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Book review: KaalKoot

KaalKoot – A deadly venom powerful enough to wipe out the entire human race. So, what happens when someone tries to unleash such a weapon with such monstrous consequences on earth?

That’s where this story begins, a person known as the Maestro has hatched a plan to unleash the weapon at a public gathering to create terror in the world. It has fallen upon our hero, Sam and an ACG agent Damini to stop the attack and save millions of people.

There is a lot at stake, more than anything he could have imagined and it has fallen upon him to save his girlfriend, Ananya and the world by finding the antidote to the bio weapon.

The narration of the story is fast and captivating. S. Venkatesh has created a good thriller with very realistic characters. The parts where the Maestro or Doc is present have a very sinister feel.

As a reader, you will feel sympathy for Sam and root for him to succeed in his venture. Damini is relentless and good at her job. She wants to get her work done at whatever cost because as she puts it “end justifies the means”.

There is also Prof Bhabani who had started his search for the antidote as a challenge. Each character develops as the story progresses and within a span of few days, they each find a realisation within themselves as to what they really want with their lives.

As a story woven through a myth and landscape of Himalayas, this one is remarkably good and for the lovers of thrillers, this book delivers.

My only concern was that the end seems a little rushed. We reach the conclusion in a jiffy which left me a little disappointed. But otherwise, it’s a good read.

My rating: 4.3/5

P.S. “I got the book as a part of the review program in Outset”

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Book review: Tarikshir, The Awakening

Hindu mythology meets history meets fiction. That is what Tarikshir, The Awakening essentially is. The readers are introduced to the presence of Tarikshir in the backdrop of Ram-Ravan war. He is a beastly creature dwelling somewhere in or near Ravan’s regal mansion and is capable of creating illusions and capturing all and sundry.

After the bone-chilling introduction, we move forward in time to the princely state of Devangarh in Rajasthan where the British are trying to gain supremacy over them and the king is opposing this with all his might. We are also made aware of a shadowy figure that looms large over the royal castle.

We also meet the hero, Prince Rudra who is destined to take over the throne that is under constant threat from the British and also unknown internal forces.

I found the story a little slow to begin with. It takes its time to pick up but once you are in the middle of it, you will not stop. The mystery of Tarikshir and valour of Rudra is captivating. The writer, Khayaal Patel has done a good job and considering this is his first work, it’s quite commendable. My only complain is that it could have been more concise and fast.

My rating: 3.2/5

P.S. “I got the book as a part of the review program in Outset”

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Book review: Missing, Presumed Dead

Illness is not good, but when it comes to mental illness somehow everyone’s first concern is to hide it from the world. We never try to understand the depth of the problem and the solution that can cure this illness. Any kind of problem is labelled as madness and tucked into some secluded corner of the house and life.

Kiran Manral has written a story of one such woman who is battling her demons that exist only in her mind. Aisha has a history of mental problems, and when her half-sister, Heer pays an unexpected visit to her house, her life takes one more turn for the worse. Aisha lives with her husband and two children, all of whom have been affected because of her illness. But, it is Aisha who is hurt the most.

We see her as a woman who has seldom control over her mind and there are days when she can not bring her to move from the bed at all. She has been given medication but she stops taking them as soon as she feels better. Her married life has been affected by all this and she and her husband rarely talk to each other. Her children love her but are also scared of her. And amidst all this, she opens her door to find Heer at her doorstep and Aisha’s control over herself unravels. And barely two days later, Aisha disappears.

Missing, Presumed Dead is a good thriller with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia at its core. Rarely do we have the main character suffer from such a problem and not branded villain. Mental illness is real and should be cured just as someone would cure a stomach ailment. The major characters are good, and have a grey side to them. It is quite easy to hate Heer and like her at the same time. Kiran Manral has woven an interesting story and the twists will keep you hooked to the end. It is quite enjoyable.

My rating: 4/5

P.S. Thank you HT Brunch and Amaryllis Publishing for the book.