Writing a novel is a daunting task.And being an author, I know that very well. However, reviewing is also a tough ask to do. If it is not equally hard as writing a book, it is not a cakewalk as well. I review the titles for you...so that you get exemplary books in your hand which can make your day, or even life.
THE STORY: You talk about an author and a picture comes
in your mind of a well-dressed gentleman coming out of an expensive car and
giving autographs to his crazy fans, who are chanting his name loudly. Girls
are yelling in astonishment of meeting someone they see in their dreams and
guys are jealous of his success and fame.
This is only one side of the coin. Have you ever imagined
an author travelling by an auto, bus or ‘metro-train’? If not, why? That’s because
we have not seen such authors as yet.
As attractive the lime-light of being an author appears,
it is as darker and uglier inside. It is all about marketing, promotion, money
and politics. ‘Beaten by bhagath’ shows exactly the same.
This story is about BB (Balwant Bhagath). Everything in
his life is well places until his lady-boss says that he can write well, and
can beat Ketan Bhagat (K-10 in this book).
K-10 was his room-mate and college buddy who becomes renowned
successful author lately and forgets about his friendship with BB.
BB starts writing a book ‘The Sinner’s Curse’ and takes
it as a direct competition with his old friend. There are many twists in the
story and it shows the reality of publishing industry (which is well
researched). Once you complete the story, you will have an idea that why a
common middle class man can barely dream of being an author?
Story is crisp and well written. Why ‘Bhagath’ has been used
in this book is quite obvious (free publicity, thanks to CB). Though the
starting of the story is dull and it becomes hard to continue reading at some
instances. But suddenly it gets pace and an emotional/funny/reality ending sums
up the book.
THE WRITING: The language is sharp and dictionary free.
The sentence constructions are particularly good and people can connect with
the protagonist. As the story crosses its 9th page, it becomes tad
slow but still the analytical skill of writer is appreciable. Writer has
compared the book with a ‘slut’ which could make no sense. There are some ‘so
called’ funny incidents which fail to make reader smile. Apart from little
lapses I would say the writing and editing both had been good throughout the
THE CONCLUSION: People often think that getting a book
publish is a cake-walk. Let me tell you that among millions of people, who try
to write or publish a book, only 100 get success. And only 10 of those 100
lucky people get chance to write again in life. This book shows a big reality
of dirty politics and money game in publishing industry. The people who are
looking forward to write a book should read this book. The entertainment
quotient of the book may be low but the reality quotient is high. I would not
recommend this book to people who get depress very easily.
Book: The Bhagavad
Author: Originally written by Rishi Ved Vyasa
Pages:1008 (differs every
X-FACTOR:Reality of life
My Rating:3.95 out of 5
I have not written
a single review for weeks now; the reason is that I was reading something which
is really hard to finish quickly. The depth and reasoning of this book is
almost unexplainable. I am not talking about a book written by some unknown or
renowned author. I am talking about a book which is one of the pillars of
Hinduism and which was narrated by a god himself while written by one of the
wisest brains of his era, Maharishi Ved Vyasa – I am sure most of the Hindus
or people who study about Hinduism could have guessed, The Gita.
THE BACKGROUND: There
is no specific story of ‘The Gita’; the different teachings of Lord Krishna to
Arjuna have been assembled into a separate book from the Hindu epic ‘Mahabharata’.
Krishna, who was considered as the 8th
incarnation of Lord Vishnu, acted as the charioteer of his best friend and
cousin ‘Arjuna’ (who has been addressed as ‘Partha’). While biggest armies ever
stood ready to fight each other, Arjuna was haunted by the guilt of killing his
own relatives, teacher and friends. He dropped his bow named ‘Gandiva’ and
seemed succumbed to the situation. Krishna, understanding his situation and for
the sake of motivating him, narrated very long teachings and told him about the
reality of Yoga, soul, life, death and reincarnation.
THE BELIEFS: Before we get into the beliefs of ‘The
Gita’, it is essential to know few facts about the narrator. Apart from the
fact that he was the incarnation of Vishnu, he was known to be very tactful and
mischievous god, someone like ‘Loki’ from Greek mythology. Though unlike ‘Loki’
Krishna used his tact and tricks for goodness but as we all know the victorious
is never villain because he supervises the facts and history being written in
his era. Who knows if ‘Loki’ could have won the battles against ‘Thor’ then he
may have projected himself as the good one and Thor as the villain.
‘कर्मणयेवाधिकारस्तेमाफलेषुकदाचन’ is one of the most famous lines from the book. It says that
you should do your duties and not worry about the results. This line has been
misinterpreted and has been misunderstand by many people. It seems as the basic
principle on which corporate works. They want us to do our work and forget
about the incentives. But in book, Krishna suggests Arjuna that you should not
associate yourself with the result because whatever which happened, is
happening or will happen is due to me (the supreme power), hence you should not
accuse yourself for any of the incidents occurring or which is about to take
There are numerous teachings in this book which
tells us about life and death. Many of the teachings are relevant and many of
them seem just literature and unpractical.
THE CONCLUSION: This book has been
rewritten and translated in many languages, and every time it happens, new
meanings of the ‘Shlokas’ and new facts are unearthed. Actually ‘The Bhagavad Gita’ is like a mirror. You see what you
wish to. If you want to run away from your daily routine forever and be a ‘Sanyasi’
you will see ‘Vairagya’ in the book. If you are a warrior then you will see
justification of murdering people in it. Even if you are a thief or criminal,
you see your actions as that of god’s, you are just medium. So, it works like a
mirror and everyone who reads it, derives his own meanings.
In whole book the
narrator talks about ‘Yoga’ and its different forms but even though the
teachings are clear, one can manipulate it for his own benefit. The three forms
of ‘Yoga’, goodness, passion and ignorance are very confusing because no one
other than you can judge your actions. The brain which controls the soul or the
soul which supervises the brain will do everything which can make the body’s
situation better without worrying about being good or bad and it will be
considered as his ‘Karma’, seems strange.
It is confusing
for readers as how people rewriting ‘Gita’ differ from the original one
(including Swami Prabhupada). For me ‘Gita’ is just a bunch of instructions
given to Arjuna to make him fight. If Krishna talks about being ‘Yogi’ and not
being materialistic then what was ‘the slaughtering’ of millions of people for
just getting a piece of land. Whenever I read about ‘Duryodhna’ I feel bad because
he was not an evil like Ravana, Kansa and many others. He was just a spoiled kid
who eventually died because of his wrong beliefs.
To conclude, I
will suggest you that if you are going to read this, just be neutral and learn
whatever you want to. Applying its all teachings in real life is almost
impossible. So, try and develop your own outcomes with its guidance.
It teaches you to
be happy in whatever you do, small or big and don’t worry about its goodness
and badness because the only one, who can judge you, is the soul which has the
essence of god. All the Brahmins, judges, police, politicians, parents and teachers
are the structures of this society not someone you should must obey to. The
supreme power is soul and whatever he does, is eventually right (At least politicians
would feel happy if they get such clean-chit).
Disclaimer: If ‘Bhagavad Gita’ had been the base of
our lives, there would have been no AC, TV, Cars, different dishes and so on.
So, try and follow it partially, until you don’t feel the burden of teachings.
And yes, all the views written are my personal opinions and I have no intentions
to hurt someone’s emotions. As far as ‘Hinduism’ is concerned, it is far away
from being graced or disgraced, nobody has the capacity to do so.