Everybody has their own way of solving a problem but some people take it to a different level altogether. There was a guy who was searching for his girl friend and he ended up creating Orkut. Here is a professional blogger who wrote a book because he found it difficult explaining his job to people. I am talking about Rajesh Kollu whose online persona is destination infinity. He is a professional blogger who lives in Chennai. He was forced to become an author as people kept pestering him with ‘What do you do?’ and they didn’t understand the answer. He blogs at http://www.destinationinfinity.org
‘The Archers Revenge’ is his self-published book. But this is unlike most self-published books you will find. For starters it has a story and good one. A believable one. Fiction, unlike reality, has to be believable. Don’t believe me. Try writing a book. It is copy-edited well. The language is very lucid and the flow very coherent. It keeps the reader engaged.
It is a story of two youngsters(Aryan & Divya) who are on a mission to avenge their respective fathers death by a politician ‘Guru’. I found the unconventional plot interesting and also his idea of naming the chapters starting from negative numbers after prologue till the start of the actual story. The plot gets interesting with every page. After all who would have thought of using bows and arrows to fight in this era of modern weapons. And that too fighting a rival who is very powerful owing to his position as a Union Minister. Read the book for a more interesting twist to the story.
A very good attempt and doesn’t sound like a first book at all. I will look forward to all the future books by destination infinity.
My Verdict: 9/10
Catching the Departed is a book by Kulpreet Yadav. He is the founder and co-editor of Open Road Review, a literary journal. He also co-edits Under the Banyan Tree, an online forum of true stories. In 2011, Kulpreet’s short fiction won a special commendation in the competition ‘The Best Short Writing in the World’, by Fleeting magazine. This novel was shortlisted by Hachette India & DNA in their contest ‘Hunt for the Next Bestseller’.
The novel is first in the series of thriller novels on the protagonist Andy Karan, an investigative journalist. The story starts in a quaint, sleepy village on the outskirts of Delhi. When I started reading the book, I was in a pretty similar mood, sleepy, sick, bored and unable to go out or see any sunshine due to the incessant rains. Probably it was my mood that influenced the expectation. I didn’t expect much. Just expected the “hero” to solve a few mysteries and fall in love and the story ends just like a Bollywood movie.
And the story progressed in pretty much the same way but after a few pages the story took a turn and it indeed was a very good turn. As I turned the pages, the story got more and more interesting and by the time I finished I was impressed. I am not elaborating more on the story as I don’t want to give away the plot. Read it yourself for a thrilling reading experience.
The language is fairly simple and doesn’t distract you from the story with you wanting to run for a dictionary or lose the plot trying to decipher the meaning. From the description of the places, it is clear the author is very well-acquainted with the landscape and people around Delhi. The story has same focus as Andy has for his mission, no unnecessary details or characters. I, personally, like that. It manages to keep the story going with no dull moments.
What I would have liked to see better is a stronger motivation for the villains’ mission and more powerful accomplices as it was a pretty dangerous mission and a more intriguing political angle to make it more interesting. Nonetheless, I loved reading the novel and I will look forward to the next books in the series eagerly. Go Andy!
My Verdict: 8/10
Thoughts in the Air
Thoughts in the Air is a collection of Radio talks by Dr. Mallikarjun Patil. The author is an Associate Professor and HOD at the Department of English, Karnatak University, Dharwad. He has given talks at the AIR Gulbarga, Dharwad and Hyderabad right from his graduate days. Apart from giving talks he has also organized radio discussions, translated AIR plays for competitions. This collection aims at inspiring and enriching young minds.
The thoughts over air have settled in print in three sections:
- Indian Literature and Thoughts
- Western Literature and Thoughts
Together they cover a broad range of topics including some important topics that haven’t been getting their share of attention like the topics on travel literature, the one on Basava, the social reformer, on the women writers like Toru Dutt and the controversial writings of Salman Rushdie.
The Generalia talks about what is literature and kinds of literature. The Indian and Western literature talks about different authors, genres, literature from different periods of time and from different schools of thinking. It is aimed at casual readers and experts alike. As pointed by the author, the talks have been a product of constant discussions with colleagues and students and hence the content is largely familiar to students of literature. But anybody with interest in language and literature stands to gain by reading the book.
The readers stand to gain not only from the knowledge but also from the insightful analysis. And as we all know reading literature and history isn’t only about stories, facts or accounts but it is peeking into the a culture and society. In that sense here we get to peek into Indian and Western cultures from the Mythological ages to the modern World. Thanks to Dr.Patil for the insightful ride through time and space.