Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Review of Ramona


No of pages  : 110

Published by : Notion

Published on : September 18 th 2017

Genre: Fiction ,Adult Contemperroy, 

My review 

Manoj V Jain is one of my favorite authors as I have already read his earlier books  The THC :under a Gibbbous moon  and Balraj  and his writig stlye with fresh language and strong plot has astounded me a lot.

As suggested by the author I begin to read this novella after having read Balraj. This fantabulous book relates to the story of a typical Indian woman Ramona at her middle age,  married to Inder. They have got a grown up son Shourya. Set in the year 2015 on the backdrop of Mumbai .The wonderful story goes from the POV of the protagonist  till the end in flashback. 

Manoj V jain, in this page- turning tale has written a gripping, addictive and tautly suspenseful story of  ordeals , trails and insecurity faced  by the woman  in her life. His narrative is so touching , realistic and entertaining.

He has depicted her emotional turmoil with all the struggles and challenges she comes across for no fault on her part  in a lucid language .How she reconciles herself to the reality and seek redemption makes the beautiful part of the story.  

The plot with all the twists and turns , threads along with the subplots into a savvy , intelligent and sensitive tale. The real life characters are so nicely portrayed we can easily relate to them. The impact created in me will linger for a longer time.

Ramona is a well- crafted fiction with a strong message. If you love fiction you would definitely choose this one .It would entertain you with all the vibes  of fiction .It is worth reading as the engrossing storyline takes you to finish the book in one go. Grab it for an easy and quick read. 

My scrore :4/5

Disclaimer :I have given my honest and unbiased review.

Sunday, 26 November 2017


You are a living magnet , What you attract into life is in harmony with your dominant thoughts

Brian Tracy .

A single plant can not make a garden. Nobody can live all alone in an island building a fortress  We are all social beings and our happiness success and peace depend on our relationship in the society . Our parents take all the efforts to mold us good citizens and we learn from our  teachers friends ,relatives and the general public . Society is so conscious and alert   about our growth .When we work for the sake of the society it pays back at  equal proportion. Our relationship   with others depend on  so many aspects like our education, financial status  and our influence in the society . We have to develop our social skills to make progress in our life. A little effort to change ourselves to the tune of the society we can make our life a pleasant journey. What we sow that only we can reap . In relationship also if we give love  and  get back the same .

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Once I was playing with my per dog Rocky and we were spending our quality time in the evening. I was stroking ,caressing his  face and neck of and suddenly he wailed and tried  to bite me. Then I understood I touched  a  sensitive nerve in the neck which  gave a pain to him. . The positive trigger  has become a negative one.Similarly in real life we do some mistakes that turn   the positive trigger into a negative one. To avoid them  the following  principles can be given weightage and develop knowledge on them.

1.      1  Fathom that everyone one is unique and  everything happens for a reason or purpose.


VARIETY IS SPICE OF  LIFE. In our life , myriad   instances and happenings occur for which we cannot attribute  any reason or purpose.  We have to take  it for granted that our duty is to meet  all the social transactions In a  reasonable smooth manner. This can be easy to say but a lot of patience and wisdom we have to develop to reach a greater level. In my life I have met   so many persons  I  have to deal  with strangers   for one thing or other. It may be temporary or  paramount or it may be small or big one. In the same way we  have to interact with own friends ,acquaintances  relatives and colleagues. Everybody is unique and we have to recognize the individuality. Giving due respect to individuality we have to maintain a balanced approach to avoid any friction and misunderstanding.

2.      2 Give  many positive strokes and avoid negative ones.

