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Book Review Vitamin H: Volume 2 by Abhishek Thakkar

Book Review

Vitamin H: Volume 2 by Abhishek Thakkar

Second installment of inspirational quotes book that aims at touching and healing places in brain and heart that needs immense support in such difficult times. This book is also a very short read like its prequel with simple, effective quotes that are interesting and impactful.  

Motivation, fighting spirit, not giving up when faced with adverse things, educating the soul, responsibility towards society, significance of women and books are some of the topics touched in this book. I also admire how author has very seamlessly included many thought provoking quotes about society. The simplicity of the words is what makes it a very relatable read.

In both the books I noticed how author emphasizes on not compromising up on one’s values  or giving in to society’s pressure to be certain way. That, I feel, should be an important takeaway. It is good to be motivated without losing sense of self.

Both the books together can be treated as a inspirational quote a day type of read. One can re-read one quote a day for more inner understanding and processing of the quotes.

Here are three of the hundred quotes I enjoyed:

⚜️You cannot be a poet until and unless you learn to savor the agony oozing out of heartbreak

⚜️ Existence is not meant to serve us. We are meant to serve the existence.

⚜️ Home is where the healing begins
It can also be in a person’s arms or in the words of a book

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Book Review: Love as a Business Strategy

Love as a Business Strategy

The very title made me curious when I heard about the book. When I read more about what it is about, I realized it was everything I want to be followed by business, so I immediately decided I had to give it a try.

Love as business strategy is not as easy to follow as it sounds, because it doesn’t merely mean being kind and loving in a professional environment. It is much more. 

Since this book is based on experience of implementing the strategy and seeing success at Softway, an IT based organization, they have complete knowledge of what they are talking about. It is all not just theory. It is what people have experimented, experienced and encouraged over the past few years. The clarity reflected in every page while explaining concepts is extremely helpful to understand what is being preached even if you are not someone who is higher in the hierarchy of the corporate setting. It is a book for everyone. 

I am always a fan of books that explain concepts with a little bit of anecdote. It makes it easy for me to comprehend complex concepts. This one has done the anecdote bit the best with such suitable and relatable ones. There are six significant points that are discussed as the must follow to embrace this strategy. Instead of just telling what to do, they also mention how to do it. For instance, we all speak about inclusion, but how do we include everyone in the right way? This book speaks from the experience of authors on such matters and hence it comes out as the most practical need of the hour. 

Just as the title suggests it is about love as strategy and also about hope in toxic work culture. I genuinely hope more people read it and understand that work can be optimistic, fun and morally uplifting.

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Book Review Begin Again by Atharva Mahesh Deshpande

Begin Again by Atharva Mahesh Deshpande

“I can’t bring you moon and stars but you deserve a second poem today far more than I deserve you.”

A collection of poems and thoughts from the author’s life presented in verse form with words that say more than what they mean. It is the kind of book where you have to read between the lines and experience rather than just flip pages. 

I absolutely loved it. I started this book only yesterday and completed it in one sitting. The words are very captivating and so are the emotions. 

When the book started with a young boy’s story of a crush on a girl, I didn’t think it would end up being this intense. It is like a whole journey we are taking with the author through the beautiful words he has bled on paper. I understand the story is a compilation of what the author has written while experiencing the emotions and so it feels very real. 

The way the poems and verses evolve throughout the book, the depth of thoughts, the comprehension of everything and discovery of oneself is so genuine. The emotions are very raw and I loved the authenticity and honesty in writing.

Usually I refrain from commenting on story lines or characters when the book is based on real life, but here I am forced to mention that with flaws and all, I really admired all the characters. The ending, just perfect closure for me as a reader. 

This book has not been returned to the bookshelf yet as I am planning to re-read it soon. It is the kind of book that shows you a different shade with every new read.

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Book Review : Marriage in the Time of Corona by Arbind Bhatia

Marriage in the Time of Corona by Arbind Bhatia

Two people from different countries who wish to marry each other find themselves in a situation when Corona spoils all their plans. 

All that a Thai girl and an Indian boy wants is to marry each other peacefully and done with it. But, owing to the crisis raised in the wake of Corona, they are stuck handling papers and procedures amidst finding their happily ever after in this hilarious take on a wedding in the current situation. 

