19 January, 2014

Debbie Macomber - The Inn At Rose Harbor

After reading two 'thriller' books back to back ( The Cuckoos Calling and A Wanted Man ) I wanted to read something light. That's how I picked this one, The Inn At Rose Harbor by Debbie Macomber. The reviewers ( I prefer user reviews than critic's ) gave it high ratings. And when I started the book, I really liked it. It was upto my expectation.

The story is about a war widow, who leaving a high paying city job to move to a lesser busy town buying a bed and breakfast. How the move helped her ease the pain and the story of her first two guests forms the book. The troubled guests find solace during the stay ( not because of the

09 January, 2014

Aroon Raman - The Shadow Throne

The first thing that caught my attention when I opened the packet was the claim on the bookmark that came with the book - India's answer to Dan Brown ! I read books from cover to cover ( mostly start with back cover ) and anything that came as frills with the book. The reason why I was curious about the claim was that, a book I have read recently, The Rozabal Line by Ashwin Sanghi, also claimed the same ! Which was mostly due to the theme of Jesus and his possible chance of survival, the theory of his daughter etc... Though the author was well researched / read, the story hardly had grip, and failed to thrill like his earlier book The Chanakya Chant. The Shadow Throne, I believe, was compared to Dan Brown because a death points to a world disaster and ancient societies and extremists. And here, Aroon Raman succeeded in delivering a thriller, in style...

08 May, 2013

Amish - The Oath Of The Vayuputras (Shiva Trilogy, #3)

The grand finale of a grand series... May be it’s true about the grand size of the book ;) Like most of the thick books ( from Harry Potter to very Indian Alchemy Of Desire ), here too the focus and pace are on stake at times. It may not be intentional. The author has so much to tell and this is the last chance for him. So he tried to put everything at once. May be he badly wanted to use the extra effort he put down for the research, or a point or two which crossed his mind, or just want to ensure the reader and he on the same, by giving a little brief explanation about few points... 

29 December, 2012

A P J Abdul Kalam - Wings of Fire

My scientist friend Jomy Joseph told me about this book first. For him, it was the most inspirational book ever read and he keeps a copy with him always, even on his travel abroad,  along with his bible! I heard similar stories from others too. That's how I read it this book for the first time, it was a few years back. Now when I picked it again, I found the content and meaning of this book in a new level, new light... And the book still at it best in inspiration...

23 December, 2012

എം ടി - രണ്ടാമൂഴം

എല്ലാവരും വളരെ നല്ലത് എന്നു പറയുന്ന പുസ്തകങ്ങള്‍ ഞാന്‍ പരമാവധി ഒഴിവാക്കാറുണ്ട്. എനിക്ക് മനസ്സിലാവാത്ത എന്തെങ്കിലും കാരണം കൊണ്ടാകും അവ നന്നാവാറു എന്നത് തന്നെ കാരണം. രണ്ടാമൂഴം എന്റെ ശേഖരത്തിന് മുതല്‍ക്കൂട്ടാവട്ടെ എന്ന് കരുതിയാണ് വാങ്ങാന്‍ അച്ഛനോട് പറഞ്ഞതും. ആദ്യത്തെ അദ്ധ്യായം വായിച്ചപ്പോള്‍ ഇത് ഭംഗിക്ക്‌ വക്കാന്‍ ഉള്ളത് തന്നെ എന്ന് തീര്‍ച്ചപ്പെടുത്തി ഞാന്‍! പക്ഷെ, രണ്ടാമത്തെ അദ്ധ്യായം വായിച്ചു തുടങ്ങിയപ്പോള്‍ ഒന്നെനിക്ക് മനസ്സിലായി, ഇത് വായിക്കാതെ കീഴെ വക്കാന്‍ ആവില്ല!!! മാത്രമല്ല, ഈ കഥ ഇതില്‍ കൂടുതല്‍ ലളിതമായി പറയാനും ആവില്ല!