~::~ [Book Review] ~ Bankster ~::~

There are some authors whose first book grips you enough to want to go back and read them again & again (the authors I mean). It’s the same for me when it comes to Ravi Subramanian. I have read 3 out of the 4 Banker books that he has written and luckily for me I have reviewed them all 😀 (Well am an optimist so I already included this one to the list 😉 ) Unfortunately for me Incredible Banker was one book that I couldn’t lay my hands on, the book was released when I was in UK and when I got back I couldn’t get myself to grab a copy. But surely I will read that too and knowing myself well, I might just review the book couple of years after its release 🙂

The best thing like about Ravi Sir’s works is they are is not just that it’s about Banking and gives you an insight on all the things that can go wrong/ scams in a bank but often there is always 1-2 characters that you can always relate to. I could relate myself to Swami in “If God Was a Banker” and always hoped I too would someday have a mentor to help me shape my career. When I read “Devil in Pinstripes” I could relate to the corporate politics that were depicted. Unfortunately I dint get a chance to read the Incredible Banker but back again here with “Bankster” I can’t say I could relate to a specific character but if I could I would have pretty much liked to be “Karan Panjabi” and be the one to tie up all the loose ends 😀 Ok No! am not going to give out any spoilers. There could be some Late-lateefs out there like me who take their own sweet time to read and review the books.

Banks have always known to be secretive and with innumerable policies and processes. A scam in a Bank can be well hidden and under wraps. You might never even know what hit you. I loved the narration style; 3 cities, a series of murders, 3 stories narrated parallel, with the only common thread being the current affairs involving a bank, couple of murders thrown in with a whole lot of twists and turns. The book can keep you hooked on to it especially if you are a thriller lover. Some sections seemed a little too filmy if I may say so but then if that’s what makes a book good so be it 😀 Who cares!! We all love watching movies and we all love reading books. If some authors can get away with being sleazy in books a teensy bit of filmy effect in books caused no one any harm. We have seen books been made into movies and am sure if this one was ever made into one its definitely going to be a top grosser 😀

As always Ravi Subramanian happens to be one of those authors whose books I would definitely read and add it to my book collection and this one goes straight in! 🙂

Lastly thank you BlogAdda team for the opportunity to review and unfortunately I am extremely sorry for the delayed review. 😥

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~::~ Book Review ~ Krishna Key ~::~

When I got the email from Blog Adda that Krishna Key is up for review, the first thing that I did was rubbed my hands in glee and registered for the review. Although, I know I am late with my review than usual my joy knew no bounds when I received the confirmation that I am one of the chosen few who get to review the book.

The concoction of Mythology meets fiction has always been a weak point of mine when it comes to picking books. Having read both the books in Shiva Trilogy and feverishly waiting in anticipation of the third, Krishna Key was indeed the very thing would love to lay my hands on. I had read the gist of the story as was posted on the Blog Adda site and it was intriguing enough, but the day I actually laid my hands on the book was the day I started reading the book ferociously and devoured it within 5 days.

Now to the plot and its review – in a nutshell the book is good. It’s definitely something you might enjoy reading. Each chapter begins with an episode in Krishna’s life in first person followed by the current date story. The story started in a very riveting narration and relays the background of the current happenings. The narration is non-linear, in other words the story goes back in forth in many places –not with respect to Krishna’s life and current events, but more in terms of the current events and the incidents leading to them.

There are a huge bunch of twists and turns in the story some predictable and some completely unnerving revelations. The main characters are absolutely endearing, the narration of the serial killer and his Teacher completely ruthless and the killings – a tad brutal but deservingly so. The connection of Krishna’s Key to the Shiva Temples and the controversial “Tejo Mahalay” or Taj Mahal were completely astonishing, innocuous and yet marvelous.

Now for some criticism (well it’s a review I can’t just write the good things can I 😉 ). The characterization and grooming of the serial killer seemed a tad similar to Dan Brown’s Last Symbol. Sorry but yes, the tattoo-ing the body, extreme attention to his fitness and physique were a tad too familiar to overlook. Similarly the presence of a Teacher, with no details of the character revealed except for the gender –guiding and directing the killer in performing his “duties” and carry out the killings were reminiscent in a weird way to The Da Vinci Code. Even the anagram aspect used to create the name of the killer – Tarak Vakil was very Dan Brown-ish. Although the intention might not have been so, sorry to say dear Author but the resemblance is there for all to read.

