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Tuesday, 27 December 2016

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My Top 6 Picks of 2016 (The Empty Pages)

Hello Readers...

2016 is coming to an end. 2016 has been a great year for me...I finally made the decision to start my own blog and I feel really happy that I actually made that decision. This year I read around 38 books in total and looking back....there are actually few books which I really enjoyed reading and I thought I would share them with you people.

These are the 6 books which I really enjoyed reading and would be recommending which I feel you would love them too. I have tried to include books from all the genres into the list. So here are my top 6 books of 2016 in no particular order.

1. Dishonor Thy Wife - Belinda Austin

Dishonor Thy Wife is sensual psychological thriller written by Belinda Austin. This book has a very interesting story line and I felt in love with the book from the beginning itself. I have always enjoyed reading thriller novels and this book is a treat to read.

I have always enjoyed reading Belinda Austin's book whether that be Dishonor Thy Wife or the
Outcast Series, I have always enjoyed reading her books.

The thing I really enjoyed about Belinda Austin's book is that she allows the readers to have an intimate connection with the characters of the book. I have noted this aspect in both her books.

The characters, the story line and the narration....everything is top notch. To know more about the book, check out my detailed review of this book, Dishonor Thy Wife - Belinda Austin Review.

2. Chasing Black Gold - Robert Stone


Chasing Black Gold is a true story of Robert Stone. In this novel, Robert Stone has given details of his early life when he was smuggling fuel from Africa to the other parts of the world.

If you are just like me who always wondered what is actually happening in the smuggler's mind  when they were making those decisions, then you will love this book as much as I did.

I really enjoyed reading this book and interacting with Robert Stone has been really a nice experience. This book I feel is a must read for all non-fiction readers.

Yes, there were some instances in the book which bothered me, but when I look the book in the totality, this one is definitely a good read.

Here is the link to my complete review of this book, Chasing Black Gold - Robert Stone Review. Robert stone also shared a press interview with me which I did cover in the blog post which cover the aspect which were not covered in this book. Here is link to that blog post as well, Chasing Black Gold: An Insider's Viewpoint.

3. Control - R.M.Gauthier

Control is a great novel dealing with love, lust and obsession written by Renee Gauthier. This book actually belong to the series and this one is the first installment of the series.

I just love the writing and narration of Renee Gauthier. She knows how to grab the attention of the readers and I am quite sure, this book won't disappoint you in any aspect. The book is full of twists and turns which will surely keep you on the cliffhanger in regards to the story line.

Frankly speaking, whenever I think about this book I keep wondering what the story line would be in the next installment of the series titled Bound. Bound is expected to be released in January and I would surely try to review it once it is out. So stay tuned to the blog for the review.

Here is my complete review of ControlControl - R.M.Gauthier Review. Yes, I did forgot to mentioned that this is one of the three books which got rated 5 stars out of 5 from my side.

4. Colorful Notions - Mohit Goyal

Colorful Notions is a beautiful travel book written by Mohit Goyal. This is the first book in the road trippers series and I must say. this is a very interesting read for all the people who loves reading travel books.

Colorful Notions is one such book which will encourage you to pack your bags up and go out for a vacation with your friends or family. This book has covered all the major places in India and will surely generate interest in the minds of people who haven't visited India.

The best thing about the book is the casual vibe which you experienced while reading this book and that vibe does go along with the actual theme of the book.

I am quite sure, you won't regret spending every single minute reading this book. To know more about the book, head on to my complete review of the book, "Colorful Notions - Mohit Goyal Review.

5. Dating Down - Alex Dunn

Dating Down is a romance book written by Alex Dunn. I really enjoy reading every Alex Dunn book and have read almost all of her books except one which I will review shortly.

The best thing about Alex Dunn is her writing and narration. The kind of emphasis given to each and every character and their development in the story sequence is something which I love. Also, Alex Dunn gives special attention to all the details which makes all of her books very interesting read and this book is no exception.

The story line is fantastic, the characters are good and the narration and the writing is top notch, these things are something which I don't have to worry much about while reading Alex Dunn's book. She manages to pack all those things in a very concise package. This one is pretty interesting and full of drama which you should definitely read.

To know more about this book and rest of Alex Dunn's book check out my complete review here, "Dating Down - Alex Dunn Review. This is the second book book out of the three books which managed to secure 5 stars out of 5 from my side.

6. The Six Principles Of Enlightenment And Meaning Of Life - Russell Anthony Gibbs

This book by Russell Anthony Gibbs is one of the best books I have read and really liked a lot. This is one such book which I can read often and often without getting tired.

This is a one stop guide to all the spiritual concept which you might have read but the thing which makes this book unique is the way this book gives methods to implement all the principles mentioned in the book in our day to day life and that to in just 50 pages.

So if you are a person who loves reading spiritual and self help books then I will highly recommend you this book. This book is definitely one of the book which I keep on my reading shelf.

Here is my complete review of this book with all the details of the book, The Six Principles Of Enlightenment And Meaning Of Life - Russell Anthony Gibbs Review.

Since, you guys have been with me since the start and have bared with me for quite a long time, here is one more book which I feel is really interesting and something which I have not read lately.

7. From Stardust To Babylon - Amanda Bucan

Like I said earlier, this is one type of book which I haven't read for quite a long time.This is a true love story of the author Author Bucan and she portrays the concept of Love Beyond Death in a very interesting way. The book narrates chain of events which happened in a span of 14 years which Amanda Bucan personally experienced.

The best thing about the book is that it can't be categorized into any particular genre per se. The book starts as a love story and takes a turn as paranormal activities starts taking place and as the story progresses the book gets converted in spirituality.

So if you are a person who want to read a very different kind of book which has all these aspects, then this book is definitely for you. To know more about the specifics of the book, check out my complete review of From Stardust To Babylon - Amanda Bucan Review.

So, those are my personal favorites for this year. Let me know your favorite books of 2016 in the comment section below. If you have liked this post, then do hit the like button and share it among your friends and don't forget to SUBSCRIBE if you haven't to get all the new post right into you mail.

So until next time, this is me SUSHANT signing off. You guys have a great day.

CIAO.



Sunday, 18 December 2016

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Everyone Has A Story - Savi Sharma Review

Book Cover Source: Goodreads
Hello Readers...

Everyone has an interesting story to tell...its just that you have to look into them. Today we are going to review Everyone Has A Story which is the debut novel of Savi Sharma. This book gathered mixed reactions among the reading community and I wanted to see what this book is actually about. I liked the synopsis of this book and was really looking to read this book for quite a long time and today I finally have this book. So lets quickly get done with the synopsis and dive immediately into the review.

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Everyone has a story.

Meera, a fledgling writer who is in search of a story that can touch millions of lives.

Vivaan, assistant branch manager at Citibank, who dreams of travelling the world.

