Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Summary of books read during Indian Readathon

Well, it isn't always easy to match the challenge when you are late and running against time but it was fun participating in the reading challenge. Here's a brief summary of the 3 books i read during the challenge:

  • A comma in a sentence by R. Gopalkrishnan : This is a unique book in the sense that it takes us on a journey through the eyes of multiple generation, spanning the period from pre-Independence of India to post-Independence of India. How transitions happen during tribulations is a highlight of this book. The book, very nicely, captures the transition through the lens of each generation. Nicely carved out book that traces the story of a family through the changing times in India. 
  • The Man from the Egg by Sudha Murty : If you are fond of Indian mythology, then this book tops up the existing knowledge. The book consist of many tales of the Trinity (or Trimurti) of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. The content does justice to the title because many of the tales are unusual and i also happen to know of them only after reading them in the book. I enjoyed the book because never did the flow of the tales broke at my point. All the tales seemed so seamlessly integrated with each other.
  • Pax Indica by Shashi Tharoor : If you are fond of Political genre then this books offers a lot, but mainly about the foreign policy aspect. The book has many interesting references to the historical while discussing about status quo. The book discusses india's foreign policy related to all its neighbours and then draws background from historical references and then takes a pro-establishment approach to talk about strategies and solutions for strengthening the mutual bond between India and each of its neighbour.   

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Participation in Read-India-Thon: Indian Readathon

It's always a book lover's dream to seek different reading challenges. Here's an exciting one that i am participating in. It's called Read-India-Thon and is being hosted by Shantala @ Shanaya Tales. The details can be found at

The challenge is being hosted during the Indian Independence Week i.e. from 11-17 Aug, 2019. Though i am a bit late in joining this challenge, but quite hopeful about making through :). The most interesting thing about the Read-India-Thon is the 3 categories of reading challenges which are
  1. Read A Book on or about India or by an Indian Author
  2. Read An Indian Book Under 24 Hours
  3. Read A Book With the Indian Tri-Color on the Cover
It did take me a while to identify my picks for the above 3 categories but somehow managed to find some real interesting ones. My TBR is as below

For challenge no. 1 - The Man from the Egg by Sudha Murthy

For challenge no. 2 - A comma in a sentence by R. Gopalakrishnan

For challenge no. 3 - Pax Indica by Shashi Tharoor

Look forward to a really engrossing week ahead :)

would be back with the summary of these 3 books soon !

Friday, 2 August 2019

Book Review - Parliamental

Book Title : Parliamental

Author : Meghnad S.

Book Review

It was my first attempt at reading a political satire and to be honest, it turned out to be quite a satisfying experience. I couldn't have asked for a better book. What appealed to me most about the book was the candid (yet careful) approach of the author in successfully establishing the storyline against the backdrop of the most prestigious institution of the Indian political system i.e. the Parliament. At no point, in the book, was there a hint of any inappropriateness or insensitivity while relating to the institution.

Though written as a piece of fiction, the book still manages to enlighten the readers to many realities that occur in the "corridors of power"- the various permutations and combinations that come into play to ensure staying relevant in the game of politics.

The characters are very well conceived, with the protagonist leading the pack to provide a deep insight into how things pan out in the political scenario, the various surprises and shocks that the first timers to the Parliament are in for. It's quite a page-turner and layers after layers get peeled off as the readers moves ahead in the book. The struggle to be prominent, the attempt to work out equations to remain relevant and powerful (in the political context), all come out so well in the book. 

Thanks to the author's experience in seeing thing from close quarters, the book is as real as it could get. Hilarious and Humorous at times, the book manages to engage reader's attention till the end. Laced with few twists and turns, the book becomes a thriller towards the end and does throw a surprise or two for the readers.

In all, the book is refreshing, engaging, interesting and worth a read. Don't miss it !  

Note: The above review is part of the Blogchatter Book Review program,   

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Exciting Posts coming up !

Dear Readers,

Due to my erratic schedule and few other pressing issues, I have done away with the update posts on the books read and would be sharing exciting posts about many interesting books instead.

Keep visiting the blog and keep reading !


