Monday, 24 October 2016 | By: AbhiLaSH RuHeLa

The Talent Sutra by Devdutt Pattanaik (Book Review- 4.75*/5) !!!

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Devdutt Pattanaik is a legend. Period! I have read many books on mythology and several other books based on how the incidents mentioned in mythology can be referred for the challenges we face in modern times- either at personal front or professional life. But the kind of explanation that Pattanaik provides in simple words with the right incidents is unbelievable. The pictorial representation or summation of the whole chapter is so particularly designed that after seeing it, you won't ever forget what you read in that piece. I am just done reading his latest release "The Talent Sutra: An Indian Approach to Learning" and it is as perfect as his other books.

The book basically tells us about how we run behind Lakshmi forgetting that Saraswati is more important if we want Lakshmi to come itself towards our destiny. The book tells about how by self-realization, analysis and imagination, we can go on to build our talent, nurture relationships, run an organization by keeping everyone happy. Several exampls are given how a person thinks only about himself at a managerial post and faces chaos. But as soon as he starts giving important to his colleagues, sub-ordinates and employees, he starts getting the result that he always aimed for. The author also focuses on the power of being patient and understanding the human emotions even in a corporate world as a company/organization falls when the resources are considered just as machine and only work is expected out of them.

The book is definitely full of sutras and the 120 pages is full of such knowledge along with an example of the modern times that it makes it more relevant. In the end of the book, the words used in the book is explained which are of Sanskrit source so that the user can understand the purpose of usage of these words. The book is divided in 4 parts and each of them is treated very well and you can explain how each step of the process can be executed in our work life. Overall, this book will surely stand on top as one of the best books by the author. I rate it 4.75* out of 5.


Sunday, 23 October 2016 | By: AbhiLaSH RuHeLa

19th Akshauhini by Haribakth/Vaishnavi (Book Review-3.75*/5) !!!

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These days many writers are publishing books based on Gita or their own version of Gita. It is good to see such books doing good in Bestseller's List because this generation needs to know about the Indian mythology and there is no better way than reading such books which are written in simple and friendly language. The latest book that I have read based on Gita is "19th Akshauhini" which the author calls it as an explanation of algorithm of the Gita. The book is written by the father-daughter duo- Haribakth and Vaishnavi. The author have tried to answer many questions that he feels people want to know. 

The book is divided into three parts- The spiritual part, the mundane part and the last one is the pictorial presentation of dialogues through which a reader can easily understand the concepts. Author have tried to explain how Gita is relevant in today's world even after 5300 years. Many examples and situations are discussed through which Gita's credibility has been proved. Many myths have been busted by the author through explanation of difficult terms and breaking them down for a layman to understand how certain rules have been created. 

Author have also widely tried to prove how God have not been wrong in cases where we easily get off by giving the example of that one mistake committed by God. There are many perspectives of a scenario being discussed and also how there are alternatives to the primary one is told to the readers. I, personally, found the first and the last part of the book very reader-friendly and interesting. The middle section of the book becomes little boring. Also, I didn't find few topics relevant to be included in this book. 

The research behind writing this book is clearly visible in the way author have given the references and practical examples. I also liked the tabular representation in between of the chapters where the questions and their respective answers are shared with the readers. There are many questions that will get answered for you through this book so it's definitely one of the good books based on Gita and explanation of how it can be followed in our modern world. I have little complaint with the publisher for publishing this book in such a large size. It has made it so heavy that reader will find it hard to carry with him while traveling or reading while lying on the bed. Also, the price of the book is on the higher side. This might act as a blockage for this book towards its journey of becoming a Bestseller. I give this book 3.75* out of 5.


Saturday, 22 October 2016 | By: AbhiLaSH RuHeLa

Review: TVF Tripling: Emotional, Nostalgic, Perfect!!! ****

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The Viral Fever is the first Youtube Channel I fell in love with. But it started with the one gag videos that they used to make imitating someone or making fun of current scenarios in India. And later, they started creating web-series in few episodes which I ignored currently as I wasn't used to watching such stuffs. But I started with Permanent Roommates and since then, I am unable to stop myself from watching web-series made by Indian creative teams. The latest web-series which I ended up watching in one-go is TVF Tripling which is based on the road trip of siblings including two brothers and a sister. 

The good thing about TVF web-series is that they don't only concentrate in being funny in each and every frame but ensures that they even touch your heart with it. This makes it special for the Indian audiences. TVF Tripling has many such moments. The elder brother has come back to India after divorcing directly to the club where his younger brother works as a DJ to earn little money and survive. As both the brothers have different lifestyles, there are many laughter moments whenever their conversations take place where they are arguing with each other on some topic. They march on the road trip to meet their married sister. And finally, all three of them are on the road trip in their TATA Tiago sharing their moments and reliving their younger days when they used to be together.

The series is very well scripted in terms of screen play and the episodes duration and content- everything is proper. The starcast is amazing. Everyone in their role have expressed very well on the screen. The conversation between the siblings speaks the truth about how the brothers and sisters talk with each other now-a-days. Even the elder brother gets surprised by the details of sex etc. that the younger brother asks to their sister. The last episode when the siblings reach their parent's home, the conversation that their father have with the boys is another special moment in the series. The another beautiful scene is when the siblings have some quality moments in the night around a bonfire. 

The production value of the series looks very expensive and that's obvious as TATA Tiago is the sponsor. And the money is utilized very properly with great scenes and decorations. Also, not too much time is spent on scenes inside the car. Talking about the drawbacks- the car stealing section was totally unwanted and wastes too much time in something which is not even funny. Except that, I didnt find anything purposefully inserted for stretching the series. I give this series 4 stars out of 5. I really enjoyed it and I am going to watch it many more times in future.