Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Book Review: Autobiography of a Yogi by Parmahansa Yogananda


Introduction
  • ISIN: 978-9384067571
  • Genre: Non-Fiction /Spirituality
  • Publishers: Rupa
  • Price: Rs.195/-  ( I got the book for review from the publisher)
Autobiography of a Yogi is the story of the life of Paramahansa Yogananda (January 5, 1893–March 7, 1952) first published in 1946. Born as Mukunda Lal Ghosh in Gorakhpur, India, into a Bengali family, this book takes the reader on a journey into the life of Paramahansa Yogananda and his encounters with spiritual figures of both the East and West. Beginning from his childhood, his family life, to finding his guru and becoming a monk and establishing his teachings of Kriya Yoga meditation, this book allows the reader to see the spiritual yearning of the man and how he realizes that over the years. It draws on both his personal experiences—anecdotes and meetings with eminent spiritual personalities, his association with nineteenth-century master Lahiri Mahasaya who had prophesied the writing of this book—as well as how he travels across America lecturing and establishing his teachings in Los Angeles, California.

Autobiography of a Yogi is an introduction to the methods of attaining God-realization and emphasizes the value of Kriya Yoga and a life of self-respect, calmness, determination, simple diet and regular exercise. It has been in print for the last seventy years and has been translated into over forty languages. It has been highly acclaimed as a spiritual classic and is designated as one of the ‘100 Most Important Spiritual Books of the 20th Century.’

Behind the Book
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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Book Review: The Book of Indian Dogs by S. Theodore Baskaran

-Introduction--
  • ISIN: 978-9384067571
  • Genre: Non-Fiction / Dogs
  • Publishers: Aleph
  • Price: Rs.350/-  ( I got the book for review from the publisher)

The Book of Indian Dogs is the first comprehensive book on Indian dog breeds in over fifty years. It features the twenty-five breeds that most breeders and dog fanciers agree constitute the country’s canine heritage. Divided into three groupings—working dogs, companion dogs and hounds—the book provides detailed background notes to each breed, along with information on its physical characteristics, behavior, uses, origins and history. Along with popular breeds like Caravan hounds (or Karuvanis), Chippiparais, Mudhol hounds, Pashmis, Rajapalayams and Rampur hounds the book also features lesser known breeds such as the Alaknoori and the Jonangi. The fruit of several years of travel and research into India’s dog breeds, as well as S. Theodore Baskaran’s hands-on experience of raising various dogs, this celebration of our dogs is a book that no dog lover can do without.

Behind the Book

Source: Goodreads.com

Friday, March 24, 2017

Book Review: All That Glitters by Liza Trevino

Introduction
  • ISIN: 978-1633933088
  • Genre: Fiction / Women
  • Publishers: Koehler Books
  • Price: $18.93/-  ( I got the book for review from b00k r3vi3ws)
Alexandria Moreno--clever, sexy, ambitious and, at times, self-destructive. She blazes a path from Texas to Los Angeles at the dawn of the 1980s to make her dreams of becoming an A-list Hollywood film director come true. She and her best friend arrive in Los Angeles with little more than hope and the determination to make it big. Alex, a beauty as dark and mysterious as her scarred heart, stands at the bottom of the Hollywood mountain looking up, fighting for her chance to climb to the top. Will her quest to live fast and take no prisoners on her way to success destroy her in the end?

All That Glitters is a women's fiction Jackie Collins-type saga that introduces a strong, driven Latina heroine at the center of a rags-to-riches story spanning a decade of action. Along the way, Alexandria walks the fine line separating ambition and self-destruction, and discovers that some sacrifices will cost her everything.

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Behind the Book

Source: Goodreads.com

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Book Review : A Way back into love by Veronica Thatcher

-Introduction--
  • ISIN: 9781946641175
  • Genre: Fiction /Contemporary Romance
  • Publishers: Notion Press
  • Price: Rs.379/-  ( I got the book for review from b00k r3vi3ws)
Nothing is perfect. Life is messy. Relationships are complex. Outcomes, uncertain. People, irrational. But love…well, that makes everything complicated. And when you are caught in a tangled web of secrets, lies, and complex affairs, someone is bound to get burned.

Emily Stevens is a spunky, spirited college girl whose life gets turned upside-down when she realizes she's in love with her best friend of fifteen years, Derek Thorpe. As Emily prepares to confess her feelings to Derek, something happens one night which changes her life forever. Five years later, Emily finds herself in Boston, alone and heartbroken. Will she ever be able to forget the past? And what will she find when she returns home...to the man she left behind?

