Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Raakshas : India's No.1 Serial Killer

A Fast-Paced Book, full of guile !!!







BOOK DETAILS:

Title: Raakshas 
Author: Piyush Jha 
Genre: Fiction
Publishers:  Westland Books
Price: INR. 295
Goodreads Rating: 3/5

BOOK REVIEW:


Truth be told, I received this book in afternoon itself, as a review copy in exchange for an honest review & wrapped it up in a single sitting by evening . 
Beginning with the striking front cover which I believe is one of the finest reason for any reader to pick this book in an instant his/her eyes fell on it. Picture of a man, with blood red eyes, holding a knife upright embedded on an iconic plain background.
The story begins with the birth of a devil who brought the death of his mother as soon as he stepped into the world and his father, Brahmanand, was a senior scientist who stays buried in his research didn't have a single second to waste on his son. Brahmanand's inability to cope up with the situation lead Latika to take little infant in her care but her decision wasn't welcomed by her husband & five years later, still young, devil returned to his own home & whatever happened after that triggered the chain of events that made him the No. 1 serial killer of India . And on another side, a super lady-cop living with a guilt took the case to hunt down this maniac killer but found him a step ahead till she put herself as a bait.
Apart from the two protagonists, the only person that covers an important part of the story is Kalantak Baba who truly took the boy under his wing & imparted him his vast knowledge of small & big confidence tricks. He taught him everything that he would need to survive on his own.
Author has delivered a package of the racy plot with an elegant writing & delightful language.
Situations with the plot:
# Albeit the plot is pacy but I felt some loopholes in the story. Our killer hopped from one prey to another quite frequently that too in a conflicted pattern.
# Lack of research, I guess, causes the unclear image of the police official & their working scenarios.Like really, no cop ever thinks of his/her forensics to work at snail's speed, had never read in fiction & surely never happens in real life.
# Character of Rozy seems to be inserted forcefully just to wrap the plot & hence the same reason flags up ' Lack of Research ' while writing serial-killer thriller.
So' Raakshas ' is pacy but an unconvincing tale that 'll pull the strings of the brain.



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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

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

ONLY TIME WILL TELL

CRACKER OF A READ !!!



BOOK DETAILS:

Title: Only Time Will Tell 
Author: Jeffrey Archer
Genre: Fiction
Publishers:  Pan MacMillan
Price: INR. 399
Goodreads Rating: 4/5

BOOK REVIEW:

 No doubt, Jeffrey Archer in himself is the definition of ' Pacy ' when it comes to Thriller genre and that's the reason I picked up the ' Only Time Will Tell ', an opening instalment of ' The Clifton Series '. The book was launched in 2011 & got an impulsive response on the day of launch throughout the world & even claimed the title of the best seller on the very day of launch in India.
This epic tale is narrated majorly in 3rd form from the point of view of 5 different characters which are interleaved with each other till the very end but the focus remains the same, Harry Clifton.
So the plot launched with the narration from the protagonist's point of view, Harry. Harry used to live in Bristol with his Mother's family & had been told by everyone that his father died in the World War I while fighting against his Majesty's enemies. Young Harry used to spend a major chunk of the day on docks with his uncle Stan with whom he used to have the same set of talks every day but his visits turned fruitful when he got the company of Old Tar. In school, Harry's potential to be an extraordinary student was first noticed by his headmaster & later the  thought was second by Old Tar which later on was supported by many generous characters who wished to saw Harry reach new heights i.e to initially get into a prestigious high school following the dilemma to be the part of the finest grad college or the war against Nazi Germany while facing the ship of his relation sinking down . Set in the post-WWI era, Archer's masterful hands took readers on the journey that no one wished to end, leaving numerous questions in hopping mind.
As expected, Archer had portrayed every single character in a unique way. Beginning with the protagonist, Harry who is embedded as a curious kid, mature more than his age and lucky enough to had some really good friends in life. Maise Clifton, Harry's Mom, had played the role of an ideal mother who worked labouriously to make sure that Harry's school bills would be paid on time, Now my favorite character, Old Tar who's not just a good mentor of Harry but also a good human being that only a few lucky ones could have . He smashed every possible thorn that could halt Harry's way to success. 
Giles Barrington, Son of a rich businessman Hugo Barrington, who is embedded as Harry's best friend and unlike Harry belongs to an influential family. His friendship directly / indirectly had rescued Harry on numerous occasions. Then comes Deakins, a nerd and the third Musketeer who's a scholarship student & stay glued to Harry & Giles in their thick & thin. 
Albeit the book is a page turner throughout the plot but act as Soporific pill on 1-2 stances.
So ' Only Time Will Tell ' is a rip-roaring read with a wide scale of imagination that'll pull the strings of brain one by one as per Archer's standards.

