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Book Review: Scorch Trials - Maze Runner Series

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Scorch Trial is second book to The Maze Runner series by James Dashner. This book continues the journey of Thomas, Newt and Minho from their success story of making out of the maze named as Glade. The Maze Runner book one leaves you with many question as what will happen to the trio and what this Wicked is all about. Luckily, second book do shed some light on the whole story, but still leaves many information unanswered. In the end of Maze Runner we see that Thomas, Newt, Minho and Tressa along with few other Glader comes out of Glade only to find themselves in the midst of trail conducted by Wicked and lead to a dormitory where they are fed, clothed and rested. Suddenly everything in the dormitory is changed when they get a briefing from Rat Man aka Janson that Glade was the first trial conducted by Wicked to find the cure to the disease name 'Flare'. Flare is a disease spread on the earth making people go wild than wild animal, Crank and it is contagious. Gladers are ke

Book Review: An Ode to Life

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I am not a poem reader except when I come across something from a friend or social media. When Mr. Tajammul Kothari shared his collection of poems in a book ' An Ode to Life ', I was more than happy to read and share my experience with all. Poems might look like a simple way to convey the message, but as simple as the craft looks, it is really difficult to draft the emotions. An Ode to Life is collection of poem taking through a person's life from birth to death. It covers various emotions from being parents to ashes to also love and heartbreaks. The journey called life passes through various phases and the book talks about all those phases.  You feel connected with many of the poems in the book as every one of us have experienced that phase or seen someone going through it. The happiness of seeing your child or waiting for your loved one. The book also touches the various phase of our life which is less talked about - Death. A goodbye to life, reflecting over w

Book Review: Maze Runner Series

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There was once a movie name Maze Runner and I loved that movie. Later, after reading more about it, I came to know that it is based on the book. Still, my intention to read the book was not much. I waited for second movie Scorch Trial to release. I saw the movie, but got confused with the story, I did Wikipedia on the book and got all the more confused. Finally, I decided to take the matter in my hand and read the whole Maze Runner series by James Dashner. The series contains 3 main books - Maze Runner, Scorch Trial and Death Cure . There is 4th book which is prequel to Maze Runner - Kill Order. The book is any day much better than movie as it explains the entire concept in detail, emphasizing on character's quality, sharing their emotions and change in attitude as the entire plot develops in 3 books.  Warning: This review can be spoiler for you if you have not read the book.  Maze Runner The story in all three is narrated by the main character - Thomas . He is trans

Book Review: Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

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Being a huge Harry Potter fan and after reading all Harry Potter books more than 5 times, I was super excited to get my hands on Harry Potter and The Cursed Child. The way J K Rowling has expanded the world of wizard and Hogward's was fascinating, enchanting rather. There have been times when I take any Harry Potter book and spend nights reading it. The way Harry along with Ron and Harmione faced which was thrown in their way, was really encouraging. From fighting Voldemort and his followers to cherishing friendship and family to quirky moments of their dating life, the Harry Potter book had it all in its own little world of Hogward's. Once the seventh book, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hollow was out, I thought it was over. Especially after reading the Epilogue, I was really craving to read more about the world without Voldemort in it. A world where Harry is a regular Dad and Ron and Harmione together. Harry Potter and The Cursed Child is an answer to all those who asked

Book Review: Six Degrees Game of Blogs

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So I have been part of BlogAdda website and it is a great platform for bloggers to participate in various activities and also to share their blog with other bloggers. They had run a contest where a team of 10 bloggers was created and each team was given the same set of 6 characters with their profession around which they will have to create the story and write a book.  Six Degrees Game of Blogs is a collection of 3 stories out of thousands of entries they received. Before I talk about three stories, let's take a look at 6 main characters around which story is framed:  Shekhar Dutta - Stay at home dad who does freelance writing in Mumbai and take care of his daughter Roohi. Married to Tara.  Tara Dutta - Successful media person and too busy to give time to family, especially Shekhar and her daughter, Roohi. Roohi Dutta - 6 Year old daughter of Shekhar and Tara. Cyrus Daruwala - First year Law student from Delhi. Jennifer Joseph - Photographer from So

Book Review: Maximum City

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Mumbai, a city which never sleeps, a city of dreams, a city of lights and fast life. Mumbai, earlier called Bombay, has many names. This city has attracted people from all parts of India to come and change their life. But does their life improved from that of in the village or they created a different world of their own. Being born and bought up in Mumbai, never thought how the life will be for people who come from villages or other part of India. Also the two categories of people, lower and middle class, whose life has many ups and down, middle class people (like me) don't know what it is like to be in their shoes.  For me, Mumbai was a place where I grew up, many things in the city were normal to me. People who grew up in other cities, saw a different side of Mumbai and came here to chase their dreams. From 1990's till 2000, Mumbai as a city has experience best and worst, from Bomb blast to the emergence of don, from the rise of Marathi community to fight between Hindu

Book Review: Guy on the Sidewalk

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'Guy on the sidewalk', as the name suggests, this book is about a guy name 'Jaywardhan' aka Jay living his life in the USA and still feels like outsider decide to take the drastic step, which many NRI talk about it but never do, of shifting back to India. The title and short description of the book sounded very interesting and I was totally inclined to read 'Guy on the sidewalk by Bharath Krishna. I somewhat felt the story as recently I shifted my base from one city to another and how you feel disconnected with the city and crave to be where your heart's desire. The story starts with Jay spending his last 2 days in the USA and finally coming closer to his most daring step of shifting to India after spending 6 years in the country. All his NRI friends are saying their final farewell, but also contradicting on Jay's decision with their own opinion of their motherland - India. As Jay sits in his flight to India, he flashes back to all those 6 years in the

Book Review: Fix Your Problems - The Tenali Raman Way

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When I was teenager, we used to see this show based on Tenali Raman . Before the show started, I already knew many of his stories and seeing cartoon of same was indeed reminiscing childhood days. Now in adulthood, these memories fade away and you end up remembering stories of soap opera and comic character converts into superhero movies. Tenali Raman stories are very witty and smart, but you lose touch with the content and crux of character.  Reading book like ' Fix Your Problems - The Tenali Raman Way ' by Vishal Goyal in adulthood is not just an exercise to remember the past or cherish those movement' but also finding out solutions to our problems. In many ways, these small stories give us hint of how to find our way when we are faced difficult situation. During the period of reading endless heavy books with too much information and emphasis on how to live your life, Fix Your Problems - The Tenali Raman Way was a fresh book and reminder of how I used to love readin

Book Review: Inheritance Cycle

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I have always loved fiction books, for the simple reason that, they transport you to a world where everything is possible. A world of wizards, or maybe world after the apocalypse, or world of dragon and dwarf, the choices are endless. While reading the book, my imagination keeps on rolling and I see a world of possibility! Hence, my love for such books and movies landed me to see ‘Eragon’ movie first and then picked up the book. Though movie got some bad reviews and didn't do wonders on box office, but I somehow liked the movie and ended up reading the book, Eragon by Christopher Paolini . After reading the first book, obviously you will start reading the entire series. I also did the same, but after some gap between first and rest of the books. Took more than 2-3 years to actually start with Book Two, ‘ Eldest ’ but once I started reading Eldest, I was more than eager to get my hands on Brisingr and Inheritance . Luckily, the author, Christopher Paolini, published all the book

Book Review: How to Win Friends and Influence People

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There was a time when I read an endless amount of Self help book and due to too much of quantity, my mind forgot to register its quality. Anyways, amongst all those books was 'How to win friends and Influence people' by Dale Carnegie . How to win friends and influence people' is a quite simple book mentioning different sub categories to cater to all aspects of much needed improvement. Whether it is 'How to win people' or 'ways to make people like you', it highlights those things which are necessary in today's enviroment for an individual to develop these habits and style. This is a very small book and very impressive. 'How to win friends and influence people' might not give you a 100% result, but it will definitely show you your faults and areas where improvements are needed. Some of the takeout from the book is as follows: Be Genuinely interested in other people : Sometime we are so busy in our own life that we forget even about those

Book Review: Tough Time Never Last, But Tough People Do

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There was a time when I ended up reading self-help books one after another and this book was part of that phase. 'Tough Times Never Last, But Tough People Do' is a book by Robert H. Schullar. One of the motivational speaker and pastor in the USA, he is the founder of  Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California and helped many people cope up with the difficult times of their life. With his teaching and his own attitude towards life, he has come up with ways through which one can be tough enough to face those tough times and come out of it as achiever. The book is for anyone with only 120 pages to read, it covers vast topics related to one's life and focuses on scenarios like a recession in the job market, financial crises, losing making businesses and many more. He often shares his own experiences and problem for people to associate with it. He himself had gone through tough times and sharing those experiences give this book a personal touch. Some of his teaching is wo

