Thursday, March 6, 2014

#BookReview : Losing My Religion by Vishwas Mudagal

On the jacket:

Racy, unpredictable, romantic, and inspiring, this is a novel that is bound to get you addicted and stay with you forever. When gamer and entrepreneur Rishi Rai sets out to revolutionize the gaming industry, something somewhere goes terribly wrong and, like dominoes, the blocks of his life fall down one after the other. An unexpected meeting with Alex, an unpredictable, crazy American hippie, changes his life forever, as he decides to quit everything and join him on an unplanned, uncharted journey across India.  From getting irrepressibly high in the mysterious Malana Valley in the Himalayas to starting a shack on the bewitching Om Beach on the West Coast, they do it all. But their adrenaline-charged adventure takes a turn when Rishi meets Kyra, a beautiful and enigmatic gamer. As passions surge and sparks fly, Rishi gets drawn to Kyra . . . unaware of who she is and where she comes from. What follows next is something nobody could have ever dreamed of . . . Who is Kyra and why are the paparazzi after her? Can Rishi connect the dots in his life to protect the love of his life? While the world becomes a spectator, can he mastermind the fall of a ruthless giant to become a global icon or will he become the biggest loser?

Review:

Losing My Religion is a story about entrepreneurs, spun in a gripping plot. A story with adventure and romance, we see Rishi and Alex embark into adventures of life while we also have Rishi and Kyra's love story. The title of the book did indicate it to be something about religion per se, but seem I had assumed to quick. 

Mudagal's style of writing is impressive. I must say that the blurb had thrown me a bit off guard and I had started reading the book with zilch expectation. But boy, was I in for a surprise. Such a gripping story by a debutant author. What was even more impressive, is how you think you know how the book will end but suddenly new characters are introduced and the end throws you off your chair!

Characters are very well defined and easy to identify with, specially Alex. Rishi is an entrepreneur, and sees his life's biggest dream, his gaming platform come crashing down. He meets Alex and life changes. Introducing a mysterious Malana Valley into the plot was really clever and make the read interesting. Very unpredictable, smooth paced, thrill, suspense, romance and an awesome, unexpected climax -  Losing My Religion  was an excellent read!

Rating: ****.5/5

[This review is for Fingerprint Publishers. The opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.]

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