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Never Let Me Go Sachin Garg”Never Let Me Go” is a story of engineering student Samar. In the beginning it starts off  as any normal love story but then it takes many twists and turns. This is my second novel of this author, first was ”I am not twenty four I have been nineteen for five years”. Never let me go is story of author’s life, about the year when he turned 21st. I missed out to read the first book where he says his story of 20th year- ”First Love”. I think that doesn’t make much difference now as it has a complete story as far as I know.

Samar Garg is engineering student in Delhi, living with his best friend , and having the most beautiful girl as a girlfriend he has everything in his life. A nice career to look forward to, never ending romance with Kannika, he is in paradise. But suddenly one day everything collapses, he escapes to Goa in search of something which even he was not sure about. But Goa is a place where every one comes in search of something or the other. Few people come to enjoy and drink, few come to relax, few come to get inner peace and few come to get girls. Samar could get everything he wanted out of these but he had come there to forget something. Working in a shack in a place where  Goa’s most exclusive and wild party happen,s will Samar forget what he wants to forget? Why did he run away from his paradise and what is his real story?

It is a good read if you are interested to read Indian novels, but then again it seems like non fiction after reading about the author and his note in the end of the book. Whatever it may be but it surely inspires me to write a novel. But problem with me is I know what should be the summary but I don’t know how to elaborate it in to a novel. I am sure one or the other day I will write a novel for sure. May be it will not be a hit but it will be impressive for sure 🙂 

My ratings for this book: 3 out of 5. 

 

The god of small thingsAfter reading ”The White Tiger” by Aravind Adiga I really got fascinated towards Booker prize award winner books. I picked up another book  ”The God of Small things” by Indian author Arundhati Roy, for my surprise I totally loved the book. From last 5 years I wanted to read this book, but kept avoiding it thinking award winning books will be boring. Now I will have to change this view towards award winner books.

”The God of Small Things” is really a  master piece. This fiction seems so real here. This is about the sad, poignant breakdown of a family in the 60’s in a place called Kerala, a state in India. It revolves around a woman called Ammu who has twins called Estha and Rahel.  She and her twins reside in an old house with her mother, Mamachi and her cunning aunt, Kochama. She has left her alcoholic husband whom she married against her parent’s will. She finds a lover who is from low caste, and untouchable. Its story of her life, her fight to live. It shows how some people have to really  fight hard to live their life. When Ammu’s brother Chacko  brings his English ex-wife and their daughter for a Christmas visit, the twins learn that things can change in a day and that change changes their life forever.

This book, along with the wonderful story, also focuses on the cruel systems in India such as, cast system, child molestation, male domination etc. Whatever happens here Ammu is the one who suffers. Even though  her husband was alcoholic and was ready to push her  to prostitution people blame Ammu for leaving her husband. It is emotional journey through out the book, we start loving people even the ones who are ugly looking just because they are nice people. You will know answers for all your questions by the end of the book. I was bit disappointed only because of the quick ending, actually I was expecting a complete detailed ending, was looking for something good to happen to the few remaining characters. Anyways it was a good read and my ratings are 4 out of 5.

The white tiger”For this land, India, has never been free, First the Muslims, then the British bossed us around. In 1947 the British left, but only a moron would think that we became free then”.

– Aravind Adiga ( The white Tiger)

Oh! exactly what I have been thinking from many years. I just loved this sentence, it made perfect sense to me. I should warn my all   patriotic Indian brothers and sisters that this book is India bashing, if you are the type who get angry on even small criticism on your country then please do not read this book.

The moment I started reading this book I knew it is going to be a great read and when I reached 10th page I was sure I was going to rate it 5 out of 5. There are no words to say how much I liked this book, because when I read I could easily recognize these people and understand their emotions. When I said this book bashes India, it doesn’t say anything which is not true. A honest reader will not dispute at the picturisation of India given in this book.

This is a story of Balram Halwai who grew up in darkness( rural India) where he was victim of all social problems like Dowry, Cast system, corruption, child labor etc. But when he goes to city as every adult do, to earn money he finds drivers job at Delhi with the landlord’s Westernized son, Mr. Ashok, and his modern wife, Pinky. But this story starts by a letter written by Balram to Chines premier Wen Jiabao, who is about to visit India and complete book is in the form of letters he write after that. Through these letters Balram shares his childhood life and adult life as a driver and  a crime that enabled him to move to Bangalore and set himself up as an entrepreneur and made him rich person. This is  first-person confession of a murderer.You may think it is some crazy psycho telling his murder story, no it is different.You will know it when you read it. It won  Man Booker Prize and I think it deserves it.

Some of my favorite quotes:

  1. “The moment you recognize what is beautiful in this world, you stop being a slave”
  2.  ”See, the poor dream all their lives of getting enough to eat and looking like the rich. And what do the rich dream of??  Losing weight and looking like the poor.”
  3. ”It’s amazing. The moment you show cash, everyone knows your language.”
  4. ”Iqbal, that great poet, was so right. The moment you recognize what is beautiful in this world, you stop being a slave. To hell with the Naxals and their guns shipped from China. If you taught every poor boy how to paint, that would be the end of the rich in India.”

