Monday, 27 April 2015

Book Review: Hurry Om Hari

Book: Hurry Om Hari
Author: Parul Tyagi
Publisher: Half Baked Beans
Pages: 130
Price: 175 INR

Blurb: "Hurry up or be left out!"

Haven't we all heard this at least thousand times in our lives? (Okay you must have heard more.) The point is we are all in a hurry to make something. Be it careers, relationships, excuses, success, cover ups, babies, lives.

Om and Hari.

Their dreams may be at the far ends of a rope, their journeys may be markedly different from each other's but their desire is common - to make it on their own!

What makes this even more tedious is their race against time in doing so. They are the dreamers, the strugglers, the under dogs, the go getters, the nerve wreckers, the charmers and....... they are You!
My Rating: 3.75/5
My Review:
It's not that often that you come across two fictitious characters in a book who seem so endearing, likeable and relatable that you cannot help falling in love with them as you read the book. Well, one such book is Hurry Om Hari and the characters I am talking about is Om and Harini.
The story begins with Om and Harini who are compelled to meet each other by their families so that they can know, like and eventually marry each other. Although Om and Harini are markedly different from each other, the thing that binds them is their individual dreams which are locked inside the innermost chambers of their heart. Both of them act as catalyst in reaching each other's dreams and hence their most difficult journey starts...the journey towards their individual dreams.

The author has used these beautiful lines to describe the bond between Hari and Om:

Love is not always about finding the person who completes you and then living a life that is fulfilled and perfect. Love could also be about two people's journey in exploring on the way what they didn't know existed, which they haven't yet experienced and being instrumental in each other's exploration of one's own self. 
The author is gifted in story telling. She has managed to create two lovable characters, Om and Hari which is the strength of the book. Once you start reading the book, you won't feel like putting it down. All the other characters in the book such as Harini's Dad and Mom, Om's Dad, Bobby Bhabhi and Om's friends have their unique traits which make the story so interesting. The book is fast paced and there is not a single dull moment in the 130 page book.
Harini's intense passion for her dreams and Om's charming personality make them so endearing. The way they support each other's dreams, motivate each other from time to time and bring out the best in each other is extremely heartwarming.  
On the downside, I felt the climax was a little rushed. Apart from that, there were no flaws in the book. The title of the book is indeed very catchy and the dollops of humor sprinkled throughout the book makes it a perfect read for a lazy weekend.

Highly recommended to anyone who is looking for a quick read.

You can buy the book here

Monday, 20 April 2015

Book Review: Sweet Temptations

Book: Sweet Temptations
Author: Meena Nair | Bernard Dsa
Genre: Poetry
Publisher: Raindrops Company
Price: 160 INR

My Rating: 3/5

My Review:
"Sweet Temptations" is a journey which you would definitely like to take with your beloved. Romance and poetry has always blend beautifully and the poets, Meena Nair and Bernard Dsa took special care to ensure that their readers get tempted by their verses.
All the poems in this book unravel the deep love, passion, insatiable longing and the other physical aspects of love. With the magic of words, the poets have managed to create a beautiful world in each of their poems. "His muse", "Tips and tricks", "Something sweet that I love you", "Bare Essentials" and "Ultimate Submission" are some of the best poems of the book. Some poems are so picturesque that you can feel that you are able to see two lovers lost in love through the verses.

To undress for you is like dressing in your attire
Oh! How much I had wished to embrace your desire
Well, perhaps we were meant to be together
Like a moon and star shining forever.

Some poems are short and sweet, overflowing with love and warmth whereas some other poems are intensely sensuous. 

The love of my lover has united my roving soul
Together we make love as my passion overwhelms
We satisfy the yearnings of the other
And together we move into a motionless journey.
The poems would surely ingnite love and passion for the person you love truly. The beautiful poems are accompanied by a couple of amazing sketches and some of the best love quotes which makes the book all the more romantic. It is definitely a perfect gift for your loved one. 
On the downside, there are a couple of editing mistakes in the book which are a turn-off. Somewhere in the middle, you might get a feeling that the poems are slight repititive. Apart from these, the little poetry book is a wonderful read.

Recommended to all poetry lovers whose idea of romance is poetry!

You can buy the book here

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Book Review: The Essence of Eternal Happiness

Book: The Essence of Eternal Happiness
Compiler: Bernard D'sa & Shonali Dey
Genre: Poetry
Publisher: Raindrops Company
Price: 160 INR

My rating: 4/5

My review: 

The title of the book and the cover has a beautiful tranquility to it. Anyone holding the book will think if he or she can really know the meaning of eternal happiness by reading the book. And honestly speaking, the pages of the book will really teach you the art of living and the true meaning of happiness. 

The compilers of the book have done a commendable job in selecting 27 poets from different corners of the world who have weaved magic with their pen. Each and every poet has a new definition and a new hue of happiness which made the book so colorful. Optimism, peace, love, freedom, hope and reminiscence are some of the colors of happiness which are depicted in the form of some beautiful poems in this book.

Th poems such as "Journey of Eternal Happiness", "Promise of the Messiah", "Bliss", "Wake up seed" and "Monday Blues" are bound to make you sanguine and positive.

