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BOOK REVIEW: Succeed The Happionaire Way by Yogesh Chabria

BOOK REVIEW: Succeed The Happionaire Way by Yogesh ChabriaSucceed The Happionaire Way by Yogesh Chabria
Published by TV18 Broadcast Limited (CNBC TV18) on November 10th 2017
Genres: Nonfiction
Pages: 180
Format: Audiobook
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five-stars

Some say happiness is a state of mind. Many believe in that. I do too. It indeed is a state of mind but we all wonder how to achieve that state of mind, don’t we?

The happiness of an individual is reflected by aspects that are prior to us mortals. These aspects fall under few different criteria and a common ground between them is where the state of happiness lies. It is not something that is achievable because there is nothing to achieve. It is a state of mind that takes some practice and wilful mindfulness on daily basis. Thus, this is the message of Yogesh Chabria, a world-renowned leader in the field of human potential, new book: Succeed The Happionaire Way.

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five-stars

Hustle: The Power to Charge your Life with Money, Meaning and Momentum

Published: September, 2016 by Rodale Books

Pages: 272

Think for a moment. When you read the word, ‘Hustle’, what does it mean to you? How does your brain process it? Have you ever thought that a word such as Hustle posses power over your heart, mind and habits? These are the questions I’d want you to think about before going in-depth into this book. To answer the questions, this book describes

Hustling is about shaking things up, letting go of old patterns that suck the life out of us and beginning anew.

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Announcement: Cover Reveal Service

READ ON… FOR AN EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT

Starting this month, I am please to add one more way I can help writers and publishers reach bookworms or may interest new readers other than their target audience. This service is called Cover Reveal/Book Spotlight, not a new concept though but will try to do it a bit differently from traditional cover reveals.

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BOOK REVIEW: Nonviolent Communication by Marshall B. Rosenberg

I am a strong believer in effective communication skills which are vital for success. One thing I can assure you from my experience is that loud, bitter and violent communication never leads to fulfilment. Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication is a book about avoiding just that. He takes the reader through all the intricacies of working on what to say and how to say it so that one’s words lead to peace, not bitterness or violence. Another aspect of the book is that it also speaks to the essential need for developing compassionate communication with one self.

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Guest Post: To make a writer by Peter Gray

Telemachus, how did it come about?

For someone who has spent a long career treating Thoroughbred horses – for everything from infertility to racing performance – the transformation to writer has been a long, unlikely and tenuous road.  I started dabbling with a pen back in the Seventies, realised it wasn’t a natural talent of mine, but doggedness convinced me to continue.  I read a lot of fiction, but always with reservations about copying style or ideas.  It was my aim, if I might ever succeed, to have a voice that would be distinctly my own and I didn’t want to steal anyone else’s ideas – even subconsciously.  So I muddled on and the efforts weren’t very good; if I was learning and felt there were mild signs of improvement – as well as an innate inability to accept failure.

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Book Review: The Year of Reading Dangerously by Andy Miller

The Year of Reading Dangerously by Andy Miller
Genres: Nonfiction
four-stars

In what is there more joy than reading books about books? This is the third book I have read this year, previously Macbeth and The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry (which is also a book about books, fictionally). The idea of reading and learning about someone’s bookish life is fascinating to me. I discovered The Year of Reading Dangerously by Andy Miller by going through a fellow blogger’s blog on a cold, wintry night of last month and just by looking at the cover, it had my attention. I made sure, before my life melds on with the daily routine, to finish this book before the holiday mood ends up.

It’s an autobiographical piece and can be closely related to Henry Miller’s The Books in My Life although, they are not related to each other. Andy Miller worked as an editor at the time of writing this book and found himself only reading for work. On impulse he picked up a copy of  and something just clicked for him. He set out to read ten books, which he called The List of Betterment, which consisted of books he has once lied about reading or felt he should read. This list obviously expanded over the course of the year but it was his starting point into rediscovering a passion for reading. (more…)

four-stars

BOOK REVIEW: Inferno by Dante Alighieri

Inferno by Dante Alighieri

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Imagine that feeling, when you are reading a book and by the end it makes you feel complete. We all have observed that by one or the other book(s). Dante’s Divine Comedy: Inferno is one of them. Written almost 700 years ago, it still has the mesmerizing capacity to capture a human’s attention. It’s iconic for a literary work to survive a 700 years and Dante’s work has reached that status: most people at least know of the Inferno, even if they haven’t read it.

Dante’s Inferno, the first third of what has come to be known as the Divine Comedy. Dante himself only referred to it as a Comedy and the “Divine” characterisation was added later. A long poem whose narrative describes what amounts to the poet’s tour of the afterlife. The whole poem is divided into 100 cantos, the Inferno (Hell) has 34, the other two parts– Purgatorio (Purgatory) and Paradiso (Paradise) each have 33. Each canto is written in a form referred to as terza rima, where every three lines rhymes. Getting that rhyming scheme from Italian into English has been one of the major challenges of every translator of the work. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow‘s translation is reasonable to some extent. (more…)


BOOK REVIEW: Horn! The Collected Reviews by Kevin Thomas

Horn! The Collected Reviews by Kevin Thomas
Genres: Nonfiction
five-stars

A book is a collection of words, those words can be numerous and further expressing numerous ideas. But the idea behind Kevin Thomas’ HORN! THE COLLECTED REVIEWS is exceptional and matchless. As suggested by the title, this book is a collectible of book reviews by captivating illustrations and no more than a handful of words.

Fiction and non-fiction, cutting-edge and popular books; the one quality these works have in common is that they have attracted Thomas’ remarkably perceptive gaze and pen. This is a paean to reading by a thoroughly unjaded, committed amateur of the art, seriously appreciative of each book’s unique attributes. The works he selects are ones he admires: and he excels at conveying the excitement and respect they inspire in him. What a list he’s compiled: Jonathan Lethem, Jim Shepard, Rachel Kushner, Renata Adler, Georges Perec, David Graeber, Julian Assange, George Saunders, Hilton Als, Oliver Sacks, Cheryl Strayed, Dennis Cooper, Joseph Gordon- Levitt and Jennifer Egan are just a few of the authors whose work is here brilliantly distilled. (more…)

five-stars

BOOK REVIEW: SEEN READING

Seen Reading by Julie Wilson
Genres: Nonfiction, Writing
two-stars

Seen Reading

by Julie Wilson

Seen Reading by Julie Wilson

Why I read this book? I like the idea it expresses, a bit, but I liked the cover most. It is an exceptional work, exceptional and a great concept. The concept of sightseeing of readers might be creepy to some, but it’s an idea and curiosity of the author to look around and see what others are reading. Imagine yourself, and tell me you would like to do that too. The book is a collection micro-fictions and brief descriptions of people the author has glanced reading in public. Each story in its brevity is able to capture a scene, a character, and her feelings in a remarkably short space. You might be disappointed as it goes on giving the descriptions, but it’s a very good way to indulge yourself in new books. You can try new books by snooping yourself. The range of featured books is large and fascinating. Some of them, you might have read. I picked this neat little book as a random, and I guess I am satisfied with the concept of the book.

two-stars

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