Thursday, April 27, 2017

Sarameya - Mysterious Crime Thriller by Avik Muukherji

There are two things that caught my attention when I saw the cover "Sarameya". First the line below the title "The girl who wooed consciously plotted murder unconsciously." and the second form of the person in girl's retina. I have read very few courtroom drams, but I think this book has made the permanent place in my favourite courtroom drama genre.

Book blurb
Sarameya introduces the reader to the dark, forbidding and psychologically damaged world of the most tragically complex woman there ever was. When she turns on the light and beholds the macabre sight, she is paralyzed with shock and dismay. In the bloody, naked body of the man who lies on the floor beside her bed, Sehr discovers that the man her machete has sliced in half is not the man who has been creeping up to her bedroom door at two every night ever since she can remember. The body is that of the boy she went out of her way to seduce, the boy she hated with a passion but still wanted to spend that fateful night with, the boy she had promised a night of intimacy to if only he arrived at 2 am! A fictional construct of a criminological possibility, Sarameya dissects the crime of a woman who, mercifully, has never existed in the annals of crime; yet it is theoretically possible for a woman to unconsciously reenact a murder to alter its terrible outcome. The outcome of this reenactment is a murder for which there cannot be a conviction!
I don't want to spoil readers interest by revealing more than book blurb. But let me give you a para which can build interest in the readers' mind. Sehr thought her father visited her every time he was away for night duty at 2 at night. Sehr was so afraid of this person that she closed herself from outside world. One night at 2 she called her boyfriend Nikhil with the promise of intimacy. But when Nikhil showed up, Sehr killed him. She claimed herself not guilty and claimed to kill Nikhil under the hallucination. Police and public prosecutors found her guilty. Sehr father Shamsher was able to connect with India's best lawyer Mr. Billimoria to handle Sehr's case. Veteran lawyer Mr. Billimoria being an expert in the field of criminal cases brought a completely different side of the story which police and public prosecutor were not able to see.

The book is an excellent piece of psychological mystery. Book has so many twists that I found difficult to guess what's coming next. Author has given much emphasis on three characters Sehr, Billimoria and Shamsher. Three things that author has wonderfully crafted Sehr's mental state, Billimoria's wit, and Shamsher's straight forwardness. Author has extensively used physics and psychology to show how interesting story can become. Book has potential to become a successful commercial movie. I would definitely recommend and lend this book to my friends.

Talking about ratings:
  1. Cover: 4.5 / 5
  2. Content: 4.5 / 5
  3. Character: 5 / 5
  4. Concept: 4.5 / 5
  5. Overall: 4.5 / 5
Book can be found at Amazon & Flipkart
Reviews from other readers can be found at Goodreads

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Soulmates by Prerna Pujari

If you are going for a short trip of 4-5 hours, take "The Soulmates" by Prerna Pujari with you. A cute light book is a perfect read for any age group.

Book blurb
A love story that will tug at your heartstrings. Beautiful, vivacious Shreya is in a coma in the hospital after delivering twin girls. Her husband Vinay and her best friend Arun are struggling to cope with Shreya’s absence.
One day, Vinay calls Arun home to help him look after the twins. Arun discovers a folder containing Shreya’s secret diaries – a detailed account about her tragic past.
In the meanwhile, Shreya is sinking and the doctors are giving up hope. The two men who love and care for her watch her decline helplessly. Will Shreya survive? What has she written in her secret diary? What will happen to her twin girls if she dies? How will Vinay look after them? How will he live without her? Can Arun withstand the loss of his best friend?
Love, loss, longing, friendship, marriage, motherhood…so many strands…so many twists and turns…the book makes us keenly aware of how fragile relationships can be.
"The Soulmates" is a story of Shreya and Arun, they are soulmates in the story but are not a couple in the eyes of the world. Shreya belongs to a decent family from Udaipur. In her teenage years, she falls for Akash, but due to circumstances, they separate. Growing up with proper family values she had always put family before her emotions.

Vinay enters her life with a promise of giving her full mental support after Akash leaves her. But things become complicated for the couple.

Arun had met Shreya before her marriage. Arun became Shreya's backbone. She got her strength to fight all odds from Arun's unconditional support. Shreya shared everything with Arun, even those thoughts that she could not share with Vinay or her mother. For Shreya, Arun was her soulmate. Her description of a soulmate was heart touching: "We shared a bond which was not of blood, not of rituals but of the soul. And souls never depart.

