Review of Skip The Line

by Hans-Jürgen John

Skip The Line by James Altucher – Ingenious, Simple Strategies to Propal Yourself to Wealth, Success and Happiness


The Author:

James Altucher is an entrepreneur, active angel investor, writer, podcaster, stand-up comedian, and chess master. He is the author of eighteen books, including the bestsellers The Power of No and Choose yourself!

The first time I heard and read about James Altucher was on LinkedIn – you can subscribe to his newsletter there: The James Altucher Idea List.

About a year ago – 2020/07/13 he published a post there about everything that was current … and the 30 day Book Challenge.

I was immediately fascinated. By the idea – and how he described it:

The definition of a book has changed. If you go into a book store, most books are … 250 – 300 pages … This is a relic of the past. A book can be any number of … pages, and about any topic you want.

If every book you write averages $ 500 a month …, and you write a book a month, then by the end of the year you will be selling $ 6,000 a month.

This was followed by the exact procedure / action guide from idea to publication and marketing.

I got curious, downloaded the ebook The Power of No. And learned that I should become an expert. In a subject area I love. Read 500 books and become an expert. James Altucher makes it all sound easy and effortless.

I decided to take small steps. Read books and review them. Here I am.

The Content:

This review is not a summary of the book. Let’s say it in the authors words: it’s time to skip the line, to explore the universe of possibilities that nobody else even believes exists.

Read it and Skip The Line to your personal success story.

That’s the promise of this book.


The book begins very much in the spirit of the title. 
Skip The Line means nothing other than interpreting some of the written and unwritten laws in business broadly.

It sounds logical. If everyone within a company follows the hierarchy and dutifully reports to their superiors – the one person who skips the hierarchy and presents an excellent idea directly to the leader – can go down or get noticed in a positive way.

It is an invitation – be bold! Leave the long line of those who wait patiently for success. Push yourself forward! Take what is rightfully yours!


The book is a hymn to initiative. And yet it begins strangely. It reminds us of painful moments – 9/11, stock crashes, and the pandemic. It reminds us of loss and pain. It picks us up in the deepest valley of social and personal crashes – and claims to teach in 152 pages what 100 % of the population wants and only a small percentage achieves. 


According to research many people who set goals never actually achieve them. Procrastination?


Does the book achieve its goal of teaching successful behaviors?

Time will answer that question. Those who have found do not look for more – the sales of the following business books of other authors would collapse – this is as unlikely as the city on Mars – and yet possible.


Nevertheless, I am not doing a book review on empty promises.


The beginning of the book is special. Steven Covey, author of business bestseller – The 7 habits of highly effective people – would recommend: Start with the goal in mind.


Claude Ribaux, Zürich – expert in flow and Active-Awake-Hypnosis and guiding numerous managers in Switzerland on the way to high performance – would link positive memories with ones goals.


Again, James Altucher breaks a rule.


What do the thoughts of unsuccessful people revolve around? Right. They revolve around problems like the thoughts of generations of scientists revolve around the abolition of gravity. So far, to no avail – in both cases.


Only a solution means salvation.


James Altucher picks people up where they are. He projects the lowest common denominators of failure – and inspires them to rise above the rubble of the past. Situational change means taking a new approach – changing behavior.


The problem with any self-help book is: how can advice effectively provide individual help to millions of readers?

Let me pick out one point. 
James Altucher talks about how he puts an idea into action. That innovation is a muscle that delivers through training what drives every successful person – ideas.


I was no longer depressed. I was writing down ten ideas every day. I started in June 2002. By September 2002 I felt like my brain was on fire. I couldn’t wait to get up, get to a café, read for a little bit, then start writing down my ideas. Ten ideas a day. Business ideas. Book ideas. Article ideas. Ideas for other people, other businesses.

A wonderful book. It is worth reading. It delivers what it promises. Help for self-help. Simple methods that promise personal success.

What sounds perfect has a catch. The implementation. The daily discipline of sitting down and putting 10 ideas on paper. Sure. I can love the idea. Actually doing it separates the successful 1% from the rest of the population. Whereas. You can also redefine success and lower the bar – for some, doing one thing a day is success.

I have not yet read all of James Altucher’s books. Great would be one on the topic of diciplin or procrastination. That would be another best seller.



Review of The Real-Life MBA

by Hans-Jürgen John

The Real-Life MBA: Your No-BS Guide to Winning the Game, Building a Team, and Growing Your Career by Jack & Suzy Welch

The Authors:

Suzy Welch is a best-selling author, television host, and business journalist at Harward Business Review. Through her work at the Jack Welch Management Institute, she is predestined to co-author this book.

In his 20 years at the helm of General Electric, Jack Welch played a key role in shaping the company. Thomas Edison founded Edison General Electric in 1889 – and the company has been reinventing itself ever since.

Contents:

I read this book in German – the quotes refer to the German version.

A book review can only address a few points.

In the acknowledgements, the authors’ enthusiasm for “the best game in the world” is palpable. “Business is a team sport – like writing this book.”

Business as a Game. That says a lot. You improve with each new game. Emotions are allowed, indeed required, to win. Losing is just learning. The end of a game means only new game.

The book ends with the confession: “Because work is great. It is life. It is what we do. Better every day.” This reminds me of an interview I had the privilege of holding with HR professional Regula Zellweger (german): “Work is also life“.

What does successful business start with? The company has a mission. If the mission is clearly formulated, every employee knows what he or she is doing.

Chapter 3 – “Growth is Life” is interesting. Growth – it can be a new product, a new customer service or a great new customer.


The authors quote Joe DeAngelo, the CEO who led HD Supply out of the crisis: “Every individual needs to come to work every day knowing that they are a growth company … If you don’t think growth every day and if you don’t say growth every day, it doesn’t happen.”

New leaders look at a company from a new perspectivewhat it is and what it can become. That’s why don’t be afraid of new hires. The authors’ advice: “If you want growth, don’t hesitate to bring in a new perspective (or perspectives).”


More ideas: Growth initiatives are funded by (weak) leaders – by the watering can principle. Everyone gets the same amount of money. This is wrong because it accomplishes nothing.


If there is no money, use creativity.


When I think of the keyword “creativity” I am reminded of the new book “Skip The Line” by James Altucher. He considers innovation and creativity to be a muscle. A muscle that, like any other muscle, can be purposefully built through exercise.

James Altucher recommends writing down 10 (business) ideas every day. As with a workout, success soon sets in. We become an idea and innovation machine. But this is only a supplement and a preview to one of the next book reviews.

Motivation at work is good and positive, and enthusiasm infects employees.

According to David Wee and Handi Kurniawan in their book Great Advice, it is more important when commitment is added, which triggers improvement, change and thus growth.


Jack & Suzy Welch consider innovation “an internal mindset that every employee at every hierarchical level of the organization has every morning when they walk into the building.” Achievable only through a “recognition culture where leaders truly celebrate incremental improvements.”


