HARAPPA – CURSE OF THE BLOOD RIVER

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2017, Delhi – Vidyut’s dying ancestor summons him to Banaras. The old Brahmin chieftain of the Dev-Raakshasa Matth, or the God-Demon Clan, bears a chilling secret. Their bloodline carries an ancient curse that will plague mankind – towards its own violent extinction. 
1700 BCE, Harappa – Harappa is a magnificent city on the banks of the mighty Saraswati river. The darkness of treachery, taantric exorcism and bloodshed unleashes itself on the last devta, paving the way for his devastating revenge…and the horrifying truth behind the fall of the glorious civilisation. 
2017, Paris – The world’s most powerful religious institution is rattled. Europe’s dreaded crime lord meets a mysterious man in Paris. A lethal assassin boards a train, as Rome fears the worst. The prophesied devta has returned. 
What connects Banaras, Harappa and Rome? What was the ancient curse and who was the last devta? What is the terrible secret behind the fall of the colossal Indus Valley? Read on as you travel through a saga of deceit and violence, gods and demons, love and ambition.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR : 

Vineet is a first-generation entrepreneur. At age 22 he started his company Magnon from a small shed. Today Magnon is among the largest digital agencies in the subcontinent and part of the Fortune 500 Omnicom Group. 
He has led the global top-ten advertising agency TBWA as its India CEO. This made him perhaps the youngest ever CEO of a multinational advertising network in the country. He has won several entrepreneurship and corporate excellence awards, including the Entrepreneur of the Year 2016. He was recently listed among the 100 Most Influential People in India’s Digital Ecosystem. 

Vineet’s second company talentrack is disrupting the media, entertainment and creative industry in India. It is the fastest-growing online hiring and networking platform for the sector. 

He has written three bestselling management and inspirational books – Build From Scratch, The Street to the Highway and The 30 Something CEO. 

He is an avid swimmer, a gaming enthusiast, a bonfire guitarist and a road-trip junkie. He is 39.

MY REVIEW :

 From school days I have always distanced myself from History and Geography. I never liked reading History. I hardly choose to read Historical or Mythological books. But even after not liking History I willingly chose to read Harappa – Curse of The Blood River. The reason behind is the blurb itself was so intriguing. I had a sudden urge to pick up this book. I wanted to know the answers to the questions in my mind. Secondly even the cover was enough attractive to tempt me. Like the title would compel the readers to turn the pages, the introduction and prologue would also do the same. There are few books that hold suspense from page one. This book belongs to the same category. There are many books that hold the story of past and present but this book holds the story of AD and BC. There was bit confusion in the beginning but with the turning of pages; the book completely amazed me. From Harappa to Kashi the journey has been surely an interesting one. We know either a complete man or believe in God. But this book had a concept of half man and half God. The books hold many secrets within its pages. The book isn’t centered on one place. From Delhi to Harappa to Paris to Kashi the story revolves around many places. Vineet Bajpai has very well balanced the story of past and present. Apart from the story line, I would like to add that the book was quite informative too. I must praise the author for doing so well research before penning down. The book starts on a completely different note and ends on a note where it leaves the author astonished. It was surely a lengthy read and one cannot complete it in one sitting. But the interest of knowing what will happen next will force the readers to hold the book again as soon as they get time. The best part an author can do is to connect his/her readers to the characters and Vineet excelled in it. I felt that rather than reading I was witnessing it all in front of my eyes. The book was a splendid blend of history, mythology, and religion. 

The language of the book is lucid. I ended this month reading a masterpiece. I would love to see this book as a movie someday. If you are looking something completely different from the ongoing trending genre without any doubt pick up this book. It is so engrossing that one won’t realize how much time they spent on reading.

RATING : 5/5

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LOVE WILL FIND A WAY

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Madhav is an aspiring writer stuck in a dead-end corporate job that gives him no joy and no time to write his book. But there’s more to him than meets the eye.He has been hiding a secret all his life-which, if revealed, may shatter the very existence of his being.His loved ones know he’s holding something back but don’t suspect anything grave until his girlfriend, Meera, tired of his constant mood swings, decides to take him to an art therapy session. There he meets someone who tries tounearth the past Madhav so desperately wants to keep buried.So what exactly happened years ago? Why does Madhav not want to go downmemory lane?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR : 

Anurag Garg is an engineering graduate and works in the IT industry. He’s theauthor of two national bestselling novels, A Half-Baked Love Story and Love Notfor Sale. He finds himself close to nature and believes in creating circles of loveand service around him. He lives in Delhi with his family.

