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.

 Blurb:

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.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Book Review: The colours of passion by Sourabh Mukherjee


Book Review: The Colour of Passion by Sourabh Mukherjee

*Publisher: Readomania *ISBN: 978-93-858544-5-3 *Genre: Fiction/Crime Thriller *Cover: Paperback *No of Pages: 237 *Price: 250 INR *Rating: 4.5/5

My View:

Wow, this is one of the best novel I have read this Diwali, “The colour of Passion” name itself suggest that this book is different from other. When I started this book I thought it’s an open case where rapist and murderer is caught and are in prison, then why ACP Agni Mitra is investigating? But I was wrong, the author has perfectly articulated ACP Mitra’s way of thinking and solving the case, which is one of the best I have read in recent times. You will find crime, suspense, thriller, twist and turns in this novel, a perfect ingredient to be a best seller.

I am reading Saurabh Mukherjee for the first time and after completing this novel would like to read his previous work also. The writing style of the author is excellent, he has a god gift to write this type of suspense/thriller, especially his unique way of introducing new character which makes you feel as a culprit. I liked the facial expression described by the author when ACP Mitra investigates each and every suspect which makes this book un putdown able. The easy and lucid language is a plus point for this novel; also author has a technique to change a simple story into thriller by maintaining suspense till the end.

If this is a researched book on Tollywood, than I must say the dark secret behind glamorous world of Hero and Heroine is perfectly revealed by the author. As usual I don’t want to reveal the plot or the story, but blurb itself is a good kick start to know, who is real culprit behind the murder of Hiya Sen?

I highly recommend this novel to those who loves to read crime and suspense.

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

Blurb:

Within days of her fairy-tale wedding with Manav Chauhan, Hiya Sen, the reigning queen of Tollywood, is brutally raped and murdered. As ACP Agni Mitra investigates into the high-profile murder, he meets Manav’s ex-fiancée; her father, who was eyeing business through the alliance; an alcoholic male model, and a former Tollywood diva. When two more connected murders make headlines, it’s time for Agni to find answers to perplexing questions and unveil shocking truths.

The Colours of Passion breezes through Kolkata’s glamorous world of industrialists, movie stars, models and fashion designers laced with drug addiction and illicit liaisons, with a heart-wrenching tragedy at its core.

Monday, 23 October 2017

Book Review: The journey continues by Sri M


Book Review: The journey continues by Sri M

*Publisher: Magenta Press *ISBN: 9789382585244 *Genre: Spirituality *Cover: Paperback *No of Pages: 194 *Price: 300 INR *Rating: 3.5/5

My View:

The journey continues is a sequel to Apprenticed to a Himalayan Master by the author Sri M. A journey to unite with eternal is described in this book, although I am bit disappointed compared to his previous book, where there was vast knowledge about metaphysics, previous birth etc. In this book his self appreciation is done by the author.

Although I still appreciate this work, but the first one is far better. I am not that much into spirituality and don’t know how to meditate or go through previous birth etc, but sorry to say sometimes it seems like I am reading any script for the movie where repetition of babaji and projecting him as a supernatural hero is somewhat undigested.

But after completing both the books I came to conclusion that one should meditate to know the purpose of his life, why he/she came to this planet earth and what is motto of his life. I am very glad that the author is very fortunate to have such guru in his life and through him we got to know about the power of cosmos, meditation and spirituality.

Those who have read the first book must continue with this book, also I recommend this book to those who want to achieve higher spiritual path and curious mind. For this book a big no to the fresher’s and average thinkers.

P.S: My review for the first book link: http://founttainofjoy.blogspot.in/2016/09/book-review-apprenticed-to-himalayan.html?m=1

Blurb:

I started my autobiography Apprenticed to a Himalayan Master with the words ‘Let the journey begin’. The last chapter was titled ‘The journey continues’. So, completing the autobiography was not the end of the journey and now we begin another journey together into new vistas. A unique and, in many instances, an unbelievably strange journey. You may dismiss it as fiction or due to my unusually fertile imagination or just plain lies or conclude that I have finally gone bonkers. Be that as it may, if you find the journey interesting and contributing in some way to opening up your mind to newer ways of perception or even bringing up a thought like ‘yeah, perhaps there are more unknown vistas to which consciousness can expand than the so-called rational brain can think of’, I have done my job. Bear in mind friends, that the truth is sometimes stranger than fiction and some yogis have even called the solid world we swear by an illusion, a construct of the mind. There is no strict chronological order though. Each chapter is complete by itself and can be read independently.
So dear reader, Sangacchadvan – Let walk together once more . Sri M

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Book Review: Hell! No saints in Paradise by A. K. Asif



*Publisher: Harper Collins India *ISBN: 978-93-5277-055-7 *Genre: Fiction *Cover: Paperback *No of Pages: 347 *Price: 599 Rating: 3.5/5

My View:

A good satire by the author, if Pakistan doesn’t change, same situation will arise what author has imagined in this book. Though I was bit confused when I started this novel whether to read it further or return it as I am totally blank about the rituals and the laws of Quran. Although I continued and enjoyed the rollercoaster ride of Ismael the protagonist of this book.

