Monday, 16 December 2013

Baramulla Bomber Svastik Trilogy by Clark Prasad


Review for the book Baramulla Bomber by Clark Prasad

    • Publisher                   : Niyogi Books
    • ISBN                        : 978-39-81523-97-1
    • Year Of Publication   : 2013
    • No of  Pages             : 313
    • Cover                        : Paper Back
    • Language                   : English
    • Author                       : Clark Prasad
    • Type                          : Fiction
    • Rating                        : 3.5/5


From the Back cover of the book :

AN ANCIENT WEAPON FROM THE VEDAS & BIBLE
ONCE HUNTED BY THE NAZIS
POWERED BY THE SOUND OF UNIVERSE
REBORN WITH HELP OF QUANTUM PHYSICS
GOING TO BE UNLEASHED ON TO THE WORLD
AND KASHMIR HOLDS ITS SECRET

Multiple intelligence agencies are tracking Mansur Haider, a god-fearing aspiring cricketer from Kashmir. His girlfriend, Aahana Yajurvedi, is trying to locate her missing mountaineering team, who vanished after a mysterious earthquake strikes Shaksgam Valley.

Investigating Mansur and the Shaksgam Valley incident is Swedish intelligence officer, Adolf Silfverskiold, whose only relationship to god consists of escorting his girlfriend to Church.
A dual China-Pakistan battle front scenario facing the Indian Home Minister, Agastya Rathore, whose ancestors carry a prehistoric secret linked to the stars. He is faced with the challenge of finding a lasting solution to the Kashmir crisis.

Which Biblical Weapon was Tested in Shaksgam Valley? Why is Mansur Haider Important? Is There a Solution to the Kashmir Crisis? Can Destiny be Controlled? Does a Cosmic Religion Exist?


A Request By The Author:

‘Reviewers are requested not to give away the details of the plot in blogs, social media sites or other media channels which may act as plot spoilers for others.’ The book also mentions that the news, events, organisations, reports mentioned is true (Only the names have been changed).


My Point Of View

Baramulla Bomber is a science fiction espionage thriller which has different subjects like Quantum Physics, the Vedas, Mythology, Religion, Politics, Technology and Cricket. A trilogy which looks into the origin of universe, Vedas and the destiny of human race. Even though having many plots and characters, it's a page turner book. The story revolves in many countries like India, Pakistan, China, USA and Norway. The story line of this book is very well researched. When their are new chapter the usage of maps, the locations can be easily classified by the reader. Also the vedic mantars and bible proverbs which brings a good interesting material to the readers. Baramulla Bomber is the first book- Eka among the trilogy of the series along with the other two Dvitiya – The Consultant and the third book or Tritiya (yet to be titled) are all concerned with a question – What is the power behind the creation of Universe and human origins?

I highly recommend this book Baramulla Bomber especially if your interest is on Vedas and Mantras.

Some of the catchy lines which I liked are:-


  • If you wish for peace, prepare for war – PROLOGUE
  • Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. – Page no. 6
  • Kyon Vyarth Chinta Karte Ho? Kis Se Vyarth Darte Ho? Kaun Tumhe Maar Sakta Hai? Aatma Na Paida Hotee Hai, Na Marti Hai. – Page no. 10
  • Always compete with yourself and your own weaknesses! Magic will happen and you will emerge stronger. – Page no 30
  • Amen and Ogham are related, but there is the “Aum” from Hinduism also. Some say “Amen” is derived from “Aum”. – Page no. 57
  • Prepare for the worst and hope for the best. – Page no 110
  • Fight your Destiny, Build Hope and Make it Happen. – Page no 213


About the Author:

Clark Prasad, alter ego of Suraj Prasad, could be called a mixed citizen. Born in a leap year (year of Rocky, All the President's Men, Omen, Hera Pheri and Kalicharan) in Lagos, Nigeria he lived most of his life in New Delhi and had his education in Lagos, Delhi, Mangalore and Kozhikode. His family background is from the town where George Orwell, author of 1984 (a dystopian fiction) was born, and where Mahatma Gandhi had re-ignited India's freedom movement - Motihari.

