31 December 2020 | By: Writing Buddha

1900* BLOGS in 4172 Days with Lakhs of You!!!

1900th BLOG POST 

Out of many resolutions that I keep every year, this year, I had ensured that I will be writing my 1900th Blog Post. Surprisingly, it has come down to the last day of the year when I am writing this when the year shall end within next 4 hours. I think sometimes how much you plan, it is God who decides the last word and things happen accordingly. If writing the 1900th Blog Post is designed by the universe on 31st December, 2020, so I think it is for me to believe that the year for me ended up on good note at least in terms of my Blogging career by achieving this landmark.


It has taken 4172 days to deliver 1900 different posts which is almost one post in every 2.08 days. This tells me that I have almost stayed with this medium day in and day out. There have been several instances in life when I saw things falling apart all around me but something that kept me standing and fighting with the obstacles and challenges of life has been my love for writing and talking with everyone who reads it. Many people ask me that it has been more than 11 years since you are blogging but you haven’t got the kind of success others get through social platform these days.


What should I tell them? What can I tell them? There are several examples where people keep delivering their art on social platforms in the wait for one to go viral and giving them the fame and with it, the much-awaited success. Don’t I feel like my blog or any of my posts going viral? I certainly do. But does that make me depressed or low? Not at all. That is the last priority ever. The first priority is always to vent out the emotions and thoughts I have within me. It is always about sharing whatever I am feeling at the moment. Because when that happens and whatever amount of response I get on the posts, it makes my heart feel light and energetic.


Post this, the next priority is to ensure that my blog posts inspire everyone who is reading regularly. I accept that there are less personal or spiritual posts lately and more of book reviews but there are many who have started reading after seeing regular book reviews here. Some or the other book arose curiosity for them to get into the world of books and know what it speaks of. And whatever little bit I write these days from my personal life also makes others take decisions wisely. They learn from the mistakes I have done. They have seen me grow from a 20 years old boy to a 31 years old man. They have seen all the phases I have been in. And that makes them understand me as a person and therefore, they also give me advices that I would not have got if I didn’t have a Blogspace like this.


And after this, if there is any other priority left then it is to benefit Indian authors. When I had started reading a decade back, whenever I discussed about this new habit of mine, and if someone turned out to be an avid reader too – I always heard them speak about foreign authors only. This made me think how Indian authors will grow in India if no one will speak about them and every reader will keep on reading foreigners only. Then I decided that I would read Indians as much as possible and write about all the books that I’ll read. And that is why I have kept doing this since a decade now and I love the kind of support Indian authors have given me in return. This has made my life a little bit celebrated too.


In all that I mentioned above, if doing these, I get some fame or my blog goes viral, it is great but even if it doesn’t, it doesn’t take away anything from me. My energy remains to be the same and that is already evident from the rate I mentioned above with which I have written on this blog space. It would not have been possible if I had aspired for getting too much of fame or readership. Remember, one person listening to you with complete devotion is better than 1000s sitting in the crowd with no attention towards what you are speaking. I have always believed in this and I have also seen people getting motivated or inspired from this space. That is enough for me.


Now, it’s time that I am writing last paragraph of this year. First of all, I would like to wish all of you a very Happy New Year and want to see all of you emerge as a stronger person than what happened with all of us emotionally in 2020 due to the pandemic. I know life becomes very tough at times but all we have to do is to take all the strides that come our way. And if things really become difficult and you think you can’t survive, the last thing I would like to request all of you is to talk to your parents before taking any big decision that shall disappear you from this planet in a moment. Parents always forgive you for the mistakes you make and see how you can be taken out of the trap you have fallen in. I would like to pay my condolences to Sushant Singh Rajput on this note – the man who stayed in my mind for most of the time this year. Hope none of us have to go through what he went through.


May God Bless All of Us in 2021!





The Best 10 Books I read in 2020


The Best 10 Books that I read and rated in 2020 out of the 52 Books are listed below (not in particular order as all of them have been rated 4.5 stars out of 5). In case you are getting into the habit of reading or one of your New Year Resolutions is to read books this year, I am sure the below list shall help in starting with picking up the good books so that you get boost to read more and more.

If you want to purchase any of the books below, just click the title of the book - it will take you to Amazon from where you can add it to your cart.


