Sunday, 25 May 2014

Path of the Swan by Charu Singh Book Review

Path of the Swan The Maitreya Chronicles: Part 1 by Charu Singh Book Review

Publisher: Hachette India
ISBN: 978-93-5009-673-4
Year of Publication: 2014
No. Of Pages: 443
Cover: Paperback
Language: English
Type: Fiction
Price: 499
Rating: 4.5/5

My View

First of all when any author sends a copy of the book directly to you, that book will be very precious for the lifetime, same happened to me, when Charu Singh couriered this wonderful book. This book is a Indian-Tibetan version of Harry Porter, it’s a fantasy fiction based on mythology of Tibet Buddhism, each character are very well described by the author, the plot is excellent and the story is very well intertwined, reading this book, it feels like roaming in the celestial world of Shambala.  

The book begins when Lama Ozer and his young novitiate Tashi as they leave the hidden monastery in answer to a call received to Lama Ozer from legendary kingdom of Shambala. Then, the world of Buddhism is very well described by author by introducing dakinis, lamas and monastery gompas, asuras, princes of Shambalas, mantras and magic’s of prince A-KarO, Goddess Tara her daughter Yeshe, Prince Narasimha and legacy of Shambala. This book is a mesmerizing saga of good on evil. As described in many mythologies of the world that a messiah will born and safe this world from sins and evil. This is also very inspirational book to the readers, providing the insightful for the self-discovery and spiritual fulfilment.       

Without providing the full plot, pick this book from the store it is a fun to read, where you will find mantras, magic, adventure of an unknown world of God and Goddesses. This book is a thriller where you will find mystery, strange villains and super heroes. Path of the Swan is the first book of the trilogy; I highly recommend reading this book. This book is a result of a great research done by the author Charu Singh on Buddhism. Eagerly waiting for the second part of The Maitreya Chronicles. 

A heartily thank to the author Charu Singh for providing this book. 

 The blurb at end of the book

A moment of intense silence followed and then the Rigden spoke up, his voice even: ‘You have all been called today before the sacred court and from now, in every breath, in every heartbeat, in the shadow of every moment, in the intensity of the thoughtless state, in life, and in not-life, in physical or subtle form, we declare you our emissaries, our sacred envoys to the world of men. Shambala has a task for you...’

Lama Ozer and his novitiate Tashi leave the hidden monastery where they have lived all their lives in answer to a call from the legendary kingdom of Shambala received by the lama while deep in trance.

Battling the freezing cold and snow of high, mist-laden mountain passes and the many evil forces that thwart their progress, they trek through Sikkism and Tibet to arrive at the Silver Fortress. Here they meet a host of divine and dark celestial beings, including the golden dakini, Yeshe Nam Lha, daughter of the Goddess Tara; Prince A-KarO, heir to the Lha Empire; and Prince Narasimha, heir to the Rigdens and the Shambala legacy. Both the princes are Yeshe’s guardians and suitors, and she must travel with them to Earth where it is decreed that her child, Maitreya, the saviour, will be born. But before that happens they have the Asur forces to combat, and the dark prince Arden, who holds Yeshe captive, enthralled by his brooding menace, bewitched by his spell.

Drawing richly from the vast pantheon of otherworldly, beings that populate the myths of the Mahayana school of Buddhism, Path of the Swan, the first part of the surreally beautiful Tibetan-Buddhist fantasy series The Maitreya Chronicles, is a mesmerizing saga of the battle between celestials and dark forces, and the descent of the celestials to Earth.

About Author:

Charu Singh grew up in Chandigarh and spent her holidays in Kathgarh, in her grandparents' fort in the Shivalik hills. The forests and fields surrounding the fort became her haunt for many adventures and exploration of local legends. She studied at the Punjab University in Chandigarh and after completing her education left for the North East where she worked as a freelance researcher for Unicef. She has since worked with The Asian Age, Frontline and Tribune. She is also a classical dancer, trained in Odissi and Kathak. She is deeply interested in the spiritual and has explored Buddhism and Hinduism as well as other religions. She has lived for a substantial time in India's north-east including Sikkim, Assam and Manipur and has also lived in Kashmir and Moscow. She is now based in New Delhi where she lives with her husband and son.