A pharmacist with a management degree who believes in conspiracy theories, Baramulla Bomber is his first book. His first education o he mysteries of the universe came via Carl Sagans Cosmos, and since then he never looked back on reading, watching and discussing about the universe. He grew up during the cold war days with BBC radio was one of his mysterious companions as a kid, when his father played the news regularly every day. World War II news and documentaries on CIA-KGB tussle kept him engaged that time.
 As a kid he wanted to be an archaeologist or an astronaut, but fate had its own road and he got involved with Mr. Carbon aka Chemistry. Currently he is a health care management consultant, based out of Bangalore, Planet Earth

Thank you very much Nimi Vashi for providing this book for review, you are always eager to provide books to the bloggers. This book review is a part of "The Readers Cosmos Book Review Program". To get free books log on to thereaderscosmos.blogspot.com.

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Tuesday, 10 December 2013

An Indian women Sacrifice

A Cute Letter from a newly married girl to her mother

 Dear mom,

 Like every normal girl, I was excited about marriage right from my childhood days. I never thought beyond the time that I would spend happily with my prince charming.

 But today when I am married, I realize that marriage is not all roses. It’s not just about being with your beloved and having a gala time. There is so much more to it. It comes with its own share of responsibilities, duties, sacrifices and compromises.

 I can’t wake up anytime I want to.
 I am expected to be up and ready before everyone else in the family.
 I can’t laze around in my pyjamas throughout the day.
 I am expected to be presentable every time.
 I can’t just go out anytime I want to.
 I am expected to be sensitive to the needs of the family.
 I just can’t hit the bed anytime I want to.
 I am expected to be active and around the family.
 I can’t expect to be treated like a princess but am supposed to take care of everyone else in the family.

And then I think to myself, ‘why did I get married at all?’ I was happier with you, mom. Sometimes I think of coming back to you and getting pampered again.

 I want to come home to my favourite food cooked by you every evening after a nice outing with friends. I want to sleep on your laps like I have no worry in this world. But then I suddenly realize, had you not got married and made such sacrifices in your life, I wouldn’t have had so many wonderful memories to hang on to. And suddenly, the purpose of all this becomes clear- to return the same comfort, peace and happiness to my new family that I got from you.

And I am sure that as time would pass, I would start loving this life equally as you do. Thank you mom for all the sacrifices and compromises you made. They give me the strength to do the same. Love you.

 It's an excellent letter for all daughters

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Bankerupt by Ravi Subramanian (A Must Read Book)



Publisher                : Penguin Books
ISBN                     : 978-0-143-42138-2
Year of Publication : 2013
No of Pages           : 319
Cover                     : Paper Back
Language                : English
Date of Publication  : 03/09/2013
Author                    : Ravi Subramanian
Type                       : Fiction
Rating                     : 5/5

Wall Street has truly given a review on front cover of Bankerupt “The John Grisham of Banking”. I am very glad to say all you their that this is the first time I am getting a book which is personally signed by the author (Ravi Subramanian). I can’t express my feeling in words but it’s an awesome thing to get the book from any author. Also I am reading this author for the second time the first one was The Bankster and planning to read If god was a Banker.

The Plot

The Bankerupt begins with the stressed president of America walking in his capitol building because of two teenagers killing twelve students and one teacher and injuring twenty of other students using assault weapon, this was possible because of the liberal law of the second amendment in constitution of America the right to keep and bear firearms by any USA citizen.

The story revolves around three places, Boston, Mumbai and Coimbatore. In Boston there is Cirisha Narayanan, a research associate in Social Psychology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) who is very loyal and passionate for her Carrere. Cirisha is workaholic and non-corrupt character of this book. The second character of this book is Aditya Raisinghania, an investment banker of Greater Boston Global Bank (GB2) in Mumbai. A greedy person who for earning money takes liberty to turn things his way whenever required. And the third character is Cirisha’s father Narayanan who runs a business in Coimbatore. Aditya first met Cirisha at GB2 when they need 50 crore rupees for expansion of his EMU Framing business. After their meeting Aditya falls in Love with Cirisha and then they were married.
Then the book revolves with many other strong characters who where working at MIT at Boston, USA, Michael Cardoza, James Deahl and Richard Avendon who is a Research Professor of MIT, James Deahl and Michael Cardoza were the Archrivals. There is a turning point when Gun Manufacturer Lobby uses this rivals to make a research in favor of them. By using 2nd Amendament Clause of Gun Control of USA in favor of them. The Gun Manufacturer Lobby (NRA) approaches MIT Michael Cardoza to make research in favor of them for gun control where Cardoza refuses to research for them, then James Deahl accepts to research, this is where it begins a series of murder, deceit and treachery. Cirisha, Narayanan, Aditya and many other people get involved in this Mayhem and their lives are changed forever.

