To Naddiya by Kavya Sharma Book Review

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Blurb:

It isn’t very hard to fall madly in love with your own wife and even though Durjoy was deeply embedded to this reality and the one his father imposed on him since his childhood, Nadia was already a part of another one. While Durjoy grew as the mad child of the misty hills, close to poetry and his mother, Nadia was the traditional, internally strong-headed woman of a motherless home. None of them revolted each other’s love and yet they ended up crossing each other at a threshold there was no coming back from. The story captures an endless wait on a mad lover’s part and his wife’s failed realization of the same. A series of attempts, hidden letters, awkward emotions and grave family secrets end into a loveless insanity behind the bars of a mental asylum Nadia and Durjoy share their fate in. What follows is a flashback they wish they could go back to, what’s left, is a longing and a life, without each other.

 

The LazyScoop Book Review:

To Naddiya is a heart touching story of Durjoy and Naddiya. I haven’t had read an emotional tale like this in a long time. The writing is at it’s best, every small detail has been taken care of. Every character, the letters, narration, and dialogue seem very perfect. The story basically moves forward through letters. Letters written by Durjoy, a mad lover, to his wife Naddiya. The letters would make you cry, would touch your heart and may even redefine love for you. I also liked how the story moves ahead, giving us a glimpse of past and present, and this keeps the intrigue on.

Kavya sharma being a young and new author has done a fantastic job and she deserves all the appreciation. Her book is much better than some of the leading bestsellers from big publication houses. This definitely is one of the best books I’ve read this year.

 

The LazyScoop Verdict:

To Naddiyaa is certainly one of the books which deserves to be a best seller. It will take you on a roller coaster ride of emotions, love and an unexpected climax. Pick this one of up if you want to read something gripping.

 

The LazyScoop Rating:

Cover: 3/5 Stars

Story: 4/ 5 Stars

Narration: 4.5/ 5 Stars

Characters: 4.5/ 5 Stars

Entertainment: 5/ 5 Stars

The LazyScoop Rating: 4.5/ 5 Stars

 

You can buy this book by clicking on this Link!

Happy Reading.

Love,

Pratik Jadhav

 

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‘It’s my Girlfriend’s Wedding’ by Sahil Rajput Book Review.

The Title and cover of the book is extremely attractive and seems like it can be a good book to gift your bae if she likes reading romantic love stories. But is the content as good as the cover? Read on my review to find out!

Blurb:

Tall, rich and handsome, Vivan is the most sought-after bachelor. Recently returned from London, he is the one and only scion of Bakshi Group of Companies.
A perfect gentleman, an astute businessman, Vivan Bakshi has it all. But he is about to lose his girlfriend to someone else! Left with her wedding invitation, what will Vivan do?
From a silver spoon existence to roadside dhaba drudgery, Vivan undertakes it all as he sets off in search of his love, finding a lot more into the bargain.
A pacy romance, this tale is a revelation that True Love doesn’t come that easy. It demands hard work!
“So, a million dollars are more important than
our relationship, right?”

The LazyScoop Review:

It’s my Girlfriend’s Wedding is a completely Bollywood inspired love story with good potrayal of emotions, drama and some thrill moments here and there.

Vivan Bakshi is left with a wedding invitation of his girlfriend right when he’s into cracking an important business deal, what should he exactly do is the question. What follows then is what this book is all about. I liked Maya’s character and also how the author potrays her.

About the writing, The writer doesn’t over emphasise on incidents and situations and tries to keep the narration as crisp as possible. Now this may or may not work for some people, though I did enjoy it.

People who like to read stories with good pace would definitely enjoy reading this book. Also due to the filmy angle and dramatic climax, I think it makes a good script for a movie.

The characterization is good, language used is lucid.

Overall, it’s an above average read.

The LazyScoop Verdict:

It’s my Girlfriend’s wedding is an entertaining, fast, and sweet love story which can be enjoyed by people who like bollywood-ish romantic stories.

The LazyScoop Rating:

Cover: 4/ 5 Stars

Entertainment: 4/ 5 Stars

Story: 3/ 5 Stars

Characterization: 3.5/ 5 Stars

Narration: 3.5/ 5 Stars

The LazyScoop Rating: 3.5/ 5 Stars

You can buy this book by clicking on this link.

Happy Reading,

Pratik Jadhav

Keshava- A Magnificent Obsession by Bhavana Somaaya Book Review.

Keshava, A Magnificent Obsession is the story of the special bindings, stories of passion, submission, devotion and of uncontainable desire.

