Monday, February 24, 2014

The Hunt for Kohinoor, a book review


A spine-chilling ninety-six hour hunt through the worlds most dangerous terrain where history collides with gunfire. Will Mehrunisa get out of this one alive?

One morning on her way to work, Mehrunisa gets a call that will change her life forever. The truth about her missing father is at her fingertips but it will take her on the most desperate chase of her lifetime.

A chase that will pit her against hardened jihadi’s plotting the deadliest terror attack on India, that will test her mettle against history’s deep secrets, that will teach her that the price of love can mean bloodied hands.

The Hunt for Kohinoor hurtles from icy Kashmir to snow-clad HinduKush, from the sinister corridors of a military hospital to the warrens of Peshawar, even as the clock counts down to the impending catastrophe.

First of all I want to congratulate the author, Manreet Sodhi Someshwar for picking a sensitive topic such as political tension between the three countries, India, Pakistan and Afghanistan and weaving an adventurous tale without touching any open nerve or without sounding fantastical.

As we read the book, there are several references to politics of the four countries, as I add US to the list, when you read about their history, policies and vicious decisions taken by them in the name of politics and at times peace and order. Many of them too real to believe but then looking at the research behind the words, you do believe.

The book starts with a mission and on-boards you immediately. It keeps you engrossed and alert. In all, I would say this book is for everyone and satisfies every ones curiosity. For a reader is it a non-stop thriller, to a director, it can be a live action scenes flowing, to a traveller, it a map and to an enthusiast this book is an information feeder, in fact I have many folds in this book, marked for a Google search later to learn more on the topic. It’s the extent of research behind this book that amazes and inspires me. Only one minute thing, I think, could have been better is the handling of emotional scenes. I feel they were a bit cut short and would have been more effective had the author was more descriptive.

Manreet is a talented author and her writing crisp and engaging. I definitely look forward to see more books from her. This book is second book in the trilogy but if you haven't read the first book, that should not keep you from reading this book. Definitely recommended.

My review - 4 stars out of 5

Saturday, February 15, 2014


Work is not my life but it is surely an important part of my life. It has this amazing gripping-quality that it sticks to you when you work on what you love. And when you have goals, milestones and responsibilities, it is surely a fun ride. There are days when you are curious, enquiring, answering, defending, questioning, assigning, working, grouping, I can go on. As we move deep into these days, we gradually retreat from our personal interests and it's this that has happened to me.
My blog was dormant for some time. Well, I had a few drafts but these were not fine tuned and with mind totally occupied with work, it was working logically more than creatively. But with the go-live of our project (that went very well to all of our satisfaction), I feel FREE!!! FREE!!!

Now I will have time to write, to read books, to watch movies, to go shopping, to read my blogger friend's blogs (I apologize I was too caught up and did not reply), to just lie and sleep, to do all the things that were pushed behind in the past few months... Its like this, you are so worked up in your basement, your final work in front of you, complete, satisfied, you just need some sleep and relaxing holiday...and as you look up, you see the door at the end, bright with light...inviting. And you take a step towards it, brimming with satisfaction and ready for your other life...

What is freedom?
Freedom is a free mind,
While you work,
And while you play.

Feel like sayin...Cheers!