Kabir, a cafe manager who desires something of his own. Nisha, the despondent cafe customer who keeps secrets of her own.

Everyone has their own story, but what happens when these four lives are woven together?

Pull up a chair in Kafe Kabir and watch them explore friendship and love, writing their own pages of life from the cosy cafe to the ends of the world.

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The title of the book is surely captivating and given the fact that this book is being Amazon's Bestseller, it is quite natural for anyone to pick this book up, but before you actually do....hear me out.

The story line is pretty generic and you won't find anything new in the story. Girl meets boy who is pursuing a profession which he is not passionate about. They both meet each other and falls in love however the boy can't be in a relationship since he has some past grudges and can't get over them. One incident happens in the near future which forces him to reconsider his decision. Pretty generic story plot indeed. Now the only thing which could make this book good is a stellar narration and writing.

Before jumping to the narration and writing part, lets take a look at the characters in the story.The entire story revolves around two central characters, Meera and Vivaan. There are two more characters, Kabir and Nisha who are pretty much involved in the main story line and play a significant role in shaping the story of our two main protagonist. The thing which bothered me is that Savi Sharma have not given much details about the background of the characters and as the story progresses, it feels pretty difficult to stay with the story and the characters as you simply can't connect with the characters as all the characters feels strange and unknown to me while reading the story.

Coming to the narration part. Savi Sharma has narrated the story in the first person's perspective with constant shift between Meera and Vivaan's character. The transitions between the characters seems decent, neither too good neither too bad. The novel seems struggling in the way the story is written. All the chapters felt like individual pieces and they were completely disconnected for major part of the story. I won't deny at a certain point in the second half, this book did grab my attention with the story sequence however it didn't lasted for too long because of lack of connect with the characters. A little dive into the characters life and history would help the readers to get familiarize with the characters. The main character of Meera still feels unknown and strange to me even after completing the whole story.

Also this book did left many questions unanswered. This book kept playing guessing game continuously while I was trying to make sense of all the things. Yes, I agree this is Savi Sharma's debut book and she does deserve appreciation for beginning her writing endeavor, but still this book didn't do much a good in my frank opinion. It might be due to my high expectations. One thing I will do like to mention here that I felt really bad the way the community has reacted on the Amazon, where people kept bashing negatively about the author. It would be really great if they could point out the areas as well so that the author could work upon those in her next novel. I really appreciate Savi Sharms's effort but yes this book does feel like its been hyped a bit.

So to sum up, this book is way too much speculative for my liking. For me it was a one time read and I won't recommend this book. To rate this book,I would give this book 2.5 stars out of 5. Still if you want to give this book a try, here are links to the Amazon for the same.

Amazon India: Everyone Has A Story by Savi Sharma

Amazon US: Everyone Has A Story by Savi Sharma

So that's hit for today. If you have liked this review then do hit the like button and share it among with your friends. In case you have read this book and have a different perspective, do mention your views in the comment section. I will be more than happy to read them. In case you haven't SUBSCRIBE then do SUBSCRIBE to get all the new post right into you mail box.

So until next time, this is me SUSHANT signing off. You guys have a great day.

CIAO.





Wednesday, 14 December 2016

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Colorful Notions - Mohit Goyal Review

Book Cover Source: Goodreads
Hello Readers...

If you are a person like me who likes to see new places and get engrossed in the scenic beauty of the nature often encountered while travelling, then you will be in delight as today we are reviewing Colorful Notions written by Mohit Goyal. Colorful Notions is a book where three young people go on a road trip across India and this book is a result of their encounters during their road trip.

Lets quickly go through the synopsis and jump straight to my impressions regarding the book.

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Would you give up your high-paying job and comfortable personal life to drive ten thousand kilometers across India? Just for fun!

Three twenty-something dare to do just that! While the two guys take turns to drive, the girl gives voice-over as they record their entire journey on a handy-cam.

Ab, Sasha and Unnati are ordinary youngsters, rendered special by the feat they accomplish. As they recount their adventures, I crave to live their journey all the more. They look at each other with a glint in their eyes, as if refurbishing those memories, as they narrate their spooky time at Bhangarh Fort, strange escapades at Wagha Border and Sunderbans, car breakdowns, wild animals, near-death experience and highway robbers! It's nothing less than crazy.

I doubted if I'd ever have the gumption to create such experiences. So I did the next big thing - I penned a book about them, and their road trip.

Colorful Notions is a journey of three young hearts on the Indian terrain and into their inner recesses of their souls, giving a new perspective to relationships, love and life.

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A big thanks to the author Mohit Goyal for providing a copy of this book via goodreads. I can't express the contentment I felt after completing this book. I was so used to reading the same type of books often and often that I badly wanted to read something different. Colorful Notions came as a savior. This book not only provided me with a much needed change but also inspired me to follow my passion.

Colorful Notions is a beautifully crafted and narrated book about the road trip which three young people take. This book gets everything correct which majority of the young people experience in the current time, right from defying our parents advice to hopping on to our own adventures. This book perfectly transcends the carefree nature of the youths and their passion towards their career. This book has everything which you can expect or rather I should say this book offers more than what you can expect from a travel book.

I just love all the three characters in the story. They are so simple yet they are very relatable to the youths of our generation. The best thing about the book is the narration which gives a very casual vibe synonymous to the casual nature of the current youths, While reading this book I felt like I am actually visiting all the places mentioned in the book. That kind of impact this book had on me. If you are never been on the road trip before then this book will surely motivate you to be on one.

In the present times it is often considered that the youths are ignorant towards the beauty of actual world and real relations whether it be with their parents, friends or their loved ones and they only care about their virtual presence and their virtual friends. However, that is not true at all. Yes, sometimes we do take relationships for granted but it is not like we are completely ignorant about them or we don't care at all. This book highlights that aspect very well. This book actually personifies the current youth with regards to their passion for their career and their relationships. Kudos to Mohit Goyal for writing such a fantastic book..

I liked this book because it feels much more relatable and the things mentioned in the book can happen in the actual world. However at two places, I felt like those things simply can't happen. The first one was when Abhay meets his mother and the second one was the interaction of Abhay and Shashank with the robbers. Yes I am nitpicking those incidents but I feel those things could have improved to give a much more realistic experience to the readers while reading these two incidents. However, I do like the way Mohit Goyal picked up the entire story immediately after these incidents and making the ending, my favorite part the most enjoyable part of the book.

So to sum up, I highly recommend this book to everyone and since the holiday season is coming up, this will be really a nice time to read this book and go on a vacation or a road trip with your friends or your loved ones. To rate this book, I would give this book 4.5 stars out of 5. I simply can't wait to get my hands on the next installment of the series. Here are the links to the Amazon where you can pick this beautiful book and have a really nice time.

