Disclaimer: I received a free paperback of this book from Rizwan Khan of Rupa Publications India. The review is my honest opinion about the book and I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.
23 ½ Ways To Make A Girl Fall For You is Cyrus Broacha’s latest book. This was the first time I was reading a book by CB (as I am going to address him in the rest of my post) and, while it didn’t seem very relevant for me to read a book on this subject, I wanted to give it a try for three reasons:
It was written by Cyrus Broacha who is known for his humor, wit, and sarcasm.
I was intrigued to know how much CB has really managed to figure out about women.
I was curious about that half way.
That the book will be written and edited well was something I had naturally assumed. Sadly though, the book did not live up to my expectations. To say the least, it is drab and difficult to read. The poor edits and awry language further make for a miserable experience.
The book is a collection of the various letters that CB must have received for the agony aunt column he writes for a leading newspaper. Some of the anecdotes and CB’s funny responses to the equally weird questions were good, some even managing to have me in splits. But I thought, in spite of all this, the book was too dry to make an entertaining read; I had to struggle enough to finish reading it.
In my opinion, there is quite a bit that could have been done to make this book a definite entertainer, a perfect dose of humor at the end of a stressful day. But alas, it wasn’t!
Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this book from Karthik K. B. Rao (the author of this book) and Rubina Ramesh (of The Book Club). Thank you guys, for an intriguing read!
TMC by Karthik Rao is how a software engineer would recreate the Mahabharata. The terminology and techniques are all technology.
In a lot of places, the way the author translates mythology into technology is exemplary, certainly a job well done.
The story moves between the protagonist’s past and present, and while the author has made an effort to make a distinction, in some places the transition is confusing.
I thought that the prose stretched a little, especially in about the last 50 pages. In some places, managing the patience to keep reading required effort.
The author uses a decent vocabulary and language, and the book scores well on the editing part too. Except for the frequent repetition of certain phrases, it is a decent effort.
It is apparent that the author has given enough thought to what he’s writing and has done his research well. However, though this is a retelling of the Mahabharata, I got the feeling that the author is more biased towards the Ramayana, a little more in favor of Rama than of Krishna.
If you are a technology buff, you might want to give this one a try. If you aren’t, the story may not really grip you so much, but you might want to read for the sheer beauty of how the author, very imaginatively, swaps mythology with technology.
Set in Madras in the early nineties, The Reengineers dispels the boundaries between fiction and reality to tell a tale that is as much a coming-of-age story as it is an inspiring narrative of self-empowerment and spiritual growth.
Here’s my review of this fascinating read!
The blurb of this book, one of my reasons of picking up this one, gives you a faint idea that the story is based on concepts of spirituality. Now, for a reason incomprehensible to me, I’ve always refrained from picking up books that are the self-help or the spirituality kinds. The blurb, however, also hints at an element of fantasy.
And now for the primary reason now. My reading resolution for 2016 is to try out books that are out of my comfort genre zone. So basically, The Reengineers was a check on almost all things that are in my checklist for picking up a book.
This turned out to be a successful experiment. The Reengineers is lessons in spirituality wrapped in layers of fantasy and mystery, asserting that the outside is mostly an illusion and it is what is inside that is the game changer (yes this is one of those nuggets that popped up out of my head when I read this one).
I suppose the author realizes that this is a concept that a bunch of people wouldn’t want to read, and there’ll be a bunch who will read it but with trepidation. The way the book has been planned hints that it mostly targets the second bunch with the aim to convince them that there are interesting reads this side of the (book) world too! 😉 Indu Muralidharan, you’ve had me convinced.
True the book needed some effort on my part to read it, especially for long spells particularly in the beginning and towards the end. So much that in the beginning, I questioned my choice and in the end I was tempted to skip pages. But no! Don’t do that! Hold on and before you know it, the book really has you in. While you may not want to read more than say 10 pages in one go, like me, the intrigue of what happens next stays with you. And before you know it, you’ve picked the book up again!
The book is filled with inspiring gems. For example, there is one excerpt that tells you the importance of not just having a plan in place for your life, but also being flexible enough to change it when the circumstances arise.
This book is very different from everything that I’ve read. But I am happy that I decided to give it a chance. I’ve seldom seen spirituality explained so well, and this book nails it perfectly.
The use of a decent vocabulary and a smooth flow of the prose earn this book those extra brownie points.