Best of Luck for your 2021 Reading Marathon…


Death:An Inside Story by Sadhguru

Raavan:Enemy of Aryavarta by Amish Tripathi

Legend of Suheldev by Amish Tripathi

A Hundred Little Flames by Preeti Shenoy

Nothing to Lose by Manbeena Sandhu

Aahwan:Khand 1 by Saurabh Kudesia

Believe to Succeed like Azim Premji by Rajiv Agarwal

You Never Know by Akash Verma

The One Invisible Code by Sharat Sharma

One Proverb One Tale by The Indian Proverb


30 December 2020 | By: Writing Buddha

Wake Up, Life is Calling by Preeti shenoy (Book Review: 3.5*/5) !!!

1898th BLOG POST

52nd Book of 2020!

There are few authors whom you can’t afford skipping and that is what defines my relationship with Preeti Shenoy who is my favorite female author. There are instances when I have been unable to read her book just after its release but somewhere, I take out time and end up reading her book when I am in the zone to accept the deep stories she tries to share with her readers. I am just done reading my 52nd and the last book of 2020- “Wake Up, Life is Calling” written by Preeti Shenoy and published by Srishti Publishers. This 250-pages book is the sequel to Preeti’s first book- “Life is what you make it” which has been very popular since its release. Just for everyone’s information, even if you don’t read the 1st book, you can still go through with this without any concerns as even I had read it in 2011 but have completely forgotten the story by now. Haha!


The book talks about the protagonist Ankita who has seen a lot in her life which had led her to depression and mental health issues – now, she is wanting to reload her life with new experiences and forgetting her past but this comes with its own challenges where her own past and the people from this past are making it difficult for her to revamp her life. Preeti has ensured throughout her writing career that she focuses majorly on the mental health issues and specifically with the female characters. She has kept the same approach with this book itself where the character of Ankita is still dealing with the same in her 2nd chance to life too.


The book is little inclined towards darkness which becomes relatable and readable only if you have been through the same situation or have a bit of depression in your life currently otherwise you might find difficult in enjoying the book. Anyone reading this book must ensure that they read it completely if they pick up otherwise seeing the vulnerability of the character they might feel that there is no scope once someone has gone into the state of depression. Author has nicely covered as to how a person overreacts to things happening around them considering everything is against them. They forget realizing positives around them but keep on focusing to everything negative that happens. This makes life tougher than before.


Author has mentioned about the relationship of the patient in depression with their psychiatrist very aptly which I believe is very important to mention as having a doctor who hears you patiently can do magic for you in such cases. There are several notes that the protagonist writes whenever she feels that she has learnt something magical and transformational for her life which I believe are the highlights of the book as it displays the famous philosophical side of Preeti. I liked all those italic notes as well as many conversations she had with her parents, psychiatrist and teacher which makes you think about yourself. Preeti has somewhere tried giving hope to the people who have stopped trusting themselves or the world around them which I think shall definitely reach the sufferers.


The title of all the chapters are very creatively designed which I did notice while reading them as even those one, two or even five words makes you feel nostalgic. Later, in the end of the book, author reveals how she chose the title which made me feel proud about my instinct even though I don’t listen English songs. I also liked the suicide manual part as it did give some curiosity to know what’s mentioned in them and what it shall further lead to.


Now talking about the drawbacks, the book is very dark which makes it tough for you to read as it doesn’t move very fast and gets stuck at the same spot itself. Author just doesn’t leave the story mentioned in the first book and keeps mentioning it every now and then. Anyone who hasn’t read the first book shall not be able to connect with Ankita the way readers who have read the first one would. I also believe the things mentioned by the author about suicide etc. might make it feel appealing to some and they might also try to do the same which could have been avoided.


There is something missing about the X-factor that comes with Preeti Shenoy’s book in this one – I don’t know why. There isn’t much description about other characters or the locale in which the book is set or the philosophical depth and many other such factors generally on which Preeti emphasizes upon in her writings. I have never rated any book of Preeti below 4 ever but unfortunately this time, I have to. I give this book 3.5 stars out of 5. This doesn’t meet the standard set by Preeti. Also, somewhere my heart says that the pressure to do as good as “Life is what you make it” made Preeti write it in a certain way and not freely as she does.