Now the writing style of author is simple and easy without difficult jargons except the teaching of Islam, he has a technique to build suspense, fantasy and comic altogether. This book is a good example of what will be the situation of earth if Nuclear power goes in the hands of extremist. One thing is sure what I came to conclusion that how this Islamic extremist (Mullah’s) brain washed their followers by giving false promise of virgin girls in heaven if they are martyred in name of Allah.  

I would like to share some of fantasy described in the book like Ayahuasca: a scared vine of Amazon jungle, Mut’ah: temporary marriage allowed in Islam, Bangh laced paped i.e. Crunchy tortillas, Martyr tanks like CNG, Hoor afza: a liquid whose affects like cocaine, a torture of Munkar and Nakir, journey of Hell and heaven, a place called ditch whose unusual queen Xenobia etc.   

What I liked in the book is hi-tech imagination of N-power in mosque, the funny image of diffused martyred jacked worn by a child in street (diffused because of rain), heaven and the dump zone.

And what I thought that this book should have been completed within 300 pages, somewhat stretched beyond limit, also too much of sex is minus point of this book, where protagonist having sex with 70 women is somewhat indigestible in this novel.

I don’t want to reveal the entire plot but through the blurb one can easily guess the basic of the book. Overall, I would like to recommend this book to those who loves to read fantasy and satire. Nice work by the author.

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

2050, New York. In the aftermath of a grueling spiritual cleansing quest, Ismael, a Pakistani – American student, enters into an alliance with otherworldly beings who send him on a perilous journey of self-discovery. A non-believer, Ismael must return to Pakistan, now in the grip of a brutal fundamentalist government, and gain the trust of his estranged father, a prominent extremist in the Caliphate. To accomplish this, he must pose as a true believer. Will he survive long enough to infiltrate his father’s inner sanctum and complete his mission?

Hell! No saints in paradise is both biting satire and allegory that takes urban fantasy to dizzying heights.

Friday, 25 August 2017

Book Review: Unlawful Justice by Vish Dhamija

Book Review: Unlawful Justice by Vish Dhamija

*Publisher: Harper Collins *ISBN: 978-93-5264-416-2 *Genre: Fiction *Cover: Paperback *No of Pages: 294 *Price: 250 *Rating: 5/5

My View:

This book is Un-put-down-able, excellent thriller I have read this month, I really loved this novel, especially the court scene, the writing style of author is too good that it sims you are right there at courtroom watching the entire scene. After reading this book I must say that I became fan of Vish Dhamija’s writing (would like to read his other novels) and also comment that he is Indian John Grisham.

A well researched novel on how court works are done, their procedure and what system is being followed in India is very well described by the author. The author has perfectly portrayed the dark side of upper class and the behavior of their children. 

The writing style of author is good; language is easy to understand no difficult jargons being used. The author has a technique to build suspense, and also the plot is excellent with equal importance to each and every character. From the beginning you will know who the rapist is but the murder mystery and the court drama with good dialogues makes the novel “page turner”.

As usual I don’t want to reveal the plot, but the blurb is enough to read this novel. I highly recommend this wonderful novel to those who loves to read thriller, courtroom drama and suspense.

One line which is very true in today’s world from this book “Even if you had the best possible evidence in the bag, a million other last minute things could take the case away from you in a moment”. Page no 99.

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

Blurb:

Baby, the sixteen-year-old daughter of the Diwan family’s household help, has been raped and brutalized. Vansh Diwan, a criminal lawyer, finds himself torn between a shot at justice for the girl and a very powerful client. He cannot bring himself to proceed at the risk of all that he has secured for his family. His wife Priti, distraught and devastated by her husband’s decision, turns to an old friend for help.

Akash Hingorani, top criminal lawyer and best friend to Priti and Vansh, must step up. He is Baby’s last chance. But things quickly unravel as Akash’s probe into the rape suddenly turns into a murder investigation. A powerful legal thriller that moves breathlessly from crime scene to courtroom to homes to lay bare the difference between law and justice.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Book Review: The Spy by Paulo Coelho


Book Review: The Spy by Paulo Coelho
*Publisher: Penguin Random House India *ISBN: 978-06-70089-53-6 *Genre: Fiction *Cover: Hardback *No of Pages: 186 *Rating: 4.5/5

My View:

I picked this book because of the title and the author, also name Mata Hari is somewhat connected with India, here in India Mata means mother so to know why Margaretha Zelle choose this name? 

