Wednesday, 9 August 2017

BOOK REVIEW : THE ONE by JOHN MARRS

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The idea behind this book is very interesting.  A DNA match to find your true life partner. 

Imagine, the horror of our average Indian parents - forget trying to match the astrological charts of the prospective brides and grooms to find the suitable match in one's own community... Your "apple of the eye" son, now has the ultimate freedom to marry whosoever the DNA chooses... female or male!!!!!
The irony is so amazing here.... previously parents would not let their children choose their life-partners and now here is a technology ( albeit fictitious) which surpasses all astrologers, numerologists, and even the parents when it comes to choosing a life-partner, who as the website claims is scientifically your ideal mate...the CHOSEN ONE!!!
However, as with all stories, this story too has a dark, murkier side, waiting for the reader to slowly pull away the carpet to rear it's ugly head out!!!!!
Can technology actually choose the right one for us??? 
Can we blindly follow science bypassing what our heart or instinct is screaming at us?
Or are we just getting carried away by our pheromones and a deep down desire of " being in love" under the guise of a DNA match???
This story is set in London, where there is a popular website running by the name of " MATCH YOUR DNA ". This site assures to find one's ideal mate in a span of 6 months by paying a nominal amount. So, we find a couple who in spite of being committed to each other, go for this test for a guarantee that they are "made for each other". On the other hand, there is someone who is desperate to have a baby and tries her luck on this site. Similarly, there is another character who in her search for the CHOSEN ONE goes all the way to another continent... we even have a female police officer looking for her ideal man on this site... and a highly successful businesswoman trying her luck too!!!!
What happens when the so-called DNA matches finally meet?????
Will it be all "roses and scented candles" moments or is it some horror waiting to uproot their lives completely......
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and tried analyzing myself whether I too would have gone for such a test, in spite of being happily married and two girls.
Probably yes, out of a morbid curiosity to always venture where I am asked not to go..:)
But that's me!!
I would recommend this book for a light read.... to  let your imagination run thinking of "what if I too get a chance to find out my true CHOSEN DNA match!!!!!!"


Tuesday, 4 April 2017

BOOK REVIEW: EXIT WEST by Mohsin Hamid

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Exit West is a novel written by the highly acclaimed author Mohsin Hamid. This is his latest novel...
Migration / Migrators : In a nutshell this story is about migration - be it the physical migration of an individual from one place to another in search of a better life or in order to escape the cruelties of war or in search of an illusion of happiness....It may even be a mental or an emotional migration, which we all go through either gradually with the passing of time or it may be a sudden and spontaneous one throwing us in unfamiliar, unknown and uncomfortable zones!!!

" For when we migrate, we murder from our lives those we leave behind."
" Everyone migrates, even if we stay in the same houses our whole lives, because we can't help it."
These two lines from the story sums up the feelings stirred in me by this beautiful, poignant, sad yet at the same time a story which is full of hope, faith and love!!

The book revolves around the lives of two young people, Saeed and Nadia, who meet and fall in love, in the background of a war torn country. However, life is very insecure owing to the growing unrest in the country, where no place is safe nor is anyone reliable!!
BLACK  DOORS were mysterious exits in secret places across the town, which had the ability to take people away from the collapsing town to far away places like London or Greece or San Francisco. Saeed and Nadia also joined others fleeing from their hometown, hoping for their place in the world. 
How I wish I could say that the story ends on
a "happily ever after" note here with Saeed and Nadia building their new life in a new city with full of positivity and love!!! Alas, life never turns out as we expect it to......
Saeed and Nadia had to face a whole new set of challenges in the form of adjusting to a new life as that of a war victim, an illegal immigrant trying to not loose their identity, their roots in a foreign land. 

Hamid has woven many short beautiful stories in this complex web - stories not directly related to the main plot but somehow deeply embedded in the storyline. I am not exaggerating when I say that these stories are the highlight of the book. I actually would go back to re-read these stories.

This story does have a happy ending where all the wrongs do not convert into rights BUT a time and place in this universe where Saeed and Nadia are at peace with each other and especially content with the way their lives have shaped up!!


Wednesday, 1 March 2017

BOOK REVIEW : GOOD ME BAD ME by ALI LAND




This is my first book review after almost one year - my first proper good book after almost a year.. Now I am sure you must be wondering what the whole fuss about a "good book" is for!!!!!!!

In my simple terms a good book is one which is not a mushy romance story and most importantly, one which is not free on Kindle..:)

What attracted me to this book was this intriguing title.. GOOD ME BAD ME I feel that this phrase is a sum definition of all of us. We are a blend of good and bad. No one can claim to be perfect. It is not always about black or white.  It is the grey shade which holds the mystery and the answers too.

This book is a thriller written by first time author Ali Land. She has spent a decade  working as a Child and Adolescent Mental Nurse in the UK and Australia.

This story is about a mother daughter duo. The daughter is the only witness to her mother's gruesome crimes and she takes a life altering decision by going to the authorities against her mother.
Now the real story begins...Is it all as simple as it seems? Is the girl really a victim of her own mother 's crimes or is she an accomplice who was an equal partner in all the wrongdoings or worse still, is she a gifted student who has learnt it all from her teacher/ mother and is now ready to fly on her own leaving her roots behind!!!!

There is a line in the synopsis of the book which holds the key to the whole story
It goes like this :
                                "But her mother is a serial killer.
                                  And blood is thicker than water......."

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and finished it in flat 2 days...although this is nothing special as I do this with all my books....hahaha!

On an honest note, what hit me most was how the story ended. I literally had goosebumps !!!!
I would strongly recommend this book- not for its language or the depth of the story but for its pace and characterization and of course for its end!!

Happy reading till the next time!!