Friday, March 20, 2015

Book Review: Zen Garden- Conversations with pathmakers by Subroto Bagchi

Introduction
  • ISIN: 978-0-670-08705-1
  • Genre: Non fiction
  • Publishers: Penguin
  • Price: Rs. 499/- (I got this book from the publisher for review)
For the immensely popular column ‘Zen Garden’ which he published in Forbes India for over three years, bestselling author Subroto Bagchi cpoke to some very interesting people. Many, though not all, of the visitors to ‘Zen Garden’ were, like Subroto himself, high-performance entrepreneurs. But the one thing that was common to every guest was that they were pathmakers – rather than choosing to follow the well-trodden path, they had charted new paths that other could tread on.

This book features the very best conversations from ‘Zen Garden’, including those with the Dalai Lama, Sadhguru Jaggi Zasudev, Nandan Nilekani, Aamir Khan, Dr. Devi Shetty, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Ekta Kapoor, social entrepreneur Harish Hande, Sanjeev Bikchandani of naukri.com, Deep Kalra of makemytrip.com, CafĂ© Coffee Day’s V.G. Siddhartha, Vikram Bakshi (the man who brought McDonald’s to India) and India’s top windmaker, Rajeev Samant.

In their own words, these game changers reveal what it was that made them think differently, what gave them the courage to step off the beaten track, and how they sustained their vision in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.

Behind The book
Source: Goodreads

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Book Review: Discontent and its civilizations by Mohsin Hamid

Introduction

  • ISIN: 978-0-143-42399-7
  • Genre: Non fiction
  • Publishers: Penguin
  • Price: Rs. 399/- (I got this book from the publisher for review)
From “one of his generation’s most inventive and gifted writers” (The New York Times) , intimate and sharply observed commentary on life, art, politics, and “the war on terror.”

Mohsin Hamid’s brilliant, moving, and extraordinarily clever novels have not only made him an international bestseller, they have earned him a reputation as a “master critic of the modern global condition” (Foreign Policy). His stories are at once timeless and of-the-moment, and his themes are universal: love, language, ambition, power, corruption, religion, family, identity. Here he explores this terrain from a different angle in essays that deftly counterpoise the personal and the political, and are shot through with the same passion, imagination, and breathtaking shifts of perspective that gives his fiction its unmistakable electric charge.

A “water lily” who has called three countries on three continents his home—Pakistan, the birthplace to which he returned as a young father; the United States, where he spent his childhood and young adulthood; and Britain, where he married and became a citizen—Hamid writes about overlapping worlds with fluidity and penetrating insight. Whether he is discussing courtship rituals or pop culture, drones or the rhythms of daily life in an extended family compound, he transports us beyond the scarifying headlines of an anxious West and a volatile East, beyond stereotype and assumption, and helps to bring a dazzling diverse global culture within emotional and intellectual reach.

Behind The book
Source: Goodreads

Monday, March 02, 2015

Book Review: ARISE, AWAKE by Rashmi Bansal

Introduction
  • ISIN: 9789384030872
  • Genre: Self help / Business / Non fiction
  • Publishers: Westland Books Private Limited
  • Price: Rs. 200/- (I received the book for review from the Writer’s Melon)
Arise, Awake is the story of young entrepreneurs who started a business while studying in college, or right after graduation. turning their backs on lucrative placements, to pursue dreams of their own. The ability to start a business is not defined by age or education. It takes energy and passion, an idea and an internet connection. Your first ‘office’ could be your very own hostel room.

Behind The book
Source: Goodreads

Behind the Book: Vinit K Bansal

Behind the Book is an endeavour to bring forward all those amazing authors who churn magic through their books, manage to touch our hearts and leave an imprint on our lives forever. Today we have yet another such author, Vinit. K. Bansal. He is a man who needs no introduction.
 
Vinit K. Bansal began his journey as a poet and soon, he graduated as prolific author and editor of national repute.His first novel 'I am Heartless' created a sensation in the Indian writing industry and is widely considered as one of the top ten Indian romantic novels that redefined romance. His anthology series 'Uff Ye Emotions' has been the synonym of success in the segment since the past couple of years.

Versatility remains the key factor in Vinit’s writing and has helped him create a niche for himself as a writer in both, Hindi and English language in fiction as well as in the non-fiction segment. Other than writing, he is a creative consultant and a motivational speaker as well, often conducting regular sessions on motivation and personality development in different academic institutes of India.He can be contacted at: author.vinitbansal@gmail.com or follow him at https://www.facebook.com/vini14jan. Let's hear him open up his heart and share a part of his life with us here: