Sunday, 7 July 2019

One Monsoon in Mumbai by Anitha Perincherry || Book Review



When I picked this book up, my expectations were not high. One page into the book and I realised that for a debut author, Perincherry's language is polished and she has a flair with her writing style. She begins the novel with a realistic depiction of the city of Mumbai where the novel is set in :

" Mumbai, a puzzle of a city, put together with jagged pieces of wildly fruitful dreams and shattered hopes. Here, some gambled for fame and fortune, some looted, some cut throats. They called it business."

Such a strong opening is bound to draw you in right? I looked at the passage in disbelief weighing the heavy realities summed up into a few words. Although the genre of the novel is Rom com and it eventually loses the intensity of the starting lines, these lines are no less imoactful than literary masterpieces. Which is probably why to sum up, I think One Monsoon in Mumbai showed a great potential- especially that of the author in the language she wields.

Adhith and his father, the Finance Minister are prime suspects of Income Tax Department - they have been apparently looting tax payers money in crores and Seema Rawat is sent as an undercover agent to collect evidence and reveal their fallacies. Although the book classifies as a Rom com it does not get overly cheesy which is one of the most commendable things about this novel.

Seema is clearly the primary protagonist of this novel and her character has been built with a strong background - something that often authors miss. Whatever her present is has been shaped by her past that she is not so proud of. She is rebellious and shares a complicated relationship with her aunt. In a few chapters you come to realise that all her life she has tried to escape from her aunt but found herself with her due to her circumstances. However, they clearly care for each other - it is the unspoken issues between them that probably give rise to the coldness that often prevails between them. Her relationships with Adhith and Vikram are quite strange - and often she fails to draw her boundaries as an undercover agent. However, that is only human.

They undergo several turmoils in the course of the novel and it is clear within the first half that Vikram and Seema make the better match. Meanwhile, Adhith has announced marrying Seema to his father - without any consultation with her. Come to think about it, that is not the only thing that fails to make sense in the novel. I am intrigued by how Seema manages to become Adhith's girlfriend in the first place. Regarding Vikram slowly revealing his concern for Seema- it almost seems forced because there is no major action that leads to the result. The minor events are not convincing enough - and in the pursuit of giving Seema the spotlight we hardly see any other female character who plays a significant role. Sure, there are a few more characters but their names aren't even notable.

To like this novel you have to be in mood for romance.  With no doubt , Vikram is certainly anyone's dream guy. He is caring, he is cute, he is smart and responsible. In the scenes where he is present with Adhith you can clearly sense their contrast - and it almost shocks me how Seema could even act to like the guy. Sure, he is not a villain maybe but he is still quite - to put it in a word- useless. His character does things that makes me want to throw a chair at him and I am sure the author intended to build the character this way for certain reasons and I liked that the author has done a great job with the characters.

Let's talk about the plot of the book - while it is laid down from the very first chapter what the intent of the protagonist is- thus mapping out the plot of the book, it does have it's own twists in the book. Romance is accompanied by working for social factors and never do we find any of the characters forsake their career for their love. If anything, love propels them towards working harder and achieving more important goals and that is one of the best parts about this book. I am glad to not have read yet another Rom com where the characters found love and left the world for it.

 The plot seems linear but while paying close attention I was often confused by the flow of the story and thought that it could have been more polished if the author could have revised it a few times or sent it to an editor. However, that doesn't mean that the plot is bad - it is a complex plot with three characters facing their own problems and for a debut author capturing all these intricacies is definitely quite difficult. Seema is always depicted as a character bothered by her past and so are the ones around her and that shapes all their lives indirectly or directly. She herself is an extremely imperfect character- although she often tries to convince herself that she is capable and strong in several events through the plot. I like the way the author uses events to provide her character sketch instead of plainly stating how she is.

Overall, we could conclude that One Monsoon in Mumbai is very well formed in terms of language, plot and characterisation but lacks polish and clarity at some portions. For a first time this is commendable and I am sure that the author Anitha Perincherry is yet to attain her full potential - and this work is a promising preface to what she is yet to deliver. You can grab the book on Amazon if you want to read One Monsoon in Mumbai!




Magic Required by H. S. Paisley | Fantasy Book Review




"The decided water would be the way I died. But I swam anyways."