That’s all for my reading journey for this year 2020.






25 December 2020 | By: Writing Buddha

The Night of Fear by Abha Sharma (Book Review: 3*/5) !!!

 1897th BLOG POST

51st Book of 2020!

Sometimes, you pick up a book with a different perception but end up getting something else from it which can be disappointing at times but rarely, this turns out to be a special moment for the reader in you. Something similar happened with me with the book “The Night of Fear” by Abha Sharma. The cover of this 144-pages book and even the title reflects that this is more about the horror part in the story which made me expect something similar from it but what I got in return was something altogether different which was more relatable and preferable to me. This Rupa Publications’ book also has the tagline which says “We are not always what we think we are, but we can become what we choose to become.”.


The book starts like any other college campus story discussing about two girl-friends where one is concerned about another’s life as she can see she is being exploited by one of her schoolmates. She is trying to protect her which makes the friend angry. On the other side, the same protagonist is finding it hard to see her mother having blind faith towards some Godmen or Mahaguru and doing everything she is asked to believe in without any questions or logic. These two different sub-plots get intersected after some time after which the story picks up and becomes interesting. Now, the protagonist is all out to bust the myths without any support from her parents and friend. But the resolution and determination from her end makes the story a good read which will make you imagine things as shown in our media.


Author has tried to question the culture of superstitions, blind-faith and devotion towards priests and godmen through this story without being preachy which makes the book readable. The character development within such a short story is nicely crafted which enables your imagination to draft an image of all the characters mentioned in the story. The book is written quite like daily-soap episodes so in case you like short chapters where each of them ends at a scene where you want to know what happens next, you will enjoy reading this book.


Author has named most of the chapters in a single word such as Trouble, Danger, Fear, Disgust, Woman, Lonely, Love?, Hope etc. and the way those chapters are written which follows the concept of the title is amazing. I have seen people even in short stories not being able to justify their title of the chapter whereas here, Abha, has been able to do the same in a full-fledged novel in a linearly narrated story. I believe this is the USP of the book. Then, there are few paragraphs or sentences mentioned in italic form which are very insightful and philosophical and I really liked reading them. You can definitely note some of them in your diary.


Author, being a woman, in the 1st half of the book, when the focus is more on a character’s mindset and development does great justice with the character of the protagonist- Pritha. You get to learn about what a woman or a girl thinks about various topics, best friend, crushes, love, a boy’s advances etc. very nicely. I generally miss knowing a girl’s perspective while reading the male authors but even many female authors are not able to describe this properly. I am glad Abha won brownie points here.


There are various other issues too which are been highlighted such as how corruptively media works in our nation. How the women empowerment groups and NGO in India are doing things for women which are quite negative whereas it should be done with a positive approach. How a Muslim policeman fears even discussing an issue related to temple knowing that people would see it from a religious angle and there could be endangering circumstances to it. The book also talks about how teenagers take a wrong decision just in the name of love and end up being used, molested or raped by someone they know. There are many such topics which have been pointed out.


Now, talking about the drawbacks, I must say that the book could have been a lot more with the plot chosen for it but author didn’t do complete justice with it. As I have mentioned above, it is written typically the way daily soaps are scripted without much depth wherever there was potential to take the topic to the next level. For example, there is a situation where the protagonist touches the Idol in temple and feels a kind of enlightenment. Author could have given a spiritual touch or many more such references but she doesn’t play with this sub-plot. Similarly, when she tries to break the myth of temple, she could have shown many different perspectives in which the temple was misused but she doesn’t. The biggest point is that a murder happens in the book but the reason for which is not at all disclosed throughout along with why the priests were doing what they were doing. Author also had a chance of making this book in a powerful thriller format but even that opportunity is missed. I can’t mention more stuffs as above otherwise it shall end up being spoiler for you hence there are more such loopholes in the plot.


Overall, the book is a nice read and you shall be able to enjoy it with whatever the author found important enough to cover in this story. I give this book 3 stars out of 5.






16 December 2020 | By: Writing Buddha

Krishna – The Management Guru by Sunita Pant Bansal (Book Review: 2.5*/5) !!!

