Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Book Review--> City of Nine Gates by Pankaj Rajput

 Book Review: City of Nine Gates by Pankaj Rajput
Title and Author: City of Nine Gates by Pankaj Rajput
No. of Pages: 300 Pages
Publication Date: Notion Press (July 11, 2014)
Language: English
Genre: Fantasy, Self-Help, Suspense, Mythological, Indian Author

Blurb:
An atheistic millionaire is forced to find and help his long lost friend achieve self-realization in a mystical City of Nine Gates known only to the Gods and the wisest sages of the Advait and the Sankhya. Assisted by other friends in the City, he leads the City on an inward enlightening journey, only to realize at the end who his friend is, what actually the City of Nine Gates is and who is that beyond all regions knowing which one never comes back … “When the Gods descend to devastate, When Kalyuga meets Apocalypse, Out of a Billion, Only one strives, Of those who strive, Only one achieves, What those sages realized, and you still haven’t, knowing which, one never comes back. Rise O’ Cities! It’s time to liberate, It’s time, to realize…”

Book Review:
City of Nine Gates by Pankaj Rajput was a first in many ways for me. It was the first book by this author for me and also a first of its kind that I have read. A very novel and appealing concept that combines mythology, myths, modern struggles and the age-old wisdom that seeks to help humans reach a higher level of enlightenment.

I liked the cover which made me very curious about the book and the blurb made me pick the book up. A very intriguing and captivating duo, it will no doubt catch the readers' attention towards the book.

The hero, Gyan is rich but dissatisfied. This book is his journey of enlightenment and the mystery that he encounters on his path of discovery. The world building is fluidly done and I could visualize the sages, the hidden city and the mysteries that have remained hidden for so long.

The characterization is good and made me feel for Gyan but I felt that too many supporting characters made the story too confusing at times. 

Writing style of Pankaj is engaging, simplistic and very balanced. He is able to keep the reader engrossed in the story and throws in well calculated twists and surprises to make the story more appealing.

All in all, City of Nine Gates is a book that takes us in a world long hidden and which contains many mysteries. A book that makes us remember Robin Sharma's bestseller The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, this is a great attempt at a unique concept from Pankaj and sure to entertain you at anytime. 4 out of 5 to City of Nine Gates. Recommended to everyone, go read and enjoy the book. Pankaj is a talented writer and I hope to read more from him in the future.

I received the book from the author to read and review and I am very thankful to him. The above review is my honest and unbiased opinion and in no way influenced.

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Amazon IN: Paperback
Amazon US: Paperback
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