The opening lines of the novel were enough to let me know that I had picked up a good read. H S Paisley's Magic Required follows Lochlan Elyll who has visions of deaths which haunt him. I liked three things the most about the book - language, plot and character sketch. The language is typical to most fantasy novels- and manages to instill confidence and assert a strong tone. Any reader will be able to read, relate and take inspiration from several chapters of the book.

Celtic stories and folk tales have always interested me and this novel brings magic to life- in this book Magic is a living entity. In this futuristic novel, the protagonist is a demi God unwilling to come to terms with the past, haunted by nightmares and dilemmas - and it is his flaws that attract me to him. This brings me to the characterisation of the book - within a few chapters you realise that Lochlan's character is very well built-especially because reading about unreal heroes is too cliche and although Lochlan is a brave and strong character- his flaws make him a perfect character.

There are several characters in the novel which add dimension to the plot and I love the fact that the author didn't go all in on just the hero. The author has mingled mythology with contemporary and futuristic themes to create a novel of it's own kind and I would love to read more from her!
Some parts probably could have been more polished - and some themes better dealt with but I liked the majority of the novel! You should totally get this book on Amazon.

Friday, 14 June 2019

Seasons by Priyam Acharya : Poetry Collection Review


When I picked up Seasons by Priyam Acharya, I didn't expect much of it. I have picked up modern Indian poetry quite often and mostly have been utterly disappointed. I was almost taken by surprise when I read the first poem - Glass Shields Glass which vividly captures the poet's thoughts as she sits in a cafe, and looks at a glass top shielding hundreds of tiny glasses. The essence of her poems is mostly love and romance, mostly the passion, often the pain it brings for the person concerned. Some of the ideas portrayed in her poems can get repetitive but her writing style makes up for it. If you enjoy reading descriptive and thoughtful poetry with impeccable language, you may find Seasons interesting!


Priyam Acharya is at her best while writing poems of heart break. In one of my personal favourites, she writes :

' I'm a prisoner of our memories.
But do I call this a prison?
....
I knew not
That a prison could also be a refuge.'

Her poetry is the sort that you would read at 2am at night while thinking about a bad breakup. Her poetry is the sort that acts like a friend's hand on your shoulder after a rough day. It smells of understanding and empathy, something I search for while reading poetry. 

Among the 162 poems, some of her poems also touch on other aspects of human life such as belief, gratitude and power over oneself. I did find a few poems unable to capture the essence of their message due to ineffective wording, but that was a minority in the collection. Also, the concepts in the poem are scattered and I would probably have been happier with a separation of themes. However, overall, Seasons is a book you have to read if you enjoy poetry and poetry collections. If you want to grab this book, click here ! The book would surely entertain beginners and moderate readers :)

Saturday, 23 February 2019

Tick Tock by Rahul Bhandare

Genre: Comic 

Book Length: 27

Price: Rs. 99

Amazon : https://amzn.to/2VgwGpR

Cover: The front cover of the book comprises of animated charcoal sketches of various clock parts that clearly goes with the content of this graphic novel. The classic combination of black and white gives the mere essence of an old school cartoonist, who depicts simple yet meaningful content through the nib of his graphite. The name of the novel finds its place at the upper edge of the book along with the author's name at the lower right-hand corner. The back cover consists of a moral lesson and some comments from the illustrators and the comic artist himself.

Title: The title of the book 'Tick Tock' is in the sink with the feel and message of the graphic novel. This novel basically tells us the story of everyone who is in this struggle of existence, through the symbolic of a mere wristwatch. The extraordinary journey that we all face ultimately leads us to some greater accomplishment in our life at the end. So I feel the tick-tock not only tells us to hold on to what we are doing but also tells fosters the message of "No Pain No Gain" philosophy through this textless piece of beauty.

My Verdict: "Tick-Tock" speaks of the journey of a wristwatch from the point of its formation in a watch factory to it getting sold, transported to different people and finally reaching its fate which signifies the greater purpose of life. This brings back the child in all the adult readers of this graphic novel and gives them a sheer feel of relaxation among the mundane schedules and anxieties of adult life. This graphic novel very subtly speaks the language of life, the good and bad, simple and complicated, however, may be the situation the life just goes on. So its very essential go with the flow of life and go on doing your part of duties and responsibilities and you will finally end up at the place you deserve. This graphic novel has the comic element of its mere sketches in it which will surely make you laugh at times but most importantly it conveys the sensible message of, "What you end up becoming, is something only Time will tell." It was a brisk read and merely takes ten minutes to finish but the values it instils within its readers is definitely one seeks for.

