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Manish Gupta will plant a deeper love in your heart for the English Language by bringing to you hundreds of new words making your vocabulary mesmerizing coupled with etymologies and interesting stories behind such many words through his book English Bites ! – The Fun Way To Improve Your English !

It took me about 40 days to finish this book of 334 pages. Honestly, the start is itself like this. For the first few pages, I went so slow at a rate of about 2 pages an hour. This was because, I used to halt to read the meaning of words written at the footnote out of curiosity; even the words I knew, I read out of the same feeling and eventually lost the track, got bored and shut the book. However, as soon as I progressed, I started getting the hang of his writing style and the book became more and more interesting. Such that, when it came to an end, I felt bad for I wanted more of it.

So, Manish Gupta takes about 20 years to write this book and at no point of the book, will you feel that hard work was not invested. He has gone about writing a story using many words which will be new to your vocabulary. He has given meanings of all those words as footnote so you won’t need to toggle dictionary while reading the book. He has listed down many anecdotes, mnemonics and examples for you to remember those words and feel the idiosyncrasies of this language. He has also elaborated on etymologies of so many words with illustrations and expansion that will make you wonder and re read and feel like calling someone and discussing it.

The plot of the story is how the protagonist, Mr. Manish Gupta, who was not so fluent with this language goes about learning and excelling the language. While learning the language, he develops a hobby of dwelling into the vagaries and idiosyncrasies of English Language. He starts of a story with his school days and quickly shifts to college days. From College Graduation to MBA and finally getting into a Banker’s Job and getting a residence at the posh locality of Mumbai – Bandra. My favorite part was when he gets into the etymology¬† of Coffee, Food and Medical Terms.

Coming to Cover Page – In my opinion, I did not like it at all. If I would have not received this book from the Author directly, I would have never picked it up from a Book Store. About the readability, fonts are of proper size and flow of the story is very nicely set up. The book that initially bores you to death will only stick to your mind from midway only to leave you wanting more when it ends.

I would surely recommend each one of you reading the review to read this book. It is a different genre, true – but will not disappoint you on content levels. Thank you Mr. Manish Gupta for sending me this book and giving me a chance to read such a beautiful book. This book is surely going to rest in my “Most Favorite Read” Shelf.

Maulik Doshi

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SUMMARY

Name of the Book: English Bites ! My Fullproof English Learning Formula.

Author: Manish Gupta

Publishers: Penguin Books India (www.penguinbooksindia.com)

ISBN: 978-0-143-41900-6

Genre: Non Fiction

Ratings: 4.5/5 ūüėÄ

About the Book

The Fun Way To Improve Your English .. Is the English language your biggest nightmare? It was Manish Gupta’s until he decided to cheat and beat the system. Today he is a smooth – talking banker and has written a unique English Learning Guide that is easy to read, super effective and hilarious. So, whether you’re a vernacular speaker, a GRE/GMAT/CAT/XAT/ aspirant or just a language nut, English Bites ! will expand your vocabulary and improve your verbal ability. It may even help you love the English Language a¬† little more.

About the Author

Manish Gupta is a banking professional. When not crunching numbers, he examines the vagaries and idiosyncrasies of the English language. He also likes trivia, traveling, adventure sports, delving into human psychology and giving professional discourses to colleagues, family and friends – practically anyone who can give him a patient hearing. An engineering graduate from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh and an MBA from XLRI School of Business and Human Resources, Jamshedpur, he lives in Mumbai with his wife Deepali, a medical professional and their daughters Tamanna and Prakriti.

You can reach Manish Gupta at mystruggleswithenglish@gmail.com.


In a tale of her own life, Gauri Jayaram will make you smile, feel loved, want to travel, laugh, feel sad and sometimes angry. A book that would be less of reading but being around the author”

Wise enough to be foolish¬†– is a true story of Gauri Jayaram which is, although published in print, that needs to be read but at no point of time you will feel like you are reading it for the book is written in such a way as if she herself is narrating it in front of us. Starting from the¬†Cover.¬†which has a half portrait of a girl holding a worn out suitcase with title written in beautiful font making it so attractive that you would want to try it out and know this girl’s story.¬†Title¬†is well considered; keeping in mind that previous prospective title of the book was “Finding Love”; however, I feel the current title is way better than the previous one.

Coming to the plot of the book; Gauri makes sure that you get each and every detail of her life starting from her birth as a Fauji Kid to have been grown up as a mid-sibling and corresponding rivalry. How she grows up in school, meeting different types of people and having a story with them. Even though the book is set in yesteryears of 1980s and 1990s, it makes you come across taboo issues like losing virginity, preference of son over daughter, live-in relationships etcetera. It further takes you to how her life takes turns when she becomes one of the toppers in not only academics but also in sports; making her parents proud and travelling to Bombay for her graduation. Although plot shifts itself to Bombay, it keeps coming back and forth and also makes you swim across her tale in Bombay where she meets amazing people, falls in love, almost gets engaged, drifts apart and falls in love again after ending up in a secret marriage that lasts with a heartbreak and again finding love for a happy ending. And when you go through every phase of her life; she will make you smile, feel good, think about and go through every emotion in a way as if it is happening to you.

