Book Review _ Five Petals by Chinmayee Gayatree Sahu

Details About the Book

The Book was released as a part of Blogchatter’s ebook carnival. In the very same event, my book Life in the Time of Coronavirus was released as well.

Book Name – Five Petals
Author – Chinmayeee Gayatree Sahu
Genre – Fiction
Pages – 31
Language – English
Download Link – Five Petals

Analysis

Five Petals is a book of five short stories. The characters in each of these stories are from different walks of life and different age groups. This has enabled the author to give us a varied spread of stories, keeping them all interesting. The book has only 31 pages which makes it a one sitting read.

The Book begins with a college story wherein Piyush, a reserved boy develops feelings for his classmate Ridhhima. As Piyush struggles to confess his feelings that he has kept hidden for over two years, Kunal Kapoor joins the college and gradually gets close to Ridhhima and they fall in love. As they go their separate ways after school, life happens in a full circle and they meet at crossroads again. In this story, Chinmayee portrays how our lives are all inter-dependent and how the right influence can uplift us and turn our lives around.

In the third story of the book, Vinod, a hard working and ambitious young man decides that he needs a break from his family to enjoy his bachelor days. He gets posting as a Chemical Engineer in a different city and decides to take it up. This is where he meets Deepa, a coworker and for the first time in his life, falls in love. However because of the conservative nature of her family, she is wary of sharing her whereabouts or her personal details with Vinod. If her family knew about their relationship, she would never be allowed to work. The author lays out the thought process and the difficulties faced by the protagonist so well that we understand him like he is our own. This lays the foundation for the way the story unfurls.

Among the other three stories, one gives us a glimpse into a family in lock-down during the Coronavirus Pandemic. Another takes us through the lives of a couple who own a resort in Philippines. The one that will tug at your heartstrings would be the story of a grandfather and his two grand children, especially if you were close to your grandparents.

The author has tried to keep all the stories different from one another. Chinmayee’s weapon is emotions and human relationships. She has used them so beautifully to weave the stories. Relatable situations and simple language makes it a breezy read.

As much as the stories are crisp, in some places the author could have elaborated on the characters’ emotions since all these stories have the scope for working more on the emotional aspects. This could have helped the readers develop more connection with the characters.

Conclusion

The book will take you through different states of mind, and keep you hooked. Here is an excerpt from the book that applies to us humans as much as it applies to plants:

“A plant can be given any amount of care, fertilizers, timely
exposure to sunlight but unless it takes up the effort by itself to absorb the nutrients it is
of no use. If it did not know to do so, it won’t be able to survive the test of time.”

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My Book Life in the Time of coronavirus is available for free download. It deals about how our lives individually and as a community changed due to the pandemic while taking a closer look at some personal anecdotes.

BOOK REVIEW – DESIGNING A POSITIVE MICRO-UNIVERSE BY JUDY MORRIS

Name of the Book – Designing a Positive Micro-Universe

Author – Judy Morris

Genre – Non-fiction, Self help

Price – Available for Free Download for a limited period HERE

Language – English

Summary

The book is a potpourri of Self-help tips, tips to improve relationships, some travel related pointers and her take on sustainable traveling and living in harmony with nature. It takes us through different aspects of an individual’s life both mental and physical. It first focuses on the individual aspects of well-being, it then narrates as to how this well-being can be achieved in relationships and finally as a community. Judy Morris – the author – is passionate about sustainable travel and living. This has led her to explain how we human beings and nature are inter-linked and how we can live in harmony with the environment.

Analysis

The author begins with focusing on the Self. The first section talks about how we as individuals can better ourselves with respect to happiness, positivity and the competitive mentality that has been driving us since birth. She beautifully lays down the fact that positivity and happiness are products of mental and physical well-being. She gives her readers the tips for changing their thought processes and actions in order to accommodate more positivity and happiness.

The next area the author focuses on is the relationship. Often, we give a lot to our relationships and what we reap from them shapes our lives. In this scenario, it is critical that we understand what we need from a marriage/relationship and compare that to the reality. The book first gives us an understanding of marriage from the author’s point of view. It then gives us a checklist of sorts that could be used to understand our compatibility with our partner/prospective partner, and improve our relationship further.

The author, Judy Morris, gives us the example of the lifestyle followed by Bishnois of Rajasthan to make us understand how we could live in harmony with nature. We don’t have to take the drastic measures, but we definitely can begin with baby steps. We all heard of the various animals that were sighted in unusual places during the lock-down. What better example could one give, to portray the impact of humans (or lack thereof) on the environment?

