Tantra by Adi


book: Tantra

Author: Adi

No. of Pages: 335

Genre: Fiction, Contemporary Fantasy, Thriller

Publisher: Apeejay Stya Publishing

ISBN 13 – 9788190863629

ISBN 10 – 8190863622

Price – INR 195

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Anu is a leather wearing, no-nonsense professional guardian with a reputation for killing the most dangerous vampires in New York City. But when her enemies murder the one person she truly cared about, all she wants is vengeance. The only clue points to New Delhi, so Anu puts in for a job transfer( this happens easily only on books you see).

In India, she finds more than she expected. For one thing, her fellow operatives have made a truce with the vampires. For another, it’s way too hot to wear leather.

At first, it seems Anu’s biggest challenge will be evading the nice boys her aunt wants her to marry. But when children start disappearing, she discovers forces older and darker than anything she’s faced before. All of Delhi is in danger, especially the sexy stranger who sets Anu’s pulse racing.

To prepare for the coming battle, Anu must overcome her personal demons and put aside years of training. This time, her most powerful weapon will come from her mind, not her weapons belt.

Review:

This my first book about vampires. Book came in a surprise and little hard to digest facts. Vampire in Delhi, roaming in chauffeur driven car.  Anu, roaming around the city to find vampire in bar and pubs and night clubs and lot more on tantric usage. May be say it the way my mind had trained to  see things.

I appreciate the imaginative power of Adi, the way he tried to correlate thing like tantric, sathivk , vampire hunting into a love-revenge story.

The way the book has been sequenced could have been little better. Flash back coming into present quite didn’t match with the story line, most of the times acted like a speed breaker in fast moving story.

Initially the book made me think the vampire is some kind regular evil thing like bribery so crime which is being told as metaphor. Anu is going to eradicate such things from present world, but its actual vampire she is hunting for and there are super natural powers and fighting sequence in the novel came in as surprise (maybe I had pre-set my mind with an image about this book).

Baba Senaka character brought in more life into the book. a tantric baba hell bent on becoming the most powerful man through human sacrifice

I have a feeling that accepting the Indian version of vampire hunting with salwar kameze for foreign return, with mix of Indian bride/groom seeing formalities, with action sequence etc. great try by author, and hope to see a sequel with left puzzle left in this book.

About the Author:

Adi grew up reading fiction books by flashlight, hiding under the covers, pretending to be asleep. While it would certainly affect his academic life the next day, he did go on to get degrees from Stanford University and Harvard University, so it was not all that bad.

Somewhere along the line, a poetry book and a minor textbook were published. He wishes he could withdraw all copies of said poetry book from the market. At the time, it was poignant, but now it is just embarrassing.

He’s always given more credit for his successes in life to those late-night reading habits of years ago than to the high-school academics he trudged through, and he yearned to write one of those books himself.

Deeply impressed by the vast religious history of India, he could not help but pick this topic for his first novel.

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Book review: The Bankster by Ravi Subramanian


Details Of Book : The Bankster

Book: The Bankster
Author: Ravi Subramanian
ISBN: 8129120488
ISBN-13: 9788129120489
Binding: Paperback
Publishing Date: 2012-10
Publisher: Rupa Publications India
Number of Pages: 364
Language: English

Plot:

The uneasy calm in Greater Boston Global Bank (GB2) is shattered when a series of murders rock the façade of the compliant and conforming bank that GB2 has built up over the years. Who is to blame? Who is driving these intriguing and bone chilling murders? What is the motive behind these gruesome killings? No one has a clue.

And when Karan Panjabi, a press reporter and an ex-banker digs deeper, he realizes that he has stumbled on a global conspiracy with far reaching ramifications – a secret that could destroy not only the bank but cast a shadow on the entire nation. With only thirty-six hours at his disposal, he is running out of time and must trust no one if he wants to stay alive and uncover the truth.

