Book review: Mehboob Murderer (Nupur Anand)

Pages: 279

Genre: Murder Mystery

Read: Jun 2019

Synopsis:

On a rainy September night, six people are gunned down mercilessly in an old Parsi cafe in Mumbai. The mass murder at Cafe Mehboob, located barely a few hundred meters from the police station, and right next to one of the busiest railway stations in Mumbai, jolts the city out of its complacence. The media immediately swings into action, while political pressure mounts on the police force to nab the murderer.

With everyone eager to place the blame of the murders on a madman in a bid to have the case dismissed swiftly, the headstrong inspector Intekhaab Abbas is determined to get to the bottom of the murders. On probing the lives of the victims, he stumbles upon a heady cocktail of love, lust, jealousy, betrayal, rage, longing, misery and ecstasy.

Mehboob Murderer, Nupur Anand’s debut novel, unravels a stunning truth neither the police nor the reader is prepared for.

My review:

Mehboob Murderer is the debut novel of Nupur Anand, and can I say what an amazing work she has done.

As the name suggests, the book is a murder mystery of six people in Cafe Mehboob. And till the end, I couldn’t have guessed the murderer in the story.🤫

What I found remarkable was such intrinsic details at each point. Be it the background story of the victims, the details of any place people visited or the emotions they felt, it was all thorough and thought through.

The book brought back so many memories of Mumbai. When I was reading the names of so many places I visited when I was living there, it made me nostalgic to the core.

And another amazing thing is that it got me out of a month long book slump. Murder mysteries always work like a charm for book slumps.

I love the starting line of the book. “The old car was giving me trouble again”…so simple, yet capturing attention. Slowly entering us into the world this book captured.

The title of the book is definitely intriguing. I just feel that the team could have done a better work on the book cover.

Final verdict:

Mehboob Murderer by Nupur Anand gets 4.5 out of 5 stars from me.

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Book review: The last attractor of chaos (Abhinav Singh)

Pages: 332

Genre: Mystery

Read: Mar 2019

Synopsis:
Trying to protect his pregnant wife, scientist Ashwin Rathore gets killed – unexpectedly and unwantedly. A deadly force lurks in the murk that wants her too, but why? Is it because she works for and with the military and Intelligence teams in the country, or is it because she knows something that no one else does?

My review:

Mystery being my favorite genre, I was excited read this book to begin with. And might I say, I wasn’t disappointed. The book managed to capture my attention from beginning to end.

What I really appreciated was the detailed outline of the story of protagonists. Also, many concepts of Physics including string theory, Schrodinger theory etc.are included in the narration, which shows the amount of research done by the author for writing this piece.

The mystery around Shruti kept me gripped till the end. The way her past was revealed was really intriguing as well. She is blamed and accused for stealing a dangerous weapon. She also loses her husband Arun in a car accident that was meant to kill her.

The writing style of the author is crisp and easy to read.
The story is one of a kind. Go ahead for this to embark on a mysterious journey of sci-fi, thriller, mystery and what not…

I would like to thank the author to provide this book in exchange of an honest review.

Final verdict:

The last attractor of chaos by Abhinav Singh gets 4 out of 5 stars from me.

Book review: City of nine gates (Pankaj Rajput)

Pages: 288

Genre: Fiction

Read: Nov 2018

Synopsis:

An atheistic millionaire is forced to find and help his long lost friend achieve self-realization in a mystical City of nine gates known only to the Gods and the wisest sages of the Advait and the Sankhya. Assisted by other friends in the city, he leads the city on an inward enlightening journey, only to realise at the end who his friend is, what actually the City of nine gates is and who is that beyond all regions, knowing which one never comes back…

“When the Gods descend to devastate, When Kalyuga meets Apocalypse, Out of a billion, Only one strives, Of those who strive, Only one achieves, What those sages realised, and you still haven’t, knowing which, one never comes back, Rise O’ Cities! It’s time to liberate, It’s time to realise…”

My review:

Through the medium of a modern protagonist, Pankaj has made an amazing attempt in bringing forth the philosophy of life.

Gyan, a millionaire, makes a discovery that changes his life. The temple discovered by the archaeologists is made out of a single stone, which later on is revealed as a jewel in the crown of the mystical city of nine gates. The story revolves around a curse on the city, which needs to be lifted.

During an award function, Gyan is transported to this mystical city where everyone calls themselves Parth.

For his entire journey, he meets various sages who gave him knowledge of the vedic scriptures.

Though I was skeptical that the book would be all philosophy, I found the story of Gyan intriguing. There was so much to learn from his spiritual journey. I personally liked the theme of the book.