Now about this book, I am happy to read this book where I came to know how a lady born at wrong time, wrong place survived within high society as a legendary dancer. As the first chapter itself portrayed in such a way by the international best selling author Paulo Coelho that it is difficult to put down this book. The spy has everything in it sadness, loneliness, betrayal, passion, freedom, dance, beauty, fashion, independence, crime etc. I liked the novel but I think the author has missed many parts of her life, there should be more information on her life, and how she got rich, what was her dilemma when she shifted to Paris.

I recommend this wonderful book to those who loves to read on spy, history and world war. After reading this book I want to know more about Mata Hari.

Negative: Depthness on Mata Hari’s character and other facets on her life are missing. 

Blurb:

HER ONLY CRIME WAS TO BE AN INDEPENDENT WOMAN

When Mata Hari arrived in Paris she was penniless. Within months she was the most celebrated woman in the city.

As a dancer, she shocked and delighted audiences; as a courtesan, she bewitched the era’s richest and most powerful men.
But as paranoia consumed a country at war, Mata Hari’s lifestyle brought her under suspicion. In 1917, she was arrested in her hotel room on the Champs Elysees, and accused of espionage.

Told in Mata Hari’s voice through her final letter, The Spy is the unforgettable story of a woman who dared to defy convention and who paid the ultimate price.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Book Review: The Third Squad by V. Sanjay Kumar

Book Review: The Third Squad by V. Sanjay Kumar

*Publisher: Juggernaut Books *ISBN: 9789386228314 *Genre: Fiction *Cover: Hardback *No of Pages: 268 *Price: 499 *Rating: 4/5

My view:

I really like to read crime novels, especially when there are police as a protagonist. I picked this book because the lead character is having mild Asperger’s syndrome, I have watched the movie My name is khan based on asperger’s syndrome but never read any book on it.

I think author has done a good research on Asperger’s syndrome character and then build this novel, the author having a good grip on his writing and character buildup is perfect. To be frank I really appreciated the work done by the author, its entire plot and the way he build the suspense and revealing their after is excellent.

The book is tagged as noir novel on the net, which is new for me so I picked and started reading it and then came to know that, here Karan the protagonist himself is the victim of the situation.

Now about this book, it’s a story about Karan who is encounter specialist, works under Ranvir Pratap, they all work under the tag name The Third Squad in Mumbai also Karan is suffering from Asperger’s syndrome. The story revolves between Karan, Ranvir Pratap and Nandini (Karan’s wife), the story says how asperger’s patient think, how do they react, what are their features etc. Actually I never reveal the plot of any novel, but if you have read this blurb, it will urge you to complete this wonderful novel. 

What I loved in the book: Nandini’s character, very mature and interesting also the scenic description of Bombay is awesome.

I highly recommend this novel to crime, mystery, suspense lovers and to those who wants to read on human psychology.

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

Blurb:

Karan is an expert sharpshooter who never misses his mark. He belongs to a police hit squad formed to only commit encounter killings. All members of his squad fall somewhere along the autism spectrum. Karan, who has been diagnosed with mild Asperger’s syndrome, is notorious for his ruthless precision and efficiency in carrying out these assassinations. But gradually even his impenetrable façade begins to crack. He has a difficult choice to make: should he continue to blindly follow orders from his superiors, regardless of their moral standing, or should he take matters into his own hands and do what he believes to be right?

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Book Review: Middle class to Money class by Sairam and Srividhya


Book Review: Middle class to Money class by Sairam and Srividhya

*Publisher: Notionpress *ISBN: 978-1-946869-06-7 *Genre: Non-fiction (Finance) *Cover: Paperback *No of pages: 93 *Price: 199 *Rating: 4/5

My View:

I am connected to share market for long time, but never read any book like this Middle class to Money class (to be precise I have read books on financial market), it’s first one where many eye opening stories are mentioned, if any investor follow this simple rule mentioned in the book then he/she can be rich and wealthy, and also I am happy that I have read this book.

You have come across many such people who argue on share market and blame it, why they blame; because they buy any share on someone’s recommendation and make loss without knowing anything about company and his fundamental. So if you explain to that person about company and what work they are doing then they say I don’t know such things, so this book is for those who want to know basic of about share market. Here in this book both author has explained financial market in very simple way, where many factors being covered like mutual fund, ultra short term debt funds, equity etc.

Middle class to money class is written in such a way that any novice can understand about share market. Here sources and links are provided to find EPS, P/E ratio, Book Value of the company, dividend history etc; also how to calculate and compare with Piers Company is taught in simple way.

What I liked from the book is a Quote from Warren buffet and Peter Lynch which is good source of motivation for investors. I really appreciate the guideline provided in the book by author, when to enter the market and when to exit i.e. purchase and sale of any script. 

I highly recommend this book to middle class people and amateur investor in share market, to be rich and wealthy. Also one suggestion to the author, we need further in-depth explanation, links and good source from your next book.  

