Book Review: The PM’s Wishlist by JK Sachin


PM Wishlist book author JK SachinWill you dispose your faith in your nation’s ability to become a superpower after reading any political thriller? I suppose the majority of my blog readers will say no to this question. And, I found it justifiable because faith is an element of factual assessment of things and situations. People believe on the things that they can feel and touch. However, people also believe on supernatural things. So, I said no to give my assertion on any quotation given on the back cover of the book. I also missed the names of the people, whose experiences are mentioned. So, I read the book.

The story of the book is set in concurrent political scenario of India. Now, the nation is going to face polls for the new prime minister of India. And, here is a fictional prime minister, who has all the character traits of a strong and commonly dreamt of prime minister of India. The dialogues are in Hindi, which makes them relatable for the north Indian readers. Well, there is a good use of facts and real details to sound real. For example, there is a dialogue between a political savior called Pitamahji and a retired bureaucrat called Maitreya. “Pitamahji aap k Sharan Babu ne naak me dam kar rakha hai”, it sound really real and familiar.

The language is so simple and interesting. It sounds good. I actually loved the narration style of the story.

Experience as An Avid Reader: My experience of reading this book has so far been good and entertaining. I doubt disliking the book in case of English dialogues. It helps the readers to relate the story with Hindi speaking leaders of this nation. However, I disliked the cover design and pages of the book. This work of fiction could have done better with a good bind and cover design.

50 Words Verdict: You must read this book; if you like reading newspapers filled with political news stories. It’s a book that lets you meet with your ideal prime minister. Here is a Prime Minister, who is decisive, determined, and strong enough to handle the troubles of the supreme job of the nation

Book Review: Prisoner Jailor Prime Minister by Tabrik C.


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October 31st 1984 was the date when India lost its charismatic leader Indira Gandhi. She gained recognition for her decisiveness and accountability in state matters. It has been thirty years since she left the nation with her strong leadership. These thirty years has been the most troubling period for Indian democracy. There has been eight general elections in India but the nation still looks for a decisive leadership. Now In 2013, Nation is again going for polls. The impact of such unique political situation of India is great. It has developed scope for political thrillers like Prisoner Jailor Prime Minister, The PM’s wishlist, and The Redeemers. All these are works of fiction but talks about a greater, more powerful India with a decisive secular leader. However, this book distinguishes itself from its peers in style, storytelling, and approach.

The story is remotely based on the concurrent situation of India. There are saffron forces, secular forces, and there is one Harvard return musician, who is handling the legacy of his politician father. He becomes the prime minister of India and deals with the problems of Nation. This character resembles a mix of leading political figures Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal, and Narendra Modi. The lead character Siddhartha Tagore sometimes looks like man of people Arvind Kejriwal and youngster Rahul Gandhi. And, he belongs to no traditional party like BJP and Congress. So, he seems to lead the third front of India but that is a part of fiction.

The language of the book is quite interesting. The author has used simple words and phrases to demonstrate the different modes of the characters. The readers are not required to use the dictionary or their smartphones to understand the dialogues of the book.

My Experience as an Avid Reader: The thing I liked in this book is the use of real names like Narendra Modi. The trouble of writing such political thrillers is the constantly evolving political scenario of the demographics to which the work of fiction is inspired. However, the author has beautifully maintained the pace and portrayed the character of Siddhartha Tagore. Moreover, the rapidly evolving storyline helps you in keep reading the book, which you will not find in other stories of same plot.

50 Words Verdict: You must read the book if you like reading light fiction on Indian politics and love to read about a political leader, who will set the nation free from all sorts of problem. It is undoubtedly a good book to read but the timing seems little unsuitable for the youngsters.

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Book Review: Maya’s Revenge by Deepika Ahlawat


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Maya’s Revenge is a bag full of mystery, thrill, and exciting stories of Indian princely states. This tale of revenge becomes interesting with a touch of globalization.

With her debut book, the author Deepika Ahlawat stands in the league of young Indian English authors like Ashwin Sanghi, Amish Tripathi, and Anuja Chandramouli, who write on ancient Indian history & mythology with a touch of our real world. The books credited with the names of such writers break the sales records and go for movie adaptations because they reincarnate ancient Indian heroes and their heroic tales. Young parents told these new stories to their three-year old kids, especially in English so that their kids can adopt English as a mother language. In this way, Maya’s Revenge does get a targeted audience.

