Anecdotes of a White Collared Slave

Author : Aashish Gupta

Publisher : Vishwakarma Publications

Genre : Non Fiction

Pages : 144

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Soul-Sucking colleagues, cocky bosses, weird company polices, and quirky work ethics – this story has it all A journey of every white-collared employee who could never go beyond – “chal startup kholte hai” – that will leave you in splits. Warning: Not for bosses with big egos and low sense of humor.

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The story revolves around the corporate sector and how one survives to fit in the big corporates and firm, losing their self esteem and self respect in order to not lose their jobs.

The book is about a normal guy who worked in the corporate sector. He was very exhausted and frustrated from his job. The hectic schedule, erratic working hours, soul suckling colleagues, work dissatisfaction, etc. leaves no time of enjoyment for the protagonist. He mainly talks about how the employees are treated by their bosses which is quite opposite of what they are told during the interview. The author also shares some of his best and worst experiences.

The story is a light read with humour element. The narration is slow which makes it a bit boring. The characters are beautifully developed. The language is easy and understandable. Overall it is a good read for those who are working in the corporate sector.

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*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review*

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Temple Classroom & Other Stories

Author : Puja Roy

Publisher : Rubric Publishing

Genre : Short Stories

Pages : 117

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A beggar girl struggling her way out in this big, bad world helplessly hoping for a benevolent hand, a housewife for whom marriage has lost its meaning long back and she is only carrying the habit of it now, a young girl who wishes to bring quality education to her illiterate village folks, an orphan who roots for her true identity in the child that she is yet to birth, a village tea seller who wishes to become a famous actor in Bombay…and many more. Temple Classroom & Other Stories’ is a collection of various figments that forms our lives and the lives around us. These are the stories that were written over a period of 2 years in buses, trains & metros…on laptop, mobile & computer. Some of these tales where written from the myriads of experiences that life threw at the author and some are figments of her imagination borne out of its various ‘impressions’.
These sixteen stories, for once would transform its readers into the world where it’s characters reside, reinvigorating those familiar strains that is very much a part of our existence, lying subdued in the deep recesses of our minds, only to be woken up from its temporary slumber through these touching tales

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A beautiful book with 16 short and heartwarming stories which deals with the lives of different people. The stories revolves around the complexity of life and how people struggle with the everyday societal pressure. There are things we need to face and this book consists of such stories. The author highlighted the sensitive topics which were so heartbreaking but the reality of our society.

I was intrigued by the turn of events after every chapter. The stories are full of emotions, action, drama and moral lessons too. I was really fascinated from the very first page of the book. The author’s writing style is simple and will keep you hooked throughout. The character building is strong and the way the author describes the various scenes is commendable, I actually imagined all of it. The book is well paced and an enjoyable read.

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*I received this book from the author in exchange of an honest review.*

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Walks Through Life: Stories

Author : Santhosh Komaraju

Genre : Short Stories

Pages : 213

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Find that majestic mango, your problem will be solved—a mystic ordered an individual who asked for help.
My ax is my guru—declared a woodcutter.
Instead of preparing a plan to kill it, why can’t we offer help? —a villager questioned in the middle of the assembly.
I could not be relieved even after undertaking efforts to end my life—a scholar declared in public.
Can you be my mother?—a boy requested of a pretentious lady.
I wish I had more life to undo my past—a mischief-maker contemplated in his letter.
I would never relinquish them, even if I had to sacrifice my life—a young prince swore putting his life on the shore.
I was chained by limitations, yet I prevailed—a butcher made a victorious cry.
You climbed up the ladder. I did not. Who reached the top?—a brother questioned his sibling who cried for help.

Walks Through Life is a collection of stories in which each story reverberates the same principle of truth in its own unique ways. These are stories serving as plain reminders of the supreme learning that was handed over to us a long time ago. 

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I’ve always been a fan of short stories especially the ones with some life lessons. Walks Through Life is a collection of 9 short stories which will intrigue you and keep you hooked.

The stories are of different genres and each story is about 10 pages which makes it easy for the reader to read the book. Each story had a beautiful lesson hidden in it. Each story forces you to ponder on your thoughts, feelings, emotions as you go through it. My favorites were – “A Gold Message” and “Rise of Motherhood” . The stories were full of turns and twists.

I absolutely enjoyed reading this one. I was able to connect myself with the author and I was actually hooked to the book. It’s a short read and an absolute beauty. The language is easy and simple and the stories were amazing.

Definitely Recommended!

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*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review*

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Daughters Of The Brothel: Stories from Delhi’s Red-light District

Author : Deepak Yadav

Publisher : Bigfoot Publications Pvt. Ltd.

Genre : Non Fiction

Pages : 224

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“My nath utrai (Taking off the nose ring) was performed when I was twelve or thirteen. The initial days were tough but now it gives me pleasure. I have inherited the art of making love from my grandmother.”
-Roopal, a sex worker from the Bedia community in brothel number 56.

Nath Utrai ceremony is nothing but the auction of the girl by the highest bidder near Bharatpur in Rajasthan.

“Everyone believes that all hijras are castrated, but this is not true. We call it nirvana. Castration is usually optional. It cannot be forced upon a hijra.”
-Sharmila, a eunuch from the streets of Varanasi

The narrator spends a considerable amount of time in G.B. Road, the famous red-light district in New Delhi during his stint with an NGO. He records the narratives of the sex workers of brothel number 56, insights of their daily lives, local lingos, quarrels, and the ins and outs of their business with an honest stoicism that does not dilute the terrible pathos of their lives.

Through this voyage within the walls of pleasurable cells, the writer learns that the G.B. road is an inexorable web…but only because the women trapped in it believe it to be so.

