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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.

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

Author: Manish Gupta

Publishers: Penguin Books India (

ISBN: 978-0-143-41900-6

Genre: Non Fiction

Ratings: 4.5/5 😀

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


“Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn’t it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up.”

—- Neil Gaiman (The Sandman)

Who says, the season of love is monsoon or springs? The real season of love is examination time. That time when you probably are on study leave or are at the end of your college or school and about to go for a study leave. That is the time when you will love almost everything, if you aren’t a reader, you’ll find a sudden urge to read newspaper or novel, if you aren’t an avid Television freak, you would want to sit and watch T.V. endlessly because you just start to love it. You don’t love to sit idle, but you will fall in love with the state of staying idle for hours, love to stare at the walls, at birds, at trains (well, that happens to me because I stay in a track-facing building 😐 ). Its not just about inanimate and inert things but also for people. My past relationships most of the times have developed during examinations of mine or her’s. I fell in true love for someone right before my third year boards, uhmm, not may be true love, that’s harsh, call it true super and pure affection, or something like that (Shit, I miss her so much !!).

Doesn’t that happen to you as well? Not only love in that fashion, but don’t you really develop a strong love for friendship with different people during exam times? I have a friend, with whom, we talk only during exam days. Months go by, we see each other’s statuses (Happy, Sad, Troubled, so on) on Blackberry Messenger but won’t bother. But, Exams and we will be chatting and pacifying all the while. The friendship is such that we seem as closest friends, but then apparently we are nothing but exam-buddies (a specie of fuck-buddies, may be? There they get fucked and be together and here we get fucked and stay together :P)

So, in the midst of my fierce battle with Mumbai Local Commuters, to get into a Borivali Slow Train to go to my “Out-Station Examination Centre” at Gorai from Andheri, I got this passing thought. Don’t you feel the same? Don’t you feel the guitarist who play melodies when you are in love get time for you only when you have exams? Don’t you think, cool breeze that makes your hair fly which happens when you’re in love, is unusual to happen in summer? Don’t you think its some conspiracy by planners of our life to instill when we are genuinely in for studying or seriously want to give one exam without preparing your mind to “Dhapofy”? Don’t you think? Don’t you? Tell me, Do you think? TELL ME !!

This love, this knack of sitting idle all the while staring the wall or pages of your book, renders me to this condition every exam !! Bhagwan, Mujhe Sadbuddhi Do :/ !!

This love, this knack of sitting idle all the while staring at the wall or pages of your book, chatting away endlessly, renders me to this condition every exam !! Bhagwan, Mujhe Sadbuddhi Do :/ !!

Oh ! Paper Update? My Cost Accounting and Auditing Exam beginning wasn’t as dramatic as my Financial Accounting Paper, I was kind off not prepared and had a decent paper, where I did not discuss paper to avoid mood-offs. But hey, I had a ride back home with my friend Abhay with whom I have the best of conversations, and one conversation I had with Shraddha the day before, some real special moments happened before this exam.

Okay, now please bless me for next paper – Management Accounting.

Signing off, slept before blogging, so obviously would try to sit to study. Oh Wait !! FOOOOOOOOOOOOODDDD, Where are you? 😀

         “Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.”
― Robert A. HeinleinStranger in a Strange Land

                      FLASHBACKS – Have you ever been in a situation where your beautiful sleep is disturbed by flashbacks which are not like nightmares, but like sweet melody, something which puts a smile on your face, or asks you to whatsapp a friend at 2 a.m. in the morning that let’s meet and celebrate, and that sleepy idiot replies, “for what?” and you say, “For Everything, Everything!!!”

            However, he didn’t reply and I suppose he fell back to sleep. I went to the Kitchen, grabbed an orange, a fruit he loves a lot, and stood near the balcony and replayed the entire beautiful story.

            A story of that chap who was so shy, who used to get bullied by people or made fun of. That chap who thought he was in love with a girl and couldn’t forget her for years whereas that girl kept playing with his emotions whenever she fought with her boyfriend or was bored (basically, using him). That chap who was so gullible, so under-confident, so dependent, so immature. Someone who will booze and fag till he passes out, every time he is sad. Someone who hated his existence, someone who was waiting for THE END.

This was him, up to November, 2011.

          I had a smile while I was in that state of nostalgia, because today when I see him, he is that chap who is so confident, so independent, so ambitious, so matured, someone who knows how to display emotions and what to speak. Someone who can give back to people. Someone who has a lot of girls falling for him and yet he won’t play with their feelings or do anything wrong like taking advantage and all that shit. Someone who is less shy, never gets bullied and in deep love with someone else. To fall in love again, for him, was a possibility far impossible.

This is him, today.

            What caused that change? Its just about 13 months and one will feel proud of having such a friend. One will feel proud that he exists among us. I thought of writing this, as I wanted to Raise a toast to that chap. That chap who is my best friend since 8-9 years now. That chap, for whom I was worried a lot before, and now am hardly in doubts that he won’t able to nail the future’s challenges.

