Monthly Archives: December 2017

Kaddish to My Parents and Other Poems by Ruth Netzer – Book Review

Kaddish to My Parents and Other Poems

BY: RUTH NETZER

Synopsis:

Enter the poignancy of Ruth’s world via her award-winning poetry

Wonderful selections from ten books of the author’s award-winning poetry appear in this largely autobiographical collection. The poems follow the experiences of the author during her childhood in the Land of Israel, her life with her parents during her growing years, and her all-consuming grief as she accompanies them towards their deaths.

Word paintings in poetry by an accomplished artist

Also included is a special section of “gallery poetry,” the aesthetic, experiential responses of the poet, who is also a painter. The concluding section features additional poems on various subjects (All drawings in the book are by the poet).

Enjoy the fruit of Ruth Netzer’s delicate yet powerful pen:

“The girl that I was is still standing there,

taking in all the sights and smells

of the days to come;

a small girl, in a small village, in a small valley,

and the sky is so high.”

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The Complete Guide to Children’s Drawings by Michal Wimmer – Book Review

The Complete Guide to Children’s Drawings: A Practical Handbook to Children’s Emotional World

BY: MICHAL WIMMER

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Gain entry into the world of children as you learn to interpret their drawings!

This informative book covers a wide range of subjects in children’s lives as represented by their drawings: ADHD, fears and anxiety, coping with divorce, stubbornness and power struggles, sibling rivalry, difficulties weaning, tantrums, new baby in family, learning disabilities, obesity, emotional intelligence, and more. It presents cases of children and adolescents coping with a variety of life challenges and clinical issues by way of interpreting their artwork.

An indispensable guide for both parents and professionals

Clinicians, educators, and parents will find this practical guide beneficial for understanding children’s strengths, weaknesses, and the reasons for their behavior. It can also aid them in initiating fruitful emotional dialog, based on specific insights from the drawings.

Acquire practical coping tools and solutions

The wisdom in this book is based on extensive psychological studies, innovative independent research, and vast clinical experience. Using over 250 colorful, real-life examples of children’s drawings, Wimmer offers more than 100 effective coping tools and solutions inspired by this artwork that can be extremely useful in enhancing children’s self-confidence and family relationships.

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It Happens by Karan Sharma – Book Review

It Happens

BY: KARAN SHARMA

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During our childhood days, we tend to have these crushes on people older than us that fade as we grow up. We never act upon them but they remain as memories that we always cherish.

But what happens when two adults with such an age difference fall in love?

It Happens is a story about how Gautam, a twenty-five-year-old upcoming professional and Roshni, an unmarried thirty-seven-year-old senior management member working in the same multinational bank, face this very question. Can two people with such a vast age difference be compatible?

The story is a romantic comedy that explores this situation in a light-hearted way as they fall in love, get laughed at by their friends and then develop cold feet, thinking about the repercussions their age difference could have on their marriage. Since this happens in India, where marriage is a major social issue, the plot holds further intrigue.

They say love is blind and makes one think with the heart, rather than the mind. Will two smart professionals make a mistake by doing so? Or will they listen to their logical senses at the last moment to avert what may be the biggest blunder of their lives?

It Happens…

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Murderous Greed by Arun K Nair – Book Review

Murderous Greed

BY: ARUN K NAIR

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Early one morning in the township of Avadi, a woman who was on her way to attend a relative’s wedding falls victim to a chain-snatcher and loses her life in the process. The very same morning, Karthik, an up and coming young businessman is found shot dead in his car in the middle of the road – the only witness to the incident being his employee Drishti who was in the car with him at the time. The responsibility of getting behind the root of both incidents falls on Inspector Satyajit, an intrepid and honest police officer, and his team who get cracking on both cases immediately. But as the investigation proceeds further, the incidents and the stories of those involved get increasingly confused and murkier. What illegal deals was Karthik involved in? Did these deals cause his untimely death? How is all this connected to the housewife who was killed the same morning? What is the part played by the mysterious Gun Club in all these events? Follow Satyajit as he attempts to uncover these dubious questions.