The another name of optimism is hope. The beauty of hope is demonstrated perfectly in the poems such as "Where I want to be" and "Freedom at last".

When I read the poems "To be or not to be", "Once eternity and I" and "Freedom at last", "Word of soul" and "My journey" I was totally spell bound. These are the poems about attaining freedom and peace which are an integral part of eternal happiness.

There are some poems in this collection which painted reality in the perfect shade such as "To time and fate", "The Perennial Abyss", "Essence of Life", "The Red Apple", "I am not me", and "Crossing Over". All these poems leave the reader with an array of thoughts within.

There are some beautiful poems on relationships and love as well in this book such as "Mother my first love", "When I saw you", "Me and you", "An eternal bliss from heaven", "Those beautiful eyes" and "O-mate your love I breathe".

Each and every poem in this collection has a unique taste to it. It made me have slight gooselflesh when I read "A halcyon companion". It made me think when I read "An artist". It made my heart wrench when I read "Child Labour". It made me feel divine and peaceful when I read "Radha Krishna the definition above love". It left me with a saccharine feeling when I read "Connoisseur of Aroma" and "My favorite pen".

All the poems are praise worthy but out of all the 27 poems, if I have to select only one favorite, then it will be "To Time and Fate". This poem has tremendous depth, a beautiful message and a wonderful structure. I couldn't resist myself from reading this poem more than one time.

Here are some lines of this poem:

Like a growing plant I stand
Feeling thy sun and wind in sand
Hey time thou made me calm
O' Fate, Thou art hidden in palm.

Recommended to anyone who loves to read poetry or who wants to search a little happiness and peace through words.

You can buy the book here

Friday, 3 April 2015

Book Review: My Clingy Girlfriend

Book: My Clingy Girlfriend
Author: Madhuri Banerjee
Publisher: Westland
Price: 295 INR
Pages: 249

What is a clingy girlfriend?
A clingy girlfriend will go through your phone.
She will destroy the contact numbers of every other girl on your phone.
She will delete your Facebook profile.
And will give you forty-five missed calls in the sixty minutes you put your phone on silent for an office presentation.
A clingy girlfriend will say:
'Carry two sets of fully charged mobile batteries so you can be in touch with me. Always.'
'In my dream, you were flirting with some other girl and then ended up in bed. Dreams are a manifestation of some act that is carried out in daily life. Are you cheating on me?'
'You have issues. You need to get therapy. Are you cheating on me?'
And the worst one: 'Why aren't we married yet?'
Obrokranti Banerjee's girlfriend ticks all of these and more. Caught between wanting to break up and the fear that he'll never find another girlfriend if he does, Obrokranti finds himself doing things he never imagined: watching Shah Rukh Khan movies, having to fast with her on karva chauth and perhaps worst of all, having his girlfriend join him on a boys night out!
Bestselling author Madhuri Banerjee brings to you an uproariously howl-arious account of a simple Bengali boy in Mumbai who copes, mopes and hopes to find logic and reasoning with his clingy girlfriend. It's writing Madhuri's never done before and promises to change her name if you don't laugh at least five times while reading this book!
You know you have one too. This is your story. My Clingy Girlfriend.

My Rating: 3/5

My Review: 

When I read the blurb of this book, a huge grin appeared on my face. I thought it to be an absolutely hilarious book and yes, it truly is. I couldn't control laughing every fifteen minutes when I was reading the book. It has plenty of funny moments which can easily lighten up a dull day.

However, there is no story in this book. You can predict what you can expect next by reading the blurb. The book is like a man's diary who has an excessive possessive and clingy girlfriend. The book gives an account of the daily troubles that the man, Obrokranti has to face because of his girlfriend, Radha.

His girlfriend stays in his house in Mumbai, eats up all his money and tries to control him in every possible manner. She is not at all independent, has no friends and hardly talks to her family who lives in Pune. She doesn't let him enter his own house when she is angry at him and doubts him even when he is talking to his cousin sister. Despite all the torture, Obrokranti, the protagonist doesn't break up with her. No, not because he loves her, but because he is afraid that he will never find a girlfriend and never have sex again in life. Also, because he wants to outdo his cousin, Shubir who has plenty of women flocking to him. Most of the chapters of the book tell how Obrokranti deals with his clingy girlfriend who makes sure that his life is always in stress. 

The narration is witty, humorous and entertaining. It is the narration that made me hooked to the book till the end. It must have been challenging for the author to write about a messy relationship from a man's point of view and she has done a commendable job in this respect.

The hilarious guides included in the book also makes it an interesting read such as "Five Ways to get out of discussing marriage", "Five ways to be a good lover" etc. 

The character of the protagonist and his girlfriend did not appeal to me. I couldn't relate to the characters, especially that of Radha. Moreover, the book had a weak and predictable storyline. However, the hilarious moments and the wonderful narration ensured that I had a good time reading the book.

Recommended for people who want to read some light-hearted fiction. 

P.S. If you have a clingy girlfriend or a clingy boyfriend, then you should definitely pick up this book at once. Trust me!

You can buy the book here