MY REVIEW :
Love will find a way is one of those gripping novels that I enjoyed reading. The blurb itself is very intriguing and the beautiful cover added the cherry to the cake. The author has very well unfolded each secret in the book. I got so engrossed in the book that I totally forgot about the train journey in the starting. Love will find a way is not just a love story of a guy and girl. It has many stories within it. Not only love but the book even holds psychology within it. What I loved the most about the book was that how the author had shown situations of each phase. How jealousy overtook the friendship. How the people are confused between lust and love. How they are messed up between their work life and their dreams. But as the author novel says ‘Love will find a way’, I feel it surely find a way. The love between Madhav and Meera should not call a love. It was just spending time together because they had no one else in their life. I would call it a mysterious book. New chapters and then a new secret got unfolded. Each character held important place in the story. The journey from Delhi to Nainital was amazing. The language used by the author was very simple. The small poems were wonderful. I would suggest this novel to those who are looking for something except Romance. No doubt, the book holds romance within it but it has elements of mystery, psychology too which makes it an amazing read.

RATING : 4/5

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THE COST OF LOVE 

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“The Cost of Love” is a fictional read inspired by the Nirbhaya case. It raises a genuine concern on the pre-existing Juvenile act in our country, which has now, fortunately, been amended. Aaryan, a software engineer working at an IT firm in Delhi, is sentenced to death. He is found guilty of brutally murdering Himanshu and raping a 28-year-old girl. Aaryan is only left with five days and during his last days, he decides to pen down his story. Aarushi, orphaned at the age of five, has only one dream i.e. to become an IAS officer. She is bold, beautiful and determined not to fall in love, until her dream comes true. Aaryan does every possible way to impress Aarushi and promises her that unless she expresses her feelings, he won’t say, “I Love You.” Everything was going smooth, until that unfortunate night when Aarushi decides to express her love to Aaryan. That night, Aarushi was brutally raped. Was he Aaryan? Why did he do this to the girl whom he loved madly? Discover the purest love story and walk through the journey of Aaryan and Aarushi.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR : 

Saurabh Singh is a Technical Marketing engineer by profession at a product company based in Hyderabad. He hails from the steel city of Jharkhand, Bokaro Steel City. He is also the author of “College 2 Company…journey of an engineer.” ‘The Cost of Love’ is his second fiction novel inspired by Nirbhaya case.

MY REVIEW : 

I have always loved reading those books which have an emotional touch in them. Most of the books I have read had brought tears to my eyes. But honestly, The Cost Of Love is the first book which brought tears to my eyes in the beginning itself. The words Aaryan wrote for Aarushi in the small note were heart breaking. 

When I live in the world where people are struggling with own problems, the author introduced his readers to Nikhil, a friend who I guess is difficult to find in real life. The cost of Love is not just the story of Aaryan and Aarushi but it holds the problems of society, lack of proper law and order in our country.  The author has very well shown each aspect in his book. No love story is like a bed of roses. One has to cross many hurdles in their life to win their love. Like every love story, even Aaryan had to cross the hurdles but no one knew that his love story would be the most difficult one. I salute Aarushi, despite having her own struggles from childhood she thought of society. She wanted to change the world. Her strong determination made her fulfill her dreams. I have a very bad habit of guessing the story beforehand. Even this time I did the same and failed. The story had a totally different ending of what I had thought. 

 The astrologer part made me laugh a lot. Aaryan confused asking questions like, “Is she following me, or is she really so powerful?” adds more humor to the book. 

I would like to quote some of my favourite shayaris: 

 “Kisi roz tere dil ki darwaze mei dastak denge, Aaj is oor khade hai, ek din tere rooh mei honge.”

“Jinke sapne asmaan chune ke the, woh zameen par hi fanaa ho gaye.”

