Presently i’m reading two books. One a classic, and another from a new author – A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth and The Serpentine Scrolls by Alcatraz Dey.
The Serpentine Scrolls is about a young man who find himself in a web of mysteries, deceptions, adventures and we travel along. I almost completed reading the book, with a few pages remaining, which would be completed tonight. The author Ajay Kumar, in his pseudonym Alcatraz Dey has done a good job with his book, and it doesn’t show as a debut novel.
A Suitable Boy is one of the best among the classics of modern Indian English Literature. It is a journey of a soothing, comfortable boat ride of about 1500 pages, which has several vistas, to be experienced and enjoyed all along! I’m travelling along, enjoying the ride!
My thoughts on the Kaal Trilogy book series authored by Sangeeta Bahadur.
It was a fine but boring Friday evening in the last week of October 2013. With not much of assignments, I hopped into the Landmark showroom (sad the Landmark showrooms are closed for long, now) at the office cafeteria. It was there that I saw this book ‘Jaal’. The book was unheard, and I hadn’t known about its author Sangeeta Bahadur too. Jaal was the first book in the Kaal Trilogy series. The book’s synopsis seemed good, the reviews in GoodReads were few but promising, and I went ahead to buy it.
Honestly saying, I read, re-read, and re-read the first 100-120 pages of this novel of about 450 pages, for almost 20 times! The narration started midway, and ended abruptly. There wasn’t any link between the chapters, and it was really tough maintaining a connection with the flow. But the fruit of this effort was more than the energy spent. The pace picked up after the first quarter of the book. The loose ends got taut, and all things made sense, and only increasing the suspense and the thrill of what comes next!
Jaal is about a teenaged boy named Arihant, who is sent on a journey by his parents. The purpose of the journey is unknown to us, and Arihant too! Along the journey, he discovers several facts about himself, about life, makes new friends, experiences several adventures, loses the path, and so on. We travel with him along too, to experience all these emotions. There are few subplots, which only enhance the mystery of the journey.
There are slight similarities to The Fellowship Of The Ring, with the protagonist going on an adventurous journey, with some friends. But in Jaal, the final destination is unknown, the purpose of the journey is unknown too, to Arihant and us! Jaal started with a whimper, and ended with a majestic bang, leaving behind a great suspense, thrill and expectation of what is going to happen? what should happen? who is going to make it happen?
I loved this book to a great extent, though I have a feel that, this book wasn’t marketed well! So much that the second book in this series Vikraal was launched in May 2015 without any fanfare, and I came know of it, last week (unlike the other books, trilogies, etc; not mentioning or specifying any in particular 😉 ) My instant reaction was to order the book, and had it delivered today.
I’m yet to start reading this book, and would definitely return back after finishing, with what this book contains (oh but, no spoilers! you can thank or scold me for that 🙂 )
The previous Shiva Trilogy series by Amish Tripathi caught the interest of many into reading alternate mythology. I’m not a big fan of alternate mythology, yet the beginning of the Shiva Trilogy was very interesting, though I felt the ending was mediocre. Now the author has come up with the Ram Chandra Series and first book of the series, Scion Of Ikshvaku was released on 22nd June. I had preordered my copy and received it right yesterday. Received with a metallic bookmark. Happy!
Coming to the book, the story is an alternate mythology (or can be said a fictional story too), based on the Ramayana. This book elaborates on the beginning part of the Ramayana. It can be loosely said that this book covers Bala Kanda, Ayodhya Kanda and Aranya Kanda. As it is an alternate mythology, there are twists, characters, drama, sub-plots added by the author. Some of these are very interesting and some not-so.
There are some philosophical conversations that are present in this book, which are highly thought provoking and interesting. One for example…
‘Exactly!’, said Ram. ‘If He is my God, if He picks my side over someone else’s, He is not the One God. The only true One God is the one who picks no sides, who belongs to everything, who doesn’t demand loyalty or fear; in fact, who doesn’t demand anything at all. Because the Ekam just exists; and His existence allows for the existence of all else.’
