Kya Padha Hai,Kya Padh Rahe Hain, Kya Padhenge

Took this from Smitha’s blog today morning. A tag, an easy tag and that too about books 🙂

This tag comes from Shouldbereading’s blog which is a weekly Wednesday tag about reading!

Although I should have done this tag on my books blog, but nevertheless, I just started writing here, so!

These are the Question I need to answer here:

-What are you currently reading?
-What did you recently finish reading?
-What do you think you’ll read next?

Ans1: I’m currently reading two books: 

  

Ans2: I recently finished reading and reviewed on my books blog here.

 

 

 

Ans3: Next I want to pick up 

 

 

It is on my mind since long but somehow am not able to pick it up, started reading 1st part a month back but could not continue beyond 15 pages so stopped. I want to restart!

 

 

 

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Return of Sanity

No, this is no forthcoming sequel or a prequel (well, ‘returns’ can’t be a prequel, can it?). This is me, Scribby talking about her sanity returning back to her and how!

How would you feel when you would realize the fact that you’ve not read a book in 1 whole year? NO BOOK AT ALL? Feeling astonished, sad, insane for yourself? I felt just the same and more. I felt I’ve stopped being what I used to be, the earlier me and all that symptoms, you know what I mean?

That said, if I love reading so much, how could I not read a single book in 12 months? Not digestible, is it? I agree with you, so much so that, I questioned my love for reading, my ability of prioritizing things in my life and my intelligence to make right choices! I discussed with friends, most of them said it is okay and it happens. My inner self felt better by these coming from friends, feeling I’m not doing something very wrong that I felt I was doing, you get me?

Again, that said (I know I’ve been using “that said” frequently, but I like it!) I stopped questioning my intentions and love for reading and picked a book. JUST PICKED IT UP!!! No thinking no sulking, just started reading and voila! I read a book in a week’s time and this with the same job, same super active toddler in tow, same husband and same deadlines! I did finish a book in a week’s time and that’s what matters to me today!

I realized, (as if this is a major find of the century in mankind, huh!) that instead of sulking and mulling over something it is better to just get going, it works, it really does!

The best part was, even when I was not reading, it didn’t help me refrain from buying books, sigh! That madness remains, buying books, feeling superb about it and touching those fresh pages of the books that must have been printed in some city by some man who does this for earning and maybe has no intention to pause and see what he is doing for so many readers out there!

If at all anyone is reading me on this page, I mean if I still have some readers left that is, I’ve posted a book review on my book reviews blog. The below link will take you there, so go click 🙂

Latest Book Review : March 2014

A Nook for Books :)

I must thank you Smitha for this lovely idea of creating a separate blog for book reviews. Visiting your blog today was so much fun to explore only book reviews in a row 🙂

Though I don’t read much these days but whatever I read, it would be good to keep it separate from the personal blog, that ways my collection gets assorted and gets stored at one place.

The idea was so tempting to me that I created a new blog right away and by right away I mean today itself 🙂 and I’m happy with what I’ve now in my hands!

Of course I would want you to go visit my blog and let me know how it looks and if there is any suggestion on the content placement front.

So Smiths, thank you once again for this one, I owe this to you 🙂

My Book Reviews Blog can be found here.

‘Business Sutra’-Devdutt Pattanaik

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About the book

Author

Devdutt Pattanaik

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ISBN

978-81-923280-7-2

Price [INR]

695/-

Pages

437

Main Plot

As the title itself suggests, the book presents a very Indian approach to management. In truer sense a very real approach! In an instant what attracts you to the book is the graphical presentation, the conceptualization and the introduction of the book.

No. of Characters

NA

Tone of writing

Technical yet simple to comprehend.
My take on the book

Do I recommend the book?

Yes. I like it.

Review

>The book is authored by the CBO (Chief Belief Officer) of Future Group. He has also mentioned in the introduction of what exactly CBO is. You will be amazed knowing the background of the role and how it came into existence. The designation does sound posh and carries a lot of responsibility.

>The book is divided into 3 parts: IntroductionFrom Goal to Gaze and Business Sutra.

> It carries a sense of responsibility for the reader, creating that space in reader’s mind which absorbs the fundamentals presented in the book.

>The book has connected mythology with the management business facts and it has been done beautifully, one has to read the book to know what I mean.

