.
Which brings me to the surest way readers can tell whether they landed in CCD's novel:  A Machination of a very old organisation to arrogate the secret of the ancient times( Mahabharata) and the litany takes place in such a way which brought Vijay & company on the same adventure.
The Country in ' The Secret Of The Druids ' is U.K., where in the beginning of present year a posse of skilled assassins,headed by a woman, broke into the house of Ernest Hamilton, a Historian and a Manuscript collector, to retrieve the location of three Roman Coins that were unearthed by Ernest's grandfather several years ago. Sensing the danger to his life, he somehow escapes from his assassins to alert his daughter about the upcoming danger. Meanwhile, our main protagonist, Vijay ,in the company of Alice, lands in London to get a decent look of the another part of the artefact that had been handed over to him by K.S in Gurgaon. After getting the pictures of the artefact, both Alice & Vijay rides to Saul Goldfield, who's an old friend of Alice & the finest historian in the EU region, for decryption of cuneiform over the artefact. The inscription talks about the anecdote of Semiramis which was considered as mythical Queen by historians. While the Vijay & friends were analysing the inscription, a phone call to Saul impetuously lift the pace of plot which again put the mandarins of Vijay in competing  with  the 'Order' ( 'Order' is an ancient organisation which was considered seedier by the Ashoka & his advisors in the book ) which again brought 'em to concern the Mahabharata which made multiple nexus with anecdotes of Julius Ceaser, Semiramis & the Druids.
As with CCD's other works, it’s more fun to read “ The Secret Of The Druids” when you accept that every whoa-full tidbit is true. CCD is at his best when he makes readers believe that Mahabharata's Shlokas( Proses)  are just covers for the road map of acquiring the ancient weapon.
And What about Radha ? So IB traced Saxena's path to the Al-Sarafa Hospital in Abu Dhabi where Radha was declared dead after a week and then her dead body was transported  which IB failed to locate. So it's just cul-de-sac for the readers in Radha's scenario 'cause, I as a reader still failed to be convinced that Radha is dead.
One of the most compelling mysteries in 'The Secret Of The Druids'  isn't just the nexus of Mahabharata but also the secret that links the megalithic sites of Britain to the Druids, Ceaser & Semiramis. CCD has perspicaciously linked the west to the east.

Loophole : Security Cordon that had warned Petrovsky to stay away from Vijauy & Co. was absent during the whole scenario of encounter b/w Vijay & assassins at Penny's apartment.
So read 'The Secret of The Druids' to learn about the historical monuments and watch coteries in race with each other to retrieve the secret.

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This is Not a Paid Review ! I received this Book as a Review Copy from Author & The Opinions expressed in the review are my own , and remain unbiased and uninfluenced . "

                                                                            - Rahul Rai Khatri

Thursday, 16 June 2016


An Interesting Saga of a Nation from being 'The Aryadesha' to 'Colonial India'


Title: The Discovery Of India
Author: Jawahar Lal Nehru 

Genre: Non-Fiction
Publishers:  Penguin Publishers
Price: INR.699
Goodreads Rating: 5/5

The Discovery Of India is the biography of India penned by the Nation's first Prime Minister, Jawahar Lal Nehru. Written over 5 months when Nehru was imprisoned in the Ahmadnagar Fort, The Discovery of India turned out to be the magnum opus since it was first published in 1946. And it can rightly be put in the category of 'Classics' 'cause even after more than 69 years, the books seems an elegant work of yesterday.
Started with a brief account of the situation of the colonial India in those day, Nehru seems to have answer the question:" Why & How India becomes what India is today ( During 1946s) ?". For Nehru's book also contained the vision at once too complex and subtle, as well too riven with self-questioning , to lend itself to an ideology of state. What it did offer is an intellectual compass for modern India-an indicator of the direction of a new diverse, disparity-ridden nation would have to take in order to cohere. The eloquent style of using pen makes this book one of the must read with a quality of edifying any one about the true story of India. From the Indus Valley civilization to The Vedas and from The Vikramaditya to the great Ashoka and theen the cholas n the centre to the Mughals and finally the atrocities of British, Nehru had embedded the brief information about all the parameters either humans or objects that shaped the Nation.
In reading The Discovery Of India, it is interesting to observe how Nehru seeks to contain within himself what Gandhi & Tagore individually represented- an to make himself an heir to two fathers.Nehru illuminated what he saw as India's historical capacity to maintain its identity as a confluence of different world civilizations, out of which had emerged a unique array of cultures, religions and ways of living.Not just the greatness of the nation, Nehru had also bolted scathing remarks for the British rulers for plundering from India & using it in west. The book is also a political riposte to British instincts.
Novel even after all long years, The Discovery of India is a remarkable assertion of an individual imagination trying to give his country a unifying sense of itself.I believe, The Discovery Of India is a must read for any individual , especially for Indian its a biography of India.

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This is Not a Paid Review ! The Opinions expressed in the review are my own , and remain unbiased and uninfluenced . "

                                                                            - Rahul Rai Khatri


Wednesday, 1 June 2016



Title: Hidden Road To Lifemanship
Author: Nimish Thakkar
Genre: non-Fiction
Publishers:  Frog Books
Price: INR. 250
Goodreads Rating: 4/5

Bolted with Lucid writing, Hidden Road To Lifemanship is majorly a gripping allegory written by Nimish Thakkar. Rishi, narrator of the fable, talks about his experiences and upbringing from day 1 of his life. And the anecdotes shared by him imparts the spritual knowledge that every being should hold. Loknath & Amba , rishi's parents, believed that the upbringing of a child wrought the destiny of the child. Books can gave the knowledge but the moral upbringing from the very young age is important. Loknath used to dictate the lessons from the autobiography of Mahatma Gandhi to the Swami Vivekanand so that Rishi's subconcious mind could absorb it. Mother Amba too played a pivotal role in raising Rishi by introducing him to the true religious knowledge. But the fable flied with the spellbounded wisdom imparted by a 115 year old Ascetic to Rishi.
Author had embedded some serious wisdom snippets that surely needs to be assimulated by the reader. From the Meditation to the motivational words about success, book isn't just gripping but needs to be read with relaxed mind to absorb as much as possible. Where major chunk is hooking , there're couple of pages which plunge the fable to undulate between gripping & somniferous parameters.
So Hidden Road To Lifemanship is surely a must read for Indian readers . 

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This is Not a Paid Review ! I received this Book as a Review Copy from Author & The Opinions expressed in the review are my own , and remain unbiased and uninfluenced . "

                                                                            - Rahul Rai Khatri