The Four Patriots by Sumit Agarwal Review. 

Author: Sumit Agarwal

Genre: Contemporary Political Thriller

Pages: 306

Publishers: Rupa Publications India

This book had released few months ago and has been the talk of the literary world since then. It’s reached the Amazon Best Sellers list in a very short time. All the book reviewers are showering praises on it and so I was really curious to know what this book is all about. I got the chance to read it. Read on to know what I think! 

Blurb:

Have you ever fallen victim to the system? Felt humiliated and helpless? Have you fought back? 

Meet four such patriots: Varun, an NRI software engineer; Salman, CEO of Coffee Moments; Raghav, a virtuous politician and Aditya, an altruistic businessman. 

Fate brings these four lives together at a crossroads, pushing these unlikely heroes out of their comfort zones to fight a seemingly unstoppable evil force which wants to hold our country captive. The four companions, who have always had each other’s back, will now come face-to-face with the biggest challenge of their lives—a labyrinthine plot rife with perilous twists and wicked turns. With the nation’s future at stake, will they be able to destroy the Chakravyuh intricately laid down by the enemies of India? Will they come out of it alive? 

A story about friendship, faith and courage, replete with romance and patriotism, The Four Patriots is a racy, contemporary thriller sure to give you goose bumps. Pick this book if you do not believe ‘is desh ka kuch nahin ho sakta’; and if you think all is not lost, this is a must-read!



What is it about? 

The four patriots is the thrilling Journey of four individuals who are disappointed with the current Indian Political scenario and are challenged by various incidents to take things in their hands and change it. They have to face many obstacles from various powerful and selfish people who think about themselves more than their country. Will the Four Patriots succeed in changing the system? Will they be able to tackle the conspiracies against them? 

 

LazyScoop Review:

‘The four patriots immediately grasps your attention from the first chapter itself. The introduction of all characters is not limited to their traits, each character has depth and there are various such situations they come across which triggers their motivation to get into the corrupt political system and change it. I liked how the prologue ends on a cliffhanger point which makes you keep reading to reach the end and know the suspense about one of the protagonist getting shot. But by whom? Why? Does he die? 
Characterization is one of the key elements in this book. Each character has been well defined, their backstories justify their behaviour perfectly. E.g Salman’s badass character is really fun to read about. You get emotionally connected with Raghav after his backstory is revealed. Varun Panga Pandey’s boldness and Aditya’s smartness also impressed me. Though my most favourite character is Salman. He’s bold and believes in tit for tat, many readers would easily relate to his character. 

As far as the story is concerned, it’s compelling! And the doses of twists and turns are unpredictable and move at a very good pace, sure to keep you at the edge and hooked on to the book. 

One of the best dialogues in this book is ‘Dekhna nahi, Karna hai.’ and that actually pretty much sums up the real message behind this book. 

What I didn’t like: 

I didn’t like how Varun and Alisha’s story concludes. I felt Varun was totally wrong for stopping his wife from working and yet he doesn’t seem to be genuinely sorry about it later. There should’ve been incidences where he realizes his mistake. 

LazyScoop Verdict:

I don’t know why but there was a thrilling background score playing in my mind as I kept reading this book. Shows how successful it was to engage me in the narration. 

There are many whistle worthy dialogues and moments in the book too. E.g ‘Ise Prasad Chahiye’ moment, every time the character salman says this dialogue, you jolt up with excitement! ( Is it wierd to whistle with excitement while reading a book? )
Another commendable thing about this book is how the Author has given solution to various national problems which seem practical. It shows how much intelligent the author is and how much research he has done before writing this book. Who could’ve better reviewed the book than Late Mr. Om puri who says it to be- “Thrilling to the core. A must-read.” Kudos to Author Sumit Agarwal, though this being his debut book, he has written it in a way at par with many seasoned Authors. 

Overall The Four Patriots is a thrilling and inspiring story of Patriotism which is not just limited to facebook comments and cricket, Friendship and Romance. The message and the characters stay in your mind even after you finish reading it. 

The Four Patriots, Absolutely recommended by LazyScoop!



Cover: 5/5 Stars

Plot: 5/5 stars

Narrative Style: 4.5/5 stars

Characterization: 5/5 Stars

Entertainment: 4.5/5 Stars

LazyScoop Rating: 4.5/5 Stars 

You can buy this book from this link, for a discounted price of Rs. 65/- Hurry! 

Graveyard Shift Anthology Book Review. 

