Thursday, December 24, 2015

Review: The Bestseller She Wrote

Book Name: The Bestseller She Wrote
Author: Ravi Subramanian
Publisher: Westland
ISBN: 978-9385152382
Pages: 391
Price: INR 295

About the author:
Ravi Subramanian is an Indian author. He is a banker by profession and has written popular thrillers about banking and bankers, including award winning trilogy The Incredible BankerThe Bankster and Bankerupt. He is an alumnus of IIM Bangalore, he spent close to two decades in the financial services industry. His works include :
2007 If God Was a Banker
2008 I Bought the Monk’s Ferrari
2010 Devil in Pinstripes
2011 The Incredible Banker
2012 The Bankster
2013 Bankerupt
2014 God is a Gamer
2015 The Bestseller she wrote

Book Review: Ravi Subramanian, the author of The Bestseller She Wrote is famous and popularly known for his bank thriller books. Coming to talk of the current title published by him, i.e THE BESTSELLER SHE WROTE, this is his first attempt at romance genre – keeping the large audience in perspective. There are elements of his other books in this latest one as well – the world that Aditya inhabits is the banking one, and some characters are based on real life ones and are easily identifiable. If you are familiar with Indian authors you may be able to second guess who the inspiration for this book was!
Aditya is the main protagonist in the book. He is a successful author and have converted many of his works into some of the great movies. Living a good life with family and wife, a life of fame and good friends by his side, with a good job at hand, when one fine day he visits IIM-B and happens to meet Shreya there who aspires to be a best seller author and there-by tries to take the support of Aditya who is already a marvel in the field. In the process, Aditya being married finds himself attracted to the woman, Shreya, giving birth to an extramarital affair. They both carry it forward till one fine day when Maya, wife of Aditya recovers and finds out about the affair her husband has been in. The wife forgives him, the douchebag. 
The bestseller she wrote is about betrayal, attraction, love, rejection, dejection, and redemption. The romance in the story is cliched. The story revolves across several aspects giving the readers opportunity to turn around into the pages to discover what happens next till the end, though largely predictable. The book does not take too long to land up to the last.
The idea of the author to turn into a best selling author and gain fame after making herself to the low standards is nothing but unappreciable. This can be argued upon largely, but that is how I see it. Also, the language and phrases in the book are from the best seller, Ravi Subramanian, as it has been seen in his earlier books. 
There was a lot more and interesting that the readers expected from the author of the book. The earlier ones for instance "God is a Gamer" had been a good read. This one puts me down. The book as described by Shreya as unputdownable is not meeting the standards this time and instead is putdownable  to a lot extent, as more of quality work is expected for the standards that he has put up for himself.
Rating: 3/5

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Sunday, April 5, 2015

A toast to Chocolate!

This post has been published by me as a part of the Blog-a-Ton 53; the fifty-third edition of the online marathon of Bloggers; where we decide and we write. In association with ​Soulmates: Love without ownership by Vinit K Bansal. To be part of the next edition, visit and start following Blog-a-Ton.
The memories build,
the moments sealed,
with the melting liquid,
the crunches in the lipid.

The promise keeper,

the broken hearts healer,
in the tedious times,
with the multiple chimes.

The freshness in the moods,

the favourite of the foods,
eases the puzzles of life,
multiple toasts of hi-fives.

- Nandini
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Thursday, February 19, 2015

REVIEW: "Ramayana - The Game of Life: Shattered Dreams"


Book Name: Ramayana - The Game Of Life: Shattered Dreams (Part-II)
Author: Shubha Vilas
Publisher: JAICO Publishing house
ISBN: 978-81-849-531-6
Pages: 387
Price: INR 350

The book titled - "Ramayana - The Game Of Life (Shattered Dreams) Part- II is the socond book in the series Ramayana- Th Game of life where the part-I titled "The Rise Of Sun Prince" was a great success authored by Shubha Vilas, a famous motivational and inspiring speaker. 
The author in the book has a done a great work by compiling and comparing the modern day life with the life from the epic - Ramayana. The book leads to the connectivity of oour lives with the Valmiki's Ramayana, narrating the drama of Lord Rama's exile. Shubha Vilas presents the characters in the book in a appealing manner where the challenges and turbulations of life are entwined and highlighted.
The book revolves arond the life of many - Rama, Dasratha, Kekeyi, Bharat, Laxman and many others. It highlights the drama of Rama's exile. The persona of Rama's life is being brought out largely in the book. The books is narrated in a manner that is easy to grasp and compare to the present situations and scenarios of life. The best part of the book is that it links and teaches the mythology by relating concepts from Ramayana by applying them to the dealings and schedules of the life of recent times. It closely brings out the relations and associations of man's life.
The books takes us on a tour of Indian mythology and how the lessons of life in those times could be infused into today's life. The management of life in a sensitive and meaningful manner is necessary.
The life of the characters in the books takes us towards optimism and ensures an individual to take up decisions and orders by stepping out of the comfort zone and taking a step closer towards the contentment in life. 
The footnotes in the book enlighten and enthuse one with the solutions of lots of questions and doubts that come up in the connection of one's life by providing an insight through the quotes and lessons. The lessons of relationships, trust, faith, discipline, rules, regulations, forgiveness, obedience, amongst the whole list of morals and life's values.
There are lot of amazing comparisons that have been brought out in the book which would provide insight to an individual about one's own character making one realize about the essencce of life. It is important that one makes moral infusions into one's character and leads life responsibly.
The author has done complete justice to the great epic Ramayana by detailing the characters and bringing out their relevance in present scenario. The cover of the book is a representation of the human's state of mind, which intrigues a lots of queries, and most of which are answered in this journey of beautiful saga - Ramayana-The Game of Life: Shattered Dreams.
About the author: Shubha Vilas is a spiritual seeker and a motivational speaker who graduated as an engineer and also as a patent lawyer specializing in intellectual property law. He believes that a good teacher sees learning and teaching as integral twin aspects of personal and spiritual growth.
Rating: 4.5/5 (One of the must read book that provides a deep insight into one's own life.)


