Sunday, 2 December 2012

Book Review: Grit, Guts and Gallantry

Book: Grit, Guts and Gallantry

Author: Colonel Mahip Chadha

ISBN: 8129117010

ISBN-13: 978-8129117014
Binding: Paperback
Publishing Date: 2010
Publisher: Rupa & Co
Number of Pages: 237 pages
Language: English

About the Book:

Colonel, I believed are frightening people- Don’t laugh at me- the books and movies I have watched gave me such a terrifying idea. So when I was asked to review “Grit, Guts and Gallantry”- I was jittery. I had asked my chief- “Why me?”- The reply- “You are a puny hearted boy- your mom will be proud- you are going to apply for NDA- after finishing the book!”-She winked and busied herself.

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Book review: 45 days in a cancer hospital

Publisher: Leadstart Publishing

ISBN-13: 9789381576823

ISBN-10: 9381576823

No. of Pages: 298

Format: Paperback

Language: English

About the Book:
Life gets serious –but only during debatable conversations- and cancer is no way a topic I am comfortable at discussing! Perhaps, simple language, the scent of suspense and the air of a jam packed thriller kept persuading me- as I read Alka Dimri Saklani’s new book- 45 days in a cancer hospital. Recently- I have grown out of the teenage books- Twilight and Harry Potter seem strangers on my shelf. This transition is not easy-. I pacified my fluttering beliefs- I should trust Ashritha’s instincts. Not my love interest- Animesh enjoys the lion share of her destiny. And readers Ashritha and Animesh are not my friends. They are the lead characters of 45 days in a cancer hospital.

The novel is about a well known writer voluntarily staying at a cancer hospital for 45 days- with a strong and noble intention. She wants to write her novel based on the miseries faced by cancer patients staying at Dr Chatterjee’s Umeed Hospital. Now this Doctor had lost his mother years ago. The unfortunate lady was diagnosed with bone cancer. But the worst fact was- her unloving husband did little to save her. My psychology teacher would say this doctor might be suffering from Oedipus complex- because he can’t forgive his fate. He has renounced almost all desires of human life- and has dedicated himself to his profession. He is complex because he sees a reflection of his mother in all his bone cancer patients and is very possessive about them. To justify his obsessive behavior- he keeps a diary- a medium of one way conversation with his late mother.

The hospital is not a clean haven. Something uncanny is taking place- patients are dying- nurses are leaving their jobs never to return. Being a writer Ashritha is curious and with some tips from Animesh- a CBI officer she starts investigating. There are too many shady characters to speak of- but Dr. Amin is a man of heart – though wrongly accused. I find 45 days a novel that documents the tragedies that take place in the Medical world. Some of the cases discussed is heart wrenching indeed- especially of Pinky and Saurabh. I find Shyamlal and the gate keeper unfit for their posts. Real menace! The story is well framed- you have days and room numbers as chapter headings and sub headings. The cover is simple- a blood pink crab- the zodiac symbol of cancer diagonally placed. The blurb keeps most of its promises- though at places Alka was quite predictable- a flaw for any suspense writer. In 5 point I can give this otherwise entertaining writer 3.5. 

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

2 States’: The Story of My Marriage- Book Review

Book: 2 States: The Story of My Marriage
Author: Chetan Bhagat
ISBN: 8129115301
ISBN-13: 9788129115300,978-8129115300
Binding: Paperback
Publishing Date: 2009
Publisher: Rupa & Co
Edition: 4thEdition
Number of Pages: 268
Language: English
Where To Buy: Flipkart

Undoubtedly Chetan Bhagat is a known name amongst English writers in India. We have already read his three previous books; with the last one published a year ago. Bhagat’s books are generally light-hearted and easy to read kind with least usage of jargons, which I think are the main reasons of his great popularity, mostly amongst the youngsters. Three of his previous books are Five Point Someone, One Night at a Call Centre and 3 Mistakes in My Life. Through this book, Chetan Bhagat has partly portrayed the real life moments of his life and marriage. The 269 pages book deals with the love story of Ananya and Krish.

Monday, 1 October 2012

Revolution 2020 by Chetan Bhagat: Book Review

Book: Revolution 2020
Author: Chetan Bhagat






Binding: Paperback
Published: 2011
Publisher: Rupa ad Co
Pages: 296
Language: English

The latest novel of Chetan Bhagat has collected mixed reactions from the readers. The story is based on a love triangle and the thriving corruption in the education sector, where the education system has become a mere business and a source for money making. Especially in the fields of high profile exams and trainings for example, IIT, CAT, JEE, etc. The essential elements of Chetan Bhagat’s novels are present yet again in this novel. The protagonists are young and either from IIT or IIM. 

Monday, 17 September 2012

Book Review: Mumbaistan by Piyush Jha

Mumbaistan by acclaimed director turned writer Piyush Jha is a crime thriller that is set to captivate the readers. The book is set in the city of dreams where one step here and there can send you tumbling down a pit so dark and deep that there is no way back. Mumbaistan is a gripping book presenting the readers with a trio of tales all set in the city of Mumbai.

Sunday, 26 August 2012

How to handle Peer Pressure

Friends are always fun to have around. But there are times when they force you to do something which makes you fall prey to peer pressure. You can’t escape it but you can still handle it.

One pressure that every individual in college or school life undergoes is to excel in studies. Every school and university life puts pressure on an individual to compare themselves to the other members in their group. Even if you don’t like it, comparison is the only thing that tags you on how much you are favored or how famous you are in your group or class with respect to academics or any other activities. Sometimes these things lead to other problems like isolation, inferiority complex as well as bullying among friends. And if you are the targeted one, there is no way of escaping it.

Monday, 6 August 2012

Teenage – The Child Adult

Teenage – We have all been there. The quintessential period of our life where we are expected to take decisions like adults and be obedient like kids. It’s strange and obnoxious to expect a person to live a dual life and expect that the person will like all the aspects about it. Think about it. You are offered a gun and then they will tell you not to use it even for self defense. Would that make any sense at all? Teenage is very similar to this.

Friday, 3 August 2012

A Dilli-Mumbai Love Story: A Review

Author: Abhimanyu Jha
Paperback: 100 pages
Publisher: Srishti Publications Books
Language: English
ISBN: 9380349336
ISBN-13: 978-9380349336

Abhimanyu Jha has come up with a story of young romance in the form of his new book ‘A Dilli-Mumbai Love Story’. It is the story of a boy Aniruddh, who is a Ducati riding, student of St. Stephens and the girl is Aparajita aka Apu, from Goa, a street food lover who has a fervor for super-long earrings. Although being opposites in several ways, the cupid strikes, and they get attracted to each other, only to witness a terror attack.

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

How to Deal With Teen Pregnancies

In the twenty first century, the problem of teen pregnancies is not one that we just read about or discuss with a grim face. It is reality and a very familiar one at that. Many of us will at least know one friend or a friend’s friend who has dealt with a similar situation. The problem is not that teenagers are getting pregnant. The problem is that they do not know how to deal with their pregnancy. For starters, getting pregnant when you are a teenager is an act of irresponsibility given the fact that, you are neither emotionally nor financially established enough to be a mother.