Monday, August 29, 2016

Chalk Dust: Stories

Chalk Dust: Stories by [Costa, Pedro Freire]

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Title: Chalk Dust : Stories
Author: Pedro Freire Costa
Genre: Fiction, Short Stories
File Size: 1777 KB
Print Length: 107 pagesPublisher: Editorial Bizancio Lda

Rating: 3.8/5

This is an e-book that I received from the author for a review. Chalk Dust: Stories is a collection of seven short stories based in Portugal. 

The stories describe the typical way of life of the Portuguese with great detail and effectiveness. They are set in different time periods and the focus is on how the slow, laid back life of the villagers can sometimes have an interesting turn of events, some sad and some fascinating. Particularly, stories namely The Private Life of Ilda Gomes, Loyal to the End, Chalk Dust and The Honour of Gamblers showcased a fine combination of humor and sentiments. But the other stories were a tad too detailed and persistent for my liking. 

Altogether, the book is a good read for most of the part. I must mention, the writing is exceptional. Attention to details, comical aspects and emotionalism being the high points of the stories through which the author has captured Portugal and presented it respectably. 

Highly recommended for fiction/non-fiction lovers who love travelling through regional nitty- gritties. 

*** Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. ***

Friday, August 26, 2016

New Poirot Book From Sophie Hannah

The latest Poirot book by Sophie Hannah will be out on 6 September 2016. Although I was a little disappointed with Hannah's previous book, Monogram Murders, I am all in for her new one. It is titled Closed Casket and you can pre order it from here.

I really hope this new book brings our beloved Poirot back on the bookshelves!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Sherlock Holmes : The Golden Years

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Title: Sherlock Holmes : The Golden Years
Author: Kim H. Krisco
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Crime
Pages: 328
Publisher: Jaico Publishing House
ISBN-13: 978-8184957099

Rating: 4/5

Few books have the power to transport you back to childhood. For me, any book with Sherlock Holmes in it, does the trick. I remember borrowing books from friends and reading them huddled in a corner of my bed. It was a perfect accompaniment to wintry nights. It still is.

Sherlock Holmes: The Golden Years is a collection of five stories or five cases if you will after our dear Holmes has retired from active crime solving. The book opens with the story The Bonnie Bag of Bones where in both Holmes and Watson, solve an old mystery up in the misty hills of Scotland. The Curse of The Black Feather is a story where both are approached to put an end to 'baby farming'. Holmes  and Watson, with the help of a gypsy woman, help bust the operation. This story further continues in Maestro Of Mysteries. Holmes is sent for by his elder brother Mycroft for a secret meeting which doesn't end too well. With the British bureaucracy on one side and Holmes and Watson on the other, this story takes both of them through the mysterious streets under London. The Cure That Kills is a fast paced, adventurous case that finds Holmes and Watson dashing across America to fight a deadly detective organisation. The Kongo Nkis Spirit Train is the last story in the book. Here, both travel to Africa where  a 'spirit train' supposedly takes over people's spirits and enslaves them.

Firstly, what a delight to read 19th century English! Phrases like ...wither we were bound and ...with haste! are rarely read these days. It just cleanses your English palate off of the urban slangs and colloquial language that we are so used to these days. Suddenly I'm encouraged to write this way! Anyways, the language is delightful, as already stated. The pace was a little slow, especially in the beginning of The Curse of The Black Feather. But no damage done as it picks up just as quickly towards the end of the story and onwards. Surely, it is a huge task to recreate Sherlock Holmes in a similar style such as Arthur Conan Doyle but, nevertheless, the book has done justice to both the maestro and his masterpiece. The author Kim H. Krisco, definitely deserves all the credit for that.

So, if you have ever wondered what Sherlock Holmes and Watson did after they retired, you have got to get this book. A curious and dynamic mind such as Holmes's cannot be idle, and these adventurous stories are proof to that.

And I would be a complete halfwit to not have recommended this book, would I not, Mr. Holmes? ;-)

*** This book was sent to me by Jaico Publishing House in exchange for an honest review. ***

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Chetan Bhagat's New Book up for Pre Order

 One Indian Girl is the next book by Chetan Bhagat due to release in October 2016. Here is the summary of the book.

Hi, I'm Radhika Mehta and I'm getting married this week. I work at Goldman Sachs, an investment bank. Thank you for reading my story. However, let me warn you.
You may not like me too much. One, I make a lot of money. Two, I have an opinion on everything. Three, I have had a boyfriend before. OK, maybe two.
Now if all this was the case with a guy, one might be cool with it. But since I am a girl these three things I mentioned don’t really make me too likeable, do they?


We'll have to wait and see if this one, too, reads like a movie script! ;-)

The book is up for pre order on Amazon. Click the link below to place your order.

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Monday, August 8, 2016

Introducing: Open-Eyed Meditations

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Title: Open_Eyed Meditations
Author: Shubha Vilas
Genre: Non Fiction, Meditation, Self help
Pages: 362
Publisher: FingerPrints
ISBN-13:  978-8175993907

Meditation essentially means perceiving deeper truths from within.

For those who thought that meditation is a closed- eyed phenomenon, I beg to differ. And offer them Open- eyed Meditations, a book that shows another perspective to meditation.

