Saturday, 18 November 2017

Review: The Way of The Cat: Surviving Metastasized Cancer

The Way of The Cat: Surviving Metastasized Cancer The Way of The Cat: Surviving Metastasized Cancer by Itzhak Be'er
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is about fight with Prostate cancer. It is s deadly disease and afflicted person loses all hope and descends into depression.

Itzhak Be'er is a fighter who came out triumphant. He is optimistic, active, assertive and adaptable. A new chemotherapy protocol named Logothetis is used. It drains you but worked.

This is Book of hope of survival.




View all my reviews

Review: Touches of Grace: Philanthropy and Social Involvement in Israel

Touches of Grace: Philanthropy and Social Involvement in Israel Touches of Grace: Philanthropy and Social Involvement in Israel by Haim Dahan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Haim Dahan is an entrepreneur. This book gives detailed background and details of philanthropy in Israel.



As per him Israel wealth distribution is highly unequal. Though government has social service programs these are not adequate.


Then voluntary donation comes into picture. Philanthropy is imperative for a just fair and equitable society.


Though book becomes boring at places due to dull nature of subject and many charts and tables, the underlying message is excellent.


View all my reviews

Review: Listen to Your Soul and Heal Your Body of Chronic Disease

Listen to Your Soul and Heal Your Body of Chronic Disease Listen to Your Soul and Heal Your Body of Chronic Disease by Meirav Harel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

HUMAN BODY IS a complex machine. No one can understand the full working of it. Even the so called expert doctors know only a fraction of its mysteries.

Disease is our soul telling us there is something wrong. We have to learn to listen. First key is that only we can cure us from disease.

This is a good helpful book and have practical application.


View all my reviews

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Review: When Opposites Meet

When Opposites Meet When Opposites Meet by Sachin Garg
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Love is a strange thing. It can happen to anyone. It doesn’t matter who that person is. Love knows no logic. It can happen with someone who is like you or totally unlike you. The book is about love of polar opposites.

There are three love stories in the book featuring polar opposites in each.
1. Main story is of Ritwika and Chetan Jadhav. They both suffer from a rare genetic disease. Ritwika is differently abled and wheel chair bound. She is studious, creative and intelligent but very weak and frail physically. Chetan is a wrestler who is accused of using drugs. He is very strong physically but not so bright mentally. They are different like chalk and cheese.


2. Indu Dua is Ritwika’s mother who is very bindass with her. Indu and Ritwika are more like friends than mother daughter. He meets her professor Lokesh who is brilliant scientifically but awkward socially. They also fall for each other.


3. Jayant Arora is Ritwika’s cousin who is an orphan. He is silent and introvert. He meets a mentally unstable girl Aditi Sharma who has a strange disorder. She swallows things which are inedible. She is a chatterbox and can’t stop talking.


The book is paced well and tries to bring forth the love between different people who are fighting their own demons. Ritwika is sad because she is handicapped whereas Chetan is hurt because he is accused of doping. Indu is a widow with a handicapped daughter and depressed nephew and Lokesh is sad because he is trapped in a marriage. Jayant is depressed due to death of his parents and Aditi is sad because of her mental disorder. So it says love can bloom despite all odds and unfortunate circumstances.

Weather love can blossom between opposites can be a matter of debate. But is agree with Sachin Garg on one thing; It is a good thing because they complement each other and make up for each other’s weaknesses.

3.5/ 5 stars.


View all my reviews

Review: The Last Chai: Bringing the Nation to a Halt

The Last Chai: Bringing the Nation to a Halt The Last Chai: Bringing the Nation to a Halt by Varun T.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

With evolving technology and counter terrorism methods, even the terrorists has benefited. They also become more tech savvy and use deadlier weapons to kill and spread terror. And the network is global and their motives are many. With a nationalistic PM they want to thwart the progress of India at any cost.

Ajay Kamate is under a lot of stress and is sent on leave by Doshi, The PM. But he is paranoid for his safety and come back before end of leave. Now the terrorist are using cyanide as their favourite weapon. He has nabbed a young boy who killed Bhardwaj his partner too. They try to get information from him but in vain. Now with Bhardwaj gone Ajay is under double pressure. Poorvi is a left leaning journalist who breaks the story of that young terrorist. When Doshi goes to Pakistan for SAARC summit Ajay goes with him. Somehow Doshi is poisoned and he goes in to coma. Ajay is arrested and Poorvi is sent to Israel by some mystery helper. What happens next?

Book is very topical. Even the latest Rohingya issue is incorporated. The writer does not try to mask the identity of politicians or other players. Terrorist threats are real. Biological warfare threat is also real. The plot is complex and spans the globe. Left leaning media’s hypocrisy is brought to fore. The pressure under PM and security agencies work is brought out nicely. So many agencies working like RAW, IB, NIA, SPG etc is shown.

