Pinto Has An Idea by Rajeev Saxena Book Review

The cover of this book looks quite unique, and also has a short review by Actress Sridevi stating how she couldn’t stop herself from reading this book till the end. Did I like it? Read below to know!

Blurb:

Young Pinto has from his childhood been an out-of-the box thinker, finding solutions in his everyday surroundings to a myriad ancient global problems. A certain machine he invents in his childhood makes him a hero in his village but it’s not sufficient to change the mindset of naysayers for Pinto to pursue his career in hardcore science.

Pinto Has an Idea is the tale of Dr Pinto, a small-town boy, an IITian and a scientist working in MIT, who suddenly experiences a life-changing revelation in the early days of his research, throwing away his work on theoretical physics and setting out to solve the practical everyday problems of the world he lives in.

Returning to his native India, he finds his noble quest beset by unexpected adversaries, obstacles and trials, but emerges triumphant from each battle.

Pinto does not like to appear a romantic person, and keeps women at bay. But when Lavanya returns to haunt his life, and eventually shoe-horns him into marriage, he obligingly falls in love. Because Lavanya is not just a pretty face, she’s his partner in research. And Pinto, a newbie in romance, discovers a whole new craze.
But life takes directions never aimed for. Pinto is on the road to becoming rich and famous. He invents a mechanism to eradicate corruption in the land, and in that process moves towards politics. That impinges on the couple’s relationship so severely that Lavanya disappears suddenly without telling Pinto. Why does she leave their child with Pinto? Will he lose his greatest ‘idea’, Lavanya, and thereby, himself? Sure, Pinto’s ideas bring dramatic changes to society. But how much romance can a scientist handle as well?

The LazyScoop Review:

Pinto has an Idea is a very different from the other books I’ve read recently. It’s written in such a way that it feels very realistic, and yet very light hearted.

From the beginning chapters itself, the author establishes a connection with the reader by carving some interesting characters. I liked how the Author narrated Rajat Srivastava AKA Pinto’s journey, right from his childhood. His days in Orai, his hunger for knowledge, his enthusiasm for science is fascinating.

As a reader, I was amazed at Pinto’s wit and intelligence, his ability to think on his feet, to come up with the quickest solution for every problem is entertaining to read.

Pinto who later becomes a scientist, also a social worker, his ideologies have been depicted really well. His care for the betterment of the society and it’s people is inspiring to read.

The narration is overall quite smooth, as Sridevi says, you can’t help but continue reading it. I would’ve liked if the font size of the print would’ve been slightly larger. Language used is easy to understand. I felt the plot becomes slightly sluggish in some parts, however some entertaining chapters compensate for it.

I liked how the angle of love was handled, Lavanya and her failed marriage, makes her an important character. I enjoyed their chemistry together, it felt organic.

The LazyScoop Verdict:

Overall, Pinto has an idea is entertaining and definitely a book with a heart. It’ll make you smile and also fascinate you with some scientific allurement.

Ratings:

Cover: 4/ 5 Stars

Plot: 3.5/ 5 Stars

Characters: 3.5/ 5 Stars

Narration: 3.5/ 5 Stars

Entertainment: 4/ 5 Stars

The LazyScoop Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thanks banajaprakashini.in for sending the review copy for my honest review.

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For the Sake Of Love by Anamika Mishra Book Review

I found the cover of the book to be highly appealing, indicating that it’s going to be a love story! But there are so many love stories already out there. Was this one any different? Read below to find out!

Blurb:

Young, pretty and successful, Twisha Khanna has it all. She works hard and has no time for frivolities like love. After all, being the creative head of a happening travel magazine is no joke.

So when she travels to Shimla on an assignment, the last thing on Twisha’s mind is love. But then, life has other plans. On finding a stack of old love letters that speak of an unrequited romance, Twisha is convinced that she must find the man who wrote these letters and help him.

