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Thursday, 2 March 2017

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Into My Heart - Kartikey Sehgal Review

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Hello Readers...

Poems are piece of art which can express the beauty of life in just few lines. A single poem can teach and extremely important and valuable lesson which cannot be understood even after reading a long article....and that too in just few lines. That's the beauty of poems and the power which it has. The book which we are reviewing today is one such compilation of various poems. Before I start talking about the book....I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the author of this book Kartikey Sehgal for sending a copy of this book for review.

So let's quickly take a look and synopsis and start with the actual review:

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The author takes twelve 'classical' love poems and relates them to our present day life.

Every chapter begins with a lovely classical love poem, and then the author connects it to our modern life.

Some lines from the book:

'What do we need? A place and time where what twitters is the bird, and we interpret it in a million words.'

'Those sighs make songs, they make poetry. And nothing is truer than that which comes from the fountain of soul.'

'And without poetry how will we consider the feelings of those luscious women who make daily efforts on their face and hair? Is is not a compliment to a woman's efforts to tell her poetically that she has 'Traced every lock with fond delays, And, doting, lingered there'?'

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The beauty of the poems is that they are subjected to various interpretations. Two people may interpret the same poem in a different fashion based on the experiences they had. In this book, Kartikey Sehgal is trying to portray his interpretation of twelve classical poems and tries to link it to our modern day life style.

When I got this book and...I was pretty excited to start reading it. I actually loved the concept of relating the classical love poems with the modern interpretation of love. This is something...which the young generation people can easily relate to and would love reading. The concept of rekindling the classical romance is very much interesting and fascinating. At few places....Kartikey Sehgal has explained some of the poems in a really beautiful and simple fashion....which definitely caught me by surprise.

I must say that I did love some of his interpretations but I did't agree with each one of them. Can't actually complain much about this as those interpretations are very much subjective. Also in some interpretations...I felt like Kartikey Sehgal was trying to fit in the modern aspects forcibly...which actually affected my reading experience. I wish....Kartikey Sehgal could have been a bit more natural while expressing those views.

Also....one more thing which I would like to see get better is the inter connectivity between two subsequent poems...as that will greatly improve the reading experience a lot. While moving from one poem to another...I felt like they lack connectivity....this thing takes away the effect and experience which the previous poem had on the readers mind.

It might appear as if I am bashing about the book....but the thing is I sincerely want to see this book get better in the next version as I genuinely feel this book can be a lot better as compared to its current state.

So to sum up, I was not very much impressed with this book...I did love the concept but it lack in the execution part. To rate this book, I would give it 1.5 stars out of 5. I am really skeptical as to recommend this book to any one...at least not in its current state. Still, if you want to check this book out....here are links to the Amazon for the same.

Amazon India: Into My Heart by Kartikey Sehgal

Amazon US: Into My Heart by Kartikey Sehgal

So that's all with today's review post. If you are a person who loves reading poems just like me and have enjoyed today's post then don't forget to smash the like button and share it among the reading community. Also don't forget to SUBSCRIBE to the blog to get all the new posts right into your mail box.

So until next time....this is me Sushant signing off. You guys have a great day.

CIAO.



Saturday, 25 February 2017

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Barking Madness - Ryan Hill Review

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Hello Readers...

Extremely sorry for taking so long to review this book....but you will surely know the reason of that as you continue reading this post till the end. The book which we are reviewing today is Barking Madness written by Ryan Hill. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Ryan Hill for sending in  a copy of this book for review.

So lets quickly take a look at the synopsis and start with the review.

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My life is crumbling away before my eyes while I do nothing to prevent it. I have visited many funerals, for too many friends who haunt my dreams. Everybody dies eventually, right? No everybody dies young when they befriend me. Was I born to die young? I don't think so. I'm the only one here with the nerve to stay alive. I can't be left alone. Not with that hollow man, the one who hides his face. That's what he wants, me to be alone, because once I'm alone he's going to kill me!

Seventeen year old Rosetta Harper is plagued by nightmares of a masked man. With her father's new career move, her family has just relocated from Florida to the small New England town of Ashwood. A quiet town and close-knit community where you know your neighbors, and trouble is a word unspoken. But soon after her arrival, her world and the worlds of her classmates come crashing down.

Michael hates his family and feels alone and unloved. He only finds comfort when he's with his friend, but even they get on his nerves. Everything about Ashwood and his life bores him, until Rosetta Harper moves into town. With her as a new classmate, Michael finally gets the excitement he was looking for, but it may be too high a cost.

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The first thing that grab my attention was that this book is around 490 pages long. I was really skeptical whether anyone will pick this book and read....but then decided to give it a try. When I finally started reading...I really liked the fact that Ryan Hill was starting the story slowly which is actually quite good....given the fact that he can write a stellar story since he has 490  pages to write and narrate the story in a beautiful fashion.

That was the case till I completed reading half the book. I really loved how he went about reading and narrating the story and was attached to the story. However, after a while Ryan Hill started incorporating more elements into the story which actually started making the story complex for the readers. This is were things started going south.

In the beginning of the story, I was so much into the story because of the beautiful characters and nice writing and narration. I also liked the paced with which Ryan Hill was advancing the story. The transitions were between the chapters and within the chapters were smooth and steady. The language and the vocabulary used were nice and easy making the story appealing to Non-English speaking audience as well.

After the first half, Ryan Hill started adding so many elements into the story....that i became difficult to cope up with the story. I felt like the attention to details was lacking. The way Ryan Hill was twisting the plot if felt like I was reading a complete different book altogether....especially towards the end. After completing the book....I felt like I had two different books on the same story line. Just to be sure I didn't have this feeling because of missing on some aspect....so I read the complete book once again....and I had the same impression even after my second reading. Also I felt like somethings were left unexplained till the end of the book which kept me guessing about the occurrence of the entire events in the book.

I really wish....had Ryan Hill kept a simple story line with not too complicated plot twist....this book would have a nice read. Also considering the fact...that he has more than 400 pages to narrate the entire story line....he could have drafted the story in an intriguing fashion.

So to sum up....I felt that this book could have been slightly better. Many people would be having a second thought before picking up this book as reading a 500 pages book is quite intimidating...especially for those people who are not frequent readers. To rate it....I would give this book 2.5 stars out of 5. Still if you want to pick this book...I will leave links to the Amazon from where you can get a copy of this book.

Amazon India: Barking Madness by Ryan Hill

Amazon US: Barking Madness by Ryan Hill

So that's it with today's review. I hope you liked this review. If you do....then don't forget to smash the like button and share it among the reading community. Also don't forget to SUBSCRIBE to get all the new posts right into your mail box. If there is any suggestions for me regarding my way of reviewing....then do let me know in the comments section below.

So until next time....this is me Sushant signing off. You guys have a great day.

CIAO.





Thursday, 16 February 2017

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Use The Force - Joshua P.Warren Review

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Hello Readers...

Ever wanted to read a book which could teach you how to get anything you want....then stay with me till the end of the post as this might be the book you want. But before beginning with the actual review I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Anna Poulimas from Beacon Publishing Group for providing a copy of this book for the review.

