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My Beloved's MBA Plans | Disha | Book Review

September 30, 2013

my beloveds mba plans disha book review

By  for Srishti Publishers

SUBJECT: 3.5/5

RESEARCH: 3/5

WRITING STYLE: 3/5

RELEVANCE: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5

“The challenge of work-life balance is without question one of the most significant struggles faced by modern man” said Mr. Stephen Covey, a coveted author and…

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English Bites | Manish Gupta | Book Review

September 26, 2013

english bites manish gupta book review

By  for Manish Gupta

SUBJECT: 4/5

RELEVANCE: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5

English is the world’s local language. As of 2012, 1.4 billion people used English, either as a primary, or as a secondary language. This number is only increasing every year. Its rise to pr…

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Musings of an Indian Horror Writer

September 24, 2013

By Manish Mahajan 

For the past few days, I have been reading “The Penguin Book of Indian Ghost Stories” edited by Ruskin Bond. In the introduction, Bond writes ‘Ghosts do not recognize our impermanent, man-made frontiers. Still, for the purpose of this anthology, we have adopted the geographica…

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The King's Deception | Steve Berry | Book Review

September 23, 2013

the king

By  for Hodder & Stoughton

PLOT: 4/5

CHARACTERS: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

CLIMAX: 4.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5

For an author, it is not enough to have a good story to tell. It is also important to make sure that the right amounts of suspense are interspersed in the narration to keep th…

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The Disappearance of Tejas Sharma | Manish Mahajan | Book Review

September 23, 2013

the disappearance of tejas sharma manish mahajan book review

By  for Manish Mahajan

PLOT: 4.5/5

CHARACTERS: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 5/5

Beyond the realms of men, there is a world; a world where the unknown and the unexplained resides, a world which information and education can’t reasonably explain, a world where the e…

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The Kill Room | Jeffery Deaver | Book Review

September 21, 2013

the kill room jeffery deaver book review

By  for Hachette India

PLOT: 5/5

CHARACTERS: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

CLIMAX: 4.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 5/5

What is the most important thing you look for in a thriller or action novel? My first pick is always the protagonist. I tend to judge thriller novels depending on the characteri…

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5 Reasons Why I Love Being a Book Reviewer

September 18, 2013

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Reading has always been my passion; but writing, not so. I am not a wizard with words, my writing isn’t funny and above all, 90% of the time I write, I suffer writer’s block. Words do not come easily to me and am yet to find my muse. So when the idea to start a book review service struck me…

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One Hundred Years of Solitude | Gabriel Garcia Marquez | Book Review

September 18, 2013

one hundred years of solitude gabriel garcia marquez book reviewBy Sudhakar Gupta (Guest)

PLOT: 4/5

CHARACTERS: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 4.5/5

CLIMAX: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

Salman Rushdie calling it 'The greatest novel in any language of the last fifty years' and The New York Times wishing to make it 'required reading for the entire human race' wer…

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None but Him | Tina G. | Book Review

September 16, 2013

none but him tina g book review

By  for Tina G.

PLOT: 3/5

CHARACTERS: 2/5

WRITING STYLE: 2/5

CLIMAX: 2/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 2/5

A romantic story is a tricky thing to write. On one hand, the author needs to make sure that the affections of the protagonists are clearly depicted to the readers. On the other hand, the …

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Love and Lokpal | Pooja Wanpal | Book Review

September 12, 2013

love and lokpal pooja wanpal book review

By  for Paperclip Books

PLOT: 3.5/5

CHARACTERS: 3.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 4.5/5

CLIMAX: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4.5/5

Amidst the large number of books, every once in a while there comes along one which, as a reviewer, you would really enjoy. Not just the story, but the style of writing, …

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The Competent Authority | Shovon Chowdhury | Book Review

September 10, 2013

the competent authority shovon chowdhury book review

By  for Aleph Book Company

PLOT: 3/5

CHARACTERS: 5/5

WRITING STYLE: 5/5

CLIMAX: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

A satire is almost always an interesting read. Masterly crafted words burn every significant thing to ground; it defies authority and authority is made the subject of its pu…

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Wise Enough to be Foolish | Gauri Jayaram | Book Review

September 8, 2013

wise enough to be foolish gauri jayaram book review

By  for Jaico Publishers

PLOT: 3.5/5

CHARACTERS: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

CLIMAX: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

Everybody loves a good biography. It inspires us, seduces us to dream big in spite of humble backgrounds, and gives us a sneak peek into the life of the author. I am no ex…

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The Guardians of Karma | Mohan Vizhakat | Book Review

September 7, 2013

the guardians of karma mohan vizhakat book review

By  for Srishti Publishers

PLOT: 3.5/5

CHARACTERS: 2.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

CLIMAX: 2.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 2.5/5

Mythology is a subject of interpretation. Indian mythologies like Ramayana and Mahabharata have been decoded and re-written many times and in many different ways ov…

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Fire in the Rain | Surendra Mohanty | Book Review

September 4, 2013

fire in the rain surendra mohanty book review

By for Surendra Mohanty

PLOT: 3.5/5

CHARACTERS: 3/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

CLIMAX: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

Detective novels are always fun to read. Most plots always keep the reader guessing as to who the culprit is and what clues he’s left behind. And such detective novels are in…

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The Superstar Syndrome: The Making of a Champion | Myra S. White and Sanjay Jha | Book Review

September 3, 2013

the superstar syndrome the making of a champion book review

By for Random House India

SUBJECT: 3.5/5

REASERCH: 3.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

RELEVANCE: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

“Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.”

– Bruce Lee.

The…

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