Review of S.H.E is my…

Title : S.H.E is my…

Author: Mohit Jain

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Mohit Jain’s first two books basically share his knowledge about management and related topics, but his recent book, S.H.E is my…, a fiction one, definitely brings out a new art of the author. If those books feed knowledge in the mind of management students, this book works nothing less for the one who has the virus of she.

As the back cover says :

”It has been twenty years in the industry and now having seen his rise, fall and re-rise, he plans to retire. Some chemistry he had with girls. His circle mostly had female tangents. It was indeed a psychological pleasure for him. Not everybody is god at this unique feature. He pampered and charmed all those women with whom he has never in a relationship with, till one day he realized that his life has 3 girlfriends already. His wife, his daughter, and his that female friend-the S.HE., who taught him to humble and dedicated to his family. Finally, he got committed to all 3 of them.”

“Anyhow, 80% of the people can’t understand 90% of what I say. Who am I? What am I?”

“I just have one love. I am Eklavya.”

In the beginning, the book has all the power, strength and magnetic effect to pull readers towards it. The excellent presence of humor, well-defined character, involvement of proper amount of suspense makes a delightful content a reader is in search of. On seeing the amount of suspense it created in the beginning, I was all set to complete it in a single sit.

The role of Krishna in protagonist’s life is clueless and the protagonist itself is a mystery in the first few pages.The part when the story keeps everything hidden under the blanket is very intriguing and interesting.When Eklavya starts to narrate his story, the thread humorously knitted in the beginning starts to loose its strength to some extent, as I was expecting for something more unique and different.

I found myself lost in the middle of the story, the process of juxtaposing past and present events creates confusion in the mind of readers and that is where the link weakens, but again when reader approaches towards end, from blur and shattered images, everything seems to be at their respective places. Although the story is dedicated to Eklavya (a powerful character, one would get to know after going through this book), but it is not the story of Eklavya only, this is the story who has S.H.E in his life.

Author’s way of presentation is different and maturity in the art of writing is maintained throughout. Writing style has a wonderful pace and a soothing effect that links the events artistically. While reading the book, each and every facet of the story, would get accommodation in the pool of imagination. Readers could very well visualize the events and sometimes even feel it.

Some grammatical errors are there in the book, which if proofreading could be done properly then can be eliminated. But there are very few mistakes, so it doesn’t hinder much in the reading journey and the soothing writing fashion act as the shield.

Recommended to all male out there! Through this book you would get to understand a vital part of your life or call it the virus of S.H.E which is in your genes.A page turner!

Rating:3.7 /5

Reviewer : Shweta Kesari

Review of Almost There But Yet Not Arrived

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Title: Almost There But Yet Not Arrived

Author: Sandeep Mishra

Right from our early years, we try to gauge success by the amount of laurels one holds or in terms of large sums of money. This book revolves around the life of a boy, Shashi, who aspires to be a winner in everything he does. The story showcases certain phases of protagonist’s life which involves various twists and turns. It serves you a simple tale laced with elements like humor, love, friendship in it.

As the back cover says:

Almost a school topper…
Almost an IITian…
Almost married my girlfriend…
Can life be worse?

As far as our country is concerned, majority of students intend to get enrolled themselves in IIT’s and IIM’s. But do they all manage to make it? Of course not. The author presents you a story of such a boy who always considered himself to be a failure as he missed his goals by a whisker. The story commences from Shashi’s childhood days, where he was always being taught about the significance of studying and scoring well, by his father. Subsequently, his teenage years were also spent in fulfilling his dad’s dreams and expectations. And for that, he immersed himself in studies and gave up all his hobbies and interests. The book then takes you to his adolescence, where achievements and applause became a major issue in his college days.

Every time when he used to strive to be on the top, he just couldn’t make it and end up blaming himself. The book deals with how this urge to become successful affects Shashi’s life.

What happens with Shashi’s life during such unfavorable conditions?
What happens with his dad’s opinions and ideas about success? Will they change? Or would Shashi continue to judge himself on the basis of how the world sees him?
Would he be able to arrive at his final destination?
What would he end up becoming – A looser or winner; you need to check it out!

The book is a riveting account of typical teenager who confronts perplexing situations, moments of anxiety, frustration along with a spark to excel. The other characters such as Shashi’s father, Vishal and Archie are described in an interesting way as they play influential roles in the story which make it more compelling. The blurb clearly indicates the theme of the book, though, the cover could be more appealing. The language is simple but the the humorous phrases enhanced the storyline.

The author is able to bring out the correct interpretation of victory. The story very well links to the present scenario of the world where almost everybody is actually racing for success without being aware of his/her capabilities and dreams. This book basically talks about a healthy life i.e. a combination of financial stability along with happiness and freedom of choice.

It was a fast read for me. I could establish a correspondence with the set of events mentioned in the story. Especially, the elucidation of an Engineering college, juvenile conversations, fun during childhood were relatable. I liked the realistic approach of storytelling that’s been adopted by the author. I loved the ending of the book where the author’s idea is to make readers discern a difference between an individual’s desires and society’s preconceived notions.

Eventually, the author conveys a powerful message to readers i.e. to trust your heart and embrace the journey.

I would like to recommend it to everyone out there who’s looking for a simple yet relatable story that represents common state of affairs in life.

Rating : 4.5/5

Reviewer : Shivani Chauhan

Review of Trouble has a new name

Title: Trouble has a new name

Author: Adite Banerjie

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Love stories that let you float in the pool of emotions are hard to find. Well, not completely sure of the content of the book, I picked up a book named ‘Trouble has a new name’, by Adite Banerjie. This book serves you a tale that has a unique presentation along with a storyline that lightens your mood with the distinguished flavors it serves. The story showcases the tangled love story of the protagonist and the bounces it faces in the journey.

As the back cover says:”

Will you pretend to be my fiancé for the next few days?

Recently single model Rayna Dutt does not feel like flying to her friend’s big fat Indian wedding. But she does-and when a mix-up with room allocation forces her to share a luxury villa on Emerald Isle with the gorgeous owner of the hotel Neel Arora, best man at the wedding, things begin to look up.

