Monday, 15 February 2021

Jasmine builds on shifting sands


Jasmine’s life showcases the struggles, achievements and embeds the deep sense of responsibility for anyone who wishes to be at the top of any field they aspire to be.

While reading the book, I was transported to my classroom during my college days.

The teacher asked “Define Aim and Dream.”

My friends gave the obvious bookish answers and being a back bencher, I sat there listening to the answers smiling and nodding my head in union to their answers.

But my teacher took this as a sign of arrogance and asked me to share my thoughts with the class.

Still smiling I said,

“Aim is something where you have to reach/ achieve something no matter the circumstances. Here you look out for your opponents and beat them to the top position.”

Whereas when we talk about dream,

“Dream is something that you just wish it comes true. No one to beat to the top. It doesn’t matter what happens to others and their ambitions. It is your dream and once you achieve it you are content and satisfied.”

Jasmine the protagonist of the story has traversed though those paths and have ultimately realized her potential. From being compared with her competitors to being a force to recon with, she was one girl you wish to become one, once you grow up.

One of the few things people forget to do is to take a break and introspect, is what imbibed in the story.

The author through Jasmine, with there incredible story telling skills, wants us to realize our potentials and discover our true self.

“Jasmine builds on shifting sands,” is an engrossing story for all ages and one book that should be handy when you need it. If you get the gist of the story, all the successive reads will be to absorb more of the knowledge that you left behind in the first read.

It’s one of the kinds of book where you can open to any page and start reading. Within the books you can scan the QR codes to discover articles on self-help and motivation. Having gone through them, I can assure you those are really good and a must read.

My personal copy of the book is annotated and underlined for future reference.

What perplexed me was the use of bombastic words in the initial few pages of the book which latter faded out in the entire book. Yes, they were used aptly but I believe could have done without it. The story plot was great but was predictable. You could easily guess what might happen in the next chapter. You have to read this book as a motivational book and not as a story to enjoy it more.

Nevertheless, the book was captivating and a joy read.

Friday, 9 October 2020

The Wrath of the Hellfires

Patience is a Drawn Bow.
Rage, its Relentless Arrow.

Shukracharya’s plan to break the unity of Vikramaditya’s Council has borne bitter fruit. Friends have become sworn enemies, and brother has turned against brother, setting Avanti on the path to self-destruction.

Even as Vikramaditya prepares to counter a Huna invasion, a rebellion brews within Ujjayini, while a devious conspiracy is hatched to humiliate him. With Indra’s spies swarming the palace and Shukracharya making a bold bid to take the Halahala, the king is dangerously close to the brink of defeat.

Alone and abandoned by those dear to him, fighting to protect his wife and his people, trying his best to keep his promise to Shiva, will the Samrat rise one last time to defend his love, his city and his honour?

As the asura and deva forces muster in a final, desperate gamble to claim the Halahala, The Wrath of the Hellfires brings an explosive conclusion to Vikramaditya’s epic tale of action and adventure.

Other Books in the Series:

About the Author:

Shatrujeet Nath is the creator of the runaway national bestseller series Vikramaditya Veergatha, a four-book mytho-fantasy arc which comprises The Guardians of the Halahala, The Conspiracy at Meru, The Vengeance of Indra and The Wrath of the Hellfires. Described as “a new face to Indian mythology” by DNA, Shatrujeet writes for movies and web shows as well. His also the author of The Karachi Deception, an Indo-Pak spy thriller.

Saturday, 19 September 2020

Anamika Khanna Falls in Love


About the Book:

How far would you go in love?

A few missed calls? Liking every post of his on FB? Landing in the hospital when you fall from a tree because you wanted to see into his room?
Anamika Khanna is madly in love with Rahul…
How can someone be so blind? Why can’t she see how much I love her? Will my confession jeopardise our friendship?
Vikram Lobo, the bookworm has developed muscles and lost the soda bottle glass-es. But he can’t stop his heart from skipping a beat when he sees Anamika.
Rahul, the high society Adonis wants nothing to do with the gauche, middle class weirdo who’s following him around. Until she moves into his league…
Laugh out loud at Anamika’s antics and follow her on the roller coaster that is her life!

Book Links:
Goodreads * Amazon

Meet Vikram Lobo

If you had a free day with no responsibilities and your only mission was to enjoy yourself, what would you do?

I’d choose to be with Anu. She’s the sun and the stars and the reason for my heart to keep pumping. We’d probably go to Coffee Day - I’d have an espresso and she would order a frappe. And of course, she would realise she’s broke and I’d pay and she’d try to calculate how much this amount plus all the frappes of the past would total to!

If you could spend the day with someone you admire (living or dead or imaginary), who would you pick?

I would spend the day with Alistair MacLean - the writer. He’d teach me how to research a book and how he turns simple sentences into stories that come to life before your eyes. And He’d tell me about his Marie - the one in all his books!

What is your idea of perfect happiness? And, what is your current state of mind?

I would be the happiest man in the world if Anu realises Rahul is a stuck up ass and forgets her stupid infatuation.
Right now, I’m wondering why she can’t see the love shining in my eyes? She’s such a beautiful,   fiery, crazy girl - I just can’t stop loving her. I try to chat with other girls and respond to their flirting, but my heart just isn’t in it.

What do you consider to be the most overrated virtue and why?

Honesty is overrated. If I tell Anu how much I love her, she’ll stop being my friend. It’s better to lie than risk not having her in my life. Also if I tell her what a dirtbag Rahul really is, she’d never believe me. In her eyes, he can do no wrong and I’m just not being supportive.

Tell us 3 things about yourself that the readers do not know about

- I also stalked Rahul once just to see if I was taller than him - and I am! Take that, you arrogant Richie Rich!
-I’m even ready to join Dad in his sanitary ware shop if that means I can have a steady income to support Anu.
- I’ve begun writing a romance novel (under a pseudonym, of course!) - a far cry from the violent detective stories I always write. 

