iRead : The Krishna Key

This review doesn’t have any spoilers.

I have read Ashwin Sanghi’s Chankya Chant and I liked the book, Ashwin has a neck of mixing Indian mythology/history with the contemporary story, And he is good at that. The story of modern day Chankya really excited me, it was nicely done and it was good to see Indian author attempting something new. So when the next book was up for grabs, I had my eye on the same.

The back cover of his new book says :

“Five 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 as reassured that he would return in a fresh avatar when needed in the eventual Dark Age – Kalyug. In modern times, a poor little rich boy grows up believing thst h is that final avatar. Only, he is a serial killer.“

‘The Krishna Key’ is Ashwin’s third book and it revolves around Indian God Krishna and alleged formula/key he has left behind centuries ago and it is supposed to be source of immense power.

The story starts with murder of a scientist who is working on The Krishna key and his friend a history professor Ravi Mohan Saini gets arrested for the murder. Ravi has limited resource and a helpful doctoral student to find out the original killer to prove his innocence. Its a long and cryptic journey to find the killer and the secret of The Krishna Key. The story of God Krishna moves in parallel with the murder mystery, although disconnected.

The story has many characters and each character has his/her on back story. The characters are nicely sketched and has depth. Ashwin has invested in each of these characters.I only have issue with character of Sir Khan, how on the earth he has so much knowledge of histoy and science? Its never explained. The plot is very solid but in middle of the book it goes bit off the track and it never comes back to original pace. It doesn’t arouse the same level of curiosity which you have while reading the first half.

The book has big mixture of history, culture and science. Its pretty evident that Ashwin has put in lot of research in this book but the disclaimer says that its a work of fiction. The problem with such books is you cant trust the fact stated in the book, you have that ‘fiction’ tag in back of your mind. The book try to establish that India was the center of almost everything from rich civilization to origin of maths. The books mention that even India invader Mohm. Gazni was Krishna’s decedent, quite scandalous.

Ashwin loads us with so much of research data that it gets difficult to digest all in one book.I think this book could have been trimmer by some 100 pages, Its page turner till the middle but after that it loses its steam and and for last 50 pages you just want it to end. And the end doesn’t justify the means.

My verdict : 3/5

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iRead : The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

I read a thriller/mystery book after a long time and a ‘real’ one for the first time. ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ is a novel written by Swedish writer Stieg Larsson as first part of Millennium series. The author was dead by the time these books got published and couldn’t see the acclaimed it got.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Plot :

Mikael Blomkvist is financial journalist and is part owner of a Magazine. Mikael life hits a roadblock when he gets sued by one of the biggest industrialist for writing a story without any evidence and gets convicted. Seizing the opportunity another retired industrialist Henrik Vanger pursue him to investigate the case of his missing niece, Harriet. Harriet went missing 40 year ago and case has been closed. Mikael reluctantly takes up the case and start investigating the with pretext of writing a autobiography of Henrik Vanger so he can interview Hanger’s family members. Mid-way through the investigation he is assisted by girl named Lisbeth Salander. Lisbeth Salander is young girl with her own past and is a social misfit. They get along and start unearthing the case step by step. They both connect the missing dots and how.

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iRead : Dork: The Incredible Adventures Of Robin ‘Einstein’ Varghese

After a long time I finished a book. I tried ‘Girls from Libya’ , ‘May I hebb Your Attension pliss’ and ‘Three Men on a boat’ but left all of them mid way. MIHYAP was so bad I couldn’t read more than 10 pages and Greatbong is suppose to be a pro-blogger. Still I switched to another pro-blogger ie Sidin.

Its pity that I discovered Sidin’s blog so late. He has a funny bone and it reflects in his blog, tweets and book. Its his first attempt at writing and he has already decided to write trilogy.

Dork

Dork

The book documents the journey of Robin from his placement day till he completes an eventful year in his first company. Its documented in diary format from Robins point of view.

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iRead : 2 States

Tangy Tuesday

Tangy Tuesday

( The Post was picked by BlogAdda for Tangy Tuesday [link] )

We Indians love weddings and the whole idea of arrange marriage thing. From engagement ,The night calls, the courtship days, city darshan ,to and ( only) till the wedding day. The food, the feras , girls in indian wear, the band, the mandap and the godi. I love them; And I think everybody except the victim(the groom) loves it. Don’t we? Wedding undoubtedly is the biggest event in life of indian parents. They start saving from the day the son/daughter is born for there wedding , consciously or otherwise.

We also love romance. Not the kind which we see in public gardens, band stand, cinema halls and college campuses but more classy kind of which we do with-in ‘samajik maryada’. We are indians right? We don’t show it; or may be we are just to afraid of shivseniks.

Keeping those point in mind our all time fav. author(are you offended?) chetan bhagat is out with his next masala book. Where he mixes above two ingredients with tadaka of inter-cast marriage. You don’t have to have an IQ of 180 (like me) to guess that this gonna be a best seller. Even if Chetan writes a book called ‘200 days of constipation’ it will be a bestseller!!!

