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Why doesn’t Narendra Modi deserve a next term?

I was born and brought up in a small town of Bihar where I was residing at a colony in the outskirts of the city. There was a Harijan Colony close to my residence where under-privileged and uneducated families had been residing for many years. They couldn’t even afford two meals a day, so affording a toilet in their house was out of question. Every day we used to have so much fun seeing all those families sitting in a queue for toilet. Damn,this Modi government couldn’t see our happiness. They came up with such an expensive project of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, and started making toilets, and also, began making them aware about cleanliness and hygiene. This is such a foolishness. Now, when I visit my hometown, I don’t find such queues. We can’t make fun of them or feel sorry about them. This Modi government has taken away fun from our life.

It was so much exciting being in a queue to withdraw money from the ATM, especially during the summer season, when I got a chance to spend a few minutes in an A/C room (as I couldn’t afford an A/C at home) to withdraw money for the monthly expenses like salary for the maid, salary for the car cleaner, payment for the newspaper vendor and many more, but Modi government didn’t like a middle class man like me to spend a few minutes in the ATM and enjoy the A/C. Hence, he came up with the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna and started opening accounts for poor people. Now, I don’t go to ATM to withdraw money and simply transfer the money to my maid, cleaner and newspaper vendor’s accounts. I have been forced to stop enjoying A/C in the ATM.

Poor and underprivileged people in my contacts, like security guard and maid can afford LPG cylinder under Pradhan Mantri UjjawalaYojana.  Their standard of living is improving and I feel threatened. This is a serious threat to the middle class family. Government is trying hard to dethrone the legacy of middle class and upper class families where LPG cylinder is a comfort for us.

India is a male-dominated society where government is promoting “Beti Bacho, Beti Padhao” and challenging our thousands of years old customs. Being a parent, if someone doesn’t want a daughter, why is the government educating them to save the female foetus? It’s none of their business. How does it matter if the sex ratio balances in India. We have a few states where sex ratio is so unbalanced that two men are marrying one woman.Why can’t we all get such a privilege? Once these girls will get educated and grow up, they will start challenging our boys in studies, research, jobs and also in debates. We are already dealing with the reservation system in India(thanks to our previous government) and now, going forward our boys have to compete with these girls. That’s so scary and painful. 

Those were the days when we had lots of news about bomb blasts in different important cities like Hyderabad, Pune, Delhi, Bangalore,etc. There was an era when it was not a breaking news but a usual one. For the last 4.5 years we didn’t hear of any major blasts in any part of India(excluding J&K). He has surely made the life of intelligence agencies tough. These agencies’ men are also human beings. They too have a right to relax, how does it matter if it leads to a few blasts?

We human beings don’t tend to come out of our comfort zones so easily. In these many years, we have learnt to survive with scams. We were used to it. It used to be the headlines of the newspapers, a topic of debate in the news channels, and a topic of gossips over a cup of tea among friends and colleagues. Under his leadership, he is not giving a chance of such scams and the common man is missing those golden days, when they used to feel connected with their families and friends over such political discussions.

He is expecting us to work hard and stand strong by taking the benefit from the government schemes like Digital India, Startup India, Make in India, etc. What is the point when opposition is ready to offer us an unemployment allowance? When we can make enough money for survival with these allowances then why should we give him another chance where he will expect us to put more and more effort to build the economy?

This is common sense. Common man is watching.

Book Review – Three Thousand Stitches: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives

Book – Three Thousand Stitches: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives

Author – Mrs Sudha Murty

Page – 179

Format – Paperback

Language – English

Publisher – Penguin Random House India

I started reading this book with lots of hope and expectation and I am glad that I am not disappointed except at few places. What Sudha Murty offers in ‘Three Thousand Stitches’ is a share of her experiences and outlook towards life in a simple and honest way. After reading this I have been deeply inspired by her commitment towards whatever she has chosen to do. She writes about her personal anecdotes with her family, teachers and friends who have touched her. 

