Friday, 31 March 2017

Jim Morgan and the Seven Sins by Bharat Madan


Jim Morgan and the Seven SinsJim Morgan and the Seven Sins by Bharat Madan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Book Cover:

The cover is showing a mysterious person wearing cape. This is intriguing and piques curiosity.

Blurb:

A quest to identify seven deadly sins
A mystery behind seven keys that were passed to seven men
A deadly race against time to seek atonement
On the outskirts of New York City,Jim Morgan, an international bestselling author learns through God that he had committed seven sins in his previous life. Clues lie in the six novels he has written, that would lead him to the mystery. But the novels won’t reveal everything to him. With seven days on hand, he must walk in the direction that faith leads him in, to reach the lost chamber of Seven Planets. Unless Morgan understands the secret behind his past life and the sins he committed, his chance to live will be lost forever.

Review:

The story starts with a bestselling author Jim Morgan. He doesn't give time to his wife due his ambitions. Thus his wife, Katherine and he separated (not divorced). His assistant Noah is his confidant. He is visited by god and asked to atone for his sins. He can travel through time and seek riddance. His books become his portal. He travel back in time and is hounded by a serial killer who is out to kill him. The killer can also time travel. What happens next?

The book has a lot of information of sins & astrology.
‘Yeah, I think we do.’For the next fifteen minutes while we were busy eating and drinking, my thoughts went on focusing on the seven sins she had mentioned: Lust, Gluttony, Sloth, Greed, Envy, Wrath and Pride. I made them all in my previous birth. Knowing that God was with me, I felt some hope that I will be able to pay for my crimes.


‘Mercury is my favorite and that is you. It represents intelligence, communication, business, writing, speaking ability and media. Why’d you think that I only allowed you to handle
the journalists and not the other partners?’

Story keeps moving back and forth in time and keeps you engrossed. The book has a lot of information of different planets and their functions.


Positive points:

The story is very interesting. English is very good and there are no grammatical. Bharat Madan has a lot of knowledge of astrology and science. Though the story is uneven in pacing it has sufficient depth to keep you engrossed. The story moves at a brisk pace.

Negative points:

The story is confusing at times. So many characters are introduced which is not clear belong to which point of time. It is difficult to connect the dots.

Recommendation and rating:

I would recommend it all my friends who like to read fantasy. I give the book a 3/ 5 stars.

Where to buy:

http://www.amazon.in/gp/product/19467...

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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.

Blurb:

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?


Review:

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.

Where to buy:

http://www.amazon.in/Another-tale-cit...









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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.
Blurb:
"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.
Review:
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.
Links to buy:
http://www.amazon.in/UNNS-Captivation...
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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