Sunday, September 25, 2016

The BNO: Sex, Life And Hookah by Manoj Jain

29281434No.of pages : 125 pages
Publisher : Notion press
Published on : February 15th 2016
Genre : Erotica
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Author links : Goodreads

My review

This book is an absolute shocker because the author has shared some revelation about married people in well-to-do family. Their lust for the opposite sex is told with downright honesty.The BNO-Sex, life and hookah is a great book discussing the thoughts(mostly sex thoughts) that is going on in the minds of the nine protagonists- some of the middle aged wives, the husbands and a young slut who should not be called as a slut as there is no sex involved with her customers unless the girl wishes to.

As the book blurb goes the story is about eight men, two girls and one boys’ night out in a restaurant . One of the men in their gang of friends have arranged two sluts from Ajay who is a professional pimp.

The characters I liked the most and did not like at all

Of all the nine characters in the book if I have to pinpoint which character I liked the most was Venkatesh. He is heterosexual but has a feminine side to him. He is decent enough not to stray and betray his wife’s immense trust in him. While all the other guys played with the sluts he was being very quite observing his friends toying around with the sluts. It was so nice of him to help his friend who was in trouble. But it was gross when he was top on Rohan , one of his best friends and was trying to have sex with him.

Sheena the most desirable woman after Neha was abused by one of the men in the gang. I don’t know how the abuser was able to betray his pregnant wife and make a horrible choice which he will regret later. The guy who tops my hater’s list was Suyash and being a manipulator, and a total jerk how can be so sure that his daughter likes him more than her mother. His daughter's reply to her friend is a slap on his face. Men like him should be never forgiven. A man who has a daughter or daughters wouldn’t go to parties with hookers involved who are two decades younger than him.

My thoughts

In my 25 years of life living in South India I have never come across such persons as mentioned in the book. This may be due to my lack of awareness on my part . So the reaction I had after reading or while reading the book was knowing some harsh truths of the persons I have come across or of the persons who I am daily speaking to.

The other side of the married people was simply yucky. But all I can say is that I also found traces of myself in the book. Everyone reading this book may find the traces of themselves-the part they have hidden from the world. I am very sure of it. People have to accept they are not chaste like a nun or a monk but mere married or unmarried humans born because of sex after the wedlock by their parents.

When I was studying in an Anglo Indian school in Trichy(I was in 12th standard that time), there were three sections that split the students namely computer science group, biology group, and commerce group. I come under the section commerce group. One day the teachers of biology group made an arrangement to let the students know the reproduction process. They made the 1st rank holder in ‘B’ section to speak to the crowd of more than 170 students and four or five teachers. 

The girl stumbled with her words many times mostly talking to the board as she was very shy. The girl would have been married by now. This book came as a revelation that all women and men are not Saints. They are unfaithful to their spouses some times. Like the fantasy dream of Riddhima by being fucked by her hot driver but chanting prayers three times a day to ask God for forgiveness. I feel everybody is like that.

Rating 3.5/5

My verdict

The author has real guts. After all he would not have published this book if he hadn’t. What I found distracting the otherwise remarkable story was the sentences and phrases in brackets. In many places, it wasn’t needed. The author should have trusted a good editor or he should have proofread it himself and have told the editors to remove the brackets in the initial pages. 

The lines from the book, Alice in Wonderlad in each of the character introduction to the readers was very thoughtful . I felt there is no need for that to be included in the book. 
There are very few typographical error like instead of ‘their’, ‘they’ was used. Overall, the initial chapters readings gave me a feeling as if I am reading a pornography book but the later half gave me a feeling there are really trustworthy and faithful spouses too in this world who will not stray and give up on their spouses even when knowing their infidelity.

Disclaimer  I won this book in 'The Tales Pensieve' giveaway.

Monday, September 12, 2016

The Guardians of the Halahala : (Vikramaditya #1) by Shatrujeet Nath


No. of pages : 408
Published on : 1st November 2014
Publisher : Jaico Publishing
Genre : Mytholigical thriller
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My review

Rightly named Vikramaditya Veerkadha, the story happens after thousand years when Lord Shiva swallows Halahala, a portion that gives victory to whoever has it. Lord Shiva failed to drink the last portion of the Halahala and he can’t drink it again to safeguard the universe from depletion as He nearly died the first time. At this point of time, I found Mahadeva Lord Shiva to be powerless when he sought help from Vikramaditya.He is just like us needing help from trusted people once in a while.

