Second Chance by Dr. Sandeep Jatwa Book Review.

When I first read the blurb of this book, I got curious about the story. It seemed interesting and something new. But was the book as gripping as the blurb was ? Let’s find out.

Author: Dr. Sandeep Jatwa

Pages: 198 pages

Publisher: Educreation Publishing

Genre: Fantasy Thriller/ Philosophical Fiction

Blurb:

Shekhar Kapoor is a successful businessman who has never done a decent thing in his entire life. For him it is all about what he can get and how fast he can get it. He goes through life cheating and insulting people, even after he receives a mysterious telephone call from what is called the City of Justice. Ignoring the cryptic warnings, Shekhar continues to live his life as he pleases, until one day, shortly after insulting a beggar in the street, Shekhar crashes his car and is killed. And it is only when he is standing before the Bookkeeper, and being shown where his life had gone wrong, that Shekhar finally understands what life is all about. But is it too late for him? Can he be given another chance, to undo all the wrongs he has done? Or is there a chance that Shekhar Kapoor can find redemption where there had previously been no hope?

What is it about?

Second chance by Dr. Sandeep Jatwa is a story of a successful but arrogant, cruel, and selfish businessman named Shekhar Kapoor. For him his money and business is everything. He doesn’t care about anyone’s feelings, nor their well being. But world turns upside down for him when an accident leads to his death! He is made to face his wrong deeds. What his life doesn’t teach him, his death does. But how can he change his wrong deeds if he’s already dead? Is it too late? Will he be punished for his deeds? This is a story of his transformation from being the most self centered person to a kind of person he himself had never thought he would become.

No money can give you contentment and happiness. Do what your heart wants and what you will get would be priceless. – Dr. Sandeep Jatwa

LazyScoop Book Review:

Honestly, I don’t really enjoy reading philosophical books much, because they have always seemed quite monotonous to me. But this book has changed my perception completely. It has everything- Philosophy, Emotions, Thrills, Fantasy elements, all coated with a beautiful message.

The narrative style of the author is smooth, language is lucid. As far as story is concerned, it captured me right from the first chapter. And gradually I was immersed in the narration completely.

Each chapter is condensed with engaging story. Writing fantasy imagination is a difficult task because you have to construct it in such a way that it feels believable to the reader. And yes, Dr. Sandeep Jatwa successfully does that. You feel the protagonists experience in the City of Justice as if your own.

The reaction of Shekhar Kapoor after the accident when some strange things happen to him (Don’t want to spoil it for you guys) are described so practically, without going overboard. I wouldn’t reveal much but the Golden Chair, miniature Solar Systems, etc all was narrated so fantastically that I was amazed.

I would’ve liked if Unnati’s character had been given more depth. The relationship of Protagonist and his father was beautifully written. I enjoyed reading Shekhar and Kailash’s story and the angle to which it leads.

This book reminds us how our every small actions impact others. How our ego, ill behaviour, selfishness can destroy someone’s feelings, or even sometimes life.

The LazyScoop Verdict:

This book has a lot to learn from, and for everyone. And yes, it’s much better than any love story, or thrillers which came recently. The message which this story brings is beautiful. The best thing about this book is that you get emotionally connected to it. It’s gripping and there’s not even one dull moment in the book! There is a selfish shekhar kapoor in each one of us, which has to change into a loving and caring one. This book deserves to be a bestseller!

Ratings:

Plot: 4.5/ 5 Stars

Characterization: 4/ 5 Stars

Narration: 4/ 5 Stars

Cover: 3/ 5 Stars

Entertainment: 4.5/ 5 Stars

The LazyScoop Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐🌟

Second Chance by Dr. Sandeep Jatwa, absolutely recommended by The LazyScoop!

You can buy this book at a discounted price by clicking on this link!

White Smoke: The missing Shimla Girl by Nikhil Mahajan Book Review. 