Until Rayna’s ex turns up with a new girl on his arm!

Hitting the panic button, Rayna searches for a solution. Surely Neel wouldn’t mind being her fake fiancé…? In an instant the attraction they share is at fever-pitch, but when scandal comes calling Rayna soon finds herself in more trouble than she can handle.”

It’s rightly said never judge a book by its cover, but it doesn’t prove right all the time. The cover of this book has the flames of romanticism and the ambience very-well suites the design. A catchy and unique title grabs attention of the reader while the blurb at the back of the jacket suggests of the story in a pretty good manner.

Series of events consisted in this book are interesting to go with and it altogether cooks a good story. Authoress through her words expresses feeling and emotions of the protagonist’s very-well which helps readers to dwell completely in the story. I could easily visualize each scene descripted in the book. Characterization of the exemplars, Neel and Rayna , is done very-well, one could feel and experience the events with them.

The story narrated by the authoress is somewhat different and serves a delicious tale that left you satisfied at the end with the content it serves. Readers could easily relate with the story and could flow along with that. There is a constant pace in the narrating fashion of the authoress which outlines the story precisely giving relevant information in order to not to make it boring for the readers. This writing style is suitable for the one who likes to go through the content which are narrated in clear-cut description and take less time of readers.

I could feel myself more involved if there would be more description and a smooth flow in the story.

For all the readers who love to read romantic tales incorporated with numerous feelings and interesting events! Recommended to the readers who would like to spend some time with this genre and would like to have a fling with this book! A page turner!

Rating: 3.7/5

Reviewer : Shweta Kesari

Review of Hey Dad! Meet my Mom

Title: Hey Dad! Meet my Mom

Author: Sandeep Sharma and Leepi Agrawal

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“Hey Dad! Meet my Mom”, doesn’t the title itself pulls you towards it as if holding a mystery and waiting to unveil and read by you. This is a story that revolves around the corrugated edges of protagonist’s life leading you to a suspenseful end and an unpredictable tale. The story covers the uninvited events of Puneet’s life and the story basically showcases the power of true love.

As the back cover says:”

Right since childhood, the world in which we live teaches us to bury our ‘bad’ past somewhere deep inside us and just move on. So deep, that even we can’t possibly dig it back out.

What happens when a 10 year old child, who claims to be your future son, comes to you to help you find his mother, who’s your perfect match? What happens when you eventually start doubting his intentions? What happens when a girl starts turning your dreams into nightmares? What happens when your ‘future son’ starts haunting you? What happens when your FUTURE starts bleeding into your PRESENT through your PAST?

‘Hey Dad! Meet my Mom!!!’ is nothing less than a roller coaster ride of mystery, love, comedy, fear and suspense. So make sure you don’t forget to expect the unexpected!!!”

At first, I couldn’t guess what the story would be all about. After going through first few pages, I was not sure what it would serve next. But the turns of unheralded events made me glued to it and I completed it in a single sit. I was enjoying the twist exemplar’s life is having, and I was very much excited to know the amount of wit authors has used in the story and in wait as how they would twist the story.

Use of simple language and a determined flow made it easy to go with the story. For an amateur reader the writing style and the story curves very-well as it hold all the elements a novice is in search of. With a good amount of simplicity it holds, it doesn’t disappoint readers with its content. It proceeds in a very-precise manner outlining and covering the lead elements in a way that reader’s attention doesn’t get diverted from it.

A thread of suspense is nicely knitted in the story which plays it role very-well in order to make the story interesting. Some episodes are really fun in nature and are devoted to true love. Although one couldn’t completely relate to the story but it serves something different that is at least worth a read and squeezes less time of readers.

I found the pace of the story a bit quick as I didn’t get the time and space to get completely dissolve in the story. All the basic elements of the book like storyline, writing fashion, conversation, pace, narration fashion fails to touch the line of perfection. I would say that they all belong to a mediocre ethnicity that a reader who has gone through few books would like to spend some time with.

Mixture of wit, suspense, drooling emotions and love! A light and one-time read! A story dedicated to true-lovers!

Rating:3.4/5

Reviewer: Shweta Kesari

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Review of Bringing Up your Baby

Title: Bringing up your Baby

Author : Komal Porecha

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Bringing up a Baby, the most beautiful and toughest task involves a lot of effort and attention. Although almost everyone does this task, but doing it perfectly and understanding your child to the best is the question. ”Bringing Up Your Baby: the comprehensive guide for your baby’s first year’, by Komal Porecha is a lovely book that covers stories of her twins along with how readers can learn from them, what to do at particular action of his/her child.

As the back cover says:”

The baby book you’ve always been looking for…

Once you’ve delivered your baby, you know that the fun has just started. From your parents, to friends and neighbours, everyone has advice to give you about how to care for your baby. And as well-meaning and confusing as they may be, how do you know what’s right for you and your angel? After all, you want to give your precious newborn the best, don’t you?

Mother of twins and a gorgeous boxer, Komal Porecha tells you everything you need to know about that challenging, trying, and fulfilling first year of baby care in an inimitable tone that will leave you going back to her pages for her pages for her wealth of information and her dab of warmth. From bringing your baby home, to breast feeding, diaper changing, to doctor-patient routines, to regulating your child’s sleep patterns, Bringing Up Your Baby is every Indian’s mum’s blessing and best friend.”

This book talks about the different stages of a new born baby, their activities, habits, ambience including some lessons of do’s and don’ts and some hilarious anecdotes authoress shared from her experience. Guidelines from pediatrician are also given at the end of each chapter that helps you know more about your child. It very smoothly narrates the stages and the important aspects of the child’s growing age with appropriate information with the help of pediatrician.

From miniature acts of child to his/her likings at particular age, authoress has covered almost a precious chapter of her twins. Through her story you can have lovely pictures from an old album if your child is a grown one. The acts and incidents narrated by authoress makes you remember of the days you’ve spent with your child and it altogether brings you a rejuvenating feel and an urge to live those days again.

