Tuesday, December 31, 2013

#BookReview : The Other Side by Faraaz Kazi, Vivek Banerjee

On the jacket:


"A slow rasping sound made me turn. I jumped back, the cell phone leaving my hands and smashing against the concrete floor. Someone was seated on the chair, rocking back and forth. Through the fallen light, I could see those hands placed on the arms of the chair, two gruesome wrinkled limbs with ugly boils plastered over the black skin. The red bangles on its wrists shone in my eyes, momentarily blinding me. That thing and I call it a thing because I could sense it wasn't human as no human could have such a hideous form, as vile an existence as the one seated opposite to my horrified self."  From a honeymoon in the hill that goes horribly wrong to an obsessed lover who wants his first love in life and in death; From a mentally deranged man who collects body parts of various women to stitch together his dream girl to a skeptic who enters a mansion of horrors to win a bet and much more, this book is filled with scenarios that are guaranteed to give you goosebumps and sleepless nights.  'The Other Side' is a collection of thirteen tales of the paranormal; a world that our eyes refuse to see, our ears deny hearing and our senses ignore the feel of. This is a book for someone who is brave enough to take up this invitation to journey through uncharted waters along with the authors, who were inspired by some bizarre experiences to pen down this work where the lines of reality have been blurred by the footsteps of imagination.  Each story takes you on a tour de force of unadulterated horror and draws upon the deepest fear in the human mind- the fear of the UNKNOWN!

Review:

This is the first ever book on the paranormal that I have written by an Indian author. I was very curious about this book and the moment it arrived, I dug in. I love short stories and I love horror tales. To add to this, the book is co-authored. 

The book begins with a Prelude, in which Vivek and Faraaz, have travelled to Mussoorie, to relax and write together. While travelling, they get talking and start sharing their own spooky experiences, and discussing if they believe in ghosts. Thirteen short stories, each in different backdrops, leave your spooked as a reader.

Talking about any of the stories individually, would mean delving into the climax, but I want to say that both the authors equally excelled in spinning horror tales with absolute ease. Few stories didn't scare me (doesn't mean they are not scary), some scared the wits out of me and some were weird. No themes were too repeated, plots are new all throughout. The Man Who Did Not Fear is my personal favourite of all the stories.

Rating: ****.5/5

This book review is a part of The Readers Cosmos Book Review Program. To get free books log on to thereaderscosmos.blogspot.com

Sunday, December 29, 2013

#Giveaway : Four Miles To Freedom: Escape from a Pakistani POW Camp by Faith Johnston

and 
bring to you a chance to win a copy of

 Four Miles To Freedom: Escape from a Pakistani POW Camp 

by 

Faith Johnston

About the book:

When Flight Lieutenant Dilip Parulkar was shot down over Pakistan on 10 December 1971, he quickly turned that catastrophe into the greatest adventure of his life. On 13 August 1972, Parulkar, along with Malvinder Singh Grewal and Harish Sinhji, escaped from a POW camp in Rawalpindi. Four Miles to Freedom is their story. Based on interviews with eight Indian fighter pilots who helped prepare the escape and the two who escaped, as well as research into other sources, Four Miles is also the moving, sometimes amusing, account of how twelve fighter pilots from different ranks and backgrounds coped with deprivation, forced intimacy and the pervasive uncertainty of a year in captivity and how they came together to support Parulkars courageous escape plan.

About Random House India:

Random House is the world's largest English-language general trade book publisher and has been a leading force in the Indian book market for several years. Random House India started its operations in July 2005 and their acclaimed writers include Rujuta Diwekar, Anita Desai, Namita Devidayal, Mohammed Hanif, Jhumpa Lahiri, Manju Kapur, Daniyal Mueenuddin and Basharat Peer. As part of the overseas structure of The Random House Group in the UK, we also distribute our international list that includes writers such as Salman Rushdie, Vikas Swarup, Ian McEwan, Dan Brown, J M Coetzee, Bill Bryson, Deepak Chopra, Edward de Bono, and Robert Harris. 