1896th BLOG POST

50th Book of 2020


People following me must be aware about how devoted I am towards Lord Vishnu and his avatars- Shri Ram and Shri Krishna. Every time I get to know about a book written on a contemporary topic taking references from their life and the ideology they have left for us to read, research and inculcate, I get my hands on it as soon as it releases. The same reason made me pick up the book titled “Krishna – The Management Guru” written by the author, Sunita Pant Bansal. The book discusses on various values and qualities needed for a person in Corporate or Entrepreneurial life by giving examples on how Shri Krishna carried himself in his era in about 190 pages.


The book covers around 20 chapters where each of them talks about a quality such as leadership, power, strategy, team building, communication, work-life balance, rules, stability, behaviour, decision- making, justifiable means, non-justifiable means, goals, personal growth, vision statement, karma, work etiquette, time management, greed and loyalty. I must say all these pointers chosen by the authoress are very well relevant as having 5 years of work experience, I must say all these qualities need to be there in you in order to ensure stability and peace of mind at work.


Bansal has chosen very simple language to explain her interpretations to us which makes this book a perfect pick for beginners or non-fiction lovers. All the chapters are of around 20 pages each which doesn’t get too exhaustive and you shall be able to create notes from each of them. Sunita starts every chapter explaining about the concern, then takes you through the root-cause of the same, what makes this root-cause occur, then she further elaborates on how it can be fought against to ensure you are able to follow the good practice and get away from bad habits. In her writing, you shall also realize multiple things that you have been doing wrongly without awareness.


As a self-help book, this is nicely written with many bullet points along with several quotes shared by the famous real-life personalities. Some of those quotes really made me read them thrice – in a positive way - to grasp the beautiful and inspiring essence behind it. The stories from Mahabharata on how Krishna took certain actions and the justification or explanation of the same is made because there are certain myths among readers about the character of Shri Krishna. I liked reading about these tales as I am a big devotee of the Lord Vishnu reincarnation. I liked how author didn’t end up getting in awe of the epic character but stayed focus on her subject.


Now talking about the drawbacks, when you see the reference of Krishna used so specifically on the cover page of the book and even in the title, you expect to learn a lot about him. Unfortunately, in the 20 chapters, you don’t even get to know 20 different tales of Krishna. The same tales are being repeated in almost every other chapter which started irritating me after a point. I started skipping those segments. On the other note, even the tales shared are the ones which are already known to people and except 1-2 tales, there are no such tale mentioned which could have added something more to my knowledge base.


Talking about the corporate and entrepreneurial qualities and their elaborations, even those points are something that you must have read in the management books in your graduation and post-graduation and doesn’t offer something more. If you are still in school, this book shall be very exciting for you but otherwise, it is just summarization of what you already know about management and Krishna.


Overall, this is a simple book which as per my reading experience, is strictly a fine attempt and not something which offers anything new. I give this book 2.5 stars out of 5.






14 December 2020 | By: Writing Buddha

The One Invisible Code by Sharat Sharma (Book Review: 4.5*/5) !!!

 1895th BLOG POST

49th Book of 2020

It has been a long since I have read any self-help book so it was time for me to get into one and explore what new I can learn about life and how to make it better. This made me pick up one of the latest books- “The One Invisible Code” written by Sharat Sharma in around 190 pages. After reading multiple books by Robin Sharma, I hardly find anything new in any self-help books but I must say that Sharat has been able to draw some new insights through his outlook towards how one can approach mastery and explore the zones which are yet to be discovered.


The book is written in a very simple language which makes it easier for every age-group to read and grasp the knowledge shared by the author. The way book is divided into parts and then further into chapters and their respective topics and sub-topics makes it comfortable for you to understand things and make notes. It has been a long time since I found a book which could give me many important pointers and bullets to note down in my diary. Finally, with “The OneInvisible Code”, I got many such things to note which no other book could do in 2020.


Author has tried engaging the readers with different kind of contents in the book – so there are instances where author is talking directly with us where he is delivering different kind of insights and formulas, on the other hand, you will find many one-liner quotes which are an inspiration in themselves. Similarly, there are small stories of real-life personalities reading which makes you realize how humans have reached their maximum potential by breaking all the prejudices such as of Sir Roger Bannister, Usain Bolt, Srikanth Bolla, J K Rowling etc. whereas on the other hand there are many fictional stories too which also helps in breaking the complex topics in simple concepts for you. Along with all of this, author has also provided space for the readers to answer some difficult questions about their life, goals, aspirations, worries, anxieties etc. which gives you chance to evaluate yourself on the premise of the topics.


