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BOOK REVIEW: Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk

BOOK REVIEW: Crush It! by Gary VaynerchukCrush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk
Published by Harper Collins on 2009
Genres: Nonfiction, Business, Entrepreneurship
Pages: 161
Format: eBook
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four-stars

Most of the Vaynerchuk books are like a personal pep talk. They’d be about money, hard work, work, and his majority focus is on passionate living. I have been following his vlogs on YouTube for months and that what lead me to read his books

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four-stars

BOOK REVIEW: Work that Matters by Maia Duerr

BOOK REVIEW: Work that Matters by Maia DuerrWork That Matters by Maia Duerr
Published by Parallax Press on 26/12/2017
Genres: Nonfiction, Business, Entrepreneurship
Format: eBook
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five-stars

Maia Duerr’s new book is all you want to read before this year ends. Why? Because her book holds that element of getting you enthusiastic to start the New Year with an authentic perspective of how to keep living and do what you want to do.

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five-stars

BOOK REVIEW: The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell

The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell
Genres: Nonfiction
four-stars

Pages: 315, Kindle Edition

Published: September, 2017 by Profile Books

Cover Rating: 5/5

I have always loved books about books or booksellers. I find booksellers are one heck of an interesting personalities and more, they get observe equally interesting ones. Interesting personality, a bookseller? Why? ‘Cause they read books that no one else reads or majority of people do not and sometimes they write about their observations of customers/bibliophiles in their shops. The whole concept is a bit funny too.

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four-stars

BOOK REVIEW: Invoked – Hymns of War by Karan Bhatia

Invoked by Karan Bhatia
Genres: Fiction
four-stars

Pages: 200, Paperback

Published: 2016 by Notion Press

Invoked is the first book in the series of Hymns of War (a very thoughtful title, in my opinion) written by Karan Bhatia. The book is a horror thriller in the fiction genre and some of the scenes are dark and terrifying enough to give one goosebumps.

The plot revolves around Krishna, a common man who is teacher at the university, and leads a simple life with his wife, daughter and his parents. An accident changes the fate of the whole family. These attacks starts like baby steps, small, as warnings but soon turn fatal and the life of Krishna becomes painful and intolerable. He then decides with the help of a tantrik to embark on a spiritual journey to save of what remains of his family as well as himself.

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four-stars

BOOK REVIEW: A Life to Die For by Nilay Shah

A Life To Die For by Nilay Shah
Genres: Fiction
four-stars

Pages: 334, Paperback

Published: 2017

Cover Rating: 5/5

I love reading complex plot structures. Not only it is clear view of writer’s imagination on how far they can push things inside their head and then put it in writing, but are a  challenging for a reader’s mind. Such is Nilay Shah’s latest book, A Life To Die For. A political thriller with a great amount of action.

Based on a fictional representation of controversial state in the country of India, Kashwarg is is considered a paradise. The plot starts at an interesting point when a man who is the member of a militant force hands over a sixteen year old girl to the local police. The girl has been a captive for many years with only walls and a glimpse of light in the room by a man who is now being searched as a monster. The girl seemed to have psychological effects and there are signs of sexual abuse. The highest political authority of the country forms an investigation committee to resolve the matter by going in depth. Based on Fidelity and Honesty Measure of Individualism (FHMI, an interesting concept) few people are shortlisted to be the part of this mission.

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four-stars

BOOK REVIEW: The Tao of Fully Feeling – Harvesting Forgiveness out of Blame by Pete Walker

The Tao of Fully Feeling by Pete Walker
Genres: Nonfiction
five-stars

Pages: 295, Kindle Edition

The Tao of Fully Feeling is the best companion I have found to read in the Dark Times.

I got this book as a recommendation from another blogger who convinced me that Pete Walker’s writing is extraordinary. On reading the book, not only I found his vocabulary pleasing but as well as his writing style and the message he wants to convey through his written words.

The subject matter of this book is all about acknowledging one’s emotional intelligence. If you remember Daniel Goleman’s bestseller and and one of the first books on Emotional Intelligence or why EQ matters more than IQ, this book is written for modern times and is a step ahead. While Daniel talks about the science of brain and the origin of Emotions or the process of emoting, Walker in his book speaks for all of us. He share his own stories for in the form of anecdotes on how repaired his own emotional nature with enough pragmatic advices and scenarios for us to read.

