Book Review46: A PERFECT DRUG by CHAITANYA SAINI

TITLE: A PERFECT DRUG

LANGUAGE: English

PUBLISHER: Pakshi Publication

GENRE: Spiritual fiction

FORMAT: Paperback

PAGES: 454

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Buddha meditated for six years, and Shiva had his mountain. Could there be a drug that might induce enlightenment? A substance that could cause us to attain a heightened state of consciousness, the gaining of a perspective that perforates this veil of maya, revealing the divine in us and others a well? One that makes us perceive that the biggest problem of the world isn’t global warming, air pollution, or overpopulation, but is a global demented state of consciousness, the demon of ignorance that has ingested this whole wide world? Ananya synthesizes such a divine drink with immense difficulty, and tends it with great care—but the attainment of power often brings its abuse. It an attempt to beat the demon outside, he mutes all the voices contrary to his ambition including his much-revered intuition. He fails miserably but his torture endures. Does his indulgence keep Ananya entangled in the web of illusion, or will he emerge a true, conscious being, devoid of all attachments? Is the answer he has to discover for himself.

Phew… Finally, I finished the book. It took me long, really long to finish this one. But once done, I can say that you should not hurry up to finish this one.

A PERFECT DRUG by CHAITANYA SAINI is a blend of spirituality and sci-fi It’s more of a self help kind of book. The story revolves around Ananya, who had a scientific bent of mind. He wanted to study physics at prestigious St Stephen College Delhi but by twist of fate got to study chemistry. Ananya’s life was like any other boy of his age till his girlfriend Anushree left him. He was devastated and took refuge in drugs. That is when he thought of inventing a drug, a perfect drug, that could enhance mental ability and spiritual energy. It helped him see which normal human eyes can’t. He could manipulate people by studying their chakras and auras. But did this give him the peace and made him happy?

The cover of the book, a blend of colours, indicates spiritual energy and is eye catching. The title THE PERFECT DRUG seems perfect and is in sync with the story.

The book has too many characters. Author has done a good job weaving these characters in the story, immaculately. Protagonist Ananya’s character has a great appeal.

The plot is fresh and different. It is a blend of many genres.

The only problem, I found, with the book is its length. Some of the events, characters and philosophies are explained in more detail than needed. This makes the book draggy at times.

But leaving aside that the book is a great piece of work and author deserves an applause for such a unique plot.

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Book Review 45: ENDURER: A RAPE STORY by KAPIL RAJ

TITLE: ENDURER

LANGUAGE: English

GENRE: Crime fiction

PUBLISHER: Write India Publishers

FORMAT: Paperback

PAGES: 224

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Now, A National Bestseller. 
Life was a fun fed roller coaster: New found love, drugs, cat-fights, patch ups, crushes, night hangouts, and unplanned trips. Like any girl, not in the wildest dream, Palak could imagine that after attending a Rave Party, she will wake up to the horror of finding herself raped. 

In traumatic conditions and struggle between sanity and hallucinations, she is compelled by the circumstances to leave her world. Already fighting a war within, her stances take a toll witnessing horrifying tales of women and girls. Little did she know that this catastrophe was not enough for one lifetime, and a storm – was just cooling its heels. 

Will she be able to carve her path while facing the rapists, her tyrant father, appearances of her passed away mother? Should Palak let her life to be decided by people, society, and taboos? Would justice return her life or revenge lend her peace? 

A heart-rending story of a girl, whose beliefs and honor has been battered, stands up to make choices, rediscovering the meaning of life. 

Endurer is the story of a girl Palak living a carefree life, having her fair share of parties and late night outings with her gang of friends, just like any other girl of her age. She wears what she likes and parties when and where she wants to. Little does she know that what price she is going to pay for this carefree way of life.

Her world turns upside down when, on one such outings she is doped heavily and goes through what can be the worst nightmare for a woman. She is raped by one of her friends and the video of this rape is all over the social media. In that video it was made to look like a consented act. However, she has no memory of any such thing happened. Her bruises and the flashes of the night is the only thing she is left with.

The reality was far more scary, heart wrenching and different from the video. How does she come to terms with life? How does she unearth the events of that particular night?

The cover of the book is very engaging but I disagree a little with the title ENDURER – A Rape Story. To me it’s the story of resilience.

