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Book Review of “A Bolt of Lightning” by Satyen Nabar

A Bolt of Lightning

By Satyen Nabar

This book arrived when I was in the middle of another book. It was pure curiosity that got me reading the first page. Before I knew it, I had breezed through the first 100 pages!

It wasn’t easy to read two books simultaneously. But I managed!

The plot overall is funny, engrossing, interesting, unique, relatable, with a fresh perspective.

I don’t think I could give a better plot summary than the one on the book: Shiva, 35, hotshot executive, recently divorced, disillusioned with his life and fed up of the rat race in the corporate world, topples completely over the edge after an unexpected tragic incident.
In a hilarious journey from the boardrooms of Bangalore to the hippies, face readers, casinos and rave parties on the verdant beaches of Goa, Shiva attempts to ‘escape from it all’ till his life suddenly changes in miraculous ways after an electrifying act of nature bestows him with an extraordinary gift. Anchored by the strong bond of friendship with his college mates, Sid and Adi, and propelled by love for Anita his estranged ex-wife, Shiva attempts to make the most of his incredible gift to unravel the secrets of life, death and happiness as the story races to its exhilarating conclusion in the exotic jungle valley of Arambol, Goa. And it is a “bolt of lightning” that somewhat sets things right in his life.

This story is a witty and contemporary take on a midlife crisis story with an unusual twist in the tale. It at once touches the heart and entertains while offering a fascinating new perspective of the world we inhabit.

The language is quite simple (mostly) but at places the author makes splendid sentences that make you smile, giggle, laugh, praise and feel jealous – all at once!
The realities of present day life – building work pressures, haphazard social and personal life, meaningless rat-race, need and desire for introspection, battle to make time for oneself and loved ones, depression, loneliness, and addictions that engulf us at the end of it all – interestingly portrayed and brilliantly connected.

The timeline (past and present) keeps you quite alert and awake. It keeps you hooked. it keeps you excited. The characters have been etched thoughtfully. Though I personally feel the author could’ve limited their description and habit- since they were bound to be understood / interpreted by the reader during the course of the story. Anyway, that’s just my perspective.

There is much more to the story, and its characters, apart from their emotions, actions, deeds, thoughts, and behaviour. A hidden message. The eternal quest. A gripping need to introspect right away. To live in the moment. To live for the day. To follow your heart. And to read more and more!

I would definitely recommend this book to all!

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Book Review of “Horn OK Please-HOPping To Conclusions” By Kartik Iyengar

Horn OK Please – HOPping To Conclusions

By Kartik Iyengar

Now this is what I call a fun-tastic read.

Kartik Iyengar chronicles his “journey” all the way to Ladakh – Chief Redbull, Goose Goldsmith and Derek Demonia in an SUV called ‘Motormouth’ jot their passion in overcoming problems during their adventure; write about subjects that need delicate handling wrapped with humor; share their experience of meeting new people and exploring new places; capture the essence of their “journey” to finally bringing meaning to life – a remarkable achievement in my eyes!

Every chapter beings with a sarcastic poetic snippet, goes on to set the context, present his points of view and culminates in a warped moralistic end from a virtual community. (Taken from the description – sorry this was the most apt sketch about the book and I definitely couldn’t ace it.)

The book is hilarious. It has anecdotes from the journey; snippets of randomness that end up instigating brain waves to ponder on the reality around us; and the foreword by The Dalai Lama himself.

The writing is lucid, raw and pertinent. Ample of humor, wit, nutty takes whilst on the journey, but great insight about things we turn a blind eye to. Describing the difficulties in proceeding with the journey, yet not deterred to stop mid-way shows great persistence and will power. Covering the states of Karnataka, Maharashtra, Goa, Guarat, Rajasthan, Delhi, Uttaranchal, Punjab, J&K and Himachal Pradesh and the memories binding the adventure make for a great read.

The blurb on the book said, “50% of this the proceeds from this book has been dedicated to the Mahesh Memorial Trust, Chennai (Tamil Nadu) and the Tibetan SOS Village in Leh (Ladakh) by the author. This copy was printed at an orphanage.”

Talk about urban Indians and their sense of responsibility. I bought 2 copies and gifted one to a f(r)iend. I hope he writes the review soon.

I urge you to go ahead, pick this up and release your mind of the mundane chores. And yeah, do your bit of charity, beginning right here.

A MUST READ FOR ALL!!! *smack*

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