Kaal Trilogy

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?

The old book and the new book. Differences are so obvious!

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 🙂 )


God Bless


Review, Opinion, Take or however you take it

And I got to watch Interstellar yesterday. Your timeline would be filled with the reviews, opinions, what was understood, what wasn’t understood, what needs to be understood, what he thought, what she did, this, that about that movie. Yes, it was almost worth all these hype. And I don’t want to add more to this overdosage of information.

Im not that much of a movie buff. I wouldn’t have written much about movies too in my blog. Anyway I’m a closeted Nolan fan (very few of my friends knew it, and now you)

Along the movie I couldn’t stop myself from comparing it with some other ones, though I did enjoy it. And I didn’t feel it was as confusing as expected (I’m waiting to lay my hands on that idiot who said Interstellar is going to be 10 times more complex than Inception..Grrrr) Should be because I concentrated well.

As said earlier, some movies that I got reminded were Space Odessey, Contact, Inception, Total Recall, Zathura, Gravity, Avatar. Still Interstellar made a mark of its own and will stay as an amazing movie. But Inception will always be a more awesome movie for me because…

The last 1 second of Inception increased my awe and respect for it, by a huge exponent!
The last 1 minute of Interstellar decreased my awe for it, by a few rounds!


God Bless

Scribble your heart away!

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.

It was such a sweet gesture from MatrikaS to send me an Antique Journal, a Swami Vivekananda Journal and a 5 Subject Notebook for review. And all of them were simply awesome!

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)

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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!


God Bless

Univercell Sync!

Kaitav wanted to celebrate his 23rd birthday by gifting a new phone to himself. Of course mobile phones could be ordered online and get it delivered at your doorstep, but he wanted to have a ‘personalized’ hands-on with the phone that he was to buy. So he hit the nearby mobile phone showroom to check out the phones. The showroom was spacious and looked good. The phones were arranged according to their brands, neatly over the spotless white racks. Seems good enough, but something is missing…

Shaila wanted to gift a good phone accessory to her friend. There was a wide variety of options available over the e-commerce websites. But she wanted to ‘experience’ the gadget she intended to buy, before gifting it to her pal. The showroom nearby had a range of such items. Different phone accessories from different brands, with varied specifications were on display. Awesome, but the lack of something is obvious…

As you should have guessed by now, the something that is missing in and linking both the cases is a ‘personalized experience’ of a particular gadget that one wished to purchase. Many showrooms may come close in delivering a personalized experience but none as much as the new Univercell Sync does!

Continue reading “Univercell Sync!”

I too had a love story

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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’