Friday, June 3, 2016

The Kiss of Life- How a Superhero and my Son defeated Cancer :Book Review

Behind the book

How do you deal with the most difficult moments in your life?

Every experience that we go through changes us and helps us grow. As we learn to laugh and cry, win and lose, share and care, the meaning of life and true happiness unfolds before us. Known for his bold forays into Bollywood, Emraan Hashmi walks us through his memories that have shaped him - from a confused teenager who dabbled in a variety of things to finding his calling to the suave, smart and unorthodox actor he has become today. At the heart of his story lies the most important and transformative experience of his life - the period when his son, Ayaan, was battling with cancer. It reveals the man behind the limitless charm of Emraan Hashmi and how he dealt with his son's illness. Honest, personal, bold and heart-warming, The Kiss of Life is about an actor and a father's trials and triumphs.


Anybody's world would come down to a rubble when they hear their loved one is diagnosed with cancer. When cancer strikes a person it sure does affect the immediate people surrounding the patient. Same was the case with Emraan Hashmi. This book is memoir of Emraan Hashm's son's battle with cancer. It is a very short and emotional read. It really touches every reader. Co written by Bilal Siddiqi and Emraan, this book is also a treasure trove for it has few quick tips on preventive measures to fight cancer. I loved the simplicity in the language used in the book. I also admire the courage of the little boy Ayaan. He sure became Ayaan Man in the end. Loved the influence of the superheroes the book had. One should never forget that come what may, we need to arise as super heroes. We have the power in us if we try and will to defeat the hurdles thrown at our way.

Apart from the details memories of Ayaan battling cancer, the book has few pages filled with Emraan's early life before film, how he is connected to Bollywood and how he met his wife Parveen. I felt this was written to add more chapters in the book.

More Details of the book

Price: Rs.248.90 ( Kindle version)
Copy bought from : Amazon
Actual Price: 399 INR

(c) Reviewed by Sridevi Nayak Karopady

Monday, December 21, 2015

The Best Seller She Wrote : A book review

The Best Seller She Wrote, is a fiction by Ravi Subramanian. A banker by profession, Subramanian has written popular thrillers about banking and banker. This is his first book in romance genre.

Behind the book:

Paperback king Aditya Kapoor's life is straight out of a modern man's fantasy. His literary stardom is perfectly balanced by a loving wife and a spectacular career. With everything he touches turning gold, Aditya is on a winning streak.

Shreya Kaushik is a student with heat full of ambition. Young, beautiful and reckless. Shreya speaks her mind and obsessively chases after what she wants. And what what she wants is to be a bestselling author.

What happens when their worlds collide? Is it possible to love two people at the same time? Can real ambition come in the way of blind passion? Can trust once broken be regained?

More about the author:

Ravi Subramanian loves interacting with his readers be it in the book launch or even replying to the message his readers send him in Facebook or Twitter. He is very humble and friendly while interaction. He is an IIM graduate from Bengaluru and had knack when it comes to banking. His work include If God was a Banker, I bought the Monks' Ferrari, Devil in Pinstripes, The incredible Banker, The Bankster, Bakerupt, God is a Gamer. If God Was a Banker won the Golden Quill Readers’ Choice Award. He won the Economist Crossword Book Award in 2012 for The Incredible Banker, The Crossword Book Award in 2013 for The Bankster and more recently in 2014 for his thriller Bankerupt

A lot has been said and commented on the book. I only have one thing to say you cannot take a writer's fetish for thriller no matter which genre he writes in. This book had a small episode of unlocking the mystery behind the events, connecting dots and revealing the evil and mean character. While I enjoyed reading the book page by page, I found the story to be made only to be adapted as motion picture.

The book is a fast paced read and is constructed using apt language and tone. The characters are can be related very easily and I finished the book within few hours. His efforts in writing this book really worth it. I am sure he can juggle between the thriller and romance genre with much ease. Yes there is a lot of masala  ( Won't most of the Indian audience want that? At least its much better than the daily TV soaps), drama in the book. There is love, lust, betrayal, redemption, forgiveness and entertainment. There is also some gyaan on publishing industry and some insights why marketing the book is important for an author.

The best parts of the book are:

The way the protagonist confesses the mistakes he had done. It is really not easy to accept and owe for your mistake that too at a given situation when you will be stared mercilessly and judged. He knew what is at stake if he did not handle the matter carefully.

If you want a relationship to work if will leave no stones unturned. While accepting and owing for mistake committed is the first step to mend things, forgiveness and forgiving is the ultimate act of moving on in life and dusting off the past.

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ISIN: 978-93-85152-38-2
Genre: Romance / Drama
Publishers: Westland Books
Price: Rs. 295/-

(c) Reviewed by Sridevi Nayak Karopady

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

God is a gamer : Book Review

On the back cover:
What happens when you cross Gamer, Banker, Politician and Terrorist with virtual money?
From the bestselling author of “If God was a banker” comes the first ever bitcoin thriller.
God is a Gamer is a world where money means nothing, martyrs are villains, predators are prey, assassination is taught by the ancient Greeks, and nothing is as it seems.
Moving from Washington’s Congress to Delhi’s finance ministry, the beaches of Goa to the corporate boardrooms of Mumbai, this is Ravi Subramanian’s most gripping novel yet.

My review:
The plot is racy and pushes a reader to skip a couple of pages to know what's going to happen next . It’s a total engagement which has love, lust, lies and secrets in various shades adding new spice to the story. This book is not that high on banking sector yet forms an integral part in the entire plot. Author will make you fall for all the games and twist and turns in the book and you will be stumped by the end.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Hitched : Book Review

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(c) Reviewed by Sridevi Nayak Karopady

Sunday, May 18, 2014

The Prophecy of Trivine : Book Review


A didactic novel however, the authors Pulkit Gupta, Srivatsan Sridharan, Tnashsin Garg, have designed the entire book with remarkable events involving alien race, teleportation, mind reading, supernatural, umwelt. And then there are three guys in a jungle with an alien lassie amidst flora and fauna. The premise of the plot is simplistic and narratives are impeccable. The poetic touch and the personification to express the darkness is something worth a treat.
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