Thursday, 31 December 2015

Review for the book: The Bestseller she wrote by Ravi Subramanian


Book Review: The Bestseller she wrote by Ravi Subramanian

*Publisher: Westland Ltd *ISBN: 978-93-85152-38-2 *No of Pages: 390 *Cover: Paperback *Language: English *Genre: Fiction *Price: 295 *Rating: 4.5/5


My View:


I was wondering which book I should recommend (best one) to my friends as the year is ending and just then I was selected to write review for this book, so when I got the book I started reading and within 2 days I have completed this book, started mailing my friends to read this wonderful love thriller.


Ravi Subramanian is banker turned author; I have read every book published under his name from If God was Banker to the latest one which is his 8th book The Best seller she wrote. As he is from Banking I was expecting banking plot in his new book, but after completing this novel I am very much in love of his new Romantic suspense thriller, this novel is totally different from his previous work.

  
This book has every ingredient to be a bestseller just as the title of this novel, it has everything love, betrayal, emotion, blind faith, adultery, back-stabbing, planning-plotting, blackmailing, twists and turns, and corporate banking as expected from Ravi. Those who are planning to publish or an aspiring author should read this book, you will get to know the glimpses of publishing world.


The language is simple and easy to understand no difficult jargons been used, character buildup is excellent, each and every character’s strength and weaknesses displayed perfectly by the author. I think pace was slow at first but gradually picked up after 200 pages, I was unable to put down this book, when I completed my three-fourth part of reading, and I kept my other work aside and completed this novel. Even though it is 400 pages novel it is easy to complete in short period of time because editing is perfectly done by Westland. 


PLOT:


Aditya the protagonist of the book is successful author and also works in National Bank, his books have been made in major Bollywood movies. Aditya was married to Maya and having a son Aryan. In one of his visit at IIM Bangalore as a guest lecture he meets Shreya Kaushik. Shreya thought that Aditya should be used as a stepping stone to be a successful author. Also she was among the top gold medalist student of that batch and knows that she will be selected to work with National Bank. Shreya started an affair with Aditya and on other hand Aditya also wants to develop further relationship with her. But faith doesn’t want that and Maya who works for betterment of children went to Paris for an event and was infected with Ebola virus. When she returns India and found that Aditya has having adulterate relationship with Shreya, her world collides and she was having a big fight with him and files a divorce. Maya who was hospitalized because of Ebola virus at that time Shreya came to Aditya and asked to him read and review his final draft, he came to know that Shreya is insensitive and she is using him as a ticked to be famous. Now Aditya want back his wife and his son at any cost.  Further there is biggest turn which I don’t want to share otherwise I will spoil the interest of readers. In simple word just grab this book, this is UNPUTDOWNABLE novel so far I have read in 2015.  



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Blurb:

Paperback king Aditya Kapor’s life is straight out of a modern man’s fantasy. His literary stardom is perfectly balanced by a loving wife and a spectacular career. With everything he touches turning to gold, aditya is on a winning streak.


Shreya Kaushik is a student with a heart full of ambition. Young, beautiful and reckless, Shreya speaks her mind and obsessively chases after what she wants. And what she wants is to be a bestselling author.
What happens when their worlds collide? Is it possible to love two people at the same time? Can real ambition come in the way of blind passion? Can trust once broken, be regained?


Master storyteller Ravi Subramanian delves into the glitzy world of bestseller ad uncovers a risky dalliance between a superstar novelist and his alluring protégé.


The Bestseller she wrote is a combustible cocktail of love, betrayal and redemption.







You can also know more about the book and the author through these links: 
  1. Ravi Subramanian’s Website: www.Authorravis.com

  2. Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorravisubramanian

  3. Twitter: @subramanianravi

  4. Instagram: Ravi Subramanian on Instagram

  5. Blog: www.Authorravi.com

  6. Buy book: http://www.amazon.in/dp/9385152386

  7. Video 1: https://youtu.be/w2MiP8D6Bbw

  8. Video 2: https://youtu.be/WS-jPOiqYhU

Sunday, 27 December 2015

Book Review: The Curse of Brahma by Jagmohan Bhanver




My Book review: The Curse of Brahma by Jagmohan Bhanver

*Publisher: Rupa Publications *ISBN: 978-81-291-3533-9 *No of Pages: 375 *Cover: Paperback *Language: English *Genre: Fiction *Price: 295 *Rating: 3/5

My View:

Indian mythology always fascinates me, even though each writer's viewpoint is different, some narrates through positive side and some from negative, but we know the end is same, then also Indian mythology attracts the masses even today’s youth are dragged to read mythology.   

Now about this book The Curse of Brahma is the first book among the trilogy, though we know this book is about Lord Krishna but this book gives you the reason why lord has taken the birth. The story is about Brahmarishi known as a dark lord Amartya Kalyanesu who was punished by Lord Brahma, the story of noble Kansa who dearly loved her sister turned into one of the most evil in Indian Mythology, but to be precise I didn’t know and never heard that Kansa was this much good hearted what portrayed in this book. 

