Aavya

What do you do when your one true love is snatched away from you? Do you find a new love? Or do you go on loving your old love?

Raj has known Aavya since they were kids. It is only now, at the threshold of adulthood that he has woken up to her beauty and grace. He is a dreamer while she is a realist. Together, they make a perfect pair. Both are visionaries who want to change the world in their unique way. But life has other plans for Raj. Aavya is spirited away across oceans by enraged parents, while Raj recuperates in a hospital. A decade later, Raj has been chasing Avaya’s ghost across continents. Will their love find a way back to each other? And can love last when there is no promise that the lovers will ever be United? Aavya is the story of love, perseverance and finding hope in the darkest of times. It unfolds in letters spanning decades; written by those who lived it. At its heart is a hopeless romantic who makes his own world when the world rejects him – Raj.

Aavya
By Rishabh Puri

Aavya and Raj, children of Business Partners Vinod Sharma and Amar Baijal are in love when they reach their teens. Being childhood friends they know each other well, having spent most of their time together. All though father of Aavya never used to like Raj much because of his dreamy ways.

The story is written by means of letter exchanges between Teens Aavya and Raj, emails between Raj and his best friend Rohit, Aavya and her best friend Shruti and to the future Raj by present Raj.

The timeline of emails/letters was a bit confusing at first but as I read further I understood. The ending of the book was everything. An unexpected one. That’s what makes it refreshing.

I personally found this book more of chic lit romance novel, with a chase going on. The story was too descriptive at times. I felt myself lost in all the adjectives used to describe Raj’s love for Aavya. It’s tragic yet it comes with a silver lining that not every love is meant to be successful, there are times when you would feel like slapping the protagonist for his sheer foolishness, to wake him up in order to face reality, yet the way the story would unfold is unpredictable, even if you have read so many love stories.

The story is rambling, sentimentalized and slow-going. Overall, the book is an emotional love story with amazing words. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys love stories.

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Sniper’s Eye

“The toughest weapon we possessed was our mind.”

SNIPER’S EYE
By Mainak Dhar

“I was out on a date. Everything was perfect… Till that shot… a high-calibre one, no apparent sound. And, the man in front of me fell. A rifle with a suppressor? A sniper in the middle of a Mumbai mall? As the body count mounted, I was soon sucked deeper into the chaos unleashed by that shot. To survive and save those whom I care about, I have to become the man I left behind. I have no choice but to tap into a bloody past that has put me on the terror kill list. I may also have no option but to join hands with the sniper terrorising Mumbai. The problem is that the man has sworn to kill me. In a world where the young and poor kill and die in conflicts started by the old and rich, I and my unlikely companion finally discover the thin line that separates a mere killer from a hero. This is our story…”

Sniper’s Eye by Mainak Dhar, is a delightful and gratifying book. The protagonist Aaditya Ghosh, who is a former Major in Indian Army and is currently working at GRS International, trying to start afresh his life leaving behind his past. He gets into the limelight when a man walking in front of him was shot in a mall while he was on a date with his girlfriend Zoya Khan. While Aaditya tries to save the situation, he ends up getting caught in the media circus. He has a ‘dark past’ which is why he is living a modest life, but his courageous act brings him into limelight. Eventually all his efforts to hide his past go futile and by putting his life and the life of his loved one’s into danger.

But why Aaditya had to leave the Indian Army? Why was he trying to elude from his past? Read the novel to find out.

This is a bewitching and action-packed thriller novel. A book filled with snipers, terrorists, intelligence agencies, para-military, spies, shooting, corruption, and much more. Sniper’s eye is a good dose of thriller, mystery, action, suspense and lots of adventure.

The plot of the book is very finely designed and you won’t find any section boring or less interesting. Also, the story does not drag, but flows on smoothly. The writing is very descriptive and the vocabulary used is rich.

With a compelling writing style and attractive backdrop, the book is set in, it manages to pull off the show nicely. All the characters have been designed and developed properly.  

