Book Review : Reflections Of A Mind by Gurmeet Singh

Book Name : Reflections Of A Mind
Author : Gurmeet Singh
Genre : Poetry
Format : Kindle eBook
Book Length : 69 pages
Price : ₹195/-
ASIN: B089GY7Y37

My Rating : 3.5/5

Blurb :

Reflections of a mind is an observation of the mind and heart.
An idea that plays around our pre-beliefs of society and our mind-made systems. It’s a concoction of poetry and perspective thinking. You’ll experience a modest journey of my thoughts like a ship or a barge, as you may feel. It’s about a roughness and the beauty of life.
A large part of this attempt is merely to show you the power of the mind and its thought. This is for everyone who believes in mind matters and its command on the wellness of our existence. It’s about seeing powers and the misbehaviours of our thoughts. Pain, Pleasure, Conflict, and Love.
All of this has one origin, The Mind.

Review :

Reflections of a mind is a collection of beautiful poems by Gurmeet Singh which will make you think twice about multiple things of life and life itself. The title of the book is very simple but apt. The cover is absolutely stunning. The book begins with a wonderful start as the introduction in the form of poetry. Each poem has the date inscribed at the end which is when it must have been written. The titles given to each poem are appropriate to the content of the poem. The poems are of 4-5 stanzas and are of the rhyming variety at times. The poems are written on topics such as wandering, dreams, life, heart, violin, denial, love, truths of life, simplicity, hard-work, obsession, jealousy, etc. What I liked about the poems was that they were not based on the same old themes; they were actually worth reading and thinking over. Certain poems seem monotonous and maybe more appealing if they were structured a little well. The book is concluded with an epilogue written in the form of poetry. The book is of a reasonable length and the vocabulary used is simple and easy to understand.

Pieces I Liked :

– To Everyone At The Coast
– Denials
– What Lies Beneath
– Broken Ladders
– Destination
– Shooting Star
– Freedom
– Water
– Clouds And Doubts
– Tactics Of Hope

Thanks to the poet for sending me the review copy in exchange of an honest review.

Book Review : Ordinary Girl With Extraordinary Powers by Himanshu Goel

Book Name : An Ordinary Girl with Extraordinary Powers
Author : Himanshu Goel
Genre : Poetry
Format : Kindle eBook
Book Length : 60 pages
Price : Rs 99/-
ASIN: B07T3XDK6GMy Rating : 3/5Blurb :We are all obsessed with superheroes today, men who can fly, women who can destroy spaceships with their bare hands. Somewhere in there, we have forgotten about the powers we have.
When I think about powers, I think about the challenges we face every day, the stories we tell through boundless imagination, the luxury of love and most importantly, the ability to give birth to life. Isn’t that the greatest superpower of them all?
This is a collection of poems for the times when you are feeling weak, to make you realise,
you are more powerful than you could ever imagineReview :Ordinary Girl with extraordinary powers is the perfect title for this book written by Himanshu Goel. He explains how we all look upto the superheroes with special powers and how we do need to consider ourselves, an ordinary human grateful for the smallest of things we are able to celebrate or achieve or already are. Ordinary individuals too have extraordinary powers which we can witness in our daily lives and actions. He has conveyed the message regarding the same by writing poems about an ordinary girl and highlighting her powers. The theme is impressive, sensible and interesting. The poems are of 4-5 lines and are heartfelt. They make you feel as if the poet worships the lady. A lot of readers will be able to relate to the poems. They’ve been written with a lot of love. The book is divided into four parts, namely, Superpowered, Ordinary Origins, Inevitable Flaws and Extraordinary Sidekick. The titles could’ve been more appropriate according to the poems. It’s a short read and has illustrations to go with. The title is self explanatory. However, I wish there was more to the book.Lines I liked :- we won’t crumble
my heart can pick up
what my bones don’t
have the strength to carry.- there were no
waves inside
her anymore
all that was left
was the storm- she was cursed
with wings
that were never
enough to
carry her dreams- stay strong
woodchild
these cities
can never poison
a daughter of the forestThanks to the author for sending me the review copy in exchange of an honest review.

Author Interview : Himanshu Goel

Dhwani : Hello! How would you like to introduce yourself and your book?