This book is informative; I didn’t know that the purpose behind Lord Krishna’s birth was backtracked to almost 200 years, it all started by the curse given by Lord Brahma to one of his best student, who turned to take revenge against Brahma. The journey of dark lord Amartya Kalyanesu’s from student to Brahmarishi and who becomes dark lord is interesting to read.

The writing style of author is simple and unique, character buildup is excellent especially of Amartya, the flow is good but sometime I thought the book is stretched too much just to fill the pages. The book is a mixture of mythology and fiction. Waiting for the sequel, the curse of brahma is interesting, engaging, it keeps readers hanging for the next part, how Krishna birth will affect the life of Kansa and many other demons.

Book Blurb:

The man who became a Brahmarishi...
The curse that banished him to the hell of hells...
And the revenge that threatens to destroy the three worlds...

When Lord Brahma, the God of Creation, banishes his star pupil from Swarglok in a fit of rage, he does not foresee that his decision will alter the fate of the three worlds. Mortally wounded, and anguished at Brahma's unfair punishment, his pupil struggles to survive in TamastamahPrabha, the hell of hells. In time, he becomes the Dark Lord, the most feared figure in PataalLok, who swears to destroy Brahma.

The power of the Dark Lord soon begins to make its presence felt in the mortal world. Vasudev, the brave prince of Bateshwar, becomes the hunter of Asura assassins; his closest friend, Kansa, almost dies while trying to save his sister from a group of deadly monsters; and the most valiant kings in Mrityulok turn over to the dark side, driven by forces beyond their control.

Only one person threatens the Dark Lord's well-laid plans - Devki, the beautiful princess of Madhuvan, who is destined to give birth to the warrior Krishna.

Will the Dark Lord allow Krishna - the person who has been prophesied to destroy him - to be born?

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Book Review: Derivation of life by Viraj J Mahajan

 
 
Book Review: Derivation of Life by Viraj J Mahajan

*Publisher: Notion Press *ISBN: 978-93-84391-99-7 *No of Pages: 205 *Cover: Paperback *Language: English *Genre: Fiction *Price: 210 *Rating: 3.5/5

My View:

Everyone is facing an untold problem, but the fact is they have to face the reality of life. Derivation of life is a journey of middle class family to survive against all odds. Life takes exam first and then teaches the lesson, how to survive in this world. So far this book has shown us the dark reality of middle class family, many times tears roll down through my eyes while reading this book. 

The story revolves around mother (Archana) and her daughter (Radhika) who is born with mental illness i.e. cerebral palsy. The problem started when archana got pregnant with her second child Radhika. Archana takes extreme care of her daughter for her survival; on the other hand Vijay radika’s and arjun’s father does extra work to bring happiness to his family. The book is the perfect example of how middle class family lived at the time of 90’s in India.
   
The writing style of the author is easy to understand and way of conveying is excellent, each and every character has been given due importance, also the content is perfect, the book is not stretched just to fill the pages, the author has a very bright future. The true nature of mother and her dedication to family is expressed perfectly by the author.

Blurb:

Archana always wanted to provide a perfect life for her family but the course of her life takes a drastic turn when she has her second child.

Will her family have the same life ever again?

Set in the early 90’s of Ujjain, Derivation of life throws a light on a middle class family and their quest to find happiness.

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Author's interview of the book The Curse of Brahma



Jagmohan Banver's Interview:

1)      Tell us a little about yourself?

I come from an Army family where travel and postings in different cities was rather common. While it meant that one was uprooted from one’s surrounding every now and then, it taught me to make friends wherever we went. And it taught a very important lesson, early on in life. Everything in life is transient! Friends change, your environment changes. Schools and the place you call home also change. What remains is the experiences you gain every day; and the person you become because of those experiences.
I have learnt to appreciate the beauty of nature by staying in places like Shillong and Dehradun. And I am grateful for the experience gleaned from staying in fast moving places like Mumbai and Delhi. Everywhere you go, people are the same. Their inherent drivers do not change. They will love you if you love them and they will ignore you if you do not show interest in them.
I wrote my first piece when I was 12 years old. It was a poem that got published in a magazine called Target in the early 80’s. And then I wrote for a few more publications around that time. Writing always made me feel alive. My first book (get Happy now) was published in 2004 but I had written it in 1991 when I had just turned twenty.
The early part of my career was spent as a banker and I was fortunate to grow exponentially fast in that sector. However, after working for several years at national level roles, I realized that banking was not what I saw myself doing for the rest of my life. I wanted to spend my years writing and engaging with people through seminars and speaking events. And that is what I do today. As an Executive coach, I work with CXO’s and board members to help make a difference to their lives; and as a professional speaker I get the opportunity to touch hundreds of thousands of lives in some context or the other. And I hope, my writing opens up a new world full of exciting vistas for my readers.

2)      How did the idea to write about Indian mythology came up?

I firmly believe that mythology tells us a lot about our culture and our past. In most cases what is termed as mythology in India in any case is not myth. It is part of our history; our heritage. Just because we might have forgotten part of it and allowed dust to settle on it, it does not turn facts into myth.
Therefore when I saw that for several years now, Indian history and heritage was being written off as mythology, I was a bit taken aback. I knew we in India have the benefit of mythology (or history) that is perhaps more exciting and invigorating that anything else, anywhere in the world. Unfortunately, children today do not spend too much time reading about Indian mythology or history. They are keener to read about Greek or Roman Gods and Goddesses. While there is no harm in reading books based on other cultures, there is equally nothing that should keep us back from reading about own heritage.
The interest in other culture’s mythos as against our own is primarily due to the fact that Indian mythology is mostly narrated in a very conventional manner and even the language and style of writing is not very aligned to what young audiences today want to read. Therefore when I decided to write a book around Indian mythology, I wanted to change this with my own little contribution to this domain. The Curse of Brahma (Vol 1 in the Krishna Trilogy) has hence been written in a way whereby people are able to identify with aspects of our culture and young audiences are also motivated to read it because the language is contemporary.

3)      Also tell us about your book 'The Curse of Brahma' and journey uptil publishing.

I spent most of my life in UP and it’s rather difficult to stay there and not have heard of Krishna at a very early age. Moreover, with the name that I have (Jag-Mohan), it was natural for everyone during childhood to jestingly comment that I was behaving like Krishna and that I was his namesake.
So, I just happened to get very close to the subject of Krishna from a very early age. As I grew older and read more about Krishna, I realized there was far more to him than we made it out to be. I resolved to research this.
Therefore when I took a sabbatical from my banking career in 2004, I started reading whatever material I could find on Krishna, including Vedic texts that date back thousands of years.
And I realized that the story of Krishna as we know it could well be a myth....that the actual story might in fact have been so terrifying that history was compelled to hide the truth. After all, when we are talking of time dating back thousands of years, who can be certain where fact ends, and fiction begins.
I had a two-fold objective in writing the Krishna trilogy. One, to tell my version of the truth! And secondly, to narrate it in a way that can appeal to the young of our country. A lot of us have lost interest in our culture because the way our old stories are narrated has not changed over time. Our children are happy reading about Greek mythology and Roman characters because those stories are written and narrated in a contemporary manner. All books in the Krishna trilogy have been written in a manner that it excites our readers and encourages them to take pride in our culture. Also, earlier it was the natural responsibility of grandparents to imbue the young with a sense of their culture. With families getting increasingly fragmented, tales told to children earlier by older members now require another medium to do so. The change in family structures has compelled writers like me to re-tell our ancient stories, blending research with imagination.
I finished writing the book (the first volume in the Krishna trilogy) in Nov 2014 and it was sent to three publishers. Thanks to Krishna, I got a positive response from all the publishing houses; I finally chose to go with Rupa Publications as I felt more than anyone else they would do justice to the book and the subject.
  
4)      Who is your favourite author? And what are some of your favourite books?

I think Rohinton Mistry is an amazing writer. Most of his work falls in the “slice of life” kind of style. Favorite books would include Family Matters from Rohinton Mistry; Great Expectations from Charles Dickens; The mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy; Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

5)      Any favourite mythology character?

Krishna of course J Where else would you find someone with so many varying facets of character?

6)      What advice would you give to aspiring writer's?

If you have decided you want to be a writer, simply put your head down and write. Don’t pay heed to what people say to put you down, but do take feedback. Total absence of feedback is as bad as paying too much attention to it.
If you are writing nonfiction, select a subject that you have expertise in. If it is a piece of fiction, it ought to be something you are really passionate about. Don’t emulate the writing style of other authors Develop your own brand of writing and your own expression. There’s a greater chance of being recognized that way. And finally, don’t wait for the perfect moment to start writing. The perfect moment seldom happens. Make time to write. Use the weekend or the flight time or any other time you can make use of. But start writing!

7)      And last, when will we get to read another book by you?

I have a book with Hachette India releasing in December this year. It’s titled Pichai – The future of Google and as the name suggests, it is the first book internationally on Google’s new CEO and the company he inherits from Larry Page.
Another book with Hachette releases in April next year. It is called Click and it is India’s first definitive book on the ecommerce sector.
And of course, Volume 2 in the Krishna Trilogy (The Rise of the Yadavas) too releases by March-April next year.

So there is a  lot of action planned in the coming year!



Book Blurb:

The man who became a Brahmarishi...
The curse that banished him to the hell of hells...
And the revenge that threatens to destroy the three worlds...

When Lord Brahma, the God of Creation, banishes his star pupil from Swarglok in a fit of rage, he does not foresee that his decision will alter the fate of the three worlds. Mortally wounded, and anguished at Brahma's unfair punishment, his pupil struggles to survive in TamastamahPrabha, the hell of hells. In time, he becomes the Dark Lord, the most feared figure in PataalLok, who swears to destroy Brahma.

The power of the Dark Lord soon begins to make its presence felt in the mortal world. Vasudev, the brave prince of Bateshwar, becomes the hunter of Asura assassins; his closest friend, Kansa, almost dies while trying to save his sister from a group of deadly monsters; and the most valiant kings in Mrityulok turn over to the dark side, driven by forces beyond their control.

Only one person threatens the Dark Lord's well-laid plans - Devki, the beautiful princess of Madhuvan, who is destined to give birth to the warrior Krishna.

Will the Dark Lord allow Krishna - the person who has been prophesied to destroy him - to be born?

