Book Review – Hifi In Bollywood – By Rishi Vohra

Book Title: Hifi In Bollywood

Author:  Rishi Vohra

Published in Year 2015 by Jaico Books

About the Author:

Rishi Vohra relocated back to Mumbai after completing a Green MBA from San Francisco State University and a Masters Diploma in Environmental Law, prior to which he had an extensive career in the Indian Entertainment Industry. His debut novel Once Upon the Tracks of Mumbai was a bestseller and awarded a special mention at the Hollywood Book Festival. He writes for delWine and is a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW). Visit him at http://www.rishivohra.com

Blurb of the book:

An aspiring filmmaker. The dizzying heights of Bollywood and a strained father-son relationship.

Rayhan Arora’s long cherished dream is to be a filmmaker in the Hindi Film Industry but his formidable father has other plans a successful financial career in Corporate America and a marriage of convenience with Vanita, a medical student in the US.

In a final act of desperation, Rayhan abandons his promising life in California and secretly returns to Mumbai to work as an Assistant Director in Bollywood. The characters he encounters along the way become part of his journey of self-discovery – a self-proclaimed local goon with a penchant for acting; a powerful local politician who wants to marry Rayhan’s part-time domestic help, who in turn covets stardom; an angst-ridden, homosexual film director; ego-ridden film stars with twisted agendas; and the mysterious Viola who captures his heart.

HiFi in Bollywood takes the reader from the streets of Berkeley to the film studios of Mumbai; from red-light areas to police stations and from reality to dreams and back to reality again!

Main characters: Rahyan Arora, Romesh, Dave, Vanita, Viola, Jay, Mangla, Laxmibai, Anil Dhamle, Peterbhai.

My Review:

This story is about a guy next door, Rahyan Arora. This story talks about his aspirations to make his mark in India’s fastest growing market – Bollywood, The Hindi Film Industry – Hifi that’s what they call it.  An important element of the story is – Rahyan’s father who doesn’t approve his dreams and send him to US for gaining some educational qualifications to secure a decent job and have a bright future. Soon after Rahyan completes his graduation his father wants him to get married to someone who is definitely an obstruction for Rahyan to fulfill his dreams in getting into Bollywood. But Rahyan challenges his fate and risks his stable life to get into Bollywood. After this, whatever happens in the story is really exciting and thrilling…

After going through the book cover I assumed this story to be like a typical bollywood movie but I must say, the story offered me more than what I expected.

I agree, HiFi in Bollywood takes the reader to the rollercoaster ride from US to the film studios and sea of Mumbai; from red-light areas to police stations, and from reality to dreams and author successfully manages to land a reader back to reality at the end.

Positive points:

  1. Narrative style of the author is commendable. Author has successfully managed to keep the reader glued till the end by providing efficient amount of masala in form of twists and turns to enjoy the story.
  2. Characters in the story are perfectly crafted. Each character of the story seems familiar to our real life. At no point you will feel like any character is forcibly placed or misplaced in the story. Well, I would really like to appreciate author for brilliantly crafting these wonderful characters.
  3. Story flips on various dimensions it talks about the emotional side of a son, tougher conditions faced by an Indian Kid because of the typical mentality of their parents, juggling between dreams and responsibilities, love, teenage nuisance.
  4. I personally liked the character of Super Spot, Rishi have admirably enlightened the highly efficient spot boy.

Negative Points:

  1. The only negative point I personally felt was the relationship between Viola and Rahyan could have been emphasized more by the author. Few more scenes in their context could have made this book a perfect read.

Conclusion:

The book gives a vibrant glance of the internal functioning of the Bollywood that is cherished by each one of us. This book will prove to be a page-turner if you are fond of Bollywood. A light read of course, which can definitely help you to boost up your morale if incase you are missing it somewhere in your life.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Book Review – Finders, Keepers – By Sapan


Book Review:Finders, Keepers

Paperback: 624 pages
Publisher: Lead Start Publishing Pvt Ltd
Language: English

About the author

 Brought up in the city of Nawabs, Lucknow, Sapan s/o Sri U. C. Saxena, DGM & Zonal Head did B. Tech in Information & Technology from Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad and is working in M/s KRONOS at Noida. He started taking interest in writing on various spiritual and mythological subjects during his college days and his work found place in leading newspapers on many occasions. His profession is engineering but writing is his passion. He connects and finds links of modernization with mythology having keen interest in the same.

Sapan married in the year 2011 and is now the proud father of a toddler. A responsible father, a loving husband, a supportive brother and a caring son, Sapan generates time to write.

He has written a Book titled FINDERS, KEEPERS which is a fictional work, a perfect blend of riddles with history and mythology, and is full of suspense till the last page.

Blurb of the book:

Finders, Keepers. Losers, Weepers

Two men are murdered in settings which speak volumes of involvement of some sacred cynicism. A psycho-killer on the loose? Or is this the beginning of something much more grave and dangerous?

This is the tale of how Deputy Director, I.B., Shoumik Haldar and celebrated author Ishan Vajpayee exercise all their tools of conventional and unconventional deduction to solve the puzzles thrown across by the enemy, yet unrevealed.

Intertwined intensely with the opulent mythological tales and specimens attributing to the rich cultural heritage of this country, the story depicts the resurgence of a dormant historical sect, which attacks the very foundations of one of the most powerful and secreted organizations of all times.

Spread across the length and breadth of the entire Indian subcontinent, read the mystery as it unravels with the duo travelling from one corner of the country to another searching for the signs.

The cover-page is beautifully designed and had elements which generated enough interest in me to pick up the book and frankly speaking, it was not at all a decision.

Main Characters of the book:

Shoumik Haldar and Ishan Vajpayee

Review:

This book is a work of fiction. However, it fetches its concepts, certain characters and plot from the ancient Indian mythology and history. A finder, keepers is an intriguing book which is not only thrilling but adventurous as well. You would definitely love to read it if you have an inclination towards history, mythology and technology.

Positive points:

1) Finders, keepers is overall a wonderful concept.

2) Beautiful characterization – Language used by the author is lucid. The way twists are kept in the story is commendable. It doesn’t actually allow you to keep down the book which is definitely the USP of the book.

3) brilliantly merged – Finders, keepers offers you a mixture of history, thrill, mystery and technology. Even though it is a massive tale. It has a potential to keep you glued till the end.

4) The end of the story – Author has brilliantly penned down the whole story but the way end of the story is portrayed is again appreciable. As author leaves it all upon a reader to think and judge whether it was some natural force like Almighty or it was a mere coincidence.

Negative Points:

1) Editing Errors – Yes, there were few editing errors which I think can be easily rectified in the next edition.

2) Too long – For a non reader or for someone who is not a vicarious reader, Finders, keepers can be a tough call.

3) No titles to the chapters – Whooping 108 chapters are there in the book but none of them are given any title. which I think is a drawback again.

Conclusion:

Overall, it was a great experience reading this book. If you are into serious reading then you can’t let this book go. Keeping aside those minor negative points, If you ask me for my opinion, this book a must read.

Rating : 4.5 out of 5

you can order your copy from : http://www.amazon.com/Finders-Keepers-Sapan/dp/9384027545