Books, Non-Fiction

How to come up with Ideas? Tips to Help You Think Creatively

Published: March 16th 2017 by Watkins

Pages: 160

It’s important to regard a new idea with encouragement rather than discouraging it. After all, every great creation starts with an idea, but where does that special spark comes from? This is question that Rob Eastaway, author of  Any Ideas: Tips and Techniques to Help You Think Creatively tries to address in the book by providing an miscellaneous collection of tips to develop your ideas  for better outcomes in day to day.

How do we come up with ideas?

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Authors, Books, Interviews

Author Interview: Lakshmi Narayan

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

I must have been a journalist in my mother’s womb. Both my father and grandfather were eminent journalists. In fact, my grandfather ran a paper called The West Coast Reformer, where he was the editor, the cartoonist, the peon … everything! His favourite target was the British collector of the district and he lampooned him mercilessly. Apparently, when he was asked why he didn’t arrest my grandfather, he’s reported to have said, “Because he makes me laugh so much!” When my dad used to go for night duty at the Times of India, Delhi, I would howl at being parted from him, so he often carried me to work and put me to sleep on top of his desk. So I have writer’s ink in my blood! From journalism to authoring books was a natural progression, especially after I retired.

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Book Reviews, Books, Non-Fiction, philosophy

BOOK REVIEW: Become What You Are by Alan Watts

Pages: 146, Kindle Edition

First Published on:  1955

Cover Rating: 4/5

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This not the first Alan Watts book I have read. To read this one, I made myself familiar with his writing and philosophy by reading his other books such as The Wisdom of Insecurity (on someone’s recommendation in past) and listening to his teachings in past few weeks. It’s important to know your subject in most cases. In this case, even if you aren’t familiar with Watts’ philosophy, I’d suggest you to go ahead. However, a bit of familiarity only embraces curiosity. The title is the essence of this book, might point to another domino piece in the self-help genre but I can assure you that this text which was first published in 1955 holds the same amount of value and wisdom today as it did back then.

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Authors, Books, Interviews, Non-Fiction

Author Interview: Ashutosh Mishra

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

I am a banker by profession, currently heading treasury sales function at ANZ Bank. Previously, I worked in senior positions at Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank in similar roles. By education, I am an MBA from XLRI and engineering graduate from IIT Delhi.  I was born and brought up in Delhi, completed by education and living in Mumbai since the start of my corporate career in the year 2000. Other than work, I have a wide variety of interests in well-being, spirituality, travelling, blogging and writing. I am married and have two kids.

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Book Reviews, Books, Non-Fiction

BOOK REVIEW: Tea in Tripoli by Bernadette Nason

Pages: 263, Paperback
Published: 2017 by Brave Bear & Company
Cover Rating: 5/5

“I entered Gaddafi’s Libya as an expat. A woman alone in an Arab country in every day living.”

Tea in Tripoli by Bernadette Nason is the tale of a twenty-six year old who is recently divorced, in debt, faced workplace sexual harassment and her life is unwillingly a wreck. An incident regarding the death of her cat, leads her to make a bold and impetuous decision. To work abroad. To leave her native land and go on an adventure. Become an expatriate.

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Book Reviews, Books, Fiction

BOOK REVIEW: Messed Up! But all for Love by Arvind Parashar

Pages: 176, Paperback
Published: 2017
Cover Rating: 3/5

Arvind Parashar’s latest work Messed Up! But all For Love is a story about love lost between two couples and themselves being tested by their own destiny.

Set in modern India, the story is about a couple, Gauri and Neil who used to lead a happily married life until a series of misfortunes create a void between them, thus, forcing them to pick their own separate ways. These series of misfortunes are displayed through flashbacks to a reader. Trust is often the root of relationships among humans and is showcased very well in this book in various forms.

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Book Reviews, Books, Fiction

BOOK REVIEW: Razor-Sharp Stories by Abhinav Kumar

Pages: 166, Kindle Edition

Published: August, 2017

Cover Rating: 3/5

A collection of short stories is always hard to analyse for a reader since there is so much context switch in between the stories and the writing style might vary as the stories collected are written over a period of time of months or maybe years. On picking up Abhinav Kumar’s debut work I had similar feelings. I took my time to read them as I felt the urge to read carefully to understand better and enjoy a collection of short stories at the same time. Maybe you might not agree with this point on me, or maybe you do but this one works for me when it comes to short stories.

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Book Reviews, Books, Fiction

BOOK REVIEW: The Search of the Myth by Prithviraj Desai

Pages: 256, Paperback
Published: July 2017 by Notion Press
Cover Rating: 4/5

Blend of history with right amount of suspense and adventure.

The adventure starts with an idea of deciphering the context by the protagonist and the surrounding characters in the pages of The Search of the Myth written by Prithviraj Desai who take his readers in the historical times of the Wreck of Grosvernor, sailing ship that used to operate under East India Company in 1780s. This wreck left a secret in the hands of a survivor which was supposed to be delivered to the King of England at that time, but is kept chasing throughout the history.

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Book Reviews, Books, Business, Non-Fiction

BOOK REVIEW: Aha to All in- Life Lessons From an Unexpected Entrepreneur by Jonathan Hagmaier

Pages: 212, Kindle Edition

Published: June 2017

Cover Rating: 2/5

Aha to All in by Jonathan Hagmaier and his co-authors William Long and Jeffrey Smith is not only a memoir of Jonathan’s entrepreneurial phase of life but also contains many lessons that have he struggled and conquered during his journey.

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blog, Blogging Tips

Boost Your Blogging Confidence and Write that Post

Lack of confidence is one of the reason why bloggers don’t publish their posts. Especially, in this age of information overload, we tend to gather much information without much effort about the needed topic or content interesting to us but due to lack of confidence your best post has never been published yet. We all struggle with the confidence at times when it comes to hitting the publish button. I have been blogging for more than four years and I battle the same force of struggle as you do, to feel confident. I have my doubt and worries similar to yours.

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