Thursday, August 25, 2016

Review of The pleasure is all mine by Shanaya Taneja




Book Name         - The pleasure is all mine
Author                  - Shanaya Taneja
Publisher              - Srishti Publishers
Number of Pages -176
Publishing Year   - 2016
Edition                  - Paperback
Price                     -175
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Rating : 2.5

Blurb

Trisha wants to be rich and famous, so she opens her arms for all the right men. She doesn't care if it's Sanjay or someone else. She has the beauty to lure and the brain to know how, where and when. 
Sanjay is a happy man - with a beautiful trophy wife and roaring extra marital affairs. He dated a few, slept with many, but respected none. Until he saw Trisha and she was all he could think about. 
A refined socialite and a renowned man's wife - that's the identity Bharti has lived with. Caught in a loveless marriage, she dares to break free and find herself when love comes knocking. 
Breathtakingly charming and lovable, Ankit is a guy who thinks from his heart. He lives to enjoy life and makes every second count when he bumps into Bharti. 
The only thing more shocking than the dark, dangerous pleasures they discover is how right it feels. When their lives mingle and feelings kindle, dirty secrets are revealed. 
A story of love, lust, deception and betrayal, The Pleasure Is All Mine is an irresistibly sensual page-turner that explores having it all and the consequences of wanting more.

My Review


A woman will do anything for love, a man will do anything for sex. This has been uttered on and on. But Shanaya Taneja rewrote the formula. A man will do anything for power, a woman will do anything for success. 
An intertwined formula of love, lust and money. Unfortunately te book failed to deliver anything more than erotica. The feelings of lust overpowered the need to be loved. Narration is simple and the storyline is predictable. Literarily, the book doesn't  deliver much.
I would recommend the book to those readers who would like to have an inclination towards erotica.

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About the author


After the success of the hot-selling novel The Naughty Proposal, Shanaya Taneja is back with a sinfully seductive romance where everything has a price and the cost of love is the highest of all. She works in the advertising industry and juggles between Mumbai and Delhi for her work. Fond of travelling and photography, she has a keen interest in exploring new domains.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Review of Everyone has a story by Savi Sharma




Book Name         - Everyone has a story
Author                  - Savi Sharma
Publisher              - Westland
Number of Pages - 184
Publishing Year   - 2016
Edition                  - Paperback
Price                     -150
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Rating : 3.0

Blurb

Everyone has a story.
Meera, a fledgling writer who is in search of a story that can touch millions of lives.
Vivaan, assistant branch manager at Citibank, who dreams of travelling the world.
Kabir, a café manager who desires something of his own. Nisha, the despondent café customer who keeps secrets of her own.
Everyone has their own story, but what happens when these four lives are woven together?
Pull up a chair in Kafe Kabir and watch them explore friendship and love, writing their own pages of life from the cosy café to the ends of the world.


My Review


If being prejudisric is a crime, I am a criminal. I had prejudices about how a romantic story by Indian author would be.
A story with a difference. Extraordinarily ordinary. 
The book which acclaimed by thousands of readers made my expectations sky high. The first few chapters let's the readers see the literary finesse of the author. The bit written by Meera on the traveller is beautiful and engrossing. Characters are all well crafted and unique.

The narration is alternating between first person narration of Meera and Vivaan. Every chapter is concise and short. More elaboration on each chapters would have given the author unending possibilities to showcase her talent.

Presumably to increase the page count, the switch in narration is divided into different parts with blank pages in between. While involved in the story, this might be frustrating for the readers. Somewhere towards the end, the old formula was reused. The cliche took the cherry off the cake.
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About the author


A simple girl from Surat, Savi Sharma is the co-founder of the motivational media blog Life and People. Everyone Has a Story is her debut novel inspired by stories around her. You can find out more about her on www.savisharma.com.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Review of 1. Man Eaters of Kumaon and 2. Temple tiger and the other man-eaters of Kumaon by Jim Corbett




Book Name         - Man-eaters of Kumaon
Author                  - Jim Corbett
Publisher              -Rupa Publications
Number of Pages - 184
Publishing Year   - 2016
Edition                  - Paperback
Price                     - 140
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Blurb


Arguably the best-known of Jim Corbett’s books, Man-eaters of Kumaon comprises ten stories, each of which details Corbett’s encounters with various dangerous man-eaters in the Himalayan region. With fascinating tales such as ‘The Champawat Man-eater’, in which Corbett recounts how he hunted down a tigress who had reportedly killed 436 people in the Champawat region; ‘Robin’, a tribute to Corbett’s faithful spaniel who accompanied him on many a hunt and ‘The Bachelor of Powalgarh’, the story of the most sought-after big cat in the United Provinces from 1920 to 1930, this collection is sure to send your heartbeat racing.

