The Raavan Key

Pravin Agarwal

About the Author

Pravin Agarwal is an Indian novelist. He is a popular author of the best-selling novel ‘The Girl in the Dream: A Love Story planed 500 years ago’. His debut novel has been included in the top eight romantic novels written by Indian Authors. He is a public speaker and keeps inspiring youth to pursue their dreams. He has been featured in the top media houses like Filmyloop and Prajatantra. He has persevered to build a vibrant community of readers and followers on social media. He keeps interacting with his community through Instagram Live and discusses life, books, writing tips, inspiration, and much more. Anengineer by profession, Pravin loves to write on history, mythology, fantasy and romance. Writing historical fiction in the thriller genre is his passion. He is a graduate of Mechanical Engineering. In his corporate career spanning more than a decade and a half, he has worked as a Senior Software Engineer in leading IT Companies of India including Tata Consultancy Services and Hexaware Technologies. To Know More About Pravin Visit – http://www.pravinagarwal.in

About the Book

I am Raavan, the mightiest demon king 2019, Bareilly- A rich NRI businessman goes missing mysteriously. The Detective found a clue in his diary and named it, The Raavan Key. 3400 BCE, Golden City of Lanka- Raavan, the mighty demon King came to know of a chilling secret of his half-brother Kubera. Raged by the revelation he fiercely attacked the Drumatulya city. 1972, Thar Desert, Jaisalmer- An archaeology team was in search of the ancient city of Drumatulya, which existed during the Ramayana Era. They couldn’t believe their eyes when weird events unfolded one after another. 2018, Antwerp, Europe- The overlord of Europe’s most dreaded crime syndicate received a phone call from a mysterious man. What was the terrifying secret of Kubera that raged Raavan? What connects the missing NRI businessman to the ancient city of Drumatulya? What was the horrific mystery of Drumatulya? Read on to witness the epic story of Love and Betrayal, Gods and Demons, Deceit and Violence.

My Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Book Title – The Raavan Key
Author – Pravin Agarwal
Format – Kindle & Paperback
Rating – 5/5
1) Praveen Aggarwal’s “The Ravana Key” is great mythical interesting fiction story . The book contains the mysterious journey of an NRI businessman.
A rich NRI businessman came to India and after some time he was found missing. The detective was handed over to solve the missing case, which was linked to King Raavan .
2)This book is a part of the Drumtulya trilogy.
The title captures the story and puts a lot of weight on the book.
3) The cover is super interesting, catchy and grabs the eye of the readers.
The description is appropriate and well written. The language used is simple and clear.
4) The story of the story is thriller and the way every timeline is portrayed makes the book worth reading.
Since the story has been left to a nail-biter suspense, I will definitely look forward to its sequel to know how the story unfolds in the future.
Overall it was a wonderful and enjoyable one.
5)Ramayan, Indian mythology is related to this story. How? This is the thrilling aspect in the book. Just find it all by yourself. The story and plot are quite thrilling.
6)I enjoyed reading this book . I would recommend everyone to read this book

THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE.

Author: V. E. Schwab.

Genre: Fantasy Novel.


Suffocated by the conservative expectations by the society, Adeline starts praying to the Gods for her freedom. On her wedding day, her prayer is answered by a devil, who grants her immortality in exchange for her soul that she would eventually surrender willingly. Also, as her wish for freedom, she would be not be remembered by anyone after their first meeting. From then on she lives her every single day travelling around, free and forgotten. While at it, she constantly tries to leave a mark on the world. She follows a chaotic yet predictable routine until one fine day she meets Henry, who remembers her after their first meeting. The idea of someone remembering her intrigues her. Excited, she decides to pursue him to know more about this glitch in the curse.

The timeline keeps shifting from the present to her past in a non-linear narration. She lives a free life for almost three centuries with an impromptu visit from the devil whom she later names Luc, challenging her to surrender, which she ofcourse, refuses every single time.  While her journey is interesting and adventurous it lacks substance about the major historical events that she apparently witnesses. There is a casual mention of some world occurrences in the passing without much of her contribution or opinion. The story seemed more about her love affairs, the many first dates, pilfering for survival, her struggle to leave a mark and other escapades. Inspite of her being immortal, the purpose of her freedom seemed unchallenged and frivolous. Addie’s character felt superficial which lacked depth about her feelings about the surroundings. The years pass so casually in the story as if they are minutes without much of a consolation.

Having said that, I loved the language, the fluidity, the influence on the art and culture yet it felt incomplete to me. I needed more about her journey, her encounters and not just her one night stands. The whole world transformed multifold during the three centuries,  but there is hardly any mention of its effect on her.

If I just overlook the previous analysis, I really liked the prose of the story. It is a slow read which demands your rapt attention as you might miss certain developments in this strangely laid out timeline. Read this book for the structure of the thought of being forgotten every moment in this world where we do everything possible only to be remembered.

PRATIDWANDI. THE OPPONENT.

BOOK ONE: The Kalari.

By Ambuj Gupta.

Genre: Historical fiction.


