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Book Review: Life In the Sunshine By T.Sathish

Book Review: Life In the Sunshine By T.Sathish

Hi Friends,

Today's review is about a book named as 'Life In The Sunshine' Autobiography of an unknown Cricketer by an Indian author T. Sathish

Indians are crazy for cricket and Cricket is so much more than just a sport for us! :)

Plot Summary: Sat, Sam and Trib are teenagers and they love cricket. They spend most of their time watching and playing the sport they love. They dream of making their living in the sport.
When they are not playing the game, they put on their thinking cap and come up with alternate versions of important matches or provide parodic answers to questions that have plagued cricket fans over the years.
However, fate intervenes in their idyllic life. On 18th April 1986, Javed Miandad hits Chetan sharma for a six in Shahjah and leaves their cricket viewing life in tatters.The after effects of this fateful event, continue to haunt them for many years.
Sat fails to graduate from school level cricket to state level cricket. He is heartbroken by the loss of his dreams and faces a mini identity crisis.
How do the boys solve their problems?
Will the boys ever recover from that Javed Miandad incident?
Will Sat get his mojo back?
Sat takes you through his nostalgic memories of the sport and narrates his coming of age story, which is deeply influenced by the sport.

Genre: Autobiography

Publisher: Notion Press

Language: English

No.Of Pages: 211

Price: Rs 221/-

About The Author: T. Sathish is an IIM Calcutta alumnus and works in Cognizant technology solutions. Sathish is an avid sports fan and a writer. Sathish writes columns in the cricket section of, an online sports magazine. He has published a short story named 'Hang in there' on the Juggernaut publishing's digital writing platform. Sathish lives in Chennai with his family.

My Review:
In India, Cricket is not just a sport! It is so much more than that...
I am sure all of us have some memories related to playing or watching cricket... I remember watching world cups with my family...
I remember whenever there was a match between India and Pakistan, it felt like a national holiday on the streets... We can easily say Indians are crazy for cricket!!
But for someone who had wanted to make it as his dream career, memories will be much more special & personal and that is what the author has shared, about his journey of wanting to be a cricketer and play for the country.
The book is about the journey of Sat and his two friends Sam and Trib, who loved the game and wanted to play for the country.
The bond  of these three friends is very beautifully portrayed. It is about their struggles, failures, efforts and funny childhood incidents. Their passion and immense love for cricket is what their life was all about, in their growing years.
It is not like a documentary or a typical autobiography, rather the book feels more like reading about life of a ordinary boy next door, who is very passionate for the sport.

It is a very simple book. Narration is simple and clear yet fast paced. You will not be bored.
People who love to play cricket will especially enjoy reading this book. Teenagers will love this book specially. People who have seen cricket in 80s and 90s will relate to it nicely. A lot has been talked about cricket in it.
Book has a very positive feel to it and will surely bring many smiles.
Do pick a copy for yourself:

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Book Review: Narasimha: The Mahaavatar Trilogy By Kevin Missal

Book Review: Narasimha: The Mahaavatar Trilogy By Kevin Missal

Hello My Lovely Readers,

Hope every one is doing great and enjoying reading!
I love to read Indian Mythology Fictions and today is yet another one from this genre.
It is Book 1 of the The Mahaavatar Trilogy Series : Narasimha from an Indian author Kevin Missal.

I have read books from Kevin Missal before and have really liked his way of storytelling. So, let us see if this book too is as good as his earlier books....

Plot Summary: Narasimha, once a brave soldier, has left the war and lies low as a physician in a village. But a familiar face from his past seeks his help to stop the tyranny of the blind usurper- Andhaka. If Narasimha refuses, the world might just end. What will he do? And why did he leave the war in the first place?
Prahlad, the interim king of Kashyapuri, is torn between the ideas of his unrighteous father and his love for Lord Vishnu. Whom will he choose?
Hiranyakashyap, the ruler of the Asura empire, wants to avenge the death of his wife. To do that, he must go through the Trials and get the ultimate weapon- the Brahmashastra. But the tribals have sent so many others to their death. Can Hiranyakashyap survive?

Genre: Mythological Fiction

Language: English

Format: Paperback

Published By: Harper Collins

Price: Rs 250/-

No. Of Pages: 350

About The Author: Kevin Missal wrote his first book at the age of 14 and at 22 the St. Stephens graduate is a bestselling author and a full time writer, with the first two books in his Kalki series being a runaway success. Kevin loves fantasy fiction and has always been a fan of mythology.
His books have been featured in publications like The Sunday Guardian, The New Indian Express and Millennium Post. He lives in Gurugram.