Terms and conditions of the giveaway:

1.  Answer below.

2. Giveaway is restricted to India only.

3. Decision taken by the judges will be final and cannot be disputed. 

4. The contest is open to all residents in India, albeit residing in places where couriers deliver.

5. Only entries in English will be considered eligible for the contest.

6. The winning entries will win a copy of Four Miles To Freedom: Escape from a Pakistani POW Camp by Faith Johnston. The book would be sent within 2-3 weeks after the result is declared. Winner shall be kept updated about the same.

7. Submitted entries should be your original work; no plagiarism shall be entertained.

8. Multiple entries are NOT allowed.



THE WINNER OF
Four Miles To Freedom: Escape from a Pakistani POW Camp 

by 

Faith Johnston
IS 
KARTIK ARORA!

CONGRATULATIONS!!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

#BookReview : Terms and Conditions Apply by Divya Prakash Dubey

On the jacket:


There are books that feel like a book while reading, and then there is Terms and Conditions Apply. The simple and lively stories compel you to take a look back at your own life, and remember when you put these incidences at the back of your mind. Its not just a collection of stories and a true incident, but also a reflection of what every one of us has seen sometime or the other, in our lives. The characters come alive, time and again as people we may have met, or as a persona of our own self.  Not too many works in recent years have managed to capture the nuances of ordinary, daily lives as effortlessly and fluently as Terms and Conditions Apply has done. A wonderful assortment of 13 short stories and a true incident, Whether it is highs and lows of a relationship, chaos and bedlam of school life, petty or harmless office gossips, or the buzz of a salon; all stories are strongly steeped in reality and yet they take a superb flight of fancy in the hands of a master craftsman. Rich in imagination, broad in its scope and elegant in its style, Terms and Conditions Apply is arguably one of the best debut works in recent Hindi literature.

Review:

It's been a while I had read anything in Hindi, and definitely not something written by a new author. So, when this book arrived, I was kind of eager to read it. 

My views about this book are quite strong, I realized. Both the good and the bad. What I found good and absolutely loved is the author's style of writing. We, us who form urban India, mostly interact in either English or our mother tongues, despite being proficient in Hindi. Hindi is a more earthy language, it touches the raw emotions better. This is what i experienced while reading this book. Dubey has a very simple and rustic style of writing, every line he has written seems to be directly out of someone's personal diary. I am highly impressed with his style of spinning the stories.

What didn't work for me personally, is the usage of English words. I am guessing the idea was for more readers to connect with the writing, as most people talk in Hindi, with their sentences pepper with English but while reading, it kind of hampered the reading experience for me. I don't like having to read Hindi words when I am reading a book in English. This is a personal pet peeve, but it did hamper my reading experience.

Terms and Conditions Apply is an anthology of thirteen beautifully crafted short stories. I have always maintained that I personally love reading short stories and they are the most difficult to write. Dubey has done justice to all of them. 

The topics are varied. While one story is about modern day couples, the second is a very realistic story about students & teachers in governemnt schools. One story is about domestic violence while another is about a local hero. A good read, over all.

Rating: ***.5/5

[The book was received as part of the Reviewers Programme on The Tales Pensieve.]

#BookReview : What I Did Not Learn at IIT: Transitioning from Campus to Workplace by Rajeev Agarwal

On the jacket:


Every year, graduating college students are told they are destined for success. But what are the habits and behaviors that actually lead to success? Drawing on his own experiences, Rajeev Agarwal, the founder and CEO of MAQ Software, concisely explains the steps he took for a successful career. As Agarwal realized that an IIT degree and a technical knowledge was not enough for his success. To distinguish himself, he shares his habits, behaviors, and thinking. Encouraging graduates to look at their careers over a forty-year span, Agarwal explains that successful people choose to be passionate about every job they have. Successful people recognize that performing average work does not advance them in the direction they want. The little bits of dedication here and there all add up-showing up to work on time, getting proper rest and nutrition, always striving to learn, and owning the results of your actions all build toward success. Transitioning from college to the workplace can be difficult. Graduates are required to determine their own lives, making several important decisions before the age of thirty. By providing an honest account, this book will make that transition easier.