Friday, 17 May 2019

Book Review - Starting a Successful Blog

Book Title : Starting a Successful Blog

Author : Dr. Amrita Basu

Book Review

What excited me to review this book was the "no frills" title, simple and direct. To share with the readers, the book has lived well to its title and done justice to the topic i.e. blogging. Though i am not new to blogging and have been doing so for over a decade but was really keen to get more insights into the art of blogging. The book did provide me with ample of ideas and suggestions.This book is very neatly written and i loved the simplified style of writing where the author does not go overboard in putting too much of jargon and ending up confusing the  readers who are new to the trade (blogging). A balance has been maintained to make the book appeal to both categories of users - the "newbies/ beginners" and the "already bloggers".

The TOC (Table Of Contents) is crisp yet comprehensive, well thought through and covers all the essential areas/ topics, starting from the basics/ fundamentals to the more advanced ones. The book is not just a QSG (Quick Start Guide) for blogging but also has ample to offer on consolidating the practice of blogging. The book is a step-by-step guide for any wannabe blogger and offers enough to understand the concepts of domain, hosting, publishing platforms, SEO, marketing, content creation, layout, ...the list goes on. 

All the chapters are interlaced nicely, giving the entire book an organic flow which is quite helpful for the readers. Also interspersed within these "technical" chapters are nuggets of guidelines and suggestions that sort of complete the entire picture of an end-to-end solution to blogging. The author has chronicled her journey about becoming a blogger and that fits very nicely in the scheme of things.

Though the book is slightly more inclined towards WP (WordPress) platform but still has plenty to offer to those on other platforms like Blogger/ Blogspot. 

The author has been incredibly honest about the subject and shared her vast knowledge and experience to make it really simple for the reader to start their blogging journey. Whether it's about  identifying the purpose of blogging, or bringing discipline in writing or knowing strategies for monetising the blog, this book has it all. The list of tools and resources (many of them free) is like an icing on the cake !

The book handholds the readers through thick and thin in their blogging journey and acts as the perfect DIY (Do It Youself) Kit (for Blogging) to make the journey of a blogger really smooth.

I highly recommend this book for anyone wanting to be a blogger or wanting to improvise blogging skills. A must read !  

Note: The above review is part of the Blogchatter Book Review program,   

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Week 11 & 12 Round Up of Books Read in 2019

Week 11 & 12: March 11 - March 24, 2019

Books Read : 1

  1. Fail Fail Again Fail Better by Pema Chodron - Great advice on perhaps one of the most dreaded topic or feeling which is "failure". Through her personal experiences, the author dispels all the myths related to/ attached to failure and suggests an provides an unconventional wisdom of embracing failure. The wonderful insights by the author bring forth the greatest revelation that we could get and that is - Failure is one of the most recurring experience of our life and escaping or avoiding it is letting go of so many opportunities to grow and evolve in life. If we want to be a complete, holistic being then the only way is to embrace this unknown fear of failure and let the windows of possibilities open up in our life. The book is in a Q&A (Question and Answer) format and makes for a delightful reading, something that leaves the reader more connected with self and also more aware and prepared about the uncertainties of life. The message of the book is crystal clear ( right from the title) - never be afraid or scared to fail, embrace it and only then we can live our life fully and completely.    

N.B. : The next post on the books round up will be posted in the last week of May , 2019 as a consolidated post for the preceding weeks !

Monday, 11 March 2019

Week 10 Round Up of Books Read in 2019

Week 10: March 4 - March 10, 2019

Books Read : 1

  1. Life's Greatest Lessons by Hal Urban: As boring as it may sound that here's another book on life's lessons but book is a real surprise in terms of presenting the basic, fundamental and obvious lessons in such an engrossing and engaging way. The book comes around as a very honest and sincere attempt and the author draws a lot from his personal experience. The examples, stories, anecdotes and the quotes, just fit so well in each of the 20 chapters. The books touches upon a whole range of topics and some of them are goals, success, time, spirituality, self-esteem , failure and motivation. The book is not the "same old wisdom" types but rather a manual for living life well with the basic tenets of successful living presented in a very relatable way for the reader. There's a lot of "food for thought" in the book for a sincere reader. 
N.B. : The next post on the books round up will be posted as a consolidated post after 2 weeks.