Along the way, she meets spoilt rich boy Alex, who is everything she would NOT want in a man. As the two try to reunite the old lovers mentioned in the letters, they are hardly aware that how they feel about love and life is going to change forever…

The LazyScoop Book Review:

Twisha Khanna, works for a travel magazine and is told to visit shimla for magazine story along with her irritating colleague Bobby. Their journey takes a turn when they discover some old love letters which shake them to the core. And thus begins the quest to find the man David, who is the writer of those letters and for the person for whom it had been written. Will they be successful in finding that person behind those letters? Will they be able to find the person for whom it been written? Will Alex, the handsome but arrogant grandson of David, get along well with bobby and Twisha?

I think this is one of the best love stories I’ve read. Why? Because there’s not even a single dull moment in this book. We constantly look forward to what’s going to happen next? For whom are those letters for? Will David meet Jasmine? Will Twisha meet David or Jasmine? The start of this novel itself is bang on with those letters, which you read and get insight into the writer of those letters, you wonder how the dates are moving ahead, how his life is changing and questions keep coming in your mind, will he get a reply from the other person or not? What’s going to happen in the end?

I loved how two love stories were intertwined in this book, one eternal and one establishing it’s base as we read it. Characterization is also good, Twisha being independent, I found her to be bit impatient. But she definitely is good at heart. Bobby is shown to be chirpy, and vivacious. She’s the girl who gets excited on small things and is generally very sweet. Alex’s character is good, but I couldn’t completely understand his thoughts and nature. At first he appeared arrogant, and then the opposite, I would’ve liked to know what makes him change his behaviour. There are other characters like David, Yanaji, Jasmine, Eliza and Chris who add depth to the whole story and each one has a purpose.

I liked the conversations between Twisha and Bobby, also the transition in their friendship was interesting to read. I think the writer of this book is really smart, she has woven a love story by adding a heart touching love story in the backdrop and she doesn’t let the story be monotonous by making all the characters different from each other.

The narration is simple and it wonderfully flows ahead. All the description of mountains and scenaries are beautiful written. The pace is apt, it went fast where it needed to be and gave ample description of emotions and feelings of Twisha where it needed to be, to establish a connect with the reader. The Climax of the book is unpredictable. It’s emotional and yet would bring a smile on your face.

LazyScoop Verdict:

There are writers who write long chapters and yet sometimes fail to establish an emotional connection with the readers. But Anamika Mishra does it beautifully, those small letters written by her are much more emotionally impactful. I think this is the best love stories coming from Westland, I found this one much better than their current bestselling love story novels too. This one deserves to be a Bestseller!

LazyScoop Ratings:

Cover: 4/ 5 Stars

Narration: 4/ 5 Stars

Story: 4.5/ 5 Stars

Characterization: 4/ 5 Stars

Entertainment: 4.5/ 5 Stars

The LazyScoop Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐🌠

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White Noise by Shruti Upadhaya Book Review

Blurb:

“There is another city right under our city and it comes up only when you and I are together. Only you and I know about it and only you and I get to experience it. It keeps itself hidden from the rest of the world. And that is where I live.” He said “And what happens when you’re not with me?” She asked. “I evaporate.” He smiled

The LazyScoop Review:

The main protagonist, who has had a terrible past falls in love with a brooding man, whom she refers to as bearded one. After some lovely conversation and beautiful moments between them, she finds herself getting intensely attracted towards him. But he has something mysterious around his persona. And why does he keeps vanishing somewhere all of a sudden? What’s this special man hiding? Will she able to come out of this emotional flood? Does he love her?

There are some books which do not simply tell the story, they compel you to ponder upon life, love and human emotions. This is one such book. It makes you contemplate about the characters and actually enter their minds. White Noise is absolutely gripping, not because it has a great plot, infact I can sum up the entire plot in a sentence. But the book grips you because it has great narration. The language used is beautiful, rich and classy!

Author Shruti Upadhaya writes the story in first person and you get connected to the characters easily. The story unfolds in three Parts: Me, Her and Him, Narrating perspectives of all the three characters around whom the story revolves. Also, names of no protagonists have been mentioned.

I absolutely loved the short chapters in this book, it subconsciously made me think that I am finishing off the book really soon. And I didn’t want it to come to an end soon, I wanted to flow with the mesmerising narration!

