Friday, April 15, 2016

#BookReview: You've Got the Wrong Girl by Sreemoyee Piu Kundu

On the jacket:

On a sultry night, on a deserted lawn overlooking a moonlit Taj Mahal, two strangers make passionate love and promise never to meet again... But promises are meant to be broken, right?  This is the story of Dushyant Singh Rathore - the 30-something bestselling author of Kinda Cliched, a blockbuster romance novel based on his one night of bliss with a girl whose name he does not know. Under pressure to produce a money-spinning sequel - from his obsessive fans, his hit-seeking publisher and a sceptical journalist ready to expose the true-story angle as a marketing gimmick - he sets off, three years on, to find the elusive girl whom he had promised never to seek out.  When his quest, many twists and turns later, leads him to the unlikeliest of places, Dushyant discovers there's a little more to this love story than he had anticipated. Will Dushyant get a second chance at love? What if the wrong girl was really always the right one for him?  Delightful, unconventional, heart-warming, You've Got the Wrong Girl! is a roller-coaster ride through love, lust and everything in between.


A quick read, I read You've Got The Wrong Girl while travelling and since I was travelling alone, the boom made for a good travel companion. This is a story of a best selling author who wrote a story taking a leaf out of his own life. Since that story did remarkably well, now Dushyant is standing face to face with a demand for a sequel. But to write a sequel, he needs to find the heroine of his story. Now, he has practically no time in his hands and needs to find the girl whose name he doesn't know.
Dushyant is the kind of guy I wouldn't want to know in real life, 'coz I really wouldn't know what to make of him. We've all known men like him and have shared a very strong love-hate relationship, which had the power to destroy us both. The book begins with two strangers meeting at a party and though they didn't intend to, they end up spending more time together than they had planned. The story takes time to grow on you, so keep reading. Dushyant doesn't make much sense in the beginning. The cover is attractive and inviting - when I read the blurb and saw the cover of the book, I wanted to know more about Dushyant and his mystery woman. Does he find her? What happens after that? Does the story end with another story or does Dushyant get to win his lady love? There are too many questions to be answered and I suggest you read the book and know!

Rating: ****/5


Saturday, April 2, 2016

#BookReview: A dog eat dog-food world by Suresh Chandrasekaran

On the jacket:

A hilarious pseudo-history of marketing management, which explicitly denies resemblance to any actual history, and which will be horrified if some semblance be found. ‘A dog eat dog-food world’ is the story of a man who discovered that the path of life is strewn with treadmills and, if you get on one by mistake, you could keep running all your life to stay in the same place. The story of how just minding your own business can lead to unexpected consequences, guided by the ‘invisible hand’ of long dead economists. Anything you learn from the book – be it the basics of marketing management or a satirical view of Society – you do at your own risk.  The tale only dogs the doings of Spike Fortune who only sought to feed dogs and Jerry Fortune who, being fortuneless, gets dragged helter-skelter by his uncle Spike’s careening pursuit of commercial success; Spike’s rival Tom Rich, who is unwillingly dragged into upstaging Spike and tries to do it by teasing the palates of cats, helped by the bumbling efforts of his nephew, Jasper Rich who would rather be chasing girls than chasing cats.


An intelligent book has a good fill of humour, A dog eat dog-food world reminded me of Dilbert as a complete story.  I will be honest, I didn't start enjoying this story from page one. In  fact I was a little bored by page 3. It was after getting into the plot a little that I was glad I had picked this book up. One thing is sure, the author has a kick-ass sense of humour. 

What made me keep reading was the unraveling of quite a curious story. Full points to the author for creating and imaginary plot and making it so humourous. I am yet to find an Indian author of recent times who treats humour with such ease, but I guess my search stops now. 

In A dog eat dog-food world, a very rich man doesn't know what to do with the riches and  the stress about how to spend money, makes him sick. Upon getting the suggestion to invest parts of his money into a good business, the man invest in a dog food company. And thus begins a tale of the corporate world - competition comes in, rivalries begin, egos take over and the need to survive becomes the driving force.

An intelligent book, A Dog Eat  dog-Food World is as close to brilliance as it gets. However, be warned that there is a possibility that like you too might want to stop reading it after a few pages. Keep reading, as this book will give you a lesson in management all the time being candid and witty. I also got a faint hint of Wodehouse, but that could be just me. 

Rating: *****/5

[This is an author request review. However, the views expressed are my own and unbiased.]

#BookReview : The Shrine of Death by Divya Kumar

On the jacket:  Prabha Sinha, an IT professional in Chennai, is plunged into a murky world of idol theft, murder, and betrayal aft...