Without a shadow of doubt, first few years of child’s are the most important and building facets of his/her life. Not only for the child, but also for the parents, as child need their attention and importance at every level.So, it is very essential for the parents to understand the innuendos of their child and to learn from this book how they can let grow their child in a better way.

A moderate writing style has been used by the authoress which is good to go with along with the content. The information and guidelines are given in an attentive and friendly way. Through pictures, charts, facts and figures authoress has gathered appropriate information and presented in this book so that readers could get as much knowledge and information from this book.

Recommended to all the mothers out there to reminisce their most wonderful moments of life and especially to those who are mother of a new born and soon to be a mother of a baby. This book could help you a lot.

A book written by a mother for a mother!

Rating: 5/5

Reviewer: Shweta Kesari

Review of Runaway Children

Title: Runaway Children

Author : S Hariharan

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“Runaway Children: a true story”, by S Hariharan is a story of a teenager who seeks freedom in his life and in search of freedom he leaves his home and discovers the hardships he has never faced in the shelter of his family.

As the back cover says:”

It was quite chilly and I got up with a start, feeling the roadside dirt on my lips. I was, at this time, one of many children on the street- dirty, hungry, with nowhere to go.

The night’s stale loaf of bread had already been digested and I was ravenous. Nevertheless, I started the morning’s work. This was at a tea shop, where I carried fifty buckets of water, two at a time, over some hundred meters. The chore took the best part of two hours and young as I was, I could have been eaten a ton by the end of it! Instead, I got watery rice and a cup of tea.

We labored a good fourteen hours each day, not for money, but from the dire need of those few and paltry meals. Come night, we fell asleep on cold, bare floors and crawling insects feasted on our shivering flesh.

This book is for all the story street-bound children of our world; vulnerable, struggling to get by on a few rupees and embraced only by despair. As citizens and as humans, we must pull them out from his state, educate them, give them homes and, above all, their lost childhood.”

In the beginning, the narrator gives the introduction of his family, a quite descriptive one, which turns boring in the very beginning. From there on narrator narrates several incident of his life, some relevant and some irrelevant which could also cause reader’s interest go down, but as he/ she proceeds the story somewhat turns interesting.

Although the story has nothing so alluring to tell, but it let readers know a real story in depth, very few know of. There is a flow in the story, that is very-well maintained in the second half, whereas in the first half, one couldn’t get the new and interesting content, he/she is in search of. A moderate writing style is used which is simple to go with and is well articulated.

A book for the teenager out there who thinks that they cannot get freedom under their parent’s presence. Go through this book and you’ll get to know the hardships one has to go through when they leave their house in search of freedom and instead they got to know the harsh reality of life, the value of a loaf of bread and sufficient amount of water to bath and all the facilities one gets easily when they are under their parent’s guard and still don’t feel satisfied.

This book consists the content every child should know of!

Rating:3/5

Reviewer: Shweta Kesari

Review of Made in India

Title: Made in India

Author: Kunal Vijayakar

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Dear Foodies, I know you all love to have mouth-watering food and some of you may also like to cook them, but what about rest? Yes, I ‘m talking to those who are glutton but don’t know cooking. Well, if this is the case, then why not give it a try? Maybe you can yourself cook smart foods and then you would be all independent to have any food at any time you desire.

Chef Kunal Vijayakar’s latest book ‘Made in India: 60 mouth-watering recipes from desi kitchens and bylanes’, is a collection of recipes that are simple to cook and mesmerizing in looks that satisfies your tummy with a lot of flavor and delicious taste.

As the back cover says:”

This book is a buffet, an electric spread of some iconic, some forgotten and some beloved food that India has to offer. The recipes are often simple and tweaked to suit today’s fast-paced life, though some need the effort, perseverance and love that good food demands.

In his inimitable style as a food writer of many years, the author has jotted down his thoughts, including some nuggets of information and his mouthwatering experiences alongside his recipes. The dishes in the book are also beautifully photographed, including pictures of some of the author’s favourite food moments.”

The book consists of nine sections that hold more recipes under it. Following are the sections or the food corners it has: Vegetarian, Egg, Chicken, Fish, Mutton, Beef, Dessert, Sides and Masala. So you can see a complete package is ready to be tasted by you. Being a vegetarian, I was more interested to visit Vegetarian, Dessert, Sides and Masala Centre. Although, I went for other sections as well, but it was just for the sake of knowledge.

Before we think about how the recipes work, let’s first check out what is there in the menu. Vegeterain section has 19 recipes in it, feather in my cap (:p). Nineteen recipes include Brinjal Fritters, Tamilian Kotthu Paratha, gajar Koshimbir, Bhindi fatafat, Phodnichi Poli, Kashmiri Pundit Dam Aloo, Madras Onion Sambhar, double Bean Sukka, Channe ka Pulao, Pakistani Dal tadka, sookha Vatana, Akki Roti, Bhopali Roti, varias, aloo Paratha Tadkewala, Hingatelache Vatane, Goan Potatao Curry, pakoda Dahi Khadi and Charcharleli batati.

Under the section “Egg” comes: Akoori on Toast, Pizza Sunny Side Up, Indian Scotch Egg Curry,Fugias and Goan Egg Drop Curry.Under the section “Chicken” comes : Esperanza’s Chicken Curry, kaju Chicken Korma, Chicken Pasta Curry, Kori Chicken Sukka, Bombay Chicken Curry and Gomes Cafreal.Under the section “Fish” comes: Pomfret Moile, Prawns Atwan, chinchoni, Fish Kujit, prawn Pathwad ,Prawn and Drumstick Curry.

In the “MUTTON” shelf, recipes are: Shikari Pulao, Kheema Paratha, Green Kheema, Abeda’s Nihari, egg Fried Mutton Chops,Mutton Do Piaza, Mutton Khuddi, Mince Potato Chops with Mint and Eddie’s Mutton stew. In the BEEF shelf, recipes are: Pakistani Pot roast Fillets, Kerela Beef Fry and Chorizro pulao with Dry Fruits.

