Knitted Tales: A book club review

I have decided to pick up my review thing again, and the first book I am starting with is the book by a friend and co-conspirator in reading and writing: Rubina Ramesh. She is the brain and the brawn behind the Book Club. But we will talk about her later. First let’s move on to the book.

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Official Blurb

What forces an innocent girl to become a sex symbol? Her desires? Or cruel fate?

Is a lifetime enough—for avenging a betrayal? How do you hide secrets that never stopped haunting you?

Can vengeance and secrets of your past devastate your present? How can long-buried crimes of yours suddenly raise their head? Can sinning be saving?

Is your spouse your soulmate? What if they never understood your feelings? Can you still live with them?

Lastly, does life give only two options? Live or die? What if there is a third?

In her debut anthology, Rubina Ramesh tries to find answers to these questions that are often from the heart and yet makes the mind ponder over the solution. Or is it the other way round? Either way, Knitted Tales is a bouquet of emotions that is bound to touch both your head and your heart.

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Knitted tales is the fist book by Rubina Ramesh. That was the first reason I picked the book. Also, I have seen the stories being developed in the writing group of Wrimo India on Facebook, so I was quite interested in seeing the final product.

The book did not disappoint me. The book involves twelve different stories which include different themes and different tones. From the simple story of a wife trying to find her independence in a foreign land to the disturbing story of a mom trying to kill her daughter– the book has everything in it.

So here is my take on the book (an unbiased take):

What I liked

  1. Honesty in the stories: The story don’t hide the truth. Some of the stories touch on the events which are quite common in India. The honest take without trying to westernize the story just for the sake of it is one charm of the book.
  2. Variety: I already talked about the variety above, but this deserves the mention. The story collection is quite eclectic.There is something for every mood there.

What I did not Like

  1. Story voices:My one and the biggest complaint with the stories is mixing up of voices in the story. Some of the story voices are mixed with the voice of the author which makes it a bit weird to read it. It’s like the author’s voice and the voice of the character got mixed in at some point.

Overall Opinion

These stories are slice of life kind of stories. One won’t find meaning of life in the stories, but the stories will catch the interest and provide one a good reading time. Overall, it was a pleasant read.

Three Stars

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Dancing with Demons: A Book Club Review

Changing the house is such a pain. If you forget to change one of your delivery address, your book will go to your past house, which is now someone else’s home, and then you have to retrace your steps to find that one book. That’s what I had to do to reach this book. After 10 days of dithering and follow-up of the courier office I finally got the book to read.

I would not have selected this book, but then I saw the cover which said “Soon to be made into Bollywood movie”. And I was hooked. I mean I don’t want to watch the movie first and then read the book. That’s the most boring thing to do in the world.

My decision was right or wrong I can’t say as in all honesty, the book was okay types. Not too good, not too bad. Like that mild coffee that could wake you up, but then that’s its only purpose. The book is okay. I have heard many people telling me that they were riveted by the book; I wasn’t, but then I wasn’t bored either.

 

DANCING WITH DEMONS
by
Nidhie Sharma
 
 
 
Blurb
 
Karan Pratap Singh is on the brink of winning the Amateur Boxing Championship, when in a moment, he loses it all. His fall from glory seems fuelled by ruthless arrogance and an out-of-control anger management problem. That, however is just symptomatic of a deeper issue. Buried under layers of his fractured subconscious lies a childhood secret he cannot come to terms with.
 
Sonia Kapoor is a beautiful, volatile young woman with a secret that torments her at night but a secret that she feels no guilt for.
 
When fate throws Karan and Sonia together in Mumbai, their personal demons and pasts collide and stir up trouble in their fragile and uncertain present. But, is redemption possible without forgiveness?
 
Dancing with Demons is a fast-paced action drama of love, loss and resurrection.
 
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What I liked

1) Boxing Background: There are many books which explore sports, but this was my first book which explored boxing as the sport. I am not a boxing person, but then the book took me to those rings and made me see the passion of boxing from the authors’ eyes. I guess this was the best thing for me in the book.

2) Fast Pace: The book is quite fast-paced. It zooms on without giving you time to get bored. That was another good point about the book. I felt I was on a mild adventure ride.

What I didn’t like

1) Universal StoryTelling Style: I sometimes feel I just should give up. This style is not going to appeal me, at least not in Indian authors. The book started off beautifully without any head-jumps, and then by third chapter it became jumble of head-jumps. I was left wondering why the author decided Universal POV style.