Let's quickly take a look at  the synopsis and start with the actual review:

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Ever since Star Wars first appeared on the silver screen, people have fantasized about being able to use the Force. But anyone -- not just Jedi's -- can tap into its capabilities by using the Law of Attraction to harness the incredible power of the universe. Author Joshua P.Warren guides you through the lessons of legendary Jedi Masters to reveal how Jedi science encompasses the Law of Attraction and how can you draw on the universe's energy to achieve your dreams. Each thought-provoking exercise shows you how to utilize this power to manifest your deepest desires and attract the life you have always wanted. You'll also learn how to train your mind to hone in on your intention; enhance your connection to the universe; and ensure that your actions, words, and thoughts are in harmony with accomplishing you goals.

Do you want to break the negative energies holding you back from success?
Do you want to wake up each day excited and full of energy?
Do you want to use the real Jedi mind trick on others?
Do you want to channel the very power that binds the universe?
Do you want to truly create wealth  and peace of mind of your life?

Complete with enlightening quotes from the series, Use the Force will help you master important Jedi teachings through the Law of Attraction and make every wish a reality.


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The reason why I picked this book was....1) It was a non-fiction book...2) It was based on Law of Attraction...3) It has given references from Star Wars series. I always prefer reading non-fiction books over fiction as those books are more meaningful and relatable as compared to the fiction books. Also this book is highlighting the concept of Law of Attraction and that too giving reference to Star Wars series. So if you are a person who loves Star Wars then it is quite natural that you will be tempt to pick this book up and start reading it....the same thing happen with me.

Also this book is highlighting the concept of Law of Attraction and how to use it to get anything you want just by using our inner Force to complete any activity or to get anything you want. I have to say that I am not a big follower of the concept of Law Of Attraction and I personally feel that many people are using this concept in a wrong way and the earlier books which I have read often portray that concept in  a wrong way. With regards to this book....there are few things which I personally don't agree upon. But yes there are few important aspects in this book which I loved and I would personally like to implement those in my own life. So if you are looking to read this book...then have an open mind and let the concepts sink in....that way you could enjoy this book in a better way.

Also Joshua P.Warren has written this book in a extremely simple fashion that would let you understand this book in a better way. The author has also kept a slow and steady pace while bringing new concepts so that while reading you don't feel  that a new concept is brought in early or is rushed upon and allows the content of the previous chapter to sink in before introduction of new concpets. Kudos to Joshua P.Warren for that.

And the best part of the book....the Star Wars analogies. Who doesn't love Star Wars??...I loved the way Joshua P.Warren has explain the slightly difficult concepts by giving reference to Star Wars....that way readers can easily relate those concepts with their own lives. Those analogies explain not only the concepts into the book but also helps the person to understand the Star Wars series in a better way.

So to sum up, if you are a person who believes in Law of Attraction principle or would like to know about that then you might like this book. Also if you are person who loves Star Wars series which I am sure majority of you will be....then you can have a look at this book. For me personally, I don't agree with all the things mention in the book but yes I did enjoy those references and analogies. To rate this book, I would give this book 4 stars out of 5. In case you are looking to buy this book, here are links to Amazon from where you can get the book.

Amazon India: Use The Force by Joshua P.Warren

Amazon US: Use The Force by Joshua P.Warren

So that's all with today's review. If you did enjoy the review, then don't forget to smash the like button and share it among the reading community. Also don't forget to SUBSCRIBE to the blog to get all the new post right in your mail box. Also, I would love to hear how the Law of Attraction has helped you in your life. Do let me know about that in the comments section.

So until next time, this is me Sushant  signing off. You guys have a great day.

CIAO.




Saturday, 11 February 2017

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Blogging Is Murder - Gilian Baker Review

(Book Cover Courtesy: Ryan Stabile)

Hello Readers...

As many of you may know....blogging is such a fun activity. Can we actually use the skills which we learn because of blogging in real life and that to for solving a crime mystery....that is what today's book is all about. Blogging For Murder is a crime mystery book written by Gilian Baker. But before beginning with the actual book I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Ryan Stabile for providing the ARC of the book.

Let's quickly take a look at the synopsis followed by the video trailer.

"

Though she was certainly born with all the traits of a world class private detective, blogger Jade Blackwell believed she would do nothing more than solve the murders in her latest favourite cozy mystery book.

Set in mountainous south-eastern Wyoming, Jade Blackwell lives in a log home in the quaint village of Aspen Falls with her husband, Christian and daughter Penelope (Ellie). She left her life as a tenured college English professor at the University of Wyoming four years ago, sick of the bureaucracy, mounds of essay to grade and apathetic students. She turns to blogging and ghostwriting as her new career.

Jade's promising career as a blogger halts abruptly when she learns of a hacker who is controlling her friend and fellow blogger Liz Collin's business remotely. When the hacker is found dead in her home, Liz is thrown in jail.

Determined to help her friend regain her life and livelihood, Jade teams up with Liz's reluctant lawyer, Gabriel Langdon, to get Liz off the hook and out of jail. What she learns will break the case wide open, while unraveling her faith in humanity and the safety she feels living in the Rocky Mountain hamlet she calls home.

An exciting thrill ride from the first page, to the last. Read Gilian Baker's Blogging is Murder, the first book in the Jade Blackwell cozy mystery series!

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The thing which really grab my attention was the video trailer and the story of the book in itself. The story was looking promising before I began reading it (being a blogger myself I was bound to get attracted). The story is centered around or protagonist blogger Jade Blackwell who uses her interrogation skills which she learned by reading the mystery thriller book for proving the innocence of her fellow blogger friend who is charged of committing a murder. Jade believes that her friend is wrongly acquainted of the murder charge and decides to find the real culprit herself. The story really seems interesting and unique to me and many of you will also feel the same.

The characters feels good but could have been a bit better. The author Gilian Baker did a great job in creating few central characters and created the entire story plot around these few characters which actually makes it easy for the readers to stay with the characters as the story progresses. However, the remaining characters could have been use in a better way. Still no complains..

The writing and the narration is pretty good. The author Gilian Baker has used simple vocabulary and simple language which makes it easy for majority of the readers to enjoy and get engrossed in the story without having to deal with the language difficulty. The narration is excellent. This book had my complete attention since the beginning of the book. Gilian Baker managed to grab my attention in just few pages and I was completely engrossed into the story. The mids and the end were also the same. One interesting thing I would like to highlight is that in the middle when the character was feeling confused as to what was happening...the narration also adapted the same confusion. Loved that aspect....It lets you feel a much intimate affection with the characters itself.

The transitions.....both in terms of the  transition of the story within the chapter and the transition between the chapters were pretty good and was going with the pace of the book. Kudos to Gilian Baker for that.

However, I wished the end could have been planned a little better. I felt the end was little rushed as the author unveiled the complete suspense in just 10-12 pages which slightly bothered me. I would have loved if the end could have been a little better also since the book is just 190 pages....addition of few extra pages could have been better for proper ending to the book. Also, there were few typos at some places. Since, this is an ARC copy....I am expecting this errors to be resolved in the actual release.

So to sum up, I liked the book. For me personally it was good read and worth the time which I spent reading this book. If asked to rate it, I would give this book 3.5 stars out of 5. This book is set for a February 19 release. So if you are interested, here are links to the Amazon from where you can pre-order this book.