Himanshu Goel : I’m Himanshu, a 24 year old author and poet from Chandigarh. I have published a science fiction novel “Tulsi” and several poetry collections. My poetry collection “52 Laws of Love” has been #1 in Poetry category for the last 10 days. I also post some of my writings on my Instagram @lighthouse_foodie.
Dhwani : Oh great! Tell us something about your book and it’s title.
Himanshu Goel : An ordinary girl with extraordinary powers is a poetry collection published in 2019. We live in a time obsessed with superheroes and superpowers. Often we forget that we are no less spectacular than any superhero. The ability to love, to create life, is it less than any superpower?
Dhwani : No, surely it isn’t. Can you tell me what made you write this book?
Himanshu Goel : It is a long process for any poetry collection. These are thoughts I have been writing for over a year. So many instances, experiences, places and places have shaped the poems in the collection. Gradually, I realised there was a central theme and that is what formed this book.
Dhwani : So, basically it’s been a long journey. How do you think writing on social media resembles writing an actual book?
Himanshu Goel : Writing on social media is completely different from writing a book, there are advantages and disadvantages to both of them. On social media you can reach a massive global audience with a click, but it is a temporary medium. Everything survives for 24 hours or less. Books on the other hand can stay with a reader for their whole life.
Dhwani : That’s so true. Who are your favorite authors?
Himanshu Goel : I’m currently reading Charles Bukowski and Mary Oliver. I would recommend them to anyone who has an interest in modern poetry.
Dhwani : Oh! I’ve been meaning to read Bukowski. What are your future plans in terms of writing?
Himanshu Goel : Very soon, I am launching an anthology (www.irlcollection.com) with a Delhi based publisher, Kalamos Literary Services. The anthology features 99 poets from around the world.
From me, there is a lot more fiction coming in June and July including paperback editions!
Dhwani : That’s amazing! Good luck with your books and writing.
Himanshu Goel : Thank you!

Book Review : Irrationally Passionate by Jason Kothari

Book Name : Irrationally Passionate : My Turnaround from Rebel to Entrepreneur
Author : Jason Kothari
Genre : Non Fiction/ Business/ Autobiography
Format : Kindle eBook
Book Length : 269 pages
Price : ₹101
Published By : HarperBusiness
Publication Date : 11th March, 2020
ASIN: B08431V51G

My Rating : 4/5

Blurb :While a college student at Wharton, Jason Kothari scraped together money from family and friends to save his childhood favourite comic book company, Valiant Entertainment, from bankruptcy and bring it back to life. A few years later, he transformed Valiant into the third-largest superhero entertainment company in the world after Marvel and DC Comics and sold it for $100 million. Jason then became a professional turnaround leader and went on to transform distressed Indian Internet icons Housing.com, FreeCharge and Snapdeal, helping save billions of dollars in value, and advise giants like technology investor Softbank and real estate developer Emaar, who have invested billions of dollars in India. Irrationally Passionate reveals the inside story of how a rebel, train-wreck kid transformed himself into a successful young entrepreneur and business leader who became one of the top ten paid executives in India while only in his 30s. From getting his first job as an assistant to Jackie Chan in Hong Kong, to learning strategy from champion Muay Thai fighters in Thailand, to tackling huge personal setbacks, to becoming a CEO in 60 seconds, among many other stories – Jason’s inspiring journey across countries, industries and companies has something for everyone, right from students to entrepreneurs to corporate CEOs to even parents of students and entrepreneurs. Irrationally Passionate is a highly personal, authentic, open and complete account of a young entrepreneur’s life. Brimming with practical advice and philosophical insights, it will force readers to reflect on how they perceive life, work, family and spirituality by giving them a fresh perspective.

Review :Irrationally Passionate by Jason Kothari is about the author, his life with business with a fraction of his personal life.
The book starts off with a very hilarious incident which the author mentions as his first encounter with entrepreneurship. This incident really provides a good start in terms of humour and developing the readers interest. The storyline then proceeds to take us through Jason’s childhood, how he was bullied, beaten up and all the places they had moved to while he was a kid. The incidents he tells us about help us perceive that he wasn’t a born success. His childhood helped him become what he became and the sources from wherein he imbibed certain values are described like basketball which taught him teamwork and leadership and Muay Thai boxing lessons from where he learns how strategy and lateral thinking compensate for lesser capabilities. He devised his buisness plan based on it and helped donate to the charity. He talks about how comic books impacted him and his love for them gave him an opportunity to start off a mini business. Gradually, he falls into a wrong group of friends and has his lows. Upon receiving criticism from family, he improves himself and academics, and gets into Wharton. He pursues a few internships there and then gets involved in Valiant which was responsible for his love for comics in childhood. Valiant is on the verge of bankruptcy and Jason along with his friend decides to buy it and bring it back. Their struggles, lack of financial resources, strategies, encounters with law, passion, determination, etc which ultimately helped Jason with Valiant have been described in extreme detail. It gave me so much information about what goes into buying, uplifting and making a company a success. He steps down as the CEO later on and joins Housing.com which was on a quest for a CEO. He flips Housing.com from the verge of bankruptcy to the profit making company that it used it be by restructuring. Next up, he takes up Snapdeal and helps it to work its way up. Basically, the way he works with the companies to uplift them has been deeply described. The book is written in a simple manner and is very inspiring to all the entrepreneurs out there. It’s well written but the readers of a particular genre will be opting for it. The books in the initial half is more interesting. The writing style is simple and honest. All his personal and professional lows have been told about with equal honesty as his successes are. The book and the author ooze of extreme hard work and dedication. How his passion and determination overcame his struggles in the critical time period is described. If you want to know about how he became a success and what goes in business, read this book. It inspired me to know more, be courageous and have determination in oneself.

