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Book Review – The Golden Bird 2.0: Resurgence of India by Raina Singhvi Jain

The Golden Bird 2.0: Resurgence of India by Raina Singhvi Jain is a work of non-fiction, stretching up to 300 pages. The book is poignant in exploring the aspects that can make India great again. In short, the author has put a historical reference, as in back then India was referred as Sone Ki Chidiya – Golden Bird – owing to richness in trade values, heritage, minerals and resources, civilization, and much more. India then was a good land with its own diversities and richness until it was robbed and corrupted by foreign forces like British.

The author is a successful entrepreneur with over 12 years of experience while setting some good brands and products. It was Covid 19 era and the abrupt and defunct behavior of China that led the author to think as what will happen if India becomes the golden bird once again to lead the world. The book holds much focus on India vs. China’s bad policies. History, Indo-China, and PM Modi’s vision of self-reliance and the author’s personal views and opinions form the major content of the book.

The book at length discusses over 15 topics like Parallel Beginnings, Trade Status, Education, and so on. One by one, the author introduces the scaffold and the depth of these topics to us. She appeals if we Indians align ourselves with the visions of the book, we can definitely do better and it will not take much until we capture that best place once again at the world level.

Since the book is slightly heavy and filled with history and stats and vision, I would advise readers to read this book in paperback with their own comfortable pace. The writing style is coherent and well executed due to the selection of topics. Overall, it is a good book with so much information about a country that can once again that golden bird as it used to be many centuries ago. The book is a sort of an eye-opener than just a plain researched work.

Book Review: The Blissful Inferno: Story Unravels by Abhishek Pathak

The Blissful Inferno: Story Unravels by Abhishek Pathak is a riveting mystery thriller that takes place at two places: earth and hell with only one lead character named Kushagra. Right at the beginning I had no idea what later will ensue in the story, I was thinking it a predictable novel as the protagonist wasn’t happy in his married life and some unexpected was expected. Thank god…it didn’t turn out to be a romance novel.

The guy dies in an accident and reaches hell. But well before he could grant an entry at hell, the author showed me the way and that funny plane through which souls come to hell. A soul going to the hell was completely sounded a modern idea. Imagine some angels and the Peter type man holding you up till the gate. A lot drama happens when Kushagra was about to enter hell and he very scared at the thought. Ironically, things are not that look. They are way different than we people on earth read and imagine about the hell. To my surprise, Kushagra is initially happy in the hell and applies to go back to earth as a human reborn….but the waiting time was 4 years. Isn’t funny! That part was very funny.

He meets Tarini and Uttakarsha – they are like him. He gets along with them quite well. In the hell, he finds peace. People are listening to music as they could have been enjoying at earth. But the peace in hell is not that came easily. It was because of Shristi, the witch. Like any other place, demons and monsters and ghosts fight to gain superiority in hell. In others realm, things are bad, souls are treated badly. However, the current commandant was Shristi, she was peace loving but at the same time she was preparing an army of her to fight from other demons that are way too excited to capture and rule over hell. Kushagra being a human runs out of choice and joins the army of Shristi.

It sounded me strange to witness demons fighting among each other in the hell. So where is the god – who controls hell? Right at the preface the author mentioned the absence of god. Probably, the novel’s story moves at no intervention from god. The USP of the book is in portraying the other side of hell. But whatever it is, whether defying the human concept of hell or introducing something new, the overall story was fun to read and observe as a keen reader. I enjoyed the hell part like anything, the shuttling of novel between various characters, earth and hell was good and a sort of balancing point in the story.

Talking about writing, pace, narration, and climax – it is way perfect and sounded quite gullible at all juncture. All in all, a good novel to read anytime for all types of readers! I would rate this novel 4.5 out 5.

Book Review: Truce by Risha Chaurasia

When it comes to books on teens and just very young guys, I often rely on Ruskin Bond or Enid Blyton. But there books are more about school and light adventure in the hills and mansions. I love reading them but this time, I came across a novel which is written by a teenage author from India and the book is dedicatedly focused on nowadays teenagers. The novel is Truce, a teen and young genre-novel, by Risha Chaurasia.