Finished my Orange, and I get two more …

                         So, I was at, how did this change happen, and you know what? It all happened because of love. However Bollywood-ish I may sound, and however fictitious this seems, how people put forth, “In today’s world, no one is genuine, or everything is fake, and so on”, I’d still could see this.

         He met her in December, because of a silly prank played by me and since then this story has continued. Although, it had a huge break in between, but as Shahrukh Khan says, “Aur aakhir mein sab theek ho jaata hai (In the end, everything falls in place)”, the same goes here where here, in the end, this chap celebrates every day of his existence. He has quit smoking and there never goes a day which he doesn’t look forward to live.

A month back, I had told him, I’d like to write a love story of yours and he was delighted. Tonight I could have actually begun to do it for him, but I guess this story has a lot more, and so it would be better if we leave it to time and make that happen later.

    Now, when I finish my third orange, and have also come to a state where my eyes are just not able to keep themselves awake, and that I can’t think of anything else, I could only say one thing — *Cheers Brother* — “It’s amazing to see you happy everyday, It’s superb to see you full of life.”

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“There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment.”
― Sarah DessenThe Truth About Forever

Ps. Sometimes, you make no sense to people when you write, but still you write because you feel like making sense to the one in your mind. 

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.”

                                                                       – T. S. Eliot

        I had a pretty eventful year in 2011, for which I had initially thought that even 2012 would be the same. I still remember, the first day of 2012, I was ecstatic for the coming year, coming times, coming moments. I was happy and looking forward for the year. I made few resolutions of which, none went successful but then, its the case with everyone. Although I tried a lot.

BUT, yesterday, January 1, 2013, I was so opposite to how I was last year. I was tensed, I felt like there is a war to be fought for next 364 days. I felt as if I am supposed to put myself to task and it will be a long and cumbersome struggle to live each day and yet at the end, stand with victory and pride to have done it.

It’s always pleasant to bid goodbye by hopping through flashback. I wish I had a cameraman always, who would have captured every special moment naturally and every moment bought together and made into a film. Since, I have no one for that, I thought of writing it.


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Source: Google Images



Apparently this year happens to be a year where I managed college along with work for entire year. That taxing schedule of 5:45am to 9pm everyday and yet keeping in touch with people around, keeping blogging around, keeping novels around and so much. Sometimes, I wonder why am I not able to give time to more people and then I wonder, if I am trying so hard, are my friends doing the same too?

This was a year where I had my best birthday as compared to all the years of my existence. This was a year where I made more amazing friends, had a memorable Goa trip, heard from everyone to stop talking to one person and yet not hearing them and talking to her and in the end being let down again. This was a year where I came with a new blog, attended two blogging meets and for the first time attended an event full of unknown people. This was a year when I saw F1 race at Bandra Kurla Complex, went to Marine Drive half times less than last year, spent nights watching movies and reading more novels and less time on late night phone calls. This was a year when my psychology professor called me “Doormat” for I keep giving chance to people and let people take advantage of it, and this was a year where people still laughed over my friendzoned status. This was a year when for the first time I got a “Get Well Soon Gift” from a friend when I was down with fever, and this was a year when I got funny gifts from friends. This was last year of my college life, although I have 3 months more to live it, and this was a year where I gave away my fitness completely to food and drinks which I did without limit.

So much this year had, and so less I feel when I write. Even after this long paragraph with too much repetition seems like hardly 1% of what actually happened. I still am angry over Delhi Rape Incident and our country’s inability to take a concrete stance. I am also annoyed with what Khap Panchayat does and feel like slapping them. I still laugh over Dented and Painted chant in airplane where Abhijit Mukherjee was travelling and here I am writing about my 2012. Sometimes, you go through a heavy thought process, feel like finishing a book on the quantum of life you lived and when you come near the screen, you forget everything.

Just like I was thinking before, on what the year has in store for me, for the coming days, I still am thinking. I still am also stuck to flashbacks of the past year. I am so stuck up with thoughts on mistakes that I shouldn’t ever commit again, and also thinking about whether I should still be rooted for people who never understood about the human existence of mine. I have made few resolutions this year too, and I am sure, if ever I have a post on 2013, I shall have a chance to tell everyone that I lived up to it.

Yesterday, a friend of mine sent me picture which bore words, “That awkward moment when being a good human being is the shittiest thing ever” and at night, I was pinned a testimonial on my Blackberry which had the ending words for me, “God has surely reserved a place in heaven for this guy”. Am I the shittiest thing too? Contradictions everywhere !! let’s hope 2013 gets handled by me in a nice way.

Let’s hope this year to be good for everyone who are under pressure of torture, or are groped with unhappiness or loneliness. Let’s hope this year to be something where everyone should celebrate each moment. Let’s Hope. Let’s Hope :).


Ps. Although, this post seems largely for my outburst than for something worthy to a reader, I atleast have one tip for you’ll for 2013 and that is:-

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