It makes me wonder from an atheist point of view, if there is any God, is he powerless too?What is stopping Him/Her to help the needy and downtrodden people? I understand the author’s way of thinking which is God has given the power to choose between right and wrong. So if we are doing bad things/good things, Karma will decide whether the gate of heaven is open for us or we are going to be pushed into hell despite our likes and dislikes. But playing with one’s life is not a good behavior even it is God Himself. After reading the novel, my perspective of looking at God changed totally. I was questioning my belief.

Now coming on to the Halahala, the angels of Devaloka and demons of Patala compete among themselves to get Halahala stored in a dagger’s hilt. Who is going to win? It is a battle between the good and the evil.Vikramaditya and his nine councilmen who are all humans are entrusted by Lord Shiva to guard the dagger that contains a small amount of Halahala. Will they succeed despite so many odds? Because their lives are at stake. How can they protect themselves from harm from Asuras and Devas and also from hunas and sakas?

We all have read the mighty king Vikramaditya’s story in our childhood days but this one is a totally different take from the books we have all read. There is no Vedhalam, the spirit here. Only the nine councilmen who accompany Vikramaditya on his journey to succeed.That is why the novel is called ‘The guardians of Halahala’. Not only these people are in this book, there are so many intriguing characters which occasionally makes us forget who is who only in the first half. Second half is fine.

When I started reading the novel, I had a feeling I will not like it. The prologue was not that impressive to capture my mind but it did give me a glimpse of what I already know that is Vikramaditya is the chosen one to do the job given by Lord Shiva. Will he succeed?Hell, yes(If the author changes his mind in the next series, just forgive me please). The novel is very simple but the suspense of what we are going to find next, the hardships that Vikramaditya and his nine council men are going to undergo, the mystery unraveling itself gave me a satisfactory read.

I have read mythological thrillers before and watched movies too(Lord of the rings) but not like this one. I can’t believe how the author managed to write a book that readers of all ages love. If you like mythological thrillers, this one is tailor made for you. Each character speaks volume. I was totally into learning about more people and the bad omens.

There are lot of twists and turns in this well plotted story. I understand this book is written basically around Hindu myths. I am still in the learning process but I can do a comparison of certain things like omniscient Lord , demons, angels, witches, flesh eating pishachas and spirits as no human knows the full story of how the universe was formed with proof.

As the book is 400 pages long, I took breaks to read it. That doesn’t mean the book is not a compelling read. Indeed, it is the opposite. I devoured each page so much that will feel like bragging to some of you. King Vikramaditya is loyal, down-to-earth and valiant enough to lead the nine council men towards brighter future for himself and his people. His love for Vishaka even though she is in a vegetative state for almost two years is so touching. Can't wait to read the next one in this series 'The conspiracy at Meru' which is already on sale.

Rating 4/5

To the author There is only one flaw that appeared before me. How did Lord Shiva protect the dagger for thousand years? What made him think it is under big threat?What were the asuras and devas doing? He could have trusted people born before Vikramaditya or is it just that there were no trusted people like Vikrama then?Now I can't wait to see what happens to the dagger in the future books and oh, how can I forget about the leading man's lady love, I wish her health improves.

The author is very kind to answer all my queries(even pointing out a correction in my review)and I thank him for the same. If you have the same doubts like my above note, you can as well read the author's reply and clear your minds just like I did. Please click on the below link you will be directed to my review of this book on Goodreads followed by the author's reply.

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Thousand Unspoken Thoughts by Prerna Khatri

27850518No.of pages : 97
Publisher : Leadstart publishing Ltd
Published on : 29th July 2015
Genre : Poetry 
Book Links : Goodreads  Amazon
Author Links : Goodreads

My review

This is my second time reading a poetry book. Have to be honest, I don’t know why I was apprehensive of reading poetry books in the past. After reading the collection of fifty poems authored by Prerna Khatri, it made me not relinquished to read more poetry books in the future. Her book is a source of inspiration to all readers not confining to particular age group.

The words flow naturally throughout and they are not just words. They have life in them . We can feel the in-depth emotion of the author and in short, we can put ourselves in the shoes of the person that the author is talking about or herself in each poem, so we can experience it and envision it . I liked almost all poems but there are very few poems I did not like. It so happens with all poetry books I guess. These poems I am displeased were simply lame.

Other than that, she has done a splendid job by trying her best and taking effort to publish this wonderful book. Thumbs up for her sincerity and uprightness.Her poems speak for itself.It is so sweet she dedicates her book in the remembrance of her late grandfather. I have included some of my favourite stanzas from the poems I read.

Connect with yourself.
Life will be easier then.

-On silence

Did you not listen, what I meant,
Even though I asked you to leave?
You should’ve read between the lines;should’ve pleaded, should’ve asked to stay.

-The last time

Why had I abandoned my belief?
Why did I despise my holy abode?

