Book Review: An Ideal Wife by Sanjay Grover


How does it feel to know about someone’s quest for finding an ideal match? Interesting Na! An Ideal Wife is a story about a young 29 year old advertising guy, who is looking for a right girl for himself. It was a fun read after six months of nonfiction reads. In this duration, I read books like War Journal, Indo – China tussle for crude, a book on CSR and many others. So this is like landing in Spain after reporting a while from conflict zones. It gave a calm reading experience. When I begin reading this book, I was not sure that I am going to finish it in three hours time but it finished within three hours. I begin reading after reaching home, read during dinner then brought the book to bed. Trust me! It was full of fun.

This book tells you the story of an advertising professional Sameer, who is a single, outgoing, party lover, and have never lost a bat in his lifetime. But his life takes a U turn when he challenged his friends that he will marry with a girl, who will fulfil all the qualities required for his ideal wife image. Things begin going upside down for Sameer as it’s the most difficult task to find an ideal wife in 12 months time when there’s none. However, our hero Sameer kept on visiting all sort of pubs, discotheques, book cafes and even yoga classes to find a right match. In all this process, the Dwarf God visits earth to see the ever growing frustration of Sameer. During his conversation with Sameer, he accidently made a promise of finding an Ideal Wife for Sameer l. At first Sameer couldn’t believe on his eyes that the God can be dwarf and will come to help him. But Sameer gave the list of qualities that he was looking in her future wife. The Dwarf God asked his Swarglok assistant to find such girl for Sameer but his assistant said there is no such thing called ideal wife. One girl can’t have this much qualities. In between, the supreme god comes to know about all this fiasco of dwarf god. He rebuked the Dwarf God for his promise that can’t be fulfilled. Still, the supreme god Bhagwan Dada asked the dwarf God to spend time on earth till Sameer gets his ideal wife. After much efforts, Sameer gets a smart, outgoing, and beautiful wife. But here’s the most fun of the story. You must read it to smile and laugh helplessly.

When it comes to language then I think that the editor could have reviewed it one more time. At places, the usage of words doesn’t sound appropriate and typos can be easily spotted. Yet the language simple and you don’t get a word that make you to refer dictionary.

Why I loved the book: There are distinct reasons why I loved this book. Before this, I have read Sorting Out Sid at same time last year, which was on the same line. So reading about Sameer’s quest to find his ideal wife turned out full of fun. Apart from this, I’ve just finished Game of Thrones then it was like seeing Peter Dinklage in Dwarf God role. Moreover, I also works in media so I could understand the creative approach of the Author Sanjay Grover in bringing Dwarf God in this story. After all, it makes people learn the meaning of an ideal wife without giving any lecture.

50 Words Verdict: if you are looking for a racy read for three hour train journey or flight then this book An Ideal Wife is gonna making you happy. With all its creative aspects, it doesn’t bore the reader and leaves them satisfied with the turn of final pages.

The Curse of Indian Ocean

On one fine morning in the small suburb of London, Walder Frey woke up sweating with fear. Walder was breathing heavily as if he just came out of water that the was swallowing him. The dreadful dream of sailing to southern coast of Indian subcontinent. It was 93rd time he was about to die in those waters but Walder woke up as he was having that dream for the first time. 

With increasing number of dreams Walder Fray, he was loosing his touch with reality. He was loosing the tolerance of ignoring those dreams as nightmares. On the other hand, he begin to visit libraries. He was so desperate to know the truth about his dream of potential death that he tried other resources to go back in the history. And one day, he found a link that connected him with the dreaded deaths of south coast of Indian subcontinent. It was his great great grand father, who used to go on British expeditions. And his last tour was of south coast of Indian subcontinent. After that he went disappeared. Given his love for Indian people and especially for girls of coastal villages, British company prefered to come back to home without Mr. Frey.

It was completely shocking for Walder to found one of his grand parent connected with his dreadful dreams. He took these dreadful dreams as an omen instead of warnings of greater loss. Walder draw out all the money he saved over the years to go on his expedition. He tried to convince the cargo manager of a ship, which was going to India. In his tour, he didn’t have that dream of drowning. But a different kind of dream. His dreams were changing. Now, there was a female voice, who was asking for help, which ends with the calm waters of Indian ocean with her body flowing afloat. These were more dreadful dreams that Walder was seeing someone dying but was unable to help.

On reaching southern coast of Indian subcontinent, he immediately left for the village, where his great grand pa had took his last breath. He was masked with the identity of a documentary maker so that he can pursue his goals frequently.