Book Review: The Broker

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John Grisham wrote one of the finest novel and I have loved his work. Hence, I picked up another edition of his thriller - 'The Broker'. Based on the review, it sounded very good and secretive, but honestly, I didn't find it that good compare to his earlier books like A Time To Kill, Runaway Jury to name a few. The story starts with a bang, it instantly grips the reader with many questions. But as the story develops it reaches a stagnant stage where the reader (at least me) felt bored and lost interest. The only thing kept me reading was the big secret. Obviously I won't reveal here what it is. For that, please read 'The Broker' :D   Broker talks about Joel Backman is "the Broker" who is one of the big broker-lobbyist in Washington DC, USA. He is well connected with  influential people within the government and made big money in a very short span time. Due to fall in some deal, he was convicted and pledge guilty leading to life sentence. Due to poli

Book Review: Wuthering Heights

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Somewhere in my search of good books I heard of Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte's only novel which was published in year 1847. Considering the time when it was written, the story of the book is compelling and it explores the various facets of love, obsession and jealousy.  The story is about a boy who has hidden his feelings which lead to revenge over generation after generation. A classic story of poor boy challenged to be amongst the top layer of the society and later being hated by everyone due to evil intentions and conduct. The story is narrated by house-maid, Nelly Dean to the new tenant, Mr. Lockwood, a wealthy man visiting south of England and rented a place in Yorkshire, Thrushcross Grange. The landlord of Grange, Mr. Healthcliff stays in farmhouse, Wuthering Heights.  The story revolves around two family, Earnshaw and Linton. Mr. Earnshow owns a farmhouse called Withering Heights and Mr. Linton owns the house, Thrushcross Grange, where he and his wife stays wit

Book Review: Faults in our Stars

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Now a days it is a tragedy that everyone of us have someone in family or friends who has or gone through cancer. It is one of the dangerous disease. Written by John Green, 'Faults in our star' is book on those people who are suffering from cancer. The story doesn't talk about the disease or even about suffering from cancer in detail. It talks about how the main characters, Hazel Grace and Augustus Walter, despite having cancer, live their life and try as much as possible to be normal. The main character, Hazel Grace, is suffering from lung cancer and is on experiment drug which has increase her life span. She visits a support group where people with cancer come together and share their experiences and grief. In the group, she meet Augustus Walter and Isaac. Augustus (Gus) was suffering from cancer but he is cured whereas Isaac is about to lose his eye sight because of it. The story evolves around the love story of Hazel Grace and Gus and their common interest - a bo

Book review: A Time to Kill

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I have heard a lot about John Grisham but never read his books. So after lot of waiting, I finally picked up one of his book name ‘A Time to Kill’. Set in early 1980’s in Clonton town in Ford County, Mississippi, a black man name Carl Lee Hailey is convicted for murdering 2 white boys for raping his daughter. Two white boys kidnapped Taniya Hailey, a 10 year old black girl and gang raped her, abused her, beaten her and tried to kill her. In an attempt to kill her, she was found by workers and admitted into hospital. The county sheriff who is black find these two boys and they are put into trial. As the date of trial comes near, the father of the girl, Carl Lee Hailey carefully plan and kill those white boys in the court room. Carl Lee Hailey is convicted and he hire Jake Brigance, a young lawyer who practice law in the office provided by his retired but rich senior Lucien Wilbanks, to fight his case. This case turns out to be the biggest case of time and the whole state and nearby

Book Review: Who will cry when you die

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One of the world renowned author who wrote best selling book 'The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari', Robin Sharma came up with another book name 'Who will cry when you die'. Though the name suggest something els e (atleast that's what I thought), this book is completely self-help book. The author shares 101 ways to make your life happy and worthwhile. Author starts with pointing out that, was our life fully lived? If we die today will there be any regret? A way to live and have less regrets when we die. These are 101 ways in which one can improve his or her life and get over those issues which troubles our daily life and people around you. If you have thoroughly read 'The Monk who sold his Ferrari', this book will be short recap of what we read, what we understood and what we agreed. Many tips / ways are picked up from his earlier book.  For people who are reading this book directly without reading 'The Monk who sold his Ferrari', there are many g