Wednesday, May 30

Meddling mooli and the Blue legged alien by Asha Nehemiah

Book name : Meddling Mooli and the blue-legged Alien 
Author: Asha Nehemiah ; illustrated by : Sayantan Halder
Genre: Children's literature
Age group: 7 + yrs
Publisher : Puffin 
Source : Publisher 


Murali Krishnan aka Mooli:  a boy whose meddling ways get him into trouble all the time. Supriya George aka Soups:  a girl who loves reading and has plenty of smart ideas.

They are best friends on a mission.To win a prize on the website WAYOUTS  [World’s As Yet Original Untried Tricks and Stunts]So they try out many untried tricks and stunts. And mess up the house. And trouble their parents. And create ruckus in their neighbourhood. 
But do they eventually win the prize?  

Pick up this easy- to- read book and find out how Meddling Moolie and Soups ‘shoot’ a neighbour, discover a blue-legged alien and have some awesome, super cool adventures.

My thoughts: 
Children's books have a way of lifting one's spirits and makes one appreciate the simpler, uncomplicated things in life. Asha Nehemiah's book is no exception to that rule. This endearing story of Mooli and his friend soups doing crazy stunts to win the WAYOUTS competition is both zany and out-of the box. Mooli's mother makes cookies for a living and is appearing on the television on a cookery show. But her whip goes missing- is Mooli responsible for this ? The neighbor, Mr. Reddy's prized Zinias that he was growing for a competition goes missing- again is Mooli  responsible for this? umm.. Maybe. Maybe not ;-)
I didn't realise that Asha was a big name in the world of children's books when i agreed to review the book , and had my doubts about this one as it is normally not the genre i review. But i needn't have worried , because Asha story is extremely engaging and fresh. The story  is told in simple words,  which i am sure children will find easy to read and enjoy. Sayantan's illustrations makes the book more fun than it already is. The characters, be it the naughty Mooli, Soups , Mooli's parents or the neighbour are extremely believable.  But I am sure you'll fall in love with Mooli more than anyone else for his naughty antics and ideas. Asha packs enough material in the book to whet an inquisitive child's mind- something that is essential considering the age group  that the book targets.Kudos to her imagination ! 
I am looking forward to the next book(forthcoming) in this series-  Meddling Mooli and the bully on Wheels. 
Overall, a super book that I'll recommend to adults and children alike. 
My rating: 4/5 

    Saturday, May 26

    It's your move, Wordfreak by Falguni Kothari : Book Review

    Book name : It's yourmove, wordfreak
    Author : Falgunu Kothari
    Publisher : Rupa
    Genre : Romance
    Other details : Debut novel of the author
    Source of book: Blogadda's Review program

    Synopsis from Goodreads
    Wordfreak and Worddiva hit it off right from their first online Scrabble game. Playing game after game every night leads to fun and flirty chats and a cerebral attraction so potent that it sizzles the broadband connection between them. The Scrabble-crazy duo cultivate their perfect relationship a virtual one. A bond where the past doesn't matter and neither do their names. A bond forged by cheesy words and raucous laughs.

    But this simple and uncomplicated equation is shaken when Alisha Menon, parental-divorce survivor and successful divorce lawyer meets Aryan Save-the-Planet Chawla on a blind date. As reality intrudes on their online idyll, the rules of the game change forever. Soon, the two realise that some words cannot be taken lightly. Can the real Wordfreak and Worddiva spell love in capital letters or is the game of life a deal-breaker for them?

    My thoughts: 

    I jumped at the chance to review this book when blogadda put up the announcement simply because I am a scrabble addict. Though I don't read  romance novels these days and have 'zero free' time to read books thanks to the beanie's 'non-schedule' , the prospect of reading a book that revolved around a game that i love and possibly involved a lot of word play excited me. However, the book disappointed me in the respect that it starts from the point where Worddiva aka Alisha Menon and Wordfreak aka Aryan Chawla meet for the first time after getting to know each other through the scrabble games.  

    Alisha is a down to earth , no- nonsense lawyer  and Aryan is a flashy , page-3 gracing  successful architect who builds green homes. Things go smoothly for the duo  after they meet each other and they feel that they've found soul mates in each other. Add to these two a zesty Diya (Alisha's best friend) and some saccharine sweet characters like Uncle Sam( Aryan's uncle), Nanu (Aryan's grandma) , MT ( Alisha's boss) and Alisha's mommy , and you have a recipe for a cosy romantic,a albeit candy-flossed read. I found the storyline standard M&B fare with loads of sex thrown in liberally.Though I am no prude,I just thought the 'many' sexual encounters were just superfluous and unnecessary. Upto 120 odd pages the book was quite simply yawwn.  Especially since beanie had her vaccination and was extremely fussy during this period, i found the book excruciatingly boring and difficult to continue. 

    Thankfully, it started gettimg better after that. I started enjoying the book after Alisha and Aryan have a blow out and stop talking to each other. Alisha goes out of her way to get Aryan back. The scene shifts from Mumbai to London where Alisha visits Aryan's family and gets to know about some of his 'secrets'.Will they get together or let their mean words get in between them? You'll have to read the book to figure that out ;-)

     I thought that the main reason why they duo quarrel in the first place was a little to trite and silly.  Especially considering the fact that Alisha is  portrayed as a very practical girl. What I did like about the book is Falguni's effortless writing that flows very well. The story is contemporary and  could relate to a lot of thoughts and concerns voiced by Aryan and Alisha.  I also liked the way Alisha's character was drawn out  (more than Aryans). Despite all these positive aspects, the book was just a 'Good read' and not an 'Awesome read' for me. Pick  it up if you want a breezy read to kill a lazy sunday afternoon. 

    My rating : 3/5 
    Thanks to  Blogadda for letting me take a few more days than the normal 7 days to review this book. 
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    Next post :  Book Review of Meddling Mooli and the Blue legged alien by Asha Nehemiah