Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Another Tale of Two Cities

The book is provided by Arudha Club in exchange for a genuine review. Another tale of two citiesAnother tale of two cities by Ezhuth Aani
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Another tale of two cities
by Ezhuth Aani

Book Cover:

The cover is designed by Ajitabha Bose. It shows a temple against the backdrop of red setting sun. This is very beautiful and serene.


Fourteen thirty one is the year remembered for the martyrdom of Joan of Arc. But another landmark event was unfolding in a future French colony. Cambodia was a cultural cauldron of Hinduism, Mahayana Buddhism and Theravada Buddhism. The largest metropolis of the pre industrial era was also facing a climate change calamity. The story unfolds in fifteenth century Cambodia and travels to China, Sri Lanka, India and the Middle East, as Princes Adithya and Mahendra set out to seek help for their beleaguered country. Will the splendid twin cities of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom survive? Who wins the heart of Mandagini, the warrior princess?


The story starts with a young Adithya the king’s envoy is riding his horse Vibhanji. He is going to meet Vajragnani, a mystic in order to save Angkor’s empire. Enroute he meets his daughter Mandagini. She arrests him and then takes him to Vajragnani, her father. He gives him knowledge and a statue of Buddha. Then he sends him on his way alongwith Mandagini. They both fall in love and part ways with heavy hearts. Will they meet again and will he fulfil his destiny? In another part of world in China prince Mahendra vistis there for same reason.

The book has a lot of information of history of different parts of Asia and religions.
I particularly liked this passage on Buddhism and Hinduism:

“Before the Buddha appeared, for a long time in India, the Brahmins were dominant. One’s social status was determined only by his birth. It was the Brahmins who established the social code called Varnaashrama Dharma, or the caste system. They made the people believe that the Brahmins appeared from Lord Brahama’s tounge, and that the Shudras appeared from his legs. Lord Buddha, who brought about a great spiritual revolution, was also responsible for a social revolution. Lord Buddha has stated very clearly that one’s stauts is not determined by his birth. Though Buddha did not totally reject Vranaashrama Dharam. This was because if law and order were to be established in society, each one must carry out the duties allotted to him by birth.”

This description of ladies in the Harem of Chinese emperor is gut wrenching:
“The Harem was merely a gold plated prison. In it, there were hundreds of heroines vying for the attention of one single hero. Though their being part of the harem brought social status and money to their families was there any chance of their physical and menatal needs satisfied in this environmanet. Although there were varuous meanst of entertainment such as music, literature, drama, stages, and libraries, how could one satisfy one’s physical cravings?”

The story is a historical set in a period of fifteenth century. Expanse is quiet large from Cambodia to China, Sri Lanka, Middle East and of course India. This is a story which has everything Romance, Valour, Intrigue, conspiracy, spy craft, lust for women and power. The tender love story of Adithya and Mandagini is heart touching. This is unlike modern day romance where they kiss first and ask name later.

Positive points:

The story is very interesting. English is very good and there are no grammatical. Ezhuth has a good very indepth knowledge of Buddhism and history. Though the story is uneven in pacing it has sufficnet depth to keep you engrossed.

Negative points:

There is a lot of information given about Buddhism and political, social condition prevalent at that time. Though I guess it was important; Still to show his intellectual prowess author got carried away. This slows the pace down and makes it too descriptive and long at places. Some tight editing would have done a lot of good. I got bored at many places and it became a painful traversing those portions.

Recommendation and rating:

I would recommend it all my friends who like to read fiction which has historical setting and has long descriptive portions about that. I give the book a 3/ 5 stars.

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Sunday, 26 March 2017

Unns the Captivation

The book is provided by Arudha Club in exchange for a genuine review. Unns-The CaptivationUnns-The Captivation by Sapan Saxena
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“UNNS The Captivation” by SAPAN SAXENA
Book Cover:
The cover is designed by Ajitabha Bose. Two lovers are walking towards sea in rain holding an umbrella. This is very beautiful and reminded me of “Pyar hua Iqrar hua” of Raj Kapoor and Nargis.
"Of course you know about the seven stages of love, but have you ever lived them?"

Atharva Rathod and Meher Qasim.

Love birds since adolescence. Bonded by love, separated by circumstances. They part ways only to meet again. But this time, he is on a secret mission...

Are they in control of their own destiny, or it’s their destiny which is making them dance to its tunes? Only time would answer, as Atharva and Meher unwillingly and unknowingly transcend the seven stages of love.