In the racy build up to unraveling the mystery, stranger than fiction characters emerge, faith get shattered and ivory towers come crashing down. Bankers build their careers on trust, or so everyone thought – till the day the truth within GB2 gets revealed. Is the banker at GB2 fast turning into a Bankster? Or was he always one?

Review:

I was little hesitant to read the book as it involved the scary term banking and finance .  yet gave it a try. Why wont I, when I got a author signed copy.  When I started, somehow the book reminded me of the movie “Ayyan”,” Kanthaswamy” a bit. May be because of the blood diamonds and money transaction I think. But that is no way related to the book.  In the first few pages we find a man landing up in Angola.  Later he strikes a deal for exchange of weapons for world famous blood diamonds.  Then the author takes you to a family in Kerala, where the father is accused for the crime which he has not committed. There is another parallel story happening in Mumbai with major banking.  GB2 is the bank, and mysteriously the employees get murdered or commit suicide one by one.  

Karan Panjabi, a banker turned journalist steps in to investigate these murders and finds out that the scam is bigger than they thought.

I was wondering what am I doing, reading incoherent stories, but the way the author has tied it up in the end is really fascinating, all the broken pieces fall in right place. Never excepted such twists.

It’s a simple book, page turner for sure, as you want to know the connectivity of all three plots. A lot of learning for me about banking. Yes, banking never went in to my mind, but the way the book is written gives you glimpse of procedures and process of banking. I felt happy reading all Indian names book, revolving around Indian characters.

Thing which I didn’t like were the number stories which resulted in numerous characters. So it was difficult to get related to the lead role.  And there was a hard trying to put in various things like corruption, diamond treading, ivory smuggling, banking, media  and what not.

The interesting part was the simplicity in which the banking was explained, and the way the way the mystery unfolds .it relates to current treands and belongs to this era.. In case you like conspiracy and thriller, it’s your book.
About the Author: Ravi Subramanian

Ravi Subramanian an alumnus of IIM Bangalore, has spent twodecades working his way up the ladder of power in the amazinglyexciting and adrenaline-pumping world of global banks in India. Itis but natural that his stories are set against the backdrop of thefinancial services industry. He lives in Mumbai with his wifeDharini and daughter Anusha. In 2008, he won the Golden QuillReaders Choice award for his debut novel, If God was a Banker.

To know more about Ravi, visit http://www.ravisubramanian.in oremail him at info@ ravisubramanian.in. To connect with him, log onto Facebook at http://www.facebook. com/authorravisubramanian or tweet to@subramanianravi.

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Thundergod – The Ascendance of Indra- book review


One day a prince from one of the four great tribes will unite the sons of Aditi and he will sow the seeds of an empire that will rule the world.’

 

Title: The thundergod
Publisher: Westland
Author: Rajiv Gopalakrishnan
Edition: Paperback
Language: English
ISBN: 9381626979
No. of Pages: 384

 

For first time I am being elated doing this review, as I got hold of the unedited version of the book. Does that mean I am going to look for mistakes or errors, naaa.. I t means I am going to be one of the few who get to read the first copy of the book without anything being cut down or added on or revised to please others.

The characters:

Indra– a boy who rises to be king and later befalls to be GOD.

Sachi– childhood friend of Indra, who ties knot with him

Mitra– a sage, a watchful warrior who guides Indra

Varuna, Agni, Vayu, Soma–  oath taken blood bothers of Indra.

The story is about Indra who was born of a prophetic union between the Earth Goddess Gaia and Daeyus, chief of the Devas. Indra is brought up a orphan, because of the unidentified mother and father who is killed in a war.

Indra grows up in tribal community, under the sage Mitra. .Agni, Vayu, Varuna and Soma and Indra are trained under Mitra as brothers. All of them united, work to conquer the unmapped lands and become the king.

Indra kills Pusan, son of Vasu who was his guardian to become the kind of Deva’s . Vasu also get killed accidently. Till then, Sachi, Vasu’s daughter who is engaged to Indra marries him only to complete her duty. The childhood friends Indra and Sachi are together only to give a heir.