Amazon India: Colorful Notions by Mohit Goyal

Amazon US: Colorful Notions by Mohit Goyal

So those are my impressions on Colorful Notions written by Mohit Goyal. Let me know what are your impressions on this book in the comment section below. If you have liked this post and want me to keep reviewing such good books then do hit the like button and share it among  your friends (You should always share good things with your friends :p). If you have gone on a trip somewhere where some memorable incidents happened just like in the book, then do share them in the comment section below. I would love to read them and don't forget to SUBSCRIBE to the blog to get all the new content right into your mail box.

So until next time, this is me SUSHANT signing off. You guys have a great day.

CIAO.



Friday, 9 December 2016

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Strongman's Daughter - Madhuri Iyer Review

Book Cover Source: Goodreads
Hello Readers...

Today we are going to review Strongman's Daughter written by Madhuri Iyer. Madhuri Iyer is a best selling author based in Mumbai. Her earlier work Manhattan Mango has been well received among the reading community. Before beginning with the review of today's book Strongman's Daughter, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Finger Print Publication for providing a copy of this book for the review purpose via goodreads.

Here is a brief synopsis of the book to give you a gist of the story line:

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When feisty twenty-one-year old Aditi Narvekar refuses to carry forward the legacy of her corrupt politician father, as hell breaks loose. The mighty Vithalrao Narvekar, Chief Minister of Goa, retaliates with fury. He fixes her up with the scion of a wealthy mining family, and sets the wedding date.

Rebellious and resourceful, Aditi tries to stay one step ahead of her wily parent. Along the way, she encounters the supercilious but sexy - Raj Dias, an activist who fights for a clean-and-green Goa. Although he dismisses Aditi as her father's daughter, she's determined to prove him wrong.

Goa becomes an epic battleground where the clean brigade takes on dirty politics. Aditi must confront her own father, but will Raj support her cause?

The Strongman's Daughter is a nail biting saga of a young girl's clash against her father, in a battle of love, money-lust and longing!

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Lets start the review with the story and plot sequence itself. This is an very good story line and while reading this book, I was constantly feeling like I am reading some sort of bollywood movie  script where the protagonist of the story, i.e. Aditi Narvekar was frustrated and annoyed due to the lack of freedom which she has experienced during her childhood because of growing in very strict environment of her powerful father, the antagonist of the story, i.e Vithalrao Narvekar and her struggle from her tyrannic father's regime. I am quite sure you would love the story line too.

The characters in the story are very much relatable and I sort of connected immediately with characters. The character development of Vithalrao Narvekar right from the beginning is simply amazing. I really loved how his character is developed as the story progresses. The story keeps revolving around the few central characters. However there were couple of characters which I feel could have been used in a better way, for eg. the character of Steve.

The writing is top notch and the entire book is written in the first person's view, i.e in Aditi's perspective. The writing is pretty simple and Madhuri Iyer has use simple English with not too fancy vocabulary which I feel is very nice as more people could enjoy this book. Kudos to Madhuri Iyer for the writing part.

This book also highlights the cliched concepts of inheriting the fathers position in the political system which we often see in the Indian politics. The real life political references given in between the stories adds to the fun element. The second cliched concept which is being highlighted is the institution of marriage where the daughter is forcefully married to someone by the father for his professional benefits. This elements builds up an excitement level while reading this book.

However, not everything is nice about this book. This book clearly struggles in the narration department. The story starts around the New York memories of Aditi and goes on building into the actual story. However when the actual story was being narrated, I was completely clueless about Aditi's New York friends while Aditi keeps reminding me of them. Also at a point the story starts taking a complete fictional route and the activities which were taking place can only be seen in the typical bollywood movies. Remember earlier I mention that the story felt like a reading a bollywood script, I am quite sure many of you would feel the same. Also towards the end, the story becomes a disaster and left me clueless as to what was happening and why those things were happening. Clearly, the end was a disaster.

So to sum up the review, this book has really a nice story but a bad execution of the same. Surely this book could have been much...much better and actually has the potential of becoming an interesting read. To rate this book, I will give this book 2 stars out of 5. If you don't believe me and want to check out the book for yourself, here are the links to the Amazon from where you can get the book.

Amazon: Strongman's Daughter by Madhuri Iyer

So, that's it for today. If you have liked the review, do hit the like button and share among your reader friends. If you don't want to miss out on any reviews which will be posted in the future, then do SUBSCRIBE to the blog to get all the new content right into your mail box. If there are any suggestions for me, then drop them in the comment section below. I make sure that I read each and every comment posted out there.

So until next time, this is me Sushant signing off. You guys have a great day.

CIAO.



Sunday, 4 December 2016

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The Myth Of Rational Market - Justin Fox Review

Book Cover Source: Goodreads
Hello Readers...

Ever wondered about Wall Street and how the market functions? Was the market behaving the same way few decades back? What is the history which led to the current beliefs of the market?...Then the book which we are reviewing today might be an answer to all your questions. So lets begin with the review of The Myth Of Rational Market: A History Of Risk, Reward And Delusion On Wall Street written by Justin Fox.

Lets start with the synopsis of the book:
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Chronicling the rise and fall of the efficient market theory and the century-long making of the modern financial industry, Justin Fox's "The Myth Of The Rational Market" is as much an intellectual whodunit as a cultural history of the perils and possibilities of risk. The book brings to life the people and ideas that forged modern finance and investing, from the formative days of Wall Street through the Great Depression and into the financial calamity of today. It's a tale that features professors who made and lost fortunes, battled fiercely over ideas, beat the house in blackjack, wrote bestselling books, and played major roles on the world stage. It's also a tale of Wall Street's evolution, the power of the market to generate wealth and wreak havoc, and free market capitalism's war with itself.

The efficient market hypothesis--long part of academic folklore but codified in the 1960's at the University of Chicago--has evolved into a powerful myth. It has been the maker and loser of fortunes, the driver of trillions of dollars, the inspiration for index funds and vast new derivatives markets, and the guidepost for thousands of careers. The theory holds that the market is always right, and that the decisions of millions of rational investors, all acting on information to outsmarts one another, always provide the best judge of a stock's value. That myth is crumbling.

Celebrated journalist and columnist Fox introduces a new wave of economists and scholars who no longer teach that investors are rational or that the markets are always right. Many of them now agrees with Yale professor Robert Shiller that the efficient market theory "represents one of the most remarkable errors in the history of economic thought." Today the theory has given way to counter-intuitive hypotheses about human behavior, psychological models of decision making, and the irrationality of the markets. Investors overreact, under-react, and make irrational decisions based on imperfect data. In his landmark treatment of the history of the world's markets, Fox uncovers the new ideas that may come to drive the market in the century ahead.

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My sole purpose of reading this book was to know more about the money making machine, i.e The Wall Street and I must say this book didn't disappoint me in that aspect. This book is a carefully crafted document about the rise and the fall of the Efficient Market Hypothesis (EFH), since its beginning till the end. Even if you don't know about this Efficient Market Hypothesis, this book will surely foster your curiosity into the same.