Enlivened by an introduction by Ruskin Bond, this book, that made Corbett famous in India and abroad, is a must-read for fans of adventure stories and jungle lore.




Book Name         - Temple tiger and more man-eaters of Kumaon
Author                  - Jim Corbett
Publisher              - Rupa Publications
Number of Pages - 184
Publishing Year   - 2016
Edition                  - Paperback
Price                     -140
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Rating : 5.0

Blurb



A continuation of the narratives in Man-eaters of Kumaon, The Temple Tiger and More Man-eaters of Kumaon further details Jim Corbett’s hunting exploits, as he is called upon to take down Tigers, Leopards and Bears in regions such as Dabidhura, Muktesar, Panar and Tanekpur. Apart from the hunts, the accounts vividly describe the flora, fauna, people and local legends of the areas Corbett went to and his experiences in them, ranging from hair-raising to rib-tickling.
Simply told and capturing the essence of the Himalayan ranges, The Temple Tiger and More Man-eaters of Kumaon makes for a compelling read.


My Review

Before writing this review, I have been mulling over the options of whether I should review the books separately or together. Finally I decided to club the review instead of repeating the praises. Else, I would end up providing spoilers.

The blurb is the perfect review of the book. It describes the book in and out that it leaves practically nothing for the reviewers to write about. Jim Corbett as known to everyone is a hunter but he proved himself to be a talented writer. Little bit of add ons in the anecdotes prove his mettle as a writer.
He had given and account of the man eaters as well as his hunting experiences without scaring the readers and also without repugnant grotesque explanations of the kills. Unlike the the Man eating leopard of Rudraprayag, these books are not dedicated to any single beast. Not even in a single line, author bragged about his smartness or bravery. There is a lot of sincerity and openness in the narration. No wonder Rupa publications ventured on republishing the book and thanks to them that I could add this fantabulous trio of books to my collection. Respect to fellow human beings showed by the author is an example of his humility and quality of his character. The left me surprised as to how the author narrated his hunting experience without spreading an inclination towards violence.

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About the author


Edward James ‘Jim’ Corbett (25 July 1875 –19 April 1955) was an Anglo-Indian hunter and tracker-turned-conservationist, author and naturalist, famous for hunting a large number of man-eating Tigers and Leopards in India. He played a key role in creating a national reserve for the endangered Bengal tiger in what is now Uttarakhand. In 1957 the national park was renamed Jim Corbett National Park in his honour.

Review of Complete/Convenient by Ketan Bhagat




Book Name         - Complete/Convenient
Author                  - Ketan Bhagat
Publisher              - Rumour Books
Number of Pages - 384
Publishing Year   - 2013
Edition                  - Paperback
Price                     - 139
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Rating : 4.0


Blurb
Have you ever heard of any NRI who: Hasnt washed dishes and vacuumed carpets Hasnt missed any of his friends/ family members wedding in India Doesnt watch Indian movies, no matter how long he has been outside India Hasnt been to a striptease Doesnt indulge in Indian food whenever he visits India on a vacation Do you know any Indian who: Hasnt thought of moving out of India for a better, safer life Isnt fed up of the scams, traffic jams, filth, noise, crowd and crime that are part of everyday life Isnt tired of attending endless weddings, festivals, birthdays, farewells, parties, lunches and dinners that happen almost every second day in India Has never envied (secretly or openly) his friend / family member living outside India Hasnt wondered what makes NRIs return to India Welcome to the world of Kabir newly married and newly arrived in Sydney, hoping to live the glamorous and sophisticated life he has always dreamt of. After all, a life without frantic competition, traffic jams, queues, dirt, corruption and social obligations (read evils) can be refreshingly convenient. Professional success, new friends, a sincere boss... everything seems to be going just fine. But doesnt this sound too good to be true? Coming straight from the horses mouth, Complete/ Convenient is a roller coaster ride through emotions and experiences as they really are and as you imagine them to be.

