Saturday, February 24, 2018

IELTS Essays This is it! by Jasper Dell

36964301No. of pages : 99
Genre : Self-help
Publisher: Notion Press
Published on : November 20, 2017
Book links : Goodreads Amazon
Author links : Goodreads

My review

IELTS Essays This is it! Is an excellent book written by Jasper Dell in an attempt to help those students whose wish is to study abroad. He has given simple solutions to crack the exam. The strategy is easy to understand but a little confusing though. He could have used some flow charts, bullet points, tabular columns and also simplified some sentences in the initial chapters a little more. I am no expert in English department so it was difficult for me to understand certain things and the humorous tone in the initial chapters was interesting at first but when it progressed, it was irritating and boring. I am glad it didn’t continue. This is only my opinion.  I also can’t hide the fact, there were some sentences which made me think deep. For example, look at the below sentences.

How would it feel if all your friends board the flight and you return home frustrated and alone from the international airport, just after seeing them off?

If you fail to prepare, be prepared to fail.

If the students follow what is being said in the book, without doubt they will soar high.  Not only the students but whoever reads this book will get an idea on how to write an essay that has the ability to educate their intended audience. For that, you don’t have to be an expert in English. If you are going to buy the book be willing to learn what is being said in the book. I would say, the author is thorough and he is indeed a knowledgeable person. He has covered lot of intriguing essay topics and has given answers and explanations.  Following are some of the topics that are discussed in the book.

1)      Advantages and disadvantages of living in house over an apartment.
2)      Do men and women are equally suitable to do any type of work?
3)      If a country is already rich any addition in economic wealth does not make its citizen happier. Do you agree or disagree with this statement?
4)      The world would be much poorer place without colors.
5)      In recent times both parents are busy with professional life. Who, in your opinion should take the responsibility of child care now?
6)      When a country develops its technology, the traditional skills and ways of life die out. It is pointless to try and keep them alive. To what extent, do you agree or disagree with this opinion?
7)      The advantage of the spread of English as a global language will continue to outweigh its disadvantages. To what extent, do you agree or disagree?

The above are just samples. You can find many more inside the book. Even though I am not going to study abroad (I have crossed that age), the book gave me some insights to solve questions. I am thankful to him for neatly laying out synonyms of previously unknown words used in the essay.  Tips-He can give the words and its meanings below the page in boxes. In order to attract more readers, he must definitely write in simple English. He can use hard words in the essay as the book is for people who are going to write IELTS exam. Also the pages must be increased as I feel the book was congested. He can also point out the past mistakes made by people who wrote the exam. The essays were useful to me nonetheless.

Rating 3.5/5

Disclaimer I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

Thursday, February 22, 2018


36821381No. of pages : 106
Published on :October 20, 2017
Publisher : Notion Press
Book links : Goodreads Amazon
Author links : Goodreads

My review

Aditi's Kitchen Diary: More Than 100 Easy Recipes is my savior. I know how to cook but I wouldn't call myself an expert. My mother is the one who cooks in my family most of the time. She cooks tried and tested dishes taught by my grandmother. Seldom she is open for experiments but it is usually me who cooks unique dishes that too after referring the internet. 

I tried some of the healthy recipes (Veg), it was very tasty. I can proudly say this is one of the books that will inspire even a person who does't know how to cook to cook. This book has this effect. Even if you feel, it didn't motivate you to cook, be honest. There are so many mouth watering dishes, you can't help getting seduced. You will definitely ask someone in your family/friends to cook the dishes that you think you will love. I haven't read all the recipes but will definitely read it if I feel like cooking any specific dish. I can't read all the dishes for the sake of reading. Also all the dishes found in the book cannot be cooked in a day. It is foolish. Hence, it has to be read when the moment to cook the particular dish comes. 

Disclaimer  My sincere gratitude to author Aditi Sinha for gifting me her book. 

