Posts Tagged 'Kalpana Swaminathan'

Titanic, Japan, Nalanda & Cricket

If I can read four books in parallel, what is stopping me from reviewing four books in one post? Nothing, and hence that is exactly what I’m gonna do, as I did earlier. Posting mini reviews of the books that I finished sometime in last two weeks.

Terror on the Titanic – Samit Basu
Samit Basu is an incredible writer. I had become his fan after reading the Gameworld Trilogy (1, 2, 3). Fantasy mixed with dark humour – that seems to be a unique genre :) In my opinion, he is one of the best writers in India.

Coming to the book, this one has been termed as Young Adults’ Fiction, although to be honest I never felt I was reading a YA book. Samit Basu weaves a thriller around the Titanic voyage, and the way he has used the memorable scenes from the movie Titanic as backdrop for his story is amazing. The plot never slacks, and all his characters are, to put it mildly, very interesting. Any one who enjoys reading the genre fantasy should always pick up the author’s books.

I think it is time for me to order Turbulence :)
Rating: 4/5

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The Wit Of Cricket – Barry Johnston, John Ireland
It is a must read for any person who loves tales about Cricket. Dickie Bird, Fred Trueman, and Richie Benaud are some of the guys who recall interesting, witty happenings that happen either on the cricket field or off it. One incident that amused me no end was one where the batsman in some club cricket match skied a catch, and as three fielders were converging on it he shouted “Mine”. All three fielders stopped and the catch went down.

A delightful book, especially when read in short-bursts.
Rating: 3/5

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The Nalanda Chronicles – Kalpish Ratna
This book is not just a fun read, it also seems to me a study in sketching characters for any written piece. This novella traces the story of a bus and its occupants for a single day when the bus gets hijacked. The writers (Kalpana Swaminathan and Ishrat Syed, who write jointly as Kalpish Ratna) could surely give a lesson to most writers as to how a character should be fleshed, and how the editing should be. A simple story told in a simple way. If you get your hands on this book, do not leave it before reading the book cover-to-cover.
Rating: 3/5

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Made In Japan – Akio Morita
It is the story of Sony Corp, through the eyes of its founder Akio Morita. Starting the company in a war-ravaged building with a handful of people, today Sony is a household name. The book also follows the growth of Japan, its relations with other countries and the author also talks about Japanese traditions. This book was a inspirational read – anyone who wants to start something of his own, and is afraid, should read this book. The book gives you a kick!
Rating: 4/5

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Books, books, books!

Update: Sidin’s second book “God Save The Dork” is now available on Flipkart. This is the sequel to the first book Dork and follows the adventures of Robin ‘Einstein’ Varghese in London. If it is as enjoyable as Dork, it would be a must-buy.

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In the recent few weeks I’ve read quite a number of books, so instead of writing long thoughts on each, this time I am penning down a paragraph or two for the books I’ve read.

Known Turf – Annie Zaidi
What an awesome book! I read a non-fiction after a long time, and the book made me rue the fact that I had been concentrating on fiction. Annie Zaidi writes about her experiences while she was reporting about forgotten villages and people. This book is an eye-opener. We live in amazing comfort, while we waste food in the 2-3 meals we take everyday, infants are dying of hunger.
This book is a must read.
Rating: 4/5

Bougainvillea House – Kalpana Swaminathan
I had read very good reviews about this book – some reviews termed this as one of the best thrillers from an Indian author. While the book was not bad, it wasn’t good either. Maybe it was just me, but I felt the book was really dark, really sombre – not my cup of tea.
Rating: 2/5

And Thereby Hangs A Tale – Jeffrey Archer
I have no doubt, Sir Jeffrey Archer is one of the best writers of the current generation. His novels have always been captivating, but I feel they pale in comparison in front of his short stories. This collection of short stories leave you salivating for more. As soon as I finished this book, I picked up his other collections that I have, and reread some more of his short stories. Without a doubt, my favourite author.
Rating: 3.5/5

The Gamechangers – The Fake IPL Player
It was touted as a tell-all book, but it told nothing new. A good time-pass read for anyone interested in cricket and IPL. One should not go out of his/her way to get this book and read it.
Rating: 2.5/5

My Friend Sancho – Amit Varma
[Read this a year back, writing about it now :) ]
The most acclaimed blogger of India pens down his first novel, and it surely was a very good read. I have a feeling that a movie could be easily made out of this book, with Abhay Deol playing the role of the protagonist – the journalist: Abir Ganguly, Paresh Rawal could easily portray the role of the inspector Thombre, and somebody like Amrita Rao could play the heroine Muneeza. Anyway getting back to the book, one small grouse – there was excessive use of foul language, although it did not bother me much. And an awesome aspect about the publication was the font, margins used in the book – made the reading experience really enjoyable :)
Rating: 3.5/5

Paths of Glory – Jeffrey Archer
Anyone who is interested in mountaineering or simply interested in adventure stories – this is a must read. George Mallory had died in his attempt to ascent Mount Everest in 1924. Whether he was able to reach the summit, is a question that has been unanswered for decades. The author has weaved this story around George Mallory, claiming that he indeed reached the Everest peak. This book is an invigorating read – I wanted to climb the Everest after reading this book :)
Rating: 3/5

Dork – Sidin Vadukut
[Even this book was read nearly a year back]
This book is a must must read. Absolutely hilarious, it reminded me of Dilbert.
Rating: 3.5/5


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