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Lance Armstrong - How Could You Do This?

Connect the dots- Handmade For Wannabe Entrepreneurs

If there's an entrepreneurial keeda hiding somewhere within you, then reading this book will definitely kick the keeda out of its slumber- And I tell you, the keeda will roll, riot, and root its way out, until you reckon its presence.
Yes, that's the effect the book will leave on wannabe entrepreneurs. Not to mention the generous  mix of English and Hinglish, that makes 'Connect the dots' a pleasurable read . The author has put in so much jaan into it. There is so much to chew on, specifically for those who wish to start something anew. Loaded with pithy one-liners that linger on your hearts and minds for days together. Honestly, this book has whetted my appetite further, sans any second thoughts.  Yes! Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish, I have a dream, Poor Little Rich Slum, here I am coming. The one line that is going to stay with me eternally is "Kuch Karne hai, tho marna padega.
Yeah!, I am going to have my hands full with Rashmi Bhansal's books in the co…
Why Midnight Children is Called the Booker of the Bookers
For those looking for a racy, rousing read, kindly keep your hands off 'Midnight's Children'.

Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children - Winner of Best of the Booker, needless to say is a masterpiece in magical realism, brilliantly unfolded at a snail's pace. However, the novel's beauty lies in its style and not action. Nonetheless, a little familiarity with Indian history will make the novel a tad more interesting, given the allegorical references to India's social-political events strewn all across the story.

Hilarious and heartbreaking in equal measure, the story revolves are two children (in fact midnight's 1001 children) who were born at the precise instance of India's arrival at independence. Little wonder, their destinies were inextricably intertwined forever, thanks to the time of their births.

Saleem Sinai, the protagonist, when tumbled forth into the earth on Aug 15, 194…
A Thousand Splendid Suns - A Soul-Stirring Novel-Unputdownable Indeed, your heart-strings will be pulled by Khaled Hosseini's first novel, 'The Kite Runner'. While, 'A Thousand Splendid Suns' will squash all your notions on female jealousy. So, obviously women might even find the latter far better.

The book indeed is Soul-stirring and Heart-wrenching, to the core. High on emotions and melodrama, the book brilliantly chronicles the sorrowful saga of the Afghanis, crippled by constant wars waged by the insiders and the outsiders.

A poignant tale of two women on the whole, Mariam and Laila, though not blood-related; nevertheless related by circumstances. Mariam, born a harami- illegitimate child-is married off to a short tempered, bitter Rasheed, 30 years her senior, a man of extremely disagreeable temperament. Two decades later, Laila, born in a highly influential family, is forced to join Rasheed's unhappy household to be his second wife.

Mariam is l…
The 3 Mistakes of My Life - It's No Mistake If You Read The 3 Mistakes of My Life The book opens with an interesting dialogue by Chetan, the author, "I don't want to be India's most admired writer, I just want to be India's most loved writer. Admiration passes, love endures". And this line of his strikes a chord right away. And interestingly all his novels have done just that. He has become the darling of Indian masses. His simple, lucid language has got the entire nation reading; forget about grammar and punctuation folks, it's the concept that gets you hooked big-time, specifically when it comes to 'The 3 mistakes of my life'.

Yes, the concept used is unabashedly Indian. It talks about young, ambitious and passionate Indians. The backdrop is the city of Ahmedabad (where Chetan took his MBA degree) though urban is no where close to its metro counterparts. The city still retains its small town flavour, which one can find in pols, conven…
2 States - Read 2 States, to Develop a Broader Outlook In Life
Interesting read, a book written out-and-out for the Indian audience. Highly melodramatic yet mesmerizing, incredibly comprehensible yet compelling.  So this makes you complete the book in one sitting. The book has two hooks to be very precise. One, it more or less revolves around the IIM-A culture, offers a few insights on the sort of food, the kind of lifestyle students lead within the campus. Second, the book obviously speaks about the two states- Punjab and Tamil Nadu where Krish and Ananya respectively hail from.

Anyone and everyone who reads the book will able to relate with the characters effortlessly, given that every second couple in India has to unfortunately go through the same experiences. Little wonder then a Bollywood film is in the offing based on the book.

The book talks about the struggle, Krish, a north Indian Punjabi boy, had to undergo to convince Ananya (Tamilian Brahmin girl) parents to l…
A chapter a day to keep laziness at bay
AN OFFICE BIBLE
‘Self awakening’, one word that defines Robin Sharma’s book “The Greatness Guide”. And ya, be mindful of your reading habits, as each chapter starts and ends ASAP. Chances are there that you will drive yourself to complete the book in one or two sittings. However, it is only when you read, re-read, chapter by chapter, line by line, and word by word that you get to understand that the book is an absolute stunner-a fodder for personal and professional growth. In short, AN INSPIRATIONAL POWERHOUSE, AN ABSOLUTE FOOD FOR THOUGHT.
It is interesting to note that all the three books of Robin:“The Greatness Guide-Part I,” “The Greatness Guide-Part II,” and the “Who Will Cry When You Die,” hinges around same philosophies and rationales. Being a Leadership Guru, I believe this is a conscious endeavour by Robin to drum the same message again and again into our forgetful, failing, human minds.
Nonetheless, all the three books …

It's Not About the Bike

Lance Armstrong - “Give up or fight like hell”
Won Tour de France, the Holy Grail in cycling, seven times in a row: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005
It may be one of the oldest clich├ęs in the book, but Lance Armstrong’s life is a classic case of ‘never say never’ zeal.
A powerhouse biker, who went on to wage a silent war against his worst enemy, and came up trumps, eventually. In fact when this invincible and uninvited enemy called testicular cancer, “the bastard,” as he disgustingly referred to as, threatened to take away the only love of his life, Armstrong being Arm-strong, decided to go after it, all hammer and tongs. Initially, unaware of his somber condition, Lance used to literally stand and practice hard on his bike, for sitting on his bike made him feel miserable, thanks to the spreading cancer.
It was only at stage four Armstrong came to know of his illness and rather than becoming hysterical, he braced toward challenging his enemy head-on. “Give up or …