Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Till death do us part by Upasona Banerjee: a review

When I came across this book I couldn’t help but adore the simplicity of the book. It doesn’t impress- agreed. But the whole fact that it doesn’t impress is what draws the attention towards you. Next thing you notice is the title of the book- Till death do us part by debut authoress Upasona Banerjee. On one hand the title seems to call you to read the blurb whereas you might be stopped by the unfamiliar name on the cover. Intrigued, I turn the book over and read the blurb.

According to the back cover- Upasona is a new kid on the block whose new novel is tugging at our heartstrings. There is here a bit of Shakespeare, a bit of Love story. But she makes it new. Her roller coaster ride takes her two young lovers on a passion trip, across the continents of the heart, across college campuses in Kolkata, to the green hills of Lava. Parents prove to be problematic, traditional society disapproves. Friends get tense, while fate and death wait in the wings. What happens to the student and teacher, Amrita and Akashdeep? How will their love survive? Or will they succumb to the inevitable? For life is not worth living without love. Come aboard for this love trip of your life time.

Carrying forward from the blurb of the book, the story is really a love trip of your life time. The way the story has been presented to the readers, it seems that you either have faced these situations in reality or you feel that you are facing these situations along with the protagonists of the book. The protagonists, Amrita and Akashdeep have been very well thought of. You might be able to find such people in your life and the fact that these are so believable makes the characters shine out of their allotted parts.

For a debutante I would want to say that the story was a very ‘safe side’ one. I mention the term ‘safe side’ because romance is a safe genre and even though the story has been treated with a wonderful twist, in the beginning it still feels like a safe book. I would consider this to be a good move by the authoress to bring in the twist in the book and that is what makes it stand out of the crowd of the numerous books on the genre.

There were lump in the throat moments in the book and I wouldn’t lie but I cried as I finished the book. Another very good aspect of the book is that even though the book might look a bit thick to read for the general readers but it is such a quick read that I finished the book in 1.5 to 2 hours of continuous reading. 181 pages of unadulterated beauty the book is. Coming from a debutante, I was impressed with the way it has been tackled. 

Now, coming to the cons. I have a lot to say here. I will begin with the cover. As I said earlier, the cover doesn’t impress. Somewhere down the line I feel that amongst the jazzed up covers in the market, this book will not catch the attention. Having said that, I also didn’t like the physical presentation of the book. I felt that it could’ve been much better in terms of presentation. The typesetting, the pages. I would have preferred if the book would have been available in the market. No proper distribution or marketing was done for the book and that is what can stop this book from being what it is meant to be.

There were not many grammatical errors but there were a lot of proofreading errors and spelling errors which might put you off the speed of reading at times. Apart from that I felt that even though the story was nice, it wasn’t told properly. It seemed to be written in plain and simple language. A bit of spices and condiments in the story or rather some articulation was much needed in the book. There were many moments where the authoress could’ve punched in some details or sequences to add to the beauty of the book. Even after all the flaws, the story stays with you and you feel for the protagonists of the book which is a good work done by the authoress. Waiting for more beautifully written words from her, I would rate it 3.75 out of 5.

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Surpanakha by Hariharan Iyer: a review

Surpanakha. For those who have read Indian history I need not say more. But the thing that intrigued me was how the author Hariharan Iyer would compliment his story with the title. And I wouldn’t be lying if I say that with every page I turned I wanted to see the connection of the story with the title. A very simple yet eye catching cover, it makes you turn the book and read the blurb of the book to catch the essence of it.

According to the blurb- Educated, young, no-nonsense bearing, able administrator- these are the qualities that won Sesha the loyalties of the people after three year of rule as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. An allegation that he was the mastermind behind the murder of 73 Kannadigas threatens to bring him down but he is miraculously saved in the 11th hour. Even before he can relish his victory, Sesha is slapped with the charge of sexually offending a young nurse. This time round, the case is strong and his supporters are uncertain. Worse, his teenage daughter calls him ‘vile’ and walks out of the house. While Mythili, his wife promises her full support, her secretive activities- undertaken with the help of a retired cop- is cause of concern for Sesha. Will Zarina, the human-rights activist, succeed in bringing him down? What about the insinuations of a celebrity lawyer that he is casteist and anti-minorities? When the young nurse is found dead, the case becomes even more complex. Who is innocent? Who is guilty? And who is the mastermind?

