Saturday, 29 October 2016

Book Review: The Game Changer by Yuvnesh Modi, Rahul Kumar and Alok Kothari


Book Review: The Game Changer by Yuvnesh Modi, Rahul Kumar and Alok Kothari

*Publisher: Random House India *ISBN: 978-81-8400-273-7 *No of Pages: 260 *Cover: Paperback *Language: English *Genre: Non-Fiction *Price: 150 *Rating: 2.5/5

My view:

This book is given by my wife on my birthday, I don’t know why she has chosen this book for me, and I think I have changed her life after marriage so she has given me as this game changer, ha ha ha ha.

After Rashmi Bhansal’s connect the dots and many other series of entrepreneurship books, many authors have taken a less risky genre for writing the book, as this types of books sells like a hot chocolate cakes publishers are also eager to publish this types of books.

Entrepreneur books are always my first preference, as you will know how that particular person has came out of struggle and made his own path for success. Generally, people looks on the success side of any person but how he/she has reached that goal is not taken into consideration, but by reading these types of books it gives lots of inspiration to the readers.

Now about this book Game changer, to be frank I didn’t like the book that much, I didn’t got what I have expected. This book is some what monotonous and boring many times. Although there are many inspiring stories like that of Dr Harish Hande, Anuradha Acharya, Venkata Subramanian, Arvind Kejriwal etc. they all have done some unique things. Other stories are like technical stuffs, as I am not from IIT i didn’t got with the headings also where RK hall, RP hall etc, so if authors have given some background then it would be good for the readers.

I am giving 2.5* for the book, those who are from IT field will like it. Go for the book any how you will get inspiration from 20 such stories.

Blurb:

Entrepreneurship is not about breaking free of the 9 to 5 humdrum, not about being your own boss, and definitely not glorious. The entrepreneur shuns the comfort of a cushy corporate job and seven-figure salaries to set sail on unchartered waters with a single minded zeal and only an idea as an anchor. But it is this idea and passion that makes all the difference and catapults them into a world of infinite possibilities.

The Game Changers brings to you a 20 success stories of IITians who went on to live the big dream. With a Foreword by Duvvuri Subbarai, the Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, and an introduction by Dr. Damodar Acharya, Director, IIT Kharagpur, this book marks the sixty golden years of Indian’s finest institute. Come, be a part of their journey, get inspired to dream, and make your own story.


Friday, 28 October 2016

Book Review: The Peshwa by Ram Sivasankaran


Book Review: The Peshwa by Ram Sivasankaran

*Publisher: Westland ltd *ISBN: 978-93-85724-21-3 *No of Pages: 332 *Cover: Paperback *Language: English *Genre: Historical Fiction *Price: 350 *Rating: 5/5

 My view:

A perfect book for those who loves to read historical fiction, the peshwa is a good mixture of history and fiction which makes it un-put-down-able. Now a day’s there are very little connection between content and cover of the book but The Peshwa is such book where the warrior Bajirao is very well edited and from the very first glance I loved the cover of this book.

The language of the author is excellent; true patriotic feelings emerges while reading, also the way he narrates any event makes the readers glued to the book. The pace and storyline is good which makes the book a good bestseller. A real event has been intertwined by the author with his imagination.   

After the movie Bajirao Mastani we all know about the love story but in this book life of Bajirao is depicted from child to manhood, who is being taught by his father for warfare and administrative skills to run the empire. 

The author has perfectly articulated the war events like the planning behind the war, its set-up, and it’s execution on the war field, how quick decision is being taken is very well portrayed.
Pretty impressive book, I highly recommend to the history lovers. Very well researched book written by the debut author, there is bright future for Ram Sivasankaran if he chooses to write on Historical fiction.

P.S. I have read the patriotic side of Bajirao, now waiting for the second part from the author i.e. the love triangle of Bajirao, Mastani and Kashi.

“I received a free copy from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.”

Blurb:

It is the 18th century and despite the dominant Mughal rule, the Maratha Confederacy has established itself as a force to be reckoned with in the Indian Subcontinent. The fragile peace between the two powers is threatened when Balaji Vishvanath Bhat, Peshwa of the Confederacy, foils the plans of Nizam Ul Mulk of the Mughal Empire, and asserts the power of the Marathas. However, little does the Peshwa know that he has dealt the Nizam an unintended wound - one with roots in his mysterious past and one that he would seek to avenge till his last breath.

When the Peshwa surrenders his life to a terminal illness dark clouds gather over the Confederacy as it is threatened by a Mughal invasion as well as an internal rebellion.

