Tuesday, 17 January 2017 | By: AbhiLaSH RuHeLa

Anuradha Prasad: "I want to be known as a prolific writer and that's all" (Interview) !!!

1532nd BLOG POST -->>

I have been associated with the authoress, Anuradha Prasad, since her first book and it gives me great pleasure that she is back with her 2nd book- Coming Back Home. After the release of the book, I had a short interview with her. Please read to know what she has to say about it and her journey as writer.

1. Dear Anuradha, how has your life changed since last 2-3 years after becoming an official author?

Ans-  People’s attitude towards me has certainly changed. They look at me and say - Oh! You have written a book? We would like to read it. There are some who eagerly waited for my second. Besides that, Book signing is a great experience. On the personal level I feel proud to leave behind a legacy.

2. Tell us something about your new book- Coming Back Home?

 Its  about  finding your  place in the universe. Its about true friendship and love . Its also about taking care of your parents and finding  a reason to let go of the one, who  hurt you the most with no ill feelings. Its about success!

3.How did you decide to write about Bollywood and glamour industry?

It just happened. I did not decide anything. I have been associated with the publishing and fashion industry for quite some time. So I just thought of it!

4.What research did you go through to develop the characters of Arpita and Riku?

No research. I just thought of these common people and they trying to reach the pinnacles of success in Bollywood. I have also seen and heard of innumerable stories of Bollywood strugglers.  So as I went on with it, I  visualized what could  be the possible pitfalls for my characters , in a given situation and went ahead writing . I had  imagined  the characters of  Riku -as a reckless Bastard  and Arpita as a hard working, talented hope less romantic.  I was very clear about the main characters and the story with the backdrop of Bollywood unfolded. 

5. We find that you are extremely beautiful. Like your character, Arpita, have you also tried in Bollywood ever? Haha!

Thanks a lot  but I am not very comfortable accepting compliments about my looks as it takes away the focus from my writing skills. I want to be known as a prolific writer and thats all. Besides ‘Only beauty and no brains’ idea does not attract me. Having said this-  I have done a few modeling assignments offered to me in my early twenties.  I was quiet successful too. But I never ran after it!  I  found my centre through writing. I love it, as it is  really challenging  and therapeutic. 

6. You have sent across a message about Women Empowerment through the character of Arpita. How do you feel your book will change the mindset of girls/women in our country?

Arpita is not a strong woman but slowly evolves through her experiences. I have written about evolution and strength rather than rebellion and empowerment! I feel women of our country must be educated and find their right place in the society. Woman empowerment according to me is not all about burning the bra, but also about being proud to be who you are and the freedom to make choices. This book  also inspires men to respect and  accept fairer sex as equals or superior in many aspects while on their own journeys. 

7.Have you come across any Bollywood person who may be interested in adapting one of your books into a full-fledged movie?

The book is still new to the market. Hoping to reach out to the maximum readers first. Bollywood could happen eventually. But so far I haven't come across anyone interested in making it into a movie. 

8.How has been your association with Leadstart Publication?

My experience was good., without any bumps . Smooth.

9.Tell us something regarding your next work. On what topic is it going to be based upon?

I haven't thought of anything so far. I will let you guys know the moment I come up with a concept. 

10.Any words for your fans who are reading your books?

I love you guys. Keep reading. 

Sunday, 15 January 2017 | By: AbhiLaSH RuHeLa

Think With Me by 'Saharasri' Subrata Roy Sahara (Book Review-2.5*/5) !!!

1531st BLOG POST -->>

Reading non-fiction books give me a different kind of satisfaction because may be a reader won’t learn anything after reading a fiction but a non-fiction book surely adds something to our knowledge. Even if the book is unable to provide any knowledge, it at least changes or builds our opining towards something. Last time when I had picked the book written by one of the most eminent personalities of India, ‘Saharasri’ Subrata Roy Sahara, Life Mantras, I was really happy with the kind of insight he had provided on various subjects. It was the 1st book in the Trilogy of “Thoughts from Tihar”. The book also turned out to be a Bestseller and readers liked it very much. 

I just picked the 2nd book in the same trilogy named Think With Me which also has the tagline “Fundamentals for making our country ideal”. I assumed that the book will consist of each sentence being very meaningful as it has to speak everything in just 100 pages. Unfortunately, I am very disappointed after reading this book. It seems just because author wanted to continue writing in the same trilogy, he purposely added this book by scribbling various thoughts in his mind he had for political leadership, population growth, education, the media and religion in just 15 days. 

The solutions that the author has provided aren’t really impressive and effective. He has sounded very childish in the opinions that he has given because they are so obvious that almost 90% Indians have the same on the respective topics. After that the corrective measures that he has shared with us is also silly most of the times which are not possible to be implemented. The thing for which Chetan Bhagat is regularly trolled; Subrata Roy Sahara has repeated the same in this book. In comparison to his first book in this trilogy, this book is nowhere close. I give this book just 2.5 stars out of 5. Thankfully, the book is not much thicker and I was able to complete it within 2.5 hours itself. Hope the author will bounce back with the last book in the trilogy. Looking forward to it. 



Saturday, 14 January 2017 | By: AbhiLaSH RuHeLa

Think and Win like Dhoni by Sfurti Sahare (Book Review- 4.25*/5) !!!

1530th BLOG POST -->>

Just recently, the best Indian Captain till date, the legend M. S. Dhoni, announced his retirement as a captain for limited over Cricket and gave the captaincy of all the three formats completely to Virat Kohli. The decision taken by him came at such a perfect time considering that Dhoni does not find himself captaining the team in 2019 World Cup that we couldn't stop talking about him. This led the reader in me to read a book based on Mr. Dhoni and I got my hands on "Think and Win like Dhoni" written by Sfurti Sahare. As obvious, this book is published by Jaico Publication which has never shied away from publishing the contents which no other publication dares to. 

I remember I read a book written on Salman Khan about why he is the way he is. The name of the book was "Being Salman" and after completing it, I was so disappointed that I decided never to read any such books which will talk about why a certain personality behaves in a certain manner. This book is also on the same lines but I am astonished at the fact that being the 1st time author, Ms. Sfurti Sahare have managed the topic so well on how Dhoni takes difficult decisions keeping himself calm on the field that I would like to read more book from her on different topics now. 

Talking about a personality like Dhoni, it could have been possible that the book would have talked about obvious facts and cliche. But the authoress have actually given some great tips for us to become successful in our decision-making capabilities by giving meaningful examples of Dhoni's decisions on the field that can surely make us successful and a good human being. There are stuffs which we are actually unaware about Dhoni regarding how it is easy for him to be so detached with success, fear, failure, achievements etc in the times when other players over-react on and off field. I liked the conversation between the author and the man himself in middle of the chapters. Reading what Dhoni feels about certain things in his own words has been a great experience.

There is a lot of learning that a reader can take with himself after reading the book. Author have nicely categorized the chapters and the sub-topics. You can feel each and every desperate emotion of authoress where she wants you to adopt Dhoni's exemplary style in your own life and achieve your goals and yet stay grounded. The only drawback that I felt while reading the book is the repetition of the same incidents again and again. Also, there are few typos here and there. Rather than repeating the same incident again and again, author could have mentioned the incident and then listed down all that we can learn from it. 

Otherwise, this book is one of the perfect non-fiction books that one should surely read. For Dhoni's fans, this book is a must thing in their shelf. Author's research and deep knowledge in the subject impresses the reader a lot. Being a woman, her interest in Cricket and the insights that she provides is hard to believe. Kudos to the authoress for her efforts. I give this book 4.25* out of 5. I wish it had 100 more pages. The book is that good.