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.


Sunday, 14 May 2017 | By: AbhiLaSH RuHeLa

The Boy From Pataliputra by Rahul Mitra (Book Review- 4.5*/5) !!!

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Not every 350+ pages book can be completed within 2 sittings. The book needs to be intriguing for a reader which compels him to leave everything else and keep himself engrossed in the book. And it becomes more difficult to keep the reader glued when it’s weekend. Rahul Mitra’s book named “The Boy From Pataliputra” manages to create this magic with its super-effective translation of history from a different perspective altogether. The way book has been written for the popular masses even though the whole periodic narration could have been tougher is commendable. The book can be read by any age group. It’s captivating and engrossing.

The book is about the protagonist Aditya who is kind of notorious boy because of which his elder brother Ajeet keeps on complaining. Still he loves Aditya more than anything else. Due to some political conspiracy, Ajeet gets killed by a group of people. Now Aditya wants to take revenge of his brother. But before even starting for it, he is termed criminal. He is been given in hands of Pandi who trains him overall- physically and mentally. And from here onwards, there are several twists and turns because of which there are many difficult decisions that Aditya has to make. Also, the whole war scenarios and political churn out is very well detailed. 

The pre-climax and climax section wins your heart after reading such a long story. The characterization of all the characters is very well created with good back stories and present condition. The integration of the battle in 326 BC with the contemporary settling of Indian political condition is commendable. You can imagine present day personalities in the characters discussed in the story. All the parameters that a reader needs in a book is very nicely imbibed in this book by Rahul- comedy, tragedy, romance, thrill, suspense, war, love, betrayal, twists, turns etc. Overall, this book is one of the best releases this year. Kudos to Fingerprint publication too. I rate this book 4.5* out of 5.



Friday, 12 May 2017 | By: AbhiLaSH RuHeLa

Rafflesia- The Banished Princess by Gautam (Book Review-3.75*/5) !!!

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When it comes to pulp-fiction, there is not much left by the Indian authors to try. It becomes very challenging for the new budding writer to try something which is very different from what has already been written in thousand of books that has been published. I am just done reading debutante Gautam’s “Rafflesia- The Banished Princess” which is almost of 400 pages published by Leadstart publication house. Reading the title of the book and seeing the cover page too, it seems as if it’s a historical fiction or fantasy stuff but it’s a family saga basically covering the friendship of two boys and the turmoil’s that both of them have to go through in their respective lives.

Gautam’s writing style is very addictive. Once you pick up the book, it becomes hard to keep it aside until and unless you are not done with it. Though I read the book with 40 pages per day but it’s written in such a way that you won’t forget the plot of the story as it has been kept simple yet twisting. Though I didn’t like the detailing made for few characters that doesn’t have such peculiar part in the main story. It only killed the momentum that was built around the main protagonists. But there are few cameos which are worth-remembering even after the completion of the book. 

The timeline of the book is nicely managed by the author. As I read the book part by part, it did confuse me at times about what period is actually going on in the plot but after few pages, you remember the last few chapters automatically. The story goes on for 4 decades and 2 generations which is very well handled by the author. The family saga is also treated well by covering all the aspects of a family life. The chemistry between Appu and Rahul and the way their respective life moves on contemporarily is a worthy read and the USP of the book. The climax is also very well-handled for a book which is so lengthy. It becomes very necessary to give a proper ending to a long story which Gautam has managed well. I give this book 3.75* out of 5. 


Friday, 5 May 2017 | By: AbhiLaSH RuHeLa

Demystifying Reincarnation by Chaitanya Charan (Book Review- 4.5*/5) !!!

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It’s not always that you can freely recommend a book that is based upon spirituality or the world that is not so common among the majority to others. But as it is said that when there’s no great example to give, create one. It is in this line that the book written by Chaitanya Charan named “Demystifying Reincarnation” falls. How many of us consider reincarnation a possibility or a sensible stuff? None of us. But what will you do when a 240-pages book is only giving you real and true accounts of the cases and proving the point that reincarnation is a common phenomenon? We can only accept the truth silently. That’s what this book has been able to do with the readers who could not have ever believed that they will start believing in something like reincarnation and ghosts at the end of it.

The book starts with narrating different true incidents along with its sources to introduce us with the real examples around us where the individual claims to have a previous birth. Post narration of the incidents, author starts the debate if in any ways it can be proved that the stories are false. And then the way each and every point is put, discussed, debated and concluded, only makes you fall in love with each and every page of this book.