Ratings: 4.0*/5*

Endurer by Kapil Raj : Book Review

Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Write India
Book Length: 216
Price: Rs. 175
Amazon : https://amzn.to/2VdvYd9


Cover: The cover design is as exquisite as the book itself. The grainy, sparkling texture of the cover in its off-white hue appears very aesthetic and soothing to look at. The artistic graphics portraits of two girls, one within the other, facing opposite directions opens up the way to various interpretations, to different readers. On a personal note, I feel that the images portray the protagonist in the story, at two different phases of her life. The white face within the crimson one is symbolic of the endurance of a true 'Endurer' who battled through the grievous adversities that life threw at her and stood up sturdier, rediscovering the meaning of life. The title of the book finds its place in pitch black uppercase fonts, at the top edge of the front cover along with the name of the author at the bottom edge. The back cover consists of the blurb of the book.

Title: The title is apt to the content of the book and goes in sync with the plot of the novel. "Endurer - A Rape Story", puts forth the story of Palak Kapoor, a rape victim and an endurer who didn't let the culprits or the society to get away with what they did to her and made her feel like. Its the story of how she emerged as a human, as a survivor, made her choices at the most vulnerable phases of her life and chose to live, even when she was dead inside. She lived for the people she love; the people who once taught her how precious life is and its worth living than fading away even after the worst, that one faces. The author quotes, "Yes, I was RAPED. But instead of dying. I live it." - is an appeal to every woman out there whose honour and dignity has been at stake at some point of her life to not give up, fight and emerge like an endurer.

Plot: The main plot of the novel is centred around the life of a teenager, Palak who was quite engrossed in her newly setup college life. Newfound love, drugs, catfights, patch ups, crushes, night hangouts and unplanned trips were almost all the things that had now been a part of her experiences. She was rich enough to afford every facility she desired except happiness and a little bit of her mom whom she deeply missed, for she was no more. Her father had no strings attached to her except the monetary support he provided. Palak, therefore, lived with her friends at the hostel and life was moving pretty smooth. Her friend circle particularly liked partying hard, flaunting the freedom they had and live a carefree life. Eventually, one day they ended up at a rave party at a beach house where the most grievous incident of her life took place. Yes, she got raped. This is the moment when the real story begins. The situation or rather the surge of events that took place changed the psychological view of a survivor, made her bolder than before to face life, to confront society and even the culprits. "Endurer" is the story of every woman who did not give up and chose to face the reality as it is and moved on ahead in life dismissing the adversaries.

Characterisation: The author has done a wonderful job in framing each and every character of this novel. Besides the protagonist Palak, the characters of her friends namely Tanya, Ankita, Sam, Arav, Uday, Jahan, Rohin were precisely depicted along with their physical attributes and social status. Even the other sub-characters like the family members of Palak and some of her friends were also depicted quite well. The descriptions clearly reflected their nature and character in the novel. The author introduced the antagonists in a very subtle way, that the reader at beginning of their description could not sense the foul, that is to come from them later. I feel every character perfectly made sense and contributed their part justly in framing the novel.

My Verdict: I personally feel that when one reads a book, it should be done from cover to cover. If not so, then I would not have been here praising the author for such a humble and creative 'acknowledgement' for the book. Kudos to such a creative start. Coming back to the novel I personally felt the book had a slow tedious start but it soon gained pace as "The Catastrophe" came close. Standard usage of the English language along with some skilful depictions of subtle unsaid emotions was beautifully portrayed by the author. I personally felt the plot of the novel compelling and it definitely posses the strength to keep the reader engrossed in it. The built up of the climax is supported by some other stories which played an essential part in evolving the protagonist out of pain and anxiety and face the reality. The author did a commendable job in describing sublime emotions at instances by understanding the psychology of a female protagonist, which is not an easy task to put forth. Lastly, I liked the positivity one attains after finishing this book. The last couple of pages is a sheer boost of motivation to every individual reading the book and upholds a positive outlook towards life and choosing not to die. Overall it was a good read and I hope to read more on socially exclusive sensitive topics from the author, in his upcoming works.

