Satyayoddha Kalki: Eye of Brahma by Kevin Missal Book Review

Blurb:

Explosive Sequel to National Bestseller ‘Dharmayoddha Kalki: Avatar of Vishnu’ (Book 1)

After a defeat at the hands of Lord Kali, Kalki Hari must journey towards the Mahendragiri mountains with his companions to finally become the avatar he is destined to be. But the road ahead is not without peril . . .

Not only is he trapped by the cannibalistic armies of the Pisach, he is also embroiled in the civil war of the Vanars. And in midst of all this, he meets a face from the legends.

Meanwhile, Manasa, the sister of the late Vasuki, plots to overthrow Lord Kali by bringing a massive war to his kingdom. But Naagpuri, her homeland, has been infiltrated by their sworn enemy, the Suparns. Not only does she need to protect her kingdom from the Suparns, she must also protect her close ones from the league of conspirators at her own home. Who can she really trust? And will she be able to put an end to Lord Kali’s rule?

As the plot thickens and Lord Kali sees his ambition crushed right before his eyes, he comes to know about his race and its history that threatens to destroy the very fabric of this world’s reality. Kalyug has begun.

Can Kalki become the avatar in time before it finally unfolds?
Will Manasa fight through the internal politics to bring an invasion against Lord Kali?
Can the secret that changes everything change Lord Kali as a person too?

The LazyScoop Book Review:

In this book, Kalki escapes his execution and begins his journey towards Mahendragiri. Even if you haven’t read the first book, you would understand the story because of the references given from the first book.

Mythology books have a great potential to be a bestseller, especially today! Mostly because people are curious to know about gods, history, ancient lores and adventures. Kalki: Book 2 has all of that.

Everything about this book seems superb, right from the cover of the book to the story. The pacing narrative, the dialogues, the characters everything seems like a lot of thought has been put into it.

What I liked the most is how the stories of various characters have been explored, and how they all intertwine with each other. Most of this connection, I as a reader was thrilled to discover.

As far as characters are concerned, each and every character is so well developed, I was connected to them as I was reading. There were moments when I could feel what they were going through.

The language is lucid and feels sharp. The narration goes swiftly without dragging any sequence.

Also, I think it’s very difficult to describe the war sequences, especially where you keep the readers hooked as to what would happen next. And Kalki Book 2 has just that. It brings the war sequences in front of your eyes and all the moves seem logical. When the story was moving towards it’s climax, I was elated and thrilled to say the least.

Kalki Book One was an interesting read, but Kevin has definitely took the epic one level up!

Ratings:

Cover: 4/ 5 Stars

Story: 4.5/ 5 Stars

Narration: 4.5/ 5 Stars

Language: 4.5/ 5 Stars

Characters: 5/ 5 Stars

The LazyScoop Rating: 4.5/ 5 Stars

You can buy this book by clicking on this link!

Love,

Pratik Jadhav

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‘The Sane Psychopath’ by Salil Desai Book Review

There are some stories which are written to engage the reader and play with his mind. The Sane Psychopath is one such book. The thrilling moments, Sharp narration, intriguing story, all contribute in keeping the reader glued to the book.

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Blurb:
Are some crimes unpardonable?
A young lawyer is about to find out.
It was just another day in Pune. Just another morning.
Until a man decided otherwise.
And left an entire city horrified . . . scared . . . angry . . . baying for blood.
This is the story of Shanker Lande, driver of a state transport bus, who goes on a bone-chilling hour-long rampage on the streets of Pune—killing 10, maiming 70, and damaging over 100 vehicles, before he is captured.
In this case of Shanker Lande vs the city of Pune, the difference between the criminal and the victims is clear as night and day. But a young idealistic lawyer, Varun Gupte, a Punekar, still decides to defend Lande. And in the process seeks help from a psychiatrist, a man who lost his son to the same incident.
Caught in the pincer grip of their dilemmas, do the two men crumble? Do they unearth the truth? And does the truth absolve Lande?
Inspired by a real incident, The Sane Psychopath is a fictional exploration of a frightening murderous phenomenon of our times.

