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Book Review: Faster, Smarter, Higher: Managing Your Career by Utkarsh Rai

In Book Review, commuter's rage.., Learning Horizones, Uncategorized on September 16, 2016 at 10:13 am

Self help books somehow have never appealed me, yet one book has changed my perception! “Faster , Smarter , Higher – Managing your career” is a Book that will appeal everyone and help too.

This book helps in organizing and managing a successful career. Almost everyone who wish to rise high in their career depend on expertise on subjective matter and not on their skill. from Experts to managers, from employees to entrepreneur-it targets everyone. Though beginners who are stepping into professional world can be most benefited by the book, if implement and practice all what it talks about.

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In this era of competition, we all face different professional threats. For different layers of corporate and social corpse, different challenges are faced. This book helps in overcoming issues and fighting fears. The insights given in the book helps one to excel one’s career to new heights.

Key points that I found worth noting (quoted from the book):
1) Never ask your manager ‘when can I get promoted?’. Instead, the right question is ‘what skills do I need to demonstrate to move to the next level?’
2) You need to subtly beat your own drum without being pompous about it. The best way to increase your visibility is to interact with more and more people, especially those high in the hierarchy
3) As a manager, the more you empower your employees, the more they take their job seriously and deliver with full accountability and responsibility
4) As a manager, earn your respect than demand it. Respect is directly proportional to a person’s behaviour rather than their position
5) It is very important to increase your interactions with stakeholders of the next level and to make them aware of your contributions, skills and your capabilities

It is also evident that this book provides straight guides. The author has used simple language so that readers could easily get what he tries to convey. He also adds up more information through the advice and case studies.

This book can be best suggested for those who want to improve with career perspective and also to those who love reading non fiction. Language simplicity and sharp Ideas makes this book Perfect!

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About the Book:

Title : Faster, Smarter, Higher : Managing Your Career

Author :  Utkarsh Rai

Publisher : Rupa Publications India

Genre : Non Fiction / Management

ISBN : 9788129137500, 812913750X

Copy : Flipkart Review Program

Rating :

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Book Review- The Bestseller She Wrote By Ravi Subramanian

In Blogadda, Book Review, commuter's rage.., Learning Horizones, Uncategorized on January 19, 2016 at 4:49 am

What will happen if someday Abbas Mastan starts making Romantic movies? What will happen if someday Akshay Kumar decides to do only Art Movies? What will happen if Sunidhi Chauhan for a change decides to Act in place of singing? What will happen if Sachin Tendulkar enters positive politics?

– Taking on positive node, These possibilities may create wonders-magic or spark! Changing field of expertise or genre is what all can not do! It needs guts and lots of courage to enter a new area and try to establish self!

Ravi Subramanian has succeeded the same! Yes, we are talking about “The Ravi Subramanian”.  Wikipedia introdeces him as-

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Ravi Subramanian is an Indian author. A banker by profession, Subramanian has written popular thrillers about banking and bankers, including award winning trilogy The Incredible Banker, The Bankster and Bankerupt. An alumnus of IIM Bangalore, batch of 1993, Subramanian spent close to two decades in the financial services industry. After having worked with companies such as Citibank, HSBC and ANZ Grindlays, Subramanian is now the CEO of a listed Non-banking financial company.

Subramanian writes popular columns for well-known magazines and has his own personal weekly column in the career and business life page of The Economic Times. Subramanian says “I will be satisfied if people remember me as the Grisham of banking,” referring to the American author best known for his legal thrillers.”

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“The Best Seller She Wrote” is not just great read but also perfectly fit for Bollywood too. The book is all-spicy, fast paced, contemporary and unputdownable. Apart from banking as well as thrillers, Ravi Subramanian has conquered the forte of Romance genre too (of course Chetan Bhagat and Durjoy Dutta are going to have a tough competitor) !

So What is the story about?

