‘The 365 Days’ by Nikhil Ramteke Book Review. 

Hello guys!

Today I’ll be reviewing ‘365 Days’ by Author Nikhil Ramteke.

So before we begin, Here’s the Synopsis from the back of the book cover:

​’This is a story that falls through the crevices of pitiless anonymity, yet miraculously waits to be told. 

Shijukutty, a Malayali fisherman, leaves his tiny hamlet of abject poverty in the coastal village of Vizhinjam on the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala, that picturesque vignette of searing beauty on the south-western coast of India. Shiju, like millions of other Malayalis, seeks his destiny in Dubai, that gleaming global hub of fortune on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf. What unfolds is a stirring story of distilled hardship, exploitation, identity, and friendship, and the heartbreaking choices Shiju is often forced to make. So what he sees is not what he experiences when he lands in a world of glimmering towers, fast-paced life, and unabashed opulence. For what he was not prepared for was the dark underbelly of Dubai beyond the shimmering mirage. 
Shiju’s life is no more the same. But he holds his ground, drawing on ancient instincts of his seafaring ancestry. As things settle down around him, he is inexorably pulled into the canyon of recession… Will Shiju be able to hold on to his dreams? Will he able to pull out himself from the whirlpool? Will he survive against all odds? Will he redeem himself? Nikhil Ramteke unfolds an extraordinary saga about Indian expatriates, their struggles, their alienation, and their dreams. The 365 Days is more than a story of a year in Shijukutty’s life.’

What’s it exactly about?

The 365 days is a story of a fisherman named Shijukutty, who gets inspired by many malyalis from his tiny village Vizhinjam in Thiruvanthapuram, who have become successful and rich by working in Dubai. Thus chasing his dreams, he leaves his wife and son behind for the Hub of fortune, believing that even he will meet his bright kismet.

But much to his disappointment, his dreams gradually get shattered, but not his will. He finds out that behind the glittering city lies a deep dark side which he wasn’t aware of. It’s his journey of making his dreams come true. But what happens when he is faced with challenges? Will those struggles make him quit? A lot can happen in a year, the 356 days is an account of Shijukutty’s one whole life changing year. Find it out by reading it. 


My opinion:

The 365 days by Nikhil Ramteke, is one of the most versatile stories I’ve read in the recent times. It doesn’t follow the quintessential way of writing. The narrative is intriguing and unfolds minor details with perfection. It goes back and forth and keeps you glued to it till the last page. Though this is a fictional account, but Author Nikhil Ramteke has written in a way that it feels like its his story. And that’s not just because he writes in first person, it’s because he makes the characters come alive by making us feel the emotions and things the main character- Shijukutty, has been going through, emotionally as well as mentally. 

  This story will inspire you, it will make you emotional (Not in a melodramatic way), also it will make you realise that challenges are part of life, it’s how we face them, that matters. 

You’ll connect with the character Shiju, you’ll feel his feelings, and the message which you get after you complete reading it, stays with you. 

So, The 365 Days by Nikhil Ramteke, absolutely recommended by LazyScoop. 
LazyScoop Verdict:-

To the plot- 4/5 Stars. 

Narrative- 4/5 Stars

Story- 3.5/5 Stars

Cover page- 3.5/5 Stars.

Overall Rating– 4.5/Stars

This is a book you won’t regret buying, and after you complete it, the story will stay with you making you ponder about life and dreams. 

You can buy this must read book by hitting this Amazon link at a discounted price of Rs. 138/- 

Happy Reading! And Happy Holi in Advance. 
Love,

Pratik Jadhav

Top 19 Must-Know facts which will make you smarter!

You are probably wondering, why 19? Why not 20? Well, because I just found out 19. It’s “Inspired” from a whatsapp message I received. I checked these facts on the internet and they seem true. Have a look at them and decide for yourself. I think they are awesome.

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Did You Know? ( That’s how every fact begins.)

1. Your shoes are the first thing people subconsciously notice about you. Wear nice shoes. ( Stop buying those fake branded ones.)

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2. If you sit for more than 11 hours a day, there’s a 50% chance you’ll die within the next 3 years. ( Just get set and sleep. I know it’s tough, but…)

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3. There are at least 6 people in the world who look exactly like you. There’s a 9% chance that you’ll meet one of them in your lifetime. ( Imagine your wife or husband looking exactly like you, such a wierd looking couple that would be, theoretically.)

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4. Sleeping without a pillow reduces back pain and keeps your spine stronger. ( I never sleep with a pillow. Wow. My spine is stronger. Burn. )

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5. A person’s height is determined by their father, and their weight is determined by their mother. ( That doesn’t mean you put your fat belly’s blame to your parents!)

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6. If a part of your body “falls asleep”,
you can almost always “wake it up” by shaking your head. (Shake that thing!)

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7. There are three things the human brain cannot resist noticing – Food, attractive people and danger. (Ya, I totally understand this, I cannot resist noticing hot girls. )

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8. Right-handed people tend to chew food on their right side. ( I actually chew from the left one, I am so unique, chosen one. ) #Narcissist

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9. Putting dry tea bags in gym bags or smelly shoes will absorb the unpleasant odour. (That’s gross, I opt for spraying deos.) (Hold on! My shoes never smell in the first place!)

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10. According to Albert Einstein, if honey bees were to disappear from earth, humans would be dead within 4 years. ( Maybe by honey he meant all the wives and girlfriends in the world.)

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11. There are so many kind of apples , that if you ate a new one everyday, it would take over 20 years to try them all.(Let’s just go for mango.)

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12. You can survive without eating for weeks, but you will only live 11 days without sleeping. ( Zzzz…That’s why I sleep so much. I wanna live longer. )

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13. People who laugh a lot are healthier than those who don’t. ( Hahaha…hmm…hehehe…hm)

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14. Laziness and inactivity kills just as many people as smoking.( Quit smoking, Quit laziness as well. Janheet me jaari. )

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15. A human brain has a capacity to store 5 times as much information as Wikipedia. (Wow!! Why it couldn’t remember some answers during exams. 😦 guess I underused it. )

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16. Our brain uses same amount power as 10-watt light bulb!! ( Electrifying fact.)

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17. Our body gives enough heat in 30 mins to boil 1.5 litres of water!! (Oh! So that’s why they call me hot. Now I got it.) 

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18. Stomach acid (conc. HCl) is strong enough to dissolve razor blades!! (Scary, where do these acid come from? And where do they go?)

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19. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. & while you walk, SMILE. It is the ultimate antidepressant. (Yes this works, I’ve tried. If there’s a hot chick around, she might think you are smiling at her, helps in building new contacts you see. )

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So, that’s it. Congratulations!! You have become smarter by 19 Facts, now go brag ’em to your friends. Let me know what you think about these facts in the comment section below. *Winks*

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Love,
Pratik Jadhav