 This book is a descriptive narrative of personal experiences comprises of some beautiful chapters like “how to beat the boys”, “No Place like Home”, “Three handful of water” and many more. However, there is one chapter named “A Life Unwritten” which could have written in much better way as it looks more like a Bollywood movie plot (As author has also agreed at the end of the chapter).

Book is full of Motivational content with a lot of useful information. This book also provided an insight into the working of an efficient charitable organization.

Writing Style: The language is super easy and the narration is smooth making you finish this book in two to three sitting. I personally finished it in 3 sittings.

My perception:

Without any doubt, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story. Thestories are so amazing, inspirational and impacting that you will findyourselves immersed in them. I can’t choose a single favorite story as all thestories are totally worth to read. From each story, you are going to learnsomething. Also, I strongly recommend to those who are beginner in English andnew reader. Simple language, easy to understand and grasp.

A very impressive collection of short stories! You must give it a try and read it once. I am sure you will not regret it.

Book Title – 4/5

Book Cover – 3.5/5

Narration – 4.5/5

Language and Grammar – 4.5/5

Final Rating – 4/5

Amazon Link to buy the book – Click here

Book Review – The Subtle Art of not giving a F**K

Book – The Subtle Art of not giving a F**K

Author – Mark Manson

Page – 212

Format – Paperback

Language – English

Publisher – Harper Collins

It’s midnight in India and I have decided to write a review of this book. Almost impossible to resist myself. There is nothing new here – and yet there is SO MUCH NEW here. A cliche, no matter how essentially true, may lose its meaning after the n-th time you’ve heard it. Saying the same stuff in a different way made me look at the life lessons here differently, and resulted in the most a-ha moments of any book I read recently.

Turn to the contents page and you’ll find chapters titled: Don’t Try, Happiness Is A Problem, You Are Not Special, The Value of Suffering, You’re Wrong About Everything (But So Am I), Failure Is The Way Forward, The Importance of Saying No, and lastly my favorite chapter, And Then You Die. Despite the depressing sounding chapters this book will give you one counterintuitive technique after another of ways to let your problems go (your problems aren’t special either), truly improve your life and your correct your values. To learn from your experiences and to learn what’s most important to care about in life and let the rest fall away. Not giving an F about stupid stuff like how you appear to others that don’t really matter, stop carrying around your parent’s baggage and to know when to move on. This subtle art is something we all need to relearn and will do a great justice for humanity if we did. I have never heard of this author before but I’ll certainly be looking up his future works.

Some of my favourite quotes are

  1. “You are going to die one day. I know that’s kind of obvious, but I just wanted to remind you in case you’d forgotten”
  2. The people who just laugh and then do what they believe in anyway. Because they know it’s right. They know it’s more important than they are, more important than their own feelings ad their own pride and their own ego”.
  3. When a person has no problems, the mind automatically finds a way to invent some.
  4. The solution to one problem is merely the creation of the next one.

There are many more such inspiring and relatable lines.

If you expect advice on how to become an indifferent and insensitive person who feels good about themselves no matter what, prepare to be disappointed. The book is essentially the opposite – a wake-up call to be honest with yourself and live in accordance with healthy core values.
In today’s age of social media when we are constantly exposed to extremes and fake personas, we tend to forget our self-worth and pursue shallow ambitions in order to feel special in some way, we feel entitled to receive special treatment and get easily offended. In this sense, the book is a much-needed slap in the face for the current social context.

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Final Verdict – I recommend this book to everyone questioning where they’re going with their life and to everyone else as well. I stumbled upon this book when I was having quite a crisis and this book really opened my eyes and made me see my crisis in a whole different way.

Book Title – 4/5

Book Cover – 4/5

Narration – 4.5/5

Language and Grammar – 4.5/5

Final Rating – 4.5/5

Amazon Link to buy the book – Click here

Child Beggar’s Conundrums and What Do I Have to Do?

Child beggars are common in developing countries. What are the contemplations which run inside your brains when you see a homeless kid in the city? The thoughts could vary and it’s obvious, but there are a few common questions – “Why are they leading such life? Who are responsible?” There are two aspects to look at, and it’s hard to pass judgment on which is right.

