Monday, 30 April 2018

Book Review: Writersmelon's Jukebox Foreword by Preeti Shenoy

Book Review: Writersmelon’s Jukebox edited by Priyanka Roy Banerjee Foreword by Preeti Shenoy

*Publisher: Readomania *ISBN: 978-93-858543-3-0 *Genre: Fiction/ Short Stories *Cover: Paperback *No of Pages: 176 *Price: 225 INR *Rating: 4/5

My View:

Mesmerizing each and every stories written here has unexpected twist, I really loved this anthology of short stories. Each and every story conveys message to the reader, especially the first one and I really loved to read this story where a small child ask her mother to describe the death of his father, who was a police officer, the way this story described by Abhishek Mukherjee is heart touching, where reader have to think who is the killer.

My second favorite is a story of lizard grass, it really created Goosebumps. How a doctors doing experiment and the depression of a superstar revealed by the author Avishek Basu Mallick is amazing. Also I loved to read the inspiring story of a teacher, who helps a stammering child to become a singer.

The Jukebox is collection of 15 short stories where you will get love, emotion, drama, rage, mystery, suspense etc. this collection will appeal to youth as well as old age, each and every story is unique in its own way. The cover of the book is excellent where a headphone is placed, which conveys the message that there is good collection for you, so hear it or to be precise read it.

I really appreciate the initiative done by the writersmelon by giving a good platform to the budding writers who are unknown to the world until this book published by them, who knows among this budding writer anyone will become next Chetan Bhagat or Preeti Shenoy, lets wait and watch.

“I received this beautiful book from in exchange for an honest and unbiased review”


A story you wish was NEVER narrated to an eight-year-old. A chilly December morning and a lone gravestone – changed the day and someone’s life. Old letters of a dead father, what secrets could they hold for a long lost daughter? A seemingly ‘ideal marriage’ in an old city smelling of love. An ageing alcoholic superstar finding a magical cure for his incurable baldness. From middle-class Government quarter to a posh Neeti Bagh bungalow, was there a price to pay for it!

Life would have been very different for the characters in these stories, but for the choices they make. And who knows, you may even find a reflection of your own self in these life altering choices! Spine chilling drama and suspense, quirky, funny and awkward moments, poetic love of hopeless romantics and a lot more is packed in this collection.

Selected short stories from Melonade – A nationwide writing competition by In its 5th edition, presenting your own JUKEBOX of stories.

 So what are you reading today?

Friday, 23 March 2018

Book Review: One Minute Super Dad by Dr. Prashant Jindal


*Publisher: HarperCollins India *ISBN: 978-93-5277-453-1 *Genre: Self-Help *Cover: Paperback *No of Pages: 160 *Price: 299 INR *Rating: 5/5

My View:

Currently these types of books are very rarely to get from the market, an eye opening topics are described by the author. In today’s world where bonding between father and son is very tense, this book will help to bridge the gap between them. Although book is targeted to fathers only but after reading, I suggest moms should also follow this book.

Many years of extensive research makes this book a perfect read for new dads to inspire and uplift the spirit of their kids. How a small thing makes a lasting impression on children’s mind is perfectly articulated by the author. Each and every one minute magic depicted in the book is handy tool to upgrade dads for bonding with kids.

Power of positive thought and importance of visualization is very well described through the book; read the chapter on charity i.e. how a small positive thought planted in kids mind will reap a healthy fruit in future by helping unfortunate peoples.

In 21st century where to raise one child is difficult but here in the book the importance of siblings is given by the author which is eye opening and also how a bonding between first bloods will help each other at the time of adversity. There is one picture on page no 38 where a child is watching a TV, also surrounded by different gadgets in a jail but the picture presentation is so perfect that it conveys the meaning of a biggest junk in progress of a child is easily understood by looking at it.     

Last chapter of the book “Some true magic moment stories of dads” highly inspiring and how small things makes a deep impression on kids mind is presented to the readers, also Do’s and Don’ts is very helpful to be a super dad from the book.

I highly recommend this wonderful book to new dads, also to those who are having tuff time bonding with their kids. The book is for everyone, read this book to install good habits in your child.

**I received a copy from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review**


Being a good father is an art as well as a science. New dads need some handy tools to connect with their kids at the deepest level and inspire them to develop great habits, mindset and beliefs. But raising children in today’s fast-paced world is more challenging than ever.

One-minute super dad gives you - the new dad – simple techniques that can be put into action in just a minute a day. Repeated consistently, they will help you forge a strong bond with your kids that will hold them in good stead for a lifetime.