The tone of the writing is slightly Dark, drenched in mystery. I also liked how the author gave some wonderful life lessons through dialogues and thoughts. e.g :

When other people hurt us we will always bounce back, but if we begin to defy our own selves, that’s when we should start to worry because there is no bouncing back from that.

The climax of the book is somewhat shocking, and not what you expect.

LazyScoop Verdict:

White Noise by Shruti Upadhaya not only entertains but also grips you into the narration and makes you ponder about various things in life and love, offers shocking climax along with an overall enjoyable reading experience.

Ratings:

Cover: 4/ 5 Stars

Plot: 3.5/ 5 Stars

Narration: 4.5/ 5 Stars

Entertainment: 4.5/ 5 Stars

Characterization: 4/ 5 Stars

The LazyScoop Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐🌟

White Noise by Author Shruti Upadhaya absolutely recommended by TheLazyScoop!

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My Heart Belongs to India By Joseph Hoskins Book Review.

The cover of this book was very pleasing, a foreigner holding our National Flag and saying his heart belongs to India definitely made me feel great. But is this book really as interesting as it’s title? Read my review below to know!

Blurb:

Joseph C. Hoskins grew up hearing stories about India from his father’s college roommate, who is affectionately known as “Uncle Sunil.” Uncle Sunil is from India. When Hoskins was a little kid, Uncle Sunil would regularly visit his home; Hoskins’s interest in India was SPIKED by Uncle Sunil’s stories of MAJESTIC Indian Tigers The LazyScoop Review:\nJoseph Hoskins had a desire to visit India since his childhood. After hearing amazing stories from uncle Sunil about India\’s culture, people and tradition, his desire had increased. What would happen when he finally visits India? \’My Heart Belongs to India\’ is true account of his experiences in India.\nJoseph Hoskins has described his experiences beautifully, right from his thoughts as an adolescent roaming the PRISTINE jungles of India, and the INFALLIABLE beauty of the GLORIOUS Taj Mahal. Hoskins desperately wanted to travel there but never thought he would have the chance. Until one day he did—and that trip became an unforgettable adventure.

Filled with surprising—and sometimes shocking—accounts, Hoskins’s book delves into his experiences as he meets the people of India and observes their culture. Yet beyond his immediate impressions, Hoskins also details India’s rich background throughout the narrative. For those interested in cultural heritage or world history, Hoskins calls attention to the myriad events that created the India he came to appreciate. This enjoyable memoir leaves no stone unturned, weaving together inspiring stories of the great inventors who ushered in modernity with Uncle Sunil’s thoughts on the differences between Indian and American relationships.

While detailing the incredible natural and manmade beauty of the country and its most significant landmarks, Hoskins also shares his observations of the poverty and income inequality gap in India. He unabashedly reveals a reality that many prefer to ignore—for better or for worse.

At its core, My Heart Belongs to India is a love song to this fascinating country and its compelling people.

The LazyScoop Review:

Joseph Hoskins had a desire to visit India since his childhood. After hearing amazing stories from uncle Sunil about India’s culture, people and tradition, his desire had increased. What would happen when he finally visits India? ‘My Heart Belongs to India’ is true account of his experiences in India.

Joseph Hoskins has described his experiences beautifully, right from his thoughts as an adolescent till his journey in India is over, it’s all described very well.

His narration flows smoothly and language is lucid too. It’s wonderful to read about India from his perception. I liked his Curiousity, I never thought that these type of questions would erupt in the minds of a tourist.

I also felt some of the answers given by Uncle Sunil are irrelevant now, since almost a decade has passed away and lot of things in India have changed for good.

The conversations between Joseph and Uncle Sunil were educative for me. I was surprised to know how much Joseph knew about India(Thanks to Uncle Sunil) e.g who were Mughuls, why was Taj Mahal Built, Babri Masjid, Caste System in India, British Colonization, etc.

The Author has narrated his thoughts, and reactions to Various situations which helps us getting connected to him.

Talking about the characters, Joseph Hoskins I felt was a great listener, curious- hungry for knowledge boy who wanted to know about everything. His humbleness is also evident in the book.

