#review The Village that Banned Science

Author : Sangeeta Mulay

Publisher : Groggy Eyes

Publication date : 17 May, 2017

Book length : 132 pages

Language : English

Genre : Fiction​

Rating : 3/5

Review :

I was provided a free copy of the book by the author for reviewing.
If asked to rate the book based on the perspective of a child, I would give it a 4/5.

I seldom take up the troubling task of reading an e-book. Troubling why? Because I have issues. Ebooks hurt my eyes and give me frequent headaches. So whenever I do decide to read one, I always hope it is worth all the stress. And have never till date been upset of my decision. Whatever e-book I choose to take in remains short, so as to not cause much headache, and is well written.

This book was exactly the same. Short, precise, interesting and well written. The book is a suitable read for children and is very educative.

The story is about a small village in the forgotten part of India, Rampur where the government had forgotten to introduce science. As a result, it was still under the complete grasp of superstitions and beliefs of magic. It was run by a greedy and power loving Sarpanch and a holy Baba of the similar personality. The villagers believed deeply in the Baba’s speeches and buzzard solutions to whatever problems the villagers brought to his attention. They never questioned nor encountered his solutions but ladened him with gifts, food and other offerings. The Sarpanch saw to it that he also got a part of such mouthwatering offerings. Together the duo ruled over the village. The village doctor was never paid a visit to and was abundant, forgotten. The village doctor was never paid a visit to and was left forgotten. There was just one little girl, Jumbhula, who was always full of unbound curiousity over everything.  But found no one to answer her questions to.

Suddenly, events took turn with the government finally noticing the village and sending a Science teacher, Mr. Harish, to educate the children as well as the adults of the unfamiliar, unknown subject – Science. The villagers were all excited to learn something new. 

With the coming of Mr. Harish and his spending of enlightenment in the village, the villagers soon realised the useless tricks the Baba had played on them. There were still some who blindly believed in the Baba but majority turned against him. They all started questioning Baba hilarious remedies and soon the village doctor was remembered. Jambhula always ran to Mr.Harish who helped her get answers to all curious questions and experiments. The villagers started discussing and experimenting science. However, the altering effect on the Baba and the Sarpanch made then wrathful. Soon, when the village experienced an earthquake, they blamed it on Mr.Harish and the practice on science and announced to chop of the tiny toes of anyone found studying or practicing science. Though they all were angry, the villagers feared of their toes and kept silent. But Jambhula was not a girl to give up. With the help of Mr.Harish, she decided upon participating in an Annual village science competition for children in Seetapur with her solar cooker experiment. In midst of all these, when the village is struck by another natural calamity they decide to protest against the ban of Science. It was decided that the protest would be brought to the government’s notice.

But, was Jambhula able to attend the competition despite the heavy guard of the Sarpanch and his goons? Could she successfully present the experiment? Did she win? What happened of the protest? Could they bring back Science to the village? Did the government help? 

To get answers to all these questions all you have to pick up this short read and enjoy each and every aspect of it.

The book is simply written yet packed with great lessons. In India there are many villages which despite the country prospering daily, are very much behind. They remain deprived of proper education and enlightenment. Superstition and belief in magic hovers around those villages. The powerful people take complete control of everything and often the people face hard times. The book is an eye opener of how, when given proper notice and education to a village, numerous lives and dreams are saved from those greedy, powerful, superstitious clutches. Every human must have the right to get proper education. A country wide prosper only when no corner of it is left unnoticed. As the saying goes –

Diamonds are found only in the black, dirty depths of coal mines.

Who knows what precious talents lay hidden and wasted due to the lack of proper education. 

Another interesting fact about the book is the insertion of little experiments absolutely interest grabbing for children. This book is an educational book with humour, curiousity, struggle, understanding, enlightenment and Science.

An adult should read this book as well. For it’s never too old to be young.

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#review The Fray Theory : The Harbinger (Book 1.1)

IMG_20170508_155731_302Author : Nelou Keramati

Publisher : Finch Hill

Publication date : 1 March, 2017

Book length : 160 pages

Language : English

Genre : Fiction

IMG_20170401_201426_577Synopsis :

~What happened three years ago?~

Dylan Sterling is an anomaly who dreams of events before they happen. But over the years, this peculiar gift has transformed into a curse. A dark curse in the form of a strange man who haunts him. Hunts him. Kills him.

