Monday, January 19, 2015

Ri- Homeland Of Uncertainity by Paulami Duttagupta

My Views on Ri- Homeland Of Uncertainity by Paulami Duttagupta

Idealism at its peak. That is what my first reaction was when I first read Ri. First of all what does Ri mean. Google Uncle told me it means Homeland. Ri- a homeland. The word rings very pure when you say it aloud. One of those small words whose vibrations outweighs its meaning. 

But the Homeland it is referring to, is not resonating with any peace or love. There is a tug of war for power between the rebels and the authority. Now this is not something anymore 'uncommon' in India - or for the fact in any part of the world. Why and the morality of this is debatable. 

The author Paulami Duttagupta, brings out a complete society by etching four characters

Kyndiah: representing the law 
Janet - representing the press
Manbha- representing the outlaw 
Emika- the society

It is Emika's character that makes me think that this story is too idealistic. The cynic in me will not be able to forgive Manbha. Whatever his reasons might be, to become a killer has no justification. There should not be any excuse to terrorism.  But again that is my personal opinion and bears no consequence to the writer or her story. 

Coming to the story, my favourite character is Kyndiah. His has all the shades of life. Bitter yet positive about the changes coming his way. Open to all changes, even if he has the authority in his hand. Fighting for a cause because he believes in it. Just the kind of a hero our society needs. 

What the society doesn't need is Manbha. To fall in love with Sanjay Dutt in Khalnayak or Sharukh in Don/ Don2 is really ironic. Of course these things happen but as I said I don't think I can sympathize with a man who resorts to terrorism. Manbha is shown as a man who has lost his way and he can be brought back. Brought back ? After taking up arms, mass killing, arms smuggling... brought back? Can anyone ever return from the point of no return? Here is my one request to the author... Ri Part 2 if she ever plans to write- can she deal with this character and the aftermath? It would make a damn interesting subject!

To complete Manbha's character, one needs Emika. Somehow I felt she represented India. Too forgiving. Too ready to move on after a disaster occured. Too blase. Somehow the post effect of Mumbai attack became fresh in my mind. Yes life has to go on and life is for the living ... but as Emika accepted Manbha and forgave him - well, it takes a large heart - A very large one. 

Of all the characters, Emika's character didn't gel with me so well. Somehow I felt there was a co-relation between Emika and Manbha's character. Emika had to do this for Manbha to do that. This really froze up her character. She had to ignore the gun when her son walks in. Smile when she was threatened. And forgive Manbha for the role he played in her ruining her life. It was too easy for Manbha. To forgive a crime of this magnitude is not possible - at least for a mere mortal soul like me :)

Janet represented the Hounds of Journalism. How and why.. read the book :)

The Language - is clear and precise. A fairly easy read. The voice of the author is quite distinct and its very clear the love she has for Meghalaya. You can feel the reverance in her tone. 

Characterization - too many in too few a pages. This stunted the growth of the characters. Why was Janet rubbing Kyndiah the wrong way? Why was Emika not afraid when the nozzle of the gun pointed towards her? A terrorist group forgetting about Manbha after he .... (sorry cannot tell ) is hard to believe for they do have a code of (mis) conduct too. Don't they?

Rating 


Reasoning ..

1. When the terrorist group is introduced- too many characters and too much actions. 
2. I found Emika too tolerant.  --- I suppose I am the harsh one :(
3. Too many questions were left unanswered - specially regarding Manbha.... ( Do I see Ri part 2 coming out soon?) 

Would I recommend this book ? Yes, I would. But this is not a light read. I read it 3 times before writing this review. I needed to see the justification in many places on the actions of Emika. I don't know why I am bitching about Emika but I really feel that you forgive such an act - you have to be a saint. And I am no saint :)








Ri - Homeland of Uncertainity
by 
Paulami Duttagupta 





The Blurb
Ri- Homeland of Uncertainty is adapted from the National Award Winning Khasi film by the same name.


Trapped in the limbo between ideology and conscience, Manbha finds him himself part of a terror outfit. An unexpected opportunity, anger, squalor and disillusionment - followed by and armed combat and injury lead to the soul- searching that form the substance of this moving tale.
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Born in Shillong, many moons ago, with schooling at Loreto Convent, and an English Honors from St. Edmunds College, Paulami Duttagupta started her career with All India Radio Shillong. She had written and also given her voice to a few shows there. Later she came down to Kolkata and got a post graduate degree in Comparative Literature from Jadavpur University. She had also taken up a fancy to learning Spanish, but today confesses that she has forgotten most of it.