My Review

After completing the book I was wondering why this book took so long to reach me! Better late than never. Realistic is the word that comes to mind when I think of this book. Each instance, each dialogue in the book seemed so realistic that it was difficult to believe that it is actually fiction. 

Diversity of characters is one of the commendable features of the story. The tug of war between love for the family as well as nation and the convenience of life abroad is conveyed well. Right from the beginning, author has consistently maintained the humor without a tinge of exaggeration. Political jugglery in IT firms is known to even laymen but the realistic illustration of the same makes the reader live through it. While portraying the gravity of the rift between daughter-in-law and mother in law, readers can see that both are actually good at heart and stood with each other in crisis. Every child or teenager or grown up man who think that they would be better of without parents or family should read this book. Relationship between parents and children, friends, siblings, husband and wife and colleagues are portrayed well with a beautiful message.Narration is simple but which bestseller romance has standard English? Well this one is not bad.

The third part of the story titled Flashback was unwanted and tad stretched.Also, the reason behind Myra's unwillingness to comeback, though grave, did not reach the reader with intended intensity, may be because of lack of details as to who is who. 
The book left me wondering why this book did not create much buzz, or did it.

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About the author




Professionally, Ketan joined Satyam Computer Services (the company that Mr Ramalinga Raju made both famous and infamous) post his MBA from Narsee Monjee Institute in 2001. After a 1.5 year stint of trying to learn programming and Tamil, destiny finally took mercy on the young, frustrated North Indian and made Satyam show him little bit of the world – 2 years in Malaysia, 9 months in NZ and 4 years in Australia. About 2 years ago, he moved back to India. Currently he works as a regional sales manager at an MNC in Mumbai. Creative at heart, Ketan has done stints in Television (anchor, script writer) and Print (articles in national dailies) during his college days. Few years ago, he helped his brother script a Bollywood movie.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Review of That's the way blood trickles by Aman agarwal





Name                - That's the way blood trickles
Author                  - Aman Agarwal
Publisher              - Cybetwit.net
Number of Pages - 283
Publishing Year   - 2016
Edition                  - Paperback 
Price                     - 300

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Rating : 4.0


Blurb
Out of the mouths of vampires trickles not only blood but also desire for love and order in the small town of Vissar, the home-base of fantasy novel THAT S THE WAY BLOOD TRICKLES: THE SECRET OF THE HEADLESS RIDER OF THE UNICORN by established poet and author Aman Agarwal. Against the backdrop of a history between two different races of vampires, Onom and Onomnus, emerges what begins as a simple story about young love and the quest for romance within two academic settings, St. Barnabus School and St. Cranses School, where the curriculum is as highly creative as it is unconventional. A variety of eccentric teachers work toward developing their students supernatural skills in order to prepare them for the upcoming Olympic-style competitions such as the Pulverized Ice Football, Mirror Maze and Icicle Boom. A glimpse of the students home life, at least on the surface, reveals the average parent-child relationships and the typical sibling love-rivalry. Strong as the family tie is the kinship shared between a vampire-master and his or her dragon. The tighter the bond, the greater the chances of excelling not only in the school Olympic games but also in the battle brewing against Vissar by outside enemy forces beyond the magnificent but deadly River Wepros.

My Review

That's the way blood trickles is a book which can be categorised in a multiplicity of genres. The background story is YA fantasy, the book also can be marked as a thriller,  YA romance. Author being a poet has incorporated his poetic ability in the novel. With a lot of twists and turns, author has tried to pull a cliff hanger. Whether he succeeded in it or not is something that the readers should decide. 
Diana's  character is something that should be mentioned in particular.Diana represents the exploited mass. 
Author has tried to incorporate a lot, which makes the storyline crowded. The style of narration is commendable. 
I recommend the book to all fantasy lovers.
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About the author


Aman Agarwal joined the team of Cyberwit authors in early 2016 with the debut of his fine poetry collection entitled SING TO ME SWEET. He holds an engineering degree from Jadavpur University and currently works for Accenture in Mumbai, India. His passion for literature began to surface at the early age of four when he was sent to a boarding school in a peaceful setting surrounded by hills and trees. There, like Oliver Twist, he had nothing to do but observe, so he found solace in the arms of nature and literature: Famous Five and Secret Seven taught him how to think, Dawson's Creek and Sugar Secrets how to love, and Goosebumps and Shivers how to scare. He was also interested in art and music, and hopes to hone these skills in the future. After finishing boarding school, Aman found that he could not identify with nature elsewhere, so to bring back memories of his elementary school experience he began to write poetry. Over the years, his love for creative writing persisted. THAT'S THE WAY BLOOD TRICKLES is his debut novel, which is the first of a four-book fantasy series. He is currently working on a romance novel entitled THE TIME MACHINE TO A TEAR. In addition to writing, Aman likes to sing, play basketball, and pick stocks.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Review of The last queen of Kashmir by Rakesh.K.Kaul




