The Secret Of The Sculptures By Monika Thakur Book Review

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“You don’t know all this yet , perhaps you do not have all your powers yet . But be sure , they exceed mine . What I searched for , found you “

It took me two whooping days to read this book and the whole time I couldn’t predict what would happen next , which trust me is something refreshing for me. Time and again we come across those books which are different and leave us spellbound with their story weaving techniques, well this book did that to me . I enjoyed every moment of reading it . It tried mingling the present with the secrets of the past . It entwined a beautiful legend along with the protagonists present making you hope for more .

So the story revolves around Maitreyi and her best friend forever Aditi , it showcases Delhi during the summer break with Maitreyi back home from a foreign university and Aditi working as an intern at a museum under her college professors. The beginning is all based on chance encounters. With Maitreyi bumping into a Mr. Seth in her airplane , and then eventually everywhere . Our protagonist has this inkling that Mr. Seth had more to him then what could be seen , and an ability to look inside people. The mystery starts uncovering when both the girls go to the museum for a launching party of a newly found idol , with a mesmerizing story of a warrior princess , kingdom and war to credit its origin . And then eventually it gets lost with the  girls being at the wrong place at the wrong time .

There are supernatural elements at play in this book , which makes it moreover interesting. Such as teleporting , visions , sudden showcase of past events virtually . All in all it the book keeps you enthralled and mesmerized . The book was definitely a page turner with various interesting characters in the mix with a perfect blend of Indian mythology.

And no two college going girls can be left without  guys to partner them up with . So the two girls along with the guys who like them (and vice versa) go on a journey from Delhi to the hills of Belapur trying to undercover the thief and the story behind the idol . There being a lot of running away from the goons and trying to find the culprit.

But I personally felt that at some points the book got a little slow , and it felt as if the guys for the protagonists  wanted to be a part of the action without the girls being there, in a way trying to save them , which at points irritated me , so the comebacks the girls gave were perfect . Because more than girl/boy there is always power in numbers in an adventure .  And the protagonist has to be there everywhere (she’s of high importance)

So if you want to try a mystery, adventure book with the Indian context read this , because trust me it wont disappoint . It had the perfect combinations of emotions , come backs, situation and dialogues with the end making you want more . I personally feel that there should be a sequel because there is a lot more that can be unraveled .

“put a passably decent face on a guy and her friend would be insensible to all other deficits”


WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE BOOK ?

WANT TO GIVE IT A TRY AND MAKE IT PART OF LIBRARY ?

DO LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS .

!  HAPPY READING  !

 

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Army Girl Steals Civilian’s Heart by Oswald Pereira  Book Review !

” Your roots, your past ,are like beacons, guiding you towards a bright future ” – Alex Haley’s Roots

Marriage is , has and will always; for generations to come be a tough decision , and we Indians have made it tougher with all  our societal, religious, and economic division’s becoming a part of the decision making. A decision which already makes those two people sweat. ( Its a choice which should depended on who the next person is not on the tags he/she carries)

So basically this book begins in the newsroom of Newstimes (a newspaper company) in Mumbai with the girl entering in her beautiful attire and the guy getting mesmerized by the angel ( this happens, but eventually). It takes us on a journey of Oscar Pereira( the civilian journalist ) and Amrita ( the new trainee whos an army girl). There is this underlying feeling in defence families that civilians have and will always be different from them (mannerism , and the right behavior for society is the dividing factor). They consider there mini world of defence to be the beginning and the end .The writer has captured these emotions and factors beautifully( I can vouch for it as I have been a witness to it). It doesn’t take them a lot of time , to fall for each other on the various mini dates they go for . Many months of attraction and catching each others glances comes to an end when Oscar calls Amrita for his birthday party (she’s the only one invited).I believe that sometimes two people just have a connection, and you don’t need many chance encounters to realise it .

But being the Indian society this was the easy part . As you might have deciphered from the names ; Oscar is a Roman Catholic and Amrita is Punjabi. Though I have to say the writer did not stretch on the parents part , and yes it was hard to convince them but these two kids did a fantastic job in that department. And I believe the religion part was handled really very well.

