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Book Review: Curfewed Night by Bashrat Peer

In Book Review, Learning Horizones, Uncategorized on January 27, 2018 at 4:11 pm

I have been too much curious to know about Kashmir stories, which made me read many books written on theme of Kashmir from different point of views. With same curiosity I had opted for Curfewed Night- By Bashrat Peer and The one word Review I can share is : DISAPPOINTMENT.

If I have to narrate more – Crap, Biased, Fake, Pseudo Secular, Terrorism oriented.

Let me try and express little more with words, my journey through this 239 pages. Yes I will call it 239 pages which wasted my total time and energy. Also it made damage on my emotional-intellectual system.

The author has been born-brought up in Kashmir and tries to narrate Kashmiriyat- in his words, which turns out to be Jihad supporting, terrorist pro tale. The story is about a Muslim family living in Kashmir. The story is about Author’s own family and life. Since childhood author narrates Kashmiri Separatists as his idols. The story moves ahead from author’s school to college in Delhi. At every time-lapse Author remembers to give emphasis on how barbaric Indian arm forces had been and how holy Jihadi’s goal had been! Even being a successful journalist from Delhi, all author notes about Kashmir is barbaric torture of Army on Karshmiris, no where mentioning tragedy Kashmiri Pandits have lived in same time-era. With every detailed incident of killing-gang rape-torture, author provokes the readers to hate Indian arm forces and sympathize stone pelters-separatist- Kashmiri Jihadists. Even at many places he openly accepts love of Kashmiri Muslims for Pakistan and hate for India.

The book is total biased narration wrote to sympathies the Jihadi mindsets in support of Pakistan.

Till I reached to end of the book, I had slight hope that somewhere author will keep bias aside and talk about Kashmiri Pandit’s exodu or love for nation. But I was highly disappointed. This book was waste of time and it even damaged my emotional-intellectual assets beyond repair.


I wont waste much time to share information of author here neither of book. I will just advise you to pick any- ANY damn book but not this.



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.


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!


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

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Book Review: The Rude Tenderness of Our Hearts

In commuter's rage.., Uncategorized on August 29, 2016 at 10:01 am

-Do you like Short stories?


– Why?

– I feel its difficult to convey heart and soul of story in few words.

– But that’s writer’s fuss. Why you don’t like reading short stories?

– I am fade up of reading love/sex/dhoka/dosti/samaj/anyaay kinda stereo type stories.

– Ahaa, Interesting! Try reading this Book.

– I told you, I don’t read Short Stories!

– This is different!

– I don’t believe ” This is different”- bullshit.

– Don’t be judgemental. Read.


Above is my dialogue with self regarding the book I am talking about!

What Next?

*Reads* *Reads* *Reads*



And *Reads* on and on!

Glues to it.

7 stories. Different contexts. Diverse emotions. One feel- MUST READ.

Every story develops in different background, expresses different emotions.

Divine passionate love, sacrifice of a father, self dialogue and assessment of busy life race, poverty v/s fatherhood, honour killing, life priorities, patriotism- and lot more.

Usual humanly emotions/qualities with unusual narration. The classy selection of words and the mesmerizing way of story telling- it has it all.

Every story the book narrates, makes home within you in one or the other form. Every character it creates, merges within your soul. Every story binds you and at the same time frees you too.

No, I shall not be talking about any of the seven stories, as I don’t want to spoil the magic it will create. Besides the stories are so strong and touching that every reader will carry a different perception/view about it. Read your self and experience the aura.

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Conclusion: A MUST READ

I don’t rate Book, yet I will call this – 5 / 5 – A total different experience in lanes of words, characters, emotions, stories.


I know the author of the book Mr. Saket Suryesh through Twitter (@saket71) and this book opened up an entire fresh aspect of him to me. I read the book without knowing his personal details and after reading the book when I read his introduction, I was happily amused. Amused for my correct finding! Finding about- one emotion that every story among seven tells- fatherhood. Upon finishing the book, inside me a voice said, only a father (to be precise father of a daughter) can write this delicate feelings and strong bonds so perfectly! And I was write about it. Mr. Saket lives at Delhi with his wife and daughter. He works in technology domain and writes between different roles from professional to personal- and hence ads variation to writing. He is well read and balanced in many domains from literature to politics!

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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.”


“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.


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! 😉



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.


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.


Author Connect:

Ravi Subramanian’s Website:


Twitter: @subramanianravi

Instagram: Ravi Subramanian on Instagram


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“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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Book Review: Private India by Ashwin Sanghi and James Patterson

In commuter's rage.. on September 16, 2014 at 5:12 am

Following Book review is a part of the Book Review Program of Blogadda.

I am obliged to Blogadda for such an interesting and warm initiative!


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Book Name: Private India

Authors: Ashwin Sanghi and James Patterson

Published by: Arrow Books

Genre: Fiction

Ratings: *****

I feel numbers are not powerful enough to rate world of words! Read the below review and rate on your self!



Famous Indian thriller writer Ashwin Sanghi has teamed up with internationally acclaimed writer James Patterson and the result is fascinating and Thrilling- “Private India”. Private India targets all threads to conquer suspense and thriller in reader’s minds! Private India unfolds many covers of mysteries like Pakistan’s ISI , Mumbai underworld don and what not!

For fiction lovers, it becomes quick addiction, to finish at one read, definitely a page turner! I bet you will fly through, almost living every time stamp and story in span of 450 pages!

Private India is India’s biggest and best detective agency, a branch of Private Worldwide, run by the inimitable Jack Morgan. Santosh Wagh heads Private India in region of India. the first case it holds is of- visiting Thai surgeon Kanya Jaiyen  killed in mysterious circumstances at the Marine Bay Plaza. Private India gets to the scene first since apparently it is employed by Marine Bay Plaza. The police come by later, but they are happy to let Private India get on with it, since they are overworked and have their hands full. The rule is the same as in countless other crime thrillers – the actual detective work is delegated to the private detectives on the understanding that if they succeed, the police will get all the credit. It is not clear who’s paying Private India to spend so much time and money on the hunt, but I didn’t let that get in the way of enjoying this fine thriller.

The first murder is followed chain of similar kind of murders. Afternoon Mirror reporter Bhavna Choksi is the second victim. Then Elima Xavier, a school headmistress, Anjana Lal, the Chief Justice of Mumbai High Court, Ragini Sharma, a politician and list goes on. The serial killer keeps killing without a break, each murder victim found strangled with a yellow scarf and surrounded by strange religious and cultural artifacts.

In addition to the main story – the identity of the serial killer, we get to know that Pakistan, acting through the Indian Mujahideen is trying to blow up the offices of Private India since Private India has thwarted so many of its plans and plots. Then there are minor mysteries such as why Police Chief Rupesh is no longer connected with his old friend Santosh. As expected, all of these are resolved towards the end.
Since the novel is set entirely in Mumbai, so it beautifully portraits different landmarks of Amchi Mumbai! I have never been to Mumbai actually- But “Private India” has almost created a virtual portrait of Mumbai for me! Taj Hotel, Colaba, Haji Ali, Arthur Road Jail, Chowpatty Beach, Cooper Hospital even suburbs like Bandra, Andheri and Thane are well captured in words!  Private India has even detailed descriptions of advanced technologies used by Private India as well as explanations for complicated things like DNA evidence and complicated forensic details.

To conclude, Private India makes you live almost all characters! even your sub-conscious mind keeps hovering in the story and secrets! As a whole I loved the thrill ride and became fan of “Ashwin Sanghi”- awaiting reading all his books! 

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