This includes reviewing the compensation system, swearing in brakemen within the company to the growth path.


In fact, the whole book, “The Real-Life MBA,” is about growth.
“Good leadership leads to growth. Good strategies lead to growth. Good data analysis leads to growth. Good renewed compensation systems lead to growth.”


But is growth really that important?
“Growth electrifies everyone who comes in contact with it. It’s just totally exciting. Exciting and necessary. In nature, everything that doesn’t grow dies. The same is true in business.”

No business without finance.
David Wee and Handi Kurniavan emphasize in “Great Advice” , that finance is, well, the language of business – learn it!

So do the authors of “The Real-Life MBA”.

“You don’t have to be fluent in French to have a great time in Paris. You just need to know the terms that are basic …. .” The same is true for finance. There’s the varinaceous analysis – comparing key metrics from one month to the next – and reconciling them against budgeted figures.

All in all, numbers are just “tools to make better business decisions.”

Jack & Suzy Welch underscore each point with real-life (business) examples.

More keywords in this book:

  • Marketing
  • Crisis Management
  • Team
  • Leadership 2.0 : Most successful leaders radiate energy, are able to motivate others (energize), transform ideas to reality (execute) own the necessary ability to be desicive (edge) and all this with a huge amount of passion.

If you’ve ever wanted to know what people think and plan who have led great companies to success and continue to do so today as mentors. Read this book! Business is indeed the most exciting game.

Even if you’re not pursuing the highest degree in business that exists – the Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Review of Great Advice

by Hans-Jürgen John

Review of GREAT ADVICE
For solving everyday challenges at work and in life.

A book by David Wee and Handi Kurniawan.



AUTHORS:

Thomas Edinson founded Edison General Electric Company in 1889, which later became General Electric (GE). In August 2000, the company had a market capitalization of $601 billion, and was then the most valuable company in the world. CEO was Jack Welch and David Wee responsible for developing and delivering leadership curriculum (Head of Asia Pacific Leadership development).

So this book is the summary of the ingredients of a success story. From the perspective of an author who was in the middle of the action. Of course, Jack Welch represented GE as CEO. His book “The Real-Life MBA | Jack & Suzy Welch” revives his way of leading and guaranteeing success. But that is another book review.

Handi Kurniavan is Group Head of Leadership & Academies Learning at Jardine Matheson – one of the top 200 traded companies in Asia.

His books – “Go-Global – Guide to a Successful International Career”, “Global Career – Boost Your Career to The World Stage” and “The Brain Master” as well as his deep understanding of HR related topics made him the ideal co-author of this book.

Handi has lived and worked in five continents with various cultures. His professional working experience in highly respected companies such as General Electric, Citibank, Standard Chartered Bank and Sinarmas has allowed him in meeting and working with many best talent world-wide.

CONTENT:

112 small chapters show you what is allowed and forbidden in the business world. What stops your professional and personal development and what accelerates it.

Success at work and happiness in private life – one might think that this is mutually exclusive. Career or family. Either or. Elon Musk is said to have advised employees to spend the night at the office. And to prioritize their job when it comes to family events. David Wee and Handi Kurniavan show that both is possible. Yes, that private life and job can complement each other positively.

Do you love entertainment series? Love this. Distinguish between what entertains you on screen (Game of Thrones) and the real world. Intrigue is a no-go in the workplace. Wonder what buzzwords like “kindness in the workplace” and “help others” have to do with cutthroat competition and “survival of the fittest”? Read it.

If you read “The 7 habits of highly effective people” by Stephen Covey you will want to know how to get rid of bad habits – unlearn them – David Wee shows it with the example “smoking habit” – after 40 years smoke-free.

Are you irreplaceable at work or are you working towards it? Are you a blocker – keep job at all cost (KJC)? This may be a mistake. Train your employees and be happy when they become better than you – then you are a real leader.

Are you a boss or a leader? Boss has a negative connotation. Leaders motivate. A boss controls. A boss gets loud and threatens. Leaders reward. Leaders see the potential in employees and overlook mistakes. They praise what has been achieved, knowing full well that they are empowering the employee to take responsibility for his or her own actions. Praise is the water to grow. Criticism is the brake that slows down processes. The right balance between praise and criticism moves us forward.

Be aware of the power of truth:

They ask me if I am kind. I am, because I tell the truth. But when the truth hurts, they say I am cruel. Yet many seek my advice. It’s because I say what needs to be heard and not what people wish to hear.
Speaking the truth is not an excuse to be brutal. It is less about telling people that they are wrong and more about helping them change for the better.
So when it makes sense, I replace Here are your mistakes… with Here are your opportunities… . Exchange Do these with What do you want to do?

–David Wee

Appreciation is a powerful tool at work and elsewhere.

If you manage others the way you want to be treated, you forget that they are not you.”

–David Wee

Bullies are loosers. They make other people feel small. A big man never belittles people, and he even makes them feel special as if they are the most important people.”

–Handi Kurniavan

On trust relationsships, products and companies are built.

One teacher defined me by grades, the other (Mr. Steven Lee) believed in what I could be. So which teacher to believe? The one who fought harder!
I do not remember much of what Mr Lee taught me. But I remember that he made me feel like a winner. So I started thinking like one. I was the first in my family to complete university.”

–David Wee

Part of being a supervisor is terminating employees. Employees who do not achieve their goals. That’s the sad part that supervisors don’t get used to – and, according to the book’s authors, shouldn’t either. We feel for you.

Keywords the book covers:

Networking
Feedback
Focus
Engagement
Performance
Micromanagement
Talent
Passion
Introvert
Extrovert
Success

Loyalty

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Both authors include a list of their favourite books. Great!

Here a link to an article by David Wee on LinkedIn:

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/best-leadership-career-advice-i-ever-got-david-wee/

Handi Kurniavan on purpose in a speech by Mark Zuckerberg:

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/10-things-we-can-learn-from-mark-zuckerbergs-speech-handi-kurniawan-1/

Follow David Wee and Handi Kurniawan on LinkedIn. By following them you might get first impressions of the books they are going to publish.
More and more, it turns out that LinkedIn is a testing ground for many authors. They publish parts of their next books as a post to test the effect.

Why reviews on Johntext?

by Hans-Jürgen John

Why reviews on Johntext?

Well, Johntext is about authors and their books. Every day so many new books are published that it seems impossible to read them all. A pre-selection is important. Reviews help with that.


We learn from others. Each time we read a book. For example nonfiction. Reading books is substitute gratification. Because the person we choose to be our mentor has little time. But that doesn’t make it any less fulfilling. There is no other way. If the author transmitted his knowledge to us eye to eye, it would hardly be so well formulated and concentrated.

