Book Review – “Infinity” Author – Minal Arora

Book Review Written by Kirti Dixit

Book – Infinity

Author – Minal Arora

Page – 232

Format – Paperback

Language – English

Publisher – Prabhat Prakashan

INFiNITY has touched the heart and lives of many by now. One can find some amazing feedbacks from people who have experienced healing effects of this book on social media & amazon. Many people reckon this book has changed their perspective towards life & growth for good. I have personally experienced some very deep shifts in my consciousness as I read through some topics in this book. I felt it answered some questions which I never knew I wanted to ask.

The writing style is simple & each topic is weaved in a rhythm where in a very subtle way, one starts getting connected to their higher consciousness as they understand each concept of human life from that higher perspective. The energy of the book is such that one starts to feel the flow of what she has written. Minal Arora uses examples from her client case studies to explain deep concepts like loss, grief, control, ego, surrender, rejection, hatred etc. Some examples also reveal how past life & childhood memories can impact one’s life & relationships and create unwarranted experiences. Each example is unique reflection of the spirit of life within and they are so relatable that it is hard to keep the book away once one starts reading it.

INFiNITY starts with a deep, touching conversation with the planet earth along with the introduction of creation of elements. Along with this, it also dwells into the aspect of our creation and how the Earth supports us in our growth. One can feel the intense emotions that Earth feels right after her creation and the journey through the book then slowly allows the reader to imbibe those emotions & through it the reader’s consciousness dissolves into eternal love. It allows one to recognize the eternal connection each one of us have with love & with the source or this universe. I felt this recognition itself that there is a whole universe supporting us always, is extremely empowering.

Minal Arora – Author of “Infinity”

I have yet to come across a simpler, yet, more profound understanding of consciousness. The concepts of time, creation, the mind, subconscious mind, body, disease, food, money, relationships, growth and destiny are elucidated in a way that is eye-opening. How we experience what we experience, why we experience all that we experience on the earth, how does our spirit impact our physical life here, how disease is born out of emotions, how looking into the deeper aspects of our being aligns us with our spirit and how this alignment makes us one with the divine, what is healing, how does it happen…almost everything that we are inquisitive about in these times is present in this book. 

Times are changing. We are recognizing that wellness is not only about a healthy body but also about healthy mind & balanced emotions. Infinity brings forth valuable insights to raise consciousness of those who are ready. It can serve has an inimitable tool for one to heal their mind & body and experience true wellness. Life is a challenge only when we obstruct the flow of our spirit in some way. Once we allow, the universe flows through us and all we experience is love in the very aspect that looked like a challenge.

Infinity – Book Cover Page

This knowledge is needed by everyone who feels stuck, who wants to know the mystical side of life, who wants to understand the flow of energy in our routine lives, who want to create harmonious relationships, who want to address their growth or abundance conflicts, who want to heal their body & those who want to become calmer & joyous within.

This text is a preamble to a new dimension of self & this universe which is accessible to anyone who is open & ready for complete transformation. I am not surprised that Minal Arora has won the award for 100 most inspiring authors of India by the Indian Awaz. I feel this book is a revolution and I wish it reaches each heart that is seeking love!

Amazon Link to buy the book –: Click here

Website: www.pastlifeconnection.com

Review Article by: Kirti Dixit NarangD

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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

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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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The Shady Me – In the arms of Depression

Written By – Neha Gupta (Author of “Phases of Moon”)

Dark are the clouds of pessimism,

Darker than the starless night.

Oh Lord! I cannot see through it any more,

The smog of emptiness is chocking my soul.

 

The big ‘D’ has blocked my mind to the light and happiness,

And has made me numb to all happy factors around.

 

I feel burrying my face into my soul and never get up,

to face the odds, that chill my spine through.

 

The fury, anger, anxiety have become the devils of my heart,

Busy corroding me inside, making me feel to end the strife.

A strife between my dearies and the ascending mounds of emptiness.

 

For a moment, I am sane

And again it’s the same drenching pain.

It kills, it makes me still every second,

Makes me think, if I am the same person, loved and lovable,

Am I the same creature, whose smile would light up lives?

 

I want to pull myself out, before the big ‘D’ gulps me in,

Burdening me more with the guilt and sin.

 

I need that light of love and hope,

That can carry me through this dark

And lead me to contentment, peace and love.

Peace, that I can make with my soul

And feel the world lively and whole.

 

“Phases of Moon”  is available in print and as an E book on Amazon, Flipkart, Infibeam, Kobo and Google play.

Neha

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My journey from a non-author to an author

Written By – Abhishek Goswami (Author of “The Lonely Drummer and Other Poems” )

It was always my dream to become a published author. Right from childhood, I always liked reading books across genres like Adventures, thrillers, mysteries, historical, science fictions etc. Gradually, I got interested in writing stuff like short stories etc. Me and one of my friends decided to write a novel one day. We developed the synopsis, the plot and even wrote a few pages. But then, as life is, we were slowly drawn away by our daily life routines, office jobs, family life etc. So, the novel remained unfinished and my writing process also stopped. All these years, the desire to write something worthwhile and reaching out to the wider world with it remained burning inside, but I did very little to fulfill it. I thought with ever increasing responsibilities in life, I will never be able to do it and so did not even try doing anything about it. I also realized that writing a full-length novel is indeed a very compelling task, in terms of dedication, time, mental energy involved and it requires a lot of patience to plan the whole thing out as well. Maybe I lacked the patience and determination to carry out this task. I did use to write short poems to popularize a few office fun activities like the cricket tournaments and wrote a few blogs as well about our offsite trips as well. However, something was still missing and I was not getting fully motivated to write further.

During one of the office events in 2016, I witnessed some wonderful stuff displayed as exhibits like paintings and photography done by some of our colleagues. I felt that I also can do what I want to do and felt encouraged and motivated. I made up my mind to capture some of the experiences I had in life in the form of short poems. I made a separate Facebook page dedicated to my poems which got good reviews and I felt confident enough to think and planned to write more stuff.

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My first book, a collection of poems, “The Lonely Drummer and Other Poems” was published in Nov’2017 and covers various topics like Life, Spirituality, Nature, Humor, Mystery, Science, Lives of famous personalities and even science fiction. This book has 35 poems in it and can be enjoyed by all age groups.

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It has got very good response in the World book fair, Chennai book fair and Agra book fair this year. It is available in various book stores in Mumbai and pretty soon will be available in cities like Greater Noida, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata and Secunderabad.

Also available online through Amazon, Flipkart, Notion Press and as an e-book in Kindle and Google Play. Visit my site for more details.

 

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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

Book Review – A Friend Like Karna

Title: A Friend Like Karna

Author: Madhav Thapar

Pages: 182

Published in :2017

Publisher: Notion Press

Inspired by the heroic and legendary Karna, this book is a contemporary dramatic novel set against the backdrop of modern Corporate India. Thrills, suspense and a tender underlying love story ensure that the book moves at a very fast pace and keeps the reader engaged right until the unpredictable end.

The characterization is sharp and vivid with each actor playing a significant role in the evolution of the story. You will recognize many of the locales, names and references to the glamour word, and on the dark side, the Mafia, which ensures that the reader establishes an immediate connect with the plot. An important aspect is that even though it is an action filled book with a strong alpha male at the center of the plot, the female characters emerge as equally strong and admirable and are extremely important to the story.

The narrative itself is in a unique mix of first person and third person story-telling and shifts effortlessly across locations and time lines. Each sub plot of significance is brought to a logical conclusion and is cleverly inter weaved to be a part of the main story line.

Some of my favorite lines from the book which create enough curiosity and suspense are:

“Two wise men, one common problem, different conclusions. As the two stalwarts procrastinate, the wheels of fate continue to spin on relentlessly….”

“Crime only pauses, it never ceases”

“A few hours later a call is placed to Karachi on a burner phone. The recipient: one of the most wanted men in the world, but also someone who does not officially exist in the country he lives in.”

It is a book best read in one sitting and indeed it is hard to put down. As it progresses from scene to scene, frame by frame, there is always the burning question in the readers mind:  “So, what will happen next?”

The Prologue and Epilogue are the two bookends of the entire narration, with the conclusion of the theme coming in the very last lines.

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