‘The Puppeteers of Palem’ by Sharath Komarraju

Dear readers, Sharath Komarraju an established novelist with three novels in his kitty is all set to launch his fourth novel – ‘The Puppeteers of Palem’.

Please visit his website –  for more details. He has initiated a contest as well and is offering a preview sample for readers as well.

Do check and if you like the preview, I am sure you will if you love a dash of folk-tales, fairy-tales, suspense and the supernatural :)

Happy reading and check out the pre-order links below:

Pre-order a copy of The Puppeteers of Palem here

My review will be coming up soon and folks I assure you this is indeed a ‘very different’ book :)

Happy reading and wishing all of you my beloved readers – A Super Duper Weekend :)

God is a Gamer – Book Review

Book – God is a Gamer
Author – Ravi Subramanian
Genre – Thriller/Crime
Paperback, 324 pages
Published September 12th 2014 by Penguin Books India
ISBN – 9780143421399

Ravi Subramanian, the name evokes a hilarious interaction of the novelist along with two other contemporary stalwarts – Ashwin Sanghi and Anita Nair at the Hindu Lit for Life Festival earlier this year in Chennai. His continuous reference to the ‘book’ as a’product’ and not as a ‘work of art’ ruffled quite a few feathers.

Over the years, Mr. Ravi has gained the title – ‘The John Grisham of Banking’ and he has published a book at regular intervals and has achieved his own set of fans who love his fast and breezy tales.

I will be honest, this is the first book by the author that I have read and I liked it. Note I ‘liked’ it, not astounded, spellbound or any other adjective that would equate to ‘mind-boggling, spell-binding, spectacular thriller of the year’.

The book has quite a few characters, the central theme is an international retail bank operating in India, big-wigs at the bank who do not like each other, a heist carried out via cloned cards in the USA causes a major shake-up in the bank. In a parallel strain we have an Indian gaming company all set to enter the big league, a company that is a BPO and manages the processing work of the big retail bank. the gaming company and BPO are managed by the same person – Aditya.

Aditya’s estranged son Varun enters the frame and revitalises the gaming company with his fresh thinking.

We also have a senator assassinated in the USA in a bomb blast. In the midst of all this we have a student leader from India who studied at Stanford and now lives under an assumed name and manages a website called Cotton trail, which deals in all kind of illicit stuff ranging from drugs, porn and weapons.Transactions are made using Bitcoins.

A high-profile birthday party of a top ranking person of the bank Malavika, turns tragic as she falls from the top-floor of her building to her death. Was it suicide? Was it murder? Varun and Malavika’s daughter Tanya are romantically involved. Malavika seems to be in a relationship with the finance minister. A suspicious bank transfer is spotted and reported by Swami a senior employee of the bank and he is conveniently ‘bumped off’ in an accident.

The other aspect of this book is a lot of short chapters. This may work for some and others might not be too fond of it. Lots of characters, some convincing, some unconvincing.

Taking a bitcoin as the USP the author spins a web of deceit. Nothing seems to be true. There is a mad scheme of revenge and double-crossing that keeps happening.

How far would one go to seek vengeance? A very tough question. But would someone plan something so intricately, sleep with the enemy, bring down one’s own parent? I don’t know that either. I still feel that the ending was rushed and there could have been a tighter nail-biting end.

Read the book to find out who are the true masterminds of the heinous crimes.

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The Festival of Lights

Diwali or Deepavali,
Crackers or lamps,
New clothes or sweets,
Cashew-bites or Almond drops,
Savoury mixtures or round murukkus.
First day first show,
Or TV premieres?

Partha Periappa or Kabali Mama?*
Too many questions,
Too many answers.
Get set for the festival of lights.
Set alight lamps,
Wear your new dresses,
Burst a few crackers,
But don’t make a nuisance.

Spare a thought,
For the ill and the old,
Our four-legged friends,
And our feathered friends,
Exercise caution, have fun.
Help the less fortunate.
Spread love, spread smiles!

HAPPY DIWALI

* – Reference to Triplicane Parthasarathy Temple and Mylapore Kabaleeshwarar Temple. Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva :)

Post is part of the #GharWaliDiwali Contest

See this video as well :)

Matrikas Journal and Notebooks – Product Review

There is something special,
About jotting down,
One’s thoughts in a diary.
The feeling of closure,
When one writes down,
The day’s highs and lows,
The dreams and expectations,
The truth and reality,
All in our diary,
Using a pen in our own hands.
A diary is an extremely personal tool.

Something like a magic lamp,
When in the future,
We open the diary,
All the memories of the past,
Flash by in multi-coloured hues.
Page after page,
To remind us how far,
We have travelled in life.
And to remind us,
Many miles lie ahead!!!

I had a chance to review a set of journals/notebooks/diaries from Matrikas Paper Products. This is part of a Blogger Engagement Initiative and I am really thankful to fellow blogger Sulaiman who recommended this to me. I filled up a form on Facebook (Part of a Matrikas App). I received a courier well-packed with the products.

I have been writing personal journals for over 17 years now, starting from old corporate diaries that the elders in the family used to hand down to fancy notebooks and handmade-paper books and recycled paper notebooks, I have used a wide spectrum of products. A couple of years back I bought journal books sold by the Isha Foundation and loved the intricate cover designs and the paper quality.

This set of products from Matrikas took me by surprise and impressed me with the beautiful cover designs and top-class paper thickness and quality. I would like to recommend their products to all those who love to write.

Go ahead contact Matrikas right away :)

Rain

It has gone dark,
Pitch dark and cloudy,
Rain is falling
It is not a gentle,
Pitter-patter.

The sudden sporadic,
Bursts of rain,
Sound like short bursts,
Of machine gun fire.
As I look out of my window.

As one grows older,
Rain no longer,
Brings back fond memories,
Of rare moments of joy,
In a melancholic past.

One just worries,
That the traffic is not,
More harried than usual,
And one hopes,
To reach home on time.

I am a Grandpa – Time Flies

Most of my dear regular readers know how attached I am to my pet Brownie. Circumstances and annoying neighbours in a multi-storied apartment complex forced me to hand over my Brownie to a farmer who stays a few kilometres away. I visit her every other weekend and spend time with her. The farmer is an old man whom I address as ‘thatha’/ ‘grandpa’. Brownie adapted to life at the farm and became a proper farm dog, bossing about the goats and cows there. In the process she also found a ‘mate’ for herself. To cut a long story short Brownie gave birth to a litter of seven puppies. Four survive, two were taken away by another farmer; one puppy was too weak to survive. So officially as I consider Brownie my sweet little baby girl, I am a thatha of sorts now.

It just seems like yesterday, when I found a small ball of fur. Time has just flown by…!

A previous post about Brownie.

I hope the other four puppies find a good home soon.

A Prayer

Every time I slip up,
I have been given,
A life-line,
Praise be to the Lord,
And my superiors.

Please my Lord,
Please let me,
Be true to the people,
Who have placed,
Their trust in me.

I have been given,
Yet another lease,
A chance to start afresh,
This is the final chance,
Lord, please don’t let me fail!