Saturday, May 31, 2014

Lessons of Life ~31 May 2014

 Staring at the rising sun, listening to the chirping of birds who are raring to spread their wings and fly, a cool breeze ruffling your hair as if to wake you up from the slumber, the warm morning sun rays kissing your forehead...... do you wonder how beautiful LIFE actually is? ~N
 

 

Silent Saturday


Friday, May 30, 2014

Lessons of Life ~30 May 2014

Do you know what's the best thing about memories?

You cannot destroy them. However much you try - burning, tearing, forgetting... there is one part of them that will always be there inside you till your last breath. One small trigger and t...hey come pouring down like rains.

Do you know what's the worst thing about memories?

They can destroy YOU. Bit by bit from within making you wonder if you were ever complete before. Rendering you all hollow and empty. ~ N

 

Book Review: Maya in search of Tantric Father by Vipin Behari Goyal

Introduction

  • ISBN – 9789383562664
  • Genre: Fiction/ Drama
  • Publishers: Leadstart Publishing Pvt Ltd
  • Price: Rs. 95/- (P.S: I got this book for review from the author)

'Maya in search of Tantric Father' is a story of a young and pretty American girl, who is shocked to learn a secret from her deceased mother's diary. Maya comes to India in search of her biological father, who was a Tantric. Out of sheer determination, she travels to many holy places in India, facing numerous difficulties, which any solo woman traveler would face in India. Some mysterious powers help, guide and protect her when she inadvertently walks into danger.

Her spiritual pilgrimage is full of miracles and interesting encounters with a Philosopher, an Astrologer, an Ayurveda doctor, a Tantric, a Swami, a Professor, a Music maestro, and a bureaucrat. Some of them fall in love with her but she has no time to reciprocate. Her only mission is a search and she cannot afford any distractions. Could she find what she was searching for?
 
Behind The book

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Lessons of Life ~29 May 2014

 
Some of the worst things in life always lead to the bestest of the things... like darkness that leads to sunshine... severe heat that leads to sweet rain ~N

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Lessons of Life ~28 May 2014

 
The worst thing for someone who has hurt you is to know that it didn’t.~N

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Lessons of Life ~27 May 2014

 
Tell someone what they mean to you and they might forget. Do something to express what you feel and you will be unforgettable! ~N

Monday, May 26, 2014

Lessons of Life ~26 May 2014

 
The world will never tell you should be- they will tell you what they think you should be.~N

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Lessons of Life ~25 May 2014

 
That moment when the urge to do something wicked is the highest is actually the moment when you shouldn't do it! ~N

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Friday, May 23, 2014

Lessons of Life ~23 May 2014

 
At times all you need is a good cry. No amount of words, or special people can soothe that pain. Let it all go in the form of those tears, all that was, all that could be- should be and all that is. For after that the peace that engulfs you is unmatched for! ~N

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Lessons of Life ~22 May 2014

 
Life is all about making a choice – to do or to not to do. But to un-do is never a choice~N

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Lessons of Life ~21 May 2014

 
Happiness is more defined by the state of heart than the state of mind~N

Spotlight and Book Review: India was One by An Indian




India Was One by AnIndian








The Blurb

…Suddenly, he saw something shiny at the bottom of the abyss. He squinted his eyes to see what it was. He ran back to his binoculars and turned them to see what it was. Sharp barbed wires that separated the two mountains came into focus. He had come as far as he could in his country. But she was standing in another country.

He was in South India and she was in North India…

Have you ever imagined India being divided into two countries? What happens to the millions of Indians who are from South India but are now residing in North India? Kaahi & Jai were two such people who got trapped in this situation. Everything was going smoothly for them and suddenly, their world turned upside down.

How will they get together? Will India become one again?

Take an exciting journey with them from their college days in Mumbai to their life in the US and back to India when they find out that India is divided.

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Meet the Author



The Author calls himself An Indian. We have no pics of him. But the Author does have something to say to every Indian out there....

Dear Readers,

I wanted to tell a story peppering it with Indian languages and narrating my experiences, inter-weaving them with some imaginary tale. When I mentioned this idea to my wife, her very first question was, "who is your target-audience?" That made me "think outside the box". After reading the book, you'll agree that there is no target-audience. I'd say - 10+, any sex, from any country, any ethnicity, any religion - is the intended audience.