But unlike other people, even once Dylan has awakened from a nightmare, the agony of torture clings to his skin. The horror of his own brutal murder continues to resonate with him. Pain, it seems, has long become the status quo. That is until a recurring nightmare reveals a clue that might help him unveil the truth of his ‘condition’.

The race against time has begun, and with each passing day, the boundaries between dream and reality are becoming more and more muddled. And unless he can solve this mystery, he’ll stand to lose even more than he thought possible.

Rating : 4/5

IMG_20170402_163715_419Review :

The next book of The Fray Theory series by Nelou Keramati, The Harbinger is indeed well written, which is very much expected from such a talented author. I had read the book a week or two back but had been unable to post a review. Well, the reason being, I have a huge to-be-reviewed list and I am confused most of the times which book’s review to post first. (*Laughing like a nervous wreck)

Before I present any opinion on this book, I would request every viewer of this post to go back towards the beginning of my reviews and look into my review of The Resonance, first book of this series. It is very essential to know about the first book before reading the opinion of the second.

Now, starting with this book, the author never fails to prove how fascinating her writing is. The theories she puts forward, the incidents she arranges, the characters she brings out are beautiful and attention grabbing. This book, to be put into simple words, is a flashback to the past lives and what had happened in the first book.

As found in the previous book, Dylan, his best friend, Romer and his girlfriend, Neve are stuck in a life and death situation. All through the book, they struggle through threats and disasters building up their long broken bond. But what caused this situations? Why had their bond been broken? What was the beginning?

This book answers it all. It takes back to the time when Dylan was a child, when the incidents and nightmares began. Though the book, Dylan travels from childhood to adulthood, his closest people being Romer and Neve always. But a situation arises that forces him to leave his two favourite people and go into hiding. Neve feels betrayed and hurt.

I would say, I had a tough time trying to read the book at some points because it was making me confused. The continuous alteration of time and place made it sometimes hard to locate the story’s current situation. Though I loved the book, the first book was far more interesting, if you ask me. Maybe I have had a huge gap between reading the two books. I suggest you all to read the two books simultaneously without a large gap. That way it will help one to complete understand the story and it will turn out to be far more interesting and addictive.

Thanks to the lovely author for sending me the book for review. You are always amazing and I am ready to take in more of the trio.

#review Rhysand candle by @whisperingflames

IMG_20170512_180759_412So, this time I am not here to post a book’s review but that of a candle. Because this is the first time I have bought myself a bookish candle and I must say it was worth the buy.

Living in India, where you do not find much of bookish merchandise, specially soycandles, forces one, absolutely dying to get hands on that, to buy it online from foreign contries. US possibly has the highest no.of bookish merchandise production but I may also be wrong, correct me for that.

For us Indians, the prices seem too high and adding along the shipping charges makes it impossible for a majority to buy all those, me being one of them.

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So, here comes the solution to that problem. Afia has opened a bookish soy candle on Instagram for all Indians eager to buy.

The instagram handle is –

https://www.instagram.com/whisperingflames/

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She makes 4oz candles, each for ₹200 excluding shipping charges, which is added after you give the address, she will send you a detailed information of your order. Each candle is made with 100% soy wax, handpoured and smell amazing. The payment is to be done through PayTM and within when, that you can just learn from her. Moreover she added in two beautiful bookish matchboxes, each for ₹20, based on the month’s theme which was the amazing series of The Court of Thorns and Roses & Throne of Glass. Maybe next time when she adds more candles to her shop, more matchboxes will be added as well. This month being her first selling month, she had posted a list of candles available on Instagram. They were –

  • Rhysand
  • Feyre
  • Velaris
  • The Spring Court
  • Amelia
  • Rowan

Well, since this was the first ever time that I had decided to buy myself bookish merchandise, I took up the courage to order a single one – Rhysand and bought along with it a matchbox based on A Court of Mist and Fury. 

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Rhysand candle – 4oz; A Court of Mist and Fury Matchbox with quote

And now having both of them in my hand, I believe they are perfect.

The moment I opened the candle jar, the first thing I saw was smooth clean purple candle with little dots of a darker shade. And I came up with the though that in less light it would look like slight representation of night sky, the High Lord of Night Court, Rhysand’s favourite view. Then the wave on scent hit me.

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She also added a cute note with it and am really thankful.

