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

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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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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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On a Rainy Day

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On a rainy day,I whirl ,I strive,
I push my heart and soul to smile…
Virgin raindrops take a deep sigh
Oh! dear,Some feelings just can’t die …
The silent pain of loss,  
ecstatic waves swirls and toss….
Tears keep pouring down as rain
soaks me into everlasting piercing pain…
Equations of life so bizarre,interlaced,
Whirling to put them all straight…
The glee the mirth are far, far away,
bliss n gay just winks on my way….
piece by piece every moment, I split,
iota of me is lost bit by bit…..
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BOOK REVIEW-ONCE UPON THE TRACKS OF MUMBAI

Title            Once upon the tracks of Mumbaiouttom

Author        Rishi Vohra

Publisher    Jaico publishing house

Language    English

Genre          Fiction

Binding       paperback

Price           Rs  175

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rishi Vohra relocated back to Mumbai after completing a Green MBA.He has been a guest columnist for various newspapers in India and currently writes for Delwine and is a certified specialist of Wine.It’s his debut novel

STORY

The main protagonist Balwant Shrivastava ,nickname  Babloo ,doesn’t fit into the family frame quite well as he has his own ways to perceive and penetrate through situations.Burdened with the tags like “different” , “Schizophrenic”,  “autistic” ,”psychotic”  this young guy pushes his life amidst the local train tracks in a railway colony of dream city Mumbai .It was very difficult for him to catch up with the high pace of spoken words, still he could manage to complete his studies,but sadly could not find any job and position  among the sane heads  .Some incidents took place and he met a rather stronger person within himself .The society started identifying this “Babloo ” as  RAIL MAN. 

Another character of the story, Sikander ,Who use to play off with Babloo’s emotions just for the sake of entertainment.The colony girls were being  cajoled coaxed and finally dumped  for his mere physical pleasure.

Vandana ,an independent girl with Neoteric vision, audacious attitude, big dreams to fly high, pretty  face,strong of character and soft at heart, she was the only one with whom Babloo use to be, as he is . With time Babloo had a secret affection for her and dreamt Vandana to be her life partner . Sikandar promised Babloo to convey his(Babloo’s) feelings to Vandana but his(Sikandar’s) sickening intentions were of playing a game to entrap her in his web.

Babloo’s younger brother Raghu , arrogant by nature, overvalued  and considered to be the big gun of the family as he  excelled in his studies and grabbed a respectable job in the stock market.Parents wanted him to be in a wedlock with Vandana.

Did Sikander succeed in his iniquitous motive ? Was Babloo able to express his feelings to Vandana ?How did Babloo became a real life hero? What incidents took place in Raghu’s life?With whom did Vandana tied a knot? Did the story ended on a happy note or a sad one?

If you are curious to know the answers to the above questions ,go and grab a copy ..It’s absolutely worth the read.

My Views

Quite an engrossing tale with twists into twists being interestingly amalgamated.Each character is so intricately woven with each other making the entire plot quite convincing.There is a genuine portrayal of the problems,the feelings,the thought process of an autistic person,in the story.Lucid style of writing. Elegant way to capture the flow of sentiments .Somehow one  finds that these events are happening just next door .One could relate to it so well. Somewhere in between one has to push oneself to turn the pages but soon the track is being caught hold which makes the journey of reading quite enjoyable. Conceptualization of the story is extraordinary and it becomes all the more enthralling by the author’s skill of putting it in a simple and honest way.

The author could have done away with the repetitions of raunchy bits of ‘C’ grade movies , and the exaggerations of the fight sequences of the RAIL MAN .A little less of Bollywood masala sprinkled would have given even more of the realistic feel.Nevertheless it was out and out an entertaining read.

RATING –  7.5/10

I really look forward to Rishi’s upcoming books …

It’s an author requested review .For further insight into the book kindly visit www.rishivohra.com

P.S    My heartfelt gratitude to the author Rishi Vohra for having sent me an autographed copy of his book for review. 

