Books, Fiction, Reviews

BOOK REVIEW: Pimp by Shashank Gupta

Shashank Gupta’s debut work Pimp is a psychological thriller, an engaging plot that is full of events. From the first page of this book, it starts to show signs of how a book under the category of a thriller should be developed.

The protagonist who at the age of sixty, whose mind with considerable amount of wit is driven by desire and goes on to explore as one might refer to the sin of the flesh. Some might refer this to darkness of the human mind, I completely believe it’s just a part of it not entirely the darkness. The plot revolves around the protagonist and his stepmother, his passion of love and chaos.

There is a unique kind of mystery created by Shashank Gupta in this book. One doesn’t get to read this type of mystery or thrilling experience that grabs attention one’s mind completely. The narration is as uncommon as the mysteriousness and the dialogue between the characters are tenderly written for the reader to read.  Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Pimp by Shashank Gupta”

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Books, Crime & Mystery, Reviews

BOOK REVIEW: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

This one certainly one of the most famous Agatha Christie’s crime tale. Whomsoever I am talking with about crime fiction, does bring up Agatha Christie (even if they haven’t read her). The queen of crime as they like to call her, but Hercule Poirot certainly not the king of detectives.

Murder on the Orient Express is a renowned locked room mystery. A locked room mystery, if elaborated is a crime that sounds impossible to ensue. The plot starts on the famous Orient Express train that promises to take her passengers to a journey across the Europe, but is stuck somewhere in between due to heavy snow. Now this is a real incident, an experience the queen of crime has shared with us, her readers from the memorabilia of her life.

This locked room mystery is based on the whole coach of the Orient Express and Hercule Poirot happens to be in that coach. The deed is done, the culprit runs away and Poirot is given the task of bringing the culprit into the spotlight and by deducing his every move, to satisfy his own curiosity as well as the readers of the book. Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie”

Books, Spotlight/Giveaway

SPOTLIGHT: Expand Your Personal Brand

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Book Excerpt:

Genere: Non-Fiction, Business

Developing a personal brand strategy is essential towards career advancement. Even before you walk into the office for an interview, your personal brand proceeds you. – Personal Brand Strategy Tips chapter .

There is many poor branding out there. Every day some talking head is mentioning personal branding. No one talks about brand consistency; however, brand consistency is the way to stay memorable and relevant. Above all else, be consistent. Your effort will not matter if you aren’t. – 5 Steps to Brand Consistency .

Now more than ever, it is imperative that any professional has a personal career brand. You can no longer just do your job and update your resume. The average person will have in between 7-10 jobs in his lifetime. You must actively manage your career to find the next job; hence, the importance of creating and maintaining a stellar personal career brand. – Employing The Three C’s (Clarity, Consistency and Constancy) to Improve Your Personal Career Brand chapter . Continue reading “SPOTLIGHT: Expand Your Personal Brand”

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Introducing Myself with Infographic

Recently, Confessions of a Readaholic underwent a minor revamp. The old boring text on About Me page now has been replaced with this infographic:

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There is some text but hopefully, now it won’t bore you.

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Non-Fiction, Reviews

Empower Yourself with Robert Greene

The bestseller 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene is often considered as an evil piece of work, however, the evilness in the book is the reality of the world we are part of. This is how world works and 48 Laws of Power is an understanding, a concise one. Robert Greene certainly help us to improve our understanding of the world better. There’s no harm in that.

Reading this book will definitely increase one’s awareness as he will become more conscious to what and how is it going around. Some of the laws will inspire you as they did to me, towards empowerment of your own and some will help how not to lose that conscious mind in somebody else’s hand. Greene encourages an individual to be fluid in his plans and actions as actions are what matters and not the words.

