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Book Review: Autobiography of a Yogi by Parmahansa Yogananda

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Introduction ISBN:  978-9384067571 Genre: Non-Fiction /Spirituality Publishers: Rupa Price:  Rs.195/-  ( I got the book for review from the publisher ) Autobiography of a Yogi is the story of the life of Paramahansa Yogananda (January 5, 1893–March 7, 1952) first published in 1946. Born as Mukunda Lal Ghosh in Gorakhpur, India, into a Bengali family, this book takes the reader on a journey into the life of Paramahansa Yogananda and his encounters with spiritual figures of both the East and West. Beginning from his childhood, his family life, to finding his guru and becoming a monk and establishing his teachings of Kriya Yoga meditation, this book allows the reader to see the spiritual yearning of the man and how he realizes that over the years. It draws on both his personal experiences—anecdotes and meetings with eminent spiritual personalities, his association with nineteenth-century master Lahiri Mahasaya who had prophesied the writing of this book—as well as how he trave

Book Review: The Book of Indian Dogs by S. Theodore Baskaran

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-Introduction-- ISBN:  978-9384067571 Genre: Non-Fiction / Dogs Publishers: Aleph Price:  Rs.350/-  ( I got the book for review from the publisher ) The Book of Indian Dogs is the first comprehensive book on Indian dog breeds in over fifty years. It features the twenty-five breeds that most breeders and dog fanciers agree constitute the country’s canine heritage. Divided into three groupings—working dogs, companion dogs and hounds—the book provides detailed background notes to each breed, along with information on its physical characteristics, behavior, uses, origins and history. Along with popular breeds like Caravan hounds (or Karuvanis), Chippiparais, Mudhol hounds, Pashmis, Rajapalayams and Rampur hounds the book also features lesser known breeds such as the Alaknoori and the Jonangi. The fruit of several years of travel and research into India’s dog breeds, as well as S. Theodore Baskaran’s hands-on experience of raising various dogs, this celebration of our dogs is a

Book Review: All That Glitters by Liza Trevino

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Introduction ISBN:  978-1633933088 Genre: Fiction / Women Publishers: Koehler Books Price: $18.93/-  ( I got the book for review from b00k r3vi3ws ) Alexandria Moreno--clever, sexy, ambitious and, at times, self-destructive. She blazes a path from Texas to Los Angeles at the dawn of the 1980s to make her dreams of becoming an A-list Hollywood film director come true. She and her best friend arrive in Los Angeles with little more than hope and the determination to make it big. Alex, a beauty as dark and mysterious as her scarred heart, stands at the bottom of the Hollywood mountain looking up, fighting for her chance to climb to the top. Will her quest to live fast and take no prisoners on her way to success destroy her in the end? All That Glitters is a women's fiction Jackie Collins-type saga that introduces a strong, driven Latina heroine at the center of a rags-to-riches story spanning a decade of action. Along the way, Alexandria walks the fine line separating ambi

Book Review : A Way back into love by Veronica Thatcher

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-Introduction-- ISIN:  9781946641175 Genre: Fiction /Contemporary Romance Publishers: Notion Press Price:  Rs.379/-  ( I got the book for review from b00k r3vi3ws ) Nothing is perfect. Life is messy. Relationships are complex. Outcomes, uncertain. People, irrational. But love…well, that makes everything complicated. And when you are caught in a tangled web of secrets, lies, and complex affairs, someone is bound to get burned. Emily Stevens is a spunky, spirited college girl whose life gets turned upside-down when she realizes she's in love with her best friend of fifteen years, Derek Thorpe. As Emily prepares to confess her feelings to Derek, something happens one night which changes her life forever. Five years later, Emily finds herself in Boston, alone and heartbroken. Will she ever be able to forget the past? And what will she find when she returns home...to the man she left behind? Buy your own copy at Amazon  Behind the Book Source: Goodreads.com

