Book Review: The Sign of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

 

Today, in an all new session of THE READING ROOM, we are going to review The Sign of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

 

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  • Book Description

 

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‘You are a wronged woman and shall have justice. Do not bring police. If you do, all will be in vain – Your unknown friend’.

 

When a beautiful young woman is sent a letter inviting her to a sinister assignation, she immediately seeks the advice of the consulting detective Sherlock Holmes. For this is not the first mysterious item Mary Marston has received in the post. Every year for the last six years an anonymous benefactor has sent her a large lustrous pearl. Now it appears the sender of the pearls would like to meet her to right a wrong. But when Sherlock Holmes and his faithful sidekick Watson, aiding Miss Marston, attend the assignation, they embark on a dark and mysterious adventure involving a one-legged ruffian, some hidden treasure, deadly poison darts and a thrilling race along the River Thames.

  • My View  

 

The first book introduces Sherlock Holmes but this book is an important step in the development of a great cultural icon where we come to know Sherlock Holmes and his mannerisms, very closely. It is always a pleasure to read Holmes enunciating his famous dictum, “When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” Arthur Doyle for the very first time mentions Holmes love for Cocaine. The most important part other than the thrilling suspense, intriguing plot and memorable characters is the way we get a sneak peek into the Victorian culture. The book also mentions the popular attitudes held in response to the 1857 Indian Mutiny, which was a turning point not only for the Indians but also for the Victorian Raj in the Indian Sub-Continent. The story reflects the way the popular fascinations with British colonial enterprises which can been seen by the way Watson’s personifies the Indian artifacts and accessories when he encounters with some at the crime place. Though the story moves very slowly but still in end it wi;; surely give you some thrilling moments and you feel satisfied and as T. S. Eliot has quoted about this book, we invariably fall into the fancy of his (Sherlock Holmes’s) excistence.

 

My rating: 4.5/5

Title: The Sign of Four

Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

ISBN-10:  0241952964

ISBN-13: 9780241952962

 Genre: Fiction, Thriller, Mystery, Detective.

Publisher: PENGUIN UK (Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSICS)

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So here we come to an end to today’s session of Reading Room with a quote from this book

“I’ve had ups in my life, and I’ve had downs, but I’ve learned not to cry over spilled milk”

 

We will meet next time; right here with another review of a magnificent book at Reading Room till then enjoy your reading

Reviewed By:  Rahul Marar (Team WordBite)                         

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EMOTIONS: “Life + Me” by Kabeer (Team WordBite)

 

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The obedient sun,

the obedient sunshine.

The obedient pain,

the obedient its whine.

The obedient me,

and obedient my life.

 

The silent seashore, silent waves.

The silent poverty, silent are its slaves.

The silent me, and silent my life.

 

The fallen tree, the fallen leaves.

The fallen truth, the fallen believes.

The lost world, lost are its beings.

The lost warmth, the lost feelings.

 

Hence,

The fallen me, and fallen life of mine.

The lost me, and the lost life of mine.

 

 

Movie Time: Ek Villain

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Since the day the first promo came of Ek Villain, there was a lot of excitement in the air about it. The trailer showed that something different was going to come. Though after watching it I can say Ek Villain was something different but over hyped.

The theater was nearly full. Which clearly shows the excitement of the movie in people.

The story revolves around three people, Sidharth, Ritesh and Shraddha.

Sid is the bad guy who turns good when Shraddha enters his life and give his life a meaning. But then Ritesh does something which changes everything. The story is good, though it gets slow at some places.

The show stealer is Ritesh Deshmukh his performance is outstanding. He does complete justice to his character. Sidharth is the new angry young man, he is just brilliant. He makes you feel the character of Guru. Shraddha is good in her role, she looks beautiful and cute. Aamna Sharif has done a great job in her role. Mohit Suri is back and his movies are known for the soulful music and Ek Villain’s music has soul in it. The songs are beautiful. He knows his characters very well. He presents the movie in a way that you don’t get bore and will love the movie. The songs add on to the beauty. But even after being a good movie, it leaves you with certain amount of un-satisfaction; end was quite simple and after the pre-climax scene I expected something more spectacular. Some characters are simple waste.

Overall Ek Villian is a good movie. I would give it 3.5 stars out of 5.

 

Book Review: It’s All About Love by Tanveer Singh

 

Today, in an all new session of THE READING ROOM, we are going to review It’s All About Love…: Matters not whom you Fall in Love With!  by Tanveer Singh

 

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  • Book Description

 

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The book is a journey through the age of confusion and exploration? The late teens, a path through growing up adventures and trysts that must be secret, even in the relative permissiveness of post Gen-Y India. It is a battle on many fronts and the one that cannot be lost is the battle with a debilitating nerve condition? A battle aided by medicine, doctors and good wishes; and yet has to be fought all alone. When the mists clear there is Rupali, the object of a slight crush… and the vision blurs again.

Tanveer Singh’s debut novel is your visa to a world most of us have seen from a distance and none too clearly. Could you take the plunge?