After long sailing hours, his body was aching badly. So he tried to sleep. But as closed his swallowing eyes, the dream of drowning came with the female voice, crying for help. He woke up shivering with fear but the voice was still there. He stormed out of his motel to see if anyone was in need of his help. But the voice was coming from the dreadful waters of Indian ocean. He followed the voice and asked one sailor to rent him the boat. At first the boatman declined but as everything has a price because everything is vulnerable. You just need to know where is heart and where is the pocket. So Walder filled boatman’s pocket with a bundle of Indian currency. Then he keep on sailing by following the voice.

After sailing for a while, he reached in a part of the sea, where he was surrounded by the voices of drowning ladies. The voices were of young girls. He used his torch and infrared cameras to spot someone. But there were only shadows. Shadows and voices of girls trying to save their lives. The voices were growing with every passing second. And then he jumped into the sea. The voices stopped as he touched the sea. Now Walder was asking for help as something was bringing him into the waters. As much he tried to come out the more he was drowning. Now he could see what was in the waters of cursed Indian ocean. He watched the wrack of a British expedition ship dated 1860. There were scalatons and many scalatons of girls, who were tormented and killed by his grand father. Walder saw everything with his eyes while he was submerged into the water. Then something dropped him on his boat and he woke up at first light of day near the coast.

Lord Heartilious and his Kingly State

Once upon a time, there was a kingly state called Bodyalwis. It was famous as a godly state across the seas. People have believed that God has himself adorned this state with great virtues. It was a common belief that God used to live in the dense beautiful forests of Bodyalwis. So they were referred as Godwood. Such specifics always helped Bodyalwis in sustaining its hegemony over other free states of the world. But a state can’t be remembered long for the geographical virtues but for the great deeds of rulers. People sing songs for formidable rulers across the seas. And Bodyalwis was under the protection of two brothers: Brainilous the elder brother and Heartilious the younger one. Bodyalwis was being ruled by King Brainilous – the first of his name. His wisdom was exemplary. He was known for his godly powers of making finer judgements and spilling the blood of his enemies in the battlefield. His victories over seas and lands was insurmountable. It was a common notion among his soliders that their King was capable in counting the horses, elephants and giants of enemies in the first few seconds of confrontation. His eyes were sharp enough to see through the eyes of liers. With all such godly qualities, everyone used to trust on King Brainilous advice and consult him before any important decision. Even his subjects used to queue up before his court before accepting any new state policies so that their King can make new favorable changes.

On contrary to this, Heartilious was known as the kindest person of Bodyalwis royal family. He was the hand of the king and used to rule the kingdom in the stead of the King. He was deeply loved by the people of the state because he was a believer of contended lifestyle. Lord Heartilious was known winning the hearts of his enemies with his Nobel deeds.

This was the cause of conflict between King Brainilous and Lord Heartilious. They used to see the life with their own perspectives. Being the hand of the King, it was the solomon responsibility of Lord Heartilious to ensure the balance in the work and life of his subjects. He used to announce welfare policies and schemes to keep his subjects full of energy and happiness. The implementation of these policies was the seed of all problems of the state. Although the polices were directed to ensure stress free lives to the subjects of the state. But when they get to the king’s table. The overtly calculative king used to spend months and months in thinking about the best ways of implementation of polices. It used to cause distress in the people of Bodyalwis. They used to keep on waiting for their wise king 👑 so that their lives can be stressfree. The people of Bodyalwis used to trust on the wisdom of their King more than the good intentions of hand of the King.

In one summer, all the states were going to take part in blood combat tournaments. The Bodyalwis held the record of previous nine titles. Before Bodyalwis, the Etios won the tournament. But this time, things were not normal. The Gladiators who were to take part in combat tournaments, were not practicing combat arts due to lack of sports welfare programs. Seeing this, Lord Heartilious took the front seat and proposed needful schemes to save the honour of the state. He proposed special schemes in front of state’s small council. The small council asked the king to make favorable changes in the scheme. But King kept on passing time over the bunch of files. The anxiety among subjects of the state were growing with each passing day. Gladiators were earnestly waiting for approval of welfare scheme but King Brainilous was making changes in the scheme while time was passing. In general, taking part in such contests was not the cup of tea of King Brainilous. So he was not concerned if Bodyalwis wins or loose the Contest. But Lord Heartilious was in favour of such contests knowing the fact such contest grows the confidence of commoners. Hence, Lord Heartilious and his colleagues were pressing the King to take a final stand on the policy implementation. In between, King had to go on his regular hunting tours.

