Book review 224 : Adulting by Neharika Gupta


Neharika Gupta

Cover has been designed very well. It has a very innovative interface & interesting approach. Title is apt, catchy & goes in accordance with the story at hand. Clearly the cover & title is the only good thing I found about the book. Other than that, I don’t have any good points to describe about it.

I really expected a lot from this book considering all the hype going on over social media. However, I regret to say this that I’m highly disappointed. It’s unlikely befitting me to leave things half-assed so I always read & finish a book no matter what happens or how things end up being. Even while reading this, I hoped with all my heart things will work out & it become better, however, it turns out I was gravely mistaken. This book was nothing more than a monotonous sequence of pages. I wanted to write good things about the book. Nonetheless, I couldn’t find many good things to say.

The book is basically a satire of young minds. Our generation is frivolously hooked with overextensive & over excessive use of social media these days that they tend to forget their lives, their dreams, their loved ones & sometimes they also abandon their family altogether. So I liked the part where the author has chosen a plot revolving around today’s generation & social media. A much needed aspect to be discussed & raised awareness for. Story revolves around central characters Ruhi Singh, Tejas Sahni & Aisha who work in the publishing industry. Though literary background has been chosen as the epicentre, however, I found very less things have been mentioned here about it. It made the book further uninteresting. Tejas gets his debut book published through Ruhi’s mother Farah’s publishing house which turned out to be whooping success, making his arrogant. Ruhi is in a relationship with him, but hides this fact from everyone considering the rift between mother & daughter. Aisha is a popular social media manager who is flirty, successful & flamboyant. They all start working together in the same publication house hoping to achieve something good. And that’s where things really get out of hand & messy…

Tejas is stuck in a writer’s block & finds himself unable to write another novel as promised by him as per his contract to the publishing house. As a result, he begins to take out his failure on his loves ones, first Ruhi & then Aisha. He’s too adamant & coward to accept his failures & lives in a delusional world where he thinks things just become alright in a fortnight with a magic wand. Eventually down the lines, he fails to continue his relationship finds himself being attracted to Aisha. He breaks up with Ruhi & starts dating Aisha immediately. Ruhi is discovered when she learns about it when things are hidden from her & goes behind her back. Hitherto, devises a plan to teach Aisha a sweet lesson. She somehow manages to get Aisha fired with her nitty witty office politics & conspiracy. Aisha on the other hand, suffers through low nutrition on her body as a result, her nutritionist advises her to put weight, else she’ll eventually end up dead. As a result, she gets addicted to junk, meanwhile her fashion blog which ran for her hotness & beauty fail to accommodate all the hate comments popping up on her blog just because she has become fat. She begins to lose confidence & faces body shaming issues which leads her health & new relationship down the hill.

What really got me annoyed is the love triangle concept introduced here. The story, the beginning was fine till the typical bollywood melodrama was brought into the context. The male character keeps switching modes between the females & apparently he arrives at a conclusion of self realisation which opens his eyes. Where he realises that he’s better off focusing on himself or his so-called draft of the second book. The overall book does not lead anywhere. At one point, it became so cumbersome & suffocating that I felt like leaving it midway. However, my conscience kept me going perhaps with the notions that maybe the ending would be justifiable. Characterisation is poor. Author tried to introduce self-help, only to mess the book further.

I only loved this particular comment from the book, hence the extra rating in my review – else it would’ve been utterly negative!
Dear Manhole,
Just because a girl has a healthy-looking body does not mean she is pregnant. Please get that inside your head. You are the reason girls around the world starve themselves to death.
Please fuck off the Internet and don’t visit this site, ever ever again.

The cover, title, plot, story, characterisation isn’t related to any context extrapolated in the book in any manner. For all the expectations & hype, I felt letdown. The worse thing is it felt like a ripoff of some YA immature novel. Though the language & narration holds potential, I donot deny it – but the fact that the story & characters couldn’t justify the plot let alone the title selected for this book made it a huge failure.

Book review 223 : Au Contraire, Mademoiselle by I Mirajkar

Au Contraire, Mademoiselle

I Mirajkar

Cover has been designed very well. I loved the bold way it has been starked thoroughly which immediately catches the attention of the readers. The title comprises of a very unique name which I haven’t come across anywhere. It’s very unique indeed.

Though the story is based on hearsay, meaning – it’s informal, unscientific, unreliable & informal. But let’s not forget, it’s a mere work of fiction. It’s a convolution of the life of a person as it traverses through past & present, whilst sometimes in the future – though, it’s basic grappling is etched in the present.

