Book Review: Prisoner, Jailor, Prime Minister by Tabrik C


Book Details

Title: Prisoner, Jailor, Prime Minister
Authored By: Tabrik C
Publisher: Hachette India
Imprint: Hachette India
Publication Year: 2014 January
ISBN-13: 9789350096703
ISBN-10: 9350096706
Language: English
Binding: Paperback
Number of Pages: 323 Pages
Book Type: Fiction Book
Book Type: Non Fiction Book

Overview of the book:

India has a new Prime Minister but is Siddhartha Tagore the product of his genius or of his dangerous mind? India is on edge, as a subversive internal revolt against the Constitution and the threat of Jehadi terror of an unthinkable level, are looming on the horizon. Ringing Shivas damaru in and out of Parliament, a sudden turn of karma catapults outsider Siddhartha Tagore – a conflicted genius, music maestro and prodigal son, with forceful views on China and Pakistan into national prominence as the head of the Opposition Alliance and finally as the newly elected Prime Minister of a disturbed nation. But buried secrets are being resurrected and threaten to expose the past. Twisted within the double helix of menacing politics and hidden lust, Prisoner, Jailor, Prime Minister is a scorching account of Siddhartha Tagores fascinating journey from Harvard to 7 Race Course ad.

My review:

with nearing election and recent political stunts on Telangana and other Bill, it is the most apt book of the season. the scenario is 80’s to present time frame. the book is about, Siddhartha Tagore, a music maestro, Tibet lover and political mastermind , how he takes the power, from Harvard’s hallowed halls to a political leader, the prime minister .

it just not a book on politics or power, but it’s a thriller, it deals with forbidden lust and dark secrets. it’s a mix of technology and current trends dealing with iPad and Harley Davidson. Though I got lost in-between may be because of the changing time frames, it’s still a page turner. I liked the way how each character unfolds itself after every important incident, it makes the reader gripped to the book.

Know the author : Tabrik C

Tabrik C is a political enthusiast, perfumer and internet entrepreneur. He has a post-graduate degree in History from St. Stephen’s College Delhi, where he was the president of the student’s union. His special interest lies in observing, analyzing, predicting and debating the rise and fall of political personalities and their influence on the destiny of nations and individuals.

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Only One Life to Give: Book review.


I have heard of stories of Army , Air officers. But, I never read a complete book on it. Here is Book which tells different tales Of Air force officers and their life style.

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Book Review:

An Air Force officer who upholds the nation’s dignity, a sister who gives up her life to care for her younger sibling, a bureaucrat who pays with his life for upholding the nation’s values, a father who rises above personal grief… Only One Life to Give is a collection of stories of such individuals who live by the values of compassion, honesty and dignity. The collection is an attempt to create a circle of influence that encourages us to extend a helping hand to strangers, family and friends.

Imprint Frog Books
ISBN 9789382473763
Height In Cm 5.5″ x 8.5″
Binding Paperback
Publisher Leadstart Publishing Pvt Ltd
Author Wing Commander Arun Kaul (Retd.)
Pages 190

My Review:

I started reading the Book without much expectations. But started developing a liking towards it. It is a collection of stories, filled with various emotions. It makes one cry and laugh, at times think how hard life if for our men. Language was Simple yet formal.( May be because its written by wing commander). I felt it was like another Chickens Soup. Small book, easy read while travelling, can be read in parts. The Book is dived into 4 parts. Professional, life, His family and stories from other people. Goodness of the writing style is, you can easy visualize the life of the person. Every story has a lesson to be learnt from. TI cover various topics from a flowering garden, strict supervisor to corruption . Over all it’s a nice read.

About The Author :

Wing Commander Arun Kaul spent his school years in St. Xaviers, Jaipur. He is a post graduate in Literature from St. Stephens College, Delhi and in Management from the Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi.After a career in the Indian Air Force, he had been the Group Head-Human Resources in Arvind Mills, Ahmedabad followed by a stint in the healthcare industry. He lives in Ahmedabad, pursuing his passion of creative writing.Only One Life to Give is his first published complete work of non-fiction.Arun Kaul can be reached at http://www.arunkaul.com. Or write to him at arun54kaul@gmail.com.