She has written for ‘The Times of India’ in the ‘Guwahati-Shillong plus Edition’ and also ‘The Shillong Times’. Television had always attracted her and was connected to the Bangla TV industry for about 6 years. She was associated with ETV- Bangla, Akash Bangla and Sony Aath in this period.

Having left her day job in 2012, Paulami took up full time writing. Her first novel, “Pinjar” released in early 2012.

Her second novel “Unplanned Destinty” released in 2014. She is also the screenplay writer of the national award winning Khasi film – “Ri Homeland of Uncertainty”.



“Ri” has been adapted into a novel and was released on September 14,2014



She is currently working on her next project as movie script writer.



Apart from writing full length novels, she has written several short stories and articles. She has also contributed to the “Minds@work Anthology” and the “Family Matters International Anthology” in 2013.



Recently she has contributed to the “Learning and Creativity Anthology” , “Her Story Anthology”, and “Celebrating India – Love across Borders Anthology”.



When she is not writing or watching movies, Paulami is either reading biographies or classic pieces of literature. Cricket, food, cinema, books and music are an integral part of her life. 


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Monday, January 12, 2015

The Crossover Year by Bhargavi Balachandran

Name of the Book :  The Crossover Year
Author :Bhargavi Balachandran
Pages:  250 Pages
Publisher: Alchemy Publishers
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The Story....
As you can see I have not used my usual format of introducing the He and the She section in this review. For there are no other protags in this story other than  Sri Anu Prabha. Written in first person, Anu takes us through the journey of her life - from being a working woman to a housewife. I could relate to Anu to a large extend. How many of us can say that as a woman being a housewife or a working woman is completely satisfactory?

When you are a working woman, not only do you have to deal with the idiosyncrasies of the men in the office but also have the nagging guilt conscious of not being a perfect housewife. [ I feel this should be my personal space for ranting. But then it will be a novel by itself .. grrrumph!!!]

Anu comes across very real. In fact, the author has not at done anything to show her as a perfect woman. She is a woman with faults, with desires, ambitions, ability to make errors and defend herself when caught - while making those errors. 

Anu is introduced to the readers as a working woman - struggling to please an idiotic boss. When she looses her job, not only is she faced with questions like why she does not have a child,but she also has to take stalk of what actually she wants from her life. There is always a difference between a housewife and a working woman. In every gathering a working woman will not leave a chance to rub the housewife with her job while a housewife will retaliate by show offing her culinary skills or her kids, especially if the working woman does not have kids. Bhargavi has brought out this very beautifully. 

In the course of discovering herself, Anu meets many characters. Each character changes her life a bit and pushes her towards her destiny. One character that left a lasting impression on me was Ajay. Though they were not romantically involved, his appearance in her life made Anu grow as a person. For better or worse - that is for you to find out. 

Rating


Reasoning

I really liked the story. It is something every working woman goes through. My peeves with this story are firstly the voice of the narrator. It is too colloquial. While it might work for many. Since Anu is from Chennai, India and I don't expect her to have a British or American accent but when I read an English book I would prefer the voice in my head to have an English intonation. 

Another thing I felt a bit confused about is at times Anu really seemed muddled up - regarding what exactly she wants in life. I understand she was not getting a job and being out of the work force suddenly one might take up odd jobs. But on the other hand she seemed very gathered in her thoughts but her nature comes across a bit aggressive while dealing with her office environment - specially when she goes for interviews.

Her married life has a lot of ambiguity - did the author remove Mukund, her hubby, from the scene just to progress with the story and then conveniently drop him back to tie up the loose ends?

What I felt was the inner conflicts of Anu were very sublime as compared to the outer conflicts she faced. She did not have a personal problem. Nothing should have stunted her growth career wise. If there was a MIl problem or Hubby Problem or any personal problem which she had to face as  a housewife maybe then her character would have come out much stronger. Even when her name came out in the tabloid where she talks about.