Pankaj’ effort on research is clearly visible in the extensive details available in the book. He managed to form beautiful details about spiritual answers for pain and suffering, and attainment of moksha.

There were several Sanskrit inscriptions throughout the book. There is also a Sanskrit glossory in the end.

I found this book really informative and it make me wonder about my own life. The book covers a lot of modern day struggles, spirituality, philosophy and what not.

It might help you find your true self. And isn’t that the most important in life?

The simple yet beautiful writing style of the author kept me engrossed till the end. He has put forward the learnings of our spiritual books in short and simple language for the easy understanding of the readers.

The introduction of too many supporting characters in the book led to an increase in complexity, which I personally didn’t appreciate much.

I recommend this book to anyone and everyone because there is no end to spiritual learning. It is a unique book. Go for it!

P.S. – This book review is a part of The Readers Cosmos Book Review Program and Blog Tours, for details log on to http://www.thereaderscosmos.com/.

Final verdict:

City of nine gates by Pankaj Rajput gets 4 out of 5 stars from me.

Book review: Shillong times (Nilanjan P. Choudhury)

Pages: 237

Genre: Fiction

Read: Nov 2018

Synopsis:

A delightful story about growing up in Shillong in the 1980s – a time when political connections are required to get a phone connection, Bajaj Chetak scooters are status symbols and a grim-faced lady named Salma Sultan reads the news every night on Doordarshan.

When fourteen-year-old Debojit Dutta meets the slightly older Clint Eastwood Lyngdoh in his maths tuition classes, he is wary of his cigarette-smoking, whisky-swilling ways. Besides, Debu has only recently escaped a bunch of local ruffians who wanted him to ‘go back home to Bangladesh’.

But Debu is unable to resist being friends with Clint. For, in return for doing his maths homework, Clint introduces him to a completely new life: the heady charms of Kalsang, the Chinese restaurant forbidden by Debu’s mother; the revolutionary sounds of Pink Floyd; and most importantly, the coolest, prettiest girl in town—Audrey Pariat. Audrey loves maths and detective stories, just like Debu, and does not make him feel awkward or exotic. Together, the three of them look set to embark on many adventures. But when tensions between the Khasi and Bengali communities boil over, Shillong becomes a battlefield—old neighbours become outsiders and the limits of friendship are challenged.

With crackling energy, Nilanjan P. Choudhury immerses us in the tumultuous lives of Debu, his friends and his family, and their attempts to find love and belonging. Written with uncommon warmth, humour and a delightful evocation of place, Shillong Times is an exhilarating coming-of-age story—showing us how friendship can eclipse the hardened enmities of adulthood.

My review:

Shillong times is a book showcasing Shillong the 1980s. The author has managed to paint a beautiful picture of its landmarks and monuments while narrating his story.

The story revolves around the conflicts between Bengalis and native people of Shillong. The book has focused on friendship and its meaning in one’s life. The friendship between Debu and Clint is one of its kind. It warmed my heart.

And I obviously liked the fact that the main character of the book is an avid reader. Yayyyyyyy!😛

The development of Debu’ character as he goes through new experiences in his life was a delight.

The writing of the author is so simple, yet beautiful. I thoroughly enjoyed reading his book.

The book had its share of humour and made me smile from time to time. It did not lack the drama of a fantasy novel as well. The built up of the climax was remarkable as well. I was hooked till the end to know what’s going to happen on the next page.

I would recommend this book especially to our Indian readers. I am sure they would enjoy it.

P.S. – This book review is a part of The Readers Cosmos Book Review Program and Blog Tours, for details log on to http://www.thereaderscosmos.com/.

Final verdict:

Shillong times by Nilanjan P. Choudhury gets 4 out of 5 stars from me.

Book review: Hungry Gods (Richa Lakhera)

Pages: 196

Genre: Fiction

Read: Sep 2018

Synopsis:

Beaten and brutally raped, her body is never found. But the killers make one mistake. They leave a witness, a witness who has nothing to love for except revenge. And when he crossed the boundaries of time to make the guilty pay, a whole lot of dark characters come to light. There is Valentine, the superstar brand ambassador who sells anything for a price; Medici, a pharmaceutical company fraudulently manufacturing banned drugs; the perverted Ranga, and Este, the prostitute whose cruel secrets will blow up a daughter’ sanity.

As the story moved forward, a breathless suspense builds up: is there another murder waiting to happen? Will Inspector Silva connect the clues in time to prevent another crime? Will the gods of greed be exposed finally?

Deeply unsettling, Hungry gods take a hard look at the insatiable nature of lust for wealth and power.

My review:

If you cannot face the dark reality of the world, then this book is not for you.