Aditya Kapoor(I wonder why all Kapoors always have everything non-Kapoors are dreaming from centuries!) is a successful banker with a perfect life, beautiful wife, job paying thick. Apart from the usual achievements of roti-kapda or makan, Aditya Kapoor has also achieved fulfilling his passion-dream of being successful author. Aditya Kapoor and his wife Maya are portrayed as perfect couple(and where the bell rings about the story turns!) living happy perfect life.

Tell me one thing that can screw and turn happy-go-lucky life total mess?

Yes, you got it right! – Ishq/Mahobbat/Pyar ❤

One fine morning when there is no guitar playing in background, neither sunflowers are dancing in nearby farm, Aditya meets a young and zealous management trainee from IIMB- Shreya. While working together, Aditya climbs steps of- friendzone-likezone-lovezone and enters in a new mess called “Extra Marital Affair”. on the other side ofthe story, Shreya is very focused on her motive of being successful-best selling author using Aditya as stepping stone. Story travels through many twists and turns touching lives of Aditya, Maya and Shreya.

What happens with lives of Aditya. Maya and Shreya?- you have to read the book and find out on own!

The Best Seller She wrote is about clandestine love, deceit, betrayal, loss, sleeze, rejection and dejection.

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On a lighter note, The Best Seller She Wrote – opens up life of writers to the world!

Ravi Subramanian provides fascinating insight into the lives of writers. The book might be fiction, but truth abounds on every page.

1)  Its not at all easy top be a Writers’ spouse. – Yes, Its not easy to live with someone who spends almost all time alone in own imaginary world, thinking about plots-stories-characters and living many illusionary stories all together.

2) Writing will not earn bread and butter- Yes, One can not think of writing as full time job. Though these days writers can shine out in multiple dimensions from writing books, columns, talk-shows, reality shows and many more, yet – writing dont pay as much as to live a lavish life. One has to do a secure job and count on writing as passion fulfilled in part time!

3) Editors are frustrated writers who can’t even “write a line for nuts.” – Lets not comment, as I will too need an editor someday! 😉

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Positives-

Those familiar with Subramanian’s books expect twists. He does not disappoint. The twists tie the readers into knots until we resemble hot jalebis. Eventually, all the pieces are laid out and untwisted nicely. For those who worry this romance novel deviates from Subramanian’s expertise in banking, fear not. The banking world plays a critical role. But, rather than the plot revolving around numbers and complex banking transactions, this story offers more insight than any of his other books into the personal side of corporate banking politics.

Negatives-

Shreya’s characterization lacks depth and complexity in places. For example, we don’t learn about Shreya’s relationship with her parents from Shreya herself. Instead, Shreya’s best friend Suniana communicates these critical character details to us. At one point, Reader feels frustrated with Shreya’s role as the corrupt woman out to manipulate Aditya through sex. gradually, we learn the truth about Shreya. Although it doesn’t absolve her of her guilt, it does paint a more lethal picture of her motivation. Little unjustifiable as per the pretext characterization of Shreya.

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Author Connect:

Ravi Subramanian’s Website: www.Authorravis.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorravisubramanian

Twitter: @subramanianravi

Instagram: Ravi Subramanian on Instagram

Blog: www.Authorravi.com

Buy book: http://www.amazon.in/dp/9385152386

Video 1: https://youtu.be/w2MiP8D6Bbw

Video 2: https://youtu.be/WS-jPOiqYhU

 

Conclusion:

“The Best Seller she Wrote” is Strongly recommended to readers looking for a change from the usual Love-sex-dhoka kind of romances (read: high school crushes, college love stories, IIT/IIM romcoms, blah-blah-blah … ) flooding the Indian market. This book is sure to leave Ravi’s fans mesmerised and engrossed.

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#HeSheStory ~ Life lived in words, from different worlds!

In About ME, Book Review on March 30, 2015 at 9:02 am

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“You there?”-He.

“Almost”-She.

