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

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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: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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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

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Just Missed! By Himanshu Bhatia Book Review.

When I saw the cover of this book, I wondered why the word married has been cut and followed by the word- ‘Missed’. It certainly made me want to read it as soon as possible. Was this Curiousity worth it? Check out the below review to know.

Blurb:
While we try to arrange marriages by matching horoscopes and compatibilities, we forget at times that “marriages are made in heaven”. We all love to say that The Cover of the book is decent and goes well with the overall theme of the book. I liked how the title gives a subtle hint at the story by cutting the word married.\nThe plot of the book is very much like a Bollywood movie with a very enjoyable love story. It has emotions, it has a good plot and a well-written narration.Bollywood romantic movies are silly, and that they go overboard in their depiction of love, we actually secretly fantasize to be characters in them. Siddharth Gupta (lovingly called Sid) is an ISB alumnus, who is an ambitious perfectionist. He wants to go up the corporate ladder at a faster pace than his age, and is doing pretty well. In his matrimonial search, Sid meets Shreya Malhotra, who herself is an IIM graduate and very career oriented. He finds Shreya the epitome of the “Beauty with Brains” tag and develops a crush on her almost instantly. Shreya and Sid are going steady towards what looks like a ‘soon to be married’ state, but when has life been that simple! On her way to Bangkok for her friend’s bachelorette party, Shreya meets Shivam Malhotra, an IITian, with a living flirting tiger inside him. While Shivam’s cheesy lines ignite hatred in Shreya, it’s only the beginning of a story that doesn’t end in Thailand. “Just Married Missed!” is the journey of a practical arranged crush, chased by crazy filmy love.

The LazyScoop Review:

The Cover of the book is decent and goes well with the overall theme of the book. I liked how the title gives a subtle hint at the story by cutting the word married.

The plot of the book is very much like a Bollywood movie with a very enjoyable love story. It has emotions, it has a good plot and a well-written narration.

Siddharth Gupta aka Sid, an ambitious man who is extremely focused on his goals. His only ambition is to fulfill his dreams. Being so focused in his life, he never feels any emotional connect for any girl before until he meets Shreya Malhotra through a matrimonial site. Shreya Malhotra changes his life, his thoughts and he finds himself to be liking her.
Their chemistry is explored well in the book. When their bond is blossoming, Shivam enters the plot. Shreya initially finds him a flirt but sooner gets attracted towards him. What happens in the end of this triangular love story is for the readers to discover.
The writer has narrated the emotions well, at places where it was needed. There’s no over dramatisation, feelings are described where it is necessary. The plot also explores how Indian parents hunt the spouse for their children.

Characterization is good as these characters are different from one another and they carry the plot well. I felt immediately connected with them after few chapters.
The language is lucid and flows perfectly. The funny liners in some chapters definitely makes you chuckle.

The LazyScoop Verdict:

Overall, I would say- Just Missed by Himanshu Bhatia is a fun-to-read love story. Love triangles are always enjoyable because they create a puzzle where readers are offered an unpredictable climax, and Himanshu Bhatia’s debut book does the same. Read it if you like Love stories with good narration.

Ratings:

Cover: 4/ 5 Stars

Narration: 4/ 5 Stars

Plot: 3.5 / 5 Stars

Characterization: 4/5 Stars

Entertainment: 4/ 5 Stars

The LazyScoop Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Pinto Has An Idea by Rajeev Saxena Book Review

The cover of this book looks quite unique, and also has a short review by Actress Sridevi stating how she couldn’t stop herself from reading this book till the end. Did I like it? Read below to know!

Blurb:

Young Pinto has from his childhood been an out-of-the box thinker, finding solutions in his everyday surroundings to a myriad ancient global problems. A certain machine he invents in his childhood makes him a hero in his village but it’s not sufficient to change the mindset of naysayers for Pinto to pursue his career in hardcore science.

Pinto Has an Idea is the tale of Dr Pinto, a small-town boy, an IITian and a scientist working in MIT, who suddenly experiences a life-changing revelation in the early days of his research, throwing away his work on theoretical physics and setting out to solve the practical everyday problems of the world he lives in.

Returning to his native India, he finds his noble quest beset by unexpected adversaries, obstacles and trials, but emerges triumphant from each battle.

Pinto does not like to appear a romantic person, and keeps women at bay. But when Lavanya returns to haunt his life, and eventually shoe-horns him into marriage, he obligingly falls in love. Because Lavanya is not just a pretty face, she’s his partner in research. And Pinto, a newbie in romance, discovers a whole new craze.
But life takes directions never aimed for. Pinto is on the road to becoming rich and famous. He invents a mechanism to eradicate corruption in the land, and in that process moves towards politics. That impinges on the couple’s relationship so severely that Lavanya disappears suddenly without telling Pinto. Why does she leave their child with Pinto? Will he lose his greatest ‘idea’, Lavanya, and thereby, himself? Sure, Pinto’s ideas bring dramatic changes to society. But how much romance can a scientist handle as well?

