Eyes Like Lighthouses When the Boats Come Home: Book Review

Author: Dane Cobain

Eyes Like Lighthouses When the Boats Come Home

Book Review:

Eyes Like Lighthouses is Dane Cobain’s first book of poetry, distilled from the sweat of a thousand memorised performances in this reality and others. It’s not for the faint-hearted

My Review:

This is a poetry book like none other. You could call it “modern poetry”.

The topics that the author takes up strong themes and the author provides an excellent take on each topic. This book is definitely not for the faint-hearted, and it does contain some cuss words, but for me, these words gave a distinctive flavor to these poems.

I had not heard of the author before this, and all I knew of this book before picking this one was it was a ‘poetry book’. So I had expected a light, simple and breezy poems. This book proved me 100% wrong, right from the page one, the author writes raw and poignant poems which has shock value, yet you find yourself agreeing to the author’s point of view.

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Pet Friendly Ola!

When we first came to Bangalore and wanted to visit the Cubbon Park, we were in a fix. Since we did not own a car at that time, how to go there.

We decided to go with rental taxis. So basically, we booked the taxi and then called up the driver and told him that we were traveling with a dog. At first, we tried Uber for a few times, but all drivers said no. Then we tried Ola, the first driver said no..but the second one agreed!

We carried a bedsheet to place on the back seat. And had a great ride there. You can read about our trip here.

While going back, we again tried ola app, and the first driver agreed to take us back!

So, all thanks to Ola, we had an amazing trip!

Really, thank you, Ola for being pet-friendly and making the pet lovers lives much better! 🙂

This post is a part of Scooby’s Day out series, where we write about different pet-friendly experiences and pets. Read more articles here.

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Book Giveaway: Go Clown #Achhe Din for Comedy

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Up for grabs are 10 copies of Go Clown #Achhedin for Comedy (Read my book review here)

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101 Entry Level Jobs for fresh grads: Book Review

Author: T. Muralidharan

Book Blurb:

An Expert’s Guide to Top 101 Entry-level Jobs for MBAs and Graduates identifies job roles that will create nearly 2 million new entry-level vacancies in the next six years. Analyses of the data released by the National Skill Development Corporation reveals that these corporate jobs will benefit a plethora of aspirants, including those with qualifications such as BE, BTech, BA, BCom, BSc, BBA, BCA, BPharm, BL, as well as MBA, MCA, MBBS, CA, ICWA, CS and diplomas.
Bestselling author T. Muralidharan is one of India’s top recruiters and career columnists. In his first book, he revealed how many job seekers go for the first available job only to regret joining within months and also how taking up the Right First Job (RFJ) can be the secret to reaching the top. In this book, he goes far beyond identifying the top jobs by helping readers understand the job roles in the context of how organizations work, answering crucial questions such as: What responsibilities does the role entail? What are the skills required? What will the stress levels be like? What salary can you expect? What are the career prospects?
With practical insights and contemporary data, this first-of-its-kind book to hit the Indian market will help you find the right job and drive your career firmly to the top.

My Review:

For any graduate who is fresh out of college, getting the first job can be quite confusing. Especially when it is the college who is offering placement. While taking admission, that 100% job guarantee seems quite alluring, but the reality is that when offering that job, the college hardly takes into consideration your dreams and aspirations. And let’s face it, in India, people jump straight from school to graduation and then to post graduation. Unless you have worked, you really are not aware of all the nitty-gritty of corporate lives, so chances are, even the students are not aware of what they would like to specifically do in their lives. So the level of dissonance from the first job is quite high.

This book tackles that problem head on. This is a well-researched book that needs to be on the shelf of every student who is looking for their first job.

The author has meticulously researched each and every entry level job there is and has specified what would the job specification for each job be. Quite often, the students are unaware of what they would actually be doing on the job, before taking up the job. This is the book that would help them be aware.

Sometimes it also happens that students are not aware of the choices that they might have. I mean, yes, they are aware of generic jobs, but there are some awesome jobs out there as well. This book takes each industry and details out each and every aspect of entry level jobs.

Really guys, refer to this book, before taking the plunge in your corporate life. It could save months (or even years) of being stuck in the wrong job.