Rating: 4*/5*

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

14 Books That Are WAY Better Than a Valentine!

I said it : Books are better than lovers! If you are looking for some good romance reads, look no more! Best part? You can read all these books for free on Storytel if you enroll for a free trial of 30 days by clicking here !

Normal People by Sally Rooney




Normal People- follows the life of two very normal people Connell and Marianne as they develop a strong relationship. Within the simplicity of this read, is nested a tale of human complications and it would not be hard for any reader to resonate with them. 



Rosie Coloured Glasses by Brianna Wolfson




A bittersweet tale of everlasting love, Rosie Colored Glasses is not merely a story of love- it also deals with the effect divorces have on children, and the unusual narrative makes this read extremely gripping.


Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James



Who needs a valentine when you can just indulge in your fantasies with Fifty Shades? This passionate novel is better read in absolute privacy!


Me Before You by Jojo Moyes



A bubbly girl- a man who has lost his will to live and how their lives change when their paths cross. This is one of the most emotional love stories I have ever read.



P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern



A husband comes back to his wife after his death- in the form of letters he left her which he signs off with " P.S. I Love You" - and shows how can love change your life- even in death.


The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger


Confusing yet absolutely timeless, this novel delves into the life of a Henry and Clare- Henry is a time traveller- his genetic clock resets and he is pulled back and forth in time and he disappears! The novel portrays their struggle of and in being together, despite the obstacles.


Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen



This classic 19th century tale where Darcy and Elizabeth overcome class and societal norms to prioritise love is a must read for everyone- to have a deeper understanding of themselves and the society around them.



Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare Ji


A 13-Year-Old girl dying for love may not be the most convincing thing ever, but Romeo and Juliet happens to be one of the most famous love stories ever!




The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

 

Sometimes, you do not find love. Love finds you. This humorous and light read following two very different people is perfect to tune into on a lonely evening.



Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli



In love with a classmate who he knows as "Blue" A not-so-openly gay Simon is in trouble when his emails fall into the wrong hands. Listed as one of the Top 100 Books on Amazon, it is a must read for anyone who wants to feel the unadulterated essence of love.





A Very Large Expanse Of The Sea by Tahereh Mafi



Normal People- follows the life of two very normal people Connell and Marianne as they develop a strong relationship. Within the simplicity of this read, is nested a tale of human complications and it would not be hard for any reader to resonate with them. 





Like Water by Rebecca Podos


Everything in Vanni's life changes when she meets Leigh,  in this novel of two girls exploring the waters of identity and finding their place in the world. Also, take a moment to appreciate the lovely cover!




Love Story by Erich Segal


A poignant tale of lovers at first sight (although I don't believe in that!) that leaves you thinking. This crisp read is the best for people who do not have much time in hand but want to spend some time reading a good romance. 



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Saturday, 15 December 2018

Beyond The Bench by Sangeeta Dixit : Book Review


It takes Kabir 14 years to get Maya's number. And when he does, their chats and love begin blooming. Will their course of love be smooth? What obstacles lay their way? To know that you have to read 'Beyond The Bench.'

However, there are a lot of things about this book which made me unable to like it. The chapters lack coherence and I was hoping for improvement as the chapters progressed, but on the contrary they stayed the same, making it a difficult job to enjoy the read. There is a clear lack of twists and originality in the story - it is not new and I can not even start counting how many times I have read stories with a similar premise.


The characterisi And there are so many errors in printing and formatting which marr the whole reading experience. The protagonist is overly cheesy, which is quite unexpected after 14 years! There is a moment when Maya falls down, and I assume all humans have fallen at some point of life! But the protagonist delivers some utterly cheesy dialogues and you wonder if she fell on the ground or into a well. And somehow after this day he felt as if all if him belongs to her or something like that. Honestly, I need a break from this cheesiness!

The only good thing about this book was the diary entries of Kabir, a part I genuinely enjoyed for which I will give this book two star out of five. You can grab the book by clicking here if you want to!