The LazyScoop Book Review:

Shanker Lande, a bus driver who has gone berserk and has done something so terrible that the whole city hates him. Everyone wants him dead except for one person, Varun, who wants to know what made Shanker Lande do what he did, and thus he decides to be his lawyer. But would the justice and law survice against the hate of the whole city? Does Shanker’s heinous crime can be forgiven? And why is Varun so interested to fight for him ? This is what the story is all about.
I absolutely was thrilled to read the chapters where Shanker Lande and his bus driving has been written(Not giving any spoilers), those where the places when I as a reader was completely wondering what would happen next?
All the chapters I felt made me turn the pages faster to know what exactly might unfold later.

I also felt characters are really well crafted. Varun, and his will to stand for the law is interesting. His equation with Nakul, and his fiance Sanjana is well described. Author Salil has also explored Dr. Kanitkar’s dilemma really well.

Salil Desai is one of the best writers we have in the country, at par with Sidney Sheldon and John Grisham. I’ve read his book- Three and a half murder and had loved that book as well.

My only opinion about this book would be that it should’ve had a different climax, the writer has tried to keep it as realistic as possible. Which is great, however I would’ve liked a different climax too, somewhat positive.

I loved how this book creates confusion, at one point you root for Shanker, at other point, you despise him. That I think is an amazing point of this book.

The LazyScoop Verdict:

If you love thrillers and want to pick up a book you just can’t keep down until you finished it off, then you must read this book. This book would make you cringe, it’ll make you bite your nails, it’ll also make you emotional and at the same time completely entertained!

The LazyScoop Rating:

Cover: 4/ 5 Stars

Narration: 4/ 5 Stars

Language: 4/ 5 Stars

Entertainment: 4/ 5 Stars

Characters: 4/ 5 Stars

The LazyScoop Rating: 4.5/ 5 Stars

You can buy this book by clicking on this link!

Love,

Pratik Jadhav

Poetry is Possible by Vikram Kolmannskog Book Review

The number of bestselling poetry books in India haven’t been as high as a contemporary novel’s. Mostly because there are quite less number of poetry books in English which are actually good. ‘Poetry is possible’ has an interesting synopsis and the cover is mystifying. Is it as good as it seems to be ? Let’s find out!

Synopsis:
“Vikram’s poems are lyrical and honest. Many of them beautifully capture the queer Indian experience in a way that has rarely been done before.” Udayan Dhar, founding editor of Pink Pages—India’s National LGBT Magazine. “Vikram’s poetry intersects the fields of sexuality, sensuality, and the spiritual. His work shows that in every moment poetry is possible.” Ranvir Shah, curator of Poetry with Prakriti Festival.

The LazyScoop Book Review:

Poetry is possible is a book with 54 poetries. It’s a mixed bag where there are short as well as long poetries. some have deep meanings and requires a second reading to understand the real meaning behind the phrases, whereas some are very simple to understand. Honestly, I enjoy poetry which have deep meanings as well, which would make one think what exactly was in the poet’s mind before writing them.

Some of my favourite poems from the book would be, ‘For a long time, I was afraid of her.’, ‘Here right from the start’, ‘Death of a Dove’, ‘Sabbath’, ‘A poem by Walt Whitman’,

Vikram’s poems have a story to tell, they are not just phrases written to rhyme with each other, and that’s what makes it a delight to read them.

The LazyScoop Verdict:

Overall, ‘Poetry is Possible’ by Vikram Kolmannskog is fun poetry book showcasing different incidents of the poet’s life, his thoughts, his experiences all merged into tiny phrases. If you are fond of poetries and love to read poems on different topics, this is a book you might enjoy reading.

The LazyScoop Rating:

Cover: 3.5/ 5 Stars

Language: 3.5/ 5 Stars

Entertainment: 3.5/ 5 Stars

Writing Style: 3/ 5 Stars

The LazyScoop Rating: 3.5/ 5 Stars

You can buy the book by clicking on this link!

Thanks for reading!

Love,

Pratik Jadhav

Until Love Sets us Apart by Aditya Nighot Book Review

The Cover of the book is very alluring, No doubt it looks attractive in first glance. Is the book as amazing as it’s cover ? Let’s find out.

