Book Review – RISE OF THE SUN PRINCE

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Title:              RISE OF THE SUN PRINCE (BOOK 1)
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Series:           RAMAYANA : THE GAME OF LIFE
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Author:           SHUBHA VILAS
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Publisher:       JAICO PUBLISHING HOSE
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Pages:             217  PAPERBACK
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Release :         2014
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Price:              INR 250
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Genre:            MYTHOLOGY
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Rise of the sun princeABOUT THE AUTHOR
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Shubha Vilas  – a spiritual seeker and a motivational speaker, holds a degree in engineering and law with specialization in Patent Law. His leadership seminars are popular with top-level management in corporate houses. He also helps individuals deal with modern-life situations by applying the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita, Ramayana and other dharmic traditions.

ABOUT THE BOOK 

The first book of the six volume series THE RISE OF THE SUN PRINCE  is essentially about the Baal Kanda of Ramayana by Sage Valmiki garnished with some anecdotes from  Kamba Ramayana. The sojourn of the engrossing description of the fable amalgamated with the provocative teachings through the footnotes distinctly declares it to be a page turner.

Retelling an old literary masterpiece is rather difficult than penning down a fresh new story,but the author has done this job with great perfection. The originality of the epic is intact, but “Jeevan Sutras” in every chapter nourishes the mind with the proper potion of wisdom to deal with the conundrums of life and inspires to follow the path of optimism, even during times of failures. It stands out of the various other modern interpretations as it has been restated as a spellbinding multifaceted tale with the narration being so captivating that you are hooked up to it till the end.

Magical words make the description so mesmerizing that you truly transmit yourself into that era, but still are able to connect with the present life’s quest. Simple yet lucid and convincing narration has been the highlight throughout. The drama and action in the saga is being unfolded skillfully in an alluring manner.

The various laws like law of sharing, law of dependence, etc. elucidates how these could be applied into all our relationships  for a smooth landing in every aspect of life.

The Book cover is quite appealing and is good enough to stimulate the intellectual tier and perk up your interest  to immediately lay hands on the book. No matter what age group you fall into, this book has the potential to guide you through life’s complexities.

I strongly recommend this book who enjoys reading Indian Mythology.

Rating  4/5.

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WINNING – A MIND GAME

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“In 1995 I had $7 bucks in my pocket and knew two things: I am broke as hell and one day I won’t be.”

                                                                             Dwayane ‘The Rock’ Johnson

“One day I won’t be”  He said it all, in this killing phrase.

Johnson’s thoughts added robustness to his cache of the  positive energy  which embarked upon his character and thereby his destiny and unfailingly made him touch the pinnacle of success. He redefined his life’s equation to be an all time WINNER.

The element of spunk running down your nerves and the chunk of tenacity hitting the center spot of your mind is all about my definition of WINNING.

It’s simply a mind game. Focus befogged, and the goal is missed.

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लहरों से डर कर नौका पार नहीं होती,
कोशिश करने वालों की कभी हार नहीं होती.

नन्हीं चींटी जब दाना लेकर चलती है,
चढ़ती दीवारों पर, सौ बार फिसलती है|
मन का विश्वास रगों में साहस भरता है,
चढ़कर गिरना, गिरकर चढ़ना अखरता है|
आख़िर उसकी मेहनत बेकार नहीं होती,
कोशिश करने वालों की कभी हार नहीं होती|

Translation :

The boat that qualms the waves
never gets across.
The mind that dreads and dares
has never been at loss.
The tiny ant, when it carries the grain
lays it up into the heights of the wall.
Falls slipping a hundred times,
Just as it tries again,
the faith in the mind
stirs courage in the nerves.
It soars and slips, then slips and soars again
Until its efforts have not been in vain…

The inspirational lines from a poem  by Late Shri Harivansh Rai Bachchan enkindles vigor to accept the short term  failures with a smiling face as they are nothing, but the challenging milestones.The moment  your mind and heart  sets in consonance with the spirit to try again, after a fall , you WIN ..

It’s not about the number of awards being showcased on your name, it’s not about the inflow of fame and money, and it’s not about being in the first position every time. Winning is all about, how easily you carve your way through failures, how swiftly, but with all the dynamism you face the world each time you are being knocked down, how indubitably you shed your fears and inhibitions, and verge upon a new YOU.

Any exacerbating or ill-fated situation swishes you completely, but if your core strength is intact, it helps to overcome this fiasco. You find yourself transformed having an entirely new perspective towards life, adding more to your vertical and horizontal bandwidth.