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The story of the book is quite exciting and fills the reader with immense thrill and joy of reading. In one line, there is one developed Indian princely state, which has an adversary for its prince. On opening the book, you enter in a new Indian, which you have never thought and even dreamt of because you enter in The United States of India. While reading the mysterious story of Maya’s Revenge, the readers looks at this different India with a touch of fascination and admire. Like all old Indian tales, there is a white clan, which is ruling Shreepur state for over 700 years and develops an adversary. This adversary stands up to destroy the ages old white clan and claim her name in the history of India.

My Experience as an Avid Reader: As far as my personal experience is concerned, I found this book little difficult to finish as the book seemed slow to me. The story takes the pace after some about 60 pages. Moreover, one need to use Google to make the most of the book as the author have used terms like Machiavellian scheming, which makes one to Google the term. At least, it did to me. So, the book enhances your vocabulary, which is good.

50 Words Verdict: It’s a good book for the people, who love to read about ancient Indian stories, written in plain English and connected with our contemporary world. In this book, there are threats from Pakistan’s secret agency ISI, Afghanistan, and friendly relations with the USA but with a new and different India.

Top Five Books of Khushwant Singh


Khushwant Singh PicturesWhen we look at the legacy of eminent writer, journalist, and thinker Khushwant Singh, who recently passed away on 20th of March, 2014 at the age of 99, we come to know a person who was a guy, known for his clarity of thoughts and transparency. In his lifetime, he worked for renowned publication like Hindustan Times, Reader’s Digest, The Illustrated Weekly of India, and The National Herald. And, he has written somewhere around 116 books, which makes it difficult for the early readers to choose the right book to begin with. Here are the top five books that every aspiring writer should read.

1. Train to Pakistan

Train to Pakistan is known as the most renowned book from the author. It is the portrayal of 1947 era when one great Indian nation was being divided into two parts as per the majority of religious communities. People were running from their homes, leaving behind their roots and wealth in order to save themselves in a country, which belonged to them before the separation begun. In such chaotic situation, a train, carrying the bodies of dead Shikhs, carrying the bodies of dead Shikhs, arrives in a village called Mano Majra, situated on the border of Hindustan & Pakistan. Seeing this, the village turns into battlefield and one guy is left to control all this chaos. And, he is Juggut Singh, who falls for a Muslim girl and tries to tackle the situation.

2. Delhi

This may seem interesting for all writers as the author has interestingly explained his personal experiences Delhi as a city its surroundings. The book brings back and forth in the times of Delhi, when there were English mames and lonely wives of Indian army officers. The author has talked about his relationship with a whore who saved his life during 1984 Sikh riots. In short, if you are looking for a journalistic account on pre and post independence Delhi then Delhi-the novel will be a right pick for you. In this way, you can also consider the recent novel of Capital – A Portrait of Twenty-First Century.

3. Truth, Love and a Little Malice

This is an autobiography of the author, which gained much a stir in Indian media as the book talks about the author’s relationship with Ex-prime minister Indira Gandhi and the book faced a stay on release due to the Menka Gandhi’s lawsuit against the release of the book.

4. Why I Supported the Emergency (2004)

In this book, the bold and legendary writer shares his account of history and reasons to support the Emergency in India, imposed by Indira Gandhi government. He has tried to mention the mistakes of previous situation and has suggested the corrective measures to avoid the previous on such situations in future.

5. A History of the Sikhs Vol 1 (SECOND EDITION):

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This is known as the most authentic and authoritative account on the history of Sikhs. The way of presenting facts is quite simple and interesting. Therefore, any first time reader can relate with the book.

You can buy all these books from online shopping portals. But please don’t carry any expectations before picking any book of the author as reading any new author is like joining a strange story-teller in a strange world with all possibilities of wonders and mishaps. So, just enjoy the fun of reading this legendary by feeling the words.

World owes you nothing says Yashodhara Lal to young writers


Yashodhara Lal ImageIn an interview with Hues of A Soul, Yashodhara Lal, who is a celebrated author of two best selling books Sorting Out Sid and Just Married Please Excuse talked about the little things of publishing industry. In this short interview, the author honestly shared her honest thoughts and given thought provoking insights to young authors, who dream of becoming new age celebrated author like Ravi Subramaniyam, Amish Tripathi, and Chetan Bhagat. Though, Yashodhara also joins the league of IIM graduate authors but keeps a low profile and connects directly with her audience. The excerpts of the interview are given below:

You have written your previous book from a girl’s perspective. What inspired you to write Sorting out Sid from a male’s perspective?