A quintessential tale of love and romance marked beautifully by its own rustic old school charm.
The book is a love story of a Hindu boy and Muslim girl, Atharva and Mehar. They meet in school and feel attraction. Somehow they grow apart in the end of school days. Growing up Atharva joins Research and analysis wing (RAW). Mehar has a tragedy and settles in Germany. Atharva is sent on a secret mission there and their path cross again. Will they meet or again grow apart?
The story progresses at a leisurely pace. The chemistry between Atharva and Mehar is good. This is a love story at heart which has a thriller element of espionage.
I came to know a new thing form the book and that is 7 stages of love in Urdu. These are:
1. Hub means the stage of attraction.
2. Unns means the stage of infatuation.
3. Ishq is when people actually fall in love.
4. Aqeedat is stage of reverence.
5. Ibadat is worshipping of lover.
6. Junoon is the sixth stage of obsession for your lover.
7. The final stage is Maut which means death. There is nothing more auspicious for someone who loves a soul to die for him or her.
Sapan has shown all these 7 stages in three different stages of their meetings. The stages are represented by season. First is Basant which means spring. Second one is Herbst for which I have to look up dictionary. The middle German name Herbst means harvest and modern meaning is fall. Third stage is winter. These seasons represent the progress of their relation and these are further sub divided into Hub, Unns, Ishq, Aqeedat, Ibadat, Junoon and Maut. This is a very interesting way of naming chapters and at first I got confused. But by end everything became clear.
Positive points:
The story is interesting. English is very good and there are no grammatical mistakes (big plus for a new writer). You feel for the characters and that is important. The language is crisp and clear. I am impressed by paper and print quality. Typesetting is very good and pleasing to see. This is pleasing to read and easy on easy.
Negative points:
The story is bit predictable. The German portion looks inspired by Salman Khan- Katrina Kaif starrer “Ek Tha Tiger” (though I am not sure). Miyaaz Sheikh character looks a straight rip off of a character played by Roshan Seth in the movie. The book is too simplified at places and the writer tries to spoon feed the reader at places. This slows the pace down and makes it too descriptive and long at place. Some tight editing would have done a lot of good.
Recommendation and rating:
I would recommend it all my friends who like to read good romantic fiction. Though the story is a simple romance but the presentation (stages of love and seasons of life) is quiet new and unique. I give the book a 3.5/ 5 stars.
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About the author:
Brought up in the city of Nawabs, Lucknow, Sapan did B. Tech in Information & Technology from Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad.

He started taking interest in writing on various spiritual and mythological subjects during his college days and his work found place in leading newspapers on many occasions. His profession is engineering but writing is his passion. He connects and finds links of modernization with mythology having keen interest in the same.

Sapan married in the year 2011 and is now the proud father of a toddler. A responsible father, a loving husband, a supportive brother and a caring son, Sapan generates time to write.

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Thursday, 16 February 2017

Future beckons

Future beckons
31 December 2020
Ansh and Priya are dancing like mad in the party at The Parks, Noida. After all it was New Year ’s Eve and the atmosphere is of gaiety. The husband and wife both have been drinking heavily and having a hell of a time. Around two they decided that they had enough and decided to go home for passionate love making. Also their daughter Pinki was alone with maid.
They came out and Priya insisted on driving the Scorpio. As the SUV was powerful and huge Ansh had reservations but he agreed in a drunken stupor. Priya sat on driver’s seat but the guard came and asked Ansh to receive their complimentary gift from hotel. Ansh repented till this day what happened when he went inside.
When he came back with gift he saw a nasty looking fellow pointing a gun at Priya head. Priya in panic pressed accelerator till it touched the floor. With 2200 cc engine Scorpio lurched forward like a bullet. The guy hang on to the door. Priya was 4 Patiala peg down after the party and car severed and it hit an oncoming truck with full force.
The robber was crushed immediately. Airbag of Scorpio opened and it took most of the impact. It happened in such a split second Ansh was dumb struck. He is fully sober now.
He ran along with others to the SUV. Priya was wedged in between seats and bag. The guy mutilated body was lying on the road. Truck driver sped away.
When priya was brought to Kailsah Hospital she was bleeding profusely and unconscious. On examination it was declared that due to impact the disc is dislocated and she won’t be able to walk for the rest of her life. But for the better safety features of Scorpio she would have died.
Both were devastated.

