The oath of Vayuputras by Amish Tripathi, Finished reading in March 25th 2013
“Shiva is gathering his forces. He reaches the Naga capital, Panchavati, and Evil is finally revealed. The Neelkanth prepares for a holy war against his true enemy, a man whose name instills dread in the fiercest of warriors.
India convulses under the onslaught of a series of brutal battles. It’s a war for the very soul of the nation. Many will die. But Shiva must not fail, no matter what the cost. In his desperation, he reaches out to the ones who have never offered any help to him the Vayuputras. Will he succeed? And what will be the real cost of battling Evil? To India? And to Shiva’s soul?”
Finally I am done with the most celebrated book series in India. First of all a virtual standing ovation to the author who mesmerized millions with his out of the world ideas and down to earth writing. How brilliantly the author converted illusion and magic of Indian mythology into simple and thought provoking ideas?!! Rarely you see such intelligence in thinking. Writing and editing of the book has been average though.
Oath of Vayuputra’s – nevertheless, stands 3rd in the entire series. I find the narration a little over stretched in the book. I was looking forward to Shiva’s Fury and how he avenges his Sati. I am disappointed with the lusterless way it has been accomplished. As per the myth, Shiva’s rage had no bounds and in the book it fades in comparison to the fearsome fight sati had in the end. The fight appeared as the finale and revenge just seemed like a post script note.
Enjoyed the series. Looking forward to reading the tale of a war – Mahabharat from the author.
Lets go with a 3….errr…3.5, extra .5 for the awesome depiction of Sati and her valiant fight.
The Age of Miracles by Keren Thompson Walker, Finished reading in February.
“On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, 11-year-old Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life–the fissures in her parents’ marriage, the loss of old friends, the hopeful anguish of first love, the bizarre behavior of her grandfather who, convinced of a government conspiracy, spends his days obsessively cataloging his possessions. As Julia adjusts to the new normal, the slowing inexorably continues.”
Age of Miracles is of Sci-Fi – apocalyptic genre, one of my favorite. Normally I would have finished it sooner. But this one kept reminding me of Anne Frank and her Diary. Author picked a good thread for the story – slowing down of earth – an unexpected catastrophe and how it impacts the little world of Julia who is about to turn twelve.
The book slowly traverses through the erosion of Earth and all of its flora and fauna. It brings out the melancholy almost perfectly. But somewhere down the line, it almost turns into a mere documentary titled ‘What happens when earth slows down’. Juali’s emotional, personal journey makes less progress at the end.
Spoilers – may be…careful..
If I ever meet the author in person, I want to ask her how the hell did earth slow down? No explanation is given in the book! I was breaking my head for the next one week wondering what ‘extra’ forces could have caused the slowdown. Well I prefer an explanation in the book itself which is missing. I find it very annoying. Also What happens outside the world of California\USA during the slowdown still remains as a mystery. During the times when information flies faster than thoughts, I am not sure why Julia missed the global impact of the slowdown.
I would go with a 2.5 only for this. It left me with an unsatisfied feeling! ‘Why’s were floating in my head even after finished of the last page of the book.
Virtually yours by Joanne Huspek, Finished reading in February.
“Thanks to the prodding of sassy Manhattanite Janna Abraham, the Virtual Moms allow North Carolina stay-at-home parent and romance novelist Asheley MacDaniel, entree into their club. A recent Iraq War widow and alone with an adorable young son, Ashe proves a sympathetic figure. Although some of members initially balk, Ashe fits in easily — perhaps too easily — sharing valuable insights on the personal dramas of Missy and Laurel, while gaining strong rapport with Ally and Skye.
Skeptical Celia is not as easily swayed as her friends. Who is this Asheley MacDaniel, and why are the VMs in virtual love with this newbie? Why is Ashe so secretive, and why won’t she email photos of herself and her five-year-old? And who was the stranger who answered the phone when Celia called?”
Surprise! Surprise! When I started with this book, I never expected the book to be so gripping. Considering the theme of virtual relationships, full kudos to the author for making it an engrossing novel. Author has immensely succeeded in creating an mystery around Asheley MacDaniel and keeps the tempo up till the end. I thoroughly enjoyed the book.
Ending was ok with no major twists and turns. One thing which disappointed me is Character Celia’s apology mail. Being a little bit protective and careful about strangers and being skeptical about newbies was not as bad as portrayed. I did not get the whole point of the apology mail for being protective about the loved ones and being skeptical about a person who is obviously been lying to them for almost a year. Its simple does not do justice.
Lets go with a 4…. I loved reading it.