The situation was deteriorating as the final dates of the contests were coming close. So one day a group of people came in the chamber of Lord Heartilious and asked for finalising the policy of sports welfare. Lord Heartilious was in capacity of ordering the implementation of the policy. So he gave his approval to the administration department. And, Gladiators begun practising the art of combat. Time came and Bodyalwis won the tournament for the tenth time.

The King called all the Gladiators for award ceremony. On announcing awards to Gladiators and their support staff. The King called Lord Heartilious for the biggest award of the state and praised his Lord his administrative skills. On receiving such a great award, the Hand of the King asked the King and his subjects to show their trust in him in the matters of fulfilling necessary requirements of the people of the Bodyalwis. The representatives shown their agreement with the hand of  the king. Since then…the Bodyalwis is beaming with the sheer joy of Life and Love among people. The lifestyle of Bodyalwis remained contented for decades …

Post Script: Now when you have read how the life of Bodyalwis people changed from being stressful to contented. You can see the godly Bodyalwis as human body. Its Great King Brainilous as human Brain and Lord Heartilious as human Heart. The subjects of Bodyalwis state is you. So now so on if you want to increase your confidence by learning dance then just go and take admission in any dance. And don’t ever look at your weight, height and other aspects because Lord Heartilious is going to grow your confidence with dance class and you have to show confidence in his decisions. The mind cruelly manipulates the wishes of human beings with its facts and rational approaches. However, the fact is that your mind does calculations of your previous deeds whereas heart sees the potential and passion of yours for taking one step ahead. So just take one step ahead and leave one comment below about how much you liked this story of state Bodyalwis…

An Interview with Ashwin Sanghi – Author of “Krishna Key”

Tuesday 25th 2013 became a memorable day, when religious expansionism faced tough challenges from spiritual corporatization & networking. The prophets became the CEOs of their respective religious organisations and adopted the win-win mode of working. Internet eventually paved the way for collaborative spiritual dialogues where people can share their exclusive ideas freely and openly. In short, Gods have come online…

Rashma Kalsiki shares this innovative via her latest book Ohh! Gods Are Online. It is a work of fiction, where Gods are taking birth in wretched families and miracles don’t happen with them. Three different gods: Christian God Jesus Christ, Hindu God Krishn, and Buddhist God Buddha have came to earth as a commoner to heal the wounds of real commoners. The Srishti publication has shown its trust in the innovative yet risky idea of Research. And, here we are to launch this innovative book with the eminent professor of Delhi University Professor Bharat Gupt. Dr. Gupt shared the basic idea of branching, localization, anti-expansionism, and virtualization of legendry gods. Surprisingly, the book is co-authored by an Englishmen called Phill Cherry aka John Diction. John lives continents far and contributed for the book through Internet. In this wonderful seminar, people of different religious & spiritual ideologies discussed the philosophies of religions & requirements to strengthening humanity in every human being. The author, Dr. Gupt, and Publisher Arup Bose answered to some valid questions of Hues of a Soul Team.

Q: You are a businessman professionally so how do you manage to keep your flame of creativity illuminated?

A: Actually, having a day job in a dreary business is the perfect reason to push one into a creative pursuit. I work Monday to Friday, forty hours per week. When I get home from work, I am relieved to retire to my study and get lost in my fictional world of fantasy, mythology, history and conspiracy. If I were to ever stop working, my writing would become my work… that is a scary thought indeed.

Q: What was your first ever fiction and how much that influenced you?

A: My first novel was a book called The Rozabal Line. I wrote it in 2005 after a visit to the Rozabal shrine in Kashmir. The popular folklore around the tomb was that Jesus Christ had survived the crucifixion and lay buried in Rozabal. I was utterly fascinated with the story and decided to research it extensively. My future books—Chanakya’s Chant as well as The Krishna Key—have both been heavily influenced by my fascination for tantalizing research and conspiracy theories.

Q: How do you define the success of a Novelist?

A:Success consists of different strokes for different folks. I always wanted to be widely read. It wasn’t about earning millions… it was always about being read by thousands of ordinary people. With the terrific sales volumes that my last three books have achieved, I am more than happy with the results. To that extent, I see myself as successful. But I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep…
I have always loved writing about characters that have shades of grey.

Q: ‘The Krishna Key’ is your third novel, what keeps you motivated?

A: I think that I am intrinsically a storyteller. I have always loved ‘spinning yarns’… it’s just that I never knew that I could earn a living out of it! I am always in search of the next great story. It is the eternal quest for the next earth-shattering premise that keeps my creative juices flowing.

Q: How do you feel when people compare you with Dan Brown, even when you don’t copy him?

