Storizen Magazine May 2024 Issue | S. Hussain Zaidi

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Articles/Short Stories/Poetry

Editor's Note, p7

Cover Story, p8


Unveiling 'The Black Orphan': A Thrilling Blend of Romance, Intrigue, and Action with S Husain Zaidi Hot Off the Press, p14

Adaptation Is the Key - Sreelekha Chatterjee, p16

Monthly Horoscope: June 2024 - Himani Goyal, p66

Creating New Imprints from the Fading Reminiscences - Ankur R. Gupta, p20

This is our Destiny - Nayan Marphatia, p24

The Cursed Woman - Rathin Bhattacharjee, p32

Solidarity Forever - Madhusudhanan S, p36

Interview: Damodar Padhi, Author: The Scrapper’s Way, p28

Book Reviews (by Swapna Peri and Kiran Adharapuram)

A Green Day by Jeevesh Gupta, Chittranjan Dubey & Anandajit Goswami, p40

Ambedkar in London by William Gould, Santosh Dass, and Christophe Jaffrelot, p40

And They Lived... Ever After by Rising Flame, p41

Arun and the Royal Rumpus by Eoin Redahan, p41

Before the Queen Falls Asleep by Huzama Habayeb, p42

Biopeculiar by Gigi Ganguly, p42

Boom Times for the End of the World by Scott Timberg, p43

Butter by Asako Yuzuki, p43


Caste Away by Na. Vanamamalai, p44

Chambers Book of Indian Election Facts by Kinshuk Chatterjee and Subrek Biswas, p44

Coach Builder by Donald Miller, p45

Eden Abandoned by Shinie Antony, p45

Crypto Crimes by Mitali Mukherjee, p46

Dance of the Elephant, Walk of the Dragon by Sandeep Hasurkar, p46

Deals by Michael Klausner and Guhan Subramanian, p47

Fun with Festivals by Subhamoy Roy and Sulaiman Ahmad, p47

Book Reviews (by Swapna Peri and Kiran Adharapuram)

Good Half Gone by Tarryn Fisher, p48

Hotel Arcadia by Sunny Singh, p48

Hype Machine by Joshua Oliver, p49

India's Most Legendary Restaurants by Ruth Dsouza Prabhu, p49

Landscapes of Wilderness by Narendra, p50

Leech and Other Stories by Ranjan Adiga, p50

Love Life by Matthew Hussey, p51

Lyrics by Sameer by Sameer & Shuja Ali, p51

Manohar Kahani by Raghu Srinivasan, p52

Manoj Bajpayee: The Definitive Biography by Piyush Pandey, p52

Miracles in Medicine by Roopa Pai, p53

My Beloved Life by Amitava Kumar, p53

Nightbloom by Peace Adzo Medie, p54

Provincials by Sumana Roy, p54

The 5 Principles of Parenting by Dr. Aliza Pressman, p55

The 12-Week MBA by Bjorn Billhardt and Nathan Kracklauer's, p55

The Black Orphan by S. Hussain Zaidi, p56

The Book of Chai by Mira Manek, p56

The Deception Industry by Herjinder, p57

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By Pria Raiyani and Swapna Peri S. Hussain Zaidi

Hussain Zaidi, India's No. 1 crime writer, delves into the fascinating journey behind his latest novel, "The Black Orphan " Known for his gripping narratives and meticulous attention to detail, Zaidi shares the genesis of the book, which originated from a casual conversation with friends and quickly evolved into a compelling story he couldn't abandon

In an exclusive interview with Storizen Magazine, he explains the title's natural emergence and credits the evocative cover to the expertise of his publishers Blending romance, intrigue, and action, Zaidi aims to captivate readers by weaving a multifaceted tale centered around DIG Ajay Rajvardhan and lawyer Asiya Khan, who navigate a labyrinth of terrorism charges and a serial killer on the loose. In discussing his creative process, Zaidi emphasizes the importance of engaging storytelling and maintaining narrative momentum, all while grounding his fiction in the rich, real-life landscape of Mumbai. This interview offers a deep dive into Zaidi's creative mind, revealing the intricate layers that make "The Black Orphan" a must-read

Could you take us through the genesis of "The Black Orphan," including the idea behind the title, the cover, and the plot?

The plot was born out of a conversation with two very close friends It began as a very vague idea but I wasn’t able to leave it alone Soon, I had the skeleton of a plot in my head, which I bounced off the two friends They loved it, and after that, you couldn’t have stopped me if you had tried

The title suggested itself somewhere down the line. I always prefer to have multiple options for a title but there is always that one title that jumps out. Black Orphan was that one title. As for the cover, I did what I always do; I left it in the hands of better minds than mine. The publishers did full justice to it, just as I knew it would

"The Black Orphan," is an interesting combination of romance, intrigue, and action, resulting in a multidimensional story that captivates readers. How did you weave romance, intrigue, and action into "The Black Orphan" to create a compelling story?

I think the more dimensions a story has, the more captivating or compelling it turns out to be Whether or not The Black Orphan captivates its readers is something that time will tell, but my attempt has been to do justice to the characters and the world I have created This means approaching the telling of the story from every angle, and not leave the reader wondering It’s simple logic, really The genre demands action, intrigue is its lifeblood and what is life without romance?

The protagonist, DIG Ajay Rajvardhan, and his love interest, lawyer Asiya Khan, face a complex web of challenges, including terrorism charges and a serial killer on the loose. What motivated you to create characters with such intricate backgrounds, and how did you develop their dynamics throughout the story?

Like most of my fiction, The Black Orphan is based on a whole lot of real-life incidents The backgrounds of the characters, their background and their dynamics are a result of this Real life cops, real life lawyers, their dynamics, the real-world results of those dymanic all of these come together to form the story of The Black Orphan

Your novels, including "The Black Orphan," are acclaimed for their fast-paced and engrossing nature Could you provide some insights into your writing process? How do you manage to sustain momentum and keep readers engaged from start to finish?

I think it comes from a place of responsibility. I may be the one buildin the story but I also have a responsibility towards my readers to keep it engaging and not drop the ball. A reader can lose interest in the best of stories if the telling of the story is not engaging enough I am experienced enough to know my reader and what they want, and if they are being kind enough to buy my books, I need to respect them enough to keep their attention engaged And it is


A fearless cop, a passionate human rights lawyer, and a deadly terror plot collide when DIG Ajay Rajvardhan of the National Investigation Agency meets the captivating lawyer Asiya Khan in court. She's defending a woman accused of terrorism, putting them on opposite sides. Despite this, Ajay can't stop thinking about her. As they grow closer, they become entangled in a web of crime and intrigue, with a serial killer targeting nuclear scientists and a sinister plot brewing in Mumbai. Ajay and his team race against time to stop the mastermind. Inspired by true events, this gripping tale of love, terror, and vengeance showcases Hussain Zaidi at his finest.

perfectly possible to do so without sacrificing the essence of the story itself It’s a balance every writer can strike

Personally, I achieve this by steering clear of overexplaining or editorializing and letting the story tell the facts.

Why Mumbai? Was it driven by an untold narrative, a particular sentiment, or perhaps just an instinct?

When I first imagined Ajay and Asiya, I imagined them in Mumbai. It seemed unfair to take them out of the world that they were conceived in at a later stage, just for the sake of variety I don’t think readers will ever tire of reading stories set in Mumbai It is that kind of a city, every nook, every corner holds its own stories And to be fair, there are a lot of other locations that the story spans across as well

Some writers and movie directors have faced criticism for depicting protagonists from Islam and Hindu religions, with accusations of promoting "love jihad." In your story, the characters are safe Do you believe any art form should be exempt from these controversies?

I believe controversy for the sake of it is counterproductive and unfaithful to the art of writing. If my book were about the concept of love jihad - if such a thing even exists outside of WhatsApp forwards - my treatment would have been different. The characters, the storyline, everything would have been different. But just because I have protagonists from two different communities involved romantically doesn’t mean I jump aboard the bandwagon and use an ongoing controversy to sell a few more copies That is the moral responsibility that every writer must stick to

There is a general notion among writers/authors that writing non-fiction is harder because you have to stick to the facts, while fiction allows more freedom for creative storytelling. You have excelled in both genres. Can you explain how these differences affect the way you write and create?

I’d put it like this; in non-fiction, you let the facts tell the story, and in fiction you let the story tell the facts Even the completely fantastical genre of fiction ends up informing the reader about something or the other Harry Potter as a concept was fully made up, but it did talk about the problem of discrimination that the West has seen, and continues to see But it did not preach, it just told the story and let the story tell the facts. If J K Rowling were to write a non-fiction book tomorrow about racial discrimination, I’m willing to bet there wouldn’t be a single magic wand in it.

While writing non-fiction books, do you ever encounter moments where you grapple with the decision of how much information to reveal versus how much to keep hidden?

I think the purpose of a non-fiction book would be defeated if I chose to hide information But what I do make sure of is that all the information I include is substantiated, either in the form of citations or my own experiences The biggest risk for a fiction writer is to not fall prey to the lure of sensationalising without substantiation If you are factually on firm ground, you’re golden

Pic: S. Hussain Zaidi, Author: “The Black Orphan”, published by HarperCollins India

If you had the chance to meet the characters from your books, which characters would you choose to meet, and what conversation would you like to have with them?

I wish I could say that I would advise them to make certain choices or decisions differently. But firstly, most of them are too headstrong to listen to me and secondly, if they did anything differently, The Black Orphan wouldn’t be what it is today, as a story.

Would you share something about yourself that your readers don’t know (yet)?

Just like Ajay Rajvardhan, I am a person who lets the heart think more than the head And this has cost me in life But just like it does with Ajay, this has also taught me who my friends actually are, and those that I have come to trust as real, genuine friends, I would today trust with my life

About Pria - Young mesmerizing freelance blogger, social enthusiast, and an economics graduate from Jharkhand University with a Master's in Child Psychology She is hardworking yet crazy, a passionate reader, an ardent music fanatic, an avid caffeine lover, and a maniacal animal lover too She has been a part of numerous anthologies, articles, and write-ups for newspapers and magazines which are multi-linguistic She has also written screenplays for YouTube series.

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KEY Adaptation Is the

ohit woke up a little earlier than usual. Unsure of the results of the examination that he had been put through, he roamed listlessly in his rented apartment, while a gale of uncertainty gusted noisily inside his head.

It was one of those hot, unbearable summer months Whenever he visited the city of Bangalore as a child along with his parents, almost twenty years ago, he always found itmild, pleasant Crossing the threshold of urbanization with negligible green cover, jungle of concrete, and erratic, searing weather conditions, the oncea-paradise image of the city had shifted toward analmost-inhabitable, challenging persona, stirring the necessity of climatic resilience

Rohit’s mind drifted back to the assessment that was about to happen a few hours later His fate depended not only on the outcome but also on the satisfaction level of his examiner, Venu

“Don’t worry You’ll come off with flying colors ”

These encouraging words from his girlfriend, Malini, consoled his every anxiety

The first time he was introduced to Venu, Malini’s father, was a few months ago Venu worked as a Head Chef in a posh restaurant When Rohit asked for his daughter’s hand, Venu insisted on starting a restaurant together. But accepting him as a son-in-law wasn’t easy for him.

“I wish my daughter the very best, and I’ll not settle for anybody other than the best to be my son-in-law.” Venu’s words reverberated in the alleyways of Rohit’s mind, almost crushing down his clattering confidence.

Being a chartered accountant by profession, he wasn’t well-versed in the intricacies of the culinary world But that part wasn’t for him to worry about, as Venu promised to be around whenever he needed his advice and assistance about the gastronomic activities

“Every business that we’re venturing into should consider the adaptations needed to mitigate climate change This restaurant business is no different Fixing air conditioners blasting hot air and greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, contributing to global warming is a big ‘NO’ for me Storing water and food in the fridges to keep them cool can be avoided They also contribute to the temperature rise ” Venu had expressed his

concern. “Only if you can find a solution to these problems, we can have a happy ending to your love story.” He had continued solemnly.

Dressed up in the best attire brown, cotton trousers and a white shirt Rohit proceeded toward the restaurant On reaching, he found Venu and Malini waiting outside in the scorching heat

“Welcome to the soft launch of our restaurant Rupantara, the transformation! We all need to acclimate to the vagaries of climate change Isn’t It?” Rohit said radiantly and manfully while opening the door for them

Inside the restaurant, Venu felt comfortable and cool The walls were tastefully decorated with paintings from famous artists of the country Venu scrutinized the ceiling looking for air conditioning ducts but couldn’t locate any Rohit led him to the roof above the restaurant to answer his query On the roof, Venu found the entire area covered with green grass and shrubs

“Green roofing is the only way out to keep our rooms cool naturally,” Rohit said, while the shades of jade reflected in his eyes

Venu smiled The restaurant had an unconstrained air about it, with ideas, design, and preliminary activities in plentitude

“We’ve put water-soaked khus or vetiver curtains on the windows The dry air cools as it passes through the wet khus The use of this native Indian grass as a coolant in households has been abandoned by us long back. Instead, the air conditioners have been installed in the urban houses. But this ancient method is effective and environment-friendly.” Rohit added.

In the kitchen, Venu found several earthen pitchers storing drinking water.

“The best way to drink cool water is from these earthen pots. Apart from that, it boosts metabolism, averts sunstroke and is gentle on the throat The clay pots are natural purifiers and the water kept in them is generally healthy for consumption ” Rohit explained

By nature, men had never relinquished their cosmic associations with the great cycles of nature that remained inherent in them ever-growing, ever-flourishing Rohit was no exception, and his ardent desire to make a difference amid climate change was praiseworthy

Unexpectedly, there was a knock on the front door Who could be there? Rohit wondered

As he opened the door, a middle-aged, fashionable lady stood outside, smiling at him


“I don’t believe this Vinayana ma’am, the famous food critic is at my door But the restaurant is not ready for the world ” Rohit exclaimed while mutinous fluxes of disquiet invaded his calm on seeing the sudden visitor

“I asked her to join us for lunch ” Venu chipped in

As they all settled down at a table for four, the food started coming in

“We’ll discuss your restaurant and its food as we dig in I must convey the pluses and minuses of the food that would be served here to those potential customers ”

Vinayana said, toying with her mobile phone

Rohit felt a stream of uneasiness trickle down his forehead It was as if he was facing a test where Venu was the internal assessor and Vinayana the external appraiser. No matter how much a student prepared, he was bound to have his alertness and valor exhausted in the presence of such strict examiners. A negative comment from the food critic could tarnish the reputation of the restaurant even before it opened.

“We’ve all newly trained, young chefs in our restaurant cooking vegetarian dishes,” Rohit said hesitantly while the jeera (cumin) rice was brought in, as his soul was shaded with abject terror

This was followed by stir-fried locally available vegetables like pumpkin, yam, raw banana, drumsticks; piping hot sambhar (lentil soup); mango pickle; potato, onion, and brinjal fritters; tomato–coconut chutney; fried papadams; and curd

They began with a conversation about the popular restaurants in the area, but after a while all fell silent, and their faces grew brighter by the appearance of each dish Comfort food enlivened the mood and soothed the soul, and that was exactly what they found on the restaurant’s very first, simple yet mouth-watering, menu While chewing on the candied fennel, Vinayana brought up the topic, as she leafed through Rohit’s face vacantly, “Everything is good, but how’ll you continue without a refrigerator in the kitchen? What will happen to the leftovers?”

“We’ve decided to cook fresh produce that will reach our kitchen on a daily basis At the end of the day, the surplus food will not be thrown away Please come along with us to know more about it ” Rohit insisted

The food was packed in earthen pots and kept in Rohit’s car. All four of them got on and headed toward the nearby flyover.

On reaching there, a group of children in shabby attire

welcomed them with jubilant cheers and smiles Their parents joined them soon They lived in the makeshift houses beneath the flyover

With the help of Malini, Rohit cleaned a portion of the area, placed around twenty banana leaves and filled small earthen tumblers with water All the women, men, and their children sat down to eat, while Rohit and Malini served them rice, mixed vegetables along with sambhar and curd in earthen vessels In her eyes, Rohit’s concern for the underprivileged made him a figure of considerable pathos and heroism

At the end of the meal, the inhabitants of the flyover expressed their deep satisfaction before saying goodbyes Venu and Vinayana left without any word

The next morning when Rohit read the newspaper, he found Vinayana’s article on the front page that appeared beneath the headline, “Learn the Ways to AlleviateClimate Change from Rupantara.”

As he read through the article, he felt his eyes brimming with tears. Just then the mobile phone chimed. It was Venu’s call.


“You’ve not only done an exceptional job at the restaurant but also paved the way for a bright future for those around you But don’t you think we should collaborate in your earnest endeavors? Let’s do it together ” Venu’s words initiated a flower of pride to blossom within him

“Yes, papa!” Rohit could muster only these words, as he felt his voice choked with emotions Outdoors the blazing sun witnessing man’s illimitable transformation had commenced strewing fireballs all around Deep within, he knew that he wasn’t afraid of them anymore.