When I wanted to tell a story, I wanted to "lull" the reader into thinking that they are just reading a travelogue. Making them wonder where (if at all anywhere) the story is going. Is it just another boring experience written by a NRI? AND THEN BOOM. It hits you. Suddenly, along with the characters, the reader's dream-world shatters.

This book is broken up in 3 parts. And it is intentional. Let me explain why.

The first part is about the Indian culture. Most Indians (in India) already know it. But what about NRIs? They may find it nostalgic. And what about their kids. They may have a better understanding about their roots and culture. And the non-Indian find it very fascinating. 

The second part is about life in the US. Readers who are in the US may find it a bit like a travelogue. However, others may find it very interesting. Those who can't be here get a glimpse into the US life of an Indian (and the US life in general).

The third part is for everyone. 

Hence, you'll notice that different people react differently to this book. There is something for everyone.

I hope this helps you.

Thank you,
An Indian   

The author was born and raised in Mumbai, India. He came to the US in 1989 and lived in New York.  This book is for those who like travel, history, romance, culture, cuisine, sports, political-thriller, etc. It’s dubbed as a realistic-fiction. A fiction based on some real events.  He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.

He is very clear about his Target Audience..  


AudienceHow will the benefit?
Age 10 and aboveWill learn about India
Any ReligionWill Understand India
Indians in IndiaWill feel proud of India
NRIsNostalgic moments
Kids of NRIsWill connect with their roots
Non IndiansWill want to visit india
People who Love IndiaWill know what the book is conveying
People who want to know abut India Will fall in love with India

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Introduction
  • ISBN – B004S3OWO0
  • Genre: Fiction/ Drama
  • Publishers: CreateSpace via Amazon
  • Price: Rs. 175/- (I got this book for review from the author)
Suddenly, he saw something shiny at the bottom of the abyss. He squinted his eyes to see what it was. He ran back to his binoculars and turned them to see what it was. Sharp barbed wires that separated the two mountains came into focus. He had come as far as he could in his country. But she was standing in another country.
He was in South India and she was in North India…
Have you ever imagined India being divided into two countries? What happens to the millions of Indians who are from South India but are now residing in North India? Kaahi & Jai were two such people who got trapped in this situation. Everything was going smoothly for them and suddenly, their world turned upside down.
How will they get together? Will India become one again?
Take an exciting journey with them from their college days in Mumbai to their life in the US and back to India when they find out that India is divided.
Behind The book
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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Lessons of Life ~20 May 2014

 
Let the world say all that they want to , what will matter at the end of the day is what you choose to believe.~N

Monday, May 19, 2014

Lessons of Life ~19 May 2014

 
People - you meet them, know them, embrace them and welcome into your life. You love them and make them bask in all its glory... and suddenly one day one moment one word and one action and they seem to be strangers, someone whom you never knew till now! Strange ways of life .. ~N

Behind the Book: Jatin Kuberkar


Today we have Mr. Jatin Kuberkar the author of the latest book “While I was waiting” by Leadstart Publishers.
 
Take an ounce full of imagination and a scoop of humour. Mix them well. Now put a few teaspoons of feelings and emotions and stir until it smells good. Put the mixture on the pallet of dreams and garnish it with a few peanuts of desires; that is all it takes to be Jatin Kuberkar. A software engineer by day and a passionate writer by night, Jatin wants to experiment with different genres.
 
When not tangled in software codes, he writes poetry, short stories and essays. He is deeply interested in spirituality, philosophy and observing life as it turns into interesting ways. He lives in Hyderabad, surrounded by his friends and well-wishers. His family consists of his mother, wife (who happens to be his childhood love) and his son, Arya. Jatin can be reached at: itsjatink@gmail.com

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Lessons of Life ~18 May 2014

 
The challenge is not that we don't know what to value and how much to value. The challenge is to be valued! ~N

Behind the Book: Jaya Padmanabhan

 
 
 
Today we have Ms. Jaya Padmanabhan the author of the latest book Transactions of Belonging by Leadstart.
 
Jaya Padmanabhan has worked as a Copywriter, Sales Manager, Collections Agent, Software Engineer and Television Producer before emerging as a writer. She believes that her previous jobs distinctly inhabit her work.
 
She has won three Katha Short Story Contest titles, the Lorian Hemingway Short Story recognition and the New America Media award for feature reporting. She lives in California with her husband, mother, twin girls and a Golden doodle. She is the editor of India Currents magazine.
 

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Lessons of Life ~17 May 2014

 
The worst thing in relationships is when the "is" become the "was. ~N

God, Man and the superstitious society(Guest Post) by Dr. Ajay Kansal

Since the time I have been interacting with the author of The Evolutions of God , Dr. Ajay Kansal I wanted ask to him his thoughts on this topic. Please read on a guest post by the author :

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Lessons of Life ~16 May 2014

Nothing is more painful than meaning nothing to someone who means the world to you~N

Behind the Book: Dr Ajay Kansal


Today at Behind the Book we have Dr. Ajay Kansal the author of The Evolutions of God.

It is always a pleasure interacting with authors for they teach you a lot of new things and when that author is someone who has written a book that not only is commendable but also one that makes you question your own believes the interaction definitely becomes all the more interesting. I would like to THANK Ms. Nikita Soni who blogs at NJKinny for giving me this opportunity to interact with the author and also review this wonderful book.

Moving ahead to hear what Dr. Ajay Kansal has got to say about his book and allow us a sneak peek into what goes on behind a book:

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Book Review: The Improbability Principle by David J Hand

Introduction
 
  • ISBN : 9788184004922
  • Genre: Non Fiction
  • Publishers: Random House
  • Price: Rs. 562/- (I got this book for review from the publisher)

In The Improbability Principle, the renowned statistician David J. Hand argues that extraordinarily rare events are anything but. In fact, they’re commonplace. Not only that, we should all expect to experience a miracle roughly once every month.
 
But Hand is no believer in superstitions, prophecies, or the paranormal. His definition of “miracle” is thoroughly rational. No mystical or supernatural explanation is necessary to understand why someone is lucky enough to win the lottery twice, or is destined to be hit by lightning three times and still survive. All we need, Hand argues, is a firm grounding in a powerful set of laws: the laws of inevitability, of truly large numbers, of selection, of the probability lever, and of near enough.

Together, these constitute Hand’s groundbreaking Improbability Principle. And together, they explain why we should not be so surprised to bump into a friend in a foreign country, or to come across the same unfamiliar word four times in one day. Hand wrestles with seemingly less explicable questions as well: what the Bible and Shakespeare have in common, why financial crashes are par for the course, and why lightning does strike the same place (and the same person) twice. Along the way, he teaches us how to use the Improbability Principle in our own lives—including how to cash in at a casino and how to recognize when a medicine is truly effective.
 
An irresistible adventure into the laws behind “chance” moments and a trusty guide for understanding the world and universe we live in, The Improbability Principle will transform how you think about serendipity and luck, whether it’s in the world of business and finance or you’re merely sitting in your backyard, tossing a ball into the air and wondering where it will land.
 
Behind The book
 
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Lessons of Life ~15 May 2014

Life never gets complicated. It is we who lose our way and blame it on LIFE ~N

Spotlight Review: The Evolution of Gods by Dr. Ajay Kansal

 The Evolution of Gods


The Evolution of Gods by Dr. Ajay Kansal

The Scientific Origin of Divinity and Religions



 The Evolution of Gods
Book Details:

ISBN:9789350294383

Print Length: 214 Pages

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers India

Publication Date: August 2012

Language: English

Genre: Non-Fiction, Religion and Spirituality, Scientific Study, Atheism




Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Lessons of Life ~14 May 2014

The best reward in the world is to have the people who wrote you off claiming your prowess behind your back! ~N

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Lessons of Life ~13 May 2014

Let the world say a thousand things and yet not define you in any manner.

Let a loved one just say a word and it will more meaning to your entire existence! ~N

Book Review: The Crossover – Open Heart verses By Sunil Sandeep

Introduction
  • ISBN – 9781482821024
  • Genre: Poetry Collection
  • Publishers: Partridge Publishers
  • Price: Rs. 250/- (I got this book for review from BecomeShakespeare.com)

Through the verses in his first Book "THE CROSSOVER," Sunil brings out some of his inner thoughts, emotions, feelings and perspectives about what he feels about the current day world and the socio- psychic condition of the human race which has taken us far away from the shrine of inner tranquillity which resides in each one of us.
 
