The Krishna Key by Ashwin Sanghi : A review

The Krishna KeyThe Krishna Key by Ashwin Sanghi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
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The Krishna key is a book that everyone must experience once. It was an amazing read right from the beginning till the end, without a moment of ennui.

Though I have to agree with the popular opinion, that the book is loaded with innumerable facts that one cannot digest in the first read, I have to say that this was what kept the plot going.

Prof.Saini wouldn’t be qualified enough if he wasn’t aware of the significance of 108, or of Kailash. What felt a little odd was that even Mumbai Dada’s(local ruffian) knew secrets of Krishna and his key. That was a slight hiccup in the screenplay I would say. Other than that,, wonderful characterization of the self-made Priya and the devoted disciple Taarak. Every character had a good back story that weighed heavily on their actions and reactions.

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A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini : A review

A Thousand Splendid SunsA Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
My rating: 5 of 5 stars⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
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What can I say about a book that is equally poignant and feel-good? What can I say about a book that is made of gruesome episodes but is pregnant with humanity?

4949056441_df056d83ceKhaled Hosseini takes your heart, wrings it with tragedy, warms it with kindness, and fills it with despair. By the time you are done with the book, you come out feeling like you just went through an emotional roller coaster. It leaves you light headed, nerve rattled, and heavy hearted, but gives you satisfaction whenever you look back.

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Poison by Bridget Zinn : A review

PoisonPoison by Bridget Zinn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
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First off I love , love , luuuuurvve the title. “Poison” I mean, that is such a strong title for a book and it was the very first thing that caught my attention about Bridget Zinn’s novel.

Not Poisoned but simply Poison like the book were not giving out clues as to whether someone is actually being poisoned or not.

The book cover itself is very enchanting. That’s what piqued my interest. As for the story, before I had gotten past the first few pages, I had imagined a setting, that was straight out of a fairytale-picture book. And the protogonist, Kyra became my bold,gutsy princess in my imagination. It was beautiful and was already becoming one of my favorites.

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Blink by Malcolm Gladwell : A review

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without ThinkingBlink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
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This book was amazing!! It changed my whole perspective on certain things while clearing up questions I have had for a long time about how instincts help us and where they arise from. The intensity of the book just keeps getting better and better towards the end as Gladwell delves deeper into the power of thinking while not thinking. His examples and the experiments quoted in the book were very apt and relatable. I will read and re-read this book.

One More Thing by BJ Novak : A review

One More Thing: Stories and Other StoriesOne More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by B.J. Novak
My rating: 5 of 5 stars ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
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I read so many mixed reviews for this book. Undoubtedly am on the I-love-it extreme.

I did . I loved that this book was erratic, skeptical, funny, philosophical, and Zany. Every story was a world of it’s own. There was no overlapping or redundancy.

I’d definitely reach out to this whenever I feel down ‘cos I’m sure that it will be an instant mood lift.

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One of the few anthologies I have come across, that delivers full satisfaction on every story. I can vouch that none of the stories were a drag; every bit was interesting and I wanted more and more of it.

Say what you want skeptics, but ‘One More Thing’ scaled new heights in the entertainment genre.
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Simplicity by Edward de Bono : A review

SimplicitySimplicity by Edward de Bono
My rating: 4 of 5 stars⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
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A book that lived up to its name. It was simple and effective. There were about 10 ‘rules’ of simplicity outlined throughout the book. Combined with ample examples it was a stupendous effort to explain the concept of ‘Simplifying’ (or in de Bono’s words, ‘simping’ – a simpler word for simplifying).

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The Firm by John Grisham : A review

The Firm The Firm by John Grisham
My rating: 4 of 5 stars⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
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Mitchell McDeere, fresh out of Harvard Law school is elated when he is offered a job by Bendini, Lambert & Locke. The folks at the Firm are more than willing to offer him a huge salary, plus mortgage and a brand-new BMW, provided he moves to the relatively subdued Memphis City. It is not long before the McDeeres move to Memphis for a new luxurious life.

But is life simple for any lawyer? One fine day, Mitch gets a mysterious visitor, claiming to be the FBI. Mitch has to decide between continuing to work with his new friends and mentor at the questionable firm, or turn traitor and risk losing his license.

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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green : A review

The Fault in Our StarsThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green
My rating: 4 of 5 stars⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
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Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters live a brief 300 and odd pages but forever in our hearts. The book starts out with a sour Hazel attending a support group for people with Cancer , where she meets Augustus, a self-assured seventeen year old. The Fault in our Stars is the non-cancery (as Hazel Grace would put it) side of their story. The adorable quirks and witty exchanges make the couple adorable. It is evident from the beginning how beautiful their chemistry is. Gus and Isaac’s friendship is to die for (no pun intended).

some infinities are bigger than other infinitiesAlthough neither of our protagonists has crossed adolescence, their profound knowledge on life and death, Humanity and the general existence of the world makes me wonder. Characters like Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters are really hard to come by in real life, but hey surrealism is the essence of fiction. John Green’s optimism in giving us such positive and non-superficial teenagers is a rare treat for those of us who aren’t big fans of frivolity in Death.

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak : A review

The Book ThiefThe Book Thief by Markus Zusak
My rating: 5 of 5 stars⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
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Where do I begin describing this book? Some books buy a permanent place in your heart and refuse to leave your mind; this is one such book.

This book

  • Is set in the backdrop of WWII,
  • Has Death as the personified narrator,
  • Talks about the life of a young German girl, Liesel Meminger

 – there is no stranger combination.

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The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini : A review

The Kite RunnerThe Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
My rating: 5 of 5 stars⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
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One of the best eye-openers I have ever read!

I am so glad I started this book now and not earlier, because I couldn’t have handled some of the grotesque details this book paints. Khaled Hosseini has easily become one of my favorite authors to date.

Amir and Hassan as boys, have all the readers reminiscing about their childhood when they run around in the Wazir Akbar Khan neighborhood, climbing trees and flying kites; they play together and spend many a time under the Pomegranate tree where Amir reads to Hassan.They even carve their names into the bark “Amir and Hassan. The Sultans of Kabul”. But the similarities end there.

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