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Book reviews

Hindustan Times  New Delhi, October 23, 2013
First Published: 16:17 IST(23/10/2013) | Last Updated: 15:54 IST(20/12/2013)

Manufactured versus the real

How does one come to grasp the reality that makes this world? This book will make you get up and question your eyes and ears that take the manufactured reality as the whole truth. Shukrat Ali, an anchor at a news channel, is out of job. The plot meanders around his family troubles, workplace woes, finally culminating into a murder; underlining all the way the grim possibilities of subliminal advertising. The author takes a dig at the media scene in the country, commenting on everything from paid news to sensationalist content. The narrative is peppered with spots which are sometimes darkly humorous and at other times poignant. An effortless read, and one at times wishes the story doesn’t end, quite contrary to its title.
Title: End of story?
Author: Arjun Shekhar
Price: `350
Published by: Hachette

By Heena Khan

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Unabashed entertainment

I must confess that whenever I pick up a book, I have this rather peculiar habit of imagining whether it can be adapted for the big screen or not. Unfortunately, this book doesn’t belong to that category, as it tries its best to be a torrid expose of Bollywood and high society. That might provide for some good masala for a Hindi potboiler, but there are few in the film industry who will risk demeaning their own kind. The story follows a bitter rivalry between upcoming superstar Ricky Kumar and NRI restaurateur and enfant terrible Gautam Goyal. The language is easy to grasp, with many desi swear words thrown in. This often results in the author getting frivolous with his words, but he saves the day by providing some clever twists in the plot.
Title: Scandal Point
Author: Fahad Samar
Price: `250
Publisher: Harper Collins

By Akshay Kapoor


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