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The Name of the Rose | Umberto Eco | Book Review

July 31, 2013

the name of the rose umberto eco book review

By Guest (Chirag Mehta)

PLOT: 4/5

CHARACTERS: 5/5

WRITING STYLE: 4.5/5

CLIMAX: 4.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4.5/5

Set at the brink of the Early Modern Era, a time which remains a landmark in the power struggle between the Pope and the Roman Emperor, Umberto Eco's inaugural novel, is as much…

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Roll of Honour | Amandeep Sandhu | Book Review

July 31, 2013

roll of honour amandeep sandhu book review

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PLOT: 2/5

CHARACTERS: 3/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

CLIMAX: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 2/5

Amandeep Sandhi is a friend of mine (on facebook) and I find him to be very creative. He had, very recently, posted an album consisting photos of the people who had influenced his life while he was i…

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Fatal Fires: Dark Before Dawn | Y. Bhargava Krishna | Book Review

July 30, 2013

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By for Bhargava Krishna

PLOT: 3/5

CHARACTERS: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

CLIMAX: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

Reviewing a book is a very difficult job. Some books are really great and some are really bad; it is easy reviewing them. Then there are some books which fall in between; t…

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Behind the Silicon Mask | Eshwar Sundaresan | Book Review

July 30, 2013

behind the silicon mask eshwar sundaresan book review

By for Westland

PLOT: 3/5

CHARACTERS: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 4.5/5

CLIMAX: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4.5/5

There have been numerous books these days on office life – “The Bankster”, “31: A Thriller”, etc. but most of them have been based upon either financial or advertising indust…

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South of the Border, West of the Sun | Haruki Murakami | Book Review

July 26, 2013

south of the border west of the sun haruki murakami book review

By Guest (Chirag Mehta)

PLOT: 4/5

CHARACTERS: 4.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 5/5

CLIMAX: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4.5/5.

After spending almost an hour wondering how to do justice to this work, I’ve realized the best way would be to begin by stating outright what this book isn’t. Firstly it isn’t a …

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Compass Box Killer | Piyush Jha | Book Review

July 26, 2013

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By for Rupa Publications

PLOT: 4/5

CHARACTERS: 4.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

CLIMAX: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5

With over a hundred options, every week, to choose from, selecting a good book to read is a very difficult task. Some go with the cover, some with the author name, some with…

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The Making of Tesco | Sarah Ryle | Book Review

July 24, 2013

the making of tesco sarah ryle book review

By for Random House India

SUBJECT: 4/5

RESEARCH: 3/5

HISTORICAL/ACADEMIC VALUE: 3.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5

We all love shopping. We all love the way so many retail outlets are now giving us the shopping experience that we all have always wanted. We enjoy …

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If the Earth should move | Deepa Agarwal | Book Review

July 23, 2013

if the earth should move deepa agarwal book review

By for Deepa Agarwal

PLOT: 3.5/5

CHARACTERS: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 4.5/5

CLIMAX: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4.5/5

Of late, I have been reading an awful lot of short stories, something I have always tried to keep away from. Not for me the small plots that get over in 10 pages, unless of cour…

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The Redeemers | Suresh Taneja | Book Review

July 22, 2013

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By for Suresh Taneja

PLOT: 4/5

CHARACTERS: 3.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 2.5/5

CLIMAX: 2.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5

Suresh Taneja’s “The Redeemers” shows you an ideal India of 2030. It gives you hope and the power to dream; it is inspiring, but at the end, it gives an idealist way and…

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Never Loseā€¦Head. Heart. Spirit. | T.M. Nagarajan | Book Review

July 21, 2013

never lose head heart spirit tm nagarajan book review

By for T.M. Nagarajan

PLOT: 3/5

CHARACTERS: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

CLIMAX: 2/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

There are many books which excite you, lure you. There are many books which lure you but leave you disappointed. There are many books which repel you but leave you amazed; …

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Business Sutra | Devdutt Pattanaik | Book Review

July 18, 2013

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By for Devdutt Pattanaik

SUBJECT: 4/5

RESEARCH: 3.5/5

RELEVANCE: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 4.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5

I have always known Devdutt Patnaik as a writer on Indian mythology, so when I came across this title – Business Sutra – it was a little surprising. Having studied…

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Ghostman | Roger Hobbs | Book Review

July 17, 2013

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By for Doubleday

PLOT: 3.5/5

CHARACTERS: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 5/5

CLIMAX: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5

I love thrillers and can never have enough of them. Unfortunately, most of the books that I receive for reviewing are either non-fiction or general fiction. I do not leave any chance …

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Entrepreneur 5 P.M. TO 9 A.M. | Kanth Miriyala & Reethika Sunder | Book Review

July 16, 2013

entrepreneur 5pm to 9 am kanth miriyala reethika sunder book review

By for Reethika Sunder

SUBJECT: 4/5

RELEVANCE: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

VALUE ADDITION: 4/5

“Entrepreneurship” – it’s the buzz word today. I want to do it, you want to do it and everybody else wants to do it too. But only a few actually end up doing it. Why? There are many reasons to it – …

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KETAN BHAGAT | Author Interview

July 15, 2013

Meet the most talked about author in recent times. The brother of one of the most popular Indian authors – Chetan Bhagat and the critically acclaimed debut author of the novel “Complete/Convenient”, Ketan has all it takes to be a successful author. So, what makes him different from his brother and h…

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Her Piece of Sky | Deepa Agarwal | Book Review

July 15, 2013

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By for Deepa Agarwal

PLOT: 3.5/5

CHARACTERS: 3.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 4.5/5

CLIMAX: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4.5/5

Short stories may be considered to have a disadvantage compared to a full-fledged novel. They are not afforded the same time and space and so the author has to convey and conn…

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Cherries Aren't Red - Elements | Neha Agarwal | Book Review

July 13, 2013

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By for Neha Agarwal

PLOT: 3.5/5

CHARACTERS: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 2.5/5

CLIMAX: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

Love stories invariably tend to end happily ever after. There is something satisfying about finding out that the couple in question finally did end up together after all the trou…

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The Lost River: On The Trail Of The Sarasvati | Michel Danino | Book Review

July 12, 2013

the lost river on the trail of the sarasvati michel danino book review

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SUBJECT: 5/5

RESEARCH: 4.5/5

HISTORICAL/ACADEMIC VALUE: 5/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 2.5/5

Michel Danino was a French national who left France in 1977, to come to India and has since then lived in India. He has been a voracious scholar and an extensive researc…

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So...U'l...Mate? | Bharat Hegde | Book Review

July 12, 2013

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By for Bharat Hegde

PLOT: 4/5

CHARACTERS: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 3/5

CLIMAX: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4.5/5

Statutory Warning: Reading this book may cause possible side effects like sudden and involuntary bursts of laughter, stomach ache and increased desire to be naughty. Read it at you…

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NISHAT FATIMA | Author Interview

July 11, 2013

A lady from land of “Nawabs”. An avid reader and a passionate photographer. The force behind one of India’s best fashion magazines - Harper's Bazaar. The debut author of the bestseller novel “Seriously, Sitara?”. She is none other than the elegant and charming – Nishat Fatima and she is here at book…

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Romi & Gang | Tushar Raheja | Book Review

July 11, 2013

romi and gang tushar raheja book review

By for Pirates Publishers

PLOT: 2.5/5

CHARACTERS: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 3/5

CLIMAX: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5

In Star Wars, Yoda had said, “Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not.” When I received Tushar Raheja’s “Romi & Gang” from P…

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