The book is written at a medium pace with simple wordings. A reader can devour the book in a single sitting. Book is for those who believe in love stories, hope, friendship and soulmates. 

Talking about ratings:
  1. Cover: 4 / 5 
  2. Content: 3.5 / 5 
  3. Character: 4 / 5
  4. Concept: 3.5 / 5
  5. Overall: 3.75 / 5
Book can be found at Amazon & Flipkart
Reviews from other readers can be found at Goodreads

Monday, April 24, 2017

99 Thoughts on Ganesha by Devdutt Pattanaik

All books of Devdutt Pattanaik are on my wishlist. I consider myself lucky when I won a copy of "99 Thoughts on Ganesha" in Giveaway. A short review of the book would be

"You can read it for facts. You can read it for understanding. You can read it for symbolism."

Book Blurb
In the game of cricket, having scored 99 runs, when a batsman stands poised on the threshold of that much coveted century, he experiences the moment that is best associated with Ganesha. Fear and uncertainty envelope him, between him and his achievement stand hurdles, both real and imaginary, a possible spin from the bowler can overwhelm him, his own anxiety can paralyze him, cheering fans can distract him. He needs divine intervention then. He needs to focus, get rid of all hurdles, perform, get the final run and achieve what he so longs for. In other words, he needs to think of Ganapati. This book brings together 99 meditations to better understand the stories, symbols and rituals of that ador-able elephant-headed Hindu god who removes hurdles and brings prosperity and peace. Known variously as Ganapati, Gajanana, Vinayaka or Pillayar, he can help all of us score a century in the game called life.
As expected from Devdutt's book, "99 Thoughts on Ganesha" is the collection of short stories or narration about Ganesha. Devdutt has divided each narration into different sections mainly like stories, symbolism, Ganesha's significance in other countries' religion. Being Hindu, I knew half of these stories or narration, but Devdutt has made sure that every reader group will get learn something new about Ganesha. In recent times, after three principal male God and three principal female Goddess, Ganesha is considered mail stream God. Devdutt has brought out facts and stories how Ganesha got his stature of mainstream God.

Each element or symbol associated with Ganesha has a meaning, Devdutt has pointed out both physical and ascetic (psychological) meaning of those symbols. Facts like Ganesha was not considered as the part elephant - part human before 1st or 2nd BC, and how current form of Ganesha being introduced in Indian culture was really amazing. Ganesha's character was also spread across Asia as far as Japanese Buddhism. Devdutt has tried to point out what role Ganesha play in various countries' religious culture. 

I would say it again, a good informative book on Ganesha. Talking about ratings:
  1. Cover: 4.5 / 5 (Latest cover is better than previous one)
  2. Content: 4.5 / 5 
  3. Concept: 4 / 5
  4. Overall: 4.25 / 5
Book can be found at Amazon & Flipkart
Reviews from other readers can be found at Goodreads

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Book Review - Exposure by Simron Gill

When I checked this book cover, title, and blurb; I got a completely different impression. Frankly speaking, it is true "Never judge the book by its cover". "Exposure" is a mixture of Sci-fi, Fantasy & Dystopian genre by Simron Gill.

Book blurb
"I guess I don't really understand why I am writing this; but, I feel that if I don't I might just lose whatever hope I have left - and then I will truly lose myself!"The world is being destroyed, people are being slaughtered on the street, and newly abandoned Sarah has to fight if she wants to survive. But after being abandoned by her family can she really accept the help of a new one, and if she doesn't then will she be able to live through the fight?
Exposure is the story of Sarah, who had spent all her life on the Earth with her family. But one fine day, an unknown species called Gymps attacked earth and started killing people. Gymps raided Sarah's house and to Sarah's surprise, all his family members abandoned her to survive on her own. Sarah survived 4 months 10 days on her own, but then she met James who claimed himself as another species alpha. Alpha had special powers and they lived on Earth only but on clouds. From James, Sarah came to know that she had another family on the cloud. She went to cloud with James and learned much shocking truth.

Things that I liked about book
  • Author's imagination about alpha or cloud people's world
  • Deep psychological thought process of four main characters Sarah, Her mother, James & Kai
Things that author missed to give explanation
  • The time lapse between Alpha & Human. I found multiple instances where characters mentioned being friend with the known figure from the past (as far as Cleopatra). 
  • Sarah checked documents of all people killed by Gymps in multiple universes, each person has an individual paper copy. Can you imagine how big that room could be just for people of earth with 7 billion people? 
Well, considering age group for which book was written one can ignore those flaws. Consider it as a light read for the young generation.

