By Angela Ferrao
Published by Goa 1556
For my 5 yr. Old nephew who loves animals and stories.
Angela’s language is simple and enjoyable. A very good pick for early readers.
Mafia queens of Mumbai.
S.Hussain Zaidi with Jane Borges.
Publisher Tranquebar Press
For most of us, crime is more interesting than spiritual reading.
The book is about ordinary women, and their conversion to extra-ordinary power figures in an environment that most of refuse to even acknowledge exists.
From the Doyen of Dongri to Jenabai Daaruwali, to Tarrannum Khan the dancer at the Deepa Bar who minted money on cricket the books, takes us through the lives of these women, presenting their debut into the crime-world, to their rise. Gangubai of Kamathipura, The avenging angel Sapna Didi, Simpering gangster’s moll Monica Bedi, all present their defence. Without an attorney.
Despite the documentary like treatment the life of these women are very engrossing from a voyeuristic view.
Sign of the cross
Author Chris Kuzneski.
Genre: thriller, Christian mythology
An interesting fictional thriller, narrated in a comfortable pace. The author takes us through the Christian lore, and the politically savvy Roman Empire. He has used the available roman historic factors and academic debates to weave a thriller from Boston to Beijing, from Denmark to Libya while the action is cantered at the intersection in the catacombs of Orvieto. Where an archaeologist uncovers an ancient scroll dating back two thousand years. A scroll that holds the key to a dark and treacherous secret that could rock the very foundation of the church.
Chris Kuzneski focuses on story, action and history with a vague hint of romance making the book very interesting. Glad I discovered a new author in my favourite genre.
About the author. Chris Kuzneski is a New York Times best selling American author. His books have been translated into more than 20 languages and have been published in more than 40 countries. Born sept.2nd 1969, in Indiana is the alumnus of the University of Pittsburgh. Catch him on http://www.chriskuzneski.com
Publisher: Hay house
The book is exactly what it says, a workbox, it is a step by step activity of the book Love yourself heal your life.
It did take two exercises for me to get the hang of it. But after attending the Love yourself,Heal your life workshop conducted by Asma D’souza, the book became absolutely workable.
Of course how exactly one uses this book is up to the user.
addendum: Asma D’souza is contactable at her website http://personallyco.com
Publisher: platinum Press.
The book is a fiction based on the stock characters from Ramayana. The tale is narrated through the Ravana and Bhadra an asura who is positioned as the darker side of Ravana. Ravana is a wannabe idealistic hero, but in Anand’s tale he is neither the personification of evil as pictured by Tulsidas nor he is the well-educated non-Aryan leader of the Jain and Buddhist tales, neither is the heroic uddata nayaka of southern folklore, Ravana here appears as a whining, looser.
The story is well presented, and the book is quite difficult to put down. The last three chapters do drag a bit.
Over all a good book.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Anand Neelakantan is first time author. Growing up in the temple surroundings at Kerala Ramayana fascinated Anand more so the anti-hero Ravana and his magical land. An Engineer with Indian Oil corporation lives at Bangalore with his wife Aparna daughter Ananya and son Abhinav.
Edited by Jerry Pinto
The charmed world of Indian Cinema. With an introduction by the charming Jerry Pinto,
The book takes us through the world of Stars and the Star makers, movies and movie makers, the music and musicians, the film reporters, and the back office that creates the Movie tigers. Those who gather the spicy tit-bits of the stars and their sideshows. The book is interesting, informative and has some really spicy insights.
The two sides of the movie Guide the writer and the movie maker.
Oh! Bunny Rueben I always thought was a woman, he turns out to be a man.
The mystery of Hema-Sanjeev-Jeetu and Dharam.
Authors: Normadi Ellis and Gloria Taylor Brown.
Publishers: Bear and company
A very interesting book on spiritual journaling. It is a cruise of a group of spiritual writers who follow the path of the original keepers of the sacred stories.
Each of us have a story, some heroic efforts, some losses, these are the sacred stories that have to be told, and this was done by the scribes of Egypt. They were the technicians of documenting the sacred masters of hieroglyphics thinking, in proper sequence, intonation and proper intent. There were able to create through words and thoughts the pilgrims of the word travel have attempt to practise this form of journaling.
Their insights, their breakthroughs, their transformation and learning all documented as the authors take us through their internal self journey while anchoring it on external landmarks of Egypt.
A unique experiment, though it would need a read or two before it reveals its magic.