Learning via an interface to the brain is still a vision of the future. Elon Musk is experimenting with it in his company Neuralink. The chances are good. He could become the Thomas Edison of the 21st century. Until the time comes that facts are fed directly into our brains via a link, we’ll have to keep reading ourselves for the time being.

What are the options? Either we learn by trial and error – a lengthy and sometimes painful method. Failure as a precondition for success. It is recommended for scientific experiments – for example to eliminate gravity. Thomas Edinson proceeded in this way. He is said to have made 10,000 attempts before he found the right wire for the light bulb.

There are shortcuts like everywhere. We accept that others have made our mistakes long ago and learn from these people. Commonly, they are called mentors. This can happen in personal contact – or by reading their books. We are lucky. Oftentimes mentors become authors.


Reviews are shortcuts. They are a time machine. They help us to go to an aim with less trial and errors. They convey a first impression of the book and its value for us – before we read it.


According to UNESCO, 4900 new books are published every day worldwide. How does UNESCO know that? It needs such statistics. To have indicators about the standard of living and education of a nation. Impossible to read all these books. Especially since many of them summarize others.


One of the tasks of a critic is to find the pearls in this sea of knowledge. The book on which many others are based – the sun in the middle of a solar system.

Books are like cherries on a tree. Held by branches. Branches held by a trunk. Which grows up from roots. When we find the book in the center from which all other books have grown and emerged – we do not need to read the other thousands of books that have come out of it.


In non-fiction books we can distinguish two directions. Books written from the experience of a human being – take GREAT ADVICE – For solving everyday challenges at work and in life – by David Wee and Handi Kurniawan.

Of a person who was there during an economic and/or technical revolution – take the autobiography Steve Jobs by Isaac Walterson.

Then there are the books that combine many other books and result in a new book. Usually a person’s personal experience is also mixed in with what she/he read and then writes down. For example, Skip the line by James Altucher.

Review of The Disguised Prince

Title : The Disguised prince

 

Author : Shankar MM

 

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Blurb : You are neither a good warrior nor a good leader.” These words haunt him.

 

Raksha, a young prince, decides to prove himself and seeks a path not knowing where it will lead him to. However, his destiny has other plans.

 

On the journey, his life evolves into an epic quest filled with magic and intrigue, which he never dreamt of.

 

Set in a fantasy land Riloriya, this water kingdom is not the same as it was five hundred years ago and its history is mystery now.

 

What will be his part in unfolding an ancient mystery?

 

What did he lose? What did he gain?

 

 

My view :

With the arrival of Disguised Prince in this world, comes a promising writer with his sword to showcase his art in the magical world of fantasy giving his thoughts a life in the literature world.The Disguised Prince is a story of a Prince,who with his heroic deeds, entertains reader at its best.The thrill of fantasy has its own magic over me,and when author promises to come with its sequel, there comes the excitement as a complimentary gift attached to it.

 

 

Initially,I was not comfortable with his writing style.The way he articulates sentence didn’t make me satisfied to the core.But as soon as I covered one-third of the journey, there was no option of looking back and stopping for a moment.It suddenly became so engaging , that I found myself so engrossed in the story.The sudden rise in level of excitement and the new found zeal empowered me to complete the journey in a single sit.

 

 

 

The amount of humour poured in this book is sufficient enough to complete the journey without a hitch.As in the first half of the book, author was trying to create a base for the story, so the events that turned up shows normalcy in their moves, and to find out the enticing facets of the journey, one has to bear this part in order to advance  in the journey.First half covers the questions like how, when, why and what, while the second half lays the fun and oomph, one could feel while tracing the curves.

 

 

The node from where the story starts to the node where it ends, covers the journey of a Risen Hero,which as a concept, we had encountered and praised and loved, many times.Swaying his sword on the same concept, he pens an interesting story with his pen of wild imaginations.There is no way one could miss the thrill he has poured in this book.The balance he creates while narrating several incidents at the same times draws the images very clearly leaving no space for chagrin and disorientation.

 

 

 

To create curiosity back in the mind of readers, and to keep their interest alive in the journey, it is very necessary to serve them something fruitful after every regular interval.With this book, come some secrets,along with the fun and excitement to uncover them and the zeal to move ahead to come face-to-face with the events lined-up for the readers.As one gets comfortable with the writing fashion once, and reached to some 100 pages, there’s no way one could back out.This book has something or the other to play with your mind all the time.

 

 

An entertaining read if you like fantasy fictions!

 

 

Eagerly waiting to get drenched in the pool of wild imaginations.Book 2 in the series of Raksha Duology is heartily welcome.Keep writing, keep thrilling readers with your sword.Hope your wild imagination stay alive for years!

 

 

Warning for author : I expect much more from you in the second series.

 

 

Rating : 4/5

 

 

Reviewer : Shweta Kesari

 

Review of Rhyme With Me

Title : Rhyme With Me

 

Author : Mary Kunte

 

 

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Blurb :Written in simple rhyme, the poems touch upon emotions, nature and imaginative situations.

 

Other styles of poetry also have a place in the book: Acrostic, Rictameter, Haiku and Onomatopoeia.

 

The first letter of each new line when put together forms a word/name. This is Acrostic; but the poet has also written the poem in rhyme.

 

In Rictameter style, the poem has a diamond shaped look, as it is written in a certain number of syllables per line, in ascending and descending orders.

 

Haiku poetry is a thought or a scene expressed in just three lines.

 

Onomatopoeia is a poem in which sounds are expressed in words.

 

The Songs section includes a patriotic poem, Jai Hind My India, and three children’s poems, Lullaby, A Child’s Song and My Little Airplane.

This book of poems is sure to keep the reader enthralled.

 

My View :

With this book in my hand,I was pretty sure that one could easily gel with this book because of the way she has hired a welcoming hand and hospitality she has served to readers.Instead of creating maze in reader’s mind, she chooses to travel on a path where reader’s can face less troubles, and nothing could hinder the journey.In this wish of making the journey easier, she tries every possible way to take a step ahead to help reader in their new journey in the poetic world.

 

 

The blurb at the back states the types of poems you would confront in this poetic ride.What more accelerated my excitement than the blurb is the welcome note for readers where she invites to join the ride rhyming with her.Here I present it for you :

Dear Reader,

Come Rhyme With Me

In verse and song

Once you start to read

You’d go on and on.

Each poem is a different kind:

Nature, emotions and others you’ll find.

Different styles of poetry are here for you:

Acrostic, Rictameter, Onomatopoeia and Haiku.

 

 

In the beginning of the journey, poetess has given a brief note on the nature of poems, what the poem wants to convey, and that’s how she makes the journey comfortable for readers. Where the newbie could be fidgeting with words and fails to comprehend the poems, poetess brings the availability of lightening reader’s mood by conveying her message in simple words.