About Author:

Jagmohan Bhanver is rated amongst the Top 20 Executive Coaches by the GCF (Global Coaching Federation) & is the best-selling author of four books.
 
 





Executive Coach & Leadership Mentor to CEOs
Jagmohan is rated amongst the Top 20 Executive coaches in the world. He is referred to as the “Mentor’s Mentor” in corporate circles and has mentored Industry leaders, celebrity entrepreneurs, media people and CEO’s at leading organizations. In the International speakers circuit, he is rated among the most powerful speakers in Asia and one of the most popular Asian speakers across the globe by the Worldwide Speaker’s Bureau.
His latest paper on “leaders as super motivators” has been finding takers in various corporate houses globally and has also been introduced in top B-schools as part of management lessons for executive MBA’s.

Educationist & Public service
Jagmohan is the winner of the Indian Achiever’s Award for Excellence in Education in 2009. He was awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Shiromani Award for outstanding individual achievements and distinguished services to the nation. Subsequently, he was also the recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Award. He is also the recipient of the Shiksha Bharati Award.

Internationally best-selling author
Jagmohan’s first book (self help genre) titled "Get Happy Now" was on the best selling lists of most countries and on the Top ten list of leading bookstores in India. His second book, titled "Think your way to Millions" which is on the subject of Behavioral Finance was nominated for the best non-fiction award by Hutch-Crossword in India. This is one of the few books on behavioral finance. His third book was titled “Nadella – The Changing Face of Microsoft.” This book was published by Hachette, the largest publishers in the world. Jagmohan’s latest book is part of a three-volume trilogy on Krishna and is considered as the most awaited book in 2015. It is titled, “The Curse of Brahma.” 

Author's Link:






Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Healthy tips for Babies soft skin and care.



#SoftestForBabySkin

This is my second blog for baby’s skin, why because I want to provide further information which I have gathered after writing my first blog. Many people say, when baby is born, mother’s second life starts.  But when mother looks at her baby, every pain goes away and becomes the happiest person on earth.

Newborns are delicate and so are their immune systems. Even fragrances, chemicals and dyes of clothing can affect the skin of infants. Now, because of the awareness through media and social networking sites, today’s mother becomes more concerned and prefers natural product while purchasing for their new born.

As a new parents you know your baby well but it’s important to keep your babies skin healthy, an uncomfortable child will not sleep and often cry which makes everyone unhappy. So I would like to provide some healthy tips for your knowledge about baby products, it’s your decision whether to use it or not. 

Important points for baby’s health:

1. Be careful when you buy any product for your infants, especially lotion, shampoo, soaps, creams and one of the most important i.e. diaper.

2. Massage your baby’s skin with virgin coconut oil daily, it’s a best moisturizer and protects skin from major breakouts.
  
3.After massage it’s important to wash or bath your baby with lukewarm water. When you use lukewarm water the skin get rid of dirt and excess massage oil.

4. Cleanse you infant’s skin every day with babies soap and with the help of sponge. Apply sponge on circular motion; it makes blood circulation better for kids.

5. Dry your infant’s skin with soft towel or fluffy towel (i.e. with light fur), if the towel is hard than it will affect to the skin of infant and it will create wrinkles.

6. As babies skin are soft, use lotion after bathing, there are many companies which manufacture products especially for babies, there are no harmful chemicals. Don’t use scented products in early months; it will irritate child’s skin, also new cloths should be washed properly before you put it on your child.

7. Now the winter season is started, so use moisturizing cream or lotion and then cover the body with sweater and gloves that will keep babies skin soft and silky for longer time.

8. Diaper rashes are common problem, so check frequently and soon after bowel movement. Now baby wipes are easily available in the market, so wipe it with it and sprinkles some powder. Also use pampers pants which are available with jell, which absorbs wetness easily and there are no harmful effect to the sensitive skin of your baby.

9. Sometimes make a past of banana and milk and apply it on baby’s skin, it will make skin soft and smooth. NOTE: if your child is allergic to milk then don’t do this, please consult doctor first before using this method.

10. Keep sick family members and friends away from your child, as the immune system are very weak of any new born.

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Monday, 16 November 2015

Book Review: The Recession Groom by Vani

Book Review: The Recession Groom by Vani

*Publisher: Leadstart *ISBN: 978-93-84226-58-9 *No of Pages: 295 *Cover: Paperback *Language: English *Genre: Fiction *Price: 299 *Rating: 4/5

My view:

In India if you are a foreign return or settled in abroad, and still bachelor than you are best candidate for marriage, this is rat race for US. I still remember one of the girl from my street got married to Punjabi boy who was green card holder in USA, but within six month she was back to India, why, because her husband was already married to one of the local inhabitant. That girl’s life was ruined on the blind run to reach USA.

Now, Recession groom is all about struggle of protagonist Parshuram Joshi who works as an IT professional at the time of recession in Canada. The story tells how recession affects the perfect groom and his entire family, and how they cope up from this situation. The book is written very interestingly and the reality of recession is perfectly articulated by the author. Also the novel is all about Indian marriage, love marriage versus arranged marriage.

