Last #CelebrateBlogging BlogAdda sent me a book that titled “horseshoe Garage,” if I am not mistaken it was almost an year ago.

The author was Hitesha, usually there is a curiosity about the blurb, if that’s interesting enough then one wonders about the author. Well coming to the cover,

A chocolate brown with Horse shoe Garage written and a “O” is modified to a horseshoe. Okay though a triffle cliché it was acceptable.

The blurb says though he has gotten used to his salary and his job at grant motors, sarvesh still finds himself waking up in the middle of the night, his heart pounding with excitement ofa Neo-racing dream. The technologically advanced car and the smell of burnt rubber of the tyres haunt him all the time. And the rest.

#Fantstico (7)
EFT suggestion — cars are beautiful.

The book promises a the thrill of neo-car racing and the murky world behind it. the author is either genuinely confused or does not care if she is delivering a coropate sleaze or car-racing thrill. Yet what she lands up dishing a tepid MillsandBoons order of romance instead of the tall dark handsome stranger, I think like the current “more than man woman” her heroine is the hero.

#Fantstico (3)
EFT suggestion — racing can be clean fun.

The author has this too good to believed heroine who is a fourth grade schooled, drop out who works in a garge, name Naaz Latha Shiek.. who keeps the garage boys at bay. She is a self taught automobile engineer and guess what the author is lucky that the IIT’s have not sued her. because our baby Naaz builds the car with Sarvesh and Rags the IITians drolling.

Sarvesh and his friend Rags who has an impossible south Indian name that one does not really come across in the south. Rags girlfriend Kam is initially starts off as a dumb blonde but obviously dyes her hair to become the aesthetic designer of the car and eventually the PR head.

Back to the car the team of three IITians, one car-ignormous and half a dozen garage hands is lead by the wonderwoman Naaz. Their design stolen twice, second time five days before the neo-racing. Sarvesh the race driver is beaten up,yet the hero wins the race.

#Fantastico Team D1
EFT suggestion it takes good friends to build a team.

The romance between Sarvesh and Naaz is kept puritanical with the apparent focus being the car, and the race. Of course there is Sarvesh’s mother who plays the villain in the romance by insulting  Naaz, by throwing her school drop-out status, her being a muslim and whatever else she can throw. Also foisting a school friend’s daughter Aarti as Sarvesh’s fiancée.

Over all what the author does succeed in doing is delivering a Indian Thali which is okay, nothing that any one would in particular for a second helping.

What  really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you the author that wrote was a terrific friend of yours and you could call her up on the phone whenever you felt it. well this does not happen.

What does come across is the author’s  wistful presentation of her altar ego. I can actually visualize a Tanaz Currim look alike sitting up in a tower high on the Himalayas and writing a chronicle of what would add colour to her life.

A good read for a journey back from work.

Author Hitesha

Publisher Leadstartcorp.

ISBN 978-93-82473-45-9

ps the EFT suggestions helped me carry through the book.

pps: Maybe this vindicates the author — http://social.yourstory.com/2016/02/siwakoti-sharma/

This blog post is inspired by the blogging marathon hosted on IndiBlogger for the launch of the #Fantastico Zica from Tata Motors. You can apply for a test drive of the hatchback Zica today.

Banned book week

Banned book week

Loss of words is not just figure of speech it is a frighteningly dangerous pathology. it was the secret weapon of the intelligentsia, the clergy and the power hungry to oppress. Banning books is just another form of bullying. It is all about fear and an assumption of power. The key is to address the fear and deny the power.

Books are dangerous, they have to be, they contain ideas, no, rather feed an dormant idea seed with supernova energy that in turn could empower and an empowered soul is definitely not subservient.  Every book has something that offends, after the freedom of expression includes the freedom to acknowledge that you are offended, or to offend the other. Without the freedom to offend  it ceases to exist.DSCN8018

The idea of Banned Books week celebrates the freedom to read, it draws attention to banned and challenged books. It talks of people persecuted for their writing, and is held on the last week of September.

The banned book week was founded in 1982 by the library activist Judith King,  the association of American publishers with the idea of bring to the attention of the American public the slain books, and six weeks later the first banned books week was celebrated.

The Wednesday of the banned book weeks is the Banned Website Awareness Day.

Amnesty international also celebrates Banned books week by directing attention to individuals persecuted because of the books that they produce, circulate or read. Banning of books creates silence instead of speech, and speech is essential. Banning of books makes us shut out noises and stops us from seeing visions we see. Think about this the first man to translate bible to English was burnt at the stakes, this has been happening time and again, whatever the reason for it, yet it is right back on the shelf, to become a best-seller.

