Ibis Trilogy Book Review

Ibis Trilogy is a work of historical fiction by author Amitav Ghosh comprising of Sea of Poppies, River of Smoke and Flood of Fire. The first came out in 2008 and the last, in 2015. I had read Sea of Poppies in 2011, before River of smoke was released and I remember being amazed at the richness of the account. Since then I have read River if Smoke and just finished Flood of Fire and here are my thoughts about the triogy.

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Neha - Yet Another Love Story

– Guest Author Naren

A debutant author, Vikram M N says he had been fiddling with the idea of writing a novel for quite some time before he finally wrote “Neha – yet another love story”. The book was written over a two year period.

Plot of Neha – Yet another love story

Viram M N has written short stories earlier and this 115-page novel is really like a longish short story about a one sided (?) love of the author for Neha, and is written in first person. The story is an assortment of day to day incidents that have been put together in an informal manner. The author keeps moving from the present day to past (as and when he remembers something of past) in an attempt to sew the story together. The protagonists are Vikram and Neha, both working in Chennai. Vikram is charmed by Neha – but is not sure of the extent of reciprocation from Neha. However, they are good friends none the less. The plot is really uncomplicated and has only a few characters.  Some text is in Tamil – translated at times to English. I am sure those who understand Tamil will comprehend better.

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A Walk in The Rain

A walk in the rain… isn’t the title of the book itself reminiscent of old world romance? In the world of Slam Bam Thank You M’am kind of flings, the promise of a walk in the rain sounds so very romantic. That was not the sole reason I picked this book by Udai Yadla. The blurb from Goodreads will tell you why!

Plot of A Walk in The Rain

Love is elixir that keeps you alive. Love is poison that kills you. Unreciprocated love keeps you alive but kills every day.

Heartbroken Sunny lives a reclusive life, trapped in the past, living in his memories. He has no complaints about his life but refuses to embrace the present.

Saloni is a prostitute who is desperate to earn money by any means. She does not care about exploiting others to fulfill her purpose.

Fate unites the loner and the prostitute to embark on a life changing journey of retribution and self discovery.

Lovelorn Sunny turns misogynistic after Sandy, the only girl he loved walks away from his life, unannounced. He suffers painful solitude for almost two decades with the relentless haunting of her thoughts. A distressed friend Imran, vows to change his life forever. A surprise planned for his birthday turns into a tragedy that claims the life of his dear friend, triggering a series of unbelievable events. As Imran gets killed by a stranger, Sunny’s calm life suddenly turns into a turbulent storm. With nothing left to live for, vengeance becomes his ultimate mission. His reluctant alliance with a prostitute to trace the killer sets him onto a nerve racking adventure of life and death.

Both are bound to a common goal with different motives but destiny has its own motive. A walk in the rain is an intricate tale of intense emotions, driven by hair raising twists and turns.

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