Friday, May 30, 2014

Adhuri Prem Kahaniya Book Review: Power Publishers disappoints

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Book: Adhuri Prem Kahaniya
Author: Santosh Avvannavar
Genre: Romance, short stories
Publisher: Power Publishers
No. Of pages: 97
Price of book: Rs 150
Rating: 2 out of 5

Review: Let me begin with a rant directed at these selfies (self publishing houses) who despite stripping your wallet of all its money present you with a 90-page wafer-thin leaflet in the name of a book. I had high regards for Power Publishers and once even contemplated publishing a book with them. But what I have realized over the months is that they rarely care for quality and are just concerned with their share of profits. So in the name of a book cover, Adhuri Prem Kahaniya has got almost a whitewashed page. Unappealing and disappointing.

At Rs 150, a buyer would expect something voluminous, at least 150 pages. But again this book of a shade under 100 pages has been overpriced so that the publisher can warm up his pockets coz he knows that the book will not get many takers.

So far so good. No fault of the author.

But now coming to him (Mr. Santosh Avvannavar that is), he comes across as a well-educated guy with a good amount of intelligence. Perhaps, he could have benefitted had he hired an editor for this book which is full of inconsistencies. Some stories (out of 25) are innocent, some are humorous and almost all are relatable. But they are very short and written in haphazard way, as if penned by different people. There are errors of the kind which PowerPublisher should have rectified but either its editor is incompetent or perhaps they don't do even the basic needful unless showered with more money.

The author's attempt has been sincere and he has drawn a lot from his own experiences. But his own flaws aside, he has been done in by an unconcerned publishing house.

But by all means buy the book for going back to those mushy days of school and college romance.

[This book review has been done by me on special request by author Santosh Avvannavar and is an unbiased one.]

~Ritesh Agarwal

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