This book is all about the people who were greatly responsible for developing the market and their views on the rational market. This book lists down series of event in a chronological fashion which happened in span of more than a century. Yes, you read it right, the century back history of the Wall Street and that too in just around 300 pages. Of all the financial books which I have read, I feel this book lists down all the events in a nice concise manner. This book is aimed at a normal person who is not aware about the market and aims to give her/him, the exposure to the ideas of the scholars of the market.

I am quite sure, you must have seen financial people working with fancy charts and big numbers and might worry that this book might contains such fancy chart which you might not be accustomed to, so let me tell you that this book doesn't contain any of those, but yes there is something which might bother you. I will come to this point in a while.

Justin Fox being a TIME magazine business journalist and Editorial Editor of Harvard Business Review Group, has written a pretty comprehensive history about the rational market hypothesis and how Financial Engineers viewed market in those days.This book highlights the rational market approach of the early Finance Engineers and their thirst to predict the market and stocks value on any given day. This book will definitely make you more interested in the financial market.

This book is a treat to read if you know few things about finance and market behavior. However, if you are a person who is completely unaware of the financial concepts and basic ideology, then you might find it difficult to understand the book completely and even might take more time than your regular book. This book does mentions few concepts which you will understand quickly if you have a little understanding of the financial concepts. Yes, this book indeed have explained those concepts, but knowing few basic things will surely cut down your reading time..

So to sum up, I really enjoyed reading this book and I will highly recommend this book to someone who wants to know about the history of the Efficient Market Hypothesis. I would have love if this book has toned down the financial concepts slightly to make it more easily understandable to the general audience, but no complaints from my side. To rate this, I will give this book 3.5 stars out of 5. Here are the links to the Amazon from where you buy the book.

Amazon India: Myth Of The Rational Market by Justin Fox

Amazon US: Myth Of The Rational Market by Justin Fox

So that't it for today. Hope you have liked this review. If you do then do hit the like button and share it around. In case you haven't SUBSCRIBE and don't want to miss reviews of more such good books, then do SUBSCRIBE to the blog to get all the new post right into your mail inbox. Any suggestions regarding my way of reviewing and would like see a change, then do mention them in the comment section below.

So until next time, this is me Sushant signing off. You guys have a great day.

CIAO.





Sunday, 27 November 2016

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Appreciative Inquiry - Neena Verma Review

Book Cover Source: Goodreads
Hello Readers...

We often try to improve ourselves so as to be a better person not only in our professional world but also in our personal life. This applies to me as well. For this I was looking for books which could help me to improve my personality and while searching out for books on the internet, I stumbled upon the concept of Appreciative Inquiry. I was lucky enough to get a book on the same topic via goodreads written by Dr. Neena Verma. So here is the review of Appreciative Inquiry: Practitioner's Guide For Generative Change and Development written by Dr. Neena Verma.

First I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the author of the book Dr. Neena Verma for sending in the book via goodreads. So lets begin with the review.

This book is about the art of Appreciative Inquiry. For people who just like me who were unaware of this concept here is a brief  description of AI as explained by Appreciative Inquiry Commons:

"Appreciative Inquiry is the cooperative search for the best in people, their organisations and the entire world around them. It involves systematic discovery of what gives a system 'life; when it is most effective and capable in economic, ecological, and human terms. AI involves the art and practice of asking questions that strengthen a system's capacity to heighten positive potential. It mobilizes inquiry through crafting an 'unconditional positive questions' often involving hundreds or sometimes thousands of people."

As mentioned above, the art of AI can be used in organisations as well as in our personal lives. This art signifies having a positive approach to each and every problems rather than taking a negative outlook. This book will surely steer you to have a more positive radical approach in life. This book highlights the very key point which I feel is the most important for succeeding in the life, the quality of Team Work. This book is a guide for anyone who wants to explore this novel concept and who wants to imbibe the philosophy of AI. This book caters to the organisational aspects of the AI as well which will surely help many organisations to grow and appreciate their employees. However, on what level this theory can work in the organisational framework, of that I am not sure as I am still pursuing my studies and have very little to none exposure to the organisational scenario. So if you are a person who has used this method in your organisation, do let me know in the comment section as to how your experience was with this method. Will love to read them.

One thing that slightly bothered me, here I might be nick picking but still will like to mention that the print use for typing is pretty dark. So when you are reading one page, the print on the back side of page also seems to be visible. This thing did bother me so I thought should mentioned it. It would have been much better if the printer could have paid a little more attention to this aspect.

This book will definitely generate a curiosity if you are unaware of this concept. However, like I said earlier, I am not a right person to validate those theories. But to me this concepts seems not that difficult to incorporate into the organisational structure. To rate this book, I will give it 4 stars out of 5. Here are links to the Amazon from where you can get the book.

Amazon India: Appreciative Inquiry by Neena Verma

Amazon US: Appreciative Inquiry by Neena Verma

So that's my impressions of this book. If you like the review, do hit the like button and share it among your friends. And in case you haven't SUBSCRIBE to the blog, then do SUBSCRIBE to get the new reviews right into you mail box. If you want to know more about AI, here is the Wikipedia article on AI which will surely be a right place to start.

Wikipedia: Appreciative Inquiry

So until next time, this is me Sushant signing off. You guys have a great day.

CIAO.






Thursday, 24 November 2016

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This Can't Be Happening - Neha Singh Review

Book Cover Source: Goodreads
Hello Readers...

At some point in your life you would have surely come across a point where you might be confused about a person as to whether that person is just a friend or is more than a friend. This Can't Be Happening is one such which highlights this aspects. Before beginning with the review, I'll like to express my sincere gratitude to Neha Singh for providing a copy of this book for review purpose.

Here is a brief synopsis of the book followed by video trailer to quickly get you acquainted with the story.

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When Lavanya decides to pursue her Doctoral degree in biotechnology little does she know that her life will entangle itself with people who will awaken in her new levels of consciousness about the meaning of friendship, true love, sacrifice, jealousy, pain and above all about the crests and troughs that accompany the whole process of research. She is in for a lot of new surprises and a journey riddled with a search for the many meanings of love and friendship impacted by a haunting and mysterious past. The secrets which torment her at times, but the ones she tries to keep at bay with the help of her sould buddy Shreya. Shreya has plans of her own for Lavanya, trying to fix her with a lobster (you need to read it know it) and eventually introduces Siddhartha aka Sid to her. Will Lavanya find her love in Sid? Will she be able to fulfill her quest for a cause that is very important to her? Will she finally be able to overcome her worst thoughts about herself? All this and dash of friendship, sibling's love and the thought process of the youth of today has been put together in a simply crafted story.

This can't be happening!!!!! Or is it?

