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Book Review: Delirium by Sowmya Aji, published by Harper Collins

Delirium, the title was so intriguing for me but I could not make out, what it means. My eyes were glued to glamorous looking book cover with hues of red, green and blue colours spread on a masculine body and an attractive but confused female face. The stumps used in the title were enough to provide me with a hint that it was something related to cricket.

Is it a love story of a cricketer? Is it something about a cricketer caught in a honey trap? Is it something about dilemma (I connected this with similar looking spelling) of a cricketer to choose between personal or professional life? Or a love story with a backdrop of Indian cricket or a specific cricket match? Should I look for the meaning on internet or learn through the novel itself? After this, my mind needed to relax, I chose to learn it from book reading and the gripping story solved the purpose very well.

The story is about a female journalist – Anju, who was assigned a beat to cover drug use by Indian cricket team. While working on the assignment, she bumps into the charming Vice-Captain of the Indian team, Avinash Katagi. She is vouching for some scoop, some punch or some statement from the team members, the captain or vice-president or team manager, somebody or anybody and she is working hard on it.

Ultimately, she is successful is getting one but sadly, she had to pay a price for it. What do you think could be the price paid by a strong-headed woman like her, a professionally secure woman like her and who is a wife to a caring, loving, understanding and a committed husband.

It summarizes the hardships faced by a female correspondent in the media industry. It draws a fine line between how easy or how hard is for females to get the inside out of the stories, stories that are nothing but a bitter truth with ugly faces. It outlines the internal facts and developments, around dressing room and within the Indian sports industry, ‘Cricket’ in particular. How our idols whom we worships as Gods, are falling for rotten craps.

I am very impressed with the story and the treatment given but still there are a few points, which I do not comply. Firstly, with due respect to the plot created by the author, it was not easy for me to watch Anju fall prey to her addiction. She has been portrayed as a strong, independent woman with a healthy life style but still she seems to fail to maintain. Next, Anju’s marital life was a healthy one but I couldn’t digest the easy going behaviour of the husband when he was well informed about the problems that she was facing in her professional life. Nevertheless, the author catered to this aspect as well with dignity and composure of a caring and loving husband in later pages.

I liked how the author, has brought her journalistic writing skills and the wit of a journalist, into her novel writing. She is a smart and a tough enterprising person with all brains. She has beautifully depicted the scenario that professionally, working women experience while maintaining a balance between professional ethics and personal commitments. I also liked how within the lines though, the media and politics connection was infused intelligently.
My Recommendation

Recommended as a must read for:
- Indian cricket fans: because you will get an insight how the cricketers are entangled into vicious circles of supplements for victory, fame and name at the cost of game itself.
- Media professionals: because you will get to learn how the seasoned professionals work hard to live up to their professional demands and what happens if their image is set to be tarnished. You should read to gain an understanding about commitment, sincerity and integrity.
- Avid book lovers: because it is a script that you will not get to read on general basis

and if you are an Indian and you are surely a cricket lover and you know the reason behind it.

Last but the least, I would like to share that all through the book, I felt as if I was pursuing my internship with Anju and was made to accompany her so as to understand the basics of profession and life of a female correspondent. It is a tale of cruel and harsh reality of professionalism and sportsmanship in the society using an exclusive story and an usual plot.

Still, are you craving for a scoop to tantalize yourself? Here it is:

‘But Anju, aren’t you misusing your personal relationship with Katagi for professional ends?’

A story of addiction that will leave you addicted for more. Sowmya Aji, I would love to read more from your news desk. Keep writing!