Book Review: Kissing the Demon-The Creative Writer's Handbook by Amrita Kumar

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-Introduction-- ISBN:  978-9352643035 Genre: Non-Fiction /Creative Writing Publishers: Harper Collins Price:  Rs.350/-  ( I got the book for review from the Writer's Melon ) Do you have a great story to tell but don t know where to begin or how to give it shape? Whether you re an aspiring writer or a seasoned one, a writer of fiction or narrative non-fiction, Kissing the Demon will help you navigate the maze of plot construction, narrative viewpoint, character development, dialogue creation and description even while allowing your imagination to flow. Written by an editor and publisher who has for over four decades nurtured some of India s finest writers, it also tackles the insular world of publishers, agents, contracts and editors. It tells you how to find a publisher or agent, what gets a publisher s attention and what turns it off all the stuff writers take years to learn. Finally, it offers solutions to the vexing issue of balancing everyday life with writing, a p

Book Review: Key to My Soul by Probal Mazumdar

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Introduction ISBN:  978-8193324806 Genre: Fiction /Romance Publishers: Maple Press Price:  Rs.195/-  ( I got the book for review from the author ) "When Siddharth, a lonely young man with a failed marriage gets a sudden phone-call from a mysterious person about his lost childhood lover, Hazel, and learns that she is battling for life, he is shaken to the core. He also learns that she had left certain letters for him fifteen years back that never reached him. It disturbs him so much that he rushes to the hospital in his old hometown. There he discovers an eclipsed past buried in time that is riddled with dangerous surprises, trauma, twists of fate, sacrifices that exemplify true love and the real reasons for the tragic end of their childhood love story. But will Hazel ever open her eyes to see him..." Behind the Book Source: Amazon.in

Book Review: Dangerous Games by Danielle Steel

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Introduction ISBN:  978-1509860661 Genre: Fiction / Drama Publishers: Pan MacMillan Price:  Rs.399/-  ( I got the book for review from the publisher ) Dangerous Games is a gripping story of family, ambition and power by bestselling phenomenon, Danielle Steel. Alix Phillips is a successful TV news journalist always willing to put herself on the frontline for her job. All that matters is getting the story. After great loss in her early life, Alix struggles to let anyone get too close. The only people she has allowed to get close to her are her mother, Isabelle - their bond is so strong that it crosses oceans - and her nineteen-year-old daughter, Faye. And Ben, her friend and cameraman. Neither of them fears death - it's love that is more terrifying. When Alix's boss suspects a major political scandal in the White House involving the Vice-President, he sends Alix to uncover the truth. This story could blow the corridors of power wide open and this time Alix is feeli

Book Review: Women Warriors in Indian History by Yugal Joshi

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-Introduction-- ISBN:  978-81-291-4522-2 Genre: -Non-Fiction /Historical Publishers: Rupa Books Price:  Rs.195/-  ( I got the book for review from the publisher ) Women Warriors in Indian History explores the life of ten Indian women warriors as narrated by other historical characters. While Italian traveller Marco Polo recounts the story of his contemporary Queen Rudramba, Emperor Jahangir narrates the tale of Durgavati to his future consort. Legendary Tatya Tope unfolds Avantibai’s heroics to Lakshmi Bai and the eunuch General Malik Kafur regales a young sultan with Raziya Sultana’s exploits. Put together chronologically, from the slave dynasty to the first war of Indian independence, these stories showcase the changing canvas of Indian history. More importantly, the narratives bring forward the exceptional qualities of these women warriors, while fighting against gender, social, religious and political odds and oppositions. They prove that women are unequivocally strong l

Behind the Book : Faiqa Mansab

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Today at Behind the book, we have none other than the wonderful author Ms. Faiqa Mansab. To tell you a bit more about her : Faiqa Mansab received the MFA in Creative Writing with Distinction from Kingston University London, in 2014. Her short stories and an excerpt from her novel were published in The Missing Slate in 2013. She has been a teacher and school administrator for ten years. She has also published in academic journals, and newspapers. Faiqa conducts creative writing workshops when she is not working on a novel. This House of Clay and Water is Faiqa’s debut novel and she is currently working on another one. Let's hear her story of bringing alive this house of clay and water :

Cover Reveal: Dangerous Games by Danielle Steel

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Danielle Steel is the biggest selling living fiction author in the world and with her latest book she tears down the walls of power at the heart of the White House in the thrilling Dangerous Games. Here's a sneak peek.