WECHAT -CHIT CHAT

AT&T chief engineer and Electrical Review writer John J. Carty projected in his “Prophets Column” in 1891 after the invention of the Telephone by Graham Bell

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Someday we will build up a world telephone system, making necessary to all peoples the use of a common language or common understanding of languages, which will join all the people of the earth into one brotherhood. There will be heard throughout the earth a great voice coming out of the ether which will proclaim, ‘Peace on earth, good will towards men.”

the predictions then made to connect to each other came out to be so true ..Not just getting connected with one at a time and not just through plain words ..Now you can actually connect with people face to face with all your emotions and expressions that will actually make you feel …So CloseConnected…HOW?? through Wechat ..

(WeChat is a mobile text and voice messaging communication service developed byTencent in China, first released in January 2011. The app is available on AndroidiPhoneBlackBerryWindows Phone, and Symbian platforms.Thai, Vietnamese, and Russian. WeChat is supported on Wi-Fi, 2G, 3G, and 4G data networks. WeChat provides multimedia communication with text messaging, hold-to-talk voice messaging, broadcast (one-to-many) messaging, photo/video sharing, location sharing, and contact information exchange. WeChat supports social networking via shared streaming content feeds and location-based social plug-ins (‘Shake’, ‘Look Around’, and ‘Drift Bottle’) to chat with and connect with local and international WeChat users.)  COURTESY  WIKIPEDIA

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KOffee Klatch –  Garden resteraunt – 4:00 pm .

I was there before time ,moreover I was  eager to have the hands on experience of using Wechat which I had downloaded just before coming here.I quickly got connected to my best buddy  through Wechat .

 ME : Where are you ?

Best Buddy : Hey ,I am glued in the traffic jam.Trying hard  to be out .

ME : Oh GOD, why does this happen only with me  ?

(Along with waiting for him I started fiddling with WeChat)

I thought let me try the feature of Drift bottle  and see what happens .I selected  “THROW “ with the text message “Oh God ,Why is it always that everything happening with me is so Odd ?” After a few seconds I got a reply

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GOD : “Why are you so disturbed ,my child ..Whatever happens ,happens for our own good.When I saw the bottle drifting I thought it must me somebody’s secret Wishlist and I could at least fulfill few wishes but there was a question and you know what?  I hate Questions ,Bachha ..

ME : Who is this?

GOD : I am the one to whom you prayed few seconds ago,THE ALMIGHTY.

As soon as I realized that HE was on the other side,I had goosebumps, I was literally jumping with thrill ..In all the excitement I didn’t know when and how the “SHAKE “feature of the WeChat worked . I then chose one and sent the greetings to him .

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Khush to tum aaj bahut hoge ,kyonki maine tab ye nahi banaya hota to tum aaj itna khush nahi hote ,haain!!  reply came from the other side.

ME : who is this ?

 BELL :   I am Bell ,Graham Bell...,

** It actually got connected to the spirit of Graham Bell..**

ME : Aah!! With all due respect, Sir ,may I know how are you able to chat in Hindi ?

GRAHAM BELL  : I am a great fan of Amitabh Bachhan. I watch his movies religiously and I learnt it from there.Isn’t it cool ? 

ME :** dumbstruck  ** . Ye..yes ..it’s uber cool .

Before I could  disconnect, there was another message ping.

Year 2013 is linked with Venus,beauty, luxury and entertainment; no wonder then that women are from Venus, or so they say! Hi this is  Sanjay Jumaani ,the famous Numerologist.

I was so excited to talk to him …

ME : Hi Sanjay , a quick question..Could you tell me Why I am always pooled into Odds.?

**He asked for my birthday and after calculating for a while**

SANJAY JUMAANI  :  You are number 8 ..Number 8 is not considered to be an auspicious number .They have to keep doing the hard work .Luck does not favor them so easily .He gave some suggestions to make my life path easier .

GRAHAM BELL :Khush to tum aaj bahut hoge ,kyonki maine tab ye nahi banayaa hota to tum aaj itna khush nahi hote .. he interrupted. 