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As stated in the synopsis, "This Can't Be Happening" is a story of young girl Lavanya and her life and her struggle with her thoughts. The theme of the book is pretty simple but the story is very interesting.

This book is about friendship and love. The transitioning of Lavanya and Siddharth's friendship to love. Pretty good and simple theme which many of us will relate to very easily as everyone surely would have gone through this feeling.

Neha Singh has used a pretty simple language.which actually gives this book a very casual vibe when you start reading it. The narration is also pretty interesting and I really liked the way Neha Singh kept a level of excitement and element of surprise as she keep reminding the reader about Meera almost in every chapter. This actually kinda keep you hook you to the story and forces you to reading the story further to know more about the surprise element.

One more interesting thing about the book is that Neha Singh frequently keeps mentioning about the Science. Being an engineering student myself, I really loved this aspect. Even if you don't belong to the scientific community, Neha Singh has explained those processes in a fun and interesting way which will actually give you a taste of what a research scholars usually does. Kudos to Neha Singh for bringing in such interesting element. The best thing about the book which I really liked and used to eagerly wait after reading few pages is the frequent poems which I am quite sure many of you will love it. These poems actually gives this book a more personal perspective and lets the reader connect with the story immediately. Here is the poem I liked the most which actually explains the entire book in just few lines and which I keep reading it frequently,

Soulmate

From the moment I laid my eyes on you.
I felt I knew you.
I knew you would understand me.
I knew you would feel me,
from the moment I laid my eyes on you,
I knew you.

As my heart craved for you,
I hoped to be part of you,
I wanted to be the reason for your smile,
I wanted that all the while,
To see a tear in your eyes,
Would always make me sigh,
I knew I could not have you, but from the moment
I laid my eyes on you,
I felt I knew you.

I waited for you,
I knew I was made for you.
But when you said the words to me,
I could not believe it to be true,
I asked you to repeat the tune,
And when you said the magical words,
I finally realized it to be true.
From the moment I laid my eyes on you,
I felt I knew you, and now you know it too,
I was born for you...

The story is actually narrated in the first persons perspective. The perspective being of the central character Lavanya. In this story you will come across many characters but the actually story revolves around few selective characters such as that of Lavanya, Siddharth, Shreya, Gautam and Sona. And yes (I almost forget to mention)....this book also has a very important social message which I feel everyone should abide by. To know more about this message and about the Meera, you will have to read the book. I won't ruin that surprise element by mentioning it here.

Like I said, there were minor characters which were frequently mentioned while the story kept rotating around the central characters. I couldn't connect with the these minor characters as I connected with the central characters as very little information was given about these minor characters. Also you will surely enjoy the beginning as well as the end of the book, but the middle section of the book actually dropped the pace of the entire story. I would have loved if the middle section had few plot twists which will surely have made this story a little more interesting.

Still this book is very interesting and definitely a goodread. I thoroughly enjoyed myself reading this book and was hooked on to this book. To give you an idea as to how much I was hooked to this book, I was having my end semester exams for the past two weeks. Whenever I was taking breaks from my studies, I was immediately picking this book up and was reading it.

So if you are a person who is looking to read a simple, interesting and very nicely little story with few plot twists, them I think you should definitely read this book. I am quite sure, you will love this book. To rate this book, I will give this book 4.5 stars out of 5.This is a very beautiful book and worth reading I will surely recommend this book to all my friends and family. Here are the direct links to the amazon from where you can get this book:

Amazon India: This Can't Be Happening by Neha Singh

Amazon US: This Can't Be Happening by Neha Singh

So that't it for today. Hope you have liked this review. If you do then do hit the like button and share it around. If you too write poems just like the author Neha Singh, then do post your poems in the comment section below I would love to read all your poems. Do SUBSCRIBE to the blog to get all the new posts about new books right into your mail.

So until next time, this is me Sushant signing off. You guys have a great day.

CIAO.



Sunday, 20 November 2016

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Romance Shorts - Sourabh Mukherjee Review

Book Cover Source: Goodreads
Hello Readers...

Being a person who loves reading short stories, I am always fascinated and eager to read more short stories. I believe, it takes great knack to writing to write a really brilliant and compelling short story which can immediately connect with the readers and convey the complex story in just few words. Romance Shorts is one such short stories book where the author Sourabh Mukherjee has compiled four short story which conveys great amount of emotions to all the readers.

Before beginning with the review, I'll like to thank Sourabh Mukherjee for sending the copy of this book via goodreads. So lets begin with the review:

Here is a synopsis of the book to quickly start with the review:

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What does destiny have in store for a teenager unable to express his feelings for the girl of his dream as their paths keep crossing through the years?

Sid turns to work and alcohol to get over the pain of losing Sheetal till she walks back into his arms in the after-party of a corporate awards function. Is she back for good?

What does an advertisement on a billboard try to tell a man who has lost his memory and his wife in a near fatal accident?

As Ria nurses her broken heart, she meets a stranger on the Internet and finds herself irresistibly drawn to him. Will she find love again?

'Romance Shorts' is a collection of four contemporary romantic stories. A brisk read with a lasting impact, it paints love in its various hues that make it the only emotion worth dying for. A slice of life in true sense, the book takes us on a soulful journey as we relieve loves lost or found or nurtured unprofessed in the deepest recesses of our hearts.

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Love!!! Such a beautiful feeling which each and every person should experience. The only feeling in my opinion which doesn't discriminates based on your cast, creed or race. You don't need any language to let others know that you are in love. You don't need any language to express that you are in love. Some people express their love through actions, some people express it through music and some people like me who expresses it  through their writing. Love is a selfless devotion to make the person you love happy. In fact, you  don't even need a person in order to experience this feeling. You can love you work, your art or even yourself.

Romance Shorts is a collection of four contemporary romance short stories which highlights what selfless love is. Romance Short will take you on a journey of four people who are narrating their stories and expressing their feelings and emotions by means of 4 beautifully written short stories.

I must say all the four stories are very well written and conceptualized. Each story will keep you high on the emotional front and you simply won't be able to keep the book down until you complete the book. And since this book is just 50 pages long, you should easily be able to finish the book in one sitting. If you have ever been in love (which I am quite sure many of us will have), then reading these stories will surely freshen up those memories in your mind. On top of this, the writing and narration is simple and lucid, which lets the actual story and the emotions of the author do the talking for major part in the entire book.

Though, the book is nicely written and each chapter brings a new situation to the story, but I kind of lack a connectivity between the four stories. All the four stories are good on the independent front, but since all this stories are part of a single book, I would have loved if all those stories are linked somehow. That could have been like cherry on top of the cake. Also after few chapters, the reader are so high on the emotional quotient that the remainder of the story couldn't keep up the pace with the book.