Life Mantras: By a Life Coach – Book review


Isnt it nice to get a author signed copy for review?. I was pleased to get one from Preeti subberwal. When I read the title LIfe mantras BY a life coach, somehow it was ShahRukhKhan who came in my mind.  May be it was coincidence that reading the book had the same Romantic feeling. Dont take it otherwise, each line gets into mind like SRK’s dialogues. every word uttered brings in passion, energy and relive success.

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Book: Life Mantras: By a Life Coach
Author: Preeti Subberwal
ISBN: 9383271663
ISBN-13: 9789383271665
Binding: Hardback
Publishing Date: 2013-11-08
Publisher: Power Publishers
Number of Pages: 124
Language: English

 

Book review:

Are you looking for valuable insights on every aspect of life?

Are you interested in a book that precisely and concisely explains whatever you need to learn about life?

Are you seeking for the ways to run your life smoothly, effectively, and miraculously?

If you say yes to any of the above questions, then you are holding the right book in your hand. This is a book that throws light on all the dimensions of life. The powerful life mantras provided will not just help you to stay positive and happy but also will inspire you to be your best. It is a book to be experienced and savoured before assimilating anything. It has been designed to give you a visual delight besides leading you on the road to deep and profound wisdom.It will empower you to unravel the mysteries and discover the secrets of a ful?lling life. It will encourage you to commit yourself to continual improve- ment and helping others. And once you resolve to do so, it doesnt matter from where you started, there is no telling who you will become and what you will accomplish during your journey.

My review:

there is nice feel holding the book in my hands. nice cover design, colorful, kind of very attractive. Language uses is very simple, easy to understand and interesting quotes are quoted when its required. The book is dived into various chapters. Either you read it from start and go into the topics which is required. I think it’s a book worth re-reading too. I am generally not big fan of self help books, but this book seemed to keep me hooked and interested. The book also gives a feeling of talking to self and introspection.  I think it’s worth having once own copy. everybody passes through a phase when we can’t think straight or depressed or want some help from other. This book gives a good company during those times.

 About the Author:

Preeti Subberwal is a Certified Master Spirit Life Coach, Certified Life Coach, and a Licensed NLP Master Practitioner.She is passionate about delivering personal and professional development workshops, seminars and coaching programs that empower the participants to attain their next level of success, fulfilment and self-mastery.

She is also founder director of ‘Thoughtful Engagement’, a firm that facilitates quick and sustainable positive change and transformation in individuals and organisations through powerful, practical and innovative solutions.

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Romi & Gang by Tushar Raheja


PrintCricket and it’s Just cricket.

Romi- the main character- studying in 8th standard, and has a craze for cricket.

sunny, Golu, Sukhi- all are Romi’s friends studying in 8th standard.

Author Tushar Raheja
BOOK DETAILS
Publisher Pirates
Publication Year 2013
ISBN-13 9788192681009
ISBN-10 8192681009
Language English
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 237 Pages

Plot:

Unruly and reckless, thirteen-year-old Romi is the hero of his universe. His great affinity for adventure and the unknown is shared by his gang – the rascal Sukhi, the deadpan Sunny, the naïve Golu and his blood brother, Kim.

When legendary Kim disappears from Mauji, it is left to the four to conquer the maidan with cricket and the world with their wits. Of course, they must prepare for responsibility in between and, one day, go after Kim.

Reviews

All of these boys love cricket. A year passes and they participate in inter-house cricket tournament. in spite of playing well, they don’t find their names in final list of inter-school cricket tournament as they are juniors. these boys try hard to mark their presence, for which they have to defeat senior school team.  will this gang actually make it  is the story about.

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I think almost everybody would relate to the book. its takes you back in time. it’s a small book, best for a short travel trip, compact and can be finished in 2 or 3 hours.  the language is simple, easy going. It’s a pictorial book and well edited book..

I think it’s an good book for kids. A trip to past for adults who have played gully cricket.

After reading this book, I only wish Bunty too has such a nice childhood playing in garden instead of being a techi-kid struck to electronics.

About the Author
Tushar’s first book was the popular comedy, Anything for you, Ma’am. At the moment, he is a doctoral
candidate at IIT Delhi in the field of Applied Probability. He can be contacted at tushar@raheja.org .

