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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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 !

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

 

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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BY YOUR SIDE BY KASIE WEST – BOOK REVIEW

The act of falling in love. shouldn’t it be easy ?

This is my favourite Kasie West book (and I have read 7/7 published by her).  what makes this book different is that it breaks away from the stupid bad boy stereotype, presenting that they are just misunderstood people with a  hype of muddled and threaded up stories following them.

So the synopsis is that Autumn and Dax (I felt that it was a perfect name) get stuck in the library literally for 3 days. And as you can understand rest becomes history. And I have to say Kasie West proof reads all the ifs and buts, explores all the ways they could have gotten out but are still stuck. So as they belong to different social circles they don’t know each other but are just acquainted due to the same school.

So it’s their story which follows them through the library and outside. How they both help each other deal with their problems (Autumn has anxiety issues and Dax lives in foster care).  That friendship and distortion is always the key . I believe Kasie West is one of the best YA writers ever who knows how to write the right level of mushy. As if she’s writing about two real people who exist out there somewhere and not just an another never going to happen plot!

I loved it and I hope you fall in love with it and its characters too! Because Dax is the best.

 

THE WRONG SIDE OF RIGHT BY JENN MARIE THORNE! Book Review

“LETS LOOK AT THIS FROM ANOTHER ANGLE”

This is a book where you are supposed to shut out the chaos happening behind and concentrate on the cute couple (the guy is the president’s son and the girl is the daughter of the senator fighting for the president’s seat in the election). This being one of the best set ups for YA literature(in my opinion)

So a little synopsis. Kate’s mom dies so she ends up living with her aunt and uncle, but suddenly one day on the media it’s declared that she is the illegitimate daughter of the guy running for president, and then starts the roller coaster of getting a new family. A new dad, mom, twin younger brother sister and a grandma and lot of drama that comes with being there. And then enters Andy.

He’s just a guy that you like, who has flaws and accepts them, hates drama and likes Kate a lot! And the best part about him is that he never gives up . So it’s a simple (but complicated) story which was fun to read and I personally finished it in 5 hours and I loved it! How it discusses the complex issue of finding your father (really finding him), accepting a stepmom and falling in love with your new found siblings along with a few friend and boy drama ( what’s a book without it ) .

The book did go to deep in the president election process drama which could have been minimalized ! its character development was juggernaut. 

And the best part is the dad doesn’t like Andy. So boys whether you are a president’s son or not, dads never like the boys who capture their daughters hearts. So don’t take it too personally.

THE ACCIDENTAL BILLIONARES BY BEN MEZRICH BOOK REVIEW 

“Information is meant to be shared. Pictures are meant to be looked at “

We all have heard the name of the movie THE SOCIAL NETWORK, and as far as I remember I loved it and till date have watched it a gazillion times (partial blame on Andrew Garfield).So this is the book on which the movie was based and it’s better with a garrulous description of the Silicon Valley and none other than the Harvard University.

What amazed me was Mark Zuckerberg’s brilliance and idea which surpassed all the ideas for social networking in the early 2000’s. How he eliminated all the faults present in Orkut, Friendster and gave us all something amazing to connect with our friends (because after all they are the most important).

Mr. Ben Mezrich has written the book brilliantly. He has kept the characters out there and left it on us who to judge and who to not. Capturing Mark Zuckerberg’s and Eduardo Saverins friendship , its ups and down, how friendship and business muddled together is though easy on the look but tough to maintain , entrance of Sean Parker( the guy who started the hacking battle for free music streaming) , the amazing Peter Thiel ( and Facebooks early investor) and last but not the least the Winklevoss twins.

So it’s a must read for those who want a glimpse of this billion dollar company, its founding, its bumpy ride, battle between cofounders, every investor wanting a part of this new found baby and last but not the least Mark Zuckerberg who did everything to keep Facebook for what it stands .

JMC , MERCATUS – DURJOY DATTA

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So finally I got to hear a novelist whose books have meant more than a tick mark on the list of the books read in a year. The radiance and charisma from his words spoken on the stage was similar to how he enchants in the books. The way he tries to break through various topics with such an easy language. He definitely has a funny bone. Well the audience did enjoy his company JMC being an all-girls college. And thank you Mercatus- the marketing society of Jmc for getting him.! 🙂 

Something that touched me was when he said there’s always this friend we are deeply in love with but have no idea about. That was the same he felt at 24 for reading books. It was then that he actually realized he was in love with reading books. That after working at American Express at the end of the day he was missing reading, not writing. Because writing was a supplementary which came after reading.

He shared various small stories. How his parents had considered him to be a “good boy” but were shocked with the happenings in his life after reading his first book. Thinking ki ladka ab to haat se nikal gaya hai. How writing happened because he just felt that he had more happening in life than with anyone of his age, how the blogger community ended up persuading him to write a book.

In his ending note he beautifully said at the end of the day we have to find that thing that we love and want to come back home too. So it was an experience worth getting up at 8:00 am  !