Sreelekha Chatterjee’s short stories have been published in various national, and international magazines and journals like Indian Periodical, Femina, Indian Short Fiction, eFiction India, The Criterion, The Literary Voyage, World of Words, Writer’s Ezine, and Estuary, and have been included in numerous print and online anthologies such as Chicken Soup for the Indian Soul series (Westland Ltd, India), Wisdom of Our Mothers (Familia Books, USA), and several others She lives in New Delhi, India

You can connect with her on Facebook at facebook com/sreelekha chatterjee 1/,

Twitter -@sreelekha001, and Instagram @sreelekha2023

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ameer and his son Samar witnessed the sunset on the porch of their house. He was sharing stories of his childhood. His enthralling tales captivated sevenyear-old Samar's attention. But he was finding it hard to believe. "Dad, you're such a bluffer," Samar laughed, his innocent eyes sparkling with amusement. "All these things exist only in my comic stories "

No, Son, believe me, I'm not, said Sameer earnestly His heart sank, realizing his son had difficulty accepting his childhood experiences He says, " As a child, I spent endless nights on my ancestral house terrace, sleeping and gazing at the sky of silvery stars After school, our daily ritual was climbing the grooves of green trees, playing for hours in the cool breeze, and swimming in Before he could tell more, he was interrupted by little Samar

"Hey, Dad, we can't even sit outdoors for a few minutes here, and you're talking about endless nights on the terrace His innocent eyes filled in disbelief as he continuously scratched his arms, full of mosquito bites His little fingers then pointed up in the sky, and he skeptically commented

"And, where are those galaxies of shining stars? What I see are only a few faintly twinkling stars" Sameer took a long, sad pause He found himself struggling with the words to convince his child that his tales of childhood were not fiction stories He mutters, "I don't blame you, my son In today's world, very few traces of it are left in urban clusters." He sighed and then wished he could turn back the hands of time to show his son the beauty of Nature he had experienced as a child.

While he was engrossed in his thoughts, his wife, Neena, joined them and asked Samar to go inside the house. She warns, "Samar, these dusty, polluted winds can aggravate your asthma attack." Samar obediently gets up, but while going inside, his innocent eyes seem to ask Sameer, " Where is that pristine air that you enjoyed as a child?"

of trees once thrived. The muddy lanes have transformed into concrete roads. Progressive urbanization has faded away the memories of Sameer's childhood.

Disillusioned, Sameer, while having breakfast the next day, expresses his disappointment to his father. He says, "Dad, you're the Sarpanch of this Village How could you allow them to uproot those age-old trees?

Sameer's father then explained that the Warehouses were much needed as they provided good storage facilities for farmers He says, "After these Warehouses, it became very convenient for our villagers to transport crops to retail markets at an appropriate time "

Sameer grumbled loudly and said, "But all this was at the expense of bringing down well-grown trees " "And, what happened to the park? There, I saw a Government outlet opened to provide subsidized groceries Further, on the way, I saw an extensive packaging factory mushrooming over the green fields"

He kept complaining further "This is becoming a common scenario everywhere in the name of progress I don't know what our governments are doing There is no planning and apathy towards the environment No wonder the climate around us is witnessing disturbing changes"

Sameer's Dad looked at him deeply and said, "Come, Son, let's go around the Village Maybe you'll be able to find answers to your questions "

The little Samar jumped from his chair and shouted, "I'm coming too."

The Old man took him in his arms and said," Yes, of course."

Samar's questions kept echoing in Sameer's mind for a long time He then considered visiting his ancestral hometown, which he had not visited for over a decade He hoped to show the traces of his childhood to his son But as they arrived at the Village, Sameer was taken aback

The once quiet and serene lanes were now bustling with activities Tall Warehouses stood where grooves

As they roamed in the village lanes, Sameer noticed once tiny houses had transformed into bigger homes. Almost every house showed signs of prosperity. The uneven lanes had given way to cemented roads with street lights The school building was renovated Its facilities had massively improved compared to his childhood They stopped for a while at a newly opened hospital Sameer remembered how they had to rush to a nearby city for medical assistance

A broad smile breaks on his face as he speaks, "Hmmm it was so good to see the Village flourishing but He paused as the memories of the old town flashed in his mind again

Sameer's father seems to be reading his mind He said, " Son, my village people and I know that any


development comes with a price tag paid by natural resources around us So, we are continuously trying to preserve it in new ways"

Sameer raised his eyebrows in a question and asked," Preserve how?

Look closely at the houses around you, says the Old Sarpanch Each home has solar panels, rainwater harvesting, and a small open traditional veranda surrounded by lush green plantations and trees After every block, there are play areas for the children

Though smaller than earlier, they are immaculately maintained All this was possible with the collaborative effort between the government and the community

Sameer also noticed that people were carrying reusable bags in the market, and plastic was merely used for inevitable purposes However, he still needed to be convinced why trees were uprooted in order to construct the warehouses and factories.

His father replies ."Yes, we uprooted trees for progress and allowed a factory to come near our Village. But you should have seen the thriving forest we villagers created behind that Warehouse. The roads have come, but hundreds of trees have been planted at its sides. For every uprooted tree, we ensured that Ten new trees were planted" "This is a continuous drive that my community has committed to maintaining the balance between progress and Nature "

Hmm but why the factories? Asked Sameer

The old Sarpanch replies wisely," To provide good employment opportunities to our youth So that they are not forced to migrate to cities Many villages near our vicinity are left desolate, with no young generation Sameer was amazed to witness his father's and his community's dedication to maintaining the Village's socio-economic and ecological balance He then wonders if one day, with all such facilities in the town, he would also like to shift to his hometown, leaving the hustle of big cities

Engrossed in deep thoughts, he drives down to the lush green forest behind the warehouses, double the size of the earlier one

"Oh, Dad, this is almost the same as what you told me in your childhood stories " Shouted little Samar with delight as he ran around the trees

The old Sarpanch smiles, seeing the happiness on his grandchild's face Then, taking a deep breath, he says to Sameer. "You're right, my son. Many things you enjoyed as a child are no longer the same. But it doesn't mean that we should give up hope. "Nature may look

different now, but it's still there, waiting for us to appreciate it in new ways "

He looks deeply into Sameer's eyes and says, "Son, create new imprints from the fading reminiscences for your son By doing this, you may be able to recreate a magic that you feel it has lost "

These words left a deep imprint in Sameer's heart, and he returned home with a valuable perspective


One fine day, Sameer tells Samar," Son, let's create magic for you," he said, standing next to a community lake next to its apartment "This dying lake is the victim of our ignorance "

Sameer, with the help of a few friends, began the work of restoring the community lake. They started the awareness drive, and, with time, many more like-minded hands joined as they were waiting for someone to take the first step.

With the support of the community and local authorities, they organized regular clean-up drives, planted native trees and medicinal plants around the lake, and implemented measures to prevent water pollution and restore marine life, which helped control the mosquito menace

In a few years, the once-ailing lake transformed into a thriving ecosystem

While Sameer couldn't bring back the exact world he had experienced as a child, he was succeeding in instilling a deep appreciation for Nature in Samar


The community understood that change is inevitable, but our actions as individuals can make a difference. By continuously working towards preserving the environment, they could make a difference and help recreate the new magic out of the lost ones.

Watching a beautiful sunset, Sameer and Samar now sit on the banks of the lake, surrounded by the vibrant colors of blooming flowers and the cheerful songs of birds They share stories of their adventures, the challenges, and the joy they had found along the way Sameer had embraced the beauty that remained, cherishing his childhood memories while creating new imprints for his son- the future generation

Ankur R Gupta - Ankur R Gupta is a multifaceted individual with a passion for storytelling and a deep understanding of human psychology

As an author, writer, and cybercrime intervention officer, her articles and stories delve into the complexities of human emotions, relationships, and the pursuit of personal well-being

Through her captivating narratives, she invites readers to embark on a journey of introspection and self-discovery

In addition to her writing pursuits, Ankur is an avid traveler She is particularly drawn to historical and adventurous destinations, where she immerses herself in diverse cultures, traditions, and histories These experiences serve as a wellspring of inspiration for her work, adding depth and authenticity to her stories and articles.


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Year-old Dinesh, watched his father sitting hunched back on the floor, painstakingly creating embroidery, with intricate patterns, using threads of several hues. His father would peer into the cloth with great concentration, before his nimble fingers pierced the cloth, using the needle with surgical precision. Dinesh often wondered whether his father’s hunch was due to a bad back or a declining eyesight that forced him to bend and peer into the cloth The output was an exquisite embroidery, with colorful designs, and small mirrors, stuck at regular intervals, used as bed sheets, pillow cases, and handbags He was curious as to why his father made them, when they did not own pillows, a bed, or even handbag

The bag used to buy groceries from the village shop, was a crudely stitched bag from old and torn pieces of cloth

Dinesh was small, underweight and resembled a 7year-old, with a large head and dark-green curious eyes They were members of the Rabari Community, that inhabited a sleepy village in the harsh and barren desert of Kutch, Gujarat Everyone in the village bore weather-beaten faces, etched with deep strong lines and folds of dark brown skin, which strangely lent character to their faces Most men sported a large handle-bar moustache, which was a fashion amongst the men and a sign of virility

Primarily a nomadic community, Dinesh’s father did embroidery to supplement the meagre family income His mother did the basic household tasks of collecting wood, cooking the meals, and drawing water from the well, which would become almost dry by summer.

Dinesh’s father would encourage him to learn embroidery, in the hope that Dinesh could add to the family income. However, Dinesh’smind meandered aimlessly to other areas, often leading to questions that his father could not answer. His questions such as “Father, why are huts shaped round? Why does it get windier in December and January? How much money do we need to buy a motor-bike?” were met with a stony silence His father’s face grimaced every time he asked, mostly because he was unable to answer any question However, what made his father feel better, was that the village School Master, a highly educated man, didn’t know the answerseither The monotony and boredom in the sleepy village was broken once a month by the arrival of car The boys would run after the car The adults would emerge from their huts on hearing the honk anda noisy buzz would spread like sandstorm enveloping the entire village “Saheb has come” they would all say The ladies would rush to prepare a snack or a drink The men would dust their charpoys, in a superfluous effort to remove the dirt

A plump, middle-aged man would emerge slowly from the car. He had a rounded face, with black oily hair combed back, and a crooked smile, where the sides of his mouth sloped downwards from the left to the right. A perpetual wide-eyed expression of surprise, projected pomposity rather than warmth. His clothes were washed, and well ironed offering tell-tale signs of his prosperity The villagers would rush to pay obeisance, when he visited their houses

As he approached Dinesh’s house, his parents stopped all activities and offered him the seat on the charpoy His mother offered some snacks and the last piece of gur in the house Dinesh’s father also implored him to do Namaskar! Dinesh refused! The sight of the man, generated anger and he would froth and fume, before his mother whisked him away, lest he offend the honored guest The man would then examine the embroidery prepared by his father He had the ability to find every invisible flaw in the work and no bag was worth buying He said “Chachaji, your eyes are getting weak No one will buy this bag of yours Since I know you, I can offer at best Rs 50 for this” Dinesh father would meekly reply “if you say so, sir Your thinking is always correct” Dinesh, knew enough to realise, that when his father got paid Rs 50, the same bag was being sold in the cities of Rajkot and Ahmedabad for Rs 5000 and even triple this in the far-off city of Mumbai He suffered daily nightmares - the Trader with a pompous smile, the hunger in his stomach, the same old clothes which became tatters, his father pleading with the man with oily hair and the crooked smile

Dinesh spent his spare time playing cricket with a rubber ball. A bare hand, was used in lieu of a bat, since none of the boys could afford a real cricket bat. On a hot, dry summer day, lying on a bundle of hay, all the boys dreamt about what they would do if they had a 1000 Rs. The objects of desire ranged from Cricket bat, new set of clothes to a TV. Dinesh, hesitatingly said, “I would use the money to do business to make more money.” His mother often looked lovingly at her only child. He was everything and the world to her She would skimp on her meals just so that Dinesh could get an extra chapati, thereby transferring his hunger to her Although his father was illiterate, he knew that education is what would pull them out of the well of poverty

After Dinesh, cleared the 10th Grade Board, his parents beamed proudly at their son, who was now a star in the village and destined for bigger things Their pride in their son mingled with a tinge of regret – an awareness that the bird would soon fly out of the nest

The village School Masters, who felt his life’s mission had been fulfilled, arranged for Dinesh to get a


government scholarship for his education at Bhuj, a town 50 km away

As his parents emotionally bade him farewell, he promised that he would return after he had earned atleast Rs 10,000/-, which would buy a better quality of life His parents said “Son, don’t hold grudges, our life is our destiny”

Living with a distant uncle in Bhuj, Dinesh began a formal education at a government college Although he now had access to books and good teachers, fellow students mocked his nomadic attire, and his rustic accent Dinesh displaying spunk, worked even harder A quicker grasp of the subject, was put to good use, by giving tuitions to other students His fees increased directly as his reputation grew

Dinesh after graduating from Bhuj, felt he had outgrown the town and decided to head to Mumbai to pursue an MBA. He met his parents at Bhuj who gave their blessings and his father again repeated “Son, don’t hold grudges, our life is our destiny”.

Mumbai, the promised land for a million immigrants gave more than a fair chance. Dinesh diligently completed his education and landed himself a job with an Investment Banking firm. His focus on the job, and investments on the stock markets paid handsome rewards He felt it was time to share the wealth at home Boarding a flight, he arrived at Bhuj and took a private taxi to reach his home The dust and dryness were still the same The village boys started chasing the car and the elders awoke from their mid-morning naps There were celebrations as the news spread that one of the boys from the village was now a big successful star from

Dinesh busied himself arranging for a proper brick house, with a coat of paint, an attached bathroom, a gas connection and a Water Pump to be used by the entire village His income obviated the necessity of his parents having to work The world had moved on, but time stood still in the deserts of Kutch

After accomplishing the tasks, Dinesh started packing As he was about to leave, he heard the excited chatter of boys running The usual buzz that announced the arrival of a visitor He stepped out to see the Trader, who emerged from the car He was noticeably pudgier The oily hair on his head was replaced by an oilier balding pate Rattled for a moment to see a young man, in very urban attire It took a moment for him to register it was Dinesh Lifting one eyebrow, he gave a broad beaming smile He remarked ” How are you?” Dinesh’s father bowed down once more, replied “all is well with your blessings Saheb!”. Dinesh merely stared at the Trader.


The Trader cheerfully told Dinesh, how his father made exquisite embroidery and what good prices he gave. Dinesh, without batting an eyelid replied “if that was the case, father would not be still living in a hut.”

The Traders brow furrowed. He eyes looked towards the ground and his smile slowly disappeared.

He then looked up momentarily and said “Admittedly, I must have paid less a couple of times, but that was only to motivate him to give better work If you feel so strongly, I am happy to give a bonus for Diwali, which you can celebrate ”

Dinesh said “We don’t need you to buy our products from now on Father will be collecting all the Embroidery from the village and selling it directly to Retailers in Mumbai and Delhi We have now written our own destiny”

I am a Chartered Accountant by profession based out of Mumbai, India I have had a long and extensive career in the field of Finance and am now an aspiring author I have written a few short Stories

Interview:DamodarPadhi, Author:TheScrapper’sWay

What was the biggest challenge you faced as Chief Learning Officer at TCS in terms of learning and unlearning?

Returning to TCS for my second stint was both exciting and daunting When Mr N Chandrasekaran, the then-CEO of TCS and now Chairman of the Tata Group, asked me to come back, I was hesitant However, his assurance that it was an organizational need convinced me to take on the role Initially, I oversaw Global Learning and Development, which later evolved into Talent Development

The challenges were twofold: personal and organizational Personally, as a technologist without an HR background, the realm of talent development was entirely new to me I had to quickly adapt and learn on the job, often from the very team I was supposed to lead Embracing Agile methodologies and integrating agility into learning processes became central Interestingly, I discovered my passion for writing while hospitalized, and this skill became a powerful tool to inspire and influence the younger generation through my blogs.

Organizationally, a significant challenge was that many professionals are not natural learners. It's human nature to avoid unnecessary effort unless it directly benefits one's career. For example, learning AI or Machine Learning has become crucial now because of their career advantages. Additionally, managing the scale of learning in such a vast organization was daunting. We had to ensure that our learning initiatives were scalable and could adapt swiftly to changes without causing major disruptions

Can you explain the ASCENT approach?

When I joined, TCS had numerous small-scale learning programs run by various business leaders, each catering to about 100-200 participants These fragmented efforts weren't creating the desired organizational impact To address this, I decided to sunset these sporadic programs and introduce a unified program ASCENT for all entry-level managers and leaders

ASCENT was designed by identifying the essential attributes of effective entry-level managers and creating a comprehensive program to address these attributes This consolidated approach ensured that our learning efforts were impactful and scalable

What are your thoughts on moonlighting, especially with the rise in cases during COVID19?