Being a human being, we feel dismal, craving to help them. They might be orphans, or their parents are not physically fit enough to feed them and hence, they are forced to beg on the streets. It is also possible that they are lost, and their parents might have been searching for them for a few weeks or months. Is it their mistake? Don’t they have the right to live? Live like any other child in our society. Don’t they have the right to education and to go to school? Government can be doing enough, NGOs may be supporting enough kids, but there is a gap, and that’s why we still have child beggars on the streets. If you analyse and consider all these points, then giving away a few bucks may not make a huge difference in our lives, but it can bring a smile on their face. That may help them to afford sufficient meals for the day.

Human trafficking is not new in our society. This is another aspect of child beggar conundrum. We often hear and read about racquets which are forcing young kids to beg. You may have seen women carrying infants or toddlers along with a couple of teenagers, where these kids often approach you for money and their mother (or that woman) would be standing and looking at them from a distance. You may find that woman along with the kids at the same place every day, whenever you pass that street. Did you ever think that their mothers are possibly forcing them to beg and pushing them into begging as if it’s a business? Its easy for kids to extract the money from pedestrians on the footpath or from someone who is sitting in their car at red light signals.

Think about both aspects before you help a child beggar next time. Are you unintentionally encouraging child beggars by giving some money? Are you unknowingly supporting a human trafficking racquet? Are you helping an orphan kid who doesn’t have anyone to take care of him? Are you supporting someone who is hungry and badly needs a meal to survive? Ask yourself. Perhaps you have distinct answers at various circumstances, yet I leave these answers to you.

Your friend,
Subrat Saurabh

Author & Blogger

How to manage your time to follow your passion.

How do you successfully manage your corporate job and your passion together?” This is the most frequently asked question to me. Don’t say that you don’t have enough time. You have the same number of hours every day that was given to anyone else.

In the course of recent years, an ever-increasing number of individuals have successfully made a career out of their interests and passions.

How about you? have you ever thought about it? Perhaps you are thinking that it’s difficult to do, since you have a job which pays well and looks extraordinary on a resume or on your LinkedIn profile — or probably you are not inspired.

There is only one solution to manage your job as well as passion. Time Management is the best practice when it comes to achieve anything significant. Below are the few tips listed which can help you trigger redefining your approach.

1.       Early start – There is no right time to start. Every second is important and auspicious. Start as soon as possible and face the challenges and resolve the issues during the journey. With every resolved issue, you gain confidence and get closer to your target.
2.       Maintain a diary and be organized – Create a to-do list in a diary and follow it. Maintain it on a daily basis. Identify an action plan along with the timelines. It’s ok if you don’t execute on time but evaluate the delay.
3.       Break your work, plan your activities and prioritise it – Most importantly, we should identify the work and break it into pieces of tasks. With every closed task, you get closer to the completion of that work. Plan your activities before you start the day. Maybe you can plan for the next day before you go to bed or plan it before you leave your bed to start the day. We should always prioritise and finish the priority work without fail.
4.       Say “NO” – Learn to say “No”. You cannot do everything and hence, you should know your strength and skills. Over-commitment is dangerous and leads to failure.
5.       Trust your people/team – Success is a never-ending journey. You will come across many people during the journey. Trust them, show confidence and give them space. Spend time and be available for them.
6.       Connect with the world – Stay connected with the world through social media. Check the latest trends, be aware of latest developments and new technologies.
7.       Take a break – There is no harm in taking a break between work. It helps you revive your energy, to generate new ideas and to bounce back. Work Hard and Party Harder.
8.       Weekends should be productive – We should enjoy your weekends with family and friends. Go out with them for outing, pub, or for a movie but spend some hours to balance your work and passion during the weekends.
9.       Utilize your waiting time – We spend lots of time in a queue of food counter at office, or in a queue at bus stop/train station or in a shopping mall. Utilize that time by listening to your favourite music, YouTube videos, or listen to an audio book, or read an autobiography.
10.   Spend time with yourself – You should always spend time with yourself. Lock yourself in a room for some time in a week, meditate and analyze your approach. Go for a solo trip. No excuses.
11.   Stay away from negativity – Be in touch with critics but not with negative people. There is a fine line between critics and negative people. Critics want you to succeed, take their feedback positively. However, negative people are jealous of you and want you to fail.

