Friday, November 11, 2016

Open Eyed Meditations

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Title: Open Eyed Meditations
Author: Shubha Vilas
Genre: Non Fiction, Self Help
Pages: 280
Publisher: Fingerprint! Publishing
ISBN-13: 978-8175993907

Rating: 4/5

The author, Shubha Vilas, graciously sent me a copy of this book and I feel so privileged and honored for the same. He is a spiritual and a motivational speaker and through this book, he shares a part of his vast knowledge with us to help improve our lives.

I guess it is safe to say that this book is a self help book. It is a unique module that teaches us how to cope with our situations and come to terms with the mystery, that is life. Open Eyed Meditations talks about various vices and issues faced by us and relevant examples borrowed from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata help the readers to relate to their current situations. The book contains practical tips that can be applied to our day to day lives and different aspects, both personal and professional. 

In my opinion, this book should be treated as a self help guide that is essential for everyone, irrespective of what you do or how you live. The first thing that interested me about this book was the title itself. I am one of those people, who having tried meditating a couple times, have found it impossible to concentrate. So, you can imagine the curiosity when I read the title! After reading the book I have humbly come to realize that one shouldn't interpret the title literally, the book has nothing to do with meditation. Instead, it talks about how to control your emotions/situations in such a way that a mediation like peace surrounds you. What a fabulous thought! And yes, I might give meditation a sincere try very soon.

With topics like anger, jealousy, body image, leadership, failure, embarrassments etc. being discussed, I truly think it is a must read book, for people of all ages. I highly recommend this book, please do read it.

*** This book was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. This has not affected my opinions in any way.***

Thursday, November 3, 2016

The Cosmic Clues

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Title: The Cosmic Clues
Author: Manjiri Prabhu
Genre: Fiction, Crime, Mystery
Pages: 324
Publisher: Jaico Publishing House
ISBN-13: 978-8184954791

Rating: 3.8/5

The Cosmic Clues is the first book of an astro detective series. The author, Manjiri Prabhu, has tried her hands at a new approach to solving crimes and I quite like that. I was curious and excited to find out what it was all about. So, here's the summary.

Sonia Samarth opens an investigation venture named Stellar Investigations in Pune. But what sets her apart from other detectives is that she uses her astrological skills to help solve cases. She and her assistant, Jatin, are successful and soon gather attention. When the popular (and good looking) TV anchor, Mohnish, befriends Sonia, they develop more than just a friendship bond. Mohnish and Sonia together discuss about catching the ever so sly criminal, known to the world only as The Owl. In the mean time, Sonia keeps receiving flowers from a mysterious admirer and is stunned when his identity is revealed right at the end of the book.

Well. To be frank, I didn't think I would enjoy this book because I myself am not inclined towards astrology. But I took a chance and I'm so glad it paid off. The book is a collection of short mysteries tied together and readers join Sonia in her journey from an amateur to a famous detective later on. The narrative is smooth. The city of Pune, the hometown of the author, is beautifully described in all its splendor and different festivities equally given attention to. Being a Puneite myself, I enjoyed following the cases all around the city.

There are a couple of cases that were too obvious, but otherwise the author manages to maintain the attention of the reader. I did notice a few spelling mistakes in the book, I thought it odd, but maybe it was just my copy. The Cosmic Clues is an interesting read, mainly due to the usage of Hindu astrology. I'm ordering the next book in the series, hence I safely recommend this to every die hard mystery fan out there. And if you are a Puneite, then you must read this one!

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