Monday, January 4, 2016

Review of 'Voicemates' - A novel by Anamika Mishra

       Voicemates is a story of Tulip Hill, a youngster who is passionate about singing. Her dream is to win the coveted trophy by participating in the popular international singing reality show,Voicemates. Her strict parents want her to concentrate on studies, but the lure of the contest is so much for Tulip that she lies to them. She secretly starts takes part in the auditions and luckily finds a suitable partner in Sam. Does she lift the trophy? What hardships she faces during the process? How does she convince her parents? What is the history of Sam? Do they end up falling in love with each other? Is Tulip's Voicemate also her soulmate?  Read the novel to find answers to these questions. 
       I liked the gentle twist in the end, it adds a different flavour to the story, which would otherwise have fallen flat. Being a thriller writer, I always look for some thrill in the story. And I experienced a little in the end. You cannot call it a romantic story either. It can be put in the young Indian writing category. I found it strange that Jaico has started publishing young adult fiction, or else I have always read serious, thought provoking stuff from Jaico. 
        I finished the novel in under 2 hours. The language is extremely simple, the one that we use in our day today life. There is nothing literary about it. Youngsters, specially girls will like this novel as they would be able to relate with the protagonist. 
Anamika is a good story teller and if she could change the genre and write on well researched subjects, she has the potential to do wonders. Try this book if you are looking for some fresh, quick read and if you love music.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Review of 'Love on 3 Wheels' by Anurag Anand

'Love on 3 Wheels' is a story of Sargam, who has a dedicated Auto Service to ferry her to the office. This Authowala is in love with her. The conflict begins to take shape when she loses a parcel containing one lakh rupees and blames the Auto driver Sharib for the same. Set in Delhi, Love on 3 Wheels is a story of the common man. It can be read in 3 hours flat. The language is simple to understand, unlike Anurag's previous works where his narrative consisted of rich vocabulary. The editing is clean and the writing fluid.
It is a straight forward story with no dramatization attached. There is nothing larger than life happening here, yet the author manages to hook the readers till the end. The characters are relatable and are connected to each other in someway. The world is a small place:).. The love angle is portrayed really well. Selfless love exists even in the lower strata of the society and the ugly face of the educated society is revealed towards the end..  You decide whether you really consider the protagonist, Sargam, the hero of the story. Overall a lite and exciting read.
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