Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Dont Think Of a Blue Ball by Malti Bhojwani

Title: Dont Think Of a Blue Ball  
Author: Malti Bhojwani  
Publisher: Om Books International
Genre: Self Help
Date:  2012
Price: Rs. 295
Pages: 240

 First of all I cant thank the author Malti Bhojwani enough for giving into my hand this life changing book and over that her immense patience as I read and practised this book. 

Snapshot:  You read The Alchemist where you learnt that Santiago in the end found what his heart wanted most, and in the end the learning through the journey, the transformation made him truly an Alchemist. After that you read The Secret where various experienced theorists and practitioners of The Law Of Attraction told you by various examples "how" it worked. I am a follower of both these books. I read The Alchemist whenever I feel I loose track and have too much negativity into my life to inspire myself and find something I might have missed earlier.

However, there always were roadblocks. In some situations I came across a point I was unable to pass through, with all my knowledge of The Law of Attraction. This book was an answer to those situations and I believe I attracted it too towards me. This book is one practical guide to practice the law and its not blabber as most self help books are. This is your instant guide to positivity and living the life you always wanted to. 

The Review: The author has systematically and accurately divided the chapters into each aspect you need to work on for believing and practising this law. Further the USP of the book lies in the fact that each chapter is dissected into theory, examples and exercises; the best way to help the reader imbibe and practice a principle. 

The first chapter Ending Your Life As You Know It, teaches you exactly that by removing the don't wants. Once this is achieved in Chapter two you learn to "plug-In"  into the very universe you are a part of. In third chapter you are told the simple ways in which you can live upto your commitments. Chapter 4 and 5 take you from there towards more positivity removing the negative via your thoughts, talk and action. Chapter six teaches you to via examples to believe and Chapter 7 further clears up the junk in your life by teaching you to just let it go. 

Then we are taught how to read co-incidences in life and then the most important lesson in chapter 9, the guide to attracting the two most important components of life health &wealth. Chapter 11 teaches us how gratitude enriches the soul and how to always be thankful for the lovely life you will lead by following and practising everything in the chapters above. The final chapter finally summarises how to live life full of health , abundance and most importantly positivity. 

How "Don't Think Of A Blue Ball" & My Life:  Since this book falls into the self-help category and I have written all praises abut it, I would like to add how it really helped me, which may help another skeptical reader decide. I am a PhD student. I work 12-16 hours a day. Research is one area where 90% of the times you encounter failure. Its fun but yes at times very demanding in spirits. Also as I mentioned earlier I did find The Alchemist at the right time in my life and since then nothing has gone wrong as I practised it. However, there were some times when I encountered an insufferable pass to a thought that I should harbour. I was too logical in demanding from the universe or just missing some crucial patterns in my thoughts and talks. For eg. I loved complaining and talking about things that were wrong with me (I still do) but have reduced it a great deal consciously and it truly has brought more happiness and peace into my life, The bad things did happen but I waited for the sunrise at the end of the dark night, and yes that bright ray did appear. I am indebted to you for this book Malti- all my life. My gratitude cannot find words.

Postives:  The best practical guide to living your life the way you want.

Negatives:  Like all self help books there were repetitions, however just at a few places. Also at some places there were too many examples, may be I am impatient so this is my view.

The Verdict:  A must book to read and practice for life. 4.5 stars on 5

About The Author: As a life Coach she aims to serve, not to fix or to help. Malti Bhojwani is the founder of Multi Coaching International, a professional certified life Coach with the International Coach Federation (ICF), NIP practitioner (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and an author. She coaches using her empathetic enquiry that leads her clients to personal empowerment, fulfilled goals and consistent success. Being a life-long learner, she is also mastering Ontological Coaching with Newfield Network to hone her skills, as she still considers herself only a 'white-belter' in the field of personal transformation. Born in Singapore in May 1971, she lived in Jakarta for many years, though she spent most of her adult life in Sydney, Australia where her grown-up daughter Drishti lives. Her first published work, Thankfulness Appreciation Gratitude My Journal has gone into several reprints.





Thursday, May 23, 2013

When Strangers Meet...by K. Hari Kumar

Title: When Strangers Meet 
Author: K. Hari Kumar
Publisher: Srishti Publishers& Distributors
Genre: Fiction
Date:  2013
Price: Rs. 100
Pages: 320

Snapshot: As the title suggests When Strangers Meet...is an entertaining story of three strangers meeting on a fateful day at the metro station waiting room and how that meet changes their lives.



The Story from the Critics Perspective:  First of all I loved the coverpage immensely. I received the book a day before my birthday, and was so drawn to it that I started reading it the same night post all the 12pm celebrations. I do believe that a coverpage plays a crucial role in attracting the audience and here the book scores 5/5.



The book is divided into three broad parts each of which has further sub parts. The first part involves a lot of character development of one of the three lead characters Jai, who is the son of a Mathematics professor Prakash Sharma. Jai is a rebel. As it happens in most parent-child clashes, their ideas do not match. The reason here is Mathematics, the love of the fathers life, which the son hates to even look at. The real problem arises when Prof. Sharma decides his son who barely passed class12 will be an engineer, Jai has other plans about his future, which of course are far away from Mathematics. When he expresses his wish, the father and son fight and as always is the father wins. However, Jai is good at heart and doesn't believe his father should spend all his life's savings for educating him, that too a subject he hates and can never excel. Therefore, he decides to flee and fulfill his dreams. 
 