“Never say no to new learnings and opportunities.” 

“Rediscover the awe-inducing power of looking at things with the spirit of a child.”

“Ramp up your expertise and resiliency each time, get back up and keep fighting.”

Every time you accept a challenge and fulfill it ;every time you hook up again to your dreams; every time you smile after being bumped into an unpleasant situation; the WINNER which is already inside YOU gets an extra barrel of oxygen  impregnating a headstrong spirit to begin the game of life all over again.

Seep into one’s heart, and touch the soul,

Keep forging ahead towards your goal.

Spare your comfort for others happiness,

Dare to dream ,and struggle seamless.

Lights, camera, action – BEGIN,

Say, I can do-  with all the zing.

It is possible – just imagine,

Push hard , hope high,

and let your heart sing.

Nobody is a loser, because

WINNING is your own measure.

 Write your own innings…

Syncopate it ,and  that’s  WINNING..

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INTERVIEW WITH DEBUT AUTHOR – Dr. DEEPAK KRIPAL

Deepak Kripal

Deepak Kripal

   Hold on to your breath , as I am going to introduce you with an author who has just broken the publishing barrier . His “never give up ” attitude rewarded him with his overwhelming victory of making his debut among the published authors with his book “The Devil’s Gate – An Impossible journey” .The book has already hit the online stores . Wishing his book to be a great success  and even more success in his  tryst with words.

I was spellbound after viewing the trailer of his book on YOU TUBE  and was eager to know more about his work ,though I am still waiting for its copy. You too have a glimpse of it ..

OFFICIAL BOOK TRAILER _ THE DEVIL’S GATE_ AN IMPOSSIBLE….by DEEPAK KRIPAL

It’s completely my  pleasure and  privilege to confab with Dr. Deepak Kripal , the author of  “The Devil’s Gate – An impossible journey “…

So,let me shoot the questions..

1.     The first thought which appeared in your mind while holding your book for the first time.

    Is it really happening!

 2.     What is the inspiration behind “The Devil’s Gate: An Impossible journey’’?

There is no so specific inspiration as such. Just that a compelling story struck my mind that I had to pen down. I didn’t have any plans to write a book at this stage, but once the idea of this story came to my mind, I couldn’t help but write it.

 3.     Tell us something about your story (Of course, you don’t need to reveal the suspense).

What if, one day animals wake up and decide that, since humans are not listening to us, we should talk to the demons to let us co-habit with them? It’s an interesting thought with endless opportunities to explore. What happens after animals take this initiative and try to get help from the dead makes the base of the story. Many more things build over that which I can’t really reveal for obvious reasons.

 4.     Would you like to share any memorable moments while writing your book? 

Yes. While writing the story, one of the characters that I didn’t think would be there, appeared out of nowhere, as if I am not writing the story; the story was writing itself. That character is very important now, in the context of the story. I will not tell you the name of the character at this stage.

5.     Who is your favourite character from the book and why?

I love the character of Dug, for he is the simplest of all. You will know why I love him once you read the story. Though I would say that I love Katy & Billy equally; and you can’t help but love Cheeku.

 6.     Did you face any tumbles or blocks to make this “Impossible journey” a possible one? How did you overcome them?

To be honest, I didn’t face any major problems. Six publishers rejected me citing the reason that  my story didn’t fit into their publishing program. But I was expecting it since I was a new author and I had written a story on a rather unusual topic. But for my good-fortune, Leadstart Publishing decided to give a platform to this rather unusual story.

 7.     Which part of your book you like to read again and again and you feel proud of yourself to have written that?

I would have loved to tell you about that, but that, unfortunately, is part of the mystery, so can’t really tell you about that. I don’t want to spoil the fun. But I am sure you will know about it once you go through the story.

 8.     The title of the book is one of its own kind? So the story came first or the title?

The title came much later after the story was constructed. I don’t think that a title can give birth to a story. It’s the story that has to lead the title. That’s entirely a personal opinion though. If anyone writes a good story thinking about a title only, I’ll do nothing but salute him.

 9.     Who stood by you as a pillar of strength throughout the journey of making your dream of becoming an author, come true?

I worship friendship; and I am fortunate enough to have a lot of friends who never ask twice before doing anything for me. As long as I am alive, my friends are, and will always remain my strength.

10.  Why should I, as a reader, pick your book / or order your book to read?

If I am a reader, I would expect both emotional & intellectual satisfaction from a story, and those are the two reasons why you have to read my story.

