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Jim Morgan and the Seven Sins | Bharat Madan | Book Review

February 28, 2017

Jim Morgan and the Seven Sins | Bharat Madan | Book ReviewBy Sankalpita

PLOT: 4.5/5

CHARACTERS: 4.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 4.5/5

CLIMAX: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4.5/5

After a long time I got the opportunity to read a fantasy thriller. This is a rather rare genre amongst the Indian authors and hence not many people want to dabble their hands…

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19th Akshauhini: Algorithm of the Gita | Haribakth & Vaishnavi | Book Review

February 27, 2017

19th Akshauhini: Algorithm of the Gita | Haribakth & Vaishnavi | Book ReviewBy Sankalpita

SUBJECT: 4/5

RESEARCH: 4.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5

The book is an attempt to peep into the infinite knowledge that Bhagwat Gita has to offer. Bhagwat Gita or simply Gita is a collection of 700 Sanskrit verses based upon the Hindu epic of Mahabhar…

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Ghost Stories from the Raj | Ruskin Bond | Book Review

February 22, 2017

Ghost Stories from the Raj | Ruskin Bond | Book ReviewBy Sankalpita

SUBJECT: 4/5

CHARACTERS: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5

Ghost Stories from the Raj makes for an exceptional read. It is one of those reads which is sometimes perilously funny and yet other times quite creepy but at the end of the day it sure is an entertaining read. I pi…

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Tales and Legends from India | Ruskin Bond | Book Review

February 22, 2017

Tales and Legends from India | Ruskin Bond | Book ReviewBy Sankalpita

CONCEPT: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

RESEARCH: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

“India is more than a land, it is an atmosphere” says the famous author Ruskin Bond who, incidentally is also the author of this book. In his introduction of this book, he mentions that this …

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Blemishing the Odds | Harish Penumarthi | Book Review

February 21, 2017

Blemishing the Odds | Harish Penumarthi | Book ReviewBy Sankalpita

PLOT: 3/5

CHARACTERS: 3.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 3/5

CLIMAX: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5

There is something about coming of age novels that appeals to the reader and also the teenager in me. Such books often leave me reminiscing about my own “good old days” and they o…

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Stripped to the Bone | Ghada Alatrash | Book Review

February 15, 2017

Stripped to the Bone | Ghada Alatrash | Book ReviewBy Sankalpita

SUBJECT: 4/5

RELEVANCE: 4.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5

Syrians are probably the most unlucky people in this world. All the war and violence has not left them any peace let alone a normal family life. Ghada Alatrash in this compelling piece of fictio…

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The Alien Conspiracy | Krishna Sriteja D. | Book Review

February 3, 2017

The Alien Conspiracy | Krishna Sriteja D | Book ReviewBy Sankalpita

PLOT: 4/5

CHARACTERS: 3.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

CLIMAX: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

It’s not every day that you come across an Indian science fiction novel and thus finally when you find one, it is hard to resist oneself from the lures of it. The first thing wh…

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The Diary Boys | Rohit Raj Chauhan | Book Review

February 3, 2017

The Diary Boys | Rohit Raj Chauhan | Book Review

By Sankalpita

PLOT: 3/5

CHARACTERS: 3.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 3/5

CLIMAX: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5

Coming of age novels are always an interesting read. They are like time machines, taking us back into time and making us relive all the beautiful memories of the past. The Dairy…

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Despite Love | Siddhartha Srivastava | Book Review

January 31, 2017

Despite Love | Siddhartha Srivastava | Book ReviewBy Sankalpita

PLOT: 3/5

CHARACTERS: 3.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 3/5

CLIMAX: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5

After a long time I chanced upon a murder mystery and that too from a debut author and since murder mystery is one genre that has a very high probability of a good entertainment quo…

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My Father is a Hero | Nishant Kaushik | Book Review