The book very strongly conveys that the people with sick mindset just need an excuse to rape a woman. Palak and Meethi are two girls come from different backgrounds but meet the same fate because their molester has conveniently figure out some or other reason to abuse them and think that the apctions were instigated by victim and hence it’s justified. But at the same time, though the story started with ill effects of doping but towards the end lost the effect.

The characters are strong and effectively portrayed. They leave an impact.

The language is lucid and simple. But book is full of errors and needs a serious editing.

Overall the book carries a strong message.

Book Review 44: DONE WITH HER by CHIRASREE BOSE

TITLE: DONE WITH HER

LANGUAGE: English

PUBLISHER: Evincepub Publishing

GENRE: Fiction/ Mystery

FORMAT: Paperback

PAGES: 86

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A gripping tale of love, lust, obsession and murder. It’s a kick in the guts. Love that’s raw, lust that’s insane and obsession that’s frantically irresistible. Twists will keep you on the edge while the truth will stab at your subconscious. Avesh Mathur, a techie stumbles upon the enchanting and sultry Spreeha at work. Every man in his office wants to have her. But he is struck with horror. She happens to resemble a girl from his past. The past that he’d do anything to keep under wraps. Spreeha lives next door to Avesh. She watches him furtively day and night even though she has a lover. He intrigues her, however, she’s not done with her lover. She wants them both because they remind her of someone. What tragedy awaits Avesh? Is the girl he’s madly falling for as beautiful on the inside as on the outside? Will he finally have to face the frightening truth that he’s been stashing for two years?

What seemed to be a light hearted love story from the title, ended up to be a suspense thriller. It is the story of love, lust, social evils, obsession and revenge.

Spreeha and Avesh are neighbours and work in the same office. But there is more to it. He gets attracted to her as Spreeha reminds him of someone from his past. She, too, shows interest in him, in spite of her being married. No one has any clue about who her husband is. Does Spreeha really loves him or it is a trap. Vrijen and Dheeraj, Avesh’s friends seem to be hiding something from him. Who is behind all the murders happening around Avesh? Story reveals all the things one by one.

The book talks about strong human emotions and a social evil that any honourable and sane society will be ashamed of.

The Title, though, sounds misleading in the first few chapters but towards the end sounds meaningful. The cover could have been better. The blurb doesn’t give away much about the genre of the book and make it look like a tragic love story.

The story has fast pace but narration could have been better. The switch between Spreeha and Avesh side of story is confusing at times. Characters, too, could have been sketched better. Some of them appear suddenly without any background information and the motive behind some of their actions was not made clear. However, the story succeeds to keep you intrigued especially when the layers starts opening up. The twist in the penultimate chapter shocks you.

Overall the book is a good one time read.

3.5/5 stars

Book Review 43: BESTSELLER by AHMED FAIYAZ

TITLE: BESTSELLER

LANGUAGE: English

PUBLISHER: Rupa Publications

GENRE: Fiction/ Satire

FORMAT: Paperback

PAGES: 190

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Akshay Mathur, an out of work editor of a defunct literary magazine in the UK, is told to move to India for a year to help shore up the value of Kalim, an ailing Indian publisher. 
Akshay finds himself in a job where he has to do the impossible. Angus Lee, the new owner of Thomson Lee Books, wants at least five bestsellers in the coming year, failing which the business would be wound up. 
He has to find a way of making a success out of books he would never publish or would never even read. To complicate things further, he has to contend with motley crew of has-beens and misfits working for the publishing house as well as wannabe writers, dealing with their follies and derisive tactics, and battle his own affections for Zorah Kalim, the impulsive daughter of his former boss. 
Will he succeed in bringing out that one ‘bestseller’ from his publishing house? And what about his own life and love in office? Find out in this riveting read.

Bestseller by Ahmed Faiyaz is a jaunty, rib tickling tale of a failed writer and editor of a fossilised magazine in London, sent to India to revive a moribund publishing house. He has been tasked to come up with five best sellers in a span of one year to ensure his entry back to England and the publishing world there. Thus begins his journey in publishing world in India which was painful and emotionally draining sometimes and side-splitting at others. He has to deal with nerd sales-head Tarun, self- obsessed actor turned author Roshan Khan, over- confident businessman Sudhir, a politician Joshi who wants Akshay to ghostwrite for him and wannabe writers who hound him to get their book published. He learns a lot about manipulations, cheap publicity stunts and fake alliances for success. At his work place, he meets Zohra, only daughter of his ex boss who comes as a refreshing change in his otherwise dull and doomed life. Does he achieve the much desired and most needed success and makes it back to England?