Coming to my favourite corner DESSERT, the five mouth-watering recipes it tells about are: Sev Badam Burfi, Tipsy Pudding, Vanilla Sheermal, Croissant Pudding and Anday ka halwa. SIDES corner has in store recipes like Chutney, Ginger Garlic Chutney, Pear Chutney, Lagan nu Achaar, Pathare Prabhu Chutney and Panchamrut Drink. The concluding segment MASALAS holds Bottle Masala and rechad Masala.

Here ends the menu card. Coming towards the implementation, how well does this book work for me.

All the recipes mentioned in the book are easy to cook or it seems because of the narration fashion adopted by the author. A very simple language has been used so that readers from any corner who has little knowledge about English could go through it very easily. Apart from finger-licking recipes, Kunal has shared some interesting anecdotes from the book of his life in order to create a comfortable ambience for the reader.

The thing that I found missing in the book is pictures. Not all the recipes have pictures with them. It’s obvious that before going through the procedure as how to cook pictures caught their sight. So, I think pictures are must, because reader needs to know how the dish would look before they learn how to cook.

Combination of simple recipes, easy to cook, easy to learn, guide to learn complete meal!

Rating: 4/5

Reviewer : Shweta Kesari

Review of An Introduction to Public Speaking

Title: Introduction to Public Speaking

Author: Brent C. Oberg

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Many a times situation comes to speak in front of people, that too sometimes impromptu. But do all of you are ready to serve your thoughts whenever required in front of number of crowds? No, not everyone! Right? Keeping this very thing in mind, an English teacher from Colorado, comes up with a book titled ‘An Introduction to Public Speaking’. This book covers the basic tactics and do’s and don’ts as how to face public and speak in front of them confidently and as required.

As the back cover says:” A new introductory text on public speaking that emphasizes practical exercises and activities

Each of the following chapters supports one or two specific learning objectives:

-Communication Apprehension- overcoming apprehension through introductory public speaking activities

-Techniques of delivery- the principles of effective presentation techniques

– Listening Skills- learning the skills of critical listening

-Topic section, organization, and Research- choosing a dynamic topic, organizing a speech, and effectively using research

-Different modes of Speaking-delivering impromptu, manuscript, and memorized speeches

-Speaking with different purposes- delivering persuasive, informative and entertaining speeches

-oral Interpretation of Literature-learning the skills of storytelling and oral interpretation

-Applied Activities-using public speaking in applied, real-world situations”

What it says in the blurb, it maintains the same in the content. Many a times it happens that content in the blurb showcases all goods and talk big and the cover design shine opulent, but the content inside doesn’t feed as the covers show. This case is definitely not present here.

This book highlights on various topics required for public speaking that plays a vital role in making the speech perfect. The topic that are covered in this book are communication apprehension, Techniques of delivery, listening skills, topic section, organization and research to be done while choosing any topic. Different modes of speaking, speaking with different purposes, oral interpretation of literature and applied activities. All these topics are narrated in a precise manner, giving required details, neither too much nor to less, giving it a proper balance.

One could get theoretical knowledge from anywhere but what requires most is the practice of what we have learnt. After teaching readers the tactics of effective speaking, at the end of each chapter readers would be served with an activity to perform which is the must part of the book, if you want to make a dynamic change in your presentation skills.

Author has used a very simple narration style so that any reader could understand his thoughts easily and work on it simultaneously. There is a proper flow in the content of the book, as if a beginner is reading, he/she should get a proper background and comfort while going through it. The arrangement of the content in a proper way serves reader’s mind a proper and fruitful meal.

A good book covering various activities a speaker needs to know about!

Rating: 4.6/5

Reviewer: Shweta Kesari

Review of My Daughter the Racist

Title : My Daughter The Racist

Author : Helen Oyeyemi

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“My Daughter The Racist” is one of the winning short story in the BBC National Short Story Award 2010.Everyone wants to live free in this world.No one wants to get bind around other’s order.The author highlights about the freeness of an individual.

The story begins with illuminating the character and personality of the protagonist,an eight year old girl who makes a vow to her mother that she is going to be a racist against soldiers.In the story the mother of the protagonist spin a yarn about her husband,her mother,her daughter,the boys of her village,Bilal,Naura and the Scrawny soldier.She recites that the village is not peacefull and the villagers had trapped the feeling of bete noire for foreign soldiers inside them.They always gaze at them with ill will feeling.

The story drives as the petite girl with gigantic thoughts shows valor and stand infront of the soldier’s truck and start hurling the stones pointing them to leave their village.Later on the story moves around the scrawny soldier’s visit to their house and conversations.At the end of the story the soldier stop visting their house on request of the girl’s mother.The little girl ignorant of mother’s request keep on waiting for her friend that is the scrawny soldier.

The storyline is about the feeling of love and ardour having for one’s populace.It shows the courage,infatuation,faith and the light at the end of the tunnel to an obstacle one have in his mind regarding his nation.The story reminds of a natinalist.

Author picked up simple language which is easy to go through.Narration is smooth and incomplex.The connectivity and flow of the story is good which makes it easy to catch and had locked me up all the time while reading it.

I had got a cloak and dagger feeling about the name of the protagonist which is emphasized but not unleashed.

The potholes which I found is that in the begining I coudn’t catch what the author wants to convey but laterwards as the story whirls I have got the root which the author wants to mention.I would say the end of the story is little bit subtle.

A good read.Recommended to a ardent and nation devoted reader.

Rating : 3.6/5

Reviewer : Megha Biloniya

Review of The Secrets of the Dark

The Secrets of the Dark

Title : The Secrets of the Dark

Author: Arka Chakrabarti

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‘Fantasy’, the genre I love to go through is rare to find by Indian authors, and when I got some I never drop the chance to go through it. “The Secrets of the Dark…the debt of blood is never repaid’, by Arka Chakrabarti is one such book I’d loved to spend time with. This is a story wind up with mystery, suspense, affection and numerous scenes comprising of battles supported by author’s wit. This is the story of the mystery of The Seven and the Prophet and the revenge that took place along with the unveiled facets of the story that keeps on revealing as the story proceeds.