Blurb:

Aisha and Rohit are like chalk and cheese. While Rohit is completely aimless and imperfect, Aisha is focussed and a perfectionist. Just two opposites. But don’t they say opposites attract?
He loves her . . . She loves him. Their wedding is on the cards but their love is put to the test when an unforeseen incident hits their lives.
Can loving somebody immensely set you apart?
Can everything just change in the blink of an eye?
Inspired from real-life incidents, this ‘Best Romance Book of the Year’ award winning novel is a heart-wrenching tale of true love, friendship and destiny. And a young author’s quest to find out what exactly happened . . .

The LazyScoop Book Review:

Until love sets us apart is a simple, romance set in college. Rohit, a careless and aimless boy meets Aisha, a mature and focused girl from Delhi, who knows what she wants from her life. They both are complete opposites, but as the famous saying goes- Opposites Attract, that’s what happens in their case too. There are many incidents in the story when the chemistry between the two characters is explored interestingly and as a reader you enjoy reading it.

However story soon shifts into another gear, and something unforeseen happens in the lives of the character. As a reader I could connect to the story and the plot.

This story will break your heart at some point, it will emotionally connect and may make your shed tears. What I also liked about this book is that how it not only takes you onto a romantic journey but also address many social problems in the society.

I liked the narrative style of the author, it’s simple yet effective. The language is lucid, and the pace is almost perfect. It compelled me to turn the pages without breaks.

The LazyScoop Verdict:

Until Love sets us apart is an emotional love story, but unlike any other normal love story, this story has depth, it will take you on an emotional spin and yet you won’t feel exhausted. It will make you smile, it will make you cry, and it will also define true love. Overall, it’s definitely a book drenched in love and romance and must be read if you love this genre.

Ratings:

Cover: 4/ 5 Stars

Story: 4/ 5 Stars

Narration: 4/ 5 Stars

Language: 4/ 5 Stars

Characters: 4/ 5 Stars

The Lazyscoop Rating: 4/ 5 Stars

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Happy Reading!

To Naddiya by Kavya Sharma Book Review

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Blurb:

It isn’t very hard to fall madly in love with your own wife and even though Durjoy was deeply embedded to this reality and the one his father imposed on him since his childhood, Nadia was already a part of another one. While Durjoy grew as the mad child of the misty hills, close to poetry and his mother, Nadia was the traditional, internally strong-headed woman of a motherless home. None of them revolted each other’s love and yet they ended up crossing each other at a threshold there was no coming back from. The story captures an endless wait on a mad lover’s part and his wife’s failed realization of the same. A series of attempts, hidden letters, awkward emotions and grave family secrets end into a loveless insanity behind the bars of a mental asylum Nadia and Durjoy share their fate in. What follows is a flashback they wish they could go back to, what’s left, is a longing and a life, without each other.

 

The LazyScoop Book Review:

To Naddiya is a heart touching story of Durjoy and Naddiya. I haven’t had read an emotional tale like this in a long time. The writing is at it’s best, every small detail has been taken care of. Every character, the letters, narration, and dialogue seem very perfect. The story basically moves forward through letters. Letters written by Durjoy, a mad lover, to his wife Naddiya. The letters would make you cry, would touch your heart and may even redefine love for you. I also liked how the story moves ahead, giving us a glimpse of past and present, and this keeps the intrigue on.

Kavya sharma being a young and new author has done a fantastic job and she deserves all the appreciation. Her book is much better than some of the leading bestsellers from big publication houses. This definitely is one of the best books I’ve read this year.

 

The LazyScoop Verdict:

To Naddiyaa is certainly one of the books which deserves to be a best seller. It will take you on a roller coaster ride of emotions, love and an unexpected climax. Pick this one of up if you want to read something gripping.

 

The LazyScoop Rating:

Cover: 3/5 Stars

Story: 4/ 5 Stars

Narration: 4.5/ 5 Stars

Characters: 4.5/ 5 Stars

Entertainment: 5/ 5 Stars

The LazyScoop Rating: 4.5/ 5 Stars

 

You can buy this book by clicking on this Link!

Happy Reading.

Love,

Pratik Jadhav

 

‘It’s my Girlfriend’s Wedding’ by Sahil Rajput Book Review.

The Title and cover of the book is extremely attractive and seems like it can be a good book to gift your bae if she likes reading romantic love stories. But is the content as good as the cover? Read on my review to find out!