Thursday, 29 November 2018

The Invincible Weapon by Sowmya Putta : Review


Recently, I have been taking interest in stories from ancient India and mythology- and The Invincible Weapon is a beautiful blend of both. At a perfect length of 250 pages, this book is ideal for any type of reader should they wish to read an entertaining read on a tight schedule. Somehow, this book made me nostalgic about a lot of stuff I had learnt during history classes and the context is pretty new : The plot, quite well thought upon. The title is very relevant to the plot of the story, so is the lovely cover that startles you at a glance. While children and teenagers will enjoy this book immensely, it is not impossible for adults to like it as well!

The plot begins when the sons of the king are summoned by Maharshi Gavistha, a reportedly old rishi who had trained their grandfather. The summonations brings with it an undercurrent of fear, as the prologue trails off and we find Abhi and Kanu in the Gurukul - a new experience for the young princes who have seldom wandered outside palace life. They will be facing enemies who have been attacking Mahadroni, and having the power of being invisible to human eye - their enemies are already way ahead of their capabilities. To counter such an attack, one needs 'The Invincible Weapon'. To know what that is - read this book!

The language is lucid and does not elaborate without purpose. All the characters are well worked upon and do not lack dimension, which is something I appreciate. It is ideal for any age owing to its family friendly concept, and if you want alternatives to usual bedtime stories, this may as well serve the purpose. I only have one complaint against the novel, and that would probably be the climax. For a book so skillfully composed, I failed to enjoy the fate and ending of the novel and probably would have enjoyed something unpredictable. Also, I would demand for more stories within the plot to make it more interesting as a novel. Nevertheless, it makes a great read and I would rate it 3.5 stars out of 5!

Buy the book here.

Sunday, 25 November 2018

We Have Always Lived in The Castle by Shirley Jackson : Book Review

Around about the time when my batch mates were busy getting hyped about Shirley Jackson's Haunting of The Hill House being adapted into a Netflix Series, I decided to read something a bit different. That was when I picked up We Have Always Lived in The Castle



There is something inviting in the creepy cover, two strange sisters being observed by a number of people. The cover resonates with the story itself, a gothic mystery full of a dark aura following the lives of two sisters and their lunatic uncle. The Blackwoods were struck by a tragedy a few years ago, when four members of the family died due to arsenic poisoning. The elder sister Constance has been indoors ever since, her connection with the outer world being her sister Merricat who travels to the town for their daily needs. Every time she goes out, her eyes meet curious eyes, as everyone is aware and doubtful of their tragedy. While some are genuinely concerned about the Blackwoods, most treat them with a mean and attacking attitude.

The book is written in a brilliant narrative, in fairly simple langugage and you keep wondering about what is going on in the mind of the characters. One of the themes explored by Jackson is the 'otherness' of these characters, in a strange house that is almost isolated from the rest of the locality.  You constantly notice their difference and while it at first strikes you as strange, you grow familiar. Judy Oppenheimer, Jackson's biographer observes that in Constance and Merricat we find "the ying and yang of Shirley's own self". Both of them are quite realistic, only that sometimes you see their sanity taken over by something sinister. 

I would certainly want more of Jackson after this, and if you want to grab this book, you can get it here


Thursday, 22 November 2018

Fluid by Ashish Jaiswal : Book Review


As I begin writing this review, my mind wanders off to the days that followed my 10th Board Results. I had decided to take up Science for +2 and wanted to do English honors in future. My logic was simple - English is a common subject for all streams, and science genuinely interested me. But everywhere, everyone was asking me the same question -

'Why take up Science if you want to pursue arts in future?'

I wish I could introduce them to this book. This may be one of the very few non fiction reads that I have loved and enjoyed in the recent past. The concept of fluid is something all of us must be well acquainted with - of not letting ourselves being boxed into certain categories to realise the best of our potentials. The examples put forth in the book are also brilliant and the author has surely spent several years in research for the high value this book provides. I truly felt even more confident about my decisions after this read, because indeed, one can't be boxed into merely three categories.

The biggest takeaway from this book is to remember that one is capable of more than one talent, more than one stream, more than one job - let us not let our spirits be boxed in boxes created by social structures and let it be fluid. The author takes examples from some of the biggest business tycoons, artists and creators of eternity and shows how if they can, so can we! He blends the fictional characters of the real world into this creations and warns us about how much trouble one can get in if one still endorses an anti-fluid mindset.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone or any age - irrespective of what they pursue. This book has value for everyone. Go and buy the book by clicking here ! And huge respect to Sir Ashish Jaiswal for creating this masterpiece.