Those who have interest in philosophy, mythology would find this book interesting, though those who follow orthodox way may not. Taking apart the ‘religious’ angle, the book can also be a good fictional read. Waiting for the next book in the series.
Earlier I’d written about one’s personal diary – My Black Diary. Personal Diary is a person, rather than a thing who’ll remain a good and faithful friend for life. Quoting from it, “A friend in need Is a friend Indeed, So they proclaimed, And he remained, In time of need When left to bleed…“
And here’re some Black Diaries, from MatrikaS Paper Products. As said in the website, their products are inspired from the powerful energies (denoted by Matrikas, a Sanskrit term for mother) to aid the process of ideation, innovation and expression.
The Antique Journal was just perfect – 256 thick sheets of papers hard bound, soft finish, clearly printed memoranda and other stuff, classic touch, elegant yet simplistic design, last but not least, two of my favourite elements – a satin page marker and the fresh smell of a new book!
It was a double treat to receive a journal filled with information, pictures and quotes of my favourite personality, and a special thanks to MatrikaS again for this. This journal was as good as the Antique Journal, but i’d be partial to the personality journal, because it contains information on Swami Vivekananda 🙂
The 5 subject notebook brought memories of school and college. It had a cool appeal with abstract designs, and equally good in quality as the other products. A perfect choice for any school/college goer (Okay, there is no hard and fast rule that only a student must be using 5 subject notebook)
And to mention, I loved the logo of this brand too. With seven faces, it represents the Sapta-Matrikas, doing good justice to the brand name.
A quick and final verdict would be…
Quality: Best in class.
Cost: Very much justified and reasonable for the given quality of products.
So why wait? Check out the cool MatrikaS products in Flipkart, pick some and Scribble your heart away!
An addition to my small collection of books, the latest is ‘I too had a love story’. As the title suggests, it’s all about love and what happens next. But the interesting part here is that, it says ‘I too had…’ which means that the love story doesn’t exist now.
As usual I was a late bird, in reading this book. It was published well before in 2008-09, but I got it only 1 week back, that too after seeing it in the list of best sellers in the site of Landmark.
In the foreword itself, Ravinder Singh, the author says that he’s in memory of the girl whom he loves, but couldn’t marry. Oops, this says it all! The author loved a girl and she loved him and after sometime the girl went away with someone else. But our guy is still in love with her and he has written this novel in her memory. This is what strikes in our mind or rather my mind, as soon as you come across the foreword.
But all my assumptions go wrong the moment I complete just 2 pages of the novel. Our hero meets his friends after a long time and they discuss about getting married and settle in their lives. So they decide to register their profiles in Shaadi.com, to find eligible girls. One fine day, he gets a call from a girl who has seen his profile in Shaadi.com. And what interested her was our hero’s interest in table.
The relationship slowly builds and it goes to romantic highs, when all of a sudden, things come crashing down in the hero’s life. Of course it was an expected turn in the tale, but still it manages to drench our mood. Yea, it makes us emotional.
The message of the novel is that, whatever happens in love, life has to move on. And true love never dies. It stays alive in our hearts.
It’s really an amazing thing to know that, this is a debut novel by Ravinder Singh. Such a great work from him. The novel speaks in the first person i.e. is spoken by Ravin, the hero of our novel. Khushi is the girl who brought happiness in his life, but left to give him eternal sorrow.
More than the happenings of the novel, what made me really sad was that, this is a true incident. All is ok while you read in a book. You may just get a sad thought and get off; as you realize that it’s just a story. But once when you know, a guy has met with these incidents in his real life, it’s not that easy to remove it from your mind.
Now planning to read ‘Can love happen twice’, the second and supposed sequel, by Ravinder Singh. Hope that he finds the love of his life in this part. So catch you once I finish ‘Can love happen twice’