Moonlighting, where employees work for two companies simultaneously, first surfaced prominently at Wipro When discovered, companies responded by calling employees back to the office and, in some cases, terminating those involved

I see moonlighting as a question of integrity Working from home provides extra time that should be used for selfdevelopment, not for taking on another job This practice exploits the trust and freedom given by the company I believe companies should address this issue by punishing the guilty individuals rather than implementing blanket policies that penalize everyone Integrity should be at the core of professional conduct

What are your thoughts on Mr. Narayana Murthy's suggestion of an 80-hour work week?

Mr Murthy's suggestion has been widely debated, but I interpret it as advocating for an active and productive life He implies that young professionals should spend 8-9 hours at their jobs and another 5-6 hours on selfdevelopment and learning This total dedication to growth and learning is what drives success.

Personally, as a student, I often put in 15-16 hours a day studying, which instilled a strong work ethic. Applying this principle to one's career can lead to significant personal and professional growth.

How has the COVID-19 pandemic changed the work ecosystem?

COVID-19 brought immense challenges but also numerous opportunities It tested our adaptability and agility Personally, the pandemic gave me the time and space to write my book Instead of lamenting the situation, I chose to be productive This mindset of leveraging crises to find new opportunities is crucial

What is your opinion on online vs. offline learning and its impact on future generations?

Each generation evolves and becomes smarter on average Online learning is like Maggi Noodles quick and easily accessible However, it's often consumed without a clear need, leading to distractions

Classroom learning, on the other hand, is more structured and relevant The key difference lies in the application of knowledge Online learning can easily become mere browsing, whereas classroom learning often involves more practical applications The principle of Bloom's Taxonomy illustrates that retention is higher when you apply what you've learned Online learning is here to stay, but we must focus on applying and practicing this knowledge to truly benefit from it

Pic: Damodar Padhi, Author: The Scrapper’s Way (Source: The Business Journals)

Why do you think there's a decline in interest in IITs and IIMs nowadays?

Contrary to the belief that interest is declining, more students are aspiring to join IITs and IIMs The opportunities in India have improved, reducing the need for graduates to seek jobs abroad However, societal pressure on children to pursue engineering or medical careers is a concerning trend

In my book, I discuss parenting and the importance of not imposing career choices on children Bad parenting can lead to undue pressure, while good parenting allows children to follow their passions and strengths

Are students changing their minds about government jobs due to new rules?

Career choices should be individual decisions If a particular path becomes less viable, the system will naturally balance out as people adapt to new opportunities Forcing oneself into a path that everyone else is pursuing can lead to dissatisfaction. It's important to choose a career path based on personal interests and strengths.

What key message do you want readers to take away from your book?

Firstly, don't blame your circumstances. Negative energy from constant complaining can be detrimental. Instead, focus on leveraging the positives within the system

Secondly, making the right decisions at crucial career points is vital If you find yourself on the wrong path, it's important to course-correct effectively

Lastly, dealing with negative energy through forgiveness and moving on is crucial for success

How you manage and let go of negativity will significantly impact your personal and professional growth


ayatri, in spite of being a hard-working, peace-loving, god-fearing woman, had the misfortune or privilege of being considered an ill-fated woman.

“Don't take her to hospital, Binu.” Shubha said to his brother, pleadingly on that fatal Tuesday.

“Why? Ma is sick and baudi is right in wanting to visit her ” Binu asked his elder brother, surprised

“Just like that ” Shubha replied “Besides, you know what people are like Should anything untoward happen today, God forbid, you can't stop people from bad-mouthing her Can you?” Shubha murmured If he wanted to tell his younger brother anything more, he refrained himself from discussing the topic any further

It happened like that : Gayatri, Shubha’s wife had requested Binu, her brother-in-law, earlier in the morning to take her to Peerless Hospital in Kolkata to visit her ailing mother-in-law Busy as she had been running the household chores in the absence of her in-law, she was the only one not to have gone out to meet her mother-in-law, long-hospitalized due to a severe bout of pneumonia

But the reason why Shubha had requested Binu not to take his wife to the hospital became clear hours after their visit to the hospital

On that glorious Tuesday afternoon, almost all the Sen household members were there to see Durga, Binu’s mother.

The doctor had told Binu earlier in the day that Durga’s condition had improved miraculously to sift her to the General Ward from the ICU, where she had been kept on ventilation for the past twelve days.

Once the news was passed through Binu, everyone in the Sen Family wanted to visit her. That's when Gayatri had made the request to her brother-in-law to take her to the hospital

By the time they reached there and stepped into the General Ward, they were surprised to see almost all their kith and kin surrounding the bed on their left Binu could also see his mother popped up on the bed, looking fatigued yet talking animatedly to one of her grandsons

He walked across to the other side of Bed No - 113 and squeezed his way in through the crowd of relatives

“Can you tell me my name, granna?” Someone asked Durga from the lap of his mother.

“Look who’s come here, Ma,” his sister, Anwesa, told Durga, while she, in a sari loosely wrapped around her, slowly turned her head to find Binu there.

She beamed as their eyes met Binu gently stretched his hand out to touch his mother before asking:

“And tell me who I am, Ma ”

“You? Can you ever dare me to forget your identity?” Durga answered without naming him directly

The way she was greeting people, answering their questions and all, it was hard to believe that it was not so long ago that she was fighting a lost battle against Death!

Amidst all the hummings and suppressed excitement, Durga next lowered her gaze towards the corner where Gayatri, a big smile hovering over her mouth, was standing expectantly

“How are you Ma?” She shot the question at her motherin-law

Something strange happened the very next moment to Durga, who had barely managed to set her eyes on Gayatri by then At first, her smile vanished into thin air Next, her whole face got contorted, her eyes upturned as she started trembling like the Devil had possessed her. Then, her teeth were bared like Goddess Kali was out on a vengeance and the corners of her mouth started frothing!

One of the nurses rushed in instantaneously. She hurriedly made her way through, took a look at Durga quaking on the bed like the recently slaughtered head of a lamb, and wasted no time in ringing the doctor, who, on his arrival asked everyone to make way as Durga was being lifted up from the bed and put back on a stretcher

“What's wrong with Ma, Doctor?” Binu enquired helplessly running after the doctor

“I am not sure but I think she has had a convulsion ” The doctor responded Then, before Binu could ask him any further questions, he blurted out on his own “We are shifting her back to the ICU Dr Bose has already been informed He is on his way ”


The gist of the matter was that Durga, who had recovered from her prolonged illness that very day, transferred barely five hours back to the General Ward, had to be shifted back up to the ICU on the same Tuesday itself!

A fighter to the core, Durga, having heroically fought her final battle tooth and nail for close to two weeks, finally succumbed to all powerful Death the next day

The sun, on the other side of the river, had long gone down in the horizon, leaving the sky crimson Standing on the steps leading down to the Ganges, Binu, barechested and in a dhoti around her loins with water dripping from all over, looked back wishfully at the reflection of the crimson sky in the waters before throwing the earthen pot containing the ashes of his deceased mother into the holy river

A raven crowed from a tree nearby as someone was heard remarking from the top flight of steps further up: “I told you. That Gayatri is an evil woman. Didn’t Durga Aunty look all set on the road to recovery when Gayatri turned up? And no sooner had Aunty set her eyes on the cursed lady, you know what happened? Death seized her. She didn't live to see another day…...”

Something brother Shubham had told him, came to Binu’s mind :

“ Should anything untoward happen, God forbid, you can't stop people from bad-mouthing her Can you?”

Rathindra Nath Bhattacharjee, more popularly known as RNB to his students and colleagues, is a retired English Teacher from Bhutan Civil Service and former Principal of St Xavier's Public School, Joypur Two of his novels have recently been published by ZobraBooks and are available on A recipient of the Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Teaching from His Majesty, the 5th hereditary Monarch of Bhutan, Rathin Bhattacharjee is a writer, blogger, podcaster, editor, translator and an avid reader.

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Solidarity may sound like a small word, but it has a deeper and higher meaning Itmeans unity, harmony, cohesion and Camaraderie. The word stands for (collective) cooperation and understanding among groups (of individuals), particularly during times of adversity

Solidarity is most commonly witnessed during the time of war, natural calamity, disasters or pandemics During a time of crisis, the human impulse comes collectively to tackle and address the crisis with unity It transcends social status, ethnicity, religion, race and even borders.

The labour union is one of the best examplesof solidarity The Workers/labourers have achieved their rights like, workplace safety, increments in their wages, fixing minimum wages etc.…, through the labour union (i.e. collective action of labourers) The solidarity of people for a common cause has mostly succeeded

Solidarity transcends personal interests and supports each other for common causes, whatever it may be Whenever there is social injustice many people come together and show their solidarity for social justice By showing this solidarity, they bring changes in society and justice for the victims.

Many countries achieved their freedom by showing their solidarity for the independence of their country. Social inequalities transcended beyond boundaries and races when people fought for a common cause. A society can make several changes by showing their solidarity for the right cause

Solidarity reminds an old fable –There was a lion king in the forest. Every day he comes to the outskirts of town and hunts down his food Each day the lion hunts different food, for example, one day it may hunt deer, goat, buffalo, etc…., the buffaloes notice the way the lion hunt and they gather one fine day before the lion comes to hunt They discussed and concluded that today not only that no one will become prey for this lion but also they should ensure that this lion never thinks of coming to the outskirts of the forest (as well as the town).


With that determination, they were grazing the grass as usual in the outskirt of the forests. The lion came for the hunt To its surprise lion saw that these buffaloes were grazing the grass together in groups and each group had five (5) buffaloes, still lion went for hunting one of them at that time the rest of the four buffaloes came to the rescue and fought with the lion together

Within no time, rest of the buffaloes surrounded the lion and started pushing it harder together with their horns. After some time, the lion was injured and went away without any prey and never came back to the outskirts That is how buffaloes showed their solidarity and proved that unity is strength

The Solidarity forever for the right cause will always lead to success. Human impulse always ensures that we all show solidarity forever during any kind of crisis across the world No force in the world can stand against it when people have decided to show solidarity forever.

Madhusudhanan S is an Economist by profession He loves to write Fiction, Essays and issues on Economics He has published essays and stories in, Storizen Magazine, Indian Journal and twist & twain.


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"A Green Day" is an engaging collection of perspectives on climate activism. The book is a remarkable compilation of articles, portraits, and personal experiences from environmental movements throughout the world. This book describes how campaigners from around the world convinced politicians

and galvanized communities to take action in response to our planet's deteriorating condition These stories highlight pivotal events in the activists' journeys, expose the terrible reality of environmental destruction, and propose practical answers to the escalating situation The anthology features essays by Rituraj Phukan, Anand Reddy Yellu, Karina Weinstein, Yuvan Aves and many more that are compiled into one book by prominent environmentalists and social activists like Jeevesh Gupta, who left his corporate career to champion social change and cofounded movements such as Extinction Rebellion and the Campaign for Differently Abled, highlighting the intersection of disability rights and climate activism. Chittranjan Dubey raises awareness about environmental crises in Europe and India through his work with Extinction Rebellion and the India Against Corruption Movement, adding unique global and local perspectives Anandajit Goswami, a research fellow at the Ashoka Centre for People-centric Energy Transition, brings extensive experience from his work with TERI, WWF, and Niti Aayog, providing valuable insights into policy and advocacy, enriched by recognition from human rights and environmental groups These activists' dedicated testimonies communicate their rage, anxiety, and optimism for the future Despite the dismal circumstances, they demonstrate that there are reasons for optimism The book highlights the need for everyone to work together to safeguard the environment The book's unique and inspiring stories show that when individuals work together, tremendous change can occur. These campaigners have had a particularly powerful effect on young people, pushing them to join the climate movement and demand action from governments and institutions. Their capacity to organize young people all across the world has helped to fuel a growing feeling of urgency and activity over climate change. Research shows that activists' advocacy has influenced collective efficacy beliefs, leading to increased intentions to address climate change Their influence transcends borders and political ideologies, uniting people from diverse backgrounds Their ability to connect with audiences worldwide through social media and public appearances has contributed to a global movement for

climate action. This book provides detailed perspectives on environmental issues, inspiring young people to join the fight against climate change

The grassroots stories, such as raising forests in Assam and building ponds in Marathwada, demonstrate the power of community-driven efforts and transformative change.

The book "Ambedkar in London," edited by William Gould, Santosh Dass, and Christophe Jaffrelot, provides a groundbreaking assessment of Dr B R Ambedkar's early life and long-term effect on the metropolis This outstanding compilation sheds light on Ambedkar's education and political evolution in Britain, as well as insights into his global connections and the effect of his anti-caste campaigns Scott Stroud praises the book's intellectual depth and broad coverage, emphasizing its significance in furthering our understanding of Ambedkar's experiences and legacy in London The book delves into two important aspects of Ambedkar's stay in London: his academic and political experiences, both of which gives a nuanced perspective on how he developed The first half delves deeply into Ambedkar's academic career, with chapters detailing his time at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Gray's Inn. Scholars such as Daniel Payne, Sue Donnelly, and William Gould provide thorough assessments of Ambedkar's scholarly pursuits and the variables that influenced his thought process. Steven Gasztowicz's chapter on Ambedkar's legal education at Gray's Inn sheds light on previously unknown aspects of his education and offers unique insights into the context and subject matter of legal studies at the time. The chapters by Jesús F. Cháirez-Garza and Christophe Jaffrelot enrich the assessment of Ambedkar's schooling They emphasize on his engagement in Round Table Conferences and his shifting activist framework, stressing his worldwide advocacy and depth of views The book's second half concentrates on contemporary Ambedkar echoes in London, emphasizing the impact of his works on legal action and grassroots activities Writers such as Santosh Dass and Jamie Sullivan discuss the challenges and triumphs of preserving Ambedkar's London house as a museum, including intimate details about the efforts taken to do so Kevin Brown's chapter emphasizes Ambedkar's lasting relevance by diving into his interactions with W.E.B. Du Bois and the link between the Dalit battle and worldwide anti-racism groups


A disability is defined as any physical or mental condition (impairment) that makes it more difficult for the individual to do particular tasks (activity limitation) and interact with their surroundings (participation limits) But do impaired persons perform less efficiently as others? The answer is a huge no Consider great persons from ancient, modern, and recent times such as Hellen Keller, Alexander Grahambell, Socrates, and Srikanth Bholla. Despite their disability, they drew people from all over the world together in one spot. As a result, this demonstrates that impairment is only a little blip, not a dead end. The above prologue introduces a book by the Rising Flame Society and published by HarperCollins, for a magnificent book. "And They Lived... Ever After" is a ground-breaking anthology that reimagines traditional fairy tales through the lenses of fantasy and magical realism, incorporating disabled people This anthology, which grew out of an award-winning non-profit initiative called Rising Flame, attempts to build an inclusive literary environment for women and children with disabilities "And They Lived Ever After" is a compelling anthology that reimagines classic fairy tales with characters such as a deaf Snow White, a wheelchair-bound Rapunzel, and a neurodivergent Ugly Duckling, highlighting themes of disability, women's liberation, and racial discrimination Written by 13 women, the stories challenge traditional representations of disability in literature and are infused with the authors' personal experiences, emphasizing the struggles, joys, and resilience of disadvantaged individuals The anthology tackles social issues like bullying and shaming, humanizing oftenoverlooked characters such as Cinderella’s stepsister and the mother duck of the "ugly" duckling, thereby promoting empathy and encouraging readers to reconsider their perceptions. "And They Lived... Ever After" promotes a kinder, more inclusive society by educating its audience in addition to providing them with entertainment. Under the direction of Founder and Executive Director Nidhi Ashok Goyal, Rising Flame's effort brings experiences that are often unseen and unheard to light, giving individuals who feel excluded or misunderstood a sense of love and belonging

The strength of varied voices in literature is demonstrated by this anthology, which is laying the groundwork for a time when everyone will be able to live happily ever after.

"Arun and the Royal Rumpus" is an engrossing blend of humor, adventure, and the strength of friendship. Eoin Redahan expertly weaves a story that captivates readers from the opening page, with unique characters and beautiful locales. The protagonist, Arun, together with his buddies, provide charm and complexity to the plot, making it a fun read for people of any age The wellpaced storyline and rich descriptions take readers into the beautiful world of Asamana, bringing every scene to life with color and excitement The novel explores important issues such as bravery, loyalty, and the unexpected friendships created during risky expeditions Arun emerges as a sympathetic and likable hero due to his persistence and creativity The royal rumpus is more than simply a rescue mission for the king, Lalu; it's a celebration of tenacity, familial relationships, and the turmoil that links them together Redahan's writing smoothly ties these concepts together, ensuring that the story touches viewers on several levels. Arun encounters a number of extremely difficult obstacles throughout the novel, each one more difficult than the last. Arun's quest is exciting and dangerous, including everything from snatching keys from a sullen giant to outwitting a group of brutes lead by the evil Vin. One sight that sticks in your memory the most is Arun riding a one-eyed pony down a precarious mountain ledge. This perilous voyage adds layers of emotion and comedy to the story while showcasing not only his bravery but also the close relationship he has with his faithful pony Eoin Redahan's talent for crafting remarkable sequences is evident in scenes like the Giant's Keys Heist and Arun's journey through Asamana's sewers, where the suspense and peril are palpable Arun's humorous exchanges with his friends Krishma and Sai, along with these vivid scenarios, enhance the novel's overall appeal

"Arun and the Royal Rumpus" is a delightful royal adventure filled with bravery, whimsy, and unexpected alliances, making it a must-read for anyone who enjoys a good story of adventure and friendship Redahan's storytelling ensures that readers will cherish this book long after the final page.


