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Book Review: Pinto Has An Idea by Rajeev Saxena

Young Pinto has been an out-of-the box thinker from his childhood, looking for solutions to a plethora of problems in his everyday surroundings. He invents a that makes young Pinto a hero in his village. Sadly, that’s not sufficient to change the mindset of naysayers for Pinto to pursue his career in hardcore science.

Pinto Has an Idea is the tale of Dr Pinto, a small-town boy, an IITian and a scientist working in MIT, who suddenly experiences a life-changing revelation in the early days of his research, throwing away his work on theoretical physics and setting out to solve the practical everyday problems of the world he lives in.

Returning to his native India, he finds his noble quest beset by unexpected adversaries, obstacles and trials, but emerges triumphant from each battle.  The ‘Swades’ style story will leave you with a smile by the end of the final chapter.

Pinto is a scientist, who plays a politician and a social worker at the same time. He is also a true-blue family man. He is in love with Lavanya, who complements him in his work. The dynamics of his relationship with Lavanya drive the story forward, and makes the book even more lively to read.

The reason why the book strikes a chord is the message that it gives. We live in a society where a brilliant, innovative young kid is discouraged from pursuing science. And when he makes a career in research, and tries to bring about a change in the society, he is faced with challenges. His “mechanism” to end corruption is intriguing, to say the least.

Rajeev Saxena’s writing makes the narrative engrossing. His lucid use of language, makes the book even more delectable. Overall, this is an interesting weekend read. As a first book, Rajeev Saxena checks all the boxes for a promising career ahead.

My Rating: 3/5 stars

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Book Review: Murder in Paharganj by Kulpreet Yadav

Kulpreet Yadav is a writer to watch out for in the thriller genre in India. Having loved his previous work featuring Andy Karan, I was immediately keen to review the book ‘Murder in Paharganj’. The title itself is enticing enough to pick up the book, and the story does not disappoint either.

The novel opens with the murder of a foreign national, Sherry Bing, in a shady hotel in Paharganj.  Vicky Menon, a former reporter who has been fired from his job because of his drinking problems, is called to the crime scene by the hotel owner.

As Vicky gets embroiled in the mystery surrounding the murder, we are also introduced to Jamie, alias Jalaluddin, who is the real murderer. He is absconding in Udaipur, and is advised to escape to Bangkok by his bosses. He must also eliminate Vicky, in order to ensure his own survival.

‘Murder in Paharganj’ has all the elements that make a good crime thriller. The writing is simple, the plot is full of twists and the narrative is pacy. The author ensures that you do not lose interest in the plot midway. However, Kulpreet Yadav could have trimmed it down by at least 50 pages to make the reading more crisp.

The main problem with this book is that it gets predictable as the plot reaches the climax. After the initial excitement reaches a crescendo, the thrill quotient slacks as the pages progress. This becomes more apparent as the book abruptly ends. It seemed the author suddenly woke up one morning and decided to write the final chapter.

The hurried ending and the extra flab apart, ‘Murder in Paharganj’ is a breezy read. A perfect company for a lazy weekend, the book makes for a light read on a long flight, too.

My Rating: 3/5 stars

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