Review:

Rajeev Agrawal in his book What I Did Not Learn at IIT has written exactly what the title suggests, his transition from campus to workplace and in a very interactive and believable manner. I, for one, am the kind of person who hates self help books which sound very preachy. So, I must admit, I had started reading this book with a lot of apprehensions as well, assuming it to be one of those.

But no. Here is one person who has studied from the best, so obviously his grey cells are not rusty. Neither has he written the book to get the writer tag. There is a lot of sense in the stuff Agarwal has spoken about and you would be convinced of it, right in the first few pages. 

Can be easily used by freshers as a guidebook, this book helps with the prime questions right after college - what now? From how to behave to how to invest, Agarwal has imparted his own knowledge in this book. And coming from someone successful, these surely are words of wisdom.

Rating: ****/5

[This is an author request interview. The opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.]

#BookReview : The Edge of Power by Tuhin A. Sinha

On the jacket:

The heinous gang-rape of Nirbhaya has jolted the Indian nation out of its apathy. But rape and violence against women are only symptomatic of a deeper malaise that ails the nation: the total collapse of governance under the weak and vacillating PM, Devender Singh. Ironically, aiding the PM and his Indian Democratic Party (IDP)s cling to power is a casual and largely indifferent Opposition led by the venal Ravi Nehra. A ray of hope finally emerges when ex-journalist and RTI activist Daivik Verma and the gorgeous Catherine Khan, a leading Bollywood film-star with a mysterious lineage, decide to challenge the existing system by floating a new political party. But lack of funds and cadre support thwarts their efforts, their only recourse being Shruti Ranjan, who had sworn off politics three years ago. Will Nirbhayas gruesome rape and her subsequent death bring a disillusioned Shruti Ranjan back into the political fray, dominated by crime lords and bankrolled by industrial barons? Will the trio manage to stage a coup and dethrone Indias worst regime? Will the land of great leaders like Chandragupta Maurya, Ashoka and Akbar, finally get a dynamic Prime Minister she so badly needs? A racy political thriller, The Edge of Power is a powerful inquiry into the underbelly of Indian politics. It raises important questions over the funding of Indian political parties, while presenting Shruti Ranjan, the immensely popular protagonist of The Edge of Desire, in a refreshingly new, resurgent avatar.

Review:

The Edge of Power comes after The Edge Of Desire, so the primary characters are all known faces/names. Ironic or what, I had begun reading this book, on December 16, the one year anniversary to the evil Delhi gang rape. The Edge of Power is also set around this incident.

Shruti Ranjan is probably the only fictional character in books I have read from the last two decades, whom I have come to love and adore. I had loved the kind of treatment Sinha had give to The Edge Of Desire, but loved it more in The Edge of Power. The inclusion of small snippets of lives of the main characters, while allowing the main story to take shape, to weaving in Subhash Chandra Bose to the plot, the way Sinha has spun the tale was lovely.

I had my apprehensions with this book. A book revolving around the Nirbhaya case, I wasn't sure. The incident had haunted me for months and I wasn't ready to revisit the depiction. But what I got in The Edge of Power was remarkable. The way contemporary India's political mindset & mood have been depicted, is interesting. 

It's powerful and it's engrossing. 

Rating: ****/5

[This review is for Hachette India. The opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.]

#BookReview : Ajaya: Roll of the Dice (Epic of the Kaurava clan, #1) by Anand Neelakantan

On the jacket:

THE MAHABHARATA ENDURES AS THE GREAT EPIC OF INDIA. But while Jaya is the story of the Pandavas, told from the perspective of the victors of Kurukshetra; Ajaya is the narrative of the ‘unconquerable’ Kauravas, who were decimated to the last man.  

