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We The Living by Ayn Rand – Why It Is My Favorite Book

posted by Anupriya August 31, 2018 13 Comments


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I have read We The Living atleast thrice and everytime I derive  different lessons from it. But the most significant learning for me has been how it brings to limelight  that different people have different types of coping mechanism. Firstly, the ones who fall in line with circumstances (or to be more specific, ‘the system’). They believe that in the larger scheme of things, following the rules is the right thing to do. Second are those who give up hope and find solace in surviving. They know that their soul doesn’t exist anymore yet they need to exist (by hook or by crook) because probably suicide is not an option. So they choose to live in denial.  And the last ones are those who refuse to bend no matter what. They hold on to the thinnest of string of hope and believe giving up is not an option. Their survival is dependent on their need to keep trying.

We The Living a novel by ace novelist Ayn Rand tells a story of three very strong characters who fall in each of the above mentioned categories. Continue Reading

Sirimiri
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26 Favourite Foods & a Little Bit Of Me by Mayuri Nidigallu – Book Review

posted by Anupriya August 1, 2018 6 Comments

One of the earliest lessons I learnt as an aspiring blogger were about the significance of being active on social media. As I began to follow various blogging communities on twitter, a couple of bloggers came across to me as extremely level headed and straight forth in their opinion. Mayuri Nidigallu was one amongst them. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration if I said that I was totally in awe of her blog posts that were full of practical wisdom and her opinions that she shared via her twitters. Given that I have been carrying a tarot deck with me for almost 12 years now, in hope of learning it someday and the fact that Mayuri Nidigallu is a Tarot Reader created an additional pull towards her. So I was not surprised at myself, when I pounced on the opportunity to review her book that was published with the #BlogchatterEbookCarnival this year. Continue Reading

Priyanka Vermani
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How I Wrote My Comic Book by Priyanka Vermani – BookReview

posted by Anupriya July 23, 2018 2 Comments

The most hard hitting realization that this book brought home to me was the complex nature and process of coming up with a graphic book. Never in the past while reading innumerable comics did I ever fathom the prolonged labor that goes behind the flashy looking easy to read graphics. So first and foremost, my respects to the awesome Priyanka Vermani, who thought out ‘Samaira and The Gang In London’ and pursued her dream to make it a reality.

Book Blurb

This book illustrates Priyanka Vermani ‘s journey of writing her first comic book – ‘Samaira and the Gang in London.’ It showcases the highs and lows of a first time Author. Continue Reading

Shuchi singh Kalra
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A Cage of Desires by Shuchi Singh Kalra – Book Review

posted by Anupriya June 18, 2018 16 Comments


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‘There’s a kind of love that makes you go down on one knee, and there’s the kind that brings you down on both. You don’t need the latter, because no matter what you do, you cannot make anyone love you back.’
Renu had always craved love and security, and her boring marriage, mundane existence somehow leads her to believe that, maybe, this is what love is all about. Maya, on the other hand, is a successful author who is infamous for her bold, erotic books.
What do these two women have in common? How are their lives intertwined?
Renu’s thirst for love and longing takes her on a poignant journey of self-exploration. The answers come to her when she finds the courage to stand up for herself, to fight her inner demons and free herself from the cage of desires . . .

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Deal of Death by Sonia Chatterjee – Blogchatter EBook Review

posted by Anupriya June 13, 2018 2 Comments

As a reader, I have often confessed that I can’t handle suspense thrillers. Why? Because I just can’t wait for the suspense to unfold! I become jumpy and am on my toes and can’t stop turning pages until I have reached the climax. And no, I never ever skip to the last page to find out what happened and come back to read the plot. It just doesn’t work with me. So this year after the Blogchatter Ebook Carnival, when I picked up Deal of Death by Sonia Chatterjee to review, I knew I was going to have to find a considerably big time slot in my busy schedule (oh not because I have a lot of work; just that I have two pre-schoolers who are on their summer vacations!) and finish the book in one go. And voila! I have done it in straight 90 minutes (of course amidst baby poops, milk spills, kid fights and much more). Continue Reading

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Make Success Your Way of Living – #BookReview

posted by Anupriya December 20, 2017 13 Comments

One day my boss (an extremely professional man with many success stories to his credit) reached office in an extremely flustered mood. I pensively inquired about what the matter was. He hassled to set up his laptop on his work station and replied without looking up at me, ‘This is too much for me.’

My eyes flared up wide and I waited for him to continue.

He then met my eyes and said exasperatedly, ‘This is too much of anticipation and action for me as a new father.’

I shrunk my eye brows in suspicion, ‘Boss! You’ve been a father for two years now.’

My boss replied instantly, ‘Yes! But I am a new father to a two year old. I have no idea how to handle a hyperactive toddler. And he comes up with a new antic every day. What am I suppose to do?’

The conversation changed route after that, but the idea of ‘a new father to a two year old stuck with me.’ Isn’t life like that for everyone. Whether it’s a student, a working professional or a home-maker; it could be about studies, work responsibilities or relationships.  The dynamics keeps changing every now and then. Unpredictable! Yet, so many of us struggle with every changing phase of life – from teenager to young student, student to professional, single to married and so on. Most of us find such comfort in the known while the unknown leaves us perplexed and disheveled.

Well for those who find themselves struggling with the uncertainties of life and those around us, those who are engulfed in self-doubt at any turn of events in life,  blogger and writer Ravish Mani’s ‘Make Successs Your Way of Living’ is a must read.