Would I Recommend ?
It is definitely a one time read. Specially for women who are in this situation where one has to juggle between a career and family. So there you are.. more than half the population of the world please pick this book up :)

Sunday, January 11, 2015

When She Smiled by Ritoban Chakrabarty

Name of the book: When She Smiled 
Pages : 234 
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This book reminded me so much of the cute love story between Aamir Khan and Ayesha Jhullka in Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander. If I had to imagine anyone playing the role of Roy, I would visualize Amir Khan during his Wohi Sikander days. I always seem to make irrelevant connections between a book and a movie. Well, its my imagination and don't you dare change the channel :P

The story starts unfolding with the tale of Mrityunjay as he settles in his new school. His friendships, his crush on Akansha all spin a sweet tale of youth. Mrityunjay or Roy, as he is known amongst his friends, makes a reader visualize all the nuances one faces in the high school. Along with the crushes comes the heartbreaks, the ridicules, study pressures and peer pressures. 

I like the easy flow of the story. The author makes the reader see the world from the eyes of Roy. I was angry when his father beats him up and furious at the Sir who dares to slap him in front of the class. I was sometimes angry at Akansha and sometimes smiled at their confused age. When you begin reading this book, don't go looking for a teenage romance.Its not. Its about a young lad who comes to understand one very important aspect of life. Life should be wasted on what others feel for you, Something we all must have gone through in those awkward, innocent years. 

But one thing I can definitely say - if you have gone to a DAV school in India, these incidents will not be a storyteller's pov but what you might have gone through.

One line that shows the positivity of the Author and that really connected me with the novel :


That is one attitude every youth should have today. Love is an emotion but obsessive love kills your future. The youth should have no time for obsessive love. Moving on from an experience is what makes you grow and being obsessed about a situation is want makes you stagnant. The author has brought this in his story very well. 

Rating 


What I did not Like :

I understand the book is written keeping the youth in mind, but travelling with the author only with his POV can slow down the pace of the novel at some spots. Specially the relationship between Akansha and Roy had too many on and off switches. At moments I want to shout at him- Atta boy! move on. But then this cannot go against the book for it is about puppy love. And we all know what that is :) 

A mention to all the Youth who are dejected in Love...
Read this book. This book is about positivity and getting over it. Life is to short to mope. 

Yeh Nahi Toh Woh Sahi
Woh Nahin to Koi Aur Sahi
 ... will keep you all happy. Specially when you are in high school. 

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Matches Made In Heaven By Sundari Venkatraman

Name of the Book : Matches Made In Heaven
Name of the Author : Sundari Venkatraman 
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How do you review short stories? This question has been debated in many forums. Every story has an essence, a feel. Some of the stories live up to it and some don't. Being a fan of Leo Tolstoy, I always feel that the stories compiled together should follow a thread. Be it in the form of a character, theme or situation. Thankfully, in this book I found a thread. Romance. My favourite kind. At the age of 40+  I'm a bloody sucker of Romance. What can I do? God is Love. :D

Sundari Venkatraman has brought together 13 stories under the title of Matches Made In Heaven. 13 ? Ummm.. well only Sundari can get away with that number. :D .. and she did. 

The Anthology starts with a smashing foreward from Milan Vohra, our very own first Mills & Boon writer in India, Author of The Love Asana and Tick Tock, We're 30.

Stories that worked for me ....

 Beauty Is But Skin Deep: This one was a beauty. My Fair Lady is a bit overated in India. To have a dark skin is still looked down upon in the marriage market and Sundari has very sensitively transfrormed Simran. She did not have an expensive pigmentation injections but she underwent a confidence lesson under the gentle hands of Nitin. 

I just loved An Arranged Match. It was just too cute. Ritu came out as a fiesty beauty while Yash was a cool guy. Both complimented each other. Though the ending was predicatable .. well some stories however predictable they are, as a romance reader you always want to read it. This is one of those stories. 

Rehaan and Jhanavi took my heart in Chahti Hoon Main Tujhe. It was a hot-hot romance and one of the best in this series. It has a complete feel. A story, a conflict and a beautiful ending. Jhanavi as an actress comes out superbly. The history and the papparrazzi create the right amount of tension. 

MadeInHeaven.com : Damn cute. Sundari is good in raising social issues without sounding preachy. In here too she has subtly brought out the fact about the worries parents go through if they have an unmarried daughter sitting in the house. I just loved the listing Menka created for her needs in a groom :D

Rahat Mili: is a story of reincarnation. The journey of unfulfilled desire of  souls. The story goes back and forth and then falls into place, making this into a page turner. 