At the heart of India’s most powerful empire, a revolution is brewing. Bhishma, the noble patriarch of Hastinapura, is struggling to maintain the unity of his empire. On the throne sits Dhritarashtra, the blind King, and his foreign-born Queen – Gandhari. In the shadow of the throne stands Kunti, the Dowager-Queen, burning with ambition to see her firstborn become the ruler, acknowledged by all. And in the wings: * Parashurama, the enigmatic Guru of the powerful Southern Confederate, bides his time to take over and impose his will from mountains to ocean.  * Ekalavya, a young Nishada, yearns to break free of caste restrictions and become a warrior. * Karna, son of a humble charioteer, travels to the South to study under the foremost Guru of the day and become the greatest archer in the land.  * Balarama, the charismatic leader of the Yadavas, dreams of building the perfect city by the sea and seeing his people prosperous and proud once more.  * Takshaka, guerilla leader of the Nagas, foments a revolution by the downtrodden as he lies in wait in the jungles of India, where survival is the only dharma. * Jara, the beggar, and his blind dog Dharma, walk the dusty streets of India, witness to people and events far greater than they, as the Pandavas and the Kauravas confront their searing destinies.  Amidst the chaos, Prince Suyodhana, heir of Hastinapura, stands tall, determined to claim his birthright and act according to his conscience. He is the maker of his own destiny – or so he believes. While in the corridors of the Hastinapura palace, a foreign Prince plots to destroy India. And the dice falls…

Review:

I had loved, Asura when I had read it, albeit much later than a lot of people. History is not very easy to write about, or re-write, with a fresh perspective. Neelakantan had taken a villain and put him in a fresh light for us, made him lovable and relate-able. In Ajaya, personally, I felt that Neelakantan has outdone himself. This time his muse is Duryodhan. 

The book begins with Bhishma and how his actions based on his beliefs, actually proved wrong for others. It all began when he almost forced Gandhari to be wed to blind Dhritarashtra. We have read about how righteous the Pandavas and Kunti were, but Neelakantan has spun his web on a different spine. Questions like why was Karna treated the way he was, why did he have to keep proving himself, why was Eklavya insulted, why was Khandiva forest destroyed. 

This book is about Duryodhana. Suyodhana, actually. What surprised me was, how Suyodhana and Subhadra had fallen in love, sadly it didn't work out. Ajaya is a book, once should read. Mainly because we have always read one version of the Mahabharata and a story is not complete, unless it's heard from all sides. I am waiting for the next book in the series, now.

Rating: ****.5/5

[This review is for Leadstart Publishing. The opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.]

#Giveaway : Jeeves and The Wedding Bells by P G Wodehouse, Sebastian Faulks

and 
bring to you a chance to win a copy of
 Jeeves and The Wedding Bells 
by 
Sebastian Faulks, A homage to P G Wodehouse

About the book:

A gloriously witty novel from Sebastian Faulks using P.G. Wodehouses much-loved characters, Jeeves and Wooster, fully authorised by the Wodehouse estate. Bertie Wooster, recently returned from a very pleasurable sojourn in Cannes, finds himself at the stately home of Sir Henry Hack-wood in Dorset. Bertie is more than familiar with the country house set-up, he is a veteran of the cocktail hour and thanks to Jeeves, his gentleman's personal gentleman is never less than immaculately dressed.  On this occasion, however, it is Jeeves who is to be seen in the drawing room while Bertie finds himself below stairs and he doesn't care for it at all. Love, as so often, is at the root of the confusion. Bertie, you see, has met Georgiana on the Cote d'Azur and though she is clever and he has a reputation for foolish engagements, it looks as though this could be the real thing. However, Georgiana is the ward of Sir Henry Hack-wood and in order to maintain his beloved Millbury Hall, the impoverished Sir Henry has struck a deal that would see Georgiana becoming Mrs Rupert Venables.   Meanwhile, Peregrine Woody' Beeching, one of Bertie's oldest chums is desperate to regain the trust of his fiancee Amelia, Sir Henry's tennis mad daughter. But why would this necessitate Bertie having to pass himself off as a servant when he has never so much as made a cup of tea? Could it be that the ever-loyal, Spinoza-loving Jeeves has an ulterior motive? Evoking the sunlit days of a time gone by, Jeeves and the Wedding Bells is a delightfully witty story of mistaken identity, a midsummer village festival, a cricket match and love triumphant.