Overall, I still give Ashwin Sanghi complete credit for all the research done, the narration, the plot – absolutely brilliant. The book is indeed unputdownable, I couldn’t sleep the nights without knowing what happened next. Unfortunately work and professional pressures have kept me from posting this right away. And the forgetful me even wrote the whole review last week and forgot to email it to my gmail so that I could have posted it over the weekend. But nonetheless as the saying goes – Better late than never. Once again thank to BlogAdda for the wonderful initiative and giving me the opportunity to relish a good book.

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~::~[Review]~::~(In)Eligible Bachelors ~::~

Marriage is traditionally the destiny offered to women by society. Most women are married or have been, or plan to be or suffer from not being.~ Simone de Beauvoir


Arranged marriages though very common in India for centuries together are still very much prevalent and happening.. The pain that the gal goes through in each of the “rishta” that comes is m sure more than what she feels during labour..There still exist the Maa-s who feel her kid(irrespective of son/daughter) is one up on the other person’s comparing qualifications, skin colour/texture, height, salary package et al. bringing the skin of Generation Y to blush a deep beetroot till their roots which otherwise on any given day would be as normal as yours or mine.

Never before have a I read any book so fast in my life 😉
Ineligible Bachelors- as the name might have already given a clue is about arranged marriage.. The narrator
also the female protagonist and her tell tales of meeting prospective groom alongside her inexplicable “chemistry n love” with her boss..Does kasturi have a say in front of an “if-u-loved-me-enuff-u-wud-meet-this-guy” mom and a “my-lips-are-sealed” dad? Will she marry the man she fell in love with.. or choose one of the guys her dearest MA chooses for her? Will She Wont She??

To all this drama add a few twists and turns accident, broken bones, hospital scenes, thugs, attempt to murder alongwith a few “crack-me-up” meets with prospective grooms and you have a Hilarious CHICK LIT..
Overall I am satisfied with the book… I laughed, cried, swore at the right places.. which definitely means I enjoyed the book.. The best thing about reading Chick-lits is relating to the characters in the book which is an important aspect to relish a book and yes to a very large extent I could relate to the main character in more than many ways.. Another tale of Happily Ever After and hell, we have enough worries in reality we could do with a wee bit of happiness in the books and movies atleast 😉 I give it a 4/5

Kudos to Ruchita Misra.. Why? Cos for being a first time author her book has definitely captured my attention and I would recommend it to my friends.. Lay your hands on this one and m sure you r definitely not gonna regret 😉
And last but not the least thanks to BlogAdda, I dint have to beg, borrow or steal to lay my hands on this lovely book 😀

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~::~ Stilletos In The Newsroom ~::~

When you are new intern with one of the so-called prestigious newspaper.. what all do you have to go through to reach where you wanna be and realize your dreams??

Are you ready to accept your mistakes learn from them? Are you ready to indulge in a tiny teensy weensy bit of sycophancy and sweet talk..?? Or do you just be yourself suck it all up..

Don’t bother if they call you a slut and just go about doing your job and trying to set your own goals and reach them?

How do you realize who are close friends are and who isn’t? Is there a secret mantra to make it hit right the first time u set on that newsfloor??

Are you ready to wait for your loved one whose miles away in another country, continent or for that matter another hemisphere altogether..?? waiting for the love that you share to bring you together..

Leave your love-life to destiny and believe that if you are meant together so be it else you were never meant to be.. Can you hold on to that thought for 2 years and be completely honest to your partner without even realizing if you guys are even meant to be??

Well.. that’s the story of Radhika Kanetkar who started as an Intern and went on to become associate features editor in one of the leading newspapers..  The journey of her life from a raw age of 23 to 28…

Its truly inspiring to people who try hard to get noticed at work and also get blamed for everything they do.. Wouldn’t say it shows the insides of what goes into journalism but definitely portrays well that if you aspire you can get all that you want just play smart..

