Saturday, 15 April 2017

"Life & The Grey Notes"

Life & The Grey NotesLife & The Grey Notes by Mayank S. Sengar
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Life and the Grey Notes by Mayank S. Sengar

It is collection of 10 short stories. The stories covers various facets of life. The stories try between the grey zone between the obvious black and white of life.

Maynak through 10 stories tried to cover 10 aspects of life. The first story “Inside Bermuda Triangle” compares life with the mysterious Bermuda triangle. It’s a mysterious area where many aircrafts and ships has disappeared without any trace. Kaka (uncle) of Sanjay compares life to Bermuda triangle. The three vertices of triangle are your fear of failure, burden of expectations and your dependence of advice. Last story is “The God Particle” with no spin, no electric charge, no colour, something that gives mass to everything. That god particle inside us gives us the resilience, the resolve, the stubbornness and the ability to stand tall even in the whirlpool of failure and devastation. “The Religious Atheist” talks about how the XEROX philosophy ruined our education system. ‘The Evening Call” is about how technology brought us together virtually but made us physically apart. “The Golden Fear” tells about the middle class fascination about hoarding gold. So on and so forth and I hope by now you got the drift about the 10 stories.

The book is a mish mash of author’s philosophy about life. I will say philosophies because there are so many. I sometimes connected with the theme but then when I move to next story it is a different theme. The stories are confused and so is Mayank. I did not read any story at all, because the stories are just skeleton to carry his musings about life. He compare life to everything from Bermuda Triangle to God Particle. It is a confused book and not very convincing. There is no story but only SPV to carry the author’s views on its shoulders. There is no rhyme and reason in the philosophy and it is totally ridiculous. These are no stories but simply some musings of a person about life which have no synchronicity.

I give 3 stars out of 5 to this collection.

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Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Looped by Munmun Singh Nagpal

Book Cover:

The cover is showing a black cat sitting on tree branch looking at sky. Tree leaves are colorful. This is soothing and cute.



"Toby Sezoe, the newly appointed time traveller finds himself falling in love with a woman. The only problem is that the woman lived on the same spot centuries ago. Luckily enough, the woman can't see him when he travels back in time to her because he is only present there as waveform, but he doesn't know what the future (or past), has in store for him. Assisted by the man who built the time machine himself, for reasons unknown to any one person, will he be able to bridge this gap of time between the past and present? The tale of a true enthusiast, a hard-core romantic and a loyal fan. An uncanny description of the future. An enthralling epilogue, binding all the elements together and introducing the idea that we are all characters of the same play, puppets bound by the same thread. A fascinating turn of events, reinforcing the laws of time but defying the concept of time as a whole."



The story takes place in future. Foenze, A scientist has devised a method of time travel. But the physical body cannot travel. Only the waveforms are able to be sent back and forth in time in a specially designed suits. So the time travellers are mere observers and people in that time can’t see them and they can walk through them. Toby Soeze is a time traveller and he falls in love with a lady from past. As it is obvious they can not meet his situation is precarious. Will they ever meet?

The concept of time travel is shown multiple times in books and movies. But that is mostly American and this is a rare attempt from an Indian author to try this science fiction story.

The time travel process is described thus:

“What happens is, a Time travelled is asked to wear a special suit designed for the purpose, and then he enters the Time Transporter. The Transporter converts his body into waveform and he finds himself standing in another time. The traveller will not be able to touch anything, nor even the ground. He will remain at the level of the time transporter. He’ll be able to move past anything. He will be invisible to anyone, even to himself because the waves do not touch the visible range.

But it is not only a sci-fi but a romance too. Please see this beautiful description of her:

“She was first thing I saw today. She stood there, looking out her window, serene and calm. Nothing could disturb her composure. Her brown locks kept flowing across her face and she stood there, oblivious to the effect. If only I could know what it was that she was thinking, or read her mind, or even see what and how she sees, I would consider myself lucky. She is magical.”

Story keeps moving back and forth in time and keeps you engrossed. The book has a lot of information of process of time travel and scientific jargon.  Being an Engineer I like that.

Positive points:

The story is very interesting. English is very good and there are no grammatical. Munmum has a lot of knowledge of science. This has science and romance both and that’s a good combo.

Negative points:


The story is confusing at times. The rules are not consistent from beginning to end. But at the end of the day it is fiction.

Recommendation and rating:

I would recommend it all my friends who like to read fantasy romance. I give the book a 4/ 5 stars (3.0 for story and narration and 1.0 for the effort to write Sci-fi in India)..

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About the author:

Munmum Singh Nagpal was an MBA in marketing who decided to leave her job for writing. Looped is her first published novel.