Friday, February 14, 2014

The Crossover Year : Book Review


The Crossover YearThe Crossover Year by Bhargavi Balachandran
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Aren't we all nothing but a bunch of memories and attitudes born out of our life experiences?
- Bhargavi Balachandran, The Crossover Year

Confusion and uncertainty can sometimes lead us onto our true, so-called 'destined' path.How exactly can one know where he/she is headed to? No matter how many coconuts one plans to break in temples(Oh yes, that's a common practice in India) or how much one wishes to just change the monotonous schedule and the emptiness in life that does tend to creep up at some or the other juncture in one's life; every problem has a solution. Every step we take becomes a cut above the rest of the ones that we took until then.

Anu Prabha is a woman of substance who initially seemed like a confused, messed up lady with a crazy and bizarre streak to her personality. It is a humorous as well as thought-provoking journey with her. The characters resemble the ones we have in our lives,in the form of friends or colleagues.

I would recommend it to all lovers of Chick-Lit. It isn't very often that we get to know in detail about Chennai( the backdrop here). The author has wonderfully woven the nuances of the old-world charm as well as the modern glint with apt deftness.

It does seem like a matured venture for a comparatively new writer on the block. Honest, funny and with copious amounts of drama thrown in (no it doesn't get too over-the-top!), it remains a good light-read which surely would rustle up the souls of women who seem to have let dust gather on their minds knowingly or unknowingly, thanks to a hectic lifestyle and an indescribable dullness that raises its head at a point in time.

It isn't just for women. Even men can catch up with the hum-drums of a woman's mind. Also, Mukund would be good company ( an inspiration too!).

Turning 30 is a milestone and if at all you feel that things aren't too good at your end then worry not! How about a 101 coconuts? ;)

Author: Bhargavi Balachandran Other book from the author : Seven Across

- Divya Nambiar


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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Chapter Eleven : Book Review


My rating: 3 of 5 stars


It stood there braving the storms until the last gush of fearful wind brushed past its branches...
Shatter it did, but so silently that its existence faded away just like the darkness when it was claimed forever!
- Divya Nambiar

This is what exactly came to my mind when I turned the last page of this book. A powerful story of what goes behind the sophisticated, glass structures of corporate offices- told with real proximity. The reader can expect to be surprised,disgusted,amused,shocked and regaling in the strange corporate world that is described in this book.

Virendra Vikram Singh a.k.a. VVS, a 'Rajput' from a small town in India, lands in CommTech wearing rose-tinted glasses. Bit by bit the reality dawns upon him, albeit the fact that not all things are meant to last- not even one's hopes, dreams and trust.

The author describes the 'Kissa Corporate Bankruptcy Ka' with amazing precision. Through the eyes of VVS, the reader gets to explore the dark, lesser known nitty-gritties of a world that we must encounter at some point in our lives( at-least for the ones who plan to work in an office one day/are already working/ worked at some point in a corporate setting).

The cover-page illustrations make more sense after one completes reading the story, especially for the ones like me, who tend to delve deeper into the scheme of things and the way they tend to be at some point of time and then cease being that one day.The tie that somehow stands out in white, the absence of the head of the man on the cover-page, the buildings representing a posh city in the backdrop... Every aspect becomes even more beautiful after reading the entire story.

P.S. It's good to complete reading a book even if it does seem to become black and white somewhere along the way because sometimes, the colour splashes when we least expect it to; into our minds and creates an imprint that can last for a long, long time.

- Divya Nambiar

Author: Mr.Amit Shankar Amit Shankar
Other books by the author- Love is Vodka A Shot Ain't Enough Flight Of The Hilsa