His spontaneous style of writing in simple words makes it easier to relate to, by people questioning the existing collective belief systems and working towards finding pathways to experience higher dimensions of life. Some of his perspectives on the fabric of life, and the way one can free oneself from the conditionings which are getting constantly accumulated in one's mind, have the power to change and alter the way one perceives the external and the internal world. It is evident that Sunil has been questioning, disseminating and understanding the various factors which act as the basic forces which orchestrate the evolution of existence both in the macrocosm and the microcosm.
 
This being his first attempt to put his thoughts onto the paper, his magical play of simple words to communicate some of his very profound insights in the form of verses, is quite commendable.
 
Behind The book


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Monday, May 12, 2014

Lessons of Life ~12 May 2014

At times just having faith in your ability is not enough; you need someone to believe in your faith ~N

Behind the Book: Anis Bari


Today we have Mr. Anis Bari the author of the latest book Dreams of Mango People by Leadstart with us here at Reviews and Musings where he will take us Behind the book.
 
Anis Bari, a graduate of the Asian Institute of Management, Manila, and a Computer Engineer from PESIT, Bangalore, worked with Hewlett Packard before co-founding Tantra Consultancy Services, an award-winning start-up.
 
He was recognized as the most promising Entrepreneur of the Year (2010), by the global organization TiE (The Indus Entrepreneur). Anis has won numerous business plan competitions globally and has a deep interest in entrepreneurship and social innovation. He is also a shaper of Global Shapers Community, an initiative of World Economic Forum to bring the change agents together.
 
He has authored, Brush up Ur Quant, a book for management entrants. Anis is an internationally rated chess player and also mentors students through Yuvolve Youth Forum. He can be reached at: Email  | Blog

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Lessons of Life ~11 May 2014

At times having a crowd around you makes you feel lonely; while sometimes even a single person can make you feel suffocated!~ N

TBR: Transactions of Belonging by Jaya Padmanabhan


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This is a book I recently fell in love with. Apart from the cover page and title what piqued my interest was the blurb which read like this:
 
The short stories in the collection blend emotion and introspection. Moments of urgency and sweetness are fully canvassed and explored. The stories draw out and examine the texture of emotional belonging. In "His Curls," a mother suffers the anguish of wondering if her son is a terrorist. The ending is left to interpretation and several possibilities.
 
The reader is forced to teeter between laughter and sadness in the tragicomedy of "An Indian Summer."
 
"The Blue Arc" is a redemptive tale of a young woman who shows enormous courage. Each story in the collection is a journey of insights. Transactions of Belonging is a unique, intense and gripping work of short fiction.
 
 

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Lessons of Life ~10 May 2014

In a relationship - To be used like a tissue paper , to be trampled upon like a door mat or to be held delicately like a priceless treasure - the choice is always ours!!! We decide how to be treated.....  ~ N 

Silent Saturday


Friday, May 09, 2014

Book Review: The Mouse Charmers by Anuradha Goyal

Introduction

  • ISBN –9788184004922
  • Genre: Non Fiction / Business
  • Publishers: Random House
  • Price: Rs. 299/- ( I got this book for review from the publisher)

The advent of Internet has been a significant game changer for our generation. Mouse Charmers are a new breed of entrepreneurs in emerging India powered by the Internet and the opportunities that it offers to create new markets and to cater to old markets in new ways. Some of them have already achieved success where they can be called iconic and inspiring while others have powerful ideas that put them on the same path. Anuradha Goyal tells the stories of digital entrepreneurs like Flipkart, Zomato,ImagesBazaar, IndiBlogger; how they started out, the innovations and technologies involved, their business models, and unique marketing strategies. Inspiring and useful, The Mouse Charmers is an essential guide for aspiring entrepreneurs
 
Behind The book
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Lessons of life ~ 9 May 2014

The world surely needs us. There is no other reason we were sent with some 6 billion people already there around. ~N

Thursday, May 08, 2014