The book has an amazing collection of words ( so keeping a dictionary is advised). Though it did at times falter with the story line  The love story felt real , as it even concentrated on their jobs and its decisions and not only them stealing glances. Though I believe more could be written for the development of their love for each other( it wasn’t a love at first  encounter , but when they did see each they both were taken by the other person). It was a light read and I believe a lot of it was predictable. The writer could have goeten something new on the table , something different. Because at the end of the day all the love stories are same , its just their journey which makes them unique. It just felt that love came easily to them ( but is love ever easy to come ?).

So all in all I felt that the book was an easy read , and I would like to try a few more books by this author. Though I feel that this authors romance is not my cup of tea . This book is for everyone out there who loves someone ;  who doesn’t belong to the same social setting , so read it , as it will definitely give you courage .


So what do you think

Want to give this book a chance and make it part of your library  ?

Do share your views in the comment section .

Quiet: The Power Of Introverts In A World That Can’t Stop Talking -Susan Cain *Book Review*

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There’s a word for ‘people who are in their heads too much’: Thinkers

Do you feel undermined for your social interactive abilities? Do people make you believe that something is wrong with you just because you are too quiet? Is your sensitivity seen as undesirable?

Then my friend, congratulations! You have come upon the book of your life (trust me when I say this) because your world is going to turn upside down after reading this beauty.

The title Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking, speaks volumes about how introverts are observed to be the weaker ones in the introvert-extrovert divide.

The talented author,  takes us on a journey of how each person fits in either of the two types and how it impacts major behavioral traits. Many generalized notions have been questioned and corrected. For example how the need for ‘alone time’ is valid.

Introverts need not be shy; shyness is completely different from introversion.

The book is very well schemed and filled with researched stories. It is divided in 4 major parts. PART 1 highlights the extrovert ideal and how this trait became popular in the “corporate world” with the myth of charismatic leadership. However, Cain is careful not to put extroversion into bad light (it’s not a competition anyway).PART 2 talks in detail about temperament and the difference between introvert-extrovert thought process. The best part being ‘Why Cool is Overrated’ (some of us really need to engrave this in our minds). PART 3 deals with cultural difference and how extrovert ideal became dominant from American society to Asian ones. PART 4 gives an insight into bridging the gap between the two types and helping quiet children to present their ideas in front of the world.

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Readers who enjoy well researched, in depth and informative books will surely give a green signal to this one. For people out there who consider introversion as a social disorder, this book is an eye opener.

All introverts out there who have ever felt undervalued or taunted for who they are, Quiet will give them strength and positivity to embrace their introversion and unleash their potential. It is truly empowering. The world needs them after all; it’s been too loud for a while now.(Don’t you think so ?)

So sit back, get cozy and bring coffee (Yummy!)  maybe because it’s time to break some myths and capture the reality. Because reality is where at the end of the day we live in .

There’s zero correlation between being the best talker and having the best ideas


This is a GUEST BLOG written by a good friend of mine APOORVA JAIN who loves anything which is a composition of beautiful words joined together through a thread (though poems always win in her literary battle) . And edited by me! I hope you loved reading this book review as much as I did when I read the draft the for the first time (I personally loved the ending )  !

What about you , which is your favourite part ?

And do you plan to give this book a chance ?

Waiting for your views and comments!

Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates ! Book Review

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“That if you wanted to something absolutely honest, something true, it always turned out to be a thing that had to be done alone “

This book is different , really different from what all I have ever read. The beauty about it is  that half of the book happens within the mind of the characters , giving you a true insight into how twisted and honest human brains can be.