A tale of an independent woman who makes her life worthwhile and makes you learn many things such as to follow your dreams, do what you want to do and not follow what others want you to; even if those “others” are your parents, persevere and never get bogged down by life’s ups and downs.

Personal Recommendation:-¬†I would love if each and everyone reading this review goes and grabs their copy for this book is amazing beyond praises. A light read, seamless story which can be finished at one go and which would have a “feel superb” effect on you for days. Funny and witty, charming and beautiful, thrilling and unpredictable – that’s how one can describe it one shot. Every character in her story is described in such a sharp way that you can actually create mental image of everyone. One thing I bet is, you won’t get spared in falling in love with Gauri after reading this book.

Meanwhile have a look at this –¬†

Ratings: 5/5 — Loved every bit of it.

More details:-

Publisher: Jaico Books

Price: Rs. 225/-

ISBN-13: 978-81-8495-456-2

Some of the beautiful things about the book said in public:- 

“A charming, unputdownable read of an empowered Indian Woman – one that both men and women should read” – Milind Soman, model and actor.

“The mind of any girl is an unsolvable mystery. Gauri lets men into that maze” – Omar Qureshi – author and editor in chief, Zoom TV

“Like watching a movie….incredibly ballsy.. scarily honest”. – Abhinay Deo, film director, Delhi Belly.

About the book (at the back of the cover):-

Wise Enough to Be Foolish is a fictionalized memoir that traces the journey of an Indian girl‚Äôs life, with all its challenges and delightful surprises, as she blossoms from an insecure child into a confident young woman. This roller-coaster ride of adventure, laughter and heartache, as she balances her love life with her struggle for independence, will keep you guessing ‚Äď What rules will she break next? How far will she go to find herself?

About the Author:-

Gauri Jayaram

Mother of two girls, ameteur athlete, part time writer, management school drop out, traveler, entrepreneur, in ¬†full time employment with the world’s largest escorted touring company and woman behind The Active Holiday ¬†Company, Gauri Jayaram is a little bit of many things and still not satisfied! she frequently combines her love ¬†for long distance running with rock music.

For more about the book, visit http://wiseenoughtobefoolish.com

Also, part of Sales proceeds from the price of this book support Pinkathon’s Chairy – Women’s Cancer ¬† ¬† ¬†Initiative. To Learn more about Pinkathon please visit http://pinkathon.in

 

 

This book review is a part of Book Review Programme by Jaico Books


“Atulya Mahajan stages a story of two people from small town to a huge country and narrates their story from how they adjust to how they get accomodated”

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Source: Google Images

AmreekanDesi – Masters of America, is a story of Akhil Arora – a young dorky engineer in Delhi as the author describes it who wants to prove it to the world that he can be on his own and Jaspreet Singh a.k.a Jassi a.k.a Jazz a.k.a Jazzminator who is busy dreaming a life straight out of American Pie and lands in America to find and live his own version of the same soap. It offers the Indian set up where mothers will cry a river for the son going so far coupled with excitement as well as fear for the new life in new world. It also gives an insight of what one feels in a land of unknown yet so many known people and how they adjust to a new surrounding which is so different from what is shown in movies and shows. AmreekanDesi is one book where the author stays to reality and shows that the folks are studying in college which many Indian Authors forget about. So yes, this book all in all is a tale of dream, love, adaptability of our lives, heartbreak, ups and downs and happy ending.

However, this book has let me down. Throughout my patience for reading 310 pages, I was made to long for one exciting or new thing to come up. The author comes up with incidents and reactions that will be prevalent even in the boys who come from small villages to a city like Mumbai. How they get conned, face racism and how they land up in mess, how love gets screwed up and how life goes for a toss because of it and how realization dawns and people improve and everything falls back to place offers nothing new as a story but the same expected things. Although the love story between Akhil and Nandita was sweet and may make you blush at times, especially when Akhil goes to Kolkata to impress Nandita’s parents and story thereafter. But besides those few instances, this book is nothing but a bore.

Go for this book as a light read only if you are new to this hobby otherwise it will only give you a “Waste of Time”¬†feeling at the end. Lastly, I would like to praise Mr. Saurav Das for an amazing cover design which makes anyone want to grab this book and read (did someone say, don’t judge the book by its cover? ūüėõ¬†)

My Rating:- 2/5

More Details about the book:-

Author: Atulya Mahajan

Price: 199/-

Genre: Fiction

Publisher: Random House India (Ebury Press)

ISBN: 978-8-184-00395-6

Meanwhile, have a look at the official trailer from Youtube:-

Behind the Cover:-

Akhil Arora, a young, dorky engineer in Delhi, cant wait to get away from home and prove to his folks that he can be on his own. Meanwhile in a small town in Punjab, Jaspreet Singh, aka Jassi, is busy dreaming of a life straight out of American Pie. As fate would have it, they end up as roommates in Florida. But the two boys are poles apart in their perspectives and expectations of America. While Akhil is fiercely patriotic and hopes to come back to India in a few years, Jassi finds his Indian identity an uncomfortable burden and looks forward to finding an American girl with whom he can live happily ever after.