Today I am going to review the latest release by Half Baked Beans Publishing, ‘Graveyard Shift’ by Manish Mahajan. It’s an Anthology of short stories and as the name suggests the genre is Horror. 

Author: Manish Mahajan

Publishers: Half Baked Beans

Price: 149/- 

Number of pages- 182

Blurb:

At around midnight, I woke up suddenly. A strange sound was coming from nowhere outside in the passage. I sat up dazed. The curtains were a little ajar letting the moonlight to streak in. I got up to investigate where that noise was coming from. The passageway was almost dark, just a single lamp was left switched on for the night. The sound seemed to be coming from one of the rooms. That was strange, I thought, as there was no one else staying on this floor. All of a sudden, something moved behind me. Turning around I got the shock of my life. Some distance away, in that dreary passageway, stood a figure dressed in flowing white robes, staring hard at me.


LazyScoop Review:

Manish Mahajan’s Graveyard Shift is a a complete package of horror and spooky stories to horrify and at the same time amaze you. Each story has been well written and have uncertain twists which mystifies the reader. It comprises of 7 Short Stories and one Poem which successfully scare you. Lets have a look at what I think about each story:

The Appointment:

It’s a horrifying poem with a scary plot. It’s about a friend who is dead but has his appointment scheduled to meet the poet. Does he come back from the dead to meet him? 

Honey, ‘m back!

The first short story from the book starts with a normal tone but later turns into a scary revenge drama. This story is horrifying but seems a little bit unbelievable. But the description of the resort before each scene began did scare me.

Tales in the Train:

An overnight train, and five passengers sharing their personal encounter with ghosts and spirits. This is one of my favorites because it begins with a predictable bollywood style plot but ends with a confounding twist. Also the information about chudails: Pichal peri etc doubles up your curiosity to know more about what the story is going to bring further. 


A Night in the Hastings’s House:

A team of 10 people from the organisation ‘Ghost Hunters Of India’ go to Warren Hasting’s erstwhile Bungalow in Alipore, Kolkata to conduct their paranormal investigation when suddenly things go horribly wrong. I felt this story had the most unique plot and it had a suspense factor which you’ll know when you read the book. The information about who warren Hasting was and some historical information makes the story more believable.


A doll named Wendy: 

How can there be horror story and no mention of one of the most haunted places on earth? Yes, I am talking about Bhangarh Fort. I had read the blurb on the index page and was very keen to read this story. And it lived to my expectation. Its a story about Tara who loves her doll wendy, Saloni a small girl picks up that same doll from Bhangarh, but how come the doll reached there? And what frightening incidents happen between Tara and Saloni for their possessiveness for the doll? Read this book and find out. I enjoyed it, this short story kept me at the edge, and I couldn’t stop but finish it in one go. 

The last wish: 

This story was again horrifying and the narration was written in first person due to which it was even more scarier because we connect with the character and experience the same eeriness which he does in this story. I liked how the main character’s dialogues and narration was written. The whole concept was mysterious, scary and fun to read. Especially the last mirror entering concept was new. ( Not giving any spoilers here!)

The Apartment on the Tenth Floor:

This story is about Ravi and Gaurav, two best friends. How one day Ravi encounters a murder in the opposite building and how his life is gradually changed upside down. Moreover, he sees it eveyday! What’s the mystery behind it? This would be my most favourite story from the book. Because this one is not only scary but has emotional elements too. It is also informative about what crossover means, what does cold room and strange rotten smell indicate, etc Though this is a short story, the writer has not tried to jump from one scene to another. Each incident is well outlined and narrated. 

Betal Pachisi:

Although I knew the basic storyline, I liked how the author has written it from King Vikramaditya’s point of view. As if it’s him narrating the incident. And the details about the encounter with Aghori was indeed scary. 

LazyScoop Verdict:

Overall Graveyard shift is high on entertainment. The author has not only written frightening stories, but also added facts and information about dead world which multiplies the impact of the tales. It gave me sleepless nights. Get your hands on this book if you are fan of the horror genre, and even if you’re not, this book is so good, it will make you one. 

Graveyard Shift Anthology, recommended by LazyScoop!

3.5/ 5 Stars.


You can order the book by clicking here on this link.

Happy Reading. And Happy World Book Day! We readers celebrate it daily with our books. 😉 

Love,

Pratik Jadhav

A New Book Launch To Look Out For! 