The Blurb:
Everyone associated with Sri Krishna believes that their relationship with the deity is unique, which explains why every gopika felt that the Lord was dancing with her at the Maharaas. That is Sri Krishna’s magic and also his power that he becomes the centre of their existence. He has that effect on not just humans but on everything on the planet—both living and non-living.
This book is about Sri Krishna’s relationship with nature; the Peacock, the Kadamba tree, the Flute, the herbal plant Tulsi, the Lotus, his cow Kamadhenu, the Conch and the Peepala tree.
All of them believe that Keshava loves them the most. Can this be true?

The LazyScoop Review:

Keshava- A Magnificent Obsession is a book which offers great knowledge about Lord Krishna. There are already lot of books based on Mythology, but many are manipulated by some authors just to keep the readers attention intact. However, Bhavana Somaaya, does not go on that path, rather she beautifully explains the Sanskrit Verses and her writing is Simple, Lucid, and very easy to understand.

The writer talks about almost everything related to Lord Krishna- From the peacock feather on his head, Kadaamba Tree, His flute, Tulsi, Lotus, Kamadhenu, Conch and Peepala Tree. The writer has also explained why these things love their deity and why is Lord Krishna fond of them.

The writing is so beautiful that you’ll be enchanted by the choice of words, it’s almost like reading mantras or some ancient scriptures.

The LazyScoop Verdict:

I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to anyone who likes to read mythology. If you’re a devotee of Krishna or not, this book would definitely offer lot of mythological knowledge.

Keshava: A Magnificent Obsession absolutely recommended by The LazyScoop. Especially if you’re a mythology lover.

Ratings:

Cover: 4.5/ 5 Stars

Language: 4.5/ 5 Stars

Narration: 4/ 5 Stars

Entertainment: 3.5/ 5 Stars

Knowledge: 4.5/ 5 Stars

The LazyScoop Rating: 4.5/ 5 Stars

You can buy this book by clicking on this link.

Happy Reading!

Love,

Pratik Jadhav

The Assh#les that we meet.

Above is good quote to ponder about life and it’s roads. Like Oliver Goldsmith has implied, there are going to be bad roads and accommodations in this journey called life. But I think it’s not just the bad roads, it’s the people we meet in this journey which decide how enjoyable our journey throughout is going to be. There would be good people(Chances are quite less) and then there are going to be assholes, who fuck with your mind every now and then. And the most crucial of the thing here is going to be – how you react to them.

I remember, when I was in school, there used to be a dude, who always tried to bully me. Although he was good in studies, I was among the favourites of the teacher. Maybe because I was very active in participating in competitions and academics. But he had a problem with me, maybe his competitive spirit was the reason. After listening to his nasty comments for a long time, I decided, enough! I broke two of his front teeth one day during a brawl. If you ask my school friends, there’ll too many such stories about me and my fights. Perhaps, that was the best reaction I could think of.

But overtime, my perception of reacting to things has changed manifold.

Years back, I used to stutter while speaking in English, maybe because I was overconscious about am I speaking it perfectly? Is the sentence I just said grammatically precise?

It so happened once 8-7 years ago that during Diwali, I had went to my native place in South Mumbai for celebrating Bhai Duj with my cousins. As per the crowd there, even small kids used to talk in English that even Shakespeare would’ve felt difficult to talk to. (That’s sounds hyperbole, but yeah, they did talk fluently.)

For a small town kid like me, it was very new and intimidating. It so happened that a beautiful girl, came up to me, and told me something, that did sound amazing, but I couldn’t reply back properly, like usual I stuttered and said- ‘Yes, Okay.’ She laughed off at me- ‘English nai aati kya?’ and went off. That sarcastic laugh and words literally ringed in my ears for a really long time, I was hurt.

That was the day, and today is the day, I’ve worshipped this language. I started reading, watching English movies, wrote a short story, reviewed books for authors and publishers, anchored functions in college and fuck it, I’ve created this blog and gained more than 16,000 views. (Thanks to you readers)( Does it sound like a show off? Well, I think itna chalta hai.) In this scenario, one thing is clear, had I replied with anger back to that girl, I don’t think I would’ve felt motivated enough to work on my speaking skills. That’s how I cracked a simple code of life – ‘If you want to grow, don’t reply to the mean comments you receive, unless it’s really required. Rather use it to ignite the fire inside you to improve the aspect you’ve received mean criticism for.’ If you reply back with anger, you somewhere subconsciously tell yourself- ‘It’s the other person’s fault, not yours.’ And thus all the doors of self improvement are closed.

Imagine if there’s no critisism, there would be no motivation to achieve something. If there would be no haters, there’ll be no one to be jealous of you when you become successful. So it’s important to have haters and critics in your life, or to put it simply- Assholes.

