Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Private India - A Review

Author: James Patterson & Ashwin Sanghi
Front CoverLanguage: English
Length: 480 pages

Publisher: Random House

This book is a continuation of the popular ‘Private’ novel series by James Patterson. He has chosen to make India his next destination of choice to appear in the ‘Private India’ (possibly the first of the series with many more to come). The one thing that surprised me and got me down to reading this book was James teaming up with Ashwin Sanghi. Most of the people who have read Ashwin, know him as someone who creates great scripts with good narration but gets inspired by mythology. However, this book is not mythology but, is all current times. So, it indeed is a bit surprising. But, what matters is the final product, if it is digestible, believable, comprehensible, follow able, cry able, laugh able all at some point then it will be a good product. I read through the book at rapid pace to put this book to the above test and see what comes out. Read on to know how the book fares.

I was quite keen to read this book as two great authors seem to have come together to produce a book. The offer on the table was too good to resist the launch. Thanks to Blogadda, I got the book from them and got immediately down to business of reading it. I finished the book on Sunday (one day reading) – hopefully this will give you an idea of how I found the book.

As I said, I had set high expectations from the book and I was hoping against hope that I am not proven wrong.

Script: The book is nicely scripted and even a first timer to the series will not feel that he doesnot know much about it. You will not be left in the dark. The script easily ticks all the boxes that make a thriller. It has pace, suspense and if that is not enough then a lot of drama especially from the lead character Santosh Wagh. The character is digestible, believable. My 4.5 on 5 on the script.

Narration: I would like to say that the narration of this book is close to perfect. It varies the pace every now and then to keep you interested just when in the middle of the book the interest levels start waning. Rapid pace and a complete page turner. It is not always that you find a book that is easy to read, easy to understand and yet tempts you to eat and gobble every word as quickly as you can. My 5 on 5 to the writers.

Plot: the plot is what we buy a book for. This book for sure is the real deal. The plot is something that I was not able to guess correctly and kudos to the two for scripting the mystery and plot in such a great manner. By the time the light of the day dawns on us Sherlock’s it is a little too late for us and the authors have won the day.

Overall: I would say that overall this is a great read and I would give it a rating of 4.5 on5.

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Ajaya: Roll of the Dice (Epic of the Kaurava clan, #1) – Book Review

Author: Anand Neelakantan
Publisher: Leadstart Publications
Year: 2013

So, the next book that I could get both my eyes and hands on to was the “Ajaya: Roll of the Dice (Epic of the Kaurava clan, #1)”. As it so happened this time when I picked up the book, I said to myself that I will not be writing any book review. However, everything about this book, let me call it a piece of art impressed me so much and I just had to write and share about this wonderful work.

Before I begin with the review, let me start by saying that this is the first time I had a book written by Mr. Anand Neelakantan in my hands. He has authored other books like Asura: tale of the Vanquished. It seems like he relishes in exploring the en-explored, bringing the least thought of occurrences into light of his books, questioning the unquestioned and asking the unknown question, seeking answers to the unwelcome. Yes, this seems to be Anand’s forte and he seems to revel in the same with the same gaiety that a young child would do when he opens this first bottle of water.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

India in Shambles - Only The Judiciary Can Save Us - Book Review

Book:  India in Shambles - Only The Judiciary Can Save Us
Publishing Year - 2013 K.C. Agrawal
Binding: Paperback
Price: INR 370

I recently laid my hands on the the book "India in Shambles - Only The Judiciary Can Save Us" by KC Agarwal. When i laid my hands on the book, i had my doubts, but believe me they were all dispelled by the depth of the research and the simple yet novellness of the ideas presented in this neat book.

The Book is written in two parts. Part one talk about diagnosing the maladies ailing our nation and to determine their tangible cures. Part two of the book talks about Building the nation. Here ther author provides the roadmaps and guidelines to place the nation amongst the most prosperous and powerful nations in the world by making optimum use of our resources.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Review of Casio Protek PRG - 270-1 (SL 71)

PRG-270-1Here is a quick review of my latest watch Casio Protek PRG - 270-1 (SL 71). Since i live in India, here is the official link to Casio India page

Before i get on with the specifics let me quickly point to where i bought the watch from. I bought it from (link for the watch  Everything from packing to delivery time was better than expected. I had the watch delivered to my doorstep within 48 hours of ordering the same. Kudos to snapdeal and its team.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Friday, November 15, 2013

Sennheiser CX 180 In-ear-canalphone

CX 180
I have these headphones for a year almost. So here is a review of someone who has these for some time now. They are not the best headphones, but for the price they retail for they are by far the best headphones in the market. The on thing that stands out for these IEMs is that although they are loud, they are still able to maintain an amazing level of clarity in the sound.

1) Very loud - they will make your lower the volume
2) Neat, clear sound and voice - no muddle here
3) Bass is good - not punchy - so bass lover might want to look elsewhere
4) mids are clear and crisp
5) Excellent after sales service by Sennheiser
6) Lovely 2 year warranty - psst they generally replace should you have a problem

Monday, November 11, 2013

Nokia Lumia 1320 and 1520 spotted online on a popular e-commerce portal-may be coming soon to India

I happened to spot both Nokia Lumia 1320 and Nokia Lumia 1520 online at a popular online e-commerce portal. This might be the signal that Nokia India may be looking at launching the same in India before new year.

I spotted it today morning at a popular e-commerce portal

Nokia Lumia 1320 can be seen in all its glory here:

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Review Nokia Lumia 920

Nokia Lumia 920 engadget awards 2012 

Incredibly well built phone with a super camera at a Super Price
What can i say about 920, it is an amazingly well built phone. I have it now for over a week now and given the person i am, i must say, i would have used just about every feature it has. Here is my summary about Windows Phone 8:

Thursday, September 19, 2013

September 18th 2013 - Phenomenal day for Technology announcements/launches in India

Wow! I can't believe the amount of new tech announcements that have happened or the launches that have happened in India on the 18th of Sept 2013. This is a phenomenal day, unlike any that i have ever seen or witnessed.

To summarize some of the launches/announcements that came on this day were: