Wednesday, 21 March 2018 | By: AbhiLaSH RuHeLa

Unmet Needs of Entrepreneurship by S. Parthasarathy (Book Review: 4.25*/5) !!!

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I am just done reading a business book after completing a very intense spiritual book and the shift that my mind has taken is beyond explainable. Haha! Business books are known to be boring and meant only for the management people who do not have any life and always indulge themselves in books that are based upon how to be a good entrepreneur or manager and run the business. But not every business book is boring. I am just done reading S. Parthasarathy’s “Unmet Needs of Entrepreneurship” which also comes with a tagline saying “Why entrepreneurs do what they do”.

The book begins in an obvious protocol discussing about the goals, vision, mission etc. which made me remember my MBA books and it wasn’t much different from academic stuff. But as the book progressed, with chapters, author started talking with us in his own language and formulas which sounds logical. Author does not shy away from speaking the same thing in different manner to make you understand the point which actually makes this book readable and something which will make you learn something after you turn its last page.

Author has used easy English to explain his points rather than throwing random jargons to confuse the reader. I liked how author compared and managed to explain the met and unmet needs of an entrepreneur. My personal favorite chapter is where the author discusses the entrepreneur’s dilemma of being a pioneer or a follower. Also, the point discussed about entrepreneurs having empathy for his/her team is well projected. This book needs to be read by every person who wishes to be a good manager, leader or entrepreneur at best. I will give this book 4.25* out of 5.



Tuesday, 20 March 2018 | By: AbhiLaSH RuHeLa

Review: Raid: A One-time watch! **½

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Who does not wait for an intense movie starring Ajay Devgan? Raid is his latest release and I was excited for the movie since its trailer itself. Watching Ajay Devgan in his last release, Golmaal 4, he needed a movie defining what he is best known for- Serious characters. Raid is a story based in the year 1981 about an Income Tax Officer who does not shy away from raiding big politicians and MLA if he finds their asset not in sync with their paid tax. The movie focuses on one such raid that the character of Devgan does at an MLA’s white house in Lucknow without fearing the consequences or the results of the same.

The movie very well shows how the politicians are fearless in spite of knowing that they are guilty. Ajay’s character is shown quite perfect and moralistic when it comes to taking or giving bribes in the first 15 minutes which becomes too much to digest but it is brought down on an acceptable bandwidth just after that. The interactions between Devgan and Saurabh Shukla, the actor playing the villain MLA, are wonderful and that’s the only thing in the movie that holds you. The movie is very slow paced and takes very much time in shifting from one scene/segment to another which makes it boring at times. The songs in the movie are only the interruptions which the audience will only dislike in spite of having the charming Ileana on the screen.

As the movie is based in a confined area with limited set of characters, it is a big challenge for the script writer and the director to hold the movie for as long as 2 hours but they are able to do that with RAID. I was expecting incredible non-stop dialoguebaazis which aren’t much in the quantity as I had expected them to be. The film also becomes repetitive after a time when the IT officer keeps finding the hidden cash and valuables after every 10 minutes. The climax is also very jumbled showing the villagers out in protection of their baahubali leader while Devgan is waiting for his death watching his wife’s photograph in his wallet with sad background song playing to confuse the whole scene for the audience. The film has its flaws but it is a good one time watch as it showcases the fact of our netas and efforts of Income tax officers who have to go through tortures when they raise their movement against powerful bullies. Overall, I give this movie 2.5* out of 5.



Review: Sonu ke Titu ki Sweety: A fine attempt on Romance vs Bromance! ***

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The Bollywood is continuously delivering either action-packed movies or highly subjected movies which makes the Hindi film lovers miss the college-based or youth-comedy genres. And in this almost dying genre comes a movie named “Sonu ke Titu ki Sweety”, the name that 90% of the audience are unable to say even after watching the movie. The word of the mouth for the movie has been amazing that it has touched the 100-crore club which is a very big achievement for a movie which is not driven by any star force or big director’s name. The PKP team is back with a bang to woo the audience again with this movie which also speaks more from boy’s perspective and tells how they are always right in comparison to their girlfriend.