The cover of this book gave me impressions that it’s going to be a story of a detective and a girl who has gone missing, blurb was interesting to read so I was expecting it to be a thrilling ride, did it fulfill my expectations? Well, read on to know! 

Author: Nikhil Mahajan

Genre: Romantic Thriller

Book Length: 147 Pages.

Price: 99/-

Publication Date: 7th June, 2017

Publishers: Srishti Publishers and Distributors.

Blurb

Virat studies in a renowned boarding school in Shimla. But behind the façade of a happy teenager is a disturbed child trying to fight the pain of his mother’s death and his father’s ignorance. Neither love nor friends seem to be of any help. That’s when he finds a picture in a library book, which changes his life forever. 
In trying to find the truth behind the girl in the picture, he stumbles upon dirty secrets and a scandal that shocks him. 
Meanwhile in Delhi, a CID officer and Police Inspector Mathur are trying to unravel the mystery behind the gruesome murders of two influential families that seem to be connected to the mysterious girl in the picture. 
Will Virat be able to find the mysterious girl or lose himself on the way? 
Discover the chilling reality of life, friendship, love and deceit behind the curtain of White Smoke.


What is it about? 

White Smoke: The Missing Shimla Girl is a story of Virat, A teenager with a troubled childhood, who one day discovers a picture of a beautiful girl in one of the books from Boarding School’s Library. His relationship with Payal, is on the verge of an end. And there is some mysterious attraction to the picture he has found. 

Chilling and perplexing murders are taking place in the city and Inspector Mathur is trying hard to solve the case. There’s one CID officer too, who also wants to crack the case ASAP. Is there any relation between the picture and the murders? Who is the murderer? What is his motive? Will Virat come out of his obsession with the girl in the picture? Who is she by the way? Find the answers in the book! 

LazyScoop Review:

Writer Nikhil Mahajan writes a story which is gripping, short, edgy and page turner. Writing is crisp, it had a certain dark tone to it which made it intriguing. Narration flows smoothly with case reports giving a subconscious authenticity to the case Inspector Mathur was handling! Though the case reports were coming up more often in between chapters and later they got boring to be read, they were hurdles in the breezy narration.

In one of the incidents portrayed in the book, a character slaps his girlfriend, after he announces a break up and she tries to know the reason, it didn’t seem morally correct to me. Also Virat being obsessed about just a picture he finds in a book doesn’t seem practical, but having said that, I think its fiction, so getting some creative liberty isn’t wrong as far as the overall book is entertaining.

The three dimensional aspect of the story i.e Virat and Payal, Mahi and Arjun, Inspector Mathur and how all the characters are interlinked was very creative of the author, and was amazing to read. Some of the erotic scenes are written in a very nice way without going overboard or cheap. 

The climax was chilling and raised many questions.

LazyScoop Verdict:

White Smoke: The Missing Shimla Girl is a compelling read with lot of twists and turns and interesting plot. It is a story of Love, Romance, Betrayal, and Revenge. It’s not the best books to be read in thrillers, but it’s definitely a good one. And the reader would wait for its sequel to find answers to some questions which the story raises. 

Ratings:

Cover: 3/ 5 Stars

Narration: 3/ 5 Stars

Plot: 3.5/ 5 Stars

Entertainment: 3.5/ 5 Stars

Characterization: 3.5/ 5 Stars

The LazyScoop Rating: 3.5/ 5 Stars

White Smoke: The Missing Shimla girl recommended by LazyScoop if you’d like to read a decent Romantic Thriller. 

You can buy the Book at a Discounted Price by clicking here! 

Happy Reading,

Pratik Jadhav

Black Coffee by Priyanka Nawalgaria Book Review.

Black Coffee- ‘Dark and Strong’ by Priyanka Nawalgaria has a cool looking cover and tagline. Initially, when I read the blurb, I thought this book to be motivational and Inspirational story of a women. Read on below to know what I actually think about the book after completely reading it. 

Author: Priyanka Nawalgaria

Book length: 140 pages.

