Book Reviews

Author: Anuja Chandramouli
Publisher: Penguin India

Have you ever thought about what really happens after death? Taking us on a tour around Yama, God of Death’s world is the Anuja Chandramouli in her book “Yama’s Lieutenant.’ The book creates an invisible link between the mortal and immortal world. Agni, a young and carefree youth, is chosen as the saviour of Yama’s bride who is being chased down by the seven vices and their formless accomplice.

As challenging as the mission appears, it is also about Agni also faces his personal demons and losses that are invariably linked to the mission. He loses his twin sister to these evil immortals who have escaped from Yama’s prison. They are also on a mission to hunt down Agni.

On the onset, Anuja’s book seems to be a simple Good vs. Evil story. But the multi-layered story keeps the reader glued to the book. For instance, even immortals are not free from the clutches of jealousies, broken relationships and family disputes. Also, Anuja gives a horrid picture of the punishments meted out to those who are sent to the hell. The author has also contrasted the co-existence of extreme vileness and purity. The latter comes out in the form of a chaste kanya gurukul that exists in today’s world without being noticed.

The characters in the book have been thoughtfully created. Some of them are Varuna, Agni’s twin who is shrouded in mystery throughout the book. Minothi, a kanya from the gurukul, is vested with immense powers that she was never aware of. And also, there is Varuna’s manuscript that unfolds the story of Yama and his personal feuds.

Despite taking up a character like Yama, Anuja has managed to keep the plot detailed and interesting. An ideal read wherein you never realise when fantasy, mythology and reality really juxtaposed each other.

Author: Anita Roy, Publisher: Dorling
Kindersley Publishing Pvt Ltd, New Delhi
(Pp 128, ISBN 978-0-2412-7101-8, Rs 399)

A lively read to ignite young minds, 100 Events that Made Indian History takes readers through India’s most incredible historical moments. Though not easy to zero in on 100 moments that shaped India’s history, Anita Roy has segregated the events into four parts – social firsts, battles and bust-ups, all change, and amazing achievements.

Written in a child-friendly way, the book informs but steers clear from being preachy. Beautiful illustrations support every achievement recorded in the book, and there’s not a single dull page. Every page clamours to better the last, with interesting information and attractive visuals. A must-have for every child!

Author: Ramapada Chowdhury
Publisher: Niyogi Books, New Delhi
(Pp 118, ISBN 978-93-85285-44-8, Rs 295)

What happens when one comes faceto- face with the person you loved when you were young? It is sure to give sparks…but what happens next depends on individual to individual. Second Encounter is a story of Anupam and Anjali who meet after twenty years. This chance encounter turns their lives upside down as a lot has changed. They meet and speak freely and soon realize that their love has remained constant over the years. All is well until they realize that Anupam’s teenage son has fallen for Anjali’s daughter.

Life is not simple, they realize. They ponder over the depth of their unspoken and unfulfilled love, their values and outlook towards life and other questions that go in their minds as they explore the myriad shades of love. Many readers will find a streak of their love life as well.

Author: Keshav Aneel
Publisher: Srishti Publishers & Distributors, New
(Pp 154, ISBN 978-93-82665-73-1, Rs 175)

The book is a story of dreams, friendship, struggle and a will to make up for every loss with love by your side. The story revolves around two friends – Charlie and Edwin, who leave everything back in village for a new life in a city. While, Edwin is here to chase his dream of becoming an actor, Charlie is there to help his friend achieve his dream, until Charlie meets Aster, who is walking through instabilities of her own destiny. Intricately woven, the book will appeal to young readers!

Author: Ankit Kumar
Publisher: Kalpaz Publications/Gyan Books Pvt Ltd, New Delhi
(Pp 114, ISBN 978-93-5128-236-5, Rs 150)

Here’s a self-help book one can relate to. Written like a story, the book explores the ideas and methods which could help us to be the source of our creator’s smiles. These ideas and methods are simple and can be incorporated in our daily lives, making us reconnect with our creator and bring God’s love in our lives and make him our true guide and friend. Without being preachy, the book gives solutions to our day-to-day problems in an easy to understand format.