Book: Ajaya: Epic of the Kaurava Clan -Roll of the Dice: Book 1


Front_ Ajaya_cover_final_4-10-2013 (1)After falling in love with RAVANA and BADRA, I think now it’s time to add few more people in the list. Trends are not just in movies, It is catching up with Novels too.. Didn’t get it, antagonist are more smarter than the protagonist like  Amir Khan, Sonu Sood etc etc.  isn’t it such a coincidence that Starplus is also screening Mahabharata and you see so much of difference in perceptive of looking at characters from this book and the Serial.

Like many others, I was waiting for the release of  ‘Ajaya, Roll of the Dice’. The book is worth the wait. Now waiting for the part II.

Book Details

Title: Ajaya – Epic Of The Kaurava Clan: Roll Of The Dice
Publisher: Leadstart Publishing Pvt Ltd
Author: Anand Neelakantan
Edition: Paperback
Language: English
ISBN: 9381576033
EAN: 9789381576038
No. of Pages: 456

About the Book: Ajaya: Epic of the Kaurava Clan -Roll of the Dice: Book 1

THE MAHABHARATA ENDURES AS THE GREAT EPIC OF INDIA. But while Jaya is the story of the Pandavas, told from the perspective of the victors of Kurukshetra; Ajaya is the narrative of the ‘unconquerable’ Kauravas, who were decimated to the last man.

At the heart of India’s most powerful empire, a revolution is brewing. Bhishma, the noble patriarch of Hastinapura, is struggling to maintain the unity of his empire. On the throne sits Dhritarashtra, the blind King, and his foreign-born Queen – Gandhari. In the shadow of the throne stands Kunti, the Dowager-Queen, burning with ambition to see her firstborn become the ruler, acknowledged by all.

And in the wings:

* Parashurama, the enigmatic Guru of the powerful Southern Confederate, bides his time to take over and impose his will from mountains to ocean.

* Ekalavya, a young Nishada, yearns to break free of caste restrictions and become a warrior.

* Karna, son of a humble charioteer, travels to the South to study under the foremost Guru of the day and become the greatest archer in the land.

* Balarama, the charismatic leader of the Yadavas, dreams of building the perfect city by the sea and seeing his people prosperous and proud once more.

* Takshaka, guerilla leader of the Nagas, foments a revolution by the downtrodden as he lies in wait in the jungles of India, where survival is the only dharma.

* Jara, the beggar, and his blind dog Dharma, walk the dusty streets of India, witness to people and events far greater than they, as the Pandavas and the Kauravas confront their searing destinies.

Amidst the chaos, Prince Suyodhana, heir of Hastinapura, stands tall, determined to claim his birthright and act according to his conscience. He is the maker of his own destiny – or so he believes. While in the corridors of the Hastinapura palace, a foreign Prince plots to destroy India. And the dice falls…

My Review:

The book begins with introduction of Suyodhana.  He we can see how the real name has been changed and popularized as Duryodhana , that how we know the Kauravas as. temple built for him in Kerala.  Each character is listed and relationship with other character are explained. I liked this idea, It takes out lots of confusions and makes it clear for new readers too.  Like in Asura, here too Kauravas fight for equality, against caste system etc etc. I think for the Benefit of making Kauravas the heros, the main Sin committed by them, Disrobing  Draupadi is Omitted by the author.  I am not going into details of each episode written, as We all know most of it, and if i tell out, then most of the interesting parts of the story would be out.

Otherwise, the book is simple and yet another try of Anand to portray an Antagonist as Protagonist.  several incidents are created to show the same. and of course few of the original are omitted to justify . Over all a first-rate try.  A good book for epic fans, as it has a different perspective to the told and re-told epic.

