Asian Writers

June is dedicated to authors with ASIAN ORIGIN....review of books in this category will be posted all month....

Friday, December 27, 2013

Book Giveaway - Phase 1

Hi

Call it spring cleaning or just that I have really really run out of space to keep my books that I have started this book giveaway for all the book lovers residing in INDIA

What do you need to do if you want one of the books for FREE?

Quite simple actually -

Step 1 - Become a follower of this blog

Step 2 - Drop a comment on this blog entry on which book you want and why (you dont have to stress yourself on this...a simple honest response is equally good e..g. i want to read it but i dont want to pay for it!) and your Location

Step 3 - I will decide the best response and choose the people whom the book(s) will be shipped (Free of cost) to you (you will need to provide me with the shipping address of course!)

Which books are available for the giveaway????

  1. Eat, Pray, Love (as good as new) - elizabeth gilbert
  2.  Losing my virginity (old/yellowish pages) - richard branson
  3. A Prisoner of Birth (as good as new) - jeffery archer
  4.  Fall of Giants (as good as new) - Ken Follet
  5. When God was a Rabbit (as good as new) - Sarah Winman 
So if you want to read these books - drop by and leave a comment....

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Raspberry Jam


This one is an oldie published way back in the 1920s.


I was browsing through feedbooks, when I came across this book with its unusual name. coupled with the fact that it was free was the alluring aspect that this one was a mystery/detective novel.

Since I was looking for something light to read, I downloaded it and was soon lost in its pages....


What is the book about:

The book is a classic murder mystery - a rich man has been murdered and there is an obvious suspect i.e. his wife, with whom he has frequent and quite heated quarrels related to money. So she is the obvious suspect. And obviously, she is not the murderer though all circumstantial evidence point to it. She has an Aunt who lives with her, an old lady inclined to the mystic world of seances and telepathy, who claims to have seen the dead man's soul in all its five senses. And that is the point from where the story actually picks up.


What I liked:

Its a simple book, the smart detective and his weird assistant not showing up till the very end of the chapter, which is quite unusual for a detective book. But at no point does the suspense lag and one is kept guessing about who the suspect could be and the importance of the "Raspberry Jam"

A quick, light read it was a welcome change after the Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie series.

What I didn't like:

The start of the book is quite a drag and its only after a few chapters that the murder happens and things lift up and the action begins. Till then, I did suppress a yawn or two, specially since the english was a tad old fashioned. I know, I cant blame the author, it was written in the 20s after all...

I think one thing that the author missed throwing light on was how the means of murder was procured after having devoted some pages on it. Which was kind of strange. Also, the person who was used to murder didnt, in my opinion, have enough of an incentive to kill - I mean yes, money is a big incentive, but at the risk of giving away the suspense, if you are famous and doing well, is money really an incentive?



Wednesday, March 20, 2013

False Impression

This will be two book review, yet it will be quite short. My mind is all over the place these days for personal reasons and I am finding it very challenging to read books and then review them...therefore the huge gap between this review and the last....

Nevertheless, I read two suspense and action novels during this period, probably because they are not that taxing to the brain and a relatively easy read while managing to give a decent satisfaction quotient as well.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Bollywood-ish Masala

** The review of this book was done at the request of the author and will therefore not have any ratings**

Book: Once upon the tracks in Mumbai
Author: Rishi Vohra
Number of pages: 266
Price: Rs. 175
Publisher: Jaico 

The Story


The protagonist of this story is Babloo an autistic twenty something man living in a railway colony, a society that mirrors the typical mindset of the middle class population in the country.  We get a glimpse into the complex maze of Babloo’s thought processes right from the word go, that clearly sets him apart from the other characters.  There is Raghu, Babloo’s younger brother, the cynosure of his parents while Babloo remains virtually non-existent for them because of the perceived differences. Babloo finds a sympathizer in Vandana with whom he falls in love with. Ironically, a marriage alliance is established between Vandana and Raghu by their respective parents.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013