Author Ahmed through this book has highlighted the harsh realities of publishing word in a very light hearted manner.

The title and cover of the book is simple yet seem most appropriate. Blurb is crisp and concise.

The plot is fast paced, hilarious and full of twists and turns. I particularly enjoyed the way protagonist deals with strange characters around him.

The characters are beautifully portrayed and evolves with the story. Akshay’s character is certainly the show- stealer.

Language is simple, lucid and error free.

Overall the book is an interesting and intelligent piece of work, having all the ingredients in right proportion to make it live upto its name.

Book Review 42: DEATH AND DISHONOUR: REVENGE IS EVERYTHING by ABHIMANYU SAXENA and TANMOY BASAK

TITLE: DEATH AND DISHONOUR

LANGUAGE: English

GENRE: Crime Thriller

PUBLISHER: Kalamos Literary Services LLP

FORMAT: Kindle

PAGES: 330

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Arjun Rathore had it all – a loving wife, honourable job, and loyal friends. What could go wrong in his perfect life? – Everything! 

A recent tragedy has unhinged Inspector Arjun Rathore of Delhi Police from his life as a decorated cop, but he has no idea that he has just skimmed the surface. The story follows him to the very depths of a conspiracy as he learns and even questions the reality that is known to him. His demons haunting him and his loved ones in crosshairs, he ends up on the wrong side of the law he once swore to protect. 
Operating from out of sight with blurring lines of trust, he tries to find answers in a haystack of questions. What will he unravel in the process? Will it help him or just force him to feed his demons within?

Death and Dishonour is a fast paced crime thriller with all the Bollywood masala. Arjun Rathore, a decorated police officer, was leading a happy life with his wife Shikha and friends Aditi, Pratap, Ajeet and Alan. But destiny had a different plan for him. His happy home crashed down around him by the sudden and painful death of his wife Shikha in a car accident. It didn’t end there, his friend Aditi was murdered brutally and Arjun was framed for the murder of Aditi.

Thus began the terrible tale of chase, hiding, shootouts, friends turning foes and vice versa. Arjun was desperate to prove his innocence but he was miserably failing to do so. Every clue, every person he reached to was cleverly eliminated.

Aditi had left for clues for him and to solve the mystery, he had to understand those clues.

Could Arjun decipher those clues and unearth the mystery and mystery man behind all the conspiracy?

The cover of the book itself is mysterious, a man carrying a weapon whose face is not clear. The story reveals that face.

The title is okay but it could be more interesting and intense.

The plot is fast faced and involves many subplots. Some of them are crisp but some are little draggy and seem inessential. Lot of sequences seem to be repetitive, especially the fight scenes.

The language is simple and intelligible.

The characters are, though, nicely portrayed but somewhere I found them larger than life. Protagonist Arjun is portrayed as a superhero who has no rib, no teeth unbroken yet is very swift and agile.

Overall the book is a fast paced read that is capable of keeping you on the edge of your seat. You will find yourself eluding sleep to read chapter after chapter. I am waiting for part 2, eagerly.

Book Review 42: NUMI: THE GUARDED LOOP by NUPUR SANDHU

TITLE: NUMI: THE GUARDED LOOP

LANGUAGE: English

GENRE: Spiritual Fiction

FORMAT: Kindle

PAGES: 120

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“NUMI The Guarded Loop” takes us through the mystic, beautiful and intriguing journey of Nuha, a sensitive young girl. She has already hit the quintessential milestones of life, yet continues to look for the oasis, searching within her soulful realms for vistas unknown. Life is seldom all about the crust. It is an inexplicable amalgamation of memories, insights and the miniature droplets of self-realization we conjure on the way. The transcendence she experiences through her journey flips her back to the revered but concealed moments from lives gone by; she morphs from a jovial youngster to an enlightened soul, having inculcated the art of being in sync with the supreme Creator. Her trysts with the mystical lead her to making soul-stirring revelations. Discover how the protagonist’s life takes a 360 degree turn when she meets someone with whom she had spent 7200 life times? Experience how the experiences of her previous lifetimes imprint and control her present? Will Nuha be able to complete the puzzle of her deep-felt connection with the stranger?

