Thursday, February 23, 2017

Review-Prateek Yadav's The Doppelganger


THE DOPPELGANGER
by
Prateek Yadav



BLURB

The perfect plan for the perfect heist-a team of con-men, foolproof disguise and a painting worth millions, nothing could have gone wrong. But something did... A man fnds himself on a bus to Manali with nothing but some cash and severe memory loss . Embarking on a frantic hunt for his identity, he begins to discover that his presence in Manali isn't an accident. The closer he gets to the truth, the more elusive it becomes. Ghosts from his past haunt him as he finds himself trapped between his doppelganger, the police, a sadistic gangster and his own dwindling sanity. The journey of the search for his identity ends up being a race for survival.



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          Two brothers…. Identical twins… get separated in their childhood. Both grow up in different cities with different upbringing. One becomes a cop and other, a conman. Typical Bollywood style story, one may think. After years of separation, both come to know about their existence and profession. But will they meet and live happily ever after or the good boy will hunt down the bad boy?

          The story might sound similar but it's different. One may expect a happy and predictable ending but it's different. To know how it is different one will have to read the story to find out the twists.

          Being a debut author, Prateek Yadav has definitely written a nice story as The Doppelganger; a physiological thriller and suspense story.

          Initially, reader might get an impression that Gupta is the protagonist of the story but as you continue reading, you realize that Gupta is just one of the supporting casts of the story who actually sets the story in motion. The main protagonists are introduced later in the plot.

          Though the storyline is good and keeps the reader engrossed, some of the scenes are very gory and are not recommended for weak hearted people. Being a physiological thriller, maybe the goriness was necessary to create an impact on the readers.

          The plot is commendable, language used is simple and easy to understand, the book cover is apt and gives the reader an idea of what’s in store for him/her inside the book.

          For a debut author, I would say Prateek Yadav has done nice work but a little bit of finesse is required though. Still I liked The Doppelganger but I would not recommend for weak hearted, though. 
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Prateek Yadav was born and raised in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. He graduated in economics at IIT Kanpur, and is currently working at Cognizant, Bangalore. He is an avid fiction reader with a keen inclination towards mystery and thrillers. Besides writing he also enjoys sketching and painting. The Doppelganger is his first published novel. 

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Review-Udai Yadla's A Walk in the Rain



A WALK IN THE RAIN
by 
Udai Yadla



Blurb

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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Surya woke up to the symphonic pattering of the incessant rain drops on his bedroom window panes. He dragged himself to the window in a hypnopompic daze and sat on a chair beside. He pushed opened the window and stared outside to witness the magic of the tender rain. It, actually, was a magical sight.
The tiny specks of rain slapping the leaves of the trees and the leaves swaying to the tune of the rain droplets
 The fresh sprouts of the fluorescent green leaves peeking out through the nodes of the branches
Chirping of the sparrows sheltered in their nests
The fragrant aroma of the rain permeating the cool breeze
And the cool breeze seeping in through the window, forcing him to fetal position, gently caressing him
It was magical indeed. The ringing of his phone at the table near him attempted to disturb his dreamy experience. He silenced it without even looking at it and continued to enjoy the blissful beauty of the pluvial charm. There was a mystic bond between the two. He sat at the window, silently staring at the rain as if he was deciphering a coded message. The ringing of his phone interrupted him again. He didn’t ignore the call this time. He shrugged in exasperation as he picked the phone. His frustration vanished when he knew who was calling. He smiled as he looked at the calling number.
“Hey Sunny boy… What took you so long?” screamed a voice at the other end, as he attended the call.
He had a close circle of very few friends, who call him Sunny. Others didn’t know his nickname. He maintained formal relationship with the rest from his old friends circle. He had to move away from the window to make the call as the sound of the rain was a disturbance to the caller. He had a short call with his friend, desperate to go back to his private conversation with the rain.
When he returned, he observed that the pattering of the rain drops had ceased its long and continuous endeavor. Sunny dropped his phone on the table and looked at the clock.
‘Damn it… The rain tricked me once again.” He was late to his office.
He rushed to the bathroom and finished his daily chores in record time. Skipping his breakfast, which had almost become a habit for him, he wore a pant and shirt, carelessly picked from his modest wardrobe. He didn’t even look at the mirror to check how he looked. He didn’t care.
As he rushed out snatching his bag from the shelf, he made an abrupt stop at the window. He stared at the droplets clinging on the window pane as he slowly walked up to the window. He then connected the droplets form the word ‘SANDY’ on the pane and his lips curved into a smile on his bushy bearded face without his knowledge, which he noticed in the reflection on the window pane.


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          What happens when a shy guy becomes friend with a girl full of life and energy?

          What happens when you realize that the childhood friendship has turned in to love?

          What happens when fate plays a cruel joke, just when you realize your feelings and are about to tell it to your loved one?

          A Walk in the Rain is story about Sandy and Sunny. Sandy an extrovert, bubbly girl whereas Sunny a shy and introvert guy. Like they say opposites attract, these two find company in each other. As days passed, friendship blossomed into love. But, like they say Fate always has other plans for us, it played it’s game on Sandy and Sunny too, as they never got a chance to 
express their feelings.

          They got separated, for nearly two decades, they didn’t know the whereabouts of each other. And when, they did meet under strange circumstances, they couldn’t recognize their long lost companion. What will happen next? Will Saloni forget her past and start anew with Sunny? Will Sunny be able to accept Saloni’s past and start afresh with his Sandy Candy?

          A Walk in the Rain is a fast paced, love story with some suspense, mystery and lots of action. The author has done a good work in explaining each action scene in detail. Each hook, each punch is well described. Loved the story plot, the characters well described and the language used, too is simple. The design of the book cover is apt and well designed for the title.

          A good read, if you love action, emotions, romance and drama. 

About the author




Udai Yadla is a passionate author and poet. Mechanical engineer by education, Software engineer by profession, Writer by passion. Owing to his job, he travelled to various cities, socializing with people of different cultures. He cultivated interest in learning more about people, which perhaps enticed him into the study of human psychology. His interest in psychology is evident in his writings. His first book 'A walk in the rain' is widely appreciated equally by critics and peers. He has been nominated for Forbes India Celebrity 100 List. He is the most sought after author among young breed of authors. He is currently working on his next novel, which is a psychological thriller.

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