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Book Review: Rakshasas The Shadow Warriors By Rajiv G Menon

Book Review: Rakshasas The Shadow Warriors By Rajiv G Menon

Hello Friends,

I have been reading a lot from past few months and enjoying every bit of it. Do tell me what you all book lovers are reading currently and what kind of books you like to read.
I have been enjoying reading mythological fiction lately. Today's review is also about a book which is a mythological fiction.
It is 'Rakshasas The Shadow Warriors' By an Indian author Rajiv G Menon. This is the second book of 'The Vedic Trilogy'.

Plot Summary: The world is in turmoil. Naraka and his formidable Asura war machine march unhindered across it bringing once great nations to their knees. They have now set their eyes on the ultimate prize- Bharata, the land of the seven rivers. Indra and his Devas struggle to contain this threat, even as they battle their own differences and the temptations of Swarga.
In Bharata, Jayanta, the son of Indra, is the new ruler. But as he prepares for the Asura invasion, a potent threat is rising in the vast forests of Dandaka. Vidyukesa the only survivor of a genocide perpetrated by Jayanta- has journeyed into its heart and made contact with the Order of the Sarpa, an ancient and powerful secret society headed by Queen Manasa. With the blessings of Raksha, the Earth Spirit, the Sarpas transform Vidyukesa and his companions into supernatural beings called Rakshasas. Their mission to protect their land, forests and way of life.
In this second installment of his Vedic Trilogy, Rajiv G Menon weaves a rich and vibrant tapestry of the epic struggle between earth worshiping feminine cultures that live in harmony with nature, and the patriarchal forces that seek to tame her.

Published By: Westland Publications

Genre: Fiction

Language: English

No. Of Pages: 442

Price: Rs 399/-

About the Author: Before setting out on a writing career, Rajiv G Menon was an actor, screenwriter, traveller and a beach bum. A voracious reader since childhood, he was fascinated by stories and characters from Indian, Greek and Norse mythology. His other interests include swimming in the ocean, forest walks and motorcycling. He lives in Bangalore with his wife Dimple and son Vir.

My Review: Starting with the cover, I loved the book cover, goes well with the plot and has embossed Title on it. This is the second book in 'The Vedic Trilogy'. The first page of the book is the map. I love books with some kind of illustrations in them, they just add a different dimension and feel to the book and map surely add a hint of real world to the otherwise fantasy fiction.

It is a mythological fiction. According to me if a mythological fiction is not written in a proper manner, it can actually look very childish and a fairy tale. It should have some amount of depth and elaboration in the scenes and characters and I must say Rajiv has done it very beautifully.

The scenes are written in a very balanced way without any loose ends and you can easily visualize the scenes and characters in your head. I must say the overall story is quite fascinating and compelling. It has a lot of action, war and drama ,filled with various emotions and excitement. There is war between Gods and Devil with numerous references to the mythological names like Lord Indra and many others.
The narration style of the author is smooth and interesting. I enjoyed reading it. There was not even a single dull moment.

I have not read the first part. But I am surely buying that very soon after reading this one. Initially there was some confusion in understanding and to remember all the characters since there are quite a lot of them.
The book also was not a very fast read for me personally and it took me some time to finish it since there is a lot going on in the story and the author has build everything in a very beautiful way, so you do not find the need to skip any part.

I would say this book is a package. It is like watching a nice movie full of adventure.
Would highly like to recommend this book.
Do pick one copy for yourself:

Do share your thoughts and suggestions in the comment section below.
Till my next post, Enjoy Reading!

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Book Review: Avatar Of Protector & The Secret Of Sudarshana By Chetan B Thakkar

Book Review: Avatar Of Protector & The Secret Of Sudarshana By Chetan B Thakkar:

Hello Friends,

I am back again with an another Book review. Today's book is 'Avatar Of Protector And The Secret Of Sudarshana' By Indian author Chetan B Thakkar. It is a mythological fiction.