2) Lack of Chemistry: The book lacks chemistry. Everything happens or is read in the eyes. The two protagonist do not talk to each other much in the book, yet they end up falling in love with each. Not only that, they wait for each other too when one is going through difficult times.  If I ever encountered a person whose past I don’t know, I would probably like to talk first. The chemistry, if there, is not developed in the book.

3) Meh Suspense: I cannot reveal it as that will spoil the book for you, but the suspense of the story did not really grip me. The author maintained the suspense about the story for a long time, which in my opinion, was not really needed. The suspense did not add anything to the story except for some pretty words and sentences. (I guess that was the purpose.)
Overall Opinion

As I said, the book was okay for me. I won’t read it again, that’s sure, but while reading, it transported me to the boxing world. Probably it wasn’t my cup of tea because all my friends have LOVED the book (Yes, loved in capitals). Sometime it happens, right? You cannot feel what others are feeling for the book.

For me, book was a pleasurable one time read. It could have been so much more (there’s a lot of potential there), but it isn’t. For now, it is the story of the boxer who is trying to redeem himself.

Three Stars
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 
The Book Club introduces Nidhie Sharma and asked a few questions, the details of which can be found on the link. I liked that she is a filmmaker and a novelist and she is able to juggle between the two arts of storytelling. She described her book as the following:
‘Dancing with Demons’ is a gripping romance drama set against the backdrop of combat sports in India. It is the story of two fallen souls who must vanquish their inner demons to become the people they were destined to be. When the story begins, Karan Pratap Singh, an  angst-ridden boxer and the mysterious and volatile Sonia Kapoor are angry and emotionally damaged by their pasts and when fate throws them together in Mumbai, their personal demons and pasts collide and stir trouble in their fragile and uncertain present. “It was some night. Thunder and lightning playing, chasing one another like two furtive, carefree lovers, oblivious to the havoc they were wrecking. Sonia put her hand out of the window as the bus started to hurtle down the highway, to Mumbai. A sliver of lightning fell on the trees just ahead of them, setting a normal bush on fire. Then thunder roared again… Perhaps this was an appropriate setting for what was to follow…two tumultuous lives on a head-on collision course.”
This book explores if redemption is possible without forgiveness and also delves into the depth and unsaid connection that Karan and Sonia have with each other. In fact, Sonia’s poems in the novel throw light not only on self-love and forgiveness but also on the passionate and intense relationship that these two anti-heroes share.
“I know I’m not easy to love
On somedays there’s no God above
And maybe it’s a messed up world
Into which we have been hurled
And maybe I remind you of you
So Love yourself darling, to love me too”
Overcoming one’s limitations or demons is essential in order to fulfill one’s true potential. That is the real core of this story. The good thing is, millions of people find a way to battle and overcome their inner demons. So there is hope for everyone and ‘Dancing with Demons’ is about that hope. It’s about the light at the end of the tunnel.
This novel is a fast-paced story of love, loss and resurrection for both Karan and Sonia.  
 
 
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Sweet Revenge: A book review (with the dash of new year and rich boyfriends)

Hello, dear readers. The long forgotten blog writer is back. Happy New Year to all of you, although I am one month late. I am very excited to start the new year and the posting once again. This January marked the beginning of many new things. The list of good news first:

1) For the first time since coming to Mumbai, there were events which made me feel that I can belong here. It is so amazing to feel that a city is ready to love you back, especially after it had shown a lot of nakhras (For my English readers, showing nakhras means sort of acting like a snob here!)

2) I turned 31 years old in January, and I have a feeling that this year is going to be the beautiful year.

3) I have been working on the new blog(remember, I talked about it?) design and all.

4) I finally purchased my DSLR camera.

5) And now, I am posting my first review of the book that is long past the date I promised to review (Sorry, but I was way too busy in organizing and celebrating things. I really did not expect everything to happen in just two months, but it did. Honestly I feel that I haven’t slept for like past two months.)

Sweet Revenge 

by 

Olivier Lafont 

FROM THE AUTHOR OF WARRIOR,  ANOTHER BOOK, ANOTHER GENRE – A ROMANCE. 