-Return home, my son

Tonight I choose to write,
Because, none of the suppressed tears,
Can stop me now.
These words have finally found a way,
To defy the judgmental eyes.

-Tonight, I’ll write

Regardless of the neglect,
Treating life as a gift,
I proceed towards my aim,
Because even the sky is limitless.

-Dare to be?

Was the nation,
My mother?
Or was I, her shield?
Will I live up,
To the glory of her name?

-Embracing the battle-front

Playing with the utensils instead of blocks,
Cleaning the kitchen instead of running around

-A wish

Each idea had a voice
A voice,
That expressed the passion of the soul within.
Will that voice be heard?

-The birth of an idea!

As the book says, these are all the thoughts of the author that were unspoken. She has made a very wise choice by writing this poetry book. She duly thanks all her friends and family for their support. After learning that the author is an advocate, it totally surprises me why she has written a poetry book instead of writing about law and order in our country. I would love if she writes more inspiring stories that helps to improve our nation and our people specifically like her beautiful poem about child labour.

I would suggest whomsoever is reading this post  if you feel ill and torn due to disappointments in life, then read the poems from the book. It will sure be an ointment to your punctured soul. It doesn’t matter how many times you have read the poems. It gives immense peacefulness. We are able to forget our fears and insecurities and feel the strength to embrace the new challenges of the world boldly. This 90 something pages book gives new hope to restart our life with a purpose. 

My verdict

Thousand Unspoken Thoughts indeed accounts for a very fulfilling read. I will recommend it to all voracious readers of any genre(all poems are fictions but many feels same as reality)starting from the age 12. Why I am stressing this age is there are one or two poems that has adult contents. But the young children who read it probably wouldn’t know the difference. So they can also read it.

Rating 5/5

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Saturday, September 03, 2016

Courting Injustice : The Nirbhaya case and its aftermath by Rajesh Talwar

No.of pages : 260
Publisher : Hay House India
Published on : 2013
Genre : Crime, Non-fiction
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I appreciate author Rajesh Talwar for his genuine effort in letting the readers know more about the Nirbhaya case and what triggered other nations to telecast and write articles in this particular issue and why her gang rape stands out amidst other gang rape cases. Nirbhaya's brother said how difficult for him to watch one of the accused laughing in court. I was deeply disgusted by this behavior of the accused.  In the book, the sections under which the males will be booked are clearly laid out in a simple manner so that we can have a partial view of the law but how many days will the accused be caught and justice will be given to the victims is a million dollar question. It was shocking , the 181 helpline for women in distress received 56 complaints of acid attacks then think about the rest of the cases.Stalking is also now a crime which is added in new crimes against women and girls along with Voyeurism. 

I read an article where 25 men repeatedly raped a school going girl recently in North India and before(a few years ago) a woman was held captive and raped by 40 men in Kerala. Inside the book I read about a 14 year old girl who was raped in her apartment when she was alone by her own father. Four cases of rape within 24 hours. Do we know how many today? what is happening in tne minds of the Indian men?The author intelligently argues should we worry about them or about our children who may be exposed to these predators.  In Verma committee report, interview with a trafficked girl, marital rape, delay in bride burning case will shake all parents with female children reading the book. Why not special rape courts be built, this intrigued me. It is an urgent need of the hour. In initial chapters as the author says, the justice system is inefficient all through but  it is true, there is greater  public interest in the anti-rape law specifically.How to strenghthen it,is given.

The chapter courting justice and solution states what needs to be done.The author has a valid point in the epilogue, even the capital has not experienced adequate improvement on safety issues then how about other states. I agree with him that the time has come as we have enough laws in our country. Are all rape cases truly reported as it is? and I was deeply shocked why Nirbhayas true name cannot be given to new anti-rape laws. I am irritated,  how can the government be this insensitive to the issue and say 'We don't have money' if there is no money they can beg from the rich who pay less tax. I will now talk about what the author failed to say in this book about technology and fashion, the root cause for rape. 

My thoughts

So to be on the safer side I will talk only about my religion. Let us go back to ancient time when Adam and Eve were created by the supreme being.  Adam and Eve were told not to eat a fruit from a particular tree. But Eve was tempted by the cunning snake so she ate the fruit then gave it to Adam as she wanted a partner in crime ir she didn't want to be punished alone(there is rumor that Eve had sex with the Demon). But God punished Eve more than Adam. Eve gave birth to all her children in pain. This is History and the rest is Mystery. It is believed because of Eve all women around the world bear children with excruciating pain whether it is through normal delivery or caesarian section. Due to technological advancement now there is epidural invented specially for women to relief their pain during child birth. Does the pain of women stop here?No. Domestic violence, marital rape, groping, molestation, rape, murder, gang rape, we can go on and on.