The character build up is excellent; especially the character of aunt parvati, if any bollywood movie is being made from this novel, than I am giving surety that the best comic award will be given to aunt parvati character. Also writing style and the language of the author is quite crispy.
One thing I didn’t like in the book and that is the end or the end is not according to my point of view, read this novel and you will also agree with me, as an Indian you will not accept this end.  

So far I highly recommend this book for anyone who is searching smart, intelligent and comic book for leisurely read, the novel will keep you entertained till the very last page. The story revolves around how arranged marriage works in Indian culture. I would really like to applause for the debut author. Overall a very enjoyable read.

Blurb:

Parshuram Joshi, 27, handsome, Hindu-Brahmin, IT Professional, settled in Canada, earns a high five-figure salary.
These are credentials that would make any young man hot on the Indian wedding market, so it’s no wonder that Parshuraman’s family is inundated with matrimonial proposals. While so far all attempts to ‘settle’ him have gone kaput, he has bigger issues vexing him - such as Jennifer, his ‘fireball’ of a colleague, and their efforts to save Project Infinite. To top it all, as the credit crisis grips the global economy, the little world he’s created for himself begins to fall apart. Will he be able to pull himself together to face the challenges posed by a tough economy? More importantly, will this Recession Groom be able to find his ‘perfect partner’?

Saturday, 31 October 2015

New diaper pants from Pamper


#SoftestForBabySkin

I still remember when my neighbor visited my place with her two little twins for the advice of my mom, because her child got rashes on her entire body. My mom told her to keep his entire room and surroundings of child, clean and hygiene, as the health and skin of every baby is very fragile. Now a days many multinational companies provides babies products, even herbal products for babies are also available in India.

In olden days shell powder (i.e. sea shell) were used as a talcum for babies, but now we are getting researched products for infants. We are getting advanced and comfortable products for the babies, also Pamper diapers are getting in a pant style were mothers don’t have to worry for wrapping. Also if you are purchasing Pampers pants then don’t worry for the rashes as it is available with gel inside the diaper which absorbs pee quickly and there will be no rashes for the babies. 

Important points which I came to know from my mother to keep baby healthy, I am just sharing with you all:

1. Prepare your baby for routine bath in the morning. This routine will keep babies skin clean, the water should be warm – not to hot, not to cold. After bath generally babies feel sleepy which is beneficial for mothers to do other activities.
2. Use 2 in 1 soap i.e. body and hair cleanser. Also soap should be with natural ingredients without any allergic reaction and irritation free.
3. After the bath clean with babies’ towel, and also that towel should be washed every fortnight with hot water.
4. Use moisturizing cream, ointment, natural oil or lotion after bath on your baby’s skin. In olden days butter was used for sensitive skin and at the time of winter.
5. Use sunscreen lotion at the time of direct sunlight. Also the sunscreen lotion should be chemical free and it should be made with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide as active ingredients, this are best against UV rays which are harmful for baby’s skin.
6. Generally newborn have jaundice at the time of birth so you should keep your child in sunlight in early morning. Your child will get vitamin D from the morning sunlight which is best for newborn babies.
7. Use cotton cloths (we call it as malmal) to clean, wrap or for day to day purpose as it is made from 100 percent cotton. And my suggestion to recent mom’s Please don’t use polyester cloth for you child, as it will adversely effects to child’s skin.    


And last but not the least enjoy the motherhood.

“Pampers brings you the softest ever Pampers Premium Care Pants. Its cotton-like softness is #SoftestForBabySkin and allows it to breathe, thus keeping baby’s skin soft and healthy, and your baby happy.”

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Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Book Review: Pupil’s President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam by Satyam Roychowdhury



Book Review: Pupil’s President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam by Satyam Roychowdhury

*Publisher: Bee Books *ISBN: 978-93-80925-29-5 *No of Pages: 312 *Cover: Hardback *Language: English *Genre: Non-Fiction/Essay *Price: 500 *Rating: 4/5

My View:

I still remember the event of my college inauguration in 2001, where A P J Abdul Kalam visited and has given very inspiring speech at that time, also I was fortunate to see him from a distance of just 10 feet, I will never forget this moment in my life.

Now about this book, our former cricket skipper Sourav Ganguly launched this book on Teacher’s day i.e. on 5th September 2015 in Kolkata. The book is a collection of various speech and sayings of A P J Abdul kalam, tribute given by media, scientists, students and persons who were working with Dr Kalam, also there are interviews of his (dr kalam’s) family member. The book is a memorial to Dr Kalam, who worked his entire life for the betterment of India. Even at the age of 83 he used to travel to meet different places of India, to give speech on education, vision and for growth of India.
A P J Abdul Kalam who was loved to be known as teacher, missile man and 11th President of India passed away what he loved the most, delivering the lecture or rather teaching before the students of IIM Shilong on 27th July 2015. A down-to-earth personality, he loved to interact with school students, he inspired them to convert their dreams into reality.  

Journey of a Legend: A child born in 1931 in a middle class family in Rameshwaram in south India, his father owned a boat and rented to a local fisherman, for his career he became newspaper vendor, he earned his degree of aeronautical from madras, Kalam joined Vikram Sarabhai at Kerala in 1960 as first three engineers, played a major role for satellite launch vehicle (SLV), he worked for DRDO (Defense Research and Development Organization) and ISRO, Indian scientist has acclaimed him as a missile man and father of Indian nuclear bomb, kalam was proud to be known as Made in India and his Indian education, he became the 11th president of India. 