Huzama Habayeb's "Before the Queen Falls Asleep" is a moving story that delicately ties together themes of memory, displacement, and survival, explaining that life is not simply what one lives, but what one remembers and recalls. This novel, expertly translated by Kay

Heikkinen, offers a fascinating investigation of the Palestinian diaspora through the eyes of its protagonist, Jihad, a second-generation refugee reared in Kuwait who eventually becomes a prominent writer Jihad's upbringing in the early chapters, defined by her parents' expectations and the weight of financial duties, foreshadows a path of self-discovery in the face of adversity As she navigates Kuwait University and the Gulf War, the family's move to Jordan becomes a watershed moment in their life, demonstrating the fortitude and adaptation needed in the face of dislocation and turmoil. Fast forward to Jihad's middle age in Dubai, when she revisits her past with her daughter Maleka, whose impending departure from university abroad inspires her to think about family, identity, and the complexities of love and loss. Habayeb presents a vivid portrayal of Palestinian existence, highlighting the role of memory in defining one's identity and perception of the world. While the novel's plot takes a purposeful meandering path, representing the nonlinear nature of memory, the emotional resonance is obvious throughout Jihad's account of her life experiences, from secret funds in times of famine to the complexity of familial relationships, exemplifies the lasting spirit of perseverance in the face of hardship "Before the Queen Falls Asleep" is a relevant and poignant translation of Habayeb's outstanding Arabic novel, expertly conveying the daily difficulties and achievements of displaced Palestinians

With its lyrical style and subtle investigation of issues, this book creates a lasting impact, urging readers to consider the power of memory and the human spirit's perseverance in the face of dislocation and uncertainty

Gigi Ganguly's "Biopeculiar: Stories of an Uncertain World" is an imaginative collection of speculative short stories that weave together a deep love of nature with serious worries about environmental challenges Ganguly's stories, characterized as amusing yet

unsettling, encourage readers to perceive the world through a variety of lenses, blurring the distinction between the human and non-human realms. This innovative approach encourages readers to consider their effect on the natural environment and the connection of all life. "Biopeculiar" builds on this heritage, with stories full of heart, wisdom, and enchantment The stories connect to current environmental issues by presenting speculative narratives that are deeply rooted in concerns about the natural world and the crises it faces today The collection is described as being shot through with a deep love for the natural world, grave concern about the crises that envelop it, and a rare kindness even as it places the blame for these crises on humanity "Biopeculiar: Stories of an Uncertain World" by Gigi Ganguly includes fascinating tales like a cloud herder preparing for retirement amid the departure of the Weather Department's best vocalist, and a corvid inspector tackling a difficult case, a tarnished reputation, and unhappy colleagues One standout story, "Nemesis," is reminiscent of Bora Chung's "Cursed Bunny" and may even make readers hesitate to kill a cockroach in the future. Ganguly's poetic writing and inventive narratives reveal overlooked truths, encouraging readers to adopt perspectives ranging from clouds to silkworms. This 22-story collection excels with its personal, nuanced, and emotionally poignant tales, making "Biopeculiar" a remarkable addition to speculative fiction, exploring themes of belonging, displacement, and the balance between desire and reality "Biopeculiar: Stories of an Uncertain World" is a moving reminder of the fragile balance between humans and the environment Ganguly's characters frequently find themselves negotiating the complexity of the natural environment, thinking about their role within it and the influence of their species These intellectual and physical encounters challenge readers' ideas about identity, morality, and the human predicament

This anthology encourages readers to consider their ties with the environment, making for an educational and engaging read.


"Boom Times for the End of the World" is a moving assessment on the status of the arts in modern society as well as a monument to Scott Timberg's lasting influence. His insightful and fervent writing provides an invaluable window into the cultural transformations that have taken place in Los Angeles and other places Through the perspective of one of society's most devoted chroniclers, this anthology provides invaluable insight into the intricate interactions between culture, economy, and society "Boom Times for the End of the World" is a moving assessment on the status of the arts in modern society as well as a monument to Scott Timberg's lasting influence His insightful and fervent writing provides an invaluable window into the cultural transformations that have taken place in Los Angeles and other places. Through the perspective of one of society's most devoted chroniclers, this anthology provides invaluable insight into the intricate interactions between culture, economy, and society. Timberg's writing reflects his background and passion for the media. After growing up in Maryland and Palo Alto, he attended Wesleyan University and the University of North Carolina to pursue a journalism degree before moving to Los Angeles in the 1990s. His enthusiasm for the "culture business" inspired him to write about a wide variety of subjects, such as Ray Bradbury's writings and the legacy of pianist Glenn Gould Not only does this book demonstrate his dedication to his craft, but it also demonstrates his affection for Los Angeles, which he called his "misread city " "Boom Times for the End of the World" is a collection of articles by journalist Timberg that explores Los Angeles society from the early 2000s to the post-2008 financial crisis The book investigates the Great Recession's influence on the arts and culture landscape, with an emphasis on the issues that the creative class faces in a constantly changing society Timberg's ability to collect memorable quotes and unique profiles demonstrates his journalistic skills and passion for the subjects he covers "Boom Times for the End of the World" is a tribute to Scott Timberg's enduring influence and a thinkable appraisal of the state of the arts in contemporary society. His passionate and perceptive writing offers a priceless window into the cultural shifts that have occurred in Los Angeles and other locations.

This collection sheds light on the complex relationships between culture, economy, and society from the viewpoint of one of its most dedicated chroniclers.

Asako Yuzuki's 2017 novel "Butter," which was first published in Japan and has now been translated into English by Polly Barton, is a distinctive combination of a friendship story and a whodunit mystery, all encased in a sumptuous culinary motif. The narrative centers on

journalist Rika Machida's investigation into the life of gourmet Manako Kajii, who was found guilty of killing and defrauding men. A straightforward request for a beef stew recipe launches Machida's plan to get Kajii to tell the truth, and it sets off a slow-burning drama that delves far deeper than the murders Kajii is said to have committed The novel's plot revolves around Machida and Kajii's correspondence in search of culinary tips As the simple recipes morph into increasingly sophisticated and unusual meal instructions, a game of cat and mouse begins The colorful, mouth-watering descriptions of food heighten the anticipation, creating a fascinating and stressful environment Readers are left wondering who is influencing whom as Machida attempts to find the truth about Kajii's purported misdeeds Yuzuki's writing is full of sensory nuances, notably the way food is portrayed and how it affects the characters Machida's metamorphosis from a busy professional who ignores food to a passionate thing is eloquently depicted. Her culinary exploration mirrors her increased knowledge of Kajii and herself, as she produces and serves numerous foods. This investigation of food and its connections to identity and relationships enriches the work, elevating it above the status of a thriller. Based on the true story of the "Konkatsu Killer," the novel explores topics of social sexism and the enforcement of cultural standards. The media frenzy around Kajii's case exemplifies society's concern with beauty and the double standards women confront Kajii's unashamed passion for food and her body becomes a prominent element of the story, forcing the reader to reconsider concepts like as guilt, pleasure, and self-acceptance To summarize, "Butter" is a thought-provoking and multi-layered work that provides a unique reading experience While it may not fit cleanly into the traditional murder mystery genre, it captivates with its detailed descriptions of cuisine and astute comments on society

For individuals who want to immerse themselves in Japanese culture and food while also exploring issues of friendship, identity, and societal expectations, "Butter" is a delightful book that will stay with them long beyond the last page.


"Caste Away: Perspectives on CasteEquality Struggles in Tamil Nadu" by Na Vanamamalai explores the complex dynamics of caste in Tamil Nadu from the Chola era to the early twentieth century The book uses historical sources, ascetic lyrics, and court rulings to show how Chola

monarchs made concessions to various caste groups, balancing advantages and exploitation Vanamamalai argues that caste-based disputes were primarily expressions of class animosity, not aimed at creating an equitable society The book, translated by Joshua Gnanselvan, delves into the history and growth of Tamil Nadu's caste system It tracks the evolution of caste classifications and functions across time, illustrating how societal issues influenced changes in the hierarchical structure Joshua Gnanselvan thoroughly investigated references, books, and court papers, as well as interviewed subject matter experts, and Na Vanamamalai's efforts provide a true and honest translation Despite repeated efforts by social reformers, politicians, and bureaucrats to eliminate social disparities, the caste system remained, albeit with minor alterations, indicating caste's long-standing significance in Indian culture. Vanamamalai's study also digs into Tamil Nadu's medieval era, spanning the late 10th to 13th century, exposing a rich social fabric. The extensive collection of inscriptions from this period, preserved on temple walls and described in sources like as the Epigraphia Indica and South Indian Inscriptions, provides a complex understanding of societal interactions. These inscriptions emphasize the mobility of the caste system and the importance of local politics, economic concerns, and social ambitions in constructing caste hierarchies Overall, "Caste Away" makes a significant contribution to our understanding of caste in Tamil Nadu It emphasizes the need to acknowledge the historical intricacies and geographical variances in the emergence of caste Vanamamalai's work goes beyond simple or ideologically motivated narratives, instead providing a thorough and nuanced assessment of the social, economic, and political variables that have impacted caste relations throughout millennia

This book is a must-read for everyone interested in the diverse character of caste battles and the continuous drive for equality in India.

“Chambers Book of Indian Election Facts” by Kinshuk Chatterjee and Subrek Biswas is a comprehensive and meticulously researched work that serves as a valuable resource for understanding the intricate history of Indian elections. The book is divided into three parts, covering the age of Congress dominance

around 1952-77), the age of political fragmentation (197799), and the age of ascendancy of the BJP (roughly 1999 onwards). This chronicle of modern Indian elections aims to provide a repository of important facts about electoral politics in India, without any ideological bias. 1. The Age of Congress Dominance (1952–77): This section examines the formative years of Indian democracy, where the Indian National Congress held sway over the political landscape It details the party’s strategies, electoral victories, and the socio-political context that allowed for such dominance 2. The Age of Political Fragmentation (1977–99): The authors explore the period marked by the rise of regional parties and the weakening of the Congress’s hegemony This era saw the emergence of coalition politics and the increasing importance of regional issues and identities in national elections 3. The Age of Ascendancy of the BJP (1999 onwards): The final part of the book discusses the rise of the Bharatiya Janata Party as a significant political force, analyzing its electoral strategies, key victories, and the broader ideological shifts in the Indian electorate. The authors, Chatterjee, a historian, and Biswas, a journalist, combine their expertise to present facts and trivia about Indian elections, including lesser-known events and figures that have shaped the country’s political fabric. The authors have taken a fact-based approach, using reliable data sources and analyzing information without bias. They describe the content as "facts plus plus plus," aiming to educate and entertain readers with both essential information and intriguing beyond-the-ballot events The book covers all Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha elections, offering readers a quick reference to Indian electoral history and intriguing insights beyond the ballot “Chambers Book of Indian Election Facts" offers a comprehensive and unbiased reflection on India's democratic process, enriched with anecdotes and essential facts like B R Ambedkar’s electoral defeats and the unique Goa referendum

Covering all Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha elections, this handbook is an indispensable quick reference for anyone interested in the intricacies of Indian elections and their historical context


Donald Miller's book "Coach Builder: How to Turn Your Expertise Into a Profitable Coaching Career" provides a detailed road map for anybody interested in starting a successful coaching business With over two decades of consulting and coaching expertise, Miller provides his ideas and tactics to assist readers in navigating the competitive world of coaching The book, which is organized into 8 steps, claims to provide budding coaches with the skills and strategies they need to succeed in their area. Author Miller addresses a wide range of issues in "Coach Builder," including how to construct a successful coaching practice. From defining a niche and developing a service menu to generating leads, maintaining client relationships, and building the business, the book offers practical advice backed up by real-world examples and case studies. Miller's knowledge comes through as he delivers practical ideas on marketing, goal-setting, and client management, providing invaluable advice to coaches at all stages of their careers Key takeaways from "Coach Builder" include recognizing a specialty, developing a clear service menu, and growing a strong customer base Miller highlights the need for good marketing methods, such as developing engaging websites and sending automated sales emails The book also emphasizes the need to create realistic business objectives and keep excellent client relationships, offering specific strategies that can be immediately implemented in a coaching firm The inclusion of case studies and real-life examples enhances the reading experience by providing readers with concrete examples of how Miller's ideas have been effectively used in real-world coaching circumstances. These case examples not only give practical insights but also confirm the success of Miller's ideas, making the book both educational and motivating. Whether you're just starting out or seeking to grow an established business, "Coach Builder" is an invaluable resource for anybody serious about making an impact and earning money in the coaching sector. All things considered, "Coach Builder" is commended for its realistic approach and useful guidance It promises to lead readers toward reaching their career and financial objectives while doing what they love and provides a road map for success in the coaching business

With so many helpful tips and tactics, "Coach Builder" is a priceless tool for aspiring coaches who want to make a successful living off of their coaching knowledge.

Mitali Mukherjee's " Crypto Crimes: Inside India's Best-Kept Secret" is an eye-opening look into the murky underbelly of India's crypto currency sector She delves into the dark web, exposing the myriad crimes that thrive in the uncontrolled crypto bubble, using fascinating personal tales and

eyewitness accounts Mitali Mukherjee, the head of Journalist Programmes at the Reuters Institute in Oxford, uses her broad knowledge to offer a complete picture of this rising financial issue The book focuses on the startling volume of cryptocurrency investments in India, with over $10 billion invested by around 15 million Indians, mostly young merchants from smaller towns Mukherjee digs into the unpredictability and temptation of fast money that has propelled cryptocurrencies to financial prominence, particularly among those aged 22 to 30. However, this quick development has resulted in a number of missteps, including a variety of unlawful actions. Mitali Mukherjee methodically tracks the shadowy underbelly of the crypto industry across India, from gunpoint looting of cryptocurrency accounts in Uttar Pradesh to rapid money laundering scams in Bihar and drug-fuelled parties in Karnataka She uncovers the startling scope of crimes aided by cryptocurrency, such as drug sales, smuggling, illicit betting, and even terrorist financing These chilling stories highlight the critical need for regulation and monitoring in the cryptocurrency field The author's deep experience in business journalism comes through in her analysis of the social and demographic factors influencing India's infatuation with cryptocurrencies Though clumsily, Mitali Mukherjee examines the policy environment, which reflects the state of regulatory disarray at the moment People are nonetheless drawn to the risky world of cryptocurrency trading by the promise of fast money, even in spite of warnings from the RBI and a lack of clear government regulation These draws frequently have disastrous results. "Crypto Crimes" is an engaging book that mixes human anecdotes with in-depth research to provide a comprehensive overview of the cryptocurrency phenomena in India. Author Mukherjee's description of the emergence of digital assets, frauds in the business, and complicated regulatory issues gives a critical insight into crypto currency's current situation.

This book is crucial for anybody interested in the convergence of technology, money, and crime, as it emphasizes the critical need for educated regulation and public awareness in this quickly expanding subject.


Sandeep Hasurkar's book "Dance of the Elephant, Walk of the Dragon: How India and China are Re-shaping the World" dives into India and China's economic growth tales, examining their future trajectories and influence on the global landscape. Hasurkar, an ex-investment banker and author, underlines these two countries' vital

responsibilities in combating climate change, as well as the relevance of nuclear energy in satisfying their energy needs

Hasurkar underlines the relevance of India and China's distinct conditions in determining their separate economic pathways, as well as the necessity for bespoke solutions rather than "cookie-cutter" methods. China's strategic approach to nuclear energy, which focuses on state assistance through low-interest loans, land, licenses, and tariff subsidies, has resulted in a tremendous increase in nuclear capacity, outpacing many industrialized countries in reactor installations and cost efficiency. In contrast, the United States and the European Union face barriers to nuclear power growth due to unresolved issues The book also discusses the recent announcement of private-sector investments in India's nuclear energy sector, emphasizing the value of public-private partnerships in driving growth and capacity creation However, the specifics of the cooperation, notably the private sector's role in technology sourcing, manufacturing, and component supply, are unknown yet critical to the initiative's success Furthermore, the book describes China's amazing progress in nuclear energy, which outperforms many wealthy countries in terms of cost efficiency and capacity, with forecasts predicting that its nuclear capacity will nearly double by 2031 These findings give a detailed review of India and China's economic and energy strategies, emphasizing their importance in the global energy landscape and climate change mitigation efforts.

Overall, "Dance of the Elephant, Walk of the Dragon" gives insights into the changing dynamics of India and China's economic growth, their energy plans, and the need for successful collaborations in defining their future trajectories in the global arena.