Quotes I liked :- Your passions are your spirit’s compass. Don’t ignore them. Take them seriously. Embrace them. I know I did. And in the end, that made all the difference.- If you’re at peace with yourself and filled with joy and concern for others, you’ll use your wealth and influence to improve the lives of others and make the world a better place. If, however, you’re still battling inner demons, money will only inflame them and make them bigger.- Sometimes the right business partner today will not be the right business partner tomorrow as their or your vision and values shift or evolve.Thanks to the author for sending me the review copy in exchange of an honest review.

Book Review : Maya : Lifting The Veil by Amar B. Singh

Book Name : Maya : Lifting The Veil
Author : Amar B. Singh
Genre : Poetry
Format : Kindle eBook
Book Length : 77 pages
Price : ₹99/-
ASIN: B087C56K4B

My Rating : 4/5

Blurb :

Thousands of years later, Krishna and Arjuna meet again in the battlefield of Kurukshetra.The bravest of warriors is helpless against nature and seeks some fundamental answers from the Creator himself…With his son dead, will Arjuna listen to the Lord and get over his grief or, have times changed…Written in verses, the poetry takes to the human experience of life and the basic quest of understanding how life works and why… The impossible task of knowing God’s mind…

Review :

Maya : Lifting The Veil is recommended to all those who would like to read mythological poetry portraying the misery of humans in these times of corona. The concept of the book is really interesting and creative. The book is written in the form of verses and its about Arjun and his family. He has lost one of his two sons while going back home during the pandemic. He loses himself and asks questions to god. Lord Krishna appears and they have a meaningful conversation about life, death, karma, life after death, happiness, misery and much more. All their conversations are written in the form of poetic verses. They are beautifully written. The book is a very meaningful read as it presents the realities of the current human life and correlates it with Gita. The reader will flow through the verses because they are very captivating and engaging. The book has been aptly named but the cover could’ve been presented better. The writing will make you wonder and question your life in a way too and then provide you the answers for the same. I have thoroughly enjoyed it.
Thanks to the author for sending me the review copy in exchange of an honest review.

Book Review : Life In Different Colours by Pratik P. Sharda

Book Name : Life In Different Colours
Author : Pratik P Sharda
Genre : Short stories/Fiction
Format : Kindle eBook
Book Length : 188 pages
Price : ₹129/-
Published By : Notion Press
Publication Date : 7 January, 2020
ASIN : B083KL1GR8My Rating : 2.75/5Blurb :If one can safely assume something, many of us who love reading are unable to do so due to lack of time to read a full novel running into a number of pages.Life in Different Colours offers the readers short and captivating stories, which focus on some facets of life as seen by the author, woven into a world of fiction. Each story in this book can be read within a maximum of thirty to forty minutes.But that is not all. The author hopes that, through his imagination captured in these stories, these stories will not only make for a good read but also help the readers in some manner.Review :Life In Different Colours is a collection of short stories most of which have an element of surprise at the end. The first story starts of simply but it takes a sharp turn; you will not be able to keep up with it. The same pattern follows the other stories. The themes of these stories are marriage, love, dream, revenge, acts of kindness, ransom, living and taboos with a hilarious and at times, a spine chilling twist in the end. The stories have been arranged in a way that the themes don’t seem repetitive except the ones in the end. The initial stories are short. Gradually, they lengthen. The stories have lucid language. The narration is engaging and the reader will flow through the book. The book can be completed in a single seating. The stories towards the end tend to lose the factor of surprise. They seem to be loosely based on an average topic. The stories in the beginning are fast paced. The last three stories seemed to slow the pace of the book. There can be better stories added to the book with more interesting themes. Consistency is something that the book requires in terms of readers interest. The cover of the book and the title are fine.
The Angel Of Death, The Stranger On Bed 406, Something Just Like This and The Ransom were my favourites.
Thanks to the author for sending me the review copy in exchange of an honest review.

