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No Parking. No Halt. Success Non Stop!- REVIEW

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TITLE : No Parking. No Halt. Success Non Stop!
AUTHOR: Abhishek Ratna
PUBLISHER: Supernova Publishers
GENRE: Non- fiction (Self-help literature)

 

THE BOOK

 

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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

 

Having had a successful career in one of India’s leading banks, I could easily relate to the career lessons tailored by Abhishek Ratna for today’s 20teen generation. Each one of them took me down memory lane. They transported me to my career days and reminded me of similar situations I myself had faced and how I’d overcome stumbling blocks, handled tough bosses and fragile workplace relationships, been motivated by my peers and in turn motivated my team, etc…..

Each lesson is presented skilfully in a simple, easy to understand language. The author has taken care to keep the lessons short and sweet. While some lessons are explained with examples, case-studies and short stories, others are by way of tips. All the lessons have just one thing as their core – ‘success in workplace’. The book is divided into 13 sections of which the first twelve contain four lessons for each month of the year. The last and thirteenth section is devoted to ‘all time best career lessons’. There are two such lessons.
 

What I liked about the book is

 

1) that the author has presented a serious topic in a humorous manner thus making it a light yet powerful read. There is nothing in the pages of the book that is impractical. In fact I’d say that this is a book that’s not only for the 20teen generation nor only for those employed in the corporate world but for all generations as well as for those in the service sector, government and the self-employed too.

 
2) The  lessons are peppered with a number of beautiful quotes like :

 
“All of us, as human beings, seek to be respected. Even those who do not respect others have a deep seated desire to be respected.”

“A pat on the back can often motivate more than currency notes!”

“Best coaches never tell their athletes that they are wrong.They rather focus on creating awareness.”

“When nothing works, persistence will.”

“Spend more time with people who bring out the best in you.”

“Information is the key to success, anywhere and everywhere.”

“When an employee truly understands the meaning of his work and gets recognition for his efforts he performs the best.”

“Motivation is internal. It has to come from within you. Do not seek it anywhere else.”

“Failing is great! Isn’t it? I mean, it sets you free and, after all, failures are the pillars of success. So, you must fail!”

 

BEFORE I WRAP UP

 

I can’t help but say that I loved the short stories narrated by the author to drive home his point, especially the story of the hare and the tortoise. It is one story that’s stayed with me till date since my kindergarten years but I’ve never looked at it the way the author has. Abhishek Ratna has retold it beautifully keeping the present day scenario in mind. Don’t miss it.

 

VERDICT

 

A self-help book packed with punch I’ll give ‘No Parking. No Halt. Success Non Stop!’ 4 on a scale of 5.

 

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MEET THE AUTHOR

 

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Abhishek Ratna is a member of Mensa International (an IQ of 156 on cattell scale), an alumnus of IIT Madras, an MBA in Finance and Marketing with extensive corporate experience and an Image Consultant.

Abhishek is gifted with keen observation skills and is passionate about Coaching for Success.

He loves travelling and has been to over twenty countries across the globe for work and pleasure.

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A copy of the book was provided to me by Author Paradise in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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Dream Castle- Book Review

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TITLE- Dream Castle
EDITED BY- Kavya Shah & Akash Rumade
PUBLISHED BY – Ridzee
GENRE – Anthology

THE BOOK

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Dreams are the memories of the soul. We all have a dream that makes us one in a million. No one before has ever been us, no one in centuries will ever be like we are.

It takes courage to stick by your dreams. for you have to keep up equilibrium with your passion,loved ones and society. Beware of these people who dream with open eyes. They are the ones who will cheat on their fears and doubts just to marry their dreams.

Dream Castle will take you to a journey of passion, experiences, strengths and assorted hues of life. Revive and relish this stimulative, rousing compilation of short stories and be inspired to hold your grounds.

ME FEELS

A compilation of 20 writings from people of different ages, different backgrounds and having different perceptions of life and dreams. Some of these writings are in the form of short stories while some are autobiographical in nature.

How do I view these writings?

