Thursday, December 15, 2016

The allegorical expedition : A Quest for Truth by P Satyadeep

No.of pages : 200
Publisher : Patridge  India
Published on :August 18, 2016
Genre :Self-help , Fiction
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My review

This book is one of the best I have read so far in 2016. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t say this usually. Author Satyadeep is someone who knows what the voracious readers of today want. Satyadeep ventures into writing with a strong story plot that not only grabs the interest of the readers throughout the story but also manages to educate the readers. The allegorical expedition: A quest for truth is a wonderful read. I liked the flow of the novel and how it encourages those who read the book to know the story of Satyajit, a top notch film director in Bollywood.

The novel revolves around Satyajit alias SJ. He has given many blockbuster movies and is confused and stressed out because he doesn’t know what kind of film to direct next to remain permanently in the hearts of the people who watch his movies.This makes him nervous and take solace in all the wrong places. He is not able to differentiate between the people who truly care for him and who don’t. He learns his mistakes very soon.

He hurts Maaya his long time girlfriend or say childhood friend in the process but soon these two make up. Satyajit has selected a script that was shortlisted by Maaya and he needs to do some thorough research on the topic. Without Maaya’s support, it cannot be possible. He confesses his love for her and promises her once he finishes his dream project, he will settle down with her. Maaya agrees to this. This is just the beginning of the story.

This novel is like a spiritual movie. You get to know many things you didn’t know before. Being on a spiritual mission is the quest for truth. We have all been to temples, churches, etc but this novel gives a feeling as if we are experiencing the oneness of body and mind when traveling with Satyajit.One question leads to another question. We all believe civilization of other countries but why not our own ancient civilization? This is said by Rai and Dharma.

I have to add some inputs here. Even if we believe our ancient civilization and how it all existed and how Rameshwaram was named, I wanted to know how languages of all countries came into existence. This was bugging me so much from the beginning. The languages we speak are picture perfect. Nobody can argue with it. Who created all these?I want answers to these questions more than Satyajit getting the approval from Teja alias Dharma’s book and clarify his doubts. The rest of the book also triggered so many thoughts but gave a serene feeling. 

What we learn through this book? Did Satyajit find what he wanted? Whom he did he meet and why and how? Did he get answers to all throbbing questions he had? What did he learn after the allegorical expedition? What truth did he find out and how it served him well to produce his movie? 

Let me be frank. The novel is unpredictable You experience peace of mind through this novel. Each and everyone must read the book and gain wisdom. All those who are looking for a fiction novel that stands out amid other novels must buy this book. I am sure you will be benefited.Some notable characters other than the main protagonist, Rai, Dharma in the book are panditji and Shantilatha. The novel ends with a cliffhanger. I sincerely hope there is a sequel and wish that the author clarifies my doubt in his second book.

Rating 4/5 


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Saturday, December 10, 2016

The princess of a whorehouse :The story of a swamp lotus by Mayank Sharma

No.of pages : 98
Publisher : Notion Press
Published on : October 23, 2016
Genre : General fiction
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My review

Who loves losing their dignity for the sake of living?Who loves working as a sex slave? Who loves to pass on their job as a sex slave to their next generation?No one. All sex slaves are mothers after all.

This novel is about Ramya and her daughter Aparajita. Ramya who lost her husband in an accident was pushed into flesh trade by her husband’s friend, Anjum who was a wolf in sheep’s clothing. She was barely 15 when she got married NOW what work will she get? She doesn’t have common sense. She trusted Anjum so much that she came to New Delhi to start her life from scratch. But what to do when the reality was different.

So when an opportunity to ditch being a sex worker is offered who will deny?That’s why Ramya marries Raj, an artist who works for an NGO. Ramya has only one goal that drives her to marry Raj which is to make her talented daughter study in a proper school . She will do anything to protect her daughter from the evil eyes of the pimps.

I accept the fact that the author has done a fantastic job in writing the intriguing story(it did really engross me) sometimes it lacks sense in many areas or should I say the cruel deed of the NGO. Why did they save only Ramya and her daughter? There are many sex workers like them. There is Lucy who is around twenty years of age.

In India, this is the problem.Why the cops remain silent towards this injustice is an another question that needs pondering. Don’t these cops have daughters too. In many cases, they know the places where these sex slaves are being kept, then why don’t they act humane or are they regular customers at these places? Half yes, Half no. The pimps in order to enjoy a lavish lifestyle, they sell innocent girls as below as age 12. This is so horrifying. Think about the terrified girls. What are the cops doing while they have given their jobs to the NGO's? The Indian cops should be ashamed and give their salary to the NGO.

In the story, what Priya and Raj should have done is alert the good cops and rescue the young girls, save all of them if not some of them. They shouldn’t have done what they did. This will boost the spirit of the pimps even more that they will kidnap more and more helpless young girls. A mistake done cannot be erased. Honestly, I didn’t like the first half but I loved the second half. To be truthful, I loved everything in the second half. It is full of positivity.The letter Aparajita wrote to her step father was beautiful. It is very rare to find a person like her stepfather these days.

Aparajita was a bold and brilliant girl not shying away when Tanmay asked whether what he heard about her mother was true.The first half was narrated by Ramya, Aparajita's mother while the second half was narrated by Aparajita. The title' The princess of a whorehouse-The story of a swamp lotus' is apt for the novel.

My verdict

Everyone has best friends. What if they, one day found to be a false friend like Anjum. We can’t trust anyone these days. Especially girls must be more careful with their male friends. After reading the book, I got a feeling of being satiated from attending an awareness program. I thank the author for it. 




Rating 3/5

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Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Book Blast : From Gods by Mary Ting


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Skylar Rome can’t wait to spend her last summer before college with her cousin, Kayla. Everything changes when they meet the Grand brothers. Skylar is sure she should stay away from Mason Grand, but their attraction is undeniable. Then Skylar’s life erupts into turmoil. She steps into a world where descendants of ancient gods have super powers, evil beings chase her, and questions arise about her own identity. She is running out of time and running for her life, while trying to unravel the mystery of what they want from her.

Forced into a battle set into motion long before she was born, will Skylar find the answers she seeks, or will she die trying?


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International Bestselling, Award-Winning, Author Mary Ting/M. Clarke resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children's chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.

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