Laced with funny anecdotes and witty insights, Amreekandesi chronicles the quintessential immigrant experience, highlighting the clash of cultures, the search for identity, and the quest for survival in a foreign land.

This book review is a part of ‚ÄúThe Readers Cosmos Book Review Program‚ÄĚ.

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If you rob too much from one person, it becomes murder. If you steal little by little, it looks like business. Steal a penny from each person, call it service charge and you will be a millionaire. The volume makes a difference.

— Page 313 of the book

Photographed by Maulik Doshi

Photographed by Maulik Doshi 

 

They say, “Don’t judge the book by its cover”; probably someone would have said looking at this book, “Don’t judge the book by its name”. However, even if you are of any opinions that it would be the same typical *debutant-Indian-Author* type of a book, you would be proven wrong. “A Maverick Heart: Between love and life” is that type of a book with amazing cover page and stupid title. One may not even think of reading synopsis of this book if he comes across this book in any book store.

 

Judgements apart, as many of budding readers are not sticking to age old baseless prejudice over Indian Authors; or preconceived notions about the type of story or type of language they use; I must say, I am impressed by the way, a debutant engineer turned writer has composed this book. So yes, coming to the book, it is a story about 3 people РRahul, Neerav and Richita Рall of them IITians and how their story unfolds, going back and forth, meeting ups and downs, drowning in cheating or following money and those practical silver linings of wall street life, success and failure, right and wrongs, corruptions and manipulations and so on. 3 Characters, 3 different stories, however, strings attached to each other.

  • Rahul:- Charming, Intelligent and a person that was sure to make big bucks. He achieved scholarship even before his final results and was sure to have a bright future. However, the need to do right things and postpone something for a while changes his life and he loses his friends, love and a year. The impact makes him someone, who fights alone with the world but this guy will never complain, never hold grudge and move forward, opposing every practicality and live with emotions.
  • Neerav:- The carefree lad, who goes to USA and works hard to build something, sell it off and make a lot of money. In one of the random moments, he gets indulged in conversation with the bar owner and together with her opens a business that hits wall street and makes him one of the youngest millionaire in USA.
  • Richita:- Rahul’s love of life, has a past which makes her go under the shell, eventually gets married to a rich american snob whose main aim is to build money, go up the ladder, ignore life, only to make so much money that he can retire at 40 and live a good life. She goes through troubled marriage, separates, meets Neerav and helps him in growth of his company and becomes one of the youngest millionare in USA as well.

The way all those 3 stories has been carved is beautiful and one never loses the flow of what is happening. Although, the book is far stretched and many parts could have been edited for the reader to not get lost. The book is unnecessarily long but the author makes it a point to express his intentions. Language used is simple but powerful. Philosophies are deep and not borrowed.

The rating that I would give to this book is 3.5/5

 

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Details of the book

Author:- Ravindra Shukla

Genre:- Fiction/Drama

Price:- Rs. 195/- or $ 8.

Publisher:- Frog Books

ISBN:- 978-93-82473-00-8

Pages: 383

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From the back of the Cover

Resonance –
We often use the term, ‚Äúfrequency matching‚ÄĚ in our daily¬†life¬†to define compatibility. Our frequency does not match, we do not get¬†along? We are not in sync? We are not on the same page¬†etc?
When people of similar frequencies (wavelengths or within¬†the¬†same range) come together ‚Äď output is not a simple sum of individual work,but¬†exponential. In science we term this phenomenon as resonance. Output at¬†this¬†stage is beyond any logical limit.
Three young kids, with different family backgrounds and outlook meet during their graduation days at IIT-Bombay campus and become closefriends. Although, individually they are in sync, but the same is not true for their interaction with the world. How will their relation withstand the conflict of family and society pressure?
How do their character shape out, as they traverse from¬†an¬†educational environment through the corporate world to the realm of the¬†social-political world?¬†Inspired by the real events across the globe from the¬†lastdecade, Ravindra Shukla brings you the characters based story ‚Äď struggle¬†and¬†triumphs of a young generation and their relevance in the current¬†socio-eco-political era.

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About the Author

Ravindra Shukla is a graduate of IIT-Bombay. He works for IBM in emerging technology and business analytics in IT software technology. His professional experience includes working with consulting firms ‚Äď PWC and IBM in USA for 15+ years. He is a member of the Film Writers Association, Mumbai. His interest includes ‚Äď writing fiction, literature and movie scripts apart from sports, movie and travelling across the globe.

This book review is a part of ‚ÄúThe Readers Cosmos Book Review Program‚ÄĚ.

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