I finished reading two books today. One of them was a Novel by Sidney Sheldon & another was a textbook by Ram Ahuja. The novel is really old so, its plot looks predictable(& old). And the there is not so much to review about the text-book because I felt it as useless. Thereby, I will review both in this post only.
1. Catoplus Terror
By Sidney Sheldon
The protagonist is an ex-CIA agent well known as the Mak-the-Knife. He gets an assignment by big Oil firms to find & eliminate the global terrorist named Carlos. He accepts it & gathers his team of ex-CIA agents. It was like that Bruce-Willis movie (RED or something). All oldies reminiscing old days & still able to shame the young agents. All the while Carlos seems to be on their tail. The plot moves on with phases with team members going all around the globe, finding clues & information. Finally when they come to the phase where Carlos will be caught – the surprise awaits you. Carlos was non-another than one of the team member. He had killed the real Carlos very early in his career & impersonated him. Slowly he got addicted & created a global terrorist named Carlos.
Well there you go. You can easily figure out the rest, I suppose.
By the by it was a good read. Go through it if you want a paced thriller placed in the era of 70s.
[I don’t understand though – why every Sydney Sheldon book of my father’s collection have some Girl on its cover. Makes no sense to me as per the story. 😛 Could be a marketing gig 🙂 ]
2. Social Problems in India
By Ram Ahuja
I gave in to the buying frenzy, because most of the IAS coaching institutes recommended this book, it was selling like hot-cakes. I should have checked it first. A bad & useless buy.
The positive part of this book was the various definitions & case studies provided by the author. A basic understanding on how to view particular social problems. That will be all.
The fact that all the data & figures in the book are only up-till year 1997 makes this book as useless as it can get in year 2013. Even the suggestions provided has been put into place in the after years, so one has to analyze & criticize the developments themselves.
I will recommend you to not buy this book if you are taking it for General Studies preparation. Pick some-other book with current data, all the facts & datas & even info will be available in those also. I think it would be much better if you can just read articles from magazines & newspaper about those social problems. They are covered much better & much more relevant to UPSC.
Totally a NO-Buy book( unless the author publishes it with updated data)