In "Deals: The Economic Structure of Business Transactions," Michael Klausner and Guhan Subramanian delve into the complicated world of business transactions, giving a comprehensive yet comprehensible guide aimed at maximizing value for all

stakeholders. Drawing on a plethora of real-life cases spanning multiple industries, from corporate mergers to highprofile contract disputes, the authors distill decades of experience teaching and advising on business transactions into a rigorous framework focused on designing incentives, effectively communicating information, and clearly defining rights and obligations. Klausner and Subramanian explain the difficulties of dealmaking by using vivid case studies such as Microsoft's acquisition of LinkedIn and Scarlett Johansson's contract dispute with Disney They also define essential negotiating rules and economic ideas necessary for value maximization They address common issues like as information asymmetry, moral hazard, and opportunistic behavior, emphasizing the importance of carefully considering exit alternatives early in transaction design to prevent the hazards associated with long-term contracts This book stands out for its practical application of economic theory to real-world dealmaking scenarios, making it an invaluable resource for students and professionals in the business and legal professions Whether readers are new to business or law school, seasoned financial specialists, or simply interested in the mechanics of high-profile deals, "Deals" gives vital insights into the underlying economic structures that drive successful negotiations. Klausner and Subramanian persuasively illustrate that ideal dealmaking is more than just zero-sum games, asserting that experienced transactional professionals may create value through strategic structuring and negotiating. By studying a variety of circumstances and applying basic economic principles to comprehend them, the authors produce a theoretically rich yet practical guide that will appeal to both practitioners and scholars, promoting further development of dealmaking theories In the book authors Klausner and Subramanian explore corporate contracts and offer a theoretical framework that may be used for a wider variety of business transactions, not simply mergers involving public companies The writers talk about the challenges of drafting contracts that take the unpredictability of shifting economic relationships into account, whether they are joint ventures or long-term partnerships Finally, "Deals" emphasizes the intentional ambiguity that is occasionally inherent in contract design while equipping readers with the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate the complexities of contemporary dealmaking It does this by providing indepth discussions on earnouts and contingent value rights.


Explaining festivals to children in a fun and colorful way can be a delightful experience

From Diwali's dazzle to Holi's hues, from Navratri's beats to Eid's feasts, and from Christmas carols to New Year treats, this delightful book is packed with festive facts, creative activities, and wonderful things to make, ensuring every day is a cheerful celebration. Hachette's book 'Fun With Festivals' with stories by Subhamoy Roy and Sulaiman Ahmad, illustrated by Shamika Chaves is a creative approach to making learning about festivals exciting for kids. From Lohri to New Year's, all the major festivals are explained in a story-telling manner with the rituals, significance, and activities for the kids The book's contents are explained in the following ways Storytelling Magic: Every festival has a rich story filled with fascinating characters and events Share these stories with children in an animated way, using expressive voices and gestures to bring the tales to life This immersive storytelling method not only captures their imagination but also deepens their understanding of cultural traditions and histories Crafty Celebrations and Decor Delight: Engage children in making festival-related crafts, such as painting and decorating diyas for Diwali or creating ornaments for Christmas This hands-on activity is both fun and educational, helping them understand the symbols of the festivals Additionally, decorating the home or classroom with festival-themed items can be highly engaging. Children can help hang lights for Diwali, set up a nativity scene for Christmas, or arrange flowers for Pongal, making the festive environment more vibrant and inclusive. Dress-Up Fun and Cooking Together: Allow kids to dress in traditional attire related to each festival, enhancing their sensory experience with bright colors and different textures. Explain the significance of the clothes and how they relate to the celebration Involve children in preparing special festival dishes to teach them about the cultural significance of food and the joy of sharing meals during festivities This not only makes the celebrations more interactive but also fosters a deeper connection to the cultural roots of each festival

The book, ‘Fun with Festivals’ asks the readers to incorporate these elements, so that the children learn and enjoy the vibrancy, diversity, and joy of festivals.

Tarryn Fisher's latest psychological thriller, "Good Half Gone," is a rollercoaster of twists and turns that will make readers doubt all they think they know. Fisher's intriguing concept and complex storyline lead readers on a voyage of mystery, intrigue, and surprising revelations. However, while the novel's idea is unquestionably intriguing, its

implementation may leave readers with conflicting views The protagonists of the tale are the sixteen-year-old twins Piper and Iris Walsh, whose lives are permanently altered after Piper is kidnapped during a party. Iris is still troubled by her sister's disappearance nine years later. She is parenting Piper's boy as her own and is never stopping in her quest for information. In her search for the truth, Iris interns at the Shoal Island Hospital for the Criminally Insane and soon finds herself enmeshed in a web of lies and secrets that threatens to devour her. Each chapter of Tarryn Fisher's masterfully written story reveals more facets of the mystery, building to a tense and suspenseful finale The psychiatric institute's isolated island location provides a spooky background for the story and heightens the ominous and uneasy vibe Nonetheless, some readers may find the numerous time jumps and plethora of seemingly unimportant information to be too much, which would hurt the story's overall coherence and pace While the novel's finale includes a number of surprising disclosures, it may also leave readers feeling conflicted While certain surprises are artfully predicted and lend dimension to the plot, others border on the unbelievable, straining credibility and detracting from the story's impact Furthermore, the insertion of a romance subplot appears contrived and detracts from the intensity of Iris' search for the truth, diluting the novel's main emphasis. "Good Half Gone" is a strong thriller with an intriguing idea and evocative backdrop, to sum up. Although the novel's intricate narrative and surprising turns will keep readers interested, some readers may not be happy with the book's speed or resolution.

Notwithstanding its shortcomings, Fisher's examination of kinship ties, fortitude, and the pursuit of justice is thought-provoking reading that stays with you long after the last page.


Sunny Singh's "Hotel Arcadia" is a compelling story that combines action-packed suspense with in-depth character study Set in a luxurious hotel under attack by terrorists, the tale follows war photojournalist Sam and hotel manager Abhi as they negotiate the mayhem and create an odd connection. Sam,

who is used to danger but emotionally guarded, finds herself lured into the chaos, while Abhi deals with his own past and current issues As the two characters face their anxieties and vulnerabilities, they make unexpected connections and demonstrate perseverance in the face of hardship Singh's story expertly combines the present situation with flashbacks that dive into Sam and Abhi's histories, providing insights into their motives and challenges Sam's work as a combat photographer is depicted in detail and complexity, displaying her strength and emotional wounds. Meanwhile, Abhi's transition from a military family to hotel management deepens his character, emphasizing issues of family expectations and personal identity. What distinguishes "Hotel Arcadia" is its sophisticated portrayal of human nature in difficult situations. Sam and Abhi surpass standard hero clichés by exhibiting courage and compassion in their own unique ways Sam's unwillingness to express emotions contrasts with Abhi's quiet power, resulting in a dynamic interaction between the characters The author avoids clichés and preconceptions, creating people that feel genuine and accessible The language is descriptive and strong, transporting readers to the heart of the action and the characters' inner struggles Singh's narrative is vibrant and dramatic, evoking both the beauty and savagery of the hotel siege with equal fervor The novel moves quickly, keeping readers on the edge of their seats while examining deeper issues like grief, perseverance, and the human ability for empathy Overall, "Hotel Arcadia" is a compelling and emotionally charged novel that defies genre expectations Singh's superb writing and complex character development create a captivating story that resonates long beyond the last page.

Whether you prefer exhilarating suspense or characterdriven drama, this novel provides a gratifying combination of both, making it a must-read for literary fiction and thriller enthusiasts alike.

On November 2, 2023, Sam BankmanFried was found guilty of organizing one of the greatest financial scams in American history. Bankman-Fried was convicted of stealing billions of dollars from clients of his now-defunct cryptocurrency exchange, FTX, and sentenced

to 25 years in jail and forfeiture of $11 billion in assets. This momentous decision came after a spectacular trial that featured scathing testimony from his closest allies, exposing a web of deception that had a significant influence on the Bitcoin industry The collapse of FTX damaged faith in the crypto-currency sector, emphasizing the urgent need for increased monitoring and regulation to safeguard investors The aftermath of FTX's bankruptcy and Bankman-Fried's fraudulent operations sent shockwaves across the cryptocurrency industry Investor confidence dropped, market volatility increased, and regulatory scrutiny tightened Fearing similar problems, investors hurried to withdraw assets from other exchanges, causing a re-evaluation of their Bitcoin holdings with a fresh focus on transparency and security This episode emphasized the hazards of the highly uncontrolled cryptocurrency sector, as well as the importance of strong investor protection mechanisms Joshua Oliver's " Hype Machine: How Greed, Fraud, and Free Money Crashed Crypto: 'Hard to put down' EVENING STANDARD" provides an authoritative narrative of the crypto boom and fall, capturing the drama and mystery of this financial phenomenon. Oliver, an award-winning Financial Times writer with unparalleled access to Bankman-Fried, tells an elaborate, complex, and fascinating story that demystifies the crypto-currency circus. The book traces the adventures of crypto's most prominent people, including Arthur Hayes and Changpeng Zhao, while providing rare insights and a front-row seat to the decade's most significant trial Oliver uses an evocative narrative to enlighten readers about the individuals and ideas that inspired cryptocurrency's stratospheric ascent and disastrous fall His riveting research and rare conversations provide a thorough and tragic-comic portrait of this watershed financial era "Hype Machine" is a must-read for anybody interested in understanding the cryptocurrency euphoria that gripped financial markets, as well as the questionable actions of its major characters, including Sam BankmanFried "Hype Machine" is both an exciting story and an instructional tutorial on the nuances of the crypto-currency business. Oliver's astute investigation exposes the corruption at the heart of crypto-currency, demonstrating how millions of investors were tricked into purchasing a


fake The book offers a balanced perspective on the potential and risks of crypto-currency, making it a must-read for both investors and future historians It is a well-reported and damning indictment of a financial bubble of extraordinary scale and idiocy, revealing insight into the groupthink and naïve optimism that propelled cryptocurrency's meteoric rise and fall.

Ruth Dsouza Prabhu's "India's Most Legendary Restaurants" takes readers on a fascinating journey through seven classic Indian eateries that have earned their places on Taste Atlas's distinguished list of the top 150 legendary restaurants of the twenty-first century Prabhu's story goes

into the fascinating histories of these culinary icons, revealing tales of humble beginnings and culinary achievements. Through the prism of these legendary businesses, the book highlights the intrinsic relationship between cuisine and storytelling, emphasizing how a restaurant's narrative can elevate the dining experience to a level of profound significance The realization that a restaurant's history may create a strong connection between its guests and the institution is at the core of Ruth Dsouza Prabhu's story Every narrative adds a touch of history and genuineness to the eating experience, whether it's about the inspirational journey of a visionary chef or the rich tradition of a family-owned restaurant passed down through the years By delving into the stories behind these delicious food places, the author takes readers on a voyage of discovery, with each tale and revelation adding levels of excitement to the dining experience Among the illustrious establishments spotlighted in the book is MTR or Mavalli Tiffin Rooms, a historic gem nestled in the vibrant cityscape of Bengaluru. Renowned for its delectable South Indian fare, including the iconic Rava idli, MTR embodies a legacy that stretches back to its inception in 1924. Founded amidst the backdrop of World War II's rice shortage, MTR's innovative use of semolina flour as a substitute paved the way for its enduring success. Today, with branches spanning across the globe, MTR stands as a testament to the enduring appeal of culinary excellence rooted in tradition Ruth Dsouza Prabhu's "India's Most Legendary Restaurants" is a comprehensive exploration of Indian cuisine, blending memoirs, conversations, and food suggestions The book offers a glimpse into the evolution of famous restaurants, from the bustling streets of Bengaluru to the sophisticated metropolises of Dubai and Singapore Prabhu's story celebrates the cuisine that connects people worldwide and serves as a common language The book is not just a food guide but a feast for the senses and spirit, making it a must-read for foodies and cultural experts.

Narendra's "Landscapes of Wilderness" explores the complex link between nature and humanity, showing how they both influence and are influenced by one another The book presents a gripping account of a life spent in peace with the wild, unaffected by the pressures of

civilization, challenging contemporary ideas of purpose and goal Narendra offers a rich tapestry of cultural immersion and personal development based on his considerable experience living in Chhattisgarh's tribal tribes His journey from a boy in a North Indian village to an ethnographer in Abujhmad demonstrates nature's transformational potential His experiences living in a bamboo hut, eating modest foods, and enjoying isolation led him to reject society's existential issues Instead, he discovered calm in the natural world's rhythm, where the distinction between self and landscape dissolves. This contemplative excursion serves as the book's central theme, emphasizing nature's enormous effect on our inner existence. The story swings over in time and place, taking the reader from the 1950s North Indian village of Narendra's early years to the 1980s tribal communities and the current Ghaziabad urban sprawl. The book examines how human behavior is evolving and how religious and ideological identities are becoming more distinct via these changes Narendra skillfully integrates themes of ecology, folklore, and philosophy, even if the wording can occasionally be complex In spite of this, the book's cadence eventually becomes apparent, making for a satisfying read The photos in the book add more beauty to the reading experience "Landscapes of Wilderness" by Narendra explores ancient learning methods and a society with biodiversity The book features simple individuals, highlighting the endurance of wisdom amidst market pressures It explores modern living and our connection to nature, urging us to live with fewer distractions and ambitions Narendra's views are relevant in an age of information overload and the pressure to "live each day as if it were your last "

Thus, "Landscapes of Wilderness" encourages spiritual, intellectual, and geographical study to reconsider our role in the world and our influence on natural settings.


"Leech and Other Stories" by Ranjan Adiga is a collection of ten short stories about Nepalis adjusting to new environments and experiences, both in Nepal and overseas The stories address issues such as the difficulty of belonging, stereotypes, segregation, relocation, and societal

standards surrounding desire and sexuality. Each story examines the gap between home and abroad, desire and reality, allegiance and betrayal. The title story, "Leech," is a dramatic narrative that depicts the class divisions in Nepali culture. It depicts the story of a leech that enters a man's nose, acting as a metaphor for the characters' underlying class difficulties. silences in their relationships after relocating to America. Here are some more stories from the collection: - One story might delve into the life of a middleaged Nepali man grappling with his sexuality within a deeply conservative social system - Another could follow a professor who is consumed by worries about his immigrant status in America - A young couple’s efforts to bridge the silences in their relationship after moving to America is also a subject of one of the tales - Not all stories related to migration We meet Sarita, a convert to Christianity who struggles to make a name for herself in her bank There is Ma, a bored housewife, trying to control a rebellious teenager while coming to terms with the fact her own life didn’t go as planned Or Iqbal, a barber from near the Indian border, making his way to Kathmandu far from home, using his skills as a barber and masseur who soon clashes with one of his customers Krishna, over what is considered proper behavior. These stories are more than just chronicles of individual challenges; they are also reflections on the communal experience of a community seeking to find its place in a rapidly changing world. Adiga's work is lauded for its ability to highlight his characters' emotional and psychological journeys as they strive to reconcile their traditional origins with the pressures of modern life.

"Leech and Other Stories" is a notable contribution to South Asian literature, providing readers with a comprehensive understanding of the Nepali diaspora's experiences as well as the universal yearning for identification and belonging.

Matthew Hussey, a renowned British life coach and author, has released " Love Life: How to Raise Your Standards, Find Your Person, and Live Happily (No Matter What)," a book that delves into the intricacies of love relationships The book offers practical advice on overcoming past heartbreaks, dealing with rejection, and finding love Hussey, a leading dating expert and confidence coach, has a popular YouTube channel with over 500 million views and offers monthly coaching sessions on his website, LoveLifeClub com He has empowered millions over the past 15 years to find love, gain confidence, and control their happiness "Love Life" offers a wealth of advice on how to deal with typical romantic problems, such as the hurt of unfulfilled relationship ambitions and the dread of falling behind Hussey offers a methodical strategy for overcoming heartache and comprehending the reasons behind our tendency to draw unsuitable companions. In order to promote sincere, long-lasting relationships, he also provides advice on how to create firm limits when dating. This book offers a simple approach to developing long-term self-worth and confidence, even for insecure people. Anyone hoping to improve their love life will find "Love Life" to be a useful resource thanks to Hussey's analytical approach and practical tactics. Hussey's "Red Flags" chapter explores toxic personalities and their impact on relationships He emphasizes that everyone is fallible and has imperfections Red flags include negative past relationships, lack of maturity, and attracting toxic partners Hussey advises watching behavior to identify deeper issues She also discusses "love-bombing," where extreme affection is used to cover flaws, emphasizing self-control and tolerance Warning signs include never offering an apology, regular violations, and "breadcrumbing," which can lead to violent relationships and abrupt endings To sum up, Matthew Hussey's "Love Life" is a well-known manual for negotiating the complicated realm of relationships and love It provides readers with real insights and useful techniques to help them get over concerns of vulnerability and past heartbreaks in order to discover the love they deserve.

The book's honesty, humor, and sensitivity have been lauded by a number of readers and celebrities. Anyone looking to enhance their romantic life and find longlasting bliss should read it.


