Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Truly,Madly,Deeply by Faraaz Kazi -A Book Review



Truly,Madly,Deeply by Faraaz KaziTeenage romances are a very dicey topic in India. The parental pressure of upholding the supposed "family ki naak" and the combined guilt of parental as well as self-inflicted misery over petty issues makes them difficult to handle. But somehow, in an almost clichéd manner, love triumphs all as two people fall for each other. Mostly, they are silly infatuations or crushes which time erodes. But rarely do we come across a story where love blooms truly, madly and deeply.

 

TMD is Faraaz Kazi's first novel and is 310 pages long. It deals with the story of Rahul, a quintessential high school boy, who is one of the best students at school and loved by all. He falls for Seema, his perfect match in all aspects albeit a year younger to him. The book deals with the young love of two kids as they pass through teenage. It highlights their troubles, their good times, their perils and their path.

 

In an extremely poetic manner, we see the entire story from the eyes of the super romantic Rahul who simply loves and loves more everyday. The high point of the book is ironically its fallacy as well. I'll start with the pro. The book depicts teenagers in a near perfect way, covering abstract relationships like best friends, friends etc in a delicate and precise manner which is something beyond the scope of most adults.

 

On the other hand, the book, in an almost jovial manner, exaggerates the feelings of a teenager. Being one of them, I can safely vouch for the fact that unlike the protagonist, no teenaged guy can spout verses of poetry like a puppet for every situation while drawing deep metaphors from almost everything ranging from a hug to a fart.

Faraaz Kazi

Overall, the book is a good read and is a bit on the philosophical line which I found to be unnatural for a teen. Otherwise, it's an easy to read, read on a cheesy little afternoon kind of book. So all you romantics, try this out, you'll love it

 

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Saturday, May 25, 2013

Top 5 Ways To Ignore People On Whatsapp

Hey people I've decided to start a new weekly series called "Saturday Top 5". I guess the title is self explanatory and anyway, it shall be on a pilot basis. Here's the first post of the series.Please leave your feedback about the idea and suggestions as well for the next post in the series


Top 5 Ways To Ignore People On Whatsapp



Whiny Stalker MemeWith the advent of smart phones, the communications industry has taken a weird turn. As much as customers love free chat services, their annoyance is nearly the same. Just think about it. How many BBM status messages have sparked off controversies? How many times has the privacy invading "Last Seen At" feature lead to World War 3 like situations among friends, best friends, stalkers and stalkees alike? The option to ignore is nearly dead and it is in such desperate times, I sat down and devised a list of top 5 ways to ignore people on Whatsapp:

1. Shift to Viber or WeChat

Before you dismiss me as a sponsored reviewer, let me just add that these services are damn mediocre and as I typed this article on a Blackberry, please understand and sympathize when I say "GO BBM!”
That being said, these services are free and have added animated stickers/emoticons as well. Add the lack of "last seen at" feature, and we have a decent deal

2. Tell everyone you meet that your Whatsapp app is malfunctioning

Well you can come up with a tragic story how you had a controversial moment with your parents when Whatsapp showed that you were online at 3 AM while you slept at 11. Okay even if this didn't happen, it’s a pretty good alibi to feed to stalkers or annoying friends. How am I sure that this will work? Well it will because among all their many irritating qualities, one respectable and ironically creepy trait they posses is that he/she will always remember everything about you. So you can easily pawn off your high level of ignoring them on your proverbial "Stupid phone" and end it nicely with an "I REALLY NEED TO GET AN IPHONE"

3. Stay online all the time

This is something I recommend for people with really amazing phones. The ones with those glossy 1.6576347537 GHZ processors and stuff. Just leave Whatsapp on forever and leave it at that. You’ll be online 24/7(even when you take that long dump after last night's Chole Bhature).Sure you'll lose battery faster than Sreesanth saying Yes to bowl a no ball for an ice-cream and yes, your internet bill will give your parents a small cardiac arrest, but on the plus side, you can freely ignore people without a single drop of sweat!

4. Be sad when confronted

Meme about capital lettersOkay this one really pans out for the sentiones. When someone gets angry over you ignoring them on Whatsapp(NOTE: Signs include capitalization of words and usage of the angry face smiley, not talking smiley and other 13 year old teen anger stuff), all you have to do is invent a problem and you're golden. You can even pretend that you were crying or were nursing a friend's heartbreak or any other nonsense. I know it sounds on the border of narcissism but it does work. Try being whiny as well. Nothing turns away clingy people better than whining. Well that is if we don't include "Don't shower for a week and giving them a hug after three hours of sweaty workout"

5. Karela Law them

Now let's set a landmark moment in history. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the biggest thing to happen this millennia after the death of George Carlin (check him out if you haven't. A true genius), the KARELA LAW. Well the law, in all its elegance is inspired from Barney's Lemon Law and reads as

"Ignorance or feigning of the afore mentioned emotion on chat services with regard to messages or any communication attempts by a person with another person shall be deemed socially acceptable with the simple mention of the Karela Law. Any arguments, fights, break-ups or other violence* inducing activities shall not gain basis in Karela Law situations"

*violence includes mental, physical, spiritual and all other kind of things Hitler would do. Or Gandhi won’t. Take your pick

Why the name Karela Law you ask? Well it had to be named analogous to the Lemon Law so I decided on Karela. For heaven's sake, it’s irritatingly bitter
Okay folks, got to run now, I need to update my Whatsapp status to "Writing a blog post" because the Apocalypse will hit the world if I don't tell my contact list that I am writing a blog post and the world will collapse.

