Thursday, December 25, 2014

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Book Review: Just the way you are by Sanjeev Ranjan

Introduction
  • ISIN: 978-81-8400-634-6
  • Genre: Romance/ Fiction
  • Publishers: Random House India
  • Price: Rs. 175/- ( I received the book for review from the publisher)
Love happens when you least expect it…

Sameer is a Steve Jobs fan, a consultant at an investment bank, and a confused soul looking for love. As he moves cities to study and work, he falls in and out of love,but fails to find the one person who belongs with him. In comes Shagun, whom he marries. But he leaves the very next day for Switzerland…to start a dream Job. In the meantime, Shagun starts reading his diary! What does she find in there?

Will this spell the end of their marriage? With Sameer not around to defend himself,what is the future of their relationship?

Just the Way You Are is a humorous, heart-warming story about one man’s quest for true love.

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Behind The Book: Olivier Lafont


Today at Behind the book we have Olivier Lafont a very well known face for all of us as the "price-tag" star in the much acclaimed movie 3 Idiots. 

To give a brief about him to the uniundated, Olivier Lafont is a French writer and actor and lives in Mumbai, India. He has previously been published in South Africa. He has written many feature film screenplays. His first film opened at the Toronto Film Festival and won numerous awards worldwide. Lafont is a regular columnist with Man’s World magazine.He is also a well-known face in India due to his acting work, having appeared in Indian films such as 3 Idiots and Guzaarish, Hollywood films Bollywood Hero and Baby Sellers, as well as over seventy television commercials. Lafont graduated from Colgate University in the USA with academic distinction.

Connect with the author here Twitter  | Face Book Page 
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What not we all know is he also happens to be a writer and that too an amazing one. His book Warrior released recently through Penguin and in his own words it is EPIC ( Well I agree with him here, you can read my review HERE on the same).

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Book Review: Warrior by Olivier Lafont

Introduction
  • ISIN: 9780143423638
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Publishers: Penguin Books India
  • Price: Rs. 250/- ( I received the book for review from the author)

In Mumbai, driven to its knees by a merciless blizzard, Saam the watchmender is cornered into an intolerable position. As Shiva's only earthly demigod child, it falls upon him to stop his indomitable father. Bred to war, son of destruction, Saam rides with six extraordinary companions into the horror of a crumbling world to face Shiva. He is forced to join hands with Ara, his half-brother he can never fully trust and take with him his own mortal beloved, Maya, on this desperate attempt to stop the End of Days. But his path is littered with death, danger and betrayal. Interweaving mythology, epic adventure and vintage heroism, this enthralling novel will change the way you see gods, heroes and demons.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Book Review:The Buck Stops Here by Ashutosh Garg

Introduction
  • ISIN: 978-81-291-2369-5
  • Genre: Non-Fiction/ Self help
  • Publishers: Rupa Publications
  • Price: Rs. 250/- ( I got this book from the author for a review)
In any business, it’s the entrepreneur where the proverbial ‘buck’ stops.Yes, it’s a cliché, but that is what it boils down to. When things go wrong, it’s your responsibility; when they go well, you get to enjoy the benefits. Ashutosh Garg was a high-flying corporate honcho who decided to quit and pursue his dream of becoming an entrepreneur. But just having a dream is not enough, he discovered; one needs to be resourceful, pragmatic, weigh the pros and cons and, most of all, have the will to keep going in the face of all odds.

In The Buck Stops Here, Garg compresses the key learnings and experiences from building Guardian Pharmacy, India’s second largest chain of wellness, health and beauty stores. He reveals the realities of running one’s own business and dispels some myths along the way. Learn how to source capital; get the best from your team—and yourself; manage costs; locate the perfect shop space; find the right partners to grow your business; and at the same time, manage your stress levels. These lessons will both inspire budding entrepreneurs to follow their dream as well as caution them about the challenges that lie ahead.

Written by someone who has actually experienced the highs and lows of being a #Startup Entrepreneur, The Buck Stops Here is essential reading for those who dream of running their own business.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Book Review: A tryst with Human Mind by Prameela Sreemangalam


Introduction
  • ISIN: 9789382447924
  • Genre: Non-Fiction/ Self help
  • Publishers: Notion Press
  • Price: Rs. 375/-
We are all connected on a divine journey… a journey meant for spiritual growth and evolution!

Are you curious about your existence in this physical plane? Have you experienced unresolvable conflicts in your life and thought where it all came from? Do you believe that your journey is beyond this life?

Do you know that your mind has the knowledge of all your existences and it has the power to resolve the blocks? And the help always comes from beyond; all you need to do is ‘ASK’!

It’s on this divine journey that you will meet Bandana and Arjun. They take you through an eternal journey of love and life, and Aadyot would teach you the little lessons of life.

If you have faced internal battles of rejection, confidence issues, abuse, depression, voids, emotional and physical blockages, this book is an internal journey for your mind. Your mind will experience emotional healing, many questions of your mind will find an answer and accomplish your connect with life. Healing through hypnosis and various modalities of mind linked therapies, the subconscious is tapped for healing for various clinical cases described in depth in the content of this book. As you take a journey through this book, you will discover your mind and the unlimited potentials of self-healing within.
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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Silent Saturday


Romance:Then and now - A guest post by Shilpa Suraj

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Do you remember the heroine who quivered at every smoldering look the brooding, impossibly rich hero leveled at her? The under-confident, sometimes mousy, heroine with a heart of gold? The hero who could never love or never be tamed until aforementioned lady with the heart of gold enters his life. They were the vibrant core of all the romance novels I devoured for years. Timeless, evocative and memorable, the stories exuded charm and innocence.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Celebrating Patient Solidarity Day

One Tuesday afternoon, a round table conference and a room full of enthusiasts is what was The Patient Solidarity Day celebration all about. 
 

Book Review:M for Misfit by Sarika Pandit

Introduction
  • ISIN: 978-812-9135445
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Publishers: Rupa Publications
  • Price: Rs. 195/- (I got this book from the author for review)

Zoey Verma, Third Ranker from the Bottom and Virtually-Unemployable, has managed to land a job! Management trainee and first-time employee in the fridge-manufacturing giant J & K Ltd, Zoey is clueless about where her life is headed. She has barely managed to pass out of B-school when fate pushes her into another whirlpool. And, a look at her own fridge will confirm that she has no fascination for them. The tall, thin, frizzy-haired Zoey enters J & K shaky-legged. And, when her scary boss Wimpeater sends her to the company's seedy Delhi branch to map all the consumer durable outlets in the city, her life goes into overdrive. 

Chances of it stabilizing seem slimmer by the day as she dodges gaalis from the Delhi boss, Chhota Don and fends off lecherous looks from distributor Shady Singh, all the while evading her clingy ex, Velcro Man. Then, just as she finds herself on the brink of a nervous breakdown, she is sent back to Mumbai. The move turns out to be a plunge from frying pan into the fire as Zoey becomes a victim of dipping sales and growing slurs, forcing her to ask questions so existential, even Kafka would be impressed Read on to find out how Zoey finds her way back to what she wants, both personally and professionally.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Book Review: The Fifth Man by Bani Basu ( Translated by Arunava Sinha)

Introduction
  • ISIN: 978-81-8400-572-1
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Publishers: Random house India
  • Price: Rs. 299/- (I got this book from the publisher for review)
Neelam’s hysterectomy at thirty hastens her into a sexless middle age and changes her relationship with her husband Ari. Their marriage remains stagnant until an unexpected telegram announces the visit of Ari’s ex-girlfriend Esha. By coincidence, their college professor Mahanam also arrives at their doorstep bearing an uncanny resemblance to Ari’s daughter. Events conspire to send all of them on a trip to Ajanta and Ellora where ancient stories spark memories of lost love and betrayal. Both deeply philosophical and playfully dramatic, The Fifth Man is a bittersweet meditation on middle-age desire. 