All the while a passive spectator, the Peswa’s son, Bajirao Bhat, now needs to rise beyond the grief of his father’s passing, his scant military and administrative experience, and his intense love for his wife and newborn son to rescue everything he holds dear. Will the young man be able to protect the Confederacy from internal strife and crush the armies of the Empire all while battling inner demons?

Will he live up to his title of Peshwa?

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Book Review: Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramhansa Yogananda



Book Review: Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramhansa Yogananda

Rating: 5/5

My View:

Exceptionally this is the best book I have read so far from spiritual collections, although I have read these types of book in my mother tongue but to read this autobiography is totally different experience.

India is a fertile land for spirituality and from thousands of years people are coming here for spiritual awakening.  This book is a good platform for those who want to start their spiritual life.  Many people were saying that this is a humbug book or there is no authenticity about this book, but after reading this book I totally disagree with them because whatever written in this book is totally true there is no fiction, those who has experienced even a glimpse of metaphysics, spirituality or religion will totally agree with the writing of Yogananda. A long lost path for self realization is properly uncovered to general public by Paramhansa Yogananda.

Autobiography of a yogi is a journey of Bengali boy in search of god; the book begins with small miracle which he performs against her sister by controlling the kite, he ran away from his home for more than twice to Himalayan Mountain to become a sage. The path for self realization is Kriya Yoga, which is given much importance in the book, but how to do kriya yoga is not revealed in the book you have to learn this technique at his teaching place in Kolkata and in California (USA). Kriya Yoga is a technique which directly connects to God.

As I am Indian I have came across such people who have experienced supernatural person and having gone through their powers, I totally agree what Paramhansa Yogananda has written in his biography. I highly recommend this book to those who want to know about metaphysics, supernatural power, and east i.e. India for spirituality awakening.

P.S. I came to know while searching on net that this was the only book downloaded by Steve Jobs in his iPad.  

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Book Review: Belief by Mrinalini Mitra

Book Review: Belief by Mrinalini Mitra

My View:

I won this book in goodreads giveaway, when I got it on courier I just flipped the page and kept it in my shelf (I have kept it in my to read shelf for more than 6 months). And then one day when I was just cleaning the shelf, I picked this book and started reading it. Initially I thought why author has given the foreign name in the entire book, but while reading further it was clear in my mind that the character buildup and its name are perfect according to the storyline.

The author has perfectly portrayed in the eyes of Mason the past of Sophia and present life of Emily, i.e. present and past very well articulated. I don’t wont to spoil the entire story by giving its details, but I will at least says that read this book to know how this current generation is selfish and the old generation taking responsibility for upbringing the new generation.

The writing style of the author is simple and easy to understand, also book can be completed in one sitting but it will create a deep impact to the readers mind. Rather I am not that much fond of poetry but there are good collection in this novel. The debut author has exposed the modern relationship.


I am giving 4* for this book.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Book Review: 03:02 by Mainak Dhar



Book Review: 03:02 by Mainak Dhar

*Publisher: Westland Ltd *ISBN: 978-93-85152-96-2 *No of Pages: 342 *Cover: Paperback *Language: English *Genre: Fiction *Price: 295 *Rating: 3/5

My View:

To be frank I was desperate to read this book when I have seen in goodreads, so I applied when a mail came from writersmelon to write a review on this book, I applied on the spot without thinking further, although it is a good book just like a Bollywood masala movie.

The starting was very excellent but the author missed the grip and it becomes too slow, although the storyline is totally new from the monotonous love stories, in one word it’s a well crafted story. Also the writing style and the language of the author is good, especially when it come to end any chapter; he creates a burning desire to turn for the next chapter. Author has a great command on the language and having a good writing skill.

What would you do if there is blackout, not only in your region but to the entire world, how will you cope this situation if there is terror strike, a book is a good suggestion by the author if this type of situation arise in near future. I don’t want to spoil the entire story but if you have read the blurb you can guess the story.
Only one drawback that is, book could have been edited and the length should be not more than 275-290 pages.

“I received a free copy from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.”

Blurb:

AT 03:02 ON A SUNDAY MORNING, THE WORLD AS WE KENW IT CAME TO AN END.

Mumbai suddenly went black – no electricity, no phones, no internet and no working cars. It was as if someone had turned off the master switch of our civilization, turning us back hundreds of years overnight. We learned that it was not just Mumbai, but much of the world that has been impacted.

We also learned that it was no accident. A deadly enemy was behind it. An enemy that was now in our midst, seeking to conquer us and destroy our way of life. This is how our war for freedom began. A war that was to be waged not on the borders or by the Army, but in our homes and streets, with us as the soldiers.

THIS IS OUR STORY.