An avid traveller, she then gives tips on planning a travel while not being too hard on your pocket, and on traveling responsibly. She introduces us to the concept of virtual tourism, how it has gained prominence during the lock-down and why we should start thinking of it as a travel option.

Conclusion

The author had some simple but valid points that made me think. Here is one:

“When a seed germinates, life happens and it continues till the plant dies. However many times, the blooming of a flower or ripening of a fruit is often valued more. This is because we rank the achievement of a particular activity more than the activity itself.”

If you have wanted to make positive changes in lifestyle with respect to sustainability, this book is for you. It is a breezy read with mostly two-page chapters. I’d definitely recommend for a quick informative read.


My Book ‘Life in the Time of Coronavirus’ released at the #Blogchatterebook carnival is available for Free Download HERE. It talks about life at a personal level and the humane aspects during the Pandemic.

Book Review – The Last Attractor of Chaos

Book Name – The Last Attractor of Chaos
Author – Abhinav Singh
Rating – 3.5/5

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“Whenever chaos go beyond a measure of control, it gives birth to an attractor to restore balance.” This line from the book reminded me of,
“Dharma Samsthapanarthaya Sambhavami Yuge Yuge”.

Gist – Ashwin Rathore gets killed and as he dies, he realizes that the death was ideally aimed at his pregnant wife. The major part of the book deals with how Ashwin Rathore, after his death, tries to protect his wife and his unborn child with the help of his own perpetual and immortal pair (Named Tantunam). The author Abhinav Singh has depicted the idea of a perpetual pair (a particle) that is present for/with each human being. The pair assists the respective person in the choices he or she makes whether in birth or death.

Ashwin along with Tantunam decides to save Shruti from the clutches of the perpetrators in spite of the restrictions they face in their afterlife. During this process, Ashwin realizes that there was more to Shruti than he had known. Rest of the story is intertwined with Ashwin saving Shruti and getting to know her better.

Analysis – By now it is evident that the Last Attractor of Chaos is not your normal book. As the blurb rightly reads, ‘Particle physics, duality and quantum enigma are the building blocks of this story’. Do you have to know them to understand the book? No. But will knowing these areas help? Yes. As I am not from a physics background, I had to reread some of the sentences to get at least a vague sense of how things worked in the book. But that did not hamper the story interpretation at all.

The language used is simple. But the description of certain scenes and actions lack fluidity. It has the effect of watching a poorly shot stunt scene. When an attack happens, you know that there are about two other people who could act simultaneously, but they just wait for their chance to get killed. Also, I felt that there were unnecessary punch dialogues in situations, said by people which made it over dramatic. In short, it does require a bit of fine tuning.

On the bright side, the books stands out from rest of them due to a multitude of reasons:

  1. The book discusses at length about a missing weapon, a deadly one. This is the beginning of all the chaos.
  2. The book begins with the death of the Protagonist and wait for it, it continues from the Protagonists viewpoint. That is pretty rare.

So while it has the factors of afterlife, a loose weapon posing threat to the country, and spies at R&AW for which Shruti works, it slightly touches upon the romance between the couple and the love between a father and a daughter. To Sum up, it is a quick, breezy read which requires a little bit of fine tuning in terms of sequences.

I am Tired of Struggling to Survive. Yes, I Give Up!

Title: The Story of a Suicide

Author: Sriram Ayer

Genre: Tragedy

Website: The Story of a Suicide

Note:  This is an e-book which can be read in the website above.

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Characterization:

The story revolves around four college students – Hari, Sam, Charu and Mani.

Hari, an average guy from a conservative south Indian family, and his sister’s pet, almost always keeps to himself. He is often disturbed and moody and battles constantly with his own demons.

Sam is a very ambitious guy from a rich family. He has got the looks, the brains, and the skills to woo girls – a deadly combination! And he is very well aware of his qualities.

Charu, an extreme feminist, is beautiful in her looks and impulsive in her decisions. She lives with an I-don’t-care attitude and comes off as arrogant at first. This, coupled with her highly unpredictable nature lands her in various predicaments.

Mani‘s mother is a laborer in a brick kiln and his father left them many years ago, to return occasionally to abuse his mother and Mani for money. Mani is wiser than his age, probably due to his experiences.

There are several other characters that play pivotal roles at the right times, as the story unfolds.

The Plot

This is a story set in a college campus. It begins with a tragic event that brings Sam and Charu together. Sam is instantly attracted to Charu and she initially reciprocates his feelings. But soon things become unsure by her unpredictable behavior, coupled with Sam’s possessiveness.