                                                                                                                     

  • My View  

 

It says “too much curiosity kills a cat”. And Tarun was a sorry victim of this saying. Well maybe he was oblivious to what he was seeking after, but when he realized, it was already too late.  It’s All About Love…: Matters not Whom you Fall in Love With! By Tanveer Singh deals with some pretty serious issues any teenager or early twenty-something guys sometimes face and also the outlook of our narrow-minded society. This book is not those type of typical guy-girl kinda love stories, instead the author, Tanveer Singh has managed to represent the love in general- mainly, termed as Humanity towards our fellow humans, whoever they might be, however they might be. And surprisingly, Tanveer Singh has also shown us that true love not happens only between a guy and a girl but it can happen between any two humans belonging from any gender.

 

The most important thing that I would like to point out is that, I checked the ratings of this book across many websites from Goodreads to Flipkart, and those ratings DO NOT define this book. The ratings even prove that society is way too narrow-minded. They cannot digest anything unusual.

 

Tarun is a law student and is preparing for the IAS. After his break-up with his long time girlfriend, he surprisingly doesn’t get any heart-broken, instead he remain curious to the idea of true love, is it really even happens, stuffs like that. So along with his BFF, Akshay, Tarun goes to an Internet cafe to set up an account in online dating sites, to casually chat with some girls. But after few days, he gets addicted to that cafe and couldn’t stop himself from going to that cafe all the time. One fine day, he finds himself chatting to a guy, who is a homosexual. Like all other people, Tarun, too shrugs that guy off in the beginning, but the more Tarun talks to that guy, the more he gets curious about the unknown and forbidden world of the homosexuals- the gays. As the days pass, Tarun gets more involved, he even gets signed up on an online gay dating site and finds himself chatting with some of those guys. Sometimes he got scared, sometimes he got curious, sometimes he got pissed, after all, his only motive was to find a decent guy friend on that website. But in his process of finding one loyal friend, he gets too far from his one true best friend, Akshay. Before even his blink of an eye, he gets way too involved with so many guys. Soon he moves out of his house, to a university for his IAS preparation and then the unexpected happens with him. But for the rest of the tale, you do have to grab this book for sure.

 

All I can tell is that Tanveer Singh gives a very perfect ending to this book. In the end, I started to hate Tarun for not letting his parents know about his plight, but then again, he had his best interests for not getting his parents involved in his affairs. Tarun is the perfect example of this uber-cool generation, the Gen-Y, of our country- confused and frustrated. And Tanveer Singh has aptly and vividly represented Tarun to his readers. And also all those, other characters, like Naman, Rupali-a true friend, Akshay, Tarun’s caring and understanding parents, and his sister, who always managed to save his back in every occasions, each one of them are so well-developed and highly relatable.

 

I will not comment anything about Tanveer Singh’s writing. But as they say, better words can bring any story to life and it’s depended on those words. If he could’ve chosen better words to pen down this tale, it might have been a great masterpiece. But the author has failed to do so. The story got dull, flat and boring and too draggy at times.

 

But the issues, the author, deals with, are really very promising. And he teaches us a lesson big time through Tarun, that life is precious, and it’s precious for homosexuals too and we cannot judge those homosexuals for leading their own lives. Tarun did have a heart of gold indeed. And there’s a lot to learn from his guy. Tanveer Singh has given us a role model to admire for.

 

P.S. Not everything is bad about this book. Learn to respect this book. It deals with some modern days issues like accepting homosexuals in our society and how we still, those so called modern-minded people still looks at the homosexuals with disgust.

 

 

  • My rating: 3.5/5

 

Title: It’s All About Love…: Matters not Whom you Fall in Love With!

Author: Tanveer Singh

 ISBN-10: 9380349183

 ISBN-13: 9789380349183

Genre: Indian Fiction

Publisher: Shrishti Publishers & Distributors.

 

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So here we come to an end to today’s session of Reading Room

Reviewed By:  Aditi Saha (Team WordBite)

Book Review: By the River Pampa I stood by Geeta Abraham Jose

Today, in an all new session of THE READING ROOM, we are going to review By the River Pampa I stood by Geeta Abraham Jose

 

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  • Book Description             

 

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There is an ethnic Christian community with two millennium old heritage in the southernmost part of India, where nature had endowed the land and the people with an abundance of grace and beauty. The people belonging to this community are known as Syrian Christians or Nasranis. This novel features a typical Syrian Christian family-its great history, its traditions, its joys and sorrows, its secrets… The story spans over a century and gives an insight into the life of the Syrian Chrishtians of Kerela, which is steeped in traditions dating back to the time of the apostles of Jesus. They are a breed of people who abide by age olf conventions and ancient laws and abhor changes. The caste feelings and feudal hierarchy prevalent in the first half of the twelfth century and to some extent to this day are analyzed carefully as we progress through the story.’