I smelled many thing. I do not know specifically what scents she added but I have come up with my version of it.

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The first thing that came into my mind was, this one smells like Rhysand, sexy, flirty High Lord, powerful yet king. The scent is strong yet so soothing. It smells like the wind – free and light, rain – earthly, clean and mistifying, salt and something citrus – a little ting of it. As also it smells like foam. It smells like the Night.

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Don’t know how much justification I have really done to the candle but I have tried explaining it in my own way. I can’t wait to buy more from her.

To all Indian bookworms out there who would love to buy amazing bookish soy candles, don’t miss this dear lady and visit her Instagram account soon.

I wish you all the luck @whisperingflames and hope your hard work pays off well and good.

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#review Graveyard Shift

IMG_20170514_071030_219.jpgAuthor : Manish Mahajan

Publisher : Half Baked Beans

Publication date : 13 April, 2017

Book length : 182 pages

Language : English

Genre : Fiction/ Horror

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Synopsis :

At around midnight, I woke up suddenly. A strange sound was coming from somewhere outside in the passage. I sat up dazed. The curtains were a little ajar letting the moonlight to streak in. I got up to investigate where that noise was coming from. The passageway was almost dark, just a single lamp was left switched on for the night. The sound seemed to be coming from one of the rooms. That was strange, I thought, as there was no one else staying on this floor. All of a sudden, something moved behind me. Turning around I got the shock of my life. Some distance away, in that dreary passageway, stood a figure dressed in flowing white robes, staring hard at me.

Rating : 3/5

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Review :

The book consists of 7 short stories and a poem, all based on ghosts and paranormal activities. I have mixed feelings about this book. Some stories I found very interesting and some I didn’t like much. So I found out a way to express it all. I will be writing about each story in the book separately. So first thing first. Let me put down the list first.

  • The Appointment
  • Honey, ‘m Back!
  • Tales in the Train
  • A Night in the Hastings House
  • A Doll named Wendy
  • The Last Wish 
  • The Apartment on the Tenth Floor
  • Betal Pachisi

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The Appointment –

Well this is the first chapter of the book and the only poem.  The poem narrates the tale of a promised appointment.  A promise between dear friends are meant to be kept no matter what. But on what circumstances? Does he have to fulfil his promise even after death? Read through the poem to know it all.

About the poem, I found the tale interesting. But it seemed as if the poet was trying hard to bring the poet into a rhyme form and pushed it to the limits. However, the poet is well equipped with a good stock of words and thus makes the poem enjoyable.

Honey, ‘m Back! –

Bow this tale was quite interesting. But not very striking. I found the story very common one. The same – young, ambitious, beautiful, man hunter seducing an olg rich man; marrying him and after that slowly planing for his murder so that she becomes the direct owner of it all.

Here, the woman’s name is Riya, who has succeeded in making her husband agree to go for a short trip. So there they were, away from locality and into the arms of nature. There she tried and fails twothree times before successfully killing her husband on the night when the resort was completely empty expect the two of them.

However, things turn upside down with him coming back….. How is not upto me  to reveal to the ones who haven’t read it yet. What caught my attention was the ending of the story. It ended with a ting of sexuality in a kind of vulgar, intense and spooky way.

Next up is

Tales in the Train –

Now about this one, the story revolves around a train compartment where 5 people sit down to tell tales of ghosts and ghostly activities. To reveal names the characters and their relations each other is something I am willing holding. The reason being, giving away the maximum details of a short story. The story being short, to talk in details will leave nothing more of interest to look up to reading on your own.

Back on track, each person goes around sharing their own paranormal experiences and ghost stories they have across. The stories are interesting but not well “staged“. The used that particular word because I felt that the manner in which the stories have been narrated does not arouse much of the reader’s interest. But that doesn’t mean the stories are boring. You know what I mean right?

However, similar to the previous short story, I found the ending eye catching but bizzard to a great extent. But ghost stories are supposed to be bizzard right? Yet, somehow the entire thing sounded off and not quite ..let’s say “intimidating for the readers to feel awestruck”.

A Night in the Hastings House –

I have often heard of groups, gangs, societies or anything a wuite handful of people researching on paranormal activities. It maybe be officially approved or sponsored or something they themselves built up. They are well equipped with instruments for tracking and summoning spirits.