Chetan is like rakhi sawant of indian writer’s association. You can love him, You can hate him but You cant IGNORE him!!! What an original thought I must say.

Ok..OK.. I like chetan bhagat’s books . I loved the FPS , call center was a average book and 3 mistakes was bit better than 2nd one(lot of you will disagree but I think call center comes last in my list).Lets see where 2 States stand.

Review :

If you are a chetan bhagat fan you don’t need to think for a second (and you will not) to give this book a shot, If you are a basher this review will not help in any case. But if you are in between and loved FPS ( I assume all loved this one ) and thought the next two books were shallow and unrealistic; keep on reading.

Chetan’s books are predictable and this one is no exception in fact it gives out whole plot on its back cover. But I don’t mind reading predictable books I look for the execution part. We all have seen hera-feri endless time, we know it scene by scene, I even remember the dialogues but it doesn’t stop me from watching the same movie next time Because it’s the execution which matters.

As per the claim book is inspired by authors own love story and marriage. And we can see that in the book. The plot starts at India’s top b-school where krish and ananya meets and the love story begins. If you ask me the love story at IIM is the only boring part in the book, If you compare as whole. Author has taken inspiration from his own past books for the same. So it all sounds similar. The real fun begins when convince-the-parents part comes.

2 States

2 States

The author has taken liberty to lift a situation from DDLJ (Its bestseller too, isn’t?) where our sada punjabi munda is in in-laws den to win them over by giving tuition to his typical IIT-on-the-mind future brother-in-law to make presentation for a public bank business plan for future father-in-law. Its fun to read chetan’s take on south Indians. Similar situation for the girl to win the not-so-honky-dory parents of krish. And the plot goes on as suggested in synopsis of the book, no rocket science here.

Chetan has mastery at mixing emotions moments with funny one liners . Your eyes get wet at the right places. And its difficult to control the laughter for most of the read. I loved the scene when the guy proposes to the whole family, bit filmy but what a gesture. Few last pages are laugh riot. And look out when author compares punju’s and madrasi’s, too good. No wonder characters and situations are bit exaggerated, but what’s the fun if you don’t exaggerated a bit?

I liked this one more than the chetan’s last two releases. And it has more ROFL moments than FPS, trust me on that. Obviously you can’t expect FPS from him ever again. Now author has moved to full masala movie mode, No wonder all his books are turning into 70mm hindi movies. This one is the perfect potboiler too. I hope bollywood producers are taking notes.

The final verdict : its cheap (the price) and full on time pass. Chetan try to put across some serious thought as well but its get lost in between his one liners. I think book is filmy and too much fun. It’s better than any of the movies released this year. But if you think bollywood movies sucks or you use fork and spoon to eat sada dosa or you take all the stupid quizzes on facebook than you are no fun; buy ‘the white tiger’ you may like that one…:P

To say the least.. this books comes closest to FPS; and Undoubtedly pure fun ride .

Rating : 4/5 ( If you are chetan’s fan like me).

P.S. : Its the 1st book I bought for myself which is not pirated…yay!!

iRead : Losing My Virginity

“Fun is the core of how I like to do business.”
– Richard Branson

After reading too much of fiction I needed this and I am glad I did it. I lost my virginty..err..I mean I read Losing my virginity. I like reading books about entrepreneur’s I have read one about Mr. kishore Biyani and one written about mindtree by subrato baggachi. I loved both and this is the third one in the same genre. It’s an auto biography of sir richard branson who is owner of virgin group. I like this guy his handsome, passionate, fun loving , witty ,successful and bit of nut.

Losing My Viginity

Losing My Viginity

Richard’s book is detail description of his childhood memories, his personal life, his adventures and his venture. poot ke pav palne me hi dikh jate hai The guy had inclination towards doing business from the start. He started with a magazine for student’s named ‘student’ at age of 16. Then he moved to mail-in order business for audio records. As luck would have it; UK post dept. went on strike and branson has to set-up his own retail shop to survive in business. From there on he never looked back.

Richard is quite frank about his personal life and give quite insight into it. I thought even from UK society’s angle it was quite bold and unconventional. (I am talking about his relationship with his wife and other women). But the guy is too good to resist when it comes to business. He re-invented almost each market where he launched his virgin services or product. Virgin Group has more then 350 companies under its umbrella and most of them are doing good.

After building a billion dollar company what would you do? Go fishing right? No; you try to attempt world record by covering circumference of earth in a balloon. There is more to ballooning what catches your eye. It’s a risky adventure and your at the mercy of wind from start to end. Richard gives detail experience of his balloning attempts; with passion. The guy has many word records to his credits.

Bottoms line is its a well written and nicely compiled book. But if you don’t like books on business ventures you may not like this one.

My Verdict : 4/5.

Between last book and this one I read two fiction books named The inscrutable americans by anurag mathur and almost single by adveta kala. I think inscrutable americans was decent book, But I liked almost single; I think I like girly books. I read opal mehta long time back and I loved that one too.

