Wednesday, 15 May 2019 | By: Writing Buddha

Yug Purush by Savita Singh (Book Review: 4*/5) !!!

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Reading about mythology in not-so-literary and serious manner has become a new cool for me. I remember my father gifting me a book on Mahabharata when I was child and I didn’t pick it up till date just because of its difficult vocabulary. But, since Amish Tripathi has come up with his Shiva trilogy, I have gone crazy about such books on mythology which are written in an easy to go language which believes in sharing the story and tale rather than improving our language. One such powerful book I read on the life of Lord Krishna is “Yug Purush” written by Savita Singh and published by Rupa publications.

To begin with, the cover page and overall aesthetic of the book is very beautiful and serene which compels you to pick it up above any other book. Yug Purush is the complete life story of Lord Krishna who is depicted as a simple human being with extra ordinary powers which made him special. Initially, the book seems to be boring as authoress take some time in building up the story and describing Krishna as we know him. As soon as those incidents begin with which we start feeling the connection with the character of the protagonist, the book becomes interesting. The book gives perspective of Krishna as a King and I had never read the tales which are mentioned about him of those times. It is interesting to read the many kind of decisions that Krishna took as a king for his people and kingdom.

The relationship of Krishna with Pandavas and Kauravas is very nicely portrayed which helps us to understand how he was connected with them and why he was involved throughout the proceedings that took place between the cousins. The way Krishna helped Pandavas before war with the Swayamwars, decision-making incidents, marriage etc. makes the read interesting as I have generally read only about the Bhagavad Geeta part mainly. Later on, the role of Krishna in the war and its arrangement is what makes the experience of reading the 2nd half of the book very thrilling and exciting. There is an adrenaline rush regularly while reading those parts where Krishna is regularly on toes and keeps on changing plans every now and then by right and wrong means to ensure that the righteous party wins the war.

The way even the wrong means of Krishna are discussed makes the book interesting as there is reason given for the same regularly without making you disbelieve in the character of Krishna ever. Even the anger of Krishna on certain incidents is nicely narrated as the way character of Krishna is developed, it becomes difficult to imagine him getting angry, frustrated or irritated but the authoress has played her part well. The ending of the book is also closed with such powerful tone that you just keep on thinking about it even after turning the last page. You just can’t believe this can happen with Krishna. Another thing that I would like to appreciate about authoress is wonderful editing of the book and ensuring it ends in one book itself rather than stretching it for trilogy or 5-book series.

Talking about the drawbacks of the book now: - As the focus of the author is on Krishna, all the other characters are not developed the way he is done hence you can’t connect with anyone else. Sadly, not even with Arjun. Krishna’s multiple marriages are discussed too much in the 1st half. The part when Krishna conversed with Arjun in the middle of the war ground is ended without even giving it a proper chapter hence excluding the Bhagavad Gita section completely. This disappointed me a lot. Also, the spiritual part of Krishna isn’t much explored in the book. Because Krishna is in focus, many important events of Mahabharata is also out of the scope of this book.

Overall, this book is a beautiful read and gives you peaceful feeling post completing the same. I give this book 4 stars out of 5.


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ABHILASH RUHELA 


Thursday, 9 May 2019 | By: Writing Buddha

Sanjay Dutt: One Man, Many Lives by Ram Kamal Mukherjee (Book Review: 3.75*/5) !!!

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There are few personalities who are so shady in their character that people don’t know if they should talk good about them or bad but one thing is sure they are always a topic whenever their industry is discussed. One such personality is Sanjay Dutt from Bollywood industry who has been in so many controversies all through these years but yet gets sympathy of his fans and people knowing him. Whenever Sanjay Dutt’s life is discussed, it has so many dimensions to it that the topic just doesn’t end in few minutes. Still, Mr. Ram Kamal Mukherjee showed guts in summing up Sanjay Dutt’s life in less than 200 pages in his new book “Sanjay Dutt: One Man, Many Lives”. The movie on Sanjay Dutt that all of us witnessed last year also had the same tag line but this book is little more transparent than the movie.

