Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Miles to go...

Exactly two years ago this blog was born - more so for my love of books and then of course gradually it went onto become my alter ego. While Memoirs of Me stood for all the good things of my life this one represented the bad things of my life. Needless to say both are immensely special to me and are my two kids that I have had.
 
The most wonderful feeling for a blogger is to have at least one genuine reader who is your worst critic and best appreciator. I would say I am very lucky to have found someone like that in Dumpling - my bestest friend ever. There has not been a single day when he has not written to me about my blogs, books or about what's more special to both of us - LIFE!
 
750 posts, 43k hits, 119 book reviews, 462 daily thoughts on living and loving, this blog surely has a long way to go ! I intended to write a letter to my blog as it's birthday gift but then today morning I woke up to see a beautiful letter in my inbox addressed to my blog celebrating it's birthday. I had to share it here for the sheer beauty it reflects as to how deeply he connects with me and my thoughts.
 
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Monday, December 30, 2013

Book Review: The Scatter Here is Too Great by Bilal Tanveer


Introduction

·         ISBN – 9788184004595

·         Genre: Fiction

·         Publishers: Random House Publishing

·         Price: Rs. 350/- (I got this book from the publisher for a review)


The Scatter Here Is Too Great heralds a major new voice from Pakistan with a stunning debut—a novel told in a rich variety of distinctive voices that converge at a single horrific event: a bomb blast at a station in the heart of the city.

Comrade Sukhansaz, an old communist poet, is harassed on a bus full of college students minutes before the blast. His son, a wealthy middle aged businessman, yearns for his own estranged child. A young man, Sadeq, has a dead-end job snatching cars from people who have defaulted on their bank loans, while his girlfriend spins tales for her young brother to conceal her own heartbreak. An ambulance driver picking up the bodies after the blast has a shocking encounter with two strange-looking men whom nobody else seems to notice. And in the midst of it all, a solitary writer, tormented with grief for his dead father and his decimated city, struggles to find words.

In a style that’s at once inventive and deeply moving, Tanweer reveals the pain, loneliness, and longing of these characters and celebrates the power of the written word to heal individuals and communities plagued by violence. Elegantly weaving together a striking portrait of a city and its people, The Scatter Here Is Too Great is a love story written to Karachi—as vibrant and varied in its characters, passions, and idiosyncrasies as the city itself.

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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Book Review: Indian Tango by Ananda Devi (Author) and Jean Anderson (Translator)

Introduction

·         ISBN – 978-0924047817

·         Genre: Fiction

·         Publishers: Random House Publishing

·         Price: Rs. 209/- (I got this book from the publisher for a review)

Translated from the French by Jean Anderson, INDIAN TANGO, published in French in 2007, is set in Delhi in 2004, against a background of monsoon rains and the general election that would see Sonia Gandhi briefly head a coalition government.
 
A visiting writer becomes obsessed by Subhadra, a woman glimpsed on the street, and as this unconventional relationship develops, the cost of pursuing passion and desire in a vibrant but deeply conservative society comes into sharp focus. A sometimes bitter, always moving meditation on the limitations placed on women's (and others') lives by convention builds inexorably to a powerful and stunning conclusion.

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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Book Review: Ajaya: Roll of the Dice (Epic of the Kaurava clan, #1) by Anand Neelkantan


Introduction

·         ISBN – 9789381576038

·         Genre: Mythology / Fiction

·         Publishers: Leadstart Publishing House

·         Price: Rs. 299/- (I got this book from the publisher for a review)

THE MAHABHARATA ENDURES AS THE GREAT EPIC OF INDIA. But while Jaya is the story of the Pandavas, told from the perspective of the victors of Kurukshetra; Ajaya is the narrative of the ‘unconquerable’ Kauravas, who were decimated to the last man. *** At the heart of India’s most powerful empire, a revolution is brewing. Bhishma, the noble patriarch of Hastinapura, is struggling to maintain the unity of his empire. On the throne sits Dhritarashtra, the blind King, and his foreign-born Queen – Gandhari. In the shadow of the throne stands Kunti, the Dowager-Queen, burning with ambition to see her firstborn become the ruler, acknowledged by all. And in the wings: * Parashurama, the enigmatic Guru of the powerful Southern Confederate, bides his time to take over and impose his will from mountains to ocean. * Ekalavya, a young Nishada, yearns to break free of caste restrictions and become a warrior. *