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Working Hard is Not Good Enough by TGC Prasad

Working Hard is Not Good Enough by TGC Prasad Book Review

Publisher: Random House India
ISBN: 978-8-184-00323-9
Year of Publication: 2014
No. Of Pages: 231
Cover: Paperback
Language: English
Type: Non-Fiction
Price: 299
Rating: 4/5

A must read for the start-ups and also for students, executives and professionals. Working hard is not good enough is about Management, how to think different in this cut-throat competition. The book inspires to do things in different way rather than doing in traditional way. TGC Prasad has given many examples of different peoples, who have failed in their initial stage, but then they refined their ways and finally they succeeded.  

This book gives an idea that changing your thought process in affirmative ways will affect your personality. Each and every example is very relevant, inspiring and motivational. This book is written for the achievers who have set their goals or targets in their life. The writing style of the author is simple, the book is fast paced also the anecdotes provided in every chapter are mind-blowing. The author has very successively expressed the real-life examples of peoples who have changed the world like Bill Gates, Nelson Mandela, Walt Disney, Oprah Winfrey, Warren Buffet etc.

There are fifteen chapters in the book, each chapter provides real life examples of successful people of India and global business, and if you read this, you will feel that you have gathered the knowledge of fifteen books.           

All in all, Working Hard is Not Good Enough is a book of inspiring stories; lessons and ideas. Don’t put it in your shelf, re-read this book. A must read for the aspiring Managers.  I would recommend everyone to pick this book. This book is thoroughly researched.

I am very thankful to Thinkwhynot for once again giving me opportunity to review the book, provided by them. Now this is my Fourth book from the Thinkwhynot. The first one was The Land of the Seven Rivers by Sanjeev Sanyal, second was Keys by Santosh Joshi, and third book was Bankerupt by Ravi Subramanian.

Some of the catchy lines:

1. It occurs to me that people who have emerged successful from difficult circumstances had “goodness in their heart”.

2. Common sense is about properly weighing risks in the context of rational thought and not getting entangled with the attainment of improbabilities.

3. People have been smart enough to realize that consumption of personal wealth beyond accustomed lifestyle is either useless or harmful.

Some of the Inspiring or motivational stories:

1. Snake Phobia on Page no. 33
2. Levi’s Jeans on Page no. 46
3. Warren Buffet on Page no. 51
4. Ma Jun on Page no. 81
5. Zavere Poonawala on Page no. 224, this is my favourite inspiring story and it is on Humility.

Also the chapters on listening and on philanthropy are one of the best chapters.

The blurb at end of the book:

Less than 2 percent of entrepreneurs succeed, only 15 percent employees get the best hikes, promotions and appraisal ratings. Less than 1 percent get to senior management positions and higher.

Does this mean the rest do not work as hard or are not as smart? They are! But there are subtle, yet profound differences. According to bestseller author, TGC Prasad, there is more to accomplishments than just working hard or at times even being smarter.

‘Working Hard is Not Good Enough’ is an insightful management book for all who want to make a difference to their performance, potential and life in general to achieve success and importantly happiness.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Book review: Sita's curse by Sreemoyee Piu Kundu

Book Review: Sita's Curse : The Language of Desire Author by Sreemoyee Piu Kundu

Title: Sita’s Curse
Author: Sreemoyee Piu Kundu
Publisher: Hachette India
ISBN: 978-93-5009-789-9
Year of Publication: May 2014
No of Pages: 329
Cover: Paper Back
Language: English
Type: Fiction
Price: 350 INR
Rating: 4/5

First of all I am very thankful for for giving me opportunity to review this wonderful book.   
The Plot:

This book is divided into two parts, the first part deals when Meera reaches her puberty while second half is about more mature and struggled.