Amazon India: Blogging Is Murder by Gilian Baker

Amazon US: Blogging Is Murder by Gilian Baker

So that's all with today's review. I hope you might have liked the review. If you have then don't forget to smash the like button and share it among the reading community. And if you have already read this book then do let me know your opinions in the comment section below....I would love to read them. Also don't forget to SUBSCRIBE to the blog to get all the new post right into you mail box.

So until next time, this is me Sushant signing off. You guys have a great day.

CIAO.





Tuesday, 7 February 2017

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An Enlightening Quiche - Eva Pasco Review

(Book Cover Source: Goodreads)

Hello Readers...

Finally back after a good long break. The book which we are reviewing today i.e "An Enlightening Quiche" is written by an Indie author Eva Pasco. I would like to express my sincere gratitude for sending in the review copy and also for being patient for so long.

Lets quickly start with the synopsis followed by the complete review:

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Two headstrong women in their forties coming from different moral directions clash:

AUGUSTA BERGERON: Dysfunctional, Deceptive, Demure. More than meets the eye at face value, and stuck in a holding pattern, the town siren engages in reckless behavior she attributes to maternal abandonment until she eggs- humes her mother's quiche recipe.

LINDSAY METCALFE: Pedigreed. Priviliged. Proper. Mourning the recent death of her mother, the historian-in-residence hailing from Boston, sets out to preserve the legacy of an impoverished mill, but gets more than she bargains for when taking a self-centered adolescent under her wing.

Their alternating first-person narratives relate how an heirloom quiche recipe and baking rivalry between two bossom buddies redress erroneous assumptions, misdeeds, unleashed secrets, and malicious intent- all of which wreak havoc, altering the lives of those affected from the fallout of tragedy.

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Lets start with the cover. The cover looks so amazing. The image of yummy quiche does make you immediately pick up the book and start reading and I am pretty sure everyone will feel the same because who doesn't love food. This book is a contemporary women fiction novel and since I am not a big follower of that genre I was a bit hesitant and skeptical but surely this book did change my perception.

It is a story of two women and their rivalry savored in the beautiful taste of the quiche. This story is so intriguing that I enjoyed myself immensely reading each and every page of the novel. This book gives a very interesting perspective to friendship and relationships in general. You will surely enjoy reading this story. The characters are very well conceptualized and I could easily relate to them. Kudos to Eva Pasco for fabricating such a nice story which everyone will love to read.

Coming to the writing and narration part....This book is a treat to read. Eva Pasco has done a very commendable job in writing and narrating the entire story. While describing the areas in the book I literally felt like I was walking down the road and someone was describing me the beauty of the place in person which I really loved. The last book which I read which was so bang on in the descriptive part...if I can recall correctly was the Harry Potter series, Loved the narration and the writing.

However, this book might not be for everyone. An Enlightening Quiche is a very well written complex story which might not appeal to everyone especially to those people who love reading simple book which is easy to understand. Also the vocabulary and language used is slightly advanced. So if you are a person who finds it difficult to understand some advanced English or if you belong to a non-english speaking country, then you might slightly find it difficult to understand the story in the first go. However I will highly suggest that you should spend the time in understanding the story as it will be worth all the time you spent while reading this book.

So to sum up, I really liked the story and I immensely enjoyed reading this book. Picking this book is a no-brainer. I highly recommend reading this book. To rate it, I will give this book 4.5 stars out of 5. So if you are looking for a book in the contemporary fiction genre this is the book which you need to pick. I am leaving links to the Amazon from where you can get yourself a copy of this book.

Amazon India: An Enlightening Quiche by Eva Pasco

Amazon US: An Enlightening Quiche by Eva Pasco

So that's all for today's review. If you liked the review then do smash the like button and share it around among the reading community. In case you haven't subscribe to the blog then do SUBSCRIBE to the blog to get all the new reviews and posts right into your mail box. Also if there are any suggestions which you would like me to know....leave them down  in the comments section. I make sure that I read each and every comment. Also I will be more frequent with the reviews from here on.

So until next time, this is me Sushant signing off. You guys have a great day.

CIAO.




Wednesday, 11 January 2017

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Finding Juliet - Toffee Review

Book Cover Source: Goodreads
Hello Readers...

Few days back, I saw a post on the Instagram where it was written that "People don't fall in love anymore...they just find temporary attachment who can entertain them". This statement made me crazy and was seriously thinking over it for quite a long time. The book which we are reviewing today gave me the exact same feeling which I felt after reading that Instagram post. So lets begin with the review of today's book, Finding Juliet written by Toffee. Before beginning with the actual review, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Tushti Bhatia from Author Paradise for sending in the book for the review.

Lets quickly have a look at the synopsis and begin with our review.

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Arjun is a sweet, simple guy who is so unlucky in love that he almost lets go of life. Enter his saviour Krish, who turns him into irresistible flirt, making his life more colorful.  But will he find true happiness or has he lost that opportunity?

Join Arjun as he tries to figure out women and discovers the meaning of love, lust and life...all in his journey of Finding Juliet.

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The thing which excited me to pick up this book even before reading the synopsis was the cover and the title of the book. I must say, the cover of the book really looks good and goes really well with the theme of the book. Same goes with the title as well. I can't think of any better title that could properly summarize the entire concept of the book. Kudos to the author for selecting such a nice cover and really interesting title for the book.

The next thing I would like to mention is the content as well as the theme of the book itself. This book beautifully highlights the difference between Love, Lust and Life in general and how these three things function and behave in general. I am quite sure, many of us would have gone through a phase where we have infatuation in our teen years and we often misunderstand it as love and start chasing that infatuations so blindly that when the infatuation ceases, we get badly devastated and start lusting. Finding Juliet is a story of a boy who goes through this exact same phase which many of us surely would have gone through and understanding the basic difference between Love and Lust.

The USP of the book is the theme itself. Everyone reading this book can easily relate to the book as many of us have gone through such a feeling. The book is simple, crisp and to the point. Toffee has done really great job in formulating the concept and the content of the book. Kudos for that.

The next thing which I would like to talk about are the characters. The characters are really nice and feels genuine to me. They are definitely not shallow and I seriously liked some of the characters in the book. There are very few central characters in the story which makes it easy for the reader to stay with the story and have a good reading experience.

However, not everything is rosy about the book. I was slightly disappointed in terms of writing and narrating. The writing and the narration could have been a tad better in my frank opinion. The book has really nice beginning and end however it was struggling in the mid section. I started liking the book immediately after reading first few chapters and really enjoyed the first 100 pages of the book. The language used is quite casual and very simple to understand and I am quite sure you will have an instant connection with the story. However, later for some good 50 pages, nothing was quite happening with the story line. The plot was running on the same level with no twists happening. I feel that the author Toffee could have made this part slightly more interesting, as 50 pages out of  total 220 pages with no major plot twists happening can be a serious turn off for the readers.

Also in the exact same section in the mid, there were lots of details missing as many characters were being involved in the story and each of them have a simultaneous story line to be discussed. For eg. When Aditi and Arjun were having the central part in the story, I kept thinking about the Esha and Ruchika's character and their contribution to the story in that particular instant, as both these characters were still there in the plot sequence at that time. These are the minute details which I often look in any book and I felt those things were clearly missing.