Blurb 

If revenge was a dish best served cold, then French Adonis Guy Leguerec knew exactly what to serve treacherous and desirable Eve Watson… 
 
Seven years after Louisiana, where Eve devastated his heart and ruthlessly wiped out his future, Guy finds her in Boston opening her first art showing. Now a wealthy and powerful shipping magnate, Guy lures Eve into his trap of seduction and opulence, intent on one thing only: getting revenge for her crimes. 
 
When American artist Eve Watson sees the only man she ever loved enter the art gallery, and re-enter her life, she feels helpless terror and frenzied desire. Seven years ago Guy Leguerec had seduced her heart, exploited her body, and then discarded her. Against her better judgment she accepts his invitation, and once again they spiral into a maelstrom of irresistible passion, divinely rampant sex, and the brutal politics of unknown intentions… 
 
Violently sundered by their volatile misconceptions, Eve flees Boston in emotional tatters, and Guy grudgingly lets her vanish, his revenge thwarted. 
 
But destiny has planned otherwise: Eve has taken an art job in Paris, ignorant of the fact that the company is one of many subsidiary businesses belonging to Guy. Flung together again in an even more precarious position, Eve and Guy must war with each other and themselves, and confront seven years of misapprehension and malign manipulation. Greed, family vendetta, and deception have eaten away at the intimacy they once shared — 
 
 
But is the truth enough to save their desperate, shipwrecked love? 
 Review and Thoughts
My first thought on picking up the book was who designed the cover for the book? The cover looks like the cover shot of the erotica contest! Not that I have anything against erotica, but the cover and the book should somewhat matched. No? I took the book when it came to book club because it was the romance, and secondly because my friends have already told me about it.

The book did not disappoint me at all. It’s a simple story of a guy meets a girl, a misunderstanding happens, and then they separate. They meet again when the hero wants to take his revenge and the passion rekindles. I know, you are thinking it is the same old story. It really is, but then that’s mostly what romance is. What sets this book apart is its engaging pace and the portrayal of the character. I will put it as a one time read which will remind you of why you love the romance reading.

My Favourite bits

1) Rich guy: Every story with a rich guy who falls in love with a normal woman should be a winner. Because it gives story such a dreamy quality.

2) Romance: The romance was the best part of the book. So many books keep on showing flighty heroines with a little penchant for romance and all. But the romance had the power to keep me invested in the story.

The questionable bits

1) Rags to riches: I have no problem with the heroes who are rich and fall for normal woman, but I do raise my eyebrows when I read that a character rose to such heights in the span of one year, without any stock market or initial investment or godfather. Maybe there are people like this, but I refuse to believe such people exist because otherwise what am I doing in my life? And no, business is not the magic word to be that successful.

2) Wide-eyed misunderstanding: I know that is not really questionable, but why don’t people talk to each other before judging others? I mean I could see at the first place itself what is wrong with their relationship, so why couldn’t they. (Again if I am being honest, I have done that too, but that doesn’t mean I won’t get frustrated at the hero and heroine).

3) Predictability: This is not really a bad thing as sometime one needs predictability of story. Sometimes, the warm predictability is like a lover’s embrace after a weary day. But then at the end of the read, when you are analysing what you read, you feel like you have been served the same dish with a different name (or as they call same wine in different bottle, but since I am a teetotaller, my examples are going to be a bit different.)

3) The Cover: I know it has been prepared by an artist, and I actually like her other work. But I don’t know why she chose this particular image for the novel. I mean it is like she wanted it to look more tantalizing than the real story itself and did not feel that the book in itself will be sufficient to attract readers. I know I am being harsh, but that cover looks like vampire sucking someone’s ears, or a person ready to whisper naughty bits in the ears. I really don’t understand what the artist is trying to depict here!

Overall view

It’s a book which is definitely worth a one-time read. The characters of the story might not stay with me for a long time, but it is a book which gave me a comfort on a cold night. I read it, and I smiled and dreamed. That makes it a worthy romance book in my opinion.
(Please don’t judge it by its cover, and oh, I like the author’s face. He could have acted as the model for the cover. Maybe.)

My rating for the book

Three Stars
Final Thoughts

There’s a thing I have always wondered: do people really want to marry and fall in love with rich men? I personally think that if I am not dreaming and I really get a chance to be with someone very rich, I will take 50 steps backwards. I know that the wealth does not define the worth in any way, but then I think I am afraid of truly wealthy people, like they are stuff made of glitter. They might shine from distance but once you are near, you can see the unevenness and roughness which comes with the application of glitter. I really don’t know any rich people (I know only normal people.), yet I have this strong notion that the lifestyle of rich will never suit me.