The Kalari, book one of The Pratidwandi series, starts with a bang, trails briefly in the middle but has essential stories of culture and tradition with an eventful finish.   The climax of this book leaves a promising plot for the sequel. Pratidwandi is the first ever series on Indian Martial Arts. There are 5 books in the series. The sequel most likely by the end of this year.

It focuses on the group of Kalaripayattu proficients who are struggling to keep their legacy alive while they are been hunted and snubbed by the East India Company (EIC) who are afraid of the united rebellion by these fierce, well trained warriors. Threatened by the popularity of the sport, they systematically put curbs on the cultural gatherings, Kalari Gurukuls (academy), Vallamkali ( traditional boat race in Kerala), and other traditional aesthetics much to the people’s dismay.

Book one: The Kalari.

In the backdrop of the initial tremors of the first war of Independence 1852, this book is set in a fictional alternative reality called Reality Theta where the greatest descendant of Vadu, the legendary family of warriors is brutally murdered by the EIC as an example but instead creates an angry wave of insurgency throughout the state. Their last hope is Sai, the scion of Vadu who is being trained by the greatest icons of Kalaripayattu. This is his tenacious journey along with the significant others, to be the relentless opponents, the Pratidwandi of the EIC.

Kalaripayattu, also known as Kalari, is an Indian martial art form that originated in modern-day Kerala. It is believed to be the oldest surviving martial art in India, with a history spanning over 3,000 years.

Kalaripayattu is a martial art designed for the ancient battlefield (the word “Kalari” meaning “battlefield”), with weapons and combative techniques. It is also used by practitioners of Keralite dance styles, such as Kathakali and Mohiniyattam, as part of their training routines. The art also bases medical treatments like Ayurveda, pressure points and healing techniques.

According to legend, Parashurama, the sixth incarnation of the god Vishnu in Hinduism is the creator of Kalaripayattu. He is believed to have learned the art from Lord Shiva, and taught it to the original settlers of Kerala.

In 1804, the British banned Kalaripayattu in Kerala in response to the Kottayathu/Cotiote War, a rebellion against British rule in Kerala lead by the Keralite king Pazhassi Raja. The ban came into effect shortly after the King’s death resulting in the closure of most of the major kalari training grounds in Kerala.

Every part of this 400page book seems necessary as it emphasizes on the value of the Kalaripayattu tradition in their lives. Their struggle of not just survival but also retaliation is effectively showcased which makes this book brave and equally disturbing. There are some exciting sketches related to the storyline which broadened my perspective. The drama and events are inspired from real lives of the oppressed during the British rule. The vastness of the subject can sometimes be convoluted but the research about the legendary era is phenomenal. The characters are powerful and contribute effectively to the essence of the story.

When life kicks you hard : Lessons learnt from life

Sameer Jindal 

About the Author

Sameer Jindal has a passion in writing and motivating young engineers. He has graduated with B.E (Honors) from NIT Allahabad and received scholarship from NY Stony Brook University, USA to study MS in Mechanical Engg. He worked in Seoul, South Korea for many years , have more than 25 years’ experience in Automotive MNCs and currently working as Director Engg. In MNC, He has travelled across world and participates in various seminars across industries. He has authored several papers and written articles on Internet and future of mobility in Automotive Magazines. He also runs a “Learning Series “lectures for young engineers. This book with about collection of 200 Quotes is his first attempt to foray into book writings from his personal diary.

About the book –

BOOK REVIEW –
Author -Sameer Jindal
Book name -The Book, When Life Kicks you Hard
My Rating 5/5
Format – Kindle
This book is a collection of his life experiences and incidents on how he dealt with it. I hope the author had a wonderful recollection of memories while writing this book
My Review –
1)The book contains more than thirty short stories.
2)The language of the book is clear. The writing style of the book is entertaining. The cover of the book is fantastic. The title of the book is apt.
3)There is some wonderful life lesson in each story. The impact of each story will be amazing.
4) All the stories have an interesting plot.
5)The quotes shared here were inspiring.some were more relateable in my life.
6) The insights shared in this book are extraordinary. The author’s experience is wonderful. Family values, work ethic, their values, respect for elders made them reach this place.
7)I enjoyed reading this book . I would recommend everyone to read this book

Amazon –

My life has completed Golden Anniversary on 30th April, I have reached mid-life now and ever since my soul enters into my mother’s womb fifty years back after that every moment, when I am out in this world, life is taking revenge from me with despair and despondency but I have always rebound with joy and ecstasy on reaching the goals with perseverance and then again got Kick from Life, but out of Joy and pleasures of thrill, excitation.

It has altogether been a rollercoaster journey from the first day in school to college, University, friends, Love, Marriage, children and finally job-there has always been the lessons from every life incident and very interesting one.

Hence, I decided to compile these all lessons learnt as short stories in my next book* “When Life Kicks you hard”.
Edition 2 is an extended ver. of Life stories as I have added Part-II after College life.

I am sure you will relate many of these stories to your own life and will learn as well from the lessons, life taught me during these incidents.

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