Blurb:

Tall, rich and handsome, Vivan is the most sought-after bachelor. Recently returned from London, he is the one and only scion of Bakshi Group of Companies.
A perfect gentleman, an astute businessman, Vivan Bakshi has it all. But he is about to lose his girlfriend to someone else! Left with her wedding invitation, what will Vivan do?
From a silver spoon existence to roadside dhaba drudgery, Vivan undertakes it all as he sets off in search of his love, finding a lot more into the bargain.
A pacy romance, this tale is a revelation that True Love doesn’t come that easy. It demands hard work!
“So, a million dollars are more important than
our relationship, right?”

The LazyScoop Review:

It’s my Girlfriend’s Wedding is a completely Bollywood inspired love story with good potrayal of emotions, drama and some thrill moments here and there.

Vivan Bakshi is left with a wedding invitation of his girlfriend right when he’s into cracking an important business deal, what should he exactly do is the question. What follows then is what this book is all about. I liked Maya’s character and also how the author potrays her.

About the writing, The writer doesn’t over emphasise on incidents and situations and tries to keep the narration as crisp as possible. Now this may or may not work for some people, though I did enjoy it.

People who like to read stories with good pace would definitely enjoy reading this book. Also due to the filmy angle and dramatic climax, I think it makes a good script for a movie.

The characterization is good, language used is lucid.

Overall, it’s an above average read.

The LazyScoop Verdict:

It’s my Girlfriend’s wedding is an entertaining, fast, and sweet love story which can be enjoyed by people who like bollywood-ish romantic stories.

The LazyScoop Rating:

Cover: 4/ 5 Stars

Entertainment: 4/ 5 Stars

Story: 3/ 5 Stars

Characterization: 3.5/ 5 Stars

Narration: 3.5/ 5 Stars

The LazyScoop Rating: 3.5/ 5 Stars

You can buy this book by clicking on this link.

Happy Reading,

Pratik Jadhav

Keshava- A Magnificent Obsession by Bhavana Somaaya Book Review.

Keshava, A Magnificent Obsession is the story of the special bindings, stories of passion, submission, devotion and of uncontainable desire.

The Blurb:
Everyone associated with Sri Krishna believes that their relationship with the deity is unique, which explains why every gopika felt that the Lord was dancing with her at the Maharaas. That is Sri Krishna’s magic and also his power that he becomes the centre of their existence. He has that effect on not just humans but on everything on the planet—both living and non-living.
This book is about Sri Krishna’s relationship with nature; the Peacock, the Kadamba tree, the Flute, the herbal plant Tulsi, the Lotus, his cow Kamadhenu, the Conch and the Peepala tree.
All of them believe that Keshava loves them the most. Can this be true?

The LazyScoop Review:

Keshava- A Magnificent Obsession is a book which offers great knowledge about Lord Krishna. There are already lot of books based on Mythology, but many are manipulated by some authors just to keep the readers attention intact. However, Bhavana Somaaya, does not go on that path, rather she beautifully explains the Sanskrit Verses and her writing is Simple, Lucid, and very easy to understand.

The writer talks about almost everything related to Lord Krishna- From the peacock feather on his head, Kadaamba Tree, His flute, Tulsi, Lotus, Kamadhenu, Conch and Peepala Tree. The writer has also explained why these things love their deity and why is Lord Krishna fond of them.

The writing is so beautiful that you’ll be enchanted by the choice of words, it’s almost like reading mantras or some ancient scriptures.

The LazyScoop Verdict:

I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to anyone who likes to read mythology. If you’re a devotee of Krishna or not, this book would definitely offer lot of mythological knowledge.

Keshava: A Magnificent Obsession absolutely recommended by The LazyScoop. Especially if you’re a mythology lover.

Ratings:

Cover: 4.5/ 5 Stars

Language: 4.5/ 5 Stars

Narration: 4/ 5 Stars

Entertainment: 3.5/ 5 Stars

Knowledge: 4.5/ 5 Stars

The LazyScoop Rating: 4.5/ 5 Stars

You can buy this book by clicking on this link.

Happy Reading!

Love,

Pratik Jadhav