All this was getting on to my nerves  as my best buddy hasn’t shown me up till now.I texted again.

ME : Where are you ?? 

BEST BUDDY : I ‘ll catch you soon .He gauged the level of my anger and within seconds on my mobile screen  there was a beautiful pic of both of us where he had offered me roses on the friendship day .He shared it  through the feature “Moments”of WeChat.That cooled me down a bit and I smiled coyly.

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Helloo!! How are you?  message from another new person  

ME :Now who is this?

 PSY  : I am PSY…

ME : Sorry ,I couldn’t recognize you ..Who PSY ???

PSY : Hey !! Gangnam Style …Now ,did you spot me ?And Why are you sounding so dull? Is anything bothering you ?

ME : I am trying to figure out that  “Why I am always delving into odds?”

PSY : OOOh!! Why do think so much ? Just chill …Enjoy in Gangnam Style …throw your worries away …The new way to get connected anywhere anytime is WeChat and the new way to enjoy is in Gangnam style.

GRAHAM BELL : ( jumbled in the conversation )”Khush to tum aaj bahut hoge ,per maine tab ye nahi banaaya hota to tum aaj  itna khush nahi hote ,haain!! 

eeesh!! I was about to disconnect the Wechat ,but my buddy’s voice popped up ,stop ,stop.. Wait…but it wasn’t from my mobile .I looked up and found that he was standing next to me . I heaved in relief,disconnected the chat kept my mobile in my bag and went along with him to have some Kodak moments .

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BE BOLD STAY REAL

Span out your wings in the blue, rough paths,tough times,

cross them ,kick them, dare to be bold dare to be you ,

Life is just not perfect , neither are you, but

the  perfect ways to deal with  life makes a BOLD you .

The brain is all enshrouded by the mist of  illusions of fear and uncertainty. Freedom of thoughts and actions is clogged.The truth is at the end of the rainbow .If you have the courage to prick that shroud of fear ,if you have the courage  to squeeze out all the preset  trepidations and could actually chase your dreams and passions whilst knowing the purpose of it ,then undoubtedly you are bold being real. Now, Boldness don’t really mean that you have to behave like an outrageous bull leaving moral values behind.Here you need to keep a check.

The inhibitions of being a failure keep you aback from venturing into new niches .  After all interpolations the result is that you are with a mask .Shed the inhibitions,throw away the masks and you will find the complex equations of life turning simpler with you are being more realistic.

Just rocking on with the bold and bright hues does not make you so.You have to have it in your words and actions which fulfils the positive purpose of life which irrefutably satiates your soul and make your heart happy go lucky.So, do whatever makes you happy and f?@k what others think about it …

Don’t let the world dictate your life ,be bold enough to take the reins in your hands.

Go for the science stream ,it has a vast scope ,Mother dictates.

you are good in mathematics ,opt for commerce ,teacher dictates.

Do not leave this job ,you won’t get a better package than this,father dictates.

Get married ,it’s time now,relatives dictates.

This attire possibly doesn’t suit you ,husband dictates.

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The biggest question is When are YOU going to dictate the terms and conditions of your LIFE ?

When are YOU going to set your Goals and dare to Dream beyond the horizon?

The moment you decide to control your life, that very moment you become BOLD as well as  REAL ..

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Dream Big Dream Beyond

IIM  ?? No ; Gold medallist ??  No ; son of a business tycoon ?? No …. Yet while turning the leaves of the chronicle of his life you can find the success Signature on his Dreams of this self made man.Dreams never tag the elite eyes, they could shape up in anyone’s – rich or poor , literate or illiterate , mature or immature.

The tolls of  the temple bell, a Bhajan buzzing on FM ,the spicy aroma from the  mobile food stalls of the street corner, the steam from the spouts of the kettles brewing the first tea of the day , the thud of the rolled newspaper inside the balconies, few cyclists on the streets ,the school and college buses moving to their destinations …everything was just the same though the city was new to me ..I was searching for someone who could prepare some delicacies  for my twenty-five  to thirty guests as I was about to throw a party for my colleagues and subordinates after I got transferred here. And it was a chance that I asked for help at my nearby restaurant cum sweet shop . Mr. khandelwal , sethji ( as his employees use to call him) sorted out my problem  and sent a cook at my place .The party was wonderful and everybody out there complimented me for the arrangements and  the finger licking food.