About the Author:

Words have been the centre of Shraddha’s existence for as long as she can re-member. Fed up with her constant demand for books, her parents asked her to write her own. And so, it began!

She’s an ophthalmologist with a specialisation in Glaucoma. She juggles her profes-sional demands with her new label of tennis mom and the larger than life charac-ters that live in her mind, demanding to be manifested.

She has written A Doctor in the House (Partridge), A Great Fall (Juggernaut) and The Case of the Counterfeit Currency (Mango Books) and also has an anthology of poems (F.I.S.T) (Pothi Books)

Shraddha finds herself attracted to stories about women – strong ones, funny ones & kick ass survivors. Her selfdeprecating humor tends to stay with you long after you’ve shut the book.

Author Links:
Facebook * Twitter * Instagram * Youtube

Thursday, 9 April 2020

Dalal Street Book Review

We should be aware of the “TRUTHs” of life, but truth more than required makes us uncomfortable. Learning about the harsh realities of life, is different from facing it.
Dalal’sStreet speaks the naked truth about the stock market world. It speaks those uncomfortable tales, that everyone knows but is rarely penned down.

Varun, Anil, Devika and Pooja are the protagonist of the story, will unravel the mysterious world of stock markets and you too can ride the market horses with them (only if you want).

How you may ask? Keep reading and you will be transported into a world of disbelief, lust both for love and money and some eye openers.

Money is the root cause of all evil. It makes human do the unthinkable and some will blindly follow anyone who shows the lust of money.

Very few in this world understand the limits of greed and fear.

Though being very common emotions, they can have extraordinary effects on human life. Being a trader myself I could read between the lines as I kept turning the pages, what the author is trying to convey to his readers.

The first quarter of the story lacked the excitement, speaking about the love, struggles of teenage guys. I had started judging the book by now.

Excitement took to its heels when I reached the second quarter of the story, where the story really catches pace and the book was gulped in a few hours.

Never ever have I learnt so easily about the intricacies of stock market. Even before I could have finished the book, I had recommended the book to many of my trading companions and shared on endless WhatsApp and Telegram channels.

You might see a bull run in the sales of the book very soon.

All the protagonists fight their own battle and exceed the expectations but the lust for money reigns supreme. And “Stock Market” is one such place, once you have tasted blood, you can never let go of it.

On the endeavour to make money some of the protagonist pay a hefty price.

How will it change their attitude and how will they succeed?

With stories weaved inside a story, I have to say it is well scripted and one such story will change the course of the plot in the latter half of the book. Well it will be a decisive one. Having played a cameo role throughout the book, it takes center stage and changes the destiny of the protagonists forever.

What is that? You will have to buy the book for it.

Varun one such protagonist will play just the right cards, at the right time, proving his foresight and cunningness in dethroning the reigning king of a company. What happens to the others?

While I was mesmerized by the story plot, I’m also in awe at the storytelling skills of the Author.
It was informative and worthy of being on the bookshelf of any trader.

I envy the hard word put by Anurag in writing the book. A well written one!

Thursday, 19 March 2020

“Irrationally Passionate”

“Jason Kothari” is a rare breed of entrepreneurs that are ephemeral.
One that is rare and has been bred to shine the brightest. In a fast paced and engrossing book Jason shares his entrepreneurial journey and the of the business world.

ତୁଳସୀ ଦୁଇ ପତ୍ରରୁ ବାସେ

Is a Odia proverb that means “Tulsi spreads its fragrance right from the first two leaves.” Much similar to the proverb, Jason’s entrepreneurial journey had spread its wings at a very early age of 8. One which he very proudly shares with the readers in the first few pages of the book.

Even being in the 30’s he has been the go-to man, when a falling business needs him the most. Having turned a bankrupt Valiant Entertainment to a multi-million company, he had already proven himself as a business model and a CEO most sought after.
Valiant, Housing.com, Snapdeal, Free Charge are some of the businesses that he spearheaded as the CEO and forever changed their destiny.

Does this come easy?

Absolutely not! You have to exhaust your resources while working on a project, work with people from all types of backgrounds, learn the business laws and even know when to leave, after having built it from scratch.

The experience never comes easy. Jason describes on once such journey with the Valiant Entertainment, when things were going though the storm, he was so frustrated that he began to question his own decisions.

Why has he started, with a future that is still unknown?

What is to be gained and lost?

Was it money? NO, it wasn’t, then what was it?

The experience of it, the evolving process, understanding what the customer wants and needs, working closely with the team responsible, being responsible to name a few.
Now even having gone through the turbulent times and triumphantly overcoming the obstacles, no one really understands the mindset of an entrepreneur and how it functions. A sad reality. Only the success counts when seen from the eyes of the society you live in. Not the experience, the countless hours spent researching, gaining information, facing real life situations, overcoming them. If one realizes that, they will find themselves sitting on a treasure trove of knowledge and wisdom of generations.
Jason shows you the way in this book. And makes you rethink on some of  the basic facts of life.

What drives you?

What will make you get out of your bed and do things passionately?

If you find the answers to these simple questions, you will be unstoppable and find that burning desire to excel at everything you do, still accepting the fact that not every seed is meant to bloom a forest.

“Irrationally Passionate,” will change your way of viewing entrepreneurship and will delve you into a hidden world of unseen experience and treasure.

It is a journey which you can make your own, no strings attached. The knowledge, experience and the thought process of changing the course of a business is all for your taking. If and only if you have the hunger for it.

Not withholding anything with him, Jason is a living reality that perseverance pays off multifold.

Wishing him all the success for his future endeavors and wish he continues his writing journey.