The blurb had my immediate attention because the concept looked very relevant to the current times. Also, the cover increased curiosity. Once I started reading the book and got comfortable with the narration style. It was a very entertaining read.

The writing had a very subtle humor in place of very in the face humor always preferred when comedy of errors in wedding times is written about. That is a very tricky choice but worked out very well. 

With such a relatable topic on how corona affects weddings, I also sensed that many parallels were drawn on how the wedding scene is perceived by different characters. For instance, for groom it is a must to do procedure for Visa purpose while for bureaucrats it’s just a duty. That is appreciable. 

Characters were explored enough to support the theme of the story. So, it worked for me. The narration does deserve special mention and so does the writing. Both were wonderful. 

On the whole, this quick read is a very apt take on a relevant scenario.

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Book Review: The Golden Book of Business Presentation: Quick and Easy Tips to Make Powerful Presentations by Prajeet Budhale

The Golden Book of Business Presentation: Quick and Easy Tips to Make Powerful Presentations by Prajeet Budhale

“HOW you present gives status to WHAT you present.”
Presentation is a very important part of academic as well as professional front. I wouldn’t be presumptuous if I assumed every person, at some point, would have presented something to a group of people. Have you ever wondered if there is a right way to do it?

This book is an exhaustive write up about how to better one’s presentation skills. I am aware that theories cannot be very useful when it comes to such a practical skill. But, that is what is unique about this book. It is not merely theoretical. It has very detailed questions in workbook format where you can assess yourself and prepare accordingly. I really appreciate it. It is very useful. I personally did try and deliberate with myself the points in relation to a topic I was helping my cousin to make a presentation on. 

The right structure to work for presentation expresses good clarity. Presenting an idea to someone is not just about someone’s knowledge on a topic, not just technical, but also psychological. Mindset of the presenter as well as the audience has to be understood and mastered. Author has very brilliantly understood this and penned down many factors on this ground. 

This book is very informative not only because of the valid points discussed, but also for very well drafted worksheets. This is a kind of book that you have to have by your side always and re-visit until you can master the skill.

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Book Review: How to Kill a Billionaire by Rajesh Talwar


How to Kill a Billionaire by Rajesh Talwar

Billionaire Amit Patel goes missing and all eyes turn towards the lawyer who threatened to kill. What seems like an open and shut case, when taken to court takes an unexpected route.

What first hooked me to the book is its narration. Apparently, it is called dramatic monologue narration and the author has beautifully done justice to this format from beginning to end of the book. There is underline smugness about the protagonist along with repressed anger and it is brought out very well.

Indian legal system isn’t one of my strong points. However, no tedious jargon has been used to confuse the readers. It was all very effectively and eloquently written. I found myself enjoying every tidbit about working of courts and cases. Background story of all individuals was very real and convincing.

It isn’t really very hard to guess what could have happened. After a few chapters, you get a hold of where the plot is heading. However, the narration, the commitment that I formed as a reader with the character was so strong that I was compelled to keep turning the pages to know the end.

This book has really sparked my curiosity towards legal crime thrillers and I deem it one of the interesting reads of the month.

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Book Review: Aarzoo-Arshan: Can One Hate Love? by Mukul Kumar

Aarzoo-Arshan: Can One Hate Love? by Mukul Kumar

Arshan a self proclaimed philanderer, finds himself in a conundrum when his heart begins to feel something akin to ‘love’ for the sweet, ambitious small town girl Arzoo. Unaccustomed to feeling anything that isn’t carnal desire, Arshan tries every trick in his book to get rid of the feeling, even going to an extent of inventing a potion that could potentially make one not feel love. How successfully can one run away from love?

What I liked in the story is effortless narration. The language was easy and carried out the book with wonderful smoothness. Every character had absolute clarity about who they are. They were sensible about themselves and more than often about the situation. Especially Shourya.

Arshan wasn’t likeable. It definitely was a burden to read his narcissistic views for almost three fourth of the book. I understand why it’s important to make everything about him, because unless we know the real Arshan, we cannot connect to the main theme of the book. However, it was such a pain to read his tactless views on women. I wish Arzoo had a better character arc, though.

