A thriller that must be read.
Friday, 7 March 2014
Published on: 3/07/2014 05:10:00 pm by ROHAN KACHALIA - 1 comment
Published by: Half Baked Beans Literature
Compiled by: Harsh Agarwal
No.of Pages: 252
Price: INR 175
Synopsis: Times's Lost Atlas is an anthology of eleven stories of various genre, compiled into one, to take us through the most impacting events of our lives happened during the previous decade. The book is about the events that shook the world, that shaped the world as it is now, told through a concoction of tragedy, romance, mystery and thriller, brewed to perfection to ensure a nail biting experience.
Review: I am extremely lucky to read such a different kind of a book where stories are woven taking one significant event that has happened and shaped our world as it is now. Few of the stories are exceptional in the way that they have been told, as it gave me goosebumps and left me with many uneasy questions in my mind.
As it is an anthology, it will be best to review the book based on each written story but without divulging the significant past event described. So here it goes:
1) Beneath by Budhaditya Bhattacharjee
This a story about an informant who gets foxed by a CIA agent for whistle blowing and gets the due punishment for it. The story is excellently told with keeping the suspense till the end. A thriller is a one that keeps you turning pages and I did kept on turning pages. The narration is perfect for generating the thrill and suspense element especially the first few paras. The story will make you ponder on a prime question and that is, How safe are the whistle-blowers all over the world? Overall: 3/5
2) The Motown Conspiracy by Sakshi Shrivastava
This is one story that completely blew me away. It is a story about a big car manufacturing company that is on the verge of bankruptcy and what role does the government play. Will the government help or it won't? The plot of the story is what I fell for; excellently narrated and a well thought of story. For once I thought, did this really happen? Such is the style of narrating. Overall: 4/5
3) The One and Only Purpose by Geetha Madhuri
I liked the novelty of the idea behind this story. The message of peace, hope is wonderfully set across with the backdrop of a significant event in the last decade. The event itself was mammoth and spectacular and so was the story and it's narration. Overall: 3.5/5
4) In The Dark by Pooja Wanpal
This is a story of a boy who is accused for an alleged murder of a very very important person who happens to be a politician. The narration is simple yet keeping me hooked till the very end. Overall: 3/5
5) The Rising by Malavika Roy
This is another story that kept me on the hook till the very end. It is a story about a journalist who goes to cover some sort of uprising in the neighboring country and gets himself into a near life ending situation. What I liked is the story especially the character of Prabhat who even in trying times and situations is concerned about the little girl. Overall: 3.5/5
6) The Filch by Namrata
This is another story that I liked for the start it gave, the characters especially of Samuel which I can easily associate to someone, the plot with just the required tinge of romance and the end. Not even for once, it did let out the suspense untill the very end. And yes, brilliant narration. Loved it. And this story also leaves with an interesting food for thought and that is : You cannot trust anyone when on an extremely important event of your life, but only yourself. Overall: 4/5
7) A Symphony of Concurrences by Vishal Bagaria
This is a story of a banker and a con man who plays a perfect heist everytime he sets out on the backdrop of another significant event of the past decade. I liked this story for it's plot, characters and the suspense it developed till the very end. Not even for once you will figure out who is playing the role of a perfect con man. Superb! Overall: 4/5
8) Pangs of Pain by Shruti Jain
This is a story which will leave you with questions on humanity, life and death, trust and with a big Why. A beautifully told story which oozes with emotions on almost consistent basis on the backdrop of a natural calamity. It is a story of a father and his two kids and their trials and tribulations, how they fight the calamity, their strength and whether they come out victorious is to be found out. Overall: 4/5
9) United We Fall by Anurag Anand
A very very brave attempt by the author on what is his first attempt at getting published. This is a science fiction with all the required jargons with a thorough research on the plot and the terminologies to be used. The story is pretty engaging and worth a read. Overall: 3/5
10) Innocents at War by Adwitiya Borah
This is also another story which will leave you with questions on the mind about humanity, caste, religion and overall The Almighty. It is a very touching story of a news reporter torn between the riots, his duties and how he saves another people and eventually comes home without losing his life. The narration is catchy and can imagine the scenes, the way it must have happened in reality. Overall: 3.5/5
11) The Victims
Talking about the events of the past decade and how can one not talk about the most thrilling and worst tragedy of mankind. It is a story of a man who has witnessed one hell of an attack which has shook him completely and how he copes up with it. A heart wrenching lines at the start and at the end makes one feel go numb. Excellently narrated with a very well thought of plot. Overall: 4/5
Overall: This is a book which will make you sit and ponder, ask questions that one cannot easily answer. I say it is a must read book for everyone who wants a slight change from their favourite genre. And I am pretty sure you won't regret. A double thumbs up for coming up with such stories and such a unique concept. Grab it ASAP.
