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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Always be Mine by Neha Daraad

Always Be MINE by Neha DaraadAlways Be MINE by Neha Daraad by Neha Daraad
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I give 8/ 10 stars to “Always Be MINE” by Neha Daraad published by Inspire India.

This is a sweet, cute romantic story of Arjun and Akansha. It tugs at your heart and make you believe in love.

Arjun is a spoilt brat of a rich father. He is totally irresponsible and emotionally unstable. His relation with his father is antagonistic amd his mother is not living with them. He doesn’t even talk to him. He is an alcoholic and one day he has a nasty fight with his father. He rushes out in his car and in a drunken fit tries to commit suicide. Fortunately Akanksha is also there and she stops him in time. She calls his friend Abhimanyu from his phone. Abhimanyu is his well-wisher and he is getting married soon to Payal. Abhimanyu picks him up and arranges Arjun’s meeting with Akansha. Arjun meets her and finds her attractive. They soon develop a friendship and Arjun starts healing emotionally. He describes this feeling as follows:

“Three months had passed since I met Aakansha. Time flew away with a speed and we did not even acknowledge it. We both had become very close friends by now. Every passing day had contributed some special moments, making our bond stronger. Day by day, everything was changing for me and it was no less than a miracle. This friendship was acting as a panacea for the void of my heart. I was changing. I had started taking control on my mental agony and started accepting painful memories. Now, I was trying to overcome them. Aakansha had made me come out of my nutshell. I had started to enjoy my life. I smiled, I laughed and she had even managed to make me agree join Abhimanyu, Payal and Aakansha for outings, picnics and other get together. Everyone was very happy with this progress.”

Their story progresses and during marriage of Abhimanyu and Payal, Arjun proposes to her. Akansha accepts and hugs him.

“I could not let anyone know what those moments meant to me. She rushed into my arms and hugged me tightly. It was the most beautiful moment of my life. I could not ask God for anything more than this. I was still not over the moment. I felt like I was dreaming. Therefore, now it was clear that she loved me too. I thanked God mentally as well as Abhimanyu. I hugged her more trying to hold her closer to me. It gave me a divine contentment. I felt like every problem and pain of my life was less than this pleasure.”
When everything is falling into place for them Arjun has a conversation with his dad and after that he is devastated again. He becomes commitment phobic and runs away from Akansha. What will happen next? Will Arjun always remain emotionally crippled? Will they come together or not? This forms the story.

Neha is spot on in portraying emotions of a boy who is deprived of love in his childhood and had a troubled childhood. This makes Arjun emotionally and mentally weak, alcoholic, suspicious and melancholic. Character of his dad is very strong and he loves him tremendously. Abhimanyu is also a rock solid and level headed friend who supports him through thick and thin. Akansha is a bindaas, intelligent, beautiful and emotionally mature girl who takes a liking of Arjun. She understands his pain and starts healing him through her pure and unconditional love. Only lucky person gets a girlfriend like her.

Flow of story is smooth and language is simple yet powerful and grammatically correct. You empathize with Arjun and Neha makes you to understand his fears and insecurities very well. Sometimes Arjun does foolish cruel thing to people who loves him, but Neha explain that in detail so that you don’t hate Arjun.

“Emotion is a chemical defect; if once you are connected with someone emotionally nothing in this whole world can break those connections. Time may change the face of the bond, may be friendship turn into enmity, love in hatred, but emotions withhold themselves in deep down our heart and bury themselves in order to save us from pain. But those masked emotions cause much more pain than the person who is behind those emotions.”

Neha is a girl and she has narrated the whole story from Arjun point of view. This is no mean feat and considering this is her debut work it becomes praiseworthy. This not a mere love story but has parental love, friendship and lessons for life for love, work and friendship. Waiting for Neha’s next book.

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“The Prince of Patliputra” by Shreyas Bhave published by Leadstart Publishing

The Prince of Patliputra (Asoka trilogy, #1).The Prince of Patliputra (Asoka trilogy, #1). by Shreyas Bhave
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I give 7/ 10 stars to “The Prince of Patliputra” by Shreyas Bhave published by Leadstart Publishing.

This is book one of “Asoka trilogy”. This is a fictionalized account of Mauryan rule’s first three rulers. This has used names of historical characters but it is far from true history as I have read. So I read it as historical fiction. I advise every reader to read it as fiction to enjoy fully, otherwise you will keep on comparing with history and will remain unsatisfied.

In the beginning it refers to The Mudrarakshasa which is a historical play in Sanskrit by Vishakhadatta that narrates the ascent of the king Chandragupta Maurya ( 324 -297 BC), the founder of Mauryan Dynsaty, to power in India. Second is The Ashokavadana ("Narrative of Ashoka") is an Indian Sanskrit-language text that describes the birth and reign of the Maurya Emperor Ashoka. It contains legends as well as historical narratives, and glorifies Ashoka as a Buddhist emperor whose only ambition was to spread Buddhism far and wide.