A: At last count, Dan Brown’s books had been translated into 52 languages, and as of 2012, his books had cumulatively sold over 200 million copies. I am rather flattered by the comparison, even if it is misplaced.

Q: Do you think your titles especially ‘The Krishna Key’ will help Indian youngsters to solve their puzzles behind Indian rituals and mythologies?

A: The Krishna Key is a work of fiction and should be read as such. It does not claim to be a scholarly work and hence I would refrain from using it as a guide to our mythology or theology. I have, however, found that the easiest way to bring many lost aspects of our culture or civilization to light is simply by bringing these elements into the realm of popular discussion. Commercial fiction is one route. I always entertain the hope that there will be readers who will use the novel as a starting point before embarking on research of their own.

Q: What are the challenges faced during in-depth research for your recent novel “The Krishna Key”. What were your motivations and roadmap? Your answer will be helpful to young writers.

A: My biggest challenge was the fact that I did not understand Sanskrit. To that extent I had to depend on translations. The second big challenge in researching this sort of material is to distinguish scholarly research from propaganda. The final challenge was to map the research in a manner such that the average reader would not be overwhelmed with the breadth and depth of the information presented.

Q: What motivated you to choose Krishna as protagonist and given a grey shade that was a bit risky in a country like India?

A: I have always loved writing about characters that have shades of grey. Krishna is the lovable cowherd of Gokul and Vrindavan but is also the ruthless strategist of the Mahabharata. He is the brave combatant who kills Kansa and numerous demons but is also the person who flees the battle from Mathura to Dwarka and gets labeled as Ranchor for the rest of his life. He is real in every sense and I can relate to the fact that he is a bundle of contradictions.

Q: Don’t you think that the Krishna Key can be more interesting with the development of Sage’s character and a conversation with sage over alchemy?

A: A novel is like a set of busy road junctions. After you have crossed the junction, you can always speculate regarding which alternative route you could have taken but it is futile. The only road that is relevant is the one that you happen to be on.

Q: What do you think about saturating Indian-Anglo literature with love stories? Is the risk of failure not stopping new writers from exploring their unique styles?

A: You have a valid point. The success of certain genres in the Indian commercial fiction space—for example mythological fiction, campus stories, teenage romances etc.—could possibly act as a deterrent for exploration of newer genres. I earnestly hope that this is not the case. When I wrote The Rozabal Line in 2006, no Indian author was exploring the fusion between history, theology, mythology and fiction. The book eventually spawned an entirely new genre. I hope that we will continue to see innovation.

Q: What is the scope of Indian fiction in international forum?

A: Indian literary fiction has already established a name and reputation for itself globally thanks to individuals like Salman Rushdie, Arundhati Roy, Vikram Seth, Kiran Desai et al. We are still not taken seriously as genre fiction writers—producers of mysteries, thrillers, crime novels, adventures, romances etc. Partly that is because our publishing industry believed that commercial fiction was best left to foreigners. During the last decade the situation has been improving and many writers of commercial fiction have emerged. As they continue to write and garner audiences, they will also find new avenues for global acceptance.

Q: What is your message to young writers and creative professionals to achieve success in literary world as you did?

A: The truth is that it’s not about how good a writer you are… it’s more about how thick-skinned you are. The necessary condition for getting an agent or publisher is to write well; the sufficient condition is to keep knocking on doors, rejection after rejection, even when you feel like giving up. Whenever you do feel like giving up, just remember that Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach was rejected 18 times; the multimillion dollar series, Chicken Soup for the Soul by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen was rejected 33 times; Carrie, Stephen King’s first horror novel was rejected 30 times; Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell was rejected 38 times… the list is endless!

It was an inspiring interview session with Krishna Key’s author Ashwin Sanghi. I am thankful to for giving me the chance to interview such a literary genius.

The Ride…To Mutual Freedom

On this Diwali evening, I am endlessly chatting with her. My fingers are going numb, smartphone is going out of battery, mom is calling to take part in the Diwali Pooja but I am endlessly chatting with her. Everyone around me is curious to know about this new girlfriend of mine as I’ve just come out of a relationship and such day and night chatting give parents some signals. But she is not a love. Yea…I say this with full of conviction that I don’t love her.

Then…what’s it? She’s my fellow traveler. We work in the same organisation and never ever thought or felt like attachment or something close to love. Yet I talk to her day and night. She is not my friend nor aquitance but I some how like to talk to her though we don’t get anything to talk but we keep on laughing in all of our conversations.