Karna, son of a humble charioteer, travels to the South to study under the foremost Guru of the day and become the greatest archer in the land. * Balarama, the charismatic leader of the Yadavas, dreams of building the perfect city by the sea and seeing his people prosperous and proud once more. * Takshaka, guerilla leader of the Nagas, foments a revolution by the downtrodden as he lies in wait in the jungles of India, where survival is the only dharma. * Jara, the beggar, and his blind dog Dharma, walk the dusty streets of India, witness to people and events far greater than they, as the Pandavas and the Kauravas confront their searing destinies. Amidst the chaos, Prince Suyodhana, heir of Hastinapura, stands tall, determined to claim his birthright and act according to his conscience. He is the maker of his own destiny – or so he believes. While in the corridors of the Hastinapura palace, a foreign Prince plots to destroy India. And the dice falls…See the video HERE to know more about the book

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Friday, December 27, 2013

Book Review: The Cosmic Clues by Manjiri Prabhu

 
 
Introduction
·         ISBN – 9788184954791
·         Genre: Fiction
·         Publishers: Jaico Publishing House
·         Price: Rs. 295/- (I got this book from the publisher for a review)
Sonia Samarth couldn't have predicted it. It had only been a day, but her first advertisement had drawn dozens of responses. In the bustling city of Pune, with its winding alleys and exotic customs, Sonia has launched a brand new business - private investigation guided by Hindu astrology. Her unique brand of investigation might raise eyebrows but before long, she seems to have found her niche.

When a cat leads Sonia to her very first investigation, she uses astrology to unmask the killer. Suddenly, clients begin streaming in a persistent, handsome TV personality, a terrified bride to be a missing husband with suicidal tendencies. These cases initially seem like isolated experiences, but Sonia soon finds that they are bound by an invisible thread. Very soon she will have to look closely at her own stars a notorious international criminal has just crossed Sonia’s path and he has his own plans for her future.
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"True puzzles in the grand old tradition that reaches back to Poe and Doyle.... It's all good fun, made even more enjoyable by an evocative portrait of modern India life." --The Denver Post

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Book Review: Baramulla Bomber by Clark Prasad

Introduction

·         ISBN – 9789381523971

·         Genre: Science -fiction

·         Publishers: Niyogi Books

·         Price: Rs. 395/- (I got this book from Readers Cosmos for a review)

The moment I read this blurb Quantum Physics meets Bible and Vedas in Background of Kashmir and Cricket I was curious to read this book. Just few days back I was lamenting on my Facebook page about how Indian fiction has the same run of the mill kind of stories and how I am dying to read something un-put-down able . And here I get the answer in the form of this book! You can view the official trailor of the book HERE to see what the book holds in store for you.

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AN ANCIENT WEAPON FROM THE VEDAS & BIBLE ONCE HUNTED BY THE NAZIS POWERED BY THE SOUND OF UNIVERSE REBORN WITH HELP OF QUANTUM PHYSICS GOING TO BE UNLEASHED ON TO THE WORLD AND KASHMIR HOLDS ITS SECRET

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Blog Review: The Write Side

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Introduction:
 
At Indiblogeshwaris we are a wonderful bunch of happy go lucky love-to-laugh gals who also happen to be bloggers. We love, laugh and most importantly spread both of them all around. This Christmas we decided to spread some of the holiday cheer by playing Secret Elves to our fellow bloggers. I was chosen as the secret elf for a wonderful blog by Seeta Bodke called The Write Side.
 
 
 

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Book Review: I am life by Shraddha Soni


Introduction

·         ISBN – 9788184003581

·         Genre: Self help / Spirituality

·         Publishers: Random House

·         Price: Rs. 250/- (I got this book from the publisher for a review)

Exploring life as a subject has always interested me for various reasons, the most prominent being that this is the biggest gift we could ever have and yet is the most mysterious one.

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Monday, December 23, 2013

Book Review: Karma: The Ancient Science of Cause and Effect by Jeffrey Armstrong


Introduction

·         ISBN – 978-1601091062

·         Genre: Self help / Spirituality

·         Publishers: Jaico Publishers

·         Price: Rs. 855/- (I got this book from the publisher for a review)

Karma, from the Sanskrit, means "to do." Karma is simply the golden rule: what you give out is what you receive. Jeffrey Armstrong introduces the science of karma, reincarnation and the ways in which cause and effect control our lives. Individuals go through certain processes and accompanying experiences throughout their lives, which they have chosen, and are based on the results of their own creation. Karma is not about retribution, vengeance, punishment or reward; it simply deals with what is brought on by the purposeful action of devas, or divine beings. The "Law of Karma" is central in Hinduism, Ayyavazhi, Sikhism, Buddhism, and Jainism (religions born in Nepal and India). Understanding karma broadens our spiritual wisdom and reveals the profound interconnectedness of all life.

