Sunday, November 29, 2015

Book Review: Shakti The Feminine Divine by Anuja Chandramouli

Introduction
  • ISIN: 9788129137296
  • Genre: Mythology / Fiction
  • Publishers: Rupa Publications
  • Price: Rs. 295/- ( I got the book from the author for a review)
Lose yourself in Maya, the divine game of the Goddess!

She is the Mother Goddess, Mahamaya the enchantress, the supreme consciousness, the pure source from which all creation emerges and to whom all must eventually return. As Usas, the enchanting goddess of the dawn, she is loved passionately and hated fiercely, leading to a horrific tragedy. As Durga, the invincible warrior, she defeats the savage Mahishasura, whom none of the male gods could vanquish. As Kali, the fearsome dark goddess, she delights in chaos. Yet she is also Shakti, beloved of all, who, when united with Shiva, restores balance to the universe.

In this captivating narrative, explore the contrasting facets of the sacred feminine; experience her awesome power, forged on the flames of love and hate; and watch her teach the male-dominated pantheon a lesson in compassion. Witty, engaging and thought-provoking, Shakti: The Feminine Divine will force readers to re-evaluate everything they know about the gods and goddesses and inspire all to embrace the Shakti within.

One of the few explorations of the story of the Mother Goddess, Shakti Retold in modern language, this book humanizes the gods

Witty and laced with sarcasm, it is a refreshing change from the heavy language of mythological texts

Draws analogies with the modern-day situation of women and contains a powerful message of woman empowerment.

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Source: Goodreads

Friday, November 27, 2015

Book Review: Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4) by Sarah J Maas

Introduction
  • ISIN: 9781619636040
  • Genre: Fantasy fiction / YA
  • Publishers: Bloomsbury
  • Price: Rs. 399/- ( I got the book from the publisher for a review)
The queen has returned.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series continues Celaena’s epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

Behind The book


Source: Amazon.com

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Book Review: Concentr8 by William Sutcliffe

Introduction
  • ISIN: 978-1408-866-238
  • Genre: Fiction / YA
  • Publishers: Bloomsbury
  • Price: Rs. 499/- ( I got the book from the publisher for a review)

In a future London, Concentr8 is a prescription drug intended to help kids with ADD. Soon every troubled teen is on it. It makes sense, doesn't it? Keep the undesirable elements in line. Keep people like us safe from people like them. What's good for society is good for everyone. Troy, Femi, Lee, Karen and Blaze have been taking Concentr8 as long as they can remember. They're not exactly a gang, but Blaze is their leader, and Troy has always been his quiet, watchful sidekick - the only one Blaze really trusts. They're not looking for trouble, but one hot summer day, when riots break out across the city, they find it. What makes five kids pick a man seemingly at random - a nobody, he works in the housing department, doesn't even have a good phone - hold a knife to his side, take him to a warehouse and chain him to a radiator? They've got a hostage, but don't really know what they want, or why they've done it. And across the course of five tense days, with a journalist, a floppy-haired mayor, a police negotiator, and the sinister face of the pharmaceutical industry, they - and we - begin to understand why ...This is a book about what how we label children. It's about how kids get lost and failed by the system. It's about how politicians manipulate them. Gripping and controversial reading for fans of Malorie Blackman and Patrick Ness.

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Source: Goodreads



Sunday, November 15, 2015

Book Review: The Ultimate Reality by Gian Kumar (Book 3)

Introduction
  • ISIN:978-93-52013-74-6
  • Genre: Non-fiction / Self help
  • Publishers: Celestial Books (Leadstart Corp)
  • Price: Rs. 199/- ( I got the book from the publisher for a review)

In this third book, the author Gian Kumar has ventured into experiential awareness. His earlier books had shown that in spite of material and digital comforts in the world today, we are still living a life of dualities. Happiness-unhappiness, good-bad, God-devil, all exist side by side. Following spiritual teachings of gurus or masters do not give the much needed solace; there still seems to be something missing. The mind, with its constant chatter and habit of delving into past experiences and anxieties about the future, does not allow to live in the present moment and be aware in the 'now'. By the time our mind can register it, there is already a new 'now' which has taken its place. Here, the author has brought us into a deeper existence, where through experiential realization and higher consciousness, he has shown us by what methods we can attain this state. This brings us to the core, centralizing both extremes, helping us to realize an awareness of oneness with the universe.


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Source: Goodreads.com



Thursday, November 12, 2015

Book Review: Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar

Introduction
  • ISIN:978-1-4088-6474-6
  • Genre: Fiction / YA
  • Publishers: Bloomsbury
  • Price: Rs. 399/- ( I got the book from the publisher for a review)

From the author of the acclaimed bestseller "Holes, " winner of the Newbery Award and the National Book Award, comes a new middle-grade novel with universal appeal. Combining horror-movie suspense with the issues of friendship, bullying, and the possibility of ecological disaster, this novel will intrigue, surprise, and inspire readers and compel them to think twice about how they treat others as well as their environment.

"Be careful. Your next step may be your last."

Fifth grader Tamaya Dhilwaddi and seventh grader Marshall Walsh have been walking to and from Woodbridge Academy together since elementary school. But their routine is disrupted when bully Chad Wilson challenges Marshall to a fight. To avoid the conflict, Marshall takes a shortcut home through the off-limits woods. Tamaya reluctantly follows. They soon get lost, and they find trouble. Bigger trouble than anyone could ever have imagined.