Talking about ratings:
  1. Cover: 3 / 5 (Not able to gauge what book is about)
  2. Storyline: 3.5 / 5 (Fast paced)
  3. Characters:4 / 5
  4. Concept: 4 / 5 (Something new)
  5. Overall: 3.25 / 5
Book can be found at Amazon UK, Amazon US & Amazon India
Reviews from other readers can be found at Goodreads

Thursday, April 20, 2017

A Book Review - Shakti - The Divine Feminine

"Shakti - The Divine Feminine" by Anuja Chandramouli is the masterpiece of the mythological saga on the female goddess. I would say it is a literary treasure, which proves Anuja's prowess as the wordsmith.

Book Blurb
Lose yourself in Maya, the divine game of the Goddess!
She is the Mother Goddess, Mahamaya the enchantress, the supreme consciousness, the pure source from which all creation emerges and to whom all must eventually return. As Usas, the enchanting goddess of the dawn, she is loved passionately and hated fiercely, leading to a horrific tragedy. As Durga, the invincible warrior, she defeats the savage Mahishasura, whom none of the male gods could vanquish. As Kali, the fearsome dark goddess, she delights in chaos. Yet she is also Shakti, beloved of all, who, when united with Shiva, restores balance to the universe.
In this captivating narrative, explore the contrasting facets of the sacred feminine; experience her awesome power, forged on the flames of love and hate; and watch her teach the male-dominated pantheon a lesson in compassion. Witty, engaging and thought-provoking, Shakti: The Feminine Divine will force readers to re-evaluate everything they know about the gods and goddesses and inspire all to embrace the Shakti within.
"Shakti" brings completely different paradigm of Hindu mythology to readers. In India, Mother Goddess (we may call her Jagdamba, Amba, Aadhya-Shakti, Prakriti) is worshiped as the divine force that fuels the world. But in general, women were never considered equal to men. Anuja has taken this fact to show if this inequality applied Goddess Shakti, how she would respond. The main protagonist is Shakti and her various forms (Ushas, Durga & Kali). Main antagonists are Indra & Indra's wife Sachi. 

Being the king of Devas, Indra wanted unparalleled fame after three principal male Gods. But Shakti was a female Goddess eons and eons elder than Indra, and she was revered as mother Goddess. This fact was unbearable for Indra and his wife. Apart from their jealousy towards Shakti, Indra always remained fearful towards people who he seems can outsmart him. His greed towards his throne of Deva made him blind to true justice. His actions always ended up creating bigger ripples that required Shakti's interventions. His male ego kept on getting hurt every time she intervened.

I would say this is a serious read. People who like to read thriller sagas won't like this book. You have to give the effort to understand each characters thought process. Anuja has given enough emphasis on the psychological role of each character in detailed.

Talking about ratings:
  1. Cover: 4 / 5
  2. Story line: 3.5 / 5 (Slow)
  3. Characters: 3.5 / 5
  4. Concept: 3.5 / 5
  5. Overall: 4 / 5
Book can be found at Amazon & Flipkart
Reviews from other readers can be found at Goodreads

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Meet Prashant Yadav - Author of "The Jeera Packer"

We reviewed "The Jeera Packer" a political thriller by Prashant Yadav three months back. Today we have Prashant with us to discuss about the journey of 'The Jeera Packer'.

Can you tell us about your educational background?
I did my schooling from Sitapur in UP, then went on to do my BTech in Electrical Engineering from IIT Kharagpur and MBA from IIM Ahmedabad. Also did the Exchange term at Stockholm School of Economics.
Can you tell us more about your life in school and college?
In school, I was the quintessential geek - the nerdy topper boy at school, the guy who tops exams and does little else.

Opening up happened at IIT. Good academics continued and I also expanded my horizon to playing hockey, creative writing in Hindi - won the “Best Author” and edited the institute Hindi magazine apart from pumping weights, making amazing lifelong friends and having crazy fun.

IIM took that a couple notches higher. Dabbled in dramatics, wrote the campus gossip column which was well loved and had a lot of fun apart from learning a lot about business as well as people.
What are some day jobs you have held?
I started my career as a software engineer building Electronic Design Automation tools. Post MBA worked as Area Sales Manager for Coca Cola and held Sales and Marketing positions in a couple of IT services and products companies in India and the US.