Meera was born with his twin brother Kartik, after three miscarriages to her mother. Kartik was his best friend, inseparable; every minute detail was shared among them. And then Meera reaches her puberty and know her likes and dislikes about her body. Kartik is sent away for work from home to his uncle’s factory, where one particular day kartik found dead.
Then Meera was married to Businessman in Mumbai, Mohan Patel, Mohan was a decade older then Meera. And then start the second part of the book where many twist and turn encounters in Meera’s life. Now I will not spoil the whole story, just go to the store, grab this book, you will never regret. It’s a must read for the Indian society. I highly recommend reading this book.

My review

An erotic novel, for the conservative, orthodox Indian society. It’s is not like that we Indians have not read the erotic books but this book “Sita’s curse” is eye opening. We are living in 21st century every male and female are considered equal but, when it comes to sex the definition changes for women, there are many restrictions on women sexuality. This book is a true reality of typical Indian middle class family, woman’s desire for appreciation, affection, approval and sexual fulfilment. The author has thoroughly gathered/followed the Gujarati family; there are many typical Gujarati words used in the book.

The author Sremoyee piu kundu has very well intertwined two major events of recent times i.e. scandal of Sadhu and heavy rainfall of Mumbai. Also the hard reality of Bollywood is portrayed very well, Yosuf Ismaile comes from Pune to become an actor and fate was not in his favour, and turns him into a male prostitute. This is a power pack book, many combinations of events like reality of Sadhus, life of a Mumbai Chawl, sex in joint family where their are no enough space for husband and wife, a tragedy of woman suffering from father and also from her husband sides. This book is about lust, betrayal, acceptance, sexual fulfilment, soulless domesticity, forceful marriage, helplessness, sadness.  

What I liked the most:

The author has selected the title of every chapter very wisely like “Bhukhi Atma”, “Sukha Karela”. Also the conversation of Meera with her mother after the demises of her father is eye opening.  

Some of the catchy lines:

1. Outside it was flooded. Inside, I bled. – Page no. 23

2. Having a pretty face isn’t enough, you need strong inners. A woman’s body must be hardened to take what comes, be it pleasure or pain. – Page no. 74

3. Time to fly away, to a faraway place, somewhere beyond your own cage... there is a world out there you know... beyond the boundaries of your narrow Byculla lane. – Page no. 267     
The blurb:

Somewhere, behind closed doors, in her solitary world; Somewhere, under the sheets with an indifferent lover; Somewhere, is a woman who will not be denied…
Trapped for fifteen years in the stranglehold of a dead marriage and soulless household domesticity, the beautiful, full-bodied and passionate Meera Patel depends on her memories and her flights of fancy to soothe the aches that wrack her body; to quieten an unquenchable need. Until one cataclysmic day in Mumbai, when she finally breaks free…
Bold, brazen and defiant, Sita’s Curse looks at the hypocrisy of Indian society and tells the compelling story of a middle-class Indian housewife’s urgent need for love, respect, acceptance – and sexual fulfilment.

Friday, 2 May 2014

Coffee an inspirational story

Worth reading-  

A group of friends visited their old university professor.

Conversation soon turned to complaints about
'STRESS' & 'TENSION' in Life.

Professor offered them Coffee & returned from kitchen with Coffee in different kinds of cups !!!
(Glass Cups, Crystal Cups, Shining Ones, Some Plain Looking, Some Ordinary & Some Expensive Ones......)

When all of them had a Cup in Hand,
the professor said:-

"If you noticed-
all the Nice Looking & Expensive Cups are taken up,
leaving   behind the ordinary ones !!
Everyone of you wanted the Best CUPS,


that is the source of your STRESS & TENSION !!

What you really wanted was
"Coffee", not the "Cup" !

But you still went for the Best Cup.
If Life is Coffee ;

Then Jobs, Money, Status & Love etc.  are the Cups !!!

They are just TOOLS to hold and contain Life.
Please Don't Let the CUPS Drive you !!

Enjoy the COFFEE ......!!!