Book Review – Kanhu and other stories by Saroj Mishra

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On The Cover :

This book contains eleven short stories in Odiya translated into English. The original Authors are all well-known writers, some of them winners of the Kendriya Sahitya Akademi awards and others honoured with several state-level awards.

The stories in this anthology reflect the rich and divergent cultural heritage of Odisha and the current thinking in Odiya society-varying from focus on the plight of the underprivileged to the struggles of different sections of society in dealing with moral dilemmas.

The stories have been selected carefully to promote the Odiya language, with its colourful idiom, the heritage and the social ambience of Odisha, to a wider audience so that the readers can learn about its rich literature and the glorious history of Odisha.

Review :

I love reading short stories, no matter what genre they are from. Day by day my schedule keeps getting busier and I am not finding as much time to read as I would love to and thus short stories are perfect solution to my problem. I literally carried this book for a week and read wherever I could read, be it during train journeys or while taking a break from work.

Now coming to the book, the stories are simple and earthly. I liked Kanhu’s home and Inauguration of the Electric Crematorium. But all other stories were okay. I wanted to read more about Odisha but unfortunately that didn’t happen. There are 10 stories even though the back cover mentions 11, few stories also have typing errors, thus making this book poor on editing and proof reading front.

Writing a short story is not a easy task. Not just one has to fit a story in limited word count but also make it look appeasing. A good short is one that touches your heart. A better one compels you to imagine scenarios of what ifs. Kanhu and other stories fails to create that touch and that kind of impact.

Rating :

**/5

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Note : This Review is for Leadstart Publishing

 

BOOK REVIEW THE GREAT INDIAN WEDDING CONSPIRACY BY SREEJU SUDHAKARAN

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ON THE JACKET :

The Puyickal family, a reputed Mallu clan based in Mumbai, is going through a huge crisis.

One of their younger scions, Neeraja wants to marry her Punjabi boyfriend.

Her father wants to hear none of it.

Her aunts would rather die than allow it.

Her uncles don’t care a damn about it.

And her poor cousin’s idyllic existence is screwed by it…

Arjun never wanted to have anything to do with his distant and more successful cousin; Neeraja. However, her decision to marry a non-Mallu, an unheard-of scandal in her family, changes his life forever. Forced to take part in the family ‘discussions’ by his mother, he tries to devise ways to get out of this mess, when he finds out Neeraja’s beau’s sister is his college crush. Desiring to win her back, he realizes it can only happen if Neeraja gets married to her boyfriend. With no option left, he forms an uneasy alliance with his hateful cousin, as they work in tandem to emotionally manipulate the elders into making this marriage happen… until one day, a dark secret gets revealed that threatens to unravel all their efforts.

 

REVIEW :

Family’s favourite Neeraja creates chaos in the family when everyone finds out about her relationship with a Punjabi boy- sahil. She is adamant to marry a man of her choice and her family is strictly against the inter marriage proposal, according to them inter-caste love marriages are never successful . Arjun gets caught in all this family drama when he realises his true love Snehal wants the same thing as Neeraja. Neeraja, Snehal with the help of Arjun gang up against the elders of the family. They persuade elders one by one and soon Neeraja ‘s wedding is fixed. Few days prior to engagement arjun finds a bitter truth about Sahil and Neeraja’ s relationship. Will sahil and Neeraja finally marry? Will arjun and Snehal find their Bliss? Were elders of Puyickal family right about inter caste marriages?

This book reminded me why i stopped watching indian tv soaps, just like our  tv shows this book served a uncooked story with a stretched out beginning and middle part while the ending seemed rushed and unnecessary. The Twist seemed forced just to portray true love’s sacrifice. I didn’t liked the way few characters were written , I had major dissatisfaction towards Sahil’s character. To be frank I had to force myself to finish this book. Unfortunately, this book disappointed me in many ways which I cannot mention without spoiling the climax.

RATINGS :
**/5

NOTE : THIS REVIEW IS FOR LEADSTART PUBLISHING , THOUGH THE VIEWS STATED ARE COMPLETELY MINE.

Book Review – Wanted Back – Bencher & Last – Ranker Teacher by Kavita Bhupta Ghosh

WANTED BACK-BENCHER AND LAST-RANKER TEACHER

On The Jacket :

When indiscipline at Roderick International School, Mussoorie, becomes an alarming issue for members of the Board, educators and parents alike, CEO Jacob Roderick decided to bring in an experimental teacher, Roma Mathur against the wishes of the Board of Directors to curb the growing aggression, hostility and vandalism.

