Book Review: Under Delhi

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Author: Sorabh Pant
Publisher: Hachette India
ISBN13: 9789350098097
Genre: fiction
Pages: 264
Source: Flipkart

Under Delhi is a story of Tanya Bisht, a girl from Delhi who works as a sales executive with a construction company. Her regular day job doesn’t stop her from having a very exiting night life. That with a twist. She is a vigilante With the help of a faceless person simply known as Soniaji, she gets at the men who have wrongly gotten off from the law. Tanya is our very own desi aversion of cat woman, with out the suit and the whip. The story cruises through the dark alleys of Delhi, revealing more about the protagonist and her tryst with being a woman in the capital city.

The plot in simple and the narrative uncomplicated. Being a master of satire the author expects you not to just read the lines but also between them.  He takes no prisoners with his hilarious flair shooting at wise politicians and holy men who say girls who are raped are merely “asking for it”. He even has the president’s son in his line up, for giving out fashion advice to women so they can avoid getting raped. The best shot is taken at a white bearded man who came up with the fail safe of calling your would-be rapist bhaiya which will lead to him being  filled with brotherly remorse, letting you go.

Sorabh Pant is an Indian stand-up comedian and writer. He is best associated with his comedy specials: Pant on Fire and Traveling Pants as well as for founding The East India Comedy, a company which recruited some of India’s best known stand-up comedians. He has also written a fictitious and comic novel on life after death in his debut: The Wednesday Soul.

The book is a light read. In keeping with Sorabh’s style it hold your attention to the cause with a dash of humour added to taste.

Rating: 3.5/5

P.S. If you haven’t had enough of Sorabh Pant with this book, you can watch him in  “Men are from Bars” on 15th November 2014 at the NCPA Mumbai.

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Distance

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She lay in his arms listening to his heart beat. He was lost in his sleep unaware of her eyes on him. In that moment their bodies were intertwined but their souls stood at a distance and watched. She closed her eyes and sighed. He kissed her in his sleep. A step closer was taken!

Book Review: Play With Me

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Author: Ananth
Publisher: Penguin Books India
ISBN13: 9780143423621
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 252
Source: Flipkart

Play With Me is a racy, contemporary read on love, lust and sex. The protagonist, Sid, is a successful photographer in a boutique agency he co-founded. He seems to be living the dream, has almost everything; work that he so passionate about, money, a lavish lifestyle. But the one thing missing, perhaps the most important, is love. And one day, a stunning, independent, free-spirited woman called Cara walks into his life. The two get involved in a thrilling affair, sexually obsessed, which drastically changes all of Sid’s ideas about love. The relationship completely alters the way he thinks about the natural, sensual pleasure. Another twist in the story changes everything because something strange happens in Sid’s life he discovers himself falling intensely in love with another woman, leaving Sid in place where he has to decide between love and lust.

The character of the protagonist is described in handsome detail. Sid is a charming personality, passionate about his work, oscillating between love and lust on his moral pendulum. Cara is the free spirited intern, who breezes into Sid’s life, oozing of sexuality. While the very married Natasha fills the emotional caring spot in his life.

Ananth’s writing is crisp. He manages to keep the plot cooking nicely, spicing it up with sex every once a while. A little more seasoning is all it needed to be a perfect lip smacker. Play with me is an erotica written from a man’s point of view. This makes it different from the others that have been making book store rounds. It also marks a sensational debut for Ananth.

Read the book for the meat or read it for the spice. The book makes a perfect quickie!

Rating 3/5

Book Review: Fade into Red

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Author: Reshma K. Barshikar
Publisher: Random House India
ISBN13: 9788184005547
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 376
Source: Flipkart

Fade into Red is a story of Arya, a smart and intelligent modern day girl, an investment banker who dreams of being an Art Historian. In-spite of being stuck in a job she doesn’t like, she is successfully juggling her family, her career and her long distant boyfriend. On a monsoon day in June, she is suddenly sent packing from Mumbai to Tuscany to buy a vineyard for a star client. The four day trip turns into a two week treasure hunt that finds her in the middle of midnight wine deals, dodgy vintners, rolling Tuscan hills, and a playboy millionaire whose swirling plans don’t just include the wine. A twenty nine year old, Arya jay walks on the road of happiness realising how elusive the end can be.

The author has described every scene the book in beautiful detail. If you let it, your imagination will take you right into the gorgeous vineyards of Tuscany. All characters are almost alive and Arya speaks to you through the authors words. Her dilemma of choosing between things she wants to do and things she has to do is very well portrayed. The loud family and the banter with the boy friend add the air to the book, making it a breezy read.

Reshma K. Barshikar was a former investment banker. She completed her B.A. (Honours) at the Oxford Brooks University, Oxford and started her career as a journalist for The Hindu and Business Line. But she left the job to complete her MBA at the Indian School of Business. Reshma now works as a freelance travel and lifestyle writer. She currently contributes to India Today Travel Plus, Harper’s Bazaar and Grazia among other publications of repute. She is also the co-curator of a prominent e-commerce website.

The book is a definitely worth a read. Pour yourself a glass of red, and take a dreamy walk through Tuscany with Arya while she searches for happiness.

Rating: 3/5

Book Review: Runner

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Author: Patrick Lee
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN13: 9781405914994
Genre: Fiction/ Sci fi
Pages: 464
Source: Flipkart

Runner by Patrick Lee is a chase thriller surrounding a young girl and a soldier who was in the right place at the wrong time. Sam Dryden, retired special forces, lives a quiet life in a small town on the coast of Southern California. While out on a run in the middle of the night, a young girl runs into him on the seaside boardwalk. Barefoot and terrified, she’s running from a group of heavily armed men who are trying to kill her. After Dryden helps her evade her pursuers, he learns that the eleven year old, for as long as she can remember, has been kept in a secret prison by forces within the government. But she doesn’t know much beyond her own name, Rachel. She only remembers the past two months of her life and that she has a skill that makes her very dangerous to these men and the hidden men in charge.Dryden, who lost his wife and young daughter in an accident five years ago, agrees to help her try to unravel her own past and make sense of it, to protect her from the people who are moving heaven and earth to find them both.

The author has written a very exciting science fiction thriller. It is a fast paced story, with characters that you connect to and immediately like. You want to see Sam and Rachel get through this together. There is plenty of high-speed action, so the book is a fast read. There is no time to take a breather, its like you are running with the characters. The only thing going through your mind then is DON’T. GET. CAUGHT. which also happens to be the tag line of the book.

Patrick Lee  is the author of three previous novels – The Breach (A New York times best seller), Ghost Country and Deep Sky. This is the first book in the Sam Dryden series.

Runner is a perfect blend of action, science fiction and drama. A great read for anyone who likes thrillers. The twist and turns in the plot hold your attention and leave you with a adrenaline high. Recommended for everyone who enjoys that flavour.

Rating 4.5/ 5