Quit my job in 2006 to venture out on my own. A couple of experimental ventures later, started which offers mobile based one on one learning courses to enterprises and consumers in English communication.
Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors? Which author inspire you the most?
I have mostly read non-fiction but the little bit of fiction that I’ve read has been remarkable and has had a huge impact. Favourite books include Siddhartha by Herman Hesse, works of NN Taleb, India’s Bandit Queen by Mala Sen, Pachpan Khambhe Laal Diwarein by Usha Priyamvada, Shantaram, The Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif, Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, Fight Club, A Clockwork Orange, Death Wish by Brian Garfield, Charles Bukowski etc.

As for inspiration, Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts, The Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohd Hanif and the short but impactful Hindi novel, Kissa Loktantra by Vibhuti Narayan Rai were the big influencers for The Jeera Packer.
When did you start writing?
I always loved writing. Way back in class VIII, my English teacher read out my exam essay in class X, which was hugely encouraging. We enacted a skit written by me in class IX. And then through college and beyond, this non committal flirting with writing continued in the form of articles, campus gossip columns, blog posts etc.
When did you decide to become a writer?
I toyed with the idea of writing a book immediately after college but it didn’t fly. In retrospect, I think I didn’t have enough life experiences to lend the requisite depth to my writing - also because the way I write, it has to be really deeply felt and perhaps I wasn’t ready then.

Then, in the early days of entrepreneurial struggle, while I would be waiting and plotting for the next client payment, Facebook would show me pictures of my classmates holidaying in Switzerland or driving expensive cars. And that gave me an intense peer envy feeling - I thought I was no less capable than them and still languishing.

Around 2013-2014, I started thinking seriously about a book. Wrote half of it and then, junked it because it wasn’t going anywhere. The emotional intensity required to carry it through didn’t exist. But then it hit me - that this feeling of having friends you thought were less capable but doing much better than you is pretty universal - everyone of us would know at least one person about whom he could say, “How the hell is that idiot so rich and successful?” And that became the genesis of The Jeera Packer. Here was a feeling I knew too well and it was something pretty universal - everyone could connect with it. So, started working on The Jeera Packer by mid 2014, finished it by end 2014. Pitched it to publishers around early 2015.
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
The job of the writer is to think the unthinkable and say the unsayable. You need a writer only to show perspectives you don’t normally see - otherwise, anyone can tell a story. I want to write stories that make you think and ask questions. Something that can mess up your mental circuits, something that makes you feel - what the hell just happened. I want to write a lot and I want my books to be an experience for the reader - that’s the ambition.
Do you have a special time to write, or how is your day structured to accommodate your writing?
I write early mornings. That works best for me. Three to four hours in the morning generally give me a good 2000 words.
What genre are your books?
The Jeera Packer is a political thriller. With a universal emotional theme underlying the quintessential Indian story in a political backdrop with hardcore heartland characters, motifs and sights and sounds, The Jeera Packer falls in a very nice space of a uniquely Indian thriller.

Having said that, deep down, I feel the unit is the story and genre is largely an artificial construct. As a writer, my loyalty is to the story.
Can you describe your current book in few lines? What’s it about?
It’s a layered story dealing with the burden of unrealised ambition, unfulfilled potential made worse by peer envy. Closely meshed is the story of power struggle in a political dynasty. Then there are relationships - with oneself, between fathers and sons, brothers, lovers, friends, master and the flunkey. And then, there is the time dimension - how people and relationships change with time.
Give us an insight into your main characters
The protagonist is an everyman - living in an apartment complex with his wife and son running a grocery shop. But he carries a baggage - of his “glorious past” when he was the ace sharpshooter and on the expressway to political power. Then, he gave it all up.

And that burden coupled with the boredom of an unremarkable routine gets to him, eating him away everyday. He bumps into an old friend, who was his flunkey those days but stuck to crime-politics and is a powerful minister now. His life goes topsy turvy. He meets his third associate of the olden days, a perennially doped bike mechanic who is in a state of absolute happiness - no fear and no regrets. There, he gets the idea of his ‘Taj Mahal’, his magnum opus, the perfect pinnacle of his potential. And he decides to shoot the chief minister, an evil and powerful man, the toughest to kill in the state in a perfect murder.