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Behind the Book
Source: Goodreads.com

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Book Review: Kissing the Demon-The Creative Writer's Handbook by Amrita Kumar

-Introduction--
  • ISIN: 978-9352643035
  • Genre: Non-Fiction /Creative Writing
  • Publishers: Harper Collins
  • Price: Rs.350/-  ( I got the book for review from the Writer's Melon)
Do you have a great story to tell but don t know where to begin or how to give it shape?

Whether you re an aspiring writer or a seasoned one, a writer of fiction or narrative non-fiction, Kissing the Demon will help you navigate the maze of plot construction, narrative viewpoint, character development, dialogue creation and description even while allowing your imagination to flow.

Written by an editor and publisher who has for over four decades nurtured some of India s finest writers, it also tackles the insular world of publishers, agents, contracts and editors. It tells you how to find a publisher or agent, what gets a publisher s attention and what turns it off all the stuff writers take years to learn.

Finally, it offers solutions to the vexing issue of balancing everyday life with writing, a problem every writer faces and the reason why so many books remain unwritten.

George Orwell once described writing as a horrible, exhausting experience, and that he wouldn't have written a single book were he not driven by some demon he could neither resist nor understand. Kissing the Demon will make your journey as a writer a little less painful, make you look upon that demon with a little more love.

Behind the Book
Source: Goodreads.com

Monday, March 20, 2017

Book Review: Key to My Soul by Probal Mazumdar


Introduction
  • ISIN: 978-8193324806
  • Genre: Fiction /Romance
  • Publishers: Maple Press
  • Price: Rs.195/-  ( I got the book for review from the author)
"When Siddharth, a lonely young man with a failed marriage gets a sudden phone-call from a mysterious person about his lost childhood lover, Hazel, and learns that she is battling for life, he is shaken to the core. He also learns that she had left certain letters for him fifteen years back that never reached him. It disturbs him so much that he rushes to the hospital in his old hometown. There he discovers an eclipsed past buried in time that is riddled with dangerous surprises, trauma, twists of fate, sacrifices that exemplify true love and the real reasons for the tragic end of their childhood love story. But will Hazel ever open her eyes to see him..."

Behind the Book
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Friday, March 17, 2017

Book Review: Dangerous Games by Danielle Steel

-Introduction--
  • ISIN: 978-1509860661
  • Genre: Fiction / Drama
  • Publishers: Pan MacMillan
  • Price: Rs.399/-  ( I got the book for review from the publisher)
Dangerous Games is a gripping story of family, ambition and power by bestselling phenomenon, Danielle Steel.

Alix Phillips is a successful TV news journalist always willing to put herself on the frontline for her job. All that matters is getting the story. After great loss in her early life, Alix struggles to let anyone get too close. The only people she has allowed to get close to her are her mother, Isabelle - their bond is so strong that it crosses oceans - and her nineteen-year-old daughter, Faye. And Ben, her friend and cameraman. Neither of them fears death - it's love that is more terrifying.

When Alix's boss suspects a major political scandal in the White House involving the Vice-President, he sends Alix to uncover the truth. This story could blow the corridors of power wide open and this time Alix is feeling the heat. But then she receives some devastating news which helps her to put her life in perspective and find out what is truly important to her.

For someone who was never scared, Alix now realizes that the time has come to play some very Dangerous Games.

Behind the Book
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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Book Review: Women Warriors in Indian History by Yugal Joshi

-Introduction--
  • ISIN: 978-81-291-4522-2
  • Genre: -Non-Fiction /Historical
  • Publishers: Rupa Books
  • Price: Rs.195/-  ( I got the book for review from the publisher)

Women Warriors in Indian History explores the life of ten Indian women warriors as narrated by other historical characters. While Italian traveller Marco Polo recounts the story of his contemporary Queen Rudramba, Emperor Jahangir narrates the tale of Durgavati to his future consort. Legendary Tatya Tope unfolds Avantibai’s heroics to Lakshmi Bai and the eunuch General Malik Kafur regales a young sultan with Raziya Sultana’s exploits. Put together chronologically, from the slave dynasty to the first war of Indian independence, these stories showcase the changing canvas of Indian history. More importantly, the narratives bring forward the exceptional qualities of these women warriors, while fighting against gender, social, religious and political odds and oppositions. They prove that women are unequivocally strong leaders who have waged and won many battles with courage and conviction down the ages.

Well-researched and engagingly narrated, this book familiarizes readers with these extraordinary women, their highs and lows, and provides a glimpse into their unique, yet relatively less known lives.

Behind the Book
Source: Goodreads.com