 

 

For a beginner, this book is highly recommended, as it has all the ingredients a newbie seeks for while keeping his/her first foot :

  • Simple writing style : Although its not completely poetic in nature,most of the articulations are simple , as if narrating in a story.
  • Briefs on poems: Keeps the ride balanced.
  • Friendly topic : Topics she has chosen to compose poems on, are affable and one could grasp the meaning and relate to it with ease.

 

 

 

The main hitch I felt is that this book is surely designed for beginners, if an ardent poetry reader picks this book, he/she may left disappointed.But, from  a newbie’s point of view this book can kick-start their journey in the poetic world of literature.

 

 

Rating : 3/5

 

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Reviewer : Shweta Kesari

Review of Business Management Simplified

Title : Business Management Simplified

 

Subtitle : Practical, actionable solutions for entrepreneurs

All in one guidebook to start run and grow your small and mid-size business to the next level

 

Author : Sanjay Shah

 

 

 

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Blurb : Right from its beginning, every business faces a lot of challenges throughout its journey. Entrepreneurs want to make a positive difference to this world through their business. But they face a variety of challenges in managing their businesses. They need solutions to these challenges. This book provides simplified solutions to management challenges faced by business leaders and managers.

 
A lot of management theory exists, but business problems are practical. Matching the theory to solve the practical problems is a puzzle that managers and business leaders have to solve daily. This book presents management ideas and advice into easily executable, actionable and practical form which can be implemented quickly.

 

Management is unnecessarily made complex by jargon. This book discusses all the business management issues in a very simple language, without using any jargon.

 

This book is for you if you are an entrepreneur, a business leader or a manager looking for a practical guidebook you can refer to for solving your business problems. You can pick it up whenever some question arises, refer to it and continue moving ahead.

 

This book can become your companion to take your business to the next level, always being at your side, helping you, showing you the way whenever you ask, all through your journey.

 

You will surely get solutions to most of your business management problems here.

 

My View: In this fast-paced world where number of Gandhis available in your pocket plays a crucial role, many strategies and field are chosen, in which one among  many is to become an entrepreneur. Small scale business to high-scale business, most of the people choose this field to climb the ladder of success, but what makes a small-scale business small and a high scale business successful and large. Sanjay Shah in this book comes up with some strategically approached to boost up your business and entrepreneur skills.

 

 

The book promises to help readers in Meaningful Marketing, Better Branding, Caring Customer  Relationship and Sensible Selling which are considered as the core components to handle business. This book doesn’t just hold some theoretical concepts which cannot be implemented in real life, but this book is full of practical thoughts which can be easily implemented and work upon. This book becomes a means of solving a business related problem or prepares one to deal with difficult situations.

 

 

His words and thoughts doesn’t follow a particular genre or a particular field, he sums up his thought in a generic way so that every entrepreneur could relate to it and could make the book best of his/her use. He suggests various ways to heighten your business and the various ways as how your business and your product can reach to many lives. Author has covered almost all the points and terms that one would encounter while handling business. He deals with each of the term with great care, making sure that how his few words can make or break one person’s business.

 

 

The presentation of author’s thoughts is very friendly and can be easily captured in minds. Using bullets and point wise details and not feeding the hefty and heavy paragraphs author makes the journey easy and comfortable for readers. To top it, he has used a very simple and matured writing fashion to lay down his words infront of readers, which made the journey comfortable for the readers, and at the same time, made author’s thoughts transparent to the readers, which results in better understanding of his words.

 

 

If you are into any business or if you are thinking to start one, this book would work as a great guide. This book takes care of the fact that even if you don’t belong to management field, the content of the book takes the responsibility to let you know about the concepts you should know that too in a precise and comfortable manner.

 

Rating : 5/5

 

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Reviewer : Shweta Kesari

 

 

Review of Happily Married

Title : Happily Married

 

Author : Chetan Dalvi

 

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Blurb : Why do some couples give up their dreams of marrying each other and go through life being nostalgic about their beautiful courtship days? Why does that intensity in love and oneness during courtship limp after marriage?

 

 Happily Married is the struggle of a lover to marry the love of his life, the voice of a husband sharing his experiences after marriage and a joy of a father watching his love divided between his wife and daughter.

 

 …… I, Chetan Dalvi, indemnify to keep your daughter Soni safe, happy and content forever after our marriage….I hereby legally confirm that you will be always free to take any action against me, if I fail to obey my duty as husband of your daughter… I also undertake that I don t want anything from you at any point of time which denotes my life term, except the hand in marriage of your daughter Soni.

 

My View : The start of the story is not that much exciting and heart throbbing, but the way author drops his words on reader’s mind and the way he lay down his thoughts with a tint of humour assures readers of the quality of the book. In the beginning, author plays a very clever game to entice readers and to make them hook in the journey using his humour.His views on incidents and his witty remarks offers smile to readers.
 

Writing style adopted by the author is simple, well-articulated and good enough to sail the journey. His words are properly chosen and he made correct shot at proper time through his words. The way he has narrated the story makes the journey soothing and comfortable which anyone can complete with ease.

 

 

The plot is common, but the events it accumulated serves something different, interesting and charming to readers, as what I thought in the first half of the book. What all this book constitutes is an old and rugged concept, so common episodes, but with a message for readers.Except for repetition of words at a place or two, the story is portrayed flawlessly.
What acted as the hindrance in the flow of the story is unwanted and uninvited description at places, like description of rituals happens during wedding, modes of travelling and his previous experiences which doesn’t excite readers and bore them.

 

As the story progresses ahead author’s wit sprinkled in the half of the first half started to vanish. The story seemed interesting until he approaches to convince his father-in-law, but as the rituals of the marriage appears, the story serves nothing to the readers expect some already-known and uninteresting stuff. As one arrives at the end of the journey, he/she  would be acquainted with a message which is good enough to serve author’s writing motive.

 

A light read!

 

 

Rating : 3.3/5

 

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Reviewer : Shweta Kesari

 

 

Review of Rivya’s Symbol of Initimacy

Title : Rivya’s Symbol of Intimacy

 

Author : Varun Pandey

 

 

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Blurb : This is the story of two unbranded persons in this so-called branded generation. It is an unforgettable story about the essentials of humankind, the real brands which make a person pure and willing to listen to his inner voice. Here, in this story, we chronicle the love story that Rishi and Kavya share, and their journey towards their dramatic destiny.

 

My View : Author’s words and thoughts seem like an over thought of incidents. It feels like the incidents are not properly observed and not properly portrayed before readers. For him it is like a unique compilation of thoughts, but for readers it is like thoughts considered by only one person.Author has focussed on those incidents which don’t even play an important role in the story.

 

Some of the content irritated me to a great extent. For example, when Rishi went to Varun’s home for a casual meet, he and Varun’s wife talks about iphone, how costlier they are, I mean what is the significance of talking about it, if it doesn’t relate to any of the other incidents narrated in the story. It all seemed so nonsense, it felt like it was just for filling up the pages and increase the count of words.