Good things first

The plot- The plot in most of the stories, have immense potential. They are not only realistic and relatable but inspiring too.

Language – Simple and easy to understand.

The pick– ‘The Knack Of Present’ By Kavya Shah is the story of a husband faced with the dilemma of seeing his wife slowly succumb to Alzheimer’s and yet be unable to do much about it. Told beautifully this one jostles one right to the core. It is packed with emotion and subtle romance and leaves a powerful message i.e., ‘Live in the present for you don’t know what the future holds for you and of course do try to live your dreams.’

Disappointments

Editing – Needs to be tightened. Except for three or four pieces the rest disappointed me on this count. There are umpteen errors. Some of the pieces are off-theme too.

Style- Here again the majority of pieces failed to impress. A story is best told with a bit of dramatization interspersed with conversation. It helps transport the reader to the scene of action which I felt was missing in most writings. Some of the pieces came across as amateurish. The writers of these pieces are just developing author wings. Their skills need to be honed to impress.

THE VERDICT

An average read, I’ll rate this book 2.5 on a scale of 5.

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A copy of the book was provided to me by Author Paradise in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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You are the Best Wife by Ajay K Pandey- A Review

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TITLE: You are the Best Wife
AUTHOR: Ajay K Pandey
PUBLISHER: Srishti Publishers
GENRE: Memoir(True Love Story)

THE BOOK


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Touching and at the same time eye-catching and revealing. It makes one want to pick up the book and explore the story within the covers.

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This is a true inspiring story of the author and his struggle with life. He struggled in almost every part of his life, but when his life seemed to be falling in place, his beloved wife left him halfway and her last word, ‘You are the best husband.’ gave him the strength to live with. He decided to pull off all her unaccomplished duties and made it a target to thrive for the rest of his life.

Told with frankness and doses of humor this heart-warming tale of a boy and a girl who never gave up on their love in face of the many blows that life deals them ends on a bittersweet and poignant note as Ajay comes to terms with the biggest lesson life has to offer.

‘You are best wife.’ is Author’s story—a story of how he lost his wife, his nerve-wracking and unimaginably terrifying journey through denial, resentment, and depression to, finally, acceptance and forgiveness.

The story is based on Ajay K Pandey and Bhavna’s life-journey and their love story.

MY TAKE ON THE BOOK

Straight from the heart hence, touching and relatable, the book starts on a humorous note where we see the author reminisce his college days, the ragging mania that gripped his seniors at IERT, the nightmarish nights he and his friends endured till the freshers’ day, his attempt at wooing his classmate who ultimately became his life partner, etc. Later we get a taste of Indian society, its caste equations, egos, etc., but what stands out is the fact that ultimately love prevails and all other things fade away. Though the first half is hilarious at places and introduces us to the lighter moments in the author’s life, the second half makes us realize the vagaries of life. But then as they say, “All good things must come to an end”, so too does this story.

While the first half will bring a smile to the eyes, the second half which is raw with emotions starting from hope to frustration to utter helplessness and loss will moisten them. The agony of seeing one’s beloved suffer, and not be able to do anything to ease the pain is brought out well so too is the author’s reaction to the loss.

What I liked best was the ending. The author finally draws strength from his loss and decides to move on instead of becoming a ‘Devdas.’ He finds his calling in the underprivileged children and decides to contribute his might to their education and well-being. This is the best tribute he can give to his beloved, his wife.

Language is simple and easy to understand, very much like the plot which is simple and straight.

THE VERDICT

A simple and easy read, one that’s sure to moisten your eyes, I’ll give this 4 on a scale of 5.

 


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All proceeds from the book will be donated through Bhavna Charitable Trust ( an initiative of Bhavna’s parents). To know more about the trust click here


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THE AUTHOR


An Engineering graduate in Electronics from IERT (Allahabad) and MBA holder from IIMM (Pune), Ajay K Pandey is currently working with Cognizant Pune. He finds joy and draws inspiration from TTR i.e. travelling, trekking and reading. ‘You are the Best Life’ is his debut novel. In fact it is his story.