Some of the interesting lines from the book:
  • 1.      What Warren Buffett thinks about the yellow metal? “Gold gets dug out of the ground in Africa, or someplace. Then we melt it down, dig another hole, bury it again and pay people to stand around guarding it. It has no utility. Anyone watching from Mars would be scratching their head”
  • 2.      Other guys read Playboy. I read annual reports. – Warren Buffett
  • 3.      Be greedy when others are fearful and fearful when others are greedy. – Warren Buffett.

Blurb:

Do you have most of you money in Fixed Deposits?
Does the thought of investing in stocks scare you?
Do you believe that common investors making money in stock is a myth?
Do you want to learn more about stock picking strategies that can work for you?
Do you crave for financial freedom?

Look no further, this is the right book for you. Unleash the investor in you. Discover how to make money in stocks and the pitfalls you should avoid. Make the stock market work for you.


Friday, 9 June 2017

Book Review: The tree with a thousand apples by Sanchit Gupta


*Publisher: Niyogi books *ISBN: 978-93-85285-51-6 *Genre: Fiction *Cover: Hardback *No of Pages: 279 *Price: 350 Rating: 5/5

My View:

We have got our own Khaled Hosseini as Sanchit gupta, hats of to this excellent work. I am really happy that I have read this wonderful book, if you have not read this book about Kashmir than you have missed a good literature.

Kashmir is a sensitive issue right from independence of 1947; whenever Kashmir is said the first thing that came to our mind is mountains, valleys, beautiful landscapes, heaven of India and terrorist. Recently I have read an article on how Lord Mountbatten with her wife Edwina Mountbatten changed the decision and life of Kashmir’s by forcing Nehru to decide the fate under UN Security Council.

Now about his book, this is a story of three close friends Deewan Bhat, Bilal and Safeena, how their life changes after 1990 riots in Kashmir. The journey from childhood to the adolescent of three friends and how Kashmir conflicts affect their life is portrayed by the author, I don’t want to reveal the plot, the blurb itself says much.

The writing style of author is too lucrative; he has conveyed the message in very simple way, also the life and culture of Kashmiri Muslims and Pundits is perfectly articulated by the author. In the book author has highlighted many such events where it show that army is misusing their power, which is a message to the government. The book has everything in it love, redemption, pain, revenge, loyalty of friends, etc.   

Nice sentence from the back cover of the book “If a criminal was once a saint and a saint was once a criminal, then who is the criminal and who is the saint?” I liked the entire episode when Ravi was gambling with his friend and got three aces but losses his life against terrorist in a bomb blast.

Poetry, character buildup and the entire plot is the best ingredients and it’s a plus point for this book, the book has lots of interesting twists and turns which makes un-put-down-able.
This is one of the best book I have read in 2017, I highly recommend this excellent novel to those who wants to know about Kashmir, life of Kashmiri’s youth and true situation over their.

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

Blurb:

Inspired by true events, this riveting narrative traces the lives of Safeena Malik, Deewan Bhat and Bilal Ahanagar, three childhood friends who grow up in an atmosphere of peace and amity in Srinagar, Kashmir, until the night of 20 January 1990 changes it all.

While Deewan is forced to flee from his home, Safeena’s mother becomes ‘collateral damage’ and Bilal has to embrace a wretched life of poverty and fear. The place they called paradise becomes a battleground and their friendship struggles when fate forces them to chose sides against their will.

Twenty years later destiny brings them to a corssroads again, when they no longer know what is right and what is wrong. While both compassion and injustice have the power to transform lives, will the three friends now choose to become sinful criminals or pacifist saints?

The Tree with a Thousand Apples is a universal story of cultures, belongingness, revenge and atonement. The stylized layered format, fast-paced narration and suspenseful storytelling makes for a powerful, gripping read.


Sunday, 23 April 2017

Book Review: The serpent's revenge by Sudha Murty


Book Review: The Serpent’s revenge by Sudha Murty

*Publisher: Penguin India *ISBN: 978-0-143-42785-8 *No of pages: 182 *Genre: Mythology *Cover: Paperback *Language: English *Price: 250 *Rating: 5/5

My View:

Every time when I read about Indian mythology it gives me new message and it changes my thinking to positive way, I am getting energized by reading about Mahabharata and Ramayana.

I am a big fan of the author and reading her from her first book dollar bahu, I know her writing style which is very simple and crispy, easy to understand. So when I came to know about this book I placed the order without any second thought, a book from Sudha Murty on mythology is a good collection for next generation.

Now, the serpent’s revenge is a unique collection of events from Mahabharata, some are known and some are unknown to me. This book will not only help you to narrate bed time stories for your kids but will also add your knowledge about Indian mythology. There are many such stories which you have not heard from your parents or grandparents which are perfectly represented by the author with the help of graphical pictures through the book.