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Psychologists   call our  actions and reaction as positive  and negative stokes according to the effects they create. When I meet my buddy and smile  it is a positive stroke. When I get am email from my relative  I respond . Another example for the same.. Wherever there is no response for the stimuli it  is received with a negative effect. When positive stroke enriches our life negative ones act venomous so spoil our relationship resulting in a stressful one. Life is one time affair and we can not say in this life we experiment and learn and live a good life in our next life. What is in store in our life we don’t know. How life has played fairly or unfairly in other   life we are not aware of such things

3 Keep  the wave length at equal level.


In the sea shore we can  observe the waves how they go t o a peak  and come to trough. It shows  only the ups and downs of our life. Whether we want or not we have to maintain an optimum level of wave length with others so that we have a good relationship and social life is peaceful without  chaos and confusion. We have to make it possible by our behavior with genteel approach and coupled with virtues  like truthfulness , frankness, and avoid vices like lies  gossip , backbiting and  eavesdropping etc.

When we develop a positive image about the other person taking into account   his knowledge , experience  there would be the optimum wave length and when we give into the prejudice ,etc. it gives room for creating a wrong wave length resulting in quarrel , argument , attack and counter attacks . There should be a perfect understanding and a certain degree of compassion and leniency towards other person. We should not yield to our instincts and impulses but we have to maintain a good quality of   mindfulness.

If at all our relationship with others are cordial and friendly we can get the maximum out of them. Strained and stressed one may take the toll to make us weak and reduce our energy resulting In creating negative vibes . These three steps can make a mojo to help us lead a happy   , peaceful and successful lie.  

In the virtual world also we bear in mind to spread the language of love and wisdom by our every post and reaction. 


Sunday, 19 November 2017




The greatest evils and the worst of crimes is poverty; our first duty, a duty to which every other consideration should be sacrificed, is not to be poor.  - George Bernard Shaw

       God helps those who help themselves Every household has got its own unique   fundamentals as  far as its financial quotient is concerned. Based on basic foundation,   all the family members have to make out their strategy and planning to survive in this world with the optimum level of  self-reliance in the money matter. Whatever your position may be or the status you can make it big if you avoid the following mistakes in a not so haphazard   manner.


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Due to the hustle and bustle of the modern life we omit to chalk out a budget according to our resources and dreams.
A home budget would include the daily expenditures and income , assets and liabilities , our goals in  the form of targets. There are many an App for making a budget and we can use it taking into account the following three Rs

Record:. You have to enter all the financial transactions both current and future

Review : Now and then we have to review the position so as to take stack of the situation so that we can make note of the progress and failure on our part and make necessary correction.

Revise: your budget to suit to your aims and take into account your limitations.Discuss your short term and long term goals. Split them into manageable and achievable small jobs .

This budgeet planning and execution should be performed as a fun game and we should not do it as a stressful one.


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We have to save for the unforeseen circumstances and unexpected situations

The standard formula for the same is as follows


Where there is a will there is a way. Put every month a small amount towards savings and over a period of time it would grow up to help at trying times. Work out the monthly income and expenditure to find out the amount you can save in month. Taking the same as the base amount we can fix a target of 10% addition to the  same . Like this you have to increase the addition so that you could save a sumptuous amount over a period of time. 

You can put money in a box containing various small containers and keep the cash according to your regular heads of expenditure. For example you can put a sum of Rs 10000 for grocery in a container and note down the total expenditure for this category . Like this you can use separate boxes for other categories also. Whatever remains should be tallied with your accounts . This helps us to study the pattern of how and where we the money goes.   


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Inflation eats away the value of our asset as such we have to plan our investment in such a way to take care of it.Any erosion in the value would result in loss and taking to a lower level 

The follwing three aspects we have to consider when we go for an investment.

1 What about the reruen after taking into account inflation, income tax and other chargees?
2 Whether sufficient care is taken to cover the risk element?
3 Whehter we go by the herd mentality and invest or  have we done our homework and do it on our own ?
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The very old wise advice to spread out our investments to various category just because our needs would vary according to the time and change in our position. Various types of investment are available in the market to suit your purse and the risk factor . Investing in a single category would be very risky as this would lead to jeopardy of loss in the   event   there is a fall in the value drastically. Suppose you buy a  plot making a huge  investment if there is no appreciation of value you would have to  settle with lesser profit on this .Hence you have to be more vigilant in making investment.

