Wednesday, July 17, 2013

English Bites! by Manish Gupta


Title: English Bites!
Author: Manish Gupta
Publisher: Penguin
Genre:  Education
Date:  2012
Price: Rs.250
Pages:344

Snapshot: This is a hilarious book that makes learning/ improving English/ GRE fun.

The Story From The Critics Perspective: Have you ever tried learning English for an exam? Have you prepared for GRE? Have you toiled for month trying to remember the similar sounding words that mean very different, and at the end of it all just confused and nowhere? Well this was my situation when I wrote GRE, three years back. 

There no doubts were a lot of ways people advised to learn the language mnemonics, break the word, repetitive revision was a common practice. However none of it was fun as was reading a book and learning from it. But that had a lot of effort involved. One has to fish out the word, search for its meaning and note it down. More challenging was when the same word could be used differently depending upon context. That truly killed people. People especially from vernacular schooling I remember had a hard time. Therefor when I heard about this book and the amazing reviews it got, I too decided to read it and I thank the author for providing me an opportunity to review it. 

Manish Gupta is an angel for everyone wanting to give GRE or improve their vocabulary as never before have I seen such fun filled story with incidences explaining words, the various ways in which they can be used all into a story of his own journey into learning the language and his life around that time. The incidents are hilarious, keeps the read light and enjoyable. 

The Review: 

Positives:  I was doubtful initially that the book might turn out to be boring but the writing and incidences kept it alive, not a single page seemed dis-interesting. the only rule to read this book is read it at your pace, one chapter a day or so, only then can you do justice to imbibing its essence and the authors efforts. 

The USP of the book is the meanings(and believe me even the multiple ones) are all there, so one just has to look at the end of the page for them, which makes it an effortless and easy read.

Negatives: None

The Verdict: Highly Recommended read. Hats off to the authors efforts. Not a traditional self help book that people run away from. 4 stars on 5. 

About The Author: Manish Gupta is a banking professional. When not crunching numbers he is busy engaging with and examining the vagaries and idiosyncrasies of the English language. He also likes trivia, travelling, adventure sports, delving into human psychology, and giving professorial discourses to colleagues, family and friends, and practically anyone who can give him a patient hearing. An engineering graduate from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh and an MBA from XLRI, Jamshedpur, he lives in Mumbai with his wife Deepali, a medical professional, and daughters Tamanna and Prakriti. 

2 comments:

  1. Dear Nimi, I truly appreciate your comprehensive and incisive review of my book. You are doing a wonderful and an extremely noble job in spreading the word about the work of first-time authors and rekindling the love for reading among the youth of our country. Best regards, Manish
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    1. Thank you so much Manish sir for the kind words :)

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