My View      

This is a page turner book, you can't resist until the last page. The reader will never regret if you like thriller and especially if its banking thriller and written by Ravi Subramanian. As Subramanian is related to banking you will get inside loopholes, where money laundering or any fraudulent act can be done by any higher authority of banking. As always Subramanian has a good research before starting this book as you can get to know many things like relationship manager opening an account in Switzerland, the Procedure of money Laundering from Geneva to Switzerland, also the most debated issue of child labor is very well intertwined in the book. Also we can get to know that different types of researches are done by MIT Boston like on suicide. Overall I must recommend this book it’s a 5/5. You will never regret if you have picked this book.
      
I am very thankful to Thinkwhynot for once again giving me opportunity to review the books by different authors. Now this is my Third book from the Thinkwhynot. The first one was Land of the Seven Rivers by Sanjeev Sanyal, second was Keys by Santosh Joshi and this is my third book.

Some of the catchy lines which I liked are:-

  • Guns were back in business. Page no 3
  • Never mix business and emotions. Else you will be in trouble. Page no 25
  • What are auditors for? To write what we want them to. Page no 45
  • Every individual, however upright he might be, has one weak point, an Achilles’ heel. Page no 78
  • The thing about greed is that once it gets you in its clutches, it doesn’t let go. The battle that day was won by greed. The war too had to go its way. Page no 89
  • We Indians are genetically wired to be suspicious about everything. Page no 192
  • Rich guys don’t like to get hurt. Page no 198
  • In life, it’s not bad to be ambitious. Its criminal to have a team which always dreams of personal glory. Desperate for success. When their aspirations are not in sync with what we need from them, it leads to trouble. Page no 312


About the Author

Ravi Subramanian an alumnus of IIM Bangalore, has spent two decades working his way up the ladder of power in the amazingly exciting and adrenaline-pumping world of global banks in India. It is but natural that his stories are set against the backdrop of the financial services industry. He lives in Mumbai with his wife Dharini and daughter Anusha. In 2008, he won the Golden Quill Readers Choice award for his debut novel, If God was a Banker.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

canon powershot sx170 review


Canon PowerShot SX170 IS is an affordable high-zoom digital compact camera. It features a 16 megapixel sensor, 16x 28-448mm image stabilised optical zoom, manual modes for controlling shutter-speed and aperture, a range of digital effects, 720p HD video recording capabilities and a 3-inch LCD screen. Priced at £169.99 / €199.99 / $179.99, the Canon PowerShot SX170 IS is available in red or black.

Monday, 11 November 2013

sorry friends

First of all sorry to all their for posting after a long time, It was because of health problem. I am back with new stuffs will provide within short period of time so just chill and have fun.

 

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Water Bottle Plantation (Reuse of Waste bottle)


An innovative thing, how a waste coke bottle can be reused for water plantation.   

Friday, 30 August 2013

US Pricing and Availability Announced for Samsung Galaxy NX Camera

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Samsung USA has announced availability and pricing for the intriguing Samsung Galaxy NX Camera. The Android-powered compact system camera, which takes interchangeable lenses and boasts 3G/4G LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity, will be available from October priced at $1,599.99 (body-only) or $1,699.99 (bundled with an 18-55mm lens).

Friday, 23 August 2013

Review for the book Keys by Santosh Joshi




Publisher                             : Santosh Joshi Foundation
ISBN                                  : 978-93-5126-531-3
Year of Publication              : 2013
No of Pages                        : 270
Cover                                  : Paperback
Language                             : English
Author                                 : Santosh Joshi
Type                                    : Non-Fiction Self Help
Price                                    :280
Rating                                  :4.5/5

This is an awesome book. You will never regret if you are planning to the book on Positive thinking or planning for reading a book on regret free life than i must say my first preference is to this book Keys by Santosh Joshi. The cover design of the book is very symbolic as it says open your door to live a regret free and positive life, also design is done be creative team of ThinkWhyNot. When Thinkwhynot mailed me if i want to write a review on this book, at that time i was not sure whether to select or not to select because i have read many books on self help, but i must say i have not taken any wrong decision, its a must read book.