The story starts with a reference to a secret society called “Ancient Brahmincal order”. They want to kill Asoka the prince of Patliputra for reasons unknown. Fifty years before they wanted Chandragupta, his granddad, the Raja of Taxila dead. Sushem and Tissa (Vittasoka who is 7 year old) are sons of Maharaja Bindusar. Bindusar is old and sick and has 100 sons. Only three are serious contenders for succession. Apart from these two Asoka is the third one but he is not pure Kshatriya, as his mother is Vaisya. 50 years ago there is Greek invasion by Alexendra the great. Local rulers like Ambhi, Puru and Dhanananda are busy in infighting. Chankya is very pained to see all this and he wants to make Bhartavarsha safe, secure, united and prosperous. He mentors a talented person Chandragupt Maruya to take on Greeks and unite whole of India. This story is told in alternate chapters and story keeps moving 50 years back and forth. Presently Sushem is the strongest contender for throne and Asoka is not considered worthy. Chankya is very old now and runs a brothel on outskirts with changed name of Kautilya. Bindusar never liked him and due to a mistake of Radhagupt (steward of Bindusar) he is thrown out. However Radhagupt is repenting and seeks guidance of Chankya to make Bharat great again. They both decide to make a plan for ascension of Asoka to the throne. Meanwhile there is a fatal attack on Asoka and a girl named Devi rescues him. Asoka falls for Devi. Bindusar sends Asoka to Avanti to quell the rebellion and there he finds out that Devi is daughter of Buddhist guild master Hardeo. The story of Part I ends at impending invasion by Chandragupta and Sushem.

The book is enticing and keeps you hooked. The language used is lucid and has no grammatical mistakes. The narrative technique used is back and forth pendulum like movements in time. This also shows a parallels between life of Chandragupta and Chankya and Asoka and Radhagupt respectively. It is indeed true that history repeats itself. The same story of power, conspiracies and greed is repeated time and again. The general public also takes side based on perception. Army is a tool of oppression in the hands of ruling elites. This is explained beautifully as below:

“But what is a better livelihood? The peasant has, by observation of nobles, created an ideal which he is trying to achieve. At this point, one can ask the question why the peasants don’t band together to bring the nobles down, taking their place through sheer strength of numbers. The answer to this question is that such type of a rebellion again requires a leader, which must come from the peasants themselves. But obviously there won’t be just one contender for this post. There will be several, which will again lead to chaos. The kings and nobles rule because the common people let them. The kings depend on the peasants for food and the peasants depend upon the kings for protection. The standing army is faithful to the Raja because the Raja lets them enjoy a specific position in return for their services. The whole system is perfect, except for the fact that the Raja can’t train his son to be a better Raja, because most of the time, the Raja is himself not an epitome of the ideal.”
“That is exactly why I have come to you.” I said. “Only Maharaja Dhanananda’s army has what it takes to stop the Greeks.”
“But do you know how this army is used?” Rakshasa asked. “It is used to rule over the people. It is by the tyranny of the army that Dhanananda rules Magadha. All his subjects hate him; he keeps putting men of his own dynasty in official places, and keeps ruling with the might of his army.” He tapped on the table for effect. “If Dhanananda, as you say, was to take his army, and march northwest, there would be a big rebellion here. The people would rise against their evil masters. The present truce that is maintained by the presence of the army here would be dissolved.”

The society was divided badly along caste lines. Only Kshatriyas or Brahmins were considered worthy to rule. The secret society is established for this end. Avarak does baptism of Chankya and it is swore thus:

“I (Chankya) kept reciting as Avarak spoke, “That I shall take upon myself the prime responsibilities for the conservation of our Arya race, and its age-old religion. I shall strive to maintain the caste system of us Aryas. Those who strive to disrupt these age-old principles shall be my sworn enemies. I shall fight against them with all my strength and that will be the only aim of my life. I vow to stand again heretics of all kind and use whichever force necessary to destroy them.” Avarak led again. I followed. “Whenever the established order of society is disturbed, I vow to rise to make things right again. Chaos is my enemy. The trinities of Brahma Vishnu Mahesh are my Gods. I vow to fight for what is correct and hereby I am inducted into this Order for life.”

This is a very captivating novel, a real page turner. It keeps you engrossed even though everybody knows the story by heart. But still how is more important that what which everybody knows. In this Shreyas gets full marks.

However, the disconnect with history sometimes irks and I had to keep reminding myself that this is a fiction. This is like a Dan Brown or James Rollins novel where you cannot differentiate between fact and fiction. But still this is only fiction. The exchanges between Devi and Asoka are fun but sometimes all those winking (wink, wink and more wink) irritated me. Even in today’s generation nobody winks so much (except baba Ramdev ;) of course) whereas here we are talking of about 300 years BC.

