Book List, Books, Non-Fiction

What to Read in 2018? A List of books worth your time

In 2017, I started my voracious reading journey with the word “productivity” in mind. In my workflow, I wanted to be as productive as I could but later realise that it has its limitations. First limitation that I come across as I continued on my path as I found that there is a vast field and there are sub-niches that fall under that word. I had to make a decision on how will I benefit more in terms of productivity itself but more importantly having/developing that mindset? I came across 28 books throughout the year. Few were recommendations from people who share similar goals as mine and few were picks of my own.

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Book Reviews, Books, Fiction, Reviews

BOOK REVIEW: Ice Bound by Hywel Richard Pinto

Pages: 234

Publisher: Becomeshakespeare.com First edition (20 July 2015)

Cover Rating: 4/5

In a post-apocalyptic world, Earth is mostly covered by snow. A group of residents are traversing these frozen lands and being led by a man in search of his own father. The Diabolical army have always been one step ahead but are not the only concern of the group. Another major concern that exist is beating the nature in its own game.

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Authors, blog, Interviews

Author Interview: Manoj Jain

Q. Hi Mr. Manoj Jain, and thank you for agreeing this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?

By profession I am a businessman running my own export company, a business I started after I completed my studies at IIM Ahmedabad. I have always wanted to write and I finally made the plunge, writing during my business travels. Besides my business and travels, I keep busy with my ongoing psychology studies as well as learning Spanish. I believe that a person should constantly learn and grow oneself.

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blog, Book Reviews, Books, Fiction, Thrillers

BOOK REVIEW: The Dravidian by Kalyan C. Kankanala

Pages: 178

Published: October 2017

Cover Rating: 5/5

I have said this so many times on my blog, few Indian authors write about the ancient cultural knowledge that this diverse nation possess. Dr. Kalyan C. Kankanala does that in his latest book, The Dravidian. Dravidians are an ancient tribe residing in South India since the age of mythical stories such as The Ramayana. What more interesting about this book is that it is a legal thriller.

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Book Reviews, Books, Fiction, Reviews, science fiction, Thrillers

BOOK REVIEW: Aliens in Delhi by Sami Ahmad Khan

Pages: 300, Paperback

Published: 2017 by Niyogi Books

Cover Rating: 3/5

Sci-Fi fans I have a new delight for you this time. Dr. Sami Ahmad Khan’s latest book that concerns with an extra-terrestrial race of reptiloids invasion of planet Earth. That too very much close to the place I currently live. (Brownie points to author for that). It is titled as Aliens in Delhi. Fascinating enough for me!

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BOOK REVIEW: Ramona by Manoj Jain

Pages: 110, Paperback
Published: 2017 by Notion Press
Cover Rating: 5/5
Manoj Jain released his fourth book few weeks back. After his success of his third novel Balraj which made an honest effort to explore deeper psychological and spiritual self, somewhat a territory that not many contemporary Indian writers try to explore. His latest book Ramona, a novella, which originally is a sequel to Balraj but works well as a standalone novel explores psychology of an abandoned married woman.

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BOOK SPOTLIGHT: The Dravidian – God’s Own Tribe by Kalyan Kankanala

Pages: 139

Published: 25 October 2017

Blurb

“From a renowned IP Attorney, Professor and Author comes a fast paced legal thriller!

The Dravidian tribe in the Western Ghats holds the key to ancient knowledge capable of redefining the fundamentals of modern medicine. When an army of Bio Pirates descend on them, the warrior tribe is faced with an adversary that must be taken down at all costs to avoid complete destruction. The last weapon in the Dravidian arsenal is Arjun Mamidi, a young, blind lawyer. 

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Authors, Interviews

Author Interview: Jyotika Teckchandani

Q. Hi Jyotika, and thank you for agreeing this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?

Hi. A voracious reader, ardent writer, passionate teacher, movie buff, shopaholic, zealous dancer are few ways  I would like to describe myself. I enjoy the simple pleasures of life and create value in every situation.

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BOOK REVIEW: Tribe of Mentors – Short Life Advice from the Best in the World by Timothy Ferriss

Pages: 624, Kindle Edition

Published: 21st November 2017, by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Cover Rating: 5/5 (hint: something is in symmetry, see carefully)

I get excited when I hear Tim Ferriss is going to release a new book. The guy knows what to write, or at least how to present information in terms of mere words. Last year, I spent 18 days on his Tools of Titans which came out in the month of December. I haven’t spent more than 15 days on Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace and War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. Tim’s books tend to cover a vast amount of information that is not easy for a human brain to process. After putting my nose in his other books such as The 4 Hour Work Week and The 4 Hour Body earlier this year, I had a plan.

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BOOK REVIEW: The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz

Pages: 448, Kindle Edition
Published: 2017 by MacLehose Press
Cover Rating: 4/5
To continue the legacy left by Steig Larsson, Swedish writer David Lagercrantz has made another effort with the release of The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye. Blomkvist and Salander join forces once again to try and bring down the forces of the Registry. It is being chilly here in past few days, and I love reading crime novels at this time of the year. Perfect weather for Scandinavian crime stories.

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