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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

Rating:4.2/5

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.

Review:

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

Rating:4.2/5

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

Review:Rating4.5/5

Book Review: Anna the girl witch
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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

Review:Rating4.5/5

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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

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

Rating:4.2/5

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

Rating:4.2/5

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.

Review:

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

Book Review: The Magician’s Doll

Book: The Magician’s Doll

Author: M.L. Roble

Paperback:318 pages

Genre: Upper Middle Grade

Rating: 4.2/5

Book Cover: Magician's doll

Review:

The Magician’s doll starts with 12 yo Natalie rushing home to pull down her mum’s board. Whenever her mum opens her psychic shop, Natalie has to endure more bullying.

But, that is the least of her problems. Her only friend, Philip, has been distant since, his father disappeared. She herself has started to see things, she doesn’t even want to. Is she losing her mind?

In spite of all this, Natalie is excited about the circus coming to their town. In her delight at the magician’s show, she volunteers to help with his act—the living doll. And all Natalie’s hopes of being normal are dashed.

Though I didn’t much like the prologue, the book grabbed my attention from chapter one till I finished reading.

The lead character Natalie makes a wonderful heroine. As a twelve-year-old, she has a lot to deal. She really wants is to blend in, and be normal. No wonder she is scared when her abilities start to show up. Though she is afraid of the changes in her life, Natalie is a strong girl who stands up to her bullies, and defends her friends.

Unlike her, Philip is excited about his abilities. He feels, they’ll help him find his father. Natalie’s new friend Louisa is a sweet girl, though there is something strange about her. The Magician’s doll is full of quirky secondary characters, who add to the fun of reading.

The author, M. L. Roble, has woven a gripping mystery with magic, and fantasy elements. As the mystery unfurls, the book keeps the reader glued to the pages wanting to know more. The author is wonderful with descriptions; her vivid imagery, and details brought life to the joys of the circus.

Magic, suspense, an eerie undertone, along with some delightful moments–The Magician’s doll would enthrall the kids.

Plot Description:

Life is hard enough for twelve-year-old Natalie whenever her mother opens shop as a psychic.

But when Natalie herself starts to “see” things, it gets even harder.

Now she has to deal with losing control of her mind and body when information she does not seek comes to find her. Now people won’t stop asking her questions when all she wants to do is bury her head in the sand and pretend she has a normal life.

But then a big top circus rolls into town bringing with it Beausoleil the Magician, his daughter, Louisa, and his mysterious doll. Strange things are afoot with Beausoleil and his ilk, and in their wake, an eerie storm is brewing. Soon Natalie must decide whether to keep her head in the sand or whether to embrace her abilities and face the growing threat that will change her world forever.

Verdict:

The Magician’s doll is a fantastic thriller with a spooky undertone which will delight the children. I highly recommend it to the older kids who love magic, fantasy, and mystery.

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  • I received a review copy of the book from the Publishers via NetGalley for an honest review.