Indra is out on campaign defeating various kings and acquiring kingdoms, Indra continues his campaign and eventually attains god hood and rises to the heavens. But how is the story about.

The author is adept at sketching the known characters interestingly and keeps the proceedings gripping with a twists and turns with regular dose of wars and fights intervened with sex in between the pages. The book is more like mythology rediscovered with addition of lots of eroticism, becomes mundane of the Apsara’s who are available there for. The way the warfare, chariots and other gears used, carved are described beautifully.

Well researched theories of ancient Greek, Indian and Norse mythology. When you read the book, you find various characters from them, and the way he has linked up is really enthralling.

A perfect blend of the stories we learnt in our childhood about Deva’s, Asurasa and the Amrit. It is new look on how Indra raised to become the “ Thundergod”.

I liked the way the character Sachi is etched. That were you find both beauty and brains together with arrogance and dutiful wife. The transformation of love to hatredness is well depicted with the right context.

Though narrative is slow at the beginning yet gripping till end. I am sure it will make its name in the bestsellers.

About the author:

Before setting out on a writing career, Rajiv Gopalakrishnan was an actor, occasional screen writer, traveler and a beach bum. A voracious reader since childhood, he was fascinated by stories and characters from Indian, Greek and Norse mythology.  Thundergod was born as a result of this fascination

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The Krishna Key- book reivew


Title: The Krishna Key
Publisher: Westland
Author: Ashwin Sanghi
Edition: Paperback
Language: English
ISBN: 9381626685
EAN: 9789381626689
No. of Pages:

485

thousand years ago, there came to earth a magical being called Krishna, who brought about innumerable miracles for the good of mankind. Humanity despaired of its fate if the Blue God were to die but was reassured that he would return in a fresh avatar when needed in the eventual Dark Age—the Kaliyug.

This book has incredible alternative interpretation of Vedic age, which make you want to believe it true. Combining it with a conspiracy and thriller makes it an interesting piece. We will get lost in the worlds of fiction and mythology.
THE CHARACTERS
Ravi Mohan Saini: Easy-going, smart, intelligent and quick-witted professor of history
Priya: 40, smart, doctoral student plus….
Radhika Singh: Bull headed but honest police officer
Sunil Garg: Head of the CBI…
Taarak Vakil: Serial Killer

Story 1 : Lord Krishna is narrating his own story.

Story 2: Professor Saini is one of the friends chosen for a key-part; he is suspected of having murdered Prof Varshney; from here starts his headlong rush to save himself both from the police as well as from the real murderer – all the while trying to piece together the near-indecipherable puzzle that has been left by Prof Varshney. He has only his doctoral student Priya and her criminal lawyer father for help. He must find the 4 seals that form the key, the base-plate that holds the keys and decipher the reality of the Krishna Key.

The book is an excellent mix of fantasy sci-fi, little adventure like Dan Browns writing but the thrill build-up is natural and adventurous making you turn the page after page without a break.

The book seems to be telling about the greatness of Indian history and the crimes many kings and kingdoms committed against India. The book clearly talks about the greatness of Indian civilization and their Intellectuality.

The Krishna Key is a treasure book with lot of surprises and information’s with regard to Vedas, Vedic Mathematics, Upanishads, Ancient rituals, Mahabharata and The Indus Valley Civilization; mainly with regard to the details of the Rig-Veda .It has been really very well researched and includes many a surprise for the uninitiated.

I found the, murders happen too easily and conveniently but are meaningless, like any other novel, where there are mysterious killings and only one man can decipher the reasons.

Few places I could see the foreign influence, more in usage which I generally think would not happen in Indian context, like “ gas stations” instead of “ petrol pumps” , Characters have sandwiches and coffee at a road side eatery, rather than standard Indian dishes.

After a point when the actual story interested me more, I lost track of parallel Mahabharata, skipped those part and ended up reading only the present. May be because I felt I knew Mahabharata and its ending, too much of it at one go made it boring.