The Reluctant Bride: Loved it. Till a woman is not ready-- she is not ready. If a man understands that, he is really a man. Again a beautifully portrayed story of a woman understanding her heart and a man waiting till she does not. 

Shewta Ka Swayamvar: Too good. And having such reality shows in India, one can very well visualize this kind of a story. Even though I don't approve of these shows for the bride never marries the grrom or even if they do they end up in a divorce court within a year.. but this story has arealistic version - of a participant who will find her mate if she follows her heart. Of all the heroes created by Sundari in this series, I am partial Aditya. 

Love Match for Velan: This is a mythology. A rare piece which I'm sure many mytho lovers don't know about. The love story of Lord Kartikeye. Beautifully penned. 

Other Stories....

Soulmates: I really don't know how to rate this. It has all the right ingredients but I personally feel it was too much information in a short story. But on the whole this story leaves you with a smile over the love stories touching different generations. Maybe .. if it was just the story of Soumya I would have loved it. But taking it to the next gen after almost panting my way to know what was in store for Soumya was like asking a runner to run one more mile after reaching the finishing line. 

Reema's Matchmakers: To start with the story title did not do it justice. Reema was the matchmaker. So I started reading it with a different set of mind and was a bit puzzled by this title. But I cannot say I did not like this story for it is a beautiful story of a second chance. I just wish this had some other tittle. 


Stories that did not work for me .... 

Groomnapped: That is the first one. I remembered a TV serial when I read this. Bhagyavidhata. No it is not the same story under any circumstances. But Sundari's stories generally creates a visualisation for me. This story had a 'Dil Maange More" [Heart wants more] kind of feeling. It was too abrupt. I wanted to know more. I got a bit furious after reading this story, in fact. A bit apprehensive- if I would get the same feel in every other story. 

Red Rose Dating Agency is another one that was a bit complicated for me. It could have been a long beautiful story and I really wish Sundari takes it up. But as a short story it was finished off in a bit of a hurry. 
Pappa's Girl: I am sorry about this but the girl came out very weak. I understand the problems that an heiress will face but here she comes out too archiac and in today's world with Paris Hilton leading the way for stray heiresses, imgining a woman, a successful business woman, being rescued by her Dad everytime, did not work for me. 

Rating 
Reasoning 

Phew! That was one long review. That is the problem with short stories. Each story holds an element of desire, like and dislikes [a bit strong word I know] but some of the stories are such page turners while some makes you want to skimp through the stories. But thankfully in this series even the stories which could have worked better are page turners. I am just dissappointed that they are not a novella. They have that potential and the use of narration was a bit too much in the stories that did not work for me. 

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Who is the Founder behind the concept of Bitcoins? - God Is a Gamer by Ravi Subramanian

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After reading reviews by my blogger friends, my interest is piqued about the book God Is a Gamer by Ravi Subramanian. It has made its way to my long list of TRB... I certainly need some extra pair of eyes!!! - specially while editing my own errors in typo :P

My friend and fellow blogger Janaki Nagaraj has covered about Bitcoins while Pooja Abhay has used this in creating an intriguing puzzle in her her blog. On the other hand, Sonia Rao has questioned Ravi Subramanium over his depiction of women in his stories.. (I would love to hear what he really had to say about this - verbatim :P) I must first confess, the concept of Bitcoins interested me a lot. So much so, that I started tracing back the path of the history of Bitcoins. The find was interesting but didn't satisfy my curiosity. 

One name jumped out from the pages of history - the mysterious man behind Bitcoins, Satoshi Nakamoto. The faceless, identity less and the powerhouse behind Bitcoins. Why did he choose to remain a mystery? Is there a conspiracy theory behind this? 

After publishing a paper in the Cryptography Mailing List in November 2008, his last presence was felt when he released the first version of bitcoin software client in 2009. By 2010 he had receded to oblivion and the reason stated was he had more better things to do. (grammar tossing -intentional) Strange isn't it? Not only for a man who was going to change the history of paper money but also for the Governments who were ready to accept his invention without any questions being raised. 

While some theories also point towards 3 American students from Dublin who had used the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto,others point  towards a single man whose love for the Japanese culture made him take up this name. Curiouser and curiouser.. as the bunny would say in Alice in Wonderland.  But still a question lingers in my mind... Why the hush hush? Why does the USA not bring forward these people who are the the master mind behind this huge revolution of Bitcoins? 