As the back cover says:”

Is one born with his destiny or does he forge it?

In the mystical land of Gaya, two prophecies bind the fate of men and empires alike. The Destroyer born from the royal seed on the Land of Setting Sun shall bring the empires down, or so has been foretold.

In between the Destroyer and the world stand the Seven Guardians of Gaya, guarding the realm of man. A king, a father, defies the Seven and fate itself to save the last drop of his blood and prince Agni grows in the Land of the Rising Sun, exiled from his own people, unaware of his past.

Losing the woman he loved most to the shadows in the dark, Agni is thrown into a whirlpool of events that he neither knows, nor understands. His quest for vengeance brings him to the doorstep of a secret that will shatter the very foundation of beliefs of the world.

Can Agni avert his destiny? Can he uncover the truth about the Seven and the prophecies, now hidden behind a veil of ignorance?

The secrets of the dark are sometimes so terrible that they are better left unsaid.”

From the name of places to the name of characters everything has a charm enveloped around, giving perfect ambience required for a fantasy fiction. The storyline is fantastic and the way it has implemented very-well showcases author’s knowledge about fantasy. He knows very-well when to unveil which facet and how anecdotes needed to be narrated.

A moderate writing fashion is adopted by the author which goes very smoothly with the story. I like the way simplicity has been maintained throughout with lucid narration style. Along with a friendly writing style, this book serves a relatable and fruitful story that holds reader till he/she reaches the last page.

The story travels on a single track, it doesn’t divert from its path and so the reader’s attention doesn’t divert anywhere. Albeit a fantasy story it is, but for me it is a light read. Description of events has been done in a lucid manner and reader could easily visualize the scenes. Along with that, reader could go hand in hand with the story, as the story seems relatable and entertaining the same time.

If I talk about the downfalls of the book, a very few grammatical and printing errors here and there which could be avoided as it doesn’t hamper in the reading journey. Articulation of sentences at some places could be mended. Apart from that everything is at their respective places.

An interesting and engaging read and specially recommended to fantasy lovers out there who also seeks for a light read along with a crisp of suspense.

Rating: 4.2/5

Reviewer : Shweta Kesari

 
Other books by this author: Rise of the Grey Prince

Review of Six Plus one wish

Title: The Six Plus one Wish

Author: Anubhav Joyotirmoy

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A story of ghost in the absence of scare! Well, such stories are rare to find and when one finds, the story is stated to be lacking in the storyline or narration that fails to raise goose bumps. But, ‘The Six+1 Wish’, by Anubhav Jyotirmoy could change your perceptions. The story is about seven not so extraordinary wishes by some extraordinary souls holding suspense in its arms.

As the back cover says:”

We are often so caught up in our daily life and routines that we don’t have time to fulfill our own wishes. Sometimes the fear of society’s disapproval stops u from doing what we desire. We hesitate in sharing our secrets and truths our friends and relatives, loved ones and others. We want to express our love for the people around us but always leave it for another day. For most of us though, that day never comes and we carry our hidden desires and wishes to the grave.

Except for…the lucky six!

The Six +1 wish is the story of how these six do get a second chance to fulfill the biggest wishes of their lives.”

The suspense it creates through first few pages drew my excitement towards it, but as I proceeded ahead, it lend me to an unexpected place, to me it was surprising as I expected a lot and something different from it. Still I was going through it to atleast get near to the suspense and mystery it holds at the initial level.

In the first half of the story, I couldn’t understand where the story is heading. What I concluded after completing the first half is that the book is an amalgamation of irrelevant events and conversations which at times doesn’t rely on the storyline of the story. Through conversation I could conclude that this is the book playing with the issue of inter-caste marriages, as you will encounter such episodes in the book to make you think so.

In the second half, the story takes a new turn and turns interesting. From here onwards story shapes up to its best, and all the doubts I was having regarding the story starts to unfold. Also, all those events and episodes I thought irrelevant in the beginning, starts to make sense in the second half, and everything fits in the place. I wish if the same could be maintained in the first half.

A simple writing style has been adopted by the author. Theme is good and story is somewhat unique and energetic, a better implementation of the story could take it to a whole new level. Sequence of events could be jumbled up in such a manner so that readers don’t get bored in the first section. It could be presented in the manner of juxtaposing present and past events to make it interesting and fun altogether.

A fresh storyline with a lucid narration, specially recommended to novice readers!

Rating: 3.5/5

Reviewer: Shweta Kesari

Review of The Mastery Manual

Title: The Mastery Manual

Author: Robin Sharma

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Whenever you get stuck in the maze of your life and needs someone or something that could make you shine again and bring in the power to you, the energy to rise again and shine again and the one thing that shows you the path to travel, self-help books play a great role in such situations. Whenever it comes to self-help book, how could one forget to bring Robin Sharma in their home? The latest book of Robin Sharma, ‘The Mastery Manual’, is another book in the line to charge you up by telling how to enjoy life and live happily and blissfully.

As the back cover says:”

A life changing guide for professional as well as professional greatness!

‘The mastery Manual’ is packed with real world ideas and practices that will get you to world-class standards quickly. The book comprises 36 life-changing modules, each of which will help you to take your business and your life to next level.

You deserve to live your life at epic levels, creating spectacular results each day. Leave frustrations forever behind and feel yourself operating at your best.

‘The Mastery Manual’ will teach you to be inspired like the ultra-achievers, realize brave dreams and reconnect with the power that is within you to make you the master of your future.

The potent book is your manual-start reading it today!”

I’ve been through some of his books before, and what I noticed is every of his books is presented in a different and approaching manner and brings out different ideas so that the reader could feel friendly while going through his books. In this book, thirty-six chapters are there in totality, each of which consists of a general introduction portraying author’s thoughts, some inspirational quotes from great leaders and some from his previous books, his suggestions as how to be at your best self, along with some questions that reader need to pose to himself/herself to know better his/her life.

