Book Reviews, Books, Non-Fiction, Reviews

BOOK REVIEW: The Black Tiger by Srijan Pal Singh

Pages: 208, Paperback

Published: August 2017 by Fingerprint! Publishing

Cover Rating: 5/5

The Black Tiger by Srijan Pal Singh is an analysis of one the most grave topic of corruption and black money and because of that the youth of India as a nation, which is at its peak in terms of population, is on the verge of losing hope with this democratic nation.

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Science Fiction and Fantasy Books to Read in October 2017

October is here and only few weeks are left to complete or compete anymore in your reading challenges. By the way I did complete my Goodreads challenge for 2017 of reading 200 books. (More on this later.)

I have managed to gather around a list of books that are available this month for Science Fiction and Fantasy fans.

The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017 by J. J. Adams and Charles Yu | 384 pages

Science fiction and fantasy can encompass so much, from far-future deep-space sagas to quiet contemporary tales to unreal kingdoms and beasts. But what the best of these stories do is the same across the genres—they illuminate the whole gamut of the human experience, interrogating our hopes and our fears.

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5 Stars, Book Reviews, Books, Fiction

BOOK REVIEW: Despite Stolen Dreams by Anita Krishan

Pages: 304
Published: July 2017 by Fingerprint! Publishing
Cover Rating: 5/5

Sometimes as a reader you know that you are going to like a book even when you are judging this statement just by looking at the cover and reading the blurb. My story with Despite Stolen Dreams written by Anita Krishan is similar. I loved the cover and tiny fantasies started appearing in my head as if to predict what was written inside these 300 pages.

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Author Interview: Anita Shirodkar

Q. Hello and thank you for agreeing this interview and congratulations on your latest book, ‘Aryavir’. Tell me a little about yourself and your background?

I’m an ex advertising person, so I think that explains a lot about my background! Advertising, especially when you spend 20 years in the profession, prepares you for a plethora of different activities, and I gravitated towards writing. Being a naval daughter, I grew up all over India and had varied experiences in different cities, including Moscow where I spent three years and learned to speak Russian.

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BOOK REVIEW: Seven Doors of Satan by Pooja Mishra

Pages: 260, Paperback
Published: June 2017 by Notion Press
Cover Rating: 4/5

It does feel good after reading a good book. Such is Pooja Mishra’s latest title, Seven Doors of Satan. A magical world, faraway from the urban comforts, is a hidden desert of Bahens that shines like chimera.

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Top Posts of 2016!

In terms of blogging, 2016 was a wonderful year for this blog and me. What I did the whole year? Well, I read books, blogged about them, met new bloggers, and read their intriguing blog posts.

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Book List, Book Reviews, Books, Fiction, science fiction

Science Fiction and Fantasy Books to Read in February 2017

Will 2017 be the year we finally get our hands on The Winds of Winter? I am eagerly waiting for it and I am sure you excited too. Thus, while we both wait for George R. R. Martin to finally disagree with Game of Thrones TV show’s producers and to show gratitude towards the thirst of his fans and readers, we still have plenty to read and crave for in particular genre of science fiction as well as fantasy.

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5 Stars, Books, classics, Non-Fiction, Reviews, Stoic Philosophy

Meditating with Marcus Aurelius

Writing a review of Meditations is a hard task since there is too much to describe and discuss in one post considering the idle length of a blog post, or of a book review or to have your attention till the end of the post, but it is not enough. I rejected the idea of writing a review before writing this review, several times. But as Marcus Aurelius said:

At dawn, when you have trouble getting out of bed, tell yourself: ‘I have to go to work – as a human being. What do I have to complain of, if I’m going to do what I was born for – the things I was brought into the world to do? Or is this what I was created for? To huddle under the blankets and stay warm?’

Marcus Aurelius was a Roman Emperor from 161 to 180 AD. He is considered one of the most important Stoic philosophers and what we read today as Meditations is actually a personal notebook written by Marcus, for himself. He divided his work into 12 shorter volumes that comprise today the Meditations. One might question, what to learn from a man who is now a part of wandering dust, who is dead for almost 18 centuries? Wisdom. Wisdom is the crux of life.

In each of the 12 volumes, Marcus’ writing is clear as he describes the virtue of one’s life as a plot that progress as the essence of how universe as a whole works. In his journal, he reminds himself with understanding of universe is recursive in nature.

Everything have always been the same, and recuring, and it makes no difference whether you see the same things recur in a hundred year or two hundred, or in an infinite period.

There is no point in loathing how one’s life is and Marcus writing helps one in endurance. He offers wisdom on how tackle endurance without affecting one’s mental or physical state, constantly reminding us of the solo life we have. From the start of the book, Marcus focuses on the logos, the reasoning, the rational part of our minds, our thoughts our actions, each totally depended on one another. He emphasis the importance of work and discourages the distractions and desires we all have to deal in time. The presence of oneself, the conscious moment, and in that moment he encourages one to be patient and control our actions accordingly. His words shine a beam on the tolerance of nature and how one dislikes, disapproves of another, and reminds us that everyone have faults, thus, one should not concentrate his physical and mental energy on anger.

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Best of Confessions of a Readaholic 2015

It’s time to look back upon the best of Confessions of a Readaholic 2015- ‘best’ being the composition of articles you read and shared most and those I took pleasure in writing.

What to Learn from Dante’s Inferno?

Read the article here

The Unknown van Gogh

Read the article here

Marcel Proust on Reading and Dying

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Top Ten Books in 2015- A Half Yearly List

2015 is going well for me in terms of reading. I have already some books ahead of my schedule to read 125 books this year and I am confident that I will be able to complete the challenge before the year comes to an end. This year I have read a variety of books. Fiction, non-fiction, many kind of sub-genres. Another good thing to happen is I have met many fellow bloggers who from time to time recommend me titles that I would have not known otherwise and I have picked some of them and I am glad and thankful for their recommendations.

Thus, here I am evaluating ten best books I have read so far in the year.

Find Me

Laura van den Berg’s debut novel FIND ME is a rare novel. You won’t find it on everyone’s bookshelf, and if you do, make a plea to let you read it, stop everything, and start reading.

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

The steadiness of this novel is will make you fond of the writer.

The Hanging Garden

One of the best Rankin’s book.

Norwegian Wood

Mesmerizing Murakam’s words.

Bird by Bird

Anne Lamott’s book is necessary for anyone who aspires to write for his own inner peace.

Kafka On the Shore

Another mesmerising Murakami’s mesh for a reader to experience. His words, the structure, the flow of text, the plot, and the characters together build that mesh.

Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption

It’s Shawshank Redemption and it is as good as the movie.

Zero to One

Zero to One presents at once an optimistic view of the future of progress and a new way of thinking about innovation.

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

A great fiction story for the love of books.

The Letters of Vincent van Gogh

One of the most amazing collection of letters I have ever read.