“Money’s always a good reason, but it’s hardly ever the real reason”

The book revolves around a married couple FRANK and APRIL WHEELER who live in the suburbs just outside New York on the Revolutionary Road (and hence the name )  with their 2 small kids . The book is set-in the mid 1950’s with the looming air of the left behind war . The book is divided into 3  parts . The PART 1 revolves around the couple , and how they look down upon suburban life and the couples around them who live a boring life of wife doing the household job and tending for the kids , being the perfect wife , and the husband working in the city in a dull and a boring job which provides safety to take care of the kids and the family( a family which originates just to show his manliness ) . The Wheelers consider themselves to be more than that , and always felt that living in suburbs would be a phase which they would pass in a few years and eventually move to Europe( they shift from the city as April becomes pregnant )  . But ironically they are no different than their neighbors and April Wheeler understands that. So in PART 2 she hatches this plan of them travelling to Europe , she working there and Frank finding out who he is , living his life and pursuing the dream he always talked about. There are a few other characters too such as their friends MILLY and SHEP CAMPBELL , Mrs. GIVINGS their realtor and her family ( her sons character is someone you will never forget ). They are both highly excited about the move to Europe with Frank happy that he would no longer have to go to his boring half-ass job (but there is something that always keeps on nagging you about him , the feel that he’s all talk and no play for the plan) . And then comes PART 3 , during all this APRIL WHEELER gets pregnant and after this is where the real climax lies .

To hell with “love “anyway and with every other phony, time wasting, half assed emotion in the world .

Both the WHEELERS are complex characters . While reading it I didn’t judge any of them as they both were on a equal footing. APRIL WHEELER only loves her husband when he is nice . The husband persuades her to keep the kid and not to abort , though he didn’t even want the kid ,they both cheat upon each other (even during her 3 pregnancy).

In all and all when you read what’s going on in their head it just makes you question love, whos right – whos wrong , how people always settle for less in their life, how even after having everything people cannot be happy , how division of role of female-male have eaten up both their personalities, how we deceive people , run away from the things we have towards the ones we don’t , and how being happy is a state of mind .

I personally feel that its one of the best books I have ever read in my entire life !

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SO DO YOU THINK YOU WILL GIVE THIS BOOK A TRY ?

HAVE YOU ALREADY READ IT ?

DO SHARE YOUR VIEWS !

How Airbed & Breakfast became Airbnb ?

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“Creativity is the solution to all problems”- Brian Chesky , co Founder and CEO at Airbnb

For those who don’t know, Airbnb is an online marketplace where people can lease or rent short term lodging. The $31 billion company does not own any lodging but is merely a broker.

So how did two unemployed friends(3 founder joining a little later) became the founders of a billion dollar company.

 

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The story starts at Rhode Island School of Design where Brian Chesky met Joe Gebbia. On the day of graduation Joe says to him ‘Brian, one day we are going to be entrepreneurs’. A few years passed and one day in 2007 both of them quit their jobs and decide to start a company together. With absolutely no business idea and a $1000 in bank account and a sleeping bag Brian drove to San Francisco. Turned out the rent for Joe’s apartment was $1150. Strangled with debt they thought of an idea to provide accommodation in their apartment to people coming for a IDSA( Industrial Designers Society Of America )conference in town at the rates that were far less than an hotel. In 24 hours they built a website called Airbedandbreakfast.com and mailed the top design bloggers and in overnight Airbed and breakfast was at the top of the blogger’s page.

An idea that came 48 hours ago to save them from cash crunch was now live on the internet. To their surprise people from all over the world were writing to them. Finally 3 people who came to attend the conference , one of whom was an Indian slept on the airbeds in their living room and became their first guest.

It was then that it struck Brian what if you could book someone’s home the way you book a hotel anywhere in the world.

In 2008 they incorporated the company as Airbed and breakfast. They even called upon their “former roommate ” and “brilliant engineer” Nathan Blecharczyk, to join as the third co-founder of the new venture.  To fund the site they created special edition breakfast cereals with presidential candidates Obama and John McCain as the box designs. At $40 a box they generated $30,000 for company’s incubation. All of this created a buzz and in 2009 Y Combinator invested a whooping $20000 in the company as an initial investment ( they had joined Y Combinator’s 2009 Winter Class) . They were further funded by SEQUOIA CAPITAL . The name was now changed to Airbnb and it offered not only rooms and apartments but also castles, manors, boats, tree houses, private island and even an IGLOO, yes you heard it right.