This is Aravind Adiga’s debut novel, he wrote 2 more books,  Last Man in Tower and Between the Assassinations which I am definitely going to read 🙂

Kiss and Tell ”Kiss and Tell” is an attractive name for a novel. Anyone can guess what is it about. Romance, kiss, love that’s what crossed my mind when I took this for reading. Any romantic novel will have the same plot, a tall, sexy man falls for young attractive lady,with little romance and emotion story will end. But ”Kiss and Tell” is different, here politics is mixed in the story to give unexpected twists.

Janaki is a strong character, that’s what sets the book apart from other love stories. This brandy-eyed political correspondent for the ‘Indian Mail’ lives alone. Her carrier is full of adventures, she is ready to take even risky assignments. She’s been hanging in her relationship with the infantile Saurabh, who has a penchant for pot and is irresponsible. But everything changes when she meets Vishnu Singh in Chennai,the blue eyed bureaucrat for an assignment. Janaki can’t take her eyes off this man’s dimpled face and he can’t take eyes off her. When Janaki initiates kissing they can’t stop it. The affair blossoms once Vishnu’s new job as private secretary to commerce minister Purushottamam brings him to Delhi. In between their love making sessions she is busy flirting with a politician Uday Pratap Singh, who gives her some documents related to scam by Vishnu’s boss. But Vishnu keeps meeting his ex girl friend who is married and has troubles in her life, that’s what made Janaki to flirt with this Uday Pratap Singh, as a revenge on Vishnu.What will happen when Janaki brings Vishnu’s boss’s scam to light? Will he loose his job and break up with her? Who is this Uday Pratap Singh between Vishnu and Janaki? What will happen to her ex boy friend?

A lovely tale of politics, love and desires, it’s a good time pass read if you are in a mood to read something new.

What a name for a book?? Wow.. I was curius to know what is it about. I always fall for fancy names and book covers 🙂 So I bought it last year with two more books which I have already mentioned in my previous posts- “I too had a love story” and “Anything for you ma’am” (books form Indian authors) all three best sellers.

This book is a confused love story which has unexpected twist till the end. It was ok, not a dissapointment. Its written by 2 authors Durjoy Datta and Maanvi Ahuja. Coming to the story it is quite simple and well expected story from a guy who was just a fresh engineering graduate from a metropolitan city college in the year 2008. Deb always tries to find the best out of his girl friends and fails in it but one day he comes to a situation where he  finally finds his love. This is a book which contains at least one coinciding incident from any engineering graduate life starting from his college life to his final career life.

There are sequels to his first book,I would want to read it someday are-

Now That You’re Rich … Let’s Fall In Love by Durjoy Datta and Maanvi Ahuja.

She broke up, I didnt!.. I just kissed someone else by Durjoy Datta

Ohh Yes, I am single.. and so is my girl friend by Durjoy Datta and Neeti Rustagi

You were my crush… Til you said I love you  by Durjoy Datta and Orvana Ghai.

First book was a good time pass read 🙂 Hope to read his other books soon.

Its a vampire story I read from an Indian author Varsha Dixit. Its rare to find vampire stories  written by Indian aouthors.

 Its about a young  Indian girl who has nothing exciting in her life other than office and home. Megha chandra  lives in US  but no real social life. One day she  meets a mystery creature ( thats what we can call it becuase its kind of hybrid between vampire and were wolf) who got looks to die for. Actually that is Byron and he came in search of her. Why this mystery creature came? What it has to do with Megha? Will she fall for his looks even though he is not human?

I kinda liked Varsha Dixit’s writing, its humuorous. I am sure once you are reading the book you will love the conversation between Megha and Byron and you will hope for each other to fall in love and live happily ever after. But its not the case here there are many mysteries falling in between.After all loving their own killer is madness. Its not sad or its not happy either. Its something which leaves you with ‘why’ or a big  ‘ooooh’!

  I read this book last year Feb, but  gave this book to my friend before shifting from where I was living before. Now I have to buy this book once again to add to my collection. I want to read her first book “Right fit wrong shoe”. But right now I have  many books waiting for me to read 🙂 But I will definately read her first book.

Its written by an Indian author Chetan Bhagat. I first read his book Two states then got addicted to his reading. I like the way he describes everything in simple English as if its meant for school children.

The characters are three ordinary men who starts a business venture and strive to make it big. They are the owners of a sports goods store. They have their own fears and philosophies in life. Omi fears he will end up being the priest of the temple. Ishan fears he will never be able to live his dreams of being a cricketer through Ali. Govind appears focused and ambitious though. They all have simple life until Bhuj earthquake and the Godhra riots turns up. People will go mad and in the name of religion they will start  behaving like mad animals.

Romance is part of this book too. Govind falls in love with Ishan’s sister, under a very strict condition where he can not tell that to anyone.  Beautifully, the true events are molded into the story which makes it feel real but somewhere you feel its true fiction because its not completely explained either.

Mistakes are part of life. Its important that how well we deal with them and over come to live the desired life we want. Miatakes are ways to learn a new way to succeed in my opinion. Worth reading it once.