But I must say, the author did really well in formulating the end of the book. I actually kind of knew what the end was going to be after reading some 120-130 pages but I really liked the way Toffee has conceptualized and written the end.

So to sum up, for me personally Finding Juliet is a decent book but surely could have been better. You will eventually enjoy reading this book if you are not too picky about the details like me. But yes this book does beautifully clarifies the difference between Love and Lust which the current generation often misinterprets. To rate this book, I would give this book 3.5 stars out of 5. If you are looking to buy this book, here are the links to the Amazon for the same.

Amazon India: Finding Juliet by Toffee

Amazon US: Finding Juliet by Toffee

So that's all for today's review. I hope you would have liked the review. If you do then do hit the like button and share the post among your fellow readers and if you don't then do let me know in the comment section below on your take on the book. If you haven't SUBSCRIBE to the blog yet then do SUBSCRIBE to get all the new posts right into your mail box. Before taking your leave, I would like to share a small poem which was there in the book which I really liked.

"I can see your face,
But I can't see you anymore.
I can look into your eyes,
But I can't read them anymore.
You hold my hand,
But I don't feel the love anymore.
You touch my body,
But you don't touch my soul anymore."

So until next time, this is me Sushant signing off. You guys have a great day.

CIAO.



Saturday, 7 January 2017

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Review of Broken Jars, A Fistful Of Dreams

Book Cover Source: Goodreads
Hello Readers...

Often times we look at the societal problems from one side and often ignore the other side of the coin. The book which we are reviewing today does exactly that. Broken Jars: A Fistful Of Dreams is a book written by five authors and highlight the problems which are prevailing in the society. Before beginning with the review, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Dolly Koshy for sending the book for the review via goodreads.

So lets start with the review and quickly take a look at the synopsis of the book.

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Dr. Meghna Goel is a renowned Psychiatrist with an unblemished track record of helping the troubled get back on to their feet. Up until now. This year she is about to face her biggest challenge in the form of seven individuals on the brink of self-destruction or worse.

Razia, a single mother hides a traumatic past. Ahmed is in prison for a heinous crime he has no regrets about. Jivan is burdened under the weight of the dual life he is forced to live. Satyananda, a self-styled Godman believes in justice, swift and cruel. Deepika seeks solace in drugs and sex. Shubham harbors thoughts of revenge and resentment towards a part of society he believes shouldn't exist. Sulochana withers away in silence carrying within  her a terrible secret.

Broken jars, a Fistful of Dreams is a coming together of five authors who weave parallel tale of love, betrayal, injustice and revenge. Issues that plague society are showcased with their inimitable style. The book also takes you on a journey around the metropolitan city Bangalore where the characters currently live and eight places in India where they were born and brought up.

Note: Best enjoyed with a cup of coffee or tea and an open mind.

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When we grow up, we are often exposed to the bright and better sight of the society. We start having preconceived notions about the society in general and the way in which the society behaves. Anything which doesn't fit into our preconceived notions, we start feeling a sense of awkward demeanor towards that. We start stereotyping things and society in general. This book aims at demolishing these stereotypes and our preconceived notions bringing out the a very different aspect of the human nature in the limelight.

A very interesting about the book is that it is being written by five authors authors in an interesting fashion. The five authors are Amal CharlesDolly KoshyMerina Diana MorisPinaki Gosh and Shelley Das. All these authors are debut authors and all how done really well in conceptualizing and contemplating the entire story of the book. However, I did feel there was downside to this aspect as well.

The authors have portrayed and narrated the journey of seven people and their stories. For me frankly, it was very difficult to keep up with the details of each and every individual and this kind of wane my interest in the book slightly. I seriously wished that if the authors could have reduced the number of characters in the book it would have been a lot easier for the readers to stay with each and every characters story with confusion.

Also, the transitioning between the characters and there story was not that great as well. Don't get me wrong, the transitioning was not bad but it was also not interesting as well.The transitioning between the characters and their stories could have helped the readers by making it easy for the readers to keep up with the stories of the characters.

However, I must say that the narration and the writing of each of the authors was really nice and considering the fact that all these authors are debutante, they did an amazing job in this aspect.

The USP of the book is undoubtedly the theme of the book. This book touches very sensitive issues which are still prevailing in the society and we kind of keep a deaf year to them. All these sensitive issues are being smartly essayed and portrayed by each and every author of this book. Kudos to all the authors of the book for portrayed such content in such a smart way. To understand the gravity of the issues, it is very much essential that you read this book in a calm environment and have an open mind. So, if you are a person who easily gets offended when their believes are challenged, then this book is not for you.

That was all related to the content of the book. However, I wasn't much impressed with the aesthetic of the book. The book was written in very small font and I felt like I was straining my eyes in order to read the content of the book. The possible reason for this could be to condense the book in a smaller form factor. If written in a proper font, the book could easily be some 500-600 pages long, but right now that much long content is crushed into 280 pages long. Also, I felt that the verses which were written at the start of each and every chapter were misleading. I wished the author could have paid a little more attention to all these aspect which could have made reading this book a much more pleasurable experience.

So to sum up, this book has really interesting and have good content but it lack in some aspect. It was an OK sort of a book for me and surely a one time read. However, I do appreciate the effort and intention of each and every author of this book and approaching the societal problems in such a sensible way. So in case if you want to have a look at book for yourself, here are links to the Amazon from where you can get the copy of the book.

Amazon India: Broken Jars, A Fistful Of Dreams

So, that's it from today. If you have like the review, do hit the like button and share the review among your reading friends. If there are any suggestions for me to improve, do let me know in the comments section, I will really appreciate and in case you haven't SUBSCRIBE to the blog yet, then do SUBSCRIBE to get all the new content right into your mail box.

So until next time, this is me SUSHANT signing off. You guys have a great day.

CIAO.



Tuesday, 27 December 2016

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My Top 6 Picks of 2016 (The Empty Pages)

Hello Readers...

2016 is coming to an end. 2016 has been a great year for me...I finally made the decision to start my own blog and I feel really happy that I actually made that decision. This year I read around 38 books in total and looking back....there are actually few books which I really enjoyed reading and I thought I would share them with you people.

These are the 6 books which I really enjoyed reading and would be recommending which I feel you would love them too. I have tried to include books from all the genres into the list. So here are my top 6 books of 2016 in no particular order.

1. Dishonor Thy Wife - Belinda Austin

Dishonor Thy Wife is sensual psychological thriller written by Belinda Austin. This book has a very interesting story line and I felt in love with the book from the beginning itself. I have always enjoyed reading thriller novels and this book is a treat to read.

I have always enjoyed reading Belinda Austin's book whether that be Dishonor Thy Wife or the
Outcast Series, I have always enjoyed reading her books.

The thing I really enjoyed about Belinda Austin's book is that she allows the readers to have an intimate connection with the characters of the book. I have noted this aspect in both her books.

The characters, the story line and the narration....everything is top notch. To know more about the book, check out my detailed review of this book, Dishonor Thy Wife - Belinda Austin Review.

2. Chasing Black Gold - Robert Stone


Chasing Black Gold is a true story of Robert Stone. In this novel, Robert Stone has given details of his early life when he was smuggling fuel from Africa to the other parts of the world.

If you are just like me who always wondered what is actually happening in the smuggler's mind  when they were making those decisions, then you will love this book as much as I did.

I really enjoyed reading this book and interacting with Robert Stone has been really a nice experience. This book I feel is a must read for all non-fiction readers.

Yes, there were some instances in the book which bothered me, but when I look the book in the totality, this one is definitely a good read.

Here is the link to my complete review of this book, Chasing Black Gold - Robert Stone Review. Robert stone also shared a press interview with me which I did cover in the blog post which cover the aspect which were not covered in this book. Here is link to that blog post as well, Chasing Black Gold: An Insider's Viewpoint.

3. Control - R.M.Gauthier

Control is a great novel dealing with love, lust and obsession written by Renee Gauthier. This book actually belong to the series and this one is the first installment of the series.

I just love the writing and narration of Renee Gauthier. She knows how to grab the attention of the readers and I am quite sure, this book won't disappoint you in any aspect. The book is full of twists and turns which will surely keep you on the cliffhanger in regards to the story line.

Frankly speaking, whenever I think about this book I keep wondering what the story line would be in the next installment of the series titled Bound. Bound is expected to be released in January and I would surely try to review it once it is out. So stay tuned to the blog for the review.

Here is my complete review of ControlControl - R.M.Gauthier Review. Yes, I did forgot to mentioned that this is one of the three books which got rated 5 stars out of 5 from my side.

4. Colorful Notions - Mohit Goyal

Colorful Notions is a beautiful travel book written by Mohit Goyal. This is the first book in the road trippers series and I must say. this is a very interesting read for all the people who loves reading travel books.

Colorful Notions is one such book which will encourage you to pack your bags up and go out for a vacation with your friends or family. This book has covered all the major places in India and will surely generate interest in the minds of people who haven't visited India.

The best thing about the book is the casual vibe which you experienced while reading this book and that vibe does go along with the actual theme of the book.

I am quite sure, you won't regret spending every single minute reading this book. To know more about the book, head on to my complete review of the book, "Colorful Notions - Mohit Goyal Review.

5. Dating Down - Alex Dunn

Dating Down is a romance book written by Alex Dunn. I really enjoy reading every Alex Dunn book and have read almost all of her books except one which I will review shortly.

The best thing about Alex Dunn is her writing and narration. The kind of emphasis given to each and every character and their development in the story sequence is something which I love. Also, Alex Dunn gives special attention to all the details which makes all of her books very interesting read and this book is no exception.

The story line is fantastic, the characters are good and the narration and the writing is top notch, these things are something which I don't have to worry much about while reading Alex Dunn's book. She manages to pack all those things in a very concise package. This one is pretty interesting and full of drama which you should definitely read.

To know more about this book and rest of Alex Dunn's book check out my complete review here, "Dating Down - Alex Dunn Review. This is the second book book out of the three books which managed to secure 5 stars out of 5 from my side.

6. The Six Principles Of Enlightenment And Meaning Of Life - Russell Anthony Gibbs

This book by Russell Anthony Gibbs is one of the best books I have read and really liked a lot. This is one such book which I can read often and often without getting tired.

This is a one stop guide to all the spiritual concept which you might have read but the thing which makes this book unique is the way this book gives methods to implement all the principles mentioned in the book in our day to day life and that to in just 50 pages.

So if you are a person who loves reading spiritual and self help books then I will highly recommend you this book. This book is definitely one of the book which I keep on my reading shelf.

Here is my complete review of this book with all the details of the book, The Six Principles Of Enlightenment And Meaning Of Life - Russell Anthony Gibbs Review.

Since, you guys have been with me since the start and have bared with me for quite a long time, here is one more book which I feel is really interesting and something which I have not read lately.

7. From Stardust To Babylon - Amanda Bucan

Like I said earlier, this is one type of book which I haven't read for quite a long time.This is a true love story of the author Author Bucan and she portrays the concept of Love Beyond Death in a very interesting way. The book narrates chain of events which happened in a span of 14 years which Amanda Bucan personally experienced.

The best thing about the book is that it can't be categorized into any particular genre per se. The book starts as a love story and takes a turn as paranormal activities starts taking place and as the story progresses the book gets converted in spirituality.

So if you are a person who want to read a very different kind of book which has all these aspects, then this book is definitely for you. To know more about the specifics of the book, check out my complete review of From Stardust To Babylon - Amanda Bucan Review.

So, those are my personal favorites for this year. Let me know your favorite books of 2016 in the comment section below. If you have liked this post, then do hit the like button and share it among your friends and don't forget to SUBSCRIBE if you haven't to get all the new post right into you mail.

So until next time, this is me SUSHANT signing off. You guys have a great day.

CIAO.



Sunday, 18 December 2016

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Everyone Has A Story - Savi Sharma Review

Book Cover Source: Goodreads
Hello Readers...

Everyone has an interesting story to tell...its just that you have to look into them. Today we are going to review Everyone Has A Story which is the debut novel of Savi Sharma. This book gathered mixed reactions among the reading community and I wanted to see what this book is actually about. I liked the synopsis of this book and was really looking to read this book for quite a long time and today I finally have this book. So lets quickly get done with the synopsis and dive immediately into the review.

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Everyone has a story.

Meera, a fledgling writer who is in search of a story that can touch millions of lives.

Vivaan, assistant branch manager at Citibank, who dreams of travelling the world.

Kabir, a cafe manager who desires something of his own. Nisha, the despondent cafe customer who keeps secrets of her own.

Everyone has their own story, but what happens when these four lives are woven together?

Pull up a chair in Kafe Kabir and watch them explore friendship and love, writing their own pages of life from the cosy cafe to the ends of the world.

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The title of the book is surely captivating and given the fact that this book is being Amazon's Bestseller, it is quite natural for anyone to pick this book up, but before you actually do....hear me out.

The story line is pretty generic and you won't find anything new in the story. Girl meets boy who is pursuing a profession which he is not passionate about. They both meet each other and falls in love however the boy can't be in a relationship since he has some past grudges and can't get over them. One incident happens in the near future which forces him to reconsider his decision. Pretty generic story plot indeed. Now the only thing which could make this book good is a stellar narration and writing.

Before jumping to the narration and writing part, lets take a look at the characters in the story.The entire story revolves around two central characters, Meera and Vivaan. There are two more characters, Kabir and Nisha who are pretty much involved in the main story line and play a significant role in shaping the story of our two main protagonist. The thing which bothered me is that Savi Sharma have not given much details about the background of the characters and as the story progresses, it feels pretty difficult to stay with the story and the characters as you simply can't connect with the characters as all the characters feels strange and unknown to me while reading the story.

Coming to the narration part. Savi Sharma has narrated the story in the first person's perspective with constant shift between Meera and Vivaan's character. The transitions between the characters seems decent, neither too good neither too bad. The novel seems struggling in the way the story is written. All the chapters felt like individual pieces and they were completely disconnected for major part of the story. I won't deny at a certain point in the second half, this book did grab my attention with the story sequence however it didn't lasted for too long because of lack of connect with the characters. A little dive into the characters life and history would help the readers to get familiarize with the characters. The main character of Meera still feels unknown and strange to me even after completing the whole story.

