Sunday, 30 December 2012

Let’s untitle love: My entry for the get published contest



Bavya and Advaith are best friends from time immemorial. Suchi, Advaith’s girlfriend and Bavya get campus placement with a MNC and move to Banglore. While Sarang, Bavya’s guy is okay with the idea, Advaith couldn’t handle the situation where both his best friend and girl are going away from him in a swish. Suchi, a girl from a conservative middleclass background oppressed by her manipulative mother, felt like a free bird let out her cage. Spring ended and autumn started in Advaith’s life once Suchi left to Banglore. The ever smooth relationship between Suchi and Advaith started taking the rough road from then on.

On the other hand, Suchi as an individual was welcomed to the life of modern woman: financially free, liberal to live the life of her will and wish. Life doesn’t seem what it is to be. Her perceptions and ideologies change. There is this smart guy in her office, who captures her eyes. To worsen things, Suchi forgets calling Bavya on reaching office on a rainy day and her mobile remains switched off. Bavya, out of panic, calls Advaith to know if Suchi is fine as she always calls him on reaching office. When Advaith too has no clue panic strikes him too. But what happened was that her mobile ran out of charge and she was caught up in a training session unable to call.

Advaith screams at Suchi out of concern and she finds it out of proportion. After a bad day and weather all she wants is a break and asks Advaith not to call for a fortnight. The very next day out of frustration she sends an online message to the senior guy at office greeting him. What started as a small chat lead one thing to another taking the relationship to next level. Suchi, was not the same orthodox girl whom Bavya knew.
Advaith and Suchi’s anniversary was nearing and Advaith planned it to make it big and a patch up party. He wanted to surprise her with candles and cakes at her flat which she shared with Bavya. Bavya, unable to hurt her friend neither with the facts nor wanting to give him any hope simply goes with the stream with only one thought: Advaith’s love deserves another chance. If this is the shot then she was all ready to help him.

What happens on the eve of Advaith and Suchi’s anniversary and the aftermath is something which no one can predict. Will Suchi’s change have an impact on Bavya’s nature too? Why is Bavya and Sarang’s relationship smooth while Suchi and Advaith have a tough one? Will this relationship problem between Advaith and Suchi affect Sarang and Bavya’s relationship too? Set from the view of Bavya, this is an usual at the same time an unusual one set in the backdrop of Banglore and a tier- II city called Coimbatore in Tamilnadu picturing the paradigm shift of a girl’s mind with freedom and exposure. This is my entry for the HarperCollins–IndiBlogger Get Published contest, which is run with inputs from Yashodhara Lal and HarperCollins India .

Saturday, 22 December 2012

Human- A yet another predator! Lets educate not train!




The current happenings around the world give me a new perspective to see the whole human race. Humans are no way different from other species that live on this earth. There is nothing called as “humanity- an organ” like heart and lungs which every human is born with. Humans are the most lethal predator in this earth. Killing the same species for pleasure and not for survival.

Be it the Delhi gang rape incident in India, or the shooting spree at the US, or massacre of just born babies in Iraq, there is no trace of so called “humanity”. And I don’t understand the anger and protests for ruthless punishments. It creates no big difference between the wrong doers and the law protectors. Neither is the punishment going to set things back as it were for the victims, nor the past punishments have had any desired impact on the society. Vengeance is never a solution. It only quenches the violence thirst momentarily.  
Justice itself is a very subjective term. What might look like perfect justice in one’s eyes shall seem atrocious in another’s eyes. Physical torture or anything of that sort is never going to stop people from embracing violence. Aren’t we the descendants of the people who decreed Jesus to a gruesome death and later worship Him?

Any society, Any civilization at any point of time in the history has faced barbarous incidents like these. Neither have they stopped nor have we improved. May be the scientists can find a way to remove the responsible genes from our DNA setup for a peaceful world! 

The entire excerpt above is easier said than done. Unless you are the victim or it directly affects you, it is easy to talk philosophies and thoughts and not be agitated. But honestly, furiousness or protests seem to be remotely fruitful.  None of the protests are going to bring back the lost lives or the girl’s life.  Let us leave it to the victims to decide how they want to go about this.

Fine! What do we do? Sit back silently munch some popcorn n watch these? Choice is yours. Either do that or be the spark of change. Change happens from you. Actions speak louder than voice. Educate your child about violence ( not how to use it as a tool). Say that shooting is fun only in video game but not in real life. Or make sure that no one tries abusing the little girl baby of your neighbor. Unreported crimes’ pile would be taller than many peaks in the world! Protest!, at your neighborhood; in your first circle. Be the spark of change!

I’m the catalyst here! I’m starting the change with my close network thru this blog. So are you the spark of hope and change?

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Bankster- Book Review



Bankster is a financial thriller by Ravi. Amidst all those tech thrillers and history thrillers (Not that I complain) Bankster is a very different thriller with a different ground altogether. Not stopping with those hi-fi financial knots, the novel is also weaved with a ‘nuclear power conflict’ thread and ‘Diamond smuggling’ thread making it an artful tapestry.

The Protagonist having only 36 hours at his disposal, has to solve the series of cold blooded murders of the key employees in a bank and simultaneously unfold the mystery of the background which will reveal many shocking truths. Nothing is what as it seems! A fake company; a so called NGO with ulterior motive and what not!

The story on its own had followed a bunch of thriller protocol while breaking many. To name the broken rule, the story doesn’t start with a gripping start which is the conventional thriller protocol. But the twist with characters in the end is the exact ingredient of a thriller.

All the characters are well developed and matured is a big plus for the plot. Though there are too many characters, with clear plots it is pretty easy to remember. Same way, the characters are so alive and act according to the will of their own. No manipulations can be found. Ravi has clearly understood the twists of human behavior and has well handled them in crucial situations.

Bankster is one of the finest financial thrillers I have ever read along with ‘Not a Penny more; Not a penny less’ by Jeffery Archer. Ravi has an easy flow of words. No complicated words, No long sentences, I felt the book was apt for many young Indian readers. Sarcasm was at its peak during the climax (Which I really loved).

To name a few aspects which did not appeal like the rest of the story was the too many knots. Too many surprises and too many knots kind of acted like a spoiler. Also, there were many places where we know that some conversation happened but do not know the details of the conversation.  The same mystery would be resolved at a later point of time in the story. This technique has really worked magic in a few places, sending your curiosity to heights but at the same there were many places where this technique seemed like a flop leaving the reader quite irritated.

The corporate life portrayal by Ravi was good. He definitely has a knack for describing things. A well researched and intelligent novel! Being from commerce background, I felt proud that for the first time there are going to be those techy folks who are going to be awestruck with the kind of commerce tactics in the book (Just like how a non-techie would feel after reading Deception Point!). That too from an Indian author! (No offence!)

I could really see a glorious path ahead for Ravi and await more books from him. Bankster- A well choreographed piece of act making you bite the nails and turn the pages leaving you with rolling your eyes in the end.

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