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Its been long since I have done book reviews here. Not that I haven’t been reading just that I have been very busy… So here are some of the books I have reading

Girl with a …. The Millenium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson

There are three books in the series The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest and I read all three like a mad person… not keeping them down for anythingFinished them in record time and after I finished the series I had Slander withdrawal symptoms :)

Slander in case u are wondering is the main lead in all three books… “The Girl”… a girl who has had a bad childhood, is under guardian ship and is raped by her guardian, is a superb hacker, has a photographic memory and a way with numbers… The series takes us through her association with a go getter journalist Mikael Blomkvist who will do anything to uncover a story and is a born flirt with an infamous relationship with his co editor Erica who is BTW happily married

The series keeps one glued to see whats happening next as one scam after the other unfolds as things like sex trade, religious fanatic psychopaths and events of Slanders past which could be a national scandal unfold… A good thriller after ages…The third one got a little boring but on the whole a series that I really enjoyed reading

The author has weaved a brilliant tale and what a misfortune that he is not alive to see the success his books are making, infact as a matter of fact the books have been published post his death :(

And yeah I hear there is a movie being made of it too

Last Words : A excellent gripping thriller after ages and that too with a female lead what else could one ask

Rating : 3.5/5

Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson, David O. Relin

A book that was recommended by my dear friend D again and again but I somehow could locate only young readers edition where ever I asked… and than one day while shopping with her she found it for me… and I am so glad she did because this one surely has to be one of the best books I have read in the recent past..

Three cups of tea is a true story of a man, a man who starts from US to fulfill the dream he has long nurtured, the dream to conquer the second highest peak in world K2, he fails to reach the submit, gets lost and is badly injured and barely alive when the inhabitants of a small village in Pakistan take care of him, bring him back to life both physically and emotionally as there he finds a new motive for life, a new dream after failing the one he was living for, a dream to build school for that village…

Its an amazing story of a man who doesn’t have enough money to rent an apartment for himself and just with the drive inside inside him yearns to build a school in a far away land… Its an amazing tale which shows how it is indeed possible to brave against all odds and do what u want to.

The book is full of adventures, of mountain stories and jeeps rides, of how Greg survives a kidnapping and fatwa of sheer will and ofcourse some local friends he has made. And in the end he makes not one but many schools (the current count is I think 55)

Incase u are wondering about the tittle of the book… this pakistani proverb is behind it

“The first time you share tea with a Balti, you are a stranger. The second time you take tea, you are an honored guest. The third time you share a cup of tea, you become family…”

A proverb I loved too… And I love the cover there is something about those three girls in it, the fact that Greg is making education accessible to these girls makes me doubly happy

Last Word : A very very heartwarming account of a very brave and noble soul which truly makes one believe in life and motivates one to do that little extra. A must read for everyone.

Rating – 5/5

The Journey of Om by Chandru Bhojwani

The journey of Om is what it truly the tittle suggests the journey the central lead “OM”… The book starts with a scence in which Om is about to surprise his girlfriend on her birthday and is surprised himself to find another man in bed with her… The betrayal of the girlfriend and the break up leaves him shatteredbo

He turns to his friends Mona and Arun for support and turns out that both of them are tied up in problems of their own… Mona somewhere in her 30’s and still single chances upon a man she thinks could be the one she can spend her life with… travels all the way to HongKong to see a different reality… Arun who is steady with a girlfriend of many years suddenly finds his relationship rocking because of a sudden incident and the family involved..

Its a tale of three friends who derive strength and support from each other during testing times… Though all this might sound pretty depressing but the book surprisingly manages to lift your spirits and has quite a lot of its funny moments too… The book is surprsingly good and engrossing for a first time author… no literary masterpiece but than I am sure the author didnt want it to be :)

My only complaint with the book was the cover… doesnt tempt me to pick up the book at all :(

Last Words : A good fast read about relationships, friendship and love

Rating – 3/5

Coming soon are some more reviews…

1. The Great Depression of the 40’s : A novel by Rupa Gulab

2. The case of the missing servant by Tarquin Hall

3. Go Kiss the World by Subroto Bagchi

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