Mukherjee has not treated this book as a biopic but talks like an editor which makes it interesting as author hasn’t got into useless detailing of his childhood etc. which has nothing to do with a normal reader though it could haven an interest point for a die-hard fan. Author has written the book being very neutral where he talks about both- the good part that Sanjay Dutt brought into the country through his profession and also the bad part he did being an actor and Indian citizen. Just as we saw in the movie, Sanju, here too, author focuses on Sanju Baba’s relationship with his father, Sunil Dutt, majorly. Author talks about Mr. Sunil Dutt as much as he talks about Sanjay Dutt in the book. The love that he had for his son but still he didn’t act as a good father throughout his childhood in order to be strict with him is discussed. Also, how he tried saving Sanjay Dutt from any severe punishment is also described in the book which tells about what a good father he was even without displaying his emotions.

Sanjay Dutt’s personal and professional life is given a glance in this book where almost everything from his drugs to court case to prison days to multiple marriages to his relationship with his sisters- before and after to his concern for his children to his relationships with his colleagues- ups and downs are discussed briefly. You will get many answers about Dutt’s life which certainly media never tells you without keeping bias. Sanjay Dutt’s professional life is also discussed where his trend setting styles, his gangster movies, his flops and hits, his relationship with his co-stars are given some light.

Sanjay Dutt’s relationship with Manyata is one of the USPs of the book as there are many insights about Manyata which shall definitely make you think twice about her commitment towards Dutt as not much is discussed about her in the media. Also, why Sanjay Dutt’s relationship gets on and off with his sisters, Salman Khan, Sanjay Gupta and other people associated with him is nicely narrated in the book. The way author has written or you can say, the way Sanjay Dutt’s life is, everything seems to be a fiction and therefore reading this book never becomes boring.

Author has tried to be as little biased as possible and it shows in the book where he talks everything as it is without trying to give his perspective to the story unlike what Indian media did because of which Sanjay Dutt suffered more than he deserved. Author’s language is very crisp and easy for anyone to go through this book without any concern. I managed to read the book in a single sitting and I was very satisfied with the way book has been handled. Talking about the drawbacks, I still felt that author knew much more but didn’t mention about Dutt. Also, most of the parts in the book are already out in the world through media and magazines and even through the movie- Sanju hence you actually don’t get to know much in 500 bucks that you expected. The images attached of Sanjay Dutt’s life in the book are not much relevant with the chapters.

Overall, this book is a great stuff to read if you have no information about Sanjay Dutt and are keen to know otherwise it can be ignored if you are already updated about his life through media and newspapers. I give this book 3.75* out of 5.


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ABHILASH RUHELA 


Wednesday, 8 May 2019 | By: Writing Buddha

Give Your Heart a Break by Anuj Tiwari (Book Review: 3.5*/5) !!!

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Just after I end up reading the last word of any book, a rating gets imprinted in my mind immediately. So, when I ended up reading Anuj Tiwari’s latest book “Give Your Heart A Break” published by Rupa Publication and a rating flashed in my mind, I went onto check the ratings I gave to the previous 4 books written by him, I realized this is the best book written by Anuj Tiwari as per my taste. The cover page of the book is themed in white colour which gives a peaceful impression to the story and it is exactly like that. Though Anuj is known for writing love and romantic stories, this book is actually based on the Brother-Sister and Cousin relationship unlike the other books written by him.

Once again, Anuj has tried writing on relationships and right from the first chapter, he starts talking about all kinds of relationships in the story where they are sharing good and bad phase respectively. The protagonist is going through the process of divorce as she had been suffering physical abuse from a long time. Her brother, Agastya, and cousin, Arjun, are all in there for her support. The bond between Agastya and Addya is very beautiful described where Agastya’s selfless and obsessed love for his sister shows in the actions that he takes in her favour to secure her from her bad phase of life and bring her back in her flamboyant, confident and carefree avatar. Arjun’s character is used as a supporting cast in the book where he plays his part in supporting Addya and bringing in some motivation for her in life regularly. Arjun is portrayed by the author as if he’s talking about his real self. Anuj’s favourite, Dimpy Aunty, also plays cameo in the book and I am glad that Anuj has not overdone her character just for maintaining the hype that he creates on social media for her but used it sensibly.