Lyrics are a songwriter's way of expressing thoughts and emotions, connecting with listeners on a deeper level They can evoke nostalgia, resonate with personal experiences, and prompt a shift in perspective. Powerful lyrics transport listeners to specific moments, stirring emotions and inviting vulnerability. Songs from the Bollywood 90s have enduring power in addressing social issues and provoking thought. In this connection, "Lyrics by Sameer: The Stories Behind the Iconic Songs" is a mesmerizing delve into the world of Bollywood music, where lyrics transcend mere words to become profound expressions of the songwriter's innermost thoughts and feelings. Authored by Sameer & Shuja Ali and published by Rupa Publications, this book is a treasure trove for music enthusiasts, offering insights into the narratives behind 50 timeless songs that have shaped Bollywood's musical landscape At the heart of this narrative is Sameer Anjaan, a luminary lyricist with a repertoire of over 5000 songs Through his eyes, readers are regaled with untold anecdotes that unveil the creative process behind some of Bollywood's most cherished compositions From heartwarming tales of collaboration to behind-the-scenes drama, each story provides a glimpse into the dedication and artistry that define Sameer's illustrious career This book Sameer & Shuja Aliby not only celebrates the lyrical genius of its namesake but also pays homage to the collaborative spirit of the music industry Sameer's reflections underscore the collective effort involved in bringing a song to life, emphasizing the contributions of composers, directors, singers, and musicians. This book serves as a poignant reminder of the passion and perseverance that underpin every musical creation, enriching readers' understanding of the intricate tapestry of Bollywood's musical heritage. "Lyrics by Sameer: The Stories Behind the Iconic Songs" is a book that explores the creative brilliance behind Bollywood's iconic songs It offers a unique perspective on the enduring power of music to evoke emotions and inspire change The book offers a captivating exploration of Indian cinema's musical legacy, shedding light on the artistry and dedication that define the magic of Bollywood's most iconic songs

It is a must-read for anyone passionate about Bollywood music and its profound impact on culture and society.

"Manohar Kahani" is a charming and whimsical story set in an unknown seaside hamlet in the Konkan area. The story follows Kalyani Mehta, the owner of the tranquil Kokum Grove Resort, and her eccentric family With a retired occultist husband and a jobless kid, Kalyani's life

appears ideal until Bobby Chander, a millionaire NRI with a deep interest in real estate, arrives with a bid to purchase the resort Kalyani's unwillingness to sell sparks a series of events that forms the heart of this lovely story When Chander's insistence gets unbearable, Kalyani turns to her younger sister, Maya, a con artist who is presently staying in a monastery in Laos Maya's arrival causes turmoil and amusement, bringing a slew of cunning people, each with their plan. The story's evolution, complete with frauds and schemes, keeps readers on the edge of their seats while giving plenty of laughter. "Manohar Kahani" presents a sharp satire on various professions, placing scammers at the forefront and portraying multi-cultural families with humor and absurdity. The characters, ranging from the clever to the naive and deceitful, are vividly brought to life through Srinivasan’s wit and keen observation. Raghu Srinivasan expertly blends a great plot with wit and comedy, turning "Manohar Kahani" into a thrilling rollercoaster The characters are charming, and their interactions bring interest to the story The book's treatment of issues like avarice, familial relationships, and surprising twists of fate is both witty and entertaining, keeping readers captivated from beginning to end The 15 chapters mirror Srinivasan's writing style is refreshing and are acclaimed for their subtle and intimate storylines The stories are incredibly creative and deeply moving, which makes them ideal bite-sized reading for today's audience The novel showcases the author's skill at crafting a universe where the whimsical and the profound collide, making it a welcome contribution to the speculative fiction genre Overall, "Manohar Kahani" offers a delightful blend of laughter, levity, and eccentricity, making it a must-read for those who enjoy quirky characters and misadventures.

Srinivasan’s ability to infuse humor with heartfelt storytelling creates a literary gem that not only entertains but also prompts reflection on the delicate balance between human desires and the natural world.

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Piyush Pandey's, "Manoj Bajpayee - The Definitive Biography," aims to document the life and career of one of India's most gifted performers With his captivating roles in movies such as "Satya," "Shool," "Kaun," and "Gangs of Wasseypur," Manoj Bajpayee has left a lasting impression on Indian

cinema. This biography aims to provide an insight into the actor's life, starting from his modest origins in Bihar and ending with his ascent to fame. The book begins with a collection of fragmented anecdotes concerning Bajpayee's early upbringing, including his family's relationship with Mahatma Gandhi, although these stories lack chronological coherence and context This initial uncertainty is a squandered opportunity since Bajpayee's early years are critical to knowing the person behind the actor Despite interviews with his family members, the story is fragmented, leaving readers perplexed about his early years The biography of Bajpayee, a renowned Indian actor, is a fascinating exploration of his early years in the theatre industry It highlights his rejections from the National School of Drama, his dedication to the craft, and his mentorship under Barry John The book also provides a detailed account of his time in Delhi's theaters, including his struggles with the English language and his eventual move to Mumbai. However, the biography fails to fully explore Bajpayee's creative process and skill, leaving readers with a lack of understanding of his contributions to the film industry. The book emphasizes Bajpayee's distinctive place in Indian film despite its shortcomings. As a character actor, he has distinguished himself from the conventional Bollywood hero, bringing to life iconic characters like Sardar Khan in "Gangs of Wasseypur" and Professor Siras in "Aligarh " "Manoj Bajpayee, The Definitive Biography" concludes by providing a combination of interesting tales and lost chances It does a good job of highlighting Bajpayee's path and perseverance, but it lacks the depth and organization necessary to do his life and career credit

The book reminds fans and movie buffs of Bajpayee's incredible journey and his everlasting commitment to his profession, but it also makes them want a more indepth and perceptive narrative.

Roopa Pai, a Bengaluru-based writer, columnist, and speaker, is one of India's most renowned children's authors Her books, many of which are bestsellers, captivate both children and adults alike. In her latest work, " Miracles in MedicineLife-changing medical ideas and inventions across the ages," she plants the seeds of knowledge by intertwining history and facts, celebrating 2,500 years of medical innovation The book is filled with fascinating stories, insights, and illustrations, honoring the brilliant minds who have unraveled the secrets of the human body and the natural world, allowing us to live longer, healthier, and happier lives The history of medicine is a fascinating field that examines the evolution of medical knowledge, treatments, and practices over time, drawing insights from disciplines like economics, sociology, politics, and health sciences Medical historians aim to understand the social systems, institutions, and individuals that have shaped medicine from prehistoric times to the present day The book by author Roopa Rai showcases the interplay between health, illness, and societal developments across different periods Medicine has been practiced since ancient times, often intertwined with religious and philosophical beliefs. With the advent of modern science, medicine has evolved into a blend of art and science, with traditional and folk practices still prevalent. The book is structured into chapters titled 'Idea 1,' 'Idea 2,' and so on, up to 'Idea 25,' with these ideas organized into four sections. Each section corresponds to a specific time period, ranging from 1600 BCE to the present day. Written in an accessible language, these chapters help young readers grasp the evolution of medical concepts throughout human history sensibly and engagingly The book includes illustrations of notable figures in medicine from various cultures, including ancient India, Greece, Arabia, and Europe, making the historical context more relatable and intriguing Additionally, "Miracles in Medicine" features other illustrations and tables designed to simplify complex facts for young readers These visual aids not only enhance comprehension but also make learning about medical history more enjoyable

Through this book, Roopa Pai successfully bridges the gap between past and present, offering a comprehensive and captivating journey through the milestones of medical science.


The novel "My Beloved Life: A Novel" by Amitava Kumar deftly interweaves the narratives of three generations, each of which represents the hardships and victories faced by people attempting to make their way through a rapidly changing India Its central figure is Jadunath Kunwar, whose rise from modest origins to prominence as a historian reflects the development of his country. The terrifying event of his mother's almost deadly brush with a snake and his interactions with renowned people like the first person to conquer Everest serve as snapshots of Jadu's life, which represents the meeting point of the fantastical and the everyday. We see how the past is altering the present through the eyes of his daughter Jugnu, providing a moving meditation on how interrelated all lives are With a smooth transition between personal moments and broad historical events, Kumar's tale fully immerses readers in the intricate workings of Indian culture Nevertheless, the story's expansive breadth often verges on fragmentation, as sudden changes in emphasis and unsolved issues diminish the emotional impact Notwithstanding these difficulties, the book is nonetheless a powerful examination of identity, resiliency, and the long-lasting effects of human deeds on the larger picture of history Kumar's "My Beloved Life" is a captivating narrative that explores cultural nuances and timeless truths It delves into the lives of common people and their stories, highlighting the colonial past, tradition, and human spirit The book encourages readers to consider the complexity of memory, identity, and the search for meaning in a rapidly changing world. To sum up, "My Beloved Life" is a moving examination of the relationship between personal experiences and societal history. Kumar's beautiful style and astute analysis give a riveting trip through the heart of India's past and present, despite the narrative complexity's potential for difficulties.

It is evidence of the ability of narrative to shed light on the human condition and provoke thought long after the last page is turned.

"Nightbloom" by Peace Adzo Medie is a compelling exploration of societal complexities, deeply rooted in contemporary issues Through the dual perspectives of Akorfa and Selasi, the book delves into themes such as friendship, racism, and classism, painting

a vivid picture of the challenges faced by two young women on their diverging paths As young girls in Ghana, Selasi and Akorfa were more than just cousins; they were inseparable Selasi's lively and humorous nature perfectly complemented Akorfa's quiet and studious demeanor. They shared everything, from secrets and dreams to private jokes, constantly begging their parents to let them stay together. Their bond seemed unbreakable. However, as time passed, Selasi began to change. She grew hostile and withdrawn, her grades declined, and she created a barrier around herself, shutting Akorfa out. The once inseparable cousins started drifting apart. Meanwhile, Akorfa was accepted into an American university with ambitions of becoming a doctor Despite her hopes of building a fuller life in America, she soon faced the harsh realities of racism that complicated her journey and tested her resilience The contrasting experiences of the two cousins highlight the different challenges they face in their respective environments A crisis eventually brings the cousins back together, leading to the revelation of Selasi's secret and forcing Akorfa to confront her role in their estrangement This pivotal moment in the story is not just a turning point for the characters but also a profound commentary on the complexities of personal and societal relationships "Nightbloom" is a captivating novel with a dual narrative structure that offers a comprehensive understanding of the characters' inner worlds and external pressures.

The emotional depth and complexity of the characters make it a thought-provoking and deeply moving read. Despite its slower pace, the thematic focus and character development make it a worthwhile read for those seeking a contemplative and enriching journey.


Sumana Roy embarks on a subversive examination of provincial life in "Provincials: Postcards from the Peripheries," bringing together the tales of a varied range of individuals to question the dominance of metropolis narratives Roy highlights the fun, playfulness, and

persistence of folks who wear their provinciality as a birthmark in a collection of "postcards" spanning countries and decades From literary titans like Rabindranath Tagore to cultural icons like Kishore Kumar, she embraces the richness of provincial life, painting a different picture of the modern world Roy's novel combines literary, sensory, and emotional history with autobiographical to transport readers to a world where being provincial may be both a source of joyful dignity and a constant source of inadequacy Roy uses beautiful language and vivid images to create moments of profound insight and meditation, even if some readers may find the book difficult to read because of its meandering structure and thick syntax. "Provincials" is a work that merits reflection and patience, ranging from personal childhood memories to more general thoughts on language and identity. "Provincials" has moments of astounding clarity and beauty despite its sporadic complexity Roy's skill at creating vivid pictures and her capacity to arouse nostalgia combine to create a reading experience that is incredibly absorbing Roy's text resonates with honesty and complexity, prompting readers to consider the relationships between location, identity, and memory whether she is narrating childhood recollections or delving into the nuances of language and pronunciation While "Provincials" is not a book to be devoured in one sitting, its moderate pacing and thought-provoking ideas make it an enjoyable companion for patient, meditative reading Whether rereading old parts or discovering new connections, readers will be attracted back to Roy's exquisite words time and again In an age dominated by urban viewpoints, "Provincials" provides a much-needed celebration of the depth and complexity of provincial life, reminding us of the timeless power of tales to change our vision of the world.

Aliza Pressman's book "The 5 Principles of Parenting: Your Essential Guide to Raising Good Humans" is a thorough and perceptive manual that provides a useful method for raising good children Pressman is a developmental psychologist who is also a co-founder of the Mount Sinai Parenting Center She presents a paradigm for parenting emotionally resilient, socially competent, and morally grounded children based on her clinical experience and substantial research. The book is organized around five key principles as the title states, which author Aliza Pressman feels are critical for developing well-rounded persons. These concepts include the 5 Rs: Relationships, Reflection, Regulation, Rules, and Repair. These are to be channelized into an individual and can be decoded as - developing emotional intelligence, encouraging autonomy and self-regulation, nurturing empathy and compassion, creating a sense of purpose and meaning, and forming a strong parent-child bond In the book author gives readers a lot of useful advice and tactics to help them apply these ideas in their everyday life throughout the book She explores the science of child development and provides a thorough grasp of the social, emotional, and cognitive developmental milestones that kids must meet By fusing this information with case studies and real-world experiences, Dr Pressman gives parents the ability to customize their approach to their child's particular requirements and personality The book emphasizes the importance of teaching children emotional intelligence and self-regulation, emphasizing the need for emotional awareness and expression It also highlights the need for balancing individuality and autonomy and advises parents to provide age-appropriate opportunities for decision-making, problem-solving, and self-discovery. Overall, "The 5 Principles of Parenting" by Dr. Pressman emphasizes empathy and compassion in raising ethical, socially conscious children. It provides techniques for developing these skills, advice on communication, conflict resolution, and mutual respect. This book is essential for parents seeking a comprehensive strategy for raising emotionally, socially, and morally prepared children.


thesis of the book is that, in the ever-changing world of today, successful leadership is essential to organizational success. With a curriculum based on THE NUMBERS and THE PEOPLE, two essential elements, the writers provide prospective leaders with a road map for navigating the intricacies of contemporary business. The book's contents are divided into two main parts Part 1 - NUMBERS section explores the financial measures and tactics that are essential for generating shareholder value and advancing strategic goals Readers get insights into the financial underpinnings of business success, from comprehending the nuances of balance sheets and cash flow statements to grasping corporate value In the meantime, Part 2 - THE PEOPLE component highlights how crucial strong leadership is to promoting cooperation, inspiration, and group decisionmaking in businesses Billhardt and Kracklauer's book offers practical advice and timeless insights to accelerate personal and professional success They advocate for a comprehensive approach to business, focusing on value creation for all stakeholders, including consumers, workers, and society. The book discusses profitability, growth, and risk management, emphasizing a balance between revenues and costs. Growth strategies involve both organic and inorganic techniques, while effective risk management enhances the predictability of future cash flows and boosts investor confidence. In conclusion, "The 12-Week MBA" is an invaluable resource for anybody preparing for a career in business or looking to improve their leadership abilities. With its practical insights and holistic approach to value creation, the book is an invaluable resource for navigating the difficulties of today's corporate climate

S. Hussain Zaidi's new book, "The Black Orphan" is a gripping story that expertly mixes fiction with real-life occurrences Set in Mumbai, the plot follows DIG Ajay Rajvardhan of the National Investigation Agency as he falls involved with the intriguing lawyer Asiya Khan Despite being

Bjorn Billhardt and Nathan Kracklauer's book, " The 12-Week MBA: Learn the Skills You Need to Lead in Business Today," offers a thorough manual for learning critical business skills without requiring the time or money commitment of a conventional MBA school The central on different sides of the law, their paths cross amid terrorism, fraud, and a series of murders targeting India's top nuclear experts. As Ajay, Deputy Commissioner Sagar Pratap, and Commissioner Neeraj Kumar race against the clock to find the mastermind behind these crimes, Zaidi weaves a fascinating and thought-provoking story. The author expertly combines aspects from Operation Neptune Spear, imbuing the plot with reality and creating the tone for intrigue from the start. The tale progresses in a chronological manner, with flashbacks that provide complexity to the story Through rigorous attention to detail, Zaidi delves into the inner workings of intelligence services, shedding light on the complexity of modern espionage Drawing on real-life occurrences, he deftly weaves known names and locations into the fabric of the plot, giving it a feeling of immediacy and relevance The characters in "The Black Orphan" are what drive the story Ajay Rajvardhan is a complex protagonist who struggles with moral quandaries and internal difficulties as he navigates a dangerous world of crime and treachery Asiya Khan emerges as a strong opponent, with her unyielding commitment to justice acting as a catalyst for both romance and suspense Zaidi avoids superfluous exposition, allowing the characters' actions and motives to propel the tale forward, resulting in a story that is both tight and engaging. "The Black Orphan" presents a familiar plot with fresh twists that grip readers throughout. While elements like the use of AI and intricate espionage networks add depth and suspense, certain aspects like Ajay and Asiya's romance may feel predictable. Despite this, the thriller culminates in a satisfying conclusion, though lacking the expected intensity. Overall, S. Hussain Zaidi's adept storytelling shines through, blending real-life events with compelling characters and thrilling suspense

Whether you're a new entrepreneur, a mid-level executive, or an experienced company leader, this book provides timeless advice and effective tactics for success.

