Book Review: Prisoner, Jailor, Prime Minister by Tabrik C

Book Details

Title: Prisoner, Jailor, Prime Minister
Authored By: Tabrik C
Publisher: Hachette India
Imprint: Hachette India
Publication Year: 2014 January
ISBN-13: 9789350096703
ISBN-10: 9350096706
Language: English
Binding: Paperback
Number of Pages: 323 Pages
Book Type: Fiction Book
Book Type: Non Fiction Book

Overview of the book:

India has a new Prime Minister but is Siddhartha Tagore the product of his genius or of his dangerous mind? India is on edge, as a subversive internal revolt against the Constitution and the threat of Jehadi terror of an unthinkable level, are looming on the horizon. Ringing Shivas damaru in and out of Parliament, a sudden turn of karma catapults outsider Siddhartha Tagore – a conflicted genius, music maestro and prodigal son, with forceful views on China and Pakistan into national prominence as the head of the Opposition Alliance and finally as the newly elected Prime Minister of a disturbed nation. But buried secrets are being resurrected and threaten to expose the past. Twisted within the double helix of menacing politics and hidden lust, Prisoner, Jailor, Prime Minister is a scorching account of Siddhartha Tagores fascinating journey from Harvard to 7 Race Course ad.

My review:

with nearing election and recent political stunts on Telangana and other Bill, it is the most apt book of the season. the scenario is 80’s to present time frame. the book is about, Siddhartha Tagore, a music maestro, Tibet lover and political mastermind , how he takes the power, from Harvard’s hallowed halls to a political leader, the prime minister .

it just not a book on politics or power, but it’s a thriller, it deals with forbidden lust and dark secrets. it’s a mix of technology and current trends dealing with iPad and Harley Davidson. Though I got lost in-between may be because of the changing time frames, it’s still a page turner. I liked the way how each character unfolds itself after every important incident, it makes the reader gripped to the book.

Know the author : Tabrik C

Tabrik C is a political enthusiast, perfumer and internet entrepreneur. He has a post-graduate degree in History from St. Stephen’s College Delhi, where he was the president of the student’s union. His special interest lies in observing, analyzing, predicting and debating the rise and fall of political personalities and their influence on the destiny of nations and individuals.

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Debit Vs Credit

First let me quote few examples:

Person A: He saves all the money in his PF account. He would buy grocery in minimum. say, only 1/2 kg sugar. when his wife say its over, he would take his bike and go to the nearest shop and buy it. basically they dont buy and store anything. He doesnt believe in Hight-fi schools. He would join the kids in near by school, he will do the teaching part after going back home.

He saved for 12 years, and then borrowed little money from brothers and father without interest and bought a 2 bedroom house. Yes, he didnt take any loan. he bought a house in his budget and he says he would do the interiors when he has money.

Person B: This person is habituated to using credit card and loans. So, he bought a house as soon as he got a job. He took loans from private bank as they were also giving a top loan and person loan with house loan. He bought a 3 bedroom house in same floor as Person A.  he manages house on credit basis only. i.e, he would shop for thing and stock it up, buy cloths and gadgets in EMI schemes. but ya, he is regular in paying all his bill, but he has NO savings.

Now, both A and B are there. A had to forgo so many So called luxury, wait till he has all money to buy the house. But B, thought he is really young, managed to buy a house, but its in loan. B is enjoying the  life without saving, but has everything. A waited to fulfill his desires one by one.

whom do u think is really smart??  its always a question in my mind. Is it good to buy things In EMI schemes??

Transit Home.

A home is generally a place that is close to the heart of the owner, and can become a prized possession. It has been argued that psychologically “The strongest sense of home commonly coincides geographically with a dwelling. Usually the sense of home attenuates as one moves away from that point, but it does not do so in a fixed or regular way.” Since it can be said that humans are generally creatures of habit, the state of a person’s home has been known to physiologically influence their behavioremotions, and overall mental health.  People may become homesick when they leave their home over an extended period of time. Places like homes can trigger self-reflection, thoughts about who someone is or used to be or who they might become.( from wiki)

But, there are days or years in life, when we actually stay out of our homes for our studies or work. Most of the times, its college hostel, working women hostel or we stay as paying guest in someone else home. It’s not that we just stay there for few days or months, most of the times, its more than a year. All of would have had stupid, smart, troublesome or helping roommates. In-spite of all odds, we do make it place/space personal.

it’s a single room with a bed, work table, a book shelf and chair,bean bag chair.


