Sunday, 28 July 2013

Review for the book A Maverick Heart between Love and Life by Ravindra Shukla

Publisher                      : Frog Books
ISBN                             : 978-93-82473-00-8
Year of Publication       : 2013
No of Pages                 : 383
Cover                           : Paper Back                
Language                     : English
Author                         : Ravindra Shukla
Type                             : Fiction
Price                             : INR 195
Rating                          : 3/ 5

First of all I must say I apologies to the author because I have given my fact review, not like other reviewers who only give 5/4. I know that writing a novel is very tough job I am appreciating the work but the author have to do an total ground work for writing I am saying on the basis of what I have read different author’s up till now. Now about this book it is based on life of individual/group of friends in and around the campus of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT). The first part i.e. campus and college life is good. As the author himself has studied in IIT. At one time I thought to quite this book but I must say it was interesting when there was a life in USA. The story is too much stretch it should be near about 250 pages. Although I like many parts such as the struggle life of USA how our Indians ruined there life in the year 2000. The jobless Indians and the recession of Wall Street. But when it came to near 250 pages it is getting very interest because that is the turning point of all of the characters of this novel. Many a times I was getting confused while reading as it jumps from one character to another without knowing to which character we are reading.  The language is very simple which makes it easy to read it. The author has not provided any new things. It seems whatever the author has wrote everyone have already read it. However, this novel didn’t quite live up to my expectations. Now a days there is too much of IIT, campus etc, many books have been published on this field I think new author should think out of this box.      

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·                     The Plot
The story is based on the life of three friends who are studying at IIT, Bombay - Rahul, Richita and Neerav. The novel covers the journey between 1996 to 2004. It’s a story of love, friendship, courage, faith, jealousy, revolution, and revelations. These three young students meet each other in the campus and gradually become friends. All three characters are different from each other with different goals and approach towards life.

Rahul is a small city guy who has a brain like Ramanuja and a heart to do work for society. He stuns the world by declining a million-dollar award in the field of mathematics equivalent to the Nobel for reasons unknown. He decides to stay back in the country and fight against corruption, while his friends move on to foreign countries for better education and life.

Richita is a beautiful girl from a family which has stronghold in politics. She loves Rahul. She suffers a lot in the story with heart breaks and compromises but in the end listens to her heart and does what she feels is right. Ultimately, she leaves her million-dollar job in the US for her beloved in India.

Neerav. For Neerav friendship always came first before anything else. He could do anything for his best friend Rahul. He is successful entrepreneur and a man with a big heart. In the story, Neerav rushes to India from the US to help his friend who is in trouble. Rahul is leaving his business at a very crucial stage.

From the back of the book cover
Resonance -
We often use the term, “frequency matching” in our daily life to define compatibility. Our frequency does not match, we do not get along? We are not in sync? We are not on the same page etc?
When people of similar frequencies (wavelengths or within the same range) come together – output is not a simple sum of individual work,but exponential. In science we term this phenomenon as resonance. Output at this stage is beyond any logical limit.
Three young kids, with different family backgrounds and outlook meet during their graduation days at IIT-Bombay campus and become closefriends. Although, individually they are in sync, but the same is not true for their interaction with the world. How will their relation withstand the conflict of family and society pressure?
How do their character shape out, as they traverse from an educational environment through the corporate world to the realm of the social-political world? Inspired by the real events across the globe from the lastdecade, Ravindra Shukla brings you the characters based story – struggle and triumphs of a young generation and their relevance in the current socio-eco-political era.

Some of the catchy lines which I liked are:-
Alcohol is just a medium to swim through the inner urge. Page no 19
God created solutions before the human mind created problems. Page no 133
If you rob too much from one person, it becomes murder. If you steal little by little, it looks like business. Steal a penny from each person, call it service charge and you will be a millionaire. The volume makes a difference. Page no 313

About the Author
Ravindra Shukla is a graduate of IIT-Bombay. He works for IBM in emerging technology and business analytics in IT software technology. His professional experience includes working with consulting firms – PWC and IBM in USA for 15+ years. He is a member of the Film Writers Association, Mumbai. His interest includes – writing fiction, literature and movie scripts apart from sports, movie and travelling across the globe.

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Very Interesting and Historical Fact

Take the time to read this one. It may shock you.

Don't peak at the answers!!

2 Tough Questions

Question 1:

If you knew a woman who was pregnant, who had 8 kids already, three who
were deaf, two who were blind, one mentally retarded, and she had
syphilis, would you recommend that she have an abortion?

