Party Girls: Nothing is Taboo is a mediocre read that sheds some necessary light on the fast growing business of lust and carnal pleasure, where girls sell their bodies to maintain a luxurious lifestyle that they otherwise can’t afford.
More often than not books give us life lessons that prove to be way more effective than classroom sessions. This is especially true in the case of memoirs and biographies. Hamari Gyano is one such book that gives us helpful insights into the world of law and order and how it is designed to reap lucrative dividends from the very people that it is meant to protect.
For someone who loves the allure of fantasy universes more than anything in the world, the book does have something to offer. Dynamic and larger-than-life characters trapped in dangerous and often life-threatening adventures set against the background of a possible good vs evil apocalypse is something that surely promises a decent dose of entertainment.
The God Who Loved Motorbikes is not just a book. It is a feeling; it is a journey in itself that is so wondrous and yet sometimes so incongruous. It is a battle fought in tandem with a never-ending quest for an elusive god – not the god who loved motorbikes but the god of all motorbikes.
Because It’s Love is a bag of mixed emotions. The story is pretty elaborate and detailed. The message and the underlying moral lessons are also appreciated but the writing fails to rise up to the plot. Its written in a style that is often shaky, hasty and monotonous.
The Green Room is a pretty decent book for somebody looking for mild horror. Set in a centuries old boarding school of Nainital, the book certainly gets the backdrop right. After all, there is something hauntingly beautiful about the lonely forests and the desolate roads of Himalayan towns.
No Trespassing is a book that only comes once in a while. With such an intriguing theme, a decent array of characters, some nail-biting and toe-curling narratives, a befitting climax and suspense laced writing – it is a really good book; one that I would certainly recommend to all my readers.
North Korea’s Hidden Revolution is a book that showcases a much less dramatic and neutral side of North Korea. It tells us a tale not of a pseudo-dystopian regime but that of a nation yearning for change. At the same time, it brings to us honest and sincere voices from the other side of the border.
Koi Good News? is a book that makes you laugh and laugh without inhibitions. With some very witty writing, a generous dose of local Punjabi influence, an informal language, relatable characters and an effortless narrative – the book is a perfect way to pass a dull afternoon or a boring night.
The Lost Faith is more than just a story. It is a call for urgency; it is a call for action. By the means of a thrilling story, the author urges us to take note of and realize the drastic consequences of irresponsible tourism. In the process, he also sheds light on the importance of keeping our minds open and free from orthodoxy.
Issa Rae has a take on almost everything under the sun and her takes are not just unusual but also quite comical. While, the book isn’t the laughing-out-loud variety, there is surely some good old (often self-deprecating) humour in those two hundred odd pages.
A strong female character, simple language, teenage group dynamics, local influences of the neighborhood, the exciting and tantalizing world of rapping, and a powerful underlying theme – all of it together makes sure that On the Come Up turns out to be a worthy read.