January 24, 2017

My Father is a Hero | Nishant Kaushik | Book ReviewBy Sankalpita

PLOT: 3.5/5

CHARACTERS: 3.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

CLIMAX: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

I picked up this book because the name suggested a different storyline and to be honest the title got me a bit intrigued. I was sent a copy of this book by Srishti Publishers …

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A Walk In The Rain | Udai Yadla | Book Review

January 17, 2017

A Walk In The Rain | Udai Yadla | Book Review

By Sankalpita

PLOT: 4/5

CHARACTERS: 4.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 4.5/5

CLIMAX: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4.5/5

I love it when debut Indian authors outdo your expectations of them by a large margin. Whenever a debut author comes my way, I am usually sceptical and a little scared too b…

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Exile : A Memoir | Taslima Nasreen | Book Review

December 9, 2016

Exile : A Memoir | Taslima Nasreen | Book ReviewBy Sankalpita

SUBJECT: 3.5/5

CANDIDNESS: 4.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5

Taslima Nasreen is a household name in India. The Bangladeshi author has been always in news no matter what. She is a brave soul for in spite of all the “fatwas” in her name and the “bounti…

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Coraline | Neil Gaiman | Book Review

December 7, 2016

Coraline | Neil Gaiman | Book ReviewBy Sankalpita

PLOT: 4/5

CHARACTERS: 4.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

CLIMAX: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4.5/5

I live in the small town of Hosapete near Hampi in Karnataka. They aren’t much choices available to buy books here, and so whenever I get a chance I travel to the nearby Hubli and…

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The Laughing Skull | Ruskin Bond | Book Review

December 7, 2016

The Laughing Skull | Ruskin Bond | Book ReviewBy Sankalpita

STORIES: 4/5

THEME: 4.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4.5/5

Ruskin Bond is a household name in India. He is a living legend and he continues to inspire millions of Indians with his stories. The Laughing Skull by him is a book which I recently got a chance …

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I'd Rather Read | Various Authors | Book Review

December 7, 2016

By Sankalpita

CONCEPT: 4/5

EXECUTION: 3.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

Childhood is the time when we are free to pursue our interests without any hindrances and stress. There is no burden and there is no pressure. It is this time when we form our own delica…

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A Quiet Life In The Country | T E Kinsey | Book Review

November 25, 2016

A Quiet Life In The Country | T E Kinsey | Book ReviewBy Sankalpita

PLOT: 3.5/5

CHARACTERS: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 3/5

CLIMAX: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

These days I have become a huge fan of the Netgalley platform for that is where I choose majority of my “to read” titles from. This book too is another one of my Netgalley picks a…

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Skyfire | Aroon Raman | Book Review

November 24, 2016

Skyfire | Aroon Raman | Book ReviewBy Sankalpita

PLOT: 4.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 4.5/5

CHARACTERS: 4/5

CLIMAX: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4.5/5

It’s not every day that you come across a great book but when you do, it is hard to pull yourself out of it and get back to your normal routine. Aroon Raman’s Skyfire is one suc…

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Should I...Fall In Love | Shradha Khanna | Book Review

November 22, 2016

By Sankalpita 

PLOT: 3/5

CHARACTERS: 3.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 3/5

CLIMAX: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

Love stories are the order of the day. They sell like hotcakes and hence there is never a dearth of good love stories even when it is the stereotypical boy meets girl story. I w…

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Songs of Stone | Sujata S. Sabnis | Book Review

November 12, 2016

By Sankalpita Songs of Stone | Sujata S. Sabnis | Book Review

PLOT: 4.5/5

CHARACTERS: 5/5

WRITING STYLE: 4.5/5

CLIMAX: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4.5/5

Close your eyes and think about these two words – monument and eternal love. If you are somebody from India (though I believe it will be true for most people around the world …

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Dissent | Deepak Kaul | Book Review

November 8, 2016

Dissent | Deepak Kaul | Book Review

By Sankalpita

STORIES: 3/5

THEME: 2/5

CHARACTERS: 3/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

“A Short story is a different thing all together- a short story is like a kiss in the dark from a stranger” – Stephen King

Another quote says that a story should be…

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