Review of No Parking No Halt Success Non-Stop

Title : No Parking No Halt Success Non-Stop

 

Author : Abhishek Ratna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blurb :  A self-help book for success at work! No Parking. No Halt. Success Non-stop! has 50 career lessons for today’s 20teen generation.

 

Practical and comprehensive, the book often stretches to the point of ‘cunning without harming’. Interspersed with quotes, stories and humour, it also breaks a few myths. The author treads a fine line between ethical and non-ethical. The author is able to convince the reader about the necessity for professional success.

 

 

My View : It is a one year planned book for individual’s success. Lessons in this book are partitioned in twelve chapters, one for each month, and sub-sections are also provided in this book so that reader can take much needed time to implement the teachings.As for a non-reader this trick will work out very-well,but for a voracious reader, spending twelve months to complete a book is like heart-attack.But if someone really wishes to implement  each of the lessons taught in this book, he could walk step by step and achieve its motive by devoting a year to bring out the change.Ofcourse, bringing changes takes time and that’s why author has planned out a well-scheduled time-table for his readers.

 

 

The best lessons I discovered in author’s words are :

  • In all walks of life, assumptions are dangerous, Use your judgement instead.
  • When an employee truly understands the meaning of his work and gets recognition for his efforts he performs the best.
  • Selective Intentional Absence is a powerful tool for increasing your importance.
  • Over-engineering can create products too complex to use. Likewise, too much focus on  perfection can hinder progress. It is important to understand where to draw a line between progress and perfection.
  • Do not settle for less just because you can’t wait for the BEST!For success in life and at work it is important to be relaxed and have the ability to handle things wisely giving them the time and attention they deserve.

 

 

His way of approaching readers is very appreciative.Readers hate to go to uninvited details and that’s what this book is far away from.Author has tried to share his thoughts with readers as precisely as he can.What made the journey more comfortable is the simple writing fashion he has adopted.With so many thoughts in his mind to share with readers he uses appropriate and relatable examples to make his words strike the proper chord.

 

 

Some of the lessons really did the trick while some of them seemed futile to me.Some of the practices he states to learn doesn’t make an impactful impression on me.He tries his best to bring out the teachings in such a manner that reader could relate with them with the present working scenario.But to some extent, I was not able to comprehend and adopt all of the words.

 

 

Author in his book doesn’t ask to do something out-of-the-box.Very precisely and in a simple manner he demonstrates the changes one should bring to get gel with the working environment of corporate world.In self-help book what inspires readers at most is the stories which can revitalize the energy within individual.He has used very inspiring stories in the book, and what I call as the backbone of the book is the stories quoted as an example to understand author’s state of mind and his words in the proper direction.

 

 

Talking about the downfall of the book, some editing errors are there, but there participation is at very few places, so that doesn’t act as a major loophole in the journey.I was not convinced through some of his points.I have been  through self-help books before which helps to learn the way to survive in corporate world and from what I’ve learnt from them,my mind couldn’t relate with all of the points stated in this book.

 

 

A guide-book  which suggests to climb the corporate ladder in a precise manner!

 

 

Rating : 3.5/5

 

Reviewer : Shweta Kesari

Review of Past lives Present Stories

Title : Past Lives Present Stories

 

Authoress : Judith Marshall

 

 

 

Blurb : Discover how flashes from past lives can appear as signs and synchronicities, childhood impressions, dreams and memories, even spontaneous shifts in consciousness or time. Providing time-tested exercises, Past Lives, Present Stories shows how to explore your past lives and use the lessons you’ve learned to flourish in your present incarnation.

 

Join author Judith Marshall as she takes you through the full range of techniques for exploring your past lives and piecing together information to help you on your path. Providing examples of her own glimpses into her past lives, Judith illustrates how illuminating and healing past-life discovery can be.

 

My View : ‘Past Lives Present Stories’ will help you to understand the facets related to soul, reincarnation, psychic senses, time, clairvoyance, astral travel and so on. There is a lot more in the book which will help you to understand the deeper terms related to the universal world of souls. Authoress has shared her life events in her book. Her experience related to past lives, soul’s existence, time synchronization etc. Although it’s hard for some people to believe in such things in today’s world but it will be interesting for readers to pore over the details whelming in the book. A reader will get to know the insights related to the dimensions and how soul accesses those dimensions.

 

The book inaugurates with a short introduction focusing on past lives. Then there goes fourteen chapters which throws light on different terms. Each chapter has definitions and brief introduction about some specific terms which will illuminate your knowledge and judgment related to past lives.

 

The very first chapter focuses on Soul, Reincarnation and its purpose, Time and Karma. Lifetimes are needed to explore and for this the chapter gives a clear understanding about Healing and Understanding.

 

The second chapter is very interesting and it will show you deeper terms viz. clairvoyance, clairaudience, clairsentience, clair-cognizance and intuition.

 

The third chapter is about childhood; sometimes childhood behavior can also tell you about your past lives.

 

The fourth chapter will broaden you about your reactions; why you are attracted to something and why you are repulsive at others. Why some things seem very familiar? Chapter four focuses on these aspects of lives.