The movie shows how a friend is trying to save another friend of his who often involves in love affairs and end up crying in the end. The friend finally gets entangled in a love marriage where the girl sounds to be too perfect to sound believable. Sonu starts asking Titu to control himself and try to find the hidden truth of this girl who cannot be as perfect as she is trying to portray. And thus the saga of Romance vs Bromance begins. The movie is funny in parts but boring at most of the times. Karthik Aryan’s fast-speaking style is again the bit of the USP of this film considering that he is the only one who is trying to take the movie on his shoulder comparing with other two leads. Aloknath is another funny element in the movie who is not being sanskaari this time.

The first half ends at a juncture where the audience’s expectations rise quite high and then comes the second half where the movie gets funny as well as emotional at times. But it is always wonderful as an audience to watch as director is successful in making the audience curious for knowing what happens next. Though the dialogues and scenes become repetitive after a time as the plot does not move away from its basic premise of a friend trying to save his friend from this girl with whom he has been engaged. The dialogues in the movie are above average and makes you feel entertained with its crispiness. The songs are delightful which can be played at weddings for next 5 years. Overall, the movie is an above average stuff but strictly one time watch. I give it 3* out of 5.



Monday, 19 March 2018 | By: AbhiLaSH RuHeLa

Home at Last by Sarada Chiruvolu (Book Review: 3*/5) !!!

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Reading spirituality is a fun that you will not experience in any other books if you are interested and curious about the subject. These days the only genre I crave for is spiritualism. I am just done reading another book on the same subject titled “Home At Last” written by the authoress “Sarada Chiruvolu”. The book also has the tagline of “A Journey to Higher Consciousness”. Sarada, the authoress, has taken us on the path of attaining the highest consciousness by narrating her own experience of how she began turning towards spirituality to how she met her teacher who helped her explore the way towards enlightenment and finally how she was able to reach the zenith of this whole course.

The book is published in a very high quality by Amaryllis publication with shiny pages and colourful photographs. The only drawback of the same is that the weight of the book is so heavy that it almost becomes difficult to read it by holding in one hand or while traveling. You can only read it by keeping on the table at your home. Sarada has very nicely taken the readers on the path of meditation and its effect by giving her own examples and sharing her experiences up to whatever depth was possible. I liked the way she started the book by sharing with us the day directly when she attained the finale and saw what is believed to be meeting with God in you. 

And later on, the way she took on the journey gradually also enables the readers to understand what she is preparing us for. The best part about the book is that no where she is trying to enforce her ideologies upon readers. Her language is also simple which makes it easy for readers to comprehend what she means to say even when she talks about the experiences which only a spiritual person can understand. Talking about the drawback of the book, I must say it is very boring. Yes! Authoress covers her whole experience in a single flow itself in a monotonous voice without giving any examples which are described in a little light and different way which can help reader to get refreshed in between. 

Even though the book is of only 190 pages, it took me more than one week to complete it just because it becomes difficult to read it more than 20 pages in one go. Authoress should read more books on spirituality and meditation to understand how to write on such topics by keeping the things light and not too serious as she has done in her first attempt. Overall, the book is quite different from other spiritual books as very less enlightened people discuss what exactly is experienced with meditation etc. and how it changes their mindset. I give this book 3* out of 5. 



Sunday, 11 March 2018 | By: AbhiLaSH RuHeLa

Emotion and Relationships by Sadhguru (Book Review- 4*/5) !!!

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Talking about modern spiritual gurus, Sadhguru a.k.a Jaggi Vasudev has always fascinated me. The way he shares his wisdom and shows us our true colours, no other person is capable of doing it. I make it sure that I regularly follow his videos and read his posts regularly on Internet. I also manage to read a book of his slowly page by page on daily basis and complete one every 2-3 months. This time, I have managed to complete his latest book published by Jaico Publication named “Emotion and Relationships”. This is basically two books merged into one biding where the first part talks about Emotion being the juice of life and the second book talks about Relationships and discusses if it is a bond or bondage. 