Many stories are provided with end notes or rather footnotes, where current location of India and stories behind it is being written by the author, which is best source to know about that particular place and event and why we still worship and importance of that lord. Also last two pages of the book where the family tree of Chandravansh is being provided which is good source of information about Kaurava’s and Pandava’s.  

I highly recommend this wonderful yet simple representation of Indian mythology for today’s youngsters. 

Blurb:

How many names does Arjuna have? Why was Yama cursed? What lesson did a little mongoose teach Yudhishthira?

The Kurukshetra war, which forced even the gods to take sides, may be well known, but there are innumerable stories set before, after and during it that lend the Mahabharata its many varied shades.
In this collection, award-winning author Sudha Murty reintroduces the fascinating world of India’s greatest epic through these little-known but extraordinary tales, each of which is sure to fill you with wonder and amazement.


Saturday, 22 April 2017

Book Review: Entrepedia by Professor Nandini Vaidyanathan


Book Review: Entrepedia by Professor Nandini Vaidyanathan

*Publisher: Embassy Books *ISBN: 978-93-80227-81-8 *No of Pages: 196 *Genre: Non-Fiction / Entrepreneur *Cover: Paperback *Language: English *Price: 195 *Rating: 5/5

My View:

Very nice initiative by the author, I am reading this book when our government being promoting new generation for entrepreneurship by giving subsidies as a startup. If you are thinking to be an entrepreneur or just started your firm than this book will be very helpful for you.

The writing style of the author is simple and easy, no difficult terminologies being used, especially I have read in other books of business. Step by step process being discussed by the author, details on how to find mentor, infrastructure for office and factory, how to hire team members, hidden cost of products, and types of company and how to apply for it, final product till export of goods etc being discussed, a good guideline is given by professor Nandini Vaidyanathan.

As I am an entrepreneur, after reading this book I came across many such points which I am going to implement in my firm. I loved to read on patent and its process, which I am going to use for my new product.

This is a good researched book on entrepreneur as author herself is a professor and having a good knowledge on it. I highly recommend this wonderful book for aspiring entrepreneurs, for MBA students and those who wants’ to jump in the ocean of business.

Only one suggestion to the author we need further details, links and good source of description on entrepreneur from your next book.  

Blurb:

This is a guide book if you want to become an entrepreneur, or, if you are in the start-up phase. It tells you in easy, simple, 20 steps, what are the things you need to do from the time you think of the business idea to becoming market-ready.
It is a go-to book, like a dictionary, if you have just started a company, or thinking of starting a company. It answers some basic questions:

*Why should I be entrepreneur?
*How do I convince my family that being an entrepreneur is a good decision?
*Where will I get my business ideas from?
*Why do I need a mentor and where will I find one?
*How will I choose my co-founder?
*How will I hire good teams when I don’t have the money to pay them market rates?
*What is a business plan, why should I write it, how should I write it?
*What are the different ways in which I can raise money for my business?

These are critical steps in building your business. Yet, until now, in India, you have not had access to one source that can provide the answers to all these questions. This is not a read-and-throw book. It is like a map that you can keep coming back to, every time you want to know the next turn.

Make the most use of your pocket mentor!

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Book Review: Think with me by Subrata roy Sahara


Book Review: Think with me by Saharasri Subrata Roy Sahara

*Publisher: Rupa Publications India *ISBN: 978-81-291-4225-2 *Genre: Non-fiction *Cover: Paperback *No of pages: 111 *Price: 150 *Rating: 3/5

My View:

This is second time I am reading Subrata Roy, the first one I have read was also very beautiful book called “Life Mantras”. Now Think with me is very sensitive and bold matter of India being discussed in this book. While going through the book I got to know many mind blogging facts about Indian education system, what was India in olden days and how our education system is affected after Mughal and British ruled India.

The book is divided into five main parts i.e. Electoral system and leadership, Population, Education system, Media and Religion of India. Each and every chapter gives an eye opening revelation of our Indian system also suggestions being provided by the author, which are according to my view some are very much needed like that of education system and sometimes I disagree with the author like that of religion matter.

In electoral system and leadership, our voting system it’s pros and cons being discussed and in leadership, what we expect from our leader being easily discussed by the author. Further I don’t want to revel about other chapters but one of best chapter is about education system where transformation is much needed from grassroots level and I highly agree with the author.          

What I liked is the cover of the book where Indian flag is being drawn under the word our country; also book is very clean without any typo mistakes, writing style of the author is very simple and easy to understand. If you have read this book you will know that Subrata roy is very patriotic person and he needs change for the progress of India. 

I recommend this book to those who loves to read on politics and also to politicians, for the progress of India.

