Moved to my own Website


Dear All,

Thank you for showing support for so long. I have decided to move ahead and am up with my very own site. You may click here  to visit it or copy and paste the following url to a browser of your choice:

 http://palakmathur.in

From now onwards, I will be posting my stuff there.

In the beginning there was a command line. Inspired from this, the current interface is a command-line adaptation in Javascript. So, you will see a text-field mimicking a command-line and lots of commands beneath it including Searches, Shortcuts and Site Navigation Commands. So, if you wish to navigate the site, then your options are:

p Home Page (this ugly page)
pi About Me
pa Articles
pc Contact
pr RSS Feed
ph Home Page in Normal Mode (not commandline)
pbb Code Repositories on Bitbucket
pgh Code Repositories on Github

Commands are in bold and their description is given on the right. Just select the task you want to do, type the command related to it in the textfield and press/hit enter.

If you are not comfortable with this and wish to visit the normal interface, then just type “ph” (without quotes) and press enter. You will be taken to the comforts of a normal site.

I would request you all to visit the site and send me your comments/mails as usual. Also, please let me know if you find any broken links. Till then thank you once again. Take care.

 

[Book Review] Banquets on the Dead by Sharath Komarraju


Banquet on the Dead is fantastically thought and written thriller which will keep you engrossed in the story all the time. It was certainly a joy to read the book. Hamid Pasha, the lead detective, in the novel will give you the rusty feeling. The one that I had experienced earlier. I kept thinking about this experience that I had previously and was having while reading the novel when my mind left for the past days. If you know there was one detective series from Doordarshan days – Byomkesh Bakshi – the famous Bengali character created by Sharadindu Bandyopadhyaya. Those were the days! Coming back to Banquet on the Dead now, this rusty feeling made the story more enjoyable. The characters were carefully sketched which though “bear no resemblance to any person living or dead” but still you will be able to relate to all of them. The characters actually exist in the real world.

Plot is fantastic and shows the confidence shown by Sharath Komarraju in his writing. Here I would like to mention that this is his second novel (I have not read the first one though). Till the end you keep guessing who can be the killer and until and unless Hamid Pasha discloses it at the end, there is no way that you can guess the correct answer (Yes! I know you can by skimming through the pages from the back. But isn’t it cheating?).

There were places where I felt that the book could have been better proof-read but like Ashwin Sanghi’s The Krishna Key, these can be ignored. :)

I have just one last thing to say: “Grab the book and keep guessing.”

My rating: 4/5.

P.S.: I received this book from the author/publisher in return of a review.