About the Author: Anand Neelakantan

I Was Born in a Quaint little village called Thripoonithura, on the outskirts of Cochin, Kerala. Located east of mainland Ernakulam, across Vembanad Lake, this village had the distinction of being the seat of the Cochin royal family. However, it was more famous for its 100-odd temples, the various classical artists it produced, and its school of music. I remember many an evening listening to the faint rhythm of the chendas coming from the temples, and the notes of the flute escaping over the rugged walls of the music school. However, Gulf money and the rapidly expanding city of Cochin, have wiped away all remaining vestiges of that old-world charm. The village has evolved into the usual, unremarkable, suburban hellhole-clones of which dot India. Growing up in a village with more temples than was necessary, it was little wonder that mythology fascinated me. Ironically, I was drawn to the anti-heroes. My own life went on? I became an engineer, joined the Indian Oil Corporation, moved to Bangalore, married Aparna, and welcomed my daughter Ananya, and son, Abhinav. However, the voices of yore refused to be silenced in my mind. I felt impelled to narrate the stories of the vanquished and the damned; and give life to those silent heroes who have been overlooked in our uncritical acceptance of conventional renderings of our epics. This is Anands second book and follows the outstanding success of his national #1 bestseller, ASURA Tale of the Vanquished (Platinum Press 2012). Ajaya Book II, Rise of Kali, is due for release later in 2014. Anand can be reached at: mail@asura.co.in

Asura- Tale of the vanquished- book review.


CONTRIBUTORS
Author Anand Neelakantan
BOOK DETAILS
Publisher Leadstart Publishing Pvt Ltd
Publication Year 2012
ISBN-13 9789381576052
ISBN-10 9381576052
Language English
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 500 Pages

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Ramayana was first told to me by my mom at home. later it was part of syllabus at school. Rama was introduced as a avataram. if I remember right, there was so much debate about liking Lord Rama as he kept agni parkisha for his wife and sent her for vanavas.talking about Ravana, the image what is printed in everybody’s mind is his ten heads and the person who abducted Sita .Somehow I also got reminded of the movie RAVAAN. yes, Where Vikram is Robin-hood  for his village. though he is good, because of his anger against the awful policemen and his sister’s death makes him an antagonist.

Talking about this book, it is different, for first time  somebody has taken courage to depict an antagonist as main protagonist, write a book on Ravana. did I call it courage? yes, as I think this book would bring in lots of criticism , yet the author has brought in subtleness in not hurting the sentiments of people who believe Ramayana to be true. I loved the whole new perspective of the book, a fresh thinking, nice imagination.

The book starts off with Ravana saying, “For thousands of years, I have been vilified and my death is celebrated year after year in every corner of India. Why? Was it because I challenged the Gods for the sake of my daughter? Was it because I freed a race from the yoke of caste-based Deva rule? You have heard the victor’s tale, the Ramayana. Now hear the Ravanayana, for I am Ravana, the Asura, and my story is the tale of the vanquished.”

In this book author talks about so many new aspects, like comparing Aryan and Dravidian to Asura and Devas. Just not that, he also reveals the fact that there were so many evil things happening from then, namely caste system, various rituals. Ravana tries to fight against them. The asuras, believe in equality; their women are free to make their own decisions and merit is the cornerstone of political and social power. This difference in thinking brings in war between Devas and Asura.

It was a pleasure to see few illustrations given in the book . Book is indeed a page turner. Little big to carry while travelling. The coverage design is bright and clean. All in all for me this book is a brave attempt.

About the author:

Anand Neelakantan is a talented narrator from India. Asura: The Tale of the Vanquished is Neelakantan’s debut novel. He is currently working on another mythological tale that details the Kaurava’s version of the Mahabharata. He has a few satirical short stories to his credit.

Born in Kerala, Anand has been fascinated with mythology since his childhood. He is married to Aparna, and has two children, Abhinav and Ananya. Besides writing, Anand enjoys oil painting, reading, and drawing cartoons.

Thank You Leadstart Publishing Pvt Ltd for sending me this book for review.

 

Love is Vodka- A Shot Ain’t Enough-book Review


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CONTRIBUTORS
Author Amit Shankar
BOOK DETAILS
Publisher Vitasta Publishing
Publication Year 2013
ISBN-13 9788192535449
ISBN-10 8192535444
Language English
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 212 Pages

Overview of the book:

If love is all about freedom and honest expression then how can one associate it with loyalty?

Being a love child; Moon, the protagonist is anything but a conventional teen. With a leading TV news anchor as her mother, an aspiring entrepreneur as her boy friend, the word LOVE baffles her. The whole idea of having one partner and love being eternal is beyond her comprehension.

Life turns upside down when she falls for the CEO, who happens to be her mother’s boyfriend too. Destiny further complicates things by blessing her with a big time modelling assignment and she becomes famous and popular overnight.

