Review: THE CURSE: A DYSTOPIAN THRILLER



THE CURSE: A DYSTOPIAN THRILLER by Randeep Wadehra
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Blurb from Goodreads :

Through peace, it’s justice we seek!
The hunter will meet the fate of the hunted
And the mighty will serve the meek!

Twenty years ago, a corrupt President, a greedy industrialist, and a sycophant policeman uprooted the tribal people from their own land and burned their houses. Twenty years later, the Republic of Bodh is in danger from a similar evil troika.

The curse uttered by a frail tribal woman during the carnage twenty years ago has inspired Jwaala, the only female leader in the senate, to reform the Republic of Bodh.

But the same curse has turned Saaya, once an innocent victim of the massacre, into a relentless killing machine with a mission to prey on the predators.
Even when the Republic spirals into a storm of scandals, the greedy and corrupt President Chaupat is torn between his lust for a dancer and his unrequited passion for his wife Kaamini.

Will Saaya succeed in his mission or will Chaupat thwart his efforts?
Will Jwaala, orphaned in a violent attack, be able to turn the curse for the greedy into a blessing for the poor? Will she succeed to save the Republic from another ensuing bloodshed?

The Curse is a gritty political thriller about people who have lost much to greed but want to transform their nation. 

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Looking at the cover and checking out the blurb I felt there would be a tinge of fantasy or sci-fi element to it. You can say maybe I just connected the title too much with the current gen FantaSci reads. But as I continued reading it was more of a political thriller than anything else.

The story begins in a very mysterious ways and created a curious vibe in me. I thought this would be interesting point in the story as I move on further. But to me it turned out to be quite predictable. Although, the narration really good and I loved the smart use of vocabulary here and there. I often had to use dictionary to find the meaning of some peculiar words. I rarely enjoy a book when I have to fire up dictionary time and again as it just breaks the flow of reading but here it was in a sweet spot, not too much.

I enjoyed the story as it took deeper dives into the political upheaval. The characters were really well thought upon and developed nicely. Although, it was overall a good read. I wasn't impressed or felt disappointed at the same time. Maybe, I had too much of political stuff recently who knows. The story being quite predictable and yet the narration didn't make it bore, makes it a good recommendation for the ones who like reading books around the governments and political theories. Just don't make a mistake of connecting it with grim dark fantasy or science fiction looking at the title.

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Review: The Stalker



The Stalker by Sandeep Sharma
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Blurb from Goodreads:

Randhir Kamat, a name famous for his regular mentions on page 3, was being stalked on social media by a girl named Deepali. He took it casually and enjoyed the attention from media but soon things went on to become ugly when his girlfriend, Rupali, started receiving death threats. 
Keeping everything on stake, Randhir chose to involve police to catch the Stalker. Inspector Suraj, started digging in and soon found that 'Here everyone's a liar'. 
Whom to trust? 
Whom to blame? 
There were no answers, just one question. 
How far will you go for the sake of your dream? 
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I had heard a lot about the book before, hence when I got a chance to get my hands on it I was eager to read it. I like the cover design really. It gives out that mysterious stalker vibes which really goes well with the title and plot of the book.

Personally, I felt the story was somewhat similar to the Stranger Series by Novoneel Chakraborty. The overall stalker vibe later on catching up with the mysterious revelations all of suddenly. It was quite a fast paced read which is totally the types of books I like to read. It maintained the mystery vibe by preserving and not skipping on the details that much. Honestly, there's not much that i can talk about it without giving up the spoilers. To enjoy the story you have to read and find out.

The story and the way plot was narrated was really enjoyable. One thing that irked me a lot was the really bad printing quality. The book is price fairly cheap which is a good thing for the ones who don't want to spend too much on books as they are getting costlier each day. But here it felt that the printing was really cheaped out in every possible way. The pages were almost tissue thin, many were already torn from edges. The printing was inclined in several pages. The cover cutting had rough edges. Overall it was not at all pleasing. There were really dumb typos all over, like the silly ones at times your auto correct would make while you type your social media post or message.

If you really wanna read the story then I'd suggest to go for the book but get the Kindle version if you are okay with reading E-Books. Still its a good read on the content department if you can ignore the printing thing it won't bother you.

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Man and sexism in Jobs




I often wondered what does mean by sexism in job. Stating that some tasks are only just for the males or some tasks are only for the females? To be honest, I don't think so. Although, taking the scientific attitude and some common sense in the hand and looking at the matters one can surely say that males certainly better at some tasks and females are certainly better at the rest. No one can deny the magic of evolution and the way things have been working since past eons.

Jobs which include brute force or just continuous use of strength are often called off as the Male dominated professions where as the jobs which require skills, include delicate details and need excellent level of focus are often the female dominated professions. But does that mean no man is able to perform delicate tasks and no female can show brute strength?

The issue here lies with generalising everything. Yesterday, a funny tweet just had me thinking on this. The tweet was, " If the devil is in the details, does that mean the god lies in generalisation? " I would've surely captured the tweet and embedded it here if I could find it again. But, apart from that let me come back to the point. Recently, there's a huge encouragement on social media for females who show the power and are into things like body building or extreme sports and males who can cook or take care of kids.

