Tuesday, 25 April 2017 | By: AbhiLaSH RuHeLa

Winning Like VIRAT: Think & Succeed Like Kohli by Mr. Abhirup Bhattacharya (Book Review-3.5*/5) !!!

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If there is one personality about whom the Indians want to know as much as possible, it is no one other than Virat Kohli. After the retirement of Sachin tendulkar from Cricket, if there is one name that has managed to hold Indians to Cricket, it is the consistency and excellence of Virat Kohli. Any article or video about him gets million views just because people are eager to know even little things about him. How could I not have picked a book when it is 141 pages of talks and discussions only about Virat Kohli? I am talking about the book named “Winning Like VIRAT: Think & Succeed Like Kohli” which is written by Mr. Abhirup Bhattacharya and published by Rupa publication.

The book talks about what makes Virat Kohli the special personality and player that he is. The book tells about many things that Virat Kohli does on and off field that makes him so desirable for every person who is a fan of this game called Cricket. What is making Virat Kohli better himself with every match and what makes him so powerful even in challenging and stressful situations is widely discussed in this book. The book discusses even the latest phenomenon till March 2017 which makes reading it more interesting as you feel that you are reading a newspaper article that has got published just after yesterday’s match.

The way author integrates Virat Kohli’s style and methods with corporate world is worth commending. After every instance, author shares a learning tip that we can keep with ourselves to succeed in our life. How to be a good individual performer, team player, a leader and an inspiring figure even for those who haven’t worked with us is taught giving real examples of how Virat Kohli has managed situations in Cricket on and off the field. This book isn’t a biography of his but shares some specific moments from his career to prove some points that we, as human beings and corporate professionals, should always keep in mind and work accordingly.

Overall, the book is a great read and especially if you are fan of Virat Kohli. I give this book 3.5* out of 5.


Monday, 24 April 2017 | By: AbhiLaSH RuHeLa

3 And A Half Murders by Salil Desai (Book Review- 4.25*/5) !!!

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It has been the 2nd time that I have read a thriller by Salil Desai and now I can claim that I am his newest fan in the list. What an author! When you write a thriller, you have to make your reader crave to know what’s going to happen next and make him/her die to reach the climax of the story. Salil Desai makes you tempt for this with his new book “3 And A Half Murders”. The journey of reading this book has been one of my best reading experiences because of the way Salil has treated the plot. The role of Inspector Saralkar has made this series one of the most awaited for Salil’s fans. The way the character has been executed by the author is incredible and delighting.

Salil Desai’s writing style is very convenient for any reader to read. The book is a great package that can be completed successfully in a single sitting despite it being 330 pages thick. The way author narrates a chapter and by the time the section reaches an interesting level, he changes the chapter and starts talking about a totally different scenario. This makes the narrative more interesting and intriguing. The built-up of every character is nicely done which makes you understand their psyche and intellect. Right from the chemistry between the dead couple to Saralkar and his wife to Saralkar and Motkar etc., every conversation that takes place between these characters are worth reading. 

The best part about the book are the one-liners and punch lines that Saralkar keeps on making sarcastically either to Motkar, his wife or the suspects. Even the scenes of the interrogations are nicely written which makes them sound real. The way one or the other clues leads the Police department to their next investigations makes the story nail-biting. The anti-climax and the climax are nicely executed unlike the last book in the Saralkar series where the climax was quite predictable. The unpredictability and the backdrop of the criminal make the climax unbelievable and astonishing. The book impresses the reader with the final revelation. Overall, 3 And A Half Murders is a book that is in my recommendation list for the readers. I give it 4.25* out of 5. 



Monday, 17 April 2017 | By: AbhiLaSH RuHeLa

A Thousand Times Over by Sudhanshu Bisen (Book Review- 3.75*/5) !!!

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One of the few authors whom I always look forward to read is Novoneel Chakraborty because his books are so strange and the plot is so different and scary that it makes me think about the story day and night. There have been times when I have not slept whole night because of his book and yet attended college or job the next day with sleepless eyes and mind. I found another author speaking the same language as him in this latest book I am done reading named “A Thousand Times Over” written by the debutante, Sudhanshu Bisen. The book is published by Fingerprint and comes with the tagline “Never lose hope in true love”. 

The book is of just 225 pages or so but its after-effect is wonderful and if an author succeeds in doing that, there can be no better compliment for him/her. The narrative is so apt that the author manages to hold you right from the first page itself. The book starts with describing how a character is ending up seeing the same dream again which is incomplete and scares her off. After which the book becomes an emotional and regular stuff of a family and by the time the 2nd half begins, the book takes the thrilling posture at its reader’s face. This is what makes this book glorious, readable and one of your new favorites. As a debutante, the magic woven in this book in terms of narration, language, emotions, characterization, pre-climax, climax, twists and turns is commendable and clap-worthy. There is nothing that the author has left in writing this book. His passion for this ambitious book is quite evident in all the pages. Yes!

The way two different stories are narrated one after another and the way it gets connected together in the 2nd half scares the reader’s mindset who never imagined that this is how the two different stories will get woven into one. The teen love story is handled with such maturity that it never sounds cliché. Similarly, the strange relationship of a married couple is also described with subtlety. And later on, when the husband discloses the reason of why he ends up sending a divorce request to his wife and the way story changes after that mesmerizes the reader in you which searches a good package in every book that he picks up. The thriller part in the end does not do the justice to the whole of the book as it becomes quite cliché at that moment but still as a debutante, this is a great stuff. I give this book 3.75* out of 5.