Everything Started As Nothing

Author :Bhaskar Majumdar

Publisher :Rupa Publications

Genre : Non Fiction

Pages : 208

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Bhaskar gives a masterclass on how to plan, build, sustain and grow a start-up, and stay miles ahead of competition with the ‘everything started as nothing’ mantra. This book is an account of what works and what does not in the Indian start-up ecosystem from someone who has had a front row seat as the ecosystem emerged to become the third largest in the world. 

Leveraging real anecdotes and stories from entrepreneurial ventures across a vast spectrum including the technology sector, agri and small-scale businesses, manufacturing as well as the social sector in India, Bhaskar highlights the emergence of winning scalable businesses in today’s ruthless marketplace. The business entrepreneurs featured have succeeded by focussing on solving unique country specific problems rather than aping successes from other markets. Apart from his own experience of the start-up world, Bhaskar also shares stories of Abhinay Choudhari (co-founder of Big Basket), Amod Malviya (co-founder of udaan, fastest Indian unicorn), celebrity chef and entrepreneur Sanjeev Kapoor, Phanindra Sama (co-founder of redBus), Anand Deshpande (Founder and CEO of Persistent Systems), Rajesh Jain (India’s first Internet billionaire) among others. 

This book is for those who seek to create ‘everything from nothing’.

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If you wish to establish your own startup, this book is perfect for you. It teaches us how to plan, build, sustain and grow a start-up, and stay miles ahead of competition with the ‘everything started as nothing’ mantra.


Packed with real life anecdotes and experiences of the established Entrepreneurs, this book will give you an insight into about how to build your own business from scratch.
One can gain immense knowledge by reading this powerful book.


Written in easy language with real life stories of Abhinay Choudhari (co-founder of Big Basket), Amod Malviya (co-founder of udaan, fastest Indian unicorn), celebrity chef and entrepreneur Sanjeev Kapoor, among others, this book is an engaging read.
I personally enjoyed reading this one!!

A must read!!

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Pursuit

Author : Pooja Podar Marwaha

Publisher : Becomeshakeaspeare.com

Genre : Fiction, Romantic Thriller

Pages : 230

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All Kate wanted was a man who loved her and desired her..All she knew was that Edward Scott was so not the one! And yet, as destiny would have Her way; a chance business meeting leaves her in the midst of a whirlwind friendship.. romance… or something – that none in their right mind could call love! Set among expatriates in the bustling city of Mumbai, Pursuit reveals the complex shades of a mature, modern day relationship between two strongly opposite individuals. What is the mystical reason that Kate holds on… or does she let go? Is he really worth risking her sanity for? Is she Edward’s desire or is she is the reason he feels freed? Pursuit captures the true essence of a relationship -Just as is.

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The book follows the journey of Kate and Edward and how they were destined to meet!

Kate was constantly seeing someone in her dreams but when she met Edward, she realised that he was the soul she was in search of.

But their lives were quite complex and Edward had a secret that Kate was unaware of!

What was he hiding!?

Written in a very detailed way, I loved reading the book. This wasn’t a usual love story but with amazing twists that kept me hooked till the end. I loved the characters and I’m waiting for the sequel now!

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Dhi’s Parables Of Divine Transformation

Author :Saudamini Dhi

Publisher :Paper Towns

Genre : Fiction

Pages : 158

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Do you wish to transform yourself akin to the way alchemy transforms lead into gold, surprisingly using your inherent flaws as the catalyst? Can a flaw in our personality be a part of a larger cosmic design to be the cause for our divine transformation? Can Organic human emotions like resentment, jealousy or even love, be mere Matchsticks that are preordained to ignite the fire of wisdom and transcendence in each of us? Well, dhi the narrator of these stories and the alter ego of the Delhi based author and the artist Saudamini Mishra (the word ‘dhi’ In Sanskrit translates to ‘understanding’, ‘mind’ Or the ‘intellect’), shares a collection of riveting, Character-based true stories based on people Saudamini has had the pleasure of interviewing or simply knowing. Each eponymous story bears an illustrative portrait of the protagonist, modelled by ‘DCI’, the narrator, herself.

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This book is a collection of riveting, Character-based true stories based on people the author has had the pleasure of interviewing or simply knowing.

With 13 short stories, the author brings into life the fact that how a single human emotion is capable of transforming someone.