All it requires is a bit of humiliation & a spiteful Facebook status to give an ugly turn to things.

Hari, Sam’s roommate, befriends Mani and the two become very close. For the first time in his life, Hari is able to confide himself in someone. He tells Mani about his demons and his childhood and this gets them closer further.

While the entire college turns against Charu due to her impulsive actions and devil may care nature, she turns to Mani & Hari for solace.

Meanwhile, there is a stranger sending inappropriate pictures to Charu. She is terrified when he sends an image of her cleavage taken from a very odd angle. A picture, not taken by her, but taken a few minutes back, when she is alone in her room.

As the story unfurls, the plot thickens and the four characters are caught in a mesh of each other’s doings with none of them having any clue about how the other is getting affected.

In the process, a life is at stake!

Relevance of the book in today’s scenario and tips to deal with them

The book brings to the forefront, myriad social issues. Some have been under much debate recently while some still remain unaddressed:

 

1. A Note regarding IMPULSIVE DECISIONS –

Many a time when we are anxious, angry or upset, we make impulsive decisions. It could be an action, a word, a facebook post or even refusing to do an act. Once we are cool headed, we often regret it.

Sometimes, it is too late to make amends. Even if, at times, our actions were justifiable, it wouldn’t be received well by others. It could backfire at any moment and wreak havoc! (As it happens in the book).

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2. CHILD ABUSE & MALE RAPE –

How many times do we leave children unattended or send them with strangers? Most of the child rapes are committed by people within the family. How could we trust strangers when there are demons within the family itself?

While, there are people who believe that men cannot be raped. Even if they are raped, it means they are weak or in the colloquial language, ‘They have no balls’. They do not report the cases out of shame and because no one would believe them! By denying them, you are denying the  fact that, even you are a potential victim.

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Empathy is the key.

3. FEMINISM –

This is a term that most of the people shun. It has been defined, redefined, misunderstood and trampled to make it look disgusting. The thin line between feminism & feminazism should be understood here.

Charu has a point when she expresses that a female is an individual and has the right to take decisions about her life as much as a male has. By possessing her, one cannot take her reins in their hands or clip her wings and dictate how she lives the rest of her life.

But there are instances where Charu generalizes men as a whole and voices strongly how they are all similar when it comes to female domination or thinking with their genitals. This isn’t feminism and it is important to know the difference.

4. LGBT RIGHTS 

How often has this topic been discussed and why do people fear LGBTs? Why is Love feared, mocked at and shunned while hate and terrorism is well accepted?

Does the fact that your relative, friend  or neighbor is bisexual or gay, affect you in any way? I think not. As long as people are compassionate and live peacefully, their sexual orientation is none of our concern. Hate and violence are what we should worry about. Not Love!

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5. SUICIDE –

Suicides have been increasing at an alarming rate. This happens when people have to confront their own demons alone. Calling them selfish, mocking them or being insensitive about their pains will only worsen their situation. They need people who would really listen to them and also some counseling.

People fear change. People fear the unknown & the uncertain, which is why we think death as a finality & mourn. We have no idea what happens after death. Now, imagine how horrible one’s situation must be, for one to give up one’s life and embrace the unknown death!?

And when we haven’t gone through this phase, how could we judge them and call them selfish?

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6. CYBER BULLYING

Social media plays an important role in the story. It depicts how dependent and vulnerable internet and social networking sites have made us. Our emotions are almost always kept for display in all or many of these sites.

Technology has its uses but it also takes the ugliest of forms through cyber bullying. The book gives a warning that through technology, anything could be accessed at any time and that you are at your vulnerable best. How scary is that!? It is always better to be cautious and wary of the pictures you take, people you talk to,  friends you make and the information you share.

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Quotes from the Book:

  • How can the world decide that men and women of all ages have to behave in a single regimented way? Every person is different; I have the freedom to live a life as I please. I am not saying all men are the same or all girls are victims of male domination, but you will have to accept that men have for centuries tried to control women and their destinies in ways that were convenient for them. I hate to be in a relationship that clips my freedom.
  • People don’t remember what you did to them, but they would never forget till their grave about how you made them feel. You might argue that it was a reaction to how someone made you feel but never underestimate the potency of a disgraced beast.
  • Much of our problems can be negated by killing our impulsive and reflexive responses. Aren’t our responses mostly to fight? Inflicting pain on ourselves with the hope that our pain will hurt the other is plain stupid. People just don’t care. 