>The info-graphics presented in the book are very cute and precise. Looking at those images one feels that you are being taught the concepts right there on a white board. It gives a pleasant feeling to look at those graphics. A different way to present diagrams.

>There are examples accompanied by the theories and the speciality of them is they are quick and short to read, unlike other management books which have longish examples/case studies to prove a point.

>And the examples are not only ‘examples’ from corporate scenes but there are subtle connections between the mythology and corporate culture. Putting a ditto from the book here as an example:

“When asked why he needed a chief operating officer, Aniruddh told the Chief Executive Officer that he needed someone downstairs to pay attention to quarterly targets and someone upstairs to pay attention to the long-term prospects of the company. ‘I want the CEO to think of the five-year plans, product development and talent management, not waste his time thinking of how to achieve today’s sales’. Aniruddh knows that there will be tension between the CEO and COO, as the COO will have more control over the present yet will have to report to someone whose gaze is on the future. This tension between the sarpa and the garud was necessary if Lakshmi had to keep walking into the company for a sustained time.”

The above paragraph also accompanies a quick image to explain the Garud and Laxmi relationship.

>Also, interestingly, the author himself has written a section on “How to reject this book”. There are 14 statements/questions mentioned in this section which are hilarious, really and the last one is a cracker which says “Devdutt Pattanaik will solve my problems” 🙂 .It brings a smile on your face!

>This book is like any workshop that people attend to hone their managerial, team building, people management, time management and business acumen skills.

>It is hilarious, interesting and deep.

>It is different from the run of the mill management books.

>I’ll recommend everyone to read this book, whether you belong to management or not!

 

‘The Better Man’-Anita Nair

About the book

Author

 Anita Nair

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ISBN

978-0-312-25311-0

Price [INR]

250/-

Pages

288

Main Plot

The story revolves round the main character Mukundan’s life, personality, weaknesses and how he deals with newly acquired fame and importance. Based in fictitious village KAIKURUSSI, Kerala, the novel talks about the power of relationships, healing and how a person’s childhood follows him/her even in the later phases of life.

No. of Characters

 3

Tone of writing

Nice but sometimes gets complicated
My take on the book

Do I recommend the book?

I’ll categorize it as ‘not a must read’ but I’m not rejecting this as well.

Reasons Being

> It is deep, thoughtful and showcases a person’s life whose childhood has been tormenting him.>It is about priorities in one’s life, priorities of relationships and one’s importance in society. It is about what a person wants from himself and life!

>The language is great otherwise but sometimes it gets too much complicated with over usage of metaphors like “walked in the belly of the house” or a “cascading the universe of ice cream” etc. metaphors do sound good but if they are used on every other page, they become boring, just my take!

>If you have read Anita’s “Ladies Coupe” then you might not like this one so much. Though I did not dislike this book but I’m sure I would recommend it so much.

>It also gets a little slow in unfolding the story. Some places I also felt that a lot of description of situations could have scrapped out, making it a little short.

>Generally, it happens that when a book gets lengthy or boring I put it away, but this was a little different. I finished it to the T though it took me 3 months !

>Something about the story makes you read it further but not without thinking that “could it not be a little simple and short”

‘My Lawfully Wedded Husband’-Madhulika Liddle

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About the book

Author

 Madhulika Liddle

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ISBN

978-93-81626-87-0

Price [INR]

250/-

Pages

215

Main Plot

The book is a collection of 12 short stories. ‘My lawfully Wedded Husband’ being one of the titles.

No. of Characters

NA

Tone of writing

Simple & Easy.
My take on the book

Do I recommend the book?

Not Really. Actually it depends to whom I have to recommend the book to. If it is someone who has recently started reading, I might as well give my nod to the book.

Review

> It is a book which turned out to be simple, straight and light.

> Stories have twists which surprises the reader at some places, but most of the times it is average.

> A one time, to-be-read-while on journey type of a book.

> This book doesn’t throw its weight around; it is an easy read with not much hullabaloo in it.

> A total desi book and that is something which will connect the Indian readers to it.

> One can relate to the characters carved in the stories, well mostly, like Veera’s character where in his mother keeps telling him to be polite and succumbing all the time OR that of a girl  from ‘A tale of a summer vacation’ who visits her grandmother.