31 December 2025
It was again the night of 31st December 2025. Ansh is an automobile engineer and till today he has not forgotten that unfortunate night. Priya is wheel chair bound and only solace is that she is alive.
Ansh, Venkat and Kshitij were sitting in the lab of M&M discussing there invention sof road safety.
Ansh since then has left his job in MNC and joined M&M research division. His sole aim in life is to prevent these kind of accidents with the use of technology. His colleague Venkat is his enthusiastic supporter. Venkat is his junior but very intelligent.
“Sir, we developed biometric wheel drive and another is alcohol lock.” Said Venkat.
“Yes Venkat if on that day Priya could not have driven as she was drunk this had not happened. Also if she knew that that bustard can not drive the Scorpio even if he wanted to she would have stepped down.” Rued Ansh.
“Now sir we have perfected the biometric scanner and alcohol lock do you think it will help.”
“I have an idea how it can help. But I foresee many problems also because of this. Being a civil engineer I prefer geometric improvements of roads and strict traffic laws.” Interjected Kshitij. He is the civil Engineer from Highway division of M&M.
“I think we have to understand the science and rationale behind these provisions. Kshitij! I agree the things you mentioned should also help.” Ansh said “But if you ever travel by metro you will see many safety features which makes it almost fool proof. Say for example if any part of body is outside doors it won’t close and metro won’t move. So it is a failsafe safety guarantee. Also you see no Ticket Collectors as the system is of magnetic strip token or passes. It is almost impossible to travel without ticket and there is no need of TC. Still people jump in front of train to commit suicide and they may carry something inside and here better policing and enforcement comes into picture. Similarly geometric design and sound structure is basic requirement. So it has to be a combination of all three namely technology, design and enforcement for a safe practices.”
“We both agree” replied Venkat and Kshitij in unison.
“Now let me explain the rationale and science behind our invention. The blood alcohol content (BAC) legal limit is 0.03% or 30 µl alcohol in 100 ml blood. On 1 March 2012, the Union Cabinet approved proposed changes to the Motor Vehicle Act. Higher penalties were introduced, including fines from 2,000 to 10,000 and imprisonment from 6 months to 4 years. So our alcohol lock in M&M vehicle will have a breath analyzer. The vehicle will also have a biometric steering and only those persons who has registered will be able to start the vehicle. So once the driver starts the vehicle he has to do a breath analyzer test and if it is above the limit of 30 µl alcohol in 100 ml blood the vehicle will not move. This is a two pronged safety against theft and drunken driving. I have developed more features like warning light when close to other vehicles or when we severe and change lanes dangerously. Human Vehicle interaction through technology for a safe ride is the motto of my life now.” Examined Ansh.
“Hmm it is all very well in theory but in practice you have to drive the vehicle sometime even if you are drunk” Kshitij said.
“Kshitij if you see my wife as I see every day, and shed tears of blood on her helpless condition you will not ask this ridiculous question any more. She is mother to Pinki but now Pinki has become her mother. Her childhood is lost due to this bloody drunken driving. I am sure if that that Priya would have been sober she had given the vehicle to that devil. Nothing is worth your life. Call a cab if you are drunk or stay in a hotel overnight. My invention will ensure that nobody can drive when drunk.” he was overwhelmed with emotion and close to tears.
Kshitij held him and so did Venkat.
“I know dear how you feel and you have gone through a lot. It is not easy to see your loved one to go through this ordeal day in and day out and you have become vulnerable. I also propose geometrical solutions for safety. Like better design of road, zero tolerance for encroachment, closing unsafe crossings on highways, proper management of traffic lights and world class maintenance of roads” said Kshitij.
“we should have a zero tolerance policy towards reckless drivers. Even greater focus on risk groups, for example young drivers, senior citizens, motorcyclists, drivers under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and irresponsible, aggressive road users. We should have more rigorous system of license issue and zero tolerance towards offences. If someone violates law 3 times his license should be revoked and if he is found driving without one he should be jailed.” added Veknat.
“Yes we should also standardize the traffic regulations in India, as far as possible and reasonable. More educational campaigns on traffic regulations. Rules only work if they are generally known and understood (for example, with new infrastructure models like “shared spaces”).” Kshitij said “we should have an eeven more intensive promotion of safety-conscious and responsible behavior by all road users (for example with driver training courses to get to know their own limits; educational campaigns regarding distraction by smartphones).”
Ansh agreed and said.” Ok guys now we have done our bit I have to head to the naturopath who has been treating Priya for past year. Now she is having some movement is he toes. Let us hope she walk anytime soon. That will be the best new year’s gift I will have”
Amen said Venkat and Kshitij in unison.

