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Saturday, November 30, 2013

A Salesman's Lessons by C.R. Jena


Like many other from Leadstart, this book is also sent by Parag Mayekar. He has this bad habit of sending in books without intimating beforehand, nor afterhand for that matter!

I have asked him not to sent books without informing me. There might be book I am not interested and wouldn't want to review. But no. He repeats the same with another of this book. So I gave up my effort to make him understand and decided to write what comes into my mind.

Hey, Parag, do remember. If I am rating this book low, it is your doing.

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Plot (from back-cover):
What is the ground reality for a Salesman? Do the various laws, theories, hypotheses, anecdotes and sayings of science, mathematics, literature, engineering, management, history – in fact, everything that we painstakingly read and absorb in order to gain our college degrees before we start working, equip us for field situations when we actually go into the all–too–real–world of Sales? Can we really use the academic learning we struggled with and paid so much for, to sell better? Are there certain factors (which do not appear in the pages of any college or business school text), that are crucial to success in Sales?

Friday, November 29, 2013

Find_Love.com by Neeta Iyer


Like many Jaico books, I have received this book also from Marina.

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Plot (from the backcover):

"Love Is A Funny Thing. When You Get Stuck On Someone, You Just Get Stuck. All Reasoning Fails."

Meet 29-year-old Swati Kannan who believes in bells chiming and violins playing when you meet your very own Prince Charming. But Cupid hasnt visited Swati. And then arrives news of the world coming to an end! Swati is determined to bring an end to her misery of being attractively single. So off she goes on a hunt an online groom-hunt leading to several rounds of coffee offline. While Rockstar Rohit sweeps her off her feet, Amusing Amit promises her laughter.

Par Swati ki ghanti bajegi kya?

Youll just have to read Find_Love.com to find out, wont you?!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury


I didn't expect I would read this book. At least, not this soon. With that never-ending stack of books, I wouldn't read this book for coming quarter of a year, by when hopefully, I would be done reviewing the entire stack of tbr and would be as free as a flying seagull. (God, how poetic have I become! Well, this book is to be blamed for that!)

Now that I finally read it, how do I feel? It is not the emotion that could be literally described in words, so I decided to write this review with help of various .gifs and I hope that this review marks the start of the .gif influenced reviews I aim to write.

Plot (as per the back-cover):
Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden.

Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television “family.” But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn’t live in fear, and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television.

When Mildred attempts suicide, and Clarisse suddenly disappears, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known. He starts hiding books in his home, and when his pilfering is discovered, the fireman has to run for his life.

Monday, November 18, 2013

India Unlimited by Kulpreet Yadav


When author first contacted us to review his book, I have heard about this quite a lot of times from the other websites. Not to mention, the loads of promotions by the lifi publishers on Facebook.

Although, we are tightly packed with tbr stack, I accepted to review this book, anyway. I couldn't regret the my decision when I turned to the second page of the book, which had four simple words,

Dear Sundeep

Warm regards,

Followed by the author's signature.

I fell further in love with the book...

Plot (from the jacket):
The Indian phenomenon is capturing everyone's attention from businessmen to Hollywood stars. But how real is the Indian story on the ground? INDIA UNLIMITED is an attempt to lay bare the lives of people and their surroundings that define an ambivalent India trapped between hype and hope.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Aisle Be Damned by Rishi Piparaiya


Third one-go read of this week. Well, I was wondering, are the book really that interesting or is it that the bibliophile in me is back with a vengeance for all those lost days of no reading?

The other book two books being,

Like many other books we've received from Jaico Publishers, even this one is sent by Marina and I want to thank her for sending this and personally recommending this book. I don't think I would have forgiven myself if I have overlooked this book!