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Book Review: Roots

Author: Rahul Bhatt

Roots

Book Blurb:

“It is alright to cry”- says the soothing voice from the Helpline. And the choked emotions come to the fore filling the line with his sobs… eventually making him confident enough to start reading his ancestor’s memoirs. From 1857 to 1984… the story of Delhi seems interwoven with his family history. It is a city that provided him with shelter, yet never was quite the home he yearned for.
‘Roots’ is the story of Ganesh, a priest and astrologer who makes a living predicting others’ future. Unknown to him, fate has woven a strange twist into his life. Concurrently, ‘Roots’ also tells the story of his hometown doomed to lose its existence in the march towards development. Who wants this development? Do the residents have any say regarding their future? Can there be any compensation for losing one’s home and hearth?
A suicide, a dam, a reality show…. all come together in this gripping tale of longing and displacement that tugs at the heart for what could have been…”

My Review:

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The first thing that hits you when you read Roots is the excellent character description. The author has managed to sketch out each and every character so vividly that each and every character had a place in your heart.

Complex emotions have been handled so beautifully and maturely. The author has done a great job portraying the emotions and the complexities of the human emotions.

One of my favorite character in the book is Rashmi. She is this strong, independent woman who wants to focus on her job. She is not ready to leave her aspirations behind in order to get married. I loved the way her relationship with her mother has been portrayed. In fact, all the relationships that have been portrayed in this book somehow or other has a very realistic feel to it. You feel like all this is happening to your neighbors, people you know!

One of my most favorite dialogues happens when Rashmi’s mom is forcing her to get married. She asked her mother to find her a house husband, someone who would stay at home and take care of both of them. Her mother is quite shocked, to which she replied if men can ask for housewives, why can’t women ask for house husbands? Awesome thought!

This is indeed an amazing book to read. If  you are looking for something complex yet simple, definitely pick this one up!

 

 

Scooby’s Trip to Cubbon Park!

So, there is this amazing garden in Bangalore that is pet-friendly. So the first weekend that scooby was here we took him there…he had the time of his life!

Since he hardly ever got to visit a place that was pet-friendly, he had a fun time interacting with the other dogs. Also, there is a huge library inside the park, so…this is a park that makes everyone happy 🙂

Here are some of the snippets of the trip:

It was an amazing time!

This post is a part of Scooby’s day out:

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Six Degrees: Book Review

Game of Blogs

Six Degrees

Book Blurb:

As part of their #CelebrateBlogging initiative, BlogAdda.com, ran the first edition of Game of Blogs in September 2014. Five characters and their descriptions were provided. The objective was to write a fictional story revolving around these characters. Bloggers came together as teams and after three rounds filled with its own set of twists and turns, three stories made it to the end.

The three stories in this book are a fascinating example of how one set of characters can have interesting lives with completely different dimensions. Six Degrees is a result of how collaboration can truly breed creativity in the modern day world of connected living.

Book Review:

This book was a part of BlogAdda’s celebrate blogging inititative wherein a group of bloggers would get togather and post one chapter each on their blogs, out of all those groups, three of them were selected. I also took part in this, check out my post here. So for me this was more to see how I could improve my writing skills. To see where I lacked and how could I be better.

So, basically, each of the groups were given names of the main characters along with a brief of their relationship and you have to weave a story from there. So all the three stories had the same characters, but had different storyline. It was so impressive to view how each of them came up with a whole new angle for the same set of characters. Although each story is written by a group of people, it is so well written that you feel there is just one voice.

I loved the bookcover as well as the name. It truly showcased what the book was all about in a subtle way. Loved those caricatured faces.

So the three sets of stories are called: The Awakening, Entangled Lives and Missing – A journey within. Of which my favourite was The Awakening mainly because it had too many mysterious elements.

So basically all three stories have a nuclear family of three. A husband (Shekhar), his wife (Tara) and their daughter (Roohi). We also have Aryan, their neighbour, Jennifer, a photographer and Cyrus, a law student.