Book Review: Embers of Light and the Sacred Secret

Embers of Light is the story of some courageous people who take on angels and demons, travel across parallel universes, stand up before the Lord of Death, challenge the queen of destiny, rise above every fear, even the fear of god and do what their heart felt was right. This is how the author, Abhishek Gupta (Ab Hi) introduces his readers to the first part of his trilogy – The Sacred Secret.
The author is an intelligent chap, who very well understands how to catch hold of the audiences’ (i.e. book readers and reviewers) mischievous thought bubbles and poking critique questions and therefore, gives them a food of thought straightway in his initial pages of the book. He then raises a series of questions related to a sensitive issue, such as ‘God’ and contrasting thoughts about believing him, trusting him and following him.
He picks a stark reality of the human lives and questions what does one do when rosy answers in religious books about the existence of god fail to match the realities of the world creating a chain of questions and doubts? He questions if faith in that supernatural power is the only answer to every question or if we (the human race) are even allowed to doubt its existence? He asks what if he – ‘the God’ does not seem righteous, then should we surrender ourselves blindly to the faith or dare to stand up to the supreme power?
All the questions, more than enough to concentrate the brain cells into his enigma, the enigma of the ‘God’ and to be peculiar; the enigmatic power of, ‘Embers of Light’.
The story is about the clan of ordinary people blessed with extraordinary powers. The people are identified as – the Vaashis and their powers are termed as ‘reevan’ powers. They have a history of their own and as their past comes in front of them, they identify them as the Royal Devil. Now, the Vaashis are concerned about a prophecy coming true that might endanger their existence. In order to save their souls from the prevailing darkness, what they need is light – the Embers of Light.
As the cover page of the book deciphers they are the selected five who stand strong against a symbol shped ‘Y’, a sign that Vaashis knew is representing – the Royal Devil. The story outlines how the responsibility to save the world has been laid on their shoulders. With interesting yet thrilling events and occurrences the author helps the readers to find out ‘the sacred secret’ (refer to the title byline).

Nevertheless, this is not all, as we unveil what the sacred secret is it has become vulnerable.
It not only entertains the readers with catchy names and picturesque descriptions of the props (including property, surroundings and materials) but it also motivates the readers as the heroes of the story decide to pursue the Royal devil.
You may be thinking why were these, five human being picked from the core of population, well, the answer is obvious, they have the power of light in them to fight against all odds and hence, named – the Embers of Light. What will they do? What are they destined to do? Will they be able to catch hold of ‘Y’? Will they conquer, the Royal Devil? Does he exist at all? Why has he come back? What is his purpose of sudden reappearance? Is this all how it is looking or there are still more sheets to be uncovered? You will get the answers to all these questions as you read this amazing collection of twenty -six chapters.
The story teaches the readers that we should learn to separate our faith from situation. We should believe in god for time may not be able to distribute equally or even fairly but it still gives everyone both happiness and pain. It gives an inspirational message that we should believe in our inner self and do not lose hope despite the bad situations and do not blame ‘God’ for everything that is not according to our wish or will. He advocates that if you wish to meet an angel, the messenger of god (or face of God for some) to make your wishes come true, think again. Go by my words, he has solid reasons to suffice.
I loved the strong characterization of the story because of their attractive and mysterious names and how the author did managed to balance a whole bunch of characters like a Hollywood flick. Kudos! I did not face any problem at all in visualizing these characters (though, I forgot their head count, somewhere in between the pages) because of their strong personalities that he had created in my mind, right from the beginning. I liked how his characters shared a bonding with each other and had an equation of relationship with every single persona.
The story is fast paced and binding. His writing style is simple and to some extent hypnotizes the readers with words to create the magic, an important ingredient to make fiction believable and I congratulate him for being successful in accomplishing the purpose. However, in my opinion, the cover page could have been more expressive and eye-catching.
My Recommendation
Do not go by cover (for this novel, at least). There is a lot to offer and is hidden in this dark box, say it a mystery box and you will find embellishments to behold. Recommended.
If you are an avid reader of fiction genre, you should not miss reading this. A promising debut, by a debutant writer. Grab your copy now.
Waiting for the second part of trilogy – the eighth color of rainbow. Again,enough to catch the eyeballs and indulge in visualization till the time, you have the copy in your hand.

Publisher News: Wiley India running a Contest – Composing Mobile Apps by Anubhav Pradhan

Wiley India has organised a contest for their new release: Composing Mobile Apps, Author – Anubhav Pradhan. In order to participate and win you need to follow three simple steps:

Step 1: Like Wiley India Facebook PageComposing Mobile App

Step 2: Fill in a Contact Form

Step 3: Answer a simple question

You can complete these three steps at: http://www.wileyindia.com/sweepstake

About the book

Composing Mobile Apps attempts to present various mobile app development approaches and technologies, along with required hands-on knowledge to deal with the nitty-gritties of designing, developing, validating, packaging and publishing them.

A live mobile app has been built incrementally throughout the book using Android -one of the most popular mobile platforms in order to bring out necessary nuances and techniques of app development, and provides the much needed practical exposure. It also provides the essential guidance on how to add that extra zing to mobile apps by leveraging sensors, graphics, animation, multimedia and location awareness capabilities of smart devices.

