Thursday, 13 July 2017

Book Review: Leadersights

My Rating:

Leadersights by David Veech is a book that focuses on "how organizations of all types can create a leader". The book is divided into 10 chapters with each section dealing with different aspects of leadership. The first few chapters set the theoretical foundation while the rest of them focuses majorly on tools and implementation.

The book contains some great insights on leadership. The concepts are explained in a very simple language and appropriate examples are used to further elucidate them. To break down complex concepts, analogies have been used which makes things easier. There is a crisp summary at the end of each chapter. What makes it for a good re-read is the visual representation of the book. Important points are highlighted and diagrams are used for easy reference. 

What I liked the most about the book is that a great emphasis is given on implementation of the tools. The chapters are accompanied by exercises and the problems regarding the implementation are also addressed. So, this is not just a preachy book which will tell you what to do but it would also tell you the ways to do it. I especially liked the concept of a "servant leader". 

In a nutshell, pick up this book if you looking to read great insights about leadership.

PS: I received the pdf copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

You can buy the book here

Monday, 12 June 2017

Book Review: Writing for Bliss

My Rating:

Writing for Bliss by Diana Raab is about "reflection, truth, and freedom."  The book is divided into seven sections and it guides you through the whole process of writing from preparing to write to sharing it. Each section dwells deep into the writing process and offers various insights. It also delineates various kinds and mediums of writing. There is a separate section on poetry also.  I have read quite a lot of books, websites, and other resources but this one definitely stands out for the following reasons

  • The author provides an amazing explanation about how writing can help you figure out your issues and heal. She has also talked about how writing can be transformative. In a way, she does not only talk about the mechanical aspects of writing but also connects it to spirituality. 
  • The book is well researched and the author has drawn heavily from the experiences of other writers and psychologists which makes the content very rich and diverse.
  • Each section starts with a detailed description of the process and how it can be used in our personal lives. Then, she relates it to the writing. 
  • The language of the book is simple to understand and the narrative flows easily. No fancy words which would make comprehension difficult.
  • I absolutely loved the writing prompts in the beginning and in the end. 
  • The book provides abundant writing tips to the novice as well as seasoned writers.
In a nutshell, pick up this book if you are looking for some inspiration to write. 

The book is going to be out in September 2017 but you can preorder the book here

PS: I received an e-copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Book Review: Super Women

My Rating:

Super Women by Prachi Garg is a book encompassing entrepreneurial journeys of 20 women. These are the tales of self-realization, extraordinary courage and out of the box, unconventional ideas. In what is generally regarded as a male dominated space, these women who have taken up the challenge of smashing stereotypes and make a name for themselves are inspiring.

Each story brings out various aspects of the journey- the ideas, the hopes, the fears, the challenges. Not only their entrepreneurial journeys are talked about, the author also attempted to bring out their personalities.The narrative flows smoothly. The language is simple yet impactful. The author has made sure that there is a diverse mix of professions from handicraft portal to lingerie portal. This helped in making the book a more interesting read.  You can't help but feel motivated. 

There is one story I will like to mention particularly- Make Love Not Scars. This touched me deeply. The way author brings out the internal contradictions in the mind of the entrepreneur is commendable. Our flawed notions about the beauty are superficial. The way we have internalized it all speaks volumes about what is wrong with the society.

In a nutshell, it is definitely worth a read not only for aspiring entrepreneurs but also for women of all ages and professions.

PS: I received a paperback copy from the author in exchange for my honest review. 

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Book Review: Strange Medicine

My Rating:

Strange Medicine by Mike Rusell is a collection of 8 short stories. These stories are bizarre, to say the least. Having read his previous collection of short stories, I was definitely stoked to read this one. But I was apprehensive of the fact that the stories might feel repetitive. Well, that was definitely not the case. I enjoyed this collection as much as I enjoyed the previous one.

The stories were enchanting and kept me hooked till the end. The subjects ranged from strange telephonic conversations to mime artists to missing brains. The book is not a simple read. You would try to find hidden meanings behind the stories but end up confusing yourself even more. A good kind of confusion, I swear. My reading journey was purely a bliss and this got me out of my reading slump.
The author has beautifully woven the narrative in simple language.

Though the collection contains only 8 stories, the diversity in the characters was intriguing. Each story is weird in its own unique way. Some stories were fun, some were crazy, some had a deep meaning and some didn't make sense at all. But these twisted tales will leave you wanting for more.  

Leaving you with my favorite quote

Sometimes the suffering of one individual is so great that it renders unjustifiable any purpose that the universe could possibly have.

PS: I received the digital copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

5 stages of Reading Slump

Hi, guys!

How are you? I missed blogging so much. So, I am back almost after a month. I was away for this long owing to the worst and the longest ever reading slump of my life. I couldn't read or write anything. And now, that I have started recovering(somewhat) I thought I should tell you guys what I was going through this past month. So, presenting to you the 5 stages of a reading slump.

Stage 1: Denial

It has been 2-3 days since you last read anything. You know something is missing. The day feels incomplete. But you don't want to acknowledge. You blame it on your ever increasing To-do list at work. You don't have time to read because you are busy hanging out with your friends ( FYI: I only talk to 2 people, that's the only social life I have :p). You give random excuses to yourself because you don't want to use the dreaded s-word.

  via GIPHY

Stage 2: Try, try and you shall exceed. Or not.

Now, that you are slowly coming to the terms with the fact that you haven't read anything in a week, you decide that you are not going down easily. You pick up the book that you wanted to read since forever but haven't had the time to read. You set up a cozy reading nook and brew your favorite coffee and dive right into the book. But it ain't this easy, is it?


Stage 3: Distractions! Distractions!

Just as you finish reading page number 1, your mind wanders off to a completely different tangent. You start making up scenarios in your head. What if one day you get a chance to meet Channing Tatum?( Come on ladies, don't deny that one :p) Or how would you react if you meet a guy exactly like your book boyfriend in real life? Or what will you have for your next meal?( Happens with me a lot :p ) And as one thousand thoughts keep racing on in your mind, you have already read 10 pages without understanding anything. Scary, right?


Stage 4: Panic Attack!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And now the most dreaded stage of all. This is where the panic sets in. You are not able to get into new books so you try going back to your favorite books/authors. You google everything that is there to know about the slump. You keep pestering people to tell you how to get out of one. You cry. You rant. You go crazy. And then the most terrifying thought enters your mind. " What if you are not able to read however hard you try? WHAT IF YOU ARE NOT A READER ANYMORE?


Stage 5: Acceptance.

This is where you finally accept that you, in fact, are in a reading slump. And the only way out is to wait it out. And hope for the best.


So, this is how I deal ( deal?) with the reading slump. Do let me know what you guys do. Until next time! Ciao!