The stories are well built and narrated, keeping you hooked till the very end! The characters of the book are amazing and I loved how they flaunted their flaws and moulded themselves according to the situations.

The story doesn’t only focuses on women centric stories but also brings in stories stating the male perspective!

In the beginning of every story, I got a bit confused but as I read along, the story seemed to flow smoothly.

The word ‘dhi’ In Sanskrit translates to ‘understanding’, ‘mind’ Or the ‘intellect’. Narrated by the author in her alter ego, this book will definitely the one you’ll love slowly and eventually!

A must read!!

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The Y Boyfriend

Author : Atul Kumar

Publisher : MyBook

Genre : Fiction

Pages : 166

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Y always comes after X. Which is true in real life too. This story makes you believe that life doesn’t end at X. Marriages are made in heaven, divorces are a product of struggle and disenchantment. But even for those who get a 2nd chance it takes a lot of effort to make things work. Shreya made a choice to fly with broken wings. It took courage to face male domination and social taboos. This special love story of Shreya & Rahul, makes you believe that long-distance relationships work, second marriages works, divorce is neither a scar nor an end to life, that love is above caste/religion/social taboos. A story that will give many of those who seek happiness the hope that life doesn’t end at X.

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A love story that breaks all the social stereotypes!

The book follows the journey of two people who came from different backgrounds but the only thing that was common in between them was that they were broken because of their previous marriage.

Shreya and Rahul both had a failed marriage and were living alone until their paths crossed. They both gave themselves a second chance at love.

Everything was going perfect in their relationship but when they planned on getting married, their respective families stood in between their love.

Will Shreya and Rahul’s love overpower the social taboos!?

Written beautifully, the author takes you on a beautiful journey of love between two broken people. The story focuses on the issues one has to face after divorce but Shreya and Rahul’s love story is an example that love can happen to anyone and divorce is not the end!

This special love story of Shreya & Rahul, makes you believe that long-distance relationships work, second marriages works, divorce is neither a scar nor an end to life, that love is above caste/religion/social taboos. A story that will give many of those who seek happiness the hope that life doesn’t end at X.

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Together We Were (W)hole

Author :Namrata Gupta

Publisher : Kalamos Literary

Genre : Fiction

Pages : 120

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“Are you my sin or are you my redemption?”
Sanaya Sharma starts her first job as an Assistant Manager in a consulting firm, where she develops a close bond with her senior colleague, Sid. Discussing life’s adversities brings them closer to each other and soon their friendship blossoms into love. However, their relationship begins to suffer when Sid starts concentrating on his business venture in partnership with a renowned businessman, Mr. Kushal Dev Kashyap and seemingly starts giving more attention to his daughter, Misha.

Sid breaks off with Sanaya on her birthday. On following Sid to his house, Sanaya is attacked by three henchmen, who leave in Sid’s car before she loses consciousness.

After looking into the heart of betrayal, Sanaya rises from the ashes like a phoenix to right the wrongs done to her. Three years later, she re-enters Sid’s life by becoming a secret business partner in his company, The Misarth Group, co-owned by Sid and his wife Misha.

Walk with Sanaya in this tale of vengeance amidst distorted personal relationships, misunderstandings and masked identities in a business environment of deceit, power plays and games.

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The book follows the journey of Sanaya, the protagonist who was planning a revenge against Misarth Group. While going through her plan with her partner, Sanaya starts reminiscing her past.

A young and an ambitious Sanaya joined a consultancy firm as a newcomer and was dedicated towards working her way up. The entry of Siddharth changed her life for good. They both clicked instantly and took their sweet time to confess their love for each other.

Their love story was going smooth until Siddharth started distancing himself, the reason being Misha who was the daughter of Mr Kashyap, Siddharth’s new business partner.

Devastated and heartbroken Sanaya planned to destroy Siddharth and Misha’s life. But fate had other plans for her.

Written beautifully, the author was able to capture my interest from the very beginning. The story which started with revenge turned into a mystery. The characters were very well developed and the storyline was equally gripping.The language is easy and understandable and the story is well paced.

Recommended for those who love romance with a bit of twist!

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Blood On The Sands

Author : Sujata S Sabnis

Publisher : Amaryllis

Genre : Thriller

Pages : 224

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Quiet and beautiful Mankor stays in Kuran, the last Indian village on the Indo-Pak border, with her two children, Samar and Ranu. Her husband Virender is a tracker at the BSF headquarters in Rapar.