> If you have read other serious books or the books you would like to tag as serious writing, like not in literal terms as dark fiction or something, but in a way serious writing, you would feel this one doesn’t suit your category.

> Honestly, I was expecting a little more from what the book is yielding.

> This book is really good for starters, the new readers who have just stepped in the world of reading or the ones who don’t know where to start reading from.

> This book will also be a help when any reader is not sure which book to pick up next.

> Read it with no expectations and maybe you’ll love it.

> I’m not saying that this book is not good but I certainly don’t ‘recommend’ it per say. If you are a multiple / short story lover, then this is a perfect read for you. If you are long story lover and want some substantial reading to be done, this book would prove a wrong choice.

> This book is from the author who wrote The Muzaffar Jang Series. I’ve not yet read this series but have heard about it and by the name of it also, the series sounds intriguing.

> If you have read and liked TMJ series, you might as well like this book of Madhulika.

> All in all an ‘okay’ category book about which I would not rave but then it is my own view. You must take a look at the book before you make an opinion about it, really!

>No book is good or bad, only the suitability of the reader differs. For this one, I’m not the suitable reader, I must say that J

Read-o-Meter 2012

I had listed these books for reading this year, eventually could only read 13!

I want to thanks to BlogAdda for adding to my reading list, I got few very nice books from via their Book Review Program and I’m looking forward to receive more 🙂

So 2013 dawns upon me with new reading challenge. I don’t know if challenge is the right word to it or maybe challenge is the word I should use because that keeps me on track in terms of reading, given the way I’m pressed for time these days, I can only wish I could read at least 5 books this new year, sigh!!!!

Any way, but this year I’m not making any list of books. I’ll just set a target of 15 books and read them! Hoping to reach to the number by the end of 2013!

What’s up with you?How was your 2012 in terms of reading?

‘The Palace of Illusions’-Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

I read this novel almost a month back; what took me so long to write this review? Honestly, it was not because I didn’t find time to post a review but it was the munching that was being done by the mind after reading the novel. And it doesn’t stop there. I also got the entire Mahabharata TV series, that most of us have seen in our childhood, and watched it again; there are some 94 episodes ! Not only did my childhood memories rekindled but a newer perception to look at the story was formed. I’m glad I picked this boon on recommendations from so many blog friends, truly it does justice to the expectations one has built on reading raving reviews!

About the book

Author

 Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni [CBD]

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ISBN

9780330458535

Price [INR]

395/-

Pages

360

Main Plot

The epic tale-Mahabharata.

No. of Characters

1 main lead

Tone of writing

Narrative, Capturing, Assertive & Reminiscing.
My take on the book

Do I recommend the book?

Yes, very much.

The reasons I liked the book

>It showcases one of the sides of Mahabharata. The Panchali’s side.

>It has the essence of all emotions of women. How giving a woman could be, how sacrificing, how intelligent and how her anger can get worlds collide into each other.

>The book appropriately describes Draupadi’s point of view, her feelings, her aspirations; anything and everything related to her very existence- right from her birth to the day she got married to 5 men, to the day she was humiliated by Duryodhan, to the day when she took oath to take revenge and to the day when she and her husbands came out as winners yet she lost so much!

>The writing has a flow, which takes you with it; you don’t want to stop reading it at any time. Even if you put it down, the next time you pick it up the flow continues. That’s brilliant writing, according to me!

>The author has done a deep study of the epic tale of Indian history and has done justice to the original plot.

>One might have seen and read Mahabharata several times, or must remember the TV series from their childhood, but the version that CBD has presented, is not seen or heard, I’m sure!

>The story takes you to the nooks and corners of Indraprastha, Hastinapur and eventually Kurukshetra.

>It’s immensely commendable how one can feel the jealousy that Duryodhan felt, the anger that Bheem felt, the vengeance that Draupadi felt, the unspoken love in Karna’s heart for Draupadi, the unconditional love of the 5 brothers for each other… every single aspect of Mahabharata can be felt because of the way it has been written.

>I absolutely loved the fact that it is not named on the lines of Mahabharata but it is named what it should’ve been-The Palace of Illusions, cause that’s what it is all about! The Indrapastha was the palace of illusions from where it all got kick started, the entire tale is an illusion in itself because everyone can have his or her own view on the parts of Mahabharata. It is all illusive yet real!