I am a writer from Chennai, India. To me, reading and writing are means by which I try to comprehend the meaning of life and reality. My first novel The Reengineers (HarperCollins, 2015) is a metafictional exploration of the meaning of the self, examined through the relationship between an author and the character of his novel. I am working on two other novels at the moment, both centered around the healing power of fiction and its significance in ‘real’ life.
I live in London, balancing a full time day job with writing and studying a part-time Master’s Course in Creative Writing at The University of Oxford.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author and The Book Club in exchange of an honest review. The views expressed herein are solely my own and there has been no monetary exchange involved.
Wrong Means Right End
One of the most amusing things in being a reader is watching an author grow from one book to the next. As a book reviewer, this is one of those things that make you happy.When I’d read Varsha’s first book in this series, Right Fit Wrong Shoe (RFWS), I wasn’t too happy about it. More so because I happened to read it after reading Varsha’s Only Wheat Not White, which I still can’t stop going gaga over. However, though I was apprehensive about picking up WMRE, the positive reviews that this book has been getting were too intriguing to resist. Thankfully, I am not complaining.
WRME sort of picks up from where RFWS ended, but focuses more on the life of the recently-divorced Sneha, Nandini’s best friend who is hugely instrumental in getting Nandini and Aditya together.
Divorced and in a new city, with a little son as her responsibility, Sneha’s character is inspiring. She is shown to not be shy of the fact that her life has fallen apart or the lack of money in the life she is building for herself. Her respect for herself and her struggles is real, believable, and certainly not one of those ideal things that can only be preached and not practiced.
Nikhil Chandel, who makes a brief appearance in RFWS, has your attention from the word go (though I think this is one of the those women things 😉 ).
A on and off parallel track also deals with the ups and downs Aditya and Nandini face in their marriage, but Varsha has beautifully managed to continue keeping Sneha the star of the story while not taking away from Aditya and Nandini. The balance comes out well.
Varsha’s love for Bollywood is pretty much known by everyone who reads her books. So all twists and turns in the book do seem inspired by all the movies that she must have enjoyed watching. Like the scheme that Gayatri and Mona come up with. Or Alisha’s tactics for that matter. Thankfully, though, the scenes are not over-the-top, so you don’t cringe with all the unnecessary drama. Even Mona’s character, who is your typical vamp, has been dealt with well so that she brings just the required amount of masala to the story.
The language and the editing, things that are important to me as a reviewer, are good and certainly an improvement over RFWS. It is good to see that Varsha has taken care of the minor details, which go a long way in defining a reviewer’s experience.
I only wish she would’ve come down with using cuss words or the tone of some dialogues between Sneha and Nandini. Quite a bit of it made me wince.
Overall, the book is a decent read and to me, as a reviewer, is a good showcase of the author’s capability to not just churn out good stuff but also grow beautifully.
I give this book a 3/5.
Wrong Means Right End, an exuberant story about love and friendship, is filled with surprises and a wicked twist at every turn.
Varsha Dixit, the best selling author of four successful contemporary romance books. Her debut book, Right Fit Wrong Shoe was a national bestseller for the year 2010. Varsha was a part of the Indian Television Industry and worked as an assistant director and online editor. She considers herself a dreamer who thinks deep but writes light. Even though creativity is gender free, Varsha feels blessed and enriched to be a woman. Currently, with her family, Varsha resides in CA, USA.
Lily Borsage is the ultimate siren: gorgeous, aloof and irresistible to all the men in Bayou La Siryna. All of them, that is, until Nashoba Bowman comes back to town. The Native American kid whose innocent first kiss Lily remembers fondly is now all grown-up, hot as an Alabama summer and immune to Lily’s charms. What self-respecting mermaid could resist finding out more?
But Nash has a dark history that puts any woman he loves in grave danger, and a heritage of power he isn’t ready to accept. And Lily has a secret that no mortal man can ever know. When a mysterious enemy starts menacing Lily, they will both have to risk everything and embrace their deepest destinies if they want to survive.
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About The Author
Debbie Herbert writes paranormal romance novels reflecting her belief that love, like magic, casts its own spell of enchantment. She’s always been fascinated by magic, romance and gothic stories.
Married and living in Alabama, she roots for the Crimson Tide football team. Unlike the mermaid characters in Siren’s Secret, she loves cats and has two spoiled feline companions. When not working on her upcoming book, Siren’s Treasure, Debbie enjoys recumbent bicycling and motorcycle riding with her husband.A past Maggie finalist in both Young Adult & Paranormal Romance, she’s a member of the Georgia Romance Writers of America. Debbie has a degree in English (Berry College, GA) and a master’s in Library Studies (University of Alabama).
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