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Friday, January 22, 2016

Book Review:Ramayana - The Game of Life : Stolen Hope

Title: Ramayana-The Game of Life: Stolen Hope
Author: Shubha Vilas
Publisher: Jaico Publishing House (2016)
Language: English
Binding: Paperback
Pages : 307
Price: 299

Once again I got a chance to read mythology because of Blogadda and the author Shubha Vilas. To be honest he is the only person I have read till date for mythology, otherwise during childhood I had sufficed with the tele serials featuring mythology.

Not my favourite genre but I would say I am beginning to develop a taste for it. Thanks to blogadda I had read the previous novel Ramayana - The Game of Life: The Shattered Dreams by Shubha Vilas.

And after reading that I read the first part, well I was just making sure that I go through the whole thing. So when the opportunity for reviewing the third book in the series came up I was very excited. For the people who haven’t gone through the first two books the author has been thoughtful and provided the summary for the respective books before the actual starting of the book.

The book starts with Ram, Sita and Lakshmana, well into their exile at the Dandakaranya forest. They proceed inside the forest with unfolding of mesmerizing history about the forest told by different sages. They move to Panchavati in tranquil and peace. They had decided to spend their last year of exile in the beautiful forest of Panchvati. But as fate has it, in the last year of their exile, they encounter the demon Surpanakha. Surpanakha plays a very vital role in the Ramayana. She is the reason and the pivot to the impending war and the destruction of the demon king Ravana. The book goes on about till the point where Sita is abducted by Ravana.

As I write the summarized plot I see that this is not a spoiler for the book because the true essence of the book is enveloped with the enriching footnotes by the author.

As promised in the summary it was true to its word simplifying the epic tale of Ramayana and merging it with life lessons beautifully. It has been well researched as like the other two past series. The footnotes as always are the highlight of the book and the short tales in every chapter are cherry on the top. The title is true to the books content. And the division of the chapters seem smooth for reading without making a break in the scenes.

After reading this book I would say I have learned many things about life and in general along with Ramayana. Its worth a read like the previous books and I would rate it three out of five stars.

About the Author:
Shubha Vilas, an otherworldly seeker and a motivational speaker, holds a degree in Engineering and law with specialization in Patent Law. His leadership classes are well known with top-level administration in corporate houses. He likewise offers people some assistance with applying so as to deal with present day life circumstances the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita, Ramayana and other dharma customs.

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Friday, December 25, 2015

Book review: The bestseller she wrote

Title: The bestseller she wrote
Author: Ravi Subramanian
Publisher: Westland

Binding: Paperback  
Pages: 391
Language: English 

The title holds the essence of the whole story and very accurately presented. The book starts on a very light note and for first couple of pages you may feel like It is going to be the same usual romantic story. But once the plot is set and the characters have been introduced to you is when the fun starts.

A renowned author and banker in National Bank by profession Aditya who has all the good looks and charms to impress his readers as well as the others coming in contact with him. He is called as a speaker back to his management institute, Indian Institute Of Management -Bengaluru where he gets in an argument with a student Shreya who is the second lead of the book. Shreya is enthusiastic, intelligent, voracious reader and next in line for Chairman’s gold medal in her institute. Their argument leads them to contact each other later on and then starts a story which ends up changing Aditya’s life. 

There is a steady build up in the story. The plot is weaved with utmost care. The characters are introduced quite well. The history and present being narrated with the introduction of the character gives you quite a nice knowledge about him/her. The main leads Aditya and Shreya grab the spotlight in the story and at times it shifts to Aditya’s wife Maya. Maya is currently teaching twelfth graders in DAIS and also taking up social initiatives there. Sanjay who is Aditya’s friend, Diana a co-worker come competitor of Aditya’s, Sunaina who is best-friend of Shreya are the other prominent characters who are present throughout.

Some pages later we find Aditya spots Shreya at his book event organised by EasyLib in Bengaluru where she informs that she had let go her first day of campus placements to be in his event. The game starts and Aditya is impressed. The rendezvous starts once she gets placed at National Bank because of Aditya. As the summary says from that point starts the “combustible cocktail of love, betrayal and redemption”.

The adulterous relationship of Aditya with Shreya rains havoc on his married life. Shreya still wants Aditya in her life and her first book to be the best. At the end it is very aptly defined that the one book written by Shreya is a bestseller and the only one she writes. 

At some points one may feel there is an overdose of brand names, place names, writer names and celebrity names. But all in all it has that conviction which will make you read it till the end. The thriller as it is opens up at the ending. Grab a copy as soon as possible. And do read to find out Does Maya give him a second chance after the revelation? Does Aditya’s life change for good or for bad? Does betrayal costs everyone and everything in Aditya’s life?