 “Tujhe bhula sakhu, woh bahana khojta hu Apne dil ko behla saku, woh fasana khojta hu Jis Bhagwan ki log khaate hai kasme, woh Bhagwan khojta hu Meri ruuh jo tere sath chali gayi, Aaj ussi ruuh ko khojta hu” 

The language used by the author was simple. The narrative technique style was good. I would love to re read this book again and again. The Shayari’s used by the author in the middle was awesome. 

I would suggest this book to everyone. I feel no one will get bored reading this book. Everyone will feel connected when they will be turning the pages. I regret reading this book as an e-book. I wanted to hold this book in my hands. This has been the loveliest read of mine for this month.

RATING : 5/5
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THE NEW SCHOOL : PATHSHALA FUNWALA 

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​Every language has its own importance. One cannot deny the usage of any language but when it comes to English there aren’t any chances to deny learning it. English, in present times has been considered one of the most important languages. To survive in this fast race one need to learn this language properly. There are many schools in India in which speaking English is compulsory. I personally consider this as a great step taken by school because this builds up a child confidence from childhood. It is a human nature that a person when grows up feels more shy to learn things as compared to a child. In my case, I would thank Mrs. Prema Subramanian my constant class teacher from L.K.G to class 5th. I must say today I along with my batch mates is able to speak and write English in a good way is all because of her. We were 64 students in a class. Every week she would prepare a chart having a image of climb and slip swings. Students who were trying their best to speak in English would get the position of climbing ladder. Similarly those who got caught talking in Hindi even among friends got the position of slipping side. The ones who would constantly speak in English were the ones whose names would shine in the middle at the top on the swing. As a kid, every one of us had more feeling of competition and we would try our best to converse in English. Ultimately when we used to speak wrong the teacher used to correct us. With the passing time it became our habit to talk in English. We all started talking in English even at our homes. This was a very simple step taken by Prema mam but this benefited a lot of 64 students.

When I used to stay in Delhi, I tried my best to teach few students English.  Being her student I used to give free tuitions to those students who could not afford education. A small help from each individual actually help many people. Like Natural Nihar Natural Shanti Amla is good for hair similarly their new initiative Pathshala Funwala is beneficial for many children. Like a game they will teach English to students. They have many creative ideas to develop student interest. Do you know what the best part is? You have to do nothing, just give a missed call on 8055667788. I request people to do this for the needy people or at least inform them so that they can do it for their child shining future.
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LEARN WITH PATHSHALA FUNWALA 

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​English; the language half of the world is crazy about. Most importantly our country India whose mother language is Hindi is also running in the race of learning English. The reason behind is simple. Nobody wants to remain back and lose the race. The language English is not that difficult as people think about. People in India do not speak English fluently because from childhood they do not listen to that language. When a child is born after making him/her learn general things parents teach their child words like, “Kya kar rahe ho ?” But in foreign country a child is taught, “What are you doing?” Here lies the difference. The language we hear more we learn it more. But India in present time India has developed a lot. We can find students of L.K.G talking in English today. But this scenario is of big cities. 

From my personal experience I would like to share that I shifted to Bihar in 2013 from Delhi. The education level is totally different in both the states.Even the college going students in Bihar does not even understand English. How can one expect that they can talk in English?  In government school of Bihar English isn’t a compulsory subject till 10th. Student need to study English only for 2 years i.e in 11th and 12th. The drawback lies here. A person who hasn’t read even letters of English till date how can he/she reads words and sentences? The shyness nature is there in most of the children. They prefer mugging up answers to pass the exam rather than understanding and learning it. 

Bihar has the least literacy rate in India but the poverty rate is higher. Only 10% families can afford those private tuitions for making their children learn English from childhood. For the rest 90% families we have Nihar Naturals Shanti Amla They are taking good steps for the education of the children. “Pathshala Funwala”  a part of this initiative is quite beneficial for the children. One just needs to give a missed call on  8055667788. The person giving a missed call will receive a back call and they have their own tricks and ways to teach the child. Seeing the present scenario of our country especially of the least developed state I willing will share about this initiative. I will try to tell about this to maximum people who desperately need this. I would be glad if the person reading my blogpost does the same. “Padhega India tab hi toh badhega India.”