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

Blurb:

There is no doubt that India has made rapid progress and achieved prosperity too, yet the goals that we set for ourselves are still unfulfilled or underachieved. It is a harsh reality that we have bigger problems today than we had at the time of Independence. These problems are not good signs for the future of India.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

My Book Review: Four Miles to Freedom by Faith Johnston


My Book Review: Four Miles to Freedom by Faith Johnston

*Publisher: Random house *ISBN: 978-8-184-00487-8 *No of Pages: 177 *Genre: Non-Fiction *Cover: Hardback *Language: English *Price: 350 INR *Rating: 3.5/5

My View:

Four miles to freedom is all about Indian soldiers who were prisoner in POW (Prisoner of war) camp, I know about the 1971 war between India and Pakistan, which created new country called Bangladesh. But I was seldom know about those who were being kept in a prisoner of war camps, how they were being treated, what food they were being given and their daily life in POW.

This is a story of brave Indian army men Dilip Parulkar, Malvinder Singh and Harish Sinhji who made an escape plan to return their homeland. I don’t want to spoil by revealing the entire plot of escape but while reading the book I came to know about how Indian troops being prepared for war and what items they carry while they were on a mission. Although their escape doesn’t turn out to be successful but their attempt and never say die attitude is very appreciative.       

Four miles to freedom is a real story of Indian Army pilots whose fighter plane was shot by the Pakistani troops in a war of 1972. A huge credit goes to Faith Johnston who has interviewed Indian soldiers and presented this non-fiction to the readers. Although sometimes I was bored by reading the same scene otherwise it’s a well and inspirational book.

I recommend this motivated book to today’s youth for dedication and success from their work. I am very thankful to thereaddictsbookblog for providing this wonderful book.

Blurb:

When Flight Lieutenant Dilip Parulkar was shot down over Pakistan on 10 December 1971, he quickly turned that catastrophe into the greatest adventure of his life. On 13 August 1972 Parulkar, along with Malvinder Singh Grewal and Harish Sinhji, escaped from a POW camp in Rawalpindi. Four miles to freedom is their story.

Based on interviews with eight Indian fighter pilots who helped prepare the escape and the two who escaped, as well as research into other sources, Four Miles is also the moving, sometimes amusing, account of how twelve fighter pilots from different ranks and backgrounds coped with deprivation, forced intimacy, and the pervasive uncertainty of a year in captivity, and how they came together to support Parulkar’s courageous escape plan.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Book Review: MBA at 16 by Subroto Bagchi


Book Review: MBA at 16 by Subroto Bagchi

*Publisher: Penguin India *ISBN: 978-0-143-33097-4 *No of Pages: 157 *Cover: Paperback *Language: English *Genre: Fiction/Young adult *Price: 199 *Rating: 3/5

My View:

The books on entrepreneur is always my first preference, recently I went to crossword and show this wonderful book called MBA @ 16, without thinking further I picked this book. Although this is not the first time I am reading Subroto Bagchi so I know his work on entrepreneurship and business.

MBA @ 16 is not about how to start your business at 16 but it’s a curious cases for young MBA’s who wants’ to do something different for the society by becoming entrepreneur. I think this book is a blueprint for those who want to pursue entrepreneurship. Each and every important points being taken into consideration by the author like how to raise fund from angel investor, supply and demand management, logistic, marketing and sales, accounting, innovation, HR, advertisement etc.

The writing style of author is simple and easy to digest, no difficult terminologies being used while convening the message like raw material to finished products is easily conveyed by giving the example of mother’s kitchen. Many complicated business tactics is simply presented to the readers by the author as a story. I really loved to read about Steve jobs, Bill Gates, Dr. Verghese Kurien, Sergey Brin, Larry Page and many other famous personalities.

This book will transform Job Seeker into Job Creator. A must read for those who want to jump in business rather than doing a monotonous job, also I highly recommend this book to the budding entrepreneurs and MBA students.  

Blurb:

Steve Jobs was all of sixteen when he met Stephen Wozniak. What resulted was Apple. When Sergey Brin and Larry Page met at Stanford, they were in their early twenties. They were soon to start Google.

Today’s teenagers are our smartest generation yet. They are tomorrow’s entrepreneurs, investors, managers, policymakers, watchdogs and, of course, consumers. But do you know what the corporate and business world is all about? How do businesses touch everyone’s lives? What really makes an entrepreneur tick? How does the engine of a company run? Who is a social entrepreneur? And why do we need the world of business - is business good or bad for us?

If you are curious, come join Subroto Bagchi and a group of smart teenagers on their exciting voyage of discovery, and in a process get yourself a teen MBA!


Sunday, 26 February 2017

Book Review: A walk in the Rain by Udai Yadla


Book Review: A walk in the Rain by Udai Yadla

*Publisher: Kyron Publications *ISBN: 978-9-38-578376-0 *No of pages: 234 *Cover: Paperback *Language: English *Genre: Fiction *Price: 199 *Rating: 3.5/5

My View:

I am always desperate to read love stories especially from debut writers. Love stories will never let you down, many upcoming writers and also those who have made their name as a best writer becomes rich just by writing about there love stories.