Diversify your investment and derive the maximum benefit. Buy low and sell high should be our mantra in creating our wealth .


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Before making a financial transaction, buying, selling or investing we have to study and make research so that our decision would not take us to a great loss. .At least we should not be carried   away by the ads . Things would be exaggerated and we may feel frustrated afterwards .Without thorough knowledge we may make mistakes in our judgment.


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Once a debtor always debtor .So goes the red signal as far as debt is concerned.  Try to live within your means. If at all you want to get a loan you follow the golden rules.
1.       For a purpose only the loan should be availed.
2.       From a recognized institution you should avail the loan.
3.       Work out the possibility of payment of EMI .
When you use a credit card take into account the following precautionary measures .
1.       Go for those articles or consumer items like gadgets if at all you want to have them in the real sense .
2.       Pay the bill as and when it is due date avoiding  penalty.
3.       Don’t go beyond your capacity.


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We have to understand that there are many a product which gives us support at the time of our distress. Suppose one of our family falls ill and suffers from chronic disease we can not afford to spend the medical expenditure. So we have to take insurance policies to come to our rescue .Similarly we have to understand the financial  products  and utilize them for our benefit .

Time and tide wait for no one.
Mutual funds investment is a safe one provided you study pros and cons of the fund you have chosen .The brochure on them itself gives a warning about the risk involved  in them. This type of investment gives us an opportunity to earn the passive income and  hence it has to be encouraged.


There are so many Apps to handle this money matter. In the smart phone itself you can download from Google play store . If you punch the data you could get all the tips and tricks to monitor your financial journey. We can get from the internet  all the golden   guidelines and the  fantastic  suggestions for improving our economical status in the society and be financial literate.  

Only an open and eager  mind and echt willingness to learn  are necessary to achieve our  dreams and  stabilize our financial freedom.

There is no shortcut for wealth creation. Only hardwork,discipline,integrity ,sustained efforts  and  prudenence alone  pave way for long term  richness.




Sunday, 12 November 2017


No of pages : 198

Published by : Story Mirror info tech (P) ltd

Published on : 2017

Book Links :   Goodreads   Amazon 

Author's Links:  Amazon 

Cover Rating :   3/5

My take

A sci-fi thriller also belongs to other genre like crime, fantasy ,action and adventure it would sure be a great entertainer.At the same time  as the novel is set in the year 2050 and travels from planet to  Earth it gives a great chance to weave  a wonderful plot.This is what I see when I start to read the book.

The plot

Since the plot is the strength of the book I want to say a few words about it.

Richard Sparks aged 42 is facing a trial for the murder of one of the crew of the ship 'The Silver Star'.

Rubin Draco,billionaire  ,aged 52 head of Draco industries  in his pursuit of developing his business wants to try with his new thirst Space.

There are so many subplots involving the two MCs and many questions arise about their involvement and when the truths are unravelled we would be astonished. All the power game among the politicians are given and the negotiation between them and the big shots .The involvement of  international organization in  research in the space is discussed. 

There are many characters that contribute to the main plot . The list goes like this.   Mario Grant , Duncan Stewart Officers involved in the mission, Thomson Boer ,Jewel, Robbie, Pramod Muchenda and Natalie.

The Pro

It is an entirely new concept to tell a story about the mission to Jupiter's Moon namely Europa in the sky.The planning and preparation for the same are given in a beautiful manner. Also the modus operandi  of Draco to  mint money would make you awed .The language is so simple and fantastic, I don't feel difficult to fathom the events albeit it is a Sci fi.The pace is fast and even .

Women are portrayed in a nice manner.Jewel act adventurously. The upgradation of latest technology as expected to be in the future reflects in the action scenes . Especially the chasing of Rommie by Jewel and after effect shows the advancement in technology. Also the author has given so much significance to describe the places like Taj Mahal using his imagination and creativity.