“What almost means?”-He.

“Almost mean…. almost! :p “-She.

“Idiot”-He.

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“Good Morning! 🙂 “- She.

“GM. Busy day ahead. Have wonderful time ahead.” – He.

“Dafa!” – She.

“What it means?” – He.

“Dafa ho! 😉 “-She.

“Dafa ho… similar to, dfaq?”-He.

“You are busy, please continue!” -She.

“But then what it meant?”-He.

“Get lost!”-she.

“Idiot!”-He.

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“So, holiday today?”-She.

“Yes.”-He.

“What are plans ahead? 🙂 “-She.

“Little busy here and there. Nothing much. Say…”- He.

“Hmmm.. 🙂 “-She.

“And…”-He.

“Hmmm again..”-She.

“I hate when you say hmm, say something!”-He.

“Something. 🙂 😉 “-She.

“Idiot!”-He.

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“There?”-She.

“You there?”-She.

“Okay, I will not disturb more! 😦 “-She.

“Are you avoiding me or busy? Please reply once!”-She.

“Okay. I got it. I understand! 😦 “-She.

“Hey, how you can think of all this crape? I was just messed up somewhere!”-He.

“Hmmm.”-She.

“Idiot”-He.

“Idiot!”-She.

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“Are you there?”-He.

“No”-She.

“What that means?”-He.

“Main yaha hoon, yaha hoon, yaha hoon.. yaha! 😉 “-She.

“What that means?”-He.

“Idiot.”-She.

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“Whats up?”-He.

“Having tea. 🙂 “-She.

“Don’t you consume too much tea?”-He.

“I don’t count and plan about what all I love 😉 .”-She.

“That’s so hopeless answer.”-He.

“Yes it is, So I am.”-She.

“Tell me how much water you drink daily?”-He.

“What? Don’t ask my weight next! 😮 “-She.

“Why don’t you take your health seriously?”-He.

“At a time I can take only one thing seriously!”-She.

“Take health seriously then!”-He.

“I took You! Let me change to…”-She.

“Idiot!”-He.

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“Good Morning. 🙂 “- He.

“GM.”- She.

“Hows you? Whats up?”-He.

” ( I don’t wanna disturb or distract you. 😦 ) GO and WORK.”-She.

“Are you serious?”-He.

“( I am following what you said.)”-She.

“OKAY. Do as you wish.”-He.

“(OK. Ok. ok. 😦 😦 )”-She.

“I take back my words. Talk to me Idiot.”-He.

“(I will not, you said me not to when you are at work.)”-She.

“Idiot. I cant work without talking to you!”-He.

“(Your problem. )”-She.

“Idiot, My problem is you. speak up you idiot.”-He.

“IT WAS A DEMO. It was tough!”-She.

“Never do it again.”-He.

“Idiot.”-She.

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“Idiot! 🙂 “-He.

“Idiot! 🙂 “-She.

Book Review: God Is a Gamer by Ravi Subramanian

In Book Review, commuter's rage.., Learning Horizones on October 30, 2014 at 7:10 am

“God  Is Gamer”, just reading the name of the book gave me little mythological impression. Being little less religious, at the first glance- I ignored opting for it on Blog Adda for Book Review. But driven by curiosity I read the description about author and book which made me tempted. And looking at the book cover, I immediately registered myself for Book Review! And the wait started… The temptation increased with each book review shared by fellow blogger and finally I received my copy!
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A perfect Diwali gift! 🙂
“Ye Diwali Thriller wali!”- was the first thought that came in my mind taking the book in hands. As per my habit, first read was the back cover which pumped up excitement. While doing packing for Diwali vacation, I could not resist reading prologue.
“Well almost!”- reading the last line of prologue I already had butterflies in my mind and stomach. Till now brain which was busy thinking about- Diwali shopping, list of relatives to meet at Ahmedabad, necessary customs to follow and ways to behave at In-Law’s house- was now revolving around the new word learned – BitCoin, new world explored- virtual world.
What an interesting invention-virtual currency! What an interesting plot! Virtual World- The world we all live in, dream about, chase to make real!
What next? How can a banker tell a thriller story? Can money make interesting tale?
It was my first experience reading “Ravi Subramanian”, and I had some prejudice already.  I have read lot many books written by Engineers, Doctors, Artists- but a Banker?  Somehow I find the Banking sector little dry and boring and so it was surprising for me to imagine a baker writing a thriller!