We have the CM who wants to become the PM, if only for a week but struggles with his cokehead son whom he wants to make the CM. His elder brother, fearful of his and his son’s future wants to crawl out of his brother’s shadow but he can’t tie his pants tight enough even in public and gets into one trouble from another. Then we have a Maharaja languishing in jail, a femme fatale, the perfect challenge, the unattainable, alluring woman, an IG Police fearful of his commoner days once he retires and so on. All of them lead to the climax.
Where did you get idea for this book?
The emotional arc stemmed from my own struggles as an early entrepreneur - the feeling of being left behind despite potential, lost opportunities and the desire to make it big despite all. Around the same time, a lot was happening in politics which was darkly funny too but pretty negative. So, all of that combined.
How much research did you do for this book?
A lot of the inspiration came from people and incidents I experienced first hand. For the politics side of the story, with 24x7 media scrutiny and bulk of media talking only about politics, you know so much about politicos you can easily work out how they would react in a certain situation. It is a very heartfelt book so more like understanding the characters and figuring out how they would talk, think, feel and behave rather than a lot of formal research.
Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
I love all my characters. There is no other way I could trace their feelings, motivations and actions without judgement. But talk of favourites, apart from the protagonist, I love Abdul, the Bullet mechanic, Madhurima, the femme fatale, Dada, the chief minister, his son Mithles, the Professor. Ah, it’s really a wrong question - I love them all.
What was the most difficult thing about writing your latest book?
It’s been a labour of love. Loved the entire process, throughout. Nothing was hard about it.
When was "The Jeera Packer" released?
26 December, 2016.
Can you tell us the response you got from your book readers?
The book has received rave reviews. An overall rating of 4.8/5 on Amazon with 80% 5 Star reviews after 61 reviews. Independent book bloggers too have given glowing reviews. 
The book is going into reprint and we're now gearing up for the second print run.
What are you working on at the minute?
The next book is on women. The hook being that human female, despite our higher consciousness, legal system, cultural and moral norms is the most vulnerable and abused female amongst all in the animal kingdom. The theme is that there has been a war between men and women which women have lost and are now prisoners of war. But men are really smart captors. They have built an entire matrix which doesn’t let women realise that they indeed are PoWs. The ivory tower of patriarchy is defended by the bad cop misogyny (shaming women who break ranks and bringing them back in line with vicious violence) and sexism (a gentler thought that uses flawed reasoning, harping on irrelevant differences between men and women) to keep women confined to roles, thoughts and actions preordained by patriarchy. The idea being, women need to wrest back their financial and sexual rights.
What are your thoughts on writing a book series?
The story has to be the driver. A book series can be a good marketing gimmick but without an underlying strong story, it is just that, a marketing gimmick. I haven’t yet thought of a series though have received multiple comments from the readers of The Jeera Packer interested in knowing what happened to those characters 5 or 10 years after the story ended.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Read a lot and write everyday. And write for your own pleasure foremost. It’s a tough job so if you don’t love the task of writing, and then, your own work, it wouldn’t fly.

Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?

I think it’s been pretty exhaustive.
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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Book Review of "The Devil Wears Prada"

I have read this book couple of years ago but I still remember it quite well. If you're into fashion and love reading I recommend you should read this book at least once.

Book Blurb
A delightfully dishy novel about the all-time most impossible boss in the history of impossible bosses.
Andrea Sachs, a small-town girl fresh out of college, lands the job “a million girls would die for.” Hired as the assistant to Miranda Priestly, the high-profile, fabulously successful editor of "Runway "magazine, Andrea finds herself in an office that shouts "Prada! Armani! Versace!" at every turn, a world populated by impossibly thin, heart-wrenchingly stylish women and beautiful men clad in fine-ribbed turtlenecks and tight leather pants that show off their lifelong dedication to the gym. With breathtaking ease, Miranda can turn each and every one of these hip sophisticates into a scared, whimpering child.
THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA gives a rich and hilarious new meaning to complaints about “The Boss from Hell.” Narrated in Andrea’s smart, refreshingly disarming voice, it traces a deep, dark, devilish view of life at the top only hinted at in gossip columns and over Cosmopolitans at the trendiest cocktail parties. From sending the latest, not-yet-in-stores Harry Potter to Miranda’s children in Paris by private jet, to locating an unnamed antique store where Miranda had at some point admired a vintage dresser, to serving lattes to Miranda at precisely the piping hot temperature she prefers, Andrea is sorely tested each and every day—and often late into the night with orders barked over the phone. She puts up with it all by keeping her eyes on the prize: a recommendation from Miranda that will get Andrea a top job at any magazine of her choosing. As things escalate from the merely unacceptable to the downright outrageous, however, Andrea begins to realize that the job a million girls would die for may just kill her. And even if she survives, she has to decide whether or not the job is worth the price of her soul.