Will someone like Roma Mathur, written off by her teachers as a ‘Moron’ and ‘Good for nothing’, be able to inspire learning in students who loath studying and sitting in classrooms? Will this maverick academic, who had been extremely mischievous as a student herself, be able to instill values and discipline in her students? Is there any place for someone as unconventional as Roma Mathur among the esteemed and sophisticated faculty at the prestigious International School? Has Jacob Roderick made a grave mistake in recruiting someone who plays drums, watches Tom and Jerry, beat up Goons in the pub, and rides a sports bike, over the gold medalist, experienced teachers who had applied? What was it the school needed at this desperate hour?

It is time for the students of RIS to take a call on what kind of teachers they need in their classrooms.

Review :

If I ask you what is that one thing/phase of your life you would like to re-live? There is 90% probability one will want childhood, no? and when we talk about childhood we somehow end up talking about school,teachers,subjects,competitions,art fairs,etc.. Our school is one place where we have spent a big chunk of our life-our childhood. Maybe, that’s why teachers are called our second parents. Wanted back bencher & last ranker teacher takes you on a nostalgic trip to past,to your school. As and when a new teacher is introduced your mind starts recollecting which teacher from your school is like this character. There always is one teacher we adored, another that keeps terrifying us throughout our school life, then there’s a teacher who never smiles or the one who sleeps through the classes, one who is so strict that we maintain distance. Our teachers are as important as our parents during the early years.

Roma Mathur joins as a temporary substitute for one of the teachers at Roderick International School . She is not a typical teacher material,but that’s not what her problem is. The problem is managing the brats of the classes she is allotted with. Within a week Roma understands she has to treat the tenth graders differently and thus starts her learnings to understand teenage psychology . Every time she has a hard time understanding things, she goes back to her childhood and think from a child’s perspective and yes, there’s always Uttara – counsellor to help her out. The moment she thinks she is doing good with the students,something happens that puts her scratching her head again. Will roma be successful to win over her students completely? Is her approach right? Do we need teachers like Roma?

Wanted back bencher and last ranker teacher teaches us simple ways that we can change to understand children/teenagers in a better way. The book talks about scenarios inspired of real life instances happening in the lives of teenagers. Parents and teachers lose patience easily seeing teenagers behave differently day by day and that’s what this book tells us not to. This book can be a great parenting guide. At times the expert talk bores you and that is the only shortcoming from this book. Just as the cover is cute so are the graphics inside the book. You won’t regret reading this no matter you are a parent or not. It’s a fiction tale we all can learn life lessons from.

Rating :

****/5

NOTE : THIS REVIEW IS FOR LEADSTART PUBLISHING THOUGH THE VIEWS STATED ARE COMPLETELY MINE.

 

 

#BookReview Rise of Kali by Anand Neelakantan

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Rise of Kali is book two of Ajaya – Epic of the Kaurava Clan series. If you have read Asura/Roll of the Dice and liked it then wait no more, go grab your copy of Rise of Kali. If you haven’t read Anand Neelakantan’s work before, then start with this book. Rise of Kali can be read as an independent book too.

Rise of Kali starts with the famous or should I say Infamous Panchali Cheerharan. Suyodhana (Duryodhana) and his brothers along with Karna, Aswathama and Shakuni have won the Dice game and whole of Indrapastha, making Pandavas their slaves. Suyodhana in his urge to satisfy his ego insults Panchali in front of whole sabha, thus shaming the whole Kaurava Clan.

Pandavas leave their abode for Vanvas and Kauravas start resurrecting their status. Aswathama goes in search of Shakuni to Gandhara and Karna is forced to leave Hastinapur by Bheeshma. Suyodhana feels disabled without Karna and Aswathama in Hastinapur.

There are few events in this book which I have never heard or read before, thus making this book more interesting. We know Mahabharata from Krishna ‘s point of view, Arjun’ s point of view and Panchali’s point of view too, but what about The Kauravas? What about Duryodhana?

What I liked about this book is the way Suyodhana ‘s character, suyodhana’ s relationships with his friends and wife are essayed.

Rating :

****