​In the past, I’ve reviewed two wonderful books by Shubha Vilas, Ramayana- The Game Of Life: Shattered Dreams: Part 2 and The Stolen Hope: Book 3. You can check out the reviews by clicking their names. The depth and details with which Shubha Vilas writes is terrific and recently I got an e-mail from him about a new launch of his book called ‘Open Eyed Meditation’ which surprisingly is NOT in line with Ramayana series this time. Though it’s definitely related to Mythology. He shared the book cover and summary of his new book, which I was too excited to share with you guys. 
Here is the exclusive look of the front and back cover:

Looks exciting, doesn’t it? As you can see the price of the book is kept ₹250 which is a good deal I think since the priceless values and fun shubha vilas books usually offer. Though if it is really worth the money, we’ll find it when I review it for you guys very soon.
Here is the exclusive Introduction straight from the book and Author’s pen: 

Meditation essentially means perceiving deeper truths from within. 
For those who thought that meditation is a closed- eyed phenomenon, I beg to differ. And offer them Open- eyed Meditations, a book that shows another perspective to meditation. 
When you are open to life, life opens up to you. The upper limit of your ability to learn is determined by the upper limit of your desire to learn. Nature is actually a school that happily teaches eager students the secret lessons of life. Open-eyed Meditations is a collection of thoughts about various aspects of life that is purely inspired by observing the world through the lenses of the Vedic epics. 
Each meditation in the book deals with a modern problem that each one of us encounters in life and is accompanied by profound insights to those situations through a story or a character from the ancient epics. 
Why ancient epics? The reason being that there is something attractive about the epics like the Mahabharata and the Ramayana that has kept them alive century after century. Beyond the storyline, something deeper is waiting to be discovered from these ancient texts. This book is an attempt to uncover the hidden layer of wealth that is cleverly packaged within the commonly known storylines. 
Albert Einstein said, ‘Life is like riding a bicycle; to keep the balance one has to keep moving.’ For most people, there is no time to stop to learn how to maintain good relationships, how to become effective leaders, how to manage complications in life, and so on and so forth. They are already on the bicycle of life and most of the times speedily trending downwards. In such a delicate situation any quick tip to help retain the balance is always welcome! 
Thus, Open-eyed Meditations is a distillation of ancient wisdom tips for modern lives; a unique self-help book wherein each meditation takes you on a journey to the past, bringing a secret herb to heal a problem of the present. 
Whether you are dealing with complex dynamics of relationships or solving an impossible crisis in your life or coming to terms with embarrassing failures or struggling with important decisions or dealing with any kind of addiction, this book offers valuable nuggets of wisdom and action point resources to deal with it all. 
Open-eyed Meditations is a by-product of reading thousands of wisdom books, learning from thousands of wise men and keenly observing thousands of life situations. It is replete with intellectually stimulating analogies and quotes that will stick in your mind long after you have put the book down. It’s definitely not a one-time read, but surely warrants a meditative one. Every meditation is independent and complete. These meditations will provoke you to think about life in ways you would have never thought of. 
Water is all over the air, but when air is subjected to the process of condensation, we get water. Similarly, ideas/ thoughts are all over, but when subjected to the process of contemplation, they become accessible to us. When a thought is held for a long duration of time and processed through the machinery of contemplation, then life sutras are produced. Open-eyed Meditations is a book of ‘thought sutras’ that can become ‘life sutras’. 

Read this book the way a cow eats grass while ruminating. Chew on every word carefully till you have milky lucidity that nourishes every aspect of your life. This book will help you learn the art of meditating with your eyes wide open as you keenly observe the world around you and allow it to enlighten you. 

Here are some of the reviews for this book from famous writers and personalities: 

Deep exploration, congent analysis, and lucid interpretation of stories from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata… This book should be on every bookshelf and in every home.

– CHRISTOPER C. DOYLE, author

Intuitive yet pragmatic, Open-eyed Mediations is a lucid and thoughtful window to mindfulness.

NAMITA GOKHALE, writer

A wonderful book that reveals many profound secrets through varied meditations, each of which can nurture a different aspect of your life.

ASHWIN SANGI, author

A unique approach to help us address issues and questions that we have in our life… useful and enlightening. Highly recommended.

ANIL VALLURI, PRESIDENT, SAARC & NetApp India

Shubha Vilas has extracted the knowledge of timeless epics, distilled the wisdom, and presented it in a contemporary form… a book you will want to read over again to absorb the brilliant learnings.

ABHISHEK KARANI, Director, The Free Press Journal

Open-eyed Meditations is a book for all moods and all seasons… these rare 64 gems talk to us, make us ponder, and goad us to accept…Read it and digest it for a better life!

