Book Review – The Judas strain

Judas StrainBook Name – The Judas strain

Author – James Rollins

ISBN – 0060763892

My Rating – 2.75/5

Yet another plot on the dystopian society from the series of Sigma Force. This is the second novel I am reading from the author James Rollins, excited from the first book I read of his “The Black Order”(Kindly await a book review on that one too). James rollins has weaved this sigma series such that the members of the force are consistent and their inter relationships (professionally/romantically) are detailed to reality.

The book starts with a prologue about Marco Polo who did not talk about a particular place he visited during his travel to the south Asian side. He is said to have hidden a dark secret from the world. And the book starts from the plague that has affected an island near Indonesia. When you read about Marco Polo in this books, it scares us , the fact that millions of years have passed and our home (Mother Earth) still unfolds a lot of mystery from a new plague to missing aircraft or new islands. In the book, one of the scientist who is explaining the seriousness of the epidemic plague, says “We still don’t know what has killed all the dinosaurs” True, we do not know what was in the place we live 1000 years ago , what our ancestors must have gone through.

The plot unfolds the scientific trail as well the historic trail. There is also a hypothesis that Lord Vishnu who is depicted in the epic as blue colored, has probably consumed cynobacteria. The cynobacteria is ancestor of our plants , it lives on photosynthesis. The blue glow that Vishnu has may be of the glow that the cynobacteria emits once consumed. The book finally takes us through how the pandemic disease , The Judas strain gets the cure.

Also a fact that we might have read that we use only a meager percent of the brain, where the rest is left unused. Adding to this, the scientists’ also say that only 3 percent of the DNA defines you, the rest 97 percent is just genetic junk passed from ancestors.

Altogether the book was a good read, although not well researched on the fine details of the history part of the subject. Some of the chapters were dragging, especially the part where they escape from the Cruise and get into the Sky dart (flying boat). The demise (assumption) of Monk made it a little bit sad until the Epilogue reveals that Monk may be alive. A tactic to give the urge to the readers to read the sequel as well (Yup I will quite soon)

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Book Review – 2 States

2statesBook Name – 2 States The story of my marriage

ISBN – 8129115301

Author – Chetan Baghat

Rating: 3.5/5

The book revolves around college lads studying in one of the top universities in India. Two class mates from different states of the country trying to cajole their respective and irrespective parents to get them into a Wedlock.

Rib ticking narration that takes us on a tour around different states and cultures of India. The author’s ridicule and exclamation of the other culture(The prospective bride’s culture) makes the readers to enjoy the book. If the reader is one among the two states , then the reality would strike them hard.

Coming to the location, IIM-A Ahmedabad where they get to know each other and we get to know them.  We travel along with them to Goa, Chennai and Delhi. All the places show their own cultural heritage and the spoils of the same. Being from Chennai , I was able to relate to the auto drivers who try to misguide you, the landlord who is too strict and the sardar ji who could talk fluent tamil to save your head from the auto drivers.

This book is inspiration of the author’s real life, the author uses some phrases to describe his in-laws or his family members, here are a couple of them, When his to-be-father-in-law puts his head inside the newspaper he is called the Grumpy Swamy (Swaminathan is his father in law’s name in the book), when he meets his little to be brother-in-law a nerd he is called the Embyo IITan. And all through the book he describes Ananya’s(his girl friend) saree, salwar or any outfit she wears, a scary fact that even a guy can notice the intricate details of a girl’s dress.

The plot is about how a guy deeply in love with one of his classmates, tries not only to win her heart but also tries seek her parents and his families blessings in taking her hand in marriage. But in the middle of the book when Krish Malhotra (protagonist) proposes to Ananya’s whole family to convince them seems a little bit filmy. Also Ananya showing her own out of the world skills to make pinky’s marriage work was a bit too mush to digest.

Over all I loved the book, laughed until it hurt and re read it when I felt down. It is a good book for people who are looking for a breezy reading in lucid English. Over all enjoyable one if you know what Indian states and family structure is all about.

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