Personally, I liked the chapters on Beliefs and Discipline- reading them was something new and different than other self-help books. Author has also written the whole book in the form of conversation where one character is asking questions whereas another one known as Master is answering the queries which makes it perfect for readers to understand logic behind each framework as people picking up such books are generally confused about life. The Invisible Code(s) that author talks about is also genuine and practical following which I am sure the readers will find improvements in their life. Author discusses many concepts such as self-awareness, self-esteem, aspirations, goals, dreams, mindsets, priorities, actions, momentum, mastery etc. I liked how author went into further detailing on all these topics which helps you breakdown your routines and think on how you can build some great rituals to better your lifestyle.


Overall, this is surely an effective book especially, for the people who would be picking this as their first self-help book. I give this book 4.5* out of 5. The only issue is the MRP of this book which is quite high. I hope author and publisher shall look upon this.






9 December 2020 | By: Writing Buddha

One Proverb One Tale by The Indian Proverb (Book Review: 4.5*/5) !!!

 1894th BLOG POST

48th Book of 2020


I have always been very vocal about my detachment from the genre of books which are anthologies, collection of short stories or poems etc. Rather than being rigid, I still ensure that I keep on picking up the books which are associated with this genre in case I might fall in love with it one day. This made me pick up the book named “One Proverb One Tale” written by the team running the Instagram page named “The Indian Proverb” about which I was unaware before picking this book. The cover page also has the tagline that says “Explore the wisdom of Indian civilization wrapped in tiny sentences”.


This book has 44 proverbs written in Hindi from our ancient civilization. To explain it better, author has also shared a small tale for each of them for us to comprehend and understand the meaning behind the same. Along with the Hindi text, author has also ensured to provide a translation for the same in English which made it little more helpful for me to proceed ahead with reading the small tales. All the stories sound simple but speaks big volume. There are some of them which makes you think about your approach and tendency towards others and your work. Author has narrated all the tales simply as a story but gives strong messages without being preachy. This is what makes these stories interesting.


The language used for writing the tales and stories are very simple. The editing is perfect as author could have stretched these short tales but it has been beautifully ensured that it gets completed within 1-2 pages itself. There is consistency in all the stories as they are written in one template itself as if author is describing someone else’s story and making them realize where they went wrong or remained unaware. Generally, authors tend to write as a first voice or third voice in different stories but here, such unwanted trials are not made.


Now, talking about few stories which shall always stay with me:

Overthinking” is a nice chapter speaking on how we stay hesitant of doing something and committing mistake or else we end up only thinking without doing anything.


"The Loss" speaks on how we end up losing what we own for something which we have only lusted upon.


"The Present-Past" is about our behaviour these days where we never enjoy what we are currently doing rather keep thinking of the next task in hand.


In "The Soldier", author talks about how we never look at a soldier with any kind of identity but only as a soldier who safeguards our nation.


How our worrying doesn’t have any medicine even with the doctors is nicely portrayed in "The Worry" where author tries to deliver the message of how we are getting unhealthy due to unnecessary worries.


“The Suspicion” chapter shows the humorous side of the author which came as a surprise in between.


"The Curse" is a very good take on karma and receiving kindness in return of giving kindness.


"The Noise" is so apt as per today's era where a person keeps boasting about himself and we get into inferiority complex but we later realize that the truth is different and we are better in many terms than the person.


"The Controllable" talks about the biggest lesson Bhagavad Gita gives- "Karam Karo, Fal ki chinta mat karo".


"The End" is the last chapter which tells the significance of Death and how it brings humility in a human being after realizing that everything could have ended in one moment itself.


Now, talking about the drawbacks, I couldn’t find any except that there are some typos and grammatical errors in the book.


Overall, this is a very unique concept which I have seen for the 1st time in last decade. This is a great light-read to which I am rating 4.5 stars out of 5.







8 December 2020 | By: Writing Buddha

Fall Again, Rise Again by Sandeep Aggarwal (Book Review: 4.25*/5) !!!