About Random House India:

Random House is the world's largest English-language general trade book publisher and has been a leading force in the Indian book market for several years. Random House India started its operations in July 2005 and their acclaimed writers include Rujuta Diwekar, Anita Desai, Namita Devidayal, Mohammed Hanif, Jhumpa Lahiri, Manju Kapur, Daniyal Mueenuddin and Basharat Peer. As part of the overseas structure of The Random House Group in the UK, we also distribute our international list that includes writers such as Salman Rushdie, Vikas Swarup, Ian McEwan, Dan Brown, J M Coetzee, Bill Bryson, Deepak Chopra, Edward de Bono, and Robert Harris. 

Terms and conditions of the giveaway:

1.  Answer below.

2. Giveaway is restricted to India only.

3. Decision taken by the judges will be final and cannot be disputed. 

4. The contest is open to all residents in India, albeit residing in places where couriers deliver.

5. Only entries in English will be considered eligible for the contest.

6. The winning entries will win a copy of Jeeves and The Wedding Bells by P G Wodehouse, Sebastian Faulks. The book would be sent within 2-3 weeks after the result is declared. Winner shall be kept updated about the same.

7. Submitted entries should be your original work; no plagiarism shall be entertained.

8. Multiple entries are NOT allowed.



THE WINNER OF
Jeeves and The Wedding Bells 
by 
Sebastian Faulks, A homage to P G Wodehouse
IS
SAMEER MORE.

CONGRATULATIONS!

Friday, December 27, 2013

#Giveaway : Merry Christmas, Alex Cross by James Patterson

and 
bring to you a chance to win a copy of
Merry Christmas, Alex Cross 
by 
James Patterson

About the book:

It's Christmas Eve and Detective Alex Cross has been called out to catch someone who's robbing his church's poor box. That mission behind him, Alex returns home to celebrate with Bree, Nana, and his children. The tree decorating is barely underway before his phone rings again--a horrific hostage situation is quickly spiraling out of control. Away from his own family on the most precious of days, Alex calls upon every ounce of his training, creativity, and daring to save another family. Alex risks everything--and he may not make it back alive on this most sacred of family days. Alex Cross is a hero for our time, and never more so than in this story of family, action, and the deepest moral choices. MERRY CHRISTMAS, ALEX CROSS will be a holiday classic for years to come.

About Random House India:

Random House is the world's largest English-language general trade book publisher and has been a leading force in the Indian book market for several years. Random House India started its operations in July 2005 and their acclaimed writers include Rujuta Diwekar, Anita Desai, Namita Devidayal, Mohammed Hanif, Jhumpa Lahiri, Manju Kapur, Daniyal Mueenuddin and Basharat Peer. As part of the overseas structure of The Random House Group in the UK, we also distribute our international list that includes writers such as Salman Rushdie, Vikas Swarup, Ian McEwan, Dan Brown, J M Coetzee, Bill Bryson, Deepak Chopra, Edward de Bono, and Robert Harris. 

Terms and conditions of the giveaway:

1.  Answer below.

2. Giveaway is restricted to India only.

3. Decision taken by the judges will be final and cannot be disputed. 

4. The contest is open to all residents in India, albeit residing in places where couriers deliver.

5. Only entries in English will be considered eligible for the contest.

6. The winning entries will win a copy of Merry Christmas, Alex Cross by James Patterson. The book would be sent within 2-3 weeks after the result is declared. Winner shall be kept updated about the same.