There are so many twists,turns and traps and the suspense and surprise would engage us definitely.The characters are intelligent and some are cunning and crooked.Their emotions and turmoil are handled to perfection and they impact us to be remembered for a long time.

The climax is unexpected and unpredictable. Clues and cues are there to  guide you . 

The con

The conversations are formal and editing is not good.The font is small .

My verdict

I like the book for the concept and it's perfect execution.There are humorous situations to tickle us .The events would create goosebumps and at times our adrenaline would shoot up .

Hywel Richard Pinto has penned the thriller with a perfect coherence giving due weightage to details. His story telling skill serves as a sure page turner .He  is becoming our Desi Sydney Sheldon

I recommend this book to fans of sci-fi thriller with  a dose of crime , action  and adventure to give you all the thrilling and chilling sensation.This enjoyable travelogue would entertain you . 

My score : 4/5

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Friday, 10 November 2017



No of pages: 216

Published by : Bloomsbury Inida

Published  on : 28th Februakry 2017

Genere ; Non Fiction  Self-Help

Cover Rating: 5/5

My take

Modern life has altered our lifestyle.  Albeit there are a plethora  of comforts and luxuries we have  got , everyone is running after one or other in pursuit of happiness .Our golden custom and wise  tradition are there to safeguard us . But new habits haunt us hindering our progress. To site an example we can quote about our craziness for fast food.  

The book "HAPPINESS IS ALL WE WANT"  addresses the challenges we meet due to modern life and also gives guidelines to tackle the same with the wisdom we have inherited from our ancestors . This book has come at an relevant time.

The plan.

The title is so eye-catching as it addresses to all. The book starts with an  introduction and structure . Then there are three parts each, carrying some chapters . Each chapter consists of practical tips , Happiness Moment, TechTraps.  Wish list and ending with Things to ponder , Things to do and SWC(Smart Well-being Capsule ).In the introduction, How to use the book is given to make it reader friendly.. Part 1 deals with Mental well being, Part 2 Physical well being, and the last one Part 3 Spiritual wellbeing.There are totally 22 SWCs. 

The book discusses elaborately various scenarios and solutions, giving myriad guidelines to carry out our day to day life with happiness . There are so many stories to give a true picture and we can easily relate to them which would open our eyes. For Mental wellbeing meditation is given due weightage and Yoga techniques. Similarly for physical wellbeing gymnasium is well discussed. For spiritual well being selfless action is instructed.Last page Annexure -1 is given with details about various exercises and duration and the page it where it is given.    

The book covers all the topics related to happiness. To name a few  the list goes like this.  Meditation, Yoga, Reiki, Weight training, Procrastination, Balanced diet, Cardio exercises Fear of death, and selfless action .

The pro.

Crafted in a pragmatic way , the book carries all the principles which include motivating stories , sage sayings, and easy to do tips.To make it an essential one for all in pursuit of happiness. The organized chapters make the reading a pleasant ride and a seamless read  . Each division carries subdivisions with fantastic titles. The narration is so nice and the construction is fantastic. 

This book  instigates to correct yourself and lead a peaceful life.Simple tricks  and quotes from the life of great personalities like Buddha and the Bhagwad-  Gita would take you to a greater level.

Ashutosh Mishra’s narrative presents his anecdotes, memoirs and intriguing concepts and makes the book a powerful one with the intrinsic value for self improvement.  

 He talks about a teenager who prays before taking food and also the ten year old boy playing Angry Birds going bent-neck posture like an automaton.

In the blurb it is given

You can immensely improve not only the peace and happiness in your life but your beauty and appearance as well.

My favorite

I find the following chapters.
1.       The power of Prayer.
2.       Be a Yoga Horse.
3.       Learning selfless action.

Also, I find the wake up stories of Mr. Kashyap , an investment banker , S. Harbans Sing Arora eighty three year old gentle man and Ratnakar a highway robber that make us pensive and lead us to soul search.