Also this book did left many questions unanswered. This book kept playing guessing game continuously while I was trying to make sense of all the things. Yes, I agree this is Savi Sharma's debut book and she does deserve appreciation for beginning her writing endeavor, but still this book didn't do much a good in my frank opinion. It might be due to my high expectations. One thing I will do like to mention here that I felt really bad the way the community has reacted on the Amazon, where people kept bashing negatively about the author. It would be really great if they could point out the areas as well so that the author could work upon those in her next novel. I really appreciate Savi Sharms's effort but yes this book does feel like its been hyped a bit.

So to sum up, this book is way too much speculative for my liking. For me it was a one time read and I won't recommend this book. To rate this book,I would give this book 2.5 stars out of 5. Still if you want to give this book a try, here are links to the Amazon for the same.

Amazon India: Everyone Has A Story by Savi Sharma

Amazon US: Everyone Has A Story by Savi Sharma

So that's hit for today. If you have liked this review then do hit the like button and share it among with your friends. In case you have read this book and have a different perspective, do mention your views in the comment section. I will be more than happy to read them. In case you haven't SUBSCRIBE then do SUBSCRIBE to get all the new post right into you mail box.

So until next time, this is me SUSHANT signing off. You guys have a great day.

CIAO.





Wednesday, 14 December 2016

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Colorful Notions - Mohit Goyal Review

Book Cover Source: Goodreads
Hello Readers...

If you are a person like me who likes to see new places and get engrossed in the scenic beauty of the nature often encountered while travelling, then you will be in delight as today we are reviewing Colorful Notions written by Mohit Goyal. Colorful Notions is a book where three young people go on a road trip across India and this book is a result of their encounters during their road trip.

Lets quickly go through the synopsis and jump straight to my impressions regarding the book.

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Would you give up your high-paying job and comfortable personal life to drive ten thousand kilometers across India? Just for fun!

Three twenty-something dare to do just that! While the two guys take turns to drive, the girl gives voice-over as they record their entire journey on a handy-cam.

Ab, Sasha and Unnati are ordinary youngsters, rendered special by the feat they accomplish. As they recount their adventures, I crave to live their journey all the more. They look at each other with a glint in their eyes, as if refurbishing those memories, as they narrate their spooky time at Bhangarh Fort, strange escapades at Wagha Border and Sunderbans, car breakdowns, wild animals, near-death experience and highway robbers! It's nothing less than crazy.

I doubted if I'd ever have the gumption to create such experiences. So I did the next big thing - I penned a book about them, and their road trip.

Colorful Notions is a journey of three young hearts on the Indian terrain and into their inner recesses of their souls, giving a new perspective to relationships, love and life.

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A big thanks to the author Mohit Goyal for providing a copy of this book via goodreads. I can't express the contentment I felt after completing this book. I was so used to reading the same type of books often and often that I badly wanted to read something different. Colorful Notions came as a savior. This book not only provided me with a much needed change but also inspired me to follow my passion.

Colorful Notions is a beautifully crafted and narrated book about the road trip which three young people take. This book gets everything correct which majority of the young people experience in the current time, right from defying our parents advice to hopping on to our own adventures. This book perfectly transcends the carefree nature of the youths and their passion towards their career. This book has everything which you can expect or rather I should say this book offers more than what you can expect from a travel book.

I just love all the three characters in the story. They are so simple yet they are very relatable to the youths of our generation. The best thing about the book is the narration which gives a very casual vibe synonymous to the casual nature of the current youths, While reading this book I felt like I am actually visiting all the places mentioned in the book. That kind of impact this book had on me. If you are never been on the road trip before then this book will surely motivate you to be on one.

In the present times it is often considered that the youths are ignorant towards the beauty of actual world and real relations whether it be with their parents, friends or their loved ones and they only care about their virtual presence and their virtual friends. However, that is not true at all. Yes, sometimes we do take relationships for granted but it is not like we are completely ignorant about them or we don't care at all. This book highlights that aspect very well. This book actually personifies the current youth with regards to their passion for their career and their relationships. Kudos to Mohit Goyal for writing such a fantastic book..

I liked this book because it feels much more relatable and the things mentioned in the book can happen in the actual world. However at two places, I felt like those things simply can't happen. The first one was when Abhay meets his mother and the second one was the interaction of Abhay and Shashank with the robbers. Yes I am nitpicking those incidents but I feel those things could have improved to give a much more realistic experience to the readers while reading these two incidents. However, I do like the way Mohit Goyal picked up the entire story immediately after these incidents and making the ending, my favorite part the most enjoyable part of the book.

So to sum up, I highly recommend this book to everyone and since the holiday season is coming up, this will be really a nice time to read this book and go on a vacation or a road trip with your friends or your loved ones. To rate this book, I would give this book 4.5 stars out of 5. I simply can't wait to get my hands on the next installment of the series. Here are the links to the Amazon where you can pick this beautiful book and have a really nice time.

Amazon India: Colorful Notions by Mohit Goyal

Amazon US: Colorful Notions by Mohit Goyal

So those are my impressions on Colorful Notions written by Mohit Goyal. Let me know what are your impressions on this book in the comment section below. If you have liked this post and want me to keep reviewing such good books then do hit the like button and share it among  your friends (You should always share good things with your friends :p). If you have gone on a trip somewhere where some memorable incidents happened just like in the book, then do share them in the comment section below. I would love to read them and don't forget to SUBSCRIBE to the blog to get all the new content right into your mail box.

So until next time, this is me SUSHANT signing off. You guys have a great day.

CIAO.



Friday, 9 December 2016

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Strongman's Daughter - Madhuri Iyer Review

Book Cover Source: Goodreads
Hello Readers...

Today we are going to review Strongman's Daughter written by Madhuri Iyer. Madhuri Iyer is a best selling author based in Mumbai. Her earlier work Manhattan Mango has been well received among the reading community. Before beginning with the review of today's book Strongman's Daughter, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Finger Print Publication for providing a copy of this book for the review purpose via goodreads.

Here is a brief synopsis of the book to give you a gist of the story line:

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When feisty twenty-one-year old Aditi Narvekar refuses to carry forward the legacy of her corrupt politician father, as hell breaks loose. The mighty Vithalrao Narvekar, Chief Minister of Goa, retaliates with fury. He fixes her up with the scion of a wealthy mining family, and sets the wedding date.

Rebellious and resourceful, Aditi tries to stay one step ahead of her wily parent. Along the way, she encounters the supercilious but sexy - Raj Dias, an activist who fights for a clean-and-green Goa. Although he dismisses Aditi as her father's daughter, she's determined to prove him wrong.

Goa becomes an epic battleground where the clean brigade takes on dirty politics. Aditi must confront her own father, but will Raj support her cause?

The Strongman's Daughter is a nail biting saga of a young girl's clash against her father, in a battle of love, money-lust and longing!

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Lets start the review with the story and plot sequence itself. This is an very good story line and while reading this book, I was constantly feeling like I am reading some sort of bollywood movie  script where the protagonist of the story, i.e. Aditi Narvekar was frustrated and annoyed due to the lack of freedom which she has experienced during her childhood because of growing in very strict environment of her powerful father, the antagonist of the story, i.e Vithalrao Narvekar and her struggle from her tyrannic father's regime. I am quite sure you would love the story line too.

The characters in the story are very much relatable and I sort of connected immediately with characters. The character development of Vithalrao Narvekar right from the beginning is simply amazing. I really loved how his character is developed as the story progresses. The story keeps revolving around the few central characters. However there were couple of characters which I feel could have been used in a better way, for eg. the character of Steve.

The writing is top notch and the entire book is written in the first person's view, i.e in Aditi's perspective. The writing is pretty simple and Madhuri Iyer has use simple English with not too fancy vocabulary which I feel is very nice as more people could enjoy this book. Kudos to Madhuri Iyer for the writing part.

This book also highlights the cliched concepts of inheriting the fathers position in the political system which we often see in the Indian politics. The real life political references given in between the stories adds to the fun element. The second cliched concept which is being highlighted is the institution of marriage where the daughter is forcefully married to someone by the father for his professional benefits. This elements builds up an excitement level while reading this book.

However, not everything is nice about this book. This book clearly struggles in the narration department. The story starts around the New York memories of Aditi and goes on building into the actual story. However when the actual story was being narrated, I was completely clueless about Aditi's New York friends while Aditi keeps reminding me of them. Also at a point the story starts taking a complete fictional route and the activities which were taking place can only be seen in the typical bollywood movies. Remember earlier I mention that the story felt like a reading a bollywood script, I am quite sure many of you would feel the same. Also towards the end, the story becomes a disaster and left me clueless as to what was happening and why those things were happening. Clearly, the end was a disaster.

So to sum up the review, this book has really a nice story but a bad execution of the same. Surely this book could have been much...much better and actually has the potential of becoming an interesting read. To rate this book, I will give this book 2 stars out of 5. If you don't believe me and want to check out the book for yourself, here are the links to the Amazon from where you can get the book.

Amazon: Strongman's Daughter by Madhuri Iyer

So, that's it for today. If you have liked the review, do hit the like button and share among your reader friends. If you don't want to miss out on any reviews which will be posted in the future, then do SUBSCRIBE to the blog to get all the new content right into your mail box. If there are any suggestions for me, then drop them in the comment section below. I make sure that I read each and every comment posted out there.

So until next time, this is me Sushant signing off. You guys have a great day.

CIAO.



Sunday, 4 December 2016

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The Myth Of Rational Market - Justin Fox Review

Book Cover Source: Goodreads
Hello Readers...

Ever wondered about Wall Street and how the market functions? Was the market behaving the same way few decades back? What is the history which led to the current beliefs of the market?...Then the book which we are reviewing today might be an answer to all your questions. So lets begin with the review of The Myth Of Rational Market: A History Of Risk, Reward And Delusion On Wall Street written by Justin Fox.

Lets start with the synopsis of the book:
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Chronicling the rise and fall of the efficient market theory and the century-long making of the modern financial industry, Justin Fox's "The Myth Of The Rational Market" is as much an intellectual whodunit as a cultural history of the perils and possibilities of risk. The book brings to life the people and ideas that forged modern finance and investing, from the formative days of Wall Street through the Great Depression and into the financial calamity of today. It's a tale that features professors who made and lost fortunes, battled fiercely over ideas, beat the house in blackjack, wrote bestselling books, and played major roles on the world stage. It's also a tale of Wall Street's evolution, the power of the market to generate wealth and wreak havoc, and free market capitalism's war with itself.

The efficient market hypothesis--long part of academic folklore but codified in the 1960's at the University of Chicago--has evolved into a powerful myth. It has been the maker and loser of fortunes, the driver of trillions of dollars, the inspiration for index funds and vast new derivatives markets, and the guidepost for thousands of careers. The theory holds that the market is always right, and that the decisions of millions of rational investors, all acting on information to outsmarts one another, always provide the best judge of a stock's value. That myth is crumbling.

Celebrated journalist and columnist Fox introduces a new wave of economists and scholars who no longer teach that investors are rational or that the markets are always right. Many of them now agrees with Yale professor Robert Shiller that the efficient market theory "represents one of the most remarkable errors in the history of economic thought." Today the theory has given way to counter-intuitive hypotheses about human behavior, psychological models of decision making, and the irrationality of the markets. Investors overreact, under-react, and make irrational decisions based on imperfect data. In his landmark treatment of the history of the world's markets, Fox uncovers the new ideas that may come to drive the market in the century ahead.

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My sole purpose of reading this book was to know more about the money making machine, i.e The Wall Street and I must say this book didn't disappoint me in that aspect. This book is a carefully crafted document about the rise and the fall of the Efficient Market Hypothesis (EFH), since its beginning till the end. Even if you don't know about this Efficient Market Hypothesis, this book will surely foster your curiosity into the same.

This book is all about the people who were greatly responsible for developing the market and their views on the rational market. This book lists down series of event in a chronological fashion which happened in span of more than a century. Yes, you read it right, the century back history of the Wall Street and that too in just around 300 pages. Of all the financial books which I have read, I feel this book lists down all the events in a nice concise manner. This book is aimed at a normal person who is not aware about the market and aims to give her/him, the exposure to the ideas of the scholars of the market.

I am quite sure, you must have seen financial people working with fancy charts and big numbers and might worry that this book might contains such fancy chart which you might not be accustomed to, so let me tell you that this book doesn't contain any of those, but yes there is something which might bother you. I will come to this point in a while.

Justin Fox being a TIME magazine business journalist and Editorial Editor of Harvard Business Review Group, has written a pretty comprehensive history about the rational market hypothesis and how Financial Engineers viewed market in those days.This book highlights the rational market approach of the early Finance Engineers and their thirst to predict the market and stocks value on any given day. This book will definitely make you more interested in the financial market.

This book is a treat to read if you know few things about finance and market behavior. However, if you are a person who is completely unaware of the financial concepts and basic ideology, then you might find it difficult to understand the book completely and even might take more time than your regular book. This book does mentions few concepts which you will understand quickly if you have a little understanding of the financial concepts. Yes, this book indeed have explained those concepts, but knowing few basic things will surely cut down your reading time..

So to sum up, I really enjoyed reading this book and I will highly recommend this book to someone who wants to know about the history of the Efficient Market Hypothesis. I would have love if this book has toned down the financial concepts slightly to make it more easily understandable to the general audience, but no complaints from my side. To rate this, I will give this book 3.5 stars out of 5. Here are the links to the Amazon from where you buy the book.

Amazon India: Myth Of The Rational Market by Justin Fox

Amazon US: Myth Of The Rational Market by Justin Fox

So that't it for today. Hope you have liked this review. If you do then do hit the like button and share it around. In case you haven't SUBSCRIBE and don't want to miss reviews of more such good books, then do SUBSCRIBE to the blog to get all the new post right into your mail inbox. Any suggestions regarding my way of reviewing and would like see a change, then do mention them in the comment section below.

So until next time, this is me Sushant signing off. You guys have a great day.

CIAO.





Sunday, 27 November 2016

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Appreciative Inquiry - Neena Verma Review

Book Cover Source: Goodreads
Hello Readers...

We often try to improve ourselves so as to be a better person not only in our professional world but also in our personal life. This applies to me as well. For this I was looking for books which could help me to improve my personality and while searching out for books on the internet, I stumbled upon the concept of Appreciative Inquiry. I was lucky enough to get a book on the same topic via goodreads written by Dr. Neena Verma. So here is the review of Appreciative Inquiry: Practitioner's Guide For Generative Change and Development written by Dr. Neena Verma.

