Here’s my take on all the books I read. Honest reviews, from an aspiring author!
1)Death On the Nile:
Number of pages: 288
My board exams recently concluded, and nothing pleased me more than the thought of getting back to reading books. My love for reading dates back to my halcyon days- words have never ceased to lure me into magical places, introducing me to strange people, and helping me live my wildest fantasies. I seized this opportunity to read another book- one that I have been patiently waiting to read, for a while: ‘Death on the Nile’, written by the eminent crime and mystery novelist, Agatha Christie.
About the author: Agatha Christie was an English crime novelist, short story writer and playwright. Throughout her career, she has written over one hundred short stories, plays and novels. Her books are outsold only by The Bible and Shakespeare’s works. Her play ‘The Mousetrap’ is the longest running and most successful play, in London. The character she introduced- Hercule Poirot is an international favourite, and is loved by both the young and the old. She is a master storyteller, who highlights each character, and keeps the reader bound and guessing till the very end.
Synopsis: The book opens with a scenic view of Central Africa- a cruise through the country. We are introduced to the main characters of the book- Jacqueline de Bellefort, the young and beautiful socialite- Linnet Ridgeway, and Simon Doyle; a young, charismatic man. Soon, the tranquility of the seemingly-peaceful cruise is ruined by an unexpected murder. Linnet Ridgeway is found murdered, in her cabin- with a visible gunshot in her head. In a mysterious turn of events, new plot-twists and secrets are unravelled, and disturbing facts come to the surface. This is a perfect book for those who seek thrills, crave mystery and amazement, and long for a wholesome adventure, on board the ‘Karnak’.
Detailed review: Linnet Ridgeway, a young and beautiful socialite had everything she could wish for- a huge inheritance, loads of wealth, and an influential position in society- everything but love. Soon, she falls head over heels for Simon, a young man, who was to be engaged to her best-friend, Jacqueline. She feels betrayed, and conspires against Linnet. Meanwhile, Linnet and Simon embark on a cruise through the cerulean waters of the Nile- to the Cataract. They happen to meet Hercule Poirot on their journey. Hercule Poirot is a short, influential Belgian detective, with an innate, ingenious knack for cracking the most complicated mysteries. In a bizarre turn of events, Linnet is found murdered in her cabin: she took a bullet to the head. As disaster hits the cruise, the panic- stricken travellers consult Hercule Poirot, who then resolved to get to the base of the case, and dispense justice. As time progresses, new facts come to light, and shocking revelations shake them all. Hercule Poirot carefully interrogates each person on the ship- just like a true detective, everyone is a suspect, in his opinion. Amidst panic and chaos, he manages to unravel the jealousy between Jacqueline and Linnet, and uncovers the conspiracy made by Simon and Jacqueline. As Linnet’s body is carried off the ship at the end of the cruise, Simon and Jacqueline are in the process of being handed over to the authorities. Meanwhile, they shoot each other, and their bodies crumple down, on the gangway. Thus, the befitting title ‘Death on the Nile’ is brought through.
2] The Wise Man Said- Priya Kumar.
Here’s my review of ‘The Wise Man Said’, by Priya Kumar. This book was released in May ’17.
About the author: Priya Kumar is truly one of India’s finest motivational speakers. An author, motivational speaker and a life coach, she has authored 9 books. Apart from self-help and inspirational books, she has also penned biographies. She has received 11 international awards, which includes the Eric Hoffer award, in recognition of her bestselling books. With her ninth book, ‘The Wise Man Said’, she has brought out several hard-hitting realities and thrown light on several life lessons that we overlook, in our day-to-day lives. She has described this book as her best work so far, and it is not disappointing. It has succeeded in earning rave reviews from both, readers and critics alike.
Plot: This book is centred around the life and adventures of Sammy, an 80 year old billionaire. He is at the helm of a vast business empire, but with time, his multi-million dollar firms fail to buy him what he requires most- true happiness. He has truly worked his way up to being the head of several global companies, but he leaves it all behind, and embarks on a journey of introspection and self-discovery. He lets go of his identity, only carries his basic necessities, and is armed with a desire to learn the way people live, love and learn. The book is a compilation of twelve short stories, each very different from the others, set in different geographical locations across the globe.
Synopsis: For 11 months of the year, Sammy abandons his responsibilities as the head of his companies, and embarks on the journey of a lifetime. Readers embark on a life-changing journey with him, through the snow-capped mountains of Iceland, The lesser known Baoshan Stone City of China, The volcanic peaks of Indonesia and Central Java, The vast wilderness of Peru, The breathtaking continent of Africa, England, Southern France and Rome. Each experiences delivers a truckload of knowledge and a spiritual awakening, as we transform into evolved souls. On his journey across the world, Sammy encounters new people, with different ways of life and customs. He visits lesser-known, unexplored villages, tucked away from the savage eyes of modernisation. He embarks on this adventure with virtually no money or his past identity, but as his pockets get emptied, his heart gets filled up with love. He considers each individual who touches his life to be a soulmate, hence realising that a soulmate doesn’t necessarily mean a person you share a bond of love with.
One of the core lessons of the book is that money and wealth is secondary, and hope, love, positivity and happiness are the only true gifts of life, that must be treasured. Our identity is not only based on our wealth or socio-economic status. We will be remembered by how much we loved, how much we cared, and how much we gave back to those who loved us. All of Sammy’s adventures are documented in a diary, which he passes on to an author, who is seemingly frustrated with her life. As she looks at the world through an 80 year old billionaire’s life and adventures, she begins to realise the true meaning of life. Loaded with stories to make you laugh and stories that leave you teary-eyed, ‘The Wise Man Said’ is a riveting, life-changing adventure, that is sure to leave you spellbound, and craving for more.
Another terrific masterpiece from Priya Kumar, this enthralling adventure will take your breath away, and make you a better person, as you turn the last page. A nail-biting and spellbinding adventure awaits you, in the form of this book.
Rating: 5 stars.