The storyline presents life of five protagonists named as Tiya, Ron, Udit, Cayra, and Edi. They hail from diverse backdrop. Ron and Cayra are super rich but tied to their social life and other chores but inwardly they are hollow and lonely. In fact, the same is with other characters; however, they are not so super rich. Ron and Udit are soccer stars. As the story moves ahead, I begin reason with them and feel bad for them. Despite all, they look miserable for true friends in their life.

Gradually, after their initial shocks that life gives them, they meet and help each other in thin and thick. The novel explicitly explores values like family bonding, true meaning of friendship, coping up with expectations while shuttling between aspirations and harsh reality of the world. The novel is fun to read due to its contemporary and bold voice.

For sure, the novel is a new-age book which ultimately reflects the lives of today’s teens across the world. No matter what teenagers do at school or at personal lives…but they crave for freedom and their own decision-making aspects. The novel is fun to read while peeping inside the lives of 5 normal yet extraordinaire characters. Their fight to remain abreast and humble impresses the readers to an extent of warm welcome.

Risha is a teen author herself – most of the events mentioned in the book seems like spiraling from her life. The characters in the book are totally relatable; the author has focused on their individual lives, rather on their parents or something else. I loved the characterization of Udit and Cayra and Ron. Amazing piece of literature by very young and promising author from India!

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Book Review: One & Done by Veronica D’Souza

When I was growing up in 90s, I could hardly see any family with just one child. In India having a family means children around parents and home. However, with time, this trend changed and many people understood the value of raising children in a positive and conducive ambience, thus, people created family with two children. Even government of India promoted the same concept, Hum Do, Hamare Do.

Today we are about to cross the year 2020, besides Coronavirus pandemic has changed many things in our life. It also impacted how we look upon the idea of starting a family. I was right in thinking that due to Covid many couples and parents took backseat in family planning. Those who have one child now thinking of living life with just one child! And those who want to start a family decided on just one-child family. I think due to Covid some things changed for good. As I picked up this book, it was presented right in the first chapters that Covid has impacted the overall family planning.

As I turned more pages and tried to grasped content, I found Veronica justifying the stance of the book. As she explained the benefits that come along when we raise just one child, the benefits are not only for family but also for the globe such as contribution in population control, global climate, and humanity and much more.

The book solely focuses on the pointers that are associated with one child family. I know people will have difficult time accepting someone emphasizing a family with one child – but it is now becoming an acceptable reality.

Later, much part of the book presents various aspects that help in raising and grooming more than one child. Therefore, this book is a hot treasure for people who just have one child…but equally useful for normal parents that take pride in raising more than one child. The book is about creating a happy family and then how to maintain it. I think the author shed light on all important factors that matter when a child arrives in the family.

The book’s content is easy to gel up with. It is presented in proper chapters and in the last part there are interviews from parents. I mean the book is like mix of fiction, research, pragmatism, stats and facts. I would not suggest one to read this book in haste, rather one should read with his/her own pace and must jot down the points for future reference. Pace and narration of the book is perfectly fine for veteran to naïve readers.

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Book Review: What is the Demand of Time by Arijit Chakraborty

What is the Demand of Time by Arijit Chakraborty is a perfect self-help book on various aspects of demands in our lives. The book holds seven important chapters, the first chapter lists out the various sorts of demands that we see in our lives and how we understand and respond to each one. Next, the following chapters try to decipher the meaning of various demands and how one can conquer them to lead a happy and successful and valuable life. However, I noticed that the book is full of examples from the medical field and author’s personal encounters. For this reason, the book is easy to read and taste for medical professionals, but for laymen–it will take time to settle down. No doubt the book is entertaining while doling out significant information but somehow it seemed one-sided and falling back on medical terms.

So, I would suggest you to read this book twice to savour all of its relevance. The USP of the book is that it is interconnected and progressive and the author tried to simplify things by laying out charts, maps, quotes, and so on.

Creativity, Practicality, being Proactive, Richness, Knowledge and Fearlessness are the major takeaways from the book. It teaches us to learn many things…but I doubt myself. Would I be able to learn so many things from one book?

From all factors the author insisted much on creativity, I think the following paragraph sums the essence quite perfectly:

“The mind works best when it is blank and then you can consciously feed information. Then it generates ideas connecting emotion to that and this becomes a starting point of creativity.”

It is 98 pages but reads like a lengthy book. Content was good but it could have been more simplified. Writing is good and the book is truly a gem if read comfortably and in leisure.