Sunday, September 29, 2013

Chakra by Ritu Lalit (Book Review- 3.75/5)!!!

   I am done reading another book. There can be nothing better than spending your Sunday in reading a book that has a very beautiful cover page and indeed, a similar story that can refresh your mind and revitalize your mood. The book that I have finished reading is "Chakra" which also has the tagline "Chronicles of the Witch Way". It's written by Ritu Lalit. Well, like every time, this is not the review of a debutante author but this is Ritu Lalit's 3rd book. She is already an established author and does not need much promotion for getting her book sold. I even read it somewhere during the pre-ordering stage of the book that its 1400 copies got booked in pre-order itself. That's quite commendable. This 319-pages book is published by a fresh publisher in the horizon- Author's Empire. Well, we will talk about it later in the review.

The Japas are a race so secretive that their existence is dismissed as a myth. Tales of them abound in our mythology, telling of these men and women, possessing physical abilities beyond belief, playing with elements, with the power to curse and cure. They exist among us, mingle with us, ride our metros, visit our malls, and even go to the same schools and colleges as us.

Parineeta Mohan is a powerful Japni who has turned her back on The Witch Way.She has even brought up her niece and nephew as ordinary people, unaware of their heritage.

Their life changes when the kids disappear along with their cousin Roma.

A shocked and desperate Parineeta has to find them before enemies of her family do and has no one to turn to but Jorawar, a man she is attracted to but cant trust since he belongs to the sinister organization Pax.

The only way she can fight, win and survive is to embrace her heritage.

Ritu Lalit dons many hats; she is a keen observer of life, a voracious reader, a parent, a blogger, an author and also an office worker. The last is most important since it pays her bills! She has written two books, A Bowlful of Butterflies published by Rupa & Co and Hilawi published by Popular Prakashan. Chakra is her third book.

      Coming to the author, I would say, I never got a chance to hear story from my grandmothers or mother as none of them had any idea about what stories to tell a kid. :-) Hence, I used to read a lot of books in my childhood that were titled as "Grandma's stories" or "Bed-time stories". While reading this book, I got the same feel that I used to get while reading them. Even those books had some super-natural stories and even this book has a story that kept me indulged in the book continuously. Just like the grand release of this book, even the story is mega. Authoress has a very good power of narrating the story that you want to keep reading to know what's up in the next page and which twist is about to come. A perfect story needs many flavors in it and some extra-ordinary events and also some unusual graphs. This story almost touches the requirements. 318-pages are quite much in comparison to the books that are releasing these days but the book does justice to its thickness.

          Story has many radiations. Some times, you will feel that you are in mythological world, then in an era of 2050, then you will find yourself in today's world, sometimes you will find yourself surrounded with magic while sometimes you will imagine unimaginable things happening in a page that for the world will just be page, but for you its a world of an unusual tale. I liked the way authoress related a story based on witch and chakra powers in today's world. After seeing the cover page and the thickness of the book, I was sure that I would get bored by the book but the power of writing and imagination took me to some other world which gave me a time that I want the sequel of this book to come as soon as possible. It is one sequel that I would be waiting for. Chakra power is something that even I would like to have after reading this book. But then, some stories are meant for the books only. :-) I will give this book- 3.75 stars out of 5. But you can surely go for it if you miss your Grandma's stories or childhood's fairy tales kind of stories.



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