7. Submitted entries should be your original work; no plagiarism shall be entertained.

8. Multiple entries are NOT allowed.



THE WINNER OF
Merry Christmas, Alex Cross 
by 
James Patterson
is
Sudeshna Thakurta
CONGRATULATIONS!!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

#Giveaway : The Scatter Here Is Too Great by Bilal Tanweer


and 
bring to you a chance to win a copy of
The Scatter Here Is Too Great 
by 
Bilal Tanweer

About the book:

A bomb explodes at a station in Karachi and events unfold. A poet harassed by people minutes before the blast. His son yearning for something he cannot have. There is loss, heartbreak and someone or the other, who wants something or the other. Bilals view of life is large and heartbreakingly real. Bilals words and plots are smooth sailing and sometimes leave the reader wanting more and yet do not give things closure. The reader has to think of it what could have happened and that is one of the best things a reader can ask for. A read not to be missed this year.  Description  The Scatter Here Is Too Great heralds a major new voice from Pakistan with a stunning debuta novel told in a rich variety of distinctive voices that converge at a single horrific event: a bomb blast at a station in the heart of the city.  Comrade Sukhansaz, an old communist poet, is harassed on a bus full of college students minutes before the blast. His son, a wealthy middle-aged businessman, yearns for his own estranged child. A young man, Sadeq, has a dead-end job snatching cars from people who have defaulted on their bank loans, while his girlfriend spins tales for her young brother to conceal her own heartbreak.

About Random House India:

Random House is the world's largest English-language general trade book publisher and has been a leading force in the Indian book market for several years. Random House India started its operations in July 2005 and their acclaimed writers include Rujuta Diwekar, Anita Desai, Namita Devidayal, Mohammed Hanif, Jhumpa Lahiri, Manju Kapur, Daniyal Mueenuddin and Basharat Peer. As part of the overseas structure of The Random House Group in the UK, we also distribute our international list that includes writers such as Salman Rushdie, Vikas Swarup, Ian McEwan, Dan Brown, J M Coetzee, Bill Bryson, Deepak Chopra, Edward de Bono, and Robert Harris. 

Terms and conditions of the giveaway:

1.  Answer below.

2. Giveaway is restricted to India only.

3. Decision taken by the judges will be final and cannot be disputed. 

4. The contest is open to all residents in India, albeit residing in places where couriers deliver.

5. Only entries in English will be considered eligible for the contest.

6. The winning entries will win a copy of The Scatter Here Is Too Great by Bilal Tanweer. The book would be sent within 2-3 weeks after the result is declared. Winner shall be kept updated about the same.

7. Submitted entries should be your original work; no plagiarism shall be entertained.

8. Multiple entries are NOT allowed.


THE WINNER OF 
The Scatter Here Is Too Great 
by 
Bilal Tanweer
IS

MEGHANT PARMAR!
CONGRATULATIONS!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

#Giveaway : Gaysia : Adventures in the Queer East by Benjamin Law

and 
bring to you a chance to win a copy of
Gaysia : Adventures in the Queer East 
by 
Benjamin Law

About the book:

Of all the continents, Asia is the gayest. Deep down, youve probably had your suspicions all along and Im here to tell you those suspicions are correct. So begins Gaysia, Benjamin Laws wildly witty investigation of gay life in the biggest continent. We follow him as he takes an in-depth look at resorts for gay nudists in Bali; transexualism and three formal genders in Thailand; Chinas underground gay resistance; Japan and the most breathtakingly messed-up porn; religious fundamentalists of all persuasions keen on curing homosexuality in Malaysia; sex workers and the spread of HIV in Myanmar; and the decriminalisation of homosexuality, gay pride parades and encounters with gay royalty and a popular spiritual guru in India.
Hilarious, perceptive and poignant, Gaysia is a refreshing look at an aspect of Asia that has gone ignored too long.

About Random House India:

Random House is the world's largest English-language general trade book publisher and has been a leading force in the Indian book market for several years. Random House India started its operations in July 2005 and their acclaimed writers include Rujuta Diwekar, Anita Desai, Namita Devidayal, Mohammed Hanif, Jhumpa Lahiri, Manju Kapur, Daniyal Mueenuddin and Basharat Peer. As part of the overseas structure of The Random House Group in the UK, we also distribute our international list that includes writers such as Salman Rushdie, Vikas Swarup, Ian McEwan, Dan Brown, J M Coetzee, Bill Bryson, Deepak Chopra, Edward de Bono, and Robert Harris. 