It’s a nice read.. wouldn’t say it’s a typical Chiclit cos its anything but that.. but yes since the protagonist is a female it can be classified as a Chiclit novel..

It’s a good read.. light hearted humours some mushy moments..

Give it a try..!!

My rating would be a 3/5 cos its not too gripping but its good I do feel like wanting to know wat happens next and the fact that she has a rule in every chapter makes it a lil crazy but nice 😀

Certified Readable 😀

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~::~ I Heart New York..!! ~::~

I heart New York

Well I read this sometime back.. And sadly reviewing it only now.. 😦

This one’s a typical chiclit novel..It has romance, drama, shopping etc written all over it..

Story is based on UK about a female who finds out in her best friend’s wedding that her fiancé has been cheating over her and she leaves the country in a huff and reaches NY.. She has no contacts, no idea where shes gonna live, she doesn’t know anyone in the new place.. And yet in a fit of anger and emotions she has practically left her homeland and entered a country which is completely Alien to her…

What does she do once she’s here, How does she come over him and where does her life go.. That’s how the story goes…

Oh well if you are expecting some juicy tidbits.. Sorry.. I have learnt not to give out the whole story while reviewing 😛

Be it books or movies 😉

The plot  is good.. Keeps you going.. Since its  a girly novel you definitely cant expect any gripping storyline or narration.. But its worth a read J

I would rate it on a chiclit scale of 3/5 not too impressive

Being a regular chiclit reader its easy to make out that Some areas could still be worked upon…

To imagine that over a break up someone would leave the country is a lil weird and unthinkable and to be able to plot on the thought and make it come out well has to be appreciated.. 😀

So you gals out there who like Chiclits can def go ahead and read this 😀

Oops…!! I Fell In Love…..

“jo dil mein taare waare de jagaa wo tu hi hai.. wo tu hi hai…”

Sree:  heyloooo… temme

She –  hiieee…wassup..??

Sree– reading re…just finished a book…nothing else.. You temme…

She – what re always reading.. You and ur books 🙄

Sree– what to do … Ur a beezee bee… you don’t have time to hang out with me…

She – stop flirting with me..

Sree–  I don’t flirt and you know that..

She – so what are you reading..

Sree– oops I fell in love..

She – what who when where why how… temme temme

Sree– Areee baba that’s the name of the book…

She – gosh..!! I thought you were serious… So whats the book about… I can make out it’s a love story but whats it like..

Sree– Areeee…With Chetan Bhagat’s Five Point Someone… we have a lot of young blogger-writers-authors mushrooming in every corner of India… Each having a school/college tale to tell… And Harsh Snehanshu is no different.. He takes us into the IIT Delhi..  The life and adventures of IIT-ites with the funny little stupid thing called “love”.

She –  🙄 Elaborate please…

Sree – This book narrates the story of Kanav Bajaj…and his tryst with love…

She – gawwdd…… so whats different……

Sree – Kanav’s peculiar name and looks are destined to have him ridiculed.. Naah he’s no geek.. He’s just a normal lean guy with braces and spectacles… and women make him tongue-tied… Till..

She – till he fell in love eh… so typical… 🙄

Sree – areee… but what else do you expect in a book titled “oops I fell in love”.. But this one’s a tad diff in some ways

She – sigh…!!! Yaa so that’s it eh… that all the book is all about.. And who is this TILL… girl that he met..

Sree – Tanya… The love of his life… The angel who entered his heart and played such a tune with his heart-strings.. That he could not think of anything but her.

She – waah waah u shud be a poet u know… is that all… He met his life changed and that’s wat this one’s all about… 🙄

Sree – Noooo re… This love story is interspersed with the trysts of his hot-stud-roomy Aryan in search of his love.. And Anuj with his many travails of Nikita..Nitika… Niti and finally I believe Nikki… wonder wat was Anuj and his fixation for “N” girls…. 🙄 And then there is Sameer the motu in the gang..Not only does he have a lot of fat but also his fetish for philosophy in anything and everything.. Set in times when Orkut was booming and Facebook was yet to make its presence felt..

