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Book Review: A Dark Love Story by Shairoz K. Anwarali

This book has a lot of stuff like love affair, romance triangle, darkness, secrets, vampires and werewolves, teenage life, etc. The Length of the book is optimum, neither thick nor thin, around 240 pages. I had no difficulty finishing the novel. Even the cover page is good and it arouses some interest about the story. Well, but I think, the title could have been more interesting. This one is way too simple and gives the idea of the novel.

This year, or ever, this is not my first romance novel. I have been reading many up till now. However, this one is special because it mixes sizzling romance with intriguing darkness. It has to be when you mix love and vampire. The story features Ella, a young adult girl, with a not-so-likable past. She loses her mother and father is on the run. She completes her basic education at an orphanage. But even her dull past does not stop her from flying high and exploring more about life. On scholarship, she moves away to a new city and gets admission in a college.

Once she is in a college, a typical college student type life begins for her. However, I would like to tell you that she has some recurring nightmare. It haunts her! She may find more about that ahead. If you read the story, you will get the connection.

In the college, a handsome but mysterious boy named Parker follows her for his own peculiar reasons. One of the reasons is that she is like Suzie to him. But who is Suzie…that is another story.

There is one more guy, he too begins liking Ella. Now she is at the center, before a love triangle is formed. Ella and Parker see themselves falling in love though they take time to confront it. The author has done a wonderful job on sketching characters. I mean Ella and Parker are too young and we get to know the inside mechanism of their mind and heart. For much time, it remains like a typical college romance. But slowly…suspense is built. Ella smells rat with Parker. At one side, she is stuck in her own complications of life, for instance she happens to meet his long-gone father through a friend cum stepsister Lauren. On the other hand, Parker’s real face of vampire sends chill to her spine. Imagine a human girl falling for a vampire. Can she trust him for her life? Vampires are blood thirsty. Isn’t?

What will happen when they face the world? It is humans vs. vampire? What is the vampire and werewolves connection? In more than one way, this novel is way extraordinary for its genre: romance.

I did not feel the force of time while reading this novel, as it was a self-managed fast paced. The story becomes an obsession when one after other secrets is unfurled in a dramatic way. People comparing it with Twilight, I think, first they need to read this book. It is total Netflix/Amazon Prime material. Overall, after a long time, I was able to enjoy a romance novel thoroughly. Thanks to the author.

Book Review: Moments of Life by Benisha Nadar

‘Moments of Life’ by Benisha Nadar is a short poetry book, published by Blue Rose Publishers. I am not much into old or classic poetry, because I had to traverse through intriguing phrases and they use primitive vocabulary. But nowadays since the advent of Tumblr or Instagram and other social media platforms, it has become easy to read others thoughts and poetry-like work. To me, this book reminds me that. The book is about a story called life, written in poetry and prose form.

This is simple and relatable work. Probably the author has created a concept of poems to depict the fun and tragic moments of life. All in all, the book is about life. The initial poems up to jobs are good and instill a sense of mirth in readers. But as the book begins narrating events related to marriage, parent-child scuffle, generation gap, loneliness, death, etc…the book aims to cover the phases that bring sadness and loneliness.

The brilliance of the book is that it has covered all phases of life through poetic juice. For instance, ‘First Walk’, ‘Mom’s Sleepless Nights’, ‘School Memories’ are some simple yet effective poems that anyone would love to read and relate to. In simple words, the poems are about life. Every poem has a name and it’s a simple one. I loved the collection all the more, because no poem was lengthy, however the messages that they emanated are going to last for a longer time in my subconscious mind.

Since the book is short, I am not feeling like giving away too much. I am confident that this will suit all. And those who just come out of school or college or joined their first job may love this collection from the bottom of their heart. If the content of this book is promoted using hash tags like #poetsofinstagram, likely the author can get huge fan following.

Don’t ask what is my favourite poem in the collection? I would say that I have read the book thrice and often pick up any random poem to soothe up my mind.

The title and cover page of the book is way good and compliments each other. Benisha’s writing caliber in the stance of poet is well evident, I hope her next book is fiction. Well-written and well-edited, this book is readable on both formats, Kindle and Paperback. Lovely poems with a touch of realism. Highly recommended!

Book Review: WHAT AM I?: An Existential Conundrum by Anusha Krishnaswamy

WHAT AM I?: An Existential Conundrum by Anusha is a fine philosophy book that covers many astounding topics that are probably unknown to major mass of the world. However, the aim of the author is to circulate around true identity search – an intrinsic one, which is based on morality or conscience, not blinded by religions, social status, face value, and net worth, and so on.

While reading the book, I looked back into my life, introspected, and found that we, as humans, are collectively lost. The biggest loss is that we don’t know what our true identity is. How can we define ourselves? Therefore, this book presents philosophical theories/assumptions as what, in a true sense, defines an individual’s identity. The author, sort of, puts a debate while considering many topics into one.

Identity search is a deep concern. One needs to go back to the roots, consider science, spirituality, and conscience to get an answer. With many examples and some stories, the author tried hard to explain the difference between perceived and actual identity. The biggest take away from the book is, understanding the pattern of energy that fuels the world. This concept has been explained in detail with a picture of Yin Yang energy concept. It is two energies: male and female. The balance of these energies works in favour of achieving success and happiness and most importantly a morally fit conscience. Yes, I found out that identity is related to human conscience.