Virender returns home during Navratri, triumphant after nabbing Shaukat, a member of a dangerous cross-border gang involved in a terror plot against India. But there are some terrible news awaiting Virender in Kuran. Are there murky secrets that threaten to destroy his family? And what are those haunting voices that whisper about a horrifying kill?

When a brutal murder takes place under mysterious circumstances, Virender’s boss, Commandant Ranbir connects it to the minute-by-minute unravelling terror plot. But was he overlooking something? Then, little Ranu goes missing. Ranbir finds himself chasing red herrings in a race against time to find her and foil a terror plot. 

As chilling secrets tumble out, the end is more sinister than you can ever imagine.

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Blood on sands is a thriller which will keep you hooked till the end!

The story is set in the village of Kuran, the last Indian village on the Indo-Pak border. Mankor, the protagonist, lives with her two children Samar and Ranu and her husband Virender who is a tracker at the BSF headquarters.

Mankor is an obedient wife but there’s something that’s always haunting her. She is very much concerned about Ranu and spends most of the time thinking about something that will harm her.

On the other hand Virender returns home after being awarded a bravery medal for catching Shaukat, a member of dangerous cross border gang.

Virender was celebrating Navratri when he got involved into a fight with a villager and the next thing we know is that he is found dead.

Who killed him!? Was it the Pakistani gang or is it a case of personal rivalry!?

‘Blood On The Sands’ is a perfect blend of thriller and mystery elements.The story is gripping and builds the right amount of tension in the beginning.  The characterization by the author is amazing too.

Definitely recommended!

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Daughters Of Char Chinar

Author :Almas Hussain

Publisher : Pirates books

Genre : Fiction

Pages : 352

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In a land where beauty is a curse, Nafisa and Meher, identical twins of spellbinding beauty, are hidden away from the gaze of men by their slain mother’s relatives. Their powerful father Kazi had abandoned them at birth. Poor and unguarded, the sisters build a secret world of their own, educating themselves and even finding like-minded suitors in a land where love is forbidden… 

But when the need arises, their father returns to reclaim them. 

He has killed a man. The Jirga Council demands a virgin to atone for his crime. Kazi abducts Nafisa and gives her to the wronged tribe as compensation. Their leader wrenches off her burqa, loosening a torrent of red-gold hair. How unusual! His followers are aroused beyond bearing. Nafisa quakes with terror. They can hardly wait for her ritual ‘punishment’ to commence… 

Will Nafisa succumb to their brutal attack? Or will she live on to fight alongside her sister Meher, for the upliftment of the daughters of Char Chinar? 

Daughters of Char Chinar is a bitter-sweet tale of redemption based on the harrowing justice systems that still prevail in parts of South Asia. Here, rape is a punishment and not a crime.

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Based on the times when women were treated as an object to please men, the book provides an insight into the barbaric system of justice.

The book talks about the injustices done upon the Char Chinari girls by providing them as compensation in the Jirga court for Juras to rape.

2 identical twins – Mehar and Nafisa took upon themselves to stop this cruelty and provide a safe environment for the girls/women to live in. But nothing came easily to these girls! They faced a lot of difficulties but didn’t lose hope.

The story starts with Nafisa being given as a compensation by her own father in the Jirga court and then the author takes us 24 years back to the time when Mehar and Nafisa were born!
During their growing up years, Mehar and Nafisa were determined to bring a change in the society but will the society accept it!?

A powerful book which proved to be an eye opener for me towards the injustices faced by women in our society. The story is perfectly written with strong characters. The bond of the twins was very heartwarming. The emotions felt so raw and real that I ended up crying at a few scenes🥲
Every character had an important part in the story and was very well developed! My favourite being Tuktuk❤️
With the perfect blend of emotions, characters and storyline this book is definitely a must read.

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Love Alive

Author : Rijuta Gupta

Publisher : Redgrab Books 

Genre : Fiction

Pages : 248

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Udita was born to love, even though she was ignorant about it. She left her home to come to the city where her childhood friend, Priya lived. This city gifted her another friend, Nipun. Gradually, a bond was also sealed between Udita and the city.

Her romanticism took a beating when she accepted Ankit back in her life. In choosing union with him, Udita had to sever all her ties. She thus needed an abundance of trust. Instead, she recalled the inconsistency of his love.

Amidst such awareness, there was a night of passion, a night that brought out her love for Nipun and they married. Ankit being the biological father of their twin daughters did not hinder the happiness of their family.