When you are open to life, life opens up to you. The upper limit of your ability to learn is determined by the upper limit of your desire to learn. Nature is actually a school that happily teaches eager students the secret lessons of life. Open-eyed Meditations is a collection of thoughts about various aspects of life that is purely inspired by observing the world through the lenses of the Vedic epics.

Each meditation in the book deals with a modern problem that each one of us encounters in life and is accompanied by profound insights to those situations through a story or a character from the ancient epics.

Why ancient epics? The reason being that there is something attractive about the epics like the Mahabharata and the Ramayana that has kept them alive century after century. Beyond the storyline, something deeper is waiting to be discovered from these ancient texts. This book is an attempt to uncover the hidden layer of wealth that is cleverly packaged within the commonly known storylines.

Albert Einstein said, ‘Life is like riding a bicycle; to keep the balance one has to keep moving.’ For most people, there is no time to stop to learn how to maintain good relationships, how to become effective leaders, how to manage complications in life, and so on and so forth. Theyare already on the bicycle of life and most of the times speedily trending downwards. In such a delicate situation any quick tip to help retain the balance is always welcome!

Thus, Open-eyed Meditations is a distillation of ancient wisdom tips for modern lives; a unique self-help book wherein each meditation takes you on a journey to the past, bringing a secret herb to heal a problem of the present.

Whether you are dealing with complex dynamics of relationships or solving an impossible crisis in your life or coming to terms with embarrassing failures or struggling with important decisions or dealing with any kind of addiction, this book offers valuable nuggets of wisdom and action point resources to deal with it all.

Open-eyed Meditations is a by-product of reading thousands of wisdom books, learning from thousands of wise men and keenly observing thousands of life situations. It is replete with intellectually stimulating analogies and quotes that will stick in your mind long after you have put the book down. It’s definitely not a one-time read, but surely warrants a meditative one. Every meditation is independent and complete. These meditations will provoke you to think about life in ways you would have never thought of.

Water is all over the air, but when air is subjected to the process of condensation, we get water. Similarly, ideas/ thoughts are all over, but when subjected to the process of contemplation, they become accessible to us. When a thought is held for a long duration of time and processed through the machinery of contemplation, then life sutras are produced. Open-eyed Meditations is a book of ‘thought sutras’ that can become ‘life sutras’.

Read this book the way a cow eats grass while ruminating. Chew on every word carefully till you have milky lucidity that nourishes every aspect of your life. This book will help you learn the art of meditating with your eyes wide open as you keenly observe the world around you and allow it to enlighten you.

Open-eyed Meditations is a beautiful compilation of thoughts wherein each meditation takes you on a journey to the past, bringing a secret herb to heal a problem of the present.
A true distillation of ancient wisdom tips for modern lives, this unique self-help books uses the wisdom of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata to solve your everyday problems.
Beyond the storyline, something deeper is waiting to be discovered from these ancient texts. This books is an attempt to uncover the hidden layer of wealth that is cleverly packaged within the commonly known storylines.

‘Deep exploration, congent analysis, and lucid interpretation of stories from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata… This book should be on every bookshelf and in every home.’
-          CHRISTOPER C. DOYLE, author
‘Intuitive yet pragmatic, Open-eyed Mediations is a lucid and thoughtful window to mindfulness.’
-          NAMITA GOKHALE, writer
‘A wonderful book that reveals many profound secrets through varied meditations, each of which can nurture a different aspect of your life.’
-          ASHWIN SANGI, author
‘A unique approach to help us address issues and questions that we have in our life… useful and enlightening. Highly recommended.’
-          ANIL VALLURI, PRESIDENT, SAARC & NetApp India
‘[Shubha Vilas] has extracted the knowledge of timeless epics, distilled the wisdom, and presented it in a contemporary form… a book you will want to read over again to absorb the brilliant learnings.’
-          ABHISHEK KARANI, Director, The Free Press Journal

‘Open-eyed Meditations is a book for all moods and all seasons… these rare 64 gems talk to us, make us ponder, and goad us to accept…Read it and digest it for a better life!’

-          HITAL R. MESWANI, Executive Director and Board of Reliance Industries Ltd.

Author Profile

Shubha Vilas, a spiritual seeker and a motivational speaker, holds a degree in engineering and law with a specialization in patent law.

In essence, he is an author, a motivational speaker, lifestyle coach and a storyteller par excellence.

His leadership seminars are popular with top-level management in corporate houses. He addresses their crucial needs through thought-provoking seminars.

Shubha Vilas periodically interacts with the youth in premier institutes across the world, inspiring them to live a life based on deeper human values. Close to his heart is his role as a guide and teacher to school children, teaching foundational values through masterful storytelling.

Traveling across the globe and meeting people from all walks of life, he teaches the importance of being governed by dharmic principles, meting out spiritual lifestyle tips and contemporary wisdom to deal with modern-day life situations.

He is the author of the best-selling book series known as ‘Ramayana – The Game of Life’ published by Jaico Books, that distills thought-provoking life lessons through the gripping narrative of the story of the Ramayana.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Pune International Literary Festival 2016. Registered yet?

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Wake up from your slumber guys! The Pune International Literary Festival 2016 is scheduled to be held on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of September this year. With prominent faces to grace the occasion, it is going to be one grand reunion of the best of literary minds!

Check out the website here and register now!
Follow the fest on twitter here.

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