What is the true pleasure of reading a short story? This is a valid question as we are all eager to read short stories for they are short and don't require long time commitments from us. You can finish it in an hour, half an hours or within a few hours if it's a little longer than the usual. The question of what you take out from a short story got its best answer when our team got the book Monsoon Minds by Ravi Nambiar. This is a collection of eighteen short stories. Being a debut book by the author, you get even more than what you expect Monsoon Minds to be! The stories are sentimental and a kind of 'towards' movement you will find in most of them...
Sunday, 26 March 2017
Friday, 17 March 2017
The tales of our ancient days are always fascinating and India, having so deep a history, is the queen of folklores and legends. Every part of India - from north to south, east to west or the central plains... we have stories coming from ages. One of such stories is the story of the prince of Orchha, Madhya Pradesh - Lala Hardaul. Lala Hardaul's legend has been wonderfully recapitulated in a book by author Rakesh Sharma and the title of the book is - Hardaul: Ek Bharatiya Yuva ki Soch. Rakesh has given the legendary story a slightly different touch and made it a story which connotes the modern scenario.
Tuesday, 21 February 2017
How many of you know mother Teresa? If we ask this question, most of the people would think of us as crazy people just posing unthought questions to people. However, how many of you know that Mother Teresa was going through a faith crisis? How many of you know that Mother Teresa, at a time of her life, was unable to decide whether she believed in God or not? There are many such interesting things about the life of Mother Teresa that you might not be knowing. All this, including many interesting facts about the dead saint, we have found out from the book Mother Teresa Canonized or Crucified, a book which is written by Gerard.
Sunday, 5 February 2017
Guy on the Sidewalk is a novel by Bharath Krishna which wonderfully depicts the mental contours through which the NRIs often pass. This is a novel of conflict; this is a writing of sensible understanding of responsibility; this is a novel of a typical dilemma in love - commit or move towards something which needs more of the attention. The author has touched all these vital cores which make this novel a one piece invoking the attention of readers from different groups. Indeed, Guy on the Sidewalk is also a modern novel in its linguistic approach; however, this was the necessary tool to bind the emotions with the characters. Young people do speak like this, no wonder!
The leading character in the novel, Jay, who is an NRI and like most of them, still wondering what to do. He struggles with his education, with the training, with getting a job and with his love interest too. Towards the ending of the novel, however, he gets all of these settled. Jay gets a good job and also lives happily with his beloved, Siri. Nevertheless, this is not the point where the novel concludes. The major conflict in the novel begins only after Jay, the Guy on the Sidewalk, gets everything he could wish for - Siri, a job with a handsome salary and a life ahead.
The call from inside, an urge to wake up and get back to the land - the motherland, and a kind of disillusion hounds Jay. He is unable to decide what to do and what not to do. He thinks of Siri, his girlfriend, who happens to be the divorcee and mother of a beautiful girl, and also thinks of India, the country for which he wants to do something. The conflict almost takes a toll on their relationship when Jay discusses all these running in his mind with Siri. However, towards the end, Jay manages to coax her mind and he is all set to return to India.
The novel ends when Jay wakes up and finds that the plane has landed on the soil of India. He deboards and the first thing he does is calling Siri and telling her that he has reached. What would Jay do in India is now up to the Author Bharath Krishna who might very well come up with the second novel as a sequel to Guy on the Sidewalk! However, asking about the same, when Alok Mishra inquired, Bharath denied that. He told that he would not come up with the second novel in the series. Meanwhile, this is all for us! The novel is indeed interesting and also has one or two intimate scenes which might very well be transformed into sizzling bed scenes in a Bollywood movie! Enjoy the novel guys... and that's all from the #TeamBRW for now!
Sunday, 8 January 2017
While there are guys like some well-known authors in the country out there writing almost crap and making bucks, we often tend to forego some real stunning books written by really talented authors and when later we come across the same lot, we are like - 'oh! how could this happen?' Today, the #TeamBRW, meaning Book Reviews Web, have come across one of that lot - The Allegorical Expedition, a novel written by the debutant author P Satyadeep. As the title reflects, it does not have any predictability like a girl, a boy, a girlfriend (no matter full or half) or love (no matter forever or not) or facebook piece of wacks! The book is a stand apart, a class and a different read. P Satyadeep has weaved his story mostly like those ancient Victorian or the early twenties literature in which the character is wrestling with his inner being and looking out for what the world really is. Do you remember Jane Eyre? (You are almost there!) We will make it even easier to you. Read on...
Thursday, 5 January 2017
19th Akshauhini algorithm of the Gita
19th Akshauhini algorithm of the Gita is a book which will give you the basic as well as the most debated concepts of Gita, the holiest, the most philosophical book ever produced (if at all we consider it as a produced book). Gita, as described by the author, Haribakth, is the text collected directly coming from the supreme being – Lord Krishna! True and undoubtedly, one who believes in the Vedas and knows at least the basic nuances of our Hindu Dharma and the greatness that the scriptures possess will believe what Haribakth has to offer. Moreover, what we would like the most in the book is that it’s not only for the intellectual readers like most of the spiritual books generally are; even a basic reader or a beginner in the Gita studies can easily and very usefully study this book. The nuance and the core of the book has been described very beautifully in the book by the author. We will mention some of those qualities of the book in the course of this review.
Wednesday, 4 January 2017
The world is going online and we are getting more and more digital day by day. We are doing most of our things online - reading, writing, purchasing, booking hotel, booking flights, booking flats, and even selecting a life-partner. While we are in no condition to comment on all of these, we will surely take up the issue of online reading & writing. You must be aware of the Kindle e-books; you must know many of the websites which offer online courses; you must know many of the websites which offer their opinions or suggestions whether you should read a book or not, backed up with their arguments in favour of either of the cases. Book Reviews Web is the same kind of a website which offers online reviews of the books that our members read. Whether a classic as old as Homer or a contemporary as new as Jeet Thayil, we read what we like and post the book reviews on this website. This is, in simplest terms, what we do.