The first story is a sci-fi where Shekhar and Jennifer are involved in some kind of a cult that believes in alients. So basically we are told that there are three kinds of alients: the bad ones who want to take over the Earth, the good ones who stay on earth in human forms and the meh-ones who really just dont care. The repurcussions of these two’s beliefs casts a shadow on every other character. What I liked the most about this was that initially it started as a nice little family drama..suddenly you have a flash of mystery and you get intregued as to what would be going on..and it is just a flash..then it goes on to be the normal family drama. So you are on your hooks. I also liked all of a sudden the story’s focus is shifted to the man in the shadows. It adds the mystirious element to the scifi.  One quote that I would like to highlight that ressonated a lot with me was:

The happiness of sharing things with someone who understood your madness was quite incomparable.

The next story is a classic murder mystery. When all the characters are in the house, the maid is murdered. But how is that possible? And there is no motive. The character of the Inspector is also quite interesting.

The third story is a sordid tale of loosing and finding your loved one. It starts with Roohi going missing from School due to a missunderstanding between her parents. Jennifer comes to know that she is missing and recollects that she had photographed her the same day. Parallely Cyrus also goes missing from his house. Is this a coincidence or are both of them connected? The raw emotions potrayed were written quite spectacularly.

Since all these stories are so different, it is like getting different tastes in the same book. Truly a great read.

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Book Review: From Where I See

Author: Ajay Yadav

From Where I See

Book Blurb:

Ajay meets his childhood friend Shruti on a social network site. He finds her to be struggling with intrapersonal, interpersonal, inter-social and inter-religious conflicts. Eventually the conflicts killed her. Police could solve the case but will it prevent hundreds of Shrutis from getting killed? How long will we aim ‘who’ killed, more important is to find out ‘what’ killed. Till we don’t address this issue and work on it, many Shrutis will keep on getting killed. We need to cure the disease not only the symptoms.
This book is an effort of the author to find the root cause and probable remedies of these conflicts, exploration of hundreds of pertinent questions like “why in one religion it becomes so easy to get volunteers to blow themselves and others for the sake of religion? Does the religion divides or unites? What precipitates extramarital affairs? Does the immature and wrong interpretation of female emancipation the reason for 13 times rise in divorce rates in last 5 years?
It’s not only a book; it’s the path to revolution, it’s a journey towards utopian world. Accepting truth and hypocrisy is the toughest job on this earth. If you feel that you are open minded, have courage to accept truth and have a desire to change the world then be the part of change. Let’s take our first step to build a road to the utopian world.

My Review:

The storyline is quite fresh and interesting. The whole idea of how religion plays a role in Indian family life, as well as love life, was quite interesting to see.

I loved the main character, Shruti, especially when she is younger. She roams around withher two friends, plays on boys sports team and is usually the brains behind every mischief…

The male lead Ajay, I felt was too full of himself and tended to go on long…looooong sermons about what he thought was right..he had a lot of stereotypical views like “Girls should wear what is “socially appropriate”. His wife is shown in a bad light because she is woking “too much” and is “so selfish that maid takes care of the son”..funnily enough throughout the book this high and mighty fella never spoke or saw his son…but his wife…yea..she needs to be with the son and become more “wifely”..interestingly when she does leave her job..she is finally shown in a good light. Our hero also goes ahead to mansplain that a woman “should work only to think beyond the ‘saas bahu crap’ to ‘understand stress of her husband”, that is right…a woman works so she can understand the stress of her husband’ and when she works she will not fight on trivial issues BUT should take time for her family…why else would she want to work? And obviously….the nagging wife that every female is..would be fighting on ‘trivial’ matters…the great man however never ever speaks or picks fights. Also, why should only the woman tale time for family? Why cannot men?

When Shruti tries to speak and get her views across, she is again mansplained that wrong notions of “women’s empowerment” leads to divorce…True…why would an arrogant man-child who expects a human slave (who also brings in money) to serve him hot food and attend to his every whim and fancy, ever be happy in an equal marriage? He then goes on to say “women jeopardise life because they want to compete with men”. The idea that women study and work and aspire to have a successful and satisfying careers (just like men) is somehow beyond this person. A career woman is just “competing with men” HELL NO…a career woman is having a career because SHE WANTS A CAREER.

One more point that was mentioned was that housewives are more intelligent as they choose to focus on only one line…so yea..all yea women in offices…you are not intelligent..coz you choose to work in office AND home..that’s TWO JOBS..you dumbos…your lazy ass husbands would obviously not be raising even a finger..that’s so obvious.