Book Review : Sunshine Town by Maniissh Arora

Book Name : Sunshine Town
Author : Maniissh Arora
Genre : Fiction
Format : Kindle eBook
Book Length : 194 pages
Price : ₹250/-
Publisher : Peacock Books
Publication Date : 1st January, 2018
ISBN : 108124804508My Rating : 3/5Blurb :Shlok, a lanky teenager, a daydreamer, doesn’t want much from his life. A dream to make his parents happy and affection of a neighbourhood sweetheart, Natasha. Though both are poles apart, their interests bring them close. Together, they experience new emotions. But, just when they are ready to acknowledge their feeling of love for each other, it is too late. The rapids of life set Shlok on an unexpected journey and he realizes one can’t always be in control of circumstances. Unable to crack an important entrance exam and geographical difficulties affecting his love life, Shlok’s life goes through turbulent times. All the while, his faith in God ebbs and flows, but like a wave, it ends up breaking on the shore before returning to the sea. He is confronted with a perennial question and mdash;am I good enough for anything? Holding a mirror to himself, he is faced with a decision to give up on everything he thought was right for him.Set in Varanasi, a city in North India, during the late 90s, before the pervasiveness of technology, Sunshine Town is about the aspirations and emotional turmoil of being a teenager. This story deals with the themes of love, career and personal fulfilment.Review :Sunshine Town tells us the story of a boy named Shlok in terms of his career, life and himself. Shlok lives in Varanasi which the author has called the sunshine town. Story begins with Shlok meeting Yana at the Frankfurt airport. He is the one narrating the story.
The story starts with Shlok as a teenager and over the time covers relationship with his parents, Natasha, and most importantly himself.
The plot of the book is simple but it’s inspirational to teenagers because our protagonist Shlok is hardworking and courageous. The story is narrated by Shlok throughout. The language used is simple making it easier to flow through the book. The character of Shlok is well developed, a very interesting point is when he talk to his subconscious or as the author has named it river Assi. River Assi flows under the river Ganga which makes it a perfect metaphor for Shlok’s subconscious. The writing is engaging and won’t let you leave. Inspite of being a debut book, the vocabulary and the grammar is perfect.
The book cover is in perfect coordination with the title. It’s beautiful and attractive. The title isn’t exactly in sync with the story. At times, it as felt that the plot gives a sense of heroism to Shlok which is my perception. It may be the authors try to portray love or motherly affection and care. This can be rectified by altering the narrative and plot and developing the side characters a little more.
Thanks to the author for sending me the review copy in exchange of an honest review.

Book Review : Baby On Board by Sonia Sahijwani Saini

Book Name : BABY ON BOARD – An Ordinary Couples’s Extraordinary Pregnancy Journey
Author : Sonia Sahijwani Saini
Genre : Non Fiction/Self Help
Format : Kindle eBook
Book Length : 106 pages
Price : ₹50/-
Publication Date : 24th July, 2019
Publisher : WorditCDE (BecomeShakespeare.com)
ISBN : 109388930835My Rating : 3.25/5Blurb :To start with, this is my story. For many years I tried to delay and escape from the inevitable. For months thereafter, I was persistently persuaded by my near and dear ones.Finally, in late 2017, (yes I planned the year and almost the month as well), I finally took the plunge and entered the phase of ‘Motherhood’, albeit, with a lot of anxiety and fears. This is the journey of someone who literally suffered from Tokophobia-(fear of childbirth) since she was young but ultimately & contrary to popular perception, it became the biggest and most wonderful challenge of her life.Review :Baby on Board is written as the author’s own diary/journey to her pregnancy combined with various tips for the mothers who are carrying and the ones who want to. Her journey is a very calculated and structured journey but at the same time it’s not devoid of any surprises. The author has divided the books into sections according to the timelines. She provides information on how she had planned it, how to stay ready for the D-Day (Delivery Day), how to stay calm throughout and experience the entire journey as a whole. It’s not a guide rather her own experiences and soulful advice to women.
The book has been well structured which makes it easy to read. The language used is very simple. The title of the book is completely appropriate to the book. The book may be comforting to the ones who are going are carrying since the author has written it on her personal experiences which are common to all. The best part about the book is the involvement of the to be father. He need to be involved because it their journey and not only her’s. This book is for parents to be and not only the mother to be. The author has done a commendable job at conquering her fears to deliver and planning her pregnancy so well. This may help others.
The topic may not be for all to read. The way of writing in the initial chapters where in the questions are asked to the readers about certain things may tend to scare off the reader. They may tend to give a humongous whiff of self doubt and fear. That way of writing can be improved upon.Thanks to the author for sending me the review copy in exchange of an honest review.