Once again, Sadhguru speaks of things that we think about only from above without diving deep and knowing about the concepts. He has cleared many concepts in this book with his easy language which is easy to grasp and understand. The book is written in the form of Questions-and-Answers where his followers/disciples are asking him questions and he is giving answers to them through his spiritual perspective which is very interesting for the readers to know as his answers are not just straight statements but comes with wonderful and interesting explanations. 

The best part about the Sadhguru’s approach in giving answers is that he also adds humour in between which keeps your focus concentrated on each and every sentence of the book rather than getting distracted because of monotonous voice. I have personally liked the book on Relationships as it really discusses the basic problem we, Indians, are having in our day-to-day life and give nice solutions which if followed will really give us new dimension of thinking about our relations. In the book of Emotion, the “Isha Kriya” is discussed in the end which is quite powerful yoga tool to be followed. Overall, this book is a nice light read by Sadhguru and I give it 4* out of 5.



Deendayal Upadhyaya by Shiv Shakti Nath Bakshi (Book Review- 3.5*/5) !!!

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There are very few personalities in the world of Indian politics who can be respected. And reading and knowing about such politicians or ministers is always a great experience. I am just done reading the book written by Shiv Shakti Nath Bakshi on the life of “Deendayal Upadhyaya” titled on the name of the personality himself with a tag line “Life of an ideologue politician”. Since BJP has come into power, many people have come to know about RSS and its history but still people want to know how did BJP form and come into power since all these decades. Pt. Deendayal being one of the pillars in the formation of the party had a wonderful journey as the politician who never gave away his principles for winning an election.

Generally, the biographies are written in very tough language but this book is written in a very simplistic manner which can be understood by any reader who knows English language. The author did not know much about Panditji which is quite evident from each and every chapter but the way he has gathered the information is worth-applaudable. The research put behind this book is very clear from every paragraph. The way all the lectures, columns, speeches, interviews are compiled to gather the timeline and fact about Pt. Deendayal’s personality is excellent for which author should be mentioned highly. 

This book cannot be called as biography of Panditji as it mainly focuses on how RSS turned into the biggest political party- Bhartiya Janta Party today. Whatever contribution Pt. Deendayal had during this process in mentioned as and whenever possible but there is no focus specifically on the timelines of his life. Also, author is quite biased towards the personality and the political party which is quite observable as he has never discussed about the negative points of Pt. Deendayal or BJP and only spoken highly of them. This book will be loved by BJP followers more than anyone else. Also, this book must be read by all the young and aspiring politicians as it teaches how to be a politician without breaking the principles and integrity of your country. I give this 3.5* out of 5. 



Happiness Is All We Want! by Ashutosh Mishra (Book Review- 4.5*/5) !!!

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There are several books written on spirituality, body and mind separately whereas you will rarely find a book talking on all the aspects together. Ashutosh Mishra’s “Happiness Is All We Want” is one such book I have come across which provides you wonderful solutions to achieve happiness. I have been a big Robin Sharma’s fan because of which I generally do not like self-help book written by any other author but after reading Mishra’s first book, I can claim that his intentions are visible in each and every word written in the book. You can feel the good soul behind the book and thus, you ill enjoy reading it.

Reading this book has been a wonderful experience and thus, I read only 10 pages per day in the morning which actually made it very easy for me to pass rest of my stressful day by applying the ideas provided by the author. The best thing about Ashutosh’s approach is that he not only discusses the issue but provides solution to it and also shares some experience of his or his acquaintance who was suffering through the same patch but recovered by applying the suggested tips. 

The book is nicely divided into three parts- Mental, physical and spiritual well-being and each of them provides some specific points which is summarized in the end of the book which you can refer every week and check mark if you are following the same or not. Every author is able to provide better solutions on any one part of the three mentioned above but Ashutosh Mishra is one of those authors who have been able to write about all the three topics equally good and effective. 

The book provides the reader enough motivation to stop reading in between itself and first accomplish all the tasks that have been kept behind due to procrastination. I have personally liked the last session of spirituality more because I was searching for solutions and the book has been able to provide the same. My suggestion to all the readers picking up this book would be to read it slowly rather than completing it in one sitting. This book is meant to be absorbed rather than keeping it in shelf. I give this one 4.5* out of 5.