First things first, are you also thinking what I thought after reading the blurb? That even if it is interesting and intriguing, the book runs the risk of being boring and lengthy and would fail to hook the readers after a few pages? But wait! It is just the opposite. No, from the beginning it isn’t a page turner but as you keep turning the pages and you keep reading, your interest will grow. The main twist in the tale comes when the Kannadiga story takes a pause and the sexual harassment comes.

The characters are worth commenting. It has been a long time since I have read a book where all the characters are equally strong, weak, correct, incorrect, good and bad at the same time. The best part of the book is that the writer forces you, through his writing, to believe what is being written yet leaving a bit of doubt in your mind that everything shouldn’t be this simple. I would take a moment here to mention Seshadri or Sesha as you know him throughout the book. He is a Chief Minister in its truest sense. You tend to hate him at times while you tend to like him at the other times. You feel as if you are a part of the whole story and the lives of the characters.

No, even though teenage daughter is mentioned, nowhere is Sesha mentioned to be a grey haired pot bellied politician but he is handsome in his own way. You paint a perfect picture of him. And so do you do of Mythili (his wife), Zareena, Indrani, Catherine, Sadagopan and the others. Even Vaishali, the teenage daughter leaves a mark on your mind. Every character is given hundred percent attention throughout the book and there was no unnecessary introduction of characters.

Now since I am talking about the introduction of characters let me mention that the author takes most of the beginning of the book to introduce the characters but it doesn’t seem boring or stretched as it beautifully is merged with the current scenario the book started with. But yes, at one point, you might feel that there are too many characters and you tend to lose the track of who is who. But trust me on this, as you go on in the book there comes a time where you would want to know what a certain character is doing at a certain point in the story.

Story wise, the book is very well knit. I say well-knit because there aren’t any lose ends and when you end the book you will have a sadistic smile on your face and I am sure the book would be liked my most of its readers, if not all. The story doesn’t stretch much but it isn’t a super fast book either. You need your own sweet time to read the book and the book doesn’t disappoint story wise. In the beginning it might seem to be a tough task ahead finishing the book but I, personally, was left impressed with the book.

Yes, I had thought that the book would have historical or mythological references due to its title but there wasn’t any and that came as a surprise till the time I came across a part where the author beautifully merges the story and the title. It amazed me how 1 line can summarise the whole relationship. That part was my high point in the book. Yes, at a point the story becomes predictable and you know what might happen but the end leaves you satisfied. If I have to say about the cons of the book then I guess I have already mentioned while speaking about the story and the characters. Apart from that, since it is an already wonderful book, the expectations from the next book of the author are rising. For me, the book is 4.5 out of 5.

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Forever in my heart by Arindam Dey: a review

Peace. That is the only word that comes out from my mouth whenever I see the cover of debut author Arindam Dey’s debut book Forever in my heart. Somewhere in the middle of all the jazzy covers that are in the market in today’s time, this cover catches a lot of attention and would make anyone pick up the book and go for the synopsis of the book. A very nice touch by the author by adding “a story of love...” before his name and a wonderful job by the publisher by making the book so good to hold. Nowhere in the physical appearance of the book feels like it is a debut book. This book would be, no doubt, in my most cherished books list. Not just because of the story but because of the fact that the whole book looks so pleasing. Kudos to the cover designer for the work.

According to the blurb- “The moment your hearts chose to love each other, you challenged destiny. And it came for you, just like it comes to measure anyone who chooses to love...” Eighteen years and an accident separated Saanjh from Rishav. When fate brings her back to him, she is confronted by an astute Josephine and her dire obsession to win Rishav at any cost. But is that all that’s keeping Rishav away from Saanjh? Or is there another shadow of fate lurking somewhere between them? Are divine plans really designed around the deepest desires of the human heart? How far can one go to resurrect one’s life, and seek redemption? When desire deceived love, the debt of a sin remained...