I just had to choose a Orange colour from the shade card. In fact sample bought was enough for me to paint a single wall. They are small 200 ml paint packs which can be bought at Asian Paints Colour World outlet, which can be used to sample how the colour would look on the wall and then the final decision can be taken. It offers a low-risk small trial pack so that customers are more comfortable in taking their final decision.

Now, I had to separate my work area from my sleep area. So, i decided to paint, the wall area starting from my table to the door end with orange to give it a formal look. To create a sense of balance, rest of the places were painted  half white.  I got inspired by Asian paints Spring dairy stencil design, but i could afford to buy and try it. hence i made my own design with washable crayons and paints.




To give a personal touch , made a stencil and used the washable crayons to make patterns on the wall and ceiling.


Mom sent two polka dot bed sheets. I just used them as curtain, little to cover the night lamp.



bringing flowers once a week from florist made my table graceful. I just used a glass tumbler, which was painted white as the flower vase.

At last, not all House owners like the idea of you painting the walls yourself, until you do well and show them, you made their house a better home.

Do you guys have any special attachment to the transit homes?? did you ever try anything to make it look special and personalised??

this post is part of the Beautiful Home blogger contest held by Asian Paints andRipple Links and All images are taken from google search.

note: the prizes, especially the laptop is so temptingm making me write so many posts. am i not incresing the probalitlity ?? Please Do read my other post


2.Glimpse of india and green homes

3.why colours

4.chalk the ideas

Glimpse of INDIA and green home

Now that all of you know that I am an Architect. So, where ever I go, I pick up the authentic fabric, colours, artifacts of the particular place. I have travelled a lot across India. Incase, I am asked to build a house with all the things I have collected and seen, it would look like the following.  Of course i would design house which is green in nature. An eco-friendly building.  let me explain starting with creativity on the looks, interior and colours and end with ecofriendly at end in just 10 points.

I made 3 collages, would explain all the picture starting from first left clockwise.

1. bright colours from Rajasthan  for the fabric on beds. they are the natural colour dyed and Cane furniture of India combines simplicity and comfort, with high aesthetic appeal.

2. Green colour boxes are hand painted kept on the wooden dressing would bring it more colour and green creeper would add life to the room.

3.traditoanl photographs depicting indian ppl will be used as cushion cover. Indoor plans would be kept as contract to plan paint on the background.

4. a green colour painted buddha kept on aluminum trunk would give the ancient feel to the garden. all the artifacts are handmade of recyclable products.

5. a royal magenta colour silk saree is used as curtain and sofa cover adding on colour and royal look to the Shah jhahans photograph kept in the room.  old silk saree which has been lying in the wardrobe for years will get new life with the creativity.

6. a variety of silk fabric and colours are used as cushion cover to emphasis the colours in the house.

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6. I used carpet tile flooring. which is made of recycled wood and can be replaced in parts when damaged. it would qualify as a green material for flooring.

7. I use big windows, like the arched one shown in the photograph, which would bring in more light, I think all of know the importance of natural light and its effect on the paint used in the interior. with this I bring in more light and air inside my home.

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8. I use recycled wood to make my furniture. would paint it with bright colours to give it a contemporary look.

9. use pebbles in the center courtyard, which would also act as rainwater catchment for rain water harvesting.

10. last but not the least, I would use ASIAN PAINTS -Green Assure from Asian Paints is more than just VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) Safe.

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Now a good news, you dont need to be an Architect or interior decor to make your house look beautiful. what you just need to do is just a phone call to a toll free number.  Just read the above steps, follow it, your dream home is ready. In fact the website give you various designs available, colour theory, shade cards, patterns that can be implemented and what not?? So guys, you just need to finalize on the budget, rest is all at your door steps.

This entry is a part of a blogging contest organised by women’s web in association with Ripple Linksand Asian Paints.

note: all are googled images.  I could have written more on green building, that would take away reader interest, and it’s not much related to the contest. hence stopped with the interior. Hope you like my post.

why colours??

