Review: Ghost on the Ledge

Ghost on the Ledge by Krishnamoorthi
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“Nothing in this world can torment you as much as your own thoughts.”

Anupama is a 12 year old girl who lives in a group housing society with here family. She starts to see things in her balcony. A albino like ghost comes to her balcony. Her parents think she has epilepsy and started to have hallucinations. She is referred to doctors and psychiatrist who find nothing wrong with her. Her Mausi also had similar problems. Is she having psychological issues or something more sinister at work here?

The book is a teenage investigation story. this is told in a plain straightforward way. The story of her mother and Mausi is over hyped and nothing much is there. Similar is the case of final solution of the ghost issue. Too simplistic and plain book.

3/ 5 stars.

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Review: Fear Is the Key

Fear Is the Key by Juggi Bhasin
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

“Sometimes the worst place you can be at is in your own head.”

Rahul and Suhail are IIT buddies. They start YUMMIMAGE which is a media company. They use every dirty trick in the book to become successful. Simone is there colleague and Rahul’s girlfriend. She has a tiff with Suhail. Rahul keeps a party at his home to cool the matters. Simone goes missing in the party and Rahul starts hallucinating.

The story started well and give a peek into to world of TRP hungry media. There are many steamy sex scenes throughout the book. Then it told about trolls also. But after Simone goes missing it loses direction and wanders aimlessly. I find the book very boring and stretched. So many useless characters were introduced without any rhyme and reason. By climax I lost all interest and it was neither surprising nor ingenious. It was a very long boring psychological thriller. There was no thrill at all.

2/ 5 stars just because of some …

Review: Remember Death: An Arjun Arora Mystery

Remember Death: An Arjun Arora Mystery by Ankush Saikia
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Never trust a man who doesn't drink.

Winston Churchill

I like an old style thriller cum murder mystery. A private eye is an time tetesed hero for this kind of novel.

Arjun Arora is an ex Indian Army office turned private eye. His personal life is in doldrums but he is good at his job. Vikas, a mysterious man comes to him with a case for which he has to come to Mumbai. He goes there and meets Vishwanath who gives him twice his fee to trace a girl Agnes Pereira who is a murder suspect. What happens next?

The book takes you to different parts of India: Delhi, Mumbai, Goa, Himachal, Lucknow .. the journey is defined in details and the suspense is uncovered slowly. He has vey few clues to work on: a photos and pair of earrings.

The story spans a long time from British India to modern period. It covers Bollywood, politics, cricket betting, fake swamis, tawaifs and much more. The descriptions are viv…

Review: Ganga: The Constant Goddess

Ganga: The Constant Goddess by Anuja Chandramouli
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“According to Greek mythology, humans were originally created with four arms, four legs and a head with two faces. Fearing their power, Zeus split them into two separate parts, condemning them to spend their lives in search of their other halves.”
― Plato, The Symposium

This quote is obviously an allegory which is about how man and woman are incomplete without each other. Or how humans are incomplete no matter what we do? Mythology is an interesting way to know not only about our past but also about our present and future. Anuja always does a great job in mythology with her sharp new insights and impeccable language. “Ganga the constant Goddess” is another one of these.

Ganga and Parvati both daughters of Mena and Himvan are unlike each other. Where Parvati just wants to get married to Shiva, Ganga can not be domesticated. She is a wild force of nature which cannot be still or be tamed. There is rivalr…

Review: The Retreat

The Retreat by mari reiza
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“Money is a necessary evil,” Marie’s mother would say, “and to earn much, unfortunately, one has to devote an excessive amount of time to it, more than reasonable.

These words struck a chord with me. How true is that? Money is necessary but its pursuit takes away a lot from us. Mari Reiza’s Retreat is story of Marie (Mari??? Or I am just wondering).

Marie is a young girl who is feeling suffocated by all the rules by her family and society. She wants to break free, but will she?

The struggles of Marie will feel familiar to every girl. This is a story of grit and determination. The book is a bit long and could have be edited tightly.

3/5 stars.

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Review: Opera

Opera by mari reiza
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Death is a certainty. Our death is as inevitable as our birth but that doesn’t matter. Real thing is how we live before dying. Mari Reiza’s Opera is tribute to the triumph of human spirit.

Ivanka is a rich lady who is dying, then she received a letter. This introduces her to Maria and they start work on opera again. Will she be able to live again before dying?

The story is moving and inspiring. The way Ivanka fight with her illness is gratifying and a lesson for all who are defeated by life. The story becomes somewhat boring and stretched at places and you need patience to finish.

3/5 stars.

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Review: Crime Patrol: The Most Thrilling Stories

Crime Patrol: The Most Thrilling Stories by Annup Sonii and Oswald Pereira
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Criminals should be punished, not fed pastries.”
― Lemony Snicket, The Blank Book

Crime never pays. Or does it? This is most intriguing and gruesome aspect of humanity. Why does people turn to crime? Is it greed, poverty, lust, laziness, sloth or pure evil? This book tries to throw light on these through some real-life crime stories.

Anup Soni is a veteran actor and host of popular serial “Crime Patrol” on Sony network. Oswald Pereira is a seasoned journalist and author. These two collaborated to bring to readers some real time crimes.

These are eight criminal stories in all. The reasons for committing the crime are varied but the end is similar. In the end they were caught and imprisoned. The stories are told in a rapid flowing way so that you don’t have time to feel bogged down or get bored.

In some stories police investigation is shown which is liked. Some stories are told …