In the days and weeks that follow, the authorities and the U.S. Senate become involved, and what they uncover might affect the future of the world.

Behind The book


Source: Goodreads



Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Book Review: The First Life of Vikram Roy (Ruby Iyer series 1.5) by Laxmi Hariharan

Introduction
  • ISIN: B0127Z73IC
  • Genre: Fiction / Series
  • Publishers: Read Out Loud
  • Price: Rs. 49/- ( I got the book from Book R3vi3w for a review)
His family is being held to ransom by a deadly mastermind. Vikram never should have left his family, but when Vikram's father bring his half-brother Vishal home, life will never be the same.

Vikram thinks things will be better now that he's gone. He's met the love of his life, his future looks bright and then everything is shattered. Now, his family's life is hanging in the balance, and only Vikram can do what needs to be done to save them.

"A killer ending and the pacing of the story and the build-up is really good. I related to Vikram, really liked it." Richard Sheehan, Author and editor

"I raced through the book... And the killer ending! Oh my God! It left me with a hangover, and makes me want to physically push the author to write the next book in the series faster." Ritesh Kala, Book reviewer & blogger


Behind The book


Source: Goodreads

Monday, November 09, 2015

Book Review: Friendship (An anthology)

Introduction
  • ISIN: 978-81-931666-3-5
  • Genre: Fiction / Anthology
  • Publishers: Shades Publishers
  • Price: Rs. 200/- ( I got the book from the editor Saravana Kumar Murugan for a review)
True friendship is defined as a natural and spontaneous reaction towards a person with unconditional love and ultimate support to a person in all areas of life. A true friend is the one who is always with you when the entire world rejects you. A true friend is like a mirror who reflects the real you to you. In this unpredictable world of twists and rough roads, a true friend is a blessing, a rejuvenating factor, and is always fresh. Friendship- Bonds Beyond Time by Shades Publications, cherishes such true friendship, and this collection of 25 short stories on Friendship is a dedication the all true friends in this world.

The kindle version is available worldwide. If you are an Amazon Prime Customers and Kindle Unlimited customers, then you grab the book free of cost HERE.

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Saturday, November 07, 2015

Book Review: Think from the heart, Love from the mind by Gian Kumar ( Book 2)

Introduction
  • ISIN: 978-93-52013-73-9
  • Genre: Non-Fiction / Spirituality
  • Publishers: Celestial Books (Leadstart Corp)
  • Price: Rs. 199/- ( I got the book from the publisher for a review)
The second book of his 3-volume series, is based upon his learning about life and existence derived from ancient Indian philosophy. Spiritualism is defined in the East as the science of higher consciousness and explains Oneness and the harmonious coexistence of Man with the Universe. These pages are about understanding the divine within us; how to live spiritually, moment to moment, and enjoy every aspect of life without assistance from any external source. The niceties of life which we all crave, also create many struggles and conflicts. We reach for books on spiritual development or join spiritual classes or religious centers, hoping for clarity and salvation, only to realize we are more confused than before. In fact, our confusion has been compounded by complexity. This is where this simple book speaks to us in a straightforward, down-to-earth manner, revealing there are no diktats we need to follow - only the voice within. We notice the change as through constant vigil, the sub-conscious takes over and we evolve by ourselves - alone; experimentally.

Behind The book
Source: Amazon.in

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Book Review: Anything to look hot by Jas Kohli

Introduction
  • ISIN: 978-93-82665-50-2
  • Genre: Fiction / Drama
  • Publishers: Srishti Publishers
  • Price: Rs. 195/- ( I got the book from the PR agency for a review)
When the superstar diva of the past decade doesn’t want to play the hero’s mother on screen, she insists that she be reshaped into the most beautiful woman in the world…by any means. This is just one of the many odd situations which plastic surgeon Dr. Dhruv faces in Mumbai. He has dealt with tyrannical bosses and finicky patients while undergoing his training, during which he has also won over a stunning doctor as his life partner.

But satisfying the movie stars is a different ball game, because every girl wishes to have bee-stung lips, and every guy wants to flaunt a six-pack abdomen without working too hard. And all this while, he has to resist losing his balance over his ravishing female clients. Dr. Dhruv’s journey surpasses even a masala movie for humour, drama and action. In debunking many a myth about cosmetic surgeries, the book will enthrall those who can do Anything to Look Hot.

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Source: Amazon.com

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Book Review: Voice mates by Anamika Mishra

Introduction
  • ISIN: 978-81-8495-767-9
  • Genre: Fiction / Drama
  • Publishers: Jaico
  • Price: Rs. 250/- ( I got the book from the author for a review)
Tulip Hill is an obedient and intelligent daughter to her disciplinarian parents. She has been a topper throughout her school, because her parents wanted her to be. Now, they want her to enroll in one of the best colleges. But Tulip harbors the desire to become a singer, for music is her only passion that helps her see through life’s miseries.

Then there is Sam - witty, easy-going and flirty. Both Tulip and Sam share their love for music. Yet, both dream of a different life.

What are those dreams? What happens when they meet and enter the biggest duet competition together? Will their love blossom during this emotional roller-coaster?

Join the VoiceMates in their musical journey to know more!

Behind The book
Source: Amazon.in