Narration is not coherent; you don’t know where the story is leading to, too many loop holes, theories. In the end. Every clue gets connected magically

Just loved the book. I am sure people who like Indian mythology with suspense will like it more. Like any other thriller it’s a onetime read book. But yes you might read it again to find the truth of the facts given.

About the author:

Ashwin Sanghi—entrepreneur by day, novelist by night— has all the usual qualifications of an Indian businessman. Schooling at the Cathedral & John Connon School, a B.A. (Economics) from St. Xavier’s College, and an M.B.A. (Finance) from the Yale School of Management. Ashwin is a director of the M. K. Sanghi Group of Companies, which has business interests in real estate development, automobiles, manufacturing and engineering.

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Book Review: Tamarind City- Where Modern India Began


 Publisher: Tranquebar, Westland Publishers

ISBN: 978-93-81626-33-7

Pages: 315

Price: Rs 295

‘This is what makes Chennai unique,’ says Ghosh, ‘the marriage of tradition and technology’.

Singara Chennai- yes it the world for me. I had lived my best part of life in Chennai and got married to a proper chennaite. So, I think this qualifies me to write the review for the blog.

When I think of Chennai, I get reminded of margalzi kolam, filter coffee, Murugan idili, and of course Besant Nagar beach( yup I am different in that way, I don’t like marina beach as it is always crowded), then the SIPCOT at Siruseri with glass buildings contrary to indo-sarasnic architecture displayed at central railway station. Of course how can I forget the prestigious IIT madras and Anna University, Madras medial college and Stanley medical college. Did I forget to mention the Loyola and Presidency college fights and beauty studded with fashion of Stella Mary’s and Eithraj College on college road?

Yes, I can relate to so much only because I am married to Chennai. This book talks about the Chennai which I missed to see.

He talks to various people starting from a unknown street vendors to evergreen tollywood stars, simple and tasty food to hi-tec IT corridor, life supporting doctors to life creating god with temples. I should appreciate the fact that, he gives an unbiased and critical view. Yes, I agree on flaws of Chennai too.

He de-mystifies the Iyer-Iyenger rivalry for you by taking you to the areas that belong exclusively to them Triplicane and Mylapore and takes you through their temples and the people living around them.

(Remembering Ananya’s house in chetan’s “two states”??.. isn’t it typical for the descriptions of Chennai and Tamil Brahmin community?)

he takes around a place or as part of a personal anecdote or his personal connect with certain places like his old office on Mount road or his exploring the history of his building where he has lived for all his years in Chennai or the connection of his publisher with the city. You can see his love for stories hidden behind buildings, people, legends and myths, and his curiosity to unearth the connections between various things.

He has tried to meet up a wide range of people, say a gynecologist, actors, yoga, teacher, transsexual, and sexologist.

All in all, Tamarind City is one of its kinds book on Chennai as a metropolitan city and in some ways still a city that is taking its own time. I would recommend this book to those who want to know more about the city and also to those who know but like I said have a different view.

At times his description of Chennai women is mundane. He tries to just portray the “mammi( Tamil Brahmin lady) with typical jasmine flower kept on hair, who makes filer coffee and makes vada, blushes and feels shy etc etc. I have seen them only on typical movies not much in real life. So, such an exaggeration made the book little untrue.

A city is a lot like a woman. You may fall for it because of a certain physical attribute — the eyes, the smile, the dimple — but it is the chemistry you develop over time that eventually makes you stick to it.

Language/style:

The book is straight and simple, narrating the meet up of different people and his journey from place to place in and around the city. It looks like it is a collection of essays, at times long taking me out of the book.

In later half of his book, he talks more about him than about the city.

Conclusion.

What works best is when Ghosh lets go of his tendency to be his own protagonist and, instead, simply allows himself to meander into other people’s lives. Almost all of the information that the book compiles is arresting
I am going with 4.5/5 for this book,” Tamarind City”. No doubt Tamarind City informs, educates and entertains every one of us including many Chennaites about their city.

Bishwanath Ghosh was born on 26 December 1970 in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, where he began his career as a journalist before moving to New Delhi to work with Press Trust of India and The Asian Age. In 2001 he relocated to Chennai where he spent seven years at The New Sunday Express and three at The Times of India. He is currently a deputy editor with The Hindu. In 2009 he wrote the bestselling travel book, Chai, Chai: Travels in Places Where You Stop But Never Get Off, also published by Tranquebar.
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Book review- The Taj Conspiracy


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About the book

Author

 Manreet Sodhi Someshwar

Picture of the Author

 

ISBN

9789381626139

Price [INR]

250.00

Pages

192

Main Plot given

Mughal scholar Mehrunisa Khosa stumbles on a conspiracy to destroy the Taj Mahal when she discovers the murder of the Taj supervisor, and the Quranic calligraphy on the tomb of Queen Mumtaz altered to suggest a Hindu origin of the Taj Mahal.That urban legend had always existed. Now, though, someone was conspiring to make it come true.In the case of the famed marble monument, all was not on the surface. A vast labyrinth ran underneath closed to visitors where Mehrunisa was trapped once. In a series of suspenseful twists and turns, the action traverses from the serene splendour of Taj Mahal to the virulent warrens of Taj Ganj, from intrigue-laden corridors of Delhi to snowy Himalayan hideoutsAs a right-wing Hindu party ratchets up its communal agenda and Islamic militants plot a terror attack, in the dark corners of his devious mind a behrupiya, a shapeshifter, is conniving to divide the nation in two. To save the Taj Mahal, Mehrunisa must overcome a prejudiced police and battle her inner demons as she sifts the multiple strands that lead to the conspirator.

No. of Characters

Heroine: Mehrunisa  Khosa, a diverse person from birth. Half Indian cum Persian. She is alos a Mughal scholar. ( how much I wish I could be that).  She think she herself is reflection of mixed culture and heritage. She  accidently finds a dead body , which is next to Mumtaz cenotaph, and also finds the calligraphy altered, which says, Taj has a Hindu origin. She is also a part of the crime investigation happening around there. To save the Taj Mahal, Mehrunnisa must overcome a prejudiced police and battle her inner demons as she sifts the multiple strands that lead to the conspirator.Shri Kripalaniwho heads the Hindutva revivalist party, a politician. Hindu party ratchets up its communal agenda and Islamic militants plot a terror attack, in the dark corners of his devious mind a behrupiya, a shapeshifter, is conniving to divide the nation in twoProfessor Kaul, an expert in Mughal art and architecture, mehrunisa’s grandfather.SSP Raghav and R.P. Singh : CBI and police officer, who investigates the case.

Tone of writing is

Straight and simple
My take on the book

Do I recommend the book?

Yes, for one time reading, and history lovers.

The reasons I liked the book

> The author is adept at sketching interesting characters and keeps the proceedings gripping with a twists and turns at regular intervals.> author merges history, crime and contemporary Indian politics. It’s a perfect gel with the story line.> At times  the details given in the book, makes us also question the origin of TAJ, the details are yet to confirmed, but changed the perspective of the monument, it is just opposite to what I studied as part of Mughal architecture. Manreet has put in years of research to come up with accurate facts of the Taj Mahal. The facts are inspiring. There are so many quotes from Mahabharata. For me it is just not a book, but there so much of research done on each explanation, and it is evident.>The narrative is gripping with lots of twist. I liked the way the characters of Mehrunisa and cops SSP Raghav and R.P Singh are etched, their dedication to find the conspirator behind this evil plan to destroy India’s most famous monument.( you get the patriotic feel)

>its a strong female protagonists write up.

On the other hand

> The book is a Indian mystery, at times reminded you of the “Da vinci code”, talks around the famous “ Taj”, our nations pride.> The climax – although tense – is a major letdown. It’s a pity that a story with such unambitious and believable build-up, melted into a disappointment.my rating: 2.5/5.