Seriously? My dear fellow males, if you are able to cook for yourself and your family then its not a novelty. Others who don't know to cook for themselves, I am so sorry to say that you lack even the most basic of the survival skills. A man who can do cook, clean, sew isn't someone to be praised just because he's a man doing it. Personally, I feel those are the most basic living skills any human should know. Also, for females if you are going to gym, building up some muscle or racing on a cycling track or taking a part in a marathon you aren't automatically landing into a novelty either.

It doesn't mean we shouldn't praise someone who is good in their respective tasks. But the praise should come for the work and their level of work and not because they belong to a particular sex. I often slap my forehead looking at the silly headlines where they write female programmers earn less than males, but I don't know the full picture here. Has anyone accounted the hours of work and skill they had poured in? I again not pointing out and not generalising or literally meaning anything but just think, how many times you just blatantly generalise everything and start being a complaint box about everything on the social media.

Sexism doesn't lie in any jobs or any where else but in each of our own eyes. We just are too adamant to find faults in our own self and too busy in pointing fingers at others.

Always remember, when you point one finger at someone else, automatically there are three fingers pointing back at you. 

That doesn't mean you start self loathing and overthinking but its just that one should self evaluate before pointing out fingers on someone else. Every single human thinks of himself as most pious and pure personality but in reality everyone has some dark deeds which they just wish never come out.

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Review: Minimalism: The Path to an Organized, Stress-free and Decluttered Life



Minimalism: The Path to an Organized, Stress-free and Decluttered Life by Gwyneth Snow
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Blurb from Goodreads :
Ever been stressed out by the clutter on your desk? Or when you’re trying to find an important document, or a specific outfit from a messy closet? The truth is – the more stuff we have, the more difficult it is to keep them organized. The more clutter and mess we end up with as a result can lead to a stressful day, and this stress can build up over time. This has to stop. 

Minimalism: The Path to an Organized, Stress-free and Decluttered Life is my humble attempt to help you realize the benefits of incorporating a minimalist lifestyle in order to rid your life of excess in a systematic and strategic way. Here’s a quick overview of the book: 

• The first section of this book highlights a brief history of minimalism and its origins. It also covers how the minimalist movement has evolved over time, what modern day minimalism looks like, and its benefits. 
• The second section covers a wide range of strategies and techniques that you could use to declutter, get organized, and live in a stress-free and minimalist home. 
• The last section highlights what a minimalist lifestyle could look like; it covers a wide range of topics including minimalism in money, health, relationships, and much more. 

My goal, through this book, is to empower you to find joy in simplifying and to find happiness in fewer things that truly matter.

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Usually I don't read such books but this one caught my eye while scrolling through the kindle store and I decided to get it and give it a read. It is a decent collection of concepts and information about minimalism from the Internet. It's quite little but tried to touch most aspects about the topic.

I liked the way the Author first explained the concepts and philosophy of minimalism, then diving into history and moving slowly into the modern era. Later on beginning with the little tips and solutions for the ones who are interested in this ideology. Coming from your Average & Typical Indian family I am fairly accustomed with the concepts that are described here, its not labelled here as much but most people follow the similar lifestyle.

Get only what you need and just leave the excessive not needed clutter behind. I'd say it a really nice one time read for the one who wants to try out or just accustom themselves with the concept and the ideology of living minimalistic.

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Review: Click! She's stuck in his Head



Click! She's stuck in his Head by Seeta N
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Blurb from Goodreads :

Anil's life was set to be changed forever the moment he had boarded that Mangalore Express, when a chance encounter brings Aaliah into his life and within a week's time, propels their friendship to a full-blown love relationship. But it's only on Anil's return from the trip, that Rohit, Anil's best friend-cum-business partner, suspects something odd when Anil begins to show a photograph of Aaliah to his drunken friends at a party. Rohit being slightly sober notices something strange. Astonishingly the girl, who Anil verbally describes, looks nothing like the girl in the photograph, who is called Aaliah. And she is the one who Anil claims to be in love with. This raises suspicion in Rohit's mind as to who the girl Anil was describing could be? And does she even exist, since she is nowhere to be seen in the photographs. With million questions in his mind, Rohit finally embarks upon a quest to uncover the truth behind Anil's strange behaviour.To uncover the truth about Anil and Aaliah, and the mysterious girl that Anil keeps describing come and be a part of this unique and exciting romantic journey in unravelling the mystery behind Click! She's stuck in this head.

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From the Blurb I felt there wasn't much interesting to read but still I opened up and gave this a try as I didn't wanted to judge a book without reading it. As I started reading it, I realised the book is somewhat cliche. One Male, One Female in a romantic location and the story begins. I wanted to leave it at that moment thinking its just another your usual they met and fall in love romance story but the narration and writing styled had gripped me to the book so I decided to continue reading.

