June 11 2014

The Devil’s Gate: An Impossible Journey


Blurb: Plundered by humans of their habitats, animals take a drastic step when they decide to send a team to an invisible island. The island becomes visible only for a short time on the night of the full moon. Legend has it that the island is inhabited by the demons. Animals wanted to negotiate a deal with the demons, convincing them to allow the animals inhabit the island. Majority of the animal community believe that tinkering with the other world could bring their wrath to the animals. The team is sent to the island nevertheless. But can a deal with the dead be materialized? Are there really demons on the island? Is there any conspiracy involved? Will animals be able to negotiate, or will survival remain their only question in the deadly island?

About the author: Deepak Kripal, 29 years, was born in the God country, Uttarakhand. He is a doctor by profession and a writer by passion. He completed his MBBS and internship from Kanpur in 2009 and currently lives in New Delhi. He believes in dreams and tries to live one day at a time. A known name in the blogosphere, he loves to blog, and to interact with people with varied interests.

Review: I received a free copy of this book in exchange of an honest review from the author. The Devil’s Gate: An Impossible Journey by debutant writer Deepak Kripal, is a doctor by occupation and a writer by option. His story is of two animal variety- Katy (cat) and Dug (dog) who meet at Pantheon (beautiful forest town located on the tropical margins of the equator).

Pro’s of the book/story
1. I liked the way it is slowly revealed to the readers that Katy and Dug are animals.
2. All the characters are well adorable and structured.
3. By giving human touch to the conversations of animals, I did not feel I was reading story of non-humans.
4. Hitches with every page made the story dissimilar.
5. The story line, narration, personification of animals, theme all apt and appreciative.

Con’s of the book/story
1. The cover should have been designed in a better way.
2. A few chapters were very boring, but I could not skip as the connection of the story would get misplaced.
3. The quality of the paper used was not up to the grade.

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June 3 2014

Lal Bahadur Shastri: Lessons in Leadership



Blurb: The book written by Pavan Choudhary is based on the narration given by Lal Bahadur Shastri’s son Anil Shastri. The book details about the Shastri’s childhood, his adult and public life which are thought provoking. The book also highlights his virtues of simplicity, integrity, tenacity, wisdom and leadership. The book also contains an account of how Shastri handled questions of governance and politics as well as how he dealt with crises like the 1965 war with Pakistan. The book highlights the rich values and principles of Lal Bahadur Shastri (LBS) which may teach important lessons of life to present leaders.

Review: I finished the book in couple of hours. I appreciated the management skills of LBS.  Till now I appreciated the leadership traits of Atal Bihari Bajpai who had been my political hero. Now, I have another leader to learn. The language of the book is simple and easy to understand. The book is beautifully written and edited. The book is worthy if you have interest in reading about past fathers of this nation. The book is divided in three separate parts: individual level, interpersonal relationships and healthy society. Under these three sections, this covers all major and minor incidents of ShastriJi’s career. There are several incidents recorded in the book, when ShastriJi played a true troubleshooter for Congress party in times of Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru. The book also covers the incident when ShastriJi made T. T. Krishnamachari resign on allegations of misuse of his position in Punjab government. There is also a mention of other great incidents like 1962 war with Pakistan, Monday evening fast appeal from citizens on barred wheat supply from America and Kashmir issue.


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