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Blog posts April 2013

The Trial | Franz Kafka | Book Review

April 30, 2013

By Guest (Sarthak Singh)

PLOT: 5/5

CHARACTERS: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

CLIMAX: 5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4.5/5

Has it ever happened to you that you are chugging your way through a book at a good decent pace planning on giving it a good old 4 because of its plot, characters and writing style…

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ANAND NEELAKANTAN | Author Interview

April 29, 2013

Anand Neelakantan has proved that any sensitive theme, if well presented, does not draw criticism but appreciation. His debut novel "ASURA: The Tale of the Vanquished" is one such book. Critically acclaimed and a huge commercial success, this book has attempted to retell The Ramayana from Ravana's p…

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Abraham Lincoln | Lord Charnwood | Book Review

April 29, 2013

By Guest (Akhil Duggal)

SUBJECT: 4/5

RESEARCH: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5

Abraham Lincoln is one of America's greatest heroes due to both, his incredible impact on the nation and his unique appeal. Lincoln’s is a remarkable story. A story of rise from humble beginnings…

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God Save the Dork | Sidin Vadukut | Book Review

April 28, 2013

God Save the dork - sidin vadukut

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PLOT: 2.5/5

CHARACTERS: 2.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 2.5/5

CLIMAX: 2/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

“God save the Dork” is a sequel to the Vadukut’s “Dork: The incredible adventures of Robert “Einstein” Varghese”. Having not the read the 1st one, I did not what the storyline was…

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AYODHYA: The Dark Night | K. Jha & D. Jha | Book Review

April 27, 2013

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SUBJECT: 5/5

RESEARCH: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5

If I was to decide on 5 events that has influenced Modern day India, the “Babri Masjid demolition” would certainly feature on that list. On 6th December 1992, the structure was demolished by Karsevaks and th…

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Stilettos in the Newsroom | Rashmi Kumar | Book Review

April 26, 2013

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PLOT: 1.5/5

CHARACTERS: 3/5

WRITING STYLE: 2.5/5

CLIMAX: 1/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 2/5

In mood for some good chick-lit I logged into Flipkart to browse through the genre. What I came across was a catchy and suggestively Page3-scandalous-sort title “Stilettoes in the Newsroom”…

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Corporate Atyaachaar | Abhay Nagarajan | Book Review

April 25, 2013

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PLOT: 2/5

CHARACTERS: 3/5

WRITING STYLE: 2/5

CLIMAX: 2/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 2.5/5

 

Catchy title: Check.

Catchy Cover: Check.

Catchy Language: Check.

Reader relevance: Oops..!!

And that last statement defines the fate of this book. Though well written with decent com…

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SUNEETA MISRA | Author Interview

April 24, 2013

A teacher of history in the US writes about India, about Indian women and the oppression against them. She has self-published 2 books - "Of Kings & Queens" & "Rani of Rampur". We've had the opportunity to interview Suneeta Misra about her books, about her views on Indian Women & the Indian Society i…

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31 | Upendra Namburi | Book Review

April 24, 2013

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PLOT: 4/5

CHARACTERS: 5/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

CLIMAX: 5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4.5/5

Whenever you read 14 consecutive thrillers and fictions in two months’ span, believe me, you cannot read more without a well-deserved break. For some, this break could mean catching up on lost movi…

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RADHA THOMAS | Author Interview

April 23, 2013

Take a bowl of an Author, add a spoonful of Classical Singer, then add a pinch of Jazz Musician, pour some Songwriter into that and finally sprinkle some Column Writer. Mix it, Shake it and then take it out. You have Radha Thomas, the multi-talented author of "Men on my Mind" and the lead singer of

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Sethji | Shobhaa De | Book Review

April 23, 2013

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PLOT: 2/5

CHARACTERS: 3/5

WRITING STYLE: 1/5

CLIMAX: 2/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 2/5

I still regret the day I wasted 250 bucks on this book. It is a rotten egg laid by an old and diseased hen. If you love to read books full of cuss words, whoring women and filthy old men, then this b…

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JUDY BALAN | Author Interview

April 22, 2013

Any regular on the Indian blogging scene would be aware of “Woman and a quarter” and Judy Balan. When you read her blog, you will instantly connect with her humour. She translates the same humour into her books as well. With her new book "Sophie Says" set for release, we had the opportunity to …

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The Guns of Navarone | Alistair Maclean | Book Review

April 21, 2013

By Guest (Vinod Jose)

PLOT: 4/5

CHARACTERS: 5/5

WRITING STYLE 5/5

CLIMAX: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 5/5

“A team bound on a mission to change the course of a war. A mission that promises no hope for survival as the odds are monumentally stacked against them. Yet, they go. For, if not them, …

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Asura: Tale of the Vanquished | Anand Neelakantan | Book Review

April 21, 2013

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PLOT: 4.5/5

CHARACTERS: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

CLIMAX: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 5/5

Being born in the historic city of Agra does more to you than just Taj Mahal, it nurtures you in a society where Ram is enacted, glorified, worshipped and loved. I had the privilege of grow…

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MANISH MAHAJAN | Author Interview

April 21, 2013

Horror has always been a neglected child in Indian Literature. Manish Mahajan is here to change it. His upcoming book "The Disappearance of Tejas Sharma & Other Hauntings" belongs to the genre. Manish gets candid with us about his book, his passion for writing and Indian Literature. He is witty and …

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KISHWAR DESAI | Author Interview

April 20, 2013

Hey Readers !!! Our first interview is here. We were lucky to get hold of Kishwar Desai who agreed to give us the interview. Kishwar has 4 books to her claim. Her first novel, Witness the Night” won the Costa First Novel Award for the best first novel published in the UK and Ireland. Read below…

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Stefan's Diaries # 1 | L. J. Smith | Book Review

April 19, 2013

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PLOT: 4/5

CHARACTERS: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

CLIMAX: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5

ORIGINS is the first part of the Stefan’s diaries, the book where Stefan’s journey begins. This book is a must read for anybody who follows the American Channel CW’s best show “The Vampire Diar…

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Two Fates | Judy Balan | Book Review

April 19, 2013

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PLOT: 3/5

CHARACTERS: 3/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

CLIMAX: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 5/5

Two Fates: The Story Of My Divorce is the story of a couple, Rishab and Deepika, falling in and out of love, and what happens when their families decide to bring their love story back on track.

When y…

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The Shadow Throne | Aroon Raman | Book Review

April 18, 2013

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PLOT: 4/5

CHARACTERS: 3/5

WRITING STYLE: 3/5

CLIMAX: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

Since Chetan Bhagat published his first teen novel “5 Point Someone” in 2004, a plethora of authors have flooded the Indian Literary scene. Many giants have emerged like Ashwin Sanghi, Amish Trip…

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The Taj Conspiracy | Manreet Sodhi Someshwar | Book Review

April 18, 2013

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PLOT: 4/5

CHARACTERS: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 3/5

CLIMAX: 2/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5

“History + Mystery = The Taj Conspiracy”

While doing my engineering, I had come across P.K.Oak’s conspiracy theory that Taj Mahal was in fact a Shiva temple called ‘Tejo Mahalay’. I had spent da…

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