Monthly Archives: May 2016

Write or Wrong by Ajit Kumar Jha – Book Review

Write or Wrong

BY: AJIT KUMAR JHA

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While working under a stern publisher who dealt with his staff like a military commander, the protagonist said something to the publisher that made him start sweating in the month of December. What did he say? What did the astrologer who claimed to have served under Subhash Chandra Bose in the INA and predicted the time of death of some Indian political leaders, reveal to the protagonist? The unseen and unknown remote employers connected to the protagonist through the Internet make the protagonist wonder if he is living in an Orwellian 1984 or The Brave New World of Huxley! Is it too late when the protagonist discovers he is working for a Pakistani company? Does the protagonist eventually catch up with Melissa, a fly-by-night, faceless, remote employer? The publishing world is changing rapidly today, when everyone is a writer and reader alike, and getting published can be a cakewalk. Read on…

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Mindful But Absent by Vikas Gupta – Book Review

Mindful But Absent

BY: VIKAS GUPTA

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This is a story about relationships within a family unit and close friends for a happy & enriching life. It traces fictional journeys of a few friends from IIM Ahmedabad over the course of 25 years Set against the backdrop of multiple bottom-line or impact investments, it highlights inherent conflicts of success in the intensely competitive lives of these MBAs. The story amalgamates rustic India and contemporary global with its wry humor and its take on the startup ecosystem which most professionals may relate to.

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False Ceilings by Amit Sharma – Book Review

False Ceilings

BY: AMIT SHARMA

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Born in the lush mountains of Dalhousie in 1930, Shakuntala is a pampered child of a wealthy builder. On her wedding night she is gifted a secret to use wisely when the time comes.

From the green valleys of Dalhousie to a village in Punjab reeling under the communal violence of 1947; from the Delhi of 1950s with its intoxicating smell of freedom to the Delhi of 1970s soaked in the hippie culture; from the Delhi of 1984 smelling of burnt tyres to the Delhi of 90s raising its Frankenstein of urbanization, the cancerous secret breathes with her, infects her. It is accidentally passed down, hidden under insecurities and jealousies, locked in its meaninglessness and leaving a trail of ruin.

When her great- grandson accidentally discovers the secret in 2065, he is perplexed by the malice that flowed in his family’s blood. Was it just the secret or his family would have destroyed itself even in its absence? Why was their love never greater than their unsaid expectations from each other?

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A Wanderlust’s Journey To God’s own Country

This blog is about books then why I have posted an article about my dream vacation on this? Surprising! Isn’t it? Well, if you know the reason behind it then you will not find it out of place at all. Not wanting to keep you guessing the reason any longer, let me enlighten you by the fact that the seed for this vacation was sowed by a Phantom comic long back when I was a kid. I am a bibliophile and an avid reader since my childhood. Those days, Phantom comics were very popular among kids in India and I was (and still am) also a great fan of those comics. The publishers, Indrajaal comics, had published a series of three books where the kids of phantoms were shown playing and enjoying in their tree house. The pictures and my imagination of living a life on a tree were mesmerising and I yearned to live in a tree house even after several years of reading those books.

The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni – Book Review

The Palace of Illusions

BY: CHITRA BANERJEE DIVAKARUNI

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A retelling of the timeless Indian epic, the Mahabharata with a modern twist The Palace of Illusions takes us back to a time that is half-history, half-myth, and wholly magical; narrated by Panchali, the wife of the five Pandava brothers, we are finally given a woman’s take on the timeless tale that is the Mahabharata Tracing Panchali’s life from fiery birth and lonely childhood, where her beloved brother is her only true companion; through her complicated friendship with the enigmatic Krishna; to marriage, motherhood and Panchali’s secret attraction to the mysterious man who is her husbands’ most dangerous enemy. The Palace of Illusions is a deeply human novel about a woman born into a man’s world, a world of warriors, gods and the ever manipulating hands of fate.

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