Book Review Treat: The perfect drug by Chaitanya Saini

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The perfect drug by chaitanya saini is a uniquely crafted story of ananya, an intelligent guy aiming for admission in a prestigious college. He finally gets a seat at St. Stephen’s college in Delhi, which sets a pathway not only pursuing his dream but a lot of hardwork and twists and turns along the way.

The book follows a very unique format and it’s own terminology which manages to create a very intimate connect with the reader. The book progresses in the way a cell becomes a baby to an adult, over the years. This progression is linked to the Spiritual journey of an aware and willing individual.
On the outset, this is a very usual story of a guy studying in a prestigious college and dealing with the heavy pressure and daily rigmarole. Moving ahead, he starts questioning the system which doesn’t see beyond materialistic capacity of a person.
However on closer inspection we find that this book presents very valid and deep philosophical questions which have the potential to not only improve the life we’re living but even remarkably change the system that keeps us bind in a cage.
The contents are hence arranged in such a manner that follows the Spiritual awakening of the reader, through the protagonist Ananya. When we’re completely engrossed in the system, our level of consciousness is equivalent to the physical shape of a Zygote, which progresses to Embryo, then to fetus moving ahead to development of genitilia (which marks our individuality and identity in the society).
Ananya is on the quest to making a perfect drug which according to him would help to beat the demon outside. But can a heightened state of consciousness be actually attained by some artificial means? The key ingredient (his intuitive power) which enables Ananya to challenge a desolate system is compromised once there is overdependence of this “Perfect Drug”.
This book has a very spiritual, soul searching edge to it which manages to question very valid shortcomings of the society. Overall I would rate this book 4/5 for the way it handles a serious theme and mixes it well, making it a perfect, valuable read for the average college going reader.
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Letters in the Rain Book Review

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Letters in the Rain is a beautiful story of youthful love. It depicts how life takes the steps of change with new found feelings and emotions.
The writing style and presentation did wonder to the book. The story is easy going, like a next door tale. The characters are the main focus of the story, they are the ones who speak to the readers and keeps the story moving.
There could have been much more to the content, something more creative. Overall it was a fine read.
Review: Rating : 4/5

Inseparability

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You know a coin, right?

You’ve seen it, touched it, and use it almost daily for your transactions.

But you do also know a coin has two sides. That is essentially what it means to “be” a coin.

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It has two faces which are polar opposite to each other and yet, they are inseparable.

Where one face walks, the other walks hand in hand.

There are some things in life that never make sense together, yet, they’re inseperable.

That’s the magic of it. Sometimes, it’s the most (seemingly) incompatible things that are meant to stick together.

Sometimes, just sometimes, a thing alone makes no sense unless it is complemented with another!

—- by ©® Madhulika Mitra

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The Journey Of Elusiveness

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There’s that time in your life when you’ve yet again lost hold of what you’ve been clinging onto.

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The one thing you were ready to cross mountains for and leap through all the valleys. But it seems that all that running and chasing and longing for was nothing but in vain.

It’s that moment where yet again the object of your desire just slips off from your hand, like a cloud.

Some things are elusive. They’re like wisps of smoke that make their presence felt yet trying to hold onto them is a futile endeavor. You don’t know where does the longing lead you yet that burning, stoking, ravenous flames of desire that this longing creates leaves you in nothing but a perilous state.

Such is the journey of this elusiveness.

You want to help yourself through this but this is a never-ending pit where you just can’t stop yourself from falling into.

And so you’re prancing through the rabbit hole

Forever and ever……………….

Till eternity.

The dawn and dusk are just another passing minutes on the hands of the giant clock.

You fear both the possibilities that this destiny holds:

Either you keep ticking and don’t stop anywhere

Or, you fear the time where the hands of the giant clock are tired and you become a static motion in its face.

