Scion of Ikshvaku (Ram Chandra Series, #1): Book Review

Author: Amish

Scion of Ikshvaku (Ram Chandra Series, #1)

Book Blurb:

Ram Rajya. The Perfect Land. But perfection has a price. He paid that price.

3400 BCE. INDIA
Ayodhya is weakened by divisions. A terrible war has taken its toll. The damage runs deep. The demon King of Lanka, Raavan, does not impose his rule on the defeated. He, instead, imposes his trade. Money is sucked out of the empire. The Sapt Sindhu people descend into poverty, despondency and corruption. They cry for a leader to lead them out of the morass. Little do they appreciate that the leader is among them. One whom they know. A tortured and ostracised prince. A prince they tried to break. A prince called Ram.

He loves his country, even when his countrymen torment him. He stands alone for the law. His band of brothers, his Sita, and he, against the darkness of chaos.

Will Ram rise above the taint that others heap on him? Will his love for Sita sustain him through his struggle? Will he defeat the demon Lord Raavan who destroyed his childhood? Will he fulfil the destiny of the Vishnu?

Begin an epic journey with Amish’s latest: the Ram Chandra Series.

My Review:

I love the way Amish writes.

When I started reading this book, I was quite skeptical, since I personally do not tend to like any work that is based on this epic as I tend to have some major issues with the characterizations and story line. Which I have stated in previous posts like “Where Rama and Sita Really an Ideal Couple?.

But Amish managed to twist the original story line in a way that most, not all, but most, of the issues that I have with the original story line were addressed in a rational way.

I like the way Amish has written the female characters. Sita’s characterization is the best in this book. She is feisty, warrior, smart woman who has her own belief system and can stand on her own two feet. LOVED IT. Such a refreshing view. I guess that was the major reason I will be most definately waiting for the next instalment of this story.

Although, if we look at the time line, the Ram Changra Series occur before the Shiva series (Click here for book Review), I would suggest you to read the Shiva series before the Ram Chandra ones.

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Half Girlfriend: Book Review

Author: Chetan Bhagat

Half Girlfriend

Book Blurb:

Once upon a time, there was a Bihari boy called Madhav. He fell in love with a rich girl from Delhi called Riya. Madhav didnt speak English well. Riya did. Madhav wanted a relationship. Riya didn’t. Riya just wanted friendship. Madhav didn’t. Riya suggested a compromise. She agreed to be his half-girlfriend.

From the author of the blockbuster novels Five Point Someone, One Night at the Call Center, The 3 Mistakes of My Life, 2 States and Revolution 2020 comes a simple and beautiful love story that will touch your heart and inspire you to chase your dreams.

My Review:

Once upon a time there was a man who wrote a book that was very successful.

So then what did he do❔

Simple!

He wrote the same story…by just changing the name of the characters and changing a bit of the story here and there and then publishing it under other name.

What stuck me the most was the amount of self importance that the author gives himself. One can blame Chetan Bhagat of so many things…but they cannot blame him of modesty.

Personally, I read books to know about the story, the characters….not really interested in knowing how famous and busy the author is…come on..this is a book..not a freaking Public Relations campaign.

Just like any CB book, the book has a below average boy, a girl who is out of his league, issues in boy’s life, gets the girl, happy ending…wow..what a novel and unique story line.

The concept of half girlfriend was so absolutely and utterly stupid…if a girl does not want to be your girlfriend…then that is it….what in the f is half gf..sigh

Just take any CB book if you do not get your hands on this book…its basically the same thing anyways :/

Pigs Can Fly: Book Review

Author: Barry Cryer

Pigs Can Fly

Book Blurb:

Throughout his career, Barry Cryer has collaborated with all the greats, such as Max Miller, Tony Hancock, Bob Hope, Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, John Cleese, Kenny Everett, Tommy Cooper, Spike Milligan, Morecambe and Wise, and more. He has also collaboratively penned series like Hello Cheeky!, toured with Willie Rushton in their show Two Old Farts in the Night, and is a panellist on I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue. This is his collection of completely true apocryphal stories from these 50 years, packed with jokes, fascinating asides, and riveting portraits of the major figures in comedy.jokes, fascinating asides, and riveting portraits of the major figures in comedy.

Review:

Nope. This book just did not do it for me.

I guess to someone who knows Barry Cryer, it could be interesting to read, but for someone like me, who has no clue who this person is…reading about his day to day life felt a bit…you know…draaag…

Quite Honestly, I got this book simply because the name attracted me. It got me wondering if this was indeed as good as the title…And the fact that I got the Hardbound copy of the book for Rs. 10 did make the deal much sweeter!

But all in all..the only thing interesting in the book, was the title. I had a real tough time sweating it till the end.

Power of Language in Literature

“Mr. and Mrs. Dursley of Number four Private Drive where proud to say that they are perfectly normal, thank you very much!”

This one line is enough to grab the attention, it brings to focus the amazingness of J K Rowling’s writing. There are some books that are interesting to read, just because of the way they are written. Since we have already mentioned J. K . Rowling, lets take an example of her work itself. The Causal Vacancy is one big book about a small town. If we look at the core of the story, it really is not really much of a story, but it is the way JKR has written it, her wit, her realistic and humorous sentences, that made it worth a read. But, if someone where to translate it, would the translator manage to capture the essence of her writing. If the translator misses this, the book would automatically loose its charm. Language is a very powerful medium, and each and every language has its own separate essence. While translating works from literature, the job of the translator is to not just change the wordings, but to maintain the core essence of the original. Although not impossible, this job is exceptionally hard. Anybody who knows two languages can change the language, the reason for hiring a professional translator is to maintain the essence. While there is a cost of the literature piece loosing its crux, it is important for it to be translated into multiple languages as well. Since, there are number of languages, and in order to reach the maximum number of people, one would need one’s work to be in maximum number of languages in order to make it more accessible.

Fortunately, there are number of firms that provide intelligent translating services. Nowadays, with cloud computing, there are firms like Smartling that offer such services for authors or literary agents so that the works can be translated in the best possible way.