Full Review on Life as Freya | I got this book through BlogAdda in exchange for an honest review.
I enjoyed Subramanian’s style of writing, his snide rFull Review on Life as Freya | I got this book through BlogAdda in exchange for an honest review.
I enjoyed Subramanian’s style of writing, his snide remarks and tongue-in-cheek sense of humour. His Hinglish (which I particularly loved) is simple and easy to read and I didn’t once have to reach out for a dictionary, which was refreshingly nice!
The book has a large character set, but they all play important roles in the story and take it forward. Aditya, Maya and Shreya are sketched well.
The story is well laid out, though the pace slows down a bit and gets draggy toward the end. Almost as if the author was implementing his advice from the book on words per book. He has also woven in a lot of pot-shots and truths about the publishing industry. There were a lot of places where I found myself laughing when I made the connection to real life and many a place I was shaking my head at the sad publishing truths.
Not just a story of blind ambition and betrayal, The Bestseller She Wrote is also the current state of India’s publishing industry – from author antics to emotional blackmail, Facebook fiascos to newspaper scandals, anything goes and it’s all in the book. For YA and above. Recommended if you are looking for a fast mindless read!...more
Detailed Review on Life as Freya I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.
A retelling of the Mahabharata this plot isn’t new and yet, itDetailed Review on Life as Freya I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.
A retelling of the Mahabharata this plot isn’t new and yet, it felt so because of the perspective. Set in Kurukshetra the story starts out on day 10 of the war and details the events that lead up to the death of Abhimanyu.
Igengar does a good job if describing the war and all that happens behind the scenes when the war is not on, in the camps and around the campfires. The main and support characters are rich in detail and it felt like I knew them.
There aren’t any loose ends but there is an abrupt end, smoothly delivered. The pace is good with a build-up towards climax, that kept me glued to the book.
I enjoyed Aditya Iyengar’s style of writing and language. The book is a breeze to read and an enjoyable one at that.
I’d recommend this book if your are a epic fan and even if you are not. :)...more
Detailed Review on Life as Freya I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.
The title ‘Palm’s foster home for peculiar stories’ I realisedDetailed Review on Life as Freya I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.
The title ‘Palm’s foster home for peculiar stories’ I realised as I read the book was bang on, for these are peculiar stories indeed!
The collection has a plethora of characters, all fantastical and fascinating. The story structure in part 1 and 2 are complex, like a little jigsaw, only this one is in 3D and it is only at the end that it all comes into focus.
Salamander through the book moves between persons in speech. The author has a good hold over english language and makes you have to reach out for a dictionary quite a few times.
A good book if you are looking for ‘mindful reading’, this isn’t a ‘leave your brains at home’ book. A enjoyed the first two parts and recommend you give this book a read!
Written in second person, Salve holds a constant but boring pace. After a while of reading I started to wish the pages would fly by fasDetailed review
Written in second person, Salve holds a constant but boring pace. After a while of reading I started to wish the pages would fly by fast, but they moved along only at a tormenting pace. The language is simple but very clichéd and the text is filled with cheesy dialogues that didn’t make me laugh. That said the book did have it’s moments (though rare and in-between) when Salve’s sarcasm shone through.
I didn’t enjoy the book at all and now I wonder what even got me interested. I had hoped for a funny hilarious book on rich Indian weddings but the book turned out poor in that department. At the end, Salve puts in a little epilogue about how she is jesting in the book, but I thought the book it self was a jest. Avoidable at best....more
This is a collection of short love stories as diverse as it gets, from WhatsApp to dental clinics, this is a coming together of a variety of writing styles, storytellers and stories.
The title is bang on in terms of description as a collection of 10 Love stories created by Indiblogger. The cover is simple and pleasing with limited colours and basic illustrations. The blurb doesn’t say much about the stories, rather it talks more about the Indiblogger-HarperCollins collaboration.
The book is edited and formatted well, and the reading experience is good with a comfortable font and feel-good paper. The layout of the stories and their order also make of pleasant reading.
All the stories were engaging and enjoyable but three stories stood out for me as my favourites. Crystal Cacophony by Jenny Sarto, At The End of The Parade by Nilanjana Bose and Speechlessly In Love by Varsha Dutta.