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Book Review: The Devotion of Suspect X, by Keigo Higashino


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Author: Keigo Higashino
Publisher: Hachette India
Price: 350/-

Yasuko, lives in Tokyo suburbs with her teen daughter Misato. Yasuko works at a bento shop. She was once a nightclub hostess where she met her ex-husband, Togashi and later got divorced. After long time, she unexpectedly meets her ex-husband, who starts blackmailing her for money. He turns up one night at their apartment following her back from work. Misato attacks her stepfather with a copper flower vase. He regains his consciousness, Yasuko convinced with the intention that Togashi is about to murder her daughter, Yasuko strangled him to death with an electric cord.

Ishigami, a genius Mathematician and a schoolteacher to reluctant boys. He develops a soft spot towards his neighbor Yasuko, whom he meets at the bento shop where she works and visits only to get her glimpse. They have hardly spoken .He offers help to rescue her from the murder. The mother and daughter follow his directives in order to elude suspicion of murder when the detective investigates. Ishigami obsessively replays and adjusts his actions, using the murder to get intimate to Yasuko.

Misato attacks her stepfather with a copper flower vase. He regains his consciousness, Yasuko convinced with the intention that Togashi is about to murder her daughter, Yasuko strangled him to death with an electric cord. 

Kusanagi, the Inspector & veteran detective and his junior Kishitani, who examined the body, dumped naked and wrapped in blue plastic in a factory district, with its face bashed. The inevitable discovery of the victim’s identity leads to the pro forma questioning of both Yasuko and later Ishigami. Kishitani is ready to dismiss them as suspects, but the veteran Kusanagi puts them on a mental back burner.

Yukawa, Ishigami’s old schoolmate and once a friend, is a brilliant professor of physics, he happens to be aiding the detectives in solving the case. He is always one step ahead of the detective. Yukawa, who has helped on previous cases via his scientific insights, wouldn’t  reveal his findings to detectives for some reason.

Yukawa gets to know about Ishigami through the detectives. He meets Ishigami at his residence casually as an old friend. Then, he suspects about Ishigami’s connection with the murder. On the second meeting with him, Yukawa is convinced that Ishigami had some link with the murder. Ishigami tries to protect Yasuko by outsmarting and out-thinking Yukawa, who faces his most clever and firm challenger.  The excitement of the narration is in witnessing the intellectual cut and thrust between Ishigami and Yukawa, as what appears initially to have been a fairly straightforward, even mundane exercise in alibi-creation, soon turns out to be astonishingly much more obscure.

Ishigami, a genius, appears to have covered all the aspects of the case. The suspense comes from the conspiracy and the investigation that follows. The paramount enthralling element of the entire storyline is whether the veteran detective would be able to reveal the truth. But it’s certainly up there as a distinctly above average thriller, with twists blended up nicely to keep the reader on grip with the story and to keep guessing….Towards the climax of the thriller, twist follows twist, turning everything on its head.

The excitement of the narration is in witnessing the intellectual cut and thrust between Ishigami and Yukawa, as what appears initially to have been a fairly straightforward, even mundane exercise in alibi-creation, soon turns out to be astonishingly much more obscure.

The book confronts emotions intact along with the crime which thrillers seldom cover. The cat-and-mouse game between the two intellects, the neophyte criminal mastermind and the shrewd/clever detective, engage in a cold fight to the finish line. The interplay between Ishigami and Yukawa were the book’s strongest actions. Ishigami is the key to how this entire drama plays out.

This is one of my first novel where, the reader is well aware about the motive and the suspect of the committed the murder. The suspense is in the manner the crime was roofed up to avoid detection. Initially, there was a hitch to reminisce the Japanese names of the characters, locations and routes, however, the frequent occurrence of those throughout the novel made it in ease and by the end of the book, it feels to have walked them all as well.

The score for Keigo Higashino’s ‘The devotion of Suspect X’ shall be 3.5 out of 5. It is a page-turner that can be read in a couple of quick sittings, but with a deep character study and mental analysis.