Talking about the story, there are not many twists and turns that shall make you fall in love with the story as already mentioned, book stays focused on talking about characters and their relationship with each other. Story focuses only on the problems faced by Addya and how everyone is out there to support her by thick and thin. Anuj has handled the scenario very well as it must have become quite boring if the character would have been regularly showcased as a victim but rather she has been portrayed as someone who is wanting to stand back on her feet. This keeps the story moving forward in a pace which you shall love reading.

Another thing that I would like to mention quite specifically are paragraphs which talks about several topics such as motivation, thoughts on love, loneliness, affection, relationships, life, inspiration etc. which are actually very effective. Any among all those sentences can strike anyone who is feeling down in life to get charged up to do something bigger and incredible as it is written keeping youth in mind. Being a young author, such pieces should be part of any book in some way or the another and I am glad that Anuj has tried and done it so well.

Talking about the drawbacks- the story is very simplistic. Anuj should now start leaving his comfort zone and write stories which are more than just love and relationship. Even though there was a small incident of a suspense kept in the story but even that is worked upon very simply in the end of the book. The court sessions are also tried to be kept realistic but they couldn’t create any kind of magic as they play the major part in the story.

Overall, this book is a nice light read which you can read while traveling or in a single sitting on a silent weekend. The way one of the romance writer has written a book not on intimate relationship but on the Brother-Sister relationship only is commendable and appreciable. I give this book 3.5* out of 5. I recommend it to everyone who is feeling down due to some personal tragedy in life, mostly, if it is a girl.


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ABHILASH RUHELA 


Friday, 3 May 2019 | By: Writing Buddha

Rain Drops and Caterpillars by Anuradha Prasad (Book Review: 3.75*/5) !!!

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These days it’s tough for an anthology or the book with short stories to match with the count of audience that a full-fledged novel is able to attract. But if an anthology is good, it gets taker as much as a bestselling novel gets. I just completed reading the 3rd book written by Anuradha Prasad named “Rain Drops and Caterpillars” which is a compilation of six short stories. The first 2 books were full-fledged stories by the authoress but this time she chose to showcase her skills in writing strong and powerful short stories and let me tell you, she manages to impress her readers as much as she did it with her one-story books.

Author has kept name of each story on an action or emotion dealt by a human being and every story justifies its respective title. Each story even after being short of around 30-50 pages each makes you feel that you have read a complete book in the end of every story. The characters are developed very neatly as you can relate with most of them even when author had less time to talk about their background and make them familiar to you. The best part is that along with the movement of the story, the characters are developed which doesn’t stretch the story for this reason as many authors end up developing characters only for some time before introducing us to the theme of the story.

Author has talked about so many things through her stories that even after having quite social topics in few of them, you won’t find them preachy even for once. The topic varies from parents supporting a deaf child with all the possible love – to -  a homosexual person searching and finding acceptance for himself in the society – to - a housewife facing physical abuse in one marriage to verbal abuse in second  - to -  the relationship between human beings and dogs – to -  a widow of an Army officer trying to move on the same steps  - to -  a man fighting the trauma of realizing that he has been fooled by someone in love and left alone to fight with his loneliness in a lone country.

Author has tried very well to put up the compilation of the stories such that you don’t find any two stories sound or based on the similar concept or background. The way author narrates each story in a slow pace makes you raise your brows initially as to how will the story bring twists and turns within the span of 30-40 pages but still, author manages to bring varieties in each story. The end of every story is appropriate except the one which is based on verbal abuse as it ends suddenly without the masala climax that the reader was expecting throughout. My personal favourite has been the last story as its emotions are too intense and passionate. The way the story ends also gives the book a befitting ending.