Just for Info I wont be reading any books for a while (as if someone cares..heh) because I think its high time I move to technical once. And Trust me you wont like reviews of those books , so for a while it’s all if and else from geek world.

Just a thought do you think I cas sue MTV for playing tandoori nights after den tan na (kaminey..awesome song) ??

till den..cya… :)

iRead : Every Second Counts


“Pain is temporary.Quitting lasts forever.”
-Lance Armstrong

AS I promised in the last post will be back when mumbai loose again, And they helped me to keep my promise they lost. So here I am with a new post. After last post this post should have been named ‘Fruit N Nut’ But just to maintain the sanity of this blog gave it the title it deserves.

After reading lance’s first book it was so obvious for me to read the next one.Its called every second counts. I will repeat that i dont like self help book; I don like people typing ‘how-to-sweat-it-out” while sitting in comforts of there home. I dont say they dont make sense but those books are not for me. Lance’s books are different because he walks the talk.

Every second counts tracks lance’s from his second tour to his fifth one. He also talks about his personal failures, Whats his idea of wining and what he think about survivorship. About his attitude change from one time risk taker reckless young american to a cautitious father.

At first it seems like it will be same as his first book but lance manages to make this one distinct. Although its not as good as his first one; its quite an exceptional book. I liked the way lance approaches his life and he truly thinks that every second does count.

When it comes to book review I fail completely. Its always difficult for me to summarize the book specially when i read this one 2 weeks back. And I am not as good as indiaunbound to write a precise review. But atleast i can say i loved the book and can recommend it to you.

My verdict : 4/5.

**********Added later*******************
Hey on sunday will be cleaning up the things at house and there is one chirag of all the junks i have. And this time around i plan to rub it a bit. If Genie indeed comes out and ask me for 10 ppl I want to meet rather than 3 wishes I have because of recession (Even they have to cut down). Lance will be the only male who will make it to the list…. :P
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After finishing this one I jumped onto a fiction book called ‘If God Was A Banker’. I think chetan bhagat mislead many. Now every IIM or IIT chap thinks he can right a book. Chetan has a style and can cut a decent ranking,may be his bit over hyped too but this author sucks. This book revolves in a circle of foolishness-sex-foolishness. Its a sad and boring book . DONT READ THIS ONE!!!!

till the next time… :)

iRead : The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time

“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is a book that is hard to put down. It brilliantly pulls the reader inside the brain of an autistic person, with a spine-tingling effect ”
-one of the praise

It rarely happen that you finish reading a book and immediately you feel that you should read that all over again;and ‘The curious incident of dog in the night time’ is one such book.

The Curious Incident Of Dog In The Night Time

The Curious Incident

After reading the book’s title two thing can happen either u will think its intersing oryou will think its not your type.I heard about the book and did my detecting* and thought that plot was really intresting ; where you will find a plot which has dog as the victim and a 15 year kid finding who is the killer.

Its a story about a 15 year old autistic kid Christopher who decides to find killer of a dog because he likes animal more then humans.And in the process he finds some unpleasent things about his own family.Most intersting part about the book is how its narrated;The whole book is through eyes of autistic kid how he thinks and why he doesnt talk to stranger and how simple its to calculate prime numbers for him.And how he solve quadtratic equation like this 0 = 437×2 + 103x + 11 to calm himself down.

The book doesnt have chapters like other novels it has small narrations numbered one after other and author has used prime numbers to number them.I have never read such unique and refreshing novel with such different approach and I loved the humour this book creates;And i think it clearly describe how autistic kids think and why they behave like that they do.. in very simple and light manner.

I think you all should give it a shot.I generally dont read e-books but this was an exception as it was difficult to find the book and second it only has 134 pages so it was not a tough task .Its highly recommended book.If u wanna read an e-book ping me.

My Verdict : 4.5/5.

Now after reading two fictions back-to-back m seriously thinking about loosing my virginity….but no more e-book though… i hope you got that….:p

Just a glimpse of wat book has :

I find people confusing.
This is for two reasons.
The first main reason is that people do a lot of talking without using any words.Sibhan says that if you raise one eyebrow it can mean lots of different things.It can mean “I want to have sex with you” and it can also mean “I think what you said was very stupid”.Siobhan also says that if you close your mouth and breathe out loudly through your nose,It can mean that you are relaxed.or that you are bored,or that you are angray,and it all depends on how much air comes out of your nose and how fast and what shape your mouth is when you do it and how you are sitting and what you said just before hundreds of other things are too complicated to work out in few seconds.
The second main reason …

It takes me a long time to get used to people I do not know. For example, when there is a new member of staff at school I do not talk to them for weeks and weeks. I just watch them until I know that they are safe. Then I ask them questions about themselves, like whether they have pets and what is their favorite color and what do they know about the Apollo space missions and I get them to draw a plan of their house and I ask them what kind of car they drive, so I get to know them. Then I don’t mind if I am in the same room as them and don’t have to watch them all the time. So talking to the other people in our street was brave. But if you are going to do detective work you have to be brave, so I had no choice.