The book starts with a poem. And why not? I have read the author earlier and he surely is one of my favourite poets and the poems of this book are no less. The start of the book is wonderful to read and the expectations from the author keep rising as you keep turning the pages. The best part of the book is, in the beginning you really don’t know what you are holding in your hands and the quest of finding out the truth is beautiful.

To speak of the characters, Rishav and Saanjh, the male and female protagonists of the book are beautifully etched. From the introduction of the characters to how their story flows throughout the book is a beauty to read. You feel instantly connected to the book. There were a few more characters. Ankit, Josephine, Rishav’s mother and Nikita being the characters that supported the main protagonists throughout. Here I would like to take a moment and comment a bit on Josephine. You know why? Because she was my favourite character after Ankit and I, personally felt that the author could’ve done a lot with the character of Josephine but somehow restricted himself to just as much as it is written.

Coming to the story, it has a lot of layers yet it is a very clear story. Plot twists are there and so are lump in the throat moments. You flow through the story and there isn’t any moment where you are bored or you feel like keeping the book down. Throughout the book you are so engrossed in the book that you don’t feel like stopping but just as all good things need to have an end, the book also has an end and it is beautiful. The way the story has been attempted, coming from a debut author it surely is a very pleasant read. A book that stays with you.

Speaking of the cons, to begin with, I have mentioned the fact Josephine could’ve been much better in the book. Apart from that, I felt that after a certain point the story becomes a bit predictable. No, not the exact prediction but the way the story is going can be pointed. But I’m glad to also mention that it doesn’t affect the pleasure of reading in any way. Keeping these cons aside, the book was a wonderful read by a debut author and I would love to read more from Arindam (the expectations are rising!). For me, this book is 4 out of 5.

Saturday, 19 March 2016

A thing beyond forever by Novoneel Chakraborty: a review

The debut book of Novoneel Chakraborty. Period.  Trust me; I couldn’t come up with a better starting line for the review. You know what reading the debut of a magician feels like, especially when you have read all the other ones except this? It’s like opening a treasure and having a peep into it to see how was it all like. You get to see the rawness of the writing, the innocence of it. The beauty of it and the satisfaction of it. I always believe that even though the subsequent or follow up books of an author show the progress of him, the debut one shows what the author is actually like. And I was numb after reading A thing beyond forever...

According to the blurb- What happens when life plays a trick on two innocent lovers? What happens when your first love much against all possibilities comes back to you in the most bizarre and astounding manifestation ever? Dr. Radhika Sharma, for the world outside, is an aberrant and arrogant feminist. But inside, she resides in a far-away world like a vulnerable first sketch of an artist. One might an innocuous enquiry by a nine-year-old patient coaxes her to one’s personal diary. And, as she reads on, a bygone era comes to the forefront taking her through a cavalcade of exclusive events that life, love and friendship offer at the noon of adolescence. By the time she finishes reading the diary, it’s already morning. And by night time she finds herself face to face with a question that defies logical explanation. Is falling in love a random act or a planned coincidence? Is attraction the missing link between souls? Will the light of true love outshine the dark shadow of destiny? Even when Radhika gets the copasetic answers there are still two more chapters to go...

Tell me honestly, what are your first reactions after reading the blurb? I know! You are taking it to be a normal story. A love story. But what if I tell you the story is much more than what meets the eye? I would like to quote the tagline of the novel here “The reward for every true love is not love...” and rightfully said so. I’ll start with the cover of the book. The cover, thoughtfully done, matching the book to the T. It gives a wonderful description of what we are going to encounter in the book but what I felt was the book wouldn’t catch much attention if kept along with a few more books of the same genre at a bookstore if a non-reader visits because the other books would be more attention seeking.