&This book is a ‘do-it-yourself’ guide for all mobility enthusiasts who are looking forward to develop winning mobile apps.

About the author

Anubhav Pradhan is a technology evangelist and learning specialist with more than 17 years of IT industry experience in learning/education services. He currently heads the mobility academy at Infosys Limited that caters to diversified competency development requirements across a wide spectrum of mobile technologies – native apps development, responsive web design, mobile crossplatforms, mobile middleware, mobile validation, and mobile application management.

He has designed and delivered several large-scale competency development programs on a wide range of technologies across the globe. He has several publications to his credit that include the book ‘Raising Enterprise Applications’ (Wiley, 2010). He holds a master degree in Mathematics.

ISBN: 978-81-2654-660-2 | Price: INR 479.00

Author News: Sagar Kataria introduces his novel, Love Happens, come what may, Publisher – Mahaveer Publishers

Sagar Kataria, author of novel Love Happens…Come What May, introduces his novel to readers. The following paragraphs elaborate.

Gentle feeling of the heart makes Joyvir and Sunaina discover their tender love, though for a few time only, as time separates them. Both, never come to know that it would be Love Happensmere words which have the prowess to make two people meet.

Journeys seldom become a riddle as and when they approach with a surprise element. They both know each other since long and one fine day thay admit love. The moments of ecstasy reminisces their minds as the blissful sojurn leaves an imprint on their present.

Joyvir’s tryst with this present makes him explore new avenues in professional as well as personal life. Some new friendships too emerge.

Love happens…..come what may has ingredients of all sacred emotions which binds each one with destiny and faith.

ISBN: 978-9350-880-96-8 | Price: Rs. 140

Publisher News: Jaico invites to Chanakaya’s 7 secrets of Leadership Book Launch, Pune

Jaico Publishing House in association with Crossword announces the book launch of the title – Chanakya’s 7 Secrets of Leaderhip in Pune. Authored by the duo – Radhakrishnan Pillai, National bestselling author of Corporate Chanakya and D. Sivanandhan, Former Commissioner of Police, Mumbai & Director General of Police, Maharashtra is an acclaimed National Bestseller and now being launched in Pune.

To grace the occassion, is the Padma Bhushan Dr.S.B. Mujumdar, Founder and President, Symbiosis, Chancellor, Symbiosis International University, invited as the Chief Guest of the evening. Additional event details are as follows:

- Date: April 19th, 2014
- Day: Saturday
- Time: 06:00 PM
- Venue: Crossword, ICC Stores, Senapati Bapat Road, Pune

All are invited.

A Penguin Random House title received a 2014 Pulitzer Prize

The Pulitzer Prize Boards have honored Penguin Group and Random House books more than 120 times over the past ten decades with America’s most revered awards for Letters.  Yesterday, that tradition continued as a Penguin Random House title received a 2014 Pulitzer Prize.

TOMS RIVER: A Story of Science and Salvation by Dan Fagin

“A thrilling journey through the twists and turns of cancer epidemiology, Toms River is essential reading for our times. Dan Fagin handles topics of great complexity with the dexterity of a scholar, the honesty of a journalist, and the dramatic skill of a novelist.”—Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D., author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

The riveting true story of a small town ravaged by industrial pollution, Toms River melds hard-hitting investigative reporting, a fascinating scientific detective story.  One of New Jersey’s seemingly innumerable quiet seaside towns, Toms River became the unlikely setting for a decades-long drama that culminated in 2001 with one of the largest legal settlements in the annals of toxic dumping. For years, large chemical companies had been using Toms River as their private dumping ground, burying tens of thousands of leaky drums in open pits and discharging billions of gallons of acid-laced wastewater into the town’s namesake river, causing a notorious cluster of childhood cancers scientifically linked to local air and water pollution.

A gripping human drama rooted in a centuries-old scientific quest, Toms River is a tale of dumpers at midnight and deceptions in broad daylight, of corporate avarice and government neglect, and of a few brave individuals who refused to keep silent until the truth was exposed.

We are currently getting further stocks from the US but will have copies available shortly

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Author News: Daya Bhatt – Book Talk and Poetry Reading, Publisher – Just Books

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