Talking about the drawbacks, I felt author ended up describing few places in the story so much that you want to skip those segments and move to the next paragraph. The conversations that are handled between characters are not exactly how people communicate which makes some parts look artificial. The stories could have been edited well with more twists and turns rather than over description of emotions – the way it has been done with the chapter on human-animal love. Overall, the book is a nice light read which you can read while traveling or before sleeping or gift to your loved ones on special occasions as the cover page of the book is also very beautiful and attractive. Just as I scored the author 3.75* out of 5 each for her last two books, this one also gets the same rating. After Novoneel Chakraborty, Anuradha Prasad is the only author whom I have found consistent with each book. I am again waiting for Anuradha’s full-fledged novel again.


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ABHILASH RUHELA 


Thursday, 2 May 2019 | By: Writing Buddha

Flowers on the Path by Sadhguru (Book Review: 3.25*/5) !!!

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Sadhguru’s books are always enlightening and carries something which stays with you for life and becomes useful in keeping you calm in tough times. Recently, I read his latest release named “Flowers on the Path” which is a short book of just 170 pages. The book is more on general stuffs than being out and out a spiritual book. This one is quite different than what I have read till now by the modern world guru. The book is written in three different segments- Everyday Flowers, Flowers on the Path and Flowers of the Beyond.

As in Sadhguru’s own profound style, he calmly explains us how we have made our daily lifestyle troublesome due to the small races we become a part of. How people are confused among themselves and keep on establishing small happiness’s out of someone else’ loss is what Sadhguru tries to focus upon. Sadhguru talks about the importance of health, aligning the energies, being secular and sacred, how to keep children afresh and energized and free of any biases, the importance of women in society etc.

Later on, in the book, Sadhguru starts establishing the spiritual logic gradually in the minds of his readers. He starts mentioning the importance of Yoga, sitting at one place silently, the power of concentration, the role of a Guru in your life, the Genuity of prayer, how human has accumulated everything from this Earth and how we are nothing except the soul within us etc.

Sadhguru’s style of writing helps the reader to understand the concepts and logic at their own pace. Every chapter is not of more than 3-4 pages. He doesn’t use touch vocabulary to sound very intellectual or philosophical but keeps things simple. This is his specialty which has also made his videos and blogs popular. He starts any book describing the small acts we keep ourselves engaged in and then leaves a small conceptual benefit of yoga and meditation and ends the book there for you to think about yourself and life thereafter and think about being in peace rather than messing up your mind with unwanted stuffs. I give Flowers on the Path 3.25 stars out of 5 as it is just a normal book with not that much of an insight which can bring extreme changes in your life. But it shall surely sow the seeds of spirituality somewhere in the way you think.


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ABHILASH RUHELA 




Life In The Sunshine by T. Sathish (Book Review- 3.5*/5) !!!

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The IPL season is going on and everyone who loves Cricket is in frenzy of the Cricketing updates daily regarding who won and lost and how much everyone earned on their respective Dreams 11 contest. It is always exciting to be associated with this Sport as the connection with it begins right since our childhood and stays until we die. Let how much Football, Kabaddi or WWE innovate with their stuffs but nothing can beat Cricket in India. Being a reader, it is always an exciting experience to read any book on Cricket. This time I got my hands upon a fiction book named “Life In The Sunshine” which is written by the author, T. Sathish. The book has the tagline which says “Autobiography of an Unknown Cricketer”. The cover page of the book is very beautiful where a local boy is shown hitting a ball on a beach side where the Sun can be seen rising.

The book is about how not everyone who loves Cricket or wishes to be a Cricketer in their childhood just because they want to be like their childhood hero- Gavaskar, Tendulkar, Ganguly, Dhoni, Kapil Dev etc. ends up becoming a National or renowned Cricketer. There are many stories in this country which has ended up on other side where the person never got an opportunity to play on a respectable stage and scale. Such people end up ruining their life as after a certain age, they can’t even get back to their basic academics again due to lack of motivation and commitment.

In a very lighter note, Author has discussed the passion which Indian youth carries with them throughout their age to be a Cricketer and even if they get back to their 9 to 5 job, a part of their heart keeps beating for an opportunity to get associated with Cricket some or the other way. The 1st half of the book is more on the commentary on the real Cricket matches played by Indian Cricket Team since 1983 World Cup tournament and you are impressed with the author’s narration but there’s a doubt about how this book is a fictional story when author is regularly describing real matches. But then the book takes shift in the middle and talks about the characters and it is when you start relating with them and their struggle.