While reading the book, author’s thoughts get stir into your mind posing any questions in front of you in demand of honest answers. As you go ahead with this book, you would feel a positive energy surrounding you and by the end of it you would be all ready to set aside your fear giving your life a new shape and a healthy thinking process to precede it.

Alike all others book by the author; a very simple and friendly writing fashion has been served to the readers in this book. Along with that, flow of thoughts go so smoothly that it feels like you are sitting with the author himself and are having a live conversation with him.

The one thing that pins me while reading this book is monotonous content. Not even at one place, but the same content you could find at many other places. That very thing gave me the vibes that author is in very much hurry to complete this book that he didn’t took a sight how many times the same thing he has crafted in the book.

This book doesn’t stand completely on my expectations, although it serves readers the thoughts and commandments one needs to push himself/herself a step ahead.

Rating:4/5

Reviewer :Shweta Kesari

Review of The Art of Conversation

Title: The Art of Conversation

Author: Godfrey Harris

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‘Conversation’,though anyone could converse, but the one who knows what to say when and where wins the battle. Conversation plays a very vital role in every field of life; it holds the prowess to let you win any battle and could also make you lose. So, it’s essential to know importance of conversation and how to make healthy conversation and build and maintain relations through it. ’The Art of Conversation’ by Godfrey Harris, is the book written for all the introverts and shy out there.

As the back cover says:”
Talk is easy!

To a lot of people making conversation with a stranger is about as scary as meeting their potential in-laws for the first time.

-How do you get beyond the how-do-you-do stage?
-How do you know what to say to someone you’ve never met before?
-How do you change the subject when a conversation gets boring?
This new book by Godfrey Harris shows listeners how to deal with each of these questions and a lot more in both business and social strings. It gives listeners simple-to-remember techniques to help them make their conversation as fluid as a river flowing towards the ocean. By the time a small business owner, corporate salesperson, network marketer, or anyone else finishes the book, they should be able to have a conversation with a member of the Royal Family or a member of the Royal Mounted Police whether they are alone with them in a room or standing in a crowd at an airport, whether the subject is financial matters or family matters.

We are absolutely certain that those who read this book can learn how to make conversation with anyone at any time in any situation.”

In the beginning, author tells us about the three P’s that are necessary to become good conversationalist i.e. Planning, practice and Patience. With various practical examples and anecdotes of some events, author tells us about how should a conversation should flow, and how to control the flow so that your fellow mate don’t get bored of you. Precisely and lucidly, it covers the basics of the art of conversation and do’s and don’ts of healthy conversation.

This book covers the following things: How to practice conversation and what role does conversation play in each field. How to initiate a conversation and how to perform well in the middle of conversation. The role of body language in conversation and the way listener analyzes you while conversation is going on. What to response in difficult situations so that it couldn’t bother you later. Different and difficult kinds of conversation, views of conversation , more and more practice and good listening and other conversational situations.

The best thing about the book is number of exercises are provided in this book giving different situations as how to go through and handle such situations and how you can make an easy conversation with anyone. Not dealing with theory of healthy conversation, this book deals as how to implement the tactics of healthy conversation, continue or initiate conversation with anyone.

Some more situations should be given to the reader that occur often in his/her life .Along with that, in the following pages, a hint needed to be there as how it should go and what could be reader’s responses along with what it should be (as given in some situations).Apart from that, a good book for the introvert one or anyone who are afraid of talking to strangers or with anyone shy people don’t feel comfortable with.
Be comfortable with this book and let others feel comfortable with your words. A good book to know the basics of art of conversation!

Rating:3.5/5

Reviewer: Shweta Kesari

Review of The Agony of Love

Title: The Agony of Love

Author: Neilay Khasnabish

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The Agony of Love is the debut novel of the author Neilay Khasnabish.It is a love story in which protagonist faces several peaks and valleys from procuring a job to seizing his love.

As the blurb narrate : ‘The Agony Of Love’ is a love story of a young poet Srijan Ghose-a frustrated young poet, who fails to get a suitable job – falls in love with Priyam Majumdar, who is reading for an M.A. at Delhi University. In Delhi, Srijan’s elder brother Bijan finds a corporate job for him, but he refuses the job offer as Priyam inspires him to write poetry and to do a Ph.D. at Delhi University. Suddenly, some strange things start happening to him. He is kidnapped twice and tortured to compel him to leave Delhi and Priyam. Meanwhile, his elder brother Bijan asks him to leave his flat. Srijan leaves his flat and finds a job at a garment shop. Now, he has to find out his kidnappers, and if Priyam will marry him. ‘The Agony of Love’ addresses frustration, inspiration, love, greed, violence, jealousy, betrayal, hope, and success. The dimensions of relationships are explored to the core to focus on the colours of life, in the context of the conflict of humanity and inhumanity.This story in the guise of fiction is the offshoot of firsthand experience of life.’

The title of the book suggests that there are situations which drives the protagonist life in an uneasy way and forces him to catch the stones of dolour around him. The cover shows the two hearts one is inside the bottle and other is outside the bottle tie-up with a wire and a key is encase in the bottle depicts that both the hearts are coupled with each other but are distant from each other.

In the story the protagonist Srijan Ghose left his home in search of a job to Delhi where he stays with his brother.Srijan fall in love with Priyam who inspired him to write poems,after which he wrote his first poem ‘The Fragrance’.

The story rolls around protagonist life who sporadically watches the bird and capture them in his thoughts.He decides to stay in delhi so as to be nigh to his love Priyam and narrate his poems for her.He is kidnapped twice and tortured not to love Priyam,still he is adamant at his decision,his thoughts and his love.He let the no stone unturn to achieve his love.Later on he left delhi to complete his Ph.D in Kolkata and in a belief of conquering his love.

I found the writing style simple with easy vocabulary and light read.For a neophyte it is a good one to go through.I could predict that an avid reader can complete the book forthwith. Although I found the story as-usual and look-alike other love fictions.Onset I found the story little bit insipid but later on as the second half begins it is compelling.I found the linking of the story weak and fluctuating and it may addle reader’s mind sometimes and may peeve them too.