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Today Airbnb is the No.1 lodging website in UK. Many people who were on the brink of losing their homes through foreclosure due to financial hardship, have come to depend on Airbnb for additional income. It can be said that it has been a blessing in disguise to various people out there , just as it was one for the founders who got to live their “one day” dream by solving an intricate  problem .

but you need to know that the story was not as rosy as it seems and many a days they had to live on cereals only


This is a GUEST BLOG written by my best friend Umang Mittal who like me is a huge startup enthusiast . And edited by me! I hope you enjoyed reading it and came to know the story that you might have wondered about  !

Waiting for your views and comments!

1 Mega Year of Blogging !

Hello there everyone ,

As companies write a review letter every year for their shareholders  , I am going to try my hand at one too for my viewers . Have to say that this one year has felt extremely productive due to this piece of 21 st centaury Diary Writing Model. I have got to learn so much about myself , the writing skills I possess and have also learned so much from the fellow bloggers whose blogs I have read. So here are some of the things I have learned , and would love to share with the new bloggers out there and the ones who are secretly trying to push oneself to start one –

  1. Write about what you love ( as I love both the business ups and downs , and books which make me a more complete person . I keep on juggling between both of them. just don’t make it Chandni Chowk )
  2. Don’t write for the views , but because those topics and words bring a life in you .
  3. Go and read other blogs , follow them , like their posts . ( they will definitely come and view yours too)
  4. Don’t ever forget to edit the categories and tags ( I didn’t know about it for the first 6 months )
  5. Share as much as you can ( never write “please read” , just let the link come in front of their eyes)

and here are few of my stats –

  1. followers –  114( as of this post)
  2. Number of blogs posted- this will be the 34 th post

And here is this proposal for everyone out there , if you want to write a guest blog (on my blog) or maybe write one with me , feel free to contact , focusing mainly on the business world ( finance , investment , startups , companies . their models), and books which will always be a part of who we are .

Thank You VIEWERS for your TIME & PATIENCE ,

From intactawesomeness

 

The McDonald’s Delhi story !

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So just a few days back I was with my cousins , as we were celebrating Rakhi and the youngest of the lot my two brothers of 6 and 7 repeatedly kept on saying that they wanted to go to McDonalds , and we had to repeatedly answer them that they were closed and they would have to try a different place.

This stance got everyone to ask that why exactly is McDonalds closed in India . So here is the answer .

In India McDonald’s is a 50:50 joint venture between McDonald’s India Pvt Ltd (MIPL) and Westlife Development in south and west India (261 McDonalds and 121 McCafes ) and Connaught Plaza Restaurants Ltd in north and east India.  But there are issues revolving around CPRL which have eventually led to this closure which date back to 2013 .

In 2013, McDonald’s had voted against the re-election of Mr.Bakshi as managing director of Connaught Plaza ( due to their own internal tussle as per which the US brand believes that Bakshi was cheating them), following which Bakshi challenged his removal in the Company Law Board (now the National Company Law Tribunal ), accusing McDonald’s of mismanagement and oppression.

The same year, McDonald’s revoked its joint venture with Connaught Plaza and invoked arbitration against Bakshi. It has been pursuing arbitration against Bakshi in the London Court of International Arbitration. This was challenged before the Delhi high court.
On 23 December 2016, Justice V.K. Shali prohibited any change in the shareholding of the Indian arm of the company. This order was lifted by the two-judge bench in July.

Separately, under an order passed by the Company Law Board on 16 September 2013, McDonald’s was directed to maintain status quo over the shareholding pattern and right of call option, which is still in operation.

In June this year , McDonald’s shut 41 of its 55 restaurants in Delhi following its failure to renew their health and eating licenses. which resultantly happened due to a unstable management .The National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) in second week of July reinstated Vikram Bakshi as managing director of CPRL. Leaving a unclear picture for the spectators on whos right and whos wrong.

So now the BIG question remains how McDonalds will revive itself in India , with competition everywhere , with Indian brands also joining the fight( Haldiram and Nirulas ) . Because at the end of the day its your presence that matters because if your shutters are down , customers would eventually go and try the next best thing , which might topple your brand eventually  .

So do these tussles actually help anyone ? Does a management fiasco really satisfy the end goal for which a company is made ?

