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Book Review: The Third by Amar B. Singh

The Third by Amar Singh is a thought-provoking work of fiction, with strong doses of philosophy and spirituality. At large, through the concerning voice of Aryan, the book delves into the deep-rooted, rusted patterns of our society. The Indian society gives an impression of a united façade; however, deep within it is fragmented and programmed in not-so-rational way. As an individual, either one conforms to the protocols and patterns of the society, or turn out to be an outlaw. But both circumstances assure no substantial peace.

Aryan is the protagonist of the novel. He is seen into a pattern called life. The novel covers his major live events until he supposedly dies at the age of 45. But the question is, was he happy and a well fit in that? May be or may be not? Aryan is a special child – he has unspoken challenges and questions for the society. Paradoxically, is the society in which he lives and falls back capable of clarifying his doubts? Read on the book to know his tussle with hi…

Book Review: A Week with Enya by Amar B. Singh

A Week with Enya by Amar B. Singh is a delicate collection of poems concerning the voice of a father and a life explorer. The collection offers over 20 poems, mostly written in simple, lucid, and prosaic form. Each poem is a gem in the collection and makes us cogitate about us being human and our existence.

Through contemporary poems, it has become a saga profound to challenge the perceptions that gripped our beliefs and allied existence. This collection is quite modern in its semblance, as we run through the poems and prose, we find the voice of the poet shuttling between his desires and his life at working ambiences. There is everything that it’s being a modern poetry collection, for instance, in the poem ‘The Pursuit of Intelligence’ the poet mocks the smart people for lusting after smart technologies like AI, ML, etc., but the same smart people are unable to communicate with an innocent, subtly autistic, child. Isn’t ironical?
The way Amar Singh weaves the voice and overall backdr…

Book Review: University on Watch (Crisis in the Academy) by J Peters

I am familiar with J Peters, I had read his first novel (probably first in the school/college series) Small Fingernails. That novel was more on teenage madness along with a love story and mental health instability. It was good – how he chased Dorothea and broke with her was a little embarrassing and uncomfortable for me. But overall, I enjoyed the author’s conviction and honesty in narration.

His second novel University on Watch, presumably a sequel to Small Fingernailsis a terrific knock on the malleable hearts and adamant minds. The protagonist, written in biographical way, J Peters, this time posing as SUS struggles to get admission in English Graduate School at New London College. The only sad thing about the narration was author’s affinity for trouble in the form of drugs and suicidal attempts. This frustrates many close to him, including his parents; subsequently, he grows barren and secluded. But still, his will to overcome the mental health issues seem taking corners when he …

Book Review: The Invisible Protectors by S. A. Khan

As the novel opens up, we see the female protagonist, Neera Singh, is spoilt for job choices, but before she could decide on her pick, she gets a call from a strange recruiting agency offering her a position irrelevant to her excellent academic achievement. After many rounds of discussions on this new job offer, she accepted to work overseas as an undercover agent wearing a mask of an Indian Foreign Services Officer. Her first posting was in Hong Kong, and while she was working to unearth a racket involved in shipping fake Indian currency, she gets to know Dr. Prakash Rao, working for the Indian Intelligence Agency as Head of Hong Kong operations.

Soon both, Neera and Prakash had to work together, first to get the culprits who were pumping the fake currency into the country and then to investigate the truth behind the deaths of three agents, which were confirmed as ill-fated casualties. As you delve deep into the storyline, things become clear and follow a set line for solving the puz…

Book Review: Small Fingernails (Even Less Love) by J Peters

Small Fingernails by J Peters is a beautifully written part romance, part biographical novel. Though the novel is short, its narrative has strict voice and an amazing sense of intensity. After reading it in one sitting at night, I woke up with a feeling that love is a delicate fabric, only those who care for it can handle and deserve it.

Since the protagonist of the novel is a college lad ‘Jacques’, I personally feel that the novel got a juvenile attitude towards a tender feeling called love. It is right to reckon that the young lad screwed up his love life owing to mean friends around and some mental instability issues. From college guys, maturity cannot be expected overnight, thus I understood why there were a lot of mood swings and disturbances when the lead guy is chasing his girl Dorothea.
The story is backdropped against a college in Freedomtown where the lead character Jacques is all excited about his coming college years, especially when he gets into a group of friends. Some o…

Book Review: Stories of Us (The Common Man) by Bobby Sachdeva

Simple, superb, and engaging! In one word, this collection is lollapalooza. Forty one stories and each story substantial enough to stir your soul. Also, the morals the stories carry forward can never go unnoticed. ‘Stories of Us’ (The Common Man) by Bobby Sachdeva is a book needs to be savoured by the society in its raw form. High on societal grim realities, this collection provides enough fodder for perception change that you hold for common folks.

The author’s main focus has been on all the aspects of our society, the range covers issues and privations from low to medium to elite class people. There are some things like pain, suffocation, prejudice, and miserableness – it is found everywhere. Well, at times poor suffer in the devoid of facilities, and rich get it via unspoken misery.
Stories like Boarding Pass, The Bright Old Scooter, 56 Offerings, The Theft are strict on social status facade but from within a strange void troubles for peacemaking, while My Sunday Father, True Love…