Success can’t be achieved overnight, it’s a journey. Keep moving and Be positive.

Your friend,
Subrat Saurabh

My Unconditional Apology to Miss XYZ. Yes, I have three babies.

I am going to share an interesting incident that happened with me last week. I was in deep dilemma of whether it should be shared or not, but finally, decided to share with you all a different side of the story of being an author. Being successful & recognised with two books looks amazing, but sometimes it has a grey side.

Last week, a teenage girl (college student) Miss XYZ contacted me on social media and wanted to share with me her reading experience and review of my latest book ‘And We Walked Away’. Being a new author, if any unknown reader puts an effort to contact me to share the review, it always excites me. I decided to respond to her immediately with excitement and lots of hope to receive some feedback.

To my surprise, she was absolutely upset and angry with me after reading my book. She started scolding and literally screamed at me. I decided to gather some review comments from her to analyse her point of view (to be honest, I was not very happy with her behaviour).
She highlighted a few points about my book (which I cannot directly mention here, as they are related to climax and suspense of the story), but I will try to share as much as possible.

Firstly, she feels that the way the protagonist (Abhimanyu) was helping her girlfriend (Naina) in college sent a wrong message to the college-going generation and our society.
Secondly, After Reading the climax of the story, she was forced to stereotype boys and girls in a certain way, which she is able to very well relate with her life and most importantly, she was upset with me, feeling that how somebody can think of such a love story. Does it exist? Perhaps, She didn’t realise that love exists for thousands of years and it existed before the time of social media (as the story is plotted in the early 2000s).

I tried to make her understand that every fiction story has lots of drama, which is necessary to keep the story moving but she was not convinced.

At last, she told me that she would pray that I quit writing, and that I should never come up with any other new book. This brought tears to my eyes. I could not sleep properly that night. I treat my both books as my babies apart from my one year old daughter.

My dear Miss XYZ, I don’t know if this post will ever reach to you or not, but please consider my sincere apology that you felt disappointed and upset after reading ‘And We Walked Away’.
I am absolutely okay if you didn’t like the plot, character, climax, suspense or whatever. You are a reader and you have every right to criticise my book because you have paid for my book and you have invested few hours to read it. However, being a storyteller I have a different view about your perspective. I see it as success and honour, when an unknown person sitting almost 2500 kms from me puts an effort to find my details to contact me to share their views about my book (either good or bad). I take it as a moment of pride. Secondly, I am now convinced that my book has definitely touched some chord with you, and you related it to your real-life incidents. That’s why you are able to relate with it so much, even though you know that it’s fiction. I take it as a moment of success for myself.
At last, feel free to criticise the book of any author but never ever curse them. You don’t know how much effort it takes to pen down a story, get it published, release it in the market and make it to a bestseller. I take it in a positive note on behalf of my thousands of readers and well-wishers that whenever I will come up with my next book, I will pray that you should get a chance to read and hopefully, I will be able to change your opinion about my book. I will come out stronger.

Love

Subrat Saurabh

And We Walked Away

Writing a book is harder than I thought and I am blessed to be surrounded with many good friends, colleagues and family members. The world is a better place with them.

THE WAIT IS OVER! I invite you to experience and feel the rocky roads, and live the love story of Abhimanyu and Naina.

My second book “And We Walked Away” was released on 24th August 2018. Thanks to my all readers and friends for their overwhelming response during pre-order. I love reading messages, comments and emails which I received from you guys during pre-order.

Such lovely response to “And We Walked Away” even before the release which entered NATIONAL BESTSELLER within few hours of pre-order on Day 1. Special thanks to those who have placed an order on Day 1 of Pre-Order. Book had reached a National Best Seller Rank #27 under Romantic Category.

I recognize and acknowledge my all readers of my first book; if you hadn’t read it, then I wouldn’t have thought to write this book. So once again, thank you!