So 7 stars (4 stars deducted for last para and 1 additional star for debut effort) out of 10. Eagerly waiting for book two of the trilogy.

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Review of "Figmented Reality" by Zuko

Figmented RealityFigmented Reality by Zuko
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I give 6/ 10 stars to “Figmented Reality” by Zuko published by Frog Books.

This is a psychological story having addictions, molestation, trauma cause psychosocial scars, romance and erotica.

There is one main protagonist Siddharth who has whole lot of issues. He is sexually molested when he was very young by an elderly lady. This has left a very wrong impression on his young psyche and he becomes addicted to weed, alcohol and masturbation. After completing his engineering he gets a job in Cochin and thinks about sex all the time. He is a serial masturbator you can say, as he is a virgin. When he was 16 he has an attraction on her mother’s 32 year old friend Veena. They go their separate ways and then he enrolls in a Deaddiction center, he meets her again. She has become an alcoholic and her marriage is on the verge of divorce. Here he meets another addict Ananya and his old college friend Adithya who becomes his roommate. In flashback he tells us the story of her college crush Nandita. It was a doomed love story. What happens next is the story. Will he end up with older Veena or younger Ananya??? Will he able to get over his addiction??

The book is thin and written in easy to understand but good English. Is kept me hooked and I finished it in one sitting in less than 2 hours. It builds a sense of anticipation that what will happen next. That keeps you going and then you are in the second part where he goes in the flashback about Nandita. There it starts to lose the grip and by the end it becomes so convoluted that you stop caring. It could have been a good book which showed a lot of promise in the first part but squandered all this in latter half.

The speeches in the first part at the beginning of each chapter are also worth mentioning. Some are good, some average and some plain wrong.
It seems that they were copied from some confused self help book or culled from many. They had little or connection with narrative or story and severely hampered the flow of story. I started skipping them after initial chapters. One sample:

“In the era of social media, attention is become is major influence in life. Once we are caught in that web, we are trapped. We are addicted to it. In words of Eagles, “You can check out any time, but you can never leave.” We might not even be aware of the addiction. If we don’t get it, we start becoming weak and restless.”

This may or may not be true but it definitely had no connection whatsoever with the narrative. And if these one and a half page monologues are present in the beginning of half of the chapters severely damaging the flow. Zuko was over eager to pepper the book with his own or inspired (read copied) philosophy.

The biggest problem is that there is no coherence, uniformity or boundary in the characterization of Siddharth. He has sexual attraction on a woman twice his age. He is molested sexually while young. He has plethora of addictions. He hallucinates. He is a schizophrenic and needs help as accepted by him. He may be a psychopath. He had a troubled relationship with his parents and that is way he preaches Veena to be a good mother. He falls for woman who does not respond to his advances and rejects another attractive and good girl, who proposes to him on her own volition. He comes out as the most confused person on the earth and there is nobody to diagnose him correctly. Not even Zuko. In fact when he write his love letter to Nandita he writes his name as Zuko. How weird is that???

To sum up it could have been a good book. But it turned out to be a very confused and preachy book. Anyway 6 stars out of 10 for the good parts.

P.S. Details about author are conspicuous by their absence in the book. The space for dedication is also blank and it simply says “DEDICATION TEXT”. This obscurity maybe a way of conveying something. I wonder what it maybe?

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Friday, 20 January 2017

Review of 'Finding Juliet' by Toffee

Finding JulietFinding Juliet by Toffee
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I give 2 stars to “Finding Juliet” by Toffee published by Srishti.
This is an erotic, romantic story.
The story is divided in two parts. The story is divided in two parts. Arjun before meeting his guru Kartik, when all the girls fall for him but he doesn’t succeed. And Arjun 2.0 after meeting Kartik who turns him into some kind of Casanova overnight. Kartik gives gyan to Arjun about girls. Sample these:
1. So the first thing you need to know about girls is that they never directly say what they really want or how they truly feel.
2. You should never apply logic to judge a girl and instead understand her emotions. Also I want to reinforce the point that most of the time, girls don’t really mean what they say and don’t really say what she means. So you should always judge her by her action and not her words.
3. When you kiss a girl, you leave her with only two options – either she should leave you forever or she should stay with you.
Many girls come in our hero Arjun life. He is college topper with only thodi si study (who doesn’t study most of the time and spend tie flirting with girls), lyricist, hunk rolled into one, gets first job in campus etc.
This is a book for teenagers and college going students. This maybe fantasy of today’s youth. The story seems far fetched and girls are decoded in a very simplistic manner.
It can be read as a one time pass time.