Book Review: How I Became a Tree by Sumana Roy

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Introduction ISBN:  978-9382277446 Genre: Non-Fiction /Memoir Publishers: Aleph Books Price:  Rs.599/-  ( I got the book for review from the publisher ) In this remarkable and often unsettling book, Sumana Roy gives us a new vision of what it means to be human in the natural world. Increasingly disturbed by the violence, hate, insincerity, greed and selfishness of her kind, the author is drawn to the idea of becoming a tree. ‘I was tired of speed’, she writes, ‘I wanted to live to tree time.’ Besides wanting to emulate the spacious, relaxed rhythm of trees, she is drawn to their non-violent ways of being, how they tread lightly upon the earth, their ability to cope with loneliness and pain, the unselfishness with which they give freely of themselves and much more. She gives us new readings of the works of writers, painters, photographers and poets (Rabindranath Tagore and D. H. Lawrence among them) to show how trees and plants have always fascinated us. She studies the work o

Behind the Book: S. Theodore Baskaran

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Today at Behind the Book we have with us S Theodore Baskaran , the author of The Book of Indian Dogs . Considered to be the first comprehensive book on Indian dog breeds in over fifty years. it features the twenty-five breeds that most breeders and dog fanciers agree constitute the country’s canine heritage. Divided into three groupings—working dogs, companion dogs and hounds—the book provides detailed background notes to each breed, along with information on its physical characteristics, behavior, uses, origins and history.  Along with popular breeds like Caravan hounds (or Karuvanis), Chippiparais, Mudhol hounds, Pashmis, Rajapalayams and Rampur hounds the book also features lesser known breeds such as the Alaknoori and the Jonangi. The fruit of several years of travel and research into India’s dog breeds, as well as S. Theodore Baskaran’s hands-on experience of raising various dogs, this celebration of our dogs is a book that no dog lover can do without.

Book Review: The Servant Boy by Reesha Goral

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Introduction ISBN:  978-1633933439 Genre: Fiction / Drama Publishers:  Koehler Books Price:  Rs.999/-  ( I got the book for review from the author ) The Servant Boy highlights the adventures of Zayne Shah, a young man who lives through the most horrific disaster his village, Saidpur, has ever seen. An epidemic has unknowingly raged through Saidpur and is taking the lives of umpteen folk before his eyes. Zayne is determined to find a cure to the mystery, at whatever the cost may be, even if that cost is a price he cannot presently afford. Zayne goes through a series of ups and downs as he takes you with him, embracing life through vivid details, all of which include paradoxes that anyone from any walk of life can relate to: life and death, happiness and grief, love and envy, friendship and animosity. Although The Servant Boy is a multicultural novel, and will appeal to those that will enjoy learning about the colorful and vibrant culture of Pakistan, it will also enchant t

Book Review: Millionaire Training-Reprogram yourself and be rich! by Tami Yaari

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Introduction ASIN:  B01NAYCFVG Genre: Non Fiction / Finance Publishers: Amazon Price:  Rs.332/-  ( I got the book for review from b00k r3vi3ws ) Seven original exercises that will change your relationship with money and open you to wealth. The mental images and ideas we have about money determine our possible wealth. From the day you were born, you have passively absorbed positive and negative ideas about money from your family, society and the media. Reprogramming your unconscious is the best tool to change your reality. Realize what your inner money programming is and change it to reach new levels of success and fulfillment. Re-program your unconscious and see the results in your bank account. Millionaire Training offers a fascinating perspective on the way money has been perceived throughout history, and how that influences your financial ability today. This breakthrough in the field of moneymaking will radically change your perception and open you to new practical op