Review: 21 Kesaris: The Untold Story of the Battle of Saragarhi



21 Kesaris: The Untold Story of the Battle of Saragarhi by Kiran Nirvan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Book Description : 

Ten thousand Afghans. Twenty-one Sikh soldiers. One epic battle.

On 12 September 1897, 21 soldiers of 36th Sikh Regiment stood undeterred as they guarded the post of Saragarhi against the onslaught of almost 10,000 Afghan tribesmen a battle for the ages that ended in them laying down their lives in a final hand-to-hand confrontation. The unparalleled heroics of these 21 men have, however, been long forgotten by history. What led to the Battle of Saragarhi? What was the socio-political scenario at the time? Who were these tribesmen and why did they attack an outpost in such great numbers? Who were the 21 soldiers and how were they able to keep the enemy at bay against all odds? Based on colonial era records and information provided by the 4th Sikh Battalion, the legatee unit of 36th Sikhs, 21 Kesaris attempts to answer these questions while paying homage to the brave soldiers who defended the Kesari flag depicting their Khalsa heritage with their last breaths.  



I don't think I'd be capable of judging the story behind this book in any manner. It's a nonfiction and this story is been told my the ones who watched from other sources. That means that the person telling the story has considered others' accounts as well while writing this book. As the blurb mentions it, here we have the story of the one of the greatest battles in the history.

But as you might read in the book and find out, here's more on the background and reasoning of why this thing happened and what was the context behind this madness. There's little to no information on how the battle progressed. Although, I then later tried to google and find out about the real happenings on that day which the book is all about. Sadly, all the accounts other than the military records are pure imaginations and speculations. No one is sure as there were just two reportings about the situations at the battle from the source itself and other information in this or the records is just things which were observed from nearby forts.

There's a fine chance majority of it can be a speculation or a exaggeration. But one thing is sure. The book explains the whole case of why there was a fight, why did they fight and the outcome like a nicely analysed case study. I can say it was more about history of Sikh and Afghan relations. As said before this is more of a why this madness happened than why this madness happened account.

I liked the way the story was presented. I wish there was more of the actual battle scenes since it was more of a speculation representation. But I'm not disappointed at all. It's a must read recommendation on my behalf.

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Review: Sword of Destiny



Sword of Destiny by Andrzej Sapkowski
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Book Description : 

Geralt is a witcher, a man whose magic powers, enhanced by long training and a mysterious elixir, have made him a brilliant fighter and a merciless assassin. Yet he is no ordinary murderer: his targets are the multifarious monsters and vile fiends that ravage the land and attack the innocent. He roams the country seeking assignments, but gradually comes to realise that while some of his quarry are unremittingly vile, vicious grotesques, others are the victims of sin, evil or simple naivety.

In this collection of short stories, following the adventures of the hit collection The Last Wish, join Geralt as he battles monsters, demons and prejudices alike... 




How should I begin reviewing this one? Hmm, well I had seen "The Witcher" on Netflix and after that decided to read the book series as we always say books are better than their adaptations. But I still stick to my previous conclusion as for now. For "The Witcher" sadly, Netflix adaptation is way better.

Coming to the book, I had googled online the reading sequence for the witcher series as it's obvious you're not going to remember every series in title since it's not mentioned which comes first and which comes later. Here there was a little difference. This book was published first but it was asked to read after 'the last wish'. But to be frank, I feel this should've been read before. Although, there would have been a ton of mystery on what's happening and why and how as such but it would be better in terms of understanding the characters.

The story telling is a huge mess creating confusion in this book series. Honestly, I'd prefer a sequential approach rather than chaotic approach for telling a complex story like this one. I never thought this day would come when I'd complain and rant about the way a story is told but it is has arrived. Seriously, I loved the book, plot, characters and heck even writing. Although the overuse of archaic english is seriously annoying when I have to google 10 or more times in a single chapter, but still I'd let it go as it's quite a personal preference while reading.

But apart from that the there's a serious fault in the way story is being told. I know these are short stories but both the previous book and this one is a serious chronological mess and that too without any time or date reference. It just starts telling you a story without any time context to put that particular episode in. In some places the witcher hasn't even met ciri yet while in another he has already met her. Like what the heck is evening happening here?

