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.

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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

You can buy this book by clicking on this link!

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: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

You can buy this book by clicking on this link!

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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.

You readers can buy this book by clicking on this link!

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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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Wish you all a very Happy N…Umm, Nothing!

It’s been really a long since I’ve written an article. Mostly because I was out of topics, and my work and books kept me busy. But the joy of writing isn’t going to leave me anytime soon. Touchwood.

I would’ve wished you all a very Happy New Year, but I know just like me, you all are bored looking at that text since perhaps the last week of December. So, I won’t.

Waise bhi, my or anyone’s wishing and WhatsApp Forwarding isn’t going to make your year any better. It’s in your own hands to make it one of the memorable years of your valuable lives.

Talking about new year, resolution is what pops up in the mind. Each year the January witnesses new resolutions by everyone, to be forgotten till February. No, not everyone forgets to stick to their resolutions, but most of us, including me, do.

My last year’s resolution was that I would not spend any time watching anything on youtube. But when Jaby Koay, Rickshawali, Indian Booktuber dropped their new videos, I couldn’t help but watch them.

I thought about this, and I think one of the reasons we tend to break our resolutions is because we force ourselves to follow them. We don’t actually want to follow them, so eventually we don’t.

e.g One of my friends last year decided that she’ll not be addicted to her mobile as much as she was. She forced herself to not use it, this was successful for the initial week, but later on, she was so frustrated, that she ended up spending more time than usual on her smartphone.

This is mostly what happens to us too, we force ourselves.

But there is a simple technique to follow our resolution successfully, and not get frustrated…and that is…

To take one step at a time.

Yes, e.g if your resolution is to sleep early than usual, let’s assume 2 am, and if you set a resolution that you want to sleep at 10 PM, You would end up getting irritated, because you won’t be able to sleep. Your body and mind won’t accept that timeframe.

The wise way, would be to take one step at a time. If not 10, you can sleep at 1 AM in the beginning. Slowly, you could take it backwards to 12, and then 11 and in the end, 10.

And, That’s how it works.

No matter what your resolution is, doing something slowly and gradually would help you achieve it.

If you want to read more books this month than you did last year, don’t set a resolution that you are going to read 10 books in a month.

Start with 1, then 2 and so on. There are people who read as much as 10 books per month. So possibly even you can achieve it, but slowly.

So moral of the article is: ‘Take one step at a time, Don’t take direct big leaps, you may fall down.”

That’s it for today. Lookout for more articles from me in 2018.

Here I set my resolution for 2018, to write articles again, to read more books, to sleep early and to achieve some other targets I’ve set for myself.

Let me know what your resolutions are, follow the subscribe button and set your resolution that you are going to read every damn article from this blog. Also remember, read one article at a time!

Until next time,

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Then the Door Bell rang by Capri Jalota Book Review

Blurb:

One fine morning, Jane wakes up and stands upon the ledge of her 18th floor flat in Dubai Marina. Till a few years back, she was everything that would make anyone jealous – beautiful, rich and successful. But then the wheels of time turned. Today, she is miserable and lonely. Would she get over a deception? Can she forgive herself for deserting a friend? Would she ever find true love? Will karma get the better of her or will life give her another chance to correct the wrongs?

Then the Doorbell Rang is about Jane’s roller-coaster journey as she explores the mystical phenomenon called Life.

The LazyScoop Review:

The Cover of the book is simple yet attractive, and gives the impression that the story is going to be deep and mysterious.

Then the Doorbell Rang is a story of Jane, and her Journey of life. From being beautiful, successful and rich to being lonely and in a miserable state. This book is how she faces every difficult situations and seeks answers to some intriguing questions. Jane’s thoughts and description of her reaction forms the core of this book.

The Author has written the book in first person and his writing is impressive. The description of Dubai, Mumbai, every situation and place brings the picture right in front of your eyes. Jane’s thoughts and feelings are so well written that you instantly connect with her after some chapters.

There were few minor editing errors which I observed, and also the pace of the narration drops slightly slow in the middle of the book, but picks it back again towards the end.

I liked how the narration of Jane’s Past and Present was written, her childhood, her relationship with her mother, father and husband helped it connecting with the story and her even more.

Overall, the book is gripping, it tells you the story of how the protagonist overcomes the unfortunate events in her life, it definitely offers a good reading experience.

Ratings:

Cover: 4/ 5 Stars

Plot– 3.5/ 5 Stars

Narration: 4/ 5 Stars

Characterization: 4/ 5 Stars

Entertainment: 3.5/ 5 Stars

Pace: 3.5/ 5 Stars

The LazyScoop Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

You can order this book by clicking on this link!

About the Author:

Capri is from Chandigarh and has studied Management at IIM Ahmedabad. He has worked for over 13 years in reputed organizations like Maruti Suzuki, Tata Strategic Management Group, Fortis Healthcare and KIMS, across India and the Middle East, before he decided to pen his first novel.

Capri is also an avid numismatist with a collection of over 1000 coins from 100+ countries.