" I find I don't learn a lot while I'm talking "

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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

Sunday, 14 February 2016

EOTM : Brothers At War

Profoundly Moving !!!





BOOK DETAILS :

Title: Brothers At War 
Author: Alex Rutherford
Genre: Ficton
Publishers:  Headline Review
Price: INR. 399
Goodreads Rating : 5/5

BOOK REVIEW :

" Brothers at War " is the second installment of Empire of the Moghul series , narrating the life span of a true warrior & leader , Humayun with the pinch of fiction making it one of the riveting historical fiction of all times . Book covers almost all the adventures , tragedies , contradictions and eventual triumphs of Humayun's extra-ordinary life .
Story launched with Babur's reign in northern India as the Emperor of Hindustan but with time gets infected with the social ills that pulls him on the path as that of his father . He'd discovered the sensual languor that a few pellets of opium could induce which triggered some chain of events that not just degraded his name but also the standard of living and hence starts the true gripping portion of the book . Plot also holds how treachery , haughtiness and greediness cause the downfall of the the grand empire left by Babur but at the same time author had successfully embedded the fact that doesn't matter how much bigger issues are they could be resolved by several ways , Death is not an answer in every case and how sometimes promises too need not be broken just for the cause of justice . 


Likewise raiders from the North , authors had beautifully depicted each and every scene from the battlefields to the village and even the forts . And what touched my heart after reading the book are two facts :


1) Loyalty : Author had bolted some characters that were unconditionally loyal to Humayun and his cause . They followed him in every battle , from treacherous Himalyas to Persia . And probably same people are the root cause of establishment of such a great empire which indirectly directed this nation to a more peaceful path .


2) Humayun : In schooling all I'm taught in History regarding Mughal era is about Akbar , Humayun's son and the others in the family tree like Babur , Humayun , Shahjahan & Aurangjeb covers barely a paragraph . And after reading more than 400 pages about this fiercest warrior , I'm bound to put this man among some of the inspiring personalities . He fought and win just to make sure his heir , Akbar , will get more than what his own father had left for him . Unlike other Kings , He stand by his soldiers in the battle field and sometimes even lead them deep into enemy's territory . He also respects women and hence always make sure that their protection should be done with utmost care . A Man of words he was , fulfilling the promise he'd given to his father till the last breath and even remembered the one he'd made to a mere soldier to sit on his throne as an emperor for few hours . 


As I'd mentioned above , authors had not just described milieu in a wonderful way but also minutely crafted each and every character . Bairam Khan , a persian who was send by Shah of Persia as 2nd in command of his army to help Humayan for recovering his empire but surrendered his loyalty to Humayun just 'cause he'd saved his life once and world knows what a sharp military strategist he was . Next comes , Hamida who was wedded to Humayun even before her teenage but stood with him in his every high and low . She devoted her complete life for the sake of mission that her husband had initiated . Khanzada , my favourite and aunt of Humayun , who palys the role of a true mentor in Humayun's life just like his grandmother played a crucial role in advising to his father Babur . The lady in herself is the described as an epitome of women-power . Ahmend Khan , chief of Scouts of Humayun's army , who used to plan up the procession details of his own that too by sending advance scout parties and lead his scouts in the worst-case scenarios . Jauhar , Humayun's personal attendant indirectly played a crucial role in Humayun's life serving his master at his best and most importantly sticked with him through out his journey . Kamran , Humayun's half brother is embedded as a witty and greedy prince who thinks of being undermined by his father 'cause his name was not second by his father for the Emperor . Askari , Kamran's full brother is depicted as the the alterego of Kamran doubting the strength of Humayun and declared him unfit to rule . Hindal , closest half brother to humayun , is shown as the only brother who from all his heart wishes to play an important role in Humayun's cause but destiny had not written same for 'em . Last but the least Gulbadan , Humayun's half sister who grown up in the fort with other brothers but supported Humayun and played herself as ambassador for Humayun on numerous occasions .
So " Brothers at War " is an unputdownable book with a grand narrative style that reveals the history in gripping way .