This book was originally written as the story of a Single Mom, Neha and the Divorced man, Sid. However, when I sent it to my sister in its raw state, she said that the male character was somehow just more relatable. It surprised me that being a woman, she related more to the man herself! So it got me thinking that this could make a very interesting story centered on just the man – there also aren’t many books in this genre – humorous takes on relationships- written from the male perspective. In fact, I can’t recall any right now. It was therefore a fresh idea and a challenge, so I reworked it – and my editor loved it! So that was that.

Sid is a boy next door with average looks and confident personality. How did you develop this character, which is humorous, witty, confident but still hold flaws, which make him real and relatable?

Sid is actually fairly good looking, alternating between vanity and insecurity about his looks; but his confidence is a put-on, as are so many things about him. This character is an amalgamation of so many personality traits that I’ve observed in men ( and some women, including myself). He sort of developed himself as a character once I got into writing about him!
Do you think there was a way-out for Sid and Mandira to avoid the separation because the things can also go sour with his new love interest after few years of relationship as they existed because of series of mutual misunderstandings? See it as a real life situation!

Sid and Mandira had it coming for too many years; there was just too much dust swept under the carpet. Sometimes, the only solution is to let go. And yes, even subsequent relationships could go sour. But this one was done and dusted…too much bitterness, I think, especially on her side. I hope we’re not giving away too much of the story, ha ha!

At one point, Sid tried to console Mandira by moving forward to hug her while she was weeping. Was that the point from where the things could have sorted out between Sid & Mandira?

No. It was much too late for one moment of tenderness to wipe out years of bitterness.

Was Little Kippy somewhere connected to peanut or papad? Please share the experience of creating kippy because I really liked this beautiful character 

Kippy as a character is certainly not central or over-described, but represents just an average toddler learning to assert her own independence as she grows under the supervision of a determined single mom. I suppose my experience of having 3 kids has resulted in a certain familiarity with that particular age – but fictional Kippy has inherited some characteristics from her fictional mother Neha, in terms of a tendency to be stubborn, and her cheerfulness. More than Kippy as a personality herself, I think it is the reactions she inspires in the adults of the story that make her important.

Please tell us something about the publication process of your first and second book, which has been published by Harper Collins India.

I sourced some email IDs and sent out a covering letter and first few chapters of my first book to many publishers. Most of them were kind enough to respond – some in weeks, some taking months! Incidentally, HarperCollins was one of the few who took months, but I love their editorial team and the second book flowed naturally with them.

Did the close friend and associates change the perspective towards you on becoming the author of two successful books?

First of all, there’s a lot of respect you get for being an author – even in today’s day and age where it’s easier to get published than before. That’s one of the nice things. The not-so-nice part is that some people start to assume you think you’re a big shot now. Which is totally not true because even as a so-called ‘successful’ author, you’re still one amongst so many! My closest friends and family members have been supportive through a lot of chaotic times, though. Some relationships, I’ve had to let go, and that’s fine.

How do you explain the success of a fiction author? Can it be marked with the selling figures of the book?

I think sales, apart from reviews and positive feedback of course, have to be the most telling indicator of success. You can be on page 3 as much as you want, but the question is – are people actually reading your work, are they valuing it enough to buy and then recommend to their friends? It does matter.

Did your professional experience in marketing and exposure to such lifestyle help you in creating close to real events in this book?

Definitely – Sid is a Marketing Head who goes through a bunch of ridiculous things at work. A lot is based on my experience in the corporate world!

What do you suggest to emerging and budding authors when they reach on the stage of publication?

Keep yourself grounded. The world isn’t going to change overnight for you. Just keep at it, write better and better books and don’t get carried away by your own expectations about what the world owes you. It owes you nothing. Each single reader is valuable, so please retain your humility. And above all – keep reading, do not be;come one of those authors who proudly proclaim they don’t read at all, but still write books! All the best

Book Review : Sorting Out Sid by Yashodhara Lal


Yashodhara Lal BooksSorting Out Sid is an interesting tale of our metropolitan lives with real situations and challenges. You can easily relate yourself with the lead characters of the story. It perfectly deals with issues of gloomy metropolitan lives and portrays the solitary lifestyle young professionals, who dislike their lifestyles but feel unable to do what they love to do. It gives you the chance to look inside you and helps you in sorting out the common problems of your life. In some ways, it reflects the best-selling novel of Chuck Palahniuk called Fight Club, where the lead character finds him struck in his gloomy lifestyle with insomnia. However, this book is not that serious. It’s a fun book that makes you laugh, smile, and keep reading till the last page of the book. I found this out in the bloggers meet held at Harper Collins event for the preview of this book.