This is my secret confession of tonight. I will leave you to soothe your eyes with the amazing pic of the author (I have kept it large enough so that all the readers can enjoy that as well. ;-)). See you soon with another post.

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Olivier Lafont is a French author, screenplay writer, and actor. His novel ‘Warrior’ was published by Penguin Random House, and was shortlisted for the Tibor Jones South Asia Prize. He has just released his new contemporary romance novel ‘Sweet Revenge’ exclusively on Kindle. ‘Purgatory: The Gun of God’ is a fantasy novelette published in South Africa.

 
Lafont has written a number of feature film scripts before. The first film he wrote opened at the Toronto Film Festival and went on to win seven awards at film festivals worldwide.

 
As an actor Lafont has acted in Hollywood and Indian films, in TV serials, and in over 80 television commercials. He acted in ‘3 Idiots’, one of India’s all-time blockbuster hits, the critically-acclaimed ‘Guzaarish’, and the Lifetime film ‘Baby Sellers’, amongst other films.

 
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Wheat, Not White– A Book Club Review

Only Wheat Not White 
by 
Varsha Dixit 
 

It feels weird to be in a reading slump– to not be able to concentrate on reading, forget about writing. I attribute all this to change of city. I don’t know why but everything makes me feel like I am an alien here, a foreigner (I am not! I am in the same country and in a city where there are many good things happening). I spent my time moping around over the fact and listening to foreign-travel songs. And then I realized how stupid I was being.

I was not going to pick up this book. When the mail for the book came, I passed it on. But then Rubina said that she can personally guarantee that the book is well-edited and well-written. I needed something to come out of my stupid mood swings, and hence I picked up this book. Before I write the summary for the book and elaborate its beauty, let me tell you it was a perfect book to get out of the slump– not too heavy–a beautifully written romance.

The Blurb

What if the one you completely love is the one you simply can’t! Twenty-six-year-old Eila Sood moves to America to mend fences with her estranged older sister, Sheela. Eila and the rest of the family in India had cut off ties with Sheela after she married Steve Jacobs, ‘out of caste, and out of color’. Elia soon realizes that Sheela’s marriage is on the rocks. To help pay Sheela’s household bills, Eila takes a second job at an afternoon strip club. When she crosses paths with the owner, the handsome Brett Wright or ‘blue-eyed ogre’ as Elia calls him, he both infuriates and fascinates her. Brett turns out to be her reluctant and unquestionably sarcastic knight in shining armor. As Eila and Brett spend more time together their desire for each other builds. However, when Brett discovers the true reason for Eila’s refusal he storms out of her life, accusing her of being a prejudiced coward. Will Eila find the courage to break stereotypes and embrace her love? Will Brett find solace in the arms of his ex-girlfriend Cate? Will Sheela and Steve divorce? All of these questions and more are answered in Varsha Dixit’s latest and humorous and steamy love story.
The book is the story about Eila who has traveled to US in order to act as a peacemaker between her parents and her sister .  Her sister, Sheela, married a white man which had severed her ties to the family. Eila has come to US in order to help Sheila reconcile with her parents. But all is not well in US. Sheela’s married life is not the same, and Eila ends up (working in a strip club) falling in love with an American. The story is how both Sheela and Eila comes to term with the fact that the color does not decide the person, but the nature does.

Although the book is mentioned as a steamy romance, it is just a love story. I did not find much “steam” into it, so don’t be afraid of diving into the book because of that.

What I liked:

A perfect blend of American-ness and Indian-ness:  I think this is the biggest weakness of the Indian novel. The novels either end up losing the Indian values and beauty while writing in English, or everything is so much explained that a reader gets bored reading about all the things they know. This novel did nothing of the sorts.  The story had perfect balance between the two cultures. She neither ignored the American culture, nor did the author explained or justified the Indian culture. That probably was the biggest USP for me.

Romance: The story kept true to the nature of the characters and has a romance which made me “feel” the love being developed along with the feeling the connection in first sight. It is not a racy novel, but then there still that aroma of romance and “touchy” feels to make one realize that we are reading about a different culture.

What I did not like

Some Plot Points: There is a point which indicates that the company that hired Eila is reducing the number of hours, and I was left wondering what kind of company hires a person and reduces their hours instantly. Probably that is how recession was in US, because my industry never saw such drastic effect in a day. In our case, it was the slow buildup of the recession things, and there were no recruitment at all. But that as a plot point rankled me a bit.