But that is also the weakness. With this extensive plot the book length should have been more because many things remained unexplained. Varun Tejwani weaved an intricate web but the resolution and explanation did not satisfy me. The Akahdn Bharat Bal track is so outlandish that nobody leave alone seasoned espionage agencies like Mossad, ISI etc will buy it. Emergency also is treated very lightly. And neutralizing 7000 terrorists in one go seems improbable. First thing is how come they knew their exact locations? Nalini and Raghuram track according to me is totally irritating and it slowed the pace.

But keeping in view the pace and intricate plot 4/5 stars.




View all my reviews

Review: Voyagers into the Unknown

Voyagers into the Unknown Voyagers into the Unknown by Ruchira Khanna
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A trip to Tajmahal is all that it takes to unload your mental and emotional baggage. Taj is one of the seven wonders of world and symbol of love. Raj is an emphatic tour guide who has a gift to heal others. Meera is his ideal companion.

Raj is a tour guide who does no promotion or publicity. His business run on word of mouth publicity. He has a knack of feeling emotional traumas of others and heal them. He is in a way a therapist though not having a professional degree. His method is also unconventional. He makes the person feel and work through his/ her pain. There are five main tourist on this trip.

1. Ira is a beautiful woman who is deceived by her lover Peter. She became depressed and suicidal. But her well-wisher send her to Raj tours.

2. Darci and Lennard is a couple who went through a rough patch due to recession. This put financial strain on them and Darci does the unthinkable. Lennard never forgives her for this.

3. Carl is a millionaire who is so lost in making money that he ignored her wife and son completely. Now he is an irritable, moody, despondent, disillusioned and disappointed old man.

4. And finally there is Asha, a widow who is dealing with her grief.

Raj takes them on a trip to TAJ and they are made to see their sorrows in a new light. Ira meets the driver Peter and finds a new ray of hope. Darci and Lennard come closer. Carl relaise his mistake. But then an accident takes place and all are hospitalized.

The book has some interesting insights. Some passages which I liked are:

1. ….I have always had a fear of committing to a relationship because I want to avoid the sorrows that occur when life doesn’t live up to your expectations.

2. Sometimes a few words of flattery can break boundaries of any kind, leading to an unexpected friendship.

3. It is amazing how one expression of gratitude can make a person melt and go beyond one’s capacity to do something for another individual.

4. It is amazing how sharing of one’s intimate details can make human beings forget the formality of a relationship and bring them closer together. They can identify themselves just as mere humans since we all share the same kinds of mental states. Emotions tend to entwine Earthlings together. Happiness and Sorrow are the two fundamental states that we all go through, and when shared with another person, we benefit from invaluable support and guidance. Humans are fascinated by emotional material.

5. Presentation has always been the key for any individual. Is it the lust between two lovers that makes them look at their respective reflections prior to a meeting or just the fact that appearance is the key and it helps to start conversation between two known or unknown people?

The book is not an easy read. It is not hunky dory and is tedious. All of them have some issues. Even Raj is commitment phobic. But if you work through till end it will be satisfying.

There are some issues too. One is that the mental and emotional issues shown can’t be treated in one trip to Taj. Some like suicidal tendencies, depression, grief etc. need medical supervision and prolonged or sometimes lifelong treatment. Second issue is that this book though set in India is not meant for Indian readers. Though human emotions are same everywhere, I had a feeling that it is written keeping in view western audience. One such examples is the process of wedding where Pheras are described in a very westernized way. Third is the slow pace of book and sometimes it doesn’t move at all for many pages. They keep wallowing in their own sorrows for on and on. Lastly the issues shown are of very rich people who have plenty of money and spare time so they create problems for themselves. Even Darci action shows that she put more emphasis on money then on her children. By her logic no poor person will ever be a parent.

To sum up it is a very slow read but reward the patience if one sticks to end.

4.5/ 5 stars.




View all my reviews

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Review: Destined

Destined Destined by Rubina Ramesh
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Which is better marriage: love or arranged? Nobody knows for sure. Common sense says that love marriage is better. Two people fall in love, have a courtship period and know each other. Then they decide to take it one level up. That is marriage. But what happens to arranged marriage couples. Do they suffer a loveless marriage forever? Is it inflicted on the hapless couples?

What is marriage? Is it a holy bond or just a legal contract between two parties? Religion says this is a bond till death do them apart. Law says this is just a contract between two consenting adults.

This book tries to answer these questions. What is the answer? For that you have to buy the book and read it for yourself. Here is the amazon link:

https://www.amazon.in/Destined-Rubina...

https://www.amazon.com/Destined-Rubin...

Esha is desperate because she has to arrange money for treatment of her father. She has lost her mother to cancer and now the same monster is afflicting her father. She tries to get a loan from her relatives who mercilessly refuse. Her childhood sweet heart and fiancée Ayush is also not helpful. Ayush and his mother come out as selfish, heartless people who think only for themselves. When she become dejected from everywhere, her boss Rohan is only the only ray of hope. He agrees to take care of all the expenditure but have a bizarre, humiliating and ridiculous condition. Will she agree?