Here, the story is about one of these so mentioned groups on one of their missions, which is visiting Hastings House, known for it being haunted by Hastings’ spirit and look into it.

The story gives a detailed look inside the world of these researchers and how they work it all out. The hunt turns out to be very thrilling and interesting. But once again, the representation of the story had almost chalked out any enthusiasm in continuing till the end.

A Doll named Wendy –

Nowadays, almost everyday we encounter deaths happening as a result of mechanical failure in car while speed driving. Such a heartbreaking accident took place in the story where a young couple losses their only child, apple of their eyes, little Tara.

However, she had a little doll Wendy which was very dear to her and after her tragic death, her mother one day found inside the room, a thin almost transparent figure, playing with the doll. It seemed as if even after dying she couldn’t give up on Wendy and thus came to play with it.

Uptil this point the story was fine but after that there certain turns of events which made me lose interest on the story.

The Last Wish –

The story is about a man who under official work had to visit Chauhans’ Palace. There he is kept well and enjoys care and hospitality. However, at night while resting in the room provided for him to stay, he hears wears noises and when out for investigation over it, encounters a ghost. The story continues with Chauhan explaining him the causes of the incidents.

So this story is absolutely bizzard. I didn’t the story much . The conclusion drawn dis not please me at all.

The Apartment on the Tenth Floor –

This story is rather interesting.

The story revolves around a particular apartment and the spectator of that, a little boy, from the balcony of him room on a different building. The boy saw every midnight certain spine chilling death scenes in that peculiar apartment on the tenth floor which kept on displaying each night till the day the deaths took place somewhere else. When gone to enquire about that apartment with his best friend, they found that room unfinished and thus deserted.

He was a sleepwalker and that brought in an incident that left all his dear ones broken forever. What was the incident? What was the secret of that ghastly apartment? To know, all you have to do is pick up the book.

What I found disturbing the lack of justified closure to the story. I find it unfinished. As also, the last scene shown in the apartment is quite impossible to imagine. It’s out of place.

Betal Pachisi –

All who have read Vikram & Betal already know that story. It is a shortened version of the whole tale. I do not understand quite, the need to add a shortened story of a pre existing work in between a book of a writer’s own works. I found it out the place and very disturbing.

So here ends my thoughts on each story of the book. And having said so much already I don’t think I need to add anything more to it.  

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#review The Mother

IMG_20170421_073823_357Author : Yvvette Edwards
Publisher : Pan Macmillan UK
Publication date : 22 Feb, 2017
Book length : 256 pages
Language : English
Genre : Fiction
Synopsis :

Today, Marcia is heading to the Old Bailey. She’s going there to do something no mother should ever have to do: attend the trial of the boy accused of her son’s murder.

She’s not meant to be that woman; Ryan, her son, wasn’t that kind of boy. But Tyson Manley is that kind of a boy and, as his trial unfolds, it becomes clear that Marcia’s greatest hope for closure lies with Manley’s girlfriend, Sweetie. But can Sweetie be trusted?

Rating : 4/5
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Review :
I have been taking so many breaks in between posting reviews that I turn out to be detached from it for a long time. But I have picked myself up again because I have read some great books which I believe have the right to be reviewed. SO HERE IT IS…The first book I read in the middle of last month – The Mother.This book had me all emotional.
The story is about a mother, Marcia, whose child, Ryan has been snatced away from her cruely. As a result, her calm, polite husband has become frail and weak, his self confidence lowering gradually, their marriage collapsing. She desperately wants to know the reason that forced her dear son to get mudered. He was a sweetheart, who couldn’t imagine even hurting anyone. Then why? Where did it all go wrong?
The story captured her journey towards the truth. As time passes and secrets unravel, the girl, Sweetie, whom she never approvedfor her boy, turns out to be not that rough, spoilt, cheap one she used to seem but someone for whom Marcia develops a liking. And moreover, Sweetie mother’s a child whose father could possibly be Ryan’s and this little speck of hope.
They all fight their way through the rough path and face the murderer, Tyson. A story that will break the reader’s heart but will again pick up the pieces and give a new meaning to become stronger.
The story is one which teaches lessons worth remembering. Have you ever felt you emotions going numb? Feeling nothing? This book breaks that wall, makes the heart ache, makes one want to cry. A journey of hope, pain, numbness, wrath, love and new beginnings.
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