This book Keys is divided into three parts i.e. HLP where H means Heal your past L means Live your present and P means Plan your future.  Before starting any chapter their are cartoons printed along with that a small sentence are written it, which are very symbolic it represents human tendency to think any situation in a particular manner. Now for first few chapter i.e. Heal your past the author Santosh Joshi says don’t stretch your past let it be, free yourself from your past just analyse it and make a proper decision for your future. Bygones are bygones which is written many times in first few chapters for healing your past. Their are many anecdotes written in this book which are very useful. Also their are many inspirational stories that one should re-read it. Santosh Joshi has given a new method which i liked the most which is if someone/something hurting you or the memories which hurts you most just write it down in a paper tear the paper burn it or flush it. Do this method whenever you feel low or when your past memory hurts you, it really helps i have done it myself. After Heal your past their is Live your present in which Santosh Joshi says past are past enjoy your present moment. Mistakes are a great teacher learn from your mistakes just analyze it, believe in your inner voice which will guide you throughout your life.  Their is a chapter for gratitude in live your present which i liked the most where santosh Joshi says having a feeling of gratitude makes us aware of the things we have in our life, gratitude is the direct route for happiness, also those who are practicing gratitude and humility attracts success in their life. Now for the last few chapters are for Plan your future. The author says visualize, which is the best tool to achieve your future goals. By visualizing your mind attracts those vibrations the more you think about something in a positive way the more are chances of that manifesting in your life. After every completion of chapters their are given powerful tools, if you re-refer it many times i must say your life will be changed in a positive way.  My suggestion to the readers that don’t put this book in a shelf you should re-read it many times give to your friends, gift to someone i assure you those who will read this book their perspective of life will be changed.      

                                                      The lines which i liked the most:

Make sure that people remember you for the right reasons. It is very difficult to build a good reputation as it takes a long time; however, it just takes a couple of seconds to spoil it. So always choose your words and actions carefully. Page no. 18
Remember, your thoughts in this moment are going to create your future. You are creating your future every moment.  Page no. 86
We become as we think. If we think of greatness, our life will turn towards greatness.Page no.133   
Happiness can never be achieved by material gains. To be really happy one has to look inside and not outside. Page no. 143
Working hard without a plan is similar to running on a treadmill. We end up at the same place. Page no. 197
Lack of faith in one’s self is the sole reason for all of today’s problems, illnesses, diseases, stresses, relationship issues and fears. Page no. 231
Swami Vivekananda beautifully said, “Talk to yourself at least once a day. Otherwise you may miss a meeting with an excellent person in this world.”  Page no. 246

Their are many short stories which are very inspirational but suggesting some which i liked the most:


  • ·         The clay Buddha on page no: 32
  • ·         The crystal vase on page no: 63
  • ·         The real story of Jadav Payeng on page no: 254
  • ·         The real story of Dasrath Manhi on page no: 255

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Samsung Galaxy NX

Samsung Galaxy NX Now in UK

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The Samsung Galaxy NX is now available to buy in the UK. The Galaxy NX is the world’s first 4G interchangeable lens ConnectedCompact System Camera (CSC) and is on sale at Jessops for £1299, with selected online and high street retailers to follow.
Samsung Electronics UK Press Release
SAMSUNG GALAXY NX NOW AVAILABLE TO BUY IN THE UK
London, UK – August 20, 2013 – Samsung Electronics UK today announced that customers in the UK are now able to purchase the Galaxy NX, the world’s first 4G interchangeable lens Connected Compact System Camera (CSC), from Jessops, with selected online and high street retailers to follow.
Featuring 3G/4G LTE technology, the Galaxy NX allows photographers to share professional quality images wherever they are and at any time. They can enjoy a range of intuitive features including Photo Suggest, offering location-based recommendations of popular photography spots, and Story Album, allowing them to view a timeline of their best shots and create digital photo books.
Kitted out with an array of interchangeable lenses, the 20.3MP APS-C Sensor produces bright and detailed images, even in lowest lit conditions, while the DRIMe IV Image Signal Processer delivers the speed and accuracy that today's photographers demand. Photography enthusiasts can take crisp, vibrant shots with the Galaxy NX’s Advanced Hybrid Auto Focus (AF) System, whilst the 1/6000 sec shutter speed and 8.6fps shooting means they can capture every second of the action.
Running on an Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS, the Galaxy NX can be personalised with a huge range of Android apps to help capture amazing photographs and video, edit images or add special effects to them. More than 30 Smart Mode options mean the optimum settings can be selected for the environment photographers are shooting in, whilst Multi Exposure merges two different shots together to produce one distinctive image and Animated Photo connects continuous shots of up to five seconds, creating a moving GIF file.
Simon Stanford, Vice President of IT & Mobile Division, Samsung UK & Ireland said: “We’re excited to introduce the Samsung Galaxy NX to the UK market, offering our customers the chance to experience a premium device that boasts best-in-class image quality with the ease-of-use and speed of 4G capabilities with Android. Perfect for taking incredible images and sharing them quickly, we hope the Galaxy NX will help our customers stay connected at all times, wherever they are."

