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Sunday, August 14, 2016

The Complex Story of a Suicide


The Story of a Suicide is a complex story



Complex because it tries to represent Life … and Life is Complex.

Complex because it tries to bring together the challenges that the youth face today … and those challenges are complex. Not because they are really complex … but because the youth is subjected to peer pressure as well as certain delusions of perceptions that make things complicated for themselves.


Complex because there are so many real as well as perceived challenges out there for the youth … and there are more perceived challenges against the small number of ‘real’ challenges. The youth gets confused between the real and perceived (as well as imaginary) challenges and get their priorities wrong; messing up their lives.

I am sure you think I am being overly harsh in my judgment and you might be saying “as if you were never young Hemant?” …


But seriously … do you remember hearing of the ‘numerous’ suicide cases or have you heard of references of psychiatrists and counsellors in your time? There were there in your time too BUT were they so prominent or so busy?

The Story of a Suicide is an attempt … an experiment … a helping hand … reaching out to any and every person struggling with depression within himself/herself for various reasons. Maybe they can find a common factor … maybe they can find some answers …


It is a story which tries to bring together several different challenges and issues that the typical teenager/youth faces today ... which could eventually lead to suicide or at least suicidal tendencies which ultimately mess up their lives and their thinking ability. (The key here is ‘messing up with their thinking ability’)

Love, Sex, Drugs, Sexual orientation/preference, Gay/Lesbian, child abuse, rape, freedom to lead one’s life unshackled by family as well as society norms and moral standards, peer pressure, FB/Twitter impact on lives, complying and not complying to societal norms, Voyeurism, online/real-life abuse as well as online/real-life bullying, hacking - not just email or other online accounts but mobile devices etc ... and so on and so forth … the list is very looong.


You might wonder how were so many things were dealt with in a single story. It would be overwhelming. It might become a preaching book rather than novel or a story.

Well, that did not happen. The story is well woven and well written.

 


Now for some warning: You need to have a certain maturity to read and understand and appreciate the thoughts and ideas expressed in the story. If you don't ... then you will end up hating the book and think that it is utter nonsense. On the other hand, reading the book gives you some level of maturity to understand and appreciate other people and their differences. So it’s kind of a loop here. Read it with an open mind and keep it open ... don't clam up at the first sight of something that you don't agree with. Agree to disagree and continue.


I would readily recommend the story to anyone.

 

Special note: You can read the story for free ... its online .. on a website ... BUT there is more than the story.

 

There are very interesting illustrations / drawing / sketches to enhance your story reading experience. And they are really very good. They are illustrative of the story and the turmoil. Wish I had a little artistic vocabulary so that I could describe the work. I will stick to ‘fabulous’ ... The various 'fabulous' imagery you see in this review post is actually from the book's website. These are chapter openers / headers and there are additional illustrations within too. Just a quick scroll/skim through the post and you will see not only the beauty of the illustrations but also the visual concept behind them and you will surely wonder about their relevance to the story. TRUST me, they are relevant ... the  elephant as well as the Devil as well as the face represented in multiple colors.

There is also audio version of each chapter that you can listen to.


And the biggest difference is that for each chapter you have something called "How Do I?" section which will give the reader tips on how to deal with situations (and not get into the state of suicidal tendencies). This is really the focus or the key aspect of this whole project.


Kudos to the entire team who has put this whole thing together - the author being just one member. Had support from the web designers, the artist/illustrator for the sketches supporting the story, the content developer for the 'how do i' sections, the very impressive promo video and audio version creators and others. Big congratulations to them all - you have really created a very good piece of art / literature.

 


Some personal thoughts:

Har Ek Friend Zaruri Hota Hain – Yes. It is extremely important to have a friend. Someone you trust and can confide in. You may be extrovert or introvert – it doesn’t matter. Making friends has nothing to do with being extrovert. Its about finding a person you can relate to and match your frequency with. Go … find that one person. Talk to him/her and confide. They are your ‘straw’ when you feel drowned in emotions and thoughts. Having someone to share your thoughts is something that will definitely keep you away from suicidal thoughts to a great extent.



Priorities – get your priorities right buddy. Life is very precious and there are far more important things and people than a grade, results, career performance, girlfriend/boyfriend, peer pressure, being cool etc. When you feel suicidal, you are under-valuing your parents, your own life and all your friends and people who love you or who care about you. You are undermining their feelings for you and their trust in you. Suicide is almost NEVER the answer or solution to any problem or situation. It is a permanent and fatal solution to a temporary problem or situation. Just not worth it. And worst of all, you don’t even survive to see if this ‘solution’ worked. And never forget the pain and hurt you will cause to all the people who love you and care about you. Do you really want to do THAT?