The following pearls of wisdom touch my heart.

In today’s world of break-neck material competition, where we identify our self-esteem with the model of the latest gadget that we are flaunting or the designer label we want to wear , the ancient spiritual practice must be revived in a widespread manner .

 The dry and stiff branch breaks easily in the wind whereas the flexible branch withstands (as told by his Yoga instructor.)

4.       The universe is nothing but pure energy. The more energy you can gather the more fulfilling your lie can be.

My verdict.

A great self help book. A free flow and flawless narration .An  insightful work  full of  pearls of  wit and wisdom . This sort of book would enthrall all. This is a refreshingly entertaining   and enlightening book with  chapters truly motivating and it would definitely make a great impact in your life. 

Ashuthosh Mishra, a senior  banker the author  has created book with full of gems of  wiseness . It is crisp and  inspiring His writing style is friendly and the good use of beautiful language make the reading a pleasant experience. The holistic approach of the author covering the wellbeing of body, mind and soul it makes a great read like one stop shop. Utilizing his tools and techniques there would be a change in your lifestyle and you can feel the difference .Every word is coined with a meticulous care attention  and  effort to give an exquisite read. I keenly await his next book.

I recommend this book to all as it has come as an oasis to help us having a smooth sailing due to storms created by the modern life . This book should be studied regularly and revised again and again. I wish parents buy  the book as a gift on special occasions to their children and make them study to imbibe good principles for their wellbeing. Teachers should ask their students to buy the book and study for their progress and happiness.

Whoever wants to make  a change in his/her life should try this book and you would get the full satisfsction after reading it. Don't wait but grab a copy and embellish your life.

My score :  5/5

Disclaimer: I have received the book from the Publisher free in exchange of my honest and unbiased review.

The author 

Ashutosh Mishra

Taken from Amazon 

Monday, 6 November 2017



No of pages :  168

Published by:  Notion press .com

Published on  :  October  11th 2017

ISBN13 9781948032544

Genre:   Non Fiction Biography Motivation.

Author links :Goodreads Notionpress  Amazon 

My review 


I thank Dr. Govind Sharma for having sent me the book in exchange of my review. I have read his  two books namely  State vs Amrit kumar  and The Breakup-Clinic.He has become my favorite author as I am astounded by his story writing  style and skill to weave a great plot.

THE DEV ANAND STORY : The book’s cover is fantastic with azure background carrying the image of the  bronze life size  statue of Dev Anand,  Super star along with the most famous actress  Waheeda Rehman staring  the same with adoration . Dev Anand won the hundreds and thousands of hearts by his charisma,  handsome look and hard work . He got many mega hits.In the cine feild he got great respect .

The first page carries his  lively sketch by Badal Tyagi  . There are 11 chapters each holding a caption .Chapter one starts with The Dev Anand Story wherein the author recollects the day 4 th December 2011 telling about the sad demise of the evergreen star  .From there onwards he  gives a glorifying picture of his favorite actor by citing so many incidents and giving reference to the sayings of great personalities about him .Last chapter gives the details of important Awards and Honors as well as about his  films. 

 The story is unfurled from the year 1923  to 2012 .The world famous  legend’s life  journey from his birth to till he makes the movie charge sheet   portrayed in a beautiful way.  His efforts to become a cine actor and later on as a  producer of quality movies under his banner Navketan his experiences with his colleagues, his successes and failures , his relationship with  his colleagues everything is given in a nice manner. The strong blurb on the cover includes the following statement:

A karma yogi in the true sense of the term he produced directed and acted in a lead role in a movie a the age of eighty eight which is without parallel in the history of Bollywood.

His wisdom quote would inspire all.

"You are dead the moment you stop dreaming".

The author has toiled a lot to collect the details and put them in a wonderful  manner to be a fitting tribute  to the great artist.I like the book as it holds so many truths about the legend who has acted till the age of 88 in the   lead character. His story would definitely   motivate us. Whoever knows the actor would find the book worth reading as they can remember the sweet moments. 