A war starts waging between her head & heart on a lot of issues exposing her to various forms of love online & offline.

Will she decipher the true meaning of love? Embark on an exhilarating rendezvous with Moon and discover love like never before.

My review:

I just realized, whenever I review a book, I get reminded of some movie or the other. this time I got reminded of Balachandar’s movie. **Apoorva Raagangal where father of the hero falls for teenage girl, and coincidentally the son(hero) falls for the teenagers mother. how confusing is the relation is climax.

coming back to this book, the protagonist Moon , a teenager is shown waiting outside the abortion hall, waiting to find out if she is pregnant. she is daughter of a ambitious television anchor , Payal Malik and a French father who left them years ago. though her mother succeeded in keeping them physically away, both father and daughter are in contact with each other, either by phone or internet.

Moon is a neglected child. she yearns to be loved. because of her mother’s hectic work and lifestyle, she is often neglected. so, Moon is on her own trying her first hand experience in finding love.

Remember SRk saying,” how can someone fall in love with just one person. someone’s eyes are good, someone’s lips are good etc etc”. here too Moon feels the same. her interest in men keep changing in time. she jumps from Ashwin to Aditya, then falls for her mother’s boyfriend. in this process she moves out of house later join back.finally she joins anti-corruption movement where she meets Gautam.

this book depicts life of a teenager, who is in confusion , and wants to try out different men and find true love. in the process she understands that she first needs to love herself. I think it more suits the present generations mindset. where teenagers are bold enough to try different partners in search of true love.

it’s a light read. simple language. A perfect book for short travel trip. may be a teenager would connect more to it. it’s a page turner in the beginning, but kind of gets loose when it reaches the end.

Author:

Being an Ad man, writing comes naturally to him. Having worked on global brands like Nestle, General Motors, Microsoft, Canon, to name a few, Amit Shankar took a sabbatical to complete his debut title, Flight of the Hilsa. Released in the year 2010, it went on to become a national best-seller.

His second title, Chapter 11 was a hard hitting story of corporate sleaze, greed and dreams which also became a best-seller.

His third title, Love is Vodka, A Shot Ain’t Enough, was released this year in June. With its unconventional take on love, it has created a big splash and has generated positive reviews.

If not a writer, Amit would have been a musician. He loves Rock, Blues and Jazz. His list of God includes Satriani, Beck and Clapton, An avid coffee lover he loves biking, cooking, guns, horses and his space and freedom.

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****Prasanna (Kamal Haasan) is nursed back to health by a classical singer Bhairavi (Srividya) after a bloody street-side fight. The two are slowly drawn to each other and decide to marry in spite of their age difference and a past relationship that Bhairavi is still inextricably tied to. In the meantime, Prasanna’s father (Major Sundararajan) embarks on a relationship with the young Ranjini (Jayasudha). We soon find out that Ranjini is Bhiaravi’s daughter (born to her out of wedlock). Both relationships arrive at a dilemma with an unexpected twist when Bhairavi’s long-lost husband (Rajinikanth) comes into picture( from wikipedia)

a silly book and its effect on me??


To get out of various tensions in life, i have started reading “fifty shades of grey”.I read few pages first, then thought it was distracting before the interview preparation and stopped reading it. i lend the book to my other colleague. now that i have nothing else to read, i came back to this book. in fact i made him come home and give me back the book.

reading few pages, i am back in dilemma. did i make mistake by lending him this book without reading it first? or did i make mistake in telling him, i need a proper break, don’t want philosophy but only THIS book? i knew it was a erotica, but what did I do?? i am just wondering will this have implication on my relationship with him? like other books will he be discussing this also to me??:P( though i secretly wish he does, to know how a boss thinks :))

coming back to the book. still i am halfway through it. should i confess that this book is master of Kamasutra?? now don’t expect any pictures or photos ok.. i mean the contents wise. a true knowledge giving book. you can find everything about sex in this book. you don’t have to hide and Google in internet. every word connected to it is there in this book. thought i am finding it odd to use them or write it in the blogpost.

this book has two main characters. i will do the actual book review later when i am done with the book. just two main characters, Mr.Grey and Ms.Steel. Rich successful man is behind a student for a short-time relationship. which doesn’t involve lovemaking but just F***ing. she has to sign a contract for this, which has too many clauses and conditions.

