Tuesday, January 17, 2012

A Leap in a Blue Moon - by Ishwar Vedam

It is just a great feeling to see so many new Indian authors coming up with great ideas and stories - the recent ones including Immortals of Meluha series, Chanakya's Chant, and other good books like Fate, Fraud and a Friday Evening. Different stories, variety of characters and unsuspected endings.

When Krishnaveni posted about 'A Leap in a Blue Moon' in EveningHour's facebook page, we bought the book immediately and got to reading. And, it is really an idea that would happen "Once in a Blue Moon" :)

The author, Ishwar Vedam, took inspiration from Idioms. The key to this story is what happens if a person (a little girl in this case) is trapped in an idiomatic world, where the literal meanings of idioms become real.

So, in this story, when a person is angry, he hits the roof - i.e. the person actually goes up and hits the roof, literally. And, when a person is lazy, he becomes a couch potato. Well, if I say more, I will be taking away the fun parts.

Wonderful read for teenagers with good world lessons in built. Adults would be able to enjoy the fable-like ride.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Fate, Fraud & A Friday Wedding by Bhavna Rai

When Saaz Aggarwal recommended Fate, Fraud & A Friday Wedding, it sounded like a good read and I immediately got the book. And, it was worth every single page!

The first few pages itself set the pace of the story. And, it is tough to keep the book aside afterwards. The synopsis of the book says that this is a story of crisscrossing lives and intertwined personal and professional relationships.  And, it sure is!

The story is light, quick pace, and packed with suspense, love, friendship, IT life, blackmail, sibling jealousy and what not! There is never a dull moment when you want to skip because as the story goes deeper, so is the pace. And, relatively small book so you can complete it in no time. So many seemingly unrelated characters and we are looking for the common thread until a long time. And, the ending - the suspense part - it was a surprise to me. Do let us know if the ending comes as a surprise to you too.

Verdict: Read it!