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Thursday, December 4, 2014

To be or not to be: A baffling journey!

One’s sexuality is one’s own personal choice. Nobody really holds the strings attached to it and should not be concerned really so as to dictate whom you should love and why. The Laws and Order, and the society that we live in, largely requires to be changed to accommodate a very large percentage of people who are forced to live in the closet.

In the earlier times, the marriage was about finding the partner mate in terms of holding financial security and having social strata. By far, those rules have come to occupy a backspace and are not applicable any more. The times have come where both men and women wish to experiment, discover and find compatibility in several senses that would range from — emotional, physical and sexual. 

Embarking upon a relationship merely does not mean youngsters have the idea of marriage on their mind. Whether it is a one-night stand, a casual relationship or a live-in, commitment does not have to be on the agenda.

While the women in the contemporary times are far more empowered and are ready to embrace their sexuality, the male mind-set has changed, but not as much, as it is ought to be. The trope of the virginal bride still holds and captures their mind. Tag it as the double standards, the cost of straddling a la-la land between tradition or modernity or just plain old hypocrisy, the fact is that the youth of urban India hardly practice what they preach. 

Pre-marital sex and casual relationships have been de-stigmatized in the youths' minds but they are afraid of being found out and caught. The guilt is not about the act itself, but the fear of being discovered.

Is it fine to have premarital sex? This is one of the common question that lingers among the teens and the engaged couples. 

Perhaps, this is an indication that one is in a relationship that is progressing in that direction, but one is not sure what to do and where to head from that locus. In one’s own mind, one is probably weighing the pros and cons of the issue concerning pre-marital sex. On the positive side of the scale, there is hope for pleasure, and the fulfillment of sexual desires. The negative side of the same scale carries the weights of morals, fear of pregnancy or disease, and guilt. How do these scales balance?

Every relationship is unique in its own ways and one cannot and should not say why people make the choices they make in a relationship. Having said that, marriage is commitment and the alpha male mindset where you can get away with anything is just not acceptable. We are westernized enough to indulge in a casual sexual encounter but still caught in the patriarchal time warp where we cannot entertain the idea of our wife/girlfriend ever being touched by another man.

Law only works to threaten people, and can never make them to not do something. Sex in itself is not wrong. The most effective way of defending premarital love-making is spreading awareness of healthy sexuality among people. Awareness of healthy sexuality is not at all the knowledge of safe sexuality. 

It is essential to train individuals to mingle with opposite sex in a mature way, and inspiring them to have mutual respect for man and woman. From the very childhood itself a baby should learn to accept people as men and women, the equal partners of life on earth; not as objects to fulfill lusty wishes and ambitions, and instead opt to rejoice the acts of love.


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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Feeding mouths, fighting hunger!

Hunger, by far, is the number one case of deaths in the world. Aids, Cancer, etc follow it. There are 820 million hungry people in the world which is a very sad figure, and the worst is one- third of this number is the population from India. There are millions who die of hunger every year. There are again millions who sleep due to hunger every night. What worse could it get ? This problem really needs to sorted out and we as social human beings can do our best to serve the society and the needy people.

The main question that arises before everyone of us is that "Can we fight the cause and eradicate hunger ?"

Well, the answer is YES, and yes because people like you and me can be the first possible ones to fight this issue and make the world a better place to live in. You and me can fight it out with the organisations that have been long fighting the cause and serving millions of children in the country.

A little donations from us can bring the change in the society by working along with these governmental and non-governmental organisations. It is essential that we our least bit to bring in the changes in the society and work for its upliftment in the best possible ways.

We humans are rational and provided with those beautiful brains, and the best beautiful thing that we can do with the brain is think good for the humanity and do the best for it and make efforts to eliminate hunger and poverty from the society of India.

Let's not take this problem of hunger and poverty to the future years and solve it out right here. We all can do our bit by creating awareness among the elites and educated ones about the best of initiatives that can be taken to eradicate hunger.

Another could be to make donations to the organisations such as those of Akshay Patra Foundation that does a marvelous job in eradicating hunger from the classrooms by bringing them the quality and hygienic food. A good care is taken to serve a nutritious diet to the children in the schools. This has led to reduction in the dropout rates in the number of children from the schools which is ultimately is a boon for our country raising the literacy percentage.

Less or more, efforts have to be made from everyone like you and me, to fight the evils like hunger and poverty from the society.

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