Now, coming to the characters! Radhika... Oh wait! Dr. Radhika is the very first character you would encounter in the book and I fell an instant liking towards her. Whatever she does, however she does, everything was written in such a wonderful way that sitting to describe it would be impossible. Next, Raen. The male protagonist of the book. It seems that the author has given all that he has to the character and it couldn’t have been better. And finally the most important character of the book, Raen’s diary. Well, it is for the first time that I am in love with a non-living thing inside a fictional book. Do I even make sense? That is how the diary of Raen affected me. Savera, Deepali and all the friends of Raen were beautifully etched.

The feelings, the simplicity, the love, it is so beautiful that all you can do is fall in love with it. And fall in love so hard that the climax will tear you into pieces. Am I exaggerating? No! Am I giving spoilers? Hell no! Read the book to find out. That is all I can say. The book answers a very important part of life- “A thing beyond forever...” The wonderful flow of the story made me wanna re-read the book again and again. Especially the thought of the story. The lump in the throat moments left me with a lot of mixed feelings at the end. As a debut book, this was one of THE BEST I read.

For the cons of the book, apart from a few grammatical errors and apart from the fact that the cover could’ve been a bit better there is nothing that I can call a con of the book. For me, this book is by far the best Novoneel Chakraborty book I have read and keeping in mind that it is the debut book of the author I am looking forward to all the other books that are yet to come from him. This book is 4.75 out of 5 for me.

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Paperback Dreams by Rahul Saini: a review

Two ‘men’ and one ‘kid’ on the front cover of bestselling author Rahul Saini's book Paperback Dreams having three different thoughts all at once attracts you to the book right away. One says “I have to find a story”, the other reads “How to be rich and famous” and another one thinks “Where are my royalties?” these three very different scenarios and characters are the first things you notice when you pick up the book, no doubt the title- Paperback Dreams acts as the cherry on the cake. The blurb gives a bit more details of their lifestyle...

According to the blurb- How low will you stoop to fulfil your dreams? Jeet Obiroi, a college Casanova, has published a book by unfair means. All he wants is to earn loads of money and have hot girls chasing after him! Rohit Sehdev, a one-book-popular- fiction writer, is furious when he finds out his publisher has cheated him out of his royalties. Karun Mukharjee is a highly ambitious schoolboy who wants to win the heart of his lady love by writing a novel. And he doesn’t mind playing dirty to get to the top! Ruthlessly exploiting these ambitious young men is their unscrupulous publisher. Sometimes funny, sometimes shocking, Paperback dreams is the story of a new breed of young writers who will do anything to get famous, fast.

First things first, why didn’t I read this author yet? He has a natural flair of writing which makes this book a breeze to read and that is not found in many authors these days. I was hooked to the book at the first chapter itself. Even though the cover of the book teamed up with the interesting blurb is enough to make the expectations high but being frank, I was a bit scared in the beginning because I wasn’t sure what I would encounter inside the book. And you know what happened once I started reading? I felt that this book, at this point of the publishing world, was a much needed one.

To speak of the characters, Rohit Sehdev, Jeet Obiroi and Karun Mukharjee were the characters (being an editor and reviewer) who I could see in front of me in the real world. I am sure that this book is purely fictional, though. The growth of these characters throughout the book is commendable and I loved the way the author has handled them all; especially owing to the fact that they are so different from each other yet so similar.

I loved the way the author has brought all the three characters together into one place seamlessly. It doesn’t look forced at all and I would complement the author on doing the same. Story wise, I wouldn’t call it perfect. Why? Because it is a trilogy and the story is incomplete and I am dying to read what happens next. That apart, the part that was in this book was really good. As I say, this book was a breeze to read. The book, even though 250 pages long, can be finished in just one sitting.

The incidents mentioned in the book were written with such brutal honesty that I couldn’t help but love the book. Yes, many people might not agree with even 0.001% of whatever is written in the book but some people might actually agree. But that remains a part of a debate no one wants to go into. The humorous way the book has been treated was the up-quotient of the book. I don’t think I have read any other book that has such things written in such an interesting way.

