Chetan Bhagat’s Half Girlfriend

Chetan Bhagat and his #halfgirlfriend

Once upon a time, there was a Bihari boy called Madhav. He fell in love with girl called Riya.
Madhav didn’t speak English well. Riya did.
Madhav wanted a relationship. Riya didn’t.
Riya just wanted friendship. Madhav didn’t.
Riya suggested a compromise. She agreed to be his half-girlfriend.

I’m so sure that this would also conquer Indian readers mind! I mean, Half Girlfriend is going to be yet another flimsy- romantic cliche from Chetan Bhagat, who is one among the national bestselling author, which will hit the bookstores by the mid of October during this year. Although I’m a critique reader of Bhagat’s works since I completed reading Revolution 2020, I wouldn’t say that Bhagat’s novels are based on poky- cheesy- fanciful plots like many of his readers say, though he’s conquered many of the teenagers as well as youngsters hearts through his alluring writing style and redundant story plots. As a published writer, if he’s successful in conveying his inner creations to the outer world, at least right in front of this major group, then how could many of us underestimate his newly written novel just after hearing its title before the official launch? 

I went through certain tweets related to #halfgirlfriend today and what welcomed me was the uncovered pole vaulting stature of the search term on the web within hours since after the official announcement from the author regarding his latest book’s release.  A few among them made me think like a pointless tweet lover, whereas the rest made me laugh like I’m watching a show of The Big Bang Theory. A number of interesting tweets in them is as follows:

 

https://twitter.com/sids91/status/497011023224647680

Now, it’s my turn to tell my expectations regarding the book. I love explaining things so shortly and simply. Here it is:

 

Madhav loves Riya

Riya hates Madhav

English is his problem,

it was their theorem

 

Half girlfriend, a trauma

found out by a drama

Chetan speaks

twitter shines

Love is a pen

holds his tale’s den

I would love to know your anticipation on the book too. Feel free to express it without a second thought here.

PS: This post is entirely a funny take on the basis of my personal views and all those tweeters on Chetan Bhagat and his works. Although, if anybody feels so bad about it, I earnestly apologize you for what I’ve written. *smiles*

Photo Credits: Google Images

Book Review: The Other Side Of The Bed

Whenever I read a book, I invariably have a feeling to finish it at the earliest as possible. But most of the times, my bid to rob the contents written by someone in his book, through his thoughts, would end up only after days or months since I embarked on taking it. Only when it fares to “The Other Side Of The Bed written by Bhavya Kaushik, I still don’t know whether I’ve completed reading it in just 2 and half hours because of the little connection I’ve with this new Indian author. No… Never… I admit the fact that I’ve done it in a short yoke of time (for me), in the meanwhile I wasn’t acknowledged by the flow of time while reading this simple work. This isn’t an emphasis to state that the source of this story- Bhavya Kaushik have done such a bang-up job via his officially published 1st book; the tender stream of words together with a predictable novel plot is what really mattered here. I hadn’t ever been through a writing class similar to this one from any other Indian author than Preeti Shenoy yet.

That moment when I started reading The Other Side Of The Bed!

That moment when I started reading The Other Side Of The Bed!

“The Other Side Of Bed” written by Bhavya Kaushik engages with an average-romantic-tragical thread which might not constitute a perfect reading experience for many of the readers, I’m one among them; the vibes of a different-hysterical story is the backbone of a novel. If a writer can act with the words and mixing them in the right portion, not more or less, in a normal story plot, and so the probability of creating a magic on certain pages of paper definitely deserves him. I shall call him not a writer, but an M-writer. As I ceased reading the 1st few pages of the book, my mind lingers for more to find out what he’s conveyed in his story telling process using the M-factor.

“Thirty days have passed since I saw her for the last time, but neither did thirty seconds could have passed when I didn’t think of her”

The novel reveals the life of Nakul, Tamanna and Devayani who faced a little harsh and sadistic event during the serial bomb attacks happened in the urban center where they were dwelling, their later life and the changes they brought back to the life after the catastrophe. The first half brings the stories of these 3 characters pinned together with their love story, emotions and the relationship, however the other half deals with their empowerment to act against the grounds they’ve confronted in their biography.