On the other hand, Hussain Ansari, the next lead character is a tea-seller. An honest man who wishes his elsdest son Arshad, his helping hand at work has a bright future. To make this happen he buys a lottery ticket, and one day finally the lords shower all that he wishes for as he wins a handsome amount in lottery.  He sets his journey the very next day to the lottery ticket office. The same day that Jay flees away from home. They meet at a metro waiting room as the metro stops functioning for a few hours. 

The stage is set now, and the last and the most important character Iyer enters. He begins talking to Jai. They discover that Jai and him had a lot in common, especially two greatest factors: one - a father who is a  hardcore mathematician and two - the dream to be on 70mm screen as a lead actor one day. 

Here begins part two of the story where Iyers life story begins in flashback. He describes himself not as a bulky man he was, but a smart notorious young boy. He fights with his father, who fails to realize his dreams and promises to never come back. His angry father tells him to come home, only the day he dies.  He sleeps on foot path, gives a lot of auditions, try to crack the jack to become an actor like his (and my favourite too) Rajnikant. On the way he also meets a beautiful girl but leaves her too for his dream. However a lot of variables play a role in getting a big role and unfortunately luck doesn't favour him. However he doesn't give up but does something else that gives him a respectable life. He does mould a respectable man out of himself. However, life and movies will be all boring if there was just one mood, so one day Iyers family locate him and he comes to know his father is on death bed and they need money for his treatment.

Iyer requests Jai to just give his mother the money he arranges for, he is afraid if he goes to his father, the curse will kill him. However, when Jai meets his old father who has only his sons name on his lips insists on telling Iyer waiting outside the hospital to see him, only to find him gone.

Why did Iyer leave without knowing how his father was? Will Jai find Iyer? Will he ever have the courage to face his father? Why did Hussain being in the same room not listen to Iyer? Read the book to know the complete story.

The Review:

Positives: A well planned and well written story. Language is simple, flow and pace is maintained throughout. The author has dedicated this book to his father and it truly delivers the message emphatically through an entertaining story. Truly recommended for fathers and sons.

Negatives: There is some repetition at a few places, however that wont make you bored.



The Verdict: A light, entertaining and enjoyable read with a message. Surely unputdownable.  Thanks Hari for sending it on the right day :). 3.5 stars on 5.
  
About the Author:K Hari Kumar is working as an Assistant Director in the Indian film industry. He has written, acted and directed four independent projects that have been screened in various film festivals.

Buy it Now!!!   

Saturday, May 11, 2013

An Excursion of Insight by Harsh Agarwal

Title: An Excursion Of Insight 
Author: Harsh Agarwal
Publishers: D.K. Publisher's Distributors
Date:  2013
Price: Rs. 190
Pages: 210


The image of Indian fictions has been changing a lot. Post the famous Chetan Bhagat debut in the scenario, the paperback fictions borders around college life or simply romances though lately, some commendable writings shone in the area. The industry is now slowly moving ahead of the peppy college romances to more serious mythological thriller or simply thriller. The college days are gone. The industry is maturing. And, in that realm of this juncture – Harsh Agarwal came out with “An Excursion of Insight” – another story in the backdrop of an Engineering College!! Deep sigh!!

The chances of being a misnomer were high – so, the author promises in the first line of his blurb “… but this does not tell the story of just another young lad!” Though the book starts with a usual prologue that comes with something shivering, accidental, unprecedented, or seemingly a glimpse of the climax – it takes a different route altogether thereafter. The college premise is located in Assam – one of the most underrated beautiful places of India. Just like the place, the novel took a different turn altogether.

The story revolves around few engineering students – their lives, love, and dreams. The main protagonist was a Bhutanese guy. The simple thinking, small wishes – all are well depicted through the character. Though his affair with the rich girl seems immature – the emotional sentiments are being portrayed in a realistic manner.

The author has used a lucid language. He is good in his narrative, rich in his vocabulary, still presents a smooth reading. Though in some parts – the book seemed a bit stretching – the vast arena he has tried to cover justifies it.

The author deserves kudos in evolving the character of the protagonist. There were many dramatic moments where the character grew. But very few of them carried off well. He brought in forth all the contemporary issues as racial discrimination, politics and even the inter – cultural acceptance problems. Through the characters – the author honestly tried to portray the current issues related to the youths of India. But, the book never delved deep into the issues – rather it explored the inner psyche of the minds to explore the emotions and the realizations. The realization of the life – the realization of love – and more precisely he realized the truth that over-shadowed the overall society of the so-called human beings. He got the insight in his journey. And, thus he has correctly justified the name of his book.
But the show-stealer in his book is the beauty of Assam. Be it the valleys or the tea gardens or the myths surrounding the place – Assam stood out as the best character that gave the plot a proper base to prosper.

Though a bit philosophical at times – and a bit stretching too – the book portrays a deep insight – very rarely found in the Indian paperbacks. The author deserves compliment for this bold attempt. And, the book deserves a try.

Positives: The description of the backdrop is pretty good the author has incorporated many contemporary issues involving the youths of the country.

Negatives: Some parts of the book are stretched,which could have been edited better.


This book has been reviewed by Sankha Ghosh:  Sankha Ghosh was never born in that 'City of Joy', never dreamt of being a banker, never watched a Godard, never loved Kafka, never fell for thatSolitary Reaper, never danced on a friend’s wedding, never fought for human rights, never had a crush at college and never ever aspired to work on a novel! Never was he as simple as this! #He wishes


I thank the author Harsh Agarwal for a copy of the book.