Monday, September 19, 2016

The Calling - Unleash Your True Self

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Title: The Calling - Unleash Your True Self
Author: Priya Kumar
Genre: Non-Fiction, Self Help, Motivational
Pages: 166
Publisher: Books That Inspire
ISBN-13: 978-9352589708

Rating: 4/5

When the author asked me if I would review this book, I accepted, fully aware that it was a non fiction book. It could have been the title or the summary but something made me want to read the book. I now know, that it was my calling!

I have read books like these in the past, I won't deny, but only some have the ability to make a lasting impression. The Calling is one such book by Priya Kumar, who is a motivational speaker and has authored several books. The book is described as a spiritual adventure and it does absolute justice to the title. Let us get down to the summary.

The Calling is a story about Arjun, who finds himself in an all time low in life. He is at the brink of a divorce, not to mention his challenging career. The story begins with Arjun driving to Shimla for an official assignment. En route, he meets with an accident. He is badly wounded and doesn't hope to survive when a sadhu miraculously heals him. The sadhu directs him to Hemkund Sahib, a Sikh pilgrim site, for that is where Arjun would find answers to all his problems. Badly shaken due to the accident and having nothing else to lose, he chooses to do as the sadhu directed. Arjun hires a transporter, Chandu, who travels with him on his donkey and with the majestic Himalayas for company, they set along the beautiful landscape to their destination, Hemkund Sahib. Little does he know, that he is embarking on a roller coaster ride to some stunning facts of life.

Firstly, I didn't expect the book to be in a story format, I thought it would more like an instruction book. But thankfully, that is not the case! Numerous life lessons tied together with a story makes it an interesting and uncomplicated read. There are so many instances where the reader pauses to reflect, to compare their life circumstances. In my opinion, that is a sign of a successful rendition by an author. Some examples (not quotes) from the book: 

Our problems, our failures are created by us. We, and we alone, are responsible for whatever is happening in our lives right now. As you sow, so shall you reap. If we sow sorrow, hate and negativity, that is what we'll be reaping some time from now.

You cannot stop change from happening. The world will change, things around you will change but that doesn't mean your happiness has to change with it. You can still be centered and grounded with optimism. 

Every person in your life has a significant role to play. They aren't mere relations, they have meaning, they are here for a reason. They share a space in your life.

The Calling evokes an assortment of emotions. Self realization, humility and acceptance. It is a book that imparts optimism, motivation and inspiration. But most importantly, it explains what the ever elaborate 'higher truth' means. Surprisingly enough, it is the easiest thing to comprehend with the help of this book. Personally, I was left with a sense of gratification and contentment after reading what Priya Kumar had intended to convey.

The Calling is a keeper, a treasure that helps us to become better human beings. Highly recommended.

*** This book was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. ***

Monday, September 12, 2016

You Will Love Again: A Guide to Healing from Heartbreak

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Title: You Will Love Again: A Guide to Healing from Heartbreak
Author: Dr Shyam Bhat
Genre: Non-Fiction, Self help

Rating: 4/5

You Will Love Again is a self help book for those who, unfortunately, are dealing with heartbreak. The author is Dr Shyam Bhat, a psychiatrist, who has experienced heartbreaks in the past himself. 

First things first. I love the title. It radiates so much optimism that any curious mind wouldn't hesitate to pick it up. The book begins with how people feel soon after their breakup or divorce. The author takes us through various situations (with examples) of how a human mind and body behaves or reacts to such depressing feelings. The hurt that follows can be crippling for some, even to the extent of going into depression, which is sadly so common these days. The book explains how to tackle issues related to breakups, like anger, forgiveness etc. It teaches how important it is to reach out to one's true self and realize one's self worth. There are various exercises provided in the book for the diagnosis and solutions for the above mentioned characteristics. It also talks about different steps of healing and to accept oneself as is, in order to let go. 