Ratings: Do I need to say anymore apart from the above?
P.S. Thank you Namrata for sending me this book across as I would have definitely missed something.
Tuesday, 4 March 2014
Published on: 3/04/2014 10:01:00 am by ROHAN KACHALIA - 3 comments
Horses. For many, it is just a simple animal which you love and adore to have a ride on. But for me, it is a synonym to hate and fear. Why so? Because it allowed me to see death in front of my eyes. You don't believe? Just go to Shimla and you will realize it for yourself.
We had been to Shimla on a holiday a month ago. The tour operator had their schedule fixed. So it was the time to visit Khufri which is some few kilometers away from Shimla and at some height.
The vehicle can take you till a point where there are roads but after that it is all Horses and horses. So against my wish, I did had to ride a horse uphill. But if that wasn't enough, the passage through which the horses would go was narrow and muddy due to melting of snow. And yes, it was a passage created, not a developed road. So there was this danger of horse losing the balance.
And yes did I mention that the passage was surrounded by steep open valleys on either side? And to top it the horses would walk on the edge of the passage, banging into other, overtaking and even galloping. So a slight here and there and...
But while reaching to the top the valley was barely for few minutes of our hour and half journey on the horse. So that was some respite.
We heaved a sigh of relief when we reached to the top safely.
But my heartbeats soared as we started to descend. The route taken was different this time. It was the other side of the mountain. As the sun was burning bright the snow had started melting at a quick pace. So much more danger of horse slipping.
While ascending the horses were overseen my their master who would see that they follow the path correctly and don't wander away. But as we started to descend, the master followed us initially and then left us a God's mercy, all to ourselves. Now imagine the plight of the one who doesn't know how to ride a horse. It was frightening and scary.
Amidst lots of shouts, yells of fear and anger, my horse decided it was time to explore the unchartered territory. So instead of taking his well taught off route, he conveniently slide aside, taking me down on the flat although steep ground adjacent to the valley.
And to top it, my horse didn't had that rope to guide his way or I may not have found it, being my first time on a horse.
So cries of helplessness, anger, and all the other emotions that were running in me echoed in my ears. The horse was just a foot away from the steep sloping valley. My heart had just popped out, as I closed my eyes, thinking that it was over.
But God said, "You have such a beautiful, loving, caring (and all the other adjectives one can imagine) wife and good amount of years left to spend with her and enjoy this life." As I saw the master taking control of the horse and guiding it to its way.
I opened my eyes after what seemed eternity.
But this constant fear of seeing death in front of my eyes will remain in me atleast for sometime if not forever.
I sincerely thank The Almighty for giving me the second lease of life to enjoy, to keep smiling and to keep spreading love.
This post is written as a part of Write Tribe Festival of Words 3 and the topic for Day 3 being Free Write
Sunday, 2 March 2014
Published on: 3/02/2014 05:53:00 pm by ROHAN KACHALIA - 10 comments
‘Common push, push hard’, bellowed Priya as she waved a caring hand over her head.
Tanya yelped out hard in agony as Priya pushed with both her hands, using hers.
The tension on Priya’s face was evident as Tanya barely had any energy left in her.
‘It’s close, pretty close. One or two more push and it’s done’, said Aachal in an affirmative tone.
Priya patted Tanya’s cheek so as to make sure she doesn’t succumb to the pain.
Tanya screamed again, pushing as much as she could along with Priya’s help and finally she was relieved as they heard the sweet cry of a baby.
‘Cut it’, said the director appreciating all of them for pulling out a fantastic and a genuine looking scene.