 

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I ‘d like to thank the Author and Author Paradise for providing me a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

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BOOK REVIEW: ANYTHING TO LOOK HOT

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TITLE: Anything to Look Hot
AUTHOR: Jas Kohli
PUBLISHER: Srishti Publishers & Distributors
GENRE: Fiction (Medical Fiction)


THE BOOK: AN INSIGHT

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The front cover design with a pretty face and a gloved hand wielding the needle along with the tagline ‘Candid Confessions of a Plastic Surgeon’ is enough to give the reader an insight into the contents with the covers

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When the superstar diva of the past decade doesn’t want to play the hero’s mother on screen, she insists that she be reshaped into the most beautiful woman in the world…by any means.

This is just one of the many odd situations which plastic surgeon Dr. Dhruv faces in Mumbai. He has dealt with tyrannical bosses and finicky patients while undergoing his training, during which he has also won over a stunning doctor as his life partner. But satisfying the movie stars is a different ball game, because every girl wishes to have bee-stung lips, and every guy wants to flaunt a six-pack abdomen without working too hard. And all this while, he has to resist losing his balance over his ravishing female clients. Dr. Dhruv’s journey surpasses even a masala movie for humour, drama and action. In debunking many a myth about cosmetic surgeries, the book will enthrall those who can do Anything to Look Hot.


ME FEELS


WOWs!!!

Plot: Fresh, unique, interesting and realistic, the book is a virtual tour of the life and experiences of a plastic surgeon. Told in first person the story starts with Dr. Dhruv the protagonist clearing the entrance test for the M.Ch (Master of Chirurgiae) course. It then slowly but steadily weaves its way through his life story. However what really interested me is the way the Author himself a Plastic Surgeon, has highlighted the weakness of the human race i.e. the never-ending urge to look good and young.

The book busts a few myths regarding plastic surgery and plastic surgeons the common one being that all’s rosy-posy in the plastic surgery business and that plastic surgeons make loads of money easily. Well, it’s not so. Fame does not come easily. To be a leading Plastic Surgeon one has to toil for endless hours, depend upon ones clients and friends to campaign for him/ her by word of mouth and also have the right people in his/ her life. In short, the life of a successful Plastic Surgeon is not a roller-coaster ride but one filled with hurdles. A surgery gone wrong can mean not only the end of one’s career but years of litigation and sleepless nights too. As regards money, the successful ones do make loads of it but then along-with it comes loads of responsibility. In the rat race to become successful in the field, the Plastic Surgeon has to make innumerable sacrifices.

‘Anything to Look Good’ also makes us aware that plastic surgery deals not only with the human face but that it involves a lot more. The field is wide and encompasses the entire human body. It has the potential of making the ugly look beautiful, the obese look slim and trim and the aged look young and fresh. The book goes into the nuances of some of the procedures in detail.

The story is interspersed with bits of romance and humor here and there but is devoid of unexpected twists and turns. But then the book does not belong to the romance genre nor is it a mystery/ thriller. Hence to expect twists and turns is out of place.

Language: Language is simple and easy to understand. The beauty of the language is that it is devoid of complex jargon and confusing sentences.

OOPs!!!

Story- line : The part regarding Dhruv’s father’s entry into the world of acting towards the end, could have been avoided. It does not add value to the story. Instead, it looks out of place just like the sixth finger on one’s palm.


RECOMMENDATION & RATING


Overall a simple but lively read, this one is sure to interest the reader. I give the book 4 on a scale of 5.

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JAS KOHLI- THE AUTHOR

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A practicing plastic surgeon Dr. Jas Kohli is a multi-faceted personality. His interests include bird-watching, astronomy, music and writing. Dr. Kohli aims at furthering the doctor-patient bond through his writings. ‘Anything To Look Hot’ is his debut novel. The book in part, reflects Dr. Jas’s own story.

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BUYING LINK

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Disclaimer

This is not a paid review. I was provided a copy of the book by
Author Paradise
in exchange for an honest review.