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Fifty shades of Erotica?

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It starts off as a mills and boon story. Predictable, romantic but mysterious. The somewhat Nancy Drew-ish female protagonist is besotted with the multi-billionaire bachelor- Christan Grey. The complexity of the male lead character is what maintains the interest throughout the book. As Anastasia is introduced to the dark and forbidden world of Christian Grey, she is put in a dilemma. If she refuses to enter his world, that will mean parting ways with grey with whom she is madly in love with. Entering that world will mean forgetting her real self and surrendering completely to Grey’s demands. Meanwhile, she juggles between her career, family, and friends. There are some complex and witty conversations between the Christian and Anastasia. As the readers get to know more and more about the complexities and hidden layers of Christian’s persona, it is Anastasia, the narrator, who captivates with her helplessness and lost in love demeanour. The strong characterisations of Christian and Anastasia are the high points of the book. Sadly, the author is too eager to cater to the masses. Erotica is necessary, and at points been excellently used to depict the tension and chemistry between the lead pair. But as they say, excess of everything is bad. The constant graphic description of their steamy sessions at times make it monotonous. Though one can say, this book can termed as one of the best of erotic literature of recent times. Raunchy, racy and yet very complex. Don’t just read it for the kicks. Read it to understand and witness how a strong and successful story can be woven around porn literature. And… read it to grab the rest two books of this trilogy as well!

Chanakya’s Chant

Chanakya has always been an intriguing character in mythology. Silently brilliant but unapologetic in his endeavors to realise his ambition, heartless but affectionate for his favourite disciple Chandragupta, he was indeed a man of charisma. Ashwin Sanghi has brought two timelines together in his book – Chanakya’s Chant.

Chanakya, the kingmaker who achieves his ambition of Akhand Bharat through Chandragupta Maurya, shares space with another kingmaker from Kanpur – Gangasagar Mishra who makes his protegé – Chandni, the Prime Minister of India. The chapters alternate between ancient and modern India. The wit of both Chanakya and Gangaprasad make the read very interesting. To fulfil their high ambitions, both of these men sacrifice their own personal lives, become ruthless, become the target of hate even among their followers on the way…but eventually become the masters of fate. They realize, that some price has to be paid to achieve and create greatness. Though, in general, the tools are forgotten after they help create an object; the Kingmaker, is in theory, bigger than the king.

The amount of research gone into this making this book is highly commendable. Every single character of the Mauryan era is accurately characterized and the historical background is very well researched. The highly convoluted corrupt and commercialised political scene of modern India is described  in detail. Towards the end of the book, the political nitty-gritty seem to be a tad too confusing., but the book maintains its pace throughout. No wonder, this book may be adapted into a movie soon! Check out the video trailer below. Also, this book could also be used as a curriculum reference for management students as well! Informative, interesting and insightful. A must-read!!