Chanakya (Itihasa series #1) by Ashok K Banker

Chanakya (Itihasa Series Book 1)

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My Rating : 4/5 stars

166 pages
Published June 25th 2018 by Westland


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Jurist, war strategist, kingmaker. Master administrator. Author of the Arthashastra. But before the legend, there was the boy: Vishnu Gupta. Pataliputra, capital of the great Nanda empire, is teeming with crime and corruption. Granted unlimited authority by the hedonistic emperor Mahapadma Nanda, evil mastermind Maha-amatya Kartikeya has the city in a vice-like grip. But another name bubbles up through the chaos; there is talk of a young genius, Vishnu Gupta. When the Maha-amatya investigates the rumours, he recognises a future rival in the boy. He is determined to destroy this competition from the roots – family and all. Vishnu must gather all his wits and his formidable knowledge to protect everything he holds dear. The holy scriptures, his brilliant interpretations of the Vedas and the power of his unmatched mind: these are the only tools he has against the might of the most powerful man in the empire. Continue reading

Rebel Sultans by Manu S Pillai

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Hardcover, First, 336 pages
Published June 15th 2018 by Juggernaut

My Ratings: 3.5/5 stars


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Because I am not much into history but this book was good. I haven’t read Manu S Pillai’s The Ivory Throne and read this book because I basically have little to no knowledge about history. So when I started reading the book, I had expected it to be boring text that just went on and on but instead, I got stories of individual characters told in a good narrative. Continue reading

Crime Beyond 22 yards by Sourabh Mukherjee

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My Ratings: 3/5 stars

The book is provided by Arudhaa Club in exchange for a genuine review.

 47 pages
Published June 15th 2018 by Srishti Publishers

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During the summer of 2000, Delhi Police brought allegations of match-fixing against the South African skipper Hansie Cronje. Though he denied the allegations to start with, Cronje later went on to reveal shocking truths. The confessions of a bookie in India then went on to shake the foundations of valour and gallantry that the game of cricket stands for. Before long, the scandal spread its tentacles all over the world. Crime Beyond 22 Yardsis a fast-paced reality thriller that throws light on the biggest international scandal in the game of cricket, how heroes turned overnight into villains, and how there was tragic redemption at the end of this sordid saga.  Continue reading

Road to Cherry hills: The Journey continues by Sohini Bagchi

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My ratings: 3/5 stars


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Road to Cherry Hills takes us into the world of Rimjhim, as she walks down the memory lane to her campus days where she meets Ankit, falls head over heels for him and thought her life has changed forever. Of course it did, but in the most unexpected ways, as she soon finds her life taking a completely different turn. Rimjhim, now a single mother and a successful professional, moves on to fight her own battle. She didn’t need special power to do so, but a strong willpower to overcome difficult times. That willpower which we all have but we are only one step away to realise it. The story narrates her trials and tribulations, her dilemmas and achievements, her darkest fears and her deepest desires as she embarks on a journey of self-discovery.  Continue reading

Love Beyond 22 Yards by Sourabh Mukherjee

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Ratings: 3/5 stars

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Bollywood and Cricket, the two religions that unite Indians across the globe. When they come together, the attraction is magnetic. Through the years, heroes on the field have been bowled over by silver screen goddesses. Some of them broke conventions and defied societal norms. Love Beyond 22 Yards is a collection of immortal, true love stories between cricketers and Bollywood divas, who dared to fight against the world for their love. Continue reading

The Colours of Passion by Sourabh Mukherjee

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My Ratings: 4/5 stars

Genre: Thriller, Suspense

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“Who killed Tollywood heart-throb Hiya Sen? Within days of her fairy-tale wedding with Manav Chauhan, the dashing young entrepreneur, Hiya Sen, the reigning queen of Tollywood, is brutally raped and murdered by three men. As ACP Agni Mitra investigates into the high-profile murder, he meets Neha Awasthi, with whom Manav broke his engagement to marry Hiya, Neha’s father Deepak Awasthi, who was eyeing business benefits through the alliance, Mayank Kapoor, an alcoholic model, and Rituja Bose, the diva who had reigned over Tollywood over the past decade. When two more murders connected with the case make headlines, it’s time for Agni to find answers to perplexing questions and unveil shocking truths.

The Colours of Passion breezes through Kolkata’s glamorous world of industrialists, movie stars, models and fashion designers laced with drug addiction and illicit liaisons, with a heart-wrenching tragedy at its core.

My Review:

The colours of passion by Sourabh Mukherjee is an interesting thriller that begins with the rape and murder of a popular Tollywood actress.

As the attackers are identified and jailed, a trail begins to form that shows that there are bigger parties at play there. I like how the story had a strong start with which to intrigue the readers so as to keep building the suspense.  The language and the writing style itself supports the thrill that the plot tries to build. The introduction of ACP Agni, the person who has a strong passion towards solving cases is also well done and his character remains so strong throughout. The doubt as to who the murderer vpuld be remained in my mind till the mystery was solved so it was not predictable in any way. 

Another positive point would have to be the editor who didn’t let a single error remain in the book. 

The author seems to me like a person who wants to raise the name of Indian literature with his compelling stories and and crisp writing. 

As the single killing of Hiya Sen turns into an event of serial killing, it makes the premise more intense and every character is a suspect. The justification of characters and the carefully concealed agenda of the crime made this story distinctive.

I would recommend this book to all suspense lovers.

About the Author:

Sourabh Muherjee is the author of the psychological thriller *In the Shadows of Death: A Detective Agni Mitra Thriller* and *Romance Shorts*, a collection of dark-romance short stories. His books have been highly appreciated by readers, bloggers and the mainstream national media. Sourabh received the Golden Pen Award in the Monsoon Romance Contest 2014 organised by Sulekha.com and judged by an eminent panel of literary luminaries.

Sourabh speaks in several events on a variety of topics. His points of view in a panel discussion on serial killings, occult crimes and ritual killings in the Supernatural Literary Festival, Kolkata (2017) with the legendary Ipsita Ray Chakraverty was highly appreciated. He was also an invited panelist in a debate organised by Rotary Club, Kolkata on International Women’s Day, 2017.

Sourabh writes a column for *Sportskeeda*, India’s largest all-sport website. His articles have been featured in *Yahoo Sports* too.

An Electronics and Telecommunications Engineer from Jadavpur University, Kolkata with a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from School of Management Studies, New Delhi, in his day-job, Sourabh works in a senior leadership position in a technology consulting multi-national. Author of several publications on emerging trends in business and technology, Sourabh speaks regularly in various national and global conferences and technology summits.

A keen observer of human behaviour and cultural diversities, Sourabh loves travelling and has travelled across USA and various countries in Europe and Asia. An avid reader of fiction, Sourabh is equally passionate about photography, movies and music.