I liked the maturity with which Author has portrayed Cricket in this book. There is worshiping of every remarkable Cricketer evenly rather than focusing only on Sachin or Gavaskar prominently as many authors end up doing to impress the readers. Author has taken the efforts to mention the players and Team’s total for the matches which are mentioned in the story. The India vs Pakistan tales are written in a totally different perspective where the Author projects how Pakistan keeps on winning against India and making the protagonists of the story feel humiliated against an anti-national character.

Author has also taken a philosophical path in the book where the protagonists learns from the Sports and implements those lessons in his life to moot his mindset and performance. There is also a small romantic touch given in the story which keeps you interested. The last segment of the book is more about the protagonist himself being involved in a small Cricket tournament out of which he learns a lot which stays with his life long after even when he is a 9 to 5 slave now. Author has talked about many social issues related with Cricket in the book about how not everyone can proceed ahead getting selected on every level and should have a back-up plan or realize their potential after a point of time and switch the way they wish to be associated with Cricket or start focusing on what can bring bread and butter in their life along with being a Cricket fan not missing a single match.

Overall, the book is a light read which shall make you excited for the journey of the protagonist and climax is just very well narrated that shall ensure you turn the last page with a smile on your face and energy in your body. The final match of the tournament is described so aptly that I could imagine the whole thing happening in front of my eyes.  I give this book 3.5 stars out of 5. This book is recommended mainly to people in age group 10-30.


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ABHILASH RUHELA 


Monday, 29 April 2019 | By: Writing Buddha

Demons of Time by Varun Sayal (Book Review- 4*/5) !!!

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There are not many books which are written in a fantasy world which really impresses the reader. It takes a lot of back-end work for the author to ensure that the world he creates is not only easier for him to understand but also makes the journey of his readers entertaining and thrilling. Varun Sayal has done the same with his first book in the Time Travelers series named “Demons of Time”. The book also has the tagline of “Race to the 7th Sunset” which is actually based on the theme of the story. Whenever Time traveling becomes the core of any story, it becomes very difficult for the readers to maintain timelines and understand the aspect of each and every world that the author creates with his imagination.

This book begins from 3077 BC and is written in quite relevance to India with even the characters’ names based on Indian culture and tradition which makes you feel at ease as soon as you start reading the book. The cover-page does make it look quite Western but the book reflects complete Indian-ness and makes you excited for how author is going to show India and World in the future years. Author has played a wonderful game (in a good sense 😉) by traveling the characters from 3077 BC to at most 2024 which for us is just within a decade kind of future from today. This makes it more exciting to know how these old Sanskrit-based characters are going to play their part in this technologically advanced world.

Another thing which author has taken care is to keep as less characters as possible so that readers can easily go through the story without finding it hard to go back and remember which character they had missed among ample of them. The important characters such as the protagonist Tej, Rigu, Kumbh, Vetri, Manika, Gajendra are very well developed as you can actually understand their mindset and character. Even the other small and supporting characters are nicely described.

The kind of twists and turns that takes place in the first half of the book when Tej is told about his own reality and the way he needs to go to future to save a mass killing gives the book a powerful start. Then the way in the future, the character of Ravi is utilized for Tej’s campaign is what gives this book an acceleration in the second half. His conversations with the intelligence department, colleagues etc. are very entertaining and the way he uses his mind in this new environment and the way he learns the new technology etc. is nice to read and go through the journey of a character along with the time leap. Another thing I would like to mention is that the whole journey of time traveling right from preparation to getting to the target is of just 7 days but still the steadiness in the story-telling speaks a lot about the writing skills of the writer.

The author ensures that he gives reasons and logics to everything he is talking about but also takes care that he doesn’t become too technical to make it hard for readers to comprehend why the certain activities are taking place. The explanation of physical concepts is done in a very easy language which makes this book one of the recommended books if you want to get into other tough books from the same genre. I liked the narration of the story as author choses to talk about everything in equal quantity- hate, love, betrayal, magic, physics, emotions, happiness, sorrow, anger, time-traveling events, relationships, etc. The book before ending throws another twist with an edge of emotion to it which makes us excited for the 2nd book in the Time Travelers series. I wish author keeps all the upcoming books in the similar pattern- simple yet thrilling. I give this book 4 star out of 5.


