Book review – The Patriots’ Legacy: Forbidden Treasure

The book ‘The Patriots Legacy: Forbidden Treasure’ is written by first time author Apurva Bhuta.The genre is fantasy fiction and I must admit the book did complete justice to the genre.

It is about these 7 young patriots who come from famous architecture and archaeological background families and who are now given the mission(should they choose to accept šŸ˜œ) to find the forbidden treasure that was planted in a secret location by the famous kingdoms many many years ago! The only way to find this treasure is by solving the different clues found at different locations. This book travels through various countries infact continents in search of the ultimate treasure one clue at a time. You almost feel like you yourself are closer to the great mystery with each clue.These patriots themselves come from different backgrounds and countries and each have a somewhat unique personality. The research done by the author on each clue and each location (New wonders of the world) is really praiseworthy.

The writing is simple and easy to understand. The last 2-3 chapters personally captivated me the most, as I left very involved in the storyline.The middle portion was a bit too dragging and I feel this book could have been a smaller one (as opposed to 308 pages).Also the book starts off rather abruptly, which confused me in the beginning due to all the 7 different protagonists. But this was a clever trick by the author to intrigue us and the introduction actually comes in the 3rd chapter where things really start to make sense.

Also although I loved some of the characters,I felt there should have been more buildup on the individual characters, their personalities and their family background history.Well this seems like a series so you never know,maybe the future parts could be having more information on each character.

Well I cant wait to read the next part in this series as I really want to know how the story progresses and what their next mission would be!

This book is available on Amazon at below link-

Buy on Amazon-The Patriots Legacy: Forbidden Treasure

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Book review – From An-other Land

The book ‘From An-other Land’ is written by Tanushree Ghosh and was published around Nov 2018.

This book surprised me completely from the different stories in it to the language used in the book. Its a challenging read and one you would love if you are into complex storylines. The collection of stories in this book are literally like a window into immigrant lives- the sacrifices, compromises, adjustments, happiness, depression and all those complex feelings immigrants go through in a foreign land. That feeling of wanting to gel in yet maintain one’s own beliefs and culture is a common point in most of these stories. I liked the storylines especially because all of them are relevant to modern times, whether its associated to BLM movement, LGBT community, illegal citizenship, Asian work life balance, religious tolerance etc etc

Another important aspect are the women characters,who each stood apart, bold and strong.Some women going low due to depression while others fighting their own fears and facing each new day valiantly. You may love some characters and you may grow to hate some others.

Such immigrant stories are very familiar to our own life stories, we get absorbed into each character’s emotions and realise how similar the basic framework of mankind is whether its someone in India or in US.

Coming to the language and writing style,I would call it as difficult and intriguing because sometimes its tedious to understand the parallel time lines,which is why we would need to have our full concentration on the story. I quite enjoyed the style of writing as it was not an easy breezy read…I kept having questions…and enjoyed finding their answers too in the stories. The stories are unique in their own way,each addressing different but very important social issues. These stories are important as these enlighten us on the difficulties immigrants have to go through. We should strive to be better human beings and help one another in times of need or trouble.Unity in diversity! Representation matters!

This book is available on Amazon, so go grab a copy! –

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My favourite quote!

This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.

I love quotes! I feel that reading certain quotes can instantly motivate and energise especially when one is feeling down or dejected. Although its just a few words thrown together sometimes they have a magical effect, some even transport your mind to different situations and contexts. Such is the power of words.I remember during my school days, there would be a ‘Quote for the day’ daily and it would be written on the black board on top for the entire day.There started my love for quotes.

Coming back to today’s topic,so my favourite quote is one that was given by my favourite fictional professor! Yes our very own Prof.Albus Dumbledore!

Quote- ‘Happiness can found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light’

This is such a thoughtful quote, it asks us to remain positive and optimistic all through our trials and tribulations and to keep on seeking happiness even in despair! We should have the courage to face everything that comes our way and stand strong throughout. Eventually we are bound to win the battle in the pursuit of happyness(oh with a y)!

Do me a favour and post your favourite quotes in the comment section below, lets ‘Dig in’!

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Book review- Shadow in the mirror

‘Shadow in the mirror’ is a thriller written by Deepti Menon. Firstly I should confess that thriller and noir are my favourite genres and much to my delight this book had both.One is introduced to so many characters in this book that in the beginning you are confused where this is all going..but it starts to make perfect sense after some time. The writer describes these different characters so well that you can literally visualise them. Although I was able to predict who the perpetrator was,the reasons supporting it blew me out of my mind. This book is about our fragile minds, on how we face adversities and how we end up reacting.This book keeps you at the edge of your seat and you will find yourself wanting to just know more and more.Some characters are so beautifully sketched that you sometimes feel pity, sympathy and even anger at the same character.

This book is set mostly in Kerala and Bangalore. I love all the references to South Indian household and members. Also this book contains some very good poems too which blend so well with the story.Also the thoughts and minds of all the young vivacious women we are introduced to,be it Nita,Vinny, Kavita,Roma or Sudha. It goes to show the complex mind of each woman and her ambitions and fantasies. I liked how each woman had a stand of her own and was independent and was vocal against most society norms. This book also casts some light to one’s mental well being. Its almost like flashback scenes between varying timeperiods which all ultimately helps to solve this big mystery.

In short if you are in a mood for some paisa vasool thriller suspense novel then do give this one a shot! You can order this book on Amazon –

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Sinking…

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Adventures of Farji Farishta!

Sometimes in life there are moments when u feel u r sinkingā€¦sinking very deepā€¦into the unknownā€¦.u luk for a rock or a stone to grab on toā€¦u luk for some stable thingā€¦but then u find none..n so u continue to sinkā€¦its funny coz u know u r sinking..u also know u need to find ur way upā€¦but u just cant find the strength within u to fight gravityā€¦so u continue sinking n leave ur fate to the unknownā€¦hoping that maybe strength lies in the unknownā€¦!

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Drishyam2! No spoilers!

I admit I was so skeptical to watch this one…like a lot of other people I thought it would just destroy the reputation of the original and I kept telling myself that there is nothing much to actually show in continuity…but alas how wrong I was. Jeethu Joseph is nothing short of a genius!

Infact throughout the movie,you don’t for a second feel like you don’t know Georgekutty’s family and that is proof enough of the authenticity of the characters and set. The sheer painstaking difficulties they may have gone through to make sure nothing- no location,no person,no dialogue looks out of place from where they left in 2015. The surroundings, characters seem to have aged just naturally and gradually.

This movie is a writer’s baby…the story is everything… coupled with some superb experiences with the likes of Murali Gopi, Sai Kumar and Asha Sarath.

And what do we even say about Lalettan?!Unlike the first part, Georgekutty is more subtle and mature in this one…but that could be how he evolved having gone through all the ordeals in the first part. But the conviction with which Lalettan plays his part is a class apart..he is definitely an Institution of excellence.

I will keep it short and simple, this movie is creatively intelligent and so glad that Jeethu Joseph took this risk and showed the entire world of cinema…how a sequel should be made.

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Book reading challenge 2021

I’m participating in the #TBRChallenge by Blogchatter! Check it out!

So lets face it we all plan EVERY YEAR to read atleast a minimum certain number of books but it NEVER happens.

So this year I get ambitious and put it out in writing as wellšŸ˜‚šŸ˜‚ However I am realistic and I go with the humble number of 20. So here wishing myself good luck on this journey!

Also I am open to book recommendations,so please go on and recommend away! Also would just like to mention my favourite genres are crime,thriller and noir!Happy reading!

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