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Review for the book Amreekan Desi Master of America by Atulya Mahajan




Publisher                          : Random House India   
ISBN                                 : 978-8-184-00395-6
Year of Publication          : 2013
No of Pages                     : 306
Cover                               : Paper Back                      
Language                         : English
Author                              : Atulya Mahajan
Type                                  : Fiction
Price                                 : INRI 199
Rating                               : 2.5/ 5

It’s a Hilarious book with many anecdotes to American Indians. I have picked this book because when this book was available from readers-cosmos i was just surfing the net, and i came to a video where Gul Panag was rendezvous with the author. She was asking why he cammed back to India, what are the future prospects of India etc. So after watching that video i thought this book will reach me to know how Indian Origins are having their life in America especially Students, and i must say after reading the book i am very much satisfied with this book. Recently i got to know that this book Amreekan Desi by Atulya Mahajan is in a best seller shelf in Mumbai airport. Also its a quick read you will not get bored reading this book. The flow is genuine and also Atulya Mahajan has written in a very simple language their is no harsh words. At some time i thought that author is inspired by Chetan Bhagat’s 2 States where protagonist do some unusual things like growing his beard, convincing her would be father in law etc. Its always a worth reading if the publishers are Random House India. Its a handful guide for the Indian students who want’s to go abroad for further studies and settle their.

The plot or Story

This is about two guys Akhil and Jaspreet (Jassi) who lands to USA for studies in FSU (Florida State University) to do their Masters in Science Degree after clearing GRE. Akhil has a dream in his life and wants to be a successful person, he studies, he learns to cook foods and also fall in love, while Jassi dreams of having fun with his life. Jassi wants to bang everyother Firangi girl encountered in his life by rating from 5 to 10.  Then their a love story between the protagonist Akhil with Nandita. The story further follows when their is strick no for marriage out of bangali community from Nandita’s family and Akhil convince nandita’s father in somewhat filmy Bolloywood style. Also their guidance and help from senior Indian students of FSU how to live in USA is very interesting and helpful. How do they cop up with their life the environment, the difficulty they face, expensesnes of the cities etc is described very sharply by Atulya Mahajan because he was once upon a time a student in USA. The only thing further i would like to say about this book is just grab it and read it you will like it.  


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Sunday, 4 August 2013

Review for the book Land of The Seven River A Brief History of India’s Geography by Sanjeev Sanyal


Publisher                             : Penguin
ISBN                                  : 978-0-143-42093-4
Year of Publication              : 2013
No of Pages                        : 322
Cover                                 : Paper Back                      
Language                            : English
Author                                : Sanjeev Sanyal
Type                                   : Non-Fiction History
Price                                   : INR 399
Rating                                  : 5/ 5