Do I recommend this book?

Yes. To get an idea about the trial and tribulations faced by victims of sexual abuse. To understand what leads a person to the verge of suicide. To understand the problems faced by LGBTs and how their lives get affected when they are discovered. The book narrates incidents that are very much real and messy and living in today’s world, we need to get a taste of it. Not to hate, but to be empathetic.

Summary:

The book reaches out to the youngsters, moral policing ideologists, to the parents and to every living person. It keeps us engrossed right from the beginning, increases pace as the plot thickens and towards the last one-third of it, you can barely stop. Every chapter has been supported with beautiful illustrations.

I must admit that it dwells a bit too long  on dream sequences repeatedly. It also leaves a lot of loose ends with respect to what happens to rest of the characters. But all this can be ignored since it drives home the messages.These are the kind of stories the world needs now. Raw, brutal and real.

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Note

Image courtesy for all images – The official site of The Story of a suicide.

The images and the contents with the watermarks belong to A Few Handpicked Things in Life.

Book Review: Ramayana – The Game of Life

Introduction

Book: Ramayana – The Game of Life: Stolen Hope
Author
: Shubha Vilas
Publisher: Jaico Books
Note: This book is third in the series of six books

We have all heard the story of Rama and also its various versions. Most of us know of the peripheral whats, whens, hows & whys, and the story as narrated to us, ends with a moral. We have agreed, disagreed and debated over the turn of events umpteen times. Shubha Vilas’s Ramayana – The Game of Life takes Ramayana to a whole new level.

I began with the 3rd book in the series – Stolen Hope. Yes. You can start with it since it gives a gist, in the beginning, of what happened until then and you really don’t feel that you missed anything. But by the end of this review, you’ll know why starting from book 1 is for the best.

Blurb of the Book

 

Analysis

It begins with a sage narrating the history of Dandakaranya – The Dandaka forest – to Rama, Sita & Lakshmana. While reading through the narrative wide-eyed, I noticed numbers marking certain words and footnotes given below the pages. It didn’t take long to realize that the author has done an in depth study in Ramayana. He has analyzed how each aspect of the story can be related to real life and how it can be applied in certain situations. In some parts he gives the cause and effect of certain actions. These footnotes not only help us in analysing the story at a deeper level, but also guide us to look within ourselves.

Here is an excerpt from the book that will give you an idea of how it works. This is one of my favorite analysis from the author.

The body of the book reads:

“And the focus of the sages had been to attain self-perfection, but the menace of the rakshasas has channelled their focus to self-protection instead.”

The footnote related to this says:

“Coexistence of opinions is saintly life. Extermination of others’ opinion is demoniac life. Just as sages and demons coexisted in the Dandakaranya forest, with the demons trying to exterminate the sages, virtues and vices coexist within each individual. When vices try to exterminate virtues, then Rama needs to come in.

When negative forces try to influence our lives, our focus changes from inward evolution to outward aversion. Driven  by fear, the sages of Dandakaranya instead of focusing on inner upliftment, began to focus on outward resistance.”

The situation that led to restlessness in sages, have been analysed in depth and it has been correlated with similar situations in our lives. While the purpose of human life is self-evolution and happiness that we go after is in fact within ourselves, when adversity strikes, we tend to look outside for solution, support and happiness. Our focus shifts from our purpose and we need Rama – call it faith, will power, support, motivation – to get us back on track.

Ramayana has been told and retold in various versions and myriad tongues. Even here, I came across new course of events. Vali – the monkey King, and Ravana were friends. Sita throws a blade of grass between herself and Ravana, who was advancing towards her angrily. The blade of grass stops him on his tracks. To know the reasons for these, you will have to delve deep into the book. The mere act of throwing the grass is substantiated with close to a dozen reasons, each one more denser than the other. It is said that people in that era, spoke and acted with great caution. Every action of theirs was deliberate and had deep meanings. This was one such.

These new perspectives and analysis gelled well with the story and gave a freshness that helped me go with the flow. The book ends with Rama and Lakshmana wandering in search of Sita and chancing upon the ashram where Shabari resides. After a heart-warming episode here, the curtains fall.