Peer Pressure – this one is a perceived issue and NOT a real one. Just protect yourself from this one and don’t fall for it. It will trouble you in many many different ways … just guard yourself against it. Don’t fall for it.


Last but not the least, I will borrow from my dear friend Dr.Roshan where his great advice to you … the friend to another person … is to say something like “See you tomorrow” or “See you soon” to your friends. Especially if you find they are not in a good mood or worse in depression or suicidal emotions. Those simple words could in some ways force them to keep themselves alive so that they can keep the implicit promise of seeing you again. You will never know if this worked but what the heck, you don’t lose anything by keeping it in mind.

Back to Book Review and my rating for the book ...
Ratings on Book Review Parameters:
Cover Design:  5.0 / 5   .... includes the rating for all the illustrations
Writing Style:  4.5 / 5 
Characters:     4.0 / 5
Story / Plot:    4.5 / 5
Climax:            4.0 / 5
Overall:           4.5 / 5

All the images in the post are from the website - http://www.storyofasuicide.com/ - of the book and are created by Ghana !! FABULOUS work.   


Friday, August 05, 2016

Book Blast - The Conspiracy at Meru by Shatrujeet Nath


The Conspiracy at Meru
(Vikramaditya Veergatha # 2)





VICTORY IS TEMPORARY. THE BATTLE IS ETERNAL.

Vikramaditya and his Council of Nine have fought valiantly to repel the rampaging hordes from Devaloka and Patala – but Avanti has been brought to its knees. Ujjayini lies battered its citizens are scared and morale is badly shaken. Meanwhile, the barbaric Hunas and Sakas are gathering on the horizon and cracks are emerging between the allied kingdoms of Sindhuvarta.

The only silver lining is that the deadly Halahala is safe. For now.

Bent on vengeance, Indra is already scheming to destroy Vikramaditya, while Shukracharya has a plan that can spell the doom for the Guardians of the Halahala. How long can the human army hold out against the ferocity and cunning of the devas and asuras? And will Vikramaditya’s love for his queen come in the way of his promise to Shiva?






The deadly Halahala, the all-devouring poison churned from the depths of the White Lake by the devas and asuras, was swallowed by Shiva to save the universe from extinction.
But was the Halahala truly destroyed?
A small portion still remains – a weapon powerful enough to guarantee victory to whoever possesses it. And both asuras and devas, locked in battle for supremacy, will stop at nothing to claim it.
As the forces of Devaloka and Patala, led by Indra and Shukracharya, plot to possess the Halahala, Shiva turns to mankind to guard it from their murderous clutches. It is now up to Samrat Vikramaditya and his Council of Nine to quell the supernatural hordes – and prevent the universe from tumbling into chaos!
A sweeping tale of honour and courage in the face of infinite danger, greed and deceit, The Guardians of the Halahala is a fantastical journey into a time of myth and legend.



About the Author
Door-to-door salesman, copywriter, business journalist & assistant editor at The Economic Times; Shatrujeet Nath was all this before he took to writing fiction full-time. He debuted with The Karachi Deception in 2013, followed by The Guardians of the Halahala and The Conspiracy at Meru, the first two books in the Vikramaditya Veergatha series. At present, he is writing volume three of the series. Shatrujeet lives in Mumbai, but spends much of his time in the fantasy worlds of his stories.



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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Book Review: The Last Love Story by Falguni Kothari


 


Book: The Last Love Story

Author: Falguni Kothari

No. of Pages: 300

Genre: Fiction

Publisher: Falguni Kothari

 

The book blurb …

I, Simeen Desai, am tired of making lemonade with the lemons life has handed me.

Love is meant to heal wounds. Love was meant to make my world sparkle and spin. Love has ripped my life apart and shattered my soul.

I love my husband, and he loves me. But Nirvaan is dying. I love my husband. I want to make him happy. But he is asking for the impossible.

I don’t want a baby. I don’t want to make nice with Zayaan. I don’t want another chance at another love story.

***WARNING*** Weepers, keep tissues handy.

 

Review …

I am speechless. In a way, I am all praise about the book, its writing, the author and all. I couldn't say enough to justify the 5 star rating and my personal bias towards giving it 6 or more stars out of 5.