>It makes your heart ache for the love that Karna could never express, It makes you feel unjustified for the boundaries that Bheeshma gets himself surrounded by, it makes you feel sorry for Gandhari who lost everything even without being a part of the conspiracy her brother weaved and with all these emotions and more, at the end of it all you feel why it had to happen because it just took so much from every person involved in the story and had after effects too!

On the other hand

>For the very first time there is a book, for which I don’t have not a single negative remark to list or maybe the pluses of the book would not give a chance to the reader to invest time in finding negatives J

’31 A thriller’-Upendra Namburi

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About the book
Author Upendra Namburi
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ISBN 9789381626757
Price [INR] Price not mentioned on the book
Pages 372
Main Plot The story revolves around a banker-Ravi Shashtri who is the Regional Head Marketing, South India at Imperial Bank. Due to a global crisis in the bank, the India business also feels the currents. The top layer of the company becomes unstable, there are exits and entries and this exerts pressure on Ravi and his targets shoot up. He is caught in the dilemma of taking rough decisions just to make his job secure. So much turbulence in his professional life creates issues in his personal life which ironically results in corporate ‘9-5 fling’ adding more ripples to his personal life. The novel is an interesting account of turn of events in Ravi’s life in the span of 31 days of the month of March.
No. of Characters 1 main lead
Tone of writing Simple, Slang-ish and Overboard at some places
My take on the book
Do I recommend the book? Not really
The reasons being >It is a typical account of a senior banking professional and how he deals with the pressures of personal and professional life.

>Had it not been termed as a ‘thriller’, it would still have made through because by no means is it a thriller but the word is added to the name of the book as a tag and it raises expectations.

>While reading you don’t feel there is something new to read about, especially for the readers who are corporate professionals.

>There are places where it feels the slangs are pushed in the language, to make it polished and flashy but actually it sounds pretty artificial.

>Slangs like “he slit my balls” etc in a taunting ironic tone are used to colourise the storyline which I felt were not necessary at all places.

>Exaggeration of the corporate pressures is done to the hilt. For example: if one’s wife undergoes an abortion, do you think one still would not go to attend the wife because there are deadlines to attend?

>There comes a point where you start feeling that entire world’s stress is put on our Mr. Banker and he is solely responsible for handling it just like it is portrayed in today’s saas-bahu serials where in the bahu is always made to face some or the other challenge thrown at her by the saas.

On the other hand >It is light, quick and flow-y.

>Good for a time pass travel novel.

>It shows a dramatic picture of the corporate world and its pressures to people who are yet to step in or don’t belong to the corporate world.

>It also tells you about how the corporate world functions when hit by retrenchment, how one is put in a spot to make quick decisions and how one feels when job security is shaky.

>A quick glance at the professionals’ life and his inability to strike the balance between work and personal life.

>A good read for the ones who want to read a no brainer story.

‘The Kite Runner’-Khaled Hosseini

About the book

Author

 Khaled Hosseini

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ISBN

978-0-7475-6653-3

Price [INR]

263/- [Flipkart]

Pages

324

Main Plot

With a backdrop of Taliban ruled Afganistan, the story is set up in Kabul and partly in America, of two little boys-one a royal Pashtun blood-Amir and the other a mere HazaraHassan.The story is of their lives, their friendship, separation, guilt, truths and secrets.The story goes to tell you how one coward decision darkens the future, how one lie erects boundaries, how distances crush relationships, how love never loses faith, how life becomes cheap, how killing a human being under the name of religion and God’s wish becomes passion, how one’s caste becomes one’s reason of death…how just one step towards the truth brings in courage and makes one a guilt free human being!

No. of Characters

2 main leads

Tone of writing

Flowing, Simple and Capturing.
My take on the book

Do I recommend the book?

Yes, very much.

The reasons I liked the book

>It has honest expressions, simplicity and the words carry the fearless truth.

>The story reaches you; you can feel it pumping in your heart all the while.

>It is that kind of a book which will remain with you forever; no matter how heart-breaking it is, it will always be close to your heart.

>Every time you will keep down the book, for a break, you will feel the urge to pick it up again and reach the end; however, honestly at some places I felt the story should not unfold, felt that I don’t want to know what happens next, I don’t want to miss a beat again-all this because you become the part of the story. You feel the pain, the pinch and at the end, the hope too!

On the other hand

>It is sad, shattering and shakes you from within.