‘Who says acting is an easy job’, exclaimed Priya as she took a sip of her green tea.
I am participating in Festival of Words this week and you can too. This post is written for The Write Tribe Festival of Words. Day 1 - 9 Sentence Fiction
Friday, 28 February 2014
Published on: 2/28/2014 05:01:00 pm by ROHAN KACHALIA - No comments
Author: Priyanka Sinha Jha
Published by: Rupa Publications
Genre: Non Fiction/Self Help
No.of Pages: 186
Price: INR 195
Synopsis: Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Ranbir Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Vidya Balan, Karan Johar. These celebrities are adored and looked up to by millions who aspire to emulate their success stories. But what is it that separates them, and other Bollywood stars, from the rest? Which is that one trait that makes them stand out, and how can you benefit from knowing it? In this one of a kind book, the author looks at eleven luminaries from Bollywood, and the attribute that is perhaps most responsible for their success. She details their stories, and what is it about them that made them not just reach the top of their game, but stay there. With pithy observations and inspirational conversations, 'Supertraits of Superstars' will show you how to live life star-size.
Review: We have all seen the Bollywood Superstars on screen enacting with finesse and ease as if it is a cake walk. But a lot of efforts goes into performing an absolute perfect shot that the director needs. This is just what we, as an audience are able to see on the screens through various mediums. But we rarely get to know our Superstars so closely and 'Supertraits of Superstars' is the book that gives us the all the insights to that defining trait of the eleven most distinguished and respected Superstars.
In this book, the author has picked eleven Superstars and in that one defining Supertrait among various other traits that each of them possess and have mastered it. And that is how the chapters are named. For eg: Amitabh Bachchan: Discipline, Aamir Khan: Pursuit of Perection and so on. The book actually is a sort of biography on the above which also includes John Abraham, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Salman Khan apart from the ones mentioned above.
What is it that keeps these Superstars going and always on their toes and how does they handle the ups and downs in their? Is what the book tell us. What is most striking in the book is the ease with which it is written, in simple and lucid language, with proper references, interesting quotes at the start of each chapter, coupled with some interesting anecdotes to share highlighting a particular trait along with a caricature of artist. The author has managed to focus on their early life, struggles, accomplishments and what can we learn or rather should learn and imbibe into our systems.
Of all the eleven chapters, my personal favourites are on Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan and Vidya Balan highlighting the trait Discipline, Pursuit of Perfection and Reinvention and will keep on coming back to read again and again.
Overall: A good read for understanding the traits that one really feels one should possess and carry on with it.
The book was received as part of Reviewers Programme on The Tales Pensieve.
Published on: 2/28/2014 02:55:00 pm by ROHAN KACHALIA - 4 comments
He fumbled with the keys but eventually succeeded in unlocking the door.
It was way past midnight and as expected the lights in the living room were off and it did give him a spooky kind of a feel with a gush of wind blowing past him as he walked past the door, pushing it shut.
For once he wondered whether he was in his own house or not as he walked upwards, towards his bedroom, with sleepy eyes, only to hear some sounds emanating from inside the room.
With his heart heavy and palpitating, praying that she is all alone, he pushed opened the creaky door, slowly, and “Any man, any time has the chance to sweep a woman off her feet and he just needs a right kick, baby”, said his wife with the television switched on.
He dropped his hand bag then and there, switched on the lights, closed his eyes, and thanked God for giving him courage to enter the room and clear the misunderstanding that he had some minutes back as he found her waiting for him in her most seductive avatar ever.
This post is written for Lillie McFerrin Writes - Home of Five Sentence Fiction and the prompt being 'Misunderstanding'.
Tuesday, 25 February 2014
Published on: 2/25/2014 04:46:00 pm by ROHAN KACHALIA - 8 comments
She closed her eyes and flirts how I had wished for. She entices me to come closer with all her seductive weapons that she possesses. But I wasn’t too excited. Instead, I felt like choking. I rose towards her but in a swift move she seductively dunks her Oreo into the glass and devours it.
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This post is written for Write Tribe 55 on Friday 2014 - 2 prompt
Friday, 21 February 2014
Published on: 2/21/2014 06:34:00 pm by ROHAN KACHALIA - 4 comments
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