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ABHILASH RUHELA 




Sunday, 14 April 2019 | By: Writing Buddha

Going down the memory lanes... ALUMNI MEET..

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It is always a great feeling to get back to the institution which prepared you for the endless life ahead with all kind of values, disciplines, lessons and knowledge during its small tenure. I remember the trauma I was in after my graduation has ended regarding how and where I should do my Post-graduation from as I found myself unprepared for further studies. I always believed and still believe that Information Technology is a vast ocean and just a thought that I had to learn all in 3 years used to give me goose bumps. I finally chose NCRD’s Sterling Institute of Management Studies as my college for Masters of Computer Applications and I must say that the kind of support I got from all the faculties out there has helped me a lot during those 3 years and still helps me in my official life now.

Sterling had arranged an Alumni Meet on this Saturday and had invited all of its alumni to attend the function and revisit some memories. It was a special evening as I had wonderful one-to-one communication with all of my teachers and liked how they appreciated my approach of being in touch with them even after leaving the college. The way they conversed freely now was very endearing as during the college days, everything was so goal-oriented and stringent.

It was also a fulfilling experience to meet my classmates, juniors and seniors and know about where all of them are working and how far has everyone reached in their respective corporate life. I was also called upon to speak few sentences on how my experience with the college has been of which a short recording is available which I am sharing below. You can also find the screenshot of my testimonial for college from college’s website itself. This tells how college has accepted me that they involve me in each and every step. There are few pictures which we clicked out of awkwardness as everyone feels shy of taking selfies considering that we should behave little more mature now. Haha!


I wish my college, NCRD’s Sterling Institute of Management Studies, best of luck for all the future projects they are taking up for the betterment of college and students.












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ABHILASH RUHELA!!! 


Finding Utopia by Ruhee Advani (Book Review: 3.25*/5) !!!

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There are few books which can’t be judged on the same parameters as others because of the way they are presented and written. How can you judge a book of 50 pages with an average size of book with 250 pages, right? This Sunday, I completed reading a book named “Finding Utopia” written by a young authoress named, Ruhee Advani. This book is of around 50 pages which is written in a format of a play which has around 3 different acts with distinct themes.

Ruhee has very cleverly kept this book short with an interesting concept for youngster which speaks about the trauma and confusion they go through when they are in their teens and about to pass-out from college. The insecurities of the children about their present and future, their questions about life, their fear about what they are doing is morally right or wrong is all discussed in this book in a very lighter note.

The 1st act speaks about how Juhi’s friends are discussing about her state of mind which is not going great and seems if she has lost her way. Then a great conversation between Juhi and Arjun is kept in the focus where this stranger gives answers to all the questions Juhi had about life, herself and circumstances which were disturbing her mind.

The 2nd act is very short where the realization of all what the stranger Arjun discussed with Juhi is discussed. The 2nd act describes about Juhi’s life getting back on the way as her inner thoughts are stable and she has got all the answers she was searching for.

The 3rd act is about Juhi sharing her experiences with her parents where she gets to understand a new dimension of life where you need to search for your soulmate in a person who has capabilities to change and transform your life. The way book ends with a romantic angle to the whole act is a sweet and perfect way how this book could have ended. Overall, this book is a good light read of 30-45 minutes in between of thick books that we are usually indulged in. I give this one 3.25* out of 5.


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ABHILASH RUHELA 

The Last Avatar: Age of Kalki 1 by Vishwas Mudagal (Book Review: 4.75*/5) !!!

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I sat in the flight for the first time just 4 years back and post that I had the experience of flying for 8 times. I saw people reading and working on their laptops but I loved watching the world from feet above through my window seat. I used to think how these people end up reading something when they can also enjoy clouds like me. Last weekend, I had gone to Delhi from Mumbai due to some assignment and because of having books at my end pending for reviews, I thought of finally reading in the flight and utilizing the 2 hours in the sky. I picked up “The Last Avatar: Age of Kalki 1” written by one of my favourite authors, Vishwas Mudagal, and I would like to thank the author for making my flying experience better than all the flights I had before.