A general story with frequent situations having perfunctory way.A trite story indeed.I would say it will be a good select for a neophyte.

Rating : 2.7/5

Reviewer: Megha Biloniya

Review of Puzzles to Puzzle you

Title :Puzzles to Puzzle you

Author : Shakuntala Devi puzzles-to-puzzle-you-paperback-shakuntala-devi-from-amazon-india

Puzzles are meant to bring your mind out of its comfort zone. Shakuntala Devi, whose books were my childhood companion for some good years in school has again clutched my hand for some quality time. ”Puzzles to Puzzle you”, by Shakuntala Devi is a collection of one-hundred and fifty bewildering puzzles that will make you go crazy at times bringing out new mathematician out of you.

As the blurb of the book goes:
”Discover the adventure and excitement of mathematical puzzles. Match your wits with the human computer. Sharpen your intellect, delight your friends and enjoy hours of purposeful entertainment. Mathematics is not always hard, mind-boggling stuff. It can also be simple, delightful and interesting. Many famous mathematicians are known to be devoted to peg jumping puzzles. It is perhaps this kind of play that leads to scientific discoveries. The celebrity author, Shakuntala Devi, is regarded as ‘authentic heroine of twelfth century’. She calculates faster than the fastest computer, is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records and continues to amaze audiences around the world with her feats of calculation.”

Warning: Beware before you start to solve the puzzles.
The puzzles may lead your mind to an undemanding state, sometimes you may turn all nuts but couldn’t restrain yourself from solving the riddles(happened with me). At the next moment, when you successful solve one puzzle victory overwhelms and you are all set to go through the next one.

Some of the puzzles you can solve by a single try while some sweats you off. Many a times, this very though struck my mind: whether the question is correct? Is the question complete? Might be possible that the answer is miss-printed. But all these questions fret away when you discover the answer. May be you couldn’t go through the question well at once, probable chances are to re and re-read.

All the puzzles are way different from each other, and require your strong attention and wit to involve. If you complete it in a single sit then my salute to you, but if you couldn’t, don’t worry! I’m your companion. Try, try and try and I vouch on that you could go through all of them successfully.

The one and the major downfall I locate in the book is- some solutions are not done in an effective manner. Only answers are given, but not the solution? What if the doer couldn’t locate to the answer? As all the puzzles are way different from each other, each of them needs to have step by step demonstration as how the doer could reach to the solution.

Mathematician genius and lovers, and all the students who want to crack campus interviews this book recommended is to you. Good to luck to you and your mind who is about to ride a bumpy-ride.

Mind blowing, Mind blogging and mind blending collections of puzzles!

Rating : 4/5

Reviewer: Shweta Kesari

Review of 100 stories that you will never forget

Title: 100 stories you will never forget

Author: J.P. Vaswani

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Rare to find are the books that touches your heart as well as your soul.”100 stories you will never forget”, by J.P. Vaswani , as the title itself says, all the hundred stories hold prowess to never let the readers forget them, if by chance they forget the story, but the lesson it teaches needs to be with the readers forever. This book is a collection of hundred inspiring stories that will make you ponder over it and you will be forced to instill the dose of life it gives.

As the back cover says:”
Rev. Dada J P Vaswani has always been a raconteur par excellence. His informal discourses as well as his books have always been liberally interspersed with though-provoking stories, interesting anecdotes and tales from our myths and scriptures, chosen judiciously to bring home the point that he wishes us to absorb. These stories are so memorable, that they linger long in our hearts, allowing us to internalize the message or the value that he has so creatively put across to us!

In this book, we bring together 100 stories chosen from his recent talks and books, neatly packaged with Rev. Dada’s thoughts offered for your reflection, and his trademark practical exercises in the form of tips for you to follow!
Happy reading-and happy reflections!”

When I started reading this book, I hadn’t thought that this book would work this much well for me, as my experiences with short stories is not that much good and I’m not much familiar with the writing of the author J P Vaswani. A 204 paged book consists of hundred short stories that very thing itself makes me to doubt on the content of the book, as how well the stories would be able to communicate when they are only two pages long? All these questions and doubt came to a halt, when I discover the beauty of each and every story penned in this book.

Every story though very small in length has a great message to tell to readers, has a lesson to learn from. Humorous stories are interwoven in this book and are blended with intelligent lessons to filter reader’s mind. Some of the stories you might have heard before, but when the complete dosage of hundred stories being served together, it plays a new role altogether. Stories are simple in nature but the message they convey is magical.

Writing fashion is effective and friendly in nature and language used is moderate in nature. Narration and presentation of the story both works up to the mark. Nothing goes offbeat or irrelevant.Along with meaningful and inspirational stories you would a thought of some great thinkers below the story, and below it a practical tip is given as how to incorporate the learning and lessons it teaches and in order to make the message clearer and brighter.

No flaws at all or you could say I was not in a condition to count any flaw. Such a deep impact it made on me. A book that could lead your mind to peace.

A must read and highly RECOMMENDED to everyone out there!

Rating: 5/5

Reviewer: Shweta Kesari

Review of Decoding Life

Title: Decoding Life

Author: Vikas Singal

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This is the second time I’m being offered with Vikas Singal’s short stories. Usually I can’t go through e-books, but I agreed to go through his e-book “And They Fell in Love” and surprisingly I completed it in a single sit. His first paperback book “Decoding Life” is a collection of ten stories offering readers a simple and light-read sprinkling emotions over it.

As the back cover says:’ “Decoding Life” is an anthology based on relations, love and human perceptions.
‘The Taxi Driver’ depicts the emotions of a young lady on a thunderous night in Mumbai when she takes a local taxi driven by a fiery driver. ‘A Rain Kissed Tuesday’ is a Hindu-Muslim love story where Aditya falls in love with Arisha on a rainy day.

