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 :

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RATING : 

3.5/5

NOTE : THIS REVIEW IS FOR BLOGADDA.COM

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

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Note : This Review is for Leadstart Publishing

 

BOOK REVIEW THE GREAT INDIAN WEDDING CONSPIRACY BY SREEJU SUDHAKARAN

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ON THE JACKET :

The Puyickal family, a reputed Mallu clan based in Mumbai, is going through a huge crisis.

One of their younger scions, Neeraja wants to marry her Punjabi boyfriend.

Her father wants to hear none of it.

Her aunts would rather die than allow it.

Her uncles don’t care a damn about it.

And her poor cousin’s idyllic existence is screwed by it…

Arjun never wanted to have anything to do with his distant and more successful cousin; Neeraja. However, her decision to marry a non-Mallu, an unheard-of scandal in her family, changes his life forever. Forced to take part in the family ‘discussions’ by his mother, he tries to devise ways to get out of this mess, when he finds out Neeraja’s beau’s sister is his college crush. Desiring to win her back, he realizes it can only happen if Neeraja gets married to her boyfriend. With no option left, he forms an uneasy alliance with his hateful cousin, as they work in tandem to emotionally manipulate the elders into making this marriage happen… until one day, a dark secret gets revealed that threatens to unravel all their efforts.

 

REVIEW :

Family’s favourite Neeraja creates chaos in the family when everyone finds out about her relationship with a Punjabi boy- sahil. She is adamant to marry a man of her choice and her family is strictly against the inter marriage proposal, according to them inter-caste love marriages are never successful . Arjun gets caught in all this family drama when he realises his true love Snehal wants the same thing as Neeraja. Neeraja, Snehal with the help of Arjun gang up against the elders of the family. They persuade elders one by one and soon Neeraja ‘s wedding is fixed. Few days prior to engagement arjun finds a bitter truth about Sahil and Neeraja’ s relationship. Will sahil and Neeraja finally marry? Will arjun and Snehal find their Bliss? Were elders of Puyickal family right about inter caste marriages?

This book reminded me why i stopped watching indian tv soaps, just like our  tv shows this book served a uncooked story with a stretched out beginning and middle part while the ending seemed rushed and unnecessary. The Twist seemed forced just to portray true love’s sacrifice. I didn’t liked the way few characters were written , I had major dissatisfaction towards Sahil’s character. To be frank I had to force myself to finish this book. Unfortunately, this book disappointed me in many ways which I cannot mention without spoiling the climax.

RATINGS :
**/5

NOTE : THIS REVIEW IS FOR LEADSTART PUBLISHING , THOUGH THE VIEWS STATED ARE COMPLETELY MINE.

BOOK REVIEW -BANISHED THREADS BY KAYLIN MCFARREN

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ON THE JACKET :

A valuable art collection disappears turning a treasure-hunting duo into crime-stopping sleuths committed to vindicating family members in Kaylin McFarren’s action-packed suspense novel, Banished Threads.

While vacationing at the stately Cumberforge Manor in Bellwood, England, Rachel Lyons and Chase Cohen attend an elegant dinner party hosted by her uncle, Paul Lyons, and his aristocratic wife, Sara. Before the evening ends, a priceless collection of Morris Graves’s paintings are stolen from her uncle’s popular gallery, throwing all suspicion onto his wife’s missing granddaughter.

Determined to clear Sloan Rafferty’s name and, in the process, win Paul’s favor, Chase scours the countryside looking for answers. In his absence, the police accuse Rachel’s uncle of an unsolved murder and secrets surrounding her grandmother’s death and the deaths of Sara’s former husbands turn his wife into the most likely suspect.

With the true villains hell-bent on destroying Paul Lyons and his family, solving both crimes while ensuring her uncle’s freedom not only endangers Rachel’s life but that of her unborn child. Will Chase save them before the kidnappers enact their revenge or will the ultimate price be paid, as predicted by a vagabond fortuneteller?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Since launching her writing career, Kaylin McFarren has earned more than a dozen Literary awards in addition to a finalist spot in the 2008 RWA Golden Heart contest. A member of RWA, Rose City Romance Writers, and Willamette Writers, she also lends her participation and support to various charitable organisation , as well her own foundation benefiting cancer research in the pacific northwest. McFarren currently lives with her husband in Oregon . They have three daughters and two grandsons and enjoy travelling the globe and making monthly visits to their second home in California.