To me, this book was a spiritual journey. We, in our present life, live with many fears, apprehensions and mental blocks which we carry from our past lives. Whoever we meet or interact in present life, most of the times, have some connection with our past life and this circle keeps going till we find a way to be one with our creator.

The story NUMI revolves around protagonist Nuha and her spiritual journey. Nuha is a beautiful, well read, well travelled, independent blissfully married middle aged woman , who enjoys her work and her current situation in her life. Though everything seems perfect to her in her home and marriage,yet at times she feels that something is amiss. She blames it to midlife crisis and tries to live with it until one day she comes across a stranger FD, on a trip, who guides him to Minha, her spiritual mentor. Thus begins Nuha’s quest of spiritual healing, enlightenment and laying the ghosts of past to rest. A beautiful bond is established between the mentor and the mentee and they both discover their twin soul in each other.

The cover of book is mystical and intriguingly beautiful . It invokes curiosity.

The title,too, intially sounds like a strange feminine name but one understands the real meaning in the last pages.

The book has a slow pace, which for a change, adds to its beauty as the deeper ideas of spirituality and self healing can’t be understood and enjoyed in haste. Though certain portion sounds little draggy and one may feel like flipping pages.

Character of protagonist Nuha is mystical and inspiring. Author has made her come alive with her writing.

Language is simple, lucid and engaging. I particularly enjoyed the snippets in between the chapters.

Overall the book is a beautiful spiritual journey. I will recommend it to those who have a spiritual bent of mind.

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Book Review 41: GREED LUST ADDICTION: VICTORY OVER VICES MAKES YOU CHAMPION by RAVI DABRAL

TITLE: GREED LUST ADDICTION: The Victory Over Vices Makes You Champion

LANGUAGE: English

PUBLISHER: Notion Press

GENRE: Fiction

FORMAT: Kindle

PAGES: 322

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Materialism is the mantra of the modern generation, whose motto is to ‘eat, drink and be merry’. This philosophy gives rise to ‘greed, lust and addiction’ which are vices within us. As against this, spiritualism believes in having ‘ virtues, values and morals’ to live a contented, stress-free and purposeful life.

This is the journey of an investigative journalist, thrillingly revealing mysteries of the corrupt material world. Believing in following the virtuous, righteous and spiritual path in life, how far will he succeed in a society dominated by corrupt politicians, unscrupulous greedy businessmen, puppet media, insensitive police, and even a biased judiciary?

Will he survive in the midst of the powerful lobbies who have scant regard for human life? Or will he be crushed like a beetle under a booted foot, as everyone predicts? Or will he be able to stand up just with the help of a handful of yogis of the Himalayan ashrams and their spiritual followers?

A novel with lots of twists, turns, conflicts, romance, emotions, drama, suspense, thrill and action, promising a mesmerising reading experience…

As the blurb suggests, this book has a dash of everything– romance, suspense, thrill, drama and spiritualism.

Suraj and Vijay are two brothers. Suraj, an investigation journalist, is honest and has spiritual bent of mind. In contrast, Vijay is selfish, dishonest and materialistic. Suraj is involved in investigating the dark side of few white-collar, high profile people and has some proofs against them in the form of some CDs. They come to know about it and end up getting him eliminated. Thus starts Vijay’s pursuit to hunt down Suraj’s killers, about whom he comes to know through Suraj’s diaries.

The book throws a light on the secrets of meditation and yoga and how these two can help a man to become a better human.

Greed is one such evil that once a man embraces it, lust and addiction are bound to follow. The title of the book ably supports the content.

The cover page has picture of rose and a hand inspecting it through a magnifier. Material comforts of life looks comforting on the surface but the discomfort and the evils accompanying them are huge.

The plot has many supporting subplots. Most of them progress well with the story. However, some of them were lost somewhere on the way. At times I found the story draggy. But over all author was able to maintain the pace.

The simple and lucid language adds to the readability of the book. The language is mostly error free.

The characters are portrayed beautifully. Suraj’s character is really inspiring. Some other characters, too, leave a deep impact.

For a debut attempt, Author Ravi Dabral has done a wonderful job. Looking forward to his next book. This book is beyond a particular genre, so every reader will find something interesting in in, irrespective of his/her preferred genre.

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