Sniper’s Eye
(Mystery-Thriller)

The book, Sniper’s eye promises its reader something new at the turn of every page. This is a book that will astonish you, thrill you and keep you on the edge until you get to the end of it.

The author has done a fantastic job of making the story exciting. I really enjoyed reading this book. This book will enthral readers of all ages. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys mystery and thriller genre.

“Perhaps that’s what love is, knowing that you can show your worst to someone and know that you won’t be judged.”

Mainak Dhar

Bestseller

“Akshay Mathur, an out of work editor of a defunct literary magazine in the UK, has move to India to turnaround Kalim, an ailing Indian publisher. But, he has just one year to do so.

To complicate things further, Akshay has to contend with a motley crew of has-beens and misfits working for the publishing house as well as wannabe writers, including an ageing Bollywood heart-throb. In a trial by fire, where he has to make it big or go bust, he also has to clear his head on whom he truly loves-the free-spirited and practical Zorah Kalim, who is the only daughter of the founder of Kalim Publishing, or the flighty and vivacious Anya Malik. More importantly, he is yet to decide how far he is willing to go to succeed and adapt to this unfamiliar world.

Ahmed Faiyaz, bestselling author of Another Chance and Scammed, is back with yet another wicked and unputdownable page-turner that takes you on a roller-coaster ride through the topsy-turvy world of Indian publishing.”

Bestseller
By Ahmed Faiyaz

Bestseller is a light-hearted and a humourous read. The book revolves around the world of Indian publishing. The protagonist is Akshay Mathur who is sent to India from England in order to attempt to resuscitate Kalim Publishing, a company that was once at the top but is now in dire straits.

But things don’t go as he planned, after an unfortunate death of Mr. Kalim, Akshay was made the head of Editorial team. With Tarun, the new CEO, and Zorah Kalim, daughter of Mr. Kalim, who he falls in love with, Akshay goes on his odyssey to publish 5 bestselling books within a year or the place will be stripped down.

Akshay is amidst wannabe writers, competitors, movie stars, politics, success parties, and launch parties. The writing is simple, making it all the more amusing to read.

The fast-paced storytelling, coupled with the almost authentic characters makes it a very enjoyable read. It is beautifully written, witty and engaging presentation of the business of books in India. This book provides an insight to the entire business that goes behind the publishing of the books. 

I laughed at the errors in Tarun’s actions and cheered at how Akshay deals with it ultimately. Their dialogues and witty exchanges were amazing. It carefully carries you away. The imperative part is that it brings forth the ugly, wicked truth in a very sarcastic manner. The storyline has been set so well that reading the book is a sheer delight. Akshay Mathur’s keenness to protect the ramshackle publishing house and restore its glory is worth witnessing.

BESTSELLER
By Ahmed Faiyaz

The book is unique in its approach and the subject it throws light upon. The glammed up industry comes naked right in front of us as we move ahead in the book. I really liked how the love triangle was kept a subplot and the main story revolved around the working of the publishing house.

This book is amazing down to the last page. The author knows how to put sarcasm and punchlines effectively. It’s a highly entertaining read. I would gladly recommend you all to read this book, no matter what age.

Financial Management

Essentials You Always Wanted To Know 

“Financial Management Essentials You Always Wanted To Know covers Financial Management concepts in concise and easy-to-understand manner for business professionals and non-finance graduates. This book includes Financial Management FUNDAMENTALS, SOLVED Examples, Important CONCEPTS & PRINCIPLES and Ample PRACTICE Exercises.

The topics covered are:
a) Financial Statement Analysis
b) Cost of Capital & Capital Budgeting
c) Working Capital Management
d) Capital Structure
e) Distribution to Shareholders
f) Forecasting Financial Statements”

Financial Management
Vibrant Publishers

Financial Management Essentials You Always Wanted to Know, by Vibrant Publishers is a concise and perfectly drafted textbook that provides the conceptual methods, tools and formulas of Financial Management.