Later on, author discusses different scenarios like Near Death experiences, hallucination etc. to prove more points about how these things are also related with the reincarnation. The references of the Bhagavad Gita are made very aptly to make us believe in the concepts that the author discusses. Author has also quoted the Holy books of the religion other than Hinduism to let the reader know that almost all the religion endorses reincarnation either directly or indirectly. The diagrammatic representation to explain few complex theories regarding the soul, mind and body makes it very easy for the reader to interpret the virtual structure within us. 

In the end, the way ghosts are discussed is surely the best ending that this book could have ever had. Talking about any kind of drawbacks, I just didn’t enjoy Appendixes as it all went above my mediocre brain. Haha! Overall, this book is something you shouldn’t miss if you have always been skeptical about the concept of reincarnation and previous births. I give this book 4.5* out of 5. 



Tuesday, 2 May 2017 | By: AbhiLaSH RuHeLa

Butterflies, Parathas and the Bhagavad Gita by S. Hari Haran (Book Review-4.25*/5)!!!

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When spirituality becomes your interest, the first book that you wish to go through is The Bhagavad Gita. In Hinduism, as there aren’t much forcible rules to follow the religion, we do not read our Holy Books which has turned out to be the origin of many scientific evolution's and findings. With time my interest started diverting towards The Bhagavad Gita and the kind of life it introduces to us, I read many versions of Bhagavad Gita, Mahabharata and Ramayana. Not all of them are up to the mark. But there are few books which stay with you for a long time and if nothing, it at least make a little impact to your life. One such version of Gita is “Butterflies, Parathas and the Bhagavad Gita: A Quirky and Heartwarming Journey Through God's Instruction Manual for Life”. It is written by S. Hari Haran.

Being 400 pages, the book does not turn out to be boring and stretched at any point of time. The author has very well embedded the knowledge of Gita in a fictional story based on two friends: Venky and Sandy. They are assigned the last assignment by one of their favorite teachers, Bharath Sir to go through the Gita and scribble a write-up in the college magazine based on it. Venky takes up the task but Sandy keeps on doing the wrong activities. Venky goes through the Bhagavad Gita and keeps on sharing the write-up with Sandy in order to change his lifestyle as he feels bad seeing his friend following the nonreligious path.

The best part about the book is the way author manages both the plots simultaneously that none of them sound stretched and boring. The Gita is also explained very nicely with examples. Author has tried to include all the major points mentioned in Gita to make sure that the reader does not miss any valuable stuff. The examples given along with the teachings are another booster for the reader as it makes understanding the complex concepts in an easy language. The reference to any point or concept is given on the same page itself which makes it easy for the reader to go through the same without going to the last section of the book and finding the same.

The way the fictional story is blended with the subsequent phases of Gita makes this book magical. Also, the climax is very well handled making it believable for the readers about the after-effect that Gita can make even upon a person who is following wrong and nonreligious path in life. The way how Gita can be implemented in today’s personal and professional life is also discussed briefly in some topics which clear the doubt about its relevance in today’s fast paced life. Overall, this book is a must-read at least once if you want to go through the teachings of Gita. I give this book 4.25* out of 5.


Tuesday, 25 April 2017 | By: AbhiLaSH RuHeLa

Winning Like VIRAT: Think & Succeed Like Kohli by Mr. Abhirup Bhattacharya (Book Review-3.5*/5) !!!

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If there is one personality about whom the Indians want to know as much as possible, it is no one other than Virat Kohli. After the retirement of Sachin tendulkar from Cricket, if there is one name that has managed to hold Indians to Cricket, it is the consistency and excellence of Virat Kohli. Any article or video about him gets million views just because people are eager to know even little things about him. How could I not have picked a book when it is 141 pages of talks and discussions only about Virat Kohli? I am talking about the book named “Winning Like VIRAT: Think & Succeed Like Kohli” which is written by Mr. Abhirup Bhattacharya and published by Rupa publication.

The book talks about what makes Virat Kohli the special personality and player that he is. The book tells about many things that Virat Kohli does on and off field that makes him so desirable for every person who is a fan of this game called Cricket. What is making Virat Kohli better himself with every match and what makes him so powerful even in challenging and stressful situations is widely discussed in this book. The book discusses even the latest phenomenon till March 2017 which makes reading it more interesting as you feel that you are reading a newspaper article that has got published just after yesterday’s match.