1893rd BLOG POST

47th Book of 2020

It has been sometime since I stayed long with one book because I have got this bad habit of completing a book within 3-4 days as soon as I pick it up for reading. But due to certain events in personal life, I read Sandeep Aggarwal’s entrepreneurial-based autobiography named “Fall Again, Rise Again” quite slowly and peacefully maintaining notes of the same. Sandeep has co-authored this book with Sunny Sen. I got introduced to Sandeep Aggarwal when he judged a show based on Start-ups along with my favorite – Raghu and Rajiv on MTV. I got very much impressed with the kind of questions and interrogations he used to do with the contestants. It gave the vibes that he is a very knowledgeable and informative person in the field of Start-ups and creating something out of nothing. This book has just come like a surprise all of a sudden and I am glad I am done reading it.


The book stays very true to its title- “Fall Again, Rise Again” as the life of Sandeep has been almost on the same verge where he kept falling and rising again in almost every stage and big events of his life. I just couldn’t comprehend how Sandeep could create something new every time his last venture failed so badly – and this is what Sandeep speaks very vastly in this book by regularly sharing his personal experiences. His determination, hard work and never-quit attitude has been reflected in every page. As the book majorly speaks about how Sandeep developed ideas and then took it further in the market to get funding to develop it into a bigger establishment and finally, implemented several changes as the challenges kept coming in front of him, this serves as a very beautiful guide for anyone who has ever imagined himself/herself as an Entrepreneur or Start-Up creator.


Sandeep has written the book in the form of small chapters with smaller sections within them where each of them have some kind of a message for the readers- sometimes straight or otherwise for the readers to read between the lines and decipher what is the author trying to say behind this story. Mr. Aggarwal has shared how he learnt various lessons which he implemented later in his life while working in Microsoft headquarters – how not being fluent in English yet reaching up to a stage where he worked in foreign lands and even ended up becoming a person who gave regular speeches in different seminars and television programmes – how the power of building and maintaining relationships and networks can make you reach heights as opportunity can come from any direction etc.


Author has widely spoken on the challenges faced in entrepreneurship such as the hiring challenges where getting a good candidate becomes really difficult as no one wants to work with a start-up. Also, start-up needs some experienced candidates who comes with the requirement of a kind of package demand which a Start-up can hardly manage. As his most ambitious venture- ShopClues was more about operations, author explains how he learnt from this mistake which he corrected later when he founded Droom where he tried cutting off as many operational work as possible and became more reliant on technology.


Similarly, ShopClues was more about delivering products to the end-consumers where Sandeep has given an insight upon how courier charges vary in terms of the amount of orders received daily by the business. Also, how North-east region of India became a challenge for him as the delivery and transport is still a challenge for the rest of India to reach. When author talks about his internship days, he tells how he ended up facing 37 rejections after which he got a great opportunity with Charles Schwab. Along with sharing his life, author also gives many informative insights upon the other big and contemporary companies of the times he was struggling to make his mark. I also liked how it has been promoted in the book for the people to move to small companies even if they start their career with MNCs. How author ended up making this step is another memorable reading experience in the book.


Overall, the narration is very simple and even a layman can understand all the business and finance terms used by the author. The small chapters help you to read book taking breaks and gaps. Summing up the book within 200 pages is another positive point as such exploratory life of any individual could have gone for more than 400 pages also. The editing team should be credited for this. The book is going to inspire many youngsters from India who remain confused on various topics as author has shared the kind of challenges even an achiever like him had to fight through to be at a place where he is a big face but still going through several turmoil’s.


Talking about the drawbacks now, I must say that because the book is not written in a linear way, it becomes really difficult to understand the shuffling of the timeline. This has also ended up having many sections or part of the stories to be told twice and sometimes, even thrice. Hence, it becomes repetitive in many chapters. There are also some typos and spelling mistakes in the book which is surprising to have got missed when the book is drafted by two authors and proofread by Rupa Publications. Then, I also wished to know many things about author’s life which I think has been skipped like how he ended up becoming judge in MTV Dropout which made him known to other world of audience has not been mentioned at all. I wanted to know many more details about his routine, personal life, his philosophical beliefs etc.


Other than the few points mentioned above, this book is definitely needed in your book shelf. I give this one 4.25 stars out of 5. Please do read if you have aspired to be an entrepreneur or even if you are working as an employee.