Tired.Just Tired

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The Homing Pigeons By Sid Bahri-A Book Review




The Homing Pigeons By Sid Bahri
Love has always been a quintessential theme in the world of fiction. By all means it is a direct inspiration from real life and somehow wins all hearts. It may be a simple straight forward story or a complicated over the top Bollywood style tale full of songs, perils, tragedy but finally a happy ending. THP is a book of the latter kind.

This 318 paged novel is Sid Bahri’s first novel. It’s a simple book about two people reeling from the broken institutions of marriage in India where everything, including your future partner’s religion, caste, background, state, family details etc matter. But ironically, love is often ignored by parents. Even worse, they somehow convince their off-springs to forgo love and embrace an ultra conservative social idea. This is where it gets murky.


In this book, we step into the world of Aditya and Radhika,who were “best friends and secretly in love” since high school. Something I really liked in this book was the unique plot. Most books follow usual patterns or clichéd stories which unless complemented with exquisite writing, leaves the reader desiring for more from the entire experience. The Homing Pigeons on the other hand, has a unique plot although set in a clichéd timeline i.e. the recession of 2008. Maybe the whole “in-love-since-high-school” is clichéd too, but it suits the plot here.


Moving on to the book’s Achilles’ heel, I found the book to be little too over-the-top as well dramatic in nature, bordering nearly on unrealistic. The way the characters separate, meet again and carry out the entire cycle again is something that I really didn't buy into. Also, the story line is dragged down in parts by the sub-plots themselves.


Sid BahriAs a whole, this book is a lovely read for a new mature reader who is trying to get into reading and at the same time, is a nice little read for bookworms looking for something easy on their eyes over the weekend.


Like: Easy to read, Simple characters, Earthly, Fluffy

Dislike:  A wee bit unrealistic, Bollywood like over-the-top plot may be a turn down for most people

 

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

The Secrets of the Dark by Arka Chakrabarti -A Book Review




The Secrets of the Dark by Arka Chakrabarti -A Book Review

Fantasy series have always enamoured people. The good ones attain cult status, earning huge fan followings and become a part of popular culture. Come to think of it. Hasn’t everyone once shouted Crucio at the professor who gave them too much homework? Or haven’t you walked into a stranger’s wardrobe looking for the secret entrance to Narnia?(Well okay, not everyone’s as weird as me but you do get the point I’m trying to make)But the lesson we learn from all of this is that  if a fantasy series is bad, it gets buried among the tons of books out there. So, it becomes important for the first novel of a new fantasy series to be hard-hitting in its impact. The Secrets of the Dark just manages to pass the muster but just barely


This 352 paged novel is Arka’s first novel and is a part of a series named “The Saga of Agni”. Set in the mystical land of Gaya, the series is aptly named after the protagonist Agni. The plot is simplistic at its core, with the usual sprinkling of revenge, vengeance and betrayal. I won’t dwell over the details of the plot, but in a gist, it’s the tale of Agni following the trail of a criminal who murdered his betrothed. The journey leads him to discover a whole new truth that was hidden away from him.

 

I LIKEY


The nucleus of this book is its Indian-ised style of narration. As a globalising Indian, I generally don’t have trouble adapting to the nature of characters penned in different environments. But many people do not like this need to adopt. This book doesn't lead to such issues. Arka skilfully narrates a tale without any glitches which brings me to the next positive note of the book, no loopholes. Often suspense or thrillers leave loopholes which in their glaringly small size ruin the entire book. Fortunately, The Secrets of the Dark is thoroughly edited and survives the loophole test.

 

I NO LIKEY

 

Moving on to the book’s Achilles’ heel, we arrive at something which is debatable  Although the book slowly lays out the detailed plot and the mystery breaks free perfectly with logical arguments, the book does fall at certain points. For starters, the book gets dull with its plot at key junctures which although may not be a huge problem for a book reader, it sure is a slight disappointment. Everything ranging from the playful humour, fighting scenes, suspense revealing chapters, all of them sound wooden and clunky, as if the characters are mechanised robots spouting the dialogues. As I mentioned in my previous reviews, unrealistic characters or unreal character traits are something which I absolutely disapprove of.


Arka Chakrabarti

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Overall, this book is a good read with a slightly over-flowery pattern dealing with an interesting topic and daring to take on a broad horizon. A definite recommendation to readers who long for a mix of an Indian touch to their fantasy genre punch

Like:  No loopholes, Indian-ised fantasy book


Dislike:  Wooden conversations make the characters seem unreal








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