This book is not only about love but it has mystery, revenge, dedications, friendship, early childhood, emotions etc, it provides varieties to the readers in single book. The writing style of author is simple, unique and fast, the narration style is different, and the way he shifts from present to past is very impressive, also the character buildup is perfect. I think the plot is excellent but author has somewhat stretched the novel, it could have completed near 200 pages. I don’t want to reveal the story by giving the plot, but I want to tell the readers that I bet after reading the prologue you will not put the book down.

Positive: Sunny’s dedication towards his friend, Sunny’s love for Saloni. I was so engrossed in the book that I thought I am watching the movie. This novel is a good message from the author for the women empowerment.

One of the best lines which touched my heart is: I always believe that circumstances sometimes could force you to do what you hate the most. Page no 233.

I highly recommend these beautiful rollercoaster rides of Sunny in search of his lost soul mate, especially to those who loves to read romantic stories. I am eagerly waiting to read new from this promising author.      

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

Blurb:

Love is poison that kills you. Love is elixir that keeps you alive. An unreciprocated love keeps you alive, but kills every day. Heartbroken sunny lives a reclusive life, trapped in the past, living in his memories. He has no complaints about his life, but refuses to embrace the present.

Saloni is a prostitute who is desperate for money that does not hesitate to get his accomplice killed for the sake of it. She has a dark past; Past so mysterious and devastating.
Sunny finds haven in his memories and lives a peaceful life. One wrong turn, one wrond company, destroys his peace and sucks him into an incredible game of life and death. Will he find peace? Will he find love? Will he kill? Will he survive? Or will he perish in the pursuit of vengeance? The journey explores answers to the most complicated questions of life and love.

A walk in the rain is an intricate tale of hair raising twists and turns.

Both are bound to a common goal with different motives, but destiny has its own motive. A walk in the rain is an intricate tale of intense emotions, driven by hair raising twists and turns.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Book Review: Open-eyed meditations by Shubha Vilas


Book Review: Open-Eyed Meditations by Shubha Vilas

*Publisher: FingerPrint *ISBN: 978-81-7599-390-7 *No of pages: 279 *Cover: Paperback *Language: English *Genre: Self-help/Non fiction *Price: 250 *Rating: 5/5

My View:

This is an excellent book; I am following Shubha Vilas from his Ramayana series, so when I got the mail from blogadda to review this book, I applied without any second thought. An open-eyed meditation is a collection of deep exploration, good analysis of current situation and perfect interpretation of Ramayana and Mahabharata.

The cover image of the book is very unique, it’s just like reading this self-help book your aura will change from negative to positive, also it’s like you are taking the positive vibes from clouds or rather from heaven. Now the writing style and the pace of the author are so lucid that it easily dilutes in your mind. We are living in 21st century so the problems are high tech and how to come out of this problems; the author has showcased solutions from our age old epic i.e. Ramayana and Mahabharata.       

The chapters of Open-eyed meditations start with problems facing in today’s world, and then the solutions are provided by giving the real incidents of Ramayana and Mahabharata. From my early childhood my grandmother used to tell many events from both this epics but after reading this book my knowledge for both this epic has been raised. This book is not like one time read or can be completed in one sitting but it should be read again and again for solutions in your life. We know stories from Ramayana and Mahabharata but didn’t find solution but author provided inspiring lessons through this book.

There are ample of self-help books in the market but why should you read this Open-eyed meditations; for the reason that it gives references from 2 oldest epic on which our Indian principles are being made. Also because of the deep knowledge on Ramayana and Mahabharata author is capable to transform your life in positive way through this book. I have read many self-help books but very few have touched my heart, this one is among them.

The chapters which I liked the most and also inspiring are: Are you programmed by someone else? 7 secrets of Innovation, A story about Communication and Keeping old friendships intact with changing times.

Some of the memorable lines from the book:
  • Nature is actually a school that happily teaches eager students the secret lessons of life.
  • With time many things change – the situation changes, your need changes, your mood changes. But most of all, your maturity level changes.
  • When an eagle is attacked by a flock of crows, it chooses to fly higher and out of the crows reach rather than fight back.
  • If you desire what you deserve, it will come to you. But if you desire what you don’t deserve, you will run after it.
  • Loving relationships thrive on acceptance and strangle on expectations.
  • The fact is that a human is an average of five people he is surrounded most with.
  • Inspirational ideas are never conceived by force, they are received by grace.
  • A person who wants to hurt others is primarily hurting himself.

I highly recommend this enlighten book for all ages and for every field whether job or business; also it should be in every household’s bookshelf. Whenever you feel low read this book it will definitely rejuvenate your mood.

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Blurb:

Open-eyed Meditations is a beautiful compilation of thoughts wherein each meditation takes you on a journey to the past, bringing a secret herb to heal a problem of the present.
A true distillation of ancient wisdom tips for modern lives, this unique self-help book use the wisdom of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata to solve your everyday problems.
Beyond the storyline, something deeper is waiting to be discovered from these ancient texts. 