Lately I have been reading a lot of about how ‘energy follows thought’, and Ravish’s book comes to me like a gospel that reaffirms my belief in this theory. The good part is that Ravish hasn’t taken the preaching path; instead he has brought in numerous stories, folklores and examples to make his point.

The author not only touches upon various topics such as success, attitude, action that mold sour lives positively, but also elaborates on some trend breaking concepts related to self-doubt and fear that can actually help us enhance our creativity.

This book comes to me at a time when I am struggling with self doubt not as a mother, daughter or a wife, but as an individual in general. I often find myself pondering upon the question about the purpose of my existence. I feel so much unrest while I wonder why things are the way they are in my life.  Well Ravish’s book has given me enough food-for-thought in terms of how even this doubt is both futile and necessary at the same time. If someone is facing more hurdles in life, it only means that a person is on his path of growth and evolution. Tests of life are meant to make one grow, and so we ought not to be discouraged by them.

I had literally stopped reading self help books around 12 years back when I decided that no one book can provide a general recipe of happiness and success that would be applicable to all mankind. But lately again and after reading this latest happiness manual, I have realized one thing. It’s that, that, ‘ The recipe of happiness and success is in fact the same. It lies in following some virtues whole heartedly and shedding ones ego and other inhibitions.’  Every self help book is an effort by those who have found a unique way to understand and follow these virtues.

In that sense, Ravish too has made a very sincere effort of bringing some eye-opening yet simple concepts of life to the fore-front. I really appreciate his initiative to spread the message of happiness and success through his book.

My Verdict

Ravish’s writing style is simple yet he makes impact with his examples and theories of good living. He does a good job of giving the reader a good amount of food for thought for better living. While I believe that one cursory read cannot do justice to any self-help book, one must make use of this free downloadable and give it atleast one shot. I am sure you wouldn’t be able to keep yourself away from the book then. You will definitely need to go back to it, to understand the deeper meaning of how changing your life is in your own hands.

For Content – 4/5

For Writing Style – 3/5

The book is available for download for free at www.ravishmani.com . Go grab your copy today and re-affirm your self-worth and your dreams.

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Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts – A Book Review

posted by Anupriya October 4, 2017 15 Comments

Shantaram is the story of a runaway criminal Lin, who manages to escape a high-security prison in Australia and travels to Mumbai by forging documents for a new identity.

The book is reminiscent of an era gone by when the Mumbai Mafia was rising to its glory. When youth from across the country came to Mumbai and did not flinch at the prospect of becoming a hired gun for one of the power gangs in the City of Dreams. Amidst the hustle bustle of drug trafficking, prostitutes, and gangsters, Lin has a mesmerizing journey of rooting himself to this city.

On his arrival, Lin runs into that one man who would remain his friend for life and become his foster brother and acquires his Indian name, Shantaram. As he continues his journey, Lin is lucky enough to attract the right kind of people, who help him survive in the madness of the city. And thus begins a tale of friendship, love, manipulation, and betrayal. Continue Reading

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Book Review – The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad

posted by Anupriya September 5, 2017 50 Comments

When Twinkle Khanna came up with her first book Mrs Funnybones she became the voice of every mother, daughter, wife and every other role that an Indian woman plays in her life. Her skillful infusion of humor and sarcasm into deep rooted issues that encompass our generation was a lease of fresh air for every reader. So yes, when her second book was announced, I right away pre-ordered the book as I was particularly interested in discovering how ‘Tina’ has adorned the role of a fiction writer from her current I-have-this-opinion-on-this-issue style of writing. I have been able to read the book only 10 months after just reflects that I am a real busy mom!

The Legend Of Lakshmi Prasad by Twinkle Khanna is an ensemble of four short stories. I wish I could say that the four stories bring to you variant aspects of lives of women from different walks of life. Though three of the four stories do exactly that, Continue Reading

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Eat.Delete.Junior – Book Review

posted by Anupriya August 14, 2017 17 Comments

I often observe that other moms in my ‘village’ are better read than me where it concerns good v/s bad nutrition practices for their kids. While I struggle to get them to fill up their tummies, they seem to be making conscious decisions about their kids’ nutrition. I feel like I possess a mole of notions compared to the mountain of knowledge other mothers’ have. Their source for all I guess is the free information available on the world wide web. Yet, I find the tsunami of information available on the internet overwhelming. So when I came across Eat.Delete.Junior by Pooja Makhija, my first reaction was a deep sigh! Another of those heavy advise laden books about what to feed, what not to feed your kids. Continue Reading

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New Book Review – The 23rd Girl

posted by Anupriya July 1, 2017 4 Comments

I picked up reading as a hobby very late in my life. It was only during the last year of my graduation that I took to reading ardently. When I did start taking reading seriously, I often wondered why there were so few Indian authors in the commercial fiction genre. Keep in mind this was 15 years back. The last decade to my delight has seen a surge in this number and has brought a revolution in the reading demographics of our country. People relate to Indian fiction more than the western ones and the youth is able to pick books for the sheer fun of reading a story that they can relate to. A high percentage of these books by the new age authors are essentially love stories and every novel brings a new aspect of love to the table.

One of the latest addition to the riot of romantic colours is the new book by Divya Ratan and Rohan Kachalia, ‘The 23rd Girl’

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