Hitherto, the book has been devised accordingly for the reader’s convenience. It’s been divided into three parts:
1. How it all began…
2. Lost and found
3. Lost of found?
And ends with an effective epilogue. And this mere segmentation has been reflected via the protagonist’s mind as well, which often becomes apparent in her restless lackadaisical approach to life which she interludes between the three life periods. Characterisation is good with many characters like Raja, Rani, Ass (Abhinav Sharma), Pratik, Kavita & so on…

The plot is about the character Rani, a young lawyer who’s on the prime of her youth & womanhood – as she discovers her essence in this world. It’s also her constant battle with life in an attempt to establish her own unique sense of foreboding, a feeble sense of existence in the world. It’s also the self discovery she makes as she gets interloped with her college friends, colleagues & her criminal cases. Each character she comes across often plays a vital role in shaping her life & destiny. It all leads to a bizarre truth in the end, which can be deciphered only after reading the book.

The only drawbacks I found were the loss of meaning which transition between the three intermediate timeliness as the plot gets engrossed into it thoroughly. The language, text, context, narration all gets too intermingled sometimes which reading the book. Hence, often it feels lacking or abrupt. Also, the essential use of colloquial texts in many places along with their translations makes it little irritating to read. The use of hindi language is seemingly clear in the book. Also, there’re many slangs & abusive profanes used in the book which maynot be recommended for young readers.

However, I loved the language & the vocabulary used in the book. It’s bold, effective & mature considering all the words used here. Author has a uncanny way of storytelling which evidently presents the fact that the book holds great potential to overcome all odds to be a successful work or art. There’re few jokes at certain places, I personally loved Abhinav’s joke in the classroom.

Another interesting aspect I liked about the book was it’s a female centric novel where the protagonist Rani, though born in a male dominant world, a male chauvinist society – she battles her way through witty jokes, smart sense of humour, an unrelenting intelligence when it comes to handling men – though she herself is from a small backward village. This happens when she’s surrounded by the so-called elite & English speakers in the society, where if someone sees a girl smoking is often termed as slut, whereas the same when applied for men, get termed as manhood. It also talks about the precursors of society where education was merely seen as a means to an employable future for the boys; they must earn inorder to support their family, left with no other option. Whereas, Unfortunately, most girls didn’t even feature in the employment sector let alone studies & education. In fact, the girls who excelled academically, only to be co-opted by patriarchal dictatorship in the later stages of her life.

Book review 222 : Dard likh sako to kehna by Shashank Tiwari

Dard likh sako to kehna

Shashank Tiwari

Dard likh sako to kehna

Pain is often discarded & made to be felt as rudimentary in various contexts. Mankind always seek happiness in above everything. This can be very much be evident & deciphered in the form of palatial ways where man always feels brave enough to run behind temporary fake happiness than accepting the truth. Only death is real, only pain is beauty, which can be beaten into various parts which are essential for sustaining life.

I loved how the way the book began which a beautiful poetic composition. It’s further accompanied by a short quote, amplified with beautiful images & illustrations. What I felt really captivating is that each line in the book feel hearttouching, heartwrecking & painful. They’re small, short yet beautiful in their own respective ways. The images, illustrations accompanying them can only prove to be less visible in front of the content extrapolated here. They amplify it magnanimously. A really good read!

Book review 221 : Rahasyamai Guru by Sunil Jaiswal

Rahasyamai guru

Sunil Jaiswal

is an epitome of 3 young people who strive for fire & desire. Not to forget they excel mostly in their lives & career. Basically they’re successful. This book basically explains how to achieve positivity & self confidence which we lack subconsciously in many sections of our lives. It’s a good blend of spirituality & self-help. It addionally encompasses certain other aspects like spirituality, science, suspense, mystery, self-help, freedom, friendship, joy & love.

Since I can understand hindi well. So it helped me gain more confidence, knowledge & access to this book very quickly. The way it has been written, it can be understood very easily. Characterisation is good. Synchronisation is fine. A good book to read.

Book review 220 : Meri Kachehri by Anchal Saksena

Meri Kachehri

Anchal saxena

Courts aren’t always what we see in movies or our daily serials. It’s also what we perceive in our day to day life basis in reallife. It’s not so big, easy or beautiful. It’s full of struggles, loss, dejection, stress, impatience, rejection & defiance. Keeping these things in mind. This book gives a beautiful picture of the real judiciary system of our country which comprises of various legislation activities at various levels.