Featuring a Foreword by Raymond Aaron, co-author of Chicken soup for the parent’s soul, this book is an outcome of five years of passionate work, research, interviews and real-life experiences. Inspire your kids to a whole new level -  lack of time no longer being a factor – and raise amazing children!

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Book Review: Transit Lounge by Sunil Mishra


Book Review: Transit Lounge by Sunil Mishra

*Publisher: Frog Books *ISBN: 978-93-52017-15-7 *Genre: Memoir *Cover: Paperback *No of Pages: 212 *Price: 225 *Rating: 4/5

My view:

This is the first time I am reading a memoir on travel, so it’s a totally new experience to see the world from other’s prospective. I loved to read this book; author has very frankly presented each and every country he visited in straight forward way.

More than twice author has visited many countries mentioned in the book, so he has perfectly expressed the past and current situation of the country, which gives good experience to know the current scenario.

The flow of the book and writing style of author is simple, easy to understand, each chapter are classified in continent and then further divided into countries, which is plus point to remember and know much more about that country. I loved to read the two good experience author has mentioned in this book while traveling i.e. in Singapore there was an accident, both the car owner shake’s their hand and went away without any dispute and author lost his bag in taxi; somewhere in china, within 2 hour he got his luggage in good condition, which is not possible in India.

Some of the interesting thing which I came to know through this book is
  • ·        “Okada” a new concept of motorcycle taxis in Nigeria,
  • ·        Indian connection with Mauritius,
  • ·        Wealth of Kuwaitis and 50% partnership with local if you want to do business in Kuwait,
  • ·        Interesting facts about Istanbul (a historical place to study the past),
  • ·        Friendly police in Singapore,
  • ·        Scratch and waterproof currency of Malaysia.

  • ·        You will not get detailed knowledge (i.e. what to eat, were to stay, how to reach etc.) of any places mentioned in this book.
  • ·        There is lots of spelling mistakes in the book, editing is needed.

If you love to travel, this book is for you. I highly recommended this book to travel freaks, a good travelogue by the debut author.


“Transit Lounge” is a contemporary book consisting of short incidents, observations and reflections while travelling to 30 countries across six different continents during last 15 years.
The book is personal account of travels to places in Africa (Nigeria, Ghana, Egypt and Mauritius), South America (Venezuela and Argentina), Asia (China, Iran, Kuwait, UAE, Singapore, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Thailand), Europe (UK, France, Italy, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Belgium, Georgia, Turkey, Croatia and Romania), USA, Australia and New Zealand. It has always been interesting to observe all these different cultures and people from an Indian’s perspective.

The book is a compilation of small incidents and events during such travels; it includes losing an air ticket, dealing with difficult custom officials or getting mugged in a prime location in a foreign country. It is based on observations that someone with an Indian context will find most noticeable while talking to a taxi driver, walking through the local markets or going to a tourist destination. In essence, it is about an Indian travelling the world and discovering India in the process.

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Book Review: The Inheritors by Sonu Bhasin


Book Review: The Inheritors by Sonu Bhasin

*Publisher: Penguin Random House India *ISBN: 978-0-143-42868-8 *Genre: Business *Cover: Paperback *No of pages: 304 *Price: 299 *Rating: 5/5

My View:

Excellent, this book must be translated into different regional languages, and if any small or big entrepreneur read this book, will receive good ideas to implement in their own firm.

The writing style of author is mesmerizing; she is really God gifted, she has presented each and every chapter in very simple way that readers adrenaline rushes to do some business, she first gives the basic background of the person or a firm and then gives an in-depth descriptions from their past till current situation. Each and every chapter is provided in informative way, which creates good curiosity to the readers to know further. Among all 9 chapters I was unknown to many brands, but after reading them I got good inspiration and further I googled to know more about them. In the chapter of Keventers, the life of R.K. Dalmia is provided which is one of the best chapter I got inspired, a real-life rags-to-richness.

The book covers the story of how Dabur group’s Amit Burman created Lite bite foods, Harsh Mariwala a small trader of spices converted into giant Marico, Kuldip singh Dhingra and Gurbachan singh Dhingra of Rajdoot Paints acquired Berger Paints and made 2nd largest Paint company of India, Motilal Oswal and Raamdeo Agrawal two CA converted passion into profession: Motilal Oswal Group, Agastya Dalmia: the milkshake man of Keventers, Tara singh Vachani of Max group: the old age home, the Lawyers: Rishabh and Saloni Shroff of Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, Luxor: D.K Jain and Pooja Jain, the person who changed the writing styles of India by introducing Pilot pen and last but not least the Mall man Arjun Sharma of Select group.