I am sure you all must’ve had people in your life who pissed you off, who made fun of you, who said something hateful. I want you to think of them, and take an oath today itself to work towards burning their assess with your achievements. No matter in what field, be so ambitious and successful, that you wouldn’t need to show off your winnings, rather people would start talking about it.

So to sum it up, take the pain, take the criticism, smile at it, and don’t show your plans and ambitions igniting inside you, just shock them with the result when they’re least expecting it.

PS: Ofcourse, the critism has to be constructive and not hateful, if it’s hateful, then perhaps breaking a teeth or two wouldn’t be a bad choice after all.

PPS: Just like you hate haters, rest of the people in this world too. So remember to be kind and encouraging, instead of an asshole.

PPPS: I repeated the word Asshole too many times, right? Well, that’s what this article is about, what were you expecting?

That’s it for today. I’ll be back with another article very soon.

Till then, keep reading and stay motivated.

Love,

Pratik Jadhav

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Inflection by Nilesh Srivastava and Pushp Deep Gupta.

Inflection:
Real careers are not perfect.
Professional success is not absolute. People shape careers and then over time, careers shape people.
Feb 1999. The batch of 1999 steps out from one of India’s leading business schools—Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata—into the real world of careers, not unlike many other professionals before and after. Eighteen years later—in the middle of their working lives—32 of these professionals pause and take stock. They look back on their careers, on the choices they made, their successes and their failures, their highs and their lows. They reflect on what they assumed when they graduated from B-school and what the world has taught them since. There are Real Lessons in Their Reflections; There are Common Themes in Their Career YouArcs. This is the story of real careers taking shape in the rapidly evolving post-liberalisation India of the last two decades. Of conventional careers and not-so-conventional careers and something in between. Of people who took the corporate path, who became entrepreneurs, who became academics, who went abroad, who became specialists and even those who let their careers go with the flow, unplanned. Step in as they take stock of their journeys. As relevant for mid-career professionals, to peek over their shoulders at peers, as for those starting their professional careers, curious about the careers choices ahead and the road signs on the way.

The LazyScoop Review:

The cover and the blurb of the book are quite interesting and definitely offer exactly what it describes in the synopsis.

The Inflection is a like treasure box of the corporate and career scoop. It shares some brilliant insights, from different professionals from the batch of 1999, IIM Kolkata. It teaches what are the assumptions usually in the minds of the poeple before entering into corporate world, and how it actually turns out to be in reality. The book has stories of those professionals, it shares the mistakes, the outcomes and their struggles and explains what the reader can learn from these journeys.

The writing is crisp and very informative, there was a slight professional aspect to the narration, which actually helps in understanding the depth of the experiences of each batchmate. I definitely enjoyed reading it, and it was a good learning read. I also liked how every chapter began with a relevant quote giving an insight about what the content is going to be about.

Some chapters did appear to be quite dry, without being interesting. But it was compensated by some really knowledgeable chapters, overall it definitely had me hooked on to it till the end.

The LazyScoop Verdict:

Inflection: Career Arcs from evolving India is an interesting read with lot of real and insightful stories. If you’re on a verge of starting your career or even amidst it, this book is definitely for you.

The LazyScoop Rating:

Cover: 4/ 5 Stars

Narration: 3.5/ 5 Stars

Knowledge: 4/ 5 Stars

Language: 4/ 5 Stars

The LazyScoop Rating: 4/ 5 Stars

You can buy this book by clicking on this link.

Happy Reading,

Pratik Jadhav

The Borderline by Shabri Prasad Singh Book Review.

The cover of the book is appealing. And the synopsis is definitely intriguing. When I first read the blurb, I thought it to be an interesting thriller, read below to know what I think about it after completely reading it!

Blurb:
With this true life narrative turned fictional, delve into the life and thoughts of Amrita Srivastava.
Harbouring an almost devotional love for her father and unable to cope with the legal separation of her parents, this is the account of how she is subsequently diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder and the powerful story of how she eventually overcomes her demons.
Having shifted from Chandigarh to New York to study, Amrita has just about begun to adjust to the new city when her life is thrown into disarray by the death of her father. Acting as a trigger, this event leads to a series of abusive relationships. Forced by a breakdown to leave her studies in New York, she tries to make a new life for herself in Delhi. Unsettled by the continuous changes, Amrita descends into a hard partying lifestyle fuelled by alcohol and drugs. Written as part of her healing process, this is a searing confession about the challenges she faces before finally reaching to the process of rehab and therapy.
Calibrating itself to the turning of the mind’s endlessly churning machinery, this novel gives one the rare opportunity to see it at work. Life affirming and inspiring, this is at the same time a journey that navigates through the loneliness, heartbreak and intensity of Amrita’s approach to life.
Intimate, forceful and raw, Borderline is the catharsis we all need.