Here is sharing a quote from John..F.Kennedy   “If this nation is to be wise as well as strong, if we are to achieve our destiny, then we need more new ideas for more wise men reading more good books in more public libraries. These libraries should be open to all—except the censor. We must know all the facts and hear all the alternatives and listen to all the criticisms. Let us welcome controversial books and controversial authors. For the Bill of Rights is the guardian of our security as well as our liberty.

[Response to questionnaire in Saturday Review, October 29 1960]
― John F. Kennedy

Reading for is visit a home they have left behind, for some it is an escape from the surrounding they are in, books, uplift weary souls, energize the tired minds…sooths an aching heart, kindles hope for the future, and provides an respite when all escapes are sealed. They are ultimate dumpees, keep them down and there are there for you whenever want to pick them up.

Then there are those books that fill us with the strange almost evangelical zeal, and convince us that the prescription to put the shattered world together is to get all humans to read it.

“A word to the unwise.bookworm
Torch every book.
Char every page.
Burn every word to ash.
Ideas are incombustible.
And therein lies your real fear.”
― Ellen Hopkins

There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.”
― Joseph Brodsky

The Talwar story


Book review of Aarushi By Avirook Sen

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a non-fiction by Avirook Sen.  published by  Penguin Books India with 978-0-143-421421-4.

Mr.Sen tracks the sordid details of Aarushi’s murder. The book is laid out well,  opening with character list, followed by time lines.

The book is definitely not light reading, the 300 pages book packs in too much of information that one tends to get lost in the maze of the information.

Thankfully Mr.Sen does not go into too many theatricals nor is he inclined to romanticize things.

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In space, the book tended to distract me, by references to other cases and judgements on one hand. On the other he brings out the peer presence of Delhi teenagers, the gawky attempts of teenagers to break the cocoon.

Though Mr.Sen walks the readers through the goof ups of the investigation bodies he is not able actually give us evidence or probable evidence of the guilt of Krishna and the other help.

The movie Rahasyam, starring Ashsih Vidyarthi ,Tisca Chopra  and Kay Kay Menon seem to be heavily inspired by the facts presented in this book.

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the Invertis University Bareilly

The interesting part of the book was the presentation of Mr.K.K.Gautam who discovered the body of Hemaraj, altered testimony in 2010 from the one given in 2008 turned the entire tide.  the author succeeds in giving an impression that the institute run Mr.K.K.Gautam  the Invertis Institute at Bareilly owes itself to this changed testimony.

the apparently snobbish persona of Nupur Talwar and their journey from comfortable midclass respectable family to the impoverished prison life has been brought out very subtly.

The book is very well researched, and would work as a good source material for researchers.  An excellent book to fall back on if one wanted to write Whodunits. The legal procedures, the investigative procedures the blotch ups, are well documented. Despite the fact that the author deliver a judgement, he definitely  tells the Talwar story and one does feel that they have not received justice.

About the author: ttps://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4459183.Avirook_Sen

images courtesy Google Images.

The Deafening silence.


Buy The Silent Scream from Flipkart.com
Buy The Silent Scream from Flipkart.com

The silent scream,

Deals with the real cases of child abuse. The names and locations have been changed to maintain the privacy of the survivors. But the stories are presented in a very matter fact way. I really appreciate the way the author has presented the cases without any dramatization or passing judgement on the predator. Neither does he gloss over the goriness of it all.

The book also shares the probable trigger, prevention, acknowledging and support that the victim needs to transcend from being a victim to a survivor. He also lists help centres. And inputs from psychologists, psychiatrists, counsellors and other people working in the area.

The book is a must read for parents, teachers, counsellors, and law enforcers working children.  Since the language and presentation of the book is more in tune with kids over twelve it might be a good idea to have it published as graphic novels for kids younger.

The book particularly ensures that we acknowledge that child predators are present in all socio-economic sectors of the society and that it is more an issue of power and control.

All the same it would have been complete if the author could deal with finding closure after abuse. This is the biggest lacunae in a survivor’s psyche, particularly if the predator has moved out of the survivor’s space.

The authored by Siddhartha Garga who has debuted with the Novel In Love With Your Friendship focuses on friendship and its intricate, currently he is working on his third novel Maya dealing with the real life experience of a rape survivor. The Book is published by Rumour Book India 9788192953298

Tags: non-fiction, sociology, abuse,

The Mousecharmers Charms With Words…


The Mousecharmers   Charms With Words…

Almost a month back, my neighbour popped in to give a courier that had arrived 3 days prior. It was a document a book, I was clueless as to who sent it. I knew for sure it was not the author. Since I had not ordered it either by flipkart or Amazon, I presumed that the book was sent in by the publisher, No, please thank you for your time… hope you enjoy it… not even a dry covering letter. Well, the first thing that occurred to me well, this publisher has absolutely no respect for his/her reader. That kind of puts the reader off the book. Then there was the courier guy they used who hands the parcel to my neighbour!! That the reason I trust speedpost.