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SOLITUDE REVISITED

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Solitude Revisited is a collection of short stories. It is a confession, a realization and the musings of a pensive young heart. There are a million stories around us, but few are told. This book is about those invisible souls you encounter everyday, but never care to observe. Sometimes, the eyes need to look further than just what they can fathom, the heart needs to seek an anecdote and the mind needs to frame a memoir for the soul — to survive the vastness reality throws at it. That’s where fiction steps in, presenting an alternative universe for the mind to thrive in, so it may preserve its individuality and brood over its reflections. Thoughts demand to be contemplated and preserved just like history, for they tell infinite stories no sane mind can perceive. Solitude Revisited is all but real; it’s a confidante and a confession, an artist and his muse, a whisper and a madman. Listen to it and you may find yourself, listen to yourself and you may find it. 

About The Author: 

Manaswita Ghosh is an independent media professional based in Calcutta. She is an optimist who believes each day has beauty in store for those who seek it, no matter how bad a day it is. She loves to observe and pen her thoughts as they occur to her; penning stories has been more of an obsession to her than a casual pastime. She has worked for The Telegraph Calcutta in the past. Penguin Books India, The British Council, First Step Corp., and Talent Flush Creations have published her in the past. Of every amazing experience this world has to offer her, she is crazy about travelling, reading and fine dining.

MY REVIEW : 

I read many books in a month. There are few books which directly touch my soul and then there are some books whose one or two characters I love the most. I would love to keep, “Solitude Revisited” in the first category. The collection of stories that book holds is emotional and wonderful. Reading short tale have always been my most favourite and so the blurb was enough to excite me. I usually read all books acknowledgement but the first line of acknowledgement of this book was so lovely. Moving on towards the stories all the ten stories are amazing in their own way. The first story of Zara is about a girl who runs behind her ambition and has lost everyone around her. The tale of Arundhati, the life of Arundhati has been an emotional one.I strongly feel people suffer from heartbreak,many problems comes in people life but nothing is so big that people choose to end up their life. The tale of Veronica was a shocking one for  me atleast. Akanksha’s story is a sweet loving story.The story, ” Afreen” broke my heart in many pieces. I hugged my pillow for minutes while I read this story. “LIFE IS TOO SHORT FOR OLD FINGERS TO COUNT REGRETS. ” The story named “Joy” also was much emotional. It brought tears to my eyes. 

Overall, the different characters have different stories in them. The author has very well written each story. The language was quite easy to understand and the way author presented each character was wonderful. I am surely going to read few stories twice or may be thrice too..

RATING : 5/5

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RAFFLESIA – THE BANISHED PRINCESS

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The curtains draw up. Lights are dimmed. The musical is about to begin. As the beautiful princess descends on stage, the mythical creatures from her kingdom come alive. Flickers of brilliant colours blaze across as mesmerizing music pulsates from one corner of the theatre to the other. A fairy tale is about to unfold… 

As young children, we often come across things that stay in our hearts forever. For Appu, it is a fairy tale about a beautiful princess. He lives with her in a world filled with the magical creatures from her kingdom until the real world beckons. A reluctant Appu steps into it as a striking young man and struggles to find his place. 

What follows is an evocative tale of love and loss, friendship and betrayal, as the story travels through the snow-peaked mountains of Arunachal to the golden deserts of Jaisalmer, the tulip gardens of Holland to the lush greens of Kerala. Does Appu find what he had set out for? The answer lies in Rafflesia — The Banished Princess because in her story, lay his!” 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR :
A B-School graduate, Gautam is a business analyst by profession. Considers the laptop as among his best friends and nurses a secret desire to turn an entrepreneur someday.

MY REVIEW : 

‘Rafflesia – The Banished Princess’ by Gautam is a lengthy yet interesting book and has the details of the potragonist past and present life. The blurb of the book has so many questions which will only be answered by turning the pages of the book. The cover of the book is good but it could have been more better. The book holds story of Appu which will make one emotional at times. The plot of the book is quite good and it also tells the bond of friendship that Appu and Rahul has. The book at one point seems to be a fairy tale but later after turning more pages, the author shows the other side. The struggles in Appu life has been very well described. In short, Rafflesia – The Banished Princess is a package of human struggle, dreams , emotions and  friendship bond. The author could have skipped few parts or have shortned it. One need to have patience while reading this book. The language of the book is easy and the narrative style of the author is good. Overall, a wonderful read. 

RATING : 3.5/5

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