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The Foe Within

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  8 ratings  ·  8 reviews
In 'The Foe Within' Sona, 20, wrestles through her obsessive-compulsive disorder of imaging herself as a champion lawn tennis player, like Helena, the World Champion, even if she had never won beyond club level. Experts said she didn't have a champion within her. Her friends, Naresh and Iqbal, made her realize that her alter ego had imprisoned her, and, then, she fought th ...more
Paperback, 234 pages
Published July 19th 2019
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P. Sheelwant
Sep 15, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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Post publication, I noticed a shortcoming of not giving a glossary of Indian words in THE FOE WITHIN. I shall add the glossary in the next edition. This addition should help non-Indian readers understand the nuances of Indian words better.
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
The foe within by P. Sheelawant

Page count : 234

The book is so refreshing and has a very engaging plot. The story revolves around Sona, who loves tennis so much that she starts imagining herself as the tennis champion, a brain disorder which makes her imagine things that does not exist. The story starts at the airport where Sona receives the news about her family's demise. Now she was left alone with the responsibility of Guddi. The story is written in a lucid language with a great narration. The
Donald Chalmers
Along life's path, there are many vested interests which seek to dethrone us. The nub of this story can be found, I believe at location 2471, where Brinda talks about her cow which gave birth "today". She says:

" Picture the calf my cow gave birth to today. We realise little of the transformation the calf has undergone until today, when it slithered out of its mother's womb and, minutes later, began bleating, suckling, and playing around. Do you think it is an overnight metamorphosis ? It's not.
VK Bahuguna
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In ‘The Foe Within’, Sona, 20, wrestles through her obsessive-compulsive disorder of imaging herself as a champion lawn tennis player, like Helena, the World Champion, even if she had never won beyond club level. Experts said she wasn’t a championship material. Her friends, Naresh and Iqbal, made her realize that her alter ego has imprisoned her, and, then she fought through her disorder, pursued her second best passion, and emerge a bestselling novelist.
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John  Trident
Oct 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Cover is beautiful, looks calm & serene. It has been designed well. Title is unique, apt, catchy & sounds interesting. Theme talks about dreams & how one must overcome their weaknesses. The reason being we nourish our own inner devil & that acts as a hindrance to our path to success.

Manyatimes, we humans are so adamant & self-centred that we don't think of our loved ones, let alone be considerate towards their feelings. And that's the very reason why act selfish even for minor things which don't
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Book : The Foe Within
Author : P. Sheelwant
Publisher : Leadstart Publishing
Genre : Fiction/Drama
The book contains story of Sona and her fight to subsist with the coercion of attaining her dreams or die trying. It's about how one must conquer their frailties and fulfill their dreams. The story shows reader that every hurdle they face in their lives makes them stronger.
We must struggle & get through resilient tribulations in order to procure the best feasible outcome as there is no easy way to t
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
It took me just three sittings to go through Sheelwant’s novel ‘The Foe Within’—which vouches for the readability of the book and its potential to entertain.

The first chapter (International Airport, AI 666, the paan-chewing haggler, et al) gives one the impression of having a thriller on one’s hands. The last chapter (in particular, the list of books authored by the protagonist Sona) reminds one of JK Rowling and her Harry Potter series. In between the two chapters, there is a collage of tones
Pooja Patel
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"The Foe Within" by P.Sheelwant is his first novel.The book talks about Sona and her struggle to cope with the pressure of fulfilling her dreams or die trying. The book made me realise how things that seem real and close to our heart, making us feel it is impossible to live if our dreams don't come true, can sometimes be a trick our mind plays with us. So much so that when things do not workout, we feel it to be the end of the world. It became clear that the mind has the power to cripple us and ...more
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Dr. Sheelwant Patel, pen name P. Sheelwant, has been an insurance seller, a forester, an environmentalist, and a researcher. He has climbed the Himalayas, stalked killer elephants in jungles, and halted in many a haunted halting house in the hilly Himalayan wilderness. He has come across many an apparition, later to be found out to be funny aural hallucinations. Yet, he can’t stop his hair from ri ...more

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