Sharing you the opening lines of my new book “And We Walked Away

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Here is the blurb of the book

And We Walked Away” revolves around the friendship of three friends in Engineering college, with a love story blooming in their hearts. It connects to the kind of boys who are in love and keep trying to convince the same girl in different ways for a long time, not moving on in life. Also, it talks about the kind of girls who don’t believe in love but also, don’t want to take advantage of a boy’s feelings. The girls who are not conservative but don’t want to pursue love.

Crisp Plot

Abhimanyu, a well-known author returns to his engineering college in Bangalore after a decade and notices a lot of changes in the college over this period. It reminds him how he met his ladylove, Naina on the first day of college and fell in love with her at the first sight. Abhimanyu, being an impulsive, stubborn and impatient guy decides to propose her in a rush. She doesn’t believe in love and has her own reasons for it. Abhimanyu with the help of his friends Aarush and Dev proposes and tries to convince Naina many a times in unusual ways but he fails miserably. However, a trick help to melts her heart, but destiny has a different plan.

Here, I am sharing you the smile and moment when I unwrapped the first copy of my book.

It will be available on all leading e-commerce websites soon. You can grab a copy from

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Notion Press – Click here

क्या बात है?

किताब के पन्नें पलट कर सोचता हूँ,
यूँ पलट जाती जिंदगी तो क्या बात है?
रात कटती नही दिन बहलता नही,
यूँ जो ख़ुशियाँ से भर जाए तो क्या बात है?

मिट्टी से बने और मिल गये मिट्टी में
यूँ पल भर में जी लेते जिंदगी तो क्या बात है?
ढूँढते थे जिन्हें दर-बदर
वो यूँहि एक मोड़ पर मिल जाते, तो क्या बात है?

सब कुछ पाया एक तेरे सिवाय,
यूँहि मिल जाते हमें तो क्या बात है?
तस्वीरों से बातें की, फिर दिल को समझाया,
ख़्वाबों से निकल आते, तो क्या बात है?

किताब के पन्नें पलट कर सोचता हूँ,
यूँ पलट जाती जिंदगी तो क्या बात है?
रास्ते कठिन है, चलना है दूर तलक
यूँहि संग चलते चलते, कट जाती जिंदगी तो क्या बात है?

                          ~ सुब्रत सौरभ 

मुझे देखती है जिंदगी कुछ इस तरह से

मेरी किताब “कुछ वो पल” का एक अंश।

 

मुझे देखती है जिंदगी कुछ इस तरह से,

और पूछती है बड़ी अदब से,

की बता तेरी अब ख़्वाहिश क्या है?

 

हम भी बड़े इत्मीनान से,

थोड़ा मुस्कुरा के मोहब्बत में,

नजरें झुकाए तेरा नाम लेते।

 

फिर थोड़ा मुस्कुरा के और जरा अदब से,

वो पूछती है नजरे झुकाए,

की बता तेरी मंजिल कहाँ है?

 

हम भी बड़े फक्र से और बड़ी बेफिक्री से,

उस रास्ते को जहाँ तेरा घर है,

बड़े शान से ईशारा करते है।

 

फिर संकोच करते हुए और एक मायूसी से,

उसने पूछा चिड़चिड़ा के,

की बता तेरी पहचान क्या है?

 

सोचा हमने कई पहर, बेरोजगारी के आलम में,

एक जवाब की तलाश में, इस उलझन से निकलने के लिए

फिर कहाँ – “कहना उसे”,

हमें वो भूल जाए, की अब हम चलते है।

                                      ~ सुब्रत सौरभ

जिंदगी की सीख

खतरों के अंदाजे भर से
दीवारों के दरारों से
कुछ अपने और परायो से
इतना सब कुछ सीखा है।

कुछ टूटी फूटी सड़को से
कुछ लड़खड़ाते कदमों से
कुछ मंजिल की लालच से
इतना सब कुछ सीखा है।

जब थक हार के बैठें थे
जब जंग हार के बैठें थे
फिर गिर के उठना, फिर से चलना
इतना सब कुछ सीखा है।

                           ~ सुब्रत सौरभ