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REVIEW:

Rachel Lyons and Chase Cohen decide to visit Rachel’s uncle – Paul Lyons in London to take his blessings for their impending marriage. With Rachel’s pregnancy sickness worsening day by day and Chase’s fears growing of losing Rachel, there’s trouble in paradise. Things turn worst when they reach London and find themselves involved into a mystery, mystery of stolen paintings from Paul’s Gallery, which everyone thinks his step grand-daughter Sloan has something to do with. Paul is sure Sloan is innocent but Sloan’s absence makes things dangerous. Chase and Rachel get themselves so involved in this mystery that their lives get in danger. While solving this mystery, chasing culprits and trying to save Lyons from bad guys, Rachel and Chase learn the most important lesson of their lives.

BANISHED THREADS is third installment in the THREADS series by Kaylin McFarren. Though its a series, one can easily read all the three books as stand-alone without getting confused. BANISHED THREADS is not as lengthy as its successors and that makes it a crisp mystery novel. Author McFarren ends each book with a cliffhanger which works in favour of the genre of the series. Banished Threads was supposed to be the last installment of the series, but Author McFarren has announced a fourth book in the series titled as Twisted Threads which will release somewhere in 2016 End. She promises to answer all the questions Banished Threads has generated in the end.

RATING :

****/5

NOTE :

THIS REVIEW IS FOR AUTHOR KAYLIN MCFARREN , THOUGH THE VIEWS STATED ARE COMPLETELY MINE.

Book Review – Wanted Back – Bencher & Last – Ranker Teacher by Kavita Bhupta Ghosh

WANTED BACK-BENCHER AND LAST-RANKER TEACHER

On The Jacket :

When indiscipline at Roderick International School, Mussoorie, becomes an alarming issue for members of the Board, educators and parents alike, CEO Jacob Roderick decided to bring in an experimental teacher, Roma Mathur against the wishes of the Board of Directors to curb the growing aggression, hostility and vandalism.

Will someone like Roma Mathur, written off by her teachers as a ‘Moron’ and ‘Good for nothing’, be able to inspire learning in students who loath studying and sitting in classrooms? Will this maverick academic, who had been extremely mischievous as a student herself, be able to instill values and discipline in her students? Is there any place for someone as unconventional as Roma Mathur among the esteemed and sophisticated faculty at the prestigious International School? Has Jacob Roderick made a grave mistake in recruiting someone who plays drums, watches Tom and Jerry, beat up Goons in the pub, and rides a sports bike, over the gold medalist, experienced teachers who had applied? What was it the school needed at this desperate hour?

It is time for the students of RIS to take a call on what kind of teachers they need in their classrooms.

Review :

If I ask you what is that one thing/phase of your life you would like to re-live? There is 90% probability one will want childhood, no? and when we talk about childhood we somehow end up talking about school,teachers,subjects,competitions,art fairs,etc.. Our school is one place where we have spent a big chunk of our life-our childhood. Maybe, that’s why teachers are called our second parents. Wanted back bencher & last ranker teacher takes you on a nostalgic trip to past,to your school. As and when a new teacher is introduced your mind starts recollecting which teacher from your school is like this character. There always is one teacher we adored, another that keeps terrifying us throughout our school life, then there’s a teacher who never smiles or the one who sleeps through the classes, one who is so strict that we maintain distance. Our teachers are as important as our parents during the early years.

Roma Mathur joins as a temporary substitute for one of the teachers at Roderick International School . She is not a typical teacher material,but that’s not what her problem is. The problem is managing the brats of the classes she is allotted with. Within a week Roma understands she has to treat the tenth graders differently and thus starts her learnings to understand teenage psychology . Every time she has a hard time understanding things, she goes back to her childhood and think from a child’s perspective and yes, there’s always Uttara – counsellor to help her out. The moment she thinks she is doing good with the students,something happens that puts her scratching her head again. Will roma be successful to win over her students completely? Is her approach right? Do we need teachers like Roma?

Wanted back bencher and last ranker teacher teaches us simple ways that we can change to understand children/teenagers in a better way. The book talks about scenarios inspired of real life instances happening in the lives of teenagers. Parents and teachers lose patience easily seeing teenagers behave differently day by day and that’s what this book tells us not to. This book can be a great parenting guide. At times the expert talk bores you and that is the only shortcoming from this book. Just as the cover is cute so are the graphics inside the book. You won’t regret reading this no matter you are a parent or not. It’s a fiction tale we all can learn life lessons from.

Rating :

****/5

NOTE : THIS REVIEW IS FOR LEADSTART PUBLISHING THOUGH THE VIEWS STATED ARE COMPLETELY MINE.