" Hamida broke the silence first . ' He'll not listen to soft pleas . Make him pay in blood for his callousness and cruelty . ' ' I'll ' , replied Humayun. 

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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

Thursday, 11 February 2016

ADHIRA LOVE : LOST & FOUND

Mesmerizing Read !!!




BOOK DETAILS :

Title: Adhira Love :Lost & Found
Author: Aditti Gaur
Genre: Ficton
Publishers: Authors Ink India 
Price: INR. 250
Goodreads Rating : 3/5

BOOK REVIEW :


* Truth be told , I received this book as a review copy in exchange of an honest review and after wrapping i found myself thankful to author for sending this book with a beautifully designed front cover *


"The loneliest people are the kindest .The saddest people smile the brightest . The most damaged people are the wisest ."

Yes , there exist people who live for others , who die for others , who smile for others , who cry for others , who're always available for others and this book revolves around one such person named Adhira . Adhira is the portrayed as epitome of kindness who lived her whole life fulfilling dreams of other . Philharmonic she is , owns a studio of her own and music and her friends controls the steering of her life . Plot launched with Riddhi's phone call to Adhira , who's driving to Riddhi's place , breaking the news that she had accepted Siddhartha's proposal which filled the milieu with happiness but minutes later another call from Riddhi to update her about Adhira's positive bone-marrow test giving her the window of 7-8 months only . Isn't it true how only a single bad news snatches the reason of all happiness but that was also not a case with Adhira . She accepted the situation bravely and instead of shattering down , she second Siddi's( Siddhartha ) idea to tie the sacred knot of marriage as soon as possible . But the Question arise is that ' Are the pockets of kind people are always filled with happiness and joy ? ' and to get the answer do pick the book from your nearest store .
Coming to characterization which author had done beautifully writing every single character with explicit details . Doctor by profession , Riddhi is the narrator of the story & is portrayed as Adhira's best friend and i think she's Adhira's alterego too 'cause its Riddhi only with whom she shares every minute detail of her life . Next comes Siddhi who's also a doctor and sworn-brother of Adhira who loves and respect Adhi from the very core of his heart and ofcourse like any other guy he too is mad over cars . Abhimanyu , Siddhi's brother , who was Adhi's best friend but they hadn't talk from 5 years 'cause of what I term as ' battle-of-egos ' . Next comes my favorite character , Shikhar , a professional singer who had gone nuts behind Adhira but limits his relation to friendship knowing that Adhi's married and at last Akshit who could be defined in one-word -' Coward ' .

Situation :
* Adhira is over-characterized with only of her goodness which I found quite fake as per the context .
* Only twist in the story is expected from beginning .
* First half of the book is plainly straightforward .

Lessons :
* There'll be ups & Downs but don't surrender yourself to evil . Serve other without any personal ambition and you'll be blessed with more kindness than you will show to others .
* Be good enough to forgive someone but don't be stupid enough to trust them again .
* Life isn't about mourning for those who left . People who destined to be a part of life will stay or else leave for a our greater good .

" Adhira Love : Lost & Found " is a light tale of the person who live a life less ordinary and found herself bound to spill happiness in everyone's life around her .


" ....her journey where she realized that sometimes silence is the most powerful scream and indication of something being terribly wrong . "


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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