Read the next question before looking at the response for this one.

Question 2:
It is time to elect a new world leader, and only your vote counts.
Here are the facts about the three candidates. Who would you vote for?

Candidate A.

Associates with crooked politicians, and consults with astrologist.
He's had two mistresses. He also chain smokes and drinks 8 to 10 martinis a day.

Candidate B.

He was kicked out of office twice, sleeps until noon, used opium in
college and drinks a quart of whiskey every evening.

Candidate C

He is a decorated war hero. He's a vegetarian, doesn't smoke, drinks an
occasional beer and never cheated on his wife.

Which of these candidates would be our choice?

Decide first... no peeking, then scroll down for the response.

Candidate A is Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Candidate B is Winston Churchill.
Candidate C is Adolph Hitler.

And, by the way, on your answer to the abortion question:

If you said YES, you just killed Beethoven.

Pretty interesting isn't it? Makes a person think before judging someone.

Wait till you see the end of this note! Keep reading..

Never be afraid to try something new.


Amateurs...built the ark.
Professionals...built the Titanic

And Finally, can you imagine working for a company that has a little more
than 500 employees and has the following statistics:

* 29 have been accused of spousal abuse
* 7 have been arrested for fraud
* 19 have been accused of writing bad checks
* 117 have directly or indirectly bankrupted at least 2 businesses
* 3 have done time for assault
* 71 cannot get a credit card due to bad credit
* 14 have been arrested on drug-related charges
* 8 have been arrested for shoplifting
* 21 are currently defendants in lawsuits
* 84 have been arrested for drunk driving in the last year...

Can you guess which organization this is?

Give up yet?

It's the 535 members of the United States Congress.

The same group that crank out hundreds of new laws each year designed to
keep the rest of us in line.

Thursday, 4 July 2013

My review for the book The Homing Pigeons by Sid Bahri

Publisher                      : Srishti Publishers & Distributors
ISBN                             : 978-93-80349-91-6
Year of Publication       : 2013
No of Pages                 : 318
Cover                           : Paper Back                
Language                     : English
Author                         : Siddhartha Bahri
Type                             : Fiction
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book                            :
Price                             : INR 150
Rating                          : 4/ 5

Ha ha ha. The first few pages of this book is totally hilarious. This book has a unique plot. From the beginning both the characters building have been handled with utmost care. Sid Bahri has given an insight of our today’s metro life. How divorced, single’s and also unmarried 20’s satisfy their sexual urge. The title of the book Homing Pigeons is very catchy because even though Radhika and Aditya wants’ to seprate themselves from each other their fate doesn’t make possible. Alternate chapters narrated by Aditya and Radhika made this book gripping and page turner. Also chapters are very small so that it eager’s reader what happens next. I am waiting for the next book of sid. A must read book for all youths. Also I must say sid bahri is a different author among our Indians. I am very much satisfied with sid’s debut novel.    
·                     The Plot
Aditya after few drinks down in a bar emptying his wallet when a hot corporate lady (Divya) offers a drink. The drinks turns into more drink and Aditya ends up in hotel room with divya having sex with her. She offers money and then Exbanker turns into a professional Gigolo, how his life changes from a jobless to a person earning more than a class one officer.  Divya provides many clients to Aditya also she takes a hefty commission from him. This book shows many facets of human ego, because of tradition and ego of Aditya’s parents, Aditya have to suffer.

On the other hand Radhika with a not so stable childhood, stands out and turns herself into a career oriented woman, but succumbs to her parent’s wishes and makes a mess of her life by marrying an NRI but her marriage doesn’t last long for a year then she returns and maries to older guy how already have a daughter. Radhika completes her responsibilities by marrying her step daughter. Radhika has to leave her husband home and go her way to Delhi with hefty money according to his husband will.     

Some of the catchy lines which I liked are:-
Johnnie Walker can make you do funny things. Page no. 5
Emotional blackmail is a woman’s forte. Page no. 277
Our destinies are too intertwined to be away from each other for long. Page no. 316
About the Author
A hotelier by education, an ex-banker and a senior executive in the outsourcing industry, Sid gave up a plush carrier in the outsourcing industry to follow his passions. Based out of Ranikhet, he is now a struggling entrepreneur and a happy writer. A self-proclaimed eccentric, he is an avid blogger who loves to read and cook. Cooking stories, however, is his passion. The Homing Pigeons is his debut novel.

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