This book is an attempt to uncover the hidden layer of wealth that is cleverly packaged within the commonly known storylines. 

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Book Review: Colourful Notions by Mohit Goyal


Book Review: Colourful Notions by Mohit Goyal

*Publisher: Srishti Publishers Distributors *ISBN: *978-93-82665-80-9 *No of Pages: 194 *Cover: Paperback *Language: English *Genre: Fiction *Price: 175 *Rating: 3.5/5

My View:

One of my passions in life is to travel, not only to me but I think everyone wants to explore the hidden and best places of the world. So I was just desperate to read this book, and to be frank it doesn’t let me down. This is not just the book but I think it’s a travelogue of the author, after reading the book it’s my conclusion that it’s a real story of his life being portrayed as a fiction. 

The writing style of the author is simple, easy to understand also the storyline is gripping; character buildup is good and each character being given a proper importance. The story is all about adventure, friends, food and enthusiasm to enjoy the life. I bet and tell you that if you are a traveler you will learn lot of things from this novel.

Now the book is all about three different persons, Abhay the protagonist of the novel, Sashank his best and childhood friend (a food junky) and Sashank’s RJ girlfriend Unnati a girl with a beautiful voice. Each and every character is different from one another which make the book unique to read. The book motivates you to explore different places, try some new food, meet new peoples and know about them. The book is not all about travel, but the life of Abhay and Sashank’s mental dilemma to choose from two different situations in life is perfectly portrayed by the author.  

I highly recommend this light read, especially to those who love to travel, a book for today’s youth. The book has every ingredient to be a best seller, waiting for the part 2.

Blurb:

Would you give up your high-paying job and comfortable personal life to drive ten thousand kilometers across India? Just for fun!

Three twenty-somethings dare to do just that! While the two boys take turns to drive, the girl gives voice-over as they record their journey on a handy cam.

Ab, Sasha and Unnati are ordinary youngsters, rendered special by the feat they accomplish. As they recount their adventures, I crave to live their journey. They look at each other with a glint in their eyes, as if refurbishing those memories while narrating their spooky time at Bhangarh Fort, strange escapades at Wagah Border and Sundarbans, car breakdowns, wild animals, near-death experiences and highway robbers! It’s nothing less than crazy.
I doubted if I’d ever have the gumption to create such experiences. So I did the next best thing - I penned a book about them, and their roadtrip.

Colourful Notions is a journey of three young hearts on the Indian terrain and into the inner recesses of their souls, giving a new perspective to relationships, love and life.


Saturday, 7 January 2017

Book Review: Confused Bastards by Manav Viggv



*Publisher: Srishti Publishers *ISBN: 978-93-82665-77-9 *No of Pages: 215 *Cover: Paperback *Language: English *Genre: Fiction *Price: 195 *Rating: 5/5

My View:

Very nice and interesting concept by the author, entrepreneurship is always my first preference for reading, you get always something new from it, and I know entrepreneurship is a lonely job, were you have to take tuff decisions to stay in the market.

Now about this beautiful novel, the harsh truth about new generations and their dilemma for their life is simply and also in comical way portrayed by the author. Also the current hot topic of our nation i.e. about entrepreneurship is effectively used by the author. I think if this book is properly promoted then it will be beneficial for today’s youth. The book is all about how a confused mind can lead you to success if properly channelized.

The writing style of the author is simple, lucid and fast, it can be completed in one go also each and every character is given importance and the length of the book is perfect. Their comes a time in everyone’s life were you have to take tough decision, here in this novel author has properly weaved that situation and provided perfect solution for Jai, vivek and akash, I loved to read when satu gives advice to all three which is best and inspirational part in entire book.

I highly recommend this novel, especially for today’s youth, and also for those who are planning for entrepreneurship. A good message by the author.

Some of the lines which are liked the most:

I just realized that despite all the hardwork, college was much easier than this corporate world. Page no 39.

I realized that the businessmen, specially the industrialists, contributed as much in the development of the country. Page no 167.

What I loved the most: The Mahabharata lounge concept and I totally appreciated new concept by the author to write on startup.

The only drawback of the book is its font size which is too small.  

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

Blurb:

What happens when three entrepreneurs initiate a start-up which shocks the nation?
Aakash, Jai and Vivek are mostly usual in their ways, except for some. Struggling with their own inner conflicts as well as the cruel world outside, they decide to show the world their true potential. To make it big. But how?

They become the voice of the nation by starting up an online platform where people can upload unabashed, unapologetic videos, venting out their angst against people, politics, bosses, lovers, taboos, or just about anything. Even the founders themselves.

The platform spreads like wild fire. But when has fire doused without burning a few!
Confused Bastards is not just a witty, gritty, fast-paced journey of three friends, it’s also an intolerant story for a tolerant country!