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Month: November 2011

Book Review – Of Dreams

Now this is the 1st book for which I was asked to write a review. Obviously it wasn’t a paid one before you start thinking I am being paid to write good things ;). But instead I got this opportunity because my couple of book reviews till date seem to have been liked by some people around. Anyways let’s get to the point.

‘Of Dreams’ is the first attempt at writing by Aditi Talwar Sodhi whose different from our regular out of college writers in the sense that she is an MBA professional with pretty good experience in the advertising industry. When you read the synopsis you realize that the book is about three girls and their dreams and what happens within. 3 girls? Now that’s something different than the regular boy-girl love sagas or gang of boys stories floating around in the Indian market.

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Kolaveri di – A song which has brought the nation together!

Do you know Dhanush? Ever heard of movies like Kadhal Kondein, Pudhupettai and Aadukalam? Do you know what’s Tanglish? If these questions are put to a North Indian they would normally respond to only the last one with “I think you are referring to the fact of Tamilians bringing in phrases of English while speaking Tamil.” Now don’t get me wrong. There maybe some ‘Northies’ who may know who is Dhanush and may have seen his movies. But generally he is more famous probably up north now as Rajnikanth’s son in law than anything else.

The North – South divide whether its the language or the culture or the dressing sense, has existed for ages. Though things like Rajni movies, the recent remakes of South flicks into Bollywood and collaboration in the field of music has tried to bridge the gap, the divide still remains. In all this, Dhanush could be the least expected person to bridge that gap.

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Book Review – Devil in Pinstripes

Devil in Pinstripes is Ravi Subramanian’s third novel after “If God was a Banker” and “I bought the Monk’s Ferrari”. But this is his second attempt at talking about his life and experiences at Citibank which he did pretty well in “If God was a Banker”. So does his third book manage to capture the interest of the readers? Let’s see.

At the outset, the reader is introduced to Amit Sharma, your usual IIM types and his wife of 13 years, Chanda. Amit is a high flying executive at New York International Bank – NYB (Read Citibank) and Chanda who though a biotechnologist but finally decides to shift her career because of marriage and moves to Standard Chartered Bank. Aditya Bhatnagar (A bit similar to Aditya Rao in his first book) whose his mentor and the top guy at NYB and Gowri, the head at NYB Financial Services (Read CitiFinancial) are other two main characters in the story. Boardroom politics, backbiting, autocracy, corporate governance, ethics in business – Devil in Pinstripes has it all.

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Book Reviewing – An honourable activity or a commercial sham?

Reviewing anything creative whether its a book, movie, restaurant, art etc. is not as easy a task as it sounds. One can always hear people speak about the pain, energy and time they have spend on making a movie or writing a book or even readying a work of art. And once they finish, they look for people to review the same. Obviously you would want famous bloggers, columnists, writers to review your work so that more and more people get to know what you have achieved. But then there is a catch to it. You would always want people to talk good things about you, wouldn’t you? So how far can you go to ensure that?

Since I love writing more of book reviews in particular, this particular post deals with book reviews. Over the last two years, I have written quite a few book reviews. My book choices traverse different genres from thrillers to documentarys to the usual college rom – coms. But none of my reviews have become as famous as the recent one on Chetan Bhagat’s “Revolution 2020”

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