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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Book Review: God Is A Gamer

Title:God is a Gamer
Author:Ravi Subramanian

Published by:Penguin Books India
Published:20 Sep 2014 


Category:Fiction, Thriller



Price (Rs.):299.00 

Another thriller decorates my novel collection, thanks to Blogadda for choosing me with the other fellow bloggers to review God is a Gamer by Ravi Subramanian.

The starting is interesting enough to make you continue reading what you have got your hands on. Bitcoins supports transfer of money over the internet. It is powering over MasterCard and Visa. Satoshi Nakamoto is the mysterious founder. Bitcoins let you be anonymous on the internet and transfer money using wallets stored in your personal computer.

The story begins with the entry of main characters. Here the characters who should be labelled as main are many in numbers. At one point or the other each of them plays a significant role in the plot. The assassination of senator Gillian Tan is the beginning of the actual plot. Using Misznay-Schardin effect the armored Mercedes Ben was blasted. The case was taken up and investigated by Adrian Scott and assisting him was Tony. Mike Hendricks the adversary of Gillian Tan orders the investigation to begin under the order of President himself. On the other side Aditya Rao the founder of Indiscape, the online gaming portal works blissfully with Sundeep to create uproar with Mafia Dons, the first game to be played online for free by the users. A rendezvous between Tanya and Varun starts with coincidental meets? Or is it planned? NYIB’s CEO Malvika gets promoted to the position of Chairman of NYIB. Commits suicide on her birthday falling from the 34th floor  of the hotel where her birthday party was being held or is it a murder?

The cotton trail engaging in trade of drugs, narcotics, banned pharmaceuticals and pornography of any kind seems the second start of the book. The currency exchange for the trade employs Bitcoins.
An ATM heist is reported in New York where 5 million dollars are withdrawn. A group of 20 people in hoodies raided different ATMs all around New York. This seems like the third start.

Are three of them are linked or they have their own story? As the summary says 
“Moving from Washington’s Congress to Delhi’s Finance ministry, the beaches of Goa to the corporate boardrooms of Mumbai.”
The story keeps going between these places.

The way Ravi Subramanian has written is pretty engaging and captivating. Only glitch is in the starting where you have no idea exactly what is being talked about as the story fluctuates between places and people really fast. When you have enough background and engagement details about the characters that is where the fun starts. In the end you may think that the puzzle is solved and investigation is over but don’t worry after the epilogue a surprise is wrapped up for you.

I would recommend people to go for it. It is a gripping thriller though the fun may start a little late but by the end of it, complains for the start will vanish for sure. Subramanian’s love for banking is pretty evident throughout the story. You may learn a thing or two about technology and banking from this for sure. If not learn you will be curious enough to Google about the terms. I would definitely give it 4/5.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Book review:Private India

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Title: Private India

Author: Ashwin Sanghi & James Patterson

Price: 350 INR

Pages: 450

ISBN: 978-0099586395

My rating: 3/5

It has my first time reviewing a thriller. And thank you Blogadda for giving me the opportunity to do that. I enjoyed being in this train of thriller and here is what I discovered.

At first you would dismiss it being some run and catch thriller but when you start it you would know you picked up something different. The cover of the book takes inspiration from the James Patterson’s ‘Private’ series . Two  masters in their own art Ashwin Sanghi and James Patterson have collaborated for the first time to bring Patterson's popular 'Private' series to India. The story is true to its highlight “It’s the season for murder in Mumbai”.

In Private India, Sanghi's taste for mythology comes through with its cults, the Navratri festival and even Goddess Durga becomes an important part of the plot whereas Patterson's love for high drama and suspense mixed equally well with it. The starting of the book is with a murder-of a Thai doctor in a Mumbai hotel. She has a yellow scarf around her neck and her hands are tied with strings. There is a flower on one hand, and a fork on the other. There is also a small, Viking toy helmet tied to one of her toes. Eight such killings take place in Mumbai.The first murder is followed by many others. Afternoon Mirror reporter Bhavna Choksi being the second victim,then Elima Xavier, a school headmistress, Anjana Lal, the Chief Justice of Mumbai High Court, Ragini Sharma, a politician and so on the list continues. Every victim has a yellow scarf, with trinkets placed around them.

Private India is headed by Santosh Wagh an Ex-policeman and he is picked by Jack Morgan, a former CIA agent who heads Private Inc. The 51-year-old investigative genius is traumatized by his painful past where he has to live with the guilt of killing his own family, which he tries to drink with regular whiskey shots. Wagh and his peers drink a lot but apart from that he has a sharp mind and superb power of reasoning. The case of the serial killings is handed over to Wagh and Co by Mumbai Police. The serial killings have a pattern and the killer makes sure to leave a clue each time. Wagh connects the clues which lead to a discovery of the truth which is pretty scary. If you have never been to Mumbai, it is sure to take you some of the places such as Taj Hotel to Colaba and Haji Ali, to suburbs like Bandra, Andheri and Thane to the Tower of Silence and its vultures, Arthur Road Jail, Chowpatty Beach, Cooper Hospital etc.

The central characters are portrayed well, but others are also defined equally. There is a vile godman, an underworld bhai and a powerful lawmaker with his love for gambling. It has a detailed story and you would not know exactly where the mystery points to.

It is a fast paced thriller but has details about the not so central characters as well. You would think that you got the mystery but wait till you spiral down another twist. Though there are editing and grammar mistakes at some places but nevertheless one should give this book a try, when you pick it up, you can’t put it down.

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Book review:Prisoner,Jailor,Prime Minister

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Title:Prisoner,Jailor,Prime Minister
Author:Tabrik C
Year Of Publication:2014
 Publisher: Hachette India
The title seems very innovative and makes you think are there three characters that makes this book or one person is all these three.

The cover is bold and intuitive catches you like the book did when you held it in your hands to read.

This a book review of Prisoner,Jailor,Prime Minister written by Tabrik C.I am not very keen on anything relating to politics but i wanted to give this topic a try and so i chose this book to review.And i am quite happy with the results.I read the first page and i was thinking did i chose the correct book because it described to me a scene of desert.Then i proceeded further into a very interesting storyline.Knowing that it is a debut novel by Tabrik C. he has done a very fine work.

Siddhartha Tagore has become the Prime Minister in a swearing without any ceremony so that the country can be lead without any delay as the outgoing Prime Minister is leaving from the backdoor.As soon as he is appointed he is informed about a suspicious activity in Pokhran.And here begins his journey as a politician.

The writer has a very unique style of looking into the past.The flashbacks at times are very brief with few lines and at times consisting of several pages.His days in Harvard as a student where he had no interest whatsoever in politics.But his Baba(father) wanted him to follow in his footsteps and join politics.He pursued his career in classical music in Harvard for he had a love for Tansen and Mozart.
While turning the pages we can see how this Harvard student with little interest in politics transforms into a Prime Minister.

Though the writer tried building a rhythm to create the desired affect of a thriller but there was abruptness at times.It emphasizes on the human emotions and relationships.At times it felt like the main aim of it being political was overshadowed by the emotions and relations.The story is told in first person and third person alternatively. First person narration is through the eyes of Siddhartha and wherever he is not present, it is in third person.Together with Siddhartha Tagore the others such as Rubaya Jaykar Tagore, Karisma Jaykar, Kabir Jaykar, Gordon Thorburn, Gregory Templar, Rukmani Devi and many more supported this story very well.

Though i don't believe in destiny myself but this book is one which tells you about how your destiny is weaved beforehand,you follow what is there and it remains unpredictable.A must read i would say and all the best with your debut Tabrik C.

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