Thursday, April 26, 2018

The guardian angels by Rohit Gore

The book was received as part of Reviewers Programme on The Tales Pensieve.


Paperback:328 pages
Publication date: July 10th 2013         
Publisher: Grapevine India
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My views

The Guardian Angels
My previous review of this book can be found here.  I wonder why I was immature while reviewing this book but I am happy now I got the opportunity to give another POV to you, my loving readers.

To be blunt, 'The guardian angels' was an amusing read. This book is seriously on the melancholy side (sporadically funny), it makes you aware of the imperfections in the society and also in us. Have read it only once. But I'll admit, it was worth a million read and it is not necessary for me to read it again. Life is short and one has to paint with interesting colors. This will be the opinion of normal people.  Hope I am right. The critical question is, are they possible?

In this book, Radha has chosen the path to perfect the world a tidbit and ends up in trouble.  There is no bad people or good people. It is something to do with the mind and heart.  If they are corrupted, there is nothing we can do about it.  The person transforms into doing unimaginable things with regard to personal gratification. On the brigher side, no people's mind and heart is filled with such petite thinking wholly. So it is good news, we can make them sense of what is acceptable and not acceptable behavior in subtle ways.

How we choose to see the good sides of everyone we come across and yes, it is true, there are people like that mentioned in the book. What made them walk in wicked ways? Did they, by birth, were evil? We know the answer. One has to look within oneself, what kind of person they are by coming to a conclusion impartially like a psychologist would. Looking into the past and taking notes as silly as it seems, we need to be careful not to make the same error and become more righteous and act sensibly. 

It doesn't matter if we are surrounded by wrong people. What matters is the way how we respond . Just think about the world where there is none who is bad. Can we picturise it? We can. But as in my humble opinion, it is unattainable.  Everyone has free will to do anything .If they choose to be evil, they can. Greediness, the thirst for power, jealousy, and possessiveness surpasses all good things that are generously available in this universe.  It is nice to have high ideals about people. Even best if we are realistic.

The author's narrative is impressive. There is beauty and truth.  Our body is perishable any time.I may live today but tomorrow I will definitely die. Radha's father has Huntington's disease and how it can affect her and put an end to her being. It makes us think.I would say, he is very creative with his writing. I appreciate him for that.  

Everyone has some form of disease. By that, I mean mental disease too. If our mind is pure, automatically our heart reacts in a positive way. Why not? We all know it.  All kinds of diseases were once seeds sown on good ground (like our body and mind) and when they grew out of control, we were seeking for ways to compensate it by finding a purpose whether doing bad or good. Just look at a baby. Is she or he, look like evil?

So like passing the material wealth to our next generation, we gift our diseases unintentionally. Can't we stop it? We can. Our inner demons must be defeated first and if it is not possible, we can forget about everything. There are two sides to a coin. Head and tail. In the same way, there is good and evil. There is no guarantee, if today I am a perfect person, I will remain the same.  Our mind and heart sucks the energy (negative or positive) in our surroundings and grooms us. If we want no disease including no evil, what we must be doing? 

The guardian angels is a book that gives a new meaning to the way people look at love.  Swift thinking when we face chaos and do whatever it takes to protect and save the ones we love even that means we will die. Adi , Radha and Vedant's story is a fine example. I don't remember much about it for I haven't read in recent times.  

Walking in right path takes real guts. Many people strife for a problem free life with endless happiness. It is not wrong. We do deserve it. But there is no such thing as endless happiness.   As a true friend of mine told me, only through pains and sufferings we can define what is happiness. How wise he is! We must be thankful to people who make us suffer as we are able to miraculously find what or who is good and make us happy.

The root cause of evil is cheap attitude only and how it affects us and forget about what life has to offer. Like secret passing game, people drag others (including their children-hereditary) thinking they are superior or by cultivating their ego to their advantage, never willing to learn and make the people around evil, in turn the world becomes hellish for everyone to live.

If I am not happy, I will make you also unhappy. If I have done something wrong, you shouldn't point out as you are not a saint. If I say, 'I love you', you should reciprocate it or else I will make your life miserable. If you don't do this work for me,  'I will murder you'. If I say, you are bad, you indeed are. I am the owner of your life and you are my puppet. We can continue but let me stop with this.

We are not born to change characters.  Accept good people and enjoy their company. Dealing with people of that sort directly as Radha did is very harmful (it did put her life in peril) and everyone must live their life and not take others burden. All we can do is make people independent and fight their own legal battle smartly. We need to advice people to get proper education to stand up on their own feet and not trust in a savior ( unless it is life and death situation) instead they must become their own savior. The guardian angels ends in a cliffhanger and there is no other better title than this.

Rating 3.5/5

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Love in bloom~Becky Monson





Speak Now: or Forever Hold Your Peace by Becky Monson

Speak Now is the latest hit from the author of the hit Spinster Series, Becky Monson. In this Readers’ Favorite Book Award Winner (Bronze Medal) novel, Bridgette Reynolds needs to stop a wedding, but can she do it?