The idea of ‘ego’ and ‘love’ is very ambiguously blurred in the story. By the end of the book, I didn’t really get a proper closure (neither did Arshan’s character, I guess). I am not sure if this ambiguity was intended. Blurb says it’s a ‘psycho romantic thriller’. Elements of romance and thriller lacks, but author has done a fair job in bringing out psychological angle of the characters.

I appreciate certain ideas the author was trying to bring forth in the story about love. To an extent, it worked as well. However, better clarity in expressing through story might have made this book a more compelling read.

One a side note, I loved the cover of the book.

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Book Review: The Shmospels of Shmeiki: A Hilarious Journey of Self Discovery by The Om Shmeiki Healing Organization

Book Review

The Shmospels of Shmeiki: A Hilarious Journey of Self Discovery by The Om Shmeiki Healing Organization

“What you see in others is a reflection of what you see in yourself,”

David Goldberg while on a vacation in Goa is guided by a voice to take the journey of his self realisation. Sheila, an A.I singularity from another dimension shares knowledge of Shmeiki, a very spontaneous and fun way of understanding and leading life. David embarks a journey on foot from Goa to Dharamshala without money and shoes to experience Shmeiki and also become self aware enough to spread about the same.

As a story inspired by true life, this book is written with enough humor and clarity to put across the message with ease. Journey of David is conveyed through the eyes of four people. I appreciate the idea because readers are introduced to deep thoughts along with those characters and so it helps to understand the happenings better. Readers evolve along with the narrators about the ideology.

David’s character development throughout the journey is brought about beautifully. There is underline skepticism in him when he begins. As he learns many things through Sheila, his character sharpens better. Very intriguing character arc.

Writing was smooth, however there were places, especially in the middle, where it felt less engaging. I liked the learnings and everything else Sheila shared, but could have done without a few interactions of David with others.

Spirituality without involving any religious agenda is appreciated. Interesting read.

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Book Review : The World Against Pandemic : What’s Next for Humanity? by Harish Ankadala

The World Against Pandemic : What’s Next for Humanity? by Harish Ankadala

Until this time last year the word ‘pandemic’ would have meant nothing to some of us, but now we all have associated this term with different emotions owing to what COVID-19 did to us.

Ever since there has been many books with pandemic as centre theme. However, what makes this book relevant and a compelling read is the fact that is it is well researched, honest , organised, clear and has a very practical approach towards explaining every possible thing you have to know regarding the pandemic, from its origin to effects to its medical need as well as economic impact.

The structure of the book takes major credit in making this an interesting read. It goes on to explain what pandemic is, virus is, how immune system works before connecting it to the present scenario with corona and then deliberates what effects this pandemic has globally at present.

I also appreciate how author plainly lays down the facts for readers to consume instead of trying to drive their mind in particular direction. There is plenty of space for a reader to read, process and understand the true facts.

Language is crisp and narrated in a way that anyone even without specific knowledge in any particular field of science or economy can understand. Also, when the title says ‘world’ it means world. Author hasn’t restricted research to just one sector or region, but has given a book that can be relatable across the globe.

If you are looking for a comprehensive read with clarity of thoughts about pandemic, then this is indeed for you.

Book Link : Amazon

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Book Review: The Demons of Jaitraya by Shubira Prasad

Book Review

The Demons of Jaitraya by Shubira Prasad

After the epic war between Lord Ram and Raavan, the demons from Raavan’s clan go into hiding. The onus of eradicating he demon army falls upon Lord Hanuman. In the present year, kalyug, few with the help of knowledge and memories from past along with the the chosen one start the fight against the demons.

When Indian mythology is involved, I am completely sold. This book has a very unique plot. It perfectly incorporates mythology into a fascinating story that takes place in the present. Reason for Hanuman’s immortality integrated with the main plot of the book is very commendable.

I really liked how every character was introduced one after another with proper story line of their own. However, I felt the story as a whole was a bit rushed. Something big happens in ever other chapter but nothing leaves an impact.

The writing and narration is fairly good. I totally love the cover.

The uniqueness of the plot and the potential I see for how this story can proceed is tremendous.

This is first book in the trilogy and so most of it was setting the ground for something big that is going to follow in the sequels. This book ended on a very intriguing tone and perfect lead to anticipate the next book. Kudos to that.