April 14, 2017

Book Review: India Shining by Alcatraz Dey

India Shining
Author: Alcatraz Dey
Publisher: Author Paradise
Rating: 3.5/5

“As long as greed is stronger than compassion, there will always be suffering”. “India Shining” is a page-turner, with an engaging plot and well-crafted characters.  The author has beautifully portrayed the characters of Shantanu, Nishi, and Solomon. The blurb is so apt and catchy that it forces the reader to browse through the pages and get to know what is happening.

The cover of the book is mesmerizing (Kudos to Ajitabha Bose). The narration is lucid and the language is expressive. Time and now there are long monologues that deviate the attention of the reader. The book explores the dark side of greed, love, and hatred. Amidst a lot of secrets and shady characters, the plot has its own share of twists and turns. There are many characters in the story and their introduction at regular intervals could have been better. Nevertheless, the interest was bound by the narration. There are some grammatical errors and hence, the proofreading should have been better.

The entwining of events has been done in such a way that the author has been able to target multiple audiences at one time. Where Nishi would definitely touch the heart of young readers, Shantanu has a spark and mind that only an adult can relate with. But his positivity is compensated by the dark side of his nature- his motive to destroy the nation to achieve his own interests. Not forgetting to mention the appreciation and success of Serpentine Scrolls, this time again the author has aced the test.

Overall, a fresh and captivating plot served directly from the author’s mind!

Best wishes to the author!

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Review Copy courtesy: Banaja Prakashini

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