Apart from these two things, Romance Shorts is a nice and interesting book which many of us will easily relate to. My personal favorite of all the stories in this book is "Nargis Through My Summers". To rate this book, I will give this one 3.5 stars out of 5. If you are a person who loves reading romance books and who wants to try short stories, this book will surely cater to your needs. Here are the links to the Amazon from where you can get the book.

Amazon India: Romance Shorts by Sourabh Mukherjee

Amazon US: Romance Shorts by Sourabh Mukherjee

So that's it for today. If you have liked the review, do hit the like button and don't forget to comment on what love is for you in the comment section below. I would love to read all your thoughts. Do SUBSCRIBE to the blog to get all the new posts right into you mail.

Before taking your leave, here is excerpt which I really like.

*Spoiler Alert*

"I wished I could walk with her down that meandering lane years back on our way back from school discussing comic books and our favorite TV shows. I wished I could walk with her down lonely rain washed streets after college, I wished I could walk with her seven times around the holy fire exchanging vows of staying together for the rest of our lives. I wished I could walk with her into the sunset, with her hand in mine. I wished....I could walk."

So until next time, this is me Sushant signing off. You guys have a great day.

CIAO.



Friday, 18 November 2016

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Dating Down - Alex Dunn Review

Book Cover Source: Goodreads
Hello Readers...

Dating down is the probably my third Alex Dunn book and I really wanted to read this as Alex Dunn, I personally feel is a great writer and narrator and I simply can't contain myself from reading her books. So here is my review of Dating Down written by Alex Dunn. Before beginning with the review, I'll like to express my sincere gratitude to the author Alex Dunn for providing a copy of this book for review.

Here is a brief synopsis of the book to get you acquainted with the story:

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Tammy's got everything: wealth, designer clothes, store cards with unlimited credit, and Ralph Forrester, a drop-dead-gorgeous first-year law student who is going to take her to the end-of-term dance.

There's only one problem: Ralph Forrester doesn't exist. He's only alive in the pages of the Trudy Kensington novels, and unable to face being humiliated in front of the girls she longs to be like, Tammy runs away and headfirst into trouble.

Gary's life is spiraling out of control after Grace's dies. On a mission to prove he's nothing like his physically abusive father, he comes to Tammy 's rescue and agrees to be Ralph for just one night.

But the lie that brought them together threatens to tear them apart forever when Tammy decides to continue the deceit, and without realizing it, she put's Gary's life at risk. Determined to make things right, she sets about trying to rebuild Gary's broken home. But has she done enough to convince him he sill has a family worth living for?
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Dating Down is a really simple, sweet and gripping romance book which you can enjoy while travelling through metro, or waiting for your flight or even while you are enjoying the breakfast. Unlike other novels where you immediately understand that the story is so good that it can't be happening in the real world, the story line followed in Dating Down seems true which can actually happen in the real world and is much more relatable. This is one such book which I find it extremely difficult to keep down. It is not the story of this book which makes this book brilliant, it is the way in which the story is being portrayed and written. Here is section-wise analysis of Dating Down.

Cover:

If someone ask me to describe the cover in just one word, I'll say STUNNING. I an in love with the cover of this book. The cover in a way describes the writing style which Alex Dunn has adopted for this novel.

Story:

This book depicts story of two people Tammy and Gary who meet each other coincidentally and this coincidence became their entire reality. You might wonder that this story sounds just like many other stories out there, so why should I read this book??...Yes it quite natural to have those questions and my answer to this is simply because of the writing of Alex Dunn which make this common story extraordinary. It is a story where two people who belongs to different class of the society yet they share common social problems and wants to find the love of their life.

Characters:

There are not many characters in this entire story, actually there are only two central characters around which the entire story revolves. All the characters feel real and genuine to me and I immediately feel connected to the two central characters. Alex Dunn has spent a great amount of time in conceptualizing and developing the characters and there interactions with the other characters, which actually reflects in her writing.

Writing Style:

Alex Dunn has written this novel in the form of time stamps. Writing the series of events in the chronological order just as we write a diary. While reading as well, I felt like I am reading someone's personal diary. This actually made me easy to emotionally connect with the central characters as well. I really love this kind of writing style. Kudos to Alex Dunn for choosing such writing style.

Narration:

This is probably the best thing about the book. Having reading previous books by the authors, I must say I really love Alex Dunn's writing and narrating style. This is the reason why I like reading her books. And she doesn't disappoints in this novel as well. When you start reading this book, Kathy  will take you on the journey of the two characters and you will surely feel as if the story is unfolding in front of your eyes and might feel like a you are watching a play in a theater. Such kind of impact this book had on me. Alex Dunn has narrated this book in perspective of two central characters with continuous switching between the characters. And the transitioning between the characters is butter-smooth. The kind of transitioning and the narration will leave you confused as for whom you should actually sympathize.

Story Build-up:

While reading any of Alex Dunn books, you will definitely like the way she builds up the story along with the characters. The same thing happens in this book as well. As the story progresses, the excitement of the readers also increases with each passing page and the pace of the story also increases towards the end. The story not only builds your interest in the story plot but will also leave you high on the emotional quotient. Like I said earlier, the inter-character transitioning is also butter smooth.

Oh Wait!!

Did I mention that this book is just 134 page long. Yes, you read it right, This is a pretty small book with great story and with exceptional narration. This book manages to score so high despite being pretty small as compared to rest of the other books.

Yes at the end, since the story paces a little, some readers might find it difficult to stay with the story, especially those who are not used to reading a fast paced book. Also at the end, there was a like a big time leap. I really wish, that few more chapters could have been added there which could have been a little easier for the readers. Don't get me wrong, the end is nothing sort of a bog twist which is revealing itself, its just that while moving towards the end, I was so engrossed emotionally that the end I feel was sudden. Still this thing is definitely not a deal-breaker for me personally.

So to sum up, another great book from Alex Dunn. This book is very well written and is full of drama. Also this book does highlights some of the serious issues which are prevailing in the society in a fun and playful way. If you are a person who like reading Romance books, you will surely like this book. And if you are into reading Young Adult Fiction as well, then you will surely love this book. To rate this book, I will give this book 5 stars out of 5. I will surely be recommending this book to all my friends. This book is still not out yet. This book is planned to be released on 8th December, 2016. Here are the links to the amazon from where you can get the book:

Amazon India: Dating Down by Alex Dunn

Amazon US: Dating Down by Alex Dunn

If you have liked this review, do hit the like button and share it among your friends to let them know about such a good book. If there are any suggestions for me, do mention them in the comment below, I will surely try to work on them. Do SUBSCRIBE to the blog to get all the new post right into your mail and to never miss a single post. If you want to check more about Alex Dunn's other books such as School Monitor or Crazy For Alice, visit her website: www.alexdunnauthor.com

So, until next time, this is me Sushant signing off. You guys have a great day.

CIAO.