This captivating tale of love, fear, and vengeance will resonate with fans of spy thrillers and crime fiction alike.

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"The Book of Chai: History, stories and More than 60 Recipes," Mira Manek's most recent book, is a moving tribute to her lifelong love of tea, laced with engrossing family tales that transcend decades After delving into commonplace customs in her earlier book, "Prajñā: Ayurvedic Rituals for Happiness,"

Manek discovered that the process of making tea, which is both straightforward and profound, evokes sentimentality and tradition. Published by Hachette India, this charming book includes more than 60 recipes along with information on the origins, advantages for health, and personal accounts of this popular drink Chai, a beloved beverage in India, has been a part of Indian culture for centuries and has become a social lubricant, bringing people together and symbolizing hospitality India produces over a billion kilograms of tea annually, making it one of the largest tea producers in the world Chai has also influenced Indian cuisine, leading to a culture of tea-time rituals Chai is not just a cultural phenomenon; it also has health benefits, including antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that boost the immune system, improve digestion, and reduce stress levels As a cultural symbol, chai is a significant part of India's economy and a must-have for any traveler Manek's book goes beyond a recipe collection by delving into the complexities of chai culture, providing a sensory experience that recalls the sights, scents, and sensations of tea-drinking rituals. From sweet miso chai porridge to saffron chia muesli, each dish showcases the adaptability and appeal of chai, suited to different seasons, emotions, and events. Furthermore, Manek's incorporation of coffee history and snack pairings illustrates her all-encompassing commitment to promoting India's diverse culinary heritage The author's writing develops naturally, demonstrating her enduring connection to India, spices, and storytelling It begins with her early recollections of relishing ukaro, a milk and spice-infused mixture, and ends with her surprising journey into the world of chai business and authorship She walks readers through the historical roots of tea, crucial brewing methods, and a wide range of regional variants via painstaking research and poignant narrative She also shares her own culinary inventions, such as spiced melting hot chocolate To sum up "The Book of Chai" is more than just a cookbook; it's also a moving ode to Manek's grandmother and the age-old customs that helped to define who she is This charming book, which, is filled with moving "chai stories," encapsulates the spirit of chai as more than simply a drink; it's a cultural phenomenon, a comfort, and a trigger for treasured memories. Manek's book is certain to stimulate your senses and heighten your appreciation for the straightforward pleasures of a steaming cup

of chai, regardless of your level of experience with tea or your curiosity about new culinary discoveries.

In an age where technology and social media reign supreme, "The Deception Industry: The Art, Craft, and Science of Hacking the Electorate" by Herjinder delves deep into the intersection of politics and digital influence. This compelling book exposes the inner workings of modern election campaigns, revealing how political parties harness the power of social media influencers to amplify their messages and sway public opinion Considering the ongoing Lok Sabha elections in India and State Assembly elections in some states reflect meticulous analysis and compelling storytelling, the book unveils the pervasive impact of mobile phones and voter data on contemporary political strategies From clandestine data repositories to orchestrated social media campaigns, the authors paint a vivid picture of the tools and tactics employed to shape the electoral landscape Here are some key points based on recent analyses and studies: Political Mobilization: With rising internet penetration and the availability of affordable data plans and smartphones, social media has become a significant site of political mobilization in India Election Campaigns: Social media has transformed how voters and political parties connect and engage. It allows for direct communication and the dissemination of campaign material to a broad audience. Misinformation and Disinformation: There is a proliferation of election-related misinformation and disinformation, which can deceive voters, warp their awareness of key electoral issues, and jeopardize democracy. This includes the spread of deepfakes and manipulated media intended to mislead readers or viewers Regulatory Challenges: The regulatory framework struggles to keep up with the rapid changes and challenges presented by social media, including the enforcement of rules against misinformation and the approval of misleading advertisements Impact on Voter Behavior: While the direct electoral impact of social media campaigns is hard to determine, there is no doubt that social media has intrinsically changed voter behavior and the electoral process Data Analysis: Social media platforms provide a wealth of data that can be analyzed to gauge public opinion, often in a time- and cost-effective manner compared to traditional methods Echo Chambers: Social media can create echo chambers where users are exposed primarily to information that reinforces their existing beliefs, potentially leading to polarization.


Going beyond the tools and influencers, the book turns a critical eye to the deception industry itself, dissecting the electoral business landscape and its ethical ambiguities. "The Deception Industry" doesn't merely analyze; it compels readers to grapple with the moral complexities inherent in employing deceptive strategies to secure electoral victories.

Prehistoric tribes viewed death differently, with some dredging it as unnatural and others as a shift in existence Religions have unique practices and beliefs to help members cope with bereavement. Funeral rites and customs aim to help families bid farewell, incorporating rituals, viewings, mass ceremonies, and cultural attire These practices have ancient roots and are vital components of community, characterized by significant symbols, communal gathering, ritual action, and cultural heritage "The Final Farewell" by Minakshi Dewan is a profound exploration of death rituals across various faiths in India In this comprehensive book, Dewan meticulously details the practices observed in India's major religions, transcending mere documentation to offer readers a deep understanding of the cultural, spiritual, and historical dimensions woven into these rituals. Most religions have funerals within a week of death, with Catholic rituals taking place three days later and Jewish, Muslim, and Hindu rites sometimes happening within 24 hours. Funeral traditions include rituals, viewings, mass services, and ethnic apparel to assist families in saying their final goodbyes These behaviors have ancient origins and are essential components of community, as evidenced by major symbols, communal gatherings, ritual activity, and cultural legacy The book explores the burial practices of five major faiths, highlighting the unique rituals and ceremonies of each faith It also delves into the complexities of cremation, burial, mourning customs, and symbolic ceremonies Some chapters highlight the societal inequalities faced by lower castes and women, highlighting the need for reform in cultural practices The chapter titled 'Last Rites among the Kinnar: a Neglected Group' stands tall in the book for its eye-opening contents The book also encourages readers to consider the implications of such discrimination and advocate for more inclusive burial traditions "The Final Farewell" by Dewan explores the economic and environmental costs of saying goodbye, focusing on the financial burdens on families during funeral arrangements and the ecological footprint left by traditional burial methods and cremation. The book encourages a holistic approach to death rites, despite some criticisms. Its urban-centric perspective may limit its usefulness in rural or culturally

diverse contexts, but it remains an excellent resource for understanding the complex aspects of saying farewell and encouraging empathy, understanding, and discourse about death and its rituals

It is easily visible in recent times that the Indian nation-state is proudly celebrating Babasaheb Ambedkar as a heroic individual, as an apostle of great virtues. It has adopted him as one of the leading nationalist icons. "The Foresighted Ambedkar" by Anurag Bhaskar is a painstakingly researched examination of

Dr B R Ambedkar's significant influence on the Indian Constitution's writing Ambedkar, who was born in 1891 into the oppressed Mahar caste, experienced a great deal of social and economic oppression He persevered in pursuing a broad education in spite of these obstacles, receiving degrees from esteemed colleges including Columbia University and the London School of Economics Bhaskar provides new insights into Ambedkar's lasting impact by delving into his lifetime fight against untouchability and his crucial role in forming India's constitutional framework. According to Bhaskar's book, Ambedkar had a significant impact on the Indian Constitution far before the formal 1946–1950 writing era. As per the publisher's comment, Ambedkar's engagement began when he entered the public eye in 1919 and continued for four decades The author presents a thorough account of Ambedkar's contributions at different points in the Constitution's creation, highlighting both his visionary approach to nation-building and his steadfast dedication to social justice This thorough analysis shows how Ambedkar's work during these crucial constitutional periods shaped contemporary India The book stands out for its extensive archive research and genuine speeches and discussions that provide a vivid account of Ambedkar's political and intellectual development Bhaskar draws attention to Ambedkar's ground-breaking concepts, especially his support of the rights of underrepresented groups, which have had a long-lasting influence on India's democratic culture Ambedkar is portrayed in the story as a major contributor to the creation of an inclusive and fair society, effectively capturing his unwavering pursuit of justice and equality. Anyone interested in learning about the challenges involved in crafting a constitution for a multicultural nation such as India should read "The Foresighted Ambedkar". This scientific work is understandable to both academics and ordinary readers because to Bhaskar's readable style and insightful analysis In addition to highlighting Ambedkar's


crucial contribution to the drafting of the Indian Constitution, the book uplifts readers with his unwavering commitment to social change throughout his life. This book serves as both a tribute to Ambedkar's legacy and a significant addition to the fields of social justice and constitutional history research.

Ruskin Bond, one of India’s most cherished storytellers, marks his ninetieth birthday by revisiting a childhood filled with books and solitude In "Hill of Enchantment," one of India's most well-known authors, Ruskin Bond, invites readers into his contemplative and vivid universe This book, which was

published to mark Bond's 90th birthday, provides a comprehensive look at his 70-year writing career, and encompasses his relationships, work, and close bond with nature. The story of Bond is a monument to his lasting influence, offering deep insights into the events and life that influenced his extraordinary collection of work. The combination of great depth and simplicity in Bond's writing style in "Hill of Enchantment" makes it possible for readers to completely lose themselves in the allure of his tales He creates a vivid picture of his life in the mountains via his uncensored thoughts and observations, taking readers on a sentimental trip full of love, wisdom, and a profound respect for the natural environment His story skillfully combines reflection, nostalgia, and the natural world to create an engaging read that appeals to readers of all ages The way that Bond captures the spirit of the mountains in "Hill of Enchantment" is one of the film's most notable features; this is a motif that runs across a lot of Bond's work Readers are taken by his captivating tale to a place of peace and reflection where the beauty of nature is ever-present In addition to detailing his professional and personal experiences, this narrative emphasizes his unwavering commitment to internal security in the face of structural obstacles. All things considered, "Hill of Enchantment" is proof of Ruskin Bond's continuing influence as a master storyteller. It presents readers with a moving and engrossing novel that honors the craft of storytelling, nature, and life's beauty. Bond's book offers an honest assessment of a life well-lived, full of happy times, introspective moments, and the enduring charm of the mountains

Anyone wishing to comprehend the significant influence of Bond's writing and the lasting impression he has made on the literary world should read it immediately.

Not just in India, but all throughout the world, democracy is under siege. Assuming that people are credulous, authoritarian powers are effectively exploiting a generally compliant media for propaganda. – Sam Pitorda Indian Overseas Congress chairman Sam Pitroda explores the urgent issues pertaining to democracy in nations

like the US and India in his most recent book, "The Idea of Democracy." With more than 60 nations set to have elections in 2024, Pitroda raises grave concerns about the status of democracy throughout the world. He highlights the emergence of authoritarian governments, the weakening of institutional autonomy, and the spread of false information facilitated by social media. During a discussion on economic policies, Sam Pitroda was in the news recently for his comments regarding the concept of inheritance tax, referencing its application in the United States Author Sam Pitroda draws attention to the similarities between the political environments of emerging and developed countries, stressing the difficulties presented by elite regimes and the rising unhappiness of the general public He charts the historical development of elite organizations and notes a profound change as people seek responsibility and reform and question the status quo everywhere The book carefully examines the fundamental principles and systems necessary to maintain liberal democracy as it examines the paradox of democratic success in contrast to its liberal decline Pitroda seeks to promote discussion on the value of democracy and the role that each of us has in defending its tenets in the face of modern obstacles, especially among young people. Amidst the fervor of the 2024 General Elections in India, books focusing on politics, especially those from different political parties, stir great excitement among readers. In this milieu, 'The Idea of Democracy' has garnered widespread acclaim for its insightful exploration of the intricacies surrounding global democracy.

Pitroda's contribution emerges as a significant and timely addition to discussions on political governance and civic responsibility, urging readers to critically engage with the concept of democracy and its implications.

MAY 2024

"The Last Tale of the Flower Bride" by Roshani Chokshi is an engaging story about love, deceit, and the enchantment of fairy tales that combines a gothic charm and dark romance in a masterful way The story takes place in the enigmatic House of Dreams and begins with the meeting of a man with a strong mythological background and Indigo Maxwell-Casteñada, a captivating woman who is heir to mysteries as wide as her wealth. In the decaying grandeur of Indigo's family house, where ghosts of the past bleed into the present and threaten to break the delicate façade of their marriage, their love, tied by a vow of secrecy, unravels. In "The Last Tale of the Flower Bride," the Bridegroom's chapters give insight into his background and the collapse of his marriage, but it is Indigo and Azure's intriguing connection that steals the show Their mysterious friendship, laced with mystery and desire, serves as the narrative's central theme, luring readers into a maze of intrigue Chokshi's poetic language gives life to the House of Dreams, transforming it into a character with depths that reflect the human psyche As the story progresses, Chokshi expertly blurs the boundary between fact and fiction, inviting meditation on truth and belief While some may struggle with narrative ambiguities, others will be captivated by the novel's deep symbolism and metaphorical depth, which highlight Chokshi's storytelling abilities and provide a disturbing voyage into darkness Author Roshani Chokshi deftly blurs the boundaries between fact and fiction by alternating between the viewpoints of Azure, Indigo's childhood friend, and the unidentified Bridegroom. The work examines issues of familial tragedy, the appeal of fairy tales, and the transformational power of storytelling through their individual storylines. A captivating and thought-provoking book, Chokshi's skillful narrative crosses genre boundaries, deftly fusing gothic fantasy with moving meditations on love, grief, and the secrets of the human brain. To summarize, "The Last Tale of the Flower Bride" is a captivating tribute to the enchantment of fairy tales and the everlasting power of love in the face of hardship Its beautiful narrative, engaging characters, and evocative setting will captivate readers of gothic fantasy and dark romance alike

Chokshi has created a story that remains in the mind long after the last page is flipped, asking readers to explore deep into its riddles and uncover the truth buried among its petals.

Andrew J Scott's "The Longevity Imperative: Building a Better Society for Healthier, Longer Lives" provides a persuasive examination of the societal transformations required by extended lifespans. Scott contends that, while longer lives provide chances for growth

and development, our current society systems are not prepared to accommodate this demographic transformation Rather than focusing primarily on the concerns of the elderly, Scott calls for a holistic strategy that assists people of all ages in planning for long-term futures Scott's manifesto emphasizes personal, social, political, economic, and cultural changes for longer, healthier, happier, and more productive lives He defies the focus on increasing lifespan by focusing on preventative healthcare and quality-of-life upgrades Scott views longevity as an opportunity for economic growth and societal progress, encouraging readers to view it as a positive force for change. The book has received praise from thought leaders, including Jim Mellon and David Sinclair, and serves as a wake-up call for legislators, corporate leaders, and individuals to address aging and longevity challenges. Scott's knowledge of the topic of longevity is clear throughout the book, as he navigates the complex ramifications of living longer lives with clarity and conviction He discusses a variety of possibilities arising from scientific discoveries and technological improvements, emphasizing the possibility of increased quality of life at all ages Scott proposes an "evergreen agenda" that allows individuals to thrive throughout their lifetimes, providing a model for society reform in the face of population transition Although "The Longevity Imperative" is praised for its innovative methodology and provocative discoveries, some readers express dissatisfaction with its implementation Some criticize the book for lacking originality and practical assistance, implying that policymakers would benefit more from it than readers looking for advice The story's alternating discourse at the individual and policy levels makes it difficult for readers to follow up and understand. "The Longevity Imperative" continues to be an important contribution to the discussion about aging and lifespan in spite of these criticisms. It challenges readers to reconsider how they view aging and promotes proactive involvement with the opportunities that come with living longer.

Despite its shortcomings, the book encourages readers to embrace the longevity revolution and help create a better future for all by igniting a conversation and taking action.


Bangladeshi writer and translator Shabnam Nadiya's translation of writer and translator who was born in northern Bangladesh in 1968, Mashiul Alam's "The Meat Market" is a disturbing and moving short tale that explores themes of sacrifice, consumerism, and the brutality that underlies our society's

conventions yet is frequently ignored One of the collection stories is set against the backdrop of Bangladesh's Eid-ulAzha, which centers on Aminul Islam, a man who encounters the actual and figurative brutality of the meat market. The story opens with Aminul being awakened by his wife to purchase meat for the Eid feast, a task that seems mundane but is soon revealed to be fraught with moral complexity. As Aminul navigates the streets, he is confronted with the visceral imagery of sacrifice a stark reminder of the holiday’s religious significance and the physicality of death that accompanies it Similarly, another story Horse, is a thought-provoking exploration of idealism and reality through the symbol of a winged white horse, representing an unattainable ideal as per Plato's philosophy The narrative weaves through the protagonist’s life, from youthful dreams influenced by his grandmother’s tales to philosophical musings on the origins and significance of this fantastical horse Alam's rich storytelling uses allegory and symbolism to ponder the dichotomy between the ideal and the real, suggesting that the pursuit of perfection may not fit in the practical world "Horse" is a compelling read that resonates with anyone grappling with the pursuit of ideals in an imperfect reality Alam's writing depicts butchery with vivid imagery, symbolizing society's desensitization to violence and misery. The book contrasts the joyous mood of existence with the terrible reality of life and death, urging readers to consider the ethical implications of their consuming habits. It highlights humanity's ability to compartmentalize and rationalize violence, raising concerns about the moral value of tradition and comfort. Finally, "The Meat Market," translated by Shabnam Nadiya, is remarkable for its vivid storytelling and ability to elicit reflection on often-overlooked cultural traditions The translation accurately portrays the story's emotional weight and cultural intricacies, making it more accessible to a wider audience

This gripping story forces readers to confront hard social realities and personal introspections, leaving an impression long beyond the last page and demonstrating Alam's ability to explore the darkest aspects of human nature.