If there’s one thing that Bridgette Reynolds has learned recently, it’s that the perfect shoes, the perfect hair, and the perfect dress do not make for the perfect proposal. In fact, sometimes they make for the not-so-perfect breakup.

Now, Bridgette must do everything in her power to win Adam back. She knows they are meant to be. And nothing will stand in her way—not her friends, not her grandmother, not even the fact that Adam is now engaged to Serene after a whirlwind romance.

Focused on her plan to win Adam back, Bridgette isn’t expecting Ian—her college best friend, her love, her big regret—to come back into her life. They sink back into their comfortable friendship as if no time has passed at all, making Bridgette start to question her feelings for Adam. But Ian has a few secrets of his own . . . secrets that could shatter their friendship once and for all.

Bridgette has to make some major decisions—should she speak now? Or forever hold her peace?

 





After some channel surfing, and a vain attempt to catch up with The Young and the Restless (I couldn’t watch the Ian and Heather and Jessica drama—a bit too close to home), I decide to drag myself upstairs to Margie’s place where Gram and the girls are playing bridge. I need something to get my mind off everything. I doubt it will work, but it’s worth a try.
“Is Gram here?” I ask Margie when she answers the door.
“Sure is,” she says, opening the door wide. She ushers me in with a sweep of her hand.
I walk into Margie’s apartment, which is set up a lot like Gram’s. And just as old-fashioned as well. But, like Gram’s place, it has a homey feel to it. I will say that there are doilies. Lots of doilies.
“Look who’s here, ladies,” Margie says as we walk into the living room.
Gram and two other ladies, Evelyn and Barbara, all turn to see who it is. Once they see me they all start talking in unison. Saying hello and asking me question after question. I try to field each query, but they keep talking over each other.
“Well, Bridgette, what brings you here?” Gram asks, after the chatter has settled. She looks slightly concerned. She wasn’t expecting me. Likewise, I was not expecting to come up here, but here I am.
“I thought I would come and see what you ladies are doing.” I knew they were playing cards, so that was kind of a dumb comment. “And also to check up on Gram,” I say, pointing to the wine glass sitting to her left. That was not something I was expecting to find, but I’m glad I did.
She looks down at the glass and then back up at me, a sheepish just-been-caught look on her face.
“Oh, that’s mine,” Evelyn declares, and I roll my eyes. Evelyn isn’t even sitting next to Gram.
“Gram, you’ve got to be kidding. Does she drink every time she’s playing cards with you?” I ask, looking around the room.
“Not all the time,” Barbara pipes in. “Just . . . most of the time.”




"Speak Now grabbed me from the beginning! This is the perfect escape/beach read - light and fun, amusing with some tearful moments." -Reviewing in Chaos

"By the end of the book I felt like Bridgette was a real life friend of mine and I was actually sad when the book ended." -Divine Books Blog

"Can I give this book a 10? It was so fantastic!" -Taking Time for Mommy



Author Becky Monson

By day, Becky Monson is a mother to three young children, and a wife. By night, she escapes with reading books and writing. An award-winning* author, Becky uses humor and true-life experiences to bring her characters to life. She loves all things chick-lit (movies, books, etc.), and wishes she had a British accent. She has recently given up Diet Coke for the fiftieth time and is hopeful this time will last… but it probably won’t.







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Monday, April 23, 2018

Dream Big by Dr Mukesh Jindal and Arunraj VS

No.of pages : 254
Publisher : TV18 Broadcast Ltd
Published on : August 15, 2017
36240892Book links : Goodreads Amazon
Author link : Goodreads

My review


Almost everyone who has financial competence can buy any luxury found on this planet known as earth. But the most important thing is, do you need it? Is it worthy of your money? How will it help you emotionally and practically? What makes the service or commodity so desirable? Will you continue being rich till the end of your life and will your children be rich? If you are able to answer these questions clearly, you will find the book even more helpful. Your outlook on where you should put your money and where you should not is cleverly answered.

As an investor in stock market, I have realized my mistakes after reading. The author has stressed the words, not all investments are good only the right ones are profitable. Each person is made out of different mould despite the fact they may be sharing similarities.  What suits one person may not suit the other.  'Dream big' is written keeping in mind not to enforce the readers to make investments. It is a sound advice given with a view to broaden the wisdom of individuals about financial security. Choices are laid out in a crystal clear manner. Now it is left to the readers to make correct decision.

Excellent points are stated to eliminate the fears and insecurities. Should we or should we not make investments? If we should not make investments, what are the reasons? If we should make investments, what are the reasons?  There is a distinction between need and desire. The latter beats the previous in many cases. Spending control is the ticket to unlimited happiness. Not many understand this.   Driven by our impulses, we invest in items that we don’t need in our life, then later we reflect on why we did such foolish things. 