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Book review- The Chicken Soup for the Indian Couple’s Soul.


The book is a part “Chicken Soup for Soul” series which shares real stories of real people bringing hope, courage, inspiration and love to hundreds of millions of people around the world.

 

Main Authors: Rajyashree Dutt,Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen,

Publication: Westland Publications.

Price: 295.00 INR.

Personal verdict: Good read

“Love. It makes the world go around.  Does it?  Really? Sometimes, as we grow older and look around us at what is happening in this world, we wonder. And we get cynical. I was no exception”

 The book is a compilation of 101 short stories by 71 contributors, written by couples about their genuine life experiences. This book goes through all the aspects and challenges of being in relation, love and family. It shares the experiences of people in love and to stand before a situation in love and emerge out as stronger human than before. It covers all the aspects of life.  A lot of people can relate to their real lives by this series of books. The essence of the each section is elaborated as one liner.

“Nobody is perfect, but in love people can be perfect for each other.”

 “The person sitting next to me was the husband I dreamt off.”: Made in heaven (19)

 It comprises of 19 well illustrated short stories and experiences. The book has depicted the Indian arranged marriages turning into love marriage, where, a duo finds love for each other in years and treasures each other’s presences. They realize that their partner is the one whom they had dreamt about all their life.

“All I knew was that I had the will to go through every pain, every embarrassment, overcome every fear, undergo every test. I could give the man, my husband, who so unconditionally loves me.”: The family (8), On love and support (13), A matter of perspective (9), In sickness and in health (11), Overcoming obstacles (12)

 All four sections were in resonance to each other. The author illustrates about the pain and sufferings, in form of childbirth, abortion, incurable disease etc. However, the support offered by the better halves was momentous, with all the ups and downs of life. They knew little about their partners then, and were like an open book now, till the situation demanded. The helping hand from their partners came in as an astonish which was not expected earlier.

 “A while back, all I wanted was to talk to him, ask him how he felt and soothe him, but all my questions melted away when I realized that my presence was enough for him.”:Coping with death (11)

It is where a death of a person brings the existing ones close or a new one in life.  At times, due to grief we tend to over look on things and miss on loved one’s. In fact, unsaid words and gestures like hugging and silence existence of partner soothes you.

 “I fell in love with the man who respected my choices and I am still in love with him”.:The fire never dies (18)

This section illustrates about the love which is carried by the aged ones with the same energy as youngster’s posses and as the basic understanding still proceeds. Also, where a section of people break up and meet after few years and realize the pressure of absence and find love together again. The underlying principle is maturity, helps to show that life can be whatever it want to be, and that other people have it worse off than you!

The editor has made sure that stories strike a balance between different eras. Few stories depict the olden times where women are expected to cook, do household core and not allowed to go out or express their views, some stories illustrated about modern times, where people think of live-in relationship and e-mail love, some were a typical bollywood film types with struggle, cry , melodrama and happy ending, whereas the moral issues were well addressed which is faced on daily basis.

What I love about the Chicken Soup for the Soul books are that you can pick it up and read a few quick stories and then set it down. It bring them with me when I am waiting at bus stop or while traveling. Language is simple and expressive. Easy to read, catchy and you get tuned to the book.  Even a non-bookie person can read it. Most of the stories are inspiring and expresses life-changing experience.

The stories become very similar; it’s just basically a hundred different variations of the same book. The book is kind of biased, as it is mainly written by women, so you get a perspective from one gender. It more or less has our own everyday life’s experience written with a positive outlook.  Somehow, it felt that the essence is there only when you read the book, after a day if you recollect, you don’t get the feel of it.  If you are a person who get motivated by books and follow it in life, then yes it is the book for you.

I am going with 2.5/5 for this book,” The Chicken Soup for the Indian Couple’s Soul”.  I would recommend this book to anybody who has read any of the other Chicken Soup books, or if you enjoy reading books written on love and inspiration.

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