Book Name         - The Last Queen of Kashmir
Author                  - Rakesh.K.Kaul
Publisher              - Harper Collins
Number of Pages -442
Publishing Year   -2016
Edition                  -Paperback
Price                     -399
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Rating : 4.0

Blurb

A historical saga of treachery, betrayal and the quest for land and religious supremacy in Kashmir in 1330 AD, The Last Queen of Kashmir is the story of the beautiful Kota and how she is, unknowingly, swept into the intrigues of the court of Kashmir. The book is as much a description of what Kashmir was like in the fourteenth century as the story of a strong woman leader, a kingdom and a civilization in turmoil.

My Review


Stories with a woman protagonist gives the writer boundless chances of experimentation. Bringing forth variations in the character build up is risk accompanied with the challenge. The last queen of Kashmir is one such book which showed the tempestuous  variations of the female protagonist - Kota.  The characterisation of Kota is splendidly done. History and fiction are seamlessly interwoven that it is difficult at times to distinguish between both. Narration is a mix of vogue and yesteryear literature.The male counterparts in the story are complimenting. Vast research in terms of culture, religion, and strategy of the period of the story is evident throughout the book. 

Author's account of battle is an exotic mix of history and fiction. At several points the perseverance and ingenuity of Kota reminded me of Scarlett o Hara in Gone with the wind. 
There is a huge difference in telling and showing. The major drawback in the narration lies in the inability of permeating the feelings of the characters implicitly. Author failed in communicating with the readers as to how Kota became the face of Kashmir in an era when telecommunication facilities were  meagre, especially in a country which was dwindled into ashes. 

Keeping this aside, the book is a treat for the historical fiction lovers.

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About the author

Rakesh K. Kaul, whose family hails from Kashmir, migrated to the US in 1972. Rakesh was a founding contributor to the first Chair of India Studies at University of California, Berkeley, to the Center for the Advanced Study of India at University of Pennsylvania and the Mattoo Center for India studies at State University of New York.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Review of Emancipation by Suddhabrata Deb Roy




Book Name         - Emancipation
Author                  -Suddhabrata Deb Roy
Publisher              - Half baked beans
Number of Pages -250
Publishing Year   - 2016
Edition                  -Paperback
Price                     -200
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Rating : 3.0

Blurb

What happens when an ordinary looking working guy storms into a restaurant to have his lunch while the owner is busy shouting over his manager? In what direction do the events turn when the owner is a potential film maker and the engineer has a story to tell? Well, that's exactly the situation when a guy named Bankim, small town bred, middle class, engineer, enters a restaurant owned by Tanmay, pressurized by parents to enter into the family business and a film school dropout. Bankim churns out his life's story in front of Tanmay , a story which encompasses the struggles and feelings of thousands of teens in the small settlements of India. A story touching crucial points of a youth's life in a small distant town , his love life, the attack of parental and social pressure and the incessant attack held by the education policies... The book takes you on a raw tour covering the crude real life aspects of a small town guy in present day India...

My Review

A teenager muddled up between  familial and peer pressure as well as personal desire are passion is a subject which has been used over and again in movies and books. Emancipation is yet another addition to the list. Life of a small town guy is depicted in the book. Author tried to show the world, how different the lives in small town is from the metro-sexual lives. An affair of a teenager being handled as a grave issue might seem as an exaggeration but in reality small towns are yet to accept it. While author tried to put forth a different scenario, sometimes the issues and instances depicted seemed over the top. Being a small town girl myself, it was difficult for me to digest. Author has tried to bring forth several issues in front of the readers.
The book cover gives an impression of a serious and deep read but one pursuit through the chapters, the book cover is way beyond the real story.
Editing and proof reading is the weakest factor in the book. Narration is amateurish. The pace of the story is fluctuating. For a one time read the book is recommended.

