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Review: The Stranger's Bedroom

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The Stranger's Bedroom by Bijoy Munshi
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Temporary amnesia is a dramatic story tool. What happens when one fine day you wake up and don’t remember anything?

Ravish is a newly published author and a corporate worker. He loves Kriti but they grow apart due to differences. One day he is thrashed in a metro and loses his memory. Neha rescues him and helps him recover.

Ravish is a confused person who is an introvert. He never had a girlfriend and kept to himself. When he meets Kriti he falls immediately. But then he falls in bad company and goes for easy sex and drugs. Kriti on the other hand is a composed person who loves him dearly. When she finds out about Ravish multiple dalliances and drug abuse, she is heartbroken, nobody knows will they ever meet again. Neha seems forced into the story. I couldn’t understand weather she is just a listener or a proper character in the story?

The story is basically a love story and it moves rapidly. Lovers of romance…

Review: Animal Farm

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Animal Farm by George Orwell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book will never get old it seems. This is a timeless classic. At least till the time men lust for power is there and they are ready to subjugate others for politics and power. It has strong resonance to today’s world also.

Mr. Jones runs a manor farm in Willingdon, England. Two young pigs, Snowball and Napoleon stage a revolt with the help of other animals and make Mr. Jones Run away. They rename the manor “Animal Farm” hence the name of book. They proclaim seven commandments of the farm.

THE SEVEN COMMANDMENTS
1. Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy.
2. Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend.
3. No animal shall wear clothes.
4. No animal shall sleep in a bed.
5. No animal shall drink alcohol.
6. No animal shall kill any other animal.
7. All animals are equal.


The farm prospers and they start building a wind mill. Snowball with the help of dogs drive away Napoleon. From that point on, he asserts, t…

Review: The Giver

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The Giver by Lois Lowry
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“The Giver” is the memory keeper of a supposedly ideal society. Lets us imagine for a moment an ideal society where there are no wars, no strife, no lies and no disorder. That will be a paradise?? Yes, No, Maybe? This is about one such society where they have made everything same. Sameness is the motto.

Jonas is an 11 year old who will be chosen for a profession when he will be 12. He lives in an ideal, Utopian society where everything is in order and there are no surprises. There is a council who chose children for these. He is assigned a mother, father and a sister. Every family gets one boy and girl. There is a limit of 3 child per couple for reproduction so as to avoid scarcity. Everything is same and there is no difference of flora, fauna, landscape or color. When someone does something awful or gets old she is released from society and that is very harsh punishment. There is only one receiver who has all the memories an…

Review: The Silent Patient

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The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

But Why does she not speak?
-Euripides, Alcestis


This is how the book starts. What an amazing book. I cannot believe it is the first book of Alex Michaelides! This hooked me from page one. Though he has written the film The Devil You Know (2013) starring Rosamund Pike and co-wrote The Con is On (2018), starring Uma Thurman, Tim Roth, Parker Posey and Sofia Vergara (source Goodreads).

This is a psychological thriller so I can’t give away any spoilers.

ALICIA BERENSON WAS THIRTY-THREE YEARS OLD when she killed her husband. This is how the chapter one starts. Quiet a beginning. She is/ was a painter. Her husband Gabriel was a fashion photographer. They were living supposedly happy life. Then why she killed him? But that is not the main question. She is arrested and she is sent to THE GROVE, a mental institute as she does not utter a word during trial. One there she still does not speak. Theo Faber is the consultant P…

Review: Grandmaster

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Grandmaster by सुरेन्द्र मोहन पाठक
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

"Grandmaster" is second and final part of "Makadjaal" the thriller.

Part 1 was very good. There are only four characters
Punekar the Don who is aged and has a young sexy wife. His young wife is a sex and money maniac. She married for money.
Kothari a shady lawyer who handles only one client, Punekar.
Doctor Singla who is Punekar’s wife’s lover.
Dr Singla agrees to kill Punekar on his wife’s insistence. The story is good and the end is a cliffhanger.

Part 2 starts from where part 1 ended and the story goes haywire from there. The second part was unnecessary and it has no rhyme or reason. There are so many plot holes and that even potboiler tag can’t help it. It was even worse than the normal lugdi novels of other novels. There are so many twists the story lost relevance and the most irritating part was the lawyer of wife. Police detectives and the lawyer were like fortune tellers and can see in futur…

Review: Makadjaal

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Makadjaal by सुरेन्द्र मोहन पाठक
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

"Grandmaster" is second and final part of "Makadjaal" the thriller.

Part 1 was very good. There are only four characters
Punekar the Don who is aged and has a young sexy wife. His young wife is a sex and money maniac. She married for money.
Kothari a shady lawyer who handles only one client, Punekar.
Doctor Singla who is Punekar’s wife’s lover.
Dr Singla agrees to kill Punekar on his wife’s insistence. The story is good and the end is a cliffhanger.

Part 2 starts from where part 1 ended and the story goes haywire from there. The second part was unnecessary and it has no rhyme or reason. There are so many plot holes and that even potboiler tag can’t help it. It was even worse than the normal lugdi novels of other novels. There are so many twists the story lost relevance and the most irritating part was the lawyer of wife. Police detectives and the lawyer were like fortune tellers and can see in future …

Review: The Weirdest First Date

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The Weirdest First Date by Tarang Sinha
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Unrequited love is painful. People fall in love all the time but the same is not reciprocated most of the times. Many reasons may be there but the real problem starts when nice people fall for someone bad.

Nikhil got a call from his friend after midnight to meet him. When he reaches his society, he meets a girl who lives in the same society. Incidentally they are trapped in the lift and develop a bond.

The story is sweet and cute though a bit sad. It can be my fantasy too to be trapped in the lift with a beautiful girl.


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