AIESEC! in Delhi University organized an event - Global Village - at Kingdom of Dreams in Gurgaon on 13th February 2014. The event was a melting pot ofcultures, with AIESEC interns from all around the world coming together at one place. These interns work in the country for 5-6 weeks, embrace India's colourful heritage and leave behind some of their own as well.
With a number of stalls put up that represented various countries like Egypt, China, Afghanistan etc, the interns showcased their patriotism with the help ofnative food, clothing, and souvenirs. They also put up dance performances for an incredibly excited audience at Kingdom of Dreams, who were happily snapping pictures of the show.
People in the audience had a great time interacting with the foreign interns and learning about their cultures. A lot of the interns gave away little bearings and baubles from their countries to the visitors. This, along with Kingdom of Dreams launching their economy ticket for Rs. 500, lead to an abundance of smiles.
You too, can experience the same extravaganza with AIESEC by being a leader, making an impact on society and going for the Youth Global Entrepreneur Program. As a college student, this is what enables one to shine brighter than the others."
It's a mysterious book with recognizable elements. A suspense where you have a sense of deja vu. Maybe the characters, the setting, the episodes sound familiar, but you will stay hooked till the last page. That is the beauty of Eve's Tomb, a novel by D.R. Hadrian, and published by Blackbuck Publications.
The book follows the trials and tribulations of Vinamzi Lance, an Oxford graduate who suddenly discovers that his professor has been murdered. What complicates the situation and implicates him in the matter is that the last message by Professor was addressed to Lance. But to get to the message, Lance must crack the code. To unravel the mystery, Lance undertakes a journey spanning various regions of religious and spiritual importance, and brace the rivalry of the Church. References of church, mystic code, Vatican makes one notice a strong resemblance to 'The Da Vinci Code'. But then, a good read is a good read.
The initial chapters have a sense of deep, dark mystery. There's ambiguity, there's fear, there's speculation and there lies the power of the writer to pull you in. The book flows nicely, with a strong sense of 'what-lies-next?', and overall nicely defined characters. There is a problem with the editing though, with some misspellings, and some loose ends to the storyline. For instance, Yodakani, an Indian origin woman, unknown to Lance, accompanies him on a secret, high-profile mission without any hitch. Too fictional.
I liked the book for its balancing of a complex story in a simple narrative. The book doesn't feel heavy, and I read through the book easily, which wasn't a case with most other writers who have attempted this genre. I hope this is a new wave of writing, which sees better avenues and goes on to develop our indigenous sets of Dan Browns. Eve's Tomb may well break some ice.
adventure tale is a job which requires skill, maintaining the reader’s interest
throughout requires a practiced mind, and interspersing the narration with
humor is a sign of creative intellect. Take up ‘Sudhi Kannan: An Elephantic
Adventure’, published by Blackbuck Publication and you will find it all there.
Penned by Krishna Raj H.K, the novel is a page turner in all its aspects.
Sudhi is a
ten year old boy, who’s being brought up by his father, Kannan, a single
parent. Sudhi is mischievous. Kannan is fun. Both of them take life as it
comes. The father-son duo shares a beautiful, friendly relation, and this is a
very strong driving point of the book. Sudhi has a friend in school, Shijon,
his partner in crimes and a dear friend. The school is upset with Sudhi’s
antics and Shijon’s involvement in all of them. Kannan finds his son to be
different. In fact, Kannan is an image of an ideal young parent, managing an
advertising agency and playing a doting father.
has multiple narrations going on simultaneously which helps break monotony and
shuffles the perspective of the story bringing a brilliant pace to the
narrative. The story proceeds like this: Kannan takes a day off from work and
takes Sudhi out for a one-day getaway to Elelphanta Islands. On this trip, they
meet Pooja Mithaiwala, Sudhi’s classmate, and her mother Megha. Pooja and Sudhi
dislike each other and maintain a distance from each other, occasionally
pulling each other’s legs.
On the island, three men land to take control of the
place. The motive is revenge. The three men are no ordinary folks. The leader
of the group, Boss, has mind-bending powers. The other two, Stephen and Velutty
support him in his plan. Boss takes control of the military powers and holds
tourist for ransom. He reigns supreme, and is nearly through but for Sudhi and
Kannan. Yes, the ten year old boy and his father. Then more twists follow and
the excitement peaks with the climax. The end is unpredictable, and that is
managed to do a very fine job with such a difficult genre. His writing is tight
and the intensity oozes out from his sentences. I loved the fast paced action.
The switching of the episodes between Elephanta, Sudhi and Shijon is finely
balanced. The humor quotient is also good. I laughed out loud at various
incidences and could almost see it as a motion picture in my imagination. Maybe
someday I will.
Kannan’s tale was a beautiful father-son story, a cute blossoming love story,
and an action thriller. And these elements call for a sequel. I hope the writer has more adventures for
Sudhi and Kannan. I would love to read more of them and more from the author.