From Yesterday by Anupam Dasgupta-Book review


Author Anupam Dasgupta
About the Author Anupam Dasgupta writes contemporary fiction largely based on his personal experiences and observations. He firmly believes in the adage, “truth is stranger than fiction” and is of the opinion that the world around us is full of interesting events and colorful characters. “From Yesterday” is Anupam’s second novel. His debut novel “Salsa!” was released in May 2013 and was subsequently re-published as “Salsa World is a small place” in February 2014. His interviews and articles related to the book were featured in leading Indian dailies like “The Times of India,” “The Hindu,” “The New Indian Express” and “Deccan Chronicle.” Anupam has done his Bachelors in Engineering from Jadavpur University and MBA from IIM Indore. He has worked for more than a decade across roles in Business Development, Consulting and Strategic Planning. He currently works and lives in Bangalore, India. Besides his passion for writing, Anupam has an ear for soulful music and loves singing. He is also an avid follower of Latin dance forms and a keen social dancer. Anupam can be reached at dasgupta.anupam@ ymail.com.
ISBN 9789352015924
Price [INR] Rs. 225
Pages 224
Main Plot given Adi and Anita meet in Chennai and instantly fall for each other. However Anita’s past comes back to haunt her. The sequence of events that follow, leave Adi heart-broken. Adi moves to Chicago for work and happens to meet Christina. Christina is instinctively attracted to Adi. On the other hand, Adi distinctly senses the presence of Anita around him.

‘From Yesterday’ takes us into the world of love as Adi, Anita and Christina brush each other’s lives in the beautiful city of Chicago. Does Adi find his true love? Does he find Anita in Chicago? Does Christina lose in love? Adi unravels the answers to all these questions, as he gazes at the Bean, on a cold evening in the Windy city.”

No. of Characters Anita, a make—up artist blessed with name, fame and fortune, yet cursed with a lonely and loveless existence.

Adi, a young, ambitious and jet setting management professional, yet nursing a broken heart.

Christina a bright, young and independent individual, brimming with optimism.

Tone of writing is The story is kind of in flashback mode as the title suggests. With a touch of suspense and mystery. There are more of colloquial words used making it a light read.
My take on the book The book kind of gives today’s scenario, where people are carrier oriented, try to seek their soul mates through social media sites and where age doesn’t matter.

The characters are well etched, showing the goodness of each character, evolution of a person from bad past to not able to accept someone because of the age difference in case of Anita shows her tenderness. Adi seems to fall so deeply in love with Anita, making him not accept Christian, shows his sincerity. I feel if I write more, it would be a spoiler.

Being from Chennai, I loved the parts best where he describes about the city and Chicago too.

Do I recommend the book? Yes, a light read.
On the other hand my rating: 3.5/5.

Finally I would like to Thank the Leadstart Publishing for sending me the copy. It will be kept safe along with my other treasured books.

 

Fables from India by Uday Mane – Book Review


Author  Uday Mane
About the Author  Based out of Mubai, Uday Mane is an entrepreneur, script writer and a digital marketing professional. He started his writing career with fables, several of which are featured in this collection.

His debut novel, the helpline, was released in 2014 to rave reviews. INR5 per book was donated towards child welfare through Rotary club and NGO Vidya.

Uday Mane volunteers for storytelling and English speaking sessions for the underprivileged through Vidya. He is avid reader and admires the writings of Salman Rushdie, Rohinton Mistry and Charles Dickens among others. He loves to Travel and explore places, watch movies, and collect( and read) classic novels.

ISBN 978-93-52016-26-6
Price [INR] Rs. 175
Pages 168
Main Plot given A king’s negligence costs the prince his eyes, How will the kind make amends?

A farmer is torn between resurrecting his wife and uphold his duties, What will influence his choice?

A jester lives tow lives. Masked for others. Unmasked for himself. His masked side brings happiness to everyone, but what brings happiness to h is unmasked side?

A magnificent tree bears fruits of different kinds, but the kings wants it to be cut down to serve justice. How will the tree defend itself?

An orphan boy is in search of the world’s bestselling book. Will he eventually find it?

A dog struggles to uncurl his tail. Will he break the curse that curled his tail in the first place?

A young boy and his pet lamb are separated from each other. Will their friendship stand the test of time?

No. of Characters It a book of collective stories, hence can’t say no of characters.
Tone of writing is It is simple.
My take on the book After so many years, felt like reading a good bedtime story with a moral. Its best part is, its not fox and lion of Panchatantra, but its reading little bit of history with certain value added it. Sometimes it makes me question the reality. It’s a pack of 22 short stories, which makes a month’s read for the kids as bedtime story. Over all, it’s a good book.
Do I recommend the book? Yes, very much.. I loved reading it and have been reading to my kids too.
On the other hand  

my rating: 4.0/5.

Finally I would like to Thank the Leadstart Publishing for sending me the copy. It will be kept safe along with my other treasured books.