 

Author should have done some research on some good books and also to his story. The events that he narrated in the book don’t seem like observed keenly and portrayed through heart. Throughout the story what all I could sum is there is only one thought in author’s mind while writing this book, to complete this book as soon as possible, no matter how the quality of the content would be.

 

The narration of the story doesn’t seem  appropriate. I didn’t get why Varun is telling the story instead of Rishi himself. It would be easy for author as well as for readers, if Rishi would be narrating the story. It would be easy for readers to relate and comprehend protagonist’s situations and it would be easy and comfortable task for author to portray Rishi’s thoughts.

 

Also, the switching of events doesn’t create a proper chain between them. It hinders the flow of the story. The events are not fruitful to interest readers and grab readers’ attention. Not a single moment I felt like it has something different and good to serve to readers. I couldn’t figure out what author had in mind to share. I couldn’t gather author’s motive behind writing this book.

 

It felt like whatever crossed his mind became a part of this book.

 

Rating : 1/5

 

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Reviewer : Shweta Kesari

 

Review of Chasing Illusions

Title: Chasing Illusions

 

Author: Utakarsh Jayant

 

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Blurb:

This is the story of an honest, but befuddled young man’s growth in the hazy real-estate sector of Delhi. Set against the backdrop of the rapidly changing social and economic scenario in villages of the National Capital Region during the early 2000’s.It relates about his struggle under the omnipresent shadow of corruption, deceit, and swindling at various levels of politics and society in developing India. It speaks of his ultimate metamorphosis into an unscrupulous, cheating, and bullying goon, blind to right or wrong.

 

My View:

What happens when a young lad tries to build his career in the midst of unsteady market and profit growth? What are the impediments to progress? Does his family face any sort of financial and emotional hurdles? What happened, you ask? Well, the book answers all your questions.

 

“Chasing Illusions” portrays the story of a young adult male protagonist. This book mainly concentrates on the economic and political scenario. It is a twisted tale of struggles, avarice, deception, family and relationships.

 

The plot is arranged in a fine manner in which there are certain sequence of events in Ajay’s life: a glimpse of his teenage years to adolescence, how his area of interest keep varying from time to time and his urge to be successful. Also, the transformation in his profession and job from a small village to a big evolving city. The book depicts how his monetary conditions changed rapidly and stayed that way through thick and thin.

 

The engaging title of the story gives the reader a sense of intrigue. Though, the cover is fine but, the prologue targets the problems  faced by budding entrepreneurs in our country. Undoubtedly, the strong subject of the story highlights how they juggle responsibilities and tackle the challenges on the road to success.

 

The concealment of facts, fraudulent things in business and local government very well focuses on the present situation. How a web of deceit and betrayal affects common man’s life is elucidated by the author.

 

The author created unique characters that influence the protagonist’s life in some or the other way. All the characters make the story sound more interesting. The second part of the story seems more inviting to the reader than the first one. Occasionally, the pace becomes slow but, the twists and turns in Ajay’s journey once again piques reader’s interest.

 

All in all, it is a fresh script. Recommended to the ones who wish to grasp some powerful  lessons related to business world and entrepreneurial success.

 

Rating: 3/5

 

Reviewer: Shivani Chauhan

Review of Khel

Title : Khel

 

Subtitle : The Writings

 

Author : Vishal Goswami 

 

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Blurb : 

The abandoned Haveli in Bhramdev, a hill station near Mumbai, is known among the local population to be haunted. People keep away from it. A group of youngsters decide to use it for shooting a pilot for a reality TV series on ‘Haunted Houses’. What follows is a horrifying reality they do not live to relate.

 

Sanya Sharma is an investigative journalist, with a shattered life and a grieving past. Having lost her husband and little daughter within a span of six months, her once perfect life is a distant dream. Depressed, unable to concentrate on work and barely paying attention to her ten-year-old son, she takes help in alcohol and regular visits to her psychiatrist.

 

Unable to overlook her wary ways any more, her boss and old friend, gives her a last chance to get back and assigns her a case of mysterious deaths on a small hill station, a few hours from Mumbai. Sanya knows it is her only chance to redemption and delves into it. What follows is a series of mysterious, eerie, and horrifying events that Sanya cannot understand and finally with the help of a local police inspector turned friend, it dawns upon her that the haunted Haveli is not just small town hocus-pocus, but also a reality that had turned on her. The evil that she encounters slowly affects everything around her and she knows that it will finally consume her.

 

But why? What were the deep, dark secrets of the Haveli’s past? What was the Nawab family’s past? Who is the old woman haunting her? What are the cards and what is the card game? How is such a horrifying situation merely a game and how is she to play it? Why do the writings on the cards come true and people die? She has to find a way to save herself and her son from the evil and the game of cards that makes everything come true. People around her, are killed one- by-one making her wonder why she is spared. Will she play the final KHEL—The Writings—or will it be the evil that will end the game?

 

My view :

The first external element that comes into notice i.e the cover design plays it’s role very-well to lure readers and to steal their attention.The title of the book, seems apt for the book, but after completing the book, I felt like it could be entitled with a more opulent name.I found the blurb  a bit lengthy.Seeing the blurb many reader would feel like dropping the thought of reading it then and there itself.Blurb should be short and precise, and should hint readers about the content it is holding, and rest should be left for undercover content.

 

 

The beginning of the story indicates that the book will talk about the same old storyline, like all horror story starts and used to be, four friends so eager to prove that spirits don’t exist and took their life to risk and entered into an unknown Haveli.The story took a turn only when, Sonia came into picture,but that too couldn’t compel readers at its best.The elements required to furnish an horror story is missing.The story is not able to serve its purpose at its best.

 

 

The narration fashion took some time to cuddle me in its arms, although not completely,but partially it was holding my attention.His writing style seem to be a bit different, and articulation doesn’t provide a comfortable and soothing journey.He tries to describe the very-little description keeping the pace fast, that too in a precise way, in order to offer goosebumbs to the reader,but not at a single moment, I could feel haunted and scared from the events.

 

 

Some of the events are good enough to encounter and proves their worth to be a part of this story.Some of them can be visualized and felt, while the rest of them felt like just finished to complete the story.Only a blur image can be located which too vanishes into thin air, in some time.The impact it promises to make on reader’s mind in the blurb, proved to be bocus in the journey.

 

 

Poor editing of the book results in many errors peeping in between.Grammatical errors, repetition of words,confusion in names acts as a great hindrance in the journey hampering the flow completely.It seems that author hasn’t done research on this book.He didn’t try to do any experiment in his debut, the plot doesn’t offer anything new to the readers,same story with same twists is what readers are being served.

 

 

Some more research and experiments, and offcourse work on the narration style would add some stars to this book.