Plot Summary: I accidentally got to know that I had a superpower when I tried to save my friend and I got to know my real identity. I'm the 10th avatar of the God, Vishnu. My name is Kalki Vishnu Yash. I was just a normal boy. I play cricket, I go to my college and I hang out with my friends. On my 18th birthday, two unknown men tried to kill me, and the mythology stories started to come true. That's when things really started going wrong. Now I have to fight with my sword and battle monsters with my friends.
Kalayus, lord of the planet Nibru, thinks that I have a Sudarshan Chakra, Krishna's strongest weapon. Why does Kalayus want the Sudarshan Chakra? Can Kalki will find the Sudarshan Chakra before Kalayus?

Published By: Notion Press

Genre: Fiction

Language: English

No. Of Pages: 154

Price: Rs 180/-

About The Author: Chetan Thakkar is an entrepreneur and the author of Five Habits Of Lifehacks. He worked in 19 different fields before he started his own business and began writing inspirational and motivational articles. Writing is his passion, and The Avatar Of Protector was his first fantasy fiction novel.

My Review:

To start with, it is an Indian mythological fiction. You will see characters and references to Indian Hindu Mythology like God Shiva, Krishna and Sudarshan Chakra, Mahabharata etc

Although it is a mythological story, but it is a very simple and not at all a heavy weight complex story. Writing style, language and plot is very straight forward and simple to understand.

The basic story line is that, as we all are aware that God Vishnu has taken different avatars from time to time, in the form of Lord Ram, Krishna, Gautam Buddha and so in Kalyuga, that is in the present time the main character of the story is the 10th avatar of Vishnu.
The story begins with the kidnapping of the parents of the main character Kalki and meeting with Indrayani, daughter of Lord Indra and going to planet Paradise and unfolding everything from Who is he? What is his purpose? What are his powers? and How to get back his parents from those Devils?

The story do have lots of twists and turns and involves various interesting aspects like Adventure, Suspense, Friendship, Jealousy and lot of Fantasy.
If you like Fantasy and Mythology then you will love this book!

Although, there were lots of characters involved, still I feel that the ending of the book could have been little more better and interesting.
My favorite chapters would be 'Wow It's Planet Paradise', 'Letter From Krishna' and 'I got the Magical Sword'.

Overall it is an average read for me. Surely a must one time read for fantasy lovers!! :)

Do pick a copy for yourself:

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Till my next post, Happy Reading!! :)

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Breathe Healthy With Dr Charcoal Non Electric Air Purifiers!!

Breathe Healthy With Dr Charcoal Non Electric Air Purifiers!!

Hello Lovely Readers!

How is everyone doing? Hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful season of Monsoons :)
Today I would be talking about a very unique product in itself but a very helpful & useful one! I was really intrigued when I saw this product for the first time. It is Dr Charcoal Non Electric Air Purifiers. These are 100% natural and Eco friendly.

Comes in 3 variants:
  • For Living Room, Bedroom, Kids Room, Office (500gms): Use in Areas up to 200 sq ft. - Rs 899/-
  • For Cars, Bathroom and Kitchen, Laundry Room (200gms): Use in Areas up to 90 sq ft. - Rs 599/-
  • For Shoe Racks, Fridge, Cupboard, Gym Bag (75gms): Rs 399/-

How Does It work?

Dr. Charcoal is a non electric air purifier made from the highest quality of activated charcoal whose surface contains micro pores - with pore size of less than 2 nano meters - that absorbs those nasty odors and impurities present in the air, just like a sponge, leaving clean and fresh air outside the bag.

How To Use?
  • Hang or place Dr Charcoal bag (where air can freely flow around the bag) in the area that needs air purification. It will remove all odors and also absorb moisture, bacteria, pollutants and allergens.
  • Place the bag outside in sunlight (not behind windows) for 1 hour every month (or when bag is ineffective) to reactivate and make it last for at least year.
  • Recycle in the soil.The activated charcoal inside the bag makes for wonderful manure after one year of use. The product life cycle is complete as it comes from earth and is entirely returned to earth again.

It is so great to see that so many brands these days are making efforts to bring in the products, which are Eco friendly, natural and will not harm the ecological balance. People living in big cities specially, are aware and facing some serious issues because of the high level of pollution. We do feel the need of some kind of air purifiers around our home from time to time. I would highly suggest that instead of going for an electric purifier, we can surely try natural air purifiers like plants or something like this Dr Charcoal's pure activated charcoal products and help saving energy.