After the party was over I called the cook, talked to him for a while and appreciated his work . He was overwhelmed with my behavior and promised  to cook for my house parties .His name was Gopal.

Gopal had just been like a family member after he shouldered the responsibility of catering  few of the house parties. While his looks doesn’t orchestrate with his abilities , his culinary artistry proffers an undaunted gleam and grin on his face.Shabby clothes ,dishevelled hair never repressed him to stand among the high profile people.Fulfilling the orders which Sethji use to bring was his only job but  fulfilling his dreams was his only goal in life. 

“Focussed mind  and determination  are the two indispensable tools to grapple with the odds during the journey towards success.”

I spin on my toes for the whole day round, be it the sunny, scorching ,piercing heat,be it the swishes of humid breeze,be it the chilling and biting winters and the heat of my stove never simmers down before midnight at every tick of the date on the calender.People deliberately halts at this restaurant  just to savor the meal I prepare and tickle their taste buds with the flavors I add into my dishes and yet Sethji never pay me enough to make my both ends meet, so how  can I even think of fulfilling the dreams of my family,my wife has to ponder a hundred times before buying a saree for herself ,I want my children to study in a decent English medium school so that they don’t suffer for being uneducated as I am . Gopal kept whining for at least half an hour in front of me.

I was all ears to his complaints and along with that whirlpool of ideas started somersaulting inside my head .After weighing the consequences of  all the ideas I picked two to share as a  piece of advice with him which would help him come out of this clutter.

I threw  the dice of my advice and now it was his turn to exercise his sharp intellect and  move his tokens swiftly to come out with a win win situation.

Gopal said,I will have to take the action against the sea of troubles or else the troubles will gulp me down and I will have no other option except to grunt and sweat.OF COURSE it’s quite a big risk of leaving the job of permanent monthly salary,that too in an emotional pang without any planning. I will be bare handed if there are no orders in a particular month.your advice is precious .Taking the calculated risk will be wise enough.

“Creative approach and strong work ethics  always lead to positive results.”

After a few months he visited and was quite overwhelmed and indebted towards me. You know what happened Di (sister) (as he use to call me),I followed your advice and started taking one or two party orders of around seventy-five  to hundred people at a stretch separately during the spare time .Though Sethji grumbled but I was determined enough to bring about this change.My team of four is now completely trained to work during part time along with me. And you know what?   People love my way of preparing the food.They relish the cuisines sprinkled with the magic of my fingers .I have started earning some extra bugs along with  the fixed salary from Sethji. One day I will leave his job and will take the orders independently , though I am not educated still I know I can do it. 

His voice went even more husky ,crystal clear drops clustered in his eyes ,a satiating smile was a bit hesitating to spread on his face,While he narrated his past two month story . All the B-School pass outs would fizzle in front of this uneducated man who is self motivated, proactive, who did not seek for anybody’s permission to chase his passion. He has a mature vision to take calculated risks.

“To see every event as an opportunity and accepting the challenges with an open mind is undoubtedly the ladder towards success.”

And after some time when I met him  he said that now he has completely left his job. He is leading eight teams who prepare lunch and dinner for formal and informal parties,marriages and festivals ranging from a hundred persons to five thousand persons at a time.Recently they triumphantly fulfilled the lunch and dinner orders for the IPL team who visited the city during the matches.

His graph of growth is ascending in leaps and bounds .His humble beginnings offers inspiration to many around him .

Each one of us has an entrepreneur inside us. Vision to recognize it and courage to pull it out is essential for being successful.I reminisced the title of one of the books of Robert Schuller  “TOUGH TIMES NEVER LASTS BUT TOUGH PEOPLE DO “  and gave  a positive nod in his admiration.