something in this book making me so vulnerable. is the book written so well that i am getting carried away? or is this to with my state of mind? what is it? i am enjoying reading every page of the book, yet getting disturbed? too confusing?? on top of it, I lend this book to boss?? his has read it first, and gave it back with a smile. now whenever i see him, i am not able to look at his eyes, as i know he has read the book. stupid me, i am recollecting few lines of the book, blush in between my work. what if somebody asks me what is it all about?? i am so carried away by the book that i get up little early to read few pages, read it when i am waiting for my boss to come to pick me up. i got so involved that i stopped talking to people around me or on phone( yes even with hubby its just few lines). my mind is all occupied with Mr.Grey. now I am also feeling sad that the book is going to come to an end. oh yes, it’s a trilogy. but that too has an end na..

people pray for me. i need to stay normal. I want to come out these stupid emotions and come back to myself. yes i wish for Mr.Grey, but i don’t want to search for him now( he he he). :).

Book Review: Salvation of a Saint by Keigo Higashino


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I was lucky to read Keigo Higashino’s earlier book the “Devotion of suspect X”, which again was sent by Blogadda for review. Click here to read the review.

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Overview of the book:

When a man is discovered dead by poisoning in his empty home his beautiful wife, Ayane, immediately falls under suspicion. All clues point to Ayane being the logical suspect, but how could she have committed the crime when she was hundreds of miles away? As Tokyo police detective Kusanagi tries to unpick a seemingly unrelated sequence of events he finds himself falling for Ayane. When his judgement becomes dangerously clouded his assistant must call on an old friend for help; it will take a genius to unravel the most spectacular web of deceit they have ever faced. Salvation of a Saint is a magnificently complex and page-turning thriller starring international crime fiction’s most enigmatic sleuth.This is essential reading for all fans of exceptional crime fiction.

Publisher Little, Brown Book Group
Publication Year 2013
ISBN-13 9780349139340
ISBN-10 0349139342
Language English
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 384 Pages

Review :

It is same as the “suspect-X”. you know the crime is committed, and have one main suspect. But how the detective nails on the suspect with trial and error is the real story.

Yoshitaka: business man. He is murdered with Arsenic.

Ayane: one of the main suspect, Youshitaka’s wife. She runs a school of patchworking.

detective Kusanagi( also known as Galileo) : he is detective, who tries to solve the crime case with professor Manabu Yukawa and Utsumi Kaoru ( cop). ( oh yes you need to read few lines again to determine the gender. After you get hang out the story, you remember the characters).

Utsumi Kaoru: she is the lady cop.anything she says has a female intuition connected . she doubts that Kusanagi has developed  liking towards Ayane and hence she goes to Professor for help rather than to the detective.

Hiromi Wakayama: apprentice worker at Ayane’s patchwork institute.

Yoshitaka and Ayane host a party at their house. After which Yoshitaka  tells Ayane about his decision to divorce her as she couldn’t bear children. Ayane leave the house with a pretext of her Ill father.Ayane leaves the house keys with Hiromi suspecting that her husband is having an affair with her.  Next day, Yoshitaka is found dead in his house.

Ayane becomes the main suspect. Detectives find it difficult to understand how somebody who is miles away from the city poison her husband. They try and check her alibi.

In the process of investigation, Utsumi feels that, Kusangai has developed soft corner for the main suspect, pulls in Professor Yukawa into the picture.

I still find the first book more interesting than this one. May be now I got used to this style of book. But still it kept me reading on. A perfect thriller which makes you race with the book and left with a feeling to know more and find out how the crime is committed. The book was little female centric with Ayane the main Suspect, Hiromi another suspect who is interrogated the most. Utsumi, the police officer with great female instincts, trying to pin one of the main suspects. The author makes reader guessing about the suspect.

Know the author:

Born in OsakaKeigi Higashino started writing novels while still working as an engineer at Nippon Denso Co. (presently DENSO). He won the Edogawa Rampo Award, which is awarded annually to the unpublished finest mystery work, in 1985 for the novel Hōkago (After School) at age 27. Subsequently, he quit his job and started a career as a writer in Tokyo.