Price: 189/- (Free Delivery)

Genre: Romance

Publishers: Half Baked Beans.

Blurb:

Meet Tamanna, a young ,beautiful and fun loving girl who marries Saarthak, rich, introvert and simple. Sounds fine, right? No, not really. Reason being Raj. Years later, she accidentally bumps into Raj . His short visit into her life only increases the vacuum that he had created ages ago. This void is then filled by a sudden entry in her life in the form of Aadil who sweeps her off her feet. They both fall for each other but in an entirely different manner. Frustrated by the various emotional and heart-breaking twists and turns, she finds solace in a beautiful and unexpected friendship. But before anything can happen a series of misunderstandings manage to ruin everything in Tamanna’s sweet little world . What happens that makes all of Tamanna’s relationships sour? What is it that makes her break all her ties ? Walk into Tamanna’s shoes to experience her transformation to Black Coffee- Dark and Strong.

What is it about? 

Black Coffee is a story of a girl named Tamannah who has big dreams. Dreams such as marrying the love of her life, becoming a Chartered Accountant. But destiny has other plans for her and she gets married to Sarthak. Can first love be forgotten so easily? What happens when it appears again after few years, things are surely to be different then, especially if you are married. Join Tamannah in her journey of finding herself, and her ambitions. 

LazyScoop Review:

The book started of well with an interesting prologue where Tamannah is asking for a black coffee and explaining how her personality is changed over the years due to whatever she has gone through. How she has become strong and dark, thus building the reader’s expectation that the story which is going to unfold later is going to be moving, and totally inspiring. 

But, 

“Expectations are root cause of hurt.” they say, and that’s pretty much what happened when I read this book till the end. Maybe expected it to be really amazing, so I was disappointed. Though, the story isn’t bad. Actually story is average, short and simple. But it totally lacks depth, the writer says that the incidents happened, but actually doesn’t potray it. 

E.g – ‘We shared a different chemistry altogether, and with time, our friendship was also blossoming and flourishing’ is what is written about a character in the book. But, how that chemistry was different? How was their frienship blossoming isn’t potrayed in the book. Which makes the narrative shallow. 

If the story had been written with more depth and characterization, it would have really connected well with the reader. I wouldn’t have minded if the book was a thick one with profundity.

The initial story of how Raj and Tamannah meet for the first time is written well and was interesting to read. In the ending chapters, I felt Tamannah’s character untrustworthy. No matter how much love you’ve got for your first love, you can’t cheat your husband and claim to be strong. The writing loses it’s grip after few chapters. 

LazyScoop Verdict:

Black Coffee is a book which should be read with open mind and without expecting any motivational content, it’s a good one time read which is fast paced and can be a decent read while travelling.

Cover: 3/ 5 stars

Entertainment: 2.5/ 5 stars

Narration: 2/ 5 Stars

Characterization: 2/ 5 Stars

Story: 2.55 stars

LazyScoop Rating: 2.5/ 5 Stars

The Black Coffee, recommended by LazyScoop only if you like to read an average one time readable book. 

You can buy the book from this link by clicking here. Happy Reading! 
Upcoming Book Review: White Smoke by Nikhil Mahajan. Stay Tuned! 

Three and a half Murders By Salil Desai Book Review.

Author: Salil Desai

Pages: 328

Publishers: Fingerprint!

Genre: Murder Mystery- Thriller

Price: 162/-

When I first read the blurb, I was expecting it to be just another crime patrol episode in a book format. But to my surprise, this book is much beyond that. As the name suggests, Three and a Half Murders is a murder mystery. Find out what I think about it, below!


Blurb
:

Two corpses…a woman lying dead on her bed, a man hanging from the ceiling fan. A suicide note cum murder confession. And a name…Shaunak Sodhi. When the case comes their way, Senior Inspector Saralkar has just been diagnosed with hypertension and PSI Motkar is busy with rehearsals of an amateur play.

What appears at first to be a commonplace crime by a debt-ridden, cuckolded husband, who has killed his unfaithful wife and then hung himself, soon begins to unfold as a baffling mystery.

As clues point to a seven-year-old unsolved murder in Bangalore and other leads emerge closer home, Saralkar and Motkar find themselves investigating shady secrets, bitter grudges, fishy land deals, carnal desires, the dead woman Anushka Doshi’s sinister obsession with past life regression and her husband’s links to a suspicious, small-time god-man, Rangdev Baba. And then, suddenly, the murderer resurfaces and yet another life is in grave danger…

Can Saralkar and Motkar get to the bottom of an unimaginably shocking motive and stop the malevolent killer from committing the fourth murder…?

What is it about?

Two dead bodies are found in an apartment, one is hanging from the fan, and another body is of a woman whose face has been damaged with Acid. They are identified to be a couple named Mr and Mrs. Doshi. 

The only piece of information is a note written by Mr. Doshi claiming to have killed his wife and himself for certain reasons. 

Simple case, isn’t it? Well, nothing is as it seems, when Inspector Saralkar enters the scene to crack the case along with his accomplice, PSI Motkar. And thus begins the thrilling journey of unravelling the mystery. 


LazyScoop Review:



Three and Half Murders is one of the best books to have come out this year. It kept me glued to it right from the first page itself. The narration is fantastic. It seems as if the writer has done lot of work on plot, characterization and narration before beginning to write the book. The pace of the book is perfect, fast enough yet not jumpy. The broody bad ass Saralkar to Brave yet timid in front of the boss, PSI Motkar, all were well defined characters. Their chemistry is amazingly written, with genuine Humour. I really enjoyed when Saralkar grilled poor Motkar with sarcastic retorts every now and then. 

I was expecting the story to loose it’s grip after the beginning chapters, like most of the thrillers do. But this book surprised me. The tension, the curiosity, the suspense just builds up with every chapter! Also, what makes this book a success is its Dangerous and scary antagonist. 

The Climax was totally unpredictable, and was definitely satisfying. 

What I didn’t like:

Ummm…let me think…ummm…


LazyScoop Verdict:

This book deserves to be on the chart of Best-Sellers. Its dark, witty, full of shocking twists and is peppered with enough doses of humour to keep you totally entertained. Once you finish the book, you’ll surely become a fan of Inspector Saralkar!
There are two more books written by Author Salil Desai in Inspector Saralkar series. And after reading this book, I am certain that I am going to read the other books too. Buy this book if you want to thrill yourself and want to read a story which will play with your mind. 

Plot
: 4.5/ 5 Stars

Narration: 4.5/ 5 Stars

Entertainment: 5/ 5 Stars

Characters: 4.5/ 5 Stars

Cover: 4/ 5 Stars

LazyScoop Rating: 4.5/ 5 stars

Three and a Half Murders, absolutely recommended by TheLazyScoop! 



You can buy this book by clicking here at a discounted price.

Happy Reading!

The Four Patriots by Sumit Agarwal Review. 

Author: Sumit Agarwal

Genre: Contemporary Political Thriller

Pages: 306

Publishers: Rupa Publications India

This book had released few months ago and has been the talk of the literary world since then. It’s reached the Amazon Best Sellers list in a very short time. All the book reviewers are showering praises on it and so I was really curious to know what this book is all about. I got the chance to read it. Read on to know what I think! 

Blurb:

Have you ever fallen victim to the system? Felt humiliated and helpless? Have you fought back? 

Meet four such patriots: Varun, an NRI software engineer; Salman, CEO of Coffee Moments; Raghav, a virtuous politician and Aditya, an altruistic businessman. 

Fate brings these four lives together at a crossroads, pushing these unlikely heroes out of their comfort zones to fight a seemingly unstoppable evil force which wants to hold our country captive. The four companions, who have always had each other’s back, will now come face-to-face with the biggest challenge of their lives—a labyrinthine plot rife with perilous twists and wicked turns. With the nation’s future at stake, will they be able to destroy the Chakravyuh intricately laid down by the enemies of India? Will they come out of it alive? 