In today’s fast world this book provides many such stories were entrepreneur’s have faced hurdles and converted them into success is perfectly presented to the readers by the author. I am an entrepreneur and love to read books on entrepreneurship; I have kept this book in my favorite shelf, this book inspired me much and which is close to my heart, hats-off to the author, waiting to read more from her on entrepreneurship.

I highly recommend this business book to each and every aspiring entrepreneur, and those who are students of BBA or MBA.

**I received a copy from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review**


Why did Harsh Mariwala leave his family business?
Why did the Burman family quit the day-to-day operations of Dabur?
How did the Dhingras turn a collapsing business into India’s second-largest paint company?

The Inheritors offers a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at what goes on in Marico, Dabur, Keventers, Berger Paints, Select Group, Antara, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, Luxor and Motilal Oswal. The book focuses on culture, family politics, ego battles, business rivalries and a lot more. And then, of course, there are the inheritors themselves-some take the businesses to even greater heights while others lead them to doom.

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Book Review : Mothering a Muslim by Nazia Erum

Book Review: Mothering a Muslim by Nazia Erum

*Publisher: Juggernaut Books *ISBN: 978-93-8622-853-6 *Genre: Non-fiction *Cover: Hardback *No of Pages: 220 *Price: 399
*Rating: 4/5

My View:

Why I love to read non-fiction is that it shows the reality, this book Mothering a Muslim is really an alarming, true situation of Muslim’s in Metro and urban area’s of India is perfectly presented by the author. Athithi Devo Bhava is followed by Indians for centuries, but for last 3-5 years situation has changed especially for Muslim’s because of the Gujarat riot and influence of ISIS in India.

According to my view we can’t blame the politics, it’s because of the Muslim Jihadist, the whole community has to suffer, even urban Muslims’ are afraid of their own peoples for not following their rules. It’s just mentioned by the author on page no 73 that a thirteen year old boy was brain washed by their mullah that when a boy started to grow mustache he should visit masjid everyday, also for a women if her head is uncovered or sleeves aren’t full their own people will reject her as a Muslim. Today’s news papers and also channels provide such news which targets particular community and they have to suffer. Although author accepts the reality by mentioning that 95% terror attack in 2015 were done by ISIS which is organized by Muslim.

I still remember when I was studying in school many Borah Muslims were in our class, they are still our good friends, we used to share our lunch box and never heard anyone bullied them. What is mentioned in the book is severe in metros and urban areas but there is good harmony in tier 3 cities and villages of India.

One incident which is mentioned in the book is very alarming for the future of India i.e. Muslim children’s refuses to enter Mandir, and Hindu children’s in Masjid or Dargah, actually parents should teach their child that both the communities are living in harmony for centuries in India, and this types of activities should not be tolerated by them.

What I didn’t like in the book: Those who have been interviewed have targeted Modi government and their (Muslim’s) situation after Gujarat riot and recent events. A particular BJP government if framed by the author, which is not healthy for the book. I would like to say Congress has ruled many decades after Independence, also 93’s bomb blast, where Hindus and Muslim’s both were affected but author has not mentioned in her book. 

Although I highly recommend this book to today’s parents and teachers of India, and really appreciate the work of debut author.

I got this book from Juggernaut publication, a big thank you for providing this wonderful book for an honest review.


Nazia Erum runs a fashion start-up, and is the mother of an adorable little girl. But from the day Myra was born, she found herself asking questions she didn’t have answers for.

It began with her daughter’s name – should Nazia choose a traditional Islamic name or a more non-religious sounding one so that her daughter couldn’t be identified as a Muslim? Nazia was not the only modern middle-class Muslim mom asking this question. Soon she discovered that finding the right name for Myra was the least of her worries.

Talking to over a hundred children and their parents across twelve cities, what Nazia uncovers is deeply troubling.
She heard stories of rampant bullying of Muslim children in many of the country’s top schools, of six-year-olds being hit by their classmates because of their faith, of religious segregation in classrooms and of anxious Muslim parents across the country who monitor their children’s dress, speech and actions to protect them.
In Mothering a Muslim, Nazia finally lifts the veil on this taboo subject, one that is spoken of only in whispers. Urgent, gripping and heartbreaking, this is essential reading for every Indian parent.

Monday, 25 December 2017

Book Review: A home for urvashi by Sanchali Bhattacharya

Book Review: A home for urvashi by Sanchali Bhattacharya

*Publisher: Harper Collins *ISBN: 978-93-5277-354-1 *Genre: Fiction *Cover: Paperback *No of Pages: 345 *Price: 399 *Rating: 3.5/5

My View:

Excellent, this is totally out of the box experience, wow nice to read on new concept like spirit following her twin sister and helping her in difficult times. I highly appreciate the work of author, especially bonding between the sisterhoods.

