Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Book Review: Ready Steady Go by Deepak Mehra

  • ISIN: 9978-81-8495-654-2
  • Genre: Self-help / Career
  • Publishers: Jaico Books
  • Price: Rs. 250/- [I got this book from the publisher for a review]
59 ways to fast-track your career from Classroom to Corporate Office

Schools and colleges do not prepare us for the real world. Worse still, they often create blind spots that hold us back in the corporate world. As a result, many intelligent, dedicated and hardworking professionals stagnate in their careers.

Unleash your potential with Ready, Steady, Go! Analyze the root cause of career-related issues and learn 59 high-octane rules for personal success, including: 

● Be Sociable, Not Social 
● Passion Is Out of Fashion
● Think Like a Golfer 
● Get The Boss Equation Right ... and much, much more!

Fast-track your career – whether you have just started out or have years of experience under your belt. So Ready, Steady, Go!

Behind The book

Source: Amazon.com

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Behind the book: Adwitiya Borah

Today Behind the Book we have a very dear friend, a fellow blogger and a fellow author in an anthology who has recently published her debut novel The Wrong Vantage Point. Let's get to hear to her story. Just to let you know about her Adwitiya Borah, born amidst the greenery of Assam, is a Computer Science Engineer from NIT Silchar. Besides writing, she is a martial artist with a black belt in karate. She believes she was born to write and hopes to make it big in the literary world someday. The Wrong Vantage Point is her first full-length novel. 

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Shopping with Amazon: A joke or reality!

Since the time online shopping was introduced as a concept to India, Amazon was always looked upto as the Big Daddy of them all for having been there, done that. Flipkart was considered the pride of India and everyone else was like a surprise package everyday coming out with concepts that just made a buyer go Wow.

I will go to the others maybe later but today I dedicate this post to my experience of shopping with Amazon. As I am still trying to understand whether it was a joke or reality I leave it to you readers to conclude after reading the whole post.

My first experience with Amazon was in December 2014 when I purchased a Hard drive from them after a lot of insistence from a friend who was raving about the great offers they had. The deal went through fine as when I compared the prices to other websites ( Including Flipkart) I realised the prices were ridiculously low and hence ordered it.

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Book Review: God help the child by Toni Morrison

  • ISIN: 978-0701186050
  • Genre: Fiction/ Drama
  • Publishers: Penguin Random House
  • Price: Rs. 599/- [I got this book from the publisher for a review]

Spare and unsparing, "God Help the Child" is a searing tale about the way childhood trauma shapes and misshapes the life of the adult. At the center: a woman who calls herself Bride, whose stunning blue-black skin is only one element of her beauty, her boldness and confidence, her success in life; but which caused her light-skinned mother to deny her even the simplest forms of love until she told a lie that ruined the life of an innocent woman, a lie whose reverberations refuse to diminish . . . Booker, the man Bride loves and loses, whose core of anger was born in the wake of the childhood murder of his beloved brother . . . Rain, the mysterious white child, who finds in Bride the only person she can talk to about the abuse she's suffered at the hands of her prostitute mother . . . and Sweetness, Bride's mother, who takes a lifetime to understand that "what you do to children matters. And they might never forget."

Behind The book
Source: Goodreads

Friday, June 05, 2015

Book Review:World Order by Henry Kissenger

  • ISIN: 9781594206146
  • Genre: Nonfiction/ Global Economy/ International affairs
  • Publishers: PenguinRandom House
  • Price: Rs. 2050/- [I got this book from the publisher for a review]
Henry Kissinger offers in World Order a deep meditation on the roots of international harmony and global disorder. Drawing on his experience as one of the foremost statesmen of the modern era—advising presidents, traveling the world, observing and shaping the central foreign policy events of recent decades—Kissinger now reveals his analysis of the ultimate challenge for the twenty-first century: how to build a shared international order in a world of divergent historical perspectives, violent conflict, proliferating technology, and ideological extremism.

There has never been a true “world order,” Kissinger observes. For most of history, civilizations defined their own concepts of order. Each considered itself the center of the world and envisioned its distinct principles as universally relevant. China conceived of a global cultural hierarchy with the Emperor at its pinnacle. In Europe, Rome imagined itself surrounded by barbarians; when Rome fragmented, European peoples refined a concept of an equilibrium of sovereign states and sought to export it across the world. Islam, in its early centuries, considered itself the world’s sole legitimate political unit, destined to expand indefinitely until the world was brought into harmony by religious principles. The United States was born of a conviction about the universal applicability of democracy—a conviction that has guided its policies ever since.

Now international affairs take place on a global basis, and these historical concepts of world order are meeting. Every region participates in questions of high policy in every other, often instantaneously. Yet there is no consensus among the major actors about the rules and limits guiding this process, or its ultimate destination. The result is mounting tension.

Grounded in Kissinger’s deep study of history and his experience as National Security Advisor and Secretary of State, World Order guides readers through crucial episodes in recent world history. Kissinger offers a unique glimpse into the inner deliberations of the Nixon administration’s negotiations with Hanoi over the end of the Vietnam War, as well as Ronald Reagan’s tense debates with Soviet Premier Gorbachev in Reykjav√≠k. He offers compelling insights into the future of U.S.–China relations and the evolution of the European Union, and examines lessons of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Taking readers from his analysis of nuclear negotiations with Iran through the West’s response to the Arab Spring and tensions with Russia over Ukraine, World Order anchors Kissinger’s historical analysis in the decisive events of our time.

Provocative and articulate, blending historical insight with geopolitical prognostication, World Order is a unique work that could come only from a lifelong policymaker and diplomat.

Behind The book
Source: www.amazon.com

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Book Review: Secrets and Second Chances by Anita Shirodkar

  • ISIN: 9788129132697
  • Genre: Fiction/ Drama/ Chicklit
  • Publishers: Rupa
  • Price: Rs. 295/- [I got this book from the author for a review]

Nandita Dharkar, a strikingly beautiful and talented architect, relocates to Mumbai from Delhi, seeking new horizons and compelling explanations about ghosts from her mother’s past.

As she revels in her newfound independence and forges new friendships, her job at a prestigious architect firm brings suave hotelier Aryan Rai into her life—and she falls hopelessly in love with him. But when her best friend, the carelessly handsome Aditya Arora, suddenly lands on her doorstep, Nandita realizes how fickle the heart can be.

In the midst of it all, she is unable to forget the mysterious letter she had discovered in her mother's jewellery box. When she embarks on a quest to find out the identity of the letter writer, shocking secrets about her mother’s past come to the forefront. Will this shatter Nandita or will she heal through forgiveness?

Behind The book

Source: Goodreads.com