The LazyScoop Review:

Borderline by Shabri Prasad Singh is a psychological thriller which not only entertains but is also quite different from the usual thrillers I’ve read. The book basically explores the journey of Amrita Srivastava who suffers from Borderline Personality Disorder. At first I had no clue what this disorder is all about, so I was very much interested in reading the story.

Amrita’s childhood, her bonding with her father is described well. It was disheartening to read how her life changes after her father’s death. How she becomes a drug addict and an alcoholic.

What I liked about the whole plot is that even though there are many sad elements in this book, when you finish reading it you feel motivated. I enjoyed reading about how she overcomes the struggles and ends up being a better version of herself.

The pace of the story is decent, at times some chapters were quite slow in narration but overall, it kept me glued to it. The language used is simple and the emotional content is written really well.

Overall, Borderline by Shabri Singh would motivate you, make you feel sad and yet encourage to not give up on struggles of your life.

The LazyScoop Rating:

Cover: 3.5/ 5 Stars

Plot: 4/ 5 Stars

Characters: 3.5/ 5 Stars.

Entertainment: 3.5/ 5 Stars

Language: 3.5/ 5 Stars

The LazyScoop Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

You can buy the book by clicking on this link.

Before you start-up by Pankaj Goyal Book Review.

A self-help book is always worth reading, especially the one which is related to Career. The tagline of the book – ‘How to prepare to make your startup dream a reality’ was enough to make me eager to read and grasp every bit of knowledge I was expecting it to offer. Was it worth the eagerness? Checkout my review below to find out!

Blurb:
Are you a: “Wannabe” entrepreneur in school or college with big dreams in your eyes?
“Friday-night-after-drinks” aspiring entrepreneur in your 20s/30s?
“Ready-to-go” soon-to-be entrepreneur?
“Already-on-the-train” entrepreneur?
Loved ones of any of the above (wife/husband, boyfriend/girlfriend, friend, parents)?
An aspiring VC/angel investor who has never built a business?
This book has been especially written for you.
If you’ve played sports, you already know how you prepare is as important as how you play. Starting up a business is no different—it needs preparation.This preparation is about understanding your “why”; about generating and testing business ideas; about building your founding team; about talking to your family; about taking care of your career and your finances. It is about getting mentally prepared to get started.
This book will help you ask the right questions. It will guide you, steer you towards finding your answers.
You are ambitious. You are a go-getter. You are destined to win. This book will help get you what you deserve.

The LazyScoop Review:

There are so many people these days who plan to quit their job and invest their time and money for their own Start-up. But many fail to achieve it and some procrastinate this desire. Either due to Lack of knowledge or Lack of Resources. However, this book offers extremely important insights about start-up. It talks about the challenges which the young entrepreneurs have to face before starting up their venture.

The book mainly offers the knowledge about what preparations are needed before entering the market. There are many wonderful experiences shared by the Author of his own life, or of other successful Entrepreneurs. These experiences give a practical perception and are very informative.

Author Pankaj Goyal explains in the book that the only perfect way to begin your start-up journey is to do it with proper preparations. He touches many important topics like- How to evaluate a business idea, The Financial Hurdles, Recruitment problems, How Young Employees can be hired, etc. Practical solutions provided by the author for every start-up problem gave me some insights which I had not even thought of.

Your biggest life decision is who you marry. Your biggest start-up decision is who your co-founder is.

The narration of the book is simple, infact I felt that author has simplified some of the difficult topics. The language used is lucid and easy to understand.

Although, reading self-help books can be boring sometimes, I felt the author’s unique style of writing, his sharing of experiences, made it gripping.

Overall, this book touches almost all the aspects of a start-up- Be it Development of a Product, Financial Constraints, mental preparation, Competition and Economic Hurdles. It makes you understand the difficulties involved, and also what things can be done to overcome those difficulties.

The LazyScoop Verdict:

Like most of the start-up based books, This one doesn’t simply offer definitions of difficult terms. It makes difficult topics simpler to understand and offers practical examples. Almost every topic is covered about Start-up. This book is perfect tool to begin your start-up journey with. A bible for all the young entrepreneurs.

The Ratings:

Cover: 4.5/ 5 Stars

Narration: 4.5/ 5 Stars

Practicality: 4.5/ 5 Stars

Knowledge: 4.5/ 5 Stars

The LazyScoop Rating: 4.5/ 5 Stars

You can buy this book by clicking on this link!