There are some differences from the series adaptation though as you'd expect usually but I feel those make the series more palatable than this one. Overall if you love to prepare for GRE or start feeling what english literature homework looks like while enjoying a good story, try this book out. I'd still advise to follow reading the books the in the order they were published as that's the best way to read this story with minimal confusion. Don't follow reddit or other forum advices for reading this series, it'll just put you in more confusion leaving on ditching to read this series altogether.

I gave this one an all star rating because everything I complained about was a personal preference and factually or technically there wasn't a serious fault in the book itself. A writer can tell his story anyway he wants and here we can see not a very good example of how it should be done. Nevermind, the plot's seems good, there are a ton of monsters, overkill to be honest. Little to no information on the world we are dealing with here and it's characters. Most monsters and references are taken from old english or french myths and some even polish myths. We see the forktail vs dragon debate here, I loved that little difference.

Since I do spoiler free reviews I won't talk about the episodes but the moments inside be it action, romance were finely tuned and pleasure to read. I'd say go ahead and start reading.

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Mini Review: Narendra Modi: A Political Biography



Narendra Modi: A Political Biography by Andy Marino
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Book Description : 

Narendra Modi, the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, is powerful, popular and controversial. With the general elections due to conclude in May 2014, Modi’s campaign rallies have drawn unprecedented crowds. Yet, the man remains an enigma. His supporters regard him as the visionary, decisive leader India needs today. His detractors see him as a polarizing fi gure. Is Modi authoritative or authoritarian? Decisive or divisive? A team player or a loner?

Andy Marino recorded interviews with Narendra Modi during more than half-a-dozen exclusive meetings – unprecedented access to a very private man. What emerged is this riveting, objective biography of a man who could be India’s prime minister. Not shying away from the controversies that have dogged Narendra Modi, including the Gujarat riots and questions about the Gujarat model of governance and development, this political biography provides an unbiased account of possibly the most important figure in Indian politics today. Marino records hour-by-hour details of the 2002 Gujarat riots, presenting a balanced analysis of that raw wound on India’s polity. It also reveals hitherto unpublished, authenticated documents, which makes this one of the most important books of 2014.

The author analyses Narendra Modi’s values, the people who shaped his thinking and the sort of national leader he will make. Personal details of Modi’s early life, his wanderings in the Himalayas between the ages of seventeen and nineteen, his rise through the political ranks, his vision for India and his personal philosophy on religion and politics are revealed in a book that is lucid, fast-paced and readable. Narendra Modi: A Political Biography is an insightful, exhaustive and impeccably researched account of the ascent of a political leader. 



This one is a fairly okay read. It throws a ton of light on how a simple boy who sold tea grew up to be the prime minister of world's largest democracy. It's more into the personal life account. There's a web series by eros which feels quite similar to the book. I am not sure if its based on this book or not. But if I give you an option, go for the series.

If you're someone who's looking to read this from informational political point of view then you'll be wasting your time. Its more of personal account even though the title says "political journey".

If you want to connect with the personality and know him other than politics, this is the book you should read.


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Review: The Runaway Bridegroom



The Runaway Bridegroom by Sundari Venkatraman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Book Description : 

Eight-year-old Chanda Maheshwari and thirteen-year-old Veerendra Singh Choudhry are married as per custom. But when the bridegroom runs away immediately after the wedding, the Maheshwari family’s world comes crashing down. They move to Jaipur to begin a new life in the city.

Fourteen years later, as a management student in Delhi, Chanda takes up a temporary job at RS Software Pvt. Ltd and finds herself falling head-over-heels for her boss, Ranveer Singh. But, for all her feelings, Chanda is still a married woman. Meanwhile, Ranveer’s secretary, Shikha, is determined to win him for herself. Even though his second-in-command, Abhimanyu, keeps getting in the way, she keeps a steady eye on the main prize. So when Ranveer starts to show an interest in Chanda, Shikha is furious. Back in Jaipur, an astrologer predicts that Chanda’s errant husband will soon make an appearance.

