The Sialkot Saga, by Ashwin Sanghi is a thriller based on lives of two characters called Arvind & Arbaaz. Arvind comes from a Marwari business family, and Arbaaz is someone who starts off as a goon; and the character evolves with every 100 pages in the book.
Arvind and Arbaaz begin as strangers, leading their lives in a mutually exclusive manner. The two characters are as different as chalk and cheese, but Ashwin manages to weave an intrinsic plot which culminates to Arvind and Arbaaz becoming each others arch nemesis.
The plot of the book on face value might seem like a mix of three books by Jeffrey Archer. In a way, The Sialkot Saga is a mix of Kane and Abel, Not a Penny More; Not a Penny Less and The Fourth Estate by Archer. But, it’s the hypnotic style of Sanghi’s narration that makes this book; and all of the past books written by him, an absolute delight to read.
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As a reader, every once in a while, you come across a title and/ or an author that you haven’t ever heard of. That’s common. What makes this discovery even more fascinating is the fact that the book is rather popular and has been praised by some of the best celebrities and respected book lists in the world. This is exactly how I learned about Beauty is a Wound by Eka Kurniawan.
Even if you’re the most ferocious reader, I can assure you; even you can’t guess what will happen in the next page of this book. It’s a sheer journey of 470 pages full of plot twists and surprises.
On the face of it, Beauty is a Wound is a story of an half Dutch half Indonesian prostitute named Dewi Ayu; who hails from the town of Halimunda, but it’s a cobweb of a story; to say the least.
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Q1. What is Kindle? Why has it become so popular? In absolute simple words, Kindle is a device that allows the user to read books. It’s an e-book reader/ e-reader. The user can buy/ load books in electronic format to the device and read them. So instead of flipping pages, the user just taps on… Continue reading Amazon Kindle. All your questions answered
In the times where being an “Indian Author” is more of a risk than an advantage, very few authors have made their mark and found the right balance between writing really good content, creating a niche for themselves and not getting carried away with the new found success.
Ravi Subramnaian is one such author. One thing that I really like about Ravi’s work is his writing style. There’s always a certain pace to his story. Where some authors prefer to invest in chapters to consolidate the characters, the subplots, the twists; Ravi is unapologetically and unabashedly on target. His past books namely If God Was a Banker, I Bought the Monk’s Ferrari, Devil in Pinstripes, The Incredible Banker, The Bankster, Bankerupt and God is a Gamer still command a strong and a loyal reader base. Some other names that need a mention in this category are Devdutt Patnaik, Ashwin Sanghi, Amish and Anand Neelakantan, among others.
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Mahabharata; a tale that has been retold a several times, and shall be recreated by authors for time immemorial. There are so many characters, themes, philosophies, and stories that come together to create the mega-epic that is the Mahabharata. Quite recently, I read and wrote about The Ajaya Series written by Anand Neelakantan. That author… Continue reading #CogentBooks – The Thirteenth Day by Aditya Iyengar
While I was reading Roll of the Dice and Rise of Kali, I came across this book called Deja Karma by Vish Dhamija. Sadly, I’ve been away from the world of books in the last few months of my life; and hence I didn’t know about Bhendi Bazaar and Nothing Lasts Forever, two bestsellers written… Continue reading #CogentBooks – Deja Karma by Vish Dhamija
Rise of Kali is the second book in the two book set of Ajaya – Epic of the Kaurava Clan. I had expressed my thoughts on the first book, in my last post. This book begins from the most infamous, and the most poignant chapter of Mahabharata. The dice game in which Pandavas’ lose their… Continue reading #CogentBooks – Rise of Kali by Anand Neelakantan