It’s a short book. Can be finished in a few hours. The writing is surreal, excellent & has been crafted according to the plot in a very beautiful manner. Not to forget the humourous scenes which account for most well rehearsed sections of the book. I’m well versed in hindi, so it makes me enjoy this book thoroughly. Writing is good. Narration is balanced. A good read!

Book review 219 : Ek confusing love story by Harini Srinivasan

Ek Confusing Love Story

Harini Srinivasan

Ek Confusing Love Story – as the name suggests is it’s a love story based on dilemmas. There’re two central characters called Priya & Nitin. Priya is a South Indian girl from bangalore who falls for Nitin which she see him at the first sight. However, as luck favours – things don’t always go as how we assume them to be. She misunderstands the whole situation with his sister & considers her to be his spouse. This adds upto the existing confusion additionally. To make matters worse, even fate doesn’t seem to be in her favour. Not to forget, circumstances force them to stay apart for a long time. And it gets amplified by her cold shoulder attitude towards Nitin.

Basically it’s a short read. It’s a typical bollywood parody in the form of love story we often find in our lives, college & school ones. Language is way too simple, not compelling at all. To make things worse, there’re lots of hindi & tamil colloquial words used in every context of the book which makes up for a very dissatisfactory read. The local references are fine upto some extent. But overextensive use of them makes it very hard, irritating to read. The main premise & plot itself is confusing making it much difficult to access the story. Even the dialogues & references used are mostly clichéd. Overall, I felt dissatisfied to read it.

Book review 218 : The book of m by peng shepherd

The book of M

Peng Shepherd

Like memories are something we somehow can move or share. Maybe not even all of them, but atleast one. One memory. One thing that always stays, across time & space.

How sometimes you don’t know you’ve lost a thing, but sometimes you do — just not what it was. It’s easier not to try to remember anything at all.

There’s a difference between when the mind forgets & the heart does. The memory means more, the more it’s worth to you — & to who you’re. The heart has a harder time letting go.

“You know what the worst part is, is forgetting something, but remembering that you’ve forgotten it. It’s almost better to forget a thing & also forget you’ve forgotten it. Maybe not better. But kinder.”

I hope of all things, I forget you last. I hope I forget you even after I forget where we’re going. I’d rather drive forever & never reach my destination, but still remember you.

They may look identical on the outside, even their brains may look similar. But inside the room they were not the same at all. He had to deal ony with having forgotten — he never had to live the actual forgotten.
“Are you afraid?”
“It’s not the same thing.”
“Because you forgot everything on an accident.”
“The loss of your shadow doesn’t makes you forget everything exactly. There’s a feeling. A pull. I went towards it because I didn’t know what was happening at first. Every time, it felt better & better. Once I realised what I was giving up uo in exchange — my memories — it was too late. Now it’s just too strong. I can’t stop it. I don’t know if I want to.”
“But what is forgetting giving you?”

It was strange to think that when I first arrived, I hadn’t known who I was. But now, as we left, it could not have been more opposite.

For humans, it makes a difference to humans if the body is the same or not — not just the mind.

Memories aren’t something to be understood, it’s meant to be made.

A person’s shadow resembles him perfectly.

What a fantastic book this has been. I’ve never read any fantasy book which has been this powerful enough to unnverve me this badly. It’s a blend of thriller, magic, suspense & love. It encompasses so many aspects which make up for a great mature book that my words fall short in describing them. The very concept, idea & plot is so original & splendid that one can never stop reading this book. You’ll wish to read it again & again. It’s riveting, powerful, moving, surprising & unputdownable! A perfect synchronisation of fiction, fantasy, crime & mystery! A must read book for all the readers out there…

A vivid, touching and original debut, following the effects of an extraordinary catastrophe on very ordinary people.

In the middle of a market in India, a man’s shadow disappears. As rolling twenty-four-hour news coverage tries to explain the event, more cases are discovered. The phenomenon spreads like a plague as people learn the true cost of their lost part: their memories.

Two years later, Ory and his wife Max have escaped ‘the Forgetting’ by hiding in an abandoned hotel deep in the woods in Virgina. They have settled into their new reality, until Max, too, loses her shadow.

Knowing the more she forgets, the more dangerous she will become to the person most precious to her, Max runs away. But Ory refuses to give up what little time they have left before she loses her memory completely and desperately follows her trail.

On their separate journeys, each searches for answers: for Ory, about love, about survival, about hope; and for Max, about a mysterious new force growing in the south that may hold the cure. But neither could have guessed at what you gain when you lose your shadow: the power of magic.

A breathtakingly imaginative, timeless story that explores fundamental questions about memory and love—the price of forgetting, the power of connection and what it means to be human when your world is turned upside down.