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.







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  1. Ravi Subramanian’s Website: www.Authorravis.com

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  3. Twitter: @subramanianravi

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  5. Blog: www.Authorravi.com

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

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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.” 

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