Thank you Blogadda for another beautiful book and that too an author signed copy.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Book Review:Ramayana - The Game of Life : The Shattered Dreams


Ramayana - The Game of Life : The Shattered Dreams

Author: Shubha Vilas
Publisher: Jaico Publishing House
First edition (23 January 2015)



I am happy to be chosen by blogadda to review this book. Yet again a first of a kind read by me. I don’t read mythology. This being my first book in that genre I took a keen interest in it. The book’s summary was as follows:
Now, in Shattered Dreams, Shubha Vilas narrates the riveting drama of Rama’s exile. Through tales of Rama’s unwavering and enigmatic persona, the book teaches us how to handle reversals positively; through Bharata’s actions, it teaches us to handle temptation; and through Sita’s courage, to explore beyond our comfort zone. This complicated family drama provides deep insights on how human relationships work and how they fail.
With Valmiki’s Ramayana as its guiding light, Shattered Dreams deftly entwines poetic beauty from the Kamba Ramayana and Ramacharitramanas, as well as folk philosophy from the Loka Pramana tales, to demonstrate how the ancient epic holds immediate relevance to modern life. Experience the ancient saga of the Ramayana like never before.

This book is the second book in the series after Rise of the Sun Prince, one which I have not read.  Almost everyone has heard the story and most of us have read it or watched Ramayana on television. But this book turned out to be innovative and introspective.

Shattered Dreams describes the time when Dasharatha wanted to crown Rama as king of Ayodhya. Unfolding the journey of Rama, Sita and Lakshmana leaving Chitrakoot for Dandakaranya forest. Kaikeyi chooses to redeem her two boons and Bharata pays for his mother's sinful behaviour in this captivating story. The opening chapters also takes one to journey of past. The past when the Ikshvaku dynasty had a King named Nemi, who later on named Dashratha. How a person got transformed from Dasagriva to Ravana. How Ravana got encounter with the god of death - Yama himself. The author has put down Raavan’s thought pretty well inside the book.

I assumed it would be the same as witnessed earlier but I found out something more. A thorough research has been done to pen down this book. It is filled with tales and anecdotes which are probably not heard or unknown to us. Like Jayanta's shameful act and Manthara's reason for revenge were not known to me.

It provides deep insights on how human relationships work out and how they might also fail. Like the relationship between a father and son, two brothers, husband and wife, mother and son are all explained very well.  It speaks of values and virtues that if followed can make us a better human being.

The emotions and character description inside the story was wonderfully done. It was as if a old story being read out in a new way. Shubha Vilas did total justice while describing the scenarios right from the beginning till the end. The narration done is seamless.The language is simple and easy to read through. The additional footnote feature was a new thing for me so I enjoyed that as well. The virtues followed by Rama and his honesty were evident throughout the book. The only thing that I did not find quite to my liking is that it is slow paced.

I would say it is good to read it at least once. And I would rate it 3 out of 5.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Book Review: God Is A Gamer

Title:God is a Gamer
Author:Ravi Subramanian

Published by:Penguin Books India
Published:20 Sep 2014 


Category:Fiction, Thriller



Price (Rs.):299.00 

Another thriller decorates my novel collection, thanks to Blogadda for choosing me with the other fellow bloggers to review God is a Gamer by Ravi Subramanian.

The starting is interesting enough to make you continue reading what you have got your hands on. Bitcoins supports transfer of money over the internet. It is powering over MasterCard and Visa. Satoshi Nakamoto is the mysterious founder. Bitcoins let you be anonymous on the internet and transfer money using wallets stored in your personal computer.

The story begins with the entry of main characters. Here the characters who should be labelled as main are many in numbers. At one point or the other each of them plays a significant role in the plot. The assassination of senator Gillian Tan is the beginning of the actual plot. Using Misznay-Schardin effect the armored Mercedes Ben was blasted. The case was taken up and investigated by Adrian Scott and assisting him was Tony. Mike Hendricks the adversary of Gillian Tan orders the investigation to begin under the order of President himself. On the other side Aditya Rao the founder of Indiscape, the online gaming portal works blissfully with Sundeep to create uproar with Mafia Dons, the first game to be played online for free by the users. A rendezvous between Tanya and Varun starts with coincidental meets? Or is it planned? NYIB’s CEO Malvika gets promoted to the position of Chairman of NYIB. Commits suicide on her birthday falling from the 34th floor  of the hotel where her birthday party was being held or is it a murder?

The cotton trail engaging in trade of drugs, narcotics, banned pharmaceuticals and pornography of any kind seems the second start of the book. The currency exchange for the trade employs Bitcoins.
An ATM heist is reported in New York where 5 million dollars are withdrawn. A group of 20 people in hoodies raided different ATMs all around New York. This seems like the third start.

Are three of them are linked or they have their own story? As the summary says 
“Moving from Washington’s Congress to Delhi’s Finance ministry, the beaches of Goa to the corporate boardrooms of Mumbai.”
The story keeps going between these places.

The way Ravi Subramanian has written is pretty engaging and captivating. Only glitch is in the starting where you have no idea exactly what is being talked about as the story fluctuates between places and people really fast. When you have enough background and engagement details about the characters that is where the fun starts. In the end you may think that the puzzle is solved and investigation is over but don’t worry after the epilogue a surprise is wrapped up for you.

I would recommend people to go for it. It is a gripping thriller though the fun may start a little late but by the end of it, complains for the start will vanish for sure. Subramanian’s love for banking is pretty evident throughout the story. You may learn a thing or two about technology and banking from this for sure. If not learn you will be curious enough to Google about the terms. I would definitely give it 4/5.

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