This book is meant for all cine goers as the book deals with the super actor who would be remembered forever for his great contribution to the Indian Cinema. The language is superb. The Editing is good and the font is medium making an easy   read . It is a must read by all  as it motivates us a lot and it should be recommended  to all the institutions imparting courses related to cinema.  His life is a great lesson to all .

My rating: 5/5

Disclaimer: I have received the book from the author in excahnge of my honest and unbiased review .


Govind Sharma

Photo taken from Goodreads 

Saturday, 4 November 2017


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You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.
James Lane Allen, American novelist.

Abundance is within your reach if you are grateful for all the blessings.

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Everyone wants to live a life of abundance. By this we mean to say we excel in the following two rudimentary facets of life.
1.        Our physical and mental well being
2.       Our financial soundness and social nature
We aspire for manifesting our dreams into reality. We want to be positive about everything and always optimistic about our progress and growth. We expect our mindset would take us to the pinnacle of happiness  and we enjoy the inner peace.

Gratitude is gratifying us to lead a life of caring and sharing.

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Once when we moved to a new apartment and we were settling ourselves to the new environment and  an entirely new atmosphere. On a Monday morning my wife found there was no water from the tap. We checked all the taps and found no water pour out of them. We asked our neighbor, he suggested us to consult the secretary. When I went to his flat I found it locked. I searched for the security who did not turn up for duty at that time.

In my house everyone was upset over the latest inconvenience. Children had to prepare themselves for the school. I had to go to the office. My wife had to  prepare food for all of us.
Finally another neighbor helped us finding the solution. He opened the gateway connected to our flat which was kept locked by the security when he cleaned the water tank.

We breathed a sigh of relief. It has also opened my eyes to the fact how terrific we are all addicted all the comforts, and any inconvenience is viewed very seriously. This incident has given us a lesson that we may encounter struggles and disappointments during our journey. We can’t overlook the point there are so many things happening automatically giving a trouble free living and we take things for granted. We are having many a blessing to go on smoothly and we see people help us a large extent to make our life a pleasant sojourn in this world.

Gratitude is an antidote for depression

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People suffer from depression are said to be living in the past. They lament their past failures and debacles. If they choose to count their blessings rather than curses they would definitely feel a different perspective which works as   panancea to cure their depression. Whoever suffers from depression should write down at least 100 gifts they are bestowed with then they would realize they can change their attitude and live a normal life. If we try to find out how we are blessed in so many ways we would naturally feel high of ourselves thereby accelerating our confidence and hope. Our self- esteem gets boosted and   everyday wellness is assured. It would spice our life and we start to see the brighter side gradually. It would empower us to realize our full potential   and act with passion to reach our vision.

Gratitude enriches our relationship.

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For all the blessings and gifts we meet in this life we have to be   grateful to God, society and our near and dear ones. Our culture and tradition takes care of this aspect and we show our gratitude by myriad means. Our society has contributed a lot for our wellbeing and happiness and we are very much indebted to the same. Nature has beatified our   life to such a graceful way  we relish our living moments as a melodious lullaby.

Our parents have toiled for our sake and we should show our thankfulness by leading a happy and successful life. Our friends and relatives have guided us and stood with us through thick and thin. We should thank them. There should not be ego problem when we thank our well-wishers and wholeheartedly we have to respect them .No single tree can be a garden. In our social life we have to be thankful to all irrespective of age and status.

In this technological and digital era we are having advanced devices to assist us to navigate our paths to happiness and success. We are connecting with others through social media by liking sharing and posting. Our lifestyle has become ultra –modern. At this juncture we have to be grateful for all the comforts we enjoy due to the virtual realm.   

We can show our gratefulness by acknowledging others’ help and extending our hands to them when they need us. By our small acts of compassion and magnanimity we can make a great impact in their life.

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