The way author integrates Virat Kohli’s style and methods with corporate world is worth commending. After every instance, author shares a learning tip that we can keep with ourselves to succeed in our life. How to be a good individual performer, team player, a leader and an inspiring figure even for those who haven’t worked with us is taught giving real examples of how Virat Kohli has managed situations in Cricket on and off the field. This book isn’t a biography of his but shares some specific moments from his career to prove some points that we, as human beings and corporate professionals, should always keep in mind and work accordingly.

Overall, the book is a great read and especially if you are fan of Virat Kohli. I give this book 3.5* out of 5.


Monday, 24 April 2017 | By: AbhiLaSH RuHeLa

3 And A Half Murders by Salil Desai (Book Review- 4.25*/5) !!!

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It has been the 2nd time that I have read a thriller by Salil Desai and now I can claim that I am his newest fan in the list. What an author! When you write a thriller, you have to make your reader crave to know what’s going to happen next and make him/her die to reach the climax of the story. Salil Desai makes you tempt for this with his new book “3 And A Half Murders”. The journey of reading this book has been one of my best reading experiences because of the way Salil has treated the plot. The role of Inspector Saralkar has made this series one of the most awaited for Salil’s fans. The way the character has been executed by the author is incredible and delighting.

Salil Desai’s writing style is very convenient for any reader to read. The book is a great package that can be completed successfully in a single sitting despite it being 330 pages thick. The way author narrates a chapter and by the time the section reaches an interesting level, he changes the chapter and starts talking about a totally different scenario. This makes the narrative more interesting and intriguing. The built-up of every character is nicely done which makes you understand their psyche and intellect. Right from the chemistry between the dead couple to Saralkar and his wife to Saralkar and Motkar etc., every conversation that takes place between these characters are worth reading. 

The best part about the book are the one-liners and punch lines that Saralkar keeps on making sarcastically either to Motkar, his wife or the suspects. Even the scenes of the interrogations are nicely written which makes them sound real. The way one or the other clues leads the Police department to their next investigations makes the story nail-biting. The anti-climax and the climax are nicely executed unlike the last book in the Saralkar series where the climax was quite predictable. The unpredictability and the backdrop of the criminal make the climax unbelievable and astonishing. The book impresses the reader with the final revelation. Overall, 3 And A Half Murders is a book that is in my recommendation list for the readers. I give it 4.25* out of 5. 



Monday, 17 April 2017 | By: AbhiLaSH RuHeLa

A Thousand Times Over by Sudhanshu Bisen (Book Review- 3.75*/5) !!!

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One of the few authors whom I always look forward to read is Novoneel Chakraborty because his books are so strange and the plot is so different and scary that it makes me think about the story day and night. There have been times when I have not slept whole night because of his book and yet attended college or job the next day with sleepless eyes and mind. I found another author speaking the same language as him in this latest book I am done reading named “A Thousand Times Over” written by the debutante, Sudhanshu Bisen. The book is published by Fingerprint and comes with the tagline “Never lose hope in true love”. 

The book is of just 225 pages or so but its after-effect is wonderful and if an author succeeds in doing that, there can be no better compliment for him/her. The narrative is so apt that the author manages to hold you right from the first page itself. The book starts with describing how a character is ending up seeing the same dream again which is incomplete and scares her off. After which the book becomes an emotional and regular stuff of a family and by the time the 2nd half begins, the book takes the thrilling posture at its reader’s face. This is what makes this book glorious, readable and one of your new favorites. As a debutante, the magic woven in this book in terms of narration, language, emotions, characterization, pre-climax, climax, twists and turns is commendable and clap-worthy. There is nothing that the author has left in writing this book. His passion for this ambitious book is quite evident in all the pages. Yes!

The way two different stories are narrated one after another and the way it gets connected together in the 2nd half scares the reader’s mindset who never imagined that this is how the two different stories will get woven into one. The teen love story is handled with such maturity that it never sounds cliché. Similarly, the strange relationship of a married couple is also described with subtlety. And later on, when the husband discloses the reason of why he ends up sending a divorce request to his wife and the way story changes after that mesmerizes the reader in you which searches a good package in every book that he picks up. The thriller part in the end does not do the justice to the whole of the book as it becomes quite cliché at that moment but still as a debutante, this is a great stuff. I give this book 3.75* out of 5.



Sunday, 16 April 2017 | By: AbhiLaSH RuHeLa

My Jiffies by Priyanka Sharma Kaintura (Book Review- 3.5*/5) !!!