Terms and conditions of the giveaway:

1.  Answer below.

2. Giveaway is restricted to India only.

3. Decision taken by the judges will be final and cannot be disputed. 

4. The contest is open to all residents in India, albeit residing in places where couriers deliver.

5. Only entries in English will be considered eligible for the contest.

6. The winning entries will win a copy of Gaysia : Adventures in the Queer East by Benjamin Law. The book would be sent within 2-3 weeks after the result is declared. Winner shall be kept updated about the same.

7. Submitted entries should be your original work; no plagiarism shall be entertained.

8. Multiple entries are NOT allowed.



The Winner Of
Gaysia : Adventures in the Queer East 
by 
Benjamin Law

is
Dipankar Dasgupta.

Congratulations!

#Giveaway : Maya's Revenge by Deepika Ahlawat


and 


bring to you a chance to win a copy of

  Maya's Revenge 

by
Deepika Ahlawat


About the book:

"Wacky, witty, zippy and playful, yet also sharply knowing and well observed, Mayas Revenge reads like the wayward love child of an unholy three-way clinch between Indiana Jones, Shobhaa De and James Tod, trained in courtly arts by Vatsyayana then sent to a polo-playing finishing school by Jilly Cooper. Its a law unto itself, completely unpredictable and the greatest fun." ~ William Dalrymple

When the young orphan Bindy enters the palace of oil-rich Sheerpur as personal assistant to Princess Riddhima, she is entranced and repulsed by the glamorous lives of twenty-first-century royalty, with their vast privileges and gleaming excesses, their swanky cars and priceless jewels, and retinues of obsequious, immoral servitors.Conspiracy theorist Adam Addison introduces Bindy to the legend of an ancient order of beautiful assassin yoginis who, it seems, have been contracted to murder the crown prince, Riddhiraj. This handsome rake, whose seductions are as numerous as they are uncaring, has nevertheless cast a thrall over hapless Bindy, and stars prominently in her erotic dreams ...Set in an India that is a federation of princely and republican states, where khadi-clad politicians conspire with glittering princes, and khaki-clad policemen chase vaporous assassins, Mayas Revenge is a dark fantasy shot through with the piquancy of political drama.

About HarperCollins Inda:

HarperCollins Publishers India Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of HarperCollins Worldwide. HarperCollins India has shown phenomenal growth in the past few years and publishes fiction, non-fiction and poetry by diverse writers like Nayantara Sahgal, A.P.J Kalam, S. Radhakrishnan, Kamala Das, Kunal Basu, Tarun Tejpal, Deepak Chopra, Ruchir Joshi, Rana Dasgupta, Kiran Nagarkar, Meghnad Desai, Mukul Deva, Jaishree Mishra and Anita Nair. It has also successfully built a list of talented first time writers including Advaita Kala, Anuja Chauhan, Karan Bajaj, Jahnvi Achrekar, Amitabh Bagchi, Kishwar Desai, Pallavi Aiyar and Ameen Merchant. HarperCollins India is also the publisher of The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga, winner of the Man Booker Prize 2008. 


Terms and conditions of the giveaway:

1.  Answer below.

2. Giveaway is restricted to India only.

3. Giveaway will be valid only for 24 hours.

4. Decision taken by the judges will be final and cannot be disputed. 

5. The contest is open to all residents in India, albeit residing in places where couriers deliver.

6. Only entries in English will be considered eligible for the contest.

7. The winning entries will win a copy of Maya's Revenge   by   Deepika Ahlawat. The book would be sent within 2-3 weeks after the result is declared. Winner shall be kept updated about the same.

8. Multiple entries are not allowed.



THE WINNER OF 
Maya's Revenge 
by 
Deepika Ahlawat
is
PRATIBHA!
CONGRATULATIONS!

#BookBlast: Lean Into Relationships by Rishabh Jhol

About the Book: Doubt has pivoted many a relationship across the centuries. Whether it is Othello suspicious of Desdemona or through...