Monday, 29 October 2018

Can a Curse be Broken by True Love ? Read The Tiger King by Rahul Balaji to Know!


"Growing up I always saw myself as the beast,  this aliented person, seeking a way out of his curse."

said the author, when I informed him that I was sensing the motif of beauty and the beast in his book - The Tiger King. A fictionalised account that served as a means to escape from the author's reality - this book is now published and available for purchase and I must say, this is a very new and enthralling novel. If you like good old romance in a brand new pot, buy this book by clicking here.

The curse of a total bloodline, that causes the males of the family to transform into a tiger on the full moon night - can only be overcome with the power of true love. The victim of this 300 year old curse, Vanraj Sisodia, our very cool crown prince who goes to college, is situated pretty well on the modern map. Here he meets the timid yet brave Lasya - a teenage witch during his Psychology classes. Sparks instantly fly, as Lasya comes to an understanding of Vanraj and his life - thanks to her talent of reading people! ( I wish we all had that, would save us from so many bad experiences)

To know about what obstacles come their way ( because so many do!), whether their love is fulfilled, whether Vanraj's curse breaks - you ought to grab the book. And did I mention the lovely writing style and narrative? The language Balaji has used in this book of perfect for readers who like good language and even better for beginners who want to add a lot of words to their vocabulary as they go.

The only think I disliked about this book was some parts where you fail to understand why a character is behaving in a particular manner. A sequel is probably going to justify majority of them, but the end left me a bit shocked.

Overall, I rate this book 4 stars of 5 stars and must admit that this was one of these very rare novels of romance and finding true love motif that I enjoyed.

Buy this Book on Amazon !

Friday, 5 October 2018

Weekend Tips and Updates!

Sending some love your way!

Hey Guys, this is your nerdy friend Helly initiating a Weekend Tips and Updates Segment to provide you with some information and hacks that may help you lead a better life ahead !

App you may try


Blue Light Fliter - If your work is anything like mine, you must have this app installed to protect your eyes from harmful blue light that your phone radiates. This app has helped me sleep better and I highly recommend it.

Facts I learnt

● Porcupine Quills can be used for murder!
● Cheetahs can't roar
● There was a chicken in Colorado that lived for 18 months after its head was cut off!

Website I have been browsing

Scroll.in - I specially liked their book related section - but they cover a wide range of topics that I absolutely recommend.

What I'm Reading

I'm currently reading The Time Traveller's Wife and I am absolutely digging it - though the narrative is sort of weird!
 

 Alongside, I am reading the 5 Second Rule in Non fiction genre, which has already started making an impact in my life and you must read all books by Mel Robbins if you want to have a successful business.

You Must Buy




To Do List Planner - This purchase helps me stay organised through the month and bring out the most of my week. Use it to mark pages, remember notes and scribble anything you want to. Get it from Amazon or a local store!

Quote of the Week

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.
- Dr. Seuss

I hope you find this post helpful - don't forget to let me know through a comment 😊 I'll see you again next week!

Love,
Helly!



Thursday, 30 August 2018

Chanakya by Ashok K Banker | Book Review

Even if you were found snoring while reading history, there is no way you could have overlooked the role of Chanakya in Chandragupta's reign. Banker's first installment in this trilogy follows the life of the massive personality of Chanakya whose works are of great significance till date and are often taught in higher education.

Commencing in Pataliputra during the reign of Nanda, this book holds together a great deal of history. We find Vishnu Gupta the brightest in his class, and his smartness outsmarts even his seniors. Throughout the book you can find several instances where his wit seldom delineates his character as prudent and arrogant child.

In the very first chapter, he proves his extreme brilliance in class by memorising the whole of the Rig Veda during his vacations. His father later scolds him for showing off, but his mother questions why he shouldn't shine. To this, the father replies -

'... it's not about learning. It's about blending in '

Human psyche has seldom underwent a change and we still are afraid to be round pegs in square holes just as our ancestors were. The characterisation of Vishnu Gupta outshines every other character, certainly in a positive manner. Having read and loved Banker before, I indeed love what and how he writes. My only complaint is that this book is a bit too thin and ends too soon for a reader who was enjoying it.


You can grab the book on Amazon.
I Rate Chanakya 4/5 Stars.