Yours thoughts are welcome ... :)

All these questions have given birth to this urge to read God Is A Gamer by Ravi Subramanian...




God is a Gamer 
by 
Ravi Subramanian





The Blurb
Aditya runs a gaming company that is struggling to break even. A banker slips off a highrise building, plunging to her death. The finance minister has made some promises that he is finding hard to keep. The LTTE has unleashed terror in America that sends the FBI on a wild goose chase, bringing them to Mumbai.


Enter Varun, parttime drug dealer and fulltime genius. He turns around the gaming company before disaster strikes. Meanwhile, the investigators plunge headlong into the shady world of bitcoins and the Dark Net, websites that only exist for illegal transactions—drugs, sex and money. God Is a Gamer culminates in a stunning climax where money means nothing, assassination is taught by the ancient Greeks, and nothing is as it seems.


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Described as the ‘John Grisham of banking’, by the Wall Street Journal, Ravi Subramanian, an alumnus of IIM Bangalore, is the author of five bestselling commercial novels—If God was a Banker (2007), Devil in Pinstripes (2009), The Incredible Banker (2011), The Bankster (2012) and Bankerupt (2013)—based on financial crime. His latest book God is a Gamer, releases on September 12th.

Having been a banker himself, he has a unique insight into the industry he writes about and a flair for spinning intricate plots that keep readers on the edge of their seats His debut novel, If God was a Banker, won the 2008 Golden Quill Readers’ Choice Award and, more recently, The Incredible Banker won the 2011 Economist-Crossword Book Award in the ‘Popular’ category. He won the Crossword book award for The BANKSTER in 2012.

Ravi lives in Mumbai with his Biotechnologist turned banker wife, Dharini and his fourteen year old daughter Anusha.



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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Rescued by Love by Shilpa Suraj



Rescued by Love 
by 
Shilpa Suraj




The Blurb
 When Naina Ahuja is kidnapped as hostage days before her father, a Supreme Court Chief Justice, must sentence a terrorist, the stakes are very high. Lt Col Arjun Rathore and his team are the only ones who can be trusted with the mission of saving her. 

During their arduous trek back through the hostile terrain of Ladakh, Arjun and Naina spend days in danger of losing their lives - and their hearts. Back in safety, the real world and its very real problems threaten – as do their own perceptions of the differences between them. 


They must separate – but will life rescue their love?


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She .... 

She is Naina. She is the daughter of the Chief Justice and is a part of the elite society. She has everything money can buy - except a set of loving parents. Trying to teach her parents a  lesson, when she is forced to marry a fatso (weight-ism!!!), she decides to run away. Trouble follows her and she is kidnapped! Not a nice place to be in but if Arjun comes to rescue me, I wouldn't mind for half a day. Only half a day, mind you.... I don't have time to spare. :D

I loooove Naina's character. She is, as described by the writer, 'a ray of sunshine.' Spunky, cute and having a high dose of humor. Being brought up by such parents should have sent her to a mental asylum but thankfully she is not a wilted rose. The girl knows her mind and does not hesitate to speak for herself. 

He...

He is Arjun.  Lt Col Arjun Rathore. Macho as a man can get. He is the one who rescues her and while trekking back home, falls in love with her. But he knows she is out of his league. So when the time to say goodbye comes, he does not hesitate and walks away... leaving her heart broken. 

Arjun is shown as an Alpha male but he has his own weaknesses too. I liked that. Made him more real. His doubts, his fears and his vulnerability in love was very heart touching.

The Story....

The story has all the ingredients to turn it into a Bollywood flick. Hritik and Katreena... (See Til *Til is my inner, nagging conscience.*.. no Salman Khan . I don't believe in nepotism :P)I could almost visualise the movie. The story is very well written. Shilpa Suraj knows how to play with words. She is one of those picturesque writers who will draw an emotion with her word. Naina's sadness became my sadness. Her spurts of laughter was mine and her anger had me want to kill the father. 

I had some aha moments in this book. To quote a few...

"Chuckling softly, Arjun took in her indignant little pixie face. She looked like a ragamuffin with that ragged haircut and grimy face."

"Drawing herself up to the full extent of her 5-feet-nothing, Naina tried for dignity and failed miserably."