Speaking of the cons, apart from a few blink and miss grammatical errors I felt that there were a few parts which could have been polished a wee bit to give it a more refined take. Apart from that, as a reader I couldn’t find any other con in the book. For me, this book is 4.25 out of 5. I would wanna read the other two books of the trilogy to give full stars to the book.

PS- To the author- YOU ARE GOOD!!!

You can buy this and many more of the author from- http://goo.gl/MbnjJw

Saturday, 12 March 2016

That kiss in the rain by Novoneel Chakraborty: a review

“That kiss in the rain...” Novoneel Chakraborty’s 2nd novel surely defines what the tag line says – “Love is the weather of life”. After the massive success of his first book A thing beyond forever, the author went on to write this book. A onetime read, the cover, did justice to the book. As a reader, if I do not read the blurb or the prologue and just judge the book by its cover then the cover won’t work but if you do not judge a book by its cover then I would say that you must pick up and read this book. Going forward, the back cover of the book doesn’t say much but whatever little it says is sure to attract the readers.

According to the back cover- “If we women are really weak then why do they need to discharge so many sperms for one ovum?” – Pallavi, 27, single. Kingfisher Airlines. “Half the heartaches in a man’s life involve a woman and half the heartaches in a woman’s life are because of a man” – Swadha 24 single. NH consultants Pvt Ltd. And then they met him... exactly when they shouldn’t have.

What do I talk about in the beginning? The characters, I guess because that’s the strongest point of a Novoneel Chakraborty novel. I wouldn’t talk about the male character(s) much because usually the female characters are more a part of the story than a male character and it’s the same with this novel too. I have to say, I am in love with Pallavi. But somehow I am not satisfied with the other characters. Another very subtle but important character in the book who had my heart was Palki. I loved the way both Pallavi and Palki have been developed by the author. Pallavi’s growth throughout the novel seems so real that you will find similarities with either yourself or with people around you. Nitin was the awesome best friend too. Someone, I would love to have as a best friend.

Coming to the story, shall I be very frank here? The story was good. In fact, the book was a good read but somewhere down the line I couldn’t match the writing or thoughts with that of the Novoneel Chakraborty novels I have read all through the years. No, that is not a down point but that is in fact a compliment for the author for it just focuses on the fact that the author has grown to be a better writer.

The quotes are the only thing, apart from the characterisation of the novel that seemed to belong to the Novoneel Chakraborty of today. I’m really glad to notice one thing in the writing and that is the fact that the writing flow of the author hasn’t changed much in all these years. Yes, today the author can handle a situation in a very different and interesting way which becomes a treat to read. To talk of the cons, this book had grammatical errors and certain parts, as I felt was unnecessarily articulated (which can be a bit tough for a layman) and I felt there are a few situations which could’ve been changed or altered.

Apart from that, I guess this book (giving to the fact that the author is so good these days and this is a very old book, in the beginning days of the author) is the best the author could’ve done back then and keeping the high expectations of it being a Novoneel Chakraborty book aside, reading it was a satisfactory read. I wouldn’t want a re-written book but I would want a sequel or probably something that says “what after this..?” For me, having said all this, this book is 3.75 out of 5. And I am really looking forward to more books from the author.

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Asoka Trilogy, The Prince of Patliputra, Book 1 by Shreyas Bhave: a review

The prince of Patliputra- that is the name of the Asoka Trilogy written by debut author Shreyas Bhave and trust me when I say that while reading the book, you will never feel that you are reading a book written by a debut author. The interesting map on the front cover is something that would catch your eye. I am sure that at first glance you will fall for the book. Then you would like to go to the back cover and see what’s there in store for you.