Few days later I got a mail from Indiblogger asking me if the reviewing was over…honestly I was absolutely busy then, there was also this logic, if the publisher/sender could not take few minutes to put in an covering letter somewhere they neither value the author or the reader so I return the courtesy. (Well, maybe this is the last book that I will get for reviewing)

Yet when I did start reading the book it did charm me. Authored by Anuradha Goyal an innovation expert she has shared the journey of the IT-entrepreneurship. The book is kept very simple with all the technical jargon being minimum,

The introduction to the book, and how she went about collecting, curetting, comparing, correlating and finally came to conclusion is meticulously documented. She the walks her reader through the various enterprises classifying them.

She is quite candid that one question that did pop up to her was why did digital enterprise focus on metros when they could function from anywhere? She could place her finger on the ecosystem that ensures the success of a digital enterprise.

Her criteria of companies

  • Only Indian companies were considered.
  • Only first generation start ups were considered.
  • Pure B2B enterprises were considered.
  • Companies that made major online impact were considered.

In the first part, she shares the journey of flipkart, makemytrip other enterprises where the customer and the vendor are in conversation. When asked what was the single most risky decision that flipkart made that really boosted their business, it turned out to be cash on delivery, not that it was a new idea but the application was new. Makemytrip strategy of having a kiosk at malls, which boosted their sales. Since travel and touring rates are time tagged, MMT does not offer cash on delivery facility.

What caught my interest was the success story of the bigbasket.com, I mean how did one buy fruits without handling them? Or haggling with the vendor, like Anuradha herself notes that the thrill of Indian shopping that bargaining is eliminated in the online shopping system. The customer satisfaction is dealt with by ensuring the need of the customer is addressed.

In the second part of the book she takes us through the content kings, like chaiwithlakshmi, socialsamosa.com,zomato.com, Game2win.com,Imagebazar  here Anuradha shares an interesting observation that one of the companies actually had a folder documenting what did not work for them.

In the third part she walks us through the connectors like asklaila.com, shaadi.com, rangde.com, commonfloor.com. And of course my own personal favourite  indiblogger.com

With each enterprise she has covered grounds of their inspiration, innovation, journey, challenges, trophy and future. She has also pencilled in the mobile revolution.

A book I would recommend to read across age groups, socio-economic structures and education background it could inspire the next great idea.

TAIL END

  • Thanks for introducing me to MMT’s route and travel planner despite using the site for two years I did not know that it existed.
  • Don’t worry; about the loss of bargaining thrill, the sites will introduced a Punjabi aunty game/app that will offer you the thrill of bargaining.
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Author Anuradha Goyal

ISBN 978-8-104-00492-2

Publisher Random House.

This was a complimentary copy sent for reviewing.

the sound of silence


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Author:  Susan Cain

Publisher:

ISBN:  978-0-670-91676-4

Non fictional book on Psycology

The book looks at introversion, in a very personality oriented extrovert society. She also  looks at the challenges that is thrown at the introvert and how they can survive without having to go closet or fake extrovert behaviour.

Some interesting  thoughts  from the book

“There’s zero correlation between being the best talker and having the best ideas.”

“Or at school you might have been prodded to come “out of your shell”—that noxious expression which fails to appreciate that some animals naturally carry shelter everywhere they go, and that some humans are just the same.”

“I worry that there are people who are put in positions of authority because they’re good talkers, but they don’t have good ideas. It’s so easy to confuse schmoozing ability with talent. Someone seems like a good presenter, easy to get along with, and those traits are rewarded. Well, why is that? They’re valuable traits, but we put too much of a premium on presenting and not enough on substance and critical thinking.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Susan Cain is a writer who specializes in psychological non-fiction. She blogs on psychology day.com and New York Times. She has done a seven-year stint in corporate law  representing clients like JP Morgan and General Electric. An honors graduate from Princeton University and Harvard  Law School she lives on the Hudson River New York with her husband and two sons. More information is available  www.thepoweroftheintrovert.com

A Bland Buffet.


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S.Hussain Zaidi with Jane Borges.

Publisher Tranquebar Press

ISBN 978-93-80283-77-7

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.