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I am not a great fan of books that are in form of anthologies or short stuffs. But few books are really magical which are written with pure heart and feelings. One of such books is written by Priyanka Sharma Kaintura with the name “My Jiffies”. The book is published by Notion Press and comes with the tagline- Narration of moments, Unadulterated and Unpackaged. The book is divided in 7 different categories: Orations, Eclogues, Monologues and Dialogues, Stories, Pathos, Satire and Sarcasm and Life Aphorisms and Epigrams.

The book looks like an extract from authoress’ personal diary which makes you imagine if these are just few percentages of the whole work, then what amount of great stuffs would be still hidden in the full diary. I had never read 4 or 5 sections mentioned in the above paragraph that are major parts of this book but still after reading them, I understood and enjoyed them enough that after the completion of each section I felt like reading more of them. The vocabulary power of the author is clearly evident right from the first page itself which is a boon for the author most of the times but also makes few of her work not understandable to the regular readers of Indian fiction. Her command on the language makes it easy for us to decipher that she is hugely inspired from overseas English writers.

I found the mythology chapters written by the author more intriguing, detailed and captivating than the others. Even the short-stories in the first half are interesting with good endings and deep meanings. The Eclogues is another thought-enriching section in which author shares some of the very beautiful poetries. With each section, the book only grows upon you. The only drawbacks that I find in the books are: The vocabularies at most of the times make it difficult to comprehend what author is trying to say. Few chapters in between of the many beautiful chapters look totally clueless and out of the context. Otherwise, this is one of the few books in this genre that has made me feel comfortable as a reader. The authoress’ jiffies did work for me satisfactorily. I give this book 3.5* out of 5.



The Jeera Packer by Prashant Yadav (Book Review- 4*/5) !!!

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It’s not always that you come across a book by a debutante which makes you sit at one place in your bedroom and go on reading despite IPL running in the other room. That’s the magic Prashant Yadav’s “The Jeera Packer” does upon you! If you ask me what I did for 8 long hours- read a book or watched a movie, the way this book has been written, my answer would be- I watched a wonderful movie which never felt stretched or boring. It only made me appreciate the protagonist and become his heart and understand his body language and mental state in each and every page. I have not read many political thrillers but reading this one makes me want to read from Prashant Yadav only as I do not think any other writer can do such justice to the genre. If there’s any, do let me know.

The writing style is intriguing which makes you turn page as fast as you can. The book didn’t have much twists and tales but yet, it made you watch out for what is going to happen next. The characterization is so beautiful and perfect that even when a character disappears and reappears after 50 or so pages, you remember him clearly. For few characters, you just desire them to appear as soon as possible as you want to know what their thoughts are at this point of time in the story. The best part of the writing style of Prashant Yadav is the way he has narrated the story of protagonist as first person while switched to second and third person for narrating the sequences taking place with other characters. I also liked how the two different scenarios are integrated in middle of the story with a plan that protagonist decides as his ultimate goal of life. 

The first half of the book is little slow but it is mostly spent in developing the characters hence it is also fun in reading as we get to know a new person every now and then. The backdrop of each personality is described in detailed so that the reader gets to know why they take a certain step later in the book and do not find it weird. The background of Uttar Pradesh is also treated perfectly and very well in the book. I, being from North India, could really relate with many parts of the story. It also made me remember the movies like Wasseypur, Revolver Rani etc. The family of both, the protagonist and the CM, is very nicely maintained throughout the book. 

The pre-climax is very nicely treated as author closes down each and every chapter intelligently making it sure that he does not miss out on something. The climax is predictable and not that boomerang but still it makes you smile that the protagonist did not have to go through the kind of severity you kept predicting since the start of the book. The humor level in the expressions of the characters during few scenarios does refresh the mind of the reader who is awaiting a thrilling scene. Another treatment for which I would specially like to quote author is for the character of Lal Mani. What an incredible work done on this part! Overall, this is a book that can really enrich your mood. I give it 4 stars out of 5. 


Wednesday, 15 March 2017 | By: AbhiLaSH RuHeLa

Open-Eyed Meditations by Shubha Vilas (Book Review-4*/5)!!!

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If a book has the word “Meditation” in its title, that’s enough for me to pick it up. And what can be more exciting than picking up a book titled “OPEN-EYED MEDITATIONS”. The cover page of the book is another impactful factor for having this book in your hands written by Shubha Vilas, who is very well known for his “Ramayana- the Game of Life” series. The book is exactly what it claims to be- it provides practical wisdom for everyday life. Shubha Vilas has this amazing hone of writing the complex topics in such simple words that even a naïve knowing nothing about it will grasp the whole thing as he wants to convey through his writings.