I am numb. The book is an emotionally charged roller coaster with a very bold theme (if I may say so). It is not a novel for the average reader. It requires a very high level of maturity to even digest what is going on in the protagonists mind/heart and not hate her or judge her. It is emotionally draining to read about the complexity of her life and the demons she is fighting every moment. And also appreciate the struggles of the other characters. Even the minor characters of the story are not easily forgottable.  

Falguni gets my respect for crafting the character so well and she is on my 'fav authors' list now. I will read anything she writes. I had an emotional roller coaster ride as a reader. The ride she would have had as a writer must have been incredible.

Frankly i am speechless. I am like the audience who is so spell bound by a performance that they forget to clap. I am numb emotionally after reading the book and can’t think the proper words which need to go into an honest review.

Falguni manages to wrestle with several controversial subjects and roll them seamlessly into a complex story with complicated relationships and well sketched-out characters with diverse backgrounds.  

To the average reader, the book will appear to be scandalous in many places and overall they will be offended by it. Hence, it takes a matured reader to appreciate the book. The matured reader also identifies with the different characters and would find some shades of each character in himself/herself or in people around him/her. Once you begin to appreciate the matured content of the storyline … you accept the characters and the storyline as something very real … and you even forget that you are reading fiction.

Pick this book up if you are game for an emotional roller coaster and u have an open mind which is not bound and shackled by primitive or even today's world view of moral values and 'right behavior' and definition of relationships. You have been warned.

I have specifically NOT written anything about the different characters or the storyline. Go ahead, explore.  

Ratings on Book Review Parameters:

Cover Design:  2.5 / 5              Pretty ordinary cover design. Nothing noteworthy.
Writing Style:  5.0 / 5 
Characters:     5.0 / 5
Story / Plot:     5.0 / 5
Climax:             5.0 / 5
Overall:           5.0 / 5 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Cover Reveal - All of Me

*** Cover Reveal ***

Title: All of Me
Author: Jonali Karmakar
Length: 69 pages
Publication Date: May 29, 2016
ASIN: B01G0P8JGK


Book Blurb:
All of Me is a collection of thirteen little stories that have been gleaned from real life as well as imagination. Exploring a range of genres, these throb with everything primal to human nature: fear, angst, joy, love, and longing. Some stories are designed to elicit smiles, chuckles, and maybe even a belly laugh or two whereas some are meant as a reality check. Universal in nature, each story provides a glimpse of what women empowerment or a lack thereof can mean in a person’s life.

From a small hamlet in India to the roads of Australia; from a mother’s betrayal to a daughter’s confession; from an extra marital affair to a same sex relationship learn for yourself the what, how and whys.

Originally written for anthologies and ezines, these stories have been revisited and updated for this new collection.  


About the Author:

Jonali Karmakar is a fiction writer with a Masters in English. Writing is not just her passion but her way of dealing with life. She loves being able to escape into the worlds she creates. Everything that she writes becomes a part of her and she wants her readers to know the woman behind those words. In addition to being an educator, she works as a content editor for a local news portal. She has been providing editing, proofreading and translation services for the past few years.

Jonali’s work has been published in several journals, anthologies and poetry collections both national and international. An avid reader, she loves flipping pages of anything and everything on the table and reviewing the same on her blog Eclectic Moods. She feels that reading and writing are the flip sides of the same coin. Writing is her way of communicating with the world. When she’s not writing or teaching she loves to experiment with her paintings.

She has quite a few accolades to her name.

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

We are the architects of our Gold Mornings


 
Long ago, I had written a blog post titled – Google before Gargle – and another one which talked about the new basic necessities of life being Bread, Butter and Broadband. Well, the morning did begin with a quick look at gmail. Nowadays, it is whatsapp instead. The morning invariably begins with most people reaching out for their mobile phone to check whatsapp messages, even before opening their eyes.

Unfortunately, such beginnings to mornings dependent on gadgets and devices are plain sad. That’s one reason I shut off the wifi and mobile data from my phone when I sleep at night and do not switch them on till I am fully awake and I have made my mornings golden already.

The morning should be good. It should be great. It should be refreshingly golden great … simply because the whole day depends on it. A great morning often results in a fantastic day while a bad start of the day would result in a stressful day which will be a pain to go through.

One thing we should remember is that most often, it is in our hands to make our mornings better rather than worse. We are the architects of our own day.

