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Book Review: Open-Eyed Meditations

Book:  Open-eyed Meditations

Author: Shubha Vilas

Publisher: Fingerprint publishing (2016)

Paperback: 280 pages

Genre: Spiritual/Self-help


Book Review: Open-Eyed Medtitations

Book Description:

Open-eyed Meditations is a beautiful compilation of thoughts wherein each meditation takes you on a journey to the past, bringing a secret herb to heal a problem of the present.
A true distillation of ancient wisdom tips for modern lives, this unique self-help book uses the wisdom of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata to solve your everyday problems.
Beyond the storyline, something deeper is waiting to be discovered from these ancient texts. This book is an attempt to uncover the hidden layer of wealth that is cleverly packaged within the commonly known storylines.


Yoga has become the trend of today’s age. However, yoga isn’t just for health, and the peace of mind. Yoga can also help in improving our relationships, and other aspects of life. Open-eyed Meditations talks about practical spirituality useful in daily life. In closed-eyed meditation, we focus on our inner self; this book contemplates life problems through the understanding offered by the ancient texts. Continue reading Book Review: Open-Eyed Meditations

Book Review: Songs of the Mist

Book:  Songs of the Mist

Author: Shashi

Publisher: Notion Press (2016)

Paperback: 241 pages

Genre: Spiritual


Book review: Songs of the mist
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Book Description:

A life, less ordinary made extraordinary by the search for the divinity within. Tracing the journeys of people from varied professions, this is a tale of self-discovery, the science of spirituality and long-lost love while a young scientist comes to terms with his childhood dreams.
Join an uplifting narrative crafted by Shashi as he takes you on a journey with the Monk- high on the mountains and in depths of broken hearts.

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Book Review: The Worlds Traveler

Book: The Worlds Traveler

Author: M.L. Roble

Genre: Upper Middle Grade Fantasy

Rating: selection_107

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Book Review: Diary of Anna the Girl Witch

Book:  Dairy of Anna the Girl Witch: Foundling Witch

Author: Max Candee

Kindle Edition: 159 pages

Genre: Upper Middle-grade


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Book Description:

What do you do when you discover you’re a witch… And that using your new powers destroys your soul a little each time? As Anna continues to learn more about her secret abilities, she finds out that her neighbors are hiding something of their own: a plot to harm Anna and her friends.

Can Anna Sophia use her newfound supernatural powers to stop them? Can she fight back, without endangering her own soul? And maybe, just maybe, is her own secret tied up with theirs?

Though there is nothing new in middle grade fiction where the main character learns that she/he is a witch, the subtle dark edge of the blurb intrigued me.

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Book Review: A dog eat dog-food world

Book:  A dog eat dog-food world                                                       

Author: Suresh Chandrasekaran

Publisher: Fablery (2015)

Paperback: 194 pages

Genre: Humour


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I love reading humour, but nothing is more painful than reading a book which tries to be funny. That leaves the option of re-reading the humour books I already loved. Or wish someone could write as good as P.G.Wodehouse. And then I found A dog eat dog-food world. Looks like my prayers are answered. Continue reading Book Review: A dog eat dog-food world

Book Review: Surrogate Author

Book: Surrogate Author: Authdas Journey of Nine-month book delivery

Author:  Santosh Avvannavar, Shilpa Patil

Publisher: Hoffen (2014)

Paperback: 47 pages

Rating: 3.2 stars

Book review: Surrogate author

Devdas is a classic tale of love & passion. And who knows the pull of passion than a writer who has began his journey to becoming an author for the first time? Imagine the aspiring author as the Devdas. Then what role would Paro and Chandramukhi play in his making? Surrogate Author: Authdas Journey of Nine-month book delivery is based on this theme, and follows a writer trying to unite with his first love—his debut book. Continue reading Book Review: Surrogate Author

Evaluating your health with Thyrocare—a review

The most common mistake everyone makes is that they consider youth as a synonym for health. After a certain age people undergo regular checkup to ascertain that they are healthy, but not younger people. However, statistics shows that young age offers no protection against diseases.

According to NFHS-3, the prevalence of anemia is alarmingly high (56%) among the adolescent girls in India. A recent study reveals 69% of Indians suffer from deficiency of Vitamin D. The changing lifestyle, and stress has also significantly increased the rate of hypothyroidism, and other non-communicable diseases (NCD) and risk factors.

The risk factors causing the non-communicable diseases start early in life. Hence, prevention should also begin early, and not after the onset of the disease. Lifestyle changes, balanced diet, regular exercise, and periodic evaluation of your health can prevent most of these diseases. Continue reading Evaluating your health with Thyrocare—a review

Book Review: The heart listens to no one

Book: The Heart listens to no one:it hums its own song                                                         

Author: Purba Chakraborty

Publication Year: 2016

Pages: Kindle Edition, 83 pages.

Genre: Poetry

Review:Rating: 4.2/5

Book Review: the heart listens to no one
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THE HEART LISTENS TO NO ONE: IT HUMS ITS OWN SONG is a collection of poems based on the theme of love. The cover gives a mystical feeling to the book. Continue reading Book Review: The heart listens to no one

Book Review—She: Ekla Cholo Re

Book: She: Ekla Cholo Re

Author: Dr. Shayan Haq; Santosh Avvannavar

Publisher: Hoffen; 1 edition (2015)

Paperback: 58 pages


Book Review--She: Ekla Cholo re
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Our society is governed by a simple rule. What we don’t understand doesn’t exist. As a result everything in society has to fit in a rigid framework. Every person has to be a male or a female. Even their characteristics, and behavioural traits are dictated by the society. But, what of the people who can’t be classified as either a he or she? Society either ignores them, or blames them for everything that goes wrong in the world. Trans-genders have been the victims of the irrationalities of society from the start of civilization.

She: Ekla Cholo Re is a story of one such person, Kusum. The only way Kusum can belong to our society is if she denies her own existence. Otherwise, she has to walk alone in this over-crowded world. Continue reading Book Review—She: Ekla Cholo Re

Book Review: No Parking No Halt Success Non-stop


Book: No Parking No Halt Success Non-stop

Author: Abhishek Ratna

Publisher: Supernova Publishers (2015)

Paperback:204 pages

Genre: Self-help


Review: No Parking No Halt Success Non-stop
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Book Description:

A self-help book for success at work! No Parking. No Halt. Success Nonstop! has 50 career lessons for today’s 20teen generation.
Practical and comprehensive, the book often stretches to the point of ‘cunning without harming’. Interspersed with quotes, stories and humour, it also breaks a few myths. The author treads the fine line between ethical and non-ethical. The author is able to convince the reader about the necessity for professional success.


Before reading, I was a bit skeptical about the book. Firstly, the title sounds like an advertising gimmick. Secondly, there are tons of books promising the success mantra, so I wasn’t sure if there’d be anything new. However, as I started reading, the author’s refreshing new point of view on some of the same old concepts, and his thorough analysis impressed me. Continue reading Book Review: No Parking No Halt Success Non-stop