Arnab Ray's "The Mine" is a terrifying thriller that stays with the reader long after the last page is turned The story revolves around a group of five specialists invited to a highly advanced mining complex, where strange events hint at sinister secrets hidden under the soil As the characters confront their own dark pasts and the

frightening powers hiding under the mine's depths, Ray weaves a thrilling and psychologically fascinating story The novel, divided into three sections The Beginning, The Middle, and The End does not spend time immersing readers in a world full of mystery and fear. Ray expertly blends together real-life occurrences and personal emotions, giving the story a sense of realism while tapping into universal anxieties. The prologue establishes the tone for the horrors that follow, leading readers through a maze of interrelated events and terrifying truths. One of the novel's merits is its ability to convey a genuine sense of discomfort through its interwoven episodes Ray expertly navigates many perspectives, locales, and story strands, keeping readers on edge as they put together the complex web of mystery and intrigue Drawing on filmy cliches, the novel progresses with a cinematic flare, allowing readers to vividly imagine the escalating horrors The characters in "The Mine" are both complicated and flawed, each dealing with their own problems and moral difficulties Ray imbues his characters with depth and empathy, from Samar, the mourning hermit, to Dr Anjali Menon, the widowed archaeologist, ensuring that their hardships strike a deep emotional chord However, the work occasionally fails to represent female characters well, relying on stale stereotypes and problematic clichés that detract from an otherwise engaging story. Despite its flaws, "The Mine" delivers a thrilling combination of psychological horror and splatterpunk gore.

Ray brilliantly mixes tension and physical thrills, keeping readers on the edge of their seats until the finish. While the story has shortcomings, its capacity to evoke fear and discomfort is clear, making it a mustread for enthusiasts of the genre.


"The Only Constant: A Guide to Embracing Change and Leading an Authentic Life " by Najwa Zebian is a moving and incisive examination of the transformational effect of accepting change and living an authentic life. The book is about her path from feeling ostracized to being a wellknown writer, lecturer, and champion for honesty Zebian's experiences with displacement, prejudice, abuse, and selfacceptance strike a deep chord with readers, revealing transformation and perseverance. Her writing stresses the value of self-awareness, self-compassion, and bravery in confronting anxieties and limits, inspiring readers to accept change and lead genuinely. The main takeaway from the book is that, despite how scary change might be at times, it's the one thing that's constant in life. By learning to embrace it, we can realize our full potential and lead more fulfilling lives She helps readers face their anxieties, let go of limiting ideas, and develop the confidence to venture into the unknown through a series of introspective essays and useful activities One of the book's most notable features is Zebian's ability to weave together personal experiences, incisive insights, and research-backed tactics to produce a comprehensive and relevant guide to personal development Her writing is both beautiful and pragmatic, providing readers with a unique combination of emotional resonance and practical counsel Particularly compelling is Zebian's exploration of the concept of "authentic living," which she defines as the process of aligning our thoughts, actions, and values to create a life that is true to ourselves She delves into the importance of self-awareness, boundary-setting, and the cultivation of self-compassion, providing readers with a roadmap for navigating the often-challenging journey of selfdiscovery. Najwa Zebian's voice, which is sympathetic and powerful throughout the book, gives readers a sense of support and companionship as they go through the highs and lows of their own personal changes. Her writing prowess and in-depth knowledge of the human condition are demonstrated by her ability to capture the universal human experiences of development, grief, and resilience For anybody looking to accept change, develop authenticity, and lead a more meaningful and purposeful life, "The Only Constant" is a must-read

For readers of all ages and backgrounds, Zebian's advice and observations are both timeless and relevant, making this book an invaluable resource.

What if you come to know a piece of information that has some linkage with Indian independence time and is buried as a secret? What if you get involved in a secret mission unknowingly for a greater good that has historical importance?

Unearth such thrilling moments in Author Devesh Verma’s latest historical–political thriller - "The Politician Redux: Odyssey of Chance". "The Politician Redux: Odyssey of Chance" by Devesh Verma is a gripping sequel to his highly regarded book "The Politician." Within the turbulent context of North India throughout the 1970s and 1980s, this book explores the profound political changes and social shifts that occurred during that time Verma gives readers a realistic picture of a period characterized by profound political and social upheaval by deftly capturing the essence of a country in transition Ram Mohan, the protagonist of the book, is an aspirational individual who won't allow his low beginnings to determine his fate Ram Mohan learns via navigating the complicated political terrain of post-independence India that exercising power is essential to leading a decent life The JP movement's opposition to the Congress rule, which paved the way for Indira Gandhi's eventual collapse, interrupted his travels The central theme of Ram Mohan's narrative is his battle for respectability and authority, which makes him a relatable figure for a wide range of readers "The Politician Redux: Odyssey of Chance" by Verma explores selfidentity and political turmoil, focusing on the ascent of a charismatic leader and the struggles of average men. The novel's depth and realism are enhanced by the intricate weaving of India's socio-political framework, particularly the caste system. Verma's expertise in TV news and his Sahitya Akademi Award-winning writing provide a unique perspective, combining real-world events with imaginative fiction All things considered, readers who enjoy historical literature and political dramas should not miss "The Politician Redux: Odyssey of Chance" It gives a detailed insight into the political dynamics of the era as well as a window into a crucial moment in Indian history

Readers will be left with a lasting impression of this book long after they have closed the cover thanks to Verma's skillful handling of the subject matter and his intriguing characters.


Dr Meg Jay's book "The Twentysomething Treatment: A Revolutionary Remedy for an Uncertain Age," is a concise and practical approach to mental health for young people Dr Jay, a professional psychologist, criticizes the present mental health environment,

focusing on the prevalence of overmedication and overdiagnosis in the treatment of young adults. She contends that most young adults do not have diseases that require medicine, but rather experience issues related to the inherent uncertainties of this era of life. These uncertainties she observes, can exacerbate problems like depression and substance misuse. Jay's book is a welcome alternative, providing practical techniques for young adults to properly negotiate their issues. Drawing on her considerable experience, Dr Jay debunks the misconception that young adults are innately vulnerable and dependent on medicine Instead, she makes a convincing argument for problemsolving and skill development as the fundamental instruments for facing the challenges of this decade She emphasizes the significance of developing transferable skills in an uncertain employment market, as well as the need for social involvement to boost confidence Jay's pragmatic approach encourages young adults to confront their problems straight on, using experience and active problem-solving rather than depending only on psychiatric drugs "The Twenty-something Treatment" is a thorough handbook for young adults dealing with career transitions, social demands, and personal development Dr Meg Jay's experience-based approach provides a calming perspective on concerns in early adulthood, highlighting their normal progression. The book offers practical answers for mental health, emphasizing the need for physical activity and embracing adversity. Ultimately, "The Twenty-something Treatment" demonstrates Dr. Jay's opinion that life itself is the greatest therapist. She inspires young adults to embrace their journeys with confidence and resilience by sharing captivating stories and practical guidance This book is a must-read for anybody in their twenties, giving the tools and mentality required to traverse this important decade with confidence and clarity

Dr. Jay's combination of clinical competence and personal insights makes "The Twenty-something Treatment" an important contribution to the mental health literature for young adults.

On International Women's Day 2024, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi attended the first National Creators Award event in New Delhi, emphasizing the transformational potential of creation The effort seeks to develop a culture of constructive innovation for social advancement Social media influencers, who distribute material and

suggestions are gaining traction among celebrities and ordinary people. They have a significant influence on companies and customers, particularly Generation Z, who rely on their recommendations Monitoring the societal effect of these influences has become a top issue for governments and regulatory agencies In this regard, "Under The Influence: How to Survive and Thrive Online" by Malini Agarwal, also known as MissMalini, is an in-depth guide for beginners and prospective influencers seeking to navigate the ever-changing world of social media Drawing on her broad expertise as a digital content producer and influencer, Agarwal provides readers with unique insights and practical recommendations to help them survive in the digital economy Through engaging tales and personal experiences, she shares three fundamental principles: honesty, empathy for followers, and the significance of generating delight with each post. Malini Agarwal's transformation from a Mumbai DJ to a pioneering figure in digital media is chronicled throughout the book, giving readers a look into her challenges and achievements over two decades in the field. By digging into generation classification and shifting behavior patterns, Agarwal helps readers better understand their target demographic, establishing the groundwork for effective online interaction. With open conversations about the subtleties of various social media sites, as well as the problems of dealing with trolls and cyberbullying, Agarwal provides readers with practical techniques for overcoming barriers and building a successful online presence "Under the Influence" provides a complete roadmap for navigating the complexity of social media, with a wealth of practical knowledge and concrete guidance From understanding the psychology of trolls to encouraging mental health and compassion online, Agarwal discusses both the benefits and drawbacks of the digital age

With its approachable tone and intelligent advice, this book is a must-read for anybody hoping to succeed as an influencer in the fast-paced world of social media.


In "Unforgettable Chapters: Memoirs of a Top Cop," readers are taken on a dramatic trip into the world of law enforcement as seen through the eyes of Prakash Singh, a seasoned cop who has confronted crime and insurgency hard-on The book provides an insider's view on the ongoing fights against insurgency in India's difficult regions, include Nagaland, Assam, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, and Jammu Kashmir Prakash Singh's thorough account of cross-border operations and the constant effort to protect the country's frontiers from both external and domestic dangers demonstrates his unrelenting drive and dedication The story extends beyond Singh's professional life to explore the personal struggles he experienced as an officer dedicated to protecting internal security in the face of institutional impediments It discusses his interactions with the formidable Naxal insurgency and the difficulty of dealing with civilian concerns This aspect of the memoir highlights the relentless pursuit of internal security and the various systemic challenges that come with it, painting a comprehensive picture of the life and responsibilities of a top cop. Prakash Singh, a former police officer, advocates for police reforms and their impact on Indian society. He emphasizes the need for defined roles, good communication, and development within the police force. Singh's book serves as a call to action for ongoing improvements in the law enforcement sector. He has commanded the world's largest police force in Uttar Pradesh and the Border Security Force and has been involved in combating insurgency in India His efforts earned him the Padma Shri in 1991 and he served on the National Security Advisory Board from 2013 to 2014 Overall, "Unforgettable Chapters" is an engaging book that goes beyond personal experiences to discuss larger themes like as national security and police reform

It exemplifies the bravery and tenacity of individuals who devote their lives to serving the country. Ajit Doval, national security advisor, and former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh have both praised Prakash Singh's efforts, emphasizing his enormous effect on India's security environment and his long legacy as a champion for police reform

Laura Mae Martin's "Uptime: A Practical Guide to Personal Productivity and Wellbeing" offers a complete strategy to increasing productivity and living a healthy life in the face of current challenges Martin's book has received a lot of positive

reaction, especially from readers looking for practical guidance adapted to their unique lifestyles and work circumstances In "Uptime," Martin provides readers with practical methods and techniques to help them attain this balance in their personal and professional lives. She inspires readers to adopt a "productivity Zen" state one that embodies a peaceful accomplishment by sharing her views. Practical strategies for efficiently utilizing technology, retaining control over one's responsibilities, and incorporating rest and renewal into everyday routines are among the book's key lessons. The idea of "calm accomplishment," which aims to strike a balance between work completion and general well-being and calmness, is central to Martin's philosophy The book delves into the five C's of efficiency Calm is followed by Create, Capture, Consolidate, and Close Martin draws on her considerable experience at Google, where she trained staff at all levels, to give practical ways for reaching one's full potential and optimizing productivity Her ideas, used by both CEOs and entry-level employees, are given in a sympathetic and easy-to-follow fashion, making "Uptime" a wonderful resource for anybody looking to improve their performance in a variety of areas of life As the line between work and family life blurs in the age of hybrid and remote employment, "Uptime" provides pertinent advice for navigating this new terrain. Martin's emphasis on overall well-being emphasizes the need to find balance and selfcare in the face of professional pressures. With its practical advice and realistic techniques, "Uptime" provides a novel perspective on productivity, encouraging readers to nurture a sense of success while prioritizing their overall health and happiness.

Whether navigating a hectic workplace or managing domestic duties, Martin's ideas offer a road map for attaining achievement with grace and perseverance.


Scarcity Brain by Michael Easter- A fascinating book that explores how scarcity is an inherent part of our lives, influenced by our brain chemistry and manifested through habits or responses to life's challenges It reveals the biological and evolutionary foundations behind our brain's

fixations, helping us recognize these traps and embark on a journey toward living more satisfying, healthier, and meaningful lives in the years to come. What’s the Book All About? “Scarcity Brain” says we’re built to crave things because in the past, there wasn’t always enough. But now, even though we have plenty, we still want more. The book explains why we feel this way and how companies use it to make money. It says we need to understand this and find ways to focus on what really matters.

Understanding the Scarcity Cycle

Think about slot machines They keep us playing by giving small rewards sometimes and making us think we might win big This happens in other parts of life too, like bingewatching TV shows or shopping online The book calls this a "scarcity loop," where we keep wanting more even when we don’t need it

Why Uncertain Rewards Are So Tempting?

Even animals like getting uncertain rewards, even if it means less food overall We like the excitement of not knowing if we'll get something good. But this can make us make bad choices. For example, we might keep buying lottery tickets even though we hardly ever win.

Looking at Scarcity from an Old Perspective?

Our ancestors had to keep looking for food because they didn’t always find it. That's why we still like the thrill of uncertainty today The book says this instinct helped them survive, but now it can make us feel stressed and anxious

Swapping One Scarcity for Another

The author talks about how he replaced one bad habit with another When he stopped one addiction, he became obsessed with something else But he says we can change our habits if we’re aware of them Instead of constantly chasing more, we can focus on what makes us truly happy

Is the Book Worth It?

Indeed, it is! The book has some interesting ideas, but it can be a bit all over the place Still, it makes you think about why we always want more If you’re interested in understanding your own behavior better, it might be worth a read

(This book is reviewed by Kiran K Adharapuram)

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This month Aries, you might receive new creative opportunities that you must be waiting for Also, some might enroll themselves in some hobby like art or dance It also indicates good news might come to your doorstep It can be childbirth or a marriage ceremony Ina relationship, things will change, if you wish to


This month Taurus, you might face difference of opinion either in your workplace or at hope Silence is the best possible advice for you Sometimes winning is not advisable at the cost of a relationship To win, you might say words which cannot be taken back, and you would regret it later


This month Gemini, you have ideas now you need to implement it. For that you must make a clear plan before proceeding. It also indicates travel. If you are looking for a job change, you need to prepare yourself for the interview before going for it


This month Cancer, it is the right time to follow your dreams and make it a reality If you are single, this month you might get an anticipated proposal and the person will woo you with his or her charm Also, this is the right month to follow your passion and listen to your heart


This month Leo, you might face challenges and competition at your workplace There will be ego clashes or frustration but stay grounded and fight towards your rights It will help you to grow personally Just be committed and disciplined


This month Virgo, you are creating balance between your family as well as your workplace It also indicates success in your workplace financially There is financial security for your family


This month, you have all the skills and abilities to achieve and manifest success. The universe is blessing you with prosperity. However, you need to utilize these skills logically to achieve success.


This month Scorpio, you must face unexpected and painful ending. It might be the end of a relationship or end of the project in your office. Don’t continue to grieve or feel sad as the end is not permanent, soon you will find a new beginning Just trust the universe Also, some might face back pain issues so start practicing Yoga



This month, Sagittarians,if you are looking for a job change, no exciting opportunities are coming your way,and you are unable to accept any opportunities Just meditate and decide what exactly you want in life What is your true-life purpose Also, some might feel bored with your job role in your workplace. Just speak to your boss to change your work profile and give you something exciting.


This month Capricorn, you might be disappointed or disheartened as things are not moving as per your expectations It also indicates painful heartbreak or divorce Just cry out loud or tear the pillow and release your pain This will help you to heal your situation and you will feel better


This month Aquarians, there will be unity, harmony, and love in your relationship If you are single and ready to look for a partner, you will find a partner who will be truly in love with you, and you will have a joyful relationship If you are looking for a business partnership, it is the right time to have a partner that has the same opinion as you and is mutually beneficial for both


This month Pisces, there is a sudden unavoidable, and unexpected change in your life which might tear you apart and you cannot stop it. It can be financial failure or job loss, or breakup in a relationship Don’t lose hope as it is important to make you strong Also, it can be a positive change where you might had to change your team for the positive growth

I am Himani Goyal, By profession, I am an HR Manager working in Banglore Reading is my hobby which led me to write reviews for my readers I have read and reviewed numerous books so far I am also a practicing Tarot consultant and would be sharing daily, weekly, monthly horoscopes for you all here


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