For me, a good golden morning is about being fresh and feeling happy. A quick cold face wash followed by a refreshing brushing of the teeth (preferably with the new Colgate 360 Charcoal Gold toothbrush) followed by piping hot chai is a good way to begin BUT even before that I bring happiness in my morning by just looking at my sleeping 2 year old daughter in all her innocence. Such is the serene beauty and contentment on her face that I just stare at her filling my heart with hope and happiness – a golden start to my morning.

What else could I hope for from a morning #Colgate360GoldMornings

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Mumbai City – Made of Great


When it comes to my favorite city, it cannot be anything else other than Mumbai.
There is no thinking required nor are there any two thoughts about it. Mumbai wins hands-on in my mind when it comes to being my favorite city.
Yeah yeah … you have all heard about the horrors of Mumbai Locals, the rains and the incessant flooding and of course the Blasts have made the city famous time and again.
Yes, it is a notorious city that way but the reason these things happen is because Mumbai is unequivocally THE most important city in the country.
Thankfully, I have lived my entire life here and have grown to love it.
For anyone from outside, it is difficult to fall in love with the city. It is a difficult city for people who are not use to it. In case you are the one amongst many who actually enjoy the Mumbai brand of life and living, there is no looking back.
 

The Drive

One of the things I have always loved about the city is the sheer driving ease as compared to other Indian cities. Mumbai is one of the more disciplined cities in the country and most people tend to follow the rules (and not break them as one deems fit). Few people jump the red light and a handful will break traffic rules for the heck of it. The drive around the city is not bad … from the point of view of other cars and vehicles around. The traffic situation is definitely bad and there are traffic jams every now and then and there are many who would break the traffic rules but the overall situation is pretty disciplined and BETTER than other major cities. In fact, while the average Mumbaikar will crib about the bad traffic situation, someone who has driven around in different cities of the country will truly appreciate Mumbai's traffic sense and the 'relative ease' of driving around.

The Design

Mumbai, as a city has not only evolved and modernized but for those who haven't forgotten, it is an island city made out of 7 islands joined together (followed by additional reclamation from the sea). It's a city that stretches almost around 60 km from Churchgate to Virar and THAT is essentially the path taken by the infamous Mumbai Local trains. The north-south connectivity provided by the local trains is unparalleled. Trains are fast and they are not impacted by traffic conditions so they are more or less on time and you can reach places within defined time interval. The east-west connectivity is pretty much provided by the slow buses plying on the roads … and hence subjected to traffic snarls and uncertainty. Metro and Mono-rail projects along with some freeway projects are all set to solve this age-old east-west connectivity problem and we are definitely making progress. The new Mumbai emerging from these connectivity projects will be a city designed for better travel across the different parts.

The Connect   

It's the average Mumbaikar who is the Hero here. People connect with each other in various ways .. some of them very peculiar to the city. People connect most in local trains and then they also connect at the ubiquitous tea and vada-pav stalls. People also connect during the rains taking shelter under any shade available. People connect in Mumbai is definitely strong and it makes it a city with a warm heart.

Mumbai is simply the best city and my personal favorite and it is definitely #MadeOfGreat


Friday, December 11, 2015

Book Review: Soul Warrior (The Age of Kali #1) by Falguni Kothari



 

Book: Soul Warrior (The Age of Kali #1)

Author: Falguni Kothari

No. of Pages: 404

Genre: Fiction

Publisher: Falguni Kothari (seems like self-published)


The book blurb reads thus …

Twisted myths. Discretion advised. Fight fate, or succumb to destiny? 

In the dark Age of Kali, the Soul Warrior alone stands guard over the Human Realm, protecting its denizens from evil-willed asuras or demons. When a trick of fate appoints him guru to a motley crew of godlings, he agrees to train them as demon hunters against his better judgment. Suddenly, Lord Karna is not only battling the usual asuras with sinister agendas, but also rebellious students and a fault-ridden past.Spanning the cosmic realms of mythic India, here is a tale of a band of supernatural warriors who come together over a singular purpose: the salvation of Karna’s secret child.
 

It was definitely an interesting blurb but I was already suffering from a Mahabharata overload, having read Sharat Komarraju’s Hastinapur series (2 books) and some related short story collections. So, I actually skipped this one but luckily I did decide to read/review this one … why u ask ??

Because it was fugging awesome !!  (and if you are wondering what the hell is ‘fugging’ and why would I use it here in this particular review, you got to read the book)

I enjoyed reading every bit of this novel and would probably be the first time that I actually connected to the author on twitter and told her how much I was enjoying her work. Even asked her when the subsequent books in the series were coming up. 

