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Book review of Despite Love


BLURB

Mistakes Happen…
After all, we are human.

Smriti wanted to be alone, away from Risabh. Their tumultuous relationship was too much for her to take. There was too much pain and sadness and they were staring at a point of no return. She needed a break from him, she thought. But little did she realise that she would be gone from him forever.

Risabh is shattered as he loses the love of his life in mysterious circumstances. Unable to come to terms with reality, he is constantly tormented by the memories of his past. With the investigating inspector pinpointing the murderer, it seems to be an open-and-shut case. Till things take a murkier turn with the death of another close friend of Risabh…

And then there is yet another murder, just as Risabh is about to pick up the pieces of his life again. Is there a professional killer out on the loose and is Risabh next in line?

Despite Love: Love. Hate. Murder. Deception. Some Secrets Are Meant to Be Revealed. by [Srivastava, Siddhartha]

REVIEW

Unattractive cover. Decent blurb. Good reviews on Amazon & Goodreads.

First look of the book doesn’t justify a really good plot written inside!

With the suspense element added in the very beginning, Prologue added curiosity and this was maintained throughout the book.

Climax and end gives this book an edge.

Gripping plot, good imagination!

Also, consider the fact that the suspense thriller is written by a 12th grader who aspires to become India’s Sidney Sheldon.

OVERALL RATINGS : 4 / 5

Suspense Thriller Novel
Despite Love by Siddhartha Srivastava

Saying anything on the story line can spill some beans. Rather read it!

‘Despite Love’ is a story of Risabh, his love life Smriti, and other friends who plan a reunion. But none of them wondered it would turn dark for them.

Gripping plot. Strong story line.

Organized in 4 parts, the book has a got a good structure. Parts in Delhi, New York and Hyderabad are used well.

The places used in the story failed to create the connect and feel that these metros give.

At certain places in the book, depiction is beautiful. Narration of Risabh’s life and his past memories are frequently used, giving it a Bollywood flavour. And then at times, the dialogue delivery and description doesn’t match his own standard!

There were portions in the book where plot was certain, but climax compensates for all minor errors.

P.S. The writer is 17 years old and is able to pull out a book with so much maturity. He has shown a lot of promise. All the best for your future endeavours, Sid!

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Book review of ‘A Walk in the Rain’ by ‘Udai Yadla’


A walk in the rain by Udai Yadla

BLURB

Love is a poison that kills you. Love is an elixir that keeps you alive.

A story of an introvert, caught in a brawl,  who finds himself in the company of a well mannered, intelligent, courageous, full-of-self-pride yet a money monger prostitute on a long trip of vengeance. The trip will constantly take introvert Sunny to his beautiful past while taking prostitute Saloni to her ill-fated troubled past. Destiny brings them together for a purpose. A walk in the rain is an intricate tale of intense emotions that come out during the trip – full of action and thrill, twists and mysteries, love and redemption.

REVIEW

Attractive cover. Decent blurb. Good reviews on Amazon & Goodreads.

First Look : Passed

Prologue didn’t fit in much.

Climax and End gives this book an edge.

Interesting plot, good imagination. But a great work ruined by poor work of editing, proof reading.

OVERALL RATINGS : 3.5 / 5

A walk in the rain
Book review of ‘A walk in the rain’

D = Detailing to work.  Score : 3/5

The lead characters – Sunny and Saloni – are described in great detail. The book revolves around their past and covers minute details. The locations covered were not relatable and hence required better description.  However, the core of the book – Sunny’s relusive nature and Saloni’s troubled past are beautifully interwoven with emotions that gradually change over time.

R = Realistic weaving of the fiction.  Score : 4/5

The story was not set in relatable locations which weakened reader connect. Having said that, emotions were nicely weaved to add flavour of reality. The chats of a prostitute and young lad, humane side of people involved in prostitution, etc. potrayed dark side of our society.

O = Organized.  Score : 3.5/5

Poorly organized. The story has a timeline which goes unnoticed because of poor editing and structure. One can follow the sequence of events taking place in the story most of the times, but may lose track when Sunny suddenly drifts into past.

P = Plot and Characters. Score : 4.5/5

Plot kept me engaged inspite of no. of issues in the narration and editing. Strong character buildup of Sunny, Sandy and Saloni, simultaneous involvment of supporting characters -Pooja, Sam and Imran helped the plot in many ways.The plot had moments of crime and brawls, smart ideas, action sequences, strong climax and stronger end, aniticipated twist towards the end, etc. It’s a perfect bollywood match drapped in artistry.

S = Story Telling. Score = 3/5

OK narration with poor dialogue delivery and description. Monologues of Sunny did good enough to help a reader understand a reclusive’s mind. It is always difficult to potray an introvert in narration. Any book on love, romance or troubled past is expected to have good one liners that remain etched in the minds of readers for long. However, that did not happen with this book. One strong positive in story telling was the frequent transition from present to past and nostalgia involving some beautiful memories from childhood.