Uncle Sunil I felt was confusing! He was very nice to Joseph sometimes and sometimes quite rude. I hated reading his rant about Black People, which was totally wrong.

Katie seemed irritating and totally a spoilt brat.

I enjoyed Joseph’s encounter with Ravi, his GF and ‘Payel’ (One of the major reasons why Joseph’s Heart belongs to India!) The way it was narrated, I was totally hooked on to it and could relate to him somehow, as even I was quite shy like him in my teenage.

There were some funny moments which I enjoyed reading about, e.g Uncle Sunil’s prank call to Joseph’s father complaining about his rude behaviour, Imagining the writer dancing on Dhoom Machale around his mom.

What I didn’t like:

I found Uncle Sunil’s behaviour quite perplexing at times. e.g his sudden argument in the computer lab over national anthem was wierd.

His belittling Joseph sometimes, saying non sense about Black People all seemed vain and unneeeded. I found his character knowledgeable though.

I also don’t agree with Uncle Sunil’s opinion that Indian Culture is better than Western Culture. Indian Culture is rich and great, but I think every culture has positive and negatives both, you can’t belittle any culture of the world and glorify yours, we are no one to judge.

The LazyScoop Verdict:

‘My Heart Belongs to India’ takes you on a fun journey to India full of knowledgeable conversations, Crazy and funny situations! Most importantly, it let’s you see India from the eyes of a foreigner! I truly enjoyed reading this memoir by Mr. Joseph Hoskins and hope he visits India again soon.

By the way, there’s a guest appearance of a bollywood star in the book, which was awesome.

Ratings:

Cover: 3.5/ 5 Stars

Narration: 4/ 5 Stars

Plot: 4/ 5 Stars

Entertainment: 4/ 5 Stars

Characters: 4/ 5 Stars

The LazyScoop Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘My Heart Belongs to India’ by Joseph Hoskins absolutely recommended by TheLazyScoop!

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Harappa: Curse of the Blood River by Vineet Bajpai Book Review.

After hearing some great reviews about the book, I was super excited to finally read it. The blurb was interesting and cover very attractive, but did it stand up to my expectations? Read on to find out!

Blurb:

2017, Delhi – Vidyut’s dying ancestor summons him to Banaras. The old Brahmin chieftain of the Dev-Raakshasa Matth, or the God-Demon Clan, bears a chilling secret. Their bloodline carries an ancient curse that will plague mankind – towards its own violent extinction.

1700 BCE, Harappa – Harappa is a magnificent city on the banks of the mighty Saraswati river. The darkness of treachery, taantric exorcism and bloodshed unleashes itself on the last devta, paving the way for his devastating revenge…and the horrifying truth behind the fall of the glorious civilisation.

2017, Paris – The world’s most powerful religious institution is rattled. Europe’s dreaded crime lord meets a mysterious man in Paris. A lethal assassin boards a train, as Rome fears the worst. The prophesied devta has returned.

What connects Banaras, Harappa and Rome? What was the ancient curse and who was the last devta? What is the terrible secret behind the fall of the colossal Indus Valley? Read on as you travel through a saga of deceit and violence, gods and demons, love and ambition.

The LazyScoop Book Review:

The book begins with an introduction of various plots and characters and gives you bird’s eye view, which really helps you later to not get confused in the plot. The story begins at the death of the mighty Vivasvan Pujari! Vidyut Shastri, a young and successful entrepreneur gets summoned by his 108 year old grandfather- Dwarka Shastri. Europe’s most dangerous crime Lord gets a hand written note to kill an Aryan Boy. A dark force is being used against The last Devta- Vivasvan Pujari. What follows next is intensely gripping, adventurous, mesmerising journey of Betrayal, revelation of burried secrets, and violence!

The narration of the book is intensely captivating, each page offers adventure, suspense and thrills! The narration also has a mythological tone to it. There are two timelines- one of 2017, Banaras and one of 1700 BCE, Harappa, both of which are extremely entertaining. They are intertwined brilliantly. When one chapter ends with suspense, the other one reveals the suspense of another timeline!

