Wednesday, 24 May 2017 | By: AbhiLaSH RuHeLa

Feel, Deal & Heal by Nirmal Yadav (Book Review- 2.5*/5) !!!

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It’s wonderful seeing Indian publishers bringing out non-fiction books regularly even in the era where popular fiction is doing better business than all the other genres. This time I put my hands upon a new book published by Fingerprint publication named “Feel, Deal & Heal”. Its 200-pages book written by the author, Nirmal Yadav, which quotes this on its cover page, “We aren’t born naturally Unhappy. We learn to be Unhappy. If we can learn to be Unhappy, We can Learn To Be Happy Too.” The whole book is about how should we ignore the factors of unhappiness and concentrate on activities that can lead us towards a happy and blissful life.

Author makes many cases and then gives her own opinion about the same and then the solution on how the specific case can be rectified from the To-do list that we have unconsciously prepared to stay unhappy. The book is a typical stuff to carry with you while traveling or reading it in one sitting on a weekend morning. The book isn’t handled like an intellectual speech but authoress, for most of the times, speaks about the basic things that can be handled by doing simple stuffs. It’s a light read that can be read even by the teenagers though some above-the-age scenarios will pass above their head but still, there are many things to take away from the book.

The whole book has been divided in three different parts. My personal favorite has been the part three where the authoress has discussed about what almost every human being is struggling with in today’s world. I liked how she has given wonderful examples and scenarios on how parents ruin their children’s life and how people spoil their old-age during their period of young age. The way teenagers are discussed in this book is worth applauding. Talking about the drawbacks of the book, I must say that the book isn’t any different from other non-fictions published on the same topic. There is nothing which I haven’t read before. It is the same stuff written in a simple and light language. The lack of real cases and scenarios and some serious/practical solutions makes this book an incomplete job. Author only discusses the short-comings and tells what we need to do about it. But how to do it and how others benefited by doing it is totally missing from the book. Hence, I will go with an average 2.5* out of 5.


Friday, 19 May 2017 | By: AbhiLaSH RuHeLa

India’s Railway Man: A Biography of E. Sreedharan by Rajendra B. Aklekar (Book Review- 3.75*/5) !!!

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Reading an autobiography/biography has always been my interest. There has been times when I had woken up all night to finish the book in this genre out of excitement to learn everything that the famous, successful or inspiring personality has done all over his life to maintain the discipline and integrity.  This time I picked up the book written by Rajendra B. Aklekar on the life of E. Sreedharan named “India’s Railway Man”. The cover page of the book showing E. Sreedharan folding his fans wearing a blazer with a smiling face yet determined tells about the person being discussed in the book. Sreedharan has many accomplished projects under his name; most popular being Konkan Railway and Delhi Metro. Due to his work in his stint while working for Delhi Metro and completing the project under the specified duration, he also got the name “Metro Man”.

Rajendra B. Aklekar’s passion for railway can be sensed through his style of writing. The way he discusses few projects in depth tells how much author has invested himself in this field. And that’s the reason when he writes about the most famous man in the history of Indian Railway, his enthusiasm and curiosity for the same can be deciphered. Rajendra has not only discussed the man but the development of Indian Railways during the same era in detail.

The book is nicely divided in section making it easy for the reader to understand every important project that the Railway Man has accomplished in his tenure. The few big decisions and challenges that the Man faced during his career is also described which no other person at his place would have questioned or initiated. The way he fought his own battle for gaining the amount of salary as per his designation and work is a wonderful part in the book. The chapter where few people talks both positive and negative about Sreedharan shows that the author has also tried to speak about where the Man did not do right through someone else’ voice.

Talking about the drawbacks of the book- As author discusses the whole book in terms of the special events, he sometimes repeats himself twice or thrice in the book making it irritable for the reader to go through the same stuff again and again. Also, this book is not much about Sreedharan but how the Indian Railway was getting changed and developed during that era. Just because it seems that Sreedharan has been a big part of it that he has been mentioned majority of the times. It would have been wonderful if author would have focused more on the life of Sreedharan than talking only about his professional accomplishments. But still, this book is a must-read if you need to know about the Railway Man and are interested about the railways. I give this book 3.75* out of 5.


Tuesday, 16 May 2017 | By: AbhiLaSH RuHeLa

The Baba Ramdev Phenomenon: From Moksha to Market by Kaushik Deka (Book Review-4.25*/5) !!!

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There has been many spiritual, religious and yoga gurus in our country who got the limelight but it dimmed suddenly after the 15 minutes fame of the guru. But since last decade, once guru who has always been there in the front row and always stayed in people’s mind and heart is Baba Ramdev. He does not need anyone else to endorse or promote him. He is a brand ambassador himself who does not shy away from speaking his mind on any issue about which he feels he is needed to give an opinion about. Through the power of yoga and avurveda, he has impressed millions of Indians who made his FMCG Empire an instant success. Patanjali is the one name which dominates the Indian market these days.

The book published by Rupa Publication named “The Baba Ramdev Phenomenon: From Moksha to Market” written by Kaushik Deka speaks about all these qualities of Baba Ramdev and discusses how he changed his field from being the person known only for yoga to a person who is known for his marketing skills and entrepreneurship. The author has divided the book in appropriate sections and respective chapters which makes it easier for reader to understand Baba’s life and its timeline. The important events of Baba’s life are nicely covered giving all the important back story and relevant details about how he reached the respective stage.

The book not only claims about the achievement made by Ramdev but gives appropriate statistics mentioning the sources which makes this book credible and outstanding. How Baba Ramdev ends on speaking things which he shouldn’t that lands him into controversy time and again is elaborated brilliantly. Also how Baba changes his stance on many national issues is highlighted which makes us understand Baba’s personality. The way he treats his food industry lets us know about Baba’s passion to promote local business against foreign products.

Baba’s political friends are also covered in the book. The take on politics, corruption, black money, demonetization, his love-hate relationship with PM- Narendra Modi etc. are talked in a special section itself. Overall, this 180+ pages book is a must read as Baba Ramdev is a personality whom you cannot ignore at any cost. I give this book 4.25* out of 5. Kaushik Deka has managed to cover Baba’s life and his work in as brief words as possible which is hard to achieve when a book is been written on a controversial and famous personality like Baba Ramdev. The best part about the author is that he has been neutral throughout the book without being supportive or against Baba. This is the sole reason why this book is one of the prominent reads of this year.