Her way of writing is very free flowing. The words are threaded together with an ease. Characters are very well etched though in some instances a bit overboard. There is nothing wrong in that. While using your own imagination you can never go wrong. It is your world, your imagination. I do know fathers like Naina's do exist. The need for a son is so profound in some families that it is not a surprise when girls are treated as such. Sad but true. The less said about the politicians of our country - the better. Our TV serials have also fueled our imagination so I could visualize parents like that. 

Rating 

Reasoning

The Ladakh journey was beautiful and so was Naina's woking as a hostess and whatever took place there. But the ending could have come a bit sooner. This nulling sense of the star crossed lovers meeting every time and again Destiny playing a hand in driving a wedge after them is fine for 2 rounds - after that a reader would love to peek in the last page to see if it is going to happen or not. 

The character of the father is shown the the worst light. Such a huge ego will not let his daughter go out of the house like that without keeping tabs at least. For it is a sense of possessiveness that drives such men. And when he threatens an opponent  - they won't be mere words.  So maybe the father could have had at least some redeeming emotion for this to be justified?

But one thing I have to say for this novel.... after a long time I did not want to finish a story. I almost felt sad when it was over. 

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Shilpa was a year and a half when she was first introduced to the world of books. Her mother would park her with a picture book on the floor of the kitchen while she finished her cooking for the day. While it’s no longer the kitchen floor, you can still find her tucked away in a cosy nook somewhere with her nose buried in a book. While books in all genres interest her, it was romance that captured her heart. While racing through every romantic fiction book she could beg, borrow or buy, her over active imagination started to work overtime and weave its own stories. Years in the corporate world followed by a stint of entrepreneurship crystallised her belief that all she really wanted to do was give life to the stories bubbling inside of her. She briefly managed to tear herself away from the world of fiction to find her own personal happily ever after and now spends her time happily focusing on the two loves of her life – family and writing romances. 




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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Against All Odds by Jazz Singh


Against All Odds
by 
Jazz Singh 





The Blurb


The first time they collide, he thinks she’s a con artist, she believes he’s an arrogant snob.


It takes several meetings to change their minds about each other, but eventually, Abhimanyu and Sanjana strike up a friendship that seems destined to turn into something more. He’s a rich successful businessman, however, and she’s a small-town girl who doesn’t fit into his glittering world; a fact that Abhimanyu’s mother has taken pains to point out.


Will they ever overcome the odds, or are their lives on parallel tracks, never destined to cross?


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She...
She is Sanjana. A simple middle class girl from Kasauli and working in Delhi. Ambitious and idealistic. Just the type of girl a guy would fall in love with ....

He...
And a guy does fall in love with her. He is Abhimanyu. A rich businessman from the elite society of Delhi. He can have anyone he wants. But he fell in love with the simple girl who had almost come under his car. For whom he felt responsible. But she refused his help. Her spunk, her bravery and her innocence made him fall in love. 

The Story..
He met her and fell in love. The story should finish here but then it will not be a love story. Why ever not - till today I don't understand. But unless a story has a villain - it is not a love story. It is just a story. God bless all the villains of a love story. In this case it is the snobbish mother of Abhimanyu. She does a fantastic job and drives them apart. 

Now again our poor over-worked Destiny Sisters have to work overtime to bring them together. But will his mother ever be able to accept the simple girl from Kasauli or will Sanjana be the cause of rift between the mom and the son? Find out in this short read of Against All Odd by Jazz Singh. 

What I Liked...
The simplicity of the narration. Jazz has a flair of story telling and it shows in the simple way the story progresses. 
Sanjana and Abhimanyu come out as a perfect pair. If Abhimanyu is headstrong and does tend to take things for granted - then Sanjana has the temperament to hold on her own against him. 
The secondary characters all came out well and created the perfect social atmosphere needed in the story.
The Kasauli chapters were very heart touching. A peek inside a simple household where people are bound together by love. 
The editing of this novel makes it a wonderful read. 

Rating
Reasoning 
The predictability - The part the 'Ring' plays in this story has been told many a times. It is not innovative or nothing new. All hindi movie fans must have seen this story, specially the Vinod Mehra fans, With Jazz Singh's power of story telling I, as a reader did expect more. 
The assumptions - There are some preconceived notions in this story. To quote one line, 'All Indian men were mama’s boys." Nah! 



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