A story about friendship, faith and courage, replete with romance and patriotism, The Four Patriots is a racy, contemporary thriller sure to give you goose bumps. Pick this book if you do not believe ‘is desh ka kuch nahin ho sakta’; and if you think all is not lost, this is a must-read!



What is it about? 

The four patriots is the thrilling Journey of four individuals who are disappointed with the current Indian Political scenario and are challenged by various incidents to take things in their hands and change it. They have to face many obstacles from various powerful and selfish people who think about themselves more than their country. Will the Four Patriots succeed in changing the system? Will they be able to tackle the conspiracies against them? 

 

LazyScoop Review:

‘The four patriots immediately grasps your attention from the first chapter itself. The introduction of all characters is not limited to their traits, each character has depth and there are various such situations they come across which triggers their motivation to get into the corrupt political system and change it. I liked how the prologue ends on a cliffhanger point which makes you keep reading to reach the end and know the suspense about one of the protagonist getting shot. But by whom? Why? Does he die? 
Characterization is one of the key elements in this book. Each character has been well defined, their backstories justify their behaviour perfectly. E.g Salman’s badass character is really fun to read about. You get emotionally connected with Raghav after his backstory is revealed. Varun Panga Pandey’s boldness and Aditya’s smartness also impressed me. Though my most favourite character is Salman. He’s bold and believes in tit for tat, many readers would easily relate to his character. 

As far as the story is concerned, it’s compelling! And the doses of twists and turns are unpredictable and move at a very good pace, sure to keep you at the edge and hooked on to the book. 

One of the best dialogues in this book is ‘Dekhna nahi, Karna hai.’ and that actually pretty much sums up the real message behind this book. 

What I didn’t like: 

I didn’t like how Varun and Alisha’s story concludes. I felt Varun was totally wrong for stopping his wife from working and yet he doesn’t seem to be genuinely sorry about it later. There should’ve been incidences where he realizes his mistake. 

LazyScoop Verdict:

I don’t know why but there was a thrilling background score playing in my mind as I kept reading this book. Shows how successful it was to engage me in the narration. 

There are many whistle worthy dialogues and moments in the book too. E.g ‘Ise Prasad Chahiye’ moment, every time the character salman says this dialogue, you jolt up with excitement! ( Is it wierd to whistle with excitement while reading a book? )
Another commendable thing about this book is how the Author has given solution to various national problems which seem practical. It shows how much intelligent the author is and how much research he has done before writing this book. Who could’ve better reviewed the book than Late Mr. Om puri who says it to be- “Thrilling to the core. A must-read.” Kudos to Author Sumit Agarwal, though this being his debut book, he has written it in a way at par with many seasoned Authors. 

Overall The Four Patriots is a thrilling and inspiring story of Patriotism which is not just limited to facebook comments and cricket, Friendship and Romance. The message and the characters stay in your mind even after you finish reading it. 

The Four Patriots, Absolutely recommended by LazyScoop!



Cover: 5/5 Stars

Plot: 5/5 stars

Narrative Style: 4.5/5 stars

Characterization: 5/5 Stars

Entertainment: 4.5/5 Stars

LazyScoop Rating: 4.5/5 Stars 

You can buy this book from this link, for a discounted price of Rs. 65/- Hurry! 

Graveyard Shift Anthology Book Review. 

Today I am going to review the latest release by Half Baked Beans Publishing, ‘Graveyard Shift’ by Manish Mahajan. It’s an Anthology of short stories and as the name suggests the genre is Horror. 

