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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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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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.

IndianEconCourse – Module 1

DISCLAIMER: Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian has in collaboration with IIT Delhi started a course on “CONTEMPORARY THEMES IN INDIAS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND THE ECONOMIC SURVEY “. I would be doing a write-up based on every module. Hope that it’s informative.

MODULE 1: GLOBAL AND INDIAN ECONOMIC HISTORY

To understand today’s economic scenario we need to understand the economic history of India and of this huge world. World history comprises of 2000 years divided into 3 parts. Malthusian stagnation for 1000 years and then coming out of it and entering into industrialization. Coming out of Malthusian stagnation saw a period of divergence of North America and Western Europe from the rest of the world( they had a rise in standard of living).Asia started catching up the 1980s and hence convergence began.

There is a famous concept in economics of reversal of fortune. In the 1500s the countries which were rich have now become poor and those who were poor than have become rich now. India a case of it. During 1500s the richest dynasties were Ming China, Mughal India, and Aztec Mexico.

As per World Banks definition India is a lower middle income nation ($1026-$4035) and China is an upper middle income nation ($4036-$12475). Poverty with context to India is an important factor but we need to remember that 1$ can help you getting more in India than In the US. This concept is purchasing power parity as per which poverty line is defined as $1.90(PPP) per day.

Since WWII only 13 nations have transitioned from low income countries to high income status. China is stuck in the middle income trap and India is in the low income to middle income bracket. Some of those 13 nations are Singapore, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel and Korea.

There’s a famous curve the elephant curve which states the Indian and Chinese middle class and the super-rich in advanced countries have done well. In contrast the poor in poor countries and the middle class in rich countries have done poorly.

Indian independence comprised of three thinkers: Gandhi, Nehru and Patel. Nehru ji believed in industrialization and importance of state. Gandhi ji believed in self-reliance, a small independent communities and was anti industries. Patel was pro agri and business. Though at the end of the day we ended up following Nehruvian ideology because that was what the Indian market wanted. As per Bombay Plan of mid 1944 leading industrialists proposed state led industrialization and protection from foreign companies.

Every economy goes through 3 stages agriculture, manufacturing, and service sector. China being a communist state extracted savings from agriculture to finance investment. Whereas India couldn’t do as due to Patel we had made agricultural income tax free. Hence there was a Cruel Choice in front of India Freedom OR Growth? Hence India ended up having low savings. In the early 1960’s we used to get aid from western countries as we were there darling because they wanted democracy to succeed. Then we had one more Cruel Choice Consumption today OR consumption tomorrow?

India started having a equity phobia towards large businesses. Due to self-reliance nor did they let too much imports and with the help of licensing they even did not let domestic industries grow.

Our economic history can be divided into 4 phases

1. 1950-1980 when we had 3.4% economic growth and 1.3% per capita growth rate.

2. 1979-2003 5.5% economic growth and 1.3% per capita growth rate

3. 2003-2011 7.6% economic growth rate and 6.1% capita growth rate

4. 2011- present

India introduced reforms in 1991 but various economists believe that we had started leaving the Hindu growth rate of 2-3% from the 1980’s only. India and china had a turnaround in growth at the same time it’s just that they grew faster. In 80’s India opened up internal market but in 90’s it opened up the external market.

FDI basically refers to proving high skill technology and finance. India not only imports it but also exports it. We as a country are doing skill intensive activities in manufacturing in comparison to China. In regarding to portfolio investment China is much more closed than us.

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FILL IN BOYFRIEND by KASIE WEST BOOK REVIEW

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“he didn’t hurt you , did he? His voice was surprisingly angry.

“no well , he just hurt my heart” 

This was my first book by KASIE WEST and I am definitely star struck with her writing. A short synopsis – GIA has to make her friends meet her boyfriend at her prom who dumps her last minute at the parking lot, panicked she sees another guy there whom she requests to be the “fill-in-Bradley” (Bradley being the name of the guy who just dumped her).Creating a facetious(sham). Then as you can all guess (it’s very obvious), the story is about how Gia and “fill-in-Bradley” fall in love.

It’s just not a love story but more than that. Its about how an equivocate(a lie) can sometimes be the best thing which can happen to people. About finding our own selves, whether our friends describe who we are, or is our generation obsessed with likes and retweets. It taught me that vanilla is the most loved ice-cream flavor in the world. That whenever people say “I’m fine” they are definitely going through something which is tearing their heart apart.

It’s a story dwelling on friendship (where Gia makes a new friend: someone she didn’t consider her type), love (the stranger guy would turn change every girls boyfriend goals), understanding between siblings, and lastly relationship with parents. It touches many topics beautifully making you fall in love with the book and its perfectly imperfect characters. It’s one of those books where one read can’t be satisfying enough to fill the space it has created in your heart. That fatalism is indeed true.

My reaction when I finished was “I never expected it to have depth and be light-hearted at the same time”. 

♥definitely 5 stars.