The writer Vineet Bajpai, doesn’t waste time in describing unimportant things, it feels like he’s very focused in telling you about the characters and the story. There’s not even a single chapter which feels boring.

I observed that each chapter ends on a cliffhanger, it just makes you wonder-what’s going to happen next?

Though, its a fiction. It teaches a lot about Harappa and Hindu Dharma. The conversation between Damini and Purohit Ji I felt was enlightening.

Characterization is also perfect in this book, Vidyut, Vivasvan Pujari, Damini, Sanjana, etc are all strong characters. I was impressed how the author has potrayed the female characters strong and intelligent, especially Naina.

If we talk about the action scenes, it is also commendable how the author manages to write it. As writing an action scene is very difficult, as there’s a chance that it could get boring and repetitive. But Vineet Bajpai increases the intensity by describing the kallaripayutu abilities, braveness of Vidyut, Balwanta, etc that you look forward to their meeting with the villains.

Also, Manu and Ranga’s battle sequence is described amazingly! You feel as if you are watching them fight.

The climax of the book leaves you hungry, wanting to know more. It raises too many questions in your mind, which would get answered in the upcoming Book in this series- ‘Pralay- The Great Deluge.’

LazyScoop Verdict:

This is perhaps the only book this year, which made me hold my breath and read as if the story in the book is more real than my life. Harappa: Curse of the blood River is intensely gripping and deserves to be the Best Seller which it already is!

Ratings:

Cover: 4/ 5 Stars

Plot: 4.5/ 5 Stars

Characterization: 4.5 / 5 Stars

Entertainment: 4.5/ 5 Stars

Narration: 4.5/ 5 Stars

TheLazyScoop Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐🌟

Harappa: Curse of the Blood River by Vineet Bajpai absolutely recommended by TheLazyScoop!

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Nice Men Finish Last by Pravesh Vir Siddhu Book Review

Blurb:

Bad ones get into the pants, whereas the good ones get friend-zoned.Bad ones have a blast and the good ones suffer.Bad boys take it all, while Nice Men Finish Last.Nandu pays an unfair price for being nice; he is dumped by his girlfriend.Depressed by the brutal break-up, he follows in the footsteps of his womanizer friend Sattu, who firmly believes that nothing good ever happens to a nice man.Duly brainwashed to shed his lovelorn avatar, along with the skin of the nice man, Nandu gets a character reboot. Things change rapidly, as he uses lies and all the unfair means to score girls. It works wonders for him till he realizes how powerful karma is. That makes him come out of this transitional filthy state, choosing to become a nice man again.That’s when he falls in love with Tanishq – a beautiful dentistry student.Will he be able to win her heart being a nice man or do nice men really always finish last?

What is it about?

Nice Men Finish Last is a story of Nandu, a nice guy who turns into a womanizer because of his friend sattu’s advices. But soon realises his mistake, and decides to become a nice man again like he was earlier. However, he falls in love with the most beautiful girl in the dentistry college, who is also his student named Tanishq. Will he be able to win her heart being a nice guy?

The LazyScoop Review:

Last men Finish Last is a completely enjoyable read. The subtle humourous tone the writing seemed very witty to me. The book somehow manages to make us smile or laugh even at the most serious situations, though you also get the essence of serious situations along with it.

E.g In the first chapter, Nandu is going through a serious break up. But there’s also a cricket commentary going on of live match on the radio and tv. The fusion of narration and commentary was very funny to read.

The initial chapters where more of Nandu’s friendship with his three friend, their chemistry and sattu’s obsession with girls is explored. It reminded me a lot of Hollywood movies like American Pie, 21 and Over, etc. The chapters give you same comic tone, some non-veg one liners and dialogues. Though without going overboard.

The book is filled with funny situations- eg. When Nandu enters Tanishq’s house for the first time, and has a tea made by her. A simple incident, but the writers funny way of narrating it makes it very entertaining to read.

Characterization is also good, Nandu being a Nice guy and a womanizer later, his mental frame is well described.

Sattu’s character adds flavour to the plot. Keshav and Shardul’s characters aren’t explored much, they get lost somewhere in the story.

Tanishq’s character is also very impressive, she’s head strong and a fun loving girl. She’s possessive and requires constant attention.