Coming back to the book, the author has taken up a very refreshing writing style for the book. 

From the plot point of view, there are surprises in the book, Several of them, spread across the book ... and the way the author reveals the suspense in an off-hand matter-of-fact manner, it almost shocks you into stopping to read and say to yourself ... "Damn .. didn't see that coming" In short ... superbly written.  

The book is NOT mythological. It is set in modern day ... in the present times. What the author has done is take some characters from our Indian mythology and bring them to the present times (along with some 'new' characters'). 

The protagonist, Karna, is modernized. His portrayal as the cool-dude badass warrior is what I liked most and the introduction of the 'new' characters enhances the modernism and makes the whole take extremely enjoyable. 

The interaction between the various characters in the story is enjoyable and you look forward to their interactions more than the action inherent in the story. The other protagonist of the story is Draupadi. While Karna is still in his element, although modernized, you discover a completely different Draupadi here.


The supporting cast of Lavya and Ash along with the teens has done their job well of bolstering up the story-telling. And yeah, how can I forget the cool-dude Yama (God of Death) and the legendary Baitaal (from the Vikram-Baital stories, although nothing to do with Mahabharata). These and a couple of other character add to the colorful landscape of the story-telling. Kudos to the author.

I could probably go on and on about how wonderful the book is and one proof is also that I recommended the book as a 'must read' and 'immediate read' to my best friend who shares the passion of reading with me. 

It was a delightful read indeed and I will eagerly look forward to the next part in the series, to the extent that I tweeted to the author encouraging her to make that quick J

 

Ratings on Book Review Parameters:
Cover Design:  4.0 / 5
Writing Style:  4.5 / 5 
Characters:     4.5 / 5
Story / Plot:     4.0 / 5
Climax:             3.5 / 5
Overall:           4.0 / 5

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Sunday, December 06, 2015

Sugar Free Delight


With so much coffee in office that keeps the body machine running through the day (and week); the sugar levels tend to go up for any working professional and so the advice these days from docs is to get the diabetes check done every quarter once you cross 30 (I remember the number being 40 just about 10 year ago).

Additional suggestions are to keep the sugar intake limited. Can't really control the sugar intake in office coffee since it is either machine made (too much sugar or no sugar unfortunately) or made by our 'office boy' who is unfortunately 100 years old (at least it seems so) so any suggestion to alter the composition of the tea or coffee falls on deaf ears (literally). So either u get sweet (cross that, make that very sweet) coffee or you get 'no sugar' coffee. So as bad as machine made coffee

So I am left with controlling sugar intake in terms of 'sweets' intake.

As an indian, I am sure you will appreciate how difficult it is to avoid 'sweets' in the second half of the year which is full of festivals and good mahurat for marriages. Festivals also result in a lot of sweets being made at home and how can one NOT consume home-made mommy-made sweets in copious amounts. That's as necessary for survival as the coffee in office

So the alternative is to go sugar-free for home-made sweets and thankfully even the sweet-shops have sugar-free ones on offer now.

Its not easy to convince Mom's to use sugar-free instead of sugar or jaggery so I decided to make something myself … just as an example for mom to try and get confidence.

Since I had to make it, I looked for a fairly simple recipe that would use no or very little sugar and I could readily replace the sugar with sugar-free. To be on safer side and avoid comparison, I even avoided the usual indian desserts/sweets so that the taste would not be compared with the ones mom would make and be given a low rating … so heres the recipe I tried using Sugar Free Natura and I must say, the results were good and Mom was impressed.

I decided to make some Banana Cookies

Ingredients needed were few and simple:

                3 ripe bananas – mashed in a large bowl

                2 cups rolled oats

                1 cup juicy dates – chop them nice

                1/3rd cup vegetable oil or melted butter

                1 teaspoon vanilla extract

                Sugar Free Natura !!

Note: You can replace the dates with 1 cup raisins and dried apricots and voila … a different flavored banana cookies. You can experiment with different dry fruits to get an assortment.  

 

The making … its damn simple actually. As simple as A B C or 1 2 3

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Take the large bowl and mash the bananas in it.

  3. Gradually, stir in oats, dates, oil, and vanilla. Mix well, and allow it to sit for around 15 minutes.

  4. Add some Sugar Free Natura. Go light on it as the banana will act as natural sweetener and you need sugar-free just a little bit.

  5. Drop by teaspoonfuls (depending on the cookie size you want) onto an ungreased cookie sheet.

  6. Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly brown.