This is a must read book not only for the youths but for education system, as this is giving a good message which will help to develop our nation from the ground level i.e. through schools and teachers. An inspirational book, Dr Kalam proved that dreams really can be turned into reality with hard work.

What I liked the most in the book:
  • Site to establish a space research station at Thumba in Kerala. Government was unable to vacant this place, but with the help of Bishop’s father the place was vacated. Page no 66
  • Inspiring story of Mario Capecchi and his quotes. Page no 88
  • One of the best speeches of A P J Abdul Kalam from entire book at IIT Hyderabad about freedom is most inspiring speech and I think every Indian school should circulate this speech among students. Page no 117
  • A good tribute to A P J Abdul Kalam by Hair Stylist Habib Ahmed on page 222.
  • Poem: Indomitable Spirit on page 259

Blurb For Pupils’ President:

The students’ diligent teacher, the nation’s gifted scientist, the humble ‘People’s President’ - an indefinable name he is. Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. A man who dedicated his life and work to the betterment of a nation, and his time and energy to the billions of young minds he wished to ignite. He has left back dreams in everyone, and the undying inspiration to make those dreams come true.
A surfeit of contents has been interwoven to give this book a shape. To read through the pages will mean a journey through his life in entirety. Besides Kalam’s own speeches and quotes, it also contains literary tributes by scientists, academicians and students, the interviews of his family members, and a real-time anecdote of his interment ceremony at Rameswaram.
This isn’t just a tribute, but a world beyond it to be read, explored and discovered.





About Author:

Satyam Roychowdhury is a man of assorted interests. He is the co-founder and currently the Managing Director of Techno India Group the largest educational conglomerate in Eastern India. He is a prominent member and an active participant of the Art and Cultural milieu of Bengal. He has contributed to the society in multifaceted ways with his unstinted support and persistent patronage. He is one of the top educationalists of the country, but he is voracious reader by passion and a writer by ardour. He has an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, and he draws inspiration from great minds by imbibing their philosophies.

Roychowdhury is a tireless traveler on the path of creativity, and his journey has come a long way. His “For You” tribute series commenced with Tagore, got enriched with Swami Vivekananda and Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose after that, and the latest on has been a literary offering to Thakur Sri Ramakrishna. He owns many other titles to his credit, and his books have time and again inspired hundreds of young minds. He is a firm believer in hard work and sacrifice, and he thinks there is a spark in everyone to create a miracle. 



Sunday, 11 October 2015

Book Review: Karna's alter ego by Surendra Nath

Book Review: Karna’s Alter Ego by Surendra Nath

*Publisher: Dream house publications *ISBN: 978-93-84180-11-9 *No of Pages: 250 *Cover: Paperback *Language: English *Genre: Fiction *Price: 175 *Rating: 5/5

My View:

Incredible this book is really awesome; it’s an inspirational novel, especially for today’s youth who feel very low when the situation is against them. This entire book is a message; one should follow at the time of adversity. The message of the book is try try until you succeed, similar like Bhagwat Gita gyan. It’s a best combination of mythology with 21st century.

I think everyone has watched the movie Munna bhai MBBS 2 where Bapu (Mahatma Gandhi) talks with Munna (Sanjay Dutt), same happens here in the novel to protagonist, but her the message is totally different from the movie, here the message conveyed to Vasu by Karna is really inspiring. We know each and everyone among us has been faced with a situation where some other guy tricks us and grabs the credit, to overcome this types of situation, read this novel, although there is no solution but it will help you to see a positive outcome in any situation.

Writing style of the author is simple; but I felt the starting was a bit slow although the conversation between Vasu and Karana makes you read further, also I must say the entire novel is written with great creativity. I think this book will help you when you are low and doesn’t find any solution of any problem you are facing.

This is a rare kind of book which will feel you to re read and circulate it with others so that they will feel solace at the time of adversity. A must read book.

Blurb:

Karna, the ill-fated hero of Mahabharata. Many feel he deserved to win. If only luck had favoured him….

5000 years later, we have a man named Vasu, who is much like Karna -  born illegitimate, very talented but denied all credits in life, rejected in love, misses a medal in the Asian games, gets caught for telling an innocent lie, overlooked for promotion. He begins to identify himself with Karna, and interestingly Karna appears to him after every debacle to assuage and encourage him.
It seems Vasu is Karna’s alter ego.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Book Review: Voicemates by Anamika Mishra






Book Review: Voicemates by Anamika Mishra



*Publisher: Jaico Publishing House *ISBN: 978-81-8495-767-9 *No of pages: 200 *Cover: Paperback *Language: English *Genre: Fiction *Price: 250 *Rating: 3.5/5
My View:

If you liked to watch reality show or would like to participate in these types of shows, then this novel is for you. From last 7-8 years in India reality shows like Indian Idol, Voice of India etc grabs the biggest TRP’s, so to be famous and hardcore lover of music and singing, they dream to win this type of shows. Also we have got good singers from these types of reality shows.