 11.  Why did you choose this suspense/ thriller /fantasy as a genre of your debut novel? Why not some romantic or comedy or something else?

To be honest, I didn’t select any genre. If you ask me, I would create a new genre that would be called as ‘interesting’. I decided to write the story only after I was convinced that I would give anything to read such a story. I believe that there is nothing better than a good story, and that is what I intend to tell, a good story.

 12. Does your book have a slice of life in it?

      If a story doesn’t have a life, it shouldn’t take birth. You will see that the story of my book, though a fantasy fiction, comes from real life itself. Marx had famously said that ‘no idea can take shape in a vacuum’. I think he had a valid point.

I sincerely wish that his work receives warm accolades from the readers as well as the critics and he steps on to yet another ladder of success.

Heartiest Congratulations !!

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https://www.facebook.com/deepak.kripal

You can buy his book from  :

AMAZON, INFIBEAMSNAPDEALFLIPKART, BOOKADDA, CROSSWORD, LEADSTART , REDIFF

Stay tuned to read my review of Deepak Kripal’s debut Novel  “The Devil’s Gate – An Impossible Journey “.

P.S  I extend my heartfelt thanks to Mr. Deepak Kripal for sparing time from his busy schedule to make this interview possible. 

Book Review – Baramulla Bomber

Title:              Baramulla Bomber
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Series:           Swastik Trilogy #1 (EKa)
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Author:          Clark Prasad
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Publisher:      Niyogi Books
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Pages:            316 Paperback
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Release :        Aug 2013
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Price:             INR 395
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Genre:            Science Fiction Thriller
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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 Clark Prasad, alter ego of Suraj Prasad, could be called a mixed citizen. Born in a leap year in Lagos, Nigeria he lived most of his life in New Delhi and had his education in Lagos, Delhi, Mangalore and Kozhikode. His family background is from the town where George Orwell, author of 1984 (a dystopian fiction) was born, and where Mahatma Gandhi had re-ignited India’s freedom movement – Motihari.

A pharmacist with a management degree who believes in conspiracy theories, Baramulla Bomber is his first book. His first education on the mysteries of the universe came via Carl Sagans Cosmos, and since then he never looked back on reading, watching and discussing about the universe. Currently he is a healthcare management consultant, based out of Bengaluru, Planet Earth.

REVIEW
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The cover of the book is intriguing.The eyes have some mystery to unfold . It really heightens your temptation to catch hold of  the book.
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Baramulla Bomber is a Science fiction Espionage thriller – an entirely different genre with the concoction of  Science, mythology,terrorism, cricket,the Vedas,technology,religion ,politics.
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The story moves around the globe from India to U.S to Sweden to China adding in even more thrill and suspense giving you goosebumps and adrenaline rushes.The thrill quotient is kept intact till the end and most of the credit goes to it’s real time narration.
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Baramulla Bomber is the first book of Svastik Triology.
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Mansur Haider,a God fearing aspiring cricketer who undergoes a transformation to Baramulla Bomber,Agastya Rathore ,the home minister who is trying to find the way to have peace in the nation,Ahana Yajurvedi ,Mansur’s girlfriend who is trying to locate her missing mountaineering team who vanished, after earthquake struck the Shaksgam valley and the one who is investigating Mansur as well as the Shaksgam valley incident, Adolf Silfverskiold, a Sweedish intelligence officer ,are  some of the major characters of the story.
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With the plot being so intense and all the characters being intricately woven with strong portrayal of each one , the book comes out to be a page turner, though at times the reader is  miffed when he is  left with questions unanswered,at times he is irritated with the length of the book and at times with the loopholes here and there.

Rating  7/10

All in all it makes a good read.Go,grab your copy

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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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Book Review- Maverick heart between love and life By Ravindra Shukla

Title                             : Maverick heart between love and life 

Author                         : Ravindra Shukla

Publisher                      : Frog Books

Year of Publication       : 2013 No of Pages                 : 383       Language                     : English Type                             : Fiction Price                             : INR 195 ( Flipkart  INR 135)