A secret childhood marriage, a vindictive secretary and unwelcome cosmic predictions—how much can Chanda deal with? And does anyone care about what she wants? Torn between the man she loves and the claim a missing husband still has on her, will Chanda ever find happiness? 




Sundari Venkatraman always brings you classic styled stories in an enjoyable manner. It felt I'm back into old bollywood. The story was really good. It was predictable for me to be honest but even after being quite predictable it was a really good read.

The language was lucid and narration will keep you hooked throughout the story. There are a few spicy scenes in case you aren't expecting from it since the story feels like a classic. It will keep you hooked on to the scenes for sure. The descriptions are nice, not too much and not too less, just the amount you'd need in a good book. No over use of complex words just to show off vocabulary. A nice entertaining read if you ask me.

Overall it was an enjoyable read which I'd recommend for the ones who want to read something which is new but gives out vibes of a classic. The blurb gives out pretty much what's inside the story if that's what you like....


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Mini Review: Arjuna: Saga of a Pandava Warrior-Prince



Arjuna: Saga of a Pandava Warrior-Prince by Anuja Chandramouli
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Book Description : 

Arjuna is the immortal tale of one of India's greatest heroes. These pages retell in riveting detail the story of the Pandava Warrior-Prince who has captured the imagination of millions across centuries. This is the intense and human story of his loves, friendship, ambitions, weaknesses and follies, as well as his untimely death and revival, his stint as a eunuch, and the innermost reaches of his thoughts. Told in a refreshingly modern and humourous style and set against the staggering backdrop of the Mahabharata. Arjunas story appeals equally to the average, discerning reader and the scholar. It spans the epic journey from before his birth, when omens foretold his greatness, across the fabled, wondrous landscape that was his life. 



It's quite interesting read if you want to know story of Arjun. Well, there was a lot of new content as well as the content which we have seen in every other movie/book. First half of the book felt quite new to read but later on in the later part of the book the story somehow took a turn and she focus was shifted from Arjun to Almost everything else.

Overall its a good read with a quite interesting and heavy use of difficult vocabulary. Most of them are archaic terms but it was interesting reading those new words to keep a dictionary handy at all times or be ready to tap on your kindle or google it up.

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Mini Review: Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!



Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! by Robert T. Kiyosaki

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Book Description : 

April 2017 marks 20 years since Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad Poor Dad first made waves in the Personal Finance arena.
It has since become the #1 Personal Finance book of all time... translated into dozens of languages and sold around the world.

Rich Dad Poor Dad is Robert's story of growing up with two dads — his real father and the father of his best friend, his rich dad — and the ways in which both men shaped his thoughts about money and investing. The book explodes the myth that you need to earn a high income to be rich and explains the difference between working for money and having your money work for you. 



I totally enjoyed reading this one. Although, I was kinda implementing most of the things discussed in the book. It was a very interesting insight into the world.

I've always known that people's mindset decides their destiny and this book can be a living proof of sorts for that.

Being poor isn't a financial state rather a state of mind. The book states it very well when the rich dad says, "I'm broke but not poor. There's s difference between both as being broke is temporary while poor is till eternity."

I'd definitely recommend this read if you are into self help books.

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Mini Review: Becoming



Becoming by Michelle Obama
My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Book Description : 

In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.  



Quite more of a factual account. I was trying to find something maybe inspirational? But it wasn't anywhere closer. First half of the book was just black-white-black-white in my head. Honestly, its more of a thesis like factual account rather than an inspirational biography. At least for me, can't say for others... The book kind of as expected revolved quite around the president's life. There was more to the side which wasn't open to public.

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Mini Review: The Tiger at Midnight


The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Book Description : 

A broken bond. A dying land. A cat-and-mouse game that can only end in bloodshed.

Esha is a legend, but no one knows. It’s only in the shadows that she moonlights as the Viper, the rebels’ highly skilled assassin. She’s devoted her life to avenging what she lost in the royal coup, and now she’s been tasked with her most important mission to date: taking down the ruthless General Hotha.

Kunal has been a soldier since childhood, training morning and night to uphold the power of King Vardaan. His uncle, the general, has ensured that Kunal never strays from the path—even as a part of Kunal longs to join the outside world, which has been growing only more volatile.