Positives:

1. A better beginning for a young Indian author in the field of writing.

2. The magical flow of the words he’s used in his novel for the manifestation of his thoughts in a lifelike way.

3. The perfect expression of certain personal experiences can be understood in the novel’s plot.

Negatives:

1. An average story plot which is predictable and the story slightly drags during the middle portions.

2. The repetition of same dialogues, regarding the 2 major events, in many sections of the conversation between the characters compelled me to give out 2-3 pages.

3. Even though a twist was expected by the end, the climax part of the novel hadn’t given me ANYTHING special.

If you’re willing to follow an aspiring Indian author who portrays his poignant thoughts through the marvelous language of expression in his debutante novel, and hence I strongly recommend “The Other Side Of The Bed” to you. Have a wonderful read.

Photo Credits: Google Images

Review: Motor Cycle Diaries

“Let the world change you, then you can change the world”

First of all, my heartfelt apologies to Manu Chetan for not giving any proper attention to a worthy book which he had afforded me during our last meeting at my homeland on 16th March 2013. Still, I don’t know why I kept it in my little collection of books for so long and dumped like a frustrated stuff contains around 170 pages? Whenever I opened my bookshelf, it always hid somewhere between the Malayalam collections which I normally don’t look round at all. Is that a specific reason which I could make up with the foolishness I did? Does it matter anyway? Of course, it doesn’t and I strongly believe in a fact that it was such an idiotic act which I ever served in the past few months. *REGRETS* 

 

Cover page of “Motor Cycle Diaries”

It was during last night, I came to see this book on my shelf while taking “The Oath of Vayuputras” which I’m currently reading now. Took it directly from the shelf and looked at its beautiful cover page portraying the title “Motor Cycle Diaries” (both in Malayalam & English scripts), and turned its pages randomly for a minute. Then I went to my table which has a classic table lamp at the left side corner where I usually do spend my time for studying and reading books. Opened the book and I kept staring at the 1st page which consists of a brief bio about Che which didn’t catch my attention in comparing with a young man’s signature below it.

I stuck on this page for a few minutes!!

I stuck on this page for a few minutes!!

“Memories are always a kind of sacred visuals coming out of our soul; every normal human being could assure about it in his current life as though they are good or bad ones”, I thought.

After completing this book at around 03:45 am on last night I hadn’t felt any deep rooted eminent feelings in me as a reader anyway. But the fractional happiness which I got later for a while was more than this few consistent reading experience. Che! Ernesto Che Guevara. He is the man! I was familiar about him only through a countable number of images which came across or nearer to me as links through various webs while surfing via cyber media. Most among them are having a similar background though! For me, he was just a strong leader who has led many bravery attacks against the well organized enemies, and achieved bashful notable victories through fantastic attempts decades back. But this book has squelched my sunken visuals about him in a very vivid manner I guess. I have seen the transformation of Ernesto Guevara as a jejune, but a passionate medical student into a Cuban leader. His brave revolutionary attempts not only changed the face of the entire Latin American continent, but it shaped the perspectives and the thoughts of millions of people from all around the world at that time.

Che wasn’t a passionate writer or novelist; hence please don’t expect kinda uncluttered contents from this book. His descriptions are all about the places, events, challenges and experiences during the long journey he had with his friend Alberto Granado to Latin America on an impetuous motor cycle. That too not as in the form of a literary chain, but in a very beautiful- simple- humorous- syllogistic way. I could sense the simplicity and the morally upright mind of a brave soul which the history has ever shown us through this translated book version by Che’s daughter,  Aleida Guevara March. As she stated in the introductory part, “I’m also in love with a legend like Ernesto Che Guevara now!”

Now, I’ll be looking forward for its movie version and check myself how far I absorbed the contents of the book. Once again, thank you so much for this valuable gift, Manu Cheta!!\m/ 🙂 🙂

PS 01: Special thanks to R. K. Bijuraj for its Malayalam translation part too! Indeed, he really did a great job. 🙂

PS 02: Read the quote which I found out from this dandy piece at the top of this post and get one copy of the book if ya can!! 🙂

Review: The Alchemist

Of course! For me, reading a book ‘costs’ 161 pages was really a tameless job in a single turn. If you are also a boy/gal who ain’t having a crush towards the above mentioned ‘habit’, I have got something to tell ya here. Being a part of your community, the ‘shithas happened ‘again*‘ in a perfect cum mysterious way. “I did that inequity in just around 3 and half hours for the very first time!” You might consider this as a lame telling by a lazy crook who haven’t shown any interest in reading. I don’t care even if ya felt this as a lame though, cause it doesn’t matter here. Bleeee..!
Then what actually does matter here, uh? Is this guy simply kidding you? Even I’m also confused about it. Well, leave it! I wanna tell you what was the origin of this update. I wish it would be definitely a boring task to read about, but if you can spend just 3 minutes for knowing about this piffle factor, do it. I really mean it! Do it, Folks. 😀


