Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Book Review : The Seventh Cup

The Seventh Cup by Nitesh Kumar  Jain is a story set in Switzerland and Goa. It starts from a college campus where it describes the bonhomie of students. Slowly, it builds the romance brewing between Verona, a Swiss girl & Avinash ,an Indian student. Is this romance one sided or both are in love ? Verona has a boy friend back home. Avinash is jealous . Avinash is a good writer. He scripts the play which is enacted by Verona ,himself & others. And then Verona is gone. Avinash is heartbroken.

The scene shifts to Switzerland .The story now transforms into a thriller .Verona is missing. A group of students are in Switzerland to study archeology. And suddenly ,an Indian girl Ria, in the group dies.She has committed suicide. A husband & wife duo are searching missing persons .Verona's case is being handled by the wife detective. Does she succeed in searching Verona ? Avinash states that though he filed the missing Verona's complaint, he wants to withdraw as Verona meets him daily. And yet ,nobody seems to have seen her since quite some time . Is Avinash day dreaming ? Is Verona alive ? If so ,where is she ? Was Ria killed .If so ,who killed her & why ? And ,what is the seventh cup ? Is it significant ?

It starts with Chapter zero & ends in Chapter 10. There is Prologue & Epilogue as well.It has 312 pages & for Rs 300/- it is reasonably priced.It is printed at Repro India Limited.The e book format is easy to navigate & neatly spaced out.

There are elements of mind transportation ,laws of attraction etc in the story. It is neatly woven & makes the reader think in the direction of supernaturalism,magic et al.The pace builds up slowly & surely .The reader wants to unravel the mystery & yet ,the author keeps up the tempo . All in all ,an edge of the seat thriller !

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The Blurb

A student of history in Switzerland goes missing.

A man drinks exactly seven cups of coffee everyday in the same restaurant and believes in Mind Transportation. Two newly married Swiss detective agents arrive and begin a shocking tale of love, friendship, betrayal and death. From the colorful coasts of Goa, India to the enchanting backdrop of Zurich,Switzerland, the mystery of Verona Schmidt baffles everyone. With shocking twits and turns in every chapter, The Seventh Cup might just have the addictive flavor to stir the readers mind...may be forever !!!

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Meet the Author

Nitesh Kumar Jain (1987) spent his childhood days in the beautiful state of Assam in India and pursued his schooling at Carmel School, Jorhat. Later he went to BITS Pilani, KK Birla Goa Campus. He graduated as a Chemical Engineer in the year 2010 and worked as a trainee at Aditya Birla Chemicals inThailand for six months. He did his post-graduate work in Chemical and Bioengineering from ETH Zurich, Switzerland, and later (2012) worked as an intern at BASF AG, Basel. During his two-year stay in Switzerland, he conceptualized his debut novel, The Seventh Cup.

Apart from writing he loves photography and travelling to new countries to explore different cultures. Nitesh has visited several countries during the past few years such as Thailand, Switzerland, Italy, Germany,France, Austria,The Netherlands. He wish to visit Turkey, Australia and the Nordic countries in the coming years. He believes in the saying by Paulo Coelho: When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it!!!

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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Book Review : Mr Imperfect Series.

Aditi Chopra has penned three stories in "Mr Imperfect Series " .The three stories have characters who cross over from one to another of the stories.They are all linked in one perfect unit of a book.Yet ,each story is complete by itself.

The first tale is "House of Love " .It is about Nikki ,a real estate broker who falls for her client Karan.  Virat is Nikki's brother & training under her. Virat acres cares for his sister. Nikki's mom is fine with Karan as long as dad agrees to Nikki's choice. Nikki yearns for her dad to admire her .And when he does, Nikki seems to turn herself away from the love of her life. Will Nikki & Karan ever get together again ?Will it be, happily ever after for Nikki-Karan ?

The second story in the series is "Arranged Marriage " .It is about Sonali a girl from Meerut who marries NRI ,Ishan. Sonali loves household work.Sonali is shocked that Ishan says yes to get hooked to her. Honeymoon over ,they settle down in Dallas.It seems they have found love.Then Sonali gets a feeling that Ishan is trying to mould her. Is Sonali right ? Is Ishan trying to force his views on Sonali who is convinced that she is not the right choice for Ishan. Does Sonali leave Ishan to go back to India ? Is Ishan able to convince Sonali about his intentions ?

The last story in the "Mr Imperfect Series " is "Love Tango " It is about a dancer Maya & Tahir.Tahir is from Turkey.Maya is an Indian settled in Dallas.Maya falls for handsome Tahir.And soon discovers that Tahir has been using her.She is hurt .She withdraws from Tahir. Is Tahir taking undue advantage of Maya ? Is Maya right in assuming that Tahir is exploiting her ? Will they stick together or go their different ways ?

All these tales are of NRIs in Dallas ,USA. Aditi Chopra makes her characters travel to Alaska & other places in US.This adds to the beauty of the stories. They are all light romantic reads. And all the people are ordinary people who love & respect each other.They have their faults & yet are willing to overlook the faults in their lovers.A breezy read !