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Friday, August 5, 2016

Review of Stupid Cupid by Ankit Sonthalia




Book Name         - Stupid Cupid
Author                  - Ankit Sonthalia
Publisher              -Srishti Publishers
Number of Pages - 195
Publishing Year   - 2016
Edition                  - Paperback
Price                     -144
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Rating : 3.5

Blurb
Engineer? Doctor? Chartered Accountant? Artist? Or something out of the box? 
Students at the cusp of passing out from the high school are often occupied with such considerations and choices. With Suhaan, it was different. He wanted to do nothing. “Go with the flow” had been the motto of his life and he had always given life a chance to make decisions for him. 
It’s only when he starts playing cricket for the college team that his passion is fuelled. He practices hard and gives it his all. But life is still keen on planning Suhaan's life. When he falls in love with Namrata, he is forced to choose one – passion or love. Will Suhaan make the right choice? Or will life once again call the shots for him? 
Stupid Cupid is a tug of war between dreams and love.

My Review

Romance fiction has been following the preset formula of boy meets girl,  falls in love, wooes her,makes out, gives surprises, fights, makes up and lives happily ever after. I was literally tired of this over worked formula but thankfully Stupid Cupid is a relief from the tiresome repetition. Suhaan Arora's love life reflects the life of most metrosexual guys that we come across these days. Having a stop gap relation seems audacious to many but fortunately or unfortunately it is not a rarity.
The story is not a mono dimensional puppy romance. Author has shown an academic side, though not prominent. It is good to see a protagonist who follows his passion instead of hovering around girlfriends aimlessly. 
The cricket line is narrated well but the detailed account of the IPL scenario could have cut short wherein the whole storyline in general seems rushed. Two people having sex within hours of their meeting is something beyond my comprehension may be because I am obsolete. Poor character craft is a major flaw of the book. 
Book cover design is good but the title could have been something else.

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About the author


Ankit Sonthalia runs a construction business, something that he’s always had the passion for. He is married to Ankita Agarwal, his childhood love interest and lives with her in Surat. He is fond of travelling and exploring new places and does it often. He managed to write Stupid Cupid after scribbling many notes and articles in his personal diary.

Review of Climbing Rainbows by Sreelatha Radhakrishnan




Book Name         - Climbing Rainbows
Author                  - Sreelatha Radhakrishnan
Publisher              - Leadstrat Publishing
Number of Pages -122
Publishing Year   - 2016
Edition                  - Paperback
Price                     -199
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Rating : 3.0

Blurb
Learning the skills to cope with the hard things in life is a rich, learning experience. Climbing Rainbows, a collection of six stories, celebrates these brave moments of struggle for children. Sudha is shocked to hear of her beloved grandmother’s sudden demise. Why do people have to die? Where does death lead us? Little Keshav does not want to be uprooted from his school and move to a new city. He cannot imagine another life, other friends. Maya and Dev come to terms in their sibling rivalry by looking at things differently. Young Ashwin is torn trying to understand that his parents love him, but that grown-ups too, need their own space. Harsha, a chubby chunk of lard, fights a seemingly hopeless battle against obesity. Joshua, boldly faces the ravages of war to pursue his dream.
My Review


Grandma's stories are always kids' favourite. Climbing rainbows is a collection of Grandma's stories that are a step ahead. The stories depict the lives of kids who faced challenges and successfully coped up with several situations and evolved as different human beings with a unique outlook in life. The story are embellished with subplots. Every story loudly proclaims the importance of humanity. For a kids' the narration is a little serious and some of the subplots seemed unwanted distraction.  The book is overpriced but the messages conveyed by the stories cannot be valued in terms of money. Every plot represents the live in the current scenario. The book is an advice that we would want to give our children.

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Review of Why Not? by Latha Upadhyay




Book Name         - Why Not?
Author                  - Latha Upadhyay
Publisher              - Leadstart Publishing
Number of Pages -128
Publishing Year   - 2016
Edition                  - Paperback
Price                     -199
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Rating : 4.0