 

 

Rating : 2.6/5

 

 

Reviewer : Shweta Kesari

Review of Working Out Of The Box

Title : Working out of the Box

 

Author : Aparna Piramal Raje

 

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Blurb : 

Do you know which business leader plays a game of sudoku every night before going to bed?

 

 

Never uses a computer to write important thoughts?

 

Likes to stand and work?

 

In working out of the box Aparna Piramal raje gives us an intimate peek into 40 progressive leaders by exploring the connections between their work spaces and their work styles. Capturing quirks, individual styles of working, motivations, and leadership traits, and tracing the patterns exhibited by these leaders, she unravels their defining qualities and explains how it reflects in their work spaces. Divided into four sections- personal energy, organizational capital, brand values, environment and sustainability-based each on an intangible asset, the book gives us an insight into what makes these ceos tick and how they manage their most valuable assets.

 

My View :  ‘Working Out of the Box: 40 stories of leading CEO’S’ comprises the stories of some corporate giants, telling in which environment he/she climbed the ladder of success.This book is the fine piece of some motivating stories,which inspires you to live at your comfort, in professional as well as personal life, by not following someone’s footsteps,but by creating space for your footsteps at your own comfort level pleasing your heart.

 

 

The presentation of the content is way-friendly.With the help of pictures,conversations,graphs, everyone’s point of view comes as very approaching.In the beginning itself, authoress has mentioned as how you  can float with the content of this book.A quick guide has been given as how to use this book and the sections you will going to encounter in the journey ahead.

 

 

Authoress has categorized the stories in the four sections keeping in mind as how and what their story is going to serve to readers.What different this book serves from other books available in the market is : Other books basically focus on their biography, their success stories, their graph of success, while this book focuses on the environment, working ambience they like to work in, and how important it is to have a comfortable and friendly ambience to ease off the workload.

 

 

This book provides a different experience altogether.This book gives opportunity of peeking into some corporate giant’s workspace.

 

 

Rating : 4/5

 

 

Reviewer : Shweta Kesari 

Review of Masters of Lygrenn

Title : Masters of Lygrenn

 

Author : Arjun Pawar

 

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Blurb : “In an era dominated by the saints rises a Kingdom where sins are committed regularly. A Kingdom ruled by a noble King but misled by his cruel Masters. Hamish, the cruellest Master with a dream of conquering the world, faces a challenge from an ordinary boy, who in search of his answers finds the reason for his existence. Fire God, the most powerful and loyal Master of the King, is stuck in a dilemma of whether to support the good or the bad.

 

A story of brutal vengeance where there is no space for the good. Will the good rise to power?”

 

 

My View : The author kick starts the story with the introduction of  tribes known as Ucchastam, Madhyastam and Nichastam.The story revolves around the acquisition of the tribe,King,mantris and the usual drama such stories hold,fighting for the Kingdom,betrayal,game played by the clever minds,unveiling the facets and many more.

 

Author’s narrating style hints about his inclination towards such stories.He portrays the events in such a manner that each of them can be visualized with ease and  that too without any in-depth description of environment.But when it comes to romance and love, it seems animated and cannot be felt and lived with the characters.Although, the events of romance and love, appeared only once, that too doesn’t play a major play, but since it being a part of the story,I thought to mention this point.

 

Inauguration of the story is bit low and faded as it mostly involves description and characterization.The story climbs a level up when an unnamed character comes into picture,there begins the visit of thrill and excitement.Reader’s mind would jostle to hear about the upcoming events,as the story invites anxiety in reader’s mind.Author  has adopted a simple writing style to festoon his story and at the same time his words describes very-well of the conditions.

 

 

The events are quite fresh in nature and do justice with the theme chosen by the author.The flow of the story is maintained quite dexterously.The series of events offered to the reader one after another grasps reader’s attention progressively as they started to progress in the journey.The essence of the book envelops reader throughout the journey. Reader would feel his/her involvement in different episodes.

 

 

No event is stretched unnecessarily, he paused the events before it becomes boring or dull to the readers.He provides pause to the events with great ease and comfort and readers wouldn’t get slightest hint as when events are switching.

 

 

In between, some words are missing and misplaced, but that happened to notice at very few places, that’s why that doesn’t come as a hindrance in the reading journey.The story is so fast-paced in nature that it was hard to keep track of time.If the time has been mentioned (in years)before the beginning of the event,then it would have been more easy to sail and comprehend the scenes at proper time.

 

Through the story author also coveys a message to the readers.In his words

 

One should never stop dreaming, instead he should fight for it to achieve and never lose the self-belief in self.

 

 

Rating : 4.3/5

 

Reviewer : Shweta Kesari 

Review of The Unbreakable Law

Title : The Unbreakable Law

 

Subtitle : The Code of Destiny

 

Author : Pragat Kasana

 

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Blurb : When a few teleportation devices called ‘Power Urn’ fall in wrong hands, the leaders of an extraterrestrial species decide to send a rescue mission which must include a human from earth.
Hersh, the chosen human, leads a death defying journey to rescue those urns but later find out that he has even bigger challenges ahead including a war. Will he be able to know the Unbreakable Law of Destiny and win the war?

 

My view : The book at first glance  strikes many questions in the reader’s mind , and at the same time holds a positive vibe about the content it is having from the very beginning.The story starts on a very interesting note, maintaining the quality of alluring readers to step into their coat steadily.The way author welcomes reader with a tint of excitement,energy and humour makes reader go hooked to it.

 

 

Storyline : Being a fantasy fiction,the plot has something new to offer to readers.Amalgamation of fantasy with reality provides a new flavour to the story.The plot is well-crafted and is emblazoned with intelligence of the author.The witty remarks author has dropped in the story in between helps to build interest among the readers.It holds reader’s attention for long,and captivates their mind in the maze it has served.The events participated in the story are sturdy enough to go along with the story till it finishes it’s last chapter.

 

 

Narration : Author has chosen a very adpatable writing fashion to let flow his thoughts. In order to provide a comfortable and light journey to the readers, author has used simple words to portray his thoughts, and at the same time maintains the flow.His wild imagination comes out before readers in quite an compelling manner.Adorned with simplicity, he serves so many shades to the reader that the journey becomes stimulating and  flexible at the same time.At moment, the characters, the charisma , the atmosphere , the lined-up episodes all forces to gather your focus on the story,to pay a visit to author’s creative creation.

 

 

Loophole : The suspense and thrill it used to maintain in the beginning seems to losses its impact on reader’s mind as it progresses. Although reader’s attention doesn’t drift off completely, but it seems to fade with the time.

 

 

Altogether, an interesting and alluring read, with lots of stuff to feed.

 

 

Rating : 4.1/5

 

 

Reviewer : Shweta Kesari 

Review of Heaven’s Above

Title : Heaven’s Above

 

Author : Michael Anderson

 

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Blurb: What is it about Heaven’s Above that makes it different from other apartment buildings in Mumbai? Something happened here a very long time ago – an ancient tragedy – that ripples into present lives in unexpected ways.

