The Four Patriots by Sumit Agarawal – Book Review

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The Four Patriots

BY: SUMIT AGARWAL

Synopsis:

Have you ever fallen victim to the system? Felt humiliated and helpless? Have you fought back?
Meet four such patriots: Varun, an NRI software engineer; Salman, CEO of Coffee Moments; Raghav, a virtuous politician and Aditya, an altruistic businessman.

Fate brings these four lives together at a crossroads, pushing these unlikely heroes out of their comfort zones to fight a seemingly unstoppable evil force which wants to hold our country captive. The four companions, who have always had each other’s back, will now come face-to-face with the biggest challenge of their lives—a labyrinthine plot rife with perilous twists and wicked turns. With the nation’s future at stake, will they be able to destroy the Chakravyuh intricately laid down by the enemies of India? Will they come out of it alive?

A story about friendship, faith and courage, replete with romance and patriotism, The Four Patriots is a racy, contemporary thriller sure to give you goose bumps. Pick this book if you do not believe ‘is desh ka kuch nahin ho sakta’; and if you think all is not lost, this is a must-read!

Confused Bastards by Manav Vigg – Book Review

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Confused Bastards

BY: MANAV VIGG

Synopsis:

What happens when three entrepreneurs initiate a start-up which shocks the nation?
Aakash, Jai and Vivek are mostly usual in their ways, except for some. Struggling with their own inner conflicts as well as the cruel world outside, they decide to show the world their true potential. To make it big. But how? They become the voice of the nation by starting up an online platform where people can upload unabashed, unapologetic videos, venting out their angst against people, politics, bosses, lovers, taboos, or just about anything. Even the founders themselves.

The platform spreads like wild fire. But when has fire doused without burning a few!

Confused Bastards is not just a witty, gritty, fast-paced journey of three friends, it’s also an intolerant story for a tolerant country!

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There are 4 types of book lovers or should I say readers:

  1. Involved Readers:

    They don’t just love to read books, but they love to read about books. For them, half the fun of reading is the thrill of the chase – discovering new books and authors, and discussing their finds with others. Involved readers may visit websites and read reviews to gather information about their next purchase.

  2. Exacting Readers:

    They love books but they rarely have as much time to read as they would like – so they are very particular about the books they choose.

  3. Serial Readers:

    Once they discover a favourite writer, they tend to stick with him/her through thick and thin.

  4. Eclectic Readers:

    They read for entertainment but also to expand their mind. They are open to new ideas and new writers, and are not wedded to a particular genre or limited range of authors.

Turning Back Time by Shravya Gunipudi – Book Review

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Turning Back Time

BY: SHRAVYA GUNIPUDI

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When people we love pass away, they only take their presence with them. They leave their memories with us. The story revolves around ‘Alia’, an emotionally distant woman, and how the lives of four elderly strangers impact her own very deeply, bringing about a change in the way she treats herself and those around her. As the clock begins to tick and they each start to die, leaving their stories behind for her to learn from, she finds that the depression and trauma caused by their loss have left with her the gift of a lifetime… Realisation. In the tale of life, death and the ride in between, where there are always mistakes and never second chances, there is only one question. Can you make it through without regrets?

The Peshwa by Ram Sivasankaran – Book Review

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The Peshwa: The Lion and The Stallion

BY: RAM SIVASANKARAN

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It is the 18th century and despite the dominant Mughal rule, the Maratha Confederacy has established itself as a force to be reckoned with in the Indian Subcontinent. The fragile peace between the two powers is threatened when Balaji Vishvanath Bhat, Peshwa of the Confederacy, foils the plans of Nizam Ul Mulk of the Mughal Empire, and asserts the power of the Marathas. However, little does the Peshwa know that he has dealt the Nizam an unintended wound—one with roots in his mysterious past and one that he would seek to avenge till his last breath.

When the Peshwa surrenders his life to a terminal illness dark clouds gather over the Confederacy as it is threatened by a Mughal invasion as well as an internal rebellion.

All the while a passive spectator, the Peshwa’s son, Bajirao Bhat, now needs to rise beyond the grief of his father’s passing, his scant military and administrative experience, and his intense love for his wife and newborn son to rescue everything he holds dear. Will the young man be able to protect the Confederacy from internal strife and crush the armies of the Empire all while battling inner demons? Will he live up to his title of Peshwa?

My Father Is A Hero by Nishant Kaushik – Book Review

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My Father Is A Hero

BY: NISHANT KAUSHIK

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Vaibhav Kulkarni has had few accomplishments worth boasting about in his modest life and career. Yet, his happy universe lies intact in the love and pride his ten-year-old daughter inspires in him. Nisha Kulkarni justifies every reason to be the favourite child of Pune’s premier school-be it her academic brilliance, her exceptional facility with music, or simply her unassuming charm. With his daughter showing promising signs of a stellar success story, Vaibhav has made peace with own unrequited dreams of the past. But when the girl mysteriously starts losing mojo and spirals into despair and seclusion, Vaibhav faces the toughest test of his life as single father – to reclaim his child’s trust and happiness. What distance will a middle-class man with limited means go to show his daughter the merit in believing in a dream?