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Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Review of "The Soul Charmer" by Richa Saxena

The Soul CharmerThe Soul Charmer by Richa Saxena
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Four stars to “The soul Charmer” a collection of poetry by Richa Saxena published by HBB.

These poems talk of utopian love, longing, silences, loneliness, pain, tribulations of an unquiet mind and the journey within. Some poems are of erotic love and to quote a part of “A Sinful Night” below:

And the melody of their bodies croon-
They bask in this love Amidst the gleam of the moon,
Oh! A deep plunge A round of passion And the bodies curl up,
Like the lost pieces, Of the puzzle,
They smooch and snuggle
And lay in each other's arms
All bare- And complete

The caged bird talk about the stifled ambitions and aspiration of freedom of any Indian girl. She feels suffocated by the atmosphere and it reminds me of Nirbhaya and Bangalore molestation.

“I am Alright” reminded me of one of my favorite poems on pain is ‘Aansoo (teardrop)’ by Prasad:

जो घनीभूत पीड़ा थी
मस्तक में स्मृति-सी छायी
दुर्दिन में आँसू बनकर
जो आज बरसने आयी।
----प्रसाद जी की ‘आँसू’

“The Final Goodbye” beautifully captures the feeling of depression and angst with the world. Sometimes we feel all dejected, tired and depressed and we all want to end it and walk into oblivion.

“Love me Tonight” talks about a love which is at cusp of sensuous and platonic. “And We Became Us” describes the coital act beautifully.

The book ends in a poem aptly titled “In Hope Of A Better Tomorrow”. It is a poem of hope, of tomorrow of aspirations and future. Life may be hard today but it is not the end. There is always hope for tomorrow.

The poems are penned beautifully. In fact the origin of poems as told by Shelly and Pant is (quoted below):

Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.
---Percy Bysshe Shelley (Husband of Mary Shelly of Frankenstein fame)

वियोगी होगा पहला कवि, आह से निकला होगा गान।

उमड़ कर आंखों से चुपचाप, बही होगी कविता अजान॥
 सुमित्रानंदन पंत

Poem is like tear drop which comes out of your heart and not mind. That’s why it is so different form prose and very difficult to fully understand for others unless the poetess herself explains it. And you need equally intelligent and sensitive audience to be able to understand it, otherwise you will just get cool, awesome, beautiful, poignant, god bless etc type reactions.

To quote from “Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda” "The Love which cannot contribute to social progress and individual development, is not love"...... the poetess made that point in one of your poem also.

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Thursday, 5 January 2017

Review of “A Knotty Affair” by Dhaval Birajdar Jinadatt

A Knotty AffairA Knotty Affair by Dhaval Birajdar Jinadatt
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Three stars to “A Knotty Affair” by Dhaval Birajdar Jinadatt. Thanks to Nishant Joshi for providing a review copy.

It is a story of Viraj Sargaokar (Gao to his friends though not many are there). He has low self-confidence due to his stammer. He is from a traditional middle class family and when he enters a college who has affluent family kids, he feels left out. He develops an inferiority complex. One of his classmates is Ruhi who is very beautiful and outgoing. He has secret crush on her but could not express his feelings. Meanwhile his father, who is also teaching in the same college, is alleged of corrupt practices and expelled from college. This incident has huge impact on him and his family. After many years he is working as software engineer in a big company. Fate again brings Ruhi in his life but she doesn’t recognize him. They develop a bond of friendship. At the same time he keeps fighting to prove innocence of his father who is now dead. What happens next forms the story.

I liked the book very much. It flows smoothly. There are not many characters and Viraj and Ruhi are the only main characters. This is basically the story of Viraj, a stammering boy who metamorphose into a smart, successful person through sheer will and hard work. His story is very inspiring to all. Ruhi character also develops from a stupid teenage girl, who has crushes on wrong boys, to a successful actress. There love story develops gradually and naturally. Viraj considers himself not worthy of her but still keep doing everything he can for her. Maybe he feels one day she will reciprocate his feelings. Viraj mother is very mature and supportive of him throughout. She understands his aspirations, weaknesses and insecurities. She is always encouraging him to get better. It is only because his support he comes out on top.

Viraj finally gets justice for his father after long wasted years with the help of lawyer Mr Solanki. He then vows to start a NGO for people who are not getting justice after much delay. This is a true commentary on our judicial system. As someone rightly said “JUSTICE DELAYED IS JUSTICE DENIED”. It is indeed a good idea for a NGO.

On flip side the narrative is very flat and straightforward. There in no conflict in the story or characters. The story simply starts at point A and finishes at point B. It seems too much calculated and sometimes boring. It has a sense of Deje-vu.

To sum up it is a very good book. Also the size of book is very nice and it makes book very handy. Printing and typesetting is very cool on eyes.

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