Friday, 27 December 2013

Destined Lives - Journey till the Start

Sassi, a 9 years old girl from Darjeeling, land of extensive tea plantations finds solace and love in the company of lollipop giver Mohanty Babu more than her parents. When she was sent to hostel and Mohanty ascertains, he vanishes from there... never to return. Sassi takes an oath to forget the past yet tries to sketch his face multitudinously, but in vain. 
She goes to Sikkim on a student exchange program where she meets Veer, a tall handsome guy with a husky voice and charismatic eyes and above all an Army Officer who was never destined to be a part of her life. 
Delhi embraces the wounded Sassi with open arms, where Raj enters her life as a flatmate only to soon discover that this was no coincidence. It was a well planned script by fate which began in 1965 and had its roots laid down in the failed mission where nuclear device was lost in Nanda Devi Peaks.

Thursday, 26 December 2013

BOOK REVIEW : Love Across the Borders

The story begins with introduction of Shitiz, a loved celebrity chef hosting a cookery show, faints. He is diagnosed with cancer and told earlier to quit smoking and alcohol. He being a loner and depressed with his life and lack of love continues to consume them, finally is left with a month in hand. He requests his doctor to meet the only person he wants to see, meet before he dies Shadia. He claims she is "the love" of his life (though he had many affairs after the failure of his one-sided love in school).

The day she meets Shadia she is all sorry for everything that happened to him and his current state (here the sympathy can be understood by the reader) and decides to keep him in her house and look after him. The amazing thing is she falls in love with him immediately as she brings him home (really, is that not pity? how can you just fall in love with someone within seconds???)

However, after this both are eager to know what happened to each other during the years that had gone by. So they each tell the story. Here is where the masala of the story begins wherein there are naxalites, man eaters, ragging, women in Shitizi's life and the love story of the unusual man in Shadia's life. All I can say is its a story with a combination of spices.

Shitiz of course now doesn't want to die at the appearance of Shadia and her love in his life. After all this was the prize after all struggle during all the crisis in his life. So will he die? To know more read the story.

The Verdict:
Positives: Every masala was added in small proportion and therefore it was the right mix without an overdose of anything. The best part was when the lead character tries to analyse his own situation and sends a message of giving due importance to career/studies and love at appropriate times in life. A mix masala story. 

Negatives: Shadia's sudden love for Shitiz seems out of the blue. The language is casual and the way of writing too. There was a lot of scope for better narration of the same story.

The Readers Cosmos Cut: Read it for a light read. 

You Can’t Fight A Royal Attraction

Playing with fire. Who says it isn't fun?

The last thing Rihaan needs in his life is to play host to a woman who drives him crazy! Saira is gorgeous, yes, but she’s also wildly infuriating. Yet every time she comes within an inch of him he finds his normally iron-clad control slipping further and further away…

Wanting to protect herself from more heartbreak, Saira knows she should keep her distance from Rihaan —but there’s something about him she just can’t seem to resist… Little does she know that Rihaan is hiding a secret! When it comes to light will it tear them apart —or raise their passion to new, more majestic heights?  

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Book Review: Follow Every Rainbow by Rashmi Bansal

Title: Follow Every Rainbow
Author: Rashmi Bansal
Publisher: Westland
Pages: 361
Price: INR 175
‘Follow Every Rainbow’ shares inspiring stories of 25 women enterprenurs. These stories are real-life experiences of how these women climbed up the ladder of success with or without support from family. Some of these women took this risky side of business to survive when they found their lives coming to a standstill due to personal or professional reasons. They fought odds to find their strong presence in the otherwise commonly male-dominated world of business.
I have read two other books, ‘Stay Hungry Stay Foolish’ and ‘Connect the dots’ from the same author, Rashmi Bansal. However, these books failed to inspire me. But, the moment I picked up and started reading the review copy of ‘Follow Every Rainbow,’ I was hungry to read other stories as well.
The book is divided into three parts, namely, ‘Lakshmi,’ ‘Durga’ and ‘Saraswati.’ For instance, Leela Bordia, Neeraja International’s tells us it is important to give priority to family and should have a fine balance between work and home. In spite of this, she herself has come a long way and carved a business empire, simultaneously creating a platform for work for a group of villagers. A Ameena, PJP Industries is an inspiration, especially for the burqa-clad woman since she has ventured into the heavy machinery, which few women dare to venture. Patricia Narayan, Caterer fought all odds in her personal life, her interest in learning and involving in A-Z of catering and white-collar free attitude. Here is a story not to be missed in the entire book. I also like the story of Manju Bhatia, Vasuli, who is a source of inspiration for all youngsters. Most stories are touched upon in detail, spread across 10-15 pages, with an introduction to the women enterprenurs, her story of success and finally, advice to women enterprenurs.
Interestingly, most of the women featured in the book, were passionate of the industries they chose, worked hard neverthless the circumstances and were focused on customer satisfaction rather than filling their own purse. Some of them were concerned of making profits only after several years of starting their business.
Whether you are an aspiring business women or not, this book will definitely motivate you to think of venturing out on your own. Reading the book has sparked the business women within me, that was lying silent since a long time.
And it’s definitely, the best of the three books I have read from Rashmi Bansal.
PS: Thank you, Westland for the review copy.
About The Author: Rashmi Bansal is a writer, enteprenur and youth expert. Her four books on enterprenurship – Stay Hungry Stay Foolish, Connect the Dots, I Have a Dream and Poor Little Rich Slum have sold over half a million copies and been translated into 10 languages.