Sanjeev Sanyal  has written in an author’s note that he is not a historian or geographer and also has not taken any formal training on this field then also i must say because of his exploration to India’s rivers, mountains and cities, visiting ancient archaeological sites, crosses rivers in boat and immerse himself in old records and manuscripts has given a tremendous materials to the readers. Its a mind-blowing non-fiction book i have read on Indian Geography.  The land of the seven rivers is a curious journey through the different rivers of India, the Harappans, the Vedas, Ashoka, the Ramayana and Mahabharata, the various cities of India, the Mughals, the British, mapmakers, Partition of India, the rapid growth of Gurgoan, the call-centers etc . This book is about ancient trade routes cultural linkage the rise and fall of cities.
The book is a complete history of the formation of India, starting from pre-history and the formation of the Indian Subcontinent. It traces the breakaway from Gondwana - the supercontinent, introduces the theory of plate tectonics, and explains how India collided with Asia. How amazing sanjeev has written that Gondwana which was the super continent of which India was part – along with Africa, South America, Antarctica and Australia – millions of years ago which was drifting like an ice berg. The author has given brief history of four civilization. The  first was the Harappan or Indus-Saraswati civilisation in north-west India and parts of present-day Pakistan, which was at its peak between 2600 BC and 1900 BC. It had disappeared by 1400 BC, as the Saraswati river from which it drew its sustenance dried up.
The second civilisation, which belonged to the period between 1300 BC and 400 BC, was located in the Gangetic plains. Its main cities were Pataliputra (the imperial capital), Taxila (an intellectual hub near present-day Islamabad), the port of Tamralipti in the east (across the river from Kolkata), Kaushambi (near Allahabad), Varanasi, Rajgir  and Ujjain.
The third cycle of urbanisation was centred on Delhi, the most prominent city of this phase, which began with the sacking of Prithviraj Chauhan’s Delhi and ended six and a half centuries later with the sacking of Mughal Delhi in the wake of the failed revolt of 1857.
The fourth cycle which is currently in which we are all living which is well under way in Calcutta, Madras and Bombay.
By the first century AD, there was a flourishing maritime trade between India and the kingdoms to the west, as well as with Southeast Asian kingdoms. Ships sailing from West Asia to India brought Italian and Arabian wine to modern-day Bharuch in Gujarat, and India even ran a large trade surplus with the Graeco-Roman world. The resulting constant one-way flow of gold and silver coins at one stage even forced Roman Emperor Vespasian to discourage the import of Indian luxury goods and ban the export of gold to India. Clearly, the Indian love of gold, silver and imported alcohol is not new.
Sanjeev has particularly explores the mentions of lions and tigers in the hunting stories, in the royal emblems and in names adopted by certain communities. Another theme is history of cartography and the role it played in the history. In the last chapter it is well written that extraordinary transformation’ India is undergoing: of mobile phones and satellite televisions, of rising apartment blocks and the expanding map of highways, of economic boom and rapid changes.  
“Land of the Seven Rivers” by Sanjeev Sanyal is a fantastic attempt to talk to us simply about our heritage. Its a quick read and doesn't bore you. The only area I found the book lacking is, I expected more maps and pictorial representations also their should be world map in this book. I recommend this book to every Indian strongly. Even though i have given a detailed review of this book than also i think i have left many parts of this book so just grab this book and you will get a very good and detailed history of India.
The things which i liked most in this book:
  • ·         Chess was played in Harappan civilization also Shindur(Indian women put in their forehead) and Namaste is 4000 Years old tradition which are still followed in India.
  • ·         Ayurveda is the oldest medical treatment which was followed before Christ. Also modern plastic surgery is derived through Ayurveda at the time of Tipu Sultan.
  • ·         Indian’s are having 25-30% of world Gold.
  • ·         Rust free Iron pillar in Delhi build by successor of Chandragupt Maurya.
  • ·         The Indian mathematician Aryabhatta was the first person who told that earth was Spherical and that it rotated on an axis and also circumference of earth and the ratio of pi all this thousand of years before Copernicus and Galileo.
  • ·         The meaning of Gayatri Mantra in very simple way given by Sanjeev Sanyal : As you light up the Heavens and the Earth, O Radiant Sun, So light up my Mind and Soul


  
About the author:


Sanjeev Sanyal is an Indian Ecnomist, an alumni of Delhi University and Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholor. He is currently Deutshe Bank's global strategist. The Indian Renaissance, Economist, environmentalist and urban theorist.

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Review for the book A Maverick Heart between Love and Life by Ravindra Shukla


Publisher                      : Frog Books
ISBN                             : 978-93-82473-00-8
Year of Publication       : 2013
No of Pages                 : 383
Cover                           : Paper Back                
Language                     : English
Author                         : Ravindra Shukla
Type                             : Fiction
Price                             : INR 195
Rating                          : 3/ 5

First of all I must say I apologies to the author because I have given my fact review, not like other reviewers who only give 5/4. I know that writing a novel is very tough job I am appreciating the work but the author have to do an total ground work for writing I am saying on the basis of what I have read different author’s up till now. Now about this book it is based on life of individual/group of friends in and around the campus of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT). The first part i.e. campus and college life is good. As the author himself has studied in IIT. At one time I thought to quite this book but I must say it was interesting when there was a life in USA. The story is too much stretch it should be near about 250 pages. Although I like many parts such as the struggle life of USA how our Indians ruined there life in the year 2000. The jobless Indians and the recession of Wall Street. But when it came to near 250 pages it is getting very interest because that is the turning point of all of the characters of this novel. Many a times I was getting confused while reading as it jumps from one character to another without knowing to which character we are reading.  The language is very simple which makes it easy to read it. The author has not provided any new things. It seems whatever the author has wrote everyone have already read it. However, this novel didn’t quite live up to my expectations. Now a days there is too much of IIT, campus etc, many books have been published on this field I think new author should think out of this box.      

