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Book Review: Simple, Plane Love

There are some writers that can inspire you to become writers. And some that kind of make you think, hey, I could have done better than that. I was invited to the launch of Simple Plane Love. Which is, as the title suggests (perhaps, not knowingly) about loving planes. Yes, you get a lot of plane loving in this book. And not much else. The book is written by Priyanka Luthra, who is probably a wonderful pilot. However, as a writer, she tried but simply doesn’t make the cut. The book is about Meera Khanna who flies to exotic destinations and lives in a fancy apartment in Manila. I do believe this part of the story has been greatly inspired by the author’s life. Unfortunately, the author fails to translate the vibrancy of her life into the book. The prose is staid and lifeless, the characterization a complete letdown and nothing happens in the book. Priyanka often uses to the line, ‘The moon/the waves/the sand/random object was a silent observer to something’ in an attempt …

Book Review: Dream With Your Eyes Open by Ronnie Screwvala

He lays there sprawled on a fluffy,blue rug, staring up at me. The rug looks elegant, gently hugging the expensive looking wooden floor. His head is rested on a red cushion, his hand casually tucked under his head. A cup of tea or coffee, I can’t tell, is aligned with his armpit. He’s wearing a grey tshirt and his legs are crossed. He prods me to ‘Dream With Your Eyes Open’. That’s Ronnie Screwvala on the cover of his book. The back of the book has the who’s who of the industry praising his book and what it will mean for the next gen entrepreneurs. The book has 13 chapters. And the last few pages are questions he answers. The few things that I did get from the book were: Your talent and your team when adequately motivated and committed, will be great assets That failure is a part of the game That every business idea doesn’t have to work. But some can, you never know till you’ve tried. That sometimes you have to take …

Book Review: The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

This book has been written by J K Rowling under a pseudonym. If you don’t know J K Rowling, I suggest you go back to your planet. Anyway, the protagonist in this book is Cormoran Strike, a rather large, hairy man, a fact that you are reminded of repeatedly by the author. I am sure this was to drive home the effect his physical presence would have on people but mostly seems like a very tiresome, elaborate effort to do just that. Subtler mentions would have achieved this with greater impact. A model with a flourishing career is found dead and while the police has declared this a suicide, Cormoran is roped in to do his own legwork by the model’s brother who suspects there may be foul play involved. The rest of the book follows Cormoran around as he meets up with people he suspects and would like to talk to solve this mystery. And that’s all I can tell you without being a spoilsport. The back of the book will have you believe …