Book Review – Mango People in Banana Republic – by Vishak Shakti

Before I started reading this book, I was intrigued by it’s title and also cover.. When I finished reading, I felt that Author’s narration of story and characterization has made this book a very interesting and a good read!!!

Ravi Bhalerao works as a Strategy Consultant in one of the bigger firms and  he feels that his life is purposeless and boring..He realizes that he misses something vital in life and he also suffers from severe physical pain due to anal fistula..His physical pain and office politics makes him fully depressed and he quits his job..He travels to new places seeking answers to numerous questions..He is worried on seeing the poor status of farmers in his village and he tries hard to help them..This leads him to cross paths with activists, political parties, maoists, communists and spiritualists..Whether he finally gets answers and the way he gets transformed in the end makes this book an engaging read..

Anand Reddy, a former NASA scientist, comes to India on a spiritual quest..He visits various ashrams in search of true realization and liberation..He finally realizes that everything is within an individual and it requires greater sacrifice to achieve his wishes.. Author had told this story through  Ravi and Anand..The way both these characters meet is interesting..

Author explains about various problems faced by farmers and also politics in our country..Many politicians, activists have their own understanding of core issues and they believe that only they can provide solutions!!!! But in the end, problems are not solved and it becomes complicated..

This story revolves around lives of Ravi, Anand and Author talks about important issues in our country with humour, sattire and  also about role of spirituality and self realization in life..

Overall, I feel that this book is a good, interesting and an engaging read and  I enjoyed reading it!!!

My rating for this book is 4/5.

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Book Review – The Game Of Secrets – by Saurish Hegde

In this book, Author talks about the life of a young oncologist Nishanth shetty…Nishanth’s father Dr.Vittal, famous oncologist, manages a chain of hospitals in Mangalore and also in other cities..Nishanth loves his profession and he wants to help needy people a lot..So, he joins Politics along with his friend Kashyap and decides to form a new political party..He supports Kashyap in his political activities and faces problems from Adishakthi and Dhanush, who belong to another rival political party..

Further, he meets  Navya at first time in a party and is madly in love with her..He is very serious about their relationship, but a call from Dr.Ramdas,a scientist, changes everything in his life..Nishanth respects Dr.Ramdas a lot for his knowledge in the field of science..Dr.Ramdas asks Nishanth’s help in a research which is very vital for mankind..Nishanth accepts the offer and he starts helping him in his research..

Ramdas and Nishanth are  happy due to positive outcome of their research..But, Nishanth suddenly  gets a phone call from a stranger who asks him about research and warns him of serious consequences if he didn’t share details about his research..Both Ramdas and Nishanth are shocked and confused and they also face problems from Adishakthi…They don’t know about their enemy and are worried and they couldn’t believe anyone..What happens next makes this story interesting to read..

I liked reading this story but I personally feel that this book could have been edited and proofreaded better…Author’s narration of the story was good, but I feel that some characters could have been portrayed better..

My rating for this book is 3.5/5.

Book Review – Small is Big: A collection of 100 micro tales – by Rafaa Dalvi

Small is Big: A collection of 100 micro tales

This book is a collection of 100 micro tales of different genres..I  feel that it’s difficult for an Author to write a story within 140 characters (It’s my personal opinion)..So, when I started reading this book, I was amazed at how the Author had written all these stories..There is so much said and also not said at the same time and as a reader, I liked imagining about the flow of these stories..

Author had written about diverse topics – Love, relationships, thriller, humor,horror mystery and loss.. I liked all stories but my personal favorites are  – Always, Barren,Busy, Birthday special, Compliment, Confiscate,Contest,Cry, Gift, Grasp, Last, Liberated,Manage,Management,Missing,Murder,Saw, Tell, The Memorial,Trapped and Trust.

This book is a quick, interesting and a  good read..

My rating is 4/5.