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·                     The Plot
The story is based on the life of three friends who are studying at IIT, Bombay - Rahul, Richita and Neerav. The novel covers the journey between 1996 to 2004. It’s a story of love, friendship, courage, faith, jealousy, revolution, and revelations. These three young students meet each other in the campus and gradually become friends. All three characters are different from each other with different goals and approach towards life.

Rahul is a small city guy who has a brain like Ramanuja and a heart to do work for society. He stuns the world by declining a million-dollar award in the field of mathematics equivalent to the Nobel for reasons unknown. He decides to stay back in the country and fight against corruption, while his friends move on to foreign countries for better education and life.

Richita is a beautiful girl from a family which has stronghold in politics. She loves Rahul. She suffers a lot in the story with heart breaks and compromises but in the end listens to her heart and does what she feels is right. Ultimately, she leaves her million-dollar job in the US for her beloved in India.

Neerav. For Neerav friendship always came first before anything else. He could do anything for his best friend Rahul. He is successful entrepreneur and a man with a big heart. In the story, Neerav rushes to India from the US to help his friend who is in trouble. Rahul is leaving his business at a very crucial stage.

From the back of the book cover
Resonance -
We often use the term, “frequency matching” in our daily life to define compatibility. Our frequency does not match, we do not get along? We are not in sync? We are not on the same page etc?
When people of similar frequencies (wavelengths or within the same range) come together – output is not a simple sum of individual work,but exponential. In science we term this phenomenon as resonance. Output at this stage is beyond any logical limit.
Three young kids, with different family backgrounds and outlook meet during their graduation days at IIT-Bombay campus and become closefriends. Although, individually they are in sync, but the same is not true for their interaction with the world. How will their relation withstand the conflict of family and society pressure?
How do their character shape out, as they traverse from an educational environment through the corporate world to the realm of the social-political world? Inspired by the real events across the globe from the lastdecade, Ravindra Shukla brings you the characters based story – struggle and triumphs of a young generation and their relevance in the current socio-eco-political era.

Some of the catchy lines which I liked are:-
Alcohol is just a medium to swim through the inner urge. Page no 19
God created solutions before the human mind created problems. Page no 133
If you rob too much from one person, it becomes murder. If you steal little by little, it looks like business. Steal a penny from each person, call it service charge and you will be a millionaire. The volume makes a difference. Page no 313


About the Author
Ravindra Shukla is a graduate of IIT-Bombay. He works for IBM in emerging technology and business analytics in IT software technology. His professional experience includes working with consulting firms – PWC and IBM in USA for 15+ years. He is a member of the Film Writers Association, Mumbai. His interest includes – writing fiction, literature and movie scripts apart from sports, movie and travelling across the globe.


Sunday, 21 July 2013

Very Interesting and Historical Fact

Take the time to read this one. It may shock you.



Don't peak at the answers!!

 
2 Tough Questions



Question 1:

If you knew a woman who was pregnant, who had 8 kids already, three who
were deaf, two who were blind, one mentally retarded, and she had
syphilis, would you recommend that she have an abortion?




Read the next question before looking at the response for this one.




Question 2:
It is time to elect a new world leader, and only your vote counts.
Here are the facts about the three candidates. Who would you vote for?


Candidate A.

Associates with crooked politicians, and consults with astrologist.
He's had two mistresses. He also chain smokes and drinks 8 to 10 martinis a day.


Candidate B.

He was kicked out of office twice, sleeps until noon, used opium in
college and drinks a quart of whiskey every evening.


Candidate C

He is a decorated war hero. He's a vegetarian, doesn't smoke, drinks an
occasional beer and never cheated on his wife.



Which of these candidates would be our choice?



Decide first... no peeking, then scroll down for the response.