We have even advised “No need for girls to forgo happiness and bliss of marriage just because of this fixed thought that outside work only brings you identity. So now a man gets to decide what brings women happiness! WOW! I never knew that I could quit the work that is the reason that I am excited about each day to start…and that I actually look forward to Mondays as I can go back to doing what I love….to cook and sweep and keep things tidy..each and every single day. Yup..that be fulfilling. Why choose the thrill of daily challenges where I could get dready routine between four walls..and grocery shopping once in a while? Sure…I see how that could be sooo damn “happy and fulfilling.” For women or men who see this life as a great choice for themselves, that’s good for them…but clubbing all women together to expect them to all be happy and fulfilled is too darn sexist.

After all these, there is one line that says men could opt for role reversal. Which again I disagree. It is not a woman’s role to take care of the house. If two adults are living under the same roof, then it is the job of both those adults to take care of the house. If two people brought a kid in this world, then both have to take care of it. It’s THAT simple.

While all men were working, women (except the mean wife), or should I say “the good” ones were all housewives. While men talked substance, the women talked family and decor…you know…like every woman talks only on that.

Also, there was this point where it was mentioned that it was mostly men who have extramarital affairs. And the sole reason given was the females in their lives do not satisfy them. Which is so wrong…on so many levels that I cannot even begin to address.

While the premise of this book was good, it was highly sexist for me.

 

 

The Youngster Who Became A Spy: Book Review

Author: Sanjay B. Tari

The Youngster Who Became A Spy

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Book Blurb:

The book is a thriller, set in the 3rd and 4th Century AD, about a youngster who navigates
his way through to the upper echelons of the state’s administration through determination.

The newly acquired territory of Kaunse, in the ancient kingdom is at the crossroads of
conspiracy. Deepo, a dynamic youngster, who is a typical citizen, rises to the occasion
of spying for his beloved kingdom. His effort, skill, dedication, and an uncanny ability
to survive and thrive in the utmost inhospitable conditions, save the kingdom from
disaster on more than two occasions.
The visionary emperor alters the way of thinking of the common man and in the process

enriches the entire administrative machinery.
The spy, the emperor, or his advisors are unaware about the threats to their kingdom.

A certain turn of events over a period, causes uneasiness within the empire. A thrilling
training of spies, their tests, a meticulously planned intelligence operation, and chase,
and finally the search of the unknown follows.”

My Review:

This is a through and an interesting read. If you like to read about ancient India as well as the exciting spy missions, this is the book for you.

The writing style was simple, the story was exceptionally well researched, the author was in his element while writing it. Such complex features of the story were narrated so beautifully.

While reading the story, you feel you are living the moment. The whole scene becomes vivid and you feel immersed in the story and its characters. The male characters were sketched out really well.

There were minor grammatical errors, but there were not that many to take it away from the story.

Also, while I understand that the era of the story was such, I would have liked to see better female characters. Since in the book, the only thing the females were seen doing was cook.

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The Boy in Stripped Pyjamas

Author: John Boyne

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Book Blurb:

Berlin, 1942: When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move to a new house far, far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people in the distance.

But Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides that there must be more to this desolate new place than meets the eye. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different from his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences.

My Review:

I stumbled upon this book because of Goodreads. I had just finished reading The Book Thief, and I was suggested this book. Seeing wonderful reviews, I decided to pick this one up.

It was such a heart breaking read. This is a book about a nine year old boy named Juno whose father runs the infamous Auschwitz, for him it is Out-with. He knows that his dad works with :The Fury and which was why he had to move. What he does not understand is why the new place is so odd. He can see some people behind a barbed fence who are “odd” as they are all wearing striped pajamas. He gets thoroughly confused when one such man who cooks at his place says he is a doctor.

One day he decides to investigate for himself, and comes across a boy of his age on the other side of fence. The story then moves on to how a German and a Jew became friends. Both divided by fence and united by humanness.

The ending is just so touching. It has been written with such innocence and forthrightness that you will not see in books written in this era.

While there have been criticisms that Bruno is too naive for a nine year old, and to an extent I agree that nine year old would know a bit more than him, the overall story line is way better when you take it as it is.

If you like ww2 fiction books, be sure to pick this one up!

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