BOOK REVIEW – SHE WALKS, SHE LEADS BY GUNJAN JAIN

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On The Jacket :

• Nita Ambani launched the Indian Super League, on the lines of FIFA, to boost football in India
• Sudha Murty gave her savings to her husband, Narayana Murthy, to help start Infosys
• Naina Lal Kidwai was the first Indian woman to graduate from Harvard Business School
• Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw started Biocon with a seed capital of Rs10,000
• At the age of sixteen, Sania Mirza became the youngest and the first Indian woman to win a Grand Slam

These are some snippets from She Walks, She Leads which profiles twenty-four iconic women in modern India. These leaders tell their stories, up close and personal. Their relentless ambition to shatter the glass ceiling, their pursuit for excellence and the challenges that came their way – all of this is captured vividly in this exclusive anthology. Each chapter is based on extensive research and has never-seen-before photographs of these luminaries. The chapters are followed by interviews with their companions and close confidants who have seen them grow over the years. The women leaders profiled in the book come from different fields like banking, media, cinema, sports, fashion, philanthropy and industry.

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Review:

I am going to be frank, after reading the synopsis of this book I had developed a level of expectation which doubled after I read the first chapter  based on Nita Ambani. Unfortunately, as I progressed chapter after chapter I realized this book lacks something that is the most important factor in inspiring people – struggle. I don’t know how the author filtered her list from hundreds to mere 24 personalities and on what basis, but majority of these personalities didn’t had to go through the initial struggle of haves and have not’s as they belonged to rich families. More than struggle, these personalities showcased strength which again is a huge motivating factor. Few personalities were given so little importance which made their story look rushed because of which the reader feels a sense of incompleteness.

Instead of writing about 24 people if the author had focused on four people at a time and gave us a detailed account of their struggle and successes then maybe this book would have been the perfect book to seek inspiration from. Nevertheless, if you keep this point aside and read this book as a dedication to Indian women achievers then you wont be disappointed. Idea behind the book is no doubt brilliant , I wish the execution part was brilliant too.

Rating :

***.5 / 5

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NOTE :

THE AUTHOR SENT ME A FREE COPY IN EXCHANGE FOR A HONEST REVIEW.

 

FIVE REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD BUY ‘IN LOVE WITH SHAH RUKH KHAN’ BY AJITABHA BOSE

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  1. Shortest love story :                                                                                                                           In love with shah rukh khan is the shortest love story in book format I have ever read.
  2. Its the cutest looking book ever, period!wp-image-742323395jpeg.jpeg
  3. Its a collector’s item:                                                                                                                             If you are someone who not just likes to reads but also collect different kind of books, then you should definitely buy this one.
  4. Its a Perfect Gift :                                                                                                                                          Yes, its tiny! but come on look at it, how can one not like it?  Go on gift your loved one this book or gift it to yourself  😉
  5. Treat for Shah Rukh Khan Fans :                                                                                                                   All you fans out there have you never dreamt to meet the man himself? If, yes then do read this book, you will surely like it.

VLOG REVIEW- 6 DEGREES

 

ON THE JACKET:

As part of their #CelebrateBlogging initiative, BlogAdda.com, ran the first edition of Game of Blogs in September 2014. Five characters and their descriptions were provided. The objective was to write a fictional story revolving around these characters. Bloggers came together as teams and after three rounds filled with its own set of twists and turns, three stories made it to the end.

The three stories in this book are a fascinating example of how one set of characters can have interesting lives with completely different dimensions. Six Degrees is a result of how collaboration can truly breed creativity in the modern day world of connected living.

REVIEW :

Watch the review on my YOUTUBE CHANNEL

RATING : 

3.5/5

NOTE : THIS REVIEW IS FOR BLOGADDA.COM

Advice to my younger self. 


Have you ever witnessed a moment where you realise you are no longer the person you were a year back or 5 years back or 15yrs?

I had that moment yesterday and I have been pondering my thoughts into this since then. What will I do if I encounter myself from eons ago? Do I have anything to say to her? Any advices to give? I realised I have way too many advices😂

Thing is I have been a matured kid since I remember, so I have been a good decent kid all the while. That means boring childhood. Sorry, no childhood. Because mature kids are not really kids. They are adults trapped in the bodies of kids. 

So if I could go back in time I would definitely like to say these things to myself. 