In India alone how many rape cases are reported on a daily basis. The trauma a female encounters cannot be expressed through mere words. Don’t these men who involve in such indecent activity have any better job to do?Are they really jobless?In most cases, the answer is a big “No”. Then how can they be so much interested in indulging in sickening activities such as this?Don’t they all have some women in their life whom they respect?

If I am correct, majority of the men in some parts(like north India) of our country consider women as well as young girls as sexual objects. What made them to think this way? The movies. Women are shown in a very bad light. The item songs, all those glamorous clothes that the female actress wears in the name of fashion in movies all contribute to the men’s negative attitude towards other women(sometimes excluding their girls and women). Just compare the rape cases happened in yesteryear with today. Yes, the solution is simple. In those days, women were worshiped not because of their beauty but more because of the way they dressed. They were compared to goddesses. Now this has changed upside down. They call it modernization of films(competing with hollywood) which is utter stupidity it is like pouring kerosene on one’s body and letting fire burn it up and then asking how did this happen.

Films lay a solid foundation for rape and gang rape. As a female residing in Tamil Nadu, I am not sure why skin show by actresses are needed in films. Are the directors and producers think only then their movies will be successful? What is the need for songs and item songs(specifically a bollywood actress went under the knife for breast enlargement) when the actors and actresses don’t give their voice to it? There is no logic behind most Indian films. Not only English films, Indian films too meddle with the minds of the people especially the men. It does more harm than good. How to differentiate a good film from a bad film?Many will find this concept creepy if they don’t let me put it in words, can a mother and father are able to watch movies together with their children?If the answer is a “No”, then the film is bad as it may show violent contents or romantic scenes between the lead actor and actresses.

Men will be men. Women will be women. Thus it is very necessary the women wear clothes that doesn’t tempt men. Our country is different from other countries. Hence it is nearly impossible to solve the root causes of rape cases, if actresses say yes to nude, semi-nude dress code, lip locking and too many romance scenes in their films. More films for children must be encouraged as women and young girls even a 28 days old baby is raped in India. What are the men saying??? What they say is 80 % true. In Nirbhaya’s case too one of the accused who raped her said the same thing, the clothes she wore tempted him. This is one part of the rape story.

Another part is rape of young girls as below as 10 years. Remember the Noida case. The criminal cooked the raped girls body parts and ate it. How gruesome. Though India stands in the fourth place and USA in the first place in rape cases, giving due attention to crime rates and making a simple strategy to eradicate them is a must. No more rape cases in India. This is my dream and this is same for all of my sisters.

What needs to be done ?

Proper management of the country’s affairs are honestly neglected by the government. There are roadside dwellers, beggars menace, and child labor(I have seen them in my place near a restaurant), trafficking of young girls and women, etc. What are the respective authorities doing? They are probably having fun and enjoyment with their families. The government pays a handsome salary for this reason. Why are the extremely poor people left unnoticed? We see them very often. It is simply upsetting some women carry their baby and ask for money. A thought came to my mind, why do they have to marry if they don't have money to live. It is indeed a simple task for the government to improve the standard of living of these people in all over India but the irony of the government is it makes a simple activity into a complex activity. 

We lack judges compared to China so the government should build more courts to solve all cases in particular to cases that involves women and young children as a victim. We still need more fast track courts that is able to solve a case within one month.and education, health, home, safety to all must be given top priority by the government by 2030. Unemployment is a major problem in India. What will the men do if they are free all the time? They will also be directly driven to do petty thefts, engage in big criminal activities such as kidnapping, murder, rape as their minds are corrupted. The art of good parenting is compromised as poverty makes people to work odd jobs and in a middle class and upper class family office work dominates if both parents work. Here there is no care and affection given to children in majority of cases.

Most men think cooking and washing clothes is a women’s primary duty. What else is women’s duty? Who started this myth none of us are sure. All I can say is that the attitude of atleast 45% men should definitely change as it is a form of unhealthy culture. Upon seeing their partner, they should remember this , their mother and sisters are also women. If men respect women then women will respect them. Talking about Feminism and male chauvinism will automatically diminish. Is it not?where India is a good example to other nations, when will this dream of mine become true!? 

My verdict 

Nirbhaya , Gudiya and all other rape cases including new crimes against women are tragic and overtly alarming but how many are still unknowingly waiting in queue to get raped and gang raped by men folk????in the futuristic point of view. Read the book to have insights about everything you need to know about the laws protecting the female in our country but ironically the remote is in the hands of the government and the Judge to put a halt to the recurrence of this issue. Overall, this book is an enlightening read.  I am happy that a male author has come forward to talk about this burning issue in India.

Rating 3.5/5

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