1 January 2026
Ansh, Pinki and Priya were in Ayurvedic Ashram. Swami Swarupanand who has been treating Priya with Panchkarma therapy was smiling at them.
“Listen Priya beta I am sure that you will walk within six month with God’s grace. From today we will start rigorous exercise and the hard work you have put in in last five years is commendable. It is your determination and support of Ansh and Pinki God has become merciful on you. This is a happy new gift from my side. Just be regular and by the end of this year you will be normal like us.” Said swamiji.
Ansh and Priya were crying. Pinki could not understand that these were those tears when joy becomes overwhelming and words can not describe the joy. They touched feet of Swamiji and left.
Pinki got a treat of black current and Ansh hugged Priya so tight as if there is no tomorrow.

Friday, 10 February 2017

The Case of the Love Commandos by Tarquin Hall

The Case of the Love Commandos (Vish Puri, #4)The Case of the Love Commandos by Tarquin Hall
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Tarquin Hall is a British journalist hailing from London. He has written Vish Puri India's "Most Private Investigator” books. Hall has a good understanding of Indian realities. He weaves these in Vish Puri books.

Ram and Tulsi are in love. Ram is a Dalit (lower caste shudra, untouchable) and Tulsi is Brahmin. Naturally her father is against the alliance and tries to prevent them from getting married. There is a secret organisation called “THE LOVE COMMANDOS” who tries to unite these star crossed lovers and guards them against honour killings. But on the fateful day Ram is kidnapped and Tulsi is taken in hiding by commandos. Vish’s assistant Facecream, who is a part of Love commandos, gives the investigation to Vish. When he starts investigating it is known that Ram’s mother is also murdered. The conspiracy goes much beyond a simple love story. There is an institute which carries out research in genetics and DNA, a corrupt CM and politicians. And it has Vish competitor Hari also.

Tarquin Hall understands India very well. Look the way he describes caste:

“We are a research institute, Mr. Puri. But I would say this: India will never progress, never join the rest of the civilized world, until we are rid of the caste system once and for all. It is utterly divisive, breeds corruption in our political system and ensures that tens of millions of Indians remain mired in poverty and ignorance—a great albatross around our collective necks. So, yes, it is my sincerest hope that our research will change the way society regards itself.”

The journalists in India are not trustworthy and are corrupt

“You should never believe what you read in the papers, Hari—journalists being corrupt and complacent and all.”

India is a vast, poor and populous country. It is very difficult the police and Uttar Pradesh is a very big state. Police in India is highly corrupt and in collusion with political masters.

"Puri knew he was wasting his breath with such a fundamental question. On average, fourteen people died and fifty-seven others were injured on the roads of India every hour. Even if the police had wanted to investigate each incident, there wasn’t the manpower to do so. Uttar Pradesh alone was short of nearly a quarter of a million civil and armed police. And its serving officers were essentially uniformed bribe takers. Most raked in several lakhs per month from truck drivers alone, a goodly percentage of which ended up in the pockets of their superiors and political masters."

Driving in India is a nightmarish experience.

“Normal driving meant driving like everyone else—in other words, winding through traffic without signaling, straddling two lanes at once, flashing “dippers” at any car that dared to get in the way, honking incessantly, jumping queues at red lights and wherever possible blocking everyone behind trying to go straight ahead.”

Finally a little preaching.

“Tradition and customs have their place and provide us with key reference points and a certain continuity. However, rigidity in thinking is the enemy of progress. Likewise, babies should not be thrown out with the bathwater. It is for young people also to act responsibly during times of change. A successful marriage is built on mutual understanding and compatibility. Love should also be there.”

Tarquin Hall is very witty and humorous. He keeps the tone light despite dealing serious issues like caste, poverty, corruption and murder. He makes you feel for the poor dalits. The village society is deeply divided on caste and religious lines. Even the ramshackle school has divisions. Everyone is busy looting the system be it the lowly village Pradhan or Chief Minister. There is huge oppression. The newly powerful castes like Yadavs also become oppressors of Dalits. In fact they are worse then Brahmins.