Overall Opinion:

It definitely is a book worth reading. Beautiful language, amazing chemistry and interesting weaving of the two cultures adds to the beauty of the story. A perfect read!

Four Stars

Thoughts after reading the book:

The subject of an Indian women falling in love in a foreign country with a white man has intrigued me quite a lot. This has nothing to do with the color and even the country, but more about the openness of the culture. I know there are many Indian women and girls who are forward and are open in dating, but till date there is a section of female population of the country who truly are quite subdued when it comes to the sexual desires or simply dating.

And when it comes to western culture, men are perceived as someone who are quite promiscuous (I know this is not true in every case, but still the perceptions are not always true).

It makes me wonder about the courage it will take for these women to shed their inhibitions and date such western men. Same way, it will take huge amount of understanding on the male’s part as well to fight with the preconceived notion of the women. And the signals– I think it will be so difficult for them to translate those signals as well for both males and females.

I have seen this problem occurring in case when both male and female are from the same country, but the female has lived in a reserved environment.

And when families are involved– it turns into a battle on both the fronts. The book did justice to this fact, but I was left wondering for a long time how difficult it is to shed the inhibitions and to trust someone. I probably won’t have that courage(but then I have not even fallen in love with such a person yet!) Probably that is why it is said that the love transcends boundary. Having that kind of affair and developing that kind of trust will be too difficult.

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Equinox– The Book Club Review

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Book’s Name: Equinox

Author’s Name: Madhuri Maitra

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This book review is a long pending one from my side. I got Equinox as a part of the The Book Club tour that is long past over. Somehow, I missed the allocated date and then was left with the misunderstanding that the reviews are yet to be uploaded. And by the time the misunderstanding got cleared, I had office work (loads of!) to deal with. Story of my life it seems!

Let me get to the book review directly. What interested me in the book was the blurb which painted it as the story of how a story contest brings five different characters together and changes their life. This might not sound like a big deal but I remember one similar contest that changed my life and inspired me to write. I was a closet writer before that competition, but it made me realize that I enjoyed writing and uncovering the characters who live in my mind. I had expected something similar to that in the book.

I was right, and I was wrong  too. The characters in this novel developed in a different way. When the short story contest equinox is announced with prize money in lakhs, five different people decide to pen down the story for it. These five different people belong to different parts of India and have different outlook of life. They look into their own life and time to find that one story and they end up discovering life.
What I liked
1) The first think I liked was the concept of the story. The book clearly showed the struggle a writer or a non-writer has to go through in order to create a story. I have struggled myself like this, creating those half-finished plots. In fact, my diary and my writing portfolio is filled with those half-finished plots.
2) The story did not focus on the writing competition itself, but the author has let the characters grow as they wanted. Many a time the writers shape the characters how they expect them to behave which makes the book feel artificial, but in this case nothing like this happens. There is one character in the story who does not even feel like writer. The best part was that the author did not pull machina deus ex and let those character(s) win. Instead, the story flow in a streamline manner.
3) There is a part of abandoned plot one of the abandoned story of the writers, that features letters. It is basically a romance of two Indian Royal families. It was just amazing to try fill in the blank for this story.
What I disliked
1) I think this is my problem with half of the Indian books I read, even the famous ones. The story is told rather than being shown. I am not saying this as a writer, but as a reader. The story written by the writers in the book had more action as compared to the original story.  This makes the story boring for me. The story became boring for me especially when it came to the characters of D’souzas.
Overall Review
The book was the mix of hits and misses for me. Some parts of the books were quite delightful, while some parts of the book were drag. You can definitely give it a try for its concept and honesty.
Three Stars

Breach- A Book Club Book Review

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When this book was put for review, I was told that this is the book by the woman who leads Mills & Boons in India. Of course, since I live under the rock, I had never heard about the author Amrita Chaudhary. The only reason I picked up the book was I wanted to know was how a famous publisher writes and why was the whole Indian reading community knew about her except me (I already told the reason for this. I live under the rock! :P) And the book didn’t disappoint me. I planned to read one hour daily, but once I started reading, I was so engrossed in the book that I couldn’t keep it down. I finally rested my eyes  when I finally finished the book i.e. after five and a half hour of reading.

