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The Muddy River – By P.A. Krishnan.

In Blog, Book Reviews, Books on December 18, 2011 at 2:37 pm

The Muddy River – By P.A. Krishnan.

A Book Review

In contrast to the books I had read recently, this book by P.A.Krishnan was a different book all together. Not because it failed to grab attention of the reader but its beautiful narrative made it an interesting read.
The story is set in the background of burning North-east, ravaged by Naxals, where kidnapping and murders have become daily chores. At the same time, our so-called Navratnas are neck-deep in corruption.
This is a story of Chandran. A man who has promised to protect one of his colleagues from the clutches of naxals. The ways and means he applies to meet his ends against many more obstacles right from his own organization, who is ready to dump his engineer colleague to save some penny for the greedy babus, to the Local government and its setup.The muddy river , as the name suggests, is all about the vices the country is facing today, be it corruption, naxalism, kidnapping and murder.

The Muddy River

Book Review by Blogadda

Each character in the story is unique. Let me introduce you to few of them:-
– Sukanya, Chandran’s wife, is grieving for the loss of their only child and their marriage is on the verge of collapse. Despite all this she encourages Chandran to continue is fight against corruption.
– Anupama, Chandran’s colleague at Assam, is anti naxal  and supports Chandran in his mission.

–         Raman, one of chandran’s friend who is more interested in girls and their love & lust. His death is another twist in the tale.

–         Herbert & Subir, Chandra’s friends who support him on his narrative.

The most amazing part of the book is its narrative. It’s a  book within the book. The story begins with Sukanya grieving for Pooja’ loss. And the story goes into flashback and the scene is “ Chandran and Raman doing some chitchat”. Then follows Chandran’s courtship with Sukanya. Pooja is present for a brief period when the ever enthusiast persuades Raman and Pooja for a trip to Himalayas. After pooja’s death everything in their life goes haywire. While Sukanya is fighting at the home front to salvage their marriage, Chandran is fighting at all fronts. Kidnapped colleague on hand, Adverse boss on the other and the grieving Mrs. Gosh on the third. Things become nasty when company refuses to pay the ransom but Chandran keeps his calm and continues his effort to rescue his kidnapped colleague.  During the narrative chandran’s Ghandian aspect beacons, putting forth the never-dying importance of Non- Violence in Indian Society against all evils. The book is very apt in these times when the country is following the footsteps of Anna. Do good for the country and countrymen. For they say:

“if you have been exceptionally good during your lifetime, the spirit, on the last day, escapes through brahmarandhara, the top of the skull. On the other hand, if you have been a shit all along, the spirit too follows shit’s path and goes out of your arsehole.”

The story beams up when a new bird is to be welcomed in Chandran’s house and even in Mrs. Ghosh.  But ”Picture is  yet to complete , My friend”.

The reader shall be engrossed in the story which is spell bounding and keeps readers guessing till very last page.

Enjoy reading!

This is part of Book reviews program at Blogadda

Author: P A krishnan

Genre: Political Fiction

Publisher: Tranquebar

ISBN 978-93-80658-56-8

can buy at Flipkart

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That One Book !

In Book Reviews, Writing on March 12, 2011 at 1:29 am

Topic Idea: Daily post

But a man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.

Aleksandr Petrov's 1999 The Old Man and the Se...

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I don’t consider myself  an habitual book reader for I can’t go on reading books for long. When i get bore of any particular book I change. I change to either another book or to Internet, especially blog reading. Few books which I have read in the past have really helped me to understand self and the world around me. But, one book which I really wish reading several times is “The old man and the Sea“. The book is based on the classic theme of courage in the face of defeat, a story of personal triumph won from loss.

It’s a story of an old fisherman named Santiago who has a streak of unlucky 84 days. His aide, a boy who respects him a lot and often takes care of him by serving him dinner and talking to him about baseball. the story begins on the 85th day when the old man decides to go to gulf for he felt his lucky charm is coming to him.

To hell with luck. I’ll bring the luck with me.

He sets sail to deep seas. After a long wait a marlin takes his bait. What follows is an enduring struggle for life between the old man and the marlin and afterwards the old man and the sharks. An interesting and must read story by Ernest Hemingway.

However the book was put to test by several critics who found fault with the overall book including his idea behind writing the book and even his religious beliefs. However none could deter him to be honored with the prestigious Nobel Prize for Literature in the year 1954.

It was his last of major works and greatest success.

