‘The 365 Days’ by Nikhil Ramteke Book Review. 

Hello guys!

Today I’ll be reviewing ‘365 Days’ by Author Nikhil Ramteke.

So before we begin, Here’s the Synopsis from the back of the book cover:

​’This is a story that falls through the crevices of pitiless anonymity, yet miraculously waits to be told. 

Shijukutty, a Malayali fisherman, leaves his tiny hamlet of abject poverty in the coastal village of Vizhinjam on the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala, that picturesque vignette of searing beauty on the south-western coast of India. Shiju, like millions of other Malayalis, seeks his destiny in Dubai, that gleaming global hub of fortune on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf. What unfolds is a stirring story of distilled hardship, exploitation, identity, and friendship, and the heartbreaking choices Shiju is often forced to make. So what he sees is not what he experiences when he lands in a world of glimmering towers, fast-paced life, and unabashed opulence. For what he was not prepared for was the dark underbelly of Dubai beyond the shimmering mirage. 
Shiju’s life is no more the same. But he holds his ground, drawing on ancient instincts of his seafaring ancestry. As things settle down around him, he is inexorably pulled into the canyon of recession… Will Shiju be able to hold on to his dreams? Will he able to pull out himself from the whirlpool? Will he survive against all odds? Will he redeem himself? Nikhil Ramteke unfolds an extraordinary saga about Indian expatriates, their struggles, their alienation, and their dreams. The 365 Days is more than a story of a year in Shijukutty’s life.’

What’s it exactly about?

The 365 days is a story of a fisherman named Shijukutty, who gets inspired by many malyalis from his tiny village Vizhinjam in Thiruvanthapuram, who have become successful and rich by working in Dubai. Thus chasing his dreams, he leaves his wife and son behind for the Hub of fortune, believing that even he will meet his bright kismet.

But much to his disappointment, his dreams gradually get shattered, but not his will. He finds out that behind the glittering city lies a deep dark side which he wasn’t aware of. It’s his journey of making his dreams come true. But what happens when he is faced with challenges? Will those struggles make him quit? A lot can happen in a year, the 356 days is an account of Shijukutty’s one whole life changing year. Find it out by reading it. 


My opinion:

The 365 days by Nikhil Ramteke, is one of the most versatile stories I’ve read in the recent times. It doesn’t follow the quintessential way of writing. The narrative is intriguing and unfolds minor details with perfection. It goes back and forth and keeps you glued to it till the last page. Though this is a fictional account, but Author Nikhil Ramteke has written in a way that it feels like its his story. And that’s not just because he writes in first person, it’s because he makes the characters come alive by making us feel the emotions and things the main character- Shijukutty, has been going through, emotionally as well as mentally. 

  This story will inspire you, it will make you emotional (Not in a melodramatic way), also it will make you realise that challenges are part of life, it’s how we face them, that matters. 

You’ll connect with the character Shiju, you’ll feel his feelings, and the message which you get after you complete reading it, stays with you. 

So, The 365 Days by Nikhil Ramteke, absolutely recommended by LazyScoop. 
LazyScoop Verdict:-

To the plot- 4/5 Stars. 

Narrative- 4/5 Stars

Story- 3.5/5 Stars

Cover page- 3.5/5 Stars.

Overall Rating– 4.5/Stars

This is a book you won’t regret buying, and after you complete it, the story will stay with you making you ponder about life and dreams. 

You can buy this must read book by hitting this Amazon link at a discounted price of Rs. 138/- 

Happy Reading! And Happy Holi in Advance. 
Love,

Pratik Jadhav

A New Book Launch To Look Out For! 

​In the past, I’ve reviewed two wonderful books by Shubha Vilas, Ramayana- The Game Of Life: Shattered Dreams: Part 2 and The Stolen Hope: Book 3. You can check out the reviews by clicking their names. The depth and details with which Shubha Vilas writes is terrific and recently I got an e-mail from him about a new launch of his book called ‘Open Eyed Meditation’ which surprisingly is NOT in line with Ramayana series this time. Though it’s definitely related to Mythology. He shared the book cover and summary of his new book, which I was too excited to share with you guys. 
Here is the exclusive look of the front and back cover:

Looks exciting, doesn’t it? As you can see the price of the book is kept ₹250 which is a good deal I think since the priceless values and fun shubha vilas books usually offer. Though if it is really worth the money, we’ll find it when I review it for you guys very soon.
Here is the exclusive Introduction straight from the book and Author’s pen: 