My Review: Firstly starting with the cover of the book which I really liked and found absolutely perfect with the story line. The book also have a map of the place called Illavati at the end, which makes it even more interesting!

I love the way how the author Kevin Missal, at the starting of the book has mentioned 'Note to the Reader' that this book is his way of reimagining  the very popular character of our Indian mythology: Narasimha. He has mentioned very clearly, that this is not an accurate tale of Lord Narasimha.
Because many a times, I have seen readers comparing these fiction mythology books to the real tales which we have been listening to from our very childhood. So, for me personally I really liked that start..

We all know that Narasimha is known to be as one of the avatars of Lord Vishnu, who has a face of lion and body of a human. We have also heard tales of Prahlad and Lord Indra.
So, these are the main characters of the story.

I love the way how story is knitted and how well all the characters are build and explained. The story is very interesting and it will make you turn pages continuously. The narration is absolutely gripping and clear.

Story starts with how Hiranyakashyap is mad to take revenge from Lord Indra for murdering his wife. How he want that ultimate nuclear weapon and do the trails. Nara has left the Simha army long time back and is living a life of isolation until Dev Indra came to him for his help to defeat Andhaka. Will Nara go back to his army which he left for a reason, which no one knows?

The book is little bit on the lengthier side.
It will surely be one of  the interesting books I have read this year.The book is suitable for all age group. Anybody who likes to read mythology fiction will enjoy it. I definitely look forward to the next one in the series.
I totally enjoyed reading it and highly recommend this book. Author Kevin Missal is surely doing a great job..
Do pick one for yourself:

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Book Review: Designing Destiny: The Heartfulness Way By Kamlesh Patel

Book Review: Designing Destiny: The Heartfulness Way! By Kamlesh Patel

Hello My Lovely Readers,

Today I would be reviewing a book which is very unique and different from all my earlier reviews.
It falls under the category of Spiritual and Self Help.
It is Designing Destiny : The Heartfulness Way By Daaji Kamlesh Patel

Today, we live in a state of chronic stress and a never ending list of expectations from ourselves, from others and from our destiny!
Sometimes, I wonder have we forgotten the feeling of satisfaction and peace?
We spend so much time thinking about our past and so little about our future..
This book sheds light on how can we design our destiny by choosing a proper lifestyle and balancing our thoughts and our personality.

About The Book: What does destiny mean in the course of our lives?
                              What is fixed and what can change?
                              How can we design our own destiny?
These are questions that some of the world's greatest philosophers have asked since time immemorial.In this groundbreaking book, Daaji addresses such questions with simple solutions and practical wisdom. He leads us on to the next stage of the journey after The Heartfulness Way, guiding us on how to use the Heartfulness practices to refine our lifestyle and design our destiny, including our destiny in the afterlife. He elaborates on the subject of consciousness, the role of evolution, and explains what happens to us at the time of birth and death- and how we can act in those pivotal moments when life takes a turn. as an opportunity to grow. He emphasises that, with a few sinple practices, a heart full of enthusiasm and an expanded consciousness, we can all discover our potential and the destiny we were born to fulfill.

Daaji inspires us to believe in ourselves and find a way forward, no matter what the challenge, and look at even the most difficult situation

About The Author: Known widely as Daaji, Kamlesh Patel is an original voice in an ancient tradition. His teaching arise from his personal experience on the path of Heartfulness, while reflecting his deep spirit of enquiry and respect for the world's great spiritual traditions ans scientific advancements.
Daaji practiced pharmacy in New York City for over three decades before being named as the successor in a century-old lineage of spiritual masters. Fulfilling the many duties of a modern- day guru, he extends his support to spiritual seekers everywhere.
A self professed student of spirituality, he devoted much of his time and energy to research in the field of consciousness and spirituality, approaching the subject with scientific methodology- a practical approach that stems from his own experience and mastery in the field.

Genre: Self Help\ Spirituality

Publisher: Westland Publications

Language: English

No. Of Pages: 219

Price: Rs 299/-

Review:  Most of us do believe that 'Destiny' is something which is already pre decided and something which is beyond  our control and cannot be changed.
The book basically explains the Heartfulness Practices, which can actually help us to design our own destiny in a way, which we want or which is best for us. It is all about balance between the inner and the outer life.