This Blog post is the part of The Asian Paints & Ripple Links Beautiful Home Blogger contest

how about a black and white house.  why colors when you can create beautiful space with everything and nothing. So let me share an idea on black and white house.

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here the basic idea is make the house look chick and elegant. let be professional meeting place, or add a pinch of colours in form of fabric and furniture to detail, the house had be made of monochrome.

living space:  when you have clean white wall, with white sofa, it automatically brings in a posh and business like look. I would combine it with zebra pattern fabric for curtains and cushion to emphasis the formal look. Of course would splash in colours during the festive time.

kitchen and bathroom: I know how hard it is to maintain anything white in kitchen and bathroom. still, when its white, we are inclined to clean it frequently or get cleaned. now did you get the idea, why i need it white?? so, i am into making my home perfect for every visitor and feel proud for the spec clean maintenance.

bedroom:  polka dots fabric would make it retro style, and colourful carpet would add life to my room. I would add color and life to the rooms with colour flowers and photographs.

so what do you guys say?? dont we have more and more creative options to do with accersories, furnitures and fabric, when we have base, BLACK AND WHITE as background??  the following are given by ASIAN paints for chosing of the wall colour combinations. So, keep it in mind while selecting.

  • The three primary colours- red, blue, yellow are also known as the parent colours.
    • Background colour: The colour with the largest proportional area covering three walls of a room.
    • Dominant or feature wall colour: The colour of the feature wall.
    • Accents: The colour used in the least proportion to enhance the overall décor.
    Interior Colour RelationshipColour Relationship

    Colour interactions

    • Colours look different on different backgrounds, in different contexts.
    • The grey chip looks much lighter on the black, whereas on white it looks darker.
    • The yellow looks cleaner and brighter on black than on white. The green chip on the blue seems to resemble the first and third green chip on the left, when in fact it is the same as the second one on the left.
    Exterior Colour RelationshipExterior Colour Interactions
    • If you want a colour to appear lighter in value, surround it with a colour darker in value and vice versa.
    • If you want a colour to appear intense or bright, surround it with a less intense or dull colour.


now hope you understand why I decided to main major surfaces as White, only few as Black. and also why I added the little tint of other bright colours to enhance the beauty?? Thank you Asian paints for the clear ideas on colouring and how to choose the colours.. 

Chalk the ideas..

with age, everybody seem to forget things. How many of you write down the ” TO DO LIST”, and get pleasure striking the done things. Oh well, how about a house which provides a wall space for it. Imagine a big black wall for you to write on in every room. the wall is either to write down the things to do, or can become a creative platform for the kids to show their imagination. How about the wall displaying the important dates of life or a cute proposal or love note from hubby. I am getting really excited thinking about things that can be done on a clean blank wall.

its always in our hands to chose the colour. If we can carry anything elagant, even black on nails can look fab.

barry-m-matte-nail-paint-espresso-002 Asian Paints does have a product called ‘chalkboard paint’, but it uses acrylic and not chalk as the medium. This paint is designed for blackboards or green-boards (as seen in classrooms). It can also be used on surfaces that are to function as a board, ie written on with chalk.

coming to bedroom, here are sample pictures. either you do it everyday, change according to the mood. write captions, or draw smething to complete or complement the bed. So, i would write a beautiful qoute everyday on the wall, read it, and relive it.

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My dining and kicten would have the days menu. i would like the recipe which i would like to try and write important information which needs to be shared with my family.  it just no the corner, but the complete wall becomes mine and has scope to decorate and re-do.

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my study, would filled with formulas. yes, i would like feel likeEinstein when i am studing.  I would keep a bright light to make me focus on work with walls blank or written to minimun,  keep really contracting furniture fabric or colour like cyan blue or bright pink and red to compliment the monotous black wall.

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make it romtic with qoutes and candle light.  keep rest of the thing white and make it a great black and white combo to increase the elegance.

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Hope, you liked my haouse of board and chalk. This post is written for The Beautiful Home Blogger Contest in association with Asian Paints andRipple Links. hey looks like a popular post would also win some goodies. dont know how they would check on it. anyways dont forget to like my post and write a comment. 



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