It is a solid source for preparing for financial management concepts. This book is visually interesting, with brief & crisp content, charts, graphs and examples to make the text more engaging. There is bountiful coverage of financial management topics that allow learners to avoid the perplexity.

The author has given specific charts, graphs and real-life examples to increase understanding of the material.  The writing style is dynamic, bright and easy to comprehend. It is quite possible that hardcore finance managers might find this explanation too simplistic, but for those who are interested in financial management concepts and do not have professional knowledge, this is a sound option for learning.

Learning is made easy & illustrious with the help of various examples. Irrespective of the scale of the project- it instils the basic skills of financial management in you. The book is small in size, which helps to carry it easily. The glossary section at the end provides definitions and formulas for major terms. It is very useful to quickly review the key terms.

Though this book is not sufficient for preparation for exams, but this can guide as a short pocket book. Suitable for working individuals to refer and easily understand the financial management topics.

This is a well-written and resourceful book. It is helpful for self-learning the concepts of financial management. It will stimulate your mental activity and show you the importance of financial management.

Project Management

Essentials You Always Wanted To Know

Project Management Essentials You Always Wanted To Know covers Project Management concepts in concise and easy-to-understand manner for both practising and budding Project Managers. This book includes PRACTICAL APPROACHES and BEST PRACTICES, including TEMPLATES, to be applied to contemporary projects.

This Self Learning Management Series intends to give a jump start to working professionals, whose job roles demand to have the knowledge imparted in a B-school but haven’t got a chance to visit one. This series is designed to address every aspect of business from HR to Finance to Marketing to Operations, be it any industry. Each book includes basic fundamentals, important concepts, standard and well-known principles as well as practical ways of application of the subject matter. The distinctiveness of the series lies in that all the relevant information is bundled in a compact form that is very easy to interpret.”

Project Management
Vibrant Publishers

“Project Management” Essentials You Always Wanted to Know, by Vibrant Publishers is a concise and profound textbook that teaches readers how to develop the ability to think in Project Management. Project Management book provides the conceptual methods and tools Project Management.

This perfectly drafted book on project management is a boon to working professionals to master the skills of management. This book is helpful for both students and professionals. It covers project management concepts from the initiation of a project to its closure.

The essence of the textbook lies in the fact that the concepts are covered in a concise manner with suitable and simple examples which makes it easy to understand to understand the text.

Project Management book introduces all of the concepts crucial for learning in this area, for instance: Lifecycles, Project Management Phases, Project Initiation, Risk Planning, Project Execution and Monitoring.

The author gives specific charts and real-life examples to increase understanding of the material. The writing style is dynamic, bright and easy to comprehend. It is quite possible that hardcore project managers might find this explanation too simplistic, but for those who are interested in project management concepts and do not have professional knowledge, this is a sound option for learning.

Templates and examples provide an illustrious way of learning. Irrespective of the scale of the project- it instils the basic skills in you. The small size of the book makes it easier to be carried too. The glossary section at the end is very useful which helps to quickly review the definition and formulas of key concepts.

This is a well-written and informative book. It is helpful for self-learning the concepts of project management. It will stimulate your mental activity and show you the importance of project management.

The Superhero Soul

Quest for Inspiration, Happiness, Success & Greatness

This book is a warm hearted journey to our most intimate source. It offers us not just a map, but the hat and shoes, not just inspiration, but the actual tools that enable us to get ‘here’ and to authentically express the brightness of our being in each moment of life.

The Superhero Soul
By Dilip Bathija

The name and the cover of the book is impressive. It’s attractive and eye catching, but, the content is what we always look for. It’s a well worth reading. This book consists of 9 chapter to discover soul hidden in you. The book covers varied topics associated with finding the ‘source’ and bringing out our ‘superhero soul’ to the surface. Starting from finding source, to protecting, learning, connecting and to grow own self to be superhero soul.