  1. YOU’RE A KID, STOP BEHAVING LIKE A ADULT. 
  2. Read books. 
  3. Its okay to be stupid. 
  4. Don’t be so good that people use you like a tissue. 
  5. Stand up for yourself like you do for others. 
  6. Stop spending all your money on friends(so called friends) and save something for yourself too. 
  7. Believe in yourself. 
  8. Love yourself. 
  9. Take your creative side seriously. 
  10. Don’t cry so much, stop being an emotional fool. 
  11. Smile, laugh, stop being so serious about life. Have fun. 
  12. Dance more, I know you love dancing. 
  13. Everyone is going to hurt you someday and its okay. Don’t stop loving just because someone broke your heart, but if people question your self worth, kick them outta your life. 

Imagine the difference these things would have made. Alas! 

Book Tag – The Reading Habits Book Tag

I was tagged by Mark Jayson Balas of bongbongbooks for this book tag long back but couldn’t finish this task . Better late than never, I guess. So lets begin with questions.

1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

Yes, my Bedroom where my study table is. I mostly read in my bedroom. Sometimes I read just before sleeping ,so my bed is second spot where I read in my bedroom. 

2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?

Bookmarks. mostly! I do own few bookmarks,the metal ones and paper ones too. I do carry a bookmark whenever i am carrying a book. 

3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/ a certain amount of pages?

I like to stop when a chapter finishes rather than on random pages. This also works for short stories well, so I am very particular about it. It’s easier to remember where you last stopped in the story. In rare occasions when I stop reading in between chapters , I start with re- reading that chapter.

4. Do you eat or drink while reading?

Sometimes. I am one of those people who are super clean while eating, so I am not worried about my books getting dirtier.

once my friend borrowed a book and returned it with yellow food stains. I am yet to forgive her for that.

5. Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?

Music is good company but tv is distraction. 

6. One book at a time or several at once?

There was a time when I couldn’t read more than one at a time, but presently, I am reading 4.

7. Reading at home or everywhere?

I read when at home,office and while travelling. I do carry a book along most of the times,unless I am going out with friends and family.

8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?

Silently of course.

9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?

I do skip pages if the book is boring or the plot is getting typical. 

10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

Why is this even a question?

Preserving it like a new copy all the way! As I mentioned earlier, I am a super clean person, I wrap books in plastic after I am done reading so they remain brand new always.

11. Do you write in your books?

I don’t write, but yes if I find a beautiful quote or if a line strucks me I highlight it.

12. Who do you tag?

I hardly have blogger friends,so I am gonna tag few friends who also blog.

Here’s the list of wonderful people I tag.

Pls, do tag me once you are done answering the questions, i’d love to read them.

Amruta Panage

Aniesha Brahma

Samarpita Sharma

Bhumika shah

Raka

Thank you so much Mark for tagging me, it was really fun task to complete.

Book Review – Kanhu and other stories by Saroj Mishra

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On The Cover :

This book contains eleven short stories in Odiya translated into English. The original Authors are all well-known writers, some of them winners of the Kendriya Sahitya Akademi awards and others honoured with several state-level awards.

The stories in this anthology reflect the rich and divergent cultural heritage of Odisha and the current thinking in Odiya society-varying from focus on the plight of the underprivileged to the struggles of different sections of society in dealing with moral dilemmas.

The stories have been selected carefully to promote the Odiya language, with its colourful idiom, the heritage and the social ambience of Odisha, to a wider audience so that the readers can learn about its rich literature and the glorious history of Odisha.

Review :

I love reading short stories, no matter what genre they are from. Day by day my schedule keeps getting busier and I am not finding as much time to read as I would love to and thus short stories are perfect solution to my problem. I literally carried this book for a week and read wherever I could read, be it during train journeys or while taking a break from work.

Now coming to the book, the stories are simple and earthly. I liked Kanhu’s home and Inauguration of the Electric Crematorium. But all other stories were okay. I wanted to read more about Odisha but unfortunately that didn’t happen. There are 10 stories even though the back cover mentions 11, few stories also have typing errors, thus making this book poor on editing and proof reading front.

Writing a short story is not a easy task. Not just one has to fit a story in limited word count but also make it look appeasing. A good short is one that touches your heart. A better one compels you to imagine scenarios of what ifs. Kanhu and other stories fails to create that touch and that kind of impact.

Rating :

**/5

Check out the book HERE

Note : This Review is for Leadstart Publishing