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Book Review: The Wire in the Blood by Val McDermid

The wire in the blood is another addition to the Tony Hill-Carol Jordan series by the terrific Scottish author Val McDermid.
The story starts off with the killer identifying his next victim and charming her so expertly that she agrees to meet him alone without telling any living soul. The only problem is that the readers know who the killer is. The author herself reveals the perpetrator in the first few pages and the novel turns out to be a thriller instead of a whodunit. Dr Tony Hill is heading a newly formed department within the police which goes by the name of National Profiling Task Force. Dr Tony Hill is still reeling from the after effects of a previous case in which he almost died.
New interns are hired to work under Tony Hill and the task force must prove itself to the higher authorities so that the force is taken seriously. The task force is not given any high-profile cases to begin with and so they are forced to work with cold cases to impart training to the new interns. Sha…

Book Review: A Century is Not Enough by Sourav Ganguly

A century is Not Enough: My Rollercoaster Ride to Success is narrated by Sourav Ganguly and written by Gautam Bhattacharya. As you can make out from the title that in the world of cricket performance is everything, that’s why Ganguly emphasizes that one century is not enough. As a player, one has to keep rolling. Consistency matters most. As expected that this book will cover each and every moment of Dada, well it is just 254 pages, and covers only the main cricketing issues of his life. Also the book is famous for motivational stuff. Dada asserts that, “Choose the most challenging path to emerge out as a winner in life.” There is no glory for mediocre players in this game, as a matter of fact in any sports.

Here Ganguly talked about his first game at the Lords (he scored a century there) and the nervousness that surrounded him then, also people labeled him as an East Zone Quota player. He also talked about his stint as a captain and what he did to groom new players, how he instilled…

Book Review: The Body Nirvana by Garima Gupta

The Body Nirvana by Garima Gupta is a self-help book that delves into the subject of weight loss, health, positive thinking, stress management and many more aspects that can overall affect one’s health and life. The book comprises ten useful chapters, each one linking to another meaningfully, and a slew of topics have been covered expertly, like from the basic health concept to imagination to feast and many more. Each chapter has been put forward in a systematic way, discussing the fun facts, activities, real stories, and in the end notes & tricks for revision.

The crux point of the book is to break the jinx associated with weight loss. People do a plethora of things to get rid of extra weight in order to look smart, fit, and presentable. However, they do not know what the actual process is for losing weight and gaining a happy state of mind with their body. Instead, they go on rigorous dieting (which partially means ‘die’), abstain themselves from their favourite food, unwilling…

Book Review: Here Comes Mr. Oliver by Ruskin Bond

Here Comes Mr. Oliver by Ruskin Bond is a short story. The narrator is a schoolboy called Bond (probably Ruskin himself). Mr. Oliver is a scoutmaster and maths teacher of Bond’s class. Bond is quite bad at maths. Mr. Oliver always gives grace marks to Bond to get his exams passed. Mr. Oliver is a man of wisdom but he always wears a scornful look. There is something that haunts him and probably that his past life’s failure such as on the day of wedding when he was waiting at the church his woman run away with a sailor. He is forty and a little bit stoop. He looks alone and keeps his professional life unmixed from the personal life. Students thank him for grace marks but he shows no difference to them. Internally, he does well to people, but he does not receive their acknowledgement.

To his company, Mr. Oliver has a pup. That pup that revolves around him is not friendly to anyone except Mr. Oliver. The dog bites at students and sniffs at their ankles. For this reason, boys call the dog…

Book Review: Yakshini by Neil D’Silva

Meenakshi laughed. “What is magic? Simply a name for things we don’t know yet. For illusions…”

Meenakshi Patil is in her teens, still playing her childhood games, unaware of the changes to her body and oblivious to the eyes that follow her as she travels from the market to her home. The youngest of the seven daughters, she lives in her forefather’s ancestral home with her parents who are only concerned with the pending nuptials of their girls and; sisters who distance themselves from their reclusive sibling. She is left to love and play only with her companion who is a grand Sal tree.

As time passes, she grows into a beautiful lady with distinct physical features which is more of a curse for the Patil household than a god-sent bon. Most of the tragedies in her life occur due to this beauty she holds. Peculiar events begin to occur around Meenakshi and her innocence is questioned by people who were once close to her. She desperately tries to find an answer to her problems only to come…

Book Review: The Window by Ruskin Bond

The window is a screen and the world outside is a picture. This statement briefly sums up the theme of the short story ‘The Window’ by Ruskin Bond. The narrator takes a room on the roof of a long building. There are no other rooms on the roof; his room is the lone one. The beautiful thing about the room is its window. From the window, the narrator sees the world that lies out and far. He watches sunrise from there, and on the street down he observes people shuttling up and down, like passers-by, tongawallah, cycle-rickshaws, men, and children and so on. Just opposite the window, there is a huge banyan tree on which crows, mynahs, squirrels and other interesting insects live and fidget with each other.

After some days, an eleven-year-old girl called Koki comes to this place, possibly to while away the summer in the hill station. The narrator watches her from the window and says that there is magic in his room. She comes and then he made her watch the world of colors through the window…