Candidate A is Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Candidate B is Winston Churchill.
Candidate C is Adolph Hitler.




And, by the way, on your answer to the abortion question:

If you said YES, you just killed Beethoven.




Pretty interesting isn't it? Makes a person think before judging someone.


Wait till you see the end of this note! Keep reading..



Never be afraid to try something new.



Remember:

Amateurs...built the ark.
Professionals...built the Titanic




And Finally, can you imagine working for a company that has a little more
than 500 employees and has the following statistics:

* 29 have been accused of spousal abuse
* 7 have been arrested for fraud
* 19 have been accused of writing bad checks
* 117 have directly or indirectly bankrupted at least 2 businesses
* 3 have done time for assault
* 71 cannot get a credit card due to bad credit
* 14 have been arrested on drug-related charges
* 8 have been arrested for shoplifting
* 21 are currently defendants in lawsuits
* 84 have been arrested for drunk driving in the last year...


Can you guess which organization this is?



Give up yet?



It's the 535 members of the United States Congress.

The same group that crank out hundreds of new laws each year designed to
keep the rest of us in line.

Thursday, 4 July 2013

My review for the book The Homing Pigeons by Sid Bahri


Publisher                      : Srishti Publishers & Distributors
ISBN                             : 978-93-80349-91-6
Year of Publication       : 2013
No of Pages                 : 318
Cover                           : Paper Back                
Language                     : English
Author                         : Siddhartha Bahri
Type                             : Fiction
Sound track of this
book                            : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3E5uSQ1aTYk
Price                             : INR 150
Rating                          : 4/ 5

Ha ha ha. The first few pages of this book is totally hilarious. This book has a unique plot. From the beginning both the characters building have been handled with utmost care. Sid Bahri has given an insight of our today’s metro life. How divorced, single’s and also unmarried 20’s satisfy their sexual urge. The title of the book Homing Pigeons is very catchy because even though Radhika and Aditya wants’ to seprate themselves from each other their fate doesn’t make possible. Alternate chapters narrated by Aditya and Radhika made this book gripping and page turner. Also chapters are very small so that it eager’s reader what happens next. I am waiting for the next book of sid. A must read book for all youths. Also I must say sid bahri is a different author among our Indians. I am very much satisfied with sid’s debut novel.    
·                     The Plot
Aditya after few drinks down in a bar emptying his wallet when a hot corporate lady (Divya) offers a drink. The drinks turns into more drink and Aditya ends up in hotel room with divya having sex with her. She offers money and then Exbanker turns into a professional Gigolo, how his life changes from a jobless to a person earning more than a class one officer.  Divya provides many clients to Aditya also she takes a hefty commission from him. This book shows many facets of human ego, because of tradition and ego of Aditya’s parents, Aditya have to suffer.

On the other hand Radhika with a not so stable childhood, stands out and turns herself into a career oriented woman, but succumbs to her parent’s wishes and makes a mess of her life by marrying an NRI but her marriage doesn’t last long for a year then she returns and maries to older guy how already have a daughter. Radhika completes her responsibilities by marrying her step daughter. Radhika has to leave her husband home and go her way to Delhi with hefty money according to his husband will.     

Some of the catchy lines which I liked are:-
Johnnie Walker can make you do funny things. Page no. 5
Emotional blackmail is a woman’s forte. Page no. 277
Our destinies are too intertwined to be away from each other for long. Page no. 316
About the Author
A hotelier by education, an ex-banker and a senior executive in the outsourcing industry, Sid gave up a plush carrier in the outsourcing industry to follow his passions. Based out of Ranikhet, he is now a struggling entrepreneur and a happy writer. A self-proclaimed eccentric, he is an avid blogger who loves to read and cook. Cooking stories, however, is his passion. The Homing Pigeons is his debut novel.

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Saturday, 29 June 2013

Canon PowerShot D20 Review

Canon PowerShot D20 Review Image


After 3 years, Canon have updated their waterproof camera, the D10. Now, the PowerShot D20 comes with a larger 5x optical zoom, the same 12 megapixel resolution and a slimmer, squarer body. The sensor has new HS technology for good low light performance and there’s also a 3 inch LCD screen. The protection that the camera gives has also been expanded and in this test, we’ll be seeing if it can step up to the mark. The Canon Powershot D20 costs £299.99 / $349.99 and is available in blue, yellow and silver.