First I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the author of the book Dr. Neena Verma for sending in the book via goodreads. So lets begin with the review.

This book is about the art of Appreciative Inquiry. For people who just like me who were unaware of this concept here is a brief  description of AI as explained by Appreciative Inquiry Commons:

"Appreciative Inquiry is the cooperative search for the best in people, their organisations and the entire world around them. It involves systematic discovery of what gives a system 'life; when it is most effective and capable in economic, ecological, and human terms. AI involves the art and practice of asking questions that strengthen a system's capacity to heighten positive potential. It mobilizes inquiry through crafting an 'unconditional positive questions' often involving hundreds or sometimes thousands of people."

As mentioned above, the art of AI can be used in organisations as well as in our personal lives. This art signifies having a positive approach to each and every problems rather than taking a negative outlook. This book will surely steer you to have a more positive radical approach in life. This book highlights the very key point which I feel is the most important for succeeding in the life, the quality of Team Work. This book is a guide for anyone who wants to explore this novel concept and who wants to imbibe the philosophy of AI. This book caters to the organisational aspects of the AI as well which will surely help many organisations to grow and appreciate their employees. However, on what level this theory can work in the organisational framework, of that I am not sure as I am still pursuing my studies and have very little to none exposure to the organisational scenario. So if you are a person who has used this method in your organisation, do let me know in the comment section as to how your experience was with this method. Will love to read them.

One thing that slightly bothered me, here I might be nick picking but still will like to mention that the print use for typing is pretty dark. So when you are reading one page, the print on the back side of page also seems to be visible. This thing did bother me so I thought should mentioned it. It would have been much better if the printer could have paid a little more attention to this aspect.

This book will definitely generate a curiosity if you are unaware of this concept. However, like I said earlier, I am not a right person to validate those theories. But to me this concepts seems not that difficult to incorporate into the organisational structure. To rate this book, I will give it 4 stars out of 5. Here are links to the Amazon from where you can get the book.

Amazon India: Appreciative Inquiry by Neena Verma

Amazon US: Appreciative Inquiry by Neena Verma

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CIAO.






Thursday, 24 November 2016

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This Can't Be Happening - Neha Singh Review

Book Cover Source: Goodreads
Hello Readers...

At some point in your life you would have surely come across a point where you might be confused about a person as to whether that person is just a friend or is more than a friend. This Can't Be Happening is one such which highlights this aspects. Before beginning with the review, I'll like to express my sincere gratitude to Neha Singh for providing a copy of this book for review purpose.

Here is a brief synopsis of the book followed by video trailer to quickly get you acquainted with the story.

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When Lavanya decides to pursue her Doctoral degree in biotechnology little does she know that her life will entangle itself with people who will awaken in her new levels of consciousness about the meaning of friendship, true love, sacrifice, jealousy, pain and above all about the crests and troughs that accompany the whole process of research. She is in for a lot of new surprises and a journey riddled with a search for the many meanings of love and friendship impacted by a haunting and mysterious past. The secrets which torment her at times, but the ones she tries to keep at bay with the help of her sould buddy Shreya. Shreya has plans of her own for Lavanya, trying to fix her with a lobster (you need to read it know it) and eventually introduces Siddhartha aka Sid to her. Will Lavanya find her love in Sid? Will she be able to fulfill her quest for a cause that is very important to her? Will she finally be able to overcome her worst thoughts about herself? All this and dash of friendship, sibling's love and the thought process of the youth of today has been put together in a simply crafted story.

This can't be happening!!!!! Or is it?

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As stated in the synopsis, "This Can't Be Happening" is a story of young girl Lavanya and her life and her struggle with her thoughts. The theme of the book is pretty simple but the story is very interesting.

This book is about friendship and love. The transitioning of Lavanya and Siddharth's friendship to love. Pretty good and simple theme which many of us will relate to very easily as everyone surely would have gone through this feeling.

Neha Singh has used a pretty simple language.which actually gives this book a very casual vibe when you start reading it. The narration is also pretty interesting and I really liked the way Neha Singh kept a level of excitement and element of surprise as she keep reminding the reader about Meera almost in every chapter. This actually kinda keep you hook you to the story and forces you to reading the story further to know more about the surprise element.

One more interesting thing about the book is that Neha Singh frequently keeps mentioning about the Science. Being an engineering student myself, I really loved this aspect. Even if you don't belong to the scientific community, Neha Singh has explained those processes in a fun and interesting way which will actually give you a taste of what a research scholars usually does. Kudos to Neha Singh for bringing in such interesting element. The best thing about the book which I really liked and used to eagerly wait after reading few pages is the frequent poems which I am quite sure many of you will love it. These poems actually gives this book a more personal perspective and lets the reader connect with the story immediately. Here is the poem I liked the most which actually explains the entire book in just few lines and which I keep reading it frequently,

Soulmate

From the moment I laid my eyes on you.
I felt I knew you.
I knew you would understand me.
I knew you would feel me,
from the moment I laid my eyes on you,
I knew you.

As my heart craved for you,
I hoped to be part of you,
I wanted to be the reason for your smile,
I wanted that all the while,
To see a tear in your eyes,
Would always make me sigh,
I knew I could not have you, but from the moment
I laid my eyes on you,
I felt I knew you.

I waited for you,
I knew I was made for you.
But when you said the words to me,
I could not believe it to be true,
I asked you to repeat the tune,
And when you said the magical words,
I finally realized it to be true.
From the moment I laid my eyes on you,
I felt I knew you, and now you know it too,
I was born for you...

The story is actually narrated in the first persons perspective. The perspective being of the central character Lavanya. In this story you will come across many characters but the actually story revolves around few selective characters such as that of Lavanya, Siddharth, Shreya, Gautam and Sona. And yes (I almost forget to mention)....this book also has a very important social message which I feel everyone should abide by. To know more about this message and about the Meera, you will have to read the book. I won't ruin that surprise element by mentioning it here.

Like I said, there were minor characters which were frequently mentioned while the story kept rotating around the central characters. I couldn't connect with the these minor characters as I connected with the central characters as very little information was given about these minor characters. Also you will surely enjoy the beginning as well as the end of the book, but the middle section of the book actually dropped the pace of the entire story. I would have loved if the middle section had few plot twists which will surely have made this story a little more interesting.

Still this book is very interesting and definitely a goodread. I thoroughly enjoyed myself reading this book and was hooked on to this book. To give you an idea as to how much I was hooked to this book, I was having my end semester exams for the past two weeks. Whenever I was taking breaks from my studies, I was immediately picking this book up and was reading it.

So if you are a person who is looking to read a simple, interesting and very nicely little story with few plot twists, them I think you should definitely read this book. I am quite sure, you will love this book. To rate this book, I will give this book 4.5 stars out of 5.This is a very beautiful book and worth reading I will surely recommend this book to all my friends and family. Here are the direct links to the amazon from where you can get this book:

Amazon India: This Can't Be Happening by Neha Singh

Amazon US: This Can't Be Happening by Neha Singh

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So until next time, this is me Sushant signing off. You guys have a great day.

CIAO.