I enjoyed the book and would recommend you read it. It’s suitable for all ages. And of course in reading, buying and sharing this book you’d be supporting fellow bloggers. :)...more
Since I’ve read Lal’s first book and had enjoyed it, when TSAY came up on IndiBlogger for review, I grabbed for it. :)
TSAY is just another romance but with a little twist that makes it a refreshing read. The story is set in present-age Mumbai and Lal’s research and knowledge of the city shows. TSAY is structured well and the pace is good too. I enjoyed Lal’s style of writing and I found myself laughing a lot of times at Trish’s sense of humour and sarcasm.
I would have given 4 stars except I felt there was too much drama at the end, and some of it unneeded.
Overall I enjoyed the book and would definitely recommend it. It’s a good one to choose when you want a light read and you’ll especially enjoy it if you’ve known the struggle of finding the woman in you. Recommended for all ages and genders. ;)
A short and fast book, Choked is easy on the mind. Though the book is readable by all ages, I think the younger crowd in the late twenties will enjoyA short and fast book, Choked is easy on the mind. Though the book is readable by all ages, I think the younger crowd in the late twenties will enjoy it more. I would have liked the story to have been a bit tighter but over all it’s not bad.
If you like stories with business complications and conspiracies, you will enjoy reading Choked. Especially if you are Bangalorean or have lived in Bangalore for a while.
There are scores of books written on learning the English language and I’ve read my fair share over the years buYou can read my full review on my blog
There are scores of books written on learning the English language and I’ve read my fair share over the years but English Bites! is the first book I’ve read that talks about someone’s journey in learning English while still teaching me a lot about it. Manish Gupta takes us down the path he followed starting out in an English medium school as he tried to wrap his mind around the English language gaining a proficiency that finally resulted in a book. The book covers not only words but also tips and tricks that help learn and remember words and usage.
The book is laid out well with meanings of words either explained in the text or as foot notes. Gupta has also included illustrations and expansions that help understand concepts better.
Over all the book is well written and quite detailed. English Bites! will definitely help anyone who wants to get better in English no matter whether it’s just casual interest or a study for exams, however it will take a few reads before you make a dent in your English vocabulary. This book is going to permanently reside on my ‘pot reading shelf’. :D...more
Over all the story is a good one but I'm not sure if it’s clear and simple enough for children. Or maybe I didn'You can read my full review on my blog
Over all the story is a good one but I'm not sure if it’s clear and simple enough for children. Or maybe I didn't see it’s simplicity and clarity because I'm not a kid. Either ways the language used and the topic chosen will definitely work for boys. What’s with the cricket craze in boys/men? There are other sports you know which are just as much fun.
If you have a son or are buying a book for a boy, ‘Romi and Gang’ might be worth a shot....more
The story is told by present-day Aditya and Radhika as they reminisce their history in little bits until it allYou can read my full review on my blog
The story is told by present-day Aditya and Radhika as they reminisce their history in little bits until it all falls together at the end. Bahri doesn’t leave any loose ends in his story and plugs all the niggling gaps by the end. This is a story where within the first few pages you know just how the two protagonists will meet in the end and yet you read on to see how the cards will play out. The story is interesting but I do wish Bahri had written a shorter book and got to the point quicker.
All said and done ‘The Homing Pigeons’ is a book worth reading at least once. Though I’d recommend it for adults only considering the subjects it explores....more
The storyline by itself is fine and even interesting but Kazi could have written the story in half the number of pages he has uFull review on my blog.
The storyline by itself is fine and even interesting but Kazi could have written the story in half the number of pages he has used. There are long descriptions that are not required along with philosophical discourses that make the book a drag. And the end is too abrupt and hazy. A more crisp story-telling would have does wonders. Also the book could have been formatted better and some language errors avoided with a better edit.
Truly, Madly, Deeply is a test of patience for a reader. I wouldn't say its a bad book, rather its just fair with a lot of scope to have been better. Pick it up only if you are someone who likes lots of life and love philosophy. Definitely not worth a second read....more