I bought the book hoping it would be like another corporate thriller I read some-time back called Hickory Dickory Shock by another Indian author whic...more I bought the book hoping it would be like another corporate thriller I read some-time back called Hickory Dickory Shock by another Indian author which I quite liked. But when I saw that he also wrote a book called "I bought the Ferrari the monk sold" I became skeptical that maybe he is just another sensationalist writer. He turns out to be so though he is not that bad a writer. While the author is definitely a more than decent writer, the cover and description is highly misleading.It is supposed to be thriller but the whole plot is understood in the first few pages. From then on, it just goes on and on and it felt as though we are reading it second time. He needs to first learn what a thriller means before attempting one! It starts off as a decent thriller promising to be an international one but soon becomes a teach-yourself-about-corporate-workings book. You know it is badly edited when 1)Almost the first 30% of the book introduces so many characters and has detailed descriptions of what happens in a Bank( when it had nothing to do with the main plot point of the book) 2)the main protagonist that the blurb talks of, doesn't come till half of the book. I understand the book is about Banking sector but when it is almost clear in the first 50 pages that the book is about money laundering done by banks, there is nothing to look forward to for the rest of the book. Nobody cares about the final 'twist' in the tale . It was a lame attempt to justify the 'thriller' , the book is marketed to be. On hindsight, I should have known from the title and 'also from author' list that this is another bad wannabe-thriller book. I don't understand the count down to only 48 hours when nothing significant is going to happen at the end. The build-up of it (time at the beginning of every chapter) is as if some big nuclear war is going to happen at 00hours!
I try reading Indian authors now and then hoping some one impresses as much as Ashwin Sangh or Samit Basu but still yet to find such high quality writers except the mentioned two people.
Biggest strength : 'Better' at writing than many contemporary 'popular' Indian authors. Biggest drawback : The suspense part is completely missing in the book. (less)
The series started off as a re-telling of the story of Indian God Shiva and the first book of the trilogy stood close to its intention by having some...more The series started off as a re-telling of the story of Indian God Shiva and the first book of the trilogy stood close to its intention by having some basic facts right and very nicely relatable to the Legend (Kailash/Somras/NeelKanth and especially the famous Har Har Mahadev). The second book deviated a bit from the Legend we know by defining a tribe called Nagas which were evil. In the first part I assumed Nagas were just "created" to account for the famous snake around the God's throat but in the second book he added so much story to them that it looked like he deviated a lot from the Ancient version(I never heard of a huge Naga tribe in any of our tales. It would have been much better if he defined them Asuras but that's a whole different thing) but I liked how he built the character of Ganesh and his relationship with Shiva and Sati. The biggest disappointment (in keeping with the way he diluted the story more in each book) is the third one where the real intention of retelling the "God" stature to these bunch of great men from the past was so far from its purpose that he explains away the present form of Ganesh we remember, the fact that Karthik is a huge god in the south and even the way we remember Bhagiratha only in the last 2 pages in a 600 page book! He even tries to sneak in the Shakti Peethas in the last lines of the book as being established by Shiva/his sons! He ended up treating this book as the end of a Fantasy series like LOTR by concentrating more on War strategies / Wars instead of making it a retelling of Indian Epics. You only see familiar names from Epics but they do not do a single thing you expect them to do if you know the stories. Even by concentrating on never-heard-in-Indian-Epics-wars, he botched up the ending very badly. I appreciated what he did in the end to Sati but he could have made it as a mid-point of the book which honestly is what I expected and what he did in the last two pages should be the second half in more detail which is what you expect if you are re-telling the epic or making it a more believable story of what-if they are normal mortals. Add to that the irritating way in which he narrates a scene and I am truly disappointed. Nothing happens in the book which you can imagine as a retelling/believable version of things all those centuries back which is what he promised about the series in the first book. He ends the book hinting at a retelling of Mahabharatha too but I sincerely hope he doesn't attempt it. I am OK with him re-telling the epics but not by completely deviating from them like he did with this Shiva trilogy. In conclusion, the book defeats the whole purpose of the series and my respect for Amish is almost gone completely. Ohh and I forgot to mention there is no "real" significance to the title of the book in the story. (less)
This is my first book of the Vorkosigan Series and I quite liked it. Decent book. I think this is the kind of series which eventually grows on you, it...moreThis is my first book of the Vorkosigan Series and I quite liked it. Decent book. I think this is the kind of series which eventually grows on you, it doesn't hook you instantly to the series but as you read 2-3 books, you become a fan and I intend to read Shards of Honor next.(less)
I am getting bored of Agatha Christie's books now which kind of make me proud that I am evolving as a reader! I could also see the plot half-way throu...moreI am getting bored of Agatha Christie's books now which kind of make me proud that I am evolving as a reader! I could also see the plot half-way through the book itself which made me wonder whether after reading nearly 10 of her books, I am getting a hang of it or just this book in particular maybe bad. This book especially not only is easy to guess the plot but also particularly boring even for Agatha Chrisitie's standard given her flair for onion-peeling kind of narration.(less)
Very difficult book to read. I did not like it much. I wonder how it got called "booker of bookers". There are some very creative references/paragraph...moreVery difficult book to read. I did not like it much. I wonder how it got called "booker of bookers". There are some very creative references/paragraphs but they were too few and too distant to really appreciate Rushdie's writing...(less)
An excellent concept well executed. I was really surprised by this book. You will enjoy it if you are interested in Indian history. You should have a...moreAn excellent concept well executed. I was really surprised by this book. You will enjoy it if you are interested in Indian history. You should have a good idea of Mahabharata to appreciate some clever writing but even a basic understanding is enough to enjoy the book. (less)