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“Atulya Mahajan stages a story of two people from small town to a huge country and narrates their story from how they adjust to how they get accomodated”

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AmreekanDesi – Masters of America, is a story of Akhil Arora – a young dorky engineer in Delhi as the author describes it who wants to prove it to the world that he can be on his own and Jaspreet Singh a.k.a Jassi a.k.a Jazz a.k.a Jazzminator who is busy dreaming a life straight out of American Pie and lands in America to find and live his own version of the same soap. It offers the Indian set up where mothers will cry a river for the son going so far coupled with excitement as well as fear for the new life in new world. It also gives an insight of what one feels in a land of unknown yet so many known people and how they adjust to a new surrounding which is so different from what is shown in movies and shows. AmreekanDesi is one book where the author stays to reality and shows that the folks are studying in college which many Indian Authors forget about. So yes, this book all in all is a tale of dream, love, adaptability of our lives, heartbreak, ups and downs and happy ending.

However, this book has let me down. Throughout my patience for reading 310 pages, I was made to long for one exciting or new thing to come up. The author comes up with incidents and reactions that will be prevalent even in the boys who come from small villages to a city like Mumbai. How they get conned, face racism and how they land up in mess, how love gets screwed up and how life goes for a toss because of it and how realization dawns and people improve and everything falls back to place offers nothing new as a story but the same expected things. Although the love story between Akhil and Nandita was sweet and may make you blush at times, especially when Akhil goes to Kolkata to impress Nandita’s parents and story thereafter. But besides those few instances, this book is nothing but a bore.

Go for this book as a light read only if you are new to this hobby otherwise it will only give you a “Waste of Time”¬†feeling at the end. Lastly, I would like to praise Mr. Saurav Das for an amazing cover design which makes anyone want to grab this book and read (did someone say, don’t judge the book by its cover? ūüėõ¬†)

My Rating:- 2/5

More Details about the book:-

Author: Atulya Mahajan

Price: 199/-

Genre: Fiction

Publisher: Random House India (Ebury Press)

ISBN: 978-8-184-00395-6

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Behind the Cover:-

Akhil Arora, a young, dorky engineer in Delhi, cant wait to get away from home and prove to his folks that he can be on his own. Meanwhile in a small town in Punjab, Jaspreet Singh, aka Jassi, is busy dreaming of a life straight out of American Pie. As fate would have it, they end up as roommates in Florida. But the two boys are poles apart in their perspectives and expectations of America. While Akhil is fiercely patriotic and hopes to come back to India in a few years, Jassi finds his Indian identity an uncomfortable burden and looks forward to finding an American girl with whom he can live happily ever after.

Laced with funny anecdotes and witty insights, Amreekandesi chronicles the quintessential immigrant experience, highlighting the clash of cultures, the search for identity, and the quest for survival in a foreign land.

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If you rob too much from one person, it becomes murder. If you steal little by little, it looks like business. Steal a penny from each person, call it service charge and you will be a millionaire. The volume makes a difference.

— Page 313 of the book

Photographed by Maulik Doshi

Photographed by Maulik Doshi 

 

They say, “Don’t judge the book by its cover”; probably someone would have said looking at this book, “Don’t judge the book by its name”. However, even if you are of any opinions that it would be the same typical *debutant-Indian-Author* type of a book, you would be proven wrong. “A Maverick Heart: Between love and life” is that type of a book with amazing cover page and stupid title. One may not even think of reading synopsis of this book if he comes across this book in any book store.

 

Judgements apart, as many of budding readers are not sticking to age old baseless prejudice over Indian Authors; or preconceived notions about the type of story or type of language they use; I must say, I am impressed by the way, a debutant engineer turned writer has composed this book. So yes, coming to the book, it is a story about 3 people РRahul, Neerav and Richita Рall of them IITians and how their story unfolds, going back and forth, meeting ups and downs, drowning in cheating or following money and those practical silver linings of wall street life, success and failure, right and wrongs, corruptions and manipulations and so on. 3 Characters, 3 different stories, however, strings attached to each other.

  • Rahul:- Charming, Intelligent and a person that was sure to make big bucks. He achieved scholarship even before his final results and was sure to have a bright future. However, the need to do right things and postpone something for a while changes his life and he loses his friends, love and a year. The impact makes him someone, who fights alone with the world but this guy will never complain, never hold grudge and move forward, opposing every practicality and live with emotions.
  • Neerav:- The carefree lad, who goes to USA and works hard to build something, sell it off and make a lot of money. In one of the random moments, he gets indulged in conversation with the bar owner and together with her opens a business that hits wall street and makes him one of the youngest millionaire in USA.
  • Richita:- Rahul’s love of life, has a past which makes her go under the shell, eventually gets married to a rich american snob whose main aim is to build money, go up the ladder, ignore life, only to make so much money that he can retire at 40 and live a good life. She goes through troubled marriage, separates, meets Neerav and helps him in growth of his company and becomes one of the youngest millionare in USA as well.

The way all those 3 stories has been carved is beautiful and one never loses the flow of what is happening. Although, the book is far stretched and many parts could have been edited for the reader to not get lost. The book is unnecessarily long but the author makes it a point to express his intentions. Language used is simple but powerful. Philosophies are deep and not borrowed.

The rating that I would give to this book is 3.5/5

 

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Details of the book

Author:- Ravindra Shukla

Genre:- Fiction/Drama

Price:- Rs. 195/- or $ 8.