HITAL R. MESWANI, Executive Director and Board of Reliance Industries Ltd.

For all those who are new to Author Shubha Vilas, here is all you need to know about him: 

Shubha Vilas, a spiritual seeker and a motivational speaker, holds a degree in engineering and law with a specialization in patent law. 

In essence, he is an author, a motivational speaker, lifestyle coach and a storyteller par excellence. 

His leadership seminars are popular with top-level management in corporate houses. He addresses their crucial needs through thought-provoking seminars. 

Shubha Vilas periodically interacts with the youth in premier institutes across the world, inspiring them to live a life based on deeper human values. Close to his heart is his role as a guide and teacher to school children, teaching foundational values through masterful storytelling. 

Traveling across the globe and meeting people from all walks of life, he teaches the importance of being governed by dharmic principles, meting out spiritual lifestyle tips and contemporary wisdom to deal with modern-day life situations. 

He is the author of the best-selling book series known as ‘Ramayana – The Game of Life’ published by Jaico Books, that distills thought-provoking life lessons through the gripping narrative of the story of the Ramayana. 
You can connect with him on Facebook and twitter as well: 
Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/shubhavilas
Twitter: @shubhavilas 

As I said, in the coming days I’ll be sharing my review of this book. In the meantime, you can check out bookshops near you for the availability of this book, since it’s going to be launched this August. Exact date is not known to me yet. 
Also, Chetan Bhagat’s new book titled One Indian Girl is releasing this Diwali. I’ll be sharing details about the book soon in my next post. 
Till then don’t stop reading! Please like, share and subscribe to the blog. Need your support. Thank you. 

Signing off,

Pratik Jadhav. 

My take on Tanmay Bhat’s snapchat video.

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Well, the garma garam topic since 2 days is the snapchat video of Tanmay Bhat wherein he imitates Sachin’s voice with 3D mask and makes a debate between Lata Mangeshkar and him on the topic of, who is better batsman Virat or sachin?
When I saw the video, hearing the mimicry of sachin’s voice and Lata mangeshkar’s voice, I was laughing. Soon in few seconds, the line came up- ‘Lata di you are 5000 years old, so better you die. Even John Snow has died…etc.’ and I was like…Ohhh, that’s quite too much. Telling a legend to die is not at all funny. Especially such legends, because of whom the world respects India.

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BUT,

The reaction which it has recieved, is in fact also quite bizzare like the jokes on Lata Mangeshkar. MNS people baning his future shows in Mumbai. Filing an FIR against him. I mean what the fuck!

Tanmay Bhat is no match to the legends whom he has made fun of in the video, so why are people taking him so seriously?????

Moreover, Lata Mangeshkar herself has said she doesn’t want to see the video. She just ignored it. Why can’t we too ignore it?

Its simple, if you like something, watch it and applause. If you don’t like something, ignore it. Or just don’t subscribe that snapchat ID or their youtube channel. Have they forced you to join?

Why Ban them???

There are so many important issues in the country which requires immediate action and even our attention as well, but nobody gives a fuck about it. Nobody cares about water problem people are facing, nobody cares about farmer’s problem. How to develop irrigation facilities this year? How to save more and more water? All this is ignored and topic of Tanmay Bhat’s snapchat is discussed as if there is nothing better to do.

How many channels have cared to talk on recent MAN KI BAAT by PM Modi ?? Have they even heard it?

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Lata Mangeshkar and Sachin don’t care about the video. Why should we invest our valuable time in it?

And BY THE WAY,

There should not be any problem on him mimicing Sachin and Lata, many comedians in the past have done it in comedy shows. Even now they do it in Kapil sharma show. But yeah, they don’t abuse. Abusing has offended us, so just don’t watch the video. Don’t ban him. He has done very comical videos before(Except the Roast) which were loved by people, we should not simply ignore that.

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People are tweeting against Tanmay Bhat because celebrities like Ritesh Deshmukh, Celina Jetley, etc have also tweeted against him. They are like, if celebrities are saying he is wrong, he MUST be wrong. Come on, you have your own brain, decide for yourself.

I am not at all supporting his video, I didn’t like the abusive part. But I am also not supporting the over-reaction his video has received. Media should focus on important topics in regards to country rather than showing tanmay’s stupid video again and again, and debating on it. And Banning, is never a solution, because then there would be no difference between India and Pakistan.

Think.

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