According to the author Kamlesh Patel, called as 'Daaji' by the followers of the Heartfulness Way, Heartfulness gives us a simple scientific approach to meditation: we are the experiment, the experimenter and the outcome. Our heart is a laboratory.
The three main process of designing destiny are:
1. Everything starts with from practice.
2. Practice leads to lifestyle.
3. Lifestyle leads to destiny

So it is not an overnight process, which can magically transform our destiny. It is all about taking baby steps every day every minute! If we follow meditative and spiritual practices as explained in the book, it will slowly become part of our daily life and personality and very soon as our lifestyle. Since the inner change is not enough, it should reflect outwardly too in day to day life. All these lifestyle changes and personality refinement, will help finally changing our destiny our future...
Destiny is created, step by step. bit by bit, through the journey of life!

The basic three steps of Heartfulness practice are:
1. Relaxation: Relaxation includes unwind physically, to calm down when we are upset, to relax tired muscles at the end of hectic day and to free our bodies and minds so that we can meditate. The process is very simple and gentle.

2. Meditation: Everything starts with a thought. In Heartfulness Meditation that thought is 'The source of divine light already present within my heart is drawing me inwards'. What makes Heartfulness meditation different from other types of meditation is the active presence of 'Pranahuti Or Transmission'.

3. Cleaning: Letting go of the past: It is a process of mental detoxification. It helps us to dive deeper into meditation, removing the impurities, complexities and emotional heaviness that accumulate during the day in our minds. It helps to feel lighter and more carefree.

The best part of the book is that the practices mentioned are very approachable and practical. It is not like most of the self help books, which seem to be 'to good to be true' and impractical. One can easily try these and see the difference.
It tells that we can surely design our destiny in the present, by designing ourselves and our lifestyle!
Small inclusions of meditative and spiritual practices can bring big difference in our life. All we need to do is stop complaining and regretting about our past and present and focus on improving our future in a peaceful and a happy way.

The books has various chapters and topics which explains all the Heartfulness practices. The book really motivates you to take a halt and think where you are going and do you want to improve it..
It helps you to take a deeper look at your inner self and see how powerful we can be.
The language is very simple to understand with lot of clarity.

This book can help you change how you look at life and can help to be more focused and peaceful. It conveys the message that spirituality and meditation practices are not that difficult, as we often believe!
It is surely a beautiful and very helpful book.

I would like to highly recommend this book. It is also available in Hindi as well some other languages.
Here is the link where you can buy it from:

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Book Review: Sniper's Eye By Mainak Dhar

Book Review: Sniper's Eye By Mainak Dhar

Hello Lovely Readers!

Today's book review is about a book named Sniper's Eye by an Indian author Mainak Dhar.

Plot Summary: I was out on a date. Everything was perfect... Till that shot...a high- calibre one, no apparent sound. And, the man in front of me fell. A rifle with a suppressor. A sniper in the middle of a Mumbai mall..As the body count mounted, I was soon sucked deeper into the chaos unleashed by that shot. To survive and save those whom I care about, I have to become the man I left behind. I have no choice but to tap into a bloody past that has put me on the terror kill list. I may also have no option but to join hands with the sniper terrorizing Mumbai.
The problem is that the man has sworn to kill me.In a world where the young and poor kill and die in conflicts started by the old and rich, I and my unlikely companion finally discover the thin line that separates a mere killer from a hero.

Genre: Thriller Fiction

Language: English

No. Of Pages: 224

Price: Rs 299/-

About The Author: Mainak Dhar is an alumnus of IIM, Ahmadabad and has spent more than two decades in the corporate sector. A self described cubicle dweller by day and writer by night, Mainak is also the author of over a dozen books, some of which have been bestsellers in India and abroad.

My Review:
It is a nice suspense thriller. The story revolves around a man named as Aaditya, who is an ex army officer and had quite a controversial past there. He has now moved on with his life as a civilian with his girlfriend Zoya.. His past in army is something which he did not want to talk about now, in his new life. However, once he was in mall with his girlfriend, there was a sniper attack and the man was shot dead in front of him. As an ex army officer instinct, he just ran to catch the snipers in the opposite building. This all got him involved in the whole game of continuous attacks in the next few days and ultimately he himself too ended up in the hit list of the enemy..... So, the story is about why is he in the 'To be dead' list of the enemies? How will he save himself? Does this has something to do with his scandalous past in army?

The story moves very fast and does not feel boring or slow. Whole of the story basically revolves around Aaditya. The language used is pretty simple. No complex story line or heavy jargons.
It does involve a highly sensitive area\topic for India that is relationship between India and Pakistan and the terrorism!!
It shows how media can be manipulative and far from reality and how does the corruption works among people sitting on the powerful positions.

Overall it was an average read for me as a fiction thriller. It was not boring at all but was not too exciting for me personally. If you like these kind of thriller suspense, here is the link for you guys to buy this one :)

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