Monday, 29 October 2012

Work, Life and a Break -Part2

For the previous part: Work , Life and a Break -Part1

     The next morning Pranay woke up with a bad headache. Probably it was the hangover of an uncanny encounter with a mystery girl. He couldn’t possibly think of anything. He forgot about work, meetings, office. All he could think of was that pretty girl. Would he ever see her again? She surely knew him but why was he not able to recognize her? Was she someone from the office or just a random girl?

       When all questions remained unanswered he concluded that it was all his imagination. He must have over worked yesterday. May be the entire episode was a figment of his imagination, may be it was all an illusion!

         He thought it was not a good idea to go to office.  But a hardcore workaholic that he was, he couldn’t really sit at home doing nothing. He decided to work from home instead.  He was not really able to concentrate on work. The more hard he tried to focus, the more his mind wandered elsewhere. It was re accounting the yesterday’s episode verbatim.

         He was one of those who did not believe in ‘Love at first sight’. But as they say you can control everything in this world but not your heart. He had fallen for a girl within seconds of seeing her. He felt a strange connection with her. This was something he couldn’t understand but he knew ‘Kuch toh baat jarur thi !’

         The sudden cell phone buzz brought him out of reverie. He checked the time on the antique wall clock hanging opposite the sofa. It was 4pm. He had a strong feeling, she was not his imagination. He decided to go back to work to find something about her. On reaching office he called up a few acquaintances and enquired if they knew about the girl. But the description didn’t quite resemble to anyone they had known.  Whatever it may be he was not giving up so easily. After so many years, he had liked someone and it was special. 

       For a few more days his search for the MG(mystery girl) continued. With no success at all, Pranay gave it up for good.  Even though he got busy in his mundane life, the MG never skipped out of his mind. 

        Around 3 months later, Pranay left for an important client meeting to Delhi. He had been preparing very hard for it. Impressing the clients would mean bagging a meaty project for the company. This would in turn raise the sales by 20%.  As expected, his hard work did pay off well! The clients were convinced of the proposal forwarded by him. Pranay was definitely enjoying the best phase of his life.

       While heading back to his hotel room, he felt a strong urge to have a coffee. With a lot of time in hand, he thought it was not a bad idea to enjoy a cup of his favourite coffee in his favourite coffee shop. He quickly googled the coffee shop closest and directed the cab driver with the route.

         At the coffee shop, he placed his order and turned to grab the seat close by. Coffee was the only thing he was addicted to. The smell of the beans had a hypnotic effect on him. Amidst the hypnotises that he was enjoying, his eyes caught a similar face in the room.  For once he did not believe what he had seen. A battle began between his eyes and mind. But when the person turned around, the doubt was clear. It was definitely her.  It was the Mystery Girl.  What was she doing here in Delhi? Did she notice him? Will she recognize him if he called her? Where did she disappear after that day? 

         Fearing to lose her again, he broke through his thoughts and came back to the present time. She was walking towards the exit gate and was just about to open the door, when......  Pranay exclaimed, "Mystery Girl waiiiiiiiiit!”

 Everyone in the coffee shop stared at him in unison.

to be continued...

For previous part: Work , Life and a Break -Part1

Saturday, 20 October 2012

The Book Review: The Krishna Key

Book Name:  The Krishna Key              
Author:  Ashwin Sanghi
Category: Fiction 
Pages: 464
Publisher: Westland Publishers
Rating: 4.5/5 

When I decided to review ‘The Krishna Key’, I had no clue about the previous works of the author. With limited expectations from the book, I forced myself into starting the book.
Few pages down and I realized the book was riveting enough to keep me glued to it all the time. The conceptualization and the intensive research behind the book will leave its every reader astonished.

Krishna Key is a book which has two parallel tracks on going simultaneously. One of them talks about Lord Krishna’s story in brief and the other one is about a man in the present time, who’s made to believe that he is the final avatar of Vishnu. With this belief he turns into a serial killer.

The book revolves around a number of characters and their quest to find the truth about Krishna’s existence. Ravi Mohan Saini is a mythology professor. His close friend, Anil Varshney who is a symbolist in Rajasthan is murdered. The cop, Radhika Singh suspects Ravi Mohan Saini to have murdered Varshney. Saini is perplexed on his arrest and decides to resolve the conundrum, along with one of his research student, Priya.

Varshney left behind a mystery to be uncovered before dying. He believed the 4 seals acquired during various excavations across India when placed on a base plate would reveal the Key to Krishna’s Existence. However there is someone apart from Saini’s who wants to know the secret of the seals and is monitoring every moment of Saini closely.

'The Krishna Key' is a perfect blend of fiction and facts. At a lot of places in the book, the author has tried to convince the readers that Hinduism holds it traces before the birth of all civilizations. The ancient facts are perfectly blended into the storyline. Thus giving readers, feel that they are reading a historical fiction.

Fresh, pellucid and absolute bliss is what Ashwin brings to you in his writing. If you are bored of the regular boy meets a girl and falls in love banter, do not even think of wasting any more time; order the book quickly. This book with the epic, Mahabhrata set in its backdrop, will surely bowl you over by its wonderful story line which has the correct amount of twists and turns added periodically.

To summarize a must have in your collection. For an avid reader like me a perfect delight. :)

About the Author:
In past, Ashwin Sanghi has mesmerized the readers with his bestselling books the ‘Razabal Line’ and ‘Chanakya’s Chant’.
Ashwin is an entrepreneur and holds a master’s degree from Yale and lives in India with his wife and son. He completed his schooling at the Cathedral & John Connon School, Mumbai, in 1985.Writing is his passion and, in his own words, he's "an entrepreneur by day and novelist by night".

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