Saturday, 12 November 2016

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A Bride From Moon (Dance of Lord #1) - Neel Aruna C Review

Book Cover Source: Goodreads
Hello Readers...I hope you are having a great time reading all the new books coming up.

Today I am going to review a book from another debutante author Neel Aruna C. Here debut novel A Bride From Moon is her first book in the series Dance of Lord. I would like to mention here that I got this book via goodreads giveaway program.

So lets begin the review with a brief synopsis of the book:

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With cold-blooded memories of childhood, Vishwa leads a normal life as a government employee. But destiny does not allow him to be a common man. What will you do when a goddess from the sky fall in your hands? Yes. It happens to Vishwa on a full moon night.

As a guy with a sad history and the goddess with a hunting mystery meet, the ride begins. The ride of love, fantasy and action...

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I must say I was taken by surprise how the book turn out to be. When I first heard about the book, I was very skeptical about the book. Not a big fan of reading a mythological thriller, I was having very less expectations from this book, but I have to mention that this book did prove me wrong.

Being a debutante, its a nice attempt by the author Neel Aruna C. The back of the book mentions "Frustrated Engineer" but I must say this book surely doesn't looks like its being written by a frustrated engineer.

I think the book could have been better in various aspects. First the narration, there is much more room for improvement in my frank opinion. The beginning of the book started with the mythological aspects. The author could have tried a little more to get more details of this fictional world she has was creating. Don't get me wrong, she has got few details but more details would have been better for readers in visualizing the details.

Also the writing part could have been a little better. Neel Aruna C in her writing was trying to be descriptive rather than been narrative. I feel that instead of expressing the emotions with words, she could have expressed the gestures through actions of her characters. I think that would have been much more relatable to the audience. Given the fact that this is her debut novel, I believed we can slightly overlook this aspect, but still I want you guys to know.

The characters where very well conceptualized and I really like all the characters in the book. Really enjoyed the journey of both the characters throughout the book. The element which got me by surprise is the thriller element which came in the second half of the book. That was the last thing which I could think of before reading this book. Kudos to the author for bring in such a great twist. This surprise element actually grab my intention and made this book interesting to me.

The best thing what I like about this book is the spiritual elements in the book. After few chapters there is a spiritual or rather I should say a mythological narrations which actually gives a gist to the readers what next few chapters of the book will be like. Also I really liked the way Neel Aruna C has linked those spiritual narration with the story. The author earns extra brownie points from my side for this element.

Also I really liked the way the author ended this book. She completed the story yet she created a suspense element which kept the audience hanging on to the cliff. I personally feel that Neel Aruna C should make the second book more sort of thriller rather than the mythological one. Just my frank opinion.

So to sum up, if you are a person who likes reading mythological fiction, then you might give this book a try. Considering the fact this is a debut book of Neel Aruna C, I must say this is a very nice attempt. Yes there are few areas where this book could improve on, but definitely worth considering if you are a mythological fiction reader. To rate this book, I will give this book 3 stars out of 5.

So coming to the question, Will I read the next installment in the series?....the answer will be"It depends". It depends on the ease with which I can get the next installment. So if I get the second book, I might give this book a try. If you want to check the book for yourself, here are the links to the amazon for the same:

India: A Bride From Moon (Dance of Lord #1) by Neel Aruna C

Outside India: A Bride From Moon (Dance of Lord #1) by Neel Aruna C

So, this is my take after reading this book. Do let me know in the comment section what do you feel about the book. Guys if you like this review, do hit the like button and share it among your fellow readers and if you don't, do mention the reason in the comment section below as it will help me to get better and do SUBSCRIBE to the blog to get all the reviews right into your mail box.

So until next time, this is me Sushant signing off. You guys have a great day.

CIAO.



Monday, 7 November 2016

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Control - R M Gauthier Review

Book Cover Source: Goodreads
Hello Readers...

Few weeks back I posted the review of Longing which happens to be the prequel to the book titled Control written by R.M Gauthier. After reading Longing, I was very much interested and keen to read Control and here I am today reviewing it. Just in case you haven't check out and don't know about Longing, click here. Before beginning with the review, I'll like to express my sincere gratitude to Renee for providing a copy of this book.

So lets start with the review but before beginning with the review, here is a brief synopsis of the book to get you acquainted with the story line:

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Can one night change everything?

After a night out with her best friend, Alexandria's world is turned upside down making her re-evaluate her entire life. Meeting Landon Miller, a powerful businessman and owner of an exclusive club opens the door to a world she never knew existed. But, what lies beneath his business suit is a dark domain of mystery and control that unlocks a world of crime and punishment.


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Lets cut the crap and gets straight to the point. While reading the book I am quite sure many people will try to relate and compare it with 50 Shades Of Grey as both the books has depicted the concept of BDSM, but the difference being Control falls under the thriller category. I like the story line of this book more than 50 Shades Of Grey . Being a fond reader of books in mystery and thriller category, I really enjoyed reading this story line.

Coming to the characters and the narration of the story, the characters feel much more real, genuine and relatable to me as compare to the 'Ana and Christian' from 50 Shades Of Grey. I was completely hooked on to the book right from the beginning and the story keeps on getting better. The way Renee has build suspense  right from the beginning and keeps on continuing till the end is impeccable. Also she has kept the tone of the book light and funny which makes this book an interesting read. Renee has used first person style of narration and has done an immensely great job in doing it. The kind of details she brought through her writing of this alternate lifestyle is pretty impressive and I almost felt like I am watching the entire story unfold right in front of my eyes,The way the characters and their story is build and the transition of the story along the time is pretty amazing. I really like Renee's writing style.

The book is full of mystery elements which won't allow you keep the book down until you compelte the book. The best thing what I felt about this book is the way Renee has handled such a sensitive topic of BDSM, which many people are still not ready to accept and are judgmental. Renee has described the entire scenario of the alternate life of the people who are open to such endeavors without being judgmental.

I couldn't specifically find any points regarding cons of this book. The only thing which I can think of is why this book belong to a series? I badly want to know what happens further in the story. I would also like to mention here that the book's content is suitable for adult audience.

So to sum up, I really like this book. If you think 50 Shades Of Grey is good, then you would love this book. This only thing which I'll like to say is, if you really want to enjoy this book, just be rational and keep an open-mindset and don't be judgmental. So coming to the golden question, will I read the next book in the series? My answer would be "Hell yeah I would be interested in reading the next installment in the series. To rate this book,  I would give this book 5 stars out of 5. I highly recommend you reading this book. Here are links to the amazon from where you can get this book when it launches on 10 November, 2016.

India: Control by R M Gauthier

Outside India: Control by R M Gauthier

So, this is what I feel after reading this book. Do let me know in the comment section what do you feel about the book. Guys if you like this review, do hit the like button and share it among your fellow readers and if you don't, do mention the reason in the comment section below as it will help me to get better and do SUBSCRIBE to the blog to get all the reviews right into your mail box. You can check more of Renee Gauthier stuff by heading onto here website: www.rmgauthier.com

So until next time, this is me Sushant signing off. You guys have a great day.