The Tantric Curse by Anupama Garg – Book Review

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The Tantric Curse

BY: ANUPAMA GARG

Synopsis:

On an amavasya night, eight-year-old Rhea mysteriously lands at the doors of Shaktidham, a Tantric house of worship, in a trance. Realizing that she is blessed with unusual faculties, the guru of Shaktidham, Satya, chooses her as a disciple over his own son, Krishnam, to carry on his lineage, a privilege previously bestowed only to males. But the lineage has been cursed for generations, and it is up to Rhea to either break the curse or perish in the attempt.

Will she succeed in her endeavour? Will her love for Krishnam become an obstacle in her path? The Tantric Curse, an unusual story set in the world of Tantra that aims to dispel most of the myths about the practice, will keep you spellbound till the very last page.

A Forgotten Affair by Kanchana Banerjee – Book Review

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A Forgotten Affair

BY: KANCHANA BANERJEE

Synopsis:

Sagarika Mehta walks out of her nine-year-old marriage, meets with a near-fatal accident and goes into a deep coma all on the same day. After six months, she wakes up with no memory of her past. When she is discharged from hospital a year later, Rishab, her husband, whisks her away to an unfamiliar address in Gurgaon to convalesce.

There, in that plush apartment, with people waiting on her hand and foot, Sagarika can’t shake off the feeling that something is wrong.

Why does the scent of a particular cologne unsettle her? Why does the innocuous word ‘cheeni’ bother her? And why is Rishab so evasive in response to her queries about her past?

A Forgotten Affair is a gripping story of a woman caught between two worlds.

In Conversation with Gunjan Jain – Author of ‘She Walks, She Leads’

As an inspired writer, speaker and thought leader, Gunjan Jain is keen to interpret leadership. A principled follower of the Bhagvad Gita and Jnana Yoga and the values they uphold, Gunjan’s most compelling source of motivation is her keen interest in people – to learn from and connect with universally.

She has studied in five countries across three continents. A graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA, with a BSc in economics and finance, Gunjan earned her Master’s in investment management from Cass Business School, City University, UK. She holds a diploma in Image Management from the London Image Institute and the Academy of Image Mastery in Singapore and a diploma on International Etiquette and Protocol from the finishing school, Institute Villa Pierrefeu in Switzerland. An explorer by heart, Gunjan travels where work takes her globally and currently has her roots grounded in New Delhi, Mumbai and London.

Tell us something about yourselfgunjan-jain-2

I was born in a traditional Marwari family in Kolkata and spent the first 18 years of my life living a protected existence. I then went abroad to study and spent many years away pursuing my Bachelors and my Masters. The time away from home and everything familiar opened me up to facets of myself that I did not know existed and eventually led me to my raison d’etre – writing.

How did you come up with the idea of penning “She Walks She Leads”?

Today, our society is in a state of transition where there is a constant struggle between abiding by our traditions and at the same time keeping pace with the current times. And women, in my mind, feel most stuck in the quagmire. But, it is clear that many of the successful women have figured out how to toe the line. I would read about these successful women in the papers and magazines and wonder how they could manage it all.  And, then it occurred to me that if their success stories could be brought out, they would be a great source of inspiration for those of us who are starting off or striving along our chosen paths. This thought was the starting point of She Walks, She Leads.

The book, therefore, does not eulogise the achiever, but instead revisits every impossible struggle, every hard lesson, every defeat and every revival…in a bid to inspire and teach.

Friends For Life

Recently I came to know about ZEE TV’s Yaaron Ki Baraat, a program celebrating friendship. Immediately my mind started wandering to figure out who is my best friend. As the program is one of its kind and for the first time on Indian television, ZEE TV brings a fun-filled chat show called Vivo Smartphone presents Yaaron Ki Baraat co-powered by Amazon.in and Brooke Bond Red Label. A chat show that will put celebrity friendships to test through a series of fun challenges and tasks, I also ransacked my brain to get the answer to my question; who is my best friend? So before I could choose a name, I thought to find out what friendship exactly means. And I looked at Wikipedia to find out the definition of friendship which said,

Friendship is a relationship of mutual affection between people. Friendship is a stronger form of interpersonal bond than an association. A World Happiness Database study found that people with close friendships are happier. Although there are many forms of friendship, some of which may vary from place to place, certain characteristics are present in many types of bond. Such characteristics include affection, sympathy, empathy, honesty, altruism, mutual understanding, and compassion, enjoyment of each other’s company, trust, and the ability to be oneself, express one’s feelings, and make mistakes without fear of judgement from the friend.