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My Heart And Other Black Holes By Jasmine Warga Book Review

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We all have heard about depression , but does anyone of us really know what it truly is , except the ones who are going through it or have gone through it . Can we ever really understand it from outside. I guess at the end of the day more than understanding we have to be there for that person and stop belittling it. Because though we cant see it , it still exists for them as black holes , eating them up slowly from inside .

Frankly speaking this book has taught me a lot in just a span of 5 hours. So the synopsis is that Aysel( a very beautiful name I believe ) and FrozenRobot ( real name of the guy being Roman) meet on a internet site which helps in finding suicide partners , as doing the deed alone can make them back out , hence the support till no support. So this how the story begins , them unraveling each others problems , the reason behind the decision and why the blackness keeps eating them. Actually though they are sad through this they find someone with whom they can talk and share their sadness . Falling for each other and getting further away from their pact. Slowly slowly in the time of 26 days Aysel starts recovering , smiling , laughing and coming to the terms with her problem (you need to read the book to know them ). But Roman isn’t ready and Aysel cant let him die because he’s the reason behind her being better.

Aysel is a big fan of physics and always keeps on wondering that when people die what happens to their energy , because energy just changes forms .

“Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour and it seems like a minute . That’s relativity .” Albert Einstein

If you want to be intrigued , remember why human life is so beautiful and limitless , why dying is not the option , that depression is a problem to be faced and not to be hid under the mattress please read this book , because believe me you will love it .


So are you now planning to read it ?

And if you have , what did you feel ?

Do share your thoughts !

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Series & More

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I love this book series , and this might be the first chick-lit book series I have ever read , without any hesitation or break . Lara Jean ‘s character is a real girl’s character , how we truly behave at home , how we all have troubling but loving siblings ( in her case two sisters, she’s the one in middle ) , and how family will always remain FAMILY. It shows a relationship which feels real and practical , and how our own dreams are supposed to our own choices , because we have to live with them at the end of the day.

This blog is for my fellow bloggers and the reading blogging fraternity to share that Jenny Han has just declared that a MOVIE is going to be made in the first book. How awesome can this news be . I am so so happy , this series was my best summer read and I am delighted.

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Now just to give a synopsis of all the three parts in short ( for the ones who haven’t read and for the ones who want to remember its magic )

1.To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before 

We all have crushes( it comes with being a teenager) and so does Lara Jean , but to get over them she writes love letters to those 5 guys , and stuffs them up in a box given to her by her late mother. One day all these letters end up being send to their recipient’s. And here begins the story . The real culprit being her younger sister Kitty . And then follows the answers of these boys. The main guy is Peter , her ex best friends ex boyfriend , who was one of her good friends in middle school . They both start a fake relationship ( for their own reasons) and you all know how that ends. With her sisters ex boyfriend Josh ( he gets one of the letter ) and Genevieve( the ex girlfriend) still in the mix.

2. P.S. I Still Love You

The next book starts with Lara Jean and Peter trying a hand at their relationship for real this time . And in comes the problems associated with a relationship , the major one of them being jealousy. Here in the mix are Genevieve( the ex girlfriend) who in middle school was Lara Jeans bestfriend and John Ambrose McClaren( he got the letter too) , who was her crush during the middle school and the perfect guy every girl wants to fall for. The book ends with Lara Jean and Peter reconciling and deciding to give one another their hearts without holding anything back , as they truly love each other.

3.Always and Forever, Lara Jean

This book is like a final chapter to their story , which  you would want never  to end . It concentrates on them setting their sites on college , getting accepted and all that the anticipation of future gives a person , uncertainty. Though initially they plan to go to the same place , Lara Jean doesn’t get accepted there , but gets a way better college . Its about how beautiful first love is with the question whether it will also be the last , how everyone thinks breaking up is the best thing for them( mainly her elder sister and Peters mom) , but at the end of the day they  do what they feel is right for there hearts and hence decide on long distance . The ending chapters of this book are perfect

The actor and actress selected for Lara Jean and Peter are Lana Candor and Noah Centineo .


So fellow bloggers what did you think about this book series ?

And the ones who haven’t read , do you want to ?

And which was your favourite summer read ?

AND YAAAY! we are getting a MOVIE . How AWESOME can that be  ♥♥♥

 

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