Now about this novel, this is the story of Tulip Hill and Sam, Tulip comes from rich and somewhat orthodox family. Tulip wants to be a singer and she is hardcore music lover, her dream is to win the famous reality show “Voicemate” which is going to organize in her hometown Goa. On the other hand Sam is an orphan, he sings and play guitar for the living. Sam and Tulip meets in an odd situation and Sam convince Tulip to participate in reality show Voicemate.

I thought Sam’s character is not properly brought to the readers, how he knows more English songs, how he learns about lyrics even though he has not taken any formal training in music.

Anyways, there are pros and cons to every book but to be frank, I really liked the book, the cover of the book is excellent, and the writing style of the author is simple and easy to read. Also the flow of the novel is fast, can be completed in one sitting. Love story of Tulip and Sam is properly upheld thoroughly.

This book is a good message for today’s youngsters, it shows what actually reality shows means for them, these shows are a way of hope for youngsters to pursue their passion. Voicemates is an inspirational story, read the book to know the rollercoaster ride of Tulip and Sam.
  
Blurb:

Tulip Hill is an obedient and intelligent daughter to her disciplinarian parents. She has been a topper throughout her school, because her parents wanted her to be. Now, they want her to enroll in one of the best colleges. But Tulip harbors the desire to become a singer, for music is her only passion that helps her see through life’s miseries.

Then there is Sam – witty, easy-going and flirty. Both Tulip and Sam share their love for music. Yet, both dream of a different life.

What are to those dreams? What happens when they meet and enter the biggest duet competition together? Will their love blossom during this emotional roller-coaster?

Join the Voicemates in their musical journey to know more!


About Aurhor:

Anamika Mishra is an Indian author and blogger. Her debuet novel Too Hard to Handle was an instant hit. She is also a motivational speaker and has given guest lectures in reputed organizations and institutions. She has a degree in BCA followed by MJMC from Amity University.

You can follow Anamika on
www.anamikamishra.com twitter: @anamikawrites or email her at mail@anamikamishra.com

Monday, 21 September 2015

Book Review: Made in India by Biddu

 
Made in India by Biddu


Book Review: Made in India Adventure of a lifetime by Biddu

*Publisher: Read Out Loud *ISBN: 978-81-93136-00-3 *No of pages: 249 *Cover: Paperback *Language: English *Genre: Non-Fiction/autobiography *Price: 295 *Rating: 4/5

My View:

Very less are fortunate to convert their passion into their profession, Biddu is lucky he persuade his carrier in music. I liked the title Made in India Adventure of a lifetime; here adventure of lifetime is very symbolic we find how an ordinary guy with great passion converted his life into a celebrity. At the time of 70’s when parents doesn’t allow their child to make their carrier as a musician or singer, Biddu gone against all odd to make his dream come true.

The book is written from school days where Biddu and his friend bunked their school to reach UK for the music, after two failed attempt they succeeded in his third attempt to perform in Hyderabad and from their very interesting journey begins.

I felt this book is very inspiring, because an ordinary boy who starts a music band with his friend, they first performs in Hyderabad, from then to Kolkatta, came to Mumbai, in Mumbai played in Ambassador and Astoria Hotel. Then Biddu started as a solo in the name of Lone Trojan. Biddu wanted to go UK, but his money and passport were stolen by an unscrupulous travel agent, so he started another time with new identity. The new agent gives him a cargo ship ticket to Basra. Biddu got off the boat at Basra, and then he hitchhiked his way from Basra to England. For six months he travelled through Iraq, Bahrain, Dubai, Syria and Lebanon. This is one of the best part of the book where he survived with meager or no money. He sang for food and shelter, also he was very fortunate that wherever he went people supported thought his travelling.

In last chapter he mentioned why he has given the title of the book as Made in India, its given because of his best selling album in India where he composed for Alesha Chinai, also Biddu says that no matter wherever he is in the world he still loves his motherland India.

I always love to read biographies, autobiographies; these are the books where you find how the person survived at the time of adversity. I highly recommend this book, it’s an excellent read.     

Blurb:

I was born at a time when Man bad finally learned to walk upright

Thus begins the amazing roller-coaster journey of a young man in his quest to become a success….

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Book Review: Mafia Queens of Mumbai by S. Hussain Zaidi & Jane Borges


Book Review: Mafia Queens of Mumbai by S. Hussain Zaidi & Jane Borges



My View:

Mafia queens of Mumbai is collection of 13 women who made their mark in the world of crime. You will find wives, mistress, lovers and other women attached to the crime of Mumbai Mafia’s. S Hussain Zaidi a veteran journalist has written non-fiction in such a way that it seems we are reading short stories. The book is a master piece of investigative journalism; also the narrative style of the author is mesmerizing. Each and every story is crafted in such a way that it seems like watching a movie.

These are the stories of educated and uneducated women who ruled the underworld at several occasions. Some were forced to this business, some entered without knowing, some to take revenge for their husband’s death, other got into it for their loved ones, many were innocents doesn’t know the outcome, and other were pushed into this business because of poverty or injustice.