The authors :
NORMADI ELLIS is an awarding winning writer, workshop facilitator and director of PenHouse retreat center. The dream of Isis and Awakening of Osiris are other well-known books that she has written. She is resides in Frankfort Kentucky.
GLORIA TAYLOR BROWN: is an university lecturer Alchemic healing teacher and recognized Mystic and Visionary. A lifelong student of Egyptian studies she is the president of alchemy Arts Inc. She lives in San Diego California.
Painting the Future
Inspired by a screenplay by Ron Marasco and Brian Shuff
Authors: Louise Hay and Lynn Lauber.
Publishers Hay House
Jonathan Langley’s life takes a devastating turn when he turns blind. Once a successful painter and printmaker Jonathan becomes a recluse, angry with world. He then encounters a precocious 11r old Hispanic kid who lives next door and an unlikely friendship is formed. Her cheerful presence shatters his hardened exterior revealing the man he was before tragedy stuck. He finds a fresh lease and perspective of life with Lupe leading him. He discovers the power of Kindness, compassion and love.
The book brings back a fragrance of Silas Manor. The narrative is flat and does not inspire the affirmations and the power of affirmations are lost within the meandering and predictable storyline, the haughty rich girl losing her wealth , the negative filled mother, the repentant father. Even the so called twist is a predictable one.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Louise.L.Hay the author of international bestseller you can heal your life is a metaphysical lecturer and teacher with more than 50 million books sold worldwide.
Lynn Lauber is a fiction non-fiction writer teacher and collaborator she has published three books on her own and many in collaboration with other authors.
The secret of the Nagas
Author: Amish Tripati
Published by: Westland ltd.
The second in the trilogy promised by Amish, I have not the read the first one, but this has inspired me to read it. Believe me I regret reading the Immortals of Meluha it is a spoiler to this book.
Calling an amarachitra katha induced thriller is also belittling the author’s craft. Though I guess that is the nearest identification that our generation that grew on amarchitra katha can give it.
Amish has beautifully demystified the mythology making it very interesting. If I were to call it a mythological thriller I would be ignoring the imparting of philosophy.There are small notables like the opposite of love is not hate but apathy.
Though the IIM Alumnus has done a bit more homework this time round his lack of knowledge or deficiency in adaption comes through.
!.Till few years before Kautilya the education was vocational oriented, and the guru-kula kind of system. so question of village schools did not arise.
2.Kshatriya women marrying Brahmans, was acceptable but not the other way round.
Looking forward to reading the last book on this triology.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Amish Tripati an alumnus of IIM quit corporate world to write the triology.
My rating: <a href=”http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/258771333″>2 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />
Publisher: Westland Ltd.
If I had read the Immortals of Meluha first there was no way I would have bought the secret of the Naga’s or even bothered to read it.
The author traverses through a hypothesis that Shiva was a migrant from Tibet who performed great fete, he eventually got deified. Definitely an interesting possibility with parallel examples of Gandhi and Lady Di. He has retold popular legends to fit the story narration.
Despite of an interesting concept being fairly well written the lack certain knowledge which is taken for granted is missing. Yet the IIM Alumnus must have done his research courtesy Romila Thappar and Baushem?
Some areas where the errors are unpardonably glaring
• Until the Gupta period, women did not cover their upper body. This trend was seen in Kerala almost up to Ravi Varna. The concept of women covering the head is post Islamic which has transcended from the Middle Eastern women via Kashmir—ref. Raja Taragnini.
• Knowledge was decimated through oral traditions for a long time. The written manuscripts were the part of Brahman cal heritage.
• It was considered an ill-omen to travel at night so the question of your queen Veerini reading in a prhaara lamp is ridiculous.
• Kathak is again the re-invention of Natyashastra tradition post Islamic before that it was not called any dance form. It was nartana, nrtya, ekaharya, abhinaya whatever depending on the rendering. If you do want to call it a form it is TandavaLakshana—ref.Natyashastra.
• Printing again is in and around Gupta period.
• There were no concepts of windows as such, there were doors and Jaali’s Jaali’s let in air and light.—ref. Shilpa shastra.
It is a good read, a thriller inspired by Amara Chitra Katha, no more. Worth ONE read, on a long train journey.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
The author Amish Tripati is an IIM Alumnus, who has planned out a trilogy on Shiva. He intends following up the current novel with the secret of the Nagas.
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