After reading two fiction books written by him, this was a very different experience and in the spread of 64 chapters, the way author has been able to cover so many diverse topics is commendable. The small chapters make it easy for reading this book section by section on daily basis. The way author has explained the topic with the mix of mythology, religion, spiritualism and practicality is what makes this book a Win-Win situation. The book discusses about many day to day problems that we deal with which can be easily solved by applying various tools and methodology. The secrets are explored in this book that will surprise you about the easy solutions that the author provides.

Author has talked on almost all the prominent issues like right decisions in life, relationships, love, self-control, the Ravana in us, needs, wants, our opinions and decisions, being offline, horoscopes and its belief, leadership, innovation, dealing with provocations, personality traits, jealousy, Communication sutras, mistakes, assumptions, success, thoughts, friendships etc. The suggestion or advice that the author shares in the box at the end of each chapter sums up the whole learning from it which you can remember for life and apply whenever you are in the said situation. This is one book that needs to be in your shelf and at the top-most position so that you can pick it up any time as it has repeat value. I give this book 4 star out of 5.

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Thursday, 2 March 2017 | By: AbhiLaSH RuHeLa

Why controlling THOUGHTS should be the FIRST PRIORITY..

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There are many books that are written on the power of thinking. We can never feel it because of the chaos and hurries in our life that we never sit back down and see the whole day again before sleeping or judging our previous day the next morning before starting anything. But the moment we start doing it, we get to know the best and the worst of our lives is because of the thoughts that keeps going on in our minds. When we talk about cleanliness, it’s not only about your surroundings and your external body. It is also about your mind and the thoughts that you allow to breed in it.

Now that I have decided how to take my personal life ahead after solving lots of riddles and puzzles, I can feel how I have kept allowing my mind to clutter itself with everything it should not have. Yes, I have been very motivating always and I never feel less energized but since my professional life begun, I started feeling the blunt of all the imperfections an organization has. But after working for 1.5 years and realizing that I am a bonded labour for 2 years as per the commitment with the organization, I understood that I do not have any way out from this whole functioning of the management and process. It is only then that I learnt what exactly is meditation and sorting our lives.

Every one of us have heard this somewhere: Thoughts leads to Action. Action leads to Results. Results lead to Mastery and Perfection. It all begins from what we are thinking. And the problem is that we spend most of our times in thinking about what we do not want in and from life. And this leads to all the nuisance and complications that we face throughout our lives. The more we concentrate on the things that we are trying to ignore from life, the more these things get attracted towards us. This is what the famous “Law of Attraction” also talks about. I have noticed the same with my life. Whenever I concentrated on certain things to not happen with me, they have happened in such a way that it has completely broken me from within. I still remember and regret making those things come to me in most unexpected ways just because I was always thinking about it.

If we start concentrating only on things that we want in our life to happen, our mind will start giving us ways and reasons towards getting closer to them. And when we reach little closer to them, we automatically understand the way to permanently create a bond between us and the desired entity. And once we find that desired thing as a secure part of our life, we start thinking about evolution through it and take it to the next level which helps us attain leadership and liberation from the traps of mind. We just need to focus on the things that will actually take us to the level of life where our past will seem unremarkable to us. If there’s anything very notifying and remarkable about you in past which does not have any reflection in your present, you are wasting the life of human granted to you to do something different in the world.

So why not just think about only what we want and need in life rather than concentrating on all those unimportant things that keep our mind busy always? Let’s start revolutionizing our mindsets and grasp the power of our mind and seeing its effect in our external world. Let’s start making our mind a reason for some unbelievable changes in our life styles and of others as well. As it is said that charity begins from home, similarly, revolution and change begins from our thoughts. One thought can change the world. That’s too big to digest, right? So let’s accept that one thought can change our life for good. Now, this sound easy and tempting too, isn’t it?  So let’s start working towards it.


Wednesday, 1 March 2017 | By: AbhiLaSH RuHeLa

Dvarca by Madhav Mathur (Book Review- 3.75*/5) !!!

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FingerPrint publication is one of those in the industry that never talks much but keeps on doing their job perfectly by releasing one great book after another. This time I picked up one of their recent releases,”Dvarca” written by Madhav Mathur, whom I have never read before. I had read many people comparing this book with the classic “1984” and now that I am done reading this book, I can say that this one of the rarest books that you will get to read by an Indian author. This is not a simple and straightforward book written like an essay with personal opinions of authors spread across a book making it sound more preachy and cheesy. This one is thought-provoking and intelligent.