Narrating the story and writing style of author is excellent also language is simple and easy to understand, character build up is perfect, but only thing is length of the novel is unusually stretched. The scenic beauty of Darjeeling, the temple city called Bhubaneswar, description of hogly river and surrounding of Calcutta is mesmerizing, one feels to visit this place.

The first half of the book is perfect, I thought I will complete this novel in one sitting, but I missed the charm in middle of the book and somewhat disappointed while reading the climax. But I loved to read about Saturn, beral (the cat soul), a stone talking with Dulari, visiting other planets and visualizing of satatma, duratma etc.

A unique plot makes this book perfect read for the weekend. I highly recommend this novel to those who love’s to read on family and their bonding.

**I received a copy from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review**


Death separates Dulari from her beloved twin sister, Ujjwala. Forlorn, her spirit remains on Earth as a powerless but constant companion to Ujjwala. Like the apsara Urvashi, she has the power to travel between worlds but no family, no one to love.

Dulari has a dream: she hopes to be reborn as Ujjwala’s daughter and find a home for herself. Twenty-nine years has gone by, but her dream remains unfulfilled. There is hope, though, for Ujjwala has a son and now longs for a daughter.

Then arrives a man for Ujjwala’s past. His presence upsets her life and sets into motion a series of events that threaten to destroy her completely. Only Dulari can save her sister, but to do that, she must relinquish her dream. Will Dulari intervene and protect Ujjwala, or will she wait and watch? Will her endless longing for life and belonging overpower the love she has for her sister?

Sensitively written and evocative, A home for urvashi depicts the bond of sisterhood that goes beyond life and death.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Book Review : The secret lives of Indian Mammals by Vivek Menon

Book Review: The secret lives of Indian Mammals by Vivek Menon

*Publisher: Hachette India *ISBN: 978-93-5195-115-5 *Genre: Reference/Wild life *Cover: Paperback *No of pages: 256 *Price: 399 INR *Rating: 5/5

My View:

A very nice and informative book, an excellent material for novice and for those would like to pursue their carrier in the field of mammals. This book is designed in such a way that through the picture’s you can easily teach your child the basics. This is the first time I am writing any review other than novel, biography or any other genre. I have visited many wild life sanctuaries and also roamed in many jungles but never got to know further, but after reading this book it creates curiosity in me to know further about animals.

I highly appreciate the effort of Vivek Menon who has written this book, from the cover of the book itself it justify that it’s a hand guide to know and teach your children about Indian mammals. The author has covered more than 400 species and 500 or more photographs as a reference guide to the wildlife lovers.

The information which is covered under the book is what are mammals? How do they live, where to find them in India? What they eat? The book is further classified under herbivorous and Non-herbivorous animals. What precautions to be taken while watching them, what are their behaviors, how to guess their age by pug marks, which is described through drawings by the author.

The book also covers National parks of India, how to save animals from poachers, a good chapter on illegal trades of wild life (a major issue in MP). Under the primates section comes the Monkey and Elephant, the different species of monkey, their height, weight, footmarks of infant and matured monkey, which family they came from, are they rare or can be found in different parts of India.

Odd-toed Ungulates and even-toed Ungulates, under this section why Rhino come under odd-toed ungulates are described through simple drawings which are easily understandable to the readers. Other than tigers and lions, you will find lynx, jungle cat, leopard’s cats, civets, hyena, wolf, jackal, wild dogs, martens, hares, pikars, desert hare, large eared pika, pangolins, bats, whales, dolphins etc.

I highly recommend this wonderful book to wildlife lovers and a reference guide to each and every parent to teach their children on Indian mammals. A must read book.


What is the rhino’s horn made of?
How do deer and langurs help each other in the forest?
Why do elephants and monkeys suffer the most in captivity?
Where can you see the Irrawaddy Dolphin?
Which Indian mammal has arms on-and-a-half times the length of its legs?

Covering these many more intriguing facts, this handy wildlife guide features more than 400 mammal species in India, from tigers, elephants and rhinos to monkeys, rodents and bats.

Mammals fascinate us, probably because we are one of them! That’s why, along with expertly researched information about where these animals are found, and how they live, communicate and behave, conservationist and photographer Vivek Menon also shares secrets from his adventures in the wild.

Key identification pointers and stunning colour photographs help you identify different mammals easily, making The Secret Lives of Indian Mammals both a ready reckoner and a field guide for young, enthusiastic animal lovers.