And the another wait started, wait to read the book. Diwali along with happiness and lights also bring hell lot household stuff to manage. And believe me it was hell tough to manage multitasking 🙂  – Reading while dusting, Reading while cleaning, reading while cooking, reading while having a nap, reading while talking to relatives, reading while doing anything and everything almost! Till I finished the book, I literally lived in two worlds, One physically- One intellectually!
Enough of my emotional dilemma, let me talk about the story now 🙂 Don’t worry, I will not be a spoiler!
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Story :
Story revolves around “Bitcoins”- Virtual currency.
Though it has too many inter connected threads woven perfectly. US President’s close aid been killed, a Nigerian group in Goa, a father and son meeting after ages, suicide of a well acclaimed banker followed by an accident of another, Indian and Us criminals spreading havoc of crimes- how all these stories connect? At the end every piece connects perfectly and solves the riddle.
Where power, position and money flows- things fall apart. Story introduced me to-Bitcoin, the virtual currency that gives anonymous power and new definition to danger to world. I, being masters of Computer Engineering knew nothing about- bitcoins! And it was first time when I explored a new term or technology from a novel not from Google!
Kudos!!!
Author has mentioned real companies and almost real characters giving greater details- which makes you realize and appreciate the hard work and planning of long busy months.
Though it was a perfect thriller to lighten my diwali, I could find few loose ends from story such as-
a) Page no- 278 says- The virtual currency “Bitcoin” is invented by – Santoshi Nakamoto, where the founder’s identity is formed by 4 Japanese giants. 1) SA-samsung 2) TOSHI- Toshiba 3)NAKA- nakamichi 4) MOTO- Motorola. With a little doubt when I asked “GoogleDev”, I could confirm that Samsung is a company located at Daegu, south Korea- not a Japanese company. Though Sanyo could replace that SA in spell being a Japanese Giant.
b) The story discusses Phishing attack using user’s login ID and password. Though reader in me was convinced with the plot, the Computer engineer in me- argues technicality. As far as I have experienced online transactions- most of them have two level authentications. User, upon any transaction request, will be sent some password on his/her mobile. And only after confirmation using that password user can proceed- kind of. I assume author may have not considered these authentications to make story plot simple.
c) While finishing graduation, I have been victim of keylogger programs and that had taught me use of onscreen keyboards and virtual keyboard- a fairly old yet effective concept. Though it doesn’t always work, yet can help most of the times. Author could have used this concept technically while plotting phishing attack.
d) Concept of Bitcoins was explored beautifully. Yet somehow I could not get how real money can be converted to bitcoins and how bitcoins could be converted back to real money? How new bitcoins will be generated eventually like real money is generated?  – Perhaps my brain wavelength was short to understand the newly learnt virtual technology!
Though these points made me brainstorm technically, “God Is a Gamer” is really a feast for both heart and head. The sizzling story, perfectly planned plot, jumbled characters and story threads, suspense, thrill and chill- Definitely must read!
Ravi Subramanian- you really made me read, read and read while doing everything starting from household work to sleeping- till I reached  page no-310 🙂
Summary :
Title: God is a Gamer
Author: Ravi Subramanian

Publishers: Penguin
ISBN: 978-0-143-42139-9
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 310
MRP:  Rs 299
Conclusion- MUST READ

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{ Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/Authorravisubramanian

Twitter- https://twitter.com/subramanianravi }

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