Now is the time to think of only one thing. That which I was born for.

If you haven’t read it yet, i’ll suggest you read.  🙂

Book: Fall of Giants by ken Follett

In Book Reviews, Pictures, scribblings on March 7, 2011 at 9:58 pm

I had this feeling yesterday, it was like I wanted to write something or the other but could not think of anything to write. So I took a break and turned to my first love-Reading.

The book I’m currently reading is Ken Follett’s Fall of Giants” – Book one of the century Trilogy. So far I have been able to complete only half of the book. Definitely, my reading speed has taken its toll. I remember having read Ayn Rand’s “ Atlas Shrugged ” in straight 8 hours and that too during break in my Graduate Examinations.

 

Ken Follett's Fall of Giants

Few good things I’m liking about this book:

  • While I’m reading it, a kind of motion picture is running through my mind. This happened earlier too when I was reading Mario Puzo’s The Godfather and Gone with the Wind. I saw the movies later.
  • I get into the characters. How interesting ! given that there are so many a characters in the book, so far what I have read. And each one is different from the other.
  • And to my surprise, this book, despite having more than 1000 pages, is light as feather. 🙂
  • My next read is Chanakya’s Chants, have Ordered it through Flipkart. Hopefully it will reach in 3 days. By that time I shall finish Fall of Giants.
Little About Chanakya’s Chants

You must be knowing Chanakya – Author of Atha shashtra “Science of wealth”. History knows him as the brilliant Strategist. Vows for the revenge of his murdered father, he with his strategic ability and acumen installs Chandragupta on the throne of Mauryan Empire. It was during his term that Alexander invaded India and it was again his brilliance that Alexander had to stop his dream of conquering the world and had to return to his land. This happened some thousands of years ago.

The wheel has turned again. Another Chanakya has breathed life in India. Will he be able to be as powerful as the real Chanakya? Will the politics of India see a change?

Aah, Chanakya has always fascinated me. And fiction based on him, worth reading.

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In Movie review, Photography, Pictures, scribblings on February 5, 2011 at 7:45 pm

Very powerful words !

As I said in my last post, I’m enchanted with this movie. Here I’m gonna write few lines which I liked most in this movie… Some lines which you would generally miss in the flow of the movie.

[The picturisation when they come out of their respective houses, in the beginning of the movie, where they cross each other every time without having known each other, they go to same place but don’t recognize each other is simply superb.]

It is not Personal, Strictly business.

F…O…X…. Can you spell cat? …F…O…X….

Just call me Joe….

What were you doing…. Twirling…

What’s with Men and Godfather?

Godfather is answer to all your Questions. Supposw you have to go somewhere and you ask what should i pack? … leave the canary …take the gun… What day of week it is?…. San day…Man day….

So dearie what have you decided to do? CLOSE… I’m going to Close… Close…Closing the Store is the bravest thing to do…

You’re daring to Imagine that you could have a different life…. You feel like a big fat failure now, but you’re NOT. You are marching into the unknown armed with … Nothing.

if you need more ask me… I’m very rich… I bought Intel at 6.

Is there someone else? No … no but there is a dream of someone else.

The song in background – remember… remember…Life is never as it seems….. Dreeeeeeeeeeeaaammmmmm….. far away…life was clear… close your eyes…

Funny!!

“Everyone should jump in air.

what???

We jump, the elevator thinks no one is here, and it opens.

One.. two… Three.. Jump…”

People are always telling you that Change is good thing but all they are really saying is that something you didn’t want to happen at all, has Happened.

“How can you forgive this guy for standing you up….. and not forgive me for this tiny little thing… putting you out of business….Oh How I wish you would….

Finally…

I’ll say Goodbye to all my sorrow and by tomorrow I’ll be on my way. I guess the lord must be in New York city

A word a day#9

In Word-a-day on January 9, 2011 at 12:53 am

Starting today, I’m Planning a thread :”Word-a-Day” . Words I ,find while browsing, would like to share with you.

I shall divide them in following heads.

  • Meaning, supported with example
  • History and origin of Word
  • How does it sound like.

Here’s the first in series.

ske-dad-dle

Skedaddled

1. a) verb: to run away quickly ;

:to get out , to leave in a hurry [slang]

eg: You probably scan the first few sentences to determine if a post is of interest to you, and if it doesn’t immediately grab your attention, you skedaddle.

Ref Article: share the word

b) noun: a hasty flight

2. History of the word

3. How does it sound

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