  • My View             

 

The book has a story to tell on its own. We all know about the way (in the past and at places even now) there are differences made on the basis of caste and creed. This book is an insight to it. The Syrian Christian family which is talked about here is a very old and privileged family which has a wonderful heritage and an even better lineage.

The lineage is so old that the ancestors have written a book on it which they fondly call their family tree.

 

Interesting as it seems, this book is a witness to the family’s joys, sorrows, births, deaths, pleasures and even pains. What happened when a person opposes the family traditions? Whose life is shattered and whose life is left untouched. How a death can make a person and so on. Every page is a saga of emotions carved in wonderful words which make this book a page turner in itself.

 

This book, along with its reference to the time of the freedom struggle also runs parallely with one heir of the family living in the present. Another person who has been bold enough not to bow down in front of the family traditions. Who had the courage to break the traditions!

 

Apart from the fact that the book is a roller coaster ride, I would also like to state that the book could’ve been better at a few places. The book had loads of ‘aww’ moments which made my expectation raise more for the book.

 

Since I had huge expectations from this awesome debut book from page 1, I felt that in the middle chapters, a bit descriptions were needed which would’ve made this book just perfect!

 

My rating: 4.5/5

Title:     By The River Pampa I stood

Author:  Geeta Abraham Jose

ISBN-10:  8188575917

ISBN-13:   9788188575916

 Genre: Fiction

Publisher: Srishti Publishers

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So here we come to an end to today’s session of Reading Room

Reviewed By:  Sharanya aka Vanya (Team WordBite)

EMOTIONS: Na Bhulanewala Safar… by Sagar Kadu (Team WordBite)

Na Bhulanewala Safar…

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Kya Yeh Hamare Sath Ho Gaya

Sala Gadiwala Chhodke Chala Gaya

Aaye The Mumbai Ghumane

Par Nasib Saath Chhod Kar Chala Gaya

 

 

Naa Koi Aas Hai Na Koi Rasta

Kya Karu Bahot Lamba Hai Yeh Rasta

Shayad Kucch Umid Najar Aa Rahi Hai

Lagata Hai Meri Bus Dikhayi De Rahi Hai

 

 

Kaisi Yeh Galatfaimi Ho Gayi Muze

Galat Bas Nikali Ab Kya Batau Tuze

Bahot Der Se Intezaar Kar Raha Hu Yaha Pe

Jane Kab Bhagwaan Ki Najar Padegi Mere Pe

 

 

Aakhir Ek Bus Mil Hi Gayi

Sari Mushkile Khatam Ho Gayi

Utarane Ke Baad Yaad Aaya Ki

Sali Nayi Bag Bus Mai Bhul Gayi

Book Review: A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

 

Today, in an all new session of THE READING ROOM, we are going to review A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle

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  • Book Description

 

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‘There’s a scarlet thread of murder running through the colourless skein of life, and our duty is to unravel it, and isolate it, and expose every inch of it’. From the moment Dr John Watson takes lodgings in Baker Street with the consulting detective Sherlock Holmes, he becomes intimately acquainted with the bloody violence and frightening ingenuity of the criminal mind. In “A Study in Scarlet”, Holmes and Watson’s first mystery, the pair is summoned to a south London house where they find a dead man whose contorted face is a twisted mask of horror. The body is unmarked by violence but on the wall a mysterious word has been written in blood. The police are baffled by the crime and its circumstances. But when Sherlock Holmes applies his brilliantly logical mind to the problem he uncovers a tragic tale of love and deadly revenge…

 

  • My View  

 

When I completed watching Sherlock –Season 2, something in me told me to re-visit the original plots and characterization. Thus started my journey again, I have started reading Sherlock Holmes AGAIN for the second time, right from THE BEGINNING.

 

There is absolutely no need of an introduction to Sherlock Holmes. This character is one of the shining stars of the English Literature and is considered as one of the finest creations ever made in the Fiction Genre. I was in awe while reading the introduction of Sherlock Holmes and Watson. His unique mannerism in solving crimes and how he concludes everything with careful observation will leave you astounded and awe struck. The novel is distributed in two parts. I was little skeptical while reading the second half because of the problematic depiction of Mormons but still when that phase passed on the thrill and the intrigue returned back. The whole story is narrated via Watson’s point of view and thus there is realness in the plot and the characterizations. Holmes ability to see the significance in tiny detail will blow you off your imaginations. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has masterly created this character that embodies rationalism filled with careful observation and weird unlikeable behavior. And in the end of the story like Watson, I too was convinced about his perfect and sheer brilliance in solving the crime.

In the end, I can say the A study of Scarlet is a great debut of this super-detective and his side-kick and with this novel the author promises great things to come with the succeeding novels.

 

  • My rating: 4.5/5

 

Title: A Study in Scarlet

Author: Arthur Conan Doyle

ISBN-10:  0241952891

ISBN-13: 9780241952894

Genre: Fiction/Thriller/Detective/Classics.

Publisher: PENGUIN UK

Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSICS

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So here we come to an end to today’s session of Reading Room

  • Reviewed By:  Rahul Marar (Team WordBite)