Author has built up his characters very well and the way he portrays different scenarios through them does the wonder a reader expects in a book. Author talks about our past, present and future in such a manner that you can actually relate with few of the things. The book talks about all the problems that we are facing in our country and how a great leader can change all of it. The discussion of mythology and how it is related with this fast-paced story is commendable. I liked the mythology part the most. The book is written as if it is a poetry which does not make you in slowing down your reading pace. 

It is one of the few books which manage to talk substance, seriousness along with the pinch of humour and satire. The satirical takes are so mature that I believed the writer is a full-time editor for a National daily. The only drawback is that the initial pages are very tough to understand because of the unnatural way of writing but once the characters are built up completely, you start enjoying the backdrop of the novel. I give this book 3.75* out of 5. I am waiting for 2nd part now. 



Sunday, 26 February 2017 | By: AbhiLaSH RuHeLa

Be A Loser! Learn To Fail!

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Who does not like winning every time they bend to run for the race? Who does not imagine themselves on the victory stand when the referee shouts “Go” and one starts running? Winning becomes a habit and then the performers do not want to see back. They want to be on the Victory stand every time they are participating for something. If they are doing something that does not belong to their profession, they want to score big and set their mark even there. I had always read biographies and autobiographies of inspirational personalities and I only took those lessons in my habits that described them winning something big. I never much concentrated upon their chapters where they described how they kept losing continuously. I found it boring.

I found it boring because in my life I have lost many a times and I didn’t have energy to appreciate losing any more. Even when I tried for something very hard and gave my 100% but someone else won and not me, I would feel frustrated and down for weeks. It happened most of the times when I was in Graduation and I felt that I am not getting the kind of due I expect because of the efforts I was putting in everything- either during exams or extra-curricular activities. I always found either a non-deserving person getting the footage or someone less-deserving than me. This made me lose my interest from college after a while and made me move towards Blogging and reading more passionately. Ultimately, my results didn’t turn out the way they could have been. Alas! Gone times do not return back in life.

But then I learnt while reading one of an inspirational books about Learning to Fail which made me realize how even those chapters in the autobiographies are equally important which described about failures. And then I started failing at things. Initially, I kept my targets low which I knew that I can achieve easily even by sleep-walking and loved seeing the longest continuous streak of my achievements. But suddenly, I started feeling that by winning such easy races, I am making myself mediocre and fooling no one else but me. I had purchased fitness band after which I completed my daily target of 12,000 steps for initial few days and then I fell ill. To keep my streak unbeaten on the App which tracks my work-out, I set the target almost as low as 20% of 12,000 steps. But after a time, when I realized that my body is feeling no changes in itself and as per my new resolution and personal commitment, I am doing actually nothing, I came to the conclusion that let’s start failing at achieving these 12,000 steps target. Only then I will understand how can these steps be completed on daily basis and achieving it will actually make me feel like a Champion. And I did that. The result is that last week, I ended up crossing 18,000 steps twice on consecutive days.

Similarly, writing 200 Blogs has been my target every year. But later on, whenever I saw by October that I am not reaching this number, I used to reduce the target to 150 Blogs. I did the same last year and ended up reaching even that. 144! Now that I know that fooling me has done nothing good to my blog lately as I stopped writing such kind of personal posts and only concentrated on reviews to achieve my yearly targets, my blog lost its charm on its regular readers. This year, I have decided not to cheat myself by trying to reduce the count of blogs to win the race or only reviewing books and movies for the count to reach the target. Now, if I will fail, I will actually come to know the reasons behind my failures. As I have accepted by previous year’s failure of reaching the count that made me realize how my readers have actually stopped following my blogs passionately as earlier because they know that they are only going to know about someone else’s work rather than my thoughts and opinions with which they connected from last 5-6 years.

We should start failing ourselves by not compromising on the quality of work and the amount of work needed to be done which will give us the real ultimate pleasure and content when we will finally achieve the goal. Being the winner always just for glorifying ourselves by showing our victory is the biggest nonsense that we can do with our lives. Let’s respect the potential we, as human being, have. Let’s utilize it to the fullest. Let’s fail again and again by not reaching up to that level. That will make us realize the negative points which are not letting us achieve the goals that we, ourselves, set when the year begun or on our birthday. Ultimately, we will start fighting to stop losing which will lead to the bigger victory than before. Crossing that final line will never let you see back to the failures and you will then become the winner till the last breathe as you would know the insights of winning the game. Be a Loser! Yes!



