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BOOK REVIEW

         

“Invoked”
           (The Hymns of War)

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                        Written By – Karan Bhatia

Blurb – Krishna is a common man, leading a simple and content life with his wife, daughter and parents. A twisted accident leaves the family shattered and exposed to attacks from the netherworld. The attacks are the small, but integral pieces of the bigger picture.

As the family fights back and Krishna struggles to prove himself as the man of the house, the darkest chapters from his past re-open, unleashing a torrent of pain and desolation. Krishna decides to embark on a spiritual journey to save his family.

Does he succeed?

How does his journey affect the impending war?

Invoked is the first book of the Hymns of War series.

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To be read books

– See more at: https://notionpress.com/read/invoked#… 

My Review – Like always let’s start with a quote –

 

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-2″

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3rd and 4th February

3rd and 4th February

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REVIEW —

The Strive – An Endeavour to Change the World

by Saurish Hegde

 3.50  ·   Rating Details  ·  6 Ratings  ·  1 Review

Blurb

Nishanth Hegde, is an upcoming Oncologist in the city of Mangaluru. His father and his business partners own a successful hospital chain. Nishanth, whose ultimate aim in life of changing the world, gets the opportunity when his scientist friend Ramdas offers him an Experiment, an experiment which could potentially save the world from the deadliest viruses and give mind reading powers. This experiment was their path to greatness. Nishanth even finds true love in his girlfriend, Navya but things suddenly start going wrong when he receives a phone call from an unknown person who seeks to do the same experiment and needs Nishanth’s precious blood for it. Thus the events unfold. This makes Nishanth and Ramdas search for the person, their arch rivals Adishakthi and Dhanush being their prime suspects but this search leads to a mysterious turn of events with an epic conclusion which will shock you to the core.

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MY REVIEW –

Not the best, not bad.

This story is written by a twenty year old medical student and I guess whoever reads this book will figure that out by the second chapter.

The novel started with various promises, one of them being ‘a suspenseful read’. I didn’t find anything unpredictable in the book. I regret to say that the story really lacked thrill.

Let’s see the positive side of the story and the characters.

Nishanth (delete the n and you can form my name) Hegde (also the author’s Sir name) is a wonderful and benevolent human being. He is a 32 year old doctor who is always helping others whenever and however he could. I liked Nishanth, he really comes as a good and strong protagonist. He wants to help the cancer patients who can’t pay their medical bills and simultaneously, he is working with his scientist friend, Ramdas on an experiment that can save many human lives.

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So you understand, why I really like the lead in this story.

Freely we serve

Because we freely love, as in our will

To love or not; in this we stand

or fall.

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Then comes his love life. The author failed here. Navya, a clothing designer, loves him and he loves her just as much as the world loves water. What I didn’t get was why the first breakup happened? It was completely unnecessary and lingering. The novel was going fine till that part. The love scenes were awkward and fast. Instead of concentrating on Navya, knowing more about Dhanush and Kashyap would have been better.

Long story short, the protagonist is a doctor who is experimenting with Ramdas to make a medicine that can cure the deadliest diseases. Side by side, the protagonist falls in love with Navya. The experiment is done on him as his blood is immune. The bad guys want him. We don’t know who the bad guys are. He gets threat calls and he with his friend, Kashyap makes a plan which brings us slowly towards the end.

Rating3.5 stars. I know you people are thinking that why am I giving it a almost 4 star if the book is not up to the mark.

– I really read this book in one go, so yeah it is quite irresistible.

– The writing style is neither flat nor difficult.

– The lead of the story is very likeable. A specimen of a good caring human being.

– The story till 60% was definitely good.
– The problems with editing is not author’s fault. I will ask the author (through my review) to get the book proofread again (if he can). There are many spelling mistakes (which is again the editor’s fault)

– For a debut, it was applaudworthy.

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And its my brother's birthday. Love you bhai.

It’s our (reviewers) duty to write honest reviews and I definitely recommend it.

Happy Birthday to my Loving Brother! Bless you. Wish you healthy and peaceful years ahead.

Whenever I am upset, he tells me, ” Life isn’t over. What if you couldn’t do ‘that’? There is always something you can do, don’t ever let your past master your future.”

     

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God, Bless him with a really long and healthy life.

Till next blog, CIAO.

Nishtha Singh

 
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Posted by on February 4, 2016 in 2016, 3.5 stars, debut, Giveaway

 

30th January

30th January

Last year, on this date, my loving brother got married to the love of his life. They are together from nine years and may be together for hundreds more.

Love you guys

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Today I read another bestseller novel, just not fiction.

A famous NonFiction Novel

Eat, Pray, Love”

by Elizabeth Gilbert (Goodreads Author)

 3.47  ·   Rating Details  ·  1,043,897 Ratings  · 46,356 Reviews

BLURB

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I love this cover the most

In her early thirties, Elizabeth Gilbert had everything a modern American woman was supposed to want–husband, country home, successful career–but instead of feeling happy and fulfilled, she felt consumed by panic and confusion. This wise and rapturous book is the story of how she left behind all these outward marks of success, and of what she found in their place. Following a divorce and a crushing depression, Gilbert set out to examine three different aspects of her nature, set against the backdrop of three different cultures: pleasure in Italy, devotion in India, and on the Indonesian island of Bali, a balance between worldly enjoyment and divine transcendence.

My review – I give it a 3.5 stars.

Did I like the story? Or the memoir?

No, I couldn’t. Liz was selfish, I couldn’t like her character. 

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What I did like?

This is a true story, the writer’s honesty is something that not only surprised me but also made me respect her. Yes, Liz was self absorbed and yes, if this was a normal fiction story, I would have given it two stars, maybe less. But what we are failing to realise is that this is not fiction, the protagonist is not perfect. She is not going to get perfect. This is a non fiction story narrated quite nicely by the author. 

How she portrayed India was beautiful. The character Tulsi was cute, enthusiastic and funny.

I don’t think I wasted my time by reading it. I had to read it, I hated it, I liked it and I am content.

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About the Movie —

https://www.google.co.in/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=http://m.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3Dmjay5vgIwt4&ved=0ahUKEwidxq-t9NHKAhUDS44KHT7BBegQtwIIGjAA&usg=AFQjCNGHmp0I77iPC_jlQR9SGMzPN6u_HQ

Nishtha Singh

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2016 in 2016, 3.5 stars, movie and book