According to the back cover- 272 BC BHARATHVARSHA, LAND OF THE ARYAS. Samrat Bindusar, son of Chandragupta and the second Samrat Chakravartin of all the Aryas rules over the massive subcontinent from his holy seat in Patliputra. Almost five decades ago, his father had laid the foundations of this vast Samrajya guided by the famed Guru Arya Chanakya. But now, the wealth and glory of the past has subsided. As the Samrat’s health continues to decline due to an unknown illness, problems are arising all over his realm. There is infighting and rebellion. No clear successor to him is present. Ninety nine of his sons stand in line waiting for his throne. Bharathvarsha needs a Chandragupta once again. And it needs a Chanakya too. Can the young Prince Asoka, who is the least favorite son of the Samrat, fill the boots of his grandfather? Can Radhagupta, a mere councilor of the court be what Chankya was to all the Aryas? Begin a new adventure with the first book of the Asoka trilogy as you read to find the answer to one great question- That who shall be the next Samrat of this holy land of the Aryas?

I used to read history as a child. More than reading, I had interest in the subject. Asoka was one king who always had my interest, apart from all the other characters I liked while studying history. But back then, I never knew that there will come a day where I’ll read the life story of such a person in such detail and that too in a novel and not a history book. Trust me when I say this, the book had me from page 1.

I would be very frank here. When I started this book, I started with a blank mind. I didn’t know what to expect from this book because I haven’t read about Asoka yet in any other novel. But it would only justify my feelings if I say that the pages turn itself once you start reading the book. There, inside the book, you feel mesmerized with the story telling. There hasn’t been any point in the book where I felt like closing the book and keeping it away.

The story, well… The characters are something we all grew up knowing about. Every conquest, every feel makes you go back in time and relive the moments when you learnt about them. Applause to the writer for knitting out this wonderful story out of the incidents and coming out with this book. The conversations that were a part of the book made me feel that I am listening to them speaking and so did the scenery. The storytelling skills have been well polished and there wasn’t even a single dull moment in the book.

To speak of the cons, I am clueless. Was there any con? I wonder! 382 pages of pure bliss. The only con that I can think of is it being a trilogy. Apart from that, I felt that the relationship Asoka shares with his mother could’ve been written in more details (I am sure the author would do that in his next!) and a bit proofreading was needed. That apart, I didn’t want the book to stop at any given point but the Epilogue to the book made the book give me the much needed closure and the urge to wait for the next one. Even though I badly want to give the book 5 stars but the wait for “The scourge from Taxila” makes me give this book a 4.5 out of 5. (I really have high hopes from the second in the trilogy! A highly recommended book!)

Saturday, 5 March 2016

How about a SIN tonight? by Novoneel Chakraborty- a review

I would like to mention that I just finished reading this book, a book that has been in my bookshelf since 2013 and I have no clue why I didn’t read it till now. No, I don’t regret not reading it till now because after finishing it I knew that this was probably the perfect time to read Novoneel Chakraborty’s bestselling novel- How about a SIN tonight? The back cover of this sizzling book would give you a small idea of the characters…

According to the back cover- “Stardom was always a place I wanted to reach till I arrived there and realized it was a price” - Shahraan Ali Bakshi. A legend, a loner. “Love is only the realized part of a connection” – Kaash Sehgal. A sensation, a romantic. “If life’s a horny bastard, I’m a bitch in heat” – Nishani Rai. A diva, a prisoner. “Morality is not the moral of my story” – Reva Gupta. An icon, an opportunist. “Money is the only ugly thing I find sexy” – Neev Dixit. A heartthrob, a fool. When five very different and layered individuals of the Hindi Film Industry are roped in for one movie, everyone knows what to expect: the unexpected. From the bestselling author of A Thing beyond Forever and That Kiss in the Rain, comes a beguiling tale of love, ambition, revenge, and betrayal. How about a sin tonight? Will leave you asking for more.

To begin from where the back cover ends, yes, How about a sin tonight? Will leave you asking for more. If I have mentioned that the recent books of Novoneel Chakraborty (like Ex, Marry me Stranger and All yours Stranger) have beautiful quotes then How about a SIN tonight? Can be termed as a quotebook. Period. From the first scene to the last scene, every page of the book has quotes. Even the ink in the highlighter would be over but the quotes of this book won’t AND those quotes well become the mantra to living. You will find yourselves understanding, reacting and remembering them for every moment of your life.