After the daughters grew up, the unheard-of anomaly in their paternity report caused a sensation. Their idyllic family life was interrupted. There was a price to be paid for renewed togetherness!

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“In our eagerness to be good, we forget that everyone has the right to choose their happiness and misery”

The story is about Udita who was living a peaceful life with her family until her past came knocking at her door. She had a very heartbreaking past but she dealt with everything and moved on in life with her best friend. She had a happy family- a loving husband and twin daughters but the arrival of her ex created a mess in their lives.

Udita then goes back to the days when she fell in love with Ankit and how she built her life around him. She was ignorant to Ankit’s changing behaviour towards her just because she thought that it was all a part of love. But her world came crashing down when Ankit chose his career over love. She found her solace in Priya and was all against love until she realized her love for Nipun. They both married eventually.

Many years into the marriage, the arrival of Ankit took the peace away from their happy family. Nipun and Udita had no option but to tell the truth to their daughters.

What was Udita hiding? What will be their daughters’s reaction?

“Perception of someone who is keen to hold on to love can never match with the one who has given up.”

I found the concept of this story unique and loved the fact that the author broke down so many stereotypes. Though I found the chapters to be a bit dragged at a few points but overall it was a good read. The author beautifully described the emotional turmoil Udita went through and I surely related to her. The characters were well portrayed and my favourite is Nipun because he is truly a gentleman. The language is easy and understandable and the story is slow paced.

Recommended for those who love reading familial drama.

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Memorable Memoir

Author : Mrityunjay

Publisher : Xpress Publishing

Genre : Poetry

Pages : 45

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“Every single day empty spaces of my heart saws her path, few called me helpless and few called physcopath. Inspite of all these what I got in return was all her wrath.”

Sometimes, We do not choose a path. The path chooses us to walk on. Destiny always sends a person who show us the right path. This is a narrative poem book where Viren Verma, a famous poet unfolds the journey of his love as well as career life.

 

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” When the tides of imagination and expectations in our mind don’t match with the actual reality with respect to time, then we feel a pain that is natural.”

The book is a unique combination of a story weaved in the form of poetry. The author through his poems tells us about the love story of Viren, the character of the book. Viren was an engineer by profession but he chose writing as his career. He got famous and was welcomed as a guest for a literary fest. The students were curious to know about why he left engineering for writing and then he starts with his story.

The book was a really short read but I felt all the emotions there. The poems are short and with easy language.

It’s good for someone who wants to read a short book.

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Etchings of the First Quarter of 2020

Author : Sabarna Roy

Publisher : Leadstart Publishing Pvt Ltd

Genre : Short read

Pages : 71

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To readers of Sabarna Roy’s Random Subterranean Mosiac: 2012 – 2018, his latest slim and elegant volume titled Etchings of the First Quarter of 2020: Letters, Ideas, Conversations and Poems comes as another delightful read. In this two-part volume, packaged with a selection of his poems, Roy explores the concepts of duality and constancy in discussions with his daughter. Presented as conversations over coffee and desserts, the talks extend to diverse topics with Lolita at one end and marine conservation at the other. In his poems, Roy and his alter-ego, Sandy, soothe and shock you in turns until you burst out of the last page, breathless and asking for more.

Sabarna Roy’s characters are all around us. He has dabbled in poetry, prose, plays and non-fiction with equal elan and delved into the emptiness and futility of life reminding us of the masters in the trade.
Two quotations from Sabarna Roy’s works will prove the above stated point:
“A question leapt into his mind: Is it possible to achieve true happiness by living a solitary life or is it important to lead a community life where one instinctively believes that one’s own desires are insignificant compared to the desires of others and one works towards fulfillment of their desires as if they are one’s own?

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The book took me by a surprise. It was a short read but not a light one. The book is divided into 5 parts:

🌿Duality,
🌿Part-A: A Letter to a Step-daughter,
🌿Part-B: A Letter to Suranjana,
🌿Part-C: Nocturnal Conversation between a Step-father and Step-daughter over desserts and coffee,
🌿WINTER POEMS 2020
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The one that made a place in heart is the nocturnal conversation. It was so emotional and real. The concept of letters and poems is something I’ve always adored. Though it was a delight to read this book but I wasn’t able to connect myself with the stories!
The language was not easy and I had to keep a dictionary besides 🙈

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