Friday, February 16, 2018

Interview with the author of Transit Lounge

When I got a request to review author Sunil Mishra's awe-inspiring book, Transit Lounge, I didn't read the mail as it ended up in others folder unfortunately. More than 20 days would have passed. Finally, when I opened the mail by chance, I found the mail sent by Mohur who promotes interesting books.  I was like, how did I miss this opportunity to reading this good book? I read what many readers have to say about his book on Goodreads and was very glad, it has got positive reviews. He has explored many places all over the world and indeed he is a true motivation to youngsters like me. Though I wouldn't consider myself an explorer of places (I am a homebird and can be high strung sometimes in new situations or places) but I am totally flattered for the lucky moment to interview him today. 

A small introduction 

Sunil is a software professional with over two decades of experience in the field of banking technology. Currently he is working with Infosys in India. He has earlier worked with McKinsey, Accenture and I-flex solutions. His work required extensive travelling to various parts of the world and this constituted the basis of his current book. He travelled to more than 30 countries across six continents and engaged with senior managements in different client organizations. He believes that there has been a remarkable change in perception about India over last 15 years.

Sunil is an MBA from IIM-Lucknow and holds a B.Tech from IIT(ISM), Dhanbad. He completed his schooling in Bokaro Steel City, a relatively small town in Jharkhand, India. Sunil has avid interest in writing and has actively blogged on various platforms in the area of banking technology, consulting, leadership and changing role of media in the digital world.

Isn't he a wonderful person to get to know? I proudly welcome him in my blog.

Me : Hi, sir. How are you? Please introduce yourself to my readers.

I am doing fine, thank you.

I am software professional currently working with Infosys. As part of my work I had the opportunity to travel to different countries over last 15 years. My book Transit Lounge is a travel memoir consisting of short incidents, reflections and learnings.

I am an MBA from IIM Lucknow and a B.Tech from IIT (ISM) Dhanbad.

Me : You completed your schooling in a small town. What was it like growing up there?

I completed my schooling in Bokaro Steel City, a relatively small town. Like all steel cities of 80s it had some of the very good schools and educational support. The life in the city was lot more comfortable and easy compared to today’s metropolis. I have very fond memories of the place.

How did you do it? I mean, you grew up in a small town but you have accomplished a lot. What inspired you/who inspired you?

Though it was a small town, it had an amazing educational environment. Some of the schools were well known to produce IIT and CBSE toppers. For anyone inclined towards academics, the environment was hugely instrumental in their success. I was fortunate to have been part of the setup.

Me : You have travelled to more than 30 countries. Can you tell my readers what you learned from each of these countries in short (one line each)?

The entire travelling experience had been great learnings. It was almost impossible to capture that in words. However I tried summarize in last few pages of the book.
  • 1.      I learned about India more by travelling abroad
  • 2.      What we learn from media is not always the true picture
  • 3.      During last 15 years, India was really transitioning faster than many other countries
  • 4.      The Indian immigrants always had the umbilical cord intact
  • 5.      Basic core values in all the countries were more or less similar

Me : As you have visited many countries, you know the state of each of these countries and our country, India. Can you tell us what are the good changes you would like to see in India?

My book is an Indian’s account of the international travels. I see all these travel as true learnings. There are several good things that I would like to see.

One thing, I was impressed was the cleanliness of some of the tourist places in Europe. I recall visiting one place in Zagreb called - Plitvice lake. It consists of multiple lakes surrounded by mountain and a good amount of plantation. It covers a large trekking area covering the lakes, mountains and the trees. Though it was frequented by thousands of people every day and had a long trekking path, it was immaculately clean; not even the chocolate wrappers thrown around. This is something that tourist places in India seem to improve upon, especially at the natural scenic places. This was a common observation for tourist places in other western countries as well.

Me : You have acquired knowledge in various fields. Instead of blogging about it, you can write inspiring books and enlighten the world with your wisdom. Are you currently writing your second book?

I used to write personal notes of individual travels, anything that I would find interesting. As I started blogging about some of these travels, I received positive reviews from my friends and well-wishers. It is then that the idea of collating this and publishing it as a book occurred to me. I am planning to write my second book, though it is still in the nascent stage.

Me : There are lakhs and lakhs of uneducated people in India. Can tell us your thoughts about it.

It is true that not everyone in India is as fortunate as some of us. Education is the most important development index in any society, one of the main reasons that western countries have been ahead in the past. My personal belief is that things are changing very fast in India as well and soon we will have better success on this aspect.