CIAO.




Friday, 4 November 2016

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From Stardust To Babylon - Amanda Bucan Review

Book Cover Source: Goodreads
Hello Readers...

I hoped that you had a safe Diwali and a great Halloween and I am sure that you might have enjoyed a lot. The book which I am reviewing today. "From Stardust To Babylon" was provided to me by the author "Amanda Bucan" for review purpose. I will urge all the readers to do read the entire post as this book is very different from majority of the books available out there.

Here is a brief synopsis to begin with the review:

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Amanda grew up in an impoverished ex-steel town where she endured a lonely and ostracized childhood. Bullied at school she becomes a withdrawn teenager who at sixteen meets her 'twin flame' while working in a humble social club.

The two quickly embark upon a passionate affair though the relationship is ill-fated from the outset, and Amanda eventually marries someone else.

For nineteen years they live separate lives, until one harrowing day in 2001 Amanda learns via telepathic messages that Simon has died. This activates an astonishing onslaught of paranormal activity which will ultimately change the course of Mesopotamian, Egyptian and Biblical history.

With the revelation of a monumental conspiracy, this story brings truth and hope to a troubled world through a universal language that transcends all faiths and all cultures. Journey the road together, awaken to life's synchronicities and grow in wisdom...


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I must say that this book is quite different from most of the books which I have reviewed and read in the past. This book I feel can't be categorized into any particular genre per say. This books starts as a normal love story and I expected the book to continue on the similar lines. But as I continued reading, this book took me by surprised as it converted from a love story to sort of demonical nature. With the paranormal activities taking place, this book generated interest which forbids me from putting this book down. The story progresses and the horror story got converted into spirituality and sort of thriller as Amanda Bucan starts joining the broken pieces of the puzzle.

The best thing about the book is the transitioning between these different sections. The transitioning is butter smooth and the entire book just feels like a poetry in motion wherein the readers effortlessly transitions from one section to the other. Coming to the characters, I could completely connect with the characters right from the beginning of the book. Amanda Bucan has written this book in the first person's point of view and being a person who loves to read books written in first person's view, this book gets extra brownie points from my side.

Coming to the writing style used by Amanda Bucan in this book, this book is narrated in specific sections or rather memories of her life. So you might see sections where the book shifts from one time zone to the other withing few paragraphs. So if you are not fond of reading books written and narrated in such style, you might find it difficult to stay with the books and might feel of droping the book. But considering the fact that this book is a result of 14 years of her life's incidents, adopting to such style of writing is necessary and essential to get all the details without missing any necessary incidents in a short concise book.

The book is quite easy to understand in the beginning and the middle but understanding and getting in the facts at the end of the book is slightly difficult. For me personally, I have to read the last sections or rather last few chapters thrice to actually sink in all the information in my mind. Even you might also have to read few segments in the book, to let the information sink in. But yes, I will admit that the more you read those segments, the more the details will be easier to understand and all the information will be crystal clear and more this book will be beneficial for you. Even Amanda Bucan also mention at one portion that you might have to read some segments for better clarity of information.

This book also mentions and touches on the topic of "Life After Death" or raher I should say "Love Beyond Death". So if you are believer in this concept or even if you are not, this book might give you a complete new as well as a rational perspective to this entire concept. Even at the end of this book, Amanda has attached few photographs which she click which might get you interested in this concept as those indeed got me interested.

So to sum up, I really enjoyed reading this book and I really glad and thankful to Amanda  for providing me such a book to read. This book surely gets 4 stars out of 5 stars from my side. I will definiltely try to get a physical copy of this book and keep it in my shelf. If you are like me who is open to reading completely different kind of book, then you should definitely consider giving a thought to this book. Here are the links to the amazon from where you can get the book.

Amazon India: From Stardust To Babylon (Paperback) by Amanda Bucan

Amazon US: From Stardust To Babylon (Paperback) by Amanda Bucan

So, this is what I feel after reading this book. Do let me know in the comment section what do you feel about the book. Guys if you like this review, hit the like button below and if you don't, do vote it down and mention the reason in the comment section below as it will help me to get better and do SUBSCRIBE to the blog to get all the reviews right into your mail box. Stay tuned and keep visiting the blog as many more book reviews are going to come up and which will surely help you to find your nexr Goodread. To know more about Amanda Bucan and her recent work you can visit her website: www.amandabucan.com/

So until next time, this is me Sushant signing off. You guys have a great day.

CIAO



Monday, 31 October 2016

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Chasing Black Gold: An Insider's Viewpoint

Press & Journal Article ( June 4, 2016 )
Hello Readers...

While growing up after watching a movies about people who have amass millions by being on the wrong side of the law, I always wondered what goes inside the minds of those people or what goes on in the lives of those people when they have settle their score with the law. I am quite sure, at some point you might also have wondered the same thing. I got the answer to my first question by reading "Chasing Black Gold" and today I am trying to answer my second question.

Few weeks back I posted the review of “Chasing Black Gold: An Incredible True Story of Fuel Smuggler in Africa” written by Robert stone. While talking to him he told me that he has a press article published by Press and Journal on June 4, 2016 where he was interviewed, where he reveals more aspects of his life which he has not mentioned in the book and while interacting more with him he told me that he was more than happy to share it with us. Before heading to that press article, I will surely recommend you to check out the detailed review of Chasing Black Gold. It will surely help you to get a better understanding of the entire story.

Here is the side of the story which is not written in the book and mentioned in the press article which I think you will find interesting:

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“It was though, I don’t know how the children and I get through it. I’d just begun a new international venture in the oil industry but I had to abandon all that to be there for my kids. It was the only way. Then six years ago, I was diagnosed with bowel cancer. People tell you when you receive such news, it’s a wake-up call.”

He laughs, “Yeah, like I needed another wake-up call. First going to prison, then losing Linda and now cancer? I looked up at the skies and shouted, ‘Hey God. I’m AWAKE.”

He is now in remission has recently found love again, and decided the time is right to publish his life story. “Because I don’t want my children to think there was anything the least bit romantic in what I did. I don’t want them to get wrong ideas.

“So many people from my past have died; so many places that meant something to us have been destroyed. There were elements I had chosen not to remember – and I uncovered some painful truths during my research. But I’ve tried to be as true to the story as I can. There are bits in the book that I’m so ashamed of and can still make me cry. What I learned is that past mistakes can come back to haunt you and ruin your life. You need solid foundations to build legacy and if you don’t have them you will end up with nothing – like I have.”

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I hope that answers the second question. Just in case you want to check the entire article, here is the link where you can read the entire press article,

Link to P&J article: Robert Stone's Interview

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