The book is filled with motivational stuff. It talks about the power of positivity, belief, faith, hope and the author has penned down various techniques to achieve success, happiness, satisfaction and prosperity.

The narration is damn good from first page itself, you will feel connected to it. And after some chapter, it’s hard to put down. The book says after a time, things around you changes so much that you forget to feed your soul. This book takes you to journey of Discovery of your soul.

The book talks about the power of positivity, belief, faith, hope and the author has penned down various techniques to achieve success, happiness, satisfaction and prosperity.

Every chapter has its own beauty and crafted very well. This is self-inspiration book to find that superhero soul in yourself. The book is very thought- provoking and intellectually invigorating.

Written with precision and amazing examples for clarification of the text. The language used is very simple and fluent which helps to understand the idea better. The content is well comprised and definitive.

The quotations included by various dignitaries in the book inspire and motivate the readers to the core. This is an engrossing & evocative book, about finding your inner strength.

This is book is helpful for introspection. A page-turning must read book. The book is full with powerful quotes. I thoroughly recommend it.

“You never know which word, which line can unleash the Superhero in you. You never know which chapter, which page will set you free. You never know which paragraph will set you free. You never know which quote will give you the fire, the confidence. A book is so magical that any part of it can transform you forever.”

Dilip Bathija

“Smile, appreciate, encourage, never criticize, and make people feel they are great!”

Ghoomophiro

“The more you travel and find answers to unasked questions, the more you become hungry for discovery.”

Ghoomophiro
By Himadri Garg

“Full of photographs, souvenirs and trinkets from around the world, the Kumar house was nothing short of a mini-museum of the flavours from the world. There were preserve-me glow balls from places that no longer existed- like the great barrier reef or the Hawaiian Islands, along with memory-cubes, that contained snap-shot holograms of places that the residents had been to and wanted to revisit virtually anytime they wanted. Happy photographs of family members, still framed, instead of the now common digital screen-shots that kept changing as per calendar events, awards and certificates for varied accomplishments, both professional and personal and signs of a well-read occupant were all visible. The house, to say the least, had character and spoke for itself, even though, ironically, most of its members did not as much.

Ghoomophiro is the story of two sisters Nitika and Kritika and their exciting much-awaited trip with their family. Both of them are travelers and during this trip, family discusses everything about their travel tales.

With its vivid descriptions, uplifting adventures, Ghoomophiro is a journey that everyone can live with and can relate to and can inspire anyone to pack the bags to explore.”

Ghoomophiro is one of a kind which tries to induce the travel bug in you. This is the story of two adventurous and courageous sisters Nitika and Kritika.

Nikita and Kritika are worried that their family is quite close yet so far, each one crammed in their private space with their gadgets. So when an opportunity arises to change this, both pull out all strings to give them a life changing experience. Being well traveled themselves, it is not an uphill task to plan for a trip, but it is, to bring all of them together. Both of them are travelers and during this trip, they made efforts to bring the whole family together. With each day passing the bonding of the family grew stronger and their love for each other fiercely.

The lifelike elucidation and arousing adventures, makes it a gripping story which anyone can connect to.

The story revolves around a trend set by the two sisters. They have decided to go on traveling every year without fail and they have followed this tradition for 25 years. But this year they have decided to do it with the whole family. The family trip has made the story more exhilarating, as each character brings a new & fresh perspective and enthusiasm.

It required a lot of research and first-hand experience of traveling, places, people to write a perfect travel-book. The debut efforts of Himadri are really laudable.  The plot of the book is well developed and have future setting.

I recommend this book to anyone who loves heartwarming & inspirational stories.

Going through these inspiring stories of these siblings who made the impossible possible just by showing faith in each other left me awestruck. I’d like to recommend this book to young minds who can envision themselves as successful future travelers.

The biggest rule of traveling is that there are no rules while traveling. You learn, you grow, experience and imbibe whatever you choose as your take away from all the journey of your life.

Himadri Garg