The Prancing Deer

At the bottom of the page is a deer. The deer is seen to be standing, walking, prancing as the page turns. As the story advances, the deer moves forward through the book. It moves from the left end and reaches the right end, to be shot by an arrow. Having known the author through his writings, I’d like to believe that this deer has an inner significance, though I don’t know what that is. I fell in love with the deer gradually and it hurt when I saw it shot in the end. This was a unique bit I haven’t seen in any other books. 🙂

Summary

The author is a spiritual seeker and a motivational seeker. His intentions of imparting knowledge and providing motivation through epics have been made very clear through his writings. Giving footnotes for certain course of events, the author helps the readers analyse the situation and provides guidance as to how these teachings can be applied in real life. This is why I had mentioned that reading the series from the beginning is useful if you intend to take home the teachings. Written in a simple language, this book could also be given to children to draw values and morals from.

 

Book Review – The Connected Age

Over the last few centuries, the quality of our lives have improved drastically. There have been new inventions and discoveries that we assumed would make our lives easier. Instead, we ended up degrading our environment and we have only become more prone to economic fluctuations. While we are stuck in the quagmire of our own making, where exactly did we go wrong?

The above paragraph and thoughts are mostly taken  from Sudhakar Ram’s book ‘The Connected Age’. As he mentions in the book, the title could mislead us into thinking that it talks about technology. Instead, it gives us an insight into the connection between each other, the connection between us and the planet and most importantly, the connection with the self. It talks about how we limit ourselves by running in pursuit of wealth and by living a mechanical life.

Blurb of the Book

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Layout of the Book

He has divided the book into four parts. In every part, he begins from the root of the cause. He has structured his thoughts very clearly as below:

  • How it all began
  • What happened from then until now
  • The current scenario
  • The flaws in the current scenario
  • The solution: What it is and how to achieve it.

More often than not, people always point out the problems. Some of them do give us the solution too. How to implement the solution is what we need. And that is what Mr. Ram gives in his book. He has made a systematic compilation of different ideas from different people, adding his own view points to create a view of both what the world is and what it could be.

A Synopsis

Part 1 describes how we evolved from the hunter Homo Sapiens who depended completely on nature to the capitalist, industrialist, civilized human beings! The author describes about what went wrong from then to now.  The dysfunctions that are causing our destruction. How our thinking has changed and how to bring a transformation in our thinking. He discusses the ideals of the ‘connected age’ , the principles to achieve them and whether they are practically achievable.

He concludes the part with his vision – a highly realistic one – which would take a lot of time to accomplish since the change must begin with oneself.

In Part 2, deals with the Individual Changes that will pave way to the connected Age. In my opinion, apart from the long run benefits, these are a set of practical tips that could bring a positive change in our individual lives too. They could mold us into better people.

When the power is in a few hands and the rest feel powerless, they do not put in their maximum efforts. They feel disengaged. While the powerful think consider this to be good for them, it isn’t since the productivity and participation of the powerless will remain low. Now, a question. Are you engaged or empowered?

This question is definitely a food for our thoughts. If we are in fact powerless, he explains how each of us could develop the personal power. This power is what brings about the changes we desire.

This is followed by a detailed explanation about how we must think beyond success. One of the points that struck me was that, running behind success endlessly might become one of our regrets while dying. He has summarized the top 5 regrets of the dying which is not only an interesting read, but an eye opener to the harsh realities.

For those moulding themselves as per the requirements of the careers they are expected to follow, for those whose, talents are entirely different, Mr. Ram gives a step by step description as to how to discover their true calling. He talks about the education system, its evolution, the current state, its flaws and how it could be modified. With live examples of people who have applied and experimented new methods, he establishes the fact that the current education system of ‘One size fits all’ is not the right method to provide knowledge.

Moving from smaller areas to bigger areas, Part 3 discusses about the structural changes that are required. He talks about the organisational structure and its limitations. How they behave like machines and have no regards for their employees, customers, stakeholders and living beings as a whole. He points out 5 other flaws which are very much valid in the current scenario.

According to him, these organizations have to bring about a drastic change in their methods. He has beautifully laid out actions to be taken corresponding to the flaws he has pointed out. Also, how to implement these actions. He claims to have put these points into practice in his own organisation too.

Evolution of organisations alone wouldn’t suffice. He explains that the market and the government should also contribute to this change. Similar to other cases, he points out today’s scenario, the flaws, the solution and the methods for implementation.

In the final part, which is the Call to Action, he gives the summary of all that has been mentioned earlier. He lists down the necessary steps we need to take right now, to bring about the change. All the while, we have been waiting for a leader to take up this task and begin the change. Mr. Ram calls out to the young generation to act rather than wait for the leader.

