Meluha, the first book in the Shiva Trilogy is a story is set in a country not yet named India and at a time when the mountainous abode of Shiva was not known by the name of Tibet.
Mythological stories show that Shiva was always a god. So it comes as a bit of a jolt when you read about Shiva being a normal tribal man who enjoys dancing, hanging out with friends and swearing.
Meluha is the story of Shiva whose karma cast him as the Mahadev, the god of the gods.
Thrust into the role of the Neelkanth by a legend foretold centuries ago, a legend that every Indian seems to believe, Shiva soon starts helping the people while questioning most of the Suryavanshi traditions believing them to be barbaric.
Shiva once a simple tribal man now the Mahadev starts forming friendships and learns values. But that happiness doesn’t seem to be everlasting with terrorist attacks on Sati, the Suryavanshi princess, and the rumors of an alliance between the Chandravanshis- the sworn enemies of the Suryavanshis and the Nagas- deformed people cursed by birth.
Drawn suddenly to his destiny, by duty as well as by love, Shiva starts leading the people and becomes a true leader.
What makes this book, and the following two; a good read is the simplicity of language and an easy and racy narrative style. The plot hardly ever slows down enough for the reader to lose interest as one event leads to another.
Sowmya V, Editor
Coben is pretty famous for his grisly but realistic murders and twisty plots. The Woods is one such piece of art. It has a perfectly balanced mix of legal aspects, emotional drama, and a fair share of bullet-riddled and hacked-to-death bodies. And because this gripping book comes from the bestselling author of Tell No One, you all should be expecting another thriller. Paul Copeland, our protagonist, was one of the few teenagers who attended a summer camp twenty years ago. Four of them go missing in the woods; two bodies are found and the others are not. In the present, he is a public prosecutor, was married, has a daughter, and is one of the most respected people among the society.
But when a policemen and detective walk in his daughter’s gymnastics class, requesting (or demanding) that they speak to him, where will his past lead? The discovery of a body stuns him, seeing as he knew a younger version of the same person, and Cope is forced to deal with his past – including his completely annihilated family – as well as the present – a particularly nagging case regarding a young woman, a movie, and two miscreants.
I would not really recommend this book to anyone younger than the age of thirteen. Understanding legal complexities and emotions takes experience and sensible analyzing.
Harlan Coben is truly an amazing writer. The way he expresses the turmoil of human emotions is fascinating. But when you re-read The Woods more than twice, it loses its sheen – the book becomes predictable and fails to evoke suspense the way Agatha Christie or John Grisham can. Putting that aside, this novel is a must-read and will definitely intrigue you till the very end.
Sowmya.V, and Manasi N, Editors.
The Krishna Key is a magnificent piece of historical fiction that comes from the author of the much acclaimed Chanakya’s Chant and The Rozebal Line, Ashwin Sanghi. Based in modern day India, it builds a bridge between Indian mythology and monuments that span the length of the country.
Ravi Mohan Saini, the protagonist, is a history professor specializing in literature, specifically the Bhagwad Gita and the Mahabharata. His friend, a revered person in religious circles, had handed over four seals (discovered in an excavation site) to four of his confidents, one of them being Saini. But when the archaeologist is murdered by a mysterious and extremely skilled assassin, Saini is a primary suspect (considering that he was the last person to be seen entering and exiting the crime scene). Inspector Radhika Singh and her sidekick Rathore are hot on his tail as he escapes from a holding cell in xxx (read the book for more – I know, I’m evil) along with his student, Priya (they escape from police custody multiple times). The search for the other three seals (one is in Saini’s possession) leads them to all four corners of the country, from Somnath to Mt. Kailash to the Taj Mahal.
Given that Sanghi has written just about three books so far, it is only fair that we laud him for his efforts. (The Rozebal Line isn’t really that good, and Chanakya’s Chant has mixed reviews.)He’s practically hit the jackpot with The Krishna Key.
Although the story is relatively fast-paced, it goes slowly at places and Saini gives a lot of lectures on history, most of them interesting, and the book is filled with cryptic hymns and chants in Sanskrit, it still promises a good read.
Manasi N, Editor.
The first book I would recommend for students of any age would be Hoot. Guessed what the book is about? Owls! Tiny owls that live like rabbits in burrows underground.
The protagonist of the story, a boy called Roy Eberhardt, is a person who sees questions in anything curious. For example, the only bully he decides to make a friend with is a red-haired girl who plays rugby. And he also decides to chase a homeless boy wearing no shoes down the street and into a golf park after jumping off his school bus.
Nevertheless, this story never bores me( as compared to a REALLY boring classic). It skims across police officers finding crocodiles in construction sites and pancakes all at once. After you read this book, you might think, ‘how bland and flat!’ , but the beauty in Hiassen’s writing lies in the meticulous manner in which he keeps a reader hooked although his writing is a little peculiar…you could expect no less from a book that has won the Newberry Honor.
The story of three kids who save a colony of owls from a pancake house is both amusing and witty. Given that this book has been made into a movie, it is a must read for those who are willing to spend time with a book that deserves their attention.
Manasi N, Editor.
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