The Devil Wears Prada is the novel by Lauren Weisberger. This book is about a young woman named Andrea Sachs who moves to New York city with her best friend Lilly. Andrea hopes to find a career in publishing house. She'll be close to the dream of working in The New Yorkers if she can get a job and survive the job of being the junior assistant to the editor in chief of the fashion magazine Runway. Although she knows very little about fashion world everyone tells her that million girls would die for the job. Because of the crazy job, her relationship with her boy friend Alex is getting complicated and there is nothing left of her personal life. No matters what kind of work it is if her manager asks her to do it, she has to deliver it irrespective of Andrea's personal schedule. She nearly survives a year but at the end, she cannot handle her temper and quits the job that every girl desires. She works on short fiction and finances her unemployment with profits made from reselling her designer clothing provided for her magazine job.

Talking about ratings:
  1. Cover: 4.5 / 5
  2. Language: 4 / 5
  3. Story line: 4 / 5
  4. Characters: 3.5 / 5
  5. Concept: 4 / 5
  6. Overall: 4.5 / 5
Book can be found at Amazon & Flipkart
Reviews from other readers can be found at Goodreads

This review was published by Devi Talia. She is a medical student, a bookworm and die-heart follower of latest fashion trends. On her blog, she gives tips on being fashionable.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The Tree with a Thousand Apples - Book Review

"If a criminal was once a saint & a saint was once a criminal, then who is the criminal & who is the saint?" - a wonderful line from a wonderful book. I am glad I got chance to read 'The Tree with a Thousand Apples" by Sanchit Gupta.

Book Blurb
Inspired by true events, this riveting narrative traces the lives of Safeena Malik, Deewan Bhat and Bilal Ahanagar, three childhood friends who grow up in an atmosphere of peace and amity in Srinagar, Kashmir, until the night of 20 January 1990 changes it all. While Deewan is forced to flee from his home, Safeena’s mother becomes ‘collateral damage’ and Bilal has to embrace a wretched life of poverty and fear. The place they called paradise becomes a battleground and their friendship struggles when fate forces them to choose sides against their will. Twenty years later destiny brings them to a crossroads again, when they no longer know what is right and what is wrong. While both compassion and injustice have the power to transform lives, will the three friends now choose to become sinful criminals or pacifist saints?The Tree with a Thousand Apples is a universal story of cultures, belongingness, revenge and atonement. The stylised layered format, fast-paced narration and suspenseful storytelling make for a powerful, gripping read.
It is a story of Deewan, Bilal, and Safeena. A Kashmiri pandit family of Deewan has to leave J&K within a day. It is like you get only 20 minutes to pack things which you have gathered or nurtured for life. Bilal, a Kashmiri Muslims, who turned into terrorist due to mishap of the military. Safeena, a peace loving girl, fights for missing people in her locality. No matter how chaotic situation became, people were adjusting to circumstances. But it gave birth to revolution when circumstances became unbearable. Each of them met such circumstances which forced them to take extreme steps.

"The Tree with a Thousand Apples" is not a story, but a journey. For people living away from Kashmir, it is a place for which our country fighting for years to keep away from Separatist or Pakistan. But we hardly think about the people who live in Kashmir. It is the same place which was known as heaven on the earth. Their culture was peace oriented Sufi sect. But today it is turned into a battlefield. Those who don't know the reality simple curse Kashmiri. Sanchit has tried to show about real peace loving spirit of Kashmir.

Things I liked in the book are Poems, Story telling and Characters.

If you really want to enjoy this book. Spare 5-6 hours aside. Have cups of coffee on table. Finish this book in one go.

Talking about ratings:
  • Cover - 4 / 5 (Meaningful)
  • Content - 4.5 / 5
  • Story Line - 5 / 5
  • Characters - 5 / 5
  • Overall - 4.5 / 5
Book can be found at Amazon & Flipkart
Reviews of other authors can be found at GoodReads