Madiha’s character was loveable. A perfect friend, grumpy but very helpful.

The second half of the book becomes slightly more serious and you get more emotionally connected to the story. The climax is fantastic, couldn’t have asked for a more satisfying end to this romantic comedy.

What I didn’t like?

I wanted to know more about Nandu’s equation with Tanishq’s father. I felt it was left without a proper conclusion.

The LazyScoop Verdict:

Overall, Nice Men Finish Last by Pravesh Vir Siddhu is an entertaining read with good dose of humour, emotions and romance. If adopted into a movie script, It has the potential to be a blockbuster Bollywood movie.

Ratings:

Cover: 4/ 5 Stars

Plot: 3.5/ 5 Stars

Entertainment: 4/ 5 Stars

Narration: 4/ 5 Stars

Characterization: 4/ 5 Stars

Overall LazyScoop Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Nice men Finish Last by Pravesh Vir Siddhu, absolutely recommended by TheLazyScoop!

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The Colours of Passion by Sourabh Mukherjee Book Review.

Author: Sourabh Mukherjee

Length: 238 Pages

Price: Rs.175/-

Blurb:

“Who killed Tollywood heart-throb Hiya Sen?

Within days of her fairy-tale wedding with Manav Chauhan, the dashing young entrepreneur, Hiya Sen, the reigning queen of Tollywood, is brutally raped and murdered by three men. As ACP Agni Mitra investigates into the high-profile murder, he meets Neha Awasthi, with whom Manav broke his engagement to marry Hiya, Neha’s father Deepak Awasthi, who was eyeing business benefits through the alliance, Mayank Kapoor, an alcoholic model, and Rituja Bose, the diva who had reigned over Tollywood over the past decade. When two more murders connected with the case make headlines, it’s time for Agni to find answers to perplexing questions and unveil shocking truths.

The Colours of Passion breezes through Kolkata’s glamorous world of industrialists, movie stars, models and fashion designers laced with drug addiction and illicit liaisons, with a heart-wrenching tragedy at its core.

The LazyScoop Review:

This is the first time that I’ve read a book by Sourabh Mukherjee and I must say, I am really impressed. I absolutely love reading thrillers, especially the one’s which have unpredictable climax.

Hiya Sen, A Tollywood Superstar gets killed! She’s raped and murdered by three men! Who are the murderers? Her Fiance, Manav? Neha, with whom Manav had broken his engagement? Neha’s father? Mayank Kapoor, alcoholic model? Rituja Bose, superstar of previous decade?

The Colours of Passion by Sourabh Mukherjee has a story which plays with your mind, and that’s the fun of reading it. You keep on guessing the culprit, but you fail to guess correctly. The Author has left no stone unturned to make the story as intriguing as possible. The plot builds up the Mystery chapter by chapter, giving no loopholes. And in the end, you can’t help but get shocked and awe for the Author’s wit.

The Characterization is fantastic, ACP Agni and all the other characters like Manav Chauhan,Rituja Bose, Mayank Kapoor, Hiya Sen, Neha are amazing. They all are intriguing and have a grey shade to their personalities.

Talking about other aspects, Narration is good too. Being a thriller, it plays a major part and Author Sourabh Mukherjee does a fine job without leaving any clue for the readers to know what happens in the end. Language is simple and even a non reader would understand the lucid words. I also liked the significance of colour red in the story.

TheLazyScoop Verdict:

Colours of Passion is mind blowing book which offers great thrilling plot, interesting characters and mind blowing climax. A totally enjoyable read for every type of reader!

Ratings:

Cover: 4/ 5 Stars

Plot: 4.5/ 5 Stars

Narration: 4/ 5 Stars

Characterization: 4/ 5 Stars

Entertainment: 4/ 5 Stars

Climax– 4.5/ 5 Stars

TheLazyScoop Rating: 4.5/ 5 Stars

⭐⭐⭐⭐🌠

The colours of Passion by Sourabh Mukherjee absolutely recommended by TheLazyScoop!

You can grab this book from this link at a discounted price!

Happy Reading!