 

We meet Boman, a pedantic and lovelorn Parsi. Idris, a successful photographer whose happiness is about to be shattered. Ashwini, a famous actress who carries the secret regret of a lost love. Attempted murder, illegal money, infidelity, kidnapping, abuse, love and bereavement – all these and more find their paths entwined, as a holy man gathers together the threads of their lives and by so doing frees himself.

 

By turns outrageous, amusing and poignant, Heaven’s Above offers an intimate and affectionate view of these everyday inhabitants of Mumbai.

 

 

My View :The interesting characters with different lifestyles residing at Heaven’s Above would come to meet you through this book. The presence of crow on the cover ,and it’s frequent visit in the story was a long kept suspense driving you impatient to find its role.What role does the crow played in the life of residents of Heaven’s Above was a thing worth to find out, and how their life inspite of being different from each other laid them to the same chamber.

 

 

 

The first paragraph of the blurb has a very magnetic effect latched to it.What ancient tragedy author is talking about and how it is going to affect present lives, the answer to this very question drives reader to explore the unexpected and pushes reader to bring the unexpected from behind the curtain.The blurb very-well works to grapple reader’s attention, and the cover design and the title does the rest of the work to entice readers.

 

 

 

Author blesses life to words.He so tenderly uses words and expresses his thoughts in such a lively manner that reader would love to go through his words.The Hindi monologues he uses in between brings charm to the story and very-well compliments the scenes where they have been used.While tracing the curves,I was not sure where the story would lead me to,but one thing that I was sure about was soon I would be greeted with something unexpected, and in wait of that very unexpected, I completed the journey in a very short span.

 

 

 

In a book of 250 pages, life of so many people is so radiantly narrated that one could easily feel the downpour of emotions from the story of each individual.His writing style is very clever in nature, and with his clever writing style he speaks with the reader’s mind in quite an interactive manner which leads reader to feel his/her presence in the story throughout.

 

 

 

With his debut book,Michael Anderson comes with an intriguing and distinct plot, and impresses reader with his narrating style.

 

 

Rating : 4/5

 

Reviewer : Shweta Kesari 

Review of Those were the days

Title : Those Were the Days

Author : N.S Ravi

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‘Those Were the Days’, a reminder or a mirror which reflects the shadow of India which has left behind by the time.The book traces facets of protagonist’s life where he has juxtaposed the present condition of India to that of the past, including all the developments and improvements it has come across through, from vehicles,entertainment sources,games and sports to transportation,academics etc. in the form of a story.

As the blurb of the book goes : “I get frustrated when I hear my own people criticizing India.

I feel sad when I realize that more than half of the Indian population is unaware of what we have achieved in the recent past.

It is unfortunate that we seniors along with the government have jointly failed to make our younger generation know how great the country is. We teach them about Ramayana, Mahabharata and few selected leaders during the Independence movement. We name all our new schemes after one or two leaders as if they were the only ones who did everything.

India is more than just a few leaders. India has been a movement which assimilates everything which comes into contact with it and it is people who live here who make it happen.

The last fifty years have seen tumultuous changes world over. These have had vibrations in India as well.

Let us re-live these years.”

It unfolds the different facets of India by presenting his definition about the growth and change India is cuddling.Author has covered many such incidents and historical and proud moments which can make reader feel proud for India.Being an Indian, one should be well aware of the success stories of India, the footsteps it has made, which are to be followed till time immortal.Making Indians realize the seeds of hard work that has been sown years ago, and learn from that, seems to be the motto of the author.

He explains each of the section very candidly.His deep insight into each facet and the amount of hard work he has put in this book is clearly visible through the quality of the content book en-wraps.Focusing on the slightest information he could provide about the change, he fills reader’s mind with enough knowledge as how the wheel of enhancement gets revolved and reached to a new destination.In this book, author has answered many questions from the history of development.Ranging from various developments,author provides a clear-cut idea of the growth we are achieving.

To add more sugar to the book, a matured writing style is wrapped around the rich content.Narrating fashion is somber in presentation and flawlessly sails through the reader’s mind.Festooning his thoughts with simple words, he tries to reach to many readers.Without a shadow of doubt, the theme of the book is unique and so is the content it holds.Such books are rarely found in market, nowadays, where three external elements,title,cover and blurb, very cleverly speaks of the content of the book.

For those who love history and wishes to know about the growth and development cycle of India, this is the book authored for you.

Rating : 4.5/5

Reviewer : Shweta Kesari

Review of Ready Steady Go

Title : Ready Steady Go

About the Book :
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Schools and colleges do not prepare us for the real world.Worse still, they often create blind spots that hold us back in the corporate world.As a result, many intelligent, dedicated and hardworking professionals stagnate in their careers.

Unleash your potential with Ready, Steady,Go! Analyze the root cause of career-related issues and learn 59 high-octane rules for personal success, including:
Be sociable,not social
Passion is out of fashion
Think like a Golfer
GetTheBossEqationRight
…and much,much more!


About the Author :

Deepak Mehra, an IIT (BHU) alumnus, secured his management degree from IMT Ghaziabad and followed this with an illustrious banking career. Throughout his professional life, he has been involved in developing, coaching and leading teams of high-calibre young professionals in truly multi-cultural environments.

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My views:

This book shows the track of how to build a healthy career in the corporate world. It tells about the small-small steps which we as a fresher don’t pay heed to but are essential to set a mark in the corporate world.In this book you would get to know some stories of corporate world, how it works, how it differs from the school and college life, how it should work and how a change needed to be done in the personality of a newbie when he/she is about to lend into the corporate world.

The life and responsibilities of college life is very proficiently compared to that of corporate life and at the same time tips and suggestions are provided by the author as to what to do and what not to.A student who is about to enter in the corporate world, this book would work for you as a guide making you learn step-by-step procedures to learn the do’s and don’ts of corporate world.The essence of corporate world is very finely touched in this book and served in a friendly manner.Writing style is simple, comfortable enough to go with and is matured and suitable enough to match the type of the content.

On could get a clear idea of how the corporate world works and do’s and don’ts that are to be remember and follow while being in the corporate world in order to survive there and simultaneously building a profitable career.Though some common but necessary tactics has been suggested by the author in this book which would work like stepping stones to climb the mountain and being at the top.Through his experience in the corporate world, he has pointed out some very important points to be remember and follow throughout in the journey to discover the workings of corporate world.

For building career in the corporate world this book is a must read.To follow or not to follow the tactics is all upto the individual but to know the working of corporate world is important which would automatically force you to follow the tactics suggested in the book.

Go and get ready to pick up this book if you are on the verge to discover the difference between school and corporate life and wishes to attain success in the corporate world!

