Book Reviews, Books, Non-Fiction

BOOK REVIEW: Happiness is All We Want by Ashutosh Mishra

Pages: 212, Paperback
Published: 2017 by Bloomsbury
Cover Rating: 3/5

Modern day life is busy. To lead a certain lifestyle, one has to be first consciously aware of the fact that one wants to lead a certain lifestyle. This certain type of lifestyle is directly proportional to the individual self. Neglecting this self may become harmful. However, the wellbeing of this self can be divided in three inter-related dependent bodies: Mind, Body and Soul. Ashutosh Mishra’s latest book, Happiness is All We Want, released earlier this year will guide you to attain the level of self wellbeing.

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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 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 REVIEW: Worthy-Boost Your Self-Worth to Grow Your Net Worth by Nancy Levin

Published in August, 2016 by Hay House Inc.

Pages 259, Kindle Edition

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What if I told you that your net worth is determined by your self-worth, and by self-worth I mean how you treat yourself. A more convincing way would be reading Nancy Levin’s Worthy-Boost Your Self-Worth to Grow Your Net Worth. According to her, the real key to financial freedom isn’t changing what we do, it’s changing how we feel.

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Book Reviews, Books, Fiction

BOOK REVIEW: All That Man is by David Szalay

Published: April 2016 by Vintage

Pages: 448, Kindle Edition

Cover Rating: 5/5

Listed for THE 2016 MAN BOOKER PRIZE

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Over 400 pages, in David Szalay’s latest book, All That Man is, you get to vivisect the man part of our species by dwelling into nine different stories that are equivalent to nine different specimens of the male gender. Each man is younger than the next one and are away from home in a country in Europe. In one interview to a magazine, David told that he wanted to entitle the book Europa.

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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 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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