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Book Review: A Maverick Heart: Between Love and Life, by Ravindra Shukla

About the author:
Ravindra Shukla is a graduate of IIT-Bombay. He works for IBM in emerging technology and business analytics in IT software technology. His professional experience includes working with consulting firms – PWC and IBM in USA for 15+ years. He is a member of the Film Writers Association, Mumbai. His interest includes – writing fiction, literature and movie scripts apart from sports, movie and travelling across the globe.

Cover and blurb:
A cover with three shadows does not give away anything about the story, and reading the blurb, I can only assume it’s the silhouette of the three protagonists.

My thoughts on the book:
There are some books that you don’t know whether to like or to unlike. It has a balance between the good things and the not so good. So it depends on how the story moves you, and how it is put across that you decide. This book is part of that category I feel.

Do the characters appeal to me? Yes and no. To start with, the main characters are restricted to three. So that’s good. However, who they are in the end, how deep their characters go, still remains mostly a mystery. I’m not moved by their actions. If Richita and Rahul are in love, their conversations do not indicate it. And for most part, the alternating first person and third person narrations confuse me as to what part is by whom. One minute we’re seeing the story from Rahul’s eyes, then right into the author’s eyes as he shows us Richita’s world.

Is the plot the same-old boring love story? No. Definitely not… both Richita and Rahul realize they are in love but society and dreams make their journey drift apart. The attitude of society, the reservations toward love marriage, parental pressure, corruption, friendship, love, and politics etc.… the story has a bit of everything. It gave the story a little essence, but with so much thrown into the works, it also added to the confusion.

Things I didn’t like at all… I feel the major bone of contention, as I’ve mentioned earlier, is the alternating first and third person narrations. Another is that the parts in the US felt off, I couldn’t connect with them at all. A sense of magic felt lacking in the book, possibly because of the length, and the slow start. Some parts like the molestation attempt at the beginning felt unnecessary. I realize it was probably done to show a strong character to Richita, but the part didn’t work out. The guy pushes her into a bathroom, and corners her, yet she finds a bottle of red chilli powder conveniently there on a table? That’s a little over the top masala for my liking. And editing left a lot to be desired as well.

Does the book have quality? Yes. It does, in bits and pieces. You may have to hunt for it since it might be lost on you with the uneven pace of the book. But it’s not a total bore. It has a promising plot, but the execution falls on its face. It feels like the author has tried to express a lot of different points through the book, but that has brought the overall feel down. Think before you buy, I’d say.


Rated 5/10
Rated 5/10

Book Details:
Title: A Maverick Heart: Between Love and Life
Author: Ravindra Shukla
ISBN: 978-93-82473-00-8
Genre: Fiction/Drama
Publishers: Frog Books
Price: INR. 195

 


This book was given to me as part of the Readers Cosmos review program. This is not a paid review.
The opinions expressed in the review are my own, and remain unbiased and uninfluenced.


Shared with
1) First Reads Challenge at b00k r3vi3ws
2) Indian Quills Reading Challenge at Tales Pensieve.


(Sept 9th, 2013)

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Book Review: Don’t Think of a Blue Ball, by Malti Bhojwani

About the author:
As a life coach, she aims to serve, not to fix or to help. Malti Bhojwani is the founder of Multi Coaching International, a certified professional Life Coach with the International Coach Federation, Neuro Linguistic Programming practitioner and an author. Being a life-learner, she is also mastering Ontological Coaching with Newfield Network to hone her skills as she still considers herself to be only a “white-belter” in the field of personal transformation.

Cover and blurb:
Simple looking cover, with not much to give away about what the book is about.

My thoughts on the book:
I don’t really know if life can be coached, it must be lived. So I wasn’t sure if I would love the book at the onset. I didn’t love the book, but I did like it. The book is not about coaching life perhaps, but bringing us through those moments of doubt or sadness that usually take us down. Even those moments need some positive energy that this book provides in plentiful.

I first read it quickly in the order of chapters, and then I went randomly, and I don’t think it makes a difference. The contents page has a thought on each chapter, what it is about, so I think you can go to the chapter you really want to get that good feeling you need. To take an example right out of the box, I went to this chapter on replacing negativity when I was in a phase that I believed nothing was going right. The first line itself helped. “Change your negative thoughts before they manifest, rather than after.” It’s not as if I didn’t know that that’s what I had to do, but someone else saying it to me, rather than me trying to believe in it, perhaps that helped. It helps when you imagine the author giving voice to her thoughts.

There are parts that made me take note, made me feel like I was sitting with her and she was telling them to me. It’s like they were meant for me. Another thing I liked in the book was the vision chart, and the example given in that. I felt like that was something I could implement. Even the weight watching part I felt I could relate to.

The book touches a chord with me since it doesn’t boss my life, but tries to bring some perspective into it. Some things are repetitive, but that’s okay I feel. It’s not a book that is to be read in one sitting, and it will take time for the words to sink in, or take effect in life. A simple book, in simple language yet having the potential to make a big difference to life… it is worth reading for sure.


Rated a 7 on 10!
Rated a 7 on 10!

Book Details:
Title: Don’t Think of a Blue Ball
Author: Malti Bhojwani
ISBN: 978-93-81607-15-2
Genre: Non-fiction
Publishers: Om Books International
Price: INR. 295

 


This book was given to me as part of the Readers Cosmos review program. This is not a paid review.
The opinions expressed in the review are my own, and remain unbiased and uninfluenced.


Shared with
1) First Reads Challenge at b00k r3vi3ws
2) Indian Quills Reading Challenge at Tales Pensieve.


(Sept 9th, 2013)