Author: Manish Mahajan

Publishers: Half Baked Beans

Price: 149/- 

Number of pages- 182

Blurb:

At around midnight, I woke up suddenly. A strange sound was coming from nowhere outside in the passage. I sat up dazed. The curtains were a little ajar letting the moonlight to streak in. I got up to investigate where that noise was coming from. The passageway was almost dark, just a single lamp was left switched on for the night. The sound seemed to be coming from one of the rooms. That was strange, I thought, as there was no one else staying on this floor. All of a sudden, something moved behind me. Turning around I got the shock of my life. Some distance away, in that dreary passageway, stood a figure dressed in flowing white robes, staring hard at me.


LazyScoop Review:

Manish Mahajan’s Graveyard Shift is a a complete package of horror and spooky stories to horrify and at the same time amaze you. Each story has been well written and have uncertain twists which mystifies the reader. It comprises of 7 Short Stories and one Poem which successfully scare you. Lets have a look at what I think about each story:

The Appointment:

It’s a horrifying poem with a scary plot. It’s about a friend who is dead but has his appointment scheduled to meet the poet. Does he come back from the dead to meet him? 

Honey, ‘m back!

The first short story from the book starts with a normal tone but later turns into a scary revenge drama. This story is horrifying but seems a little bit unbelievable. But the description of the resort before each scene began did scare me.

Tales in the Train:

An overnight train, and five passengers sharing their personal encounter with ghosts and spirits. This is one of my favorites because it begins with a predictable bollywood style plot but ends with a confounding twist. Also the information about chudails: Pichal peri etc doubles up your curiosity to know more about what the story is going to bring further. 


A Night in the Hastings’s House:

A team of 10 people from the organisation ‘Ghost Hunters Of India’ go to Warren Hasting’s erstwhile Bungalow in Alipore, Kolkata to conduct their paranormal investigation when suddenly things go horribly wrong. I felt this story had the most unique plot and it had a suspense factor which you’ll know when you read the book. The information about who warren Hasting was and some historical information makes the story more believable.


A doll named Wendy: 

How can there be horror story and no mention of one of the most haunted places on earth? Yes, I am talking about Bhangarh Fort. I had read the blurb on the index page and was very keen to read this story. And it lived to my expectation. Its a story about Tara who loves her doll wendy, Saloni a small girl picks up that same doll from Bhangarh, but how come the doll reached there? And what frightening incidents happen between Tara and Saloni for their possessiveness for the doll? Read this book and find out. I enjoyed it, this short story kept me at the edge, and I couldn’t stop but finish it in one go. 

The last wish: 

This story was again horrifying and the narration was written in first person due to which it was even more scarier because we connect with the character and experience the same eeriness which he does in this story. I liked how the main character’s dialogues and narration was written. The whole concept was mysterious, scary and fun to read. Especially the last mirror entering concept was new. ( Not giving any spoilers here!)

The Apartment on the Tenth Floor:

This story is about Ravi and Gaurav, two best friends. How one day Ravi encounters a murder in the opposite building and how his life is gradually changed upside down. Moreover, he sees it eveyday! What’s the mystery behind it? This would be my most favourite story from the book. Because this one is not only scary but has emotional elements too. It is also informative about what crossover means, what does cold room and strange rotten smell indicate, etc Though this is a short story, the writer has not tried to jump from one scene to another. Each incident is well outlined and narrated. 

Betal Pachisi:

Although I knew the basic storyline, I liked how the author has written it from King Vikramaditya’s point of view. As if it’s him narrating the incident. And the details about the encounter with Aghori was indeed scary. 

LazyScoop Verdict:

Overall Graveyard shift is high on entertainment. The author has not only written frightening stories, but also added facts and information about dead world which multiplies the impact of the tales. It gave me sleepless nights. Get your hands on this book if you are fan of the horror genre, and even if you’re not, this book is so good, it will make you one. 

Graveyard Shift Anthology, recommended by LazyScoop!

3.5/ 5 Stars.


You can order the book by clicking here on this link.

Happy Reading. And Happy World Book Day! We readers celebrate it daily with our books. 😉 

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. 
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Signing off,

Pratik Jadhav.