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In First Person by Lucy Paz – Book Review

In First Person

BY: LUCY PAZ

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Alice is thrilled with her new baby, but then war looms on the horizon

Since her baby was born Alice was in a permanent state of euphoria.She could spend hours cuddling her, feeding, doing everything possible just to touch her. But then black clouds gathered on the horizonas war loomed ahead.People began to hoard food, military-aged men disappeared from the streets, and long linesformed at stores. It was Alice’s first war in Israel, and the situation was grave.

The personal horror story of Alice’s first war comes back to haunt her

Alice was beside herself; the ground felt unsteady under her feet. Was it possible that what had happened then is going to happen again? Alice was born when World War II was raging. Her father joined the army and never returned. When the Nazis started transporting Jews to ghettos and death camps, her mother wanted to save her. So she gave her away.

Will Alice be mercilessly thrown back into the appalling experiences of her past?

Alice never knew her parents. They are faceless to her; she can’t see or imagine them. Was this war now happening so that Alice would finally be able to feel like her mother when she gave her child away?

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Dharmayoddha Kalki: Avatar of Vishnu by Kevin Missal – Book Review

Dharmayoddha Kalki: Avatar of Vishnu

BY: KEVIN MISSAL

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Whenever there is a decline in righteousness and an upsurge in unrighteousness, at that time, I take birth again.
– LORD GOVIND.
Born in the quiet village of Shambala, Kalki Hari, son of Vishnuyath and Sumati, has no idea about his heritage until he is pitted against tragedies and battles.
Whisked into the province of Keekatpur, which is under the fist of Lord Kali, Kalki sees the ignominy of death trumping life all around him. He learns that he has been born to cleanse the world he lives in, for which he must journey to the North and learn the ways of Lord Vishnu’s Avatar; from an immortal who wields an axe.
But trapped in the midst of betrayals, political intrigue and forces that seek to decimate him, will he be able to follow his destiny before the Kaliyug begins?

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Manthan: Boy Destined To Be God by Utkarsh Pandey – Book Review

Manthan: Boy Destined To Be God (The Kalki Chronicles Book 1)

BY: UTKARSH PANDEY

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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN GODS LOOK UP TO A MERE CHILD AS THE SAVIOUR OF PRITHVI?
IS HE THE AVATAR THE WORLD AWAITS?
WILL THIS BE THE END OF KALIYUGA?

Religion, truthfulness, cleanliness, tolerance, mercy, duration of life, physical strength and memory will all diminish day by day hypnotised by the powerful influence of the Age of Kali.

Blessed by Lord Shiva but banished by the other Gods to the depths of the underworld, a Deva seeks revenge. Punished for his valiant sacrifice and betrayed by his own kin, he decides to turn humans against their Gods. He arises as the powerful and invincible Kali, the creator of chaos and turmoil on Prithvi.

Adi Parashakti, the Supreme Goddess is left with only two choices… to destroy Prithvi or to summon a power to stand against the might of Kali.

As the world most eagerly awaits the Kalki Avatar, signifying the cleansing of the world from all its sorrows, Vasu, born to humble parents, unwittingly finds himself catapulted into the middle of a mighty churning, a MANTHAN, his simple and content life turned upside down.

Does the fate of Prithvi rest on the shoulders of a mere boy? Is he the chosen one?

The story of a boy who was destined to be God. 

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You Are Meant To Sing!: 10 Steps to Unlock Your Inner Voice by Helane Marie Anderson – Book Review

You Are Meant To Sing!: 10 Steps to Unlock Your Inner Voice

BY: HELANE MARIE ANDERSON

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Do you sing in the shower while being too afraid to share your voice with others? Do you long to be in touch with that part of yourself that loves to sing and use your voice? If you miss having the confidence to sing and would like to ready yourself to unleash your inner voice to the outer world, now is the time. Connecting with your vocal essence will open doors in every area of your life, and your voice is ready to be shared.

Learn how to unleash the power of your voice to the world!

This book presents a 10-step process for transforming your voice and learning how to harness your personal power muscles to sing. Discover the reasons why you have been too silent and overcome them as you acquire tools for using vocal expression to heal yourself. And most importantly, reconnect with a wellspring of inner joy through singing.

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