Vanisha Uppal: an author on the way to her life goals – opinion

An author becomes successful in