Overall,  better narration, lesser grammatical and spelling errors, and better dialogues could have made this book Udai Yadla’s masterpiece. What Udai Yadla missed was a good editor.

It’s a one time read for new readers.

Thank you Writersmelon for sending me this book.

 

 

 

 

Innovating the READING


KINDLEIt was midnight 3:00. The last of the campfires had extinguished. But there was a dim light coming out from one of the tents. First thought – must be the back light of a cellphone! Cellphones, these days, have long battery life. With power bank, the reserve capacity increases. It was Kindle. A ‘kindle’ in the dark from a Kindle Ereader!

The experience of book-reading has changed over the few years. From paper back edition to e-book, the world of books has seen several innovations. Have a look at the history of e-books and you will find that it started in 1930s! It involved people like Doug Engelbart, books like Hitchiker’s guide to the Galaxy and later companies like Sony, Amazon, PocketBook, Adobe,etc shaping it.  Well, I ‘m not going to take you through the History of eBooks. I will take you through certain ‘Innovations’ in this world; some already done, and some I have come up with. Rekindle your imagination with my ideas!

Bookmark bookmarks

A book purchased online from amazon, flipkart will get you a free bookmark. Funky, creative, colorful little pieces of plastic paper with quotes or facts written on it. But these funky bookmarks are limited to paperbacks or say physical copy. What’s in for ebooks? Nothing special except that bookmark icon. What if an ebook reader provides you with dynamic, creative and funky bookmarks like those you use with the hard copy? Definitely, it enhances your reading experience, especially when the reading goes boring. Now another question. What if you get a chance to create a bookmark of your own choice and use it while you read? Just like you get to choose how your facebook timeline looks, you can choose your template, design and add your favourite quote to it. Your bookmark is ready to feature in the ebook you read. The bookmark can be kept on the top-right corner of the reader, however it acquires a little more space than the usual ones. But it enhances your reading experience.

Fold your page

The traditional way to bookmark a page was to fold that particular page. Ebook Readers already allow page turning/flipping experience. An added feature and you get traditional reading experience.

Resale Value 

Physical books have resale value.This is one big advantage over electronics ones. Plus a physical book can be shared (borrowed/lend). Just like Kindle recently came up with borrow/lend option to friends for 14 day period, a similar feature may change the library world. However, Kindle is facing certain issues with sharing options because several sites like Lendle have come up with borrow/lend matching option.

What can be done is a common library be created or made available (in case of Kindle which already has one) to users, and user can look for secondhand options- as in a secondhand ebook. How does this work? every original copy bought from the platform gets the original tag which when sold gets a secondhand tag along with reduction in certain features like funky bookmarks, already inked notes from the previous user, etc. but at a price little lower than the original e-copy bought. This will create an “artificial physical world” of books. And people because of cheap price availability will avoid using pirated copies. Also, a pride of having original copy in the library will develop in the reading community. Similarly, pride of buying originals will also develop as the common library shows the reader’s library and reading habits. What will the platform gain? Obviously a secondhand ebook purchase/ sell will be mediated by the platform so the sharing brings in some percentage buck to the platform as well. Also, the transaction can be done with the price points the reader possess in his bucket/cart. This will ensure further transaction for the platform.

Vocab builder

Most E-readers are equipped  with Vocabulary builders and Built-in dictionaries. But what if you want to particularly focus on Vocab while you read. Such E-readers should come up with tests to check your Vocab knowledge the first time you begin using the device and then accordingly show meanings for the words you encounter on the page. With a click on the corner button,  you get the meanings of the word you may find difficult to understand on that particular page. This particular feature will however show meanings of those few words which it feels you may not know- it depends on the evaluation the feature does at the beginning. This evaluation can further be taken after some period when you feel you have improved in your vocab and then it evaluates and sets the level of the vocab you possess.

BookLiteLED

Talked too much  on digital innovations. Let me come back to paperback edition. Just like you can adjust the light intensity in a Kindle reader, tablet or a cell phone, leds come in handy for a paper book. Button cells fixed inside a funky small holder with a thin wire connecting an LED create a bookmark which can be used to increase light intensity falling on paper books. Such bookmarks (say BOOKLITE) comes to use while sitting in dim lights.

There are certain features which have already enhanced our reading experience:

-> Ink technology : available with commercial ebook readers; it doesn’t hurt your eyes with back light. 

-> Font adjustment

-> Text-to-Speech : from smart phones to tablets, the e-readers are equipped  with this facility. You  can plug in your earphones and hear the ‘text’. 

-> Portable Library with cloud facility

Hope someday I built these features to equip you readers with enhanced reading experience. Till then enjoy reading my long blogs with your limited features.

©Satyagni