Meditation essentially means perceiving deeper truths from within. 
For those who thought that meditation is a closed- eyed phenomenon, I beg to differ. And offer them Open- eyed Meditations, a book that shows another perspective to meditation. 
When you are open to life, life opens up to you. The upper limit of your ability to learn is determined by the upper limit of your desire to learn. Nature is actually a school that happily teaches eager students the secret lessons of life. Open-eyed Meditations is a collection of thoughts about various aspects of life that is purely inspired by observing the world through the lenses of the Vedic epics. 
Each meditation in the book deals with a modern problem that each one of us encounters in life and is accompanied by profound insights to those situations through a story or a character from the ancient epics. 
Why ancient epics? The reason being that there is something attractive about the epics like the Mahabharata and the Ramayana that has kept them alive century after century. Beyond the storyline, something deeper is waiting to be discovered from these ancient texts. This book is an attempt to uncover the hidden layer of wealth that is cleverly packaged within the commonly known storylines. 
Albert Einstein said, ‘Life is like riding a bicycle; to keep the balance one has to keep moving.’ For most people, there is no time to stop to learn how to maintain good relationships, how to become effective leaders, how to manage complications in life, and so on and so forth. They are already on the bicycle of life and most of the times speedily trending downwards. In such a delicate situation any quick tip to help retain the balance is always welcome! 
Thus, Open-eyed Meditations is a distillation of ancient wisdom tips for modern lives; a unique self-help book wherein each meditation takes you on a journey to the past, bringing a secret herb to heal a problem of the present. 
Whether you are dealing with complex dynamics of relationships or solving an impossible crisis in your life or coming to terms with embarrassing failures or struggling with important decisions or dealing with any kind of addiction, this book offers valuable nuggets of wisdom and action point resources to deal with it all. 
Open-eyed Meditations is a by-product of reading thousands of wisdom books, learning from thousands of wise men and keenly observing thousands of life situations. It is replete with intellectually stimulating analogies and quotes that will stick in your mind long after you have put the book down. It’s definitely not a one-time read, but surely warrants a meditative one. Every meditation is independent and complete. These meditations will provoke you to think about life in ways you would have never thought of. 
Water is all over the air, but when air is subjected to the process of condensation, we get water. Similarly, ideas/ thoughts are all over, but when subjected to the process of contemplation, they become accessible to us. When a thought is held for a long duration of time and processed through the machinery of contemplation, then life sutras are produced. Open-eyed Meditations is a book of ‘thought sutras’ that can become ‘life sutras’. 

Read this book the way a cow eats grass while ruminating. Chew on every word carefully till you have milky lucidity that nourishes every aspect of your life. This book will help you learn the art of meditating with your eyes wide open as you keenly observe the world around you and allow it to enlighten you. 

Here are some of the reviews for this book from famous writers and personalities: 

Deep exploration, congent analysis, and lucid interpretation of stories from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata… This book should be on every bookshelf and in every home.

– CHRISTOPER C. DOYLE, author

Intuitive yet pragmatic, Open-eyed Mediations is a lucid and thoughtful window to mindfulness.

NAMITA GOKHALE, writer

A wonderful book that reveals many profound secrets through varied meditations, each of which can nurture a different aspect of your life.

ASHWIN SANGI, author

A unique approach to help us address issues and questions that we have in our life… useful and enlightening. Highly recommended.

ANIL VALLURI, PRESIDENT, SAARC & NetApp India

Shubha Vilas has extracted the knowledge of timeless epics, distilled the wisdom, and presented it in a contemporary form… a book you will want to read over again to absorb the brilliant learnings.

ABHISHEK KARANI, Director, The Free Press Journal

Open-eyed Meditations is a book for all moods and all seasons… these rare 64 gems talk to us, make us ponder, and goad us to accept…Read it and digest it for a better life!

HITAL R. MESWANI, Executive Director and Board of Reliance Industries Ltd.

For all those who are new to Author Shubha Vilas, here is all you need to know about him: 

Shubha Vilas, a spiritual seeker and a motivational speaker, holds a degree in engineering and law with a specialization in patent law. 

In essence, he is an author, a motivational speaker, lifestyle coach and a storyteller par excellence. 

His leadership seminars are popular with top-level management in corporate houses. He addresses their crucial needs through thought-provoking seminars. 

Shubha Vilas periodically interacts with the youth in premier institutes across the world, inspiring them to live a life based on deeper human values. Close to his heart is his role as a guide and teacher to school children, teaching foundational values through masterful storytelling. 

Traveling across the globe and meeting people from all walks of life, he teaches the importance of being governed by dharmic principles, meting out spiritual lifestyle tips and contemporary wisdom to deal with modern-day life situations. 

He is the author of the best-selling book series known as ‘Ramayana – The Game of Life’ published by Jaico Books, that distills thought-provoking life lessons through the gripping narrative of the story of the Ramayana. 
You can connect with him on Facebook and twitter as well: 
Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/shubhavilas
Twitter: @shubhavilas 

As I said, in the coming days I’ll be sharing my review of this book. In the meantime, you can check out bookshops near you for the availability of this book, since it’s going to be launched this August. Exact date is not known to me yet. 
Also, Chetan Bhagat’s new book titled One Indian Girl is releasing this Diwali. I’ll be sharing details about the book soon in my next post. 
Till then don’t stop reading! Please like, share and subscribe to the blog. Need your support. Thank you. 

Signing off,

Pratik Jadhav.