Chain Reaction by Amit Sayaji (Book Review- 4.25*/5) !!!

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There are times when you do not get a very good fiction book to read because of mediocrity of the local writers but all of a sudden the faith gets restored because of that one book which makes you want to pick up more random books without reading the name of the author. Something similar has happened with me this week. I have completed reading the book written by Amit Sayaji (about whom I have never heard before) named “Chain Reaction”. Though the cover page isn’t that attractive and impressive but the story and narration has made it one of the most memorable books of my reading journey or now, you can say, marathon, which I am running since last 6 years. 

The autobiographical feel given to this fiction story makes this book very readable and enjoying. The unpredictability of the story makes this book what it is. The characterizations of each and every character even though the books have multiple of them is done so intriguingly that you almost believe that this is a true story and each one of them might get covered in a news report in tomorrow’s paper. Such is the narration of the author! 

Even though the book is of almost 400 pages, you will not like leaving it without completing it in one go. I generally end up reading a book within a day at most even with breaks and all but I took whole one week to cover this book. A reader will like to stay with this story for lifetime. The comic timing of the author in the first half makes this book a very interesting and entertaining read. The protagonist and his friends are just the people you have seen since your childhood. The way whole childhood is described makes you laugh and giggle at many places. The book becomes little boring when the earning phase of the protagonist begins. But the author brings the story back on track when the protagonist realizes what his selfishness has ended up doing for the people he loved the most in life. From here, the book takes a very intense tone which again makes you feel bad for the character. 

This whole pre-climax and climax is written so sincerely that even you will start connecting all the dots of your life and wish to say sorry to everyone who have lost something because of you, your decisions or your mischief’s. Chain Reaction is a book that has all the elements a pulp fiction should have. I wish the author writes many books in future as he has the potential to reach the epitome. As written by a prominent personality on the back cover of the book, I will end this review with the same words,”Amit Sayaji is a truly gifted storyteller”. I rate this book 4.25 out of 5. Recommended!



Monday, 20 February 2017 | By: AbhiLaSH RuHeLa

The February of 2007 which changed my life..

1551st BLOG POST -->>

The month of February has many nostalgic moments for me but one incident always overshadows all the good and bad things that have happened with me in this month. Ten years ago, on the day of 6th February, 2007, I remember my father waking me up in the hostel around the time when almost the whole India must have woken up. Though I already had little intuition that something of this kind was about to happen with me because of which I had asked my friends a night before to stay up late and have some conversations with me. They were surprised as to why I woke them up around 1 AM and asked to have some talk without any reason or solid topic. But we had many laughter moments that night. And the next day, my father had made an entry to pack up and take me back to home. It was an end to my hostel life. I was very delighted when I had shifted to hostel about the kind of independent and responsible life I will get to live but it was all a short period of happiness as what happened to me for the next six months can never be described to anyone in words. But let’s not talk about it now. At least after a decade. Haha!

For my parents, I was the most horrible son at that point of time and that thought was killing me on that particular day when the process of my exit was going on. When I reached home, I still remember those two slaps of my mother. Those are the only two slaps I remember till date whereas I have forgotten all the rest beatings since childhood that I have had from her. And it happened in front of my hostel mates, my friends. Nothing could have been more humiliating. Though I wasn’t touched at that moment to revolutionize my life but I had a belief that someday, I will seriously do something different that will make my parents forget this phase.
And now, after 10 years, when I see back and look at my life in the last decade, I am surprised that so much has happened since then but still, it seems that day when my hostel life had ended was just yesterday. I remember each and every minute as it was a life-changing incident. After that, I had been in two years of depression initially visiting doctors every alternate day. To be precise, more visits at the psychiatrist than the doctors. After failing twice in junior college somehow I managed to pass 12th std and that day was the last day of my downfall. Since then, I haven’t let myself see the darkness again. Though my life has entered tunnels in between, but I have always managed to make it see the light in the end of it. I passed graduation and post-graduation successfully. I earned a Diploma certificate in a career-oriented field which led me my first job. It has been 1.5 years since I am doing job in which I have worked under 4 different profiles. Along with it I have also earned another degree in Business Administration. Except all of these, I have managed to write 1500+ blogs. I have been able to publish a fiction work of mine in a nationally released novel. I have read 500 books during this period. I met many public figures who are inspiring or above par in their field because of which they are popular throughout the nation.