The concept of DNA mapping of castes is a novel one. If what is said is true we can definitively know the origin of castes and degree of intermingling amongst various castes. Indian caste system is based on very rigid segregation of castes and little or no intermarriage. This has its pros and cons.

This is most unjust social system. It divides the society and makes it weak. The shudras at the bottom, are worst sufferers and bear the burnt of this. They have no opportunity to break free from this vicious circle of oppression, poverty, ignorance and despair.

If lovers are from different castes it is not accepted and it sometimes lead to honour killings also especially in rural parts of North India. There are self styled Khap Panchaytas who are like Kangaroo courts and sanction these killings with impunity. They are answerable to no law or courts and derive their authority from caste order.

The worst part is caste is sanctified as a part of Hindu religion. It is mentioned in all religious scriptures including the Geeta.

Lord Krishna speaks to Arjuna as he clarifies the origin and purpose of the caste system in sanaatana dharma (Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 4, Shloka 13).

cāturvarṇyaṃ mayā sṛṣṭaṃ guṇakarmavibhāgaśaḥ .
tasya kartāramapi māṃ viddhyakartāramavyayam .. 4\-13..

I have created this four fold order ( 4 varnas / castes namely - Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas and Shudras) according to the quality of work.

They constitute the four-fold order. The three gunas - sattva, rajas and tamas - and the law of karma - these four elements were divided by Me to create the four varnas.

Sattva guna predominates in Brahmins - and they are assigned the tasks (karma) of sham, dam, tapas (meditation) etc.

Rajas guna predominates in Kshatriyas - sattva guna is secondary. Their karma is to be warriors and show bravery and tejas.

Rajas guna also predominates in Vaishyas - tamas guna is secondary. Their karma is to be farmers and traders.

Tamas guna predominates in Shudras - rajas guna is secondary. Their karma is to serve others.

If something is sanctified by religion and an AVATAR of Vishnu (Incarnation of God Vishnu) it is very difficult to argue with. A person fate is sealed at birth and he is doomed to live up to his pre ordained destiny.

Puri’s associates have funny names like Handbrake, Facecream and Tubelight. The tone is kept light but he never loses sight of the bigger picture.

Vish’s mummyji and wife, Rumpi provide comic relief. Mummyji is a parallel investigative firm. But I find that distracting and it breaks the flow of the story.

At some point I have to stop reading and laugh for a minute or two. Like the scene where Tulsi is crying again and again.

“If she keeps crying like this she would have to be taken to a hospital and rehydrated”.

In the end a very good book. 9/10 stars.

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Monday, 30 January 2017

“The Coffee and the Cola” a novella by Kapil Muzumdar published by Notion press

The Coffee and the Cola: An Ordinary Narrative Built Around an Extraordinary PremiseThe Coffee and the Cola: An Ordinary Narrative Built Around an Extraordinary Premise by A Novella by Kapil Muzumdar
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I give 6/10 stars to “The Coffee and the Cola” a novella by Kapil Muzumdar published by Notion press.

This is a simple love triangle. The author claims that it is “AN ORDINARY NARRATIVE BUILT AROUND AN EXTRAORDINARY PREMISE”. We will come to the premise later.

The story starts with Kapil’s musings about a coffee and a café. He is mentor of his friends’ (Umakant and Rama) son Rahul. Umakant and Rama have separated. Kapil has special love for Rahul and he treats him as his own. Rahul meets Radha at the same café and insists on Kapil to be present. Rahul and Radha becomes friendly and soon fall in love. Radha is a traditional girl who wants to save his virginity till her wedding night. This drives them apart and Rahul meets Nora. Nora is exact opposite of Radha. She is bindaas and believe in free sex. She consorts Rahul and help him tide over his depression of breakup. What will happen next? Who will he end up with? Who all will feel heart ache?

Kapil Muzumdar classify girls into two categories: coffee and cola. Coffee girl are traditional, organized, upright, somewhat prudish and old-fashioned. Radha is a coffee girl. Cola girls are free, promiscuous, bindaas, disorganized, live in the moment, don’t want to be tied down. Nora is a cola girl. Kapil has no other classification for girls. Even Linda Goodman have 12 sun signs. In the margins you can see some random thoughts about coffee or cola personality. By the end it becomes very convoluted and confused. Coffee becomes cola and vice versa. Kapil has no such categories for boys. It could have been whiskey and vodka. Anyway I guess this is the extraordinary premise Kapil was referring to in the title.