Honestly, I am glad that I didn't leave the book at that moment and continued reading ahead. The story changed its tones from sweet to now romantic and then slowly would go mysterious. Throughout the book, I loved the way the story was narrated and the writing style as well. It was a major factor that kept me hooked to the first place in the book.

The story changes it tones as you keep reading further and the twists well, they will make you read ahead as at one point you'd feel you've read this before and you can predict the story but as you go on reading, it turns out to be something else. It had some cringe and overly cheesy moments but it was well suited to the theme and didn't irk me much.

I loved the little things that were taken care of while writing and the narration actually made me feel that I was there in that place. It was clearly showing its bollywood influence but it was okay as the overall theme was well suited and blending was really good with the story.

I wish there were more of the reactions of the female at the end, you'd know when you'll read and will know what am I talking about here. I felt the story can possibly have a sequel and would love to read if there will be any. It was a really good read I had after a very long time.

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Movie Review : The Accidental Prime Minister

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About The Movie :


Based on the memoir by Indian policy analyst Sanjaya Baru, The Accidental Prime Minister explores Manmohan Singh's tenure as the Prime Minister of India, and the kind of control he had over his cabinet and the country.

Release date: 11 January 2019 (India)
Director: Vijay Gutte
Story by: Sanjaya Baru
Production company: Pen India Limited
Producers: Sunil Bohra, Dhaval Gada

Review : 
It is a very rare occasion when some movie has me excited and awaited for its release. This movie one of the very few. While scrolling across twitter I assumed this movie would have some sort of political agenda hidden into it, but after watching it my opinions are surely different.

I was instantly hooked after watching a few teasers about the movie on Youtube. I really wanted to know how the story would unfold as its after-all about the Ex-Prime Minister of India. The teasers has a kind of comical touch to it which felt really entertaining as it showed the most tense situations in a very light hearted manner.

I was expecting it to be really politically inclined movie as it was based on a controversial book with the same title and by the same author. But it totally felt different, while watching the story. It felt as if I was really close friend of the person who's story is being told and it had this comical gossip tone overall.

More than being about politics even if its a story of a politician, it felt more like the story of a person who once was seated in one of the world's most powerful chairs. The acting was really amazing as everything felt so real. Some might disagree with me but this is really a movie that I feel every Indian should watch.

The 2018 is been a year with a lot of nationalism and politically inclined movies for bollywood. I really loved Parmanu, the Accidental Prime Minister adds to the list of 2019 and I'd be eagerly looking forward for the movie URI next.

I usually tweet about my movie experiences but decided to just write some more and elaborate my thoughts over it. Hence beginning with this movie, I might be posting more movie and show reviews that I loved watching.
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Review: THE CAGED TIGRESS



THE CAGED TIGRESS by Dr.Arundhati Hinge
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Blurb From Goodreads :


The book is a combination of LOVE ,HURT ,PAIN, DEPRESSION,INSPIRATION,AWARENESS and essence of HISTORY.We all are aware of physical abuse on girls But abuse can also be done emotionally.That is the central theme of this book.To spread awareness of EMOTIONAL ABUSE which is not visible and many girls are unaware of this. 
Dr.Aadya who is a well educated yet simple girl.Her dad puts proposal of arrange marriage in front of her. Aadya fell in love for the first time and after marriage she faced another personality in her husband.She got confused,depressed and directionless. And she came to know the term "EMOTIONAL ABUSE" for the first time. 
Along with Aadya,The historical story of MANIKARNIKA (RANI LAXMIBAI) has been entangled. 
The story is narrated beautifully to maintain enthusiasm and interest alive.

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The whole concept of connecting with the Queen of Jhansi in dreams had gotten me sold on the book. I loved the concept of parallel story-telling of both girls making it resemble as if its a re-incarnation or some sort of 'History repeats itself' storyline. The whole plot was quite unique and I really liked the way of story telling. But somewhere, there I felt it fell short on letting me as a reader connect with the world of Aadya. The story felt really fast paced as there was no much depth for a reader to indulge and dive into her world. It felt as if you're just getting to know from the outer layers, the facts. I'd have loved it more if there was a deep connection to the characters inner thoughts and emotions.

The story tries to bring out the topic of 'emotional abuse' which is very often easily neglected and tough to prove as it doesn't carry any much of the physical traits to prove that someone is been victim of such abuse. Here, there's an attempt to bring out that hidden trope of the society which isn't spoken about much. I feel this is one of my first Indian feminist themed books. At times people forget the fine line between being feminist and misandry. Here I feel it was balanced on that aspect. Although, I'd have loved more on the marriage part which just really flew through in the story.

Somewhere I felt the author could've played a lot more with the concept of bringing the ancient queen back to her dreams and teaching her or training Aadya or something. But this is a first book in the series so I'd rather wait for the second one before commenting much more about it.

Apart from everything I mentioned above, I liked the debutant author's story and her idea of bringing something new out rather than beating the old bush again and again. I wish her good luck for the second book and would recommend this book to all those who want to read more on the topic of emotional abuse, or those who enjoy reading feminism themed books. Somehow, I felt the book had a sad/dark vibe overall, so if you're someone who loves dark stuff can check it out as well.

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