 

The fifth chapter drives its way to fourth chapter explaining the two terms deeply and covering the aspects related to intuition.

 

The sixth chapter is about dreams, astral travels and spontaneous slips which will provide valuable information about past lives.

 

The seventh chapter will tell you why sometimes you feel that the current event is repeating again. The feeling of Déjà vu, inexplicable abilities, unexpected behavior and creative expressions are mentioned with detailed examples in this chapter.

 

The eighth chapter focuses on apparitions and synchronicity. Both these terms will remind you of your spiritual nature and indicates about the spirits beyond personal realities.

 

The ninth chapter is all about historical research.

 

The tenth chapter is about guidance from spirits and angels. Sometimes at some places which seem so familiar to you are the guidance from the spirits and angels. Authoress has also share an exercise in this chapter to connect with spirits.

 

The eleventh chapter is about past life regression and seeking help of professionals in order to uncover your past lives.

 

The twelfth chapter has some exercises which you can follow to find the traces of past lives.

 

The thirteenth chapter is about past lives existence i.e. how to understand hints of it. The past-life clues weave in and out everyday life, it’s upon us to understand the hints and clues.

 

The fourteenth chapter will give you the insights about spiritual evolution, remembrance and transcendence. These are the final terms which you will need to understand to get more details about past lives.

 

Authoress has also jotted down a few exercises in her book which will help you to enlighten or discover your past live traces. But the exercises are hard to follow and it’s not necessary that you can discover all about yourself at once. Firstly you need to believe in all the terms covered in the book and secondly you need to be patient for all this. Several questions will definitely strike your mind after reading the book as it happened with me and for this either you need to read more or you can ask some expert (or even authoress).

 

Authoress has done a very neat work in her book. All the things are maintained very clearly by her and it will be easy for readers to grasp the things without any difficulty. A smooth narration is done by the authoress. The book had gripped me from the very first page till the very last page.

 

A nice book to discover the facets related to past lives.

 

Rating : 5/5

 

Reviewer : Megha Biloniya

Review of It Doesn’t Hurt To Be Nice

Title : It Doesn’t Hurt To Be Nice

Author : Amisha Sethi

Cover of It does not hurt to be nice.

The definition of ‘Life’ given by many,in one form or another,through examples or real stories,but that only proves to be worth,when reader could actually relate to it, and comprehend the meaning of Life,juxtaposing his/her life with the protagonist’s life.’It Doesn’t Hurt To Be Nice’ by Amisha Sethi, encapsulates the events of Kiara’s life,quotes and inspirational words,derived from holy books and proposed by great people.


As the blurb of the book goes :
Kiara is a dynamic, thirty-something girl who has reached great heights professionally, and is the apple of the eye for almost everyone who knows her. But she never took any short cuts to become happier, wiser, healthier and compassionate.

She had to find rays of hope where the dark tinnel seemed unending, and identify shade in life’s burning path. She found little pearls of wisdom in chasing her dreams, in spreading laughter, in learning from scriptures and philosophers, and even at one point in almost ending her life.

More than Kiara’s story and the wisdom she achieves through the various dramatic and hilarious experiences, this book is a motion picture with you in the lead role. You as the ‘hero’ who can beat the most stubborn of villians – most of which lie deep within us…our fear, unkindness, selfish interests, negative thoughts and jealousy. You as the ‘heroine” who is sharp and witty in talking, selfless and caring in love, and charming and beautiful inside out, like none other (perhaps a 2.0 version of you).

Walk with Kiara to find a better you, because It Doesn’t Hurt to be Nice.

Before this book,I’ve been through some self-help book,but this book has something different in it’s store for reader,a recipe made with old ingredients but of different taste,not just philosophy and her views about life and its branches, but the blend of reality with philosophy,which is what I will call is the backbone of this book.Meaningful lessons are taught in this book which can be easily implemented in life because of the way it has been put forward before readers.

The events that authoress has chosen to narrate in the book are so common in nature that anyone could easily relate to them.Relating to these incidents authoress presents some lessons that we, many a times, fail to learn from our life,the tiny turns that our life takes.This book brings us a whole bunch of lessons that could be used in future. Authoress has very lucidly presented her thoughts and all what she has learnt from books and other sources of wisdom.

I won’t say that this book is a complete guide for virtues and wisdom, but for me, it is one such light read which covers the basic incidents almost everyone has gone through or going through, and would need the lessons at some point of time which authoress tries to explain in the book.Authoress has tried her best to make the fashion of narration as simple as possible and encapsulates some lessons that are required to be learned before you step into that episode of your life.

A blend of fun,reality,spiritual thoughts,life lessons and anecdotes taken from Kiara’s’ life. Altogether, it was a nice read,a short and sweet journey which will gift you something fruitful at the end of it.

