Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Tornado Giveaway # 2 : Book no.89 - 28 years a bachelor by Rasana Atreya

Name of the Book: 28 YEARS A BACHELOR

Author: Rasana Atreya

Read some reviews:

1. Rachel Boling 

2. Patricia Velapanur

3. Suneetha 

The Story:

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that an Indian woman in possession of a son with an engineering degree, must be in want of a daughter-in-law with an outsized dowry.

Which can be a problem when said son is vehemently opposed to dowry. He is also opposed to city living, to meddlesome neighbours, to wacky grandfathers and to caustic grandmothers. But when he’s blessed with all of the above, what’s man to do?

From the author of 'Tell A Thousand Lies'. Shortlisted for the '2012 Tibor Jones South Asia prize'. UK's Glam magazine calls this novel one of their 'five favourite tales from India.'

Also, author of 'The Temple Is Not My Father.'

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Book Review: Without You by Preethi Venugopala

  • ISIN: 978-9384180195
  • Genre: Romance
  • Publishers: Write India
  • Price: Rs. 111/- ( I got the book from the author for a review)
When Ananya, a bubbly twenty-year-old engineering student, reaches her Grandmother's house in Sreepuram on a month long vacation, romance is the last thing on her mind. However, she meets Dr. Arjun there and falls head over heels in love.

As it often happens, the path of true love never runs smooth. Circumstances force them apart even though they were madly in love. She becomes a victim of depression. When everything fails to return her to normalcy, help arrives from an unexpected source. Will she ever find happiness again? Will time allow her heart to heal and forget Arjun? What indeed is true love? What is that strange secret that locks all the circumstances together?

Travel with Ananya to the picturesque Sreepuram, face the chaos of Bengaluru, and relish the warmth of magical Dubai in this heartwarming tale of love, betrayal, friendship, and miracles.

Behind The book

Source: Goodreads

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Book Review: Money Mania by Bob Swarup

  • ISIN: 978-93-84052-67-6
  • Genre: Non Fiction/ Business 
  • Publishers: Bloomsbury
  • Price: Rs. 499/- ( I got the book from the publisher for a review)
Money Mania is a sweeping account of financial speculation and its consequences, from ancient Rome to the Meltdown of 2008. Acclaimed journalist and investor Bob Swarup tracks the history of speculative fevers caused by the appearance of new profitable investment opportunities; the new assets created and the increasing self-congratulatory euphoria that drives them to unsustainable highs, all fed by an illusion of insight and newly minted experts; the unexpected catalysts that eventually lead to panic; the inevitable crash as investors scramble to withdraw their funds from the original market and any other that might resemble it; and finally, the brevity of financial memory that allows us to repeat the cycle without ever critically evaluating the drivers of this endless cycle.
In short, it is the story of what makes us human.

Swarup's book is a rich, anecdote-driven account … It's a much needed dose of common sense and old-school philosophy… a great romp through the history of financial crises...a strikingly original writer. (Bookforum)

Money Mania presents a rigorously researched history packed with great stories and insights. Swarup takes the reader through a fascinating and thought provoking analysis of emotional biases, money, credit and social complexity. Financial manias and panics are a rhythmic feature of the collective human experience, with societal consequences correlated to the degree of economic integration and financialization. The vexing question for every serious investor today is whether our uniquely complex modern society is at risk of another systemic crisis. Money Mania is a timely, well written reminder that this question should be given renewed priority. (Paul Tudor Jones, founder of the Tudor Investment Corporation and the Robin Hood Foundation)

Behind The book

Source: www.businesstoday.in

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Tornado Giveaway # 2: Book no-80 The Dove's Lament by Kirthi Jayakumar

Name of the Book: THE DOVE'S LAMENT

Author: Kirthi Jayakumar

Read some reviews:

1. Rubina Ramesh 

2. Usha Narayanan 

3. Arpita Banerjee 

The Story:

The Dove's Lament is a journey that takes you around the world, bringing to life the human side of conflicts that tear people apart. From the genocide in Rwanda, to war-stricken Bosnia, from child marriages in India to prostitution and drug trafficking in Colombia, these stories traverse a microcosm of reality. Be it the manifestation of Bacha Baazi in Afghanistan, or the fight for paradise on Earth, Kashmir, the repertoire of stories lend a soul to what otherwise remain a muddle of news reports and statistics. Through these stories, Kirthi embroiders a tapestry of the unvanquished human spirit in varied shades, and shakes you up to the reality that surrounds you.

Monday, September 07, 2015

Book Review: The Ruby Iyer Diaries by Laxmi Hariharan

  • ASIN: B00NB3CP9C
  • Genre: Fiction / YA
  • Publishers: Amazon
  • Price: Rs. 59/- ( I got the book from Books are Magic  for a review)
This novelette is a companion book to The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer. A peek into the soul of an angry, young girl, who will come of age in a city on the verge of total annihilation. Ruby kept a diary from the age of ten till she ran away from home at sixteen. It is from here that I picked out a few diary entries for The Ruby Iyer Diaries. This short series of vignettes from Ruby's life, tells you more a little more about Ruby Iyer's origins.

Behind The book

Source: Goodreads

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Tornado Giveaway # 2: Book no. 71 - All Aboard by Kiran Manral

Name of the Book: ALL ABOARD

Author: Kiran Manral

The Story:

When Rhea Khanna is dumped just days before her wedding, by her boyfriend of four years, the only thing she wants to do is to get out of the city to clear her head. The opportunity presents itself immediately when her aunt, a retired school headmistress, invites her to accompany her on a Mediterranean cruise.

As Rhea struggles to cope with her grief of being dumped at the altar, she finds herself getting attracted to the seemingly unavailable Kamal Shahani—the infuriatingly attractive ex-student of her aunt and a hot shot entrepreneur.  To add to the confusion, Sonia, Kamal’s very attractive ex-girlfriend boards the ship in a bid to win him back.

Will Rhea heal her broken heart, or will she end up even more shattered than she was when she got on this cruise? Read, to find out.