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Cover Reveal: Matches Made in Heaven by Sundari Venkatraman


Cover Reveal:

MATCHES MADE IN HEAVEN

Romantic Short Stories by

Sundari Venkatraman

Sneak Peak

Swayamwar on TV reality show; Dating Clubs; Matchmaking websites; parents setting up their children with one another; friends getting married and more – there are many ways that couples get together for hopefully a “Happily Ever After” experience. MATCHES MADE IN HEAVEN explores the various premises in the form of short stories that one can relate to in everyday life. There is even one based on Gods falling in love. Shh! I am not going to say anything further. It’s for you to find out.


And there are thirteen of them. While many insist that “13” is an unlucky number, I am quite fascinated by it. I absolutely believe that it’s a lucky number for me. That’s why I decided to publish this anthology with 13 romantic stories. 



About the author

Sundari Venkatraman has authored four novels and a short story anthology till now, Matches Made In Heaven (anthology) being the latest. The Malhotra Bride; Meghna; The Runaway Bridegroom; Flaming Sun Collection 1: Happily Ever Afters From India (Box Set) and Matches Made In Heaven have all been self-published on Amazon under the banner of Flaming Sun. The three novels are regularly seen on Amazon’s Top 100 Bestsellers’ Contemporary Romances list. The Box Set and Anthology are bound to catch up soon. 



A great fan of Mills & Boon romances over the past four decades, Sundari has always believed in ‘Happily Ever Afters’ and all her books promise happy endings. 


Matches Made In Heaven is a compilation of thirteen short stories – all romantic – based on many situations anyone can come upon in their day-to-day lives. The stories revolve around the different ways a couple can get to meet and tie the knot in a culture rich country like India. Those reading the stories will definitely be able to connect realising that one of the situations has definitely been a part of their lives. 

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Behind the Book: Rohit Agarwal

When an author writes a book, he must remember that it speaks volumes about him. Talking about one such book, Love, job or country, its author Rohit Agarwal has done a brilliant job in ensuring this. You can read my review on the same HERE.

Rohit Agarwal is a Marketing Professional, who works in the mid-management level in a Textile company based in Ahmedabad.His work experience of about 15 years is based mainly in Ahmedabad. He has travelled extensively within India and abroad in the line of duty. He is excited and moved with stories, as he is an avid reader. This is his debut book. He resides in Ahmedabad with his two kids and wife.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Book Review: Shadows in the sun by Gayathri Prasad

Introduction
  • ISIN: 978-81-8400-519-6
  • Genre: Memoir
  • Publishers: Random house India
  • Price: Rs. 399/- (I got this book from the publisher for review)
As a young girl in Bangalore, Gayathri was surrounded by the fragrance of jasmine and flickering oil lamps, her family protected by Hindu gods and goddesses. But as she grew older, demons came forth from the dark corners of her idyllic kingdom--with the scariest creatures lurking within her.

The daughter of a respected Brahmin family, Gayathri began to feel different. "I can hardly eat, sleep, or think straight. The only thing I can do is cry unending tears." Her parents insisted it was all in her head. Because traditional Indian culture had no concept of depression as an illness, no doctor could diagnose and no medicine could heal her mysterious malady.

This memoir traces Gayathri's courageous battle with the depression that consumed her from adolescence through marriage and a move to the United States. It was only after the birth of her first child, when her husband discovered her in the backyard "clawing the earth furiously with my bare hands, intent on digging a grave so that I could bury myself alive," that she finally found help. After a stay in a psych ward she eventually found "the light within," an emotional and spiritual awakening from the darkness of her tortured mind.

Gayathri's inspiring story provides a first-of-its-kind cross-cultural view of mental illness--how it is regarded in India and in America, and how she drew on both her rich Hindu heritage and Western medicine to find healing.
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