Publisher:- Frog Books

ISBN:- 978-93-82473-00-8

Pages: 383

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From the back of the Cover

Resonance –
We often use the term, ‚Äúfrequency matching‚ÄĚ in our daily¬†life¬†to define compatibility. Our frequency does not match, we do not get¬†along? We are not in sync? We are not on the same page¬†etc?
When people of similar frequencies (wavelengths or within¬†the¬†same range) come together ‚Äď output is not a simple sum of individual work,but¬†exponential. In science we term this phenomenon as resonance. Output at¬†this¬†stage is beyond any logical limit.
Three young kids, with different family backgrounds and outlook meet during their graduation days at IIT-Bombay campus and become closefriends. Although, individually they are in sync, but the same is not true for their interaction with the world. How will their relation withstand the conflict of family and society pressure?
How do their character shape out, as they traverse from¬†an¬†educational environment through the corporate world to the realm of the¬†social-political world?¬†Inspired by the real events across the globe from the¬†lastdecade, Ravindra Shukla brings you the characters based story ‚Äď struggle¬†and¬†triumphs of a young generation and their relevance in the current¬†socio-eco-political era.

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About the Author

Ravindra Shukla is a graduate of IIT-Bombay. He works for IBM in emerging technology and business analytics in IT software technology. His professional experience includes working with consulting firms ‚Äď PWC and IBM in USA for 15+ years. He is a member of the Film Writers Association, Mumbai. His interest includes ‚Äď writing fiction, literature and movie scripts apart from sports, movie and travelling across the globe.

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This book has a SOUND TRACK !!

With “The Homing Pigeons”, Sid Bahri has touched the hearts of many people who have read this book. A book par excellence for a debutante where he depicted stories of two individuals which eventually entwines itself after series of difficulties and problems they go through. Like the ending of the book specifies; the homing pigeons have an uncanny ability to find their mate.

Photographed by Maulik Doshi

Photographed by Maulik Doshi

 

When I read the synopsis of this book, I though of it as another recession love story where one would get broke by losing a job and then parents would come into picture and the girl would be made to marry someone else and then the protagonists will be back to each other to mark a happy ending and give a successful nod to our infamous stereotypical love stories.

However, one would surely not regret reading this book. Although it has the same plot where one loses the job and comes across a downfall from his marriage life to professional life; actually unprofessional as he is already sacked and in later part of the book, parents do come in between and the girl is forced to marry someone else and then in the end they are together; BUT – it is so well drafted, well drifted and well narrated. Even though you may taste the stereotype, you may never be able to predict what comes your way. I applaud at the narrative skills of Mr. Sid Bahri who has written this story from both the perspectives where stories of two individuals – Aditya Sharma and Radhika Kapila have been shown from their eyes and every time a story from Aditya would come to a halt, somehow in a way, the next chapter which shows Radhika narrating starts from the same point, thus giving you a story to be read but also feel the emotions and viewpoints of both the people.

The story revolves around how Aditya Sharma who always loved Radhika from his college days loses her for he is not settled and is only 22 year old which is young, too young to marry and take additional responsibilities. How Radhika leaves him to marry an NRI, returns back after a drab marriage and love story between them starts again when Aditya’s parents convince him by their emotional blackmail technique. How Aditya hurts Radhika and how she runs away again to marry someone else who is really elder to her but eventually dies within 4-5 years of marriage leaving Radhika a huge estate and how Aditya loses job and has a lifeless marriage ends up meeting someone at the bar who changes his life forever. Simultaneously, the story also revolves around Radhika who loved Aditya since college as well and just when things were going right, her parents make her believe that by marrying, she is only ruining Aditya’s future by siphoning him off with additional responsibilities. How she has an unsuccessful marriage for her heart was always with Aditya, how she returns back and how their love story comes back to track when she suddenly faces a very different and rude and crude behaviour of Aditya. Eventually she runs away and marries of a filthy rich elderly man who eventually dies. How she comes back to Delhi and how she undertakes activity to get back to life unless she meets a girl who after her long cameo in the book, makes her end up to come across Aditya.

The start of the book does grab your attention when ex-banker Aditya becomes a Gigolo (male escort) and the mid part of the story does go into philosophies and realities of life where the author takes care of the sensitive issues and values.  The end of the story is too abrupt and makes you feel that it was unnecessary to spoil at the end, the magic that the book created in all those first 315 pages of 318 page book. There was this one line which I loved, may be because of some personal relativity and would like to publish here:-

I stayed there, locked inside, sweating, unsure of who I was hiding from.”

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DETAILS

Title:- The Homing Pigeons

Author:- Sid Bahri

Publishers:- Srishti Publishers

Price of the book:- Rs. 150/-

ISBN:- 978-93-80349-91-6

Genre:- Fiction (Romance)

Ratings:- 4/5

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Synopsis:-

The Homing Pigeons – Not all love stories are perfect, but then, neither are people.

In the middle of the catastrophic 2008 recession, Aditya, a jobless, penniless man meets an attractive stranger in a bar. Little does he know that his life will change forever. 

When Radhika, a young, rich widow, marries off her stepdaughter, little does she know that the freedom she has yearned for is not exactly how she had envisioned it.

They say homing pigeons always come back to their mate, no matter where you leave them on the face of this earth. The Homing Pigeons is the story of love between these two unsuspecting characters as it is of lust, greed, separations, prejudices and crumbling spines.

Lastly, Webastyle has done good justice to the cover and Rishikesh has really composed a beautiful song for the book. 

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