Focus on the smaller internal changes that lay the groundwork for a much larger change in fortune.  It is the difference between grasping an illusion and emerging yourself in reality, and reality is what will liberate and transform you!- Robert Greene

Continue reading “Empower Yourself with Robert Greene”

5 Stars, Books, Non-Fiction, Reviews

Know Thyself with Yolanda De Iuliis

How many people stare at the rain and see the raindrops? How many sit on the beach and watch the wave crash? Why do we not watch a bird fly and wish to see what it sees? I wonder how the bird sees and feels the rain that I see? What do you see when you see the rain?

Questions! They are the most necessary constituent of a human mind, and essential for the progress of the same. Answering them is altogether another aspect of our mind, we, rational beings tend to give reasons for everything otherwise there is a huge amount of fluctuation in our neurones which we like to call chemical imbalance. Questions are what Yolanda De Iullis raise in her book ‘The Memoirs of I’ which is  an account of her daily musings during the time period of one year. Her musings are not only questions, they are her dreams, visuals and thoughts. It’s the philosophy of a mind which I think is a great way to self-reflect in our lives.

The blurb at the back of the book tells a reader that this book is a perspective of our surroundings through another being’s senses but I’d add more to it. It’s just not the author’s perception but yours and mine. The musing she share with her readers in the form of questions are not only her thoughts but yours and mine. On reading her memoirs I noticed that her daily observations are unique to self yet we all carry these interesting and engaging thoughts in the back of our head which we keep dodging most of the time with unnecessary emotions. Additionally, the book direct its readers towards their inner self, to self reflect on their own.

We must conquer our own mind before delving into other minds; we must know ourselves before knowing any other, and we must remember how little we are within this vast universe that we all share and call home.

Continue reading “Know Thyself with Yolanda De Iuliis”

Authors, Books

Remembering Harper Lee

     

Last year, at this time I was excited on getting to know that Harper Lee’s getting her second book published: “Got Set a Watchmen“, which I found an average piece of tale in comparison to her previous and only work: “To Kill a Mockingbird“. There is an impression left in the mind of a reader who mingles with Lee’s words in To Kill a MockingbirdThat impression is hard to describe in exact words (or  a sentence, if you prefer) since it has many forms. One form is Atticus Finch.

After reading about her death, earlier in February, I went back to “To Kill a Mockingbird” (or TKAM if you prefer), certainly to read out some memorable lines of words that I would like recall here.

You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.

People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.

Likewise there are lines in this book one can quote from on several occasions while mingling with his daily activities. The normal or as I love to call, ordinary human perception has been put into simple words by Lee. Continue reading “Remembering Harper Lee”

Authors, Interviews

Author Interview: DAN BURI

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The man himself: Dan Buri

THE WRITING PART

Q. Hi Dan and thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell me a little about yourself and your background?

First off, let me say thank you for hosting me on your site, Aman. You have a wonderful blog! This is a great place for us all to indulge in our shared love of reading and writing. Thank you for your excellent content. I am grateful to be here and hopefully I have the opportunity to get to know your audience better.

I grew up in the Midwest in the States with four brothers and one sister. I moved out to the beautiful Pacific Northwest a little over ten years ago. I am a patent attorney with an engineering background, which is what I spend my days doing when I am not writing. I have a beautiful wife and amazing two-year-old daughter who cracks me up daily.

Q. When did you decide that you want to be a writer?

I can remember writing as far back as middle school. It’s something I have always enjoyed doing. You say in your About section that reading is like oxygen for you. I guess writing is like that for me. Writing has been something I have always enjoyed doing myself and admired in other people. Story telling is a beautiful gift. I love learning to hone the craft.  Continue reading “Author Interview: DAN BURI”

Books

2016- Readaholic’s Half Yearly Recap

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This year is now an half offspring. Five months gone,summer is now inside my house, sitting idly, watching me read books and I am hoping you are spending your time with summer reading books.

I welcome new followers and appreciate the blogging community for their continuous support. Confessions of a Readaholic has now 3900+ followers. Who would have thought that?

This post is just a recap of what’s going on, on Confessions of a Readaholic since the start of this year. Tops posts and all that stuff, yeah.

Continue reading “2016- Readaholic’s Half Yearly Recap”