There is nothing new in the story and it is any other love triangle. There is some spark between Kapil and Rama which is not developed. And the narrative is contradictory most of the times. At one place author says this story is not about Rahul. Then there is Meera, Radha’s twin sister. What is her role in the story? Kapil makes a case but does not follow through.

This is an ok read. But the story is jerky and not smooth. A one time read.

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Saturday, 28 January 2017

“My Wife’s Diary” by Deepanshu Saini published by Omji publishing house

My Wife's DiaryMy Wife's Diary by Deepanshu Saini
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I give 5/10 stars to “My Wife’s Diary” by Deepanshu Saini published by Omji publishing house.

The book is about premarital affairs, gays, brief lesbian encounter and life before and after marriage.

‘I loved her and she married me. But it wasn’t that simple.” Or is it? This is the opening salvo of this book. What if you come across diary of your life partner? Will you read it or not? Here the husband starts reading the diary of his wife and the result is shocking. This is the story of a simple girl named Pournima. She keeps a diary, which she lovingly calls Sweety, and record her life and feelings in detail. She is reading to be a psychologist. She is in love with his batch mate Rahul. When Rahul tries to get physical with her she feels disgusted. She gets Ragahv Kalra a patient who doesn’t wants to get married, doesn’t like girls and don’t know the reason. The reason is obvious to me but somehow Pournima and Raghav can’t see it. Finally they find out that he is gay and he is liberated. Then she passes out of college and meet Prashant and feels that this time she found true love. What happens next is the crux of story. Will she marry him and happily ever after?

Some parts of the book are really nice like the description of end of college days:
“No matter how much you hate studies, you will always miss your school or college days. College is the best time of life. It is when you can spend all your money and time on shopping drinking and having fun. You will want them back, no doubt. Memories will remind you that nothing will last forever. We all should enjoy life when we can.”

The passage about disillusionment with love:
“Love can sometimes be magic, but magic can sometimes just be an illusion. I think I want to change my statement. Love is just an illusion. There is no magic person pout there, no lover out there waiting for anyone. It’s just that we all are living in an illusion. There really is no magic called love. Life is just a matter of existence.”

The character of Pournima is very confusing. Is she a lesbian or frigid or something else. She falls in love but wants to avoid sex. She wants marriage with her lovers but doesn’t bring that up. She gets cozy with them but doesn’t want sex. Who does that? Then other characters like Rahul, Prashant and Avantika are mere props. They have no character development. The husband who reads the diary is nonexistent and what was the need of introducing him in first place. He reads diary and then what? There are so many loose ends that after finishing the book you feel lost and dissatisfied.

Still the book is good in parts as in mentioned above. Language used is lucid, simple and powerful enough to convey the meaning well.

Overall a book which could have been far better.

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Thursday, 26 January 2017

“The Unpredictable Heart” by Moksha published by Partridge

The Unpredictable Heart: You May Be a VictimThe Unpredictable Heart: You May Be a Victim by MoKSh
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I give 4/ 10 stars to “The Unpredictable Heart” by Moksha published by Partridge.

This is supposed to be a love story. Title says “YOU MAY BE A VICTIM” which is prophetic. Indeed the readers are victims here of bad writing.

This is the story of Mrinav. In the beginning he sitting in front of his girlfriend Jiya waiting for his friend Jatin to come. Jatin has never been to a girls’ college and it is apparently a big deal for him to visit one. Then the story goes in flashback 7 years ago. Mrinav works in a call center and there are lots of friends. Many girls Neeti, Rati, Alka, Ankita etc come in his life. He is attracted to them but somehow never able to express himself. Thus he is forever alone. Finally he finds Jiya. What happens next and how he deals with heartbreaks is the story.

These is nothing new or exciting in the book. In the beginning Moksh says that these are real stories with the pinch of some exaggeration and ask us to put ourselves in Mrinav’s shoes and enjoy. I can neither put myself in his shoes nor enjoy the story. Losers like Mrinav are dime a dozen who falls for every damn girl who comes in their contact. They are in one sided love and when it is not reciprocated they go into depression.

To top it all English is bad. There are grammatical mistakes and Hindi is used liberally. Some examples:

1. The words from Jiya had pushed me on my back foot by seven years.
2. Could you please come out 2-3 steps from your house.
3. His heart has been brittle this time as well. It broke and, and this time it shattered him from within.
4. Spit your anger now.

Please read the acknowledgement and you will realize the origin of this Pandora’s box.

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