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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Book Review: Orbit Shifting Innovation : The Dynamics of Ideas that Create History by Rajiv Narang, Devika Devaiah


Introduction

·         ISBN – 9788184003208

·         Genre: Non fiction

·         Publishers: Random House

·         Price: Rs. 280/- (I got this book from the publisher for a review)
Orbit shifting innovation happens when an area that needs transformation, meets an innovator with the will and the desire to create and not follow history. At the heart of the orbit shifting innovation, is the breakthrough that creates a new orbit and achieves a transformative impact.

Businesses, social enterprises and even governments need orbit-shifting ideas to create a transformative impact. But how does that ground breaking idea come about and what translates it into actuality? Charting the vast landscape of orbit shifting innovation and innovators across countries, cultures and industries, Orbit Shifting Innovation brings to the fore the moving force that drives orbit-shifters to take on a transformative challenge and to navigate the pitfalls and obstacles in making it happen. Orbit Shifting Innovation comprehensively outlines and delves deep into what it really take to ensure that an orbit shifting idea is grown into an in market success model with all the richness and potential of the original aspiration
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Monday, December 16, 2013

Book Review: Hair Yoga: Caring for your hair the right way by Jawed Habib

Introduction

·         ISBN – 8184004613

·         Genre: Non- Fiction/ Self help

·         Publishers: Random House Publishers

·         Price: Rs.250/- (I got this book from the publisher for a review)

This book has a foreword and cartoons by Sudhir Tailang. Jawed Habib is one of the top hair stylists in the industry.  Jawed Habib Hair and Beauty Pvt. Ltd. is the leading player in the hair and beauty segment in India. It is one of the largest unisex salon chains in India with a presence across 62 cities. At present, the company has over 340 salon outlets and 47 salon academies in India.

The book has everything about hair carefrom taking care of dandruff, to greying, to balding.

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There are two things that are common to most people: we all want gorgeous hair and we all have at least one hair issue. From styling celebrities to running one of the most popular salon chains in India, to the revolutionary Xpresothe 99-rupess haircut. Jawed Habib is undoubtedly someone you can trust with your hair.  In Hair Yoga, Jawed takes you back to the basics of hair care and tackles all of your hair troubles. Packed with tips and remedies, this is the ultimate book to take hair health into your hands so that you have a good hair day, every day.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Book Review: Delhi Mostly Harmless One Woman's Vision of the City by Elizabeth Chatterjee

Introduction
·         ISBN – 978-8184003567
·         Genre: Non- Fiction
·         Publishers: Random House Publishers
·         Price: Rs.299/- (I got this book from the publisher for a review)
'... nobody who lives there, nobody at all, has much good to say about Delhi.' Along with Milton Keynes, Detroit and Purgatory, Delhi is one of the world's great unloved destinations. So when Elizabeth Chatterjee makes her way from the cool hum of Oxford to the demented June heat of heat of Delhi to research her PhD, she find herself both baffled and curious about the je ne sais quoi of this city of 'graveyards and tombstones'.
As flanêur and sagacious resident, Liz takes us through the serpentine power structures, the idyll, the bullshit-peeling layer after layer of the city's skin to reveal its aspirations, its insecurity, its charm and finally its urban dissonance. Uncannily perceptive, predictive and hysterical, Delhi Mostly Harmless puts a firm finger on the electric pulse of Delhi.
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Friday, December 13, 2013

Book Review: Dr. Mathai’s Holistic Health Guide For Women


Introduction

·         ISBN – 9788184005004

·         Genre: Self help

·         Publishers: Random House Publishers

·         Price: Rs. 299/- (I got this book from the publisher for a review)

The twenty-first century woman juggles home, work, friends—all in a day’s work. Andthis demanding lifestyle is taking its deadly toll on her. With women’s health issuessuddenly on the rise, Dr Mathai’s Holistic Health Guide for Women is what every womanmust have. It contains causes, solutions, and treatments for cancer, PCOS, arthritis,etc., based on ayurveda, homeopathy, and naturopathy as well as complementary therapies such as yoga, acupuncture, reflexology, and acupressure. With simple DIYsand home remedies, this book is the ultimate guide to a healthy life.

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Book Review: The Yogic Manager By Avinash Sharma

Introduction

·         ISBN – 8184954700

·         Genre: Spirituality / Non fiction

·         Publishers: Jaico Publishing House

·         Price: Rs. 225/- (I got this book from the publisher for a review)

Having been working since a decade now the next step in my corporate ladder is definitely to lead a team and become a leader.  Somehow our ancient scriptures have always fascinated me with reference to the lessons of life. You can read about it here and here. I picked up this book solely for one reason; it said a business novel inspired by the Mahabharata. Needless to say INSEAD’s former Dean’s foreword was an added attraction.

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