Me : What is your message for my readers?

"The world is a book, and those who don't travel only read one page." – St. Augustine.

Another one on traveler versus tourist – "The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see." -  G.K. Chesterton

My attempt to write the book has been to capture the traveler’s account, I enjoyed writing it and I hope it is equally liked by the readers.

Me : Thank you for agreeing to have this conversation. God bless all your future endeavours. 

About his book

The book is a personal account of travels to places in Africa (Nigeria, Ghana, Egypt and Mauritius), South America (Venezuela and Argentina), Asia (China, Iran, Kuwait, UAE, Singapore, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Thailand), Europe (UK, France, Italy, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Belgium, Georgia, Turkey, Croatia and Romania), USA, Australia and New Zealand.

It was interesting to observe all these diverse cultures and people from an Indian perspective. The book is a compilation of small incidents and events during such travels; it includes losing an air ticket, dealing with difficult custom officials or getting mugged in a prime location in a foreign country."

Feedback for the Book:

5 Stars “I liked how description to every country was short, crisp and to-the-point. All the points mentioned were much relevant, sometimes funny, and answered a lot of queries regarding various countries in my mind.” ~ Finix Post on Amazon

5 Stars – “This travelogue describes the culture of these different countries from an Indian perspective. The author tries comparing the lifestyle, socio-economic policies and general environment of other countries that he visits with that of India.” ~ Somya Tulshyan on Amazon

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Giveaway people!!! Win any one book written by Anuja Chandramouli

Hi, guys! Today I am pleased to introduce to you, author, Anuja Chandramouli.  She has published three books in the month of November(2) and December (1) 2017 . OMG, that's a great risk yet all these books have received mostly positive reviews . Not only that, she has written 6 books earlier. Writing is not new to her. 

I hope you guys love historical fiction. If you can get her books for free (ebooks), I believe you wouldn't say, "No". Three readers will get to read one of her books. What are you waiting for? Raed the book blurbs of her recent books and enter the giveaway to win one for yourself.

Book Blurb 

Padmavati is the most beautiful queen Chittor has ever had. Everyone who sees her is enthralled by her grace and goodness. When the greedy gaze of the Sultan ofDelhi, Alauddin Khalji, falls upon Chittor and its queen, Padmavati’s flawless beauty turns against her, because it inspires both love and hate in equal measure.Beset by the threat of an invasion and scheming political rivals who are envious of her immense popularity, Rani Padmavati must rise to the demands of war and fight for everything she believes in. This is the story of a remarkable woman who lived gently, loved passionately and embraced her destiny with unmatched courage.

Book Blurb

Unravel the puzzle that is the mysterious and misunderstood son of Mahadeva.

Kartikeya was born from the flames of a desperate need, an ardent desire and an utmost devastation. In him was distilled the terrible powers of Mahadeva, at its fiercest and most deadly. Although he fought many wars and slew many tyrants, his gifts to humanity have always been those of mercy, compassion and love. What makes this possible?

For Kartikeya, there have always been more questions than answers. Did he really walk away from his family over a piece of fruit? What about the women in his life—was he the ravisher he is at times accused of being, or the protector of women? Was he the violent warrior who revelled in bloodlust, or a gentle family man? What was his relationship with his more popular sibling, Ganesha?
Anuja Chandramouli weaves together myth, imagination and folklore while looking to answer these questions and recreates for modern readers the story of one of the most enigmatic gods

36574115 Book Blurb

Prithviraj Chauhan was destiny's chosen one, singled out for glory and greatness. During the course of an extraordinary life, he transcended the limits imposed on mortals and achieved Godlike luster. The conquering hero dreamed of a united land where peace prevailed over war and love over hate.

Princess Samyukta loved him from afar, and when Prithviraj Chauhan claimed her for his own, defying the wrath of an implacable foe, their happiness was complete. Victorious in love and war, Prithviraj Chauhan was soon to discover that success came with a terrible price - trouble, treachery and tragedy. What happened next? Read the tale of the legendary warrior who lives on in the hearts of those who remember his unmatched valor and timeless heroism.

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