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five-stars

BOOK REVIEW: Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
Genres: Nonfiction
five-stars

100,000 years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. 

If you want to read at least one book in 2018, make sure you read Harari’s Sapiens.

The book is recommend by many over the past few years on the Internet but few have talked about why read this book and in my opinion one of the best published work in the history of mankind. I know Harari’s work is famous and that might be a turn off for you but give me a chance in this review to let you convince to give it a shot in the coming year. Read this one book, even if you don’t have any reading plans or generally do not read books, or haven’t read it.

Why? Because this book will transform the way you think about everyone you are surrounded and yourself. Harari’s work which was published in 2011 for the first time, did not spike my interest until later this year and I think, it has a major impact on me. In Sapiens, Harari talks about how out of 6 similar species our own, Homo Sapiens, not only survived over 70,000 years including the environmental conditions but is actually the reality of How Humans Got Smart?

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five-stars

BOOK REVIEW: Saudade by Husna Mohammad

Saudade by Husna Mohammad
Genres: Fiction
four-stars

Pages: 149, Paperback

Published: September, 2017

Cover Rating: 5/5

This year, I  have read  few short stories. Recent addition being Saudade written by creative Indian Writer, Husna Mohammad. Saudade is a collection nine different stories that cover a variety of topics but every one of them share same geographical location: Kerela, Southern India. The stories revolve around the social, political and cultural environment that exists in the region.The title itself explains by  the meaning of the word Saudade, which is incidentally the running thread in most of the stories.

Short stories generally mean different plots and these stories are centred around the lives of people from different walks of life and shaped by their own fate and circumstance. The first story, “Che Guevera’s Legacy” narrates the story of a young man, enamoured by political idealism and inspired by Che Guevara who at a later stage is forced to come to terms with reality. Then moving on to other stories there is a story full of illusions and probably witchcraft, and other topics like loneliness of old age, struggles with reality, sensitivities of traditional excluvism and the last one (one of my favourites from this book) is about a young boy who is sexually molested.

I have to compliment the author of the book on her understanding of variety of themes and then transforming them with her creative imagination into written pieces such that we, readers, could feel those emotions that the author wrote with. The writing style is smooth and highly appreciable. The narrative voice is a mixture of third and first person but mostly third. The formation of characters in these stories are at their best but again, I will put much emphasis on the vastness of storylines and how realistic they are.

My favourite picks from Saudade are Che Guevera’s Legacy, because of the historical point of view and conflicting political ideologies, Beevitha, for the imaginative touch, The Diary of an Insomniac and My name is Arif Mushtaq and I am Gay. These written pieces are a must read for any reader. Not only these pieces provide an outlook of Indian society as a whole but also they are well written with a flow and showcase different yet important themes.

4 out of 5


About the author:

Husna is a writer, poet and freelance content strategist. She is a dentist by profession, with a journalism degree. She abandoned a lucrative career to follow her dream of being a full time writer. Her first book, My Lyrical Symphony, an anthology of eclectic poems, was published in 2008. Husna currently resides in the picturesque coastal town of Cochin, Kerala, in southern India.

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four-stars

BOOK REVIEW: Dream Big by Mukesh Jindal and Arunraj VS

Dream Big by Mukesh Jindal, Arunraj VS
Genres: Nonfiction
four-stars

Pages: 236, Hardcover

Published: 2017

Cover Rating: 5/5

Very few Indian writers talk about money and in the book Dream Big the co authors Mukesh Jindal and Arunraj talk not only about money but offers you pragmatic and healthy tips on financial planning.

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four-stars

BOOK REVIEW: Quantum by Dean de Servienti

Quantum by Dean de Servienti
Genres: Fiction
four-stars

Pages: 301, Kindle Edition
Published: June 2017, translated version
Cover Rating: 3/5

I love to find out how sci-fi novelist approach a story. The possibilities of storylines, if you are sci-fi writer, are endless but only researched sci-fi books thrive for a longer period of time and have an ability to entertain a reader. Similar is Dean de Servienti’s upcoming trilogy, Quantum.

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four-stars

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