After considering a gamut of topics and issues, the book drills down to many points that define the conscience of a human being and how that conscience forms the identity. In addition, I also sighed in appreciation for the author’s work on negative energy and emotions. This was explained lucidly by considering Gate of Dependence and Gate of Destruction. Between these two lies the inner master i.e. conscience. Have I played too much around conscience? Maybe! But it wasn’t intentional. I mean the book’s scope is so wide that probably I cannot cover all topics, but if you carefully study and see you will discover that it drills down to one point: identity search.

There are twenty two chapters and each one sounds like a unique concept that more or less leads us to the identity search journey. Yes, I now believe that knowing about identity search is a long process and one needs to devote time and work on thought process.

Without getting too much in the book, I would say that Anusha shines as a philosopher. She has a subtle way of presenting things that we cannot think of in our day to day fast-paced mean life. She writes with a sense of peace and the book is lucid to read and understand. I am glad that the book isn’t happy like millions of other self-help or philosophy book. One must read if he or she harbours interest in life and the cosmos process.

Book Review: The Art and Science of Real Wealth by Bollachettira Dhyan Appachu

The Art and Science of Real Wealth by Bollachettira Dhyan Appachu is a blend of investment tips and spirituality. Author Dhyan Appachu narrates his own tale of financial hits and low and what events nudged him to get on the way of dhyan i.e. meditation. The author has been active in the stock investment since his teenage days. However, being young and prolific, he made some mistakes and did blunders because in young age one is hardly disciplined and think of long term. At this age, people want the results instantly. So does the author was no different.

The author started stock trading since quite young, so instead of putting money into MRF tyre, he had put the money into an oil exploration company. His decision was based on juvenile instinct. He did not weigh or profess the decision, as a result he lost good amount of money. This is not the first instance. He also lost money several times owing to his hasty behavior. Sometimes he lost money while living in the USA, and at times being in India. He doesn’t know the difference between abroad stock market and Bharat stock business. He took them alike but it was his some failures that ultimately made him an erudite and strong man. Since 2018, he is making good profit from it.

He is into stock and trading field for 26 years. Imagine what he must have learnt in such a vast period. The financial part of this book is basically explained through the eyes of two persons, one is an economist, and second one is a speculator. Nikolai Kondratiev was an economist. He was one of the under-rated economists; however, according to the author his theories were most suited in the long term.

Next was Live Jessemore, a great speculator. He made USD 100,000,000 during the economic crash of 2009 which is valued at INR 9,100 crores in 2017 value. The author has given much focus on the tactics of Live Jessemore for making money from speculation.

Similarly, the author goes on to explain as why a person fails in long term business deals. He drills down four main reasons. They are: ignorance, fear, greed, and hope. If you managed to conquer these, consider yourself wealthy. Not only this, the author has also shared his tips and principles for making money in long term.

The author has vision for investments, as this factor distinguishes it from speculation. As per the current crisis, that is no lesser than a bubble, the author wants you to make investments in gold over anything else. Investment is purely a personal choice. But this book will tell you what to avoid and where.

The second segment to the book is about true love and real wealth. This part is narrated in context of restore real Ram Rajya. As a matter of fact, it is taken from the first book of the author – Arya Dharma: The Noble Dharma.

The second part is good but at times repetitive since I have already read the first book of the author. However, I really liked the concept of fish love and true love. The real wealth is not bank balance or assets or anything in material, rather it is in the hearts of other people and that sort of wealth never dies.

Talking about writing and other aspects, the author has used heavy financial jargons in the first part that can only be understood by people associated with finance or economics. For me, I had to run Google search often, but it also made me to learn something good…isn’t it?

The book requires note making and I would suggest reading it slowly to leverage the maximum advantage from it. Overall, a good nonfiction book, I conclude the review by giving 4/5.

Book Review: The Million Dollar Powerful Personality by Dr. Kamal Murdia

Wow! What a great book, indeed! “The First 360 Degree Book on Personality by a Cosmetic Surgeon in the World Today.”

The title and its subsequent headline itself won my heart. I am a glamour loving person, yeah so haggling with books that can enrich my beauty and looks and overall appearance are always a priority on my list. Since it is a bit lengthy book, so I wanted to read in a paperback copy, but lock down dashed my wish. Nevertheless, I made myself happy with the Kindle copy, thanks to my Unlimited Membership.

Total 22 chapters. Some are lengthy and some are interesting and very short. First two chapters can lure any reader for the book. What are they – the hare and tortoise race versions and full of quotes and moral boosting things? I loved it. I was moved.   

For people who have had good grooming, this book can surely enhance their take on personality development. And for rustic or less groomed section, it is a gold mine. I had a wonderful time reading and learning from this book. Particularly, I wanted to know about the types of cosmetic surgery, and that I found that towards the last chapters.

It is one of the rarest books that not only develop self-grooming but also encourages the inner soul to become perfect. Yes, indeed…it is a book, rather guide for models, actors, business people, and most importantly for those who love themselves and want to see themselves as beautiful personality.

I jotted down many points from the book and I am sure that is going to give me extra edge over many rivals. I personally loved topics on public speaking, self-discipline, and time management. These were absolute new learning for me. Otherwise, there were also chapters on perfume and clothes – some of the tips were valuable, and some sounded cliché.

See…if you love yourself and want to grow in your life from all angles, grab this book. I think for men, this book is a wonderful finding. The author is a cosmetic surgeon, it is clear that he had put his own knowledge and 25 years of experience to build this book. Without taking much time, overall it’s a worth taking note book and millions of people and readers should try it. The best thing is that you can pick up any chapter to read and grow. There is no strict mandate to follow a thread. I read it randomly, but read it completely.

Thank you Dr. Murdia for sharing your wisdom with millions. Oh…yeah, my final rating…I would give 4.5 out of 5. Made it a bit shorter and you have the best book on personality development.