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BOOK REVIEW: The Golden House by Salman Rushdie

Pages: 400, Kindle Edition

Published: 5 September 2017, Random House

Cover Rating: 3/5

Recently I got my hands on Salman Rushdie’s upcoming novel The Golden House. It’s a tragedy. A modern-day tragedy. From page one up to the last there’s the whole genesis of this book is well planned over a form of a drama based on human suffering that invokes and interest us from our ancestral days. Many cultures provoked this idea, especially the Greeks around 2500 years ago.

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BOOK REVIEW: Psychology of Choosing, River Running by R Scott Tyler

Pages: 149

Published: 2017 by Griffonneur Press

Cover Rating: 5/5

The third book in the trilogy of Smugglers in Paradise is set in the contemporary world. After going through 50 years of the Ramos family and two generations, Tyler take his readers back in United States for an exceptionally well finale.

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BOOK REVIEW: The Upstairs Room by Kate Murray-Browne

Pages: 320, Kindle Edition
Published: July 2017, by Picador
Cover Rating: 5/5

A Clever play of words with a sense of mystery and a gothic tale

Kate Murray-Browne’s debut, The Upstairs Room is a gothic tale with a modern radiance set in London, United Kingdom that revolve around the lives of three characters in a Victorian house.

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BOOK REVIEW: Demystifying Reincarnation by Chaitanya Charan

Pages:252, Paperback

Published: March 2017 by Fingerprint! Publishing

Cover Rating: 5/5

Are you looking for a spiritual read in from an easter philosophy point of view? Then do dive in this post and you might find something intriguing. Does the words reincarnation, and past life interest you? Do you believe in them? Chaitanya Charan’s latest book Demystifying Reincarnation puts a thoughtful point of view on aforementioned terms in the modern world.

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BOOK REVIEW: Game of Wit and Chance by R. Scott Tyler

Pages: 160

Published: 2015 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

Cover Rating: 5/5

First in the trilogy of Smuggles in Paradise is set in the post World War II to era. Gilberto Ramos, originally from Philippines, leaves United States to return to his beloved homeland. Newly wedded with an American wife, Sophia, happily joins him on his journey to satisfy her own wanderlust. Soon they have bear four children and raising them with all the love a family can offer with the help of music and the sea surrounding them.

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BOOK REVIEW: Mary Poser by Angel A.

Pages: 478

Publication Date: 21 August, 2017

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Angel A’s Mary Poser: Butterflies and white lies as Bollywood comes to Nashville is set in Western town of Nashville (you should have guessed from the title) in which we follow the protagonist, Mary Poser, a 23 year old daughter of a Pastor, living a modest life,  falls in love with an Anglo-Indian Bollywood director. It tries to offer a recipe that combines fun, humorous, dramatic romance and bold life choices to make this an entertaining one.

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BOOK REVIEW: The Truth, the Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth, So Help Me God by Manisha Mohan Wagh

Pages: Kindle Edition, 185
Published: April 21, 2017 by Zorba Books

How about a novel that keeps you engaged till the end? How about a struggling lawyer who starts her career at a well renowned law firm with extreme challenges? Such is Manisha Mohan Wagh’s new title The Truth, the Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth, So help me God. Something of a title huh?

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REVIEW: The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks

My Rating: 4/5

Published in 1984, The Wasp Factory is quite a grim and startling story about 16 year old Frank Cauldhame. It was the first ever book by Scottish author Iain Bank.

Sometimes I wonder, what if we somehow know that everything is coming to a definitive end and there is limited amount of Time is left in our hands. What will we do? What will I do?

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BOOK REVIEW: How To Develop Emotional Health by Oliver James

This book is a part of The School of Life series and irrespective of that, it gives some good insight on ‘Emotional Health’ which make this book a good starting point, as the title suggests. James Oliver starts his book by defining emotional health as

Emotional Health is the sense that what is happening, is happening now.

Sometimes the clear and simple words hit you hard and that’s what I realise after reading the first lines of text in this book. I liked Oliver’s style of opening the text with what matters. There’s no abstraction in that. Most books of this kind are pretty and heavy in text but they lack where it matters most: straightforwardness. Often they are not plain-spoken, the words must strike the reader at the right place in his mind.

Happiness is a part of abstraction which consume our daily lives. It is the most arbitrary expression that has different set of meanings to different people. Satisfaction, joy are subsets of it. And this what James Oliver suggests in his book. Rather than to seek an abstraction, we should cultivate our own emotional health.

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Walden and Other Writings by Henry David Thoreau

My Rating: 4/5

 

Simplicity, Simplicity, Simplicity

This is a call for self-honesty and harmony with nature in the writings of Henry David Thoreau.

Walden was published in 1854 written during the reign of transcendentalists of which Thoreau was a central figure. Transcendental was a philosophical movement that was influenced by romanticism, Platonism and Kantian philosophy in which one must examine and analyse the reasoning process which governs the nature of experience. German philosopher Immanuel Kant developed the base idea for this movement.

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