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR 
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Ravindra Shukla is an engineering graduate from IIT Bombay. He has been working in emerging technology and business analytics in IT software technology. His professional experience includes working with consulting firms – PWC and IBM in USA for 15+ years. He is a member of the Film Writers Association, Mumbai.
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Overview
Adding few more spices , garnishing and serving an already cooked dish in a bit different way was an overall impact of the book.But anyhow sometimes you even like such dishes. Don’t you ?
The character setting , the institute , the life of the characters seems to be quite similar to CB’s Five Point Someone or three idiots.
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A mixed bag of feelings of friendship,care, love, hatred, jealousy, passion ,sacrifice n all sorts of complexities lies in it but the story does not focus on the  same old love triangles ,instead how every character chases his /her passions dreams by  choosing their own paths ,setting their own goals, with of course a dash of melodrama  added to keep the readers engrossed ..
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The energy ,the vibrancy,the dreams ,the vision  of young hearts and minds had been the highlight of the story. The game of one’s heart vs one’s own mind had been depicted quite interestingly.
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Storyline
It’s very difficult to choose to follow one’s heart when there is a clear call to mint millions by joining the rat race but that’s what Rahul ,the male lead character did – He sacrificed the glamour of millions, decided to work for the society and joined an NGO.
A modern,intelligent ,proactive, clear headed girl with Indian values – Richita ,the female lead character of the story.Walking through ups and downs , she ultimately meets Rahul in the IIT campus and finds a comfort level with him to share her feelings and the intimacy between the two grows with time .But how did it happened that he got married to a typical corporate guy ,Deepak? Was she under some family pressure?
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Rahul’s best buddy, caring ,intelligent,having a practical approach towards life – Neerav,another main character of the story.He hails from an affluent business family, highly focussed towards his goals and always aimed to enter the corporate world .
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Did the life of these three friends took turn according to them or they had to listen to the life’s call? Chasing their dreams they all took different paths  but were they able to unite again ?
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For more you will have to read the book ..
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Positives
The best part of the book are the discussions among the friends,the dialogues are raw and straight from the heart.The social issues are highlighted brilliantly. The flow is good.
Negatives
Of course the book is too lengthy and needs better editing. Parts of the book does not require detailed narration .Moreover switching from first person to third person and vice versa sometimes creates confusion.
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A suggested read . You will enjoy it.
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Rating  3/5
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Book Review -The Homing Pigeons

Title            The Homing Pigeons                          The homing pegions

Author        Sid Bahri

Publisher    Srishti Publications

Language    English

Genre          Fiction

Binding       paperback

Price           Rs  150(Flipkart-RS 108)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A hotelier by education, an ex-banker and a senior executive in the outsourcing industry, Sid gave up a plush career in the outsourcing industry to follow his passions. Based out of Ranikhet, he is not a struggling entrepreneur and a happy writer. A self-proclaimed eccentric, he is an avid blogger who loves to read and cook. Cooking stories however is his passion.

Storyline

Enticed by the comely cover page and the heart touching tagline, this book had been  on my priority list .And woah!! Within few days I received an email from Nimi Vashi from THE READERS COSMOS ,to read and review this book.. This was like a wish come true.

Mid pleasures and palaces ,though we may roam

Be it ever so humble there is no place like home

The sojourn through the story  had been  riveting and all the more refreshing with the tinkle of a novel thought of structuring it in a different way. Aditya and Radhika,the two main protagonists narrate their stories by juggling  them alternately between  their respective point of view and time frame which had been distinctly put on paper and is made noticeable.

The formation of the intricate patterns  in their life had been sketched with a different appeal which keeps the reader absorbed.

Aditya, who’d been hit hard and harder by the destiny,his bread and butter was under the clutches of the  repercussions  of  the recession period ,even the last of the coins bid goodbye to his pocket making him penniless,another lash on his life was his marriage which was on the verge of failure..Above all his habits put him into the worst of the conditions to survive being a Gigolo.

Radhika ,young ,worth a million widow, had been desperate   for the  freedom she had been imagining since his husband expired but that would cost her a few more days till her step daughter’s marriage is over as per her husband’s will.

Aditya and Radhika had been best friends since high school and were secretly in love too. Their saga of love with some spicy garnishes unfolds bit by bit which keeps the reader glued .

So how did their life take turns towards the messed up road? Why they had to be apart from each other ? Was Radhika actually happy to have her sky of freedom? Did destiny made some provisions for them to meet somewhere during their lives?Did their saga of love had an happy ending ?

Aah!! So many questions popping up in the heads .. Along with getting the answers ,relish the spicy romantic read  sprinkled with the unique style of narration during this weekend. Go grab a  copy of the book.

Though at times the reader is miffed  and have to detour to be in the story,at times its kinda too Bolly-wood-ish too and it still had a scope of a bit more editing..But the author’s style of writing piques the interest with every flipping pages.

Rating   7/10

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