It is a short book, can be finished in one sitting. I found it to be useful not only for people suffering from heartbreak, but also others. Some affirmations and pointers could well apply to anyone. Here's a small example:

"... no matter how bad you currently feel, deep within you is the abiding knowledge that you are a good person, a complete person, one deserving of happiness and love. All you need to do is quiet your mind and notice."

Doesn't this apply to anyone with petty, routine issues? We all have self doubts from time to time. These affirmations give us the right kind of boost that we all need to overcome pessimistic thoughts about ourselves.

I would recommend this book to anyone who thinks that their world has come to an end following a breakup. I would also recommend that you refer it to someone who, you think, can benefit from these directions. Thank you!

*** This book was sent to me by Juggernaut in exchange for an honest review. ***

More Than Just Friends

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Title: More Than Just Friends
Author: Faraaz Kazi
Genre: Fiction, Romance

Rating: 4/5

More Than Just Friends is a book by Faraaz Kazi, best known for his debut novel- Truly Madly Deeply. Although this is my first time experience with the author, I've no doubt that his other books would be just as good as this one. 

The book is about Preeti's life journey beginning from her childhood. She has a disturbing childhood. Preeti's dad meets with an accident and is paralyzed waist down. Due to the added responsibility, Preeti is sent away to her grandmothers along with her elder brother and he becomes her confidant, the only person she trusts. A sad turn of events breaks Preeti's heart and she loses all hope and desire to be happy. And then she meets Sameer. Preeti finds friendship and love once again and couldn't have been more content. But fate decides to play with her again. She is clearly in love with Sameer, but does he feel the same for her? Or is he in love with someone else? Will she ever have a happy life? Without any answers, she is lost. Until she decides to do something about it.

The book is a short, romantic read. A well paced story, it has all the elements right for a romantic novel. The narrative is to the point and thus, effective. Nowhere does the story feel stretched out or boring. A short, breezy read that is thoroughly enjoyable.

I would absolutely recommend it to all the romance lovers out there. Go for it!

*** This book was sent to me by Juggernaut in exchange for an honest review. ***

Friday, September 9, 2016

False Witness

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Title: False Witness
Author: Randy Singer
Genre: Fiction, Thriller, Crime
Pages: 428
Publisher: Jaico Publishing House
ISBN-13: 978-8184955651

Rating: 3.4/5

It's my first time reading one of Randy Singer's books. False Witness is a legal suspense, although not entirely John Grisham-ish. Let's get to the plot and I'll share my thoughts after.

Clark Shealy is a bail bondsman whose wife, Jessica, is kidnapped by the Chinese mob. What they want in return from Shealy is to find an Indian mathematician named Professor Kumari and deliver him. Professor Kumari is the designer of an algorithm, which gives the user access to all kinds of sensitive information on the internet. Shealy reluctantly agrees fearing for his wife's life. He succeeds in rescuing her but the Chinese mafia are not done with them yet. After four years, Shealy and Jessica are on the run again and this time they drag the lives of a couple of law students into the mess. What follows is a intense chase to find the Chinese mob and make sure they don't get their hands on the algorithm, all amidst the court room drama that the characters get involved in. 

The book is divided into two main parts. In the first, the protagonist is Shealy and in the other, it is Jamie, a law student. Although the division enhances the story telling, the transition from one part to the other is slightly bumpy, in my opinion. Especially the beginning of the second part of the book where an abundance of unnecessary details reduce the pace of the story. Other than that, the character building, narration and plot were absolutely spot on. I found the writing style to be a little different. Randy Singer doesn't throw bolts on every page but slowly releases the adrenaline for the element of surprise. It is not as exciting as a Grisham story but absorbing ,nevertheless. 

I would like to mention the prologue in the book where the author recites an incident of how he came about to writing this book. Well, do make sure to go back to it after you've finished reading. It kind of puts things into a better perspective.

Recommended for people who like court room dramas and chases. Didn't exactly fulfill my expectation, though.

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

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