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.


Thanks.

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.












Thanks.

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.


Thanks.

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!


Thanks.

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"


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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.

URBY designs + crafts high-quality products & refuse to work with the retailers & other middlemen thus passing on the savings to us, the customers.

Please visit their website to go through their wonderful products priced very economically and chose your favorite one. 

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

Leather Wallets for Men - https://www.urby.in/wallets-for-men


Being my reader, you are eligible for 10% off on the cart value up till June 2019. You shall just need to email the code "WRBDHA19" to support@urby.in along with the products you would like to buy and the URBY Support Team will take it from there.



Thanks.

ABHILASH RUHELA