Tuesday, 28 April 2015

The Beckoning of Gyanganj (Review)

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Title: The Beckoning of Gyanganj
Author:  Chandan K. Pathak
Publisher:  Frog Books
Published Date: 28th November 2014
Rating: 2 stars
 
*Thank you to the author for the review copy*


Synopsis:  Gyanganj is a mystical abode of immortal beings located in the remote Himalayas. It influences series of events from two eras and results in The Beckoning of Gyanganj, a cocktail of Himalayan adventures, spiritualism, love and romance, hatred and politics, sufferings and revolt. The challenging high altitude treks undertaken in remote Himalayas by Ravi and his fellow trekkers where lurked unknown dangers and challenges in every step and turn, the mysteries related to Gyanganj, the divine and immortal saints living there; the spiritual pursuit and associated challenges of Swami Raghunath; all seem to have some strange connection. The seed of love that germinated in Princess Lata s heart for Swami Raghunath and the curse of Queen Damini would have their karmic impact on several lives from the two eras. The sufferings of poor peasants at the hands of demonic Akash in the kingdom of Mayurpura, the failed and annihilated protests of the youth, and their merciless killings by king’s army make one lose hope of possible redemption. Strange turn of events, mysterious acts of destiny make Ravi, Lata, Swami Raghunath and Risha wonder what lies ahead!

Review: I was surprised by this book. It wasn’t focused on what I thought it would be focused on, which was a little bit saddening. That’s what I get for not reading the synopsis properly, as always >.>

I was hoping this book would be a romance as the cover leads me to believe, but it was more focused on the Indian mythology aspect of it. Yes, I did know the book included mythology which I wanted to read (because India is the top country on my to visit list) and it sounded interesting. So while it wasn’t the focus I expected it was still an interesting enough idea to have me reading.

I felt like the writing style was a bit awkward. It wasn’t aided by the fact that there were a few grammar mistakes in the book where the English wasn’t the best it could’ve been and that bugged me to no end. But because of the writing style I wasn’t able to connect with the characters much at all – and seeing as I am a character driven reader that is not a good thing.

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The tales of Indian mythology were interesting, but they didn’t capture me very much. I started to read more so for the sake of simply reading with a mild attention to the book. Which meant the plot wasn’t enough to get me to delve into this story either. I wanted more adventure and exciting things to happen.

That aside, it is fair to mention that this book is split into three parts, each taking place in a different time although they are all connected. Which means we get new characters and a new storyline which might be the reason I felt like we didn’t get to delve in past the usual layer of mild interest here – we were wrenched into another part of the story.

The part I liked the most was about revolution. I know revolutions are done  a lot in books but it was good to see the futile first attempts and how in the end one person pushed the group to believe and strike back at those who were suppressing them. I liked that part.

Overall, this wasn’t the best read, and I ended up skimming some parts. It was okay but there needed to be more from the characters.

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Olivia’s Question: Have you ever been to India before? Or tried Indian food?


Olivia-Savannah x

22 comments:

  1. I hate it when I think I will be really interested in a book, but the writing throws me off. Sad to hear you didn't enjoy it.
    Andreea Catsfika

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    1. I know, it was a bit disappointing especially as I was experimenting with some more foreign authors. Maybe another book!

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  2. Sounds like a common problem. Several months ago, I briefly read over the blurb, but have learned I need to do a better job of it, because if I'd understood the nature of the book I chose to review, I would NEVER have selected it.
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straighforward Fiction Book Reviews

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    1. Yep, I tend to make that mistake a lot because I really do judge books on the reviews they get and occasionally just the cover sometimes. I should try and change my ways!

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  3. Aw, sorry to hear that the characterization and romance weren't what you expected

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    1. I hope my next read will work out for me :)

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  4. Too bad it wasn't what you were expecting. I hate when that happens! I usually try to read the synopsis, but once in a while I just don't. It's always cool when the story turns out to be better than you expect when you don't read the synopsis first, but that doesn't happen very often:-D

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    1. I know what you mean! The surprise can be a good thing, but it does often backfire on you.

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  5. Well that sucks. I would have read it if only for the Indian mythology, but, the way you describe it does not look captivating at all. I shall pass then. Thanks for the great review!!

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    1. Indian mythology does sound intriguing on it's own and I will try more books like this. But the delivery just wasn't there in the writing.

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  6. Indian mythology? THAT IS SO COOL! Too bad the writing style killed it for you :S and no, I have never been to India and I've never tried Indian food. I wanted many times but I know is very spicey and spicey food and my stomach don't get along to well :/ hahahaha

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    1. I will be trying some more books with indian mythology in the future though! It's a shame spicy food doesn't work for you :/ But there are some tame Indian foods you can try!

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  7. Sorry you didn't enjoy this one more! Because of the cover I would have thought this was a romance too. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
    ~Jess

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    1. I did hope for a romance as well, but oh well :)

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  8. An Indian author book! Well, I'm sorry it didn't work out for you. And moreover, I refrain myself from reading these kind of books! :-)

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    1. I usually don't either, but I wanted to try doing something different.

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  9. Well. that sucks.Sorry you didn't enjoy this one. Based on the cover alone, I wouldn't have even given it a go. Not my cup of tea.

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  10. I personally love Indian food, although it's very spicy sometimes. You should check out bakra ghosht(if you're not a vegetarian) :) The mythology aspect does sound interesting, thank you for giving it a try though. Love the honest review

    <3 Benish | Feminist Reflections

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    1. Not a vegetarian here! I will make sure I try this because it does sound like my kind of thing.

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  11. Hi, I nominated you for the "Creative Blogger Award". Here's my link. Hope you enjoy it :)

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    1. Thanks so much for the nomination! I will go and check out your post now.

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