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, Fiction, Reviews

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 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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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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Books, Guest Post

GUEST POST: Marianna’s Five Favourite Books

“Picking five favorite books is like picking the five body parts you’d most like not to lose.” – Neil Gaiman

OK. Five books? Really? Out of the hundred I read this year alone…I know it is a little bit extreme but what is life without challenges!
Hello guys and welcome to the countdown of my five favorite books that I have read through the years. I will try to give you as much information about each novel without any spoilers. This is after all a wormbook-friendly post.
Shall we begin?

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Book Reviews, Books, Fiction

BOOK REVIEW: One Fish, Two Fish, Big Fish, Little Fish by R Scott Tyler

Pages: 178

Published: 2016 by Griffonneur Press 

Cover Rating: 4/5

Life continues to move on since it consists of time and time is the constant, a frequently changing substance that we all are bound to. Same goes Family that we were introduced by Tyler in the first book of the trilogy: Smugglers in Paradise.

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