Blurb
Welcome to the real world, where superheroes live. They are no different from anyone—confronted with life’s turmoils and challenges. Like the young performer, Pandit Ravi Shankar - the sitarist who introduced Indian classical music to the West , in The Music Weaver. His heart tugs him to leave his cushy life behind for exciting but uncertain possibilities. The mountain porter, Tenzing Norgay - the first climber to top Mount Everest, alongside Edmund Hillary, in The Determined Dreamer.He can’t control his yearning for something more…bigger, better and greater. The number-whiz, Srinivasa Ramanujan - a one-of-a-kind mathematical genius, in The Mathemagician. He outshines his teachers even though he fails his high school exams. The aspiring pace-bowler, Kapil Dev - India’s greatest fast bowling all-rounder, in The Game Changer. His talent, passion and dedication are dismissed as building up an impossible dream. The US-educated engineer, Dr. Verghese Kurien - the father of India’s White Revolution, in The White Knight. He returns to India with stars in his eyes but lands his first job in a dusty small town in the middle of nowhere. These heroes do not share dreams or circumstances. Yet they have one thing in common. They do not look at what is and ask why. Instead, they imagine how they want things to be and ask … WHY NOT?

My Review


Why not is an informative book for children. Biographies of five great personalities will inspire the kids and develop the importance of perseverance and optimism in their minds. The five persons do not have any common factors except for the fact that they have struggled in their lives before attaining success. The book is quite inspiring  and the narration is simple and easily comprehensible. The fact that the history is narrated concisely makes it easy for the kids to read. The book is one of the few informative books that incite interest in kids. 
The book cover could have been better.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Review of 03:02 by Mainak Dhar




Book Name         - 03:02
Author                  - Mainak Dhar
Publisher              - Westland
Number of Pages - 350
Publishing Year   - 2016
Edition                  - Paperback
Price                     - 295
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Rating : 5.0

Blurb
At 03:02 on a Sunday morning, the world as we knew it came to an end. Mumbai suddenly went black — no electricity, no phones, no internet and no working cars. It was as if someone had turned off the master switch of our civilization, turning us back hundreds of years overnight. We learned that it was not just Mumbai, but much of the world that had been impacted. We also learned that it was no accident. A deadly enemy was behind it. An enemy that was now in our midst, seeking to conquer us and destroy our way of life. This is how our war for freedom began. A war that was to be waged not on the borders or by the Army, but in our homes and streets, with us as the soldiers. This is our story. '03:02 celebrates fictional heroes who fight for our freedom, but to give back to the real heroes who do so every day, for every copy sold, a contribution from author royalties will be made to the National Defence Fund, which takes voluntary contributions to help armed forces service members and their families.'
My Review


Right from the title, 03:02 is a book full of surprises. By surprises it doesn't  mean that the book is full of pleasant incidents. Definitely not. Surprises are all about the freshness of the effortless narration. Being an author myself, when I read a book,  I used to imagine what the writer would be thinking while writing a particular sequence. But in this book not even once I thought about the author. All my thoughts were focussed on the protagonist(Adithya). What does he look like? What he would be wearing? What he would be feeling?  All in all, by the end of the book I started believing that there was indeed a person called Adithya who took  the responsibility of the nation during the imaginary black out. Sad part is that we cannot simply sit and think that this is pure fiction. Any time the nightmare can come true. 
After completing the book,  I rechecked it for praises but unfortunately I could not find any. I would like to presume that this is because I got an ARC. During the second edition,  there would be a back cover fully dedicated to praises.

A well crafted story. Perfectly executed.  Impeccable character portrayal. Only flaw I could find was the overdone formula of squeezing in a girlfriend and some making out sequences. Thankfully  author did not bore the readers with the details. Nevertheless I believe that it was unwanted. 

I recommend  the book to all thriller lovers. Mainak dhar proves that Indian authors can pull off thrillers with close knit storyline and with action sequences which are never overdone. I hope to see the book on silver screen soon. 

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book as a complimentary copy in exchange for a honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

About the author


After finishing his schooling at Modern School, Barakhamba Road and his under-graduation at Hindu College, Delhi, Mainak Dhar graduated from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He has spent two decades in the corporate sector starting with Procter & Gamble in India. He spent eighteen years with P&G, fifteen of them outside India across the Asia Pacific region. In 2014, he moved back to India as the CEO of the India operations of a major consumer products multinational. A self-described cubicle dweller by day and writer by night, Mainak is also the author of over a dozen books, some of which have been bestsellers in India and abroad. These books have been translated into Turkish, Vietnamese, Japanese, French, German and Portuguese. He lives in Mumbai with his wife, Puja and their son, Aaditya. When not at work or with his family, he can usually be found working on or thinking about his next book.