A Collection Of Quotes Mentioned In MR.Basu’s Book

AN ECONOMIST IN THE REAL WORLD: THE ART OF POLICYMAKING IN INDIA

BY KAUSHIK BASU

QUOTES AND ADAGES MENTIONED IN THE BOOK

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  1. For a system resistant to change, nothing is as good as a crisis.
  2. Totalitarian control is seldom as total and controlled as appears to outsiders.
  3. History makes suggestion but rarely gives a roadmap.
  4. “Don’t live beyond your means” – arthashastra.
  5. For Manmohan Singh “he was a politician without a taste for politics”.
  6. Politics many well be the only profession in which not being good is a virtue.
  7. Contrary to what many laypersons believe, there is no one who understands “the economy” of a nation. The big challenge of economic policy is that it entails coordination among experts, each of whom understand just a sliver of this enormously complex machine.
  8. Money was not discovered one day in a moment of scientific triumph.it emerged gradually, in small measures and through little innovation. But in terms of human achievement it must stand right there at the pinnacle of inventions. Without it we would have very little of what we know today as civilized life.
  9. Knowledge generated anywhere is knowledge.
  10. The free market has many strengths , but fairness and equity do not figure prominently among them
  11. One well known feature of finance is that crisis often come in a flash. This is caused by imitative or herd behavior.
  12. If others in your society are punctual, it is worth your effort to be punctual; if others are not it may not be worthwhile for you to expand the effort to be punctual.
  13. “The ideas of economists and political philosophers both when they are right and when they are wrong are more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed the world is ruled by little else. Practical man who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influences, are usually slaves of some defunct economist. Madmen in authority, who hear voices in the air, are distilling their frenzy from some academic scribblers of a few years back.” – John Maynard Keynes{one of the most famous passage in his book The General Theory Of Employment}
  14. For laypersons there is something threatening about inflation because they cannot see where it comes from, and a closely guarded secret among experts is that the understanding of experts is also incomplete.
  15. One troubling feature of the exchange rate is that it is partly determined by expectations.
  16. Good policy consists of exploiting the laws of the market, not denying that they exist.
  17. When it comes to hoarding, it is the government of India that leads the pack.
  18. In an economy, finance is the classic analogue of plumbing in a house –something we remain unaware of until something goes wrong with it.
  19. Saving the company should not be equated with saving the people who head the company.
  20. [arthashastra}- “ Just as it is impossible to know when a fish moving in water is drinking it, so it is impossible to find out when the government servants in charge of undertakings misappropriate money ‘
  21. The common complaint in India ,repeated to the point of boredom in umpteen parlors and coffee houses is that “India problem is not the laws but in their implementation”
  22. There is nothing quite as concrete about the law as the traditional view supposes.
  23. In books on economic policy and economic development, we generally tend to ignore the role of norms and political institutions. But they are crucial determinants of growth and efficiency, getting these right is as important as getting our trade and monetary policies right.
  24. India has one of the most talented and most obstructive bureaucracies in the world.
  25. Much of India’s rules of administration are inherited from Britain .India’s problem is that it has held on to those rules more steadfastly than Britain and other commonwealth nations.
  26. The hustle and bustle of India today hopefully is the sound of its engine revving up.♦

AN ECONOMIST IN THE REAL WORLD: THE ART OF POLICYMAKING IN INDIA BY KAUSHIK BASU BOOK REVIEW

 

First published September 1 2015 (MIT PRESS and then Penguin Books)

A few words

For a system resistant to change, nothing is as good as a crisis.”

(Feels like an apt saying for how demonitisation has struck us making us realize that this crisis was necessary to lead us  in the direction of being a predominated digitalized economy , which otherwise would have been a long bet)

So first when my dad told me about this book and that it’s one of the necessaries for a good economics student I persona

lly felt that it would be nothing special. I stumbled on it purely by chance (chances being next to none) in the library. After giving it a thorough read I would say that dads are always right.

Written by Ex-Chief Economic Advisor of India and World Bank, alumni of Stephens, who was also professor at Delhi school of economics. The book has tried explaining Indian politics and ideologies of our leaders; which ultimately shaped our economic policy. How India adopted Nehruvian policies with Gandhian policies entwined in them (making several of our policies contradictory as both these school of thoughts were the opposites of a magnet).Explaining in brief each period of our independence and its correlated growth (and reasons behind it).

It contains of the right mixture of anecdotes, adages, facts, figures, and even good stories behind words (why Ponzi schemes are called so).it’s a book must for someone who always had a thing for economics (a teeny-weeny crush)

The book was a peaceful boat ride stopping on shores of inflation (Hungary has had the worst episode of inflation in 1946 where prices rose by 3.8*10^27.  : worse than Germany before WWII), exchange rate, flaws and improvement in PDS, policymaking, and giving us a hope that ideologies of nations can always be changed for better (Japan and South Korea were slackers a century back).And a few ideas which the author believes can be implemented in the future.

An interesting fact mentioned in the book – The wealth of the ten richest people in the world is equal to the GDP of Nigeria.

Mr. Basu has mentioned in the book that economic policies effect one and all hence it’s a must to have a mediocre society in the verses of economics. I wholeheartedly believe that this book should be part of our education curriculum. Because after reading I felt so happy and my brain felt so heavy with so many points to hold on.

So stay tuned on my blog for a mini boat ride of interesting facts and overwhelming adages mentioned in the book.

BEAUTIFUL DISASTER-JAMIE McGuire A BOOK REVIEW

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It took me an all-nighter to finish the book. The story keeps you enthralled with all the adages (old sayings) related to love coming true. It’s a typical bad boy-good girl book but what keeps you hitched are the plot twists (I’m letting one secret out-the girls petty good with cards).the ones who have fallen in love can understand the ever-lasting passion and the one who haven’t don’t have to worry (the writer has a pretty good English).

So the pretty much basics are the main leads, their respective best friends(who are already in love),a very much required gay best friend, super cool college life, never ending fights(and the romance: that’s pretty much never ending too).

At times the cliché stereotype’s got a little bit more and after 70 pages I was like why there are so many pages left, they would end up together. The plot twists never end in the 400 pages. But above all it makes you feel and cringe for them. The books not only not about finding your love but also the hard work you have to put to stay together. So it’s the movie plus what happens after the movie.