“I was unfamiliar about this great man till last Friday night, but I already knew his name through a variety of books pressed by a number of street book sellers in Kochi. It was on the same last Friday’s night, I got a copy of ‘The Alchemist‘ written by this bravo old man in his 80’s. What attracted me in ‘The Alchemist’ at first was its font style used in the cover page and International Best Seller tag given under author’s name I guess. For me, the ‘magic’ actually started from here. Right from the beginning itself, ‘Author’s Note’, has put a keen interest in me for reading a book by this world renowned author. It’s still unknown to me whether that interest came from those special mentions includes in the note about HarperCollins or former US president Bill Clinton or Julia Roberts about this bestseller which has been translated into 61 languages and sold more than 30 million copies worldwide till the year of 2010 (The copy which I’m having in hand is the same year’s version). Whatever it is, I stopped by there with this author’s note and continued reading part one of ‘The Alchemist’ from Sunday morning onwards. My mind started mingling with the main character, a shepherd boy in this story, his apparent practices for achieving his target, actions and reactions against the obstacles he has faced during the journey and most importantly the ‘queries and thoughts’ came from Paulo via Santiago in every part till I read; which includes,
“What is the world’s largest lie?” 
“When someone makes a decision, he is really diving into a strong current that will carry him to places he had never dreamed of when he first made the decision”…! 
Well, I’m considering all these segments as some pickle threads which is a must for readers who have been spending their ‘valuable’ time in reading a book which contains 156 pages as the story part! 2 hours passed and I felt a bit shy for continuously reading a book like a nerd, which is, indeed a wrong word for me to follow on. But that was really an unbelievable fact for me, that I have completed reading the 1st 103 pages of a rated book in a single turn? The reason behind this very strange incident is still hidden (especially in my case) and it is under ‘investigation**’. Hope I could definitely work on it and find the mystery behind it by tonight itself.”
If this Paulo Coelho is a very new person or author to ya too, get a copy of ‘The Alchemist’ soon. Do check out about this bravo man’s bio as well (You’ll be surprised in knowing about him!). 
PS: Special hugs and thanks to ‘someone’ who has gifted me this worth stuff! You will be getting something really interesting soon! 😀 ;)”

Paulo Coelho

Above mentioned ‘lames’ was the description given by me in Paulo Coelho‘s pica which I had set as my DP recently in Facebook. Now let’s come to the ‘investigative results’ which I found out in a distinct manner today. The procedure has started at around 2 pm on today afternoon. I was in need of a doze, but still I managed some way to continue reading it. 104,105,106,….,111,…..118,..,’121′! Yeah, that’s the right page. ‘121’, pakka sure about it! I completed this page and went out suddenly to wash my face and thus feel free from a sleepy mood. *INTERMISSION* *INTERMISSION*. Completed reading the remaining pages in less than 35 minutes*

Current condition: Bit shy about myself in updating a status of this kind about Paulo Coelho and his illusory story which I have read. It isn’t because of a feeling that, “I ‘must’ have to share that I have achieved a small notable goal (for me) by reading a book, its completion, create a long update like this and ‘make’ you know or feel embarrassed when you have a look at it. 

PSS**: Get a copy of this book before ‘THE ALCHEMIST : THE MOVIE‘ which will hit the theatres all around the world in 2014! I really mean it. This will definitely give you something ‘new’! Feel free to think that, “This was a short ‘lame’ post written by a young fellow being who has personally experienced the magic of reality while holding a contented book to his heart.”

again*– Preeti Shenoy‘s Life Is What You Make It was the first story book which has put a short impact on me!
investigation**– Read ‘PSS**
35 minutes***– Negotiable one with 5 minutes in addition!

This was a status updated by me on Facebook during the last day eve! Thought of sharing it with here too, so that it will be really helpful for ‘someone’ who is still unknown about a brilliant writer like Paulo. Have a good day ahead, Folks. Cheers.\m/ 🙂