I can’t believe that life has changed so dramatically for me. And this assures me that whenever my life will not be in its desired state, there will come a very better future even out of my expectations which will surprise and shock me. Not only that, my own life will motivate and inspire me like it does now. When I see the graph and proceedings of the last 10 years, year by year, the vast improvements that have kept happening annually, I do not need anyone else’s example to feel energized and pumped up. I just need to remember my bad times and how it all changed into good, better, best and period. Even today, I am facing some emotional and professional issues but I know a time is about to come, may be in next 5 years if not now, that will change my whole ideology towards life, money, relationships and love. One today cannot make you see a decade in the range of 24 hours. You need to wait and watch. Life is there to show you what your capabilities are if you allow and give it a chance. I gave and it showed me the best version of myself which I hadn’t seen in last 27 years of my life. But whatever, last 10 years have been special and that’s what makes me look ahead to the day every morning. And PUNE, the city from which I was been pulled back, I am going to come back some day. It’s there in my mind. Only then the cycle will get completed. Till then, my life will stay incomplete even if I become the successor to Trump. J


Sunday, 19 February 2017 | By: AbhiLaSH RuHeLa

When I realized the damage I did since last 8 years..

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Last month, my MBA 1st year results got declared while I was in office struggling with some issue. I took out the time and checked the results and found that I passed with very respectable marks. Distinction! I was so glad, happy and proud about it that I wanted to celebrate the case with my friends. But before that, I thought of at least informing few of my friends about it on Whatsapp and then calling them up for a meet or something. But then I got busy again in the production issues that are more frequent in IT field than the lines of code all developers write together. When I came home in the evening and thought of breaking the news to my friends, I actually realized that I have no one in my life that I can celebrate this achievement with. I was all alone. To one person whom I had sent on Whatsapp, in the reply, I just received a THUMB smiley representing the most favorite act on social media- LIKING something. And that was all.

I held mobile in my hands and scrolled through all my contacts in the list and found no one who I can break the news to. In the midst of this process, I suddenly felt a grave loneliness. Not the loneliness we always talk about, but the loneliness that is the result of being ignored and thrown away by the society. It was humiliating, snubbing, helpless and depressing. By that time, I had long tears flowing down my cheeks on the bedsheet while I was searching for that one name that I can call my friend. Then I started counting the people who were very close to me once and considering that camaraderie I could have called them easily and there were lot of them. It was then I realized what I had done to myself. I started sending HII to most of them but in response, received HII only from 2 to 3 of them. Now, I wasn’t trying to call them for a celebration but to let myself feel little content that at least few of them remember me still.

I remember Haruki Murakami’s quote-“I'm not trying to imply I can keep up this silent, isolated facade forever. Sometimes the wall I've erected around me comes crumbling down.” Something like this had happened with me. To write blogs, to read more books, to do different activities, I had always sacrificed one thing before anything else- Friendships. I felt that why do I need friends in life when I have all of these to spend my life with. But this sounds great, I think, only in college times when you want to stay isolated from the noise as everyone around you is just talking, screaming and howling. When you start your professional life, for the whole day, you are sitting alone at your desk/cubicle with a monitor with no one to talk with. And after leaving the office after several late-sitting sessions, you want to meet up some of your friends at least on weekends. Hence, now I have started realizing that too much of peace and isolation is also not good.

Anyways, that moment made me realize the kind of person I am. Even though I have never done any intentional bad to anyone but still I had no one on one of my most important days of my life which made me rethink about my priorities and I immediately changed myself. I never let myself do wrong for a long period of time as I want to regret as less as possible in the last days of my life. In the last week of January, I met my Rakhi-sister. In the first week of February itself, I met 4 important people of my life who have a big role in my college life. One of them had met me after 2.5 years almost even though we were chaddi-buddies in Graduation days. I am Impossible. Seriously! Last week itself I met another graduation friend with whom I always had meaningful and life-enriching conversations. And now I am making continuous efforts to call and meet up all the rest of my friends whom I had left behind in this quest of nothingness called Peace which is not right when you sometimes need socialism and sharing. All my friends are surprised and seeing my messages for connecting with them, I am getting only one reply,”Bhai, kuch hua hai kya?” Now, how to tell them that bhai ko abhi nahi pehle jaroor kuch ho gaya tha.. Haha!