The story revolves around four main characters called Sid, Mandira, Aditi, Neha, and little Kippy. The protagonist Sid is a young professional, who works in a toilet cleaning company and struggles to have a peaceful loving life with his wife Mandira. Apart from these two characters, there is Aditi, who is a close friend of Sid and Neha, who is a proud single mother and works in advertising industry. These characters are really interesting as they look real. You can pick anyone from your office colleagues as Sid, Neha, Aditi, and Mandira. So, it’s all like listening to a close office friend about the troubled life of one of your colleague. After all, there is little Kippy, who is the most beautiful part of the book. She is a three year old girl child of Neha.

When it comes to the language of Sorting out Sid, you will be amazed with the wit of dialogues and their timing. There are some dialogues that make you laugh uncontrollably and some idiotic yet natural activities of Sid, which makes you smile. Yet, the lead character is an original creation of the author called Yashodhara Lal, who has previously written Just Married Please Excuse.

My Experience as an Avid Reader: Well, I like the book as it does not try to portray any larger than life characters and keep the storyline original with the real lives of our generation, which lives in metropolitan cities. Yes, we all feel same when a less deserving guy gets out of the turn promotion and when we work all night for a morning presentation as Sid did. So, it’s all real.

50 Words Verdict: Sorting out Sid is a onetime read book for people, who live in metropolitan cities because they can relate to the storyline. It is a good book for college going students and far better than college romance stories. So, here you go if you fall in these categories of readers.

Book Review : Walking with the Comrades By Arundhati Roy


Arundhati Roy booksFor common people of India, the Naxalites, Maoists, Islamic Fundamentalists, Leftwing – rightwing extremists are like cousin brothers. They force people to follow their ideologies and kill the ones who dare to question. They all look-alike in morning news paper stories and evening new channel debates, where one anchor, on the top of his pitch, asks about the moment when the nation will get rid of such internal security challenges. This is one side of the story but other side of story opens itself up when you read the works of Arudhati Roy. As Washington Post described that Arundhati Roy is India’s most powerful and articulate dissident, who is patiently assessing issues of internal security challenges with a rational nationalistic approach. Being nationalistic does not mean losing connect with the people of land and allowing atrocities against the people, who don’t understand your nationalistic ideas and motivations towards big things. And, it reflects in all the works of Ms. Roy.

It reflects the book “Walking with the Comrades” too. It is a beautiful narrative of life of reluctant revolutionaries, who somehow get the gun to fuel their unwanted revolutions against their own people. It is the story of thousands of people, who live in dense forests of Chhattisgarh, India. It tells about the personal experiences of the writer during her stay in Maoist infested areas. It tells you about the little guns, games, and green revolution. In simply understandable language, she has described the ideation and functioning of a new idea called “Gram Swaraj with Guns”. She has made it clear that this idea might not suitable to work in Alaska, India, or let alone New Delhi but in the thick forests of Dandakaranya it somehow works.

There are Jantana Sarkars, which effectively ensures the rule of people’s law in the area. Real people who while being transparent and non-partisan, give judgments on local issues and take important decisions on issues related to survival. Further, the writer describes the social and administrative system of this society. For example, the common language of communication is Hindi and several divisions to handle diversified operations of the area. There are divisions like Krishi (agriculture), Vyapar-Udyog (trade and industry) Arthik (economic), Nyay (justice), Raksha (defense), Hospital (health), Jan Sampark (public relations), School-Riti Rivaj (education and culture), and Jungle. Importantly, the Jangal division stands for saving the forests. And, as per the report of Indian government, the forests have increased in the Maoist infested areas. So the fight is not of the land but it is of survival.

But what is more interesting in this journey of the writer is that the people of the jungles are only asking the central governments to stop exploiting the mineral reserves of India with such a haste and ensuring a legitimate method of compensation. So, on being disappointed from their elected government, the people of forests have put on arms to fight till their last breaths to save their homeland from crony capitalists.

My Experience as an avid reader: Reading Walking with the Comrades has been eye-opening for me. I wasn’t aware with the concept of Gram Swaraj with Gun. The increasing strength of these groups shows their belief in their own system. Apart from this, the way of telling important facts like comparison between the profits of tribal people and contractors is rational and neutral. As she does not sell any idea or agenda through this book and only opens a new window for you to look at their innocent lives. Yes, they are accused of serious crimes against the nation but they are at war and ready to pay the price of fighting for homeland. In short, I wanted to re-read it someday.

50 Words Verdict: If you don’t carry any certain ideology behind these problems and open to understand the problems from the core then Walking with the Comrades is a must read for you. It will raise substantial questions in you and encourage you to see reason in every news story before believing them.