For various other books we received from Jaico publishers click here: BR with Jaico

Plot (from the jacket):
A Hilarious Take on just about Everything Associated with Air Travel.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Are you the one? by Jennifer Bernard


Seriously, believe me, this book came across as a Mills & Boon for me. I pretty certain it might have made a same impression on you, too. Well, I hate Mills & Boon. Don't ask me. I can't answer you. Yeah, that's the truth. I can't answer. I never read any Mills & Boon, yet I hate them so much. I have this feeling that Mills & Boon are meant for women and for women only. I wouldn't have accepted this book if it wasn't by Jennifer Bernard. We share a good relation and I accepted the book for reviewing.

But believe me, I am not disappointed...

In fact, the story turned out to be way interesting than I have expected!

Plot (from the jacket):
Repayment of a debt of gratitude is Stephen's father's explanation when he arm-twists his son to fly to Chennai to meet Bella his betrothed, the daughter of an old friend. Though reluctant at the prospect of an arranged marriage, Stephen is to woo Bella, who seems to be two people - she blows hot, she blows cold and intrigues him enough to make him want to stay on. 

Meanwhile, her childhood friend Michael and her sister Mira add spice to the proceedings.

Are Bella and Michael in love?

Will Stephen be able to win Bella over? Or is his trip to India fated to be a fiasco?

About the author (from GoodReads):
I [Jennifer Bernard] like making up my own stories and the only thing i like better than that is reading stories made up by other people. 

Monday, November 11, 2013

The Storm in My Mind by Ayaan Basu


Like various other books, even this book was sent by Arup Bose - our Srishti stacker - for reviewing.

I without much thought accepted this book to review because it written by a Bengali. Though I hadn't had a chance earlier to read any book by a Bengali (I aspire to read Amitav Ghosh and others soon), I know the true artistic potential of a Bengali. For instance, take their movies. I marvel at why most of their movies are off the grid!

That reminds me of an answer by one of my friends, when I questioned, "Can't Bengalis come up with normal plots for stories?" She replied, " 'Bangalis' and 'normal', both in one sentence?"

Especially when the book has 'Kolkata' in its tagline, I had a keen interest to read this book ever since I received it. Off the records, it is due to Srinivas, the co-author of the blog that I developed this keen interest for Kolkata, Bangali authors, and Bengalis, in general.

Plot (from the jacker):
When Aryan Roy stepped into college life to fulfill his childhood dream of becoming a successful engineer, little did he know that he was in for a journey of a lifetime. Anushka and Kaira turn his sojourn into a memorable one – in both good and not-so-good senses. 

Sunday, November 10, 2013

I Played A Game With Life by Richardson Susairaj


It has been sometime since I have received this book, but, finally, I got time to review it. Firstly, I must apologize to the author for the late review. There are so many books flooding in and so little time I have. It has been quite a feat for me to take time for reading. I think I must take out more time for reading. However, first is first. That is one reason we stopped accepting any and every author that have contacted us for reviewing. Hope, I get done with the tbr stack ASAP.

Plot (from GoodReads):

SAM, a typical guy, living life happy and carefree, but has an ambition that far exceeds what a normal Chennai boy can aspire to. Encountering ‘Life’ itself in a dream, he’s convinced into playing a game with it. A game that ends when Life's travails get so hard that Sam is pushed to tears.

A girl enters Sam’s life. The moment he sets eyes on her he knows she’s going to play hard to get, but sparks do indeed fly between them, taken into a world of romance. 

When everything looked like its going according to the plan, it just wasn't. This is when Life starts pressing down on Sam. Though Sam’s attitude about living life is to be happy and cool, he finds himself being tested.

Circumstances pushes him into a world of discomfort and guilt. Amidst such emotional turmoil, he manages to grip on to hope. 

Sam is expected to worry, complain, and give up. One event after another sets him on edge to make him shed that tear which veritably ends Life's game. 

Does he win the game with Life, or will he spiral into what so many people who've given up the fight have fallen into? You simply need to be part of his life to find out.

About the author (from GoodReads, too):
Richardson is an upcoming Author, his debut novel I PLAYED A GAME WITH LIFE had hit store shelves this August. After spending few years reading International and Regional novels, he has ventured into the next stage of his life, namely that of an Author. 

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