Book Summary

Breach is about the cyber security crime. It starts with Acel which is ready to file the patent for cancer-curing drug in the market. The data and all the details are taking place under the observant eye of Uday Veer in India. But everything goes haywire when some data gets corrupted and the whole Indian team is blamed for their ineptness. The book is about the search for the culprit through the maze of masked online identities. Introduced are a range of characters from teenagers to the local goons who are either the party to cyber crime or victim to cyber crime.

What I liked

1) The Intricacy of the Cyber Crime: That was the first thing that pulled me. I am an engineer but I am not tech savvy in the field of software or hardware or internet general. My knowledge is pretty basic when it comes to the online things. That’s why I enjoyed reading all the things that were shown. I am not sure how much of that can really happen (I do think that most of it can happen!) but it was interesting and a bit fearing to read about all the cyber crime thing.

2) Characters : I think this was the strongest part of the book for me. There were quite a number of characters in the story, but none of them was painted white or black. They were neither good, nor bad. I actually sympathized with all the villains and shook my head at some stupidity of the heroes.

3) Teenagers: The teenager characters of Raghu and Madhu deserve a special mention here. I absolutely adored their story. I don’t have any reasons for it, but these two were my favorite characters in the story.

What I Disliked

1) Small Errors: The book was quite well-edited but still I found some small errors in it. I would not have mentioned these anywhere else, but this is a publisher-written book. At least this book should have been error-free, although I wonder if there really are error-free books.

2) Too many characters in the beginning: There were just too many characters introduced in the story in the initial chapters. This made the beginning a bit slow, but the story finally caught the pace in the middle.

Overall Summary: It was an interesting book. I usually don’t enjoy thrillers too much, but this book was fun. A good read after a long time.

My Rating:

Four Stars

Meet the Author

Amrita Verma Chowdhury is the author of Faking It, an art crime thriller about fake modern and contemporary Indian art.
She holds engineering degrees from IIT Kanpur and UC Berkeley, where she was a Jane Lewis Fellow, and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon (Tepper Business School). Her work as an engineer in Silicon Valley led to seven US patents for semi-conductor fabrication – something to show for those bad-haired days. She has done Strategy Consulting and Board Effectiveness work in the US and Australia and has spent long nights fitting five-syllable words inside two-by-two squares. She has worked in the rarefied bastions of Ivy League education bringing together ideas and people. She currently works in publishing.
She lives in Mumbai with her husband Sumit, their two children Shoumik and Aishani, and an assortment of pets including a cocker spaniel, a guinea pig and two turtles. She loves travelling, baking cupcakes with her daughter and hearing from her readers.
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Ri – Homeland of Uncertainty : A Book Club Review

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Ri – Homeland of Uncertainty

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Paulami Duttagupta 

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There are many movies which are based on books, but I haven’t come across many stories which are based on movies. That was the reason I picked up this book. Besides, this book talks about the terrorism in Meghalya which is an unexplored topic for me. I, as  a North Indian, can go on and on about the terror and how it has changed life of people in states like Rajasthan, Punjab and Kashmir, but ask me about the problems of eastern India, and I’d be totally blank. That was the second reason I decided to read the book.

Ri- Homeland of Uncertainty is adapted from the National Award Winning Khasi film by the same name.
Trapped in the limbo between ideology and conscience, Manbha finds him himself part of a terror outfit. An unexpected opportunity, anger, squalor and disillusionment – followed by and armed combat and injury lead to the soul- searching that form the substance of this moving tale.

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What I Liked

1) Realistic Ideologies – There are two sides to everything that we see. The police we curse has a story too; the reporters who glorify the terrorist or police has a story too; even terrorists have their own stories. The book doesn’t hesitate to give either of them a good or bad story, it just expresses it.

2) The Hope – The terrorist, the brain-washed people, the communism– can we change that? Is there a way out? I don’t know, neither do I believe it’s possible. The book also doesn’t answer the question, but it does express the hope that the world can change one person at a time.

What I disliked

1) Narrative treatment : I hate writing this and I’m tired of writing this. I didn’t get to feel the action of the story. I loved the way thoughts were expressed; the plot was interesting, but the narrative style made it boring for me.

2) Backstories: I wanted to know more about the characters. It was like the book dropped me in the middle of the war without introducing the people associated with the characters. I wished to know more of their history.

Overall Opinion

A book worth reading as it shows the terrorism and infiltration issues beyond Kashmir.

Three Stars

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