She – sheeeshh.. Again the same clichéd FPS kinda story of friends…

Sree – ya you can say that… and pretty much like that this too just follows the love story of Kanav.. only he doesn’t have to worry abt Tanya being a proff’s daughter but that she has a man-hater for a mother..

She – Whaaattt….??? What do you mean man-hater woman for a mother…??

Sree – I’m not givin away the story.. You can read it up if you want to..

She – nalaayak… tell me naa…

Sree – Nopes sorry… no ways.. I have already given you a gist of the book.. Can’t give out more details… read it.. Or if you want I can lend you mine.. We can meet that way… 😉

She – Flirtooo… so how would you rate it…

Sree – It makes up for a wonderful read.. A typical sluggish day with tea or juice by the side.. Music from the iPod blasting in your ears.. Perfect for a lazy summery afternoon… 😀 I would give it a rating of 2.5/5 😀

She –  2.5 is like average… is it passable..

Sree – No No Certified Readable… read re… it’s not that bad…

She – sigh..!! Ok will see…

Disclaimer –  all characters and incidents mentioned in the post are purely fictional… Any resemblance to anyone living or dead is purely co-incidental

Eyuuupppp…!!!!

This is a book review… with a twist.. like I always do… last time it was a poetic review.. this time it was a dialogue 😉

The book is called “Oops! ‘I’ fell in love!” written by Harsh Snehanshu.. He is supposed to have been in his engineering when he wrote the book.. Whether fictional or another true story like CB.. I have no idea…  But yes the book lives upto the expectation delivered on the back cover..

I generally pick up books only if the gist on the back cover entices me.. And well this really did… and surprisingly I wasn’t disappointed.. This is one of those few FPS kinda clone-ish book that lives upto the expectations.. infact I wasn’t expecting any fun in the book at all.. Considering the fact that it was college story and I have read tooo many in the recent times.. But this on amazed me indeed…. I liked it and would recommend it but only if you don’t mind reading another college-story… with a more breezy and different flavour to it.. 🙂

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Romance With Chaos…!!

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Nakul is my name..

I hate my job

Life seems a game..

Boss’ a  Slob..

Nothing ever goes my way

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Folks at home

Want me married

And my girlfriend

Has me harried

Sigh..!! Nothing ever goes my way…

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My peer whom I helped

Stabs my back..

Influences boss

I end up smacked

Why..??Nothing ever goes my way…

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Girlfriend dumps

Parents embarrassed

Life in shambles

Gives me goose bumps

Crap..!!Nothing ever goes my way…

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Colleague supports and Cares

I fall for her kindness

She’s a lesbian

S***..! Life’s a mess

Never..!!Nothing ever goes my way

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Along comes an angel

Brand new employee

Philanthropist nature

Even inculcated the same in me

Jeeeezzz..!!Nothing ever goes my way..

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Drenched in philanthropic ideas

We embark on an impossible expedition

We struggle yet succeed in our mission

And I get the much needed recognition

At last something did go my way…

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Wondering what this is all about… Well this is a review of the book called “Romance with Chaos” by Nishant Kaushik….

And if you are wondering where the chaos in all of this… welll… is you need to read the book to know what the “Chaos” here is all about…

I have given out a niche part of the story… an outline.. a gist… but to know what exactly I am talkin about you definitely need to read the book..

It’s a CERTIFIED MUST READ from me… I would give it a 3.5/5

Cos I felt it dragged a bit in some parts… but overall its an enjoyable read… many of us would be able to relate to Nakul the protagonist, his characterisation and also his experiences..… it has typical characters from the IT industry.. some who are frustrated with whatever they do… some who would do anything to get ahead…sometimes sycophancy too… all kinds of personalities that you can see and meet all around you…

The Chaos factor is indeed the most interesting and un-put-down-able part of the book… What happens to the character of ERIC is definitely something that can keep you hooked.. whose Eric??? well.. read the book peeps…. 😀

And yes I loved the ending.. No not cos it was all’s well that ends well.. it doesn’t have the clichéd ending  where the guy get the gal..etc…etc…Nopes that’s not the end…

The end which describes that inspite of the chaos you need to find that one thing that puts you apart.. that differentiates you from the others.. that one thing that keeps you satiated inspite of the chaos… That is a perfect ending for me…. 🙂

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