She has named with a common name of girls. But I believe she should be named after a bird because she is like a little sparrow. ‘My little sparrow’, who regularly comes in early morning hours and wakes me up from my fearful dreams. She sits at my window pane and munch on her daily dose of wheat grains or rice grains. I don’t go close to my bird but I know her. She knows to me. We make eachother’s life happy with our little courtesies. But birds don’t get married and they won’t stop coming to my window pane. But my birdy dove will be out of my reach. I may not be able to travel the city with my bird. So here again comes the compulsion of holding my bird which I can’t. I am bound to fulfil some duties and carve my name on the slippery rock of time.

Whatever…I will be by her side whenever she would need me and welcome anything if something comes naturally…Happy Diwali My Readers

Book Review: Clear. Hold. Build by Sudeep Chakravarti

CHB_Sudeep_ChakravartiFor majority of educated Indians, the Corporate social responsibility stands for organizing activities like blood donation camps, funding local NGOs and organizing marathons for building a rapport with the local communities. For urban locations, such activities are enough but things change when corporate organizations go on working in the Maoist affected areas. In such areas, Corporate Social Responsibility stands for active integration with project affected communities. Such integration requires consistent positive dialog with the project affected communities with intentions of benefiting their lives. But things go completely wrong. The companies directly deals with local governments by signing MoUs. In return, governments acts as the corporate will while distancing themselves from the project affected communities. On the other hand, the project affected communities should be convinced with the unavoidable needs of uprooting them from their needs.

In this book, the author Sudeep Chakravarti has narrated the polices that are growing the discontent of communities. Along with this, he has also highlighted the avoidable conflicts. With the groundbreaking detailed research of the author, this book is capable in guiding a company before kick starting a project in the conflict zones.

The language of the book is quite simple. If you are a reader of Sudeep Chakravarti then this book will be a treat to you. But if not then you must have the guts to digest an ocean of information.

My Experience as an Avid Reader: I liked the book for three reasons: one it pragmatically talks about the most serious internal security risk to the nation, second it makes the reader aware with all aspects of a problem, third it was my fourth book on the same subject but with different perspective.

50 Words Verdict: Clear. Hold. Build. is a perfect narrative of events that are making the matters worse. It highlights the ways of diffusing the rising tension between corporate organizations and tribal groups.

Book Review: Vishal Bhardwaj Omkara Maqbool and Haider Screen Plays trilogy

Dialogs are the first and foremost reason to read and preorder from any e-commerce site of your choice. I have always been a fan of Vishal Bhardwaj’s movies. He has portrayed what actually happens in the backdrops of his stories instead of what should happen. And, it reflects from the excellent dialogs of his films. If we talk about the most recent Haider then it has got the real kashmiri tongue. So while reading the dialogs printed in this book, you will be actually pronouncing them in the way kashmiri pronounce them. For example, the word ‘loved’ should be pronounced as luv-ěd with less pressure on E in its real sense while kashmiris pronounce loved as lovve-d. So when you will be speaking the word in your mind while reading, it will be lovve-d. So you actually ends up being the characters of these wonderful stories. And, if you are a fan of the great actors like Shahid Kapoor, irrfan Khan, Pankaj Kapoor, Om Puri, Naseeruddin Shah, Piyush Mishra and know how they say a certain word then you can not imagine how much fun you are going to draw from these books.  It gives you the freedom to savour the taste of few dialogs at once instead of swallowing the whole movie. It’s like son papdi from HaldiRam shop.

Now, I should come to the other aspects of the screenplay. The scenes of the movies are well introduced. Description are available in English. Moreover, the dialogs are also translated in English so if you don’t understand few words then their translations can be referred.

This book set also holds some more reasons like the real stories related to origin of these films. Vishal Bhardwaj has written the preface for all three books talking about the intense pain and joy he took in making of these films.

Pictures…yes some really symbolical pictures have been selected from the respective movies and embedded in the books. So, you kinda feel watching the movie while reading these pages.

Why I loved the book: Well, I loved reading the local lingua of Kashmir, Meerut and Mumbai. While reading Maqbool dialogs, I got the glimpse of Surendra Mohan Pathak for once but then it has been quite balanced so that non marathi audience can also enjoy the dialogs and feel the intensity of Maqbool characters. I think this is the excellence of Vishal Bhardwaj Sir. You can take any movie from his basket and be rational with their contradictory actions. You can even be rational with the needs of Madaam of Saat Khoon Maaf and Ghazala of Haider or Nimmi of Maqbool.

50 Words Verdict: The book set carrying original screenplays of Omkara, Maqbool and Haider is a must have book for art lover. If you have any interest in real life stories then go on buying this book set. It’s precious.