Coming to the characters, Novoneel Chakraborty has always been known for his strong, powerful and impactful characters and the characters of this book are no less. There were times I hated certain characters and times I fell in love with certain characters from the introduction itself. Nishani Rai- ‘a diva, a prisoner’ – was my favorite till the end of the book and you have to read the book to see who you hated.

The cover of the book done in bright yellow, and contrasting pink, red and blue along with the jazzy shine does a very good job of grabbing the reader’s attention but for me, I prefer the first cover (done in black) more to the “National bestseller” cover. To speak of the story, I would say that the best part comes when all the characters come together.

 A major chunk of the book is given for the development of all 5 protagonists of the book and I felt that much was needed for giving this book a steady start. It was when all these characters come in contact with each other, having their pasts, their presents and their futures in their hand that you know finally that you are reading a novel written by Novoneel Chakraborty. There are moments that you feel like shouting “Only a Novoneel can do this!”

Now it’s time to speak of the cons of the book. Even though I can’t pin point to many errors but I would like to mention one. The most visible con of the book is that there are points where the author doesn’t seem like himself. Certain parts are there in the book where the author seemed to have been carried away into too much detail especially when it could’ve been shortened a bit keeping both the essence and the story intact and unharmed. But I guess these errors that I am pointing out are compliments in disguise cause this book is a much older book of the author and he has certainly gone a really long way from this book.

Keeping the cons aside, the book ended with a lump in my throat and it made me speechless. The only thing that was in my mind is that this book would stay with me forever. The effort that the author has made to write this book is visible and that is an achievement. Waiting for much better classics from him in the future, this book gets 4.25 out of 5 from me. I would like to quote the author at the end of the review by saying “Perfection should always be elusive. The moment you achieve it, you realize that’s the most imperfect thing ever!”

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Mind Rain- bring out the photographer inside you!

What are your first thoughts when you read the phrase “Mind Rain”..? I have varied thoughts. It starts with my mind where there is a steady stream of thoughts which quite often than not I forget to write on paper or even recapitulate. It is a phrase that brings with itself and is an amalgamation of creativity and passion. Creativity of everything around us and passion for our talent and the creation that comes forth because of the passion.
Some of us are writers, while some are photographers, different people have different talents but there is one thing that is common in all these talents and that is the passion to do their work and the creativity that is needed. An artist is what we term them. Art can be divided into two forms.
1)      That has a lot of meaning and complex to the naked eye.
2)      That has a lot of meaning but very simple to look at.
And the fact that both the types are reproduction of what a very simple thing, coming from our daily lifestyle can look from a different angle is all what art is about. www.mindrain.org focuses on art. What kind of art, if you ask me then I would say that they have no type. A group of creative people who are connected with one single love- photography- are the people behind the site.
The main aim of the site is to encourage everybody to click. For the owners of the site believe that when everybody comes together then the power created by it cannot be described. They swear by the power of photography and they want the world to know about the power too. With the inception of the site the owners have come up with a competition. Why competition to begin a website with? I asked them. Motivation, Was their prompt reply. In this ever competitive world, the best way to put your talent in the forefront is by competing.
Even though wonderful prizes are to be won this whole idea is to reach the masses like the amateur photographers who click for sure but they aren’t motivated enough to show it to the world. “Come out of the closet and show the world what you have. For fear keeps us behind but passion brings us forth” this is the main motto of Mind Rain.
With registrations coming from all over the world in just a few days of its release, Mind Rain has already stepped ahead of reaching their aim- to motivate the photographers to click. This site is a dream for photography enthusiasts. Amateurs and professionals- Take Note! The registrations for the competition are open. You just need to click a picture that you like, write a catchy caption to go with it and submit it. 15th June 2016 is the last date for registrations. So, what are you waiting for? It’s high time that you break free from the confines of the dilemma of good and bad and fly away to the world of appreciation waiting for you...
I have submitted my photo and registered myself. Have you?