Reviewer : Shweta Kesari

Rating : 5/5

Review of Dance to the 7 tunes of Success

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Author – Nishit Lal

‘Dance to the 7 tunes of Success : Change the world with your standards of excellence’ by Nishit Lal is a mere encouraging and motivational book that leads you to the path of success by following some steps required to reach your goal.A diminutive book that holds powerful thoughts and would give you a push to roll up your sleeves.

As the back cover says- ‘ It’s time to breakthrough,not breakdown.It’s time to give your all and not give up.It’s time to put your best foot forward and Dance to the 7 Tunes of Success!

Success is not just about achieving your goals, it is about making the most while you’re on your way to your goal.You are happy when you achieve success,but you also achieve success when you are happy

Dance to the 7 Tunes of Success puts together the 7 invaluable pieces of life’s puzzle in the right sequence and pattern to bring out the real potential in each one of us.The 7 tunes of life work wonderfully in rhythym to reveal the gifts we possess.It is thus time to break out our comfort zone and create a legacy for a more purposeful world.It’s time to broaden our horizens with new and powerful ideas on being happy and making a positive difference to life.

Let the ideas take you to the next level.Let that time be NOW! ‘

‘Your difficulties do not make you weak.Your reactions to your difficulties make you weak.’

We all know that we all have weekness in us floating in the upper layer of brain ,and blocking our way to success.Some has more weak points and some has less.Some have similar ones and some have different.But weakness is a part of everyone’s life.The above quote taken from the book gives us a push to how to overcome from our weaknesses and how one thing enters the door of weakness.This book is amalgamated with many such great thoughts drawn by the author to lace the book.Wonderful quotes demonstrated by other writers in the beginning of each chapter works as a morning’s fresh start to wake a new day.

The vital things author thinks to be required in the path of treading success is 7 P’s (7 tunes)- Passion, Purpose , Productivity ,Perception, Possibilities , Practice and Potential.Indeed, a catchy title,that does justify with the content of the book.The thing I like most about this book is author not only focussed on only these seven subjects but he also gave light on various other subjects related to them.Author has amalgamated some great quotes in the book to festoon and boost up your thoughts. Simplicity in language and positivity in thoughts is what I think is the backbone of this book. Delightful and real life examples are stitched in the book to make readers more ardent about their goal learning from someone else’s story.

A book which works as a catalyst to bring out the positive change in yourselves.Indeed an excellent attempt by an Indian author to come up with a self-help book which really serves you some new flavor blended with some old thoughts.

Rating- 4.4

Reviewer: Shweta Kesari

Review of You Can Read Anyone

Author- David J. Lieberman

‘You Can Read Anyone’: Never be fooled,lied to or taken advantage of again,by David J. Lieberman is a highbrow book which teaches you the game of intellects.This book gives a brief illustration of tactics of truth reading keeping eye on numerous prospects.A book that teaches you how to judge people’s deeds through their expressions,actions and body language.

As the back cover says-‘You Can Read Anyone’ contains specific,proven,and practical psychological techniques that can be applied to any person, in just about any situation.

It shows step-by-step exactly how to tell what someone is thinking and feeling in real-life situations.For example,you will see precisely how to determine whether another poker player will stay in or fold,whether a salesperson is trustworthy,or whether or not a first date is going way or the other way.And when the stakes are high-negotiations,interrogations,questions of abuse,theft, or fraud-learn how to easily detect who is out for you,and who is out to get you(or a loved one) to save yourself time,money,energy,and heartache.’

Wonderful and practical examples given after each technique proves very helpful as how to implement those techniques in life.Some of the techniques seem very new and effective. Through all these techniques we cannot jump to the conclusion.It just gives us an idea, it may or may not be possible! Also,we have to use our intellect to implement and judge people’s mind.These techniques are not applied to all the people as everyone has their own way of doing or hiding things.But author gave these tactics and theory focusing on majority of people and their mindsets and deeds.

Such acts are demonstrated which I’ve never noticed before but when I was reading this book,I was trying to compare the situations and it really worked out.Albeit not all the tactics I could co-relate with but almost all seems realistic and some are yet to test and I’m so eager to use them.

A beautiful and intriguing book to know about our surrounding people to judge them with such smart tactics.A well researched book where intricacies of life can be solved by implementing the tactics demonstrated in the book smartly.Something new to learn, new to grasp , new to feed brain and learn about people’s behaviour in an interesting and intelligent manner.

Rating- 4.7/5

Reviewer: Shweta Kesari

Review of Happily Murdered

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Author- Rasleen Syal

‘In love and revenge a woman is more barbaric than a man can ever be.’
‘Happily Murdered’ ,debut novel by Rasleen Syal is one such novel that proves this statement true through a witty,mysterious and romantic tale of Gulab Sareen,the exemplar of the story, in a humorous and delightful way.From the title and cover one could easily guess that it is a mysterious novel,but this book is also drenched with the scent of love.

As the back cover says-‘
Who killed Gulab Sarin?
The radiant new daughter-in-law of the
influential Mehta family dies mysteriously on the
very next night of her wedding. The murder is an
inside job, the police are certain. It could be
anyone-the adulterous husband, conniving in-
laws, jealous friend and the love struck ex-
fiance.

With an aim to save themselves and incriminate
others, it is not long before these suspects turn
into amateur detectives, hunting for clues and
delving into hidden secrets only they can
unearth. They coerce, pry and blackmail in an
attempt to get to the bottom of this mystery.
Will one of these nine unlikely sleuths finally
unravel the mystery behind Gulabs death and
avenge it? Or will the truth die as viciously as
Gulab?’

Beguiling ,eye-catching and bright cover gives a radiant add to the charm of this book.Also the title,’Happily Murdered’,Murdered that too happily! It itself speaks of a strange story and made me to ponder about it and I was keep on pondering during whole reading journey as how to co-relate it with the story and reach to the culprit.Shattered pieces of riddle is thrown at the very beginning and it was really a surprise that it would end on such an unexpected note and the whole mystery would open like this .Not so many characters in the book,but those who are involved in the story are well characterized in the second chapter itself which helped in creating no confusion.

Portraying present life’s story of Gulab’s relatives after her death to the way how Gulab’s narrated her story with everyone in the family,the story seems so well crafted and amazingly portrayed. At one moment,I thought that now I got the clue and he/she could have definitely done this.But at the next moment,everything flips and ball seems to be in another court.

It was an exquisite and thrill-full ride to solve the riddle and locate the pieces at their desired place with the clues on hand along with the story.A good book for mystery lovers and romantic -story lovers.These two flavors are nicely mingled and will serve you a new tale.Also,author’s writing style is impressing and gripping along with the tale.All in all, a new mystery tale has arrived in the literary world which ends on a very rare note and is able to cuddle you in its arms till the end.

Rating- 4.5/5

Reviewer : Shweta Kesari