In 1999, he won the Mystery Writers of Japan Award for the novel Naoko, which was translated into English by Kerim Yasar and published by Vertical Inc. in 2004. In 2006, he won the 134th Naoki Prize forThe Devotion of Suspect X (Yōgisha X no Kenshin). His novels had been nominated five times before winning the award. The novel also won the 6th Honkaku Mystery Grand Prize and was ranked as the number-one novel by Kono Mystery ga Sugoi! 2006 and 2006 Honkaku Mystery Best 10, annual mystery fiction guide books published in Japan.

The English translation of The Devotion of Suspect X was nominated for the 2012 Edgar Award for Best Novel and the 2012 Barry Award for Best First Novel.

He writes not only mystery novels but also essays and story books for children. The style of writing differs from his novels, but basically he does not use as many characters as in his novels

Business Sutra by Devdutt Pattanaik


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Business Sutra -Devdutt Pattanaik

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Publisher

: Aleph Book Company

Year of Publication

: 2013

ISBN-10

8192328074

ISBN

9788192328072

No of Pages

446

Language

: English

Cover

Hardcover

Date of Publication

2013-03-31

Author

Devdutt Pattanaik

 

In this landmark book, best-selling author, leadership coach and mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik shows how, despite its veneer of objectivity, modern management is rooted in Western beliefs and obsessed with accomplishing rigid objectives and increasing shareholder value. By contrast, the Indian way of doing businessas apparent in Indian mythology, but no longer seen in practice accommodates subjectivity and diversity, and offers an inclusive, more empathetic way of achieving success. Great value is placed on darshan, that is, on how we see the world and our relationship with Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. 

Business Sutra uses stories, symbols and rituals drawn from Hindu, Jain and Buddhist mythology to understand a wide variety of business situations that range from running a successful tea stall to nurturing talent in a large multinational corporation. At the heart of the book is a compelling premise: if we believe that wealth needs to be chased, the workplace becomes a rana-bhoomia battleground of investors, regulators, employers, employees, vendors, competitors and customers; if we believe that wealth needs to be attracted, the workplace becomes a ranga-bhoomia playground where everyone is happy. 

Brilliantly argued, original and thoroughly accessible, Business Sutra presents a radical and nuanced approach to management, business and leadership in a diverse, fast-changing, and increasingly polarized world. 

my  views

Let me tell you it’s a big book. It just reminded me of banister Fletcher, which used to bible for architecture students. Similarity is  both have history, images relating to it. How we interpret is different.

Ok coming back to the book, its cannot be read in one go. If you want to seriously understand the essence, you need to pause, at time re-read to understand it. The best part part of the book is, it has images ( not sure if its sketched by him??). it gives the summary of the portion which Pattanaik just explained. It was more like revising the content. inside the highlighted box would be the historical reference( remember n.c.e.r.t books??, important things are marked inside the highlighted box).

I enjoyed reading the book. For the fact that, most of the things looks like you already know them, he just penned it down. There were also concepts which I felt , I would have never applied my brain to interpret that way.

Definitely I would follow certain principles if I open up my own office. I so wanted to book mark the page, how a boss has to handle his sub-ordinates topic and show it in office. Pattanaik talks how management has to work to interest people and how the system has to flow from top management to bottom staff.

I have a feeling that this book is not everybody cup of tea. But if you are interested in mythology, trying to understand it s implications on todays busy life, you need more stories to read than one single peace, then its your book. Once you understand the essence, then you can just re-read the graphics to refresh your memory. 

To be honest its really big book to understand and finish in one week, I skipped few chapters, but yes I have understand the essence.

I would appreciate the author for his efforts in doing research, putting in his idea, logical at times creative ideas, applying them to business.

About the Author

Devdutt Pattanaik has written over twenty-five books and 400 articles on Indian mythology for everyone from adults to children. Since 2007, he has been explaining the relationship between mythology and management through his column in the Economic Times; the talk he gave at the TED India conference in 2009; and the show Business Sutra which ran successfully on CNBC-TV18 in 2010, besides numerous other lectures at Indian universities and management institutes. 

Trained to be a doctor, he spent fifteen years in the healthcare (Apollo Health Street) and pharmaceutical (Sanofi Aventis) industries and worked briefly with Ernst & Young as a business adviser before he turned his passion into a vocation and joined the think tank of the Future Group as its Chief Belief Officer.