I must say that since I read his 1st book, I was waiting for his 2nd book desperately and seeing a book from an altogether different theme surprised me. Vishwas is an entrepreneur in the technological space and I never knew he possessed interest in history and mythology. The book is all about the blend between his domain expertise of technology with history, mythology and even future. There are many books which have been written on the concept of the Last Avatar of Lord Vishnu, Kalki who shall come on Earth whenever needed on the planet but I must say this is the easiest book written till date which shall let you enjoy this book lightly without getting too much confused between timelines, characters, situations, fantastical world etc.

The book starts with an unwarranted nuclear test that China conducts which shocks everyone in the world. The case gets escalated right up till President of USA. Later on, book discusses how there is difference of opinions even within China where the Government is not happy with what a person has done just for his personal satisfaction. Finally, we get introduced with characters- Shen and Nushen who belongs to Homo Supernus because of which they have some extra super-powers than human beings. Nushen, throughout the storyline of the book becomes my favourite because of the way she supports Neel, who is believed to be the next avatar of Vishnu- Kalki.

The chemistry of Nushen and Neel is so wonderfully described that the whole segment when they run away from China’s capture is entertaining and chilling to read. The flashback of Neel with Arya and Tiger is also an interesting read. The secret that gets unveiled with that backstory has another big part to play in the book. The character of Jian who is basically the antagonist of this book is mentioned as someone having immense power to make the nuclear test at his will, capture anyone from anywhere, make famous Chinese actress his slave under his recluse. The segments where his difficult decisions etc. are narrated are also described in a great manner as you can feel his strength, horribleness, hatred, divisiveness, lustiness, betrayal etc.  The characterization of each and every character is done with perfectness as you can completely imagine how they look and what they are like.

I liked how author manages to discuss something as complex as concept of secret society named The Rudras so easily making it understandable to everyone. The author also manages to discuss something as terrorising as ISIS in the form of terrorist group- Invisible Hand in the book which manages to attack the Indian Parliament having the top ministers in the building at the time of bombing. Talking about the climax, this is one of the best climaxes I have read from books that still have parts to go for the story to end. This book ends with something which doesn’t let this part of book feel as incomplete but yet makes you thrilled and desperate for the further part of the tale.

Closing the review, I must talk about the cover page which has this larger-than-life sci-fi version of Lord Hanuman’s image. The cover page because of this looks spectacular and makes the reader astonished as to how Lord Hanuman is related with the last avatar of Kalki but I must tell you, this is not just an image made for cover concept but is also the base of the war in the story. Do read this book to find out about it and Vanar Sena’s importance. I give this book 4.75* out of 5 for the incredible writing, flawless narration, seamless execution of complex concepts, action-packed scenes explained with words that helps you in imagining everything in front of your eyes easily and with all of this, still assuring that the book discusses above love and relationships incessantly. Kudos!


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ABHILASH RUHELA!!! 


Friday, 12 April 2019 | By: Writing Buddha

The Ramayana Secret by Anurag Chandra (Book Review: 4.5*/5) !!!

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There are few authors who blow your mind with their first book itself. One of such books written by a debutante author, Anurag Chandra, which I completed reading this weekend is “The Ramayana Secret”. I generally write review of any book just after completing it but this one, unfortunately, I wrote after 7 days but still the book is afresh in my mind. In all these days since I completed it, I discussed its version of Ramayana with many of my friends and uncle-aunties and all of them are surprised and astonished with the version Author has based his Ramayana upon.

To start with, the cover page of the book, the synopsis mentioned in the backcover and the overall presentation and publishing quality is spectacular where the first fight to grab reader’s attention is won. Secondly, whenever there is a book with several characters and relationships among them, I always have to maintain a note separately where I keep on drawing the tree as per the hierarchy. This is one of the few books where I have been able to find a nicely drawn family tree with all the major characters of the book defined properly. This helped a lot in the initial chapters of the book where the characters keep on getting introduced.