Book Review : Thoughts Alight Poetry by Kawtar Elmbrati

Book Name : Thoughts Alight Poetry
Author : Elmrabti Kawtar
Genre : Poetry/Thoughts
Format : Kindle Ebook
Book Length : 114 pages
Price : ₹442/-
ASIN: B085P2FXR4My Rating : 3.75/5Blurb :A doorway to a secret garden is an inspirational and beaming dive to the thoughts of a passionate writer. Each chapter holds the symbol of a petal containing a multitude of thoughts crowned with passion, love, light, hope and kindness.Review :Thoughts Alight Poetry by Elmrabti Kawtar is a collection of poems and thoughts. They have been divided into four parts, love thoughts, hope thoughts, self thought, and mediation thoughts.
The division love thoughts contains lots of metaphors and love can be felt bleeding through the pen of the poet. It’s really alluring to read the way her love has been described. He/she has been related to multiple aspects of nature and it’s just admiring to read how much love she has poured to write on that particular person and topic. At times, the meaning of the lines may seem repetitive. It’s the largest section.
The hope thoughts section has her thoughts on hope and they have been correlated with various aspects of nature again. I loved this section the most. It’s been stunningly written.
The section self thoughts are her thoughts about herself and her journey. I like the respect provided to self which we should encorporate. I loved this part too.
The book cover is really bright and beautiful. The title of the book is up to the mark. The poetry has been written in simple words and it’s easy to understand.
I wish the pieces were mixed up because reading poems of the same topic through a stretch of time may seem tedious in the particular division especially if you’re not a fan of the same. I would have loved more content in the hope thoughts. The pieces in the hope, self and meditation thoughts seemed a little haphazard in terms of title and length. It could’ve been well presented.Pieces I liked :- An Adventure
– Unique quintessence
– Love’s Breeze
– A Blissful Pace
– A Candlelit Miracle
– In This Sunlit CafeThanks to the poetess for sending me the review copy in exchange of an honest review.

Book Review : Rhythm Of Remembrance by Samir Satam

Book Name : Rhythm Of Remembrance
Author : Samir Satam
Genre : Poetry
Format : Kindle eBook
Book Length : 118 pages
Price : Rs. 225/-
Publication Date : 4th April, 2020
ASIN : B086M7SVYY

My Rating : 3.75/5

Blurb :

Without memories we are loose fragments that have no way of understanding either others or our own selves, which in turn leaves us incapable of ever loving or forgiving both ourselves and others.
Reminiscing is like diving deep within…
…to rediscover the landscape of things that happened to us,
…to smell the fragrance of everything and everyone we loved and lost – sometimes to death, sometimes to life,
…to listen to words that have long left our lips, and to words that could never leave,
…to find ways to see in a new light, things we have struggled and failed to un-see,
…to close our eyes and feel the texture of lost times of our lives,
However, as long as we are capable of remembering, is anything ever lost?
As long as our feet know the path back to our past, how do we stop dancing to this Rhythm of Remembrance?

Review :

The title of the book is certainly amusing. The poems in the book will explain the title pretty well. The cover of the book can be a little brighter. The poems revolve around love, lost love, pain, memories, travel, basically the experiences that the poet has had being all these entities. In a few pieces, his thoughts and questions have weaved a poem in itself. There are a total of 75 poems in the book revolving around the above mentioned topics.
Certain poems are really striking and the pictures along with it add to the poem. They give a visual feel of what the poem tries to convey. Poem no. 11 hit home and really made me wonder about travel. I wish there were a few more pieces on pain. Few poems are of rhyming variety where as a few have a slight resemblance to prose. The poems range from 2-6 paragraph and hence are of a perfect length.
Some of the pieces haven’t been given a title; which gives a vibe of lack of completion. The presentation of the book can be done in a better manner definitely.

Thanks to the poet for sending me the review copy in exchange of an honest review.

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