—- by ©® Madhulika Mitra

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Book Review Treat: Rafflesia the Banished Princes by Gautam

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Rafflesia the Banished Princes by Gautam is a story of love in varied forms. True essence of love is sharing, caring, believing and forgiving. It is also letting go of when holding on to gets difficult. The central character Apoorva or sweetly called Appu has a loving relationship with his parents, his friend Rahul and his parents, his neighbors, colleagues, and any person he came in contact with. His wife who ultimately deserts him because of her selfish interest bears no ill will against him.
The title of the book appears as motif several times in the story as well as in the life of the protagonist as a symbol of Hope and light at the end of the tunnel but serves as a contrast to the real life of Appu.
A good sensible story which goes back and forth in the life of Appu

Book Review Treat: 37+ Grace Marks by Vishal Anand

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It appears that Vishal Anand was inspired by Chetan Bhagat’s 5.0 Someone since the setting of both the stories are prestigious engineering institutes where the students get admission after much slogging in achieving academic excellence in schools and preparation for entrance examination in there institutions.  The students are motivated to get admission in these institutes primarily to fulfil the heightened ambitions of the parents or their own ambitions caused due to peer pressure.  However, soon after getting in, they lose academic interest and find pleasure in wine and women.

In this story, the protagonist while lost in the pleasures in the company of friends, gets enamored by the beautiful classmate Nimisha brooding over whom, loses opportunity to excel in studies and barely manages to scrap to next semesters with the help of grace marks.

Spurned by the girl, he tries to focus onto other girls, but by then he clearly understands that he is actually in love with the girl Nimisha but there is no way to win the heart of the girl.

His association with Muthu meanwhile helps him to realize his goal for achieving excellence even  though it  is too late.  He makes an attempt on his life but is saved by the timely call of his father who expresses his love and faith in him.

Heroic qualities is heightened thereafter and he makes up for the loss for the lost opportunities and regains the trust and faith of his lost love interest, Nimisha.

Even though the plot is clichéd, yet the characterization is good.  The story ends with a positive vibe without being preachy.  The language is simple but sustained interest to the last.

 Overall a good read.

 

Book Review Treat: “Demons in My Mind: When Mind Becomes Your Biggest Enemy” by Ashish Gupta

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Demons in My Mind: When Mind Becomes Your Biggest Enemy” by Ashish Gupta is a novel which can easily cut through the clutter of contemporary authors flooding the market with light-fluffy stuff. It’s a good, intellectual as well as an interesting read which challenges the reader and brings forth some very pertinent questions in a quite entertaining way. The book deals with heavy questions of criminal psychology and how a criminal should be viewed and treated in a society.

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This book is very well written. It is divided into various sub plots, all woven very intricately and flowing in a sequence so it can provide enough suspense and build up to the reader.

The main protagonist, Dakshesh is shown to be at the last stage of cancer nearing a painful death. To be relieved of this malady, this pain, he asks his comrades to take him to three powerful mystics who seem to be the only ray of hope for an escape from this dreary end. The story seems to be going on a spiritual turn just when the twists are brought in, rather very cleverly, and these three are shown to be in real hardened criminals. They narrate their stories to Dakshesh and how they came to a fork in the road in their lives  on meeting Alia, a homeless girl, when they made the decision to leave their dark pasts behind and move to a better path.

These three monks bring with them a lot of variety as all three belong to three different religions- Rizwaan, a Muslim; Murli, a Hindu and Joseph, a Christian. The issues they dealt with are also different and each equally dark in their own ways. One was a murderer, the other a rapist and the third, a lover turned torturer. The differences brought out with so much dexterity point to the fact that crime in fact has no religion, and religion rarely does determine the path a person takes. It is more often the circumstances, the struggles and state of mind of the person embarking on the dark and dangerous path of crime.

The author manages to highlight very important factors that bring a person to such a path: the control of mind over a person or a person over their mind? Once you enter the dark path is there ever really an escape? Hallucinations and misjudgements or clarity and cutting through illusions: which does a person choose and where does the choice lead him to?

Though no one could relieve Dakshesh of his physical pain, yet, listening to their stories relieves him of hid mental and emotional agony as the nature of their minds makes him come face to face with nature of his own mind and the issues plaguing a society at large.

Overall, this is a very well written, fast paced novel. Though the plot seems simple, in reality it is not as there are so many sub plots interwoven beautifully, adding a very unique touch to the story. The plot is very unique and interesting to read, and the author must be commended for developing it so well.