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Sex Workers, Prostitutes, Sluts and what not – These are the names which every Sex worker hears on an everyday basis. I’ve always been intrigued of the lives of various strata of people living in India, and getting to know the lives of the people living in the famous red light area was just an opportunity that I couldn’t resist.

The book basically is a life memoir of 8 sex workers who had different purposes and aims in life but ended up becoming a prostitute. The harsh reality of our society is being very well portrayed in the book. The author takes us into the hearts of the sex workers and let’s the world know that they are human too but are stuck in the vicious cycle of prostitution.

The author has given an insight into the daily lives of the sex workers and how they survive in this hypocrite society. The best thing about this book is the concept and how daring the author is to take up a topic which is never spoken of in our so called sophisticated society. Though the book do contain some explicit content but it was necessary in order to depict the truth.

The author has written a beautiful and a bold story. I loved how the characters were described. The stories kept me hooked till the end. The language is easy and understandable. Highly Recommended.

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*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review*

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Kiss of Salt

Author : Smita Bhattacharya

Publisher :  Rumour Books India

Genre : Thriller

Pages : 275

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*Heliconia Lane was a spot of heaven in Goa until you discover the secrets that lay behind its closed doors*

It was crazy really, for Darya to think she could have some peace and quiet at heliconia Lane. Yes, it was located in a beautiful corner of South goa—by the beach, no less—but after her Aunt Farideh disappeared twenty years ago—from this very place—nothing has been the same again. And now her uncle was dead under bizarre circumstances as were two of the neighbours on his street.

What was happening? Was there a murderer on the loose? Why were people dying? Was it connected to her aunt’s disappearance in some way?

And most importantly, was Darya going to be next?

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The title is what intrigued me to pick up this book. The book is full of twists and turns and is a gripping thriller.

The story follows the journey of Darya, who visited her uncle’s villa in Goa inorder to sort out things after her uncle’s demise. But during her visit she found out that she was stuck in a mystery which could possibly be something related to the deaths in her family. The people who seemed friends suddenly turned into strangers and the serene Heliconia Lane was not a safe heaven anymore. Darya was on the quest to find out the real mystery around the deaths.

Were the deaths not natural?If these were murders,who was the killer?Why were they dead?Are more people gonna die soon?

I enjoyed reading the book. The writing style of the author is beautiful. The characters were well developed and felt so real. The best thing about Darya’s character was that she wasn’t flawless but was just like a normal person with messy life. Though the beginning was a bit boring because of too many details but later on the book picked up pace. The book was full of suspense. The plot is definitely intriguing and well written. The language is easy and understandable. The narration is smooth and the story is well full of twists which will definitely keep you hooked.

Definitely recommended!

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*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review*

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YOUR DESTINATION HAS ARRIVED : An Unbelievable Story You Would Love to Believe

Author : Barry Cheema

Publisher : Notion Press

Genre : Fictional, Philosophical

Pages : 378

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Is it possible for the modern man to be happy, not virtually but in reality?
Why is it that despite the tones of philosophies, motivational speeches and age-old meditation techniques, inner-peace and contentment seem to be unrealistic and impossible?
Bruno, a K9 (police dog), gets a human life as a reward for his phenomenal act of bravery. He can stay in this human body forever, provided he fulfils a condition in the given time. But while doing so, he has to deal with the subconscious mind of this human body, which happens to be that of a terrorist!
A tale of hope, search and longing. An unbelievable story that you would love to believe.

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I picked up this book because the blurb was intriguing and I expected a unique plot and to be honest this book is up to my expectations with an amazing storyline.

The book follows the journey of Bruno, a police dog who was granted human life as a reward for it’s bravery. But the reward came with it’s conditions. Bruno had to find the purpose of his life within a period of 90 days. If this wasn’t enough, god put him in the body of a terrorist! Now Bruno had to deal with the subconscious mind of Hassan, the terrorist.

During his journey he met many new characters who shaped his life in a different way. But the problem was that he was now against the same person who once was god to him.

Will Bruno be able to complete his challenge or be turned into a dog again?

You definitely need to pick up and read this book. This book will let you believe the unbelievable. After reading this book I can say that not all philosophical books are boring ( that’s my personal opinion because I have least interest in this genre ). The characters were equally amazing.

I absolutely enjoyed reading this one. I I was actually hooked to the book. It’s an absolute beauty. The language is easy and simple and the book is well paced too.

Definitely Recommended!

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*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review*

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It’s Not My Mistake, But I Suffered! Why…?

Author : Rakas

Publisher : Leadstart Publications

Genre : Fiction, Family, Relationship, Drama

Pages : 222

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There are a lot of things happening between space and time but sometimes the impact of the event on those people who haven’t been on the either side, neither evil nor good, they are busy in their own life but they still suffer because the world is interconnected and every small event has an impact on big one and a big event has an impact on every individual. That’s why Shreya asked three times in the story that
IT’S NOT MY MISTAKE, BUT I SUFFERED. WHY? ( First Dimension: Inner and Outer Conflict )

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The book’s title was intriguing so I wanted to read this book. Though initially I thought of it as a normal love story between two people but it’s way more than that.

The book revolves around Shreya and her hardships which made her the center of attention. The protagonist got curious about Shreya the moment he saw her. She was full of fear and never used to go out of the house. In order to know about her story he went to Pune with his friend. There he got to know from Shreya’s friend about the tragedies that happened with her friends which led to Shreya’s sufferings.

What could have happened with Shreya?

This book is not focused on an ordinary love story but on the theme that every thing in the universe is interconnected. The author has explained every aspect of life in a very interesting way. The characters were well built. The twists and turns kept me hooked. The language used by the author is easy and understandable . The narration is smooth and the book is well paced.

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*I received this book from the author in exchange of an honest review.*

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