The LazyScoop Review:

Pinto has an Idea is a very different from the other books I’ve read recently. It’s written in such a way that it feels very realistic, and yet very light hearted.

From the beginning chapters itself, the author establishes a connection with the reader by carving some interesting characters. I liked how the Author narrated Rajat Srivastava AKA Pinto’s journey, right from his childhood. His days in Orai, his hunger for knowledge, his enthusiasm for science is fascinating.

As a reader, I was amazed at Pinto’s wit and intelligence, his ability to think on his feet, to come up with the quickest solution for every problem is entertaining to read.

Pinto who later becomes a scientist, also a social worker, his ideologies have been depicted really well. His care for the betterment of the society and it’s people is inspiring to read.

The narration is overall quite smooth, as Sridevi says, you can’t help but continue reading it. I would’ve liked if the font size of the print would’ve been slightly larger. Language used is easy to understand. I felt the plot becomes slightly sluggish in some parts, however some entertaining chapters compensate for it.

I liked how the angle of love was handled, Lavanya and her failed marriage, makes her an important character. I enjoyed their chemistry together, it felt organic.

The LazyScoop Verdict:

Overall, Pinto has an idea is entertaining and definitely a book with a heart. It’ll make you smile and also fascinate you with some scientific allurement.

Ratings:

Cover: 4/ 5 Stars

Plot: 3.5/ 5 Stars

Characters: 3.5/ 5 Stars

Narration: 3.5/ 5 Stars

Entertainment: 4/ 5 Stars

The LazyScoop Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thanks banajaprakashini.in for sending the review copy for my honest review.

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Happy Reading!

For the Sake Of Love by Anamika Mishra Book Review

I found the cover of the book to be highly appealing, indicating that it’s going to be a love story! But there are so many love stories already out there. Was this one any different? Read below to find out!

Blurb:

Young, pretty and successful, Twisha Khanna has it all. She works hard and has no time for frivolities like love. After all, being the creative head of a happening travel magazine is no joke.

So when she travels to Shimla on an assignment, the last thing on Twisha’s mind is love. But then, life has other plans. On finding a stack of old love letters that speak of an unrequited romance, Twisha is convinced that she must find the man who wrote these letters and help him.

Along the way, she meets spoilt rich boy Alex, who is everything she would NOT want in a man. As the two try to reunite the old lovers mentioned in the letters, they are hardly aware that how they feel about love and life is going to change forever…

The LazyScoop Book Review:

Twisha Khanna, works for a travel magazine and is told to visit shimla for magazine story along with her irritating colleague Bobby. Their journey takes a turn when they discover some old love letters which shake them to the core. And thus begins the quest to find the man David, who is the writer of those letters and for the person for whom it had been written. Will they be successful in finding that person behind those letters? Will they be able to find the person for whom it been written? Will Alex, the handsome but arrogant grandson of David, get along well with bobby and Twisha?

I think this is one of the best love stories I’ve read. Why? Because there’s not even a single dull moment in this book. We constantly look forward to what’s going to happen next? For whom are those letters for? Will David meet Jasmine? Will Twisha meet David or Jasmine? The start of this novel itself is bang on with those letters, which you read and get insight into the writer of those letters, you wonder how the dates are moving ahead, how his life is changing and questions keep coming in your mind, will he get a reply from the other person or not? What’s going to happen in the end?

I loved how two love stories were intertwined in this book, one eternal and one establishing it’s base as we read it. Characterization is also good, Twisha being independent, I found her to be bit impatient. But she definitely is good at heart. Bobby is shown to be chirpy, and vivacious. She’s the girl who gets excited on small things and is generally very sweet. Alex’s character is good, but I couldn’t completely understand his thoughts and nature. At first he appeared arrogant, and then the opposite, I would’ve liked to know what makes him change his behaviour. There are other characters like David, Yanaji, Jasmine, Eliza and Chris who add depth to the whole story and each one has a purpose.

I liked the conversations between Twisha and Bobby, also the transition in their friendship was interesting to read. I think the writer of this book is really smart, she has woven a love story by adding a heart touching love story in the backdrop and she doesn’t let the story be monotonous by making all the characters different from each other.

The narration is simple and it wonderfully flows ahead. All the description of mountains and scenaries are beautiful written. The pace is apt, it went fast where it needed to be and gave ample description of emotions and feelings of Twisha where it needed to be, to establish a connect with the reader. The Climax of the book is unpredictable. It’s emotional and yet would bring a smile on your face.

LazyScoop Verdict:

There are writers who write long chapters and yet sometimes fail to establish an emotional connection with the readers. But Anamika Mishra does it beautifully, those small letters written by her are much more emotionally impactful. I think this is the best love stories coming from Westland, I found this one much better than their current bestselling love story novels too. This one deserves to be a Bestseller!

LazyScoop Ratings:

Cover: 4/ 5 Stars

Narration: 4/ 5 Stars

Story: 4.5/ 5 Stars

Characterization: 4/ 5 Stars

Entertainment: 4.5/ 5 Stars

The LazyScoop Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐🌠

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