Conclusion: He says that he addresses the youngsters who want to create a better world. In my opinion, the book is a must read for all the people, young and old who wish to make a difference. As I had mentioned earlier, nothing can be changed without changing oneself. I’m sure that implementing his ideas in each individual’s life will soon bring about a positive change in us, which would spread across our neighborhood, province, country and the world.

If you wish to make a change, this book is a must read.

Day 14 – Recommend A Book

30 Days Book Challenge – Day 14 – Recommend A Book

The Host

Warning: The first half is boring. But it is worth the wait since the later half compensates for it all.

I have never heard anyone say anything about this book. I don’t know anyone else who has read it. It might be due to the hatred for Twilight, that people completely avoided this book of Stephenie Meyer. But I would say that twilight and The Host are poles apart. This one is a fantasy too. But I felt it was more sensible. That explains the slow pace. Had the pace been faster, it would have made the story too unrealistic.

For those interested, HERE is the review I wrote about the book.

I wouldn’t say that the book is The Best. But it has been underrated for sure. If you like some wordplay and some deep feels and some romance, please do go for it. Above all, have some patience. 🙂

If any of you have read it or will be reading it, do let me know your comments about the book. I’d really love to listen to someone else’s point of view.

Book Review: God is a Gamer

I have heard people say that the books choose us. Sometimes, when books keep popping up in front of me, I have believed this to be true. That is what happened with God is a Gamer. When it kept popping up before me, I kept ignoring it because of my exams and finally I forgot about it. But after my exams, eventually, the book reached me.

The world’s first Bitcoin thriller has a tagline right on the cover; Is Revenge a Crime?

Put simply, the tagline echoes the entire tone of the book crisply.

It begins with Gillian Tan rushing off for a committee meeting with The President. Tan’s is an atom family with a loving wife and a daughter in her twenties. He pecks his wife on her cheek and leaves. On his way, a bomb awaits to decide his fate.

In India, the names of the shortlisted candidates for the post of Governer of RBI, is given to the Prime Minister. Not satisfied, he asks for a revised list of candidates.

Swami is the Head of Retail banking in New York International Bank (NYIB). His mother tells him that their neighbor has lost a huge amount of cash from her account in NYIB. On further inquiry, he gets to know that not only his neighbor, but many others have lost money from their accounts. Due to a phishing scam, the NYIB’s customers cumulatively lost 5 million dollars.

Malvika – The CEO of NYIB not only refuses to take any responsibility about the scandal, but also portrays Swami as the sole reason for all the mishap. She tries her best to keep her hands clean and dry, away from the mess.

Tanya arrives in Goa as a part of an organizing team for an event. She had originally met Varun at Rio a few months back. So, when she sees him again here coincidentally, it comes as a surprise to her. They gel immediately and she spends the night with him. However, he seems to have vanished the very next day.

Indiscape Gaming Corporation’s survival depends mainly upon MAUs – Monthly active users. Aditya Rao who was initially a part of NYIB had handpicked a team of trainees including Swami, Sundeep and Kalpana. Later, Aditya sets up Indiscape and alongwith Sundeep he is committed in making Indiscape succesful. Swami however continues at NYIB. Both Aditya and Sundeep are bent upon running Indiscape righteously and also in an old fashioned manner.

Adrian and Tony are in charge of Gillian Tan’s case.

Josh has been assigned the job of carrying out an ATM heist.

GIG 1While the readers are taken on a roller coaster ride of multiple characters, a parallel world of cotton trail and bitcoins are introduced to us. Cotton trail is a market place for anything illegal. Be it narcotics, prostitution, drugs or even pedophiles. It had a brilliant mechanism whereby it was difficult to track the buyer or the seller. The payment can be made through bitcoins.

While the story unveils itself, amidst all the mystery and investigation, the romance between Varun and Tanya brings a happy note in the entire story. There are knots after knots that get piled up as multiple deaths and crimes keep happening. Until the end, Ravi Subramaniam keeps his readers restless and intrigued.

Right from the beginning, the story gathers a standard pace. Unlike some stories that require time to interest us, this one has our attention right from the beginning. It is one of the happening books right from the start and that is what kept me hooked to it. This is Ravi Subramanian’s first book I’m reading and it makes me want to read more of his stories.

When you think it is all settled and over, you realize that it has just begun. After having the meal that Ravi Subramanian has set before you, I’m sure you will say that the desert is the yummiest! And it brings us back to the question; Is Revenge a crime?

I found my answer! 🙂

Bottomline – If entertainment, mystery, suspense and twist is what you need, you’ll get it all here. I just loved the book. A true thriller!