The White Tiger – Arvind Adiga’s Tale

This book was lying on my bookshelf and I didn’t bother to pay attention until one day when there was power outage and equipment that cannot function without power were useless for my entertainment. I decide to pick book as an option and who would have thought that this red cover pager book would be such a piece of work that I wouldn’t drop it until I finished the last page. “The White Tiger” wasn’t my first choice for first few months because my taste those days changed to spiritual and motivational writing and fiction took a backseat. Had I known Arvind’s writing potential, I would have read the book long time ago.

The tale is narrated by character “Balram Halwai” playing roles of a servant, philosopher, entrepreneur and murderer too. Coming from a penurious background he gives a heart touching insight to his experiences in a very sarcastic and funny way. Writing a letter of an entrepreneur journey to Mr Wen Jiabao in Beijing, Balram Halwai starts by saying “Neither you nor I can speak English, but there are some things that can be said only in English”  and this followed by many nerve tickling and satirical phrases. Starting his life from a village where he works in a teashop, Balram never knew that opportunity will present itself so soon. His life changes when he is selected as a chauffer for a rich landlord and moves to Delhi where many such experiences were awaiting his arrival. The best part is how Arvind Adiga manages to highlight India’s major issues like poverty, greed, hunger and many more in a very satirical manner which not only gives a hearty laugh to its reader but will make them question the issues India is facing even after independence.

I loved the book to be honest and recommend it to everyone who doubt the talent exhibited by Indian writers. Not to mention, Arvind Adiga won Man Booker prize for this book.




If God was a Banker – An Intriguing Tale

Quite impressed by “the bestseller she wrote”, I began wondering about the other books from Ravi Subramanian and thought of giving it an eye even though I have a simple rule of not repeating the authors. I ordered it from Amazon and got it delivered the other day and from there it started another 5-6 days of journey into the world of Sundeep and Swami.

The story revolves around two absolutely different individuals who started their career from New York International Bank as they pass out from top business school of the country. On one side we have Sundeep, a highly ambitious and motivated guy ready to stoop to any level for success and Swami on the other hand comes from a humble background keeping ethics and morals above all. They both happen to get hired for credit card department, a newly launched service during 80’s by the bank for Indian consumers and it was lead by Aditya Rao who later happens to share more acquaintance with the two. Things started to shape in different direction when Aditya stepped out of New York International Bank to work on his startup and Suneel took up his place as Head of Retail Banking. With this change the story started shaping up in different directions for both Sundeep and Swami with collisions at some point in time from both professional and personal front. Though the story narrates about Sundeep and Swami, Aditya too is an important character in the plot and never goes out of picture. This exhibits the display of two different individuals soaring their way to success facing hiccups on their day-to-day life. What happens when the right and wrong gets misjudged? When immediate success rules the morals and ethics? When power makes the person blind? Read the book to know more.

As usual, I loved this book too considering Ravi’s writing style matches my reading taste and since the book is quite engaging its highly recommended from my side.

The Prostitute’s Daughter – From my view

So the title gave me high expectations and I managed to grab this book to be further understood. The cover photo was eye catching and Maria Goretti’s review was another added feature. Even before I started with the book, I anticipated it to be a gloomy story of a girl surviving through the thick and thins of life with a long lived aspiration. However this book gave me more than what I expected. The writing style was narrative and quite descriptive.

The story surrounds around a high class escort’s daughter Kamada, whose perspective is clearly not understood by her mother. She sees herself as a trapped being and struggling through the busy life of Mumbai with her blue file clenched close to her heart which will plan her escape from this pothole. Her aspirations had no room for mistakes therefore she is extremely cautious while plotting her escape. Scenarios described from Kamada’s imagination is a display of uniqueness in writer’s taste however reader (like me) will take time to get attuned. Book takes a turn and becomes interesting when her mother figures out her intentions, which in turn adds fuel to fire making Kamada take drastic steps to accomplish her dream of leaving India forever.

To visualize Kamada’s perspective is to live her arduous life for the days you read this book along-with the realization of how a burning desire can alter one’s life. What if she never had a drive to escape? What if she chooses prostitution as her bread and butter too and therefore never giving up on the luxuries? Her sensibility towards right and wrong and her passion towards her dream is beautifully penned down by the author. This book depicts that it’s never easy to follow one’s dreams especially in an atmosphere of strong negation however it is quite rewarding in the end. Will leave rest of the story to be interpreted by the reader’s.. Happy reading 🙂

P.S – The intent of this blog is to give people an overview of the theme of the book and thereby the reader’s can pick and choose as per their taste. If you find this review helpful, please don’t forget to give it a thumps up 

The Bestseller She Wrote – My take on the book

Besides what’s mentioned as a synopsis at the back of the book, this book promises to glue its reader to the core, making them anticipate every other scene. Honestly I am quite impressed with the writing style because it matches my taste. The story moves at a rapid pace where scene’s narration was quite precise, and most of it gave chills while giving some twist to the tale.

The story begins with an Indian writer crowned as the ”bestseller” getting cross questioned by a young voracious reader. The question answer round was an unpleasant experience not only for the writer but for the girl as well who criticized his money-grubbing approach towards the books. She ends up reading one of his books and ultimately becomes his huge fan, to the extent that she decides to take his place. Where can the story take its turn when a fan tries to take the bestseller’s place? I cannot be more of a spoiler here but all I can say is “please read the book to know more”.. 

My feedback – Well I finished this 391 pager book in a day to be precise. I began reading thinking I would keep a target of 20 pages in a day to finish the book but was taken aback when I couldn’t leave it unless I finished the last page by the end of the day. I haven’t experienced something like this in a long long time and I can say with confidence that I am now a Ravi Subramanian’s fan.

P.S – The intent of this blog is to give people an overview of the theme of the book and thereby the reader’s can pick and choose as per their taste. If you find this review helpful, please don’t forget to give it a thumps up