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Sunday, December 4, 2016

The Three Wise Monkeys by Jeet Gian

Blurb (from the jacket):

The trio—Amar, Akbar, and Anthony—had no clue whatsoever about their goddammit indecisive-careers-and-indefinite-struggles.

And that was because they were born with the Peter Pan Syndrome and were simple enough to be tricked by anyone, including their mystifying girlfriends—Meghna, Farah, and Sarah. And as is the fate of all morons, they were drawn into
trouble—deep trouble—of hiding crores of rupees of black money in secret offshore companies.

Will their mistake of turning a blind eye to the philosophy of ‘See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil’ cost them their careers and put them in prison? 


Will Lady Luck change their fortunes forever?

My take on the book:
It feels like a lifetime since I last reviewed a book. Not that I've been reading a lot lately, but yeah, though minimal, reading is always there. All the credit goes to my new found hobbies - playing guitar, being one. Thank goodness my reading isn't going as bad as reviewing. Though I haven't been reviewing books lately, I am reading some very good books now and then. This book is my attempt at getting back at reading and, especially, reviewing little more.

The author had contacted me for reviewing this book. After reading the blurb, I knew this was my chance of getting back at what I wanted. I readily accepted the book and thanks to the author for such a book, I might as well get back to reading and reviewing full-fledged.

The title, the cover design and the blurb couldn't have been more apt to the story.

To Leadstart Publishing, I need to really appreciate the quality of the raw materials they are using. The paper was very light and quality so good. Keep it going, Leadstart.

One unmistakable charm ever since the very start of the book is the humour. The author had his way with it and the funny witticism gravely keeps the reader going.

There was this one trait, actually, in the writing style of the author, which I would point out to the author rather as a suggestion than as a drawback to the book. There were instances in the narration when the author goes off the track explaining an incident from the past or describing a scene taken place off the timeline of the story. This is not unusual with books, but when it happens the narrator could get back on track with the change of the paragraph, but it is not necessary to every time inset a line like - "Getting back to ... " or "Back to ... " More than bringing back, these lines kinda distracted me.

Another drawback is the too many unnecessary characters involved into the story. There were times when I had lost track of characters. This plays a very important role pissing off the reader.

There was a little struggle, but believe me the author's never-ending witticism and belly-tickling humour got me going through the book.

Overall, it was a very interesting read. Too much corporate terms - might be familiar for a chartered accountant, but a pain for me. With all the demonetisation and other political stuff going on, this is a very entertaining and relatable read.


Title: The Three Wise Monkeys

Author: Jeet Gian

ISBN (edition I've read): 9789352016181


Read between: 28-11-2016 to 04-12-2016

Reviewed for: Jeet Gian

Publisher: Frog Books

Pages: 400

MRP: ₹ 400

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Monday, October 19, 2015

Operation India One by Shiv Kumar

Blurb (from the jacket):

Dedicated police officer, ACP Gautam Dhaliwal, takes it upon himself to root out the MAF, a major Naxal organization based in the remote village of Bhagatpur, Bihar, as part of the central government backed, ‘Operation India One’. As his investigations on the ground progress, however, he uncovers behind the official facade of development that he had set out to defend, an ugly nexus of unscrupulous politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen feeding off the oppression of the underprivileged. 

Torn between his commitment to the Indian State and the sympathy he begins to feel for the miserable plight of the people of the area and the supposed terrorists fighting for them, an agonized ACP Dhaliwal is forced to rethink his earlier views on the meaning of one’s responsibility towards one’s fellow countrymen.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Bliss of Dark Solitude by Amitava Chaudhuri

Blurb (from the jacket):

We are afraid of the dark. We are also afraid of solitude.

However, a potent combination of these two conditions can indeed be a blissful - for it gives us the opportunity to discover the most alien thing we have within us - our own heart. As we delve deep within ourselves, we find surges of emotions, sometimes dark, sometimes euphoric.

And what better medium we have other than poetry to bring out such emotions, Bliss of Dark Solitude is a collection of such emotions - joyous, hearthbreaking, rebellious, remorseful. Let us explore the dark - alone, unaided. Let us savour the bliss it brings.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Blurb (from the GoodReads):

There are two sides to every story...

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?

Sunday, August 9, 2015

The Last Word by Hanif Kureishi

Blurb (from the jacket):

Mamoon is an eminent Indian-born writer who has made a career in England - but now, in his early 70s, his reputation is fading, sales have dried up, and his new wife has expensive taste.

Harry, a young writer, is commissioned to write a biography to revitalise both Mamoon's career and his bank balance. Harry greatly admires Mamoon's work and wants to uncover the truth of the artist's life. Harry's publisher seeks a more naked truth, a salacious tale of sex and scandal that will generate headlines. Meanwhile Mamoon himself is mining a different vein of truth altogether.

Harry and Mamoon find themselves in a battle of wills, but which of them will have the last word?

The ensuing struggle for dominance raises issues of love and desire, loyalty and betrayal, and the frailties of age versus the recklessness of youth.

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