BOOK REVIEW – ENGLISH BITES BY MANISH GUPTA

English Bites

Book :                   English Bites!
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Author:                 Manish Gupta
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Publisher:             Penguin
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Publication Year:  2012
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Language :          English
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Pages:                 334
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Price:                 INR 250( INR 145- Flipkart)

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About the Author

Manish Gupta is a banking professional. When not crunching numbers he is busy engaging with and examining the vagaries and idiosyncrasies of the English language. He also likes trivia, travelling, adventure sports, delving into human psychology, and giving professorial discourses to colleagues, family and friends, and practically anyone who can give him a patient hearing. An engineering graduate from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh and an MBA from XLRI, Jamshedpur, he lives in Mumbai with his wife Deepali, a medical professional, and daughters Tamanna and Prakriti.

About the Book

As soon as you hold the book, you noodle around to comprehend the title -“English Bites! ” , to know whether the language bites you or you have some crunchy and crispy bites of English language served in the platter, to relish .

The book is an amazing potpourri of the bumpy hilarious ride of the author to gain mastery over the English language along with the expansion of  your vocabulary bank.

The author tells his own story of juggling his grey and white matters ,struggling with the appropriate usage of the vocabulary along with  developing new learning techniques ,sharing the triumphant moments of conquering over his fears and weaknesses with respect to the language ,aptly wrapped  with the anecdotes and witty remarks which  keeps you engrossed till the end.

The smooth flow of  narration, the informal tone sprinkled with humour makes it all the more endearing as it spares you from the monotonous self-help book feel. Author’s joyful ride of self learning has been weaved into the book quite interestingly.

Positives

The highlight of the book is an effortless effort to intersperse the entire range of new  words in between the  story which makes them much easier to remember and recall when needed and thereby enhances your verbal ability.

The unique proposition of adding the footnotes explaining the meanings of difficult words, their origin  and emphasizing on the nuances of the language makes the read even more enticing.

Negatives

What might put you off would be, the story getting  wishy-washy somewhere in the starting,making it difficult to drag along the pages, but later of course , it takes its own pace. Few things you might feel are not pretty much required which unnecessarily increases the length of the book.

RATING  8/10

I thoroughly loved this book and  crave for another bonanza of even more delightful English Bites garnished with a little more fun element.

P.S  My heartfelt thanks to the author Mr. Manish Gupta for approaching me to review his book and above all, for having all the patience since I took too long to publish it .I apologize for the delay .

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3 Comments

  1. Dear Geeta,

    Thanks very much for a wonderful review. I am glad that you enjoyed the book and gained something out of it. I am also relieved that the book lived up to your expectations. I have noted your feedback and will work to eliminate these deficiencies in the next edition of the book.

    I am counting on your support to spread the good word about the book esp. when people ask you for recommendation on books to improve their language. And I am sure, given your background and the accomplishments in this field, there are just so many of them who keep seeking your guidance.

    Many thanks & best regards, Manish
    Twitter: @English_Bites
    Facebook Account: http://www.facebook.com/manishdeepaligupta
    Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/EnglishBitesBook

  2. Geeta, pls do not be apologetic for the delay. I am aware that you were unwell for some time and hence this took longer. Moreover, this book needs to be savoured and not devoured and hence read a few pages a day. I hope you were able to relish and cherish its delicious bites. Regards, Manish

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