The book cover is intriguing… Isn’t it?! Well, the story is better.

The plot, the narrative, the characters…a breath of fresh air. The way in which the characters were developed is truly amazing. The author’ writing style was what captured my interest. Every event was described in details, be it sex or violence. You will get to see the true picture of entertainment industry.

It is a bold story which entails the revenge of a son whose mother was raped. It was emotionally draining but hard to put down.

Richa Lakhera has done a marvelous job with this book. The story will unsettle you and make you uncomfortable.

By the end, the book left me a bit devastated. It is a gripping tale of lust, power, greed and deception.

The book was successful in addressing issues like rape, child abuse and substance abuse. It gives us a reality check of what is going on around us.

I would have preferred the book to be a tad bit longer; as for 200 pages, it was a lot to take in.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a crime thriller and has the appetite for a dark plot.

P.S. – This book review is a part of The Readers Cosmos Book Review Program and Blog Tours, for details log on to http://www.thereaderscosmos.com/.

Final verdict:

Hungry gods by Richa Lakhera gets 4 out of 5 stars from me.

Book review: Pralay-The Great Deluge (Vineet Bajpai)

Pages: 178

Genre: Fiction, Mythology

Read: Aug 2018

Synopsis:

What happens to the Devta of Harappa? Is Vidyut truly the prophesied saviour? Who are the veiled overlords behind the sinister World Order? What was the macabre blueprint of the mysterious emperor at Bithynian City? Turn the pages to unravel one of the world’ greatest conspiracies and the haunting story of a lost, ancient civilization.

My review:

I love to read Mythology and I am so glad that I got a chance to read Harappa and Pralay by Vineet Bajpai. And can I say I am happily surprised!

The characters are so beautifully developed over time. The plot has everything from mystery to fiction to conspiracies. The language was not too easy, not too complicated. The author’ writing style is nothing less than brilliant. He will keep you engaged till the very end.

You will go through a roller coaster of emotions and feelings while reading this masterpiece – from excitement to anger to awe to frustration to happiness.

I really appreciate the amount of extensive research done by the author, which is clearly visible in the storyline. He has also made an effort to remind us of the contribution of India in the historical development of mankind.

I really liked the swing of story from 1700 BC to 325 AD to the new age. It kept my interest going. It was amazing how the author managed to connect the stories across a time span of centuries. This left many chapters at cliffhangers and kept me wanting for more.

I was actually wondering if a conspiracy like this could actually happen. And how much fun would it be.😛

The only thing I didn’t like is the wait for the next sequel. I have so many questions in my mind. I so wanna know what happens next! And I still don’t want the story to end. Isn’t that the sign of a good book?

Final verdict:

Pralay: The Great Deluge by Vineet Bajpai gets 4.5 out of 5 stars from me.

Book Review: Our dharma between us (Pratik Sharma)

Pages: 178

Genre: Fiction, Romance

Read: Aug 2018

Synopsis:

Every love story has two endings, either the lovers meet or they don’t. The journey between the commencement and conclusion is different for everyone, and that’s your original story.

Joydeep Singh, a Sikh in his twenty-six, starts working as teacher and does voluntary service with his Dad. A day comes when he comes across Pratik, a friend from his school. They met after 4 years in the school. Being parted for a long time, they start discussing their old days. However, the name of Meenakshi drags Joydeep into some thick and thin memories of his life. Being in a live-in relationship for five years, and separating later, Joy illustrates his heart-rending story to Pratik.

How much does a thread of a Hindu and a turban of a Sikh matters in a marriage if love is the biggest dharma?

My review:

Our dharma between us is the first book by the author Pratik Sharma.

The story revolves around the romantic plot between Joydeep and Meenakshi. It was beautiful to see how they fall in love, how much they mean to each other, and how life surprises them at the most unexpected time (not gonna reveal any spoilers, go read the book🤓).

The book is a light read at some points, and heavy at the others. This roller-coaster ride maintained my interest throughout my reading journey.

It has some hilarious comments, which were like a breath of fresh air. I actually laughed out loud on a lot of them.😁

The author manages to paint a beautiful picture of this story in the reader’ mind. I could imagine the story point-by-point in my head. And that my friends, is the mark of a true writer.

But I do feel that the book could have done better with editing. There were grammatical errors which could have been avoided.

The ending was a bit sudden and took me surprise. But I guess that’s how life happens.

I would recommend this book to the readers looking for a romantic love story. You are going to love this one.

Lastly, I would like to thank the author for sending over his book in exchange of an honest review.

Final verdict:

Our dharma between us by Pratik Sharma gets 3.5 out of 5 stars from me.