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Book review: Chronicles of Kali

Chronicles of Kali: The Secret Book of Asurs is about a young girl, Kali who has supernatural powers, which is her ability to talk to plants and animals and understand them. She has the power to stop the Asurs and save mankind from self destruction.

I started reading this book and by the end of first chapter, I was a little apprehensive. There is this girl who understands animals and trees and can talk to them. But then I continued reading and before I realised, I had crossed 50 pages. This clearly indicates that I was drawn into the story.

Chronicles of Kali by Prithvi Raj is about Kali, a girl found floating in the waves of Ganga and adopted by the great sage Vyas. She is destined to bring about the fall of Asurs. On the ghats of Varanasi, she meets Pat who fosters her after they are forced to flee from Varanasi because of the Asurs.

The writing is simple, the author keeps the plot fast and interesting. He has added just the right amount of supernatural and fantasy and it is an interesting take on Goddess Kali. I recommend reading this book.

My rating: 4.5/5

P.S. Thank you @vinfluencers (Insta handle) for the review copy of this book.

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Book Review: Second Chance

This is a story of an arrogant, mean man who is given a second chance to right all the wrongs that he has done. Shekhar Kapoor is a rich and successful businessman with no integrity and goodness in heart. He hurts people, treats the poor as trash and is ready to do anything to get what he wants. Once he takes over his father’s business, he demotes the General Manager of the company denigrating him to menial jobs. He promotes the boot-lickers and doesn’t give any recognition to the hard workers. He wishes the poor people and beggars to die. He starts receiving warnings through dreams, phone call, letter and email that if he doesn’t mend his ways he will have to face consequences. The same day he tells a poor woman who is begging for food that the world will be better if people like her die. And soon after, he loses control over his car and dies in the ensuing accident.

After his death, he meets the Bookkeeper and God of justice where his actions are taken cognizance of and every action of his earns him a punishment in hell that is horrifying. The bookkeeper shows him his wrongdoings and the effect all the actions had on the people around him. Standing there in front of God of Justice and the Bookkeeper, he realizes what a pitiful, mean person he is. He also sees hell and the punishments that the culprits are facing and he cries in horror and penitence. And that is when Shekhar Kapooor is given a second chance to correct all that he has wronged.

The book has been written by Dr. Sandeep Jatwa who has a vivid imagination and has definitely created a horrendous hell. The story is good and Shekhar Kapoor is loathsome. The other pivotal characters are Mr. Kailash, Unnati and Shekhar’s servant. Kailash is the demoted old man for whom any reader will feel sorry. With Unnati, the only complaint that I have is that she is given no depth in her character. She breaks her engagement and proposes Shekhar in a blink-and-you-miss-it moment, which is a little weird considering that until a few days back, she hated Shekhar. Barring that, everything else is good.

What spoiled my mood is the grammatical errors. They are way too many to ignore and it seems that no proof reading was done. At times I felt like an English teacher correcting exam papers. There are a lot of mistakes and that has affected a perfectly good story.

I want to thank Vinfluencers for sending me the review copy in exchange of my honest review.