One of the stories, talks about the tension and the excitement of rwo people who are about to get married, ‘Two states’ brings up the small environmental difference felt by two friends who are living in two different states.
This sparkling anthology covers a wide range of human emotions. This would make you feel good when you decode them one by one. The stories talk through silences and are very thought-provoking! Enjoy decoding the various codes of life we live…’

The taxi driver

Crime and fraud are so on top of people’s mind that even innocent seems criminal nowadays. Blindly believing someone is like walking on throne-full road barefooted. “The taxi Driver”, revolves around the same concept. This story reminds of a story I’ve once gone through in my school life. A good start of the book and a good storyline to convey the message!

A Rain Kissed Tuesday

Love stories based on cast are on top list in the market. In past few months, I’ve gone through numerous such stories where core theme is cast. One more love story based on the same theme came in front of me, portraying the same with a bit difference in the plot. If author has chosen quite a common theme, then my expectation is a different plot.

K.N.Laxman

It’s a human nature to judge people so frequently and comes up with a conclusion. To have perceptions about someone has nothing wrong, but when the perception is wrong, it could lead us to the state of sorry or guilt when we later realized how wrong we were. The story conveys the same and is narrated very-well to highlight this message. A nice story!

Switch it on!

A very diminutive story covering the lesson of selflessness. The story portrays a very common anecdote of life, many of us have encountered in our life, but very few of us could bring out a conclusion out of it. A nice attempt!

The Mistake

It is about the journey of friendship of Jatin and Nikhil and the bridge of understanding each other that has grown over time. A humorous story that teaches us a lesson through a meaningful story. Before acting on someone’s actions, place yourself at that someone’s position to know where the pit actually is.

Two States

This story is about two friends belonging to different states. The beginning of the story runs on adifferent track while the end or what the story actually wants to convey runs on different. Well, the story has nothing so significant to convey, it just tells the different ambience of two states, Rajasthan and Mumbai.

That Mysterious Girl

The story is about hardships of a girl and when she reaches to a point and is able to stand on her foot, what society thinks of her and the success she gains. The title suits very-well to the story. As the way narration of the story goes, a mystery is formed that goes on well with the story. The story has a pinch of reality in it that pulls readers more towards it. The procedure of juxtaposing of past and present episodes is done very-well, prior to a short story. It gives a very good message to the society-‘Not everyone selects the short cut road to success. Before you put your perceptions about someone, think about it.’

Vikas Singal’s stories are easy to go with and are lemned with simplicity. His stories’ main ingredient is taken from the reality of life. From happenings of life, he chooses some anecdotes and presents them before readers in a friendly manner. A light read book and one could complete it in a single sit. Novice readers out there, a good book for you.

Rating: 3/5

Reviewer : Shweta Kesari

Review of The Complete Handbook of Nature Care

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Author: Dr. H. K. Bakhru

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With the enhancement in technology, diseases go in parallel. The use of technology cannot be stopped at this stage, what we could do is to keep ourselves healthy from even minuscule of diseases with the help of the book “The Complete Handbook of Nature Cure: The most comprehensive family guide to health, the natural way”, by a nationally acclaimed neuropath, Dr. H.K.Bakhru. Natural ways are considered to be the best way to be healthy and fit, as one could easily get the equipments  (ingredients) and has no or diminutive amount of side-effects. And the main pro is we can safeguard ourselves in advance from the diseases which could attack us.

As the back cover says:
”Naturopathy has taken rapid strides and gained significant acceptance in recent years. People are gradually realizing the limitations of allopathic drugs and traditional western medicine. As a result, they are now turning to natural medicines and methods to treat their ailments.”

In this book, Dr. H.K Bakhru explains the details and benefits of a variety of natural therapies. He explains how natural food, natural elements, yoga and more generally, the observance of the laws of nature, can allow patients to overcome their diseases. He also reviews the ingredients of a healthy and nutritious diet. The author affirms that “good health ought to be everybody’s concern, not solely the medical professions. In following this principle, he uses simple language to explain his treatment and the underlying reasoning behind his theories.

This well-illustrated book will be beneficial for those who are seeking natural cures for their ailments. The book will also serve as a useful guide for those who are interested in leading simple and healthy lives. In addition, the book will be a very useful reference guide for students of naturopathy and practitioners of nature cure.”

The book is partitioned into five parts:

The first part holds nature cure and natural methods of treatment which includes suggestions as how to practice nature cure, benefits of fasting, importance of exercises and yoga, vital role of sleep, therapeutic baths, role and power of earth in curing us, significant value of therapeutic Massage and how colors help in healing.

The second part covers how to maintain health through nutrition. This section talks about various nutritious foods that helps to cure to a tremendous level and proves to be very helpful. It showcases the crucial involvement of alkalizing diet, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, dietary fibre, raw fruits, wheat grass, sprouts, lecithin and many.

The third section covers diseases and their natural cure. With more than hundred diseases, this sections tells us about how to get rid of those diseases. It incudes from the very basic problems like falling of hair, common cold, cough, headaches to the diseases specially I’m not familiar with like anorexia nervosa, dermatitis, impetigo and many.

The part four is especially for women. It includes women related problems and how to cure them in best possible way. This section is must read for all the women as it covers the basic diseases many of you are friendlier with.

The last and fifth part concludes by showing some prerequisite charts and tables giving information about valuable resources, amount recommended to adults and children, deficiency symptoms and side effects and over dosages. You would get the charts of Vitamin, Minerals, amino acids, Calorie and height/Weight chart.

A very simple language is used so that anybody could go through it easily. From index to description of a particular disease everything is so well maintained and presented in a friendly manner. Reader could get needed knowledge of disease that too in an approaching manner in this book. By adopting the tactics scripted in this book, one could build a new relation with nature that too a healthy relationship that serves you heart fully, bringing a new you, a better you and a healthy you.
If you are health conscious (or those who are not they should) or students of naturopathy, a must read book, it would help you to a great extent. Even I would recommend this book to everyone out there, because healthy you is the key to healthy life. Before the diseases reach you, you reach to this book!

Rating:5/5

Reviewer: Shweta Kesari