(well, that's actually twice the number of steps I thought)

Let it cool and its ready to be enjoyed. Its healthy and pretty tasty.

As simple as that

Some helpful tips:

  1. Go for small sizes. The banana cookies are chewy so small bites are better.

  2. Keep some in the jar in your cabinet and keep some in the refrigerator. Both of them offer different experiences and you never know which one will you enjoy more.

  3. You can also experiment with adding greater quantity of Oats (take 3 instead of 2 cups). A couple of times and you will get the proportion as per your taste and texture preference.

  4. You don't like dates. Go for raisins or dry apricot or other chewy dry fruit or you might even drop them out completely.

  5. It is a very flexible recipe so feel free to experiment with ingredients.  

     

     

 ENJOY ...

Here is the link to the Sugar Free Natura website for more information http://sugarfree-india.com/

 

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Book Review: Seeking Redemption by Madhu Vajpayee


 

 

Book: Seeking Redemption

Author: Madhu Vajpayee

No. of Pages: 194

Genre: Fiction

Publisher: Half Baked Beans

 

Story of a girl Meera, who is unwittingly drawn into a conflict from where she finds it difficult to emerge unscathed. It's her journey from being a simple, medical graduate belonging to a middle class family to the uncharted territories of corruption and caste based politics. Her path is crossed by the two men, both compelling yet completely contrasting characters, who are forever going to change her life. If it is Aman who can challenge her ideals and defy her resolves, and makes her the person she finally becomes, it is Abhay's sublime love which enables her to go through the vicissitudes of life. It's also the story of her loss as well as triumph against her own demons to find her true self.

 

There are some books that have a very captivating writing style.

My first impression was that ‘Seeking Redemption’ had a pretty ordinary but yet captivating writing style. Unfortunately, I can’t express in words what exactly I liked about the writing style, but in the very first few pages of the book, I knew I wouldn’t be regretting giving my time to this book.

Well, the quality which attracted me in the beginning of the book was kind of missing after the first 15-20% of the book. I don’t know what changed but I felt the writing style change and there were a lot of things which looked like first draft writing rather than refined and edited final manuscript version which has been polished.

Add to that the numerous grammatical errors and forced use of words and phrases that did not fit in the context or did not even convey the right meaning; and the end result was that it was not an easy-to-read book at all.

A couple of other things compounded the problem …

One was the constant use of ‘full names’ through the story. It interrupted my reading flow.

The other one was the abrupt break in the flow of the story. Some jump-cuts did not even make sense. The girl gets her parents to agree to met her boyfriend and then there is no mention of the same. The reader turns the page to read about the meeting and it is missing. Woah.

The central theme of the book is indeed caste based reservation BUT referring to it as the main source of problems too many times in the story was an overkill. There are times in the story where the reference does not seem logical. Often it seemed like over-simplifying a problem by blaming it on reservations and the conclusion seemed over-reaching. 

Inconsistency of character is another problem. The characters in the story behave abnormally … that is, they do not behave/react as per their established character. The characters showed signs of slipping (out of character) while the book were, at times, unnecessarily bringing in logic which seemed weird and irrelevant.

So … reading the book was not easy. I was tempted to give-up and abandon on several occasions but continued in the hope of a good story (having given up on ‘good writing’).

I do not blame a first-time author to publish such a flawed work. It is the responsibility of the publisher to help the author refine their product. I am not sure if the Publishers are not doing their job or whether the authors are declining the help given to them by the authors OR are authors not ready to spend on the refinement process?

In spite of all the criticism above, I would say that the author continue to write and learn to refine the writing to make a tighter script with minimal discrepancies and inconsistency. You write a lot and filter a lot … the residue being the finest of what you wrote that weaves together perfectly.

While there are so many problems, there is a little bit of silver lining too. The story has a strong message to convey (although not conveyed properly, unfortunately) and it would great if the book was polished and released again. The perspectives that are presented in the book are indeed worth a read and the author has indeed presented the many perspectives around the issue. The overall argument is well rounded and not one-sided. The overall book is that way good.

The cover design of the book was something that I liked. If I were reading the physical book (rather than a soft copy) I would have surely looked at the cover several times during the reading of the book. The cover echoes the essence of the story in some ways and its good work.

 

Ratings on Book Review Parameters:
Cover Design: 3.0 / 5
Writing Style: 1.5 / 5
Characters:     1.5 / 5
Story / Plot:     2.0 / 5
Climax:            1.5 / 5
Overall:           2.0 / 5