  • These can last over one year.
  • These are 100% natural
  • No chemicals. No Fragrance
  • Absorbs Pollutants, Bacteria, Bad Smell, Allergens
  • These are non electric, so not dependent on the charging point
  • Travel friendly
I am also very impressed with the packaging of the product. They come in an Eco friendly jute bags and not in any kind of plastic. They do have some color choices for the jute bag, so you can choose according to your liking. I love the way they look. Even if you hang them openly around your house like in kitchen or Kids room, they will look nice. They have a nice rustic look and feel to them.

Monsoon season is going on and sometimes because of the excess moisture in the weather, shoes and clothes can smell really bad. So, I have been using this in my shoe rack as well as in my cupboard and it has actually helped to get rid of that damp smell.These will not add any kind of flowery or pleasant fragrance, but will make the area simply odor less which I personally like.
It works great for the small spaces like cars as well.
Also, the 500 grams pack, which is meant for the bigger spaces like Drawing room, Bedroom etc will help to improve the quality of the air and could be very beneficial for the people who have some kind of breathing issues or allergies due to pollution.

It is 100% non toxic and is safe even if you have kids or Pets in your home.

Overall I really liked the concept and quality of the product. Shelf life of one year is great, so it is an economical option in the long run and even when it will stop working it can be used as a manure. I would highly suggest everyone to try this product at least once. I am sure you will also like it like me. We all need a better air to breathe and our cupboards and cars odor free!! :)
You can also visit the brand's official website for more details:

Do pick one for yourself:

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Friends, Do share your thoughts and suggestions in the comment section below. Till my next post, Stay Healthy!!! :)

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Book Review: 65 Colours Of Rainbow! By Smit Kapila

Book Review: 65 Colours Of Rainbow! By Smit Kapila

Hello Readers!
How is everyone doing..

Hope you all are enjoying life to the fullest and reading some wonderful books!! :-)

The book I am sharing and reviewing today is '65 Colours Of Rainbow By an Indian Author Smit Kapila.

Plot Summary: 65 Colours Of Rainbow is a collection of 65 short stories and caricatures based on real life, work related incidents. This pleasingly warm collection writes with terrifying compassion about the things that matter most. The distinctive narrative caricatures demonstrate how extraordinary the ordinary can be!!

Published By: Srishti Publishers

Genre: Fiction

Language: English

No. Of Pages: 131

Price: Rs 175/-

About The Author: An electronics engineer and a hobbyist with technical publications to his credit, Smit Kapila leads a team of world class engineers with one of the globe's topmost semiconductor MNC. An ardent believer of work life balance, when not at work, he loves being part of nature and rejoices the same through paint and music.

My Review:
It is a very light read. The best part of the book is it has a collection of short stories and that you do not need to remember what happened the last time you read the book, in case there was a gap of few days in between the read. You can read couple of stories and then even after a month or two you can read other stories. So that way it is much simple and light. Every time it is like a starting a new story book.

The caricatures add an element of creativity in the book. They are well placed and thoughtful.
It is great for people who do not like to read a heavy duty books and get bored very easily with following the same story.

It is bunch of daily life work stories. If you are someone who work in corporate, then you can probably relate to many incidents. This book can surely bring smile to your face and bring back many memories.
Often in our daily monotonous life, we miss to enjoy small moments. This book will help you appreciate the very small moments which can be funny and can add a life and fun to the otherwise hectic way of our work life.
I definitely had a nice laugh in some of the chapters not just because they were funny but because they bought back many memories from my work like Fun Fridays, Permanent marker on white boards, The printout story, missing mute button etc. I am sure every reader will be able to relate to at least couple of incidents.

I would not say that it is a very unique or an extraordinary book or a self help guiding book. It is a very average basic read. But the main idea of the author is beautiful and much needed in today's life.
You do not need some big and extraordinary moments to enjoy in life, you can enjoy your daily life.
As author correctly said that there is no way we can escape from our jobs and its work pressure, but we can certainly counter it by enriching the fun and laughter quotient at work.

Grab your copy here:

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