Rating : 3.6/5

Reviewer : Shweta Kesari

Review of Mind is your Business and BODY The Greatest Gadget

Title : Mind is your business

 

Author : Sadhguru

 

Cover of Mind Is Your Business

 

The latest book by Sadhguru is a unique package offering buy one get one free, amalgamation of two books in a single one. The unique idea of combining two books in a book is likeable and interesting. Something new which is presented nicely without any harm, gains a special vote. Just turn it around, say Abra Ca Dabra, whoa; you are having a new book with you!

 

As the blurb of the book says :

 

“For most people, the mind seems to be an unruly cacophony, attempting to grasp and shape everything which falls in its purview. In Mind is Your Business Sadhguru explains that only if we make it “our business” to transform this uncoordinated mess into a well-coordinated symphony, will we able to use the mind, rather than be used by it”

 

“Once you liberate your mind from being identified by anything,then mind is a miracle, then mind is spectacular circus;not a mess.”

 

An extremely delightful book which unleashes the ways as how to make your mind, attentive, alive and at peace which eventually makes your life more than heaven. Author has very beautifully and vividly explained the definition of mind, how mind and brain differs, making you know the phases of mind, how it works and what it is all about.

 

After going through this book, readers can get a clear idea as how he/she can make his/her mind work in the way he/she always wanted it to be. All these fundamentals of minds are portrayed along with some humourous story, clearing the concept, very clearly.

 

Title : Body is the greatest gadget

 

Author : Sadhguru

 

As the blurb of the book says :

 

“BODY-THE GREATEST GADGET is an introduction to the most sophisticated and incredible device on the planet. In the course of this book, Sadhguru explores the yogic philosophy and the many subtle dimensions of the body. It is a first step on an intriguing and exciting journey that culminates in total mastery of the system, allowing us to stay rooted in the physical, and yet taste the beyond. Above all, the book is a glimpse of a possibility to live and function in a way that most human beings would consider superhuman.”

 

Where the receptivity is in your hand and where the giving nature of the feet is- if these two things are connected- what you cannot achieve in years of sadhana, you may achieve in a moment.

 

‘Gadget’, we all know how much we are familiar with this word and are habitual of using it, and often we are in touch with them in our day-to-day life. But do you know, you are born up with a gadget, yes, the gadget that god has gifted you? Wandering…It is your body, the greatest gadget you can ever think of.

 

This book shows mirror to you, to seek your reflection so that you know what ‘you’ you want to see next time. Body and mind, the two exquisite things, needed to be cared and looked upon are actually served in the way it deserves to be. In this book, author tells about the role of mind and body, their vital role in our life and our control over them.

 

 

Those who have already gone through Sadhguru’s book knows very well what kind of soothing effect it causes to reader’s mind, and if any of you doesn’t ,I’ll personally recommend you to go through his book, to make your life simple and beautiful.

 

Rating : 5/5

 

Reviewer : Shweta Kesari

Review of Poetry for Everyone

 Title: Poetry for Everyone

Poet: Diwakar Pokhriyal

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“Poetry for everyone”, for everyone? How can that’s be possible? Only few people are able to understand and read poetry, how can this book could be for everyone? The first look at the title would definitely pose such a question in the non-poetry reader’s mind or he/she would just put it down on seeing the cover. But friends, don’t do this mistake! This book is just not the book that compiles some of the poems you people couldn’t understand and couldn’t be able to make out a single meaning out of it.

“Poetry for everyone: 25 colors of poetry”, by Diwakar Pokhriyal, is a different poetry book I’ve came across in my life which just not composes poem but teaches how to compose in a friendly manner. The 25 colors of the poetry as states the subtitle, indicates towards the 25 different types of poetry poet has incorporated in this book. The 25 flavors are: Acoustic, Alliteration, Abecarderian, Baccresieze, Cinquain, Couplet, Cromorna, Diagonal Acrostic, enclosed rhyme, Epitaphs, Etheree, Etheree double, Fibonacci, Haiku, Senryu, Quatrain, Free verse, Rhyming, Tanka, Tetractys(triple), Remix poetry form, Upside down poetry, Zig zag rhyming, fun with words and Haptaoem.

I was so excited to go through this book and learn the 25 flavors of the poetry when I got to know this different concept of the book poet has worked on. Not only does he make you understand the poems and how to compose it, he has chosen a way of conversation to make it easy for the readers to adopt and learn them. This very way of helping readers and writers touched my heart, and I very much loved the concept.

From the title of the book to the cover design, everything plays a significant role and justifies with the content. In the beginning; a newbie gets a lesson on each kind of poetry as how it goes with example poetry and then few more poems are composed in all the categories mentioned above.

If a beginner chooses this book to learn the magic of poetry, he/she might get difficulty in understanding the poems, as in some of the poems resides the hidden meaning which an ardent poet loves but a newbie would face problem to gulp it down. According to me, some simpler poems should be used to make the journey and learning process easy for the newbies. Also the poems already recited in the learning section shouldn’t be repeated in the section ahead.

Ready to learn the twenty-five colors of poetry to color your canvas of thoughts? What are you waiting for friends? This is the right time to go through this book and be the one who can say,’ I’m no more afraid of poetry, instead I can compose poems that too 25 different kinds of!’

Rating: 4.5/5

Reviewer: Shweta Kesari