I wish to get my story published in Chicken Soup for the Indian Entrepreneurs Soul in association with BlogAdda.com

SALVATION OF A SAINT -BOOK REVIEW

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Title      : Salvation of a Saint

Author     : Keigo Higashino

Genre      : Fiction, Suspense Thriller 

Publisher : Little Brown Book Group

Binding   : Paperback

Pages      : 384

Price       :Rs. 350 (buy from flipkart in Rs. 214 (39% off))

Murder mysteries,Crime thrillers ,Investigative reads – Aah!! For me, too hard to pick such books  .

Internationally acclaimed, award winning , Japanese author of the multi million copy bestseller THE DEVOTION OF SUSPECT X ,the title of the book and the blurb was an exceptional blend to stimulate me to flip through the pages of KEIGO HIGASHINO’s SALVATION OF A SAINT which undoubtedly had me beguiled right from the start to the end.

A classic murder mystery adorned with well constructed plot of suspense,few amazing twists and turns,riddles inside enigmas along with a bizarre murder technique .The murderer was introduced in the very first chapter and the story took pace turning through the pages leaving behind the major clue that death happened due to poison .

Yoshitaka,the president of an IT company,a typical male chauvinist, highly egoistic was running his marriage as per his declared terms and conditions ,which became null and void with sips of arsenic laced coffee.The prime suspect was his wife Ayane,a patchwork quilter whom he was cheating on just because she could not reproduce  even after one year of their marriage.Who else could be ?

WHODUNIT ? Who was the killer? Was it a combined conspiracy or Was she Hiromi ,an apprentice quilter of Ayane  whom  Yoshitaka has taken as a  mistress and she was the only person present when he died.

The team of detective Kusanagi churned their gray matter applying scientific theories one of which was the theory of elimination to finally reach the truth. The degree of complexity became higher when it was found that Ayane was physically thousands of miles away when this murder took place .

Detective Galileo ,an old friend of Kusangai was called to unravel this mystery .He racked his brain with all sorts of observations , interrogations , theories, possibilities and what not .. Apart from WHODUNIT, an  irksome question was HOWDUNIT?

A perfect murder it was .The tricks and tactics used to prepare the blueprint of murder which answers  the question HOWDUNIT was far more interesting than the flat simple answer of WHODUNIT.

The difficult part in the book –

1.To get acquainted with the characters easily as they had Japanese names and I had quite a tough time to recall and connect with them.

2.Initially the story  paced up but in between somewhere it fell flat and I had to manage somehow to maintain the interest.

Smooth narration.Language being simple and gripping.The writer has a unique and refreshing style .Out and out a decent thriller and if your gray matter chuckles around the murder mysteries then it’s a compulsive read for you.Enjoyable and fun read.

Ratings : 8/10

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Born in Osaka, he started writing novels while still working as an engineer at Nippon Denso Co. (Presently DENSO). He won the Edogawa Rampo Award, which is awarded annually to the unpublished finest mystery work, in 1985 for the novel Hōkago (After School) at age 27. Subsequently, he quit his job and started a career as a writer in Tokyo.

In 1999, he won the Mystery Writers of Japan Award for the novel Naoko, which was translated into English by Kerim Yasar and published by Vertical Inc. in 2004. In 2006, he won the 134thNaoki Prize for The Devotion of Suspect X . His novels had been nominated five times before winning the award. The novel also won the 6th Honkaku Mystery Grand Prize and was ranked as the number-one novel by Kono Mystery ga Sugoi! 2006 and 2006 Honkaku Mystery Best 10, annual mystery fiction guide books published in Japan.

The English translation of The Devotion of Suspect X was nominated for the 2012 Edgar Award for Best Novel and the 2012 Barry Award for Best First Novel.

He writes not only mystery novels but also essays and story books for children. The style of writing differs from his novels, but basically he does not use as many characters as in his novels.

Last but not the least a big round of applause for  both Alexander O Smith and Elye J for  brilliantly translating this masterpiece from Japanese.

This book has been provided by Blogadda under the BookReviews Program.

Thank you so much Blogadda for giving me this opportunity