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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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Authors, Books, Interviews

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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Author Interview: Sanjai Velayudhan

Q. Hello Sanjai, and thank you for agreeing this interview and congratulations on your book, ‘Dance of the Spirits’. Tell me a little about yourself and your background?

Amandeep, I am very happy to be interviewed by you.

Originally from Kerala, I have lived in many cities both in India and abroad. Currently I am settled in Bangalore with my family. Professionally, I am a marketing consultant who works with global brands.

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BOOK REVIEW: One Enduring Lesson by Jamal Merchant

Pages: 280, Kindle Edition/Paperback
Published: July 2017, Rupa Publications
Cover Rating: 5/5

One Enduring Lesson by Jamal Merchant is a tale of reclaiming lost love. It is a tale of 27-year-old Anglo-Indian boy, Rahul, who arrives in Mumbai from London dreaming to achieve his goal of studying filmmaking. The city of dreams, Mumbai, from the start of his journey turns out to be a series of setback for him. From dark corners of streets being a professional rat-killer, finding a 9 to 5 beggar, Rahul finally settles to provide pleasure for the city’s rich women in exchange of money that is essential for his survival.

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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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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: 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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Top Non Fiction Books I read in 2016 Part 2

Hola! Welcome back to “Read in 2016” series of posts. I am glad you read the first post in the series in which I suggest you Top Non-Fiction Books I read this year, irrespective of their publication date. As, in the previous post, I discussed by motive to come out with these book lists is that to make your TBR list for next year, a bit heavy. So, I hope you are ready for some more titles. If you haven’t read the post go and read it here.

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Top Fiction Books I Read in 2016

Once again, I am offering you a number of books I enjoyed reading last year in a broader sense of a genre: Fiction.

Stoner by John Williams

A fascinating, fast, elegant read. William Stoner and we all have something in common.

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How to Read a Book?

If you are reading this post, then you are certain about the importance of ‘reading’.

To acquire knowledge with aim of increasing one’s understanding, is reading enough? The answer is yes, but the question remains, how?

We need to think about how we read and Mortimer Adler’s How to Read a Book is a perfect place to start with. Published in 1940, it immediately became a bestseller, and since that time the book has been updated many times, famously and notably by Charles van Doren in the 1970’s.

Most of the times, we think reading is something that you can do or you cannot – that is you can either read or not. The truth, however, is that reading is a skill that can be improved with knowledge and practice.

The goal of reading determines how you read. If you’re reading for entertainment, you’re going to read a lot differently and likely different material than if you’re reading to increase understanding. There’s nothing wrong in reading for entertainment but ask yourself, are you really learning anything new? Continue reading “How to Read a Book?”