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The Blurb

Three intriguing women, Three Imperfect men, Three fascinating stories!

House of Love
Real estate agent Nikki Desai has a rule of not dating her clients. When she hosts an open house on a cold Dallas afternoon, she didn't know what was in store for her. Much like Dallas' unexpected weather, Karan Malhotra, a business consultant, walks into her life and challenges every belief she holds close to her heart. Karan manages to cajole Nikki, but is she making a mistake in breaking her rule by dating Karan?

Arranged Marriage
Arranged marriage - where love happens after marriage or does it? Ishan, a NRI from Dallas, Texas visits his home country, India and gets entangled in his parents' plan to get him married. Sonali is a simple girl from a small town called Meerut and has no desire to leave India. However, she reluctantly agrees to marry Ishan. But when she settles with him in a foreign country, she is completely lost and homesick. Will Sonali find love in a conventionally arranged marriage?

Love Tango
Maya Sarin is sensuous and enterprising. She runs a dance school in the suburb of Dallas. Tahir Ali is an aspiring author who owns a Mediterranean restaurant in the area. When his regular dancer bails out on him, he rushes in Maya as a replacement. Maya is the inspiration that he had been longing for; she feeds his creative soul. Do they have any future together? Explore their passion and intrigue in Love Tango.

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Aditi Chopra was born in India and now lives in Texas with her family. She writes NRI (Non Resident Indian) fiction and non-fiction books.

Aditi has an engineering background but she has found her creative bone in fiction writing. Her stories range from Contemporary Romance to Women's Fiction. You might see a glimpse of Bollywood in her stories and will definitely enjoy the emotional ride.

Aditi focuses on leadership skills in her non-fiction books. Her readers get practical take-aways that they can utilize in their career.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Subsistence !

MPs enjoy food subsidy worth crores was a headline in Times of India dated 23rd June,2015.

.This information was brought to light as activist S.C Agarwal had posed an RTI query.As per the reply received, our elected netas get cheap food in the canteen of the Parliament house. Actually ,cheap is incorrect. Cheapest ,it is. Where else in India ,can anyone get a three course lunch for a mere Rs 61  ?

And the same MPs had serious reservations about   regarding the Food Subsidy Bill  . On second thoughts ,they knew that food subsidized goes waste .In fact ,it adds to the widening waist / s of the honorable members of Parliament. ! Is it any wonder, that when they get desserts like Khubani ka meetha at  dirt cheap rates  of Rs 15 /- ,it will be gobbled up too soon ? After all ,Kal kisne dekha hai ? 

In 2013,netas,Raj Babbar ,Rasheed Masood had declared that food was available at Rs 12/ - in Mumbai & Rs 5/- in Delhi  .They surmised that since ,in Parliament canteen ,food is  cheap ,food at other places must be even cheaper or  free of cost ! How can they be blamed for forming such opinions ? ! They were speaking from experience of the Parliamentary kind...canteen wise ! 

Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited canteen & enjoyed a meal....but obviously, such tempting rates attract high & the mighty.

Even non vegetarian food is available at discount of nearly 50 % as Hyderabadi mutton biryani in Parliament canteen cost Rs 50 while it s actual cost is Rs. 93. A neat subsidy of 50 %. Some dishes are subsidised more than 50 %.Like lunch costs Rs 61 though the cost to the exchequer is Rs 138.29.Come to think of it ,with food available at such throw away prices, our MPs are often found absent from Parliament..Every cloud has a silver lining. And they are found invariably in the canteen which is admirable rather than them being in the streets indulging in assaults, fights, riots, etal ! This is how the law & order problems, can be kept at bay ! That is why, there is no need for members to be sitting & passing laws in the Parliament. The presence of members in canteen assures that all is well with the state of the nation. 

Extending the same line of vision that makes inexpensive food handy  in the Parliament canteen ,  drinks should be made available as well.Soft as also hard ones. It would be such a blessing ! Then distress  like the recent Hooch tragedy which killed more than a 100 in  ,Mumbai would never happen. So many unwanted tragic deaths can be prevented.And it has been said time & again, that prevention is better than cure ! No one would dare to adulterate liquor ( made available at the Parliament canteen ) to make it deadly.. After all ,our MPs are representatives of our nation ! Subsidised  drinks would solve water problem as well.Water is becoming scarce  a.As per press reports India will become a  water scarce nation by 2025. So preferable  to start saving water. What better alternative ,can be there  to water, than subsidised  drinks ? ! 

The Parliament canteen prices must be replicated all over our nation ,in every city ,town & village.Subsidized food & drink will make it possible for aam junta to subsist !

And then ,our MPs  would  drink,eat  & make merry.And then it will be a merry go nation ! And we will all keep going round & round in circles till we all fall down ! Literally & in real terms as well.Because our fallen MPs can only lead  all towards depths of despair ! 
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