All those who depend on credit cards, buy online goods, have gotten your life insured or assets insured, invested or investing in stock markets, etc will discover this book open your eyes and see everything in new light. There are lot of invaluable guidance given. I find it well-articulated. What is necessary and what is not necessary is explained in a humblest demeanour.  If followed, one can lead a life that is full of peace of mind and warmth in heart. 

A cab driver who was earning just Rs. 6000 net worth today is over 50 lakhs after listening to the advice of the author. As per the author, he may cross 1 crore soon or he may have already crossed it. Can you believe it? Dream big enough and you too can accomplish things if you believe his words. I am dreaming already.  Some of the questions l created out of my understanding from the book will give you insights about what you can expect.

  • When and how to plan for your retirement as a young person?
  • How to generate wealth in order to secure the future of your children?
  • How to beat inflation?
  • Which funds are safe bets and which funds are riskier?
  • Which fund is a blockbuster money maker?
  • Which fund bears the brunt of recession?
  • How to judge a fund?
  • Which is a superior form of investment?
  • Which funds are better than FD’s?
  • Which funds have a lower expense ratio?
  • How many mutual fund schemes are there actually in India?
  • What is a simple powerful instrument and private trust?
and  there is so much more. 

Dream big can be very well called as a layman’s guide to investment but there are some points which could have been explained in detail and simplifed.  As a commerce graduate, it’s a fault on me to have been unaware of many funds described by the author.  Except if a person thoroughly studies the book and makes an attempt to decipher it and explore the many options of wealth creation, one cannot succeed in this subject.  The first few pages of the book enables the readers to learn about themselves and question where they are currently standing and how close or behind in achieving what they desire in their life.  

Flow charts, circular diagrams, pie charts, and graphs are satisfactory. Investing big is no child's play.  'Do not quit investing' is the advice of the author and if you keep an open mind to the various investments options available, you can achieve what you want to achieve within a short(quick) period of time. This book is postively a solution to eradicate all financial doubts and the best thing is, it is reader friendly. You will get ideas where to invest your hard earned money with good judgement. 

Rating 4.5/5

Excerpts from the book

People  who invest in scientific breakthroughs for research and cure of various diseases, and those who fund technologies to improve our standard of life or provide funding for noble and humanitarian causes, have the financial leverage to do so. Money gives you freedom to do what you truly want in life. It is a yardstick for performance and a reward for creation. It gives you the power to influence lives in the most productive and empowering manner.

There are some banks that advertise a 5-6 percent interest rate on your saving;but that is just not enough. Your money must grow faster than the inflation rate and be potent enough to have its full purchasing power. So instead of letting your money sit idle in the bank, it should soar in value to beat inflationary tendencies, something which can be done by investing wisely.

Love in Bloom~Brooke St. James





Summer of '65 by Brooke St. James

Ivy Lewis went home to Memphis in the summer of 1965 unaware of the adventure that awaited her. She was content to go through the motions of her predictable routines back home while safeguarding a few little secrets about her life in Nashville. In her mind, the two worlds weren't meant to intersect.

Then Michael Bishop entered the picture. He had just moved to Memphis from Detroit in hopes of expanding his motorcycle company. He appeared to be nothing more than an outlaw and a menace to the community. Any type of relationship between them was sure to be met with resistance from Ivy's family and friends.

But Michael Bishop was too great of a temptation for Ivy.

The summer of 1965 would be one of first impressions, first dances, and forbidden love.

 







I glanced at Alice who gave me a wide-eyed smile. I heard the noise of shifting gravel, and I looked up to find that Michael was getting off of his motorcycle.

"Ivy Lewis," he said, closing the distance between us.

"Michael Bishop," I returned.

"You came back to look for a hairpin," he said as more of a statement than a question.

The other waiters came closer to help me look, which caused their shadows to block the light. "I think it was over here," Alice said, redirecting them. She had, thank goodness, caught on to the fact that I might want to say a couple of words to Michael and was helping me out.

"I really liked that song," he said.

He must have known I wasn't really there to look for a hairpin, because he didn't even bother looking down.

"When can I hear you play again?"




“Just like her other books, you get everything a good book provides. It has a beautiful love story, nostalgia and a bit of mystery without repeating things over and over. Love it and will read it again I'm sure.”

“I'm always anxious to see what Brooke writes and this book didn't disappoint. Michael and Ivy experienced typical 1965 prejudices and problems but the fun and flirty dialogue is still there. Motorcycles and the preacher's kid, misunderstood music and parental expectations... this story had it all. Can't wait for the next generation!”

“What an amazing new book by an incredible author! The story was sincere and well-paced with adorable dialogue, poignant moments and surprises along the way. I can't get enough of these charming and realistic main characters and eagerly await the next book in this series.”





Author Brooke St. James

Brooke St. James is an author of contemporary romance novels with Christian and inspirational themes and happy endings. She was born and raised in south Louisiana but has had the opportunity to travel and live throughout the U.S. An avid reader, writer, audio book addict, and fan of all things artistic, Brooke constantly has her hands in some creative activity. She's currently back home in Louisiana enjoying life with her husband, children, and two lazy dogs.







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