Each and every story is real and it is taken from police case reports, official dossier, anecdotes and interviews with people related to these females. The story of Jenabai daruwali and Gangubai of Kamathipura is quite good and captivating. Just think Haji Mastan, Karim lala, Dawood Ibrahim and other gangster sitting in one roof and the meeting was organized by Jenabai Daruwali, how powerful she was that even mafias never gone against the verdict made by her.  

It’s a brilliant tale of strong women of Mumbai mafias. Read it to know the real life and the world of gangster.

Blurb:

Smuggling, gun-running, drugs, terrorism – for many decades, Mumbai has lived under the shadow of the Underworld. Dawood Ibrahim, Karim Lala, Vardarajan Mudaliar: these are names that any Indian would recognize. Analyzed in print, immortalized on film, their lives, their gangs, their ‘businesses’ are out there for anyone who wants the information. But there have been women, too, who have been part of this murky, side of the city, walking along side, sometimes leading and manipulating men in the Underworld to run their own illegal businesses. Here, for the first time, crime journalists S. Hussain Zaidi and Jane Borges explores the lives of some of these women, and how, in cold blood, they were able to make their way up in what was certainly a man’s world.

From Kmathapura to Dongri, from assassins to molls, this is a collection that tells the stories of women who have become legend in Mumbai’s streets, lanes and back-alleys. Absorbingly told, impeccably researched, Mafia Queens of Mumbai reveals a side of Mumbai’s Underworld that has never been seen before.

*Publisher: Tranquebar *ISBN: 978-93-80283-77-7 *Cover: Paperback *Language: English *Pages: 290 *Genre: Non-Fiction/Crime *Price: 250 *Rating: 5/5

Book Review: Legacy by Mohan Prasad



Book Review: Legacy by Mohan Prasad

My view:

Legacy is an inspiring story written by IITian Mohan Prasad and it is about India after independence. I felt regretted after completing the book, why it’s completed so fast. After completing the book I felt satisfied that I have read very good book so far. The book lightens us to almost every social issues of India; also there is romance, history, sacrifice, learning, politics, etc. The novel keeps the reader engaged till the last page.

I have seen many books are being side lined or not marketed properly by the media even though it’s worth reading; legacy is among such book. Legacy is one of the best book for those who are interested to know about Indian politics. Every patriot should read this book. We can see through the eyes of two protagonist Darshan and Anita, the enchanting history of India.

Jai Prakash Narayan rather JP an inspiring politician which is perfectly intertwined in the novel by the author, also the character of Darshan’s father is one of the best sources of knowledge to the protagonist as well as to the readers. People blame to our current ruling party for riots but after reading this book I came to know what Congress has done after the assassination of Indira Gandhi is more devastating and was very brutal to Sikh community at that time.  

The author has very well combined history with the love story of Darshan and Anita. A lot of hard work and a well researched book, and hats-off to the author for the way he has represented the whole novel to the readers. A must read book.

There are many Interesting facts you will know from the book, but I am providing some which I liked the most:

1.      The forced sterilization done by Congress at the time of Emergency.
2.      Origin of Banya community.
3.      The revolution of Che Guvera.
4.      Origin of Sikh community and difference between Hindu and Sikh.
5.       Life of Indian Prince before Independence.
6.      GDP of India before British ruled India.
7.      Reward to the founder of Chess by Indian king. 

Blurb:

The search is on, not for something concrete but abstract. Anita and Darshan, two teenagers in Love, explore the land they love and the people they live among, driven by their dreams of making an ideal society out of a chaotic India. They learn from their own heroes-thankfully India abounds in great men and women. But fate betrays them. Their ideologies diverge and the road forks.
Darshan ends up an acclaimed healer; Anita becomes a dreaded Naxal strategists. Love, both presence and absence of it, runs through the tale, while Indian history unfolds for a free, but confused generation.

*Publisher: Leadstartcorp *ISBN: 978-93-84027-63-6 *No of Pages: 332 *Cover: Paperback *Language: English *Genre: Historical Fiction *Price: 225 *Rating: 5/5


Thursday, 6 August 2015

Cover revealed: Voicemates by Anamika Mishra


Blurb:

Tulip Hill is an obedient and intelligent daughter to her disciplinarian parents. She has been a topper throughout her school, because her parents wanted her to be. Now, they want her to enroll in one of the best colleges. But Tulip harbors the desire to become a singer, for music is her only passion that helps her see through life’s miseries.

Then there is Sam- witty, easy-going and flirty. Both Tulip and Sam share their love for music. Yet, both dream of a different life.

What are those dreams? What happens when they meet and enter the biggest duet competition together? Will their love blossom during this emotional roller-coaster?


Join the VoiceMates in their musical journey to know more!

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About the Author:



Anamika Mishra is an Indian Author.

Her debut novel Too hard to handle was released in Sept 2013. Her new novel with Jaico is all set to release.

She is also a blogger and occasionally delivers motivational talks. Writing is her first passion. Second is travelling and photography. 

Anamika holds a degree of Masters in Journalism & Mass Communication. She is known for strong opinions and passionate defense for her beliefs. Her witty, cheerful & humorous persona has made her popular amongst the youth. She has a 'think positive & keep patience' perception towards life. Her articles on life and relationships have inspired many people from all across the world.

She is a member of Indian Speakers Bureau and People For Animals NGO.

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