I have read many books based on Ramayana but what I have liked basically about Anurag is his approach towards writing this book in the age of trilogy. Though the book can surely have its 2nd part but atleast the way whole Ramayana is covered in 220-odd pages is compliment-worthy. Also, the small chapters make it easy for you to go through the book in a single sitting without getting bored. The narration is very powerful and beholds you like any great book. The characterizations are done with very limited words hence there is not much investment author has done in this department but still manages to make some of the characters as your favorite such as Lakshmana, Vibhisana, Ravana’s son etc.

The many myths that author has tried to bust with his version of Ramayana is applaudable. The relationship of Sita and Ravana is the major one that will make this book a talking point. Then the concept of inner and outer world is nicely explained in the initial chapters. The background of Lord Rama’s ancestor regarding what they couldn’t do for inner world is nicely described. The whole segment of Surpanakha and why Ravana actually took Sita away to keep her as a hostage is again a new something in this book. Similarly, Kaikeyi and her role is mentioned quite differently.

There are few parts I would like to mention which made me interested in reading this book:- The way justice is made to Sage Gautam and Ahilya by Rama is nicely narrated. Rama’s advice to Bharat is one of the powerful segment in the book. I liked the way whole Lanka sequence is narrated regarding Ravana being egoistic and not listening to anyone in his family. How even his family had members who tried to stop him from doing wrong kept the war segment interesting. The Bali and Sugriva section is also narrated well. The whole Hanumana’s visit to Lanka’s section is beautifully written. The end of the book becomes very emotional with Sita leaving Rama and then Luv and Kush segment made me even more sentimental. The discussion on how the Ramayana got wrote in a different manner for the world gives this book the kind of ending it needed. 

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book and I wish Anurag Chandra come up with such short mythological and philosophical stuffs at least once in a year with a book. I give this one 4.5* out of 5.


Thanks.

ABHILASH RUHELA!!! 



Wednesday, 3 April 2019 | By: Writing Buddha

URBY'S PASSPORT HOLDER:- Review and Introduction! Get 10% Off by using Coupon Code:- "WRBDHA19"


1754th BLOG POST -->>


Being a Blogger helps me meet many individuals and start-ups which provide services and products knowing about which makes me believe that our country, India, is going to mark its presence as an Entrepreneur-based model business globally. One such mail I received recently was from a startup- "URBY". URBY is an e-commerce websites from where you can purchase the travel-related premium products in reasonable price such as Passport Holders, Travel Wallets, Pouches, Luggage tags, and many other Travel accessories. 

I received a personalized Passport Holder of my choice with my name imprinted on the same. 

I am sharing few pictures of the same to make you understand the powerful quality and experience delivered to me by URBY.














Literally speaking, the quality of the passport is very premium and strong. I loved how the power of their brand reflected in the whole packaging and not only the product. URBY has tried well to make its customer remember them and their product after even holding it once in their hands. 

I am sure you must be curious about what as a brand URBY is and how it came into existence. 


URBY STARTED AS AN ANSWER TO ONE SIMPLE QUESTION

Should High Quality Products Require A Luxury Price Tag?

HOW IT ALL BEGAN?

It all began when Ashutosh moved back from the US & lost his favorite wallet bought over there. Even though the same wallet was available at the company's store in India, the price tag was more than double its price in the US.

The alternatives from India based brands offered much better price points but barely matched the design & quality he expected. Left without an option, he ended up buying the same wallet by paying double at the store but never forgot the rip-off.


WHERE IS THE PROBLEM?

As it turns out, the traditional retail model is not yet evolved. There are way too many middlemen along the way contributing only to the price & absolutely nothing to the product. URBY feels this is not fair and with this, they have set out to create an alternative.

URBY'S BUSINESS MODEL



URBY'S APPROACH

URBY designs and manufactures essentials for an urban lifestyle using the most premium materials and finest craftsmanship. By selling directly to the customer, they eliminate the middlemen; thus offering high quality products at non-luxury prices.

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You can also go through their new range of wallets:-

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Thanks.

ABHILASH RUHELA