Then Esha’s and Kunal’s paths cross—and an unimaginable chain of events unfolds. Both the Viper and the soldier think they’re calling the shots, but they’re not the only players moving the pieces. As the bonds that hold their land in order break down and the sins of the past meet the promise of a new future, both rebel and soldier must make unforgivable choices.

Drawing inspiration from ancient Indian history and Hindu mythology, the first book in Swati Teerdhala's debut fantasy trilogy captivates with electric romance, stunning action, and the fierce bonds that hold people together—and drive them apart. 



I found this one okayish, not to wow and not too ehh... It was okayish. Maybe a good read for you if you like a story without twists. It was quite predictable. There's much dramatization of things and maybe over at times. Descriptions are nice and narration is smooth. I would've liked it more if all the non-anglo worlds like per say bazar, uttarya would've been italicized. Felt a bit draggy at some parts.

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Mini Review: Raavan: Enemy of Aryavarta



Raavan: Enemy of Aryavarta by Amish Tripathi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Book Description : 

A land in tumult, poverty and chaos. Most people suffer quietly. A few rebel. Some fight for a better world. Some for themselves. Some don’t give a damn. Raavan. Fathered by one of the most illustrious sages of the time. Blessed by the Gods with talents beyond all. Cursed by fate to be tested to the extremes.

A formidable teenage pirate, he is filled with equal parts courage, cruelty and fearsome resolve. A resolve to be a giant among men, to conquer, plunder, and seize the greatness that he thinks is his right.

A man of contrasts, of brutal violence and scholarly knowledge. A man who will love without reward and kill without remorse.

This exhilarating third book of the Ram Chandra series sheds light on Ravaan, the king of Lanka. And the light shines on darkness of the darkest kind. Is he the greatest villain in history or just a man in a dark place, all the time?

Read the epic tale of one of the most complex, violent, passionate and accomplished men of all time. 



I was quite excited for this book as I have always been fascinated about Raavan. I know this book isn't about the Raavan we know and have talked about but still this has some inferences from the mainstream genre.

I loved the character of Raavan in this book. I although felt little bit bad as the story progressed, you can say I liked the Raavan more.

The end was phenomenal and I was literally having goosebumps. I didn't actually expect this series to have a sequel as first two books have been pretty bland and this book had raised my hopes a bit but well... I'd just let it be there.

I was about to just DNF it when it started getting monotonous and boring in the middle. But the twists in the end damn, it made me go like from giving this book a 3 star rating to giving it a 4 star. I loved the story of Raavan and I feel it was well written story as compared to the first two books.

I never thought this book is going to have a sequel as well. But somewhere I feel this story series is been stretched too much. The content has been draggy so far in first two. This one was decent read.

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Mini Review: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life



The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Book Description : 

In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be "positive" all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people.

For decades, we’ve been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F**k positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let’s be honest, shit is f**ked and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn’t sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is—a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is his antidote to the coddling, let’s-all-feel-good mindset that has infected American society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.

Manson makes the argument, backed both by academic research and well-timed poop jokes, that improving our lives hinges not on our ability to turn lemons into lemonade, but on learning to stomach lemons better. Human beings are flawed and limited—"not everybody can be extraordinary, there are winners and losers in society, and some of it is not fair or your fault." Manson advises us to get to know our limitations and accept them. Once we embrace our fears, faults, and uncertainties, once we stop running and avoiding and start confronting painful truths, we can begin to find the courage, perseverance, honesty, responsibility, curiosity, and forgiveness we seek.

There are only so many things we can give a f**k about so we need to figure out which ones really matter, Manson makes clear. While money is nice, caring about what you do with your life is better, because true wealth is about experience. A much-needed grab-you-by-the-shoulders-and-look-you-in-the-eye moment of real-talk, filled with entertaining stories and profane, ruthless humor, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is a refreshing slap for a generation to help them lead contented, grounded lives.  



The book seemingly is overhyped on the social media space for sure. It's no doubt good but nothing 'revolutionary' type apart from the title. The tips are good to deal with things and there's that to it. It's a fine read. Nothing to be considered as a "new way of thinking" it's just shedding light on reality which is already around us.

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