The book has good emotional quotient. Esha feeling for her father are pure gold. But her feelings for Rohan are love or lust. Rohan gives her electric shocks every time which poor Ayush can’t. is love the name of electric shocks.

The book worked for me but only in parts. Plot device known as McGuffin is good if it is used once. But it is used too many times and that takes away too much from book. Say for instance why Zaira married Rohan’s father? If she was gold digger, then it makes more sense to marry Rohan because then she has all the property rights. As his mother she has to share property with him. Then why Rohan has to marry Esha (or any other girl for that matter) if ultimately he has to give Zaira her share. But everything else falls flat because of the poor and wafer thin plot. In the end no matter how hard Rubina tried to salvage Esha and Rohan conditions, they come out like doing it only for money. Live in has been better. And Ayush has been treated unfairly because if Esha knew him from school days; then either she is an idiot (which she is not as per her portrayal) or Ayush is a better actor than SRK.

3/ 5 stars for the effort.




View all my reviews

Destined by Rubina Ramesh

Which is better marriage: love or arranged? Nobody knows for sure. Common sense says that love marriage is better. Two people fall in love, have a courtship period and know each other. Then they decide to take it one level up. That is marriage. But what happens to arranged marriage couples. Do they suffer a loveless marriage forever? Is it inflicted on the hapless couples?

What is marriage? Is it a holy bond or just a legal contract between two parties? Religion says this is a bond till death do them apart. Law says this is just a contract between two consenting adults.

This book tries to answer these questions. What is the answer? For that you have to buy the book and read it for yourself. Here is the amazon link:



Esha is desperate because she has to arrange money for treatment of her father. She has lost her mother to cancer and now the same monster is afflicting her father. She tries to get a loan from her relatives who mercilessly refuse. Her childhood sweet heart and fiancée Ayush is also not helpful. Ayush and his mother come out as selfish, heartless people who think only for themselves. When she become dejected from everywhere, her boss Rohan is only the only ray of hope. He agrees to take care of all the expenditure but have a bizarre, humiliating and ridiculous condition. Will she agree?

The book has good emotional quotient. Esha feeling for her father are pure gold. But her feelings for Rohan are love or lust. Rohan gives her electric shocks every time which poor Ayush can’t. is love the name of electric shocks.

The book worked for me but only in parts. Plot device known as McGuffin is good if it is used once. But it is used too many times and that takes away too much from book. Say for instance why Zaira married Rohan’s father? If she was gold digger, then it makes more sense to marry Rohan because then she has all the property rights. As his mother she has to share property with him. Then why Rohan has to marry Esha (or any other girl for that matter) if ultimately he has to give Zaira her share. But everything else falls flat because of the poor and wafer thin plot. In the end no matter how hard Rubina tried to salvage Esha and Rohan conditions, they come out like doing it only for money. Live in has been better. And Ayush has been treated unfairly because if Esha knew him from school days; then either she is an idiot (which she is not as per her portrayal) or Ayush is a better actor than SRK.

3/ 5 stars for the effort.



Monday, 6 November 2017

Review: Undelivered Letters

Undelivered Letters Undelivered Letters by J. Alchem
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is my second book of J Alchem. First one read is “The Highway Man”. Review can be read here:-
https://www.amazon.in/gp/customer-rev...

Letters have become like dinosaurs now a days. We have e-mail, Facebook, Whatsapp and twitter. This is the age of instant messages. All these IM apps can’t hold candle to a real letter. Letter has emotions of the writer as it is handwritten. The recipient also feels a connection as the person took out time and effort of writing and posting it.

The book about letters which are undelivered for 20 years. Some of the person died or separated. Aron is a postman who forgot to deliver 9 letters. He finds them after 20 years and decide to deliver them on the advice of his wife. What happens?

The book is written in a concise language. This has some real emotions. But I find this book unsatisfactory. First the stories seems rushed. Second the reactions after getting letters and even the content of letters itself gas little or no impact. As this book is set in Europe or USA there is the problem of facts also. In 1993 letters has become obsolete. The concept is not new and I have seen a similar serial on Doordarshan long back (not able to recall the name).

Still 3/ 5 stars for the good effort with an interesting yet difficult concept.





View all my reviews

Friday, 3 November 2017

Review: The Guardian

The Guardian The Guardian by Anna del Mar
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Africa is rich in flora and fauna. Now many species are on the verge of extinction. But there is someone who is fighting the poachers.

Jade Romo, a journalist comes to Africa to uncover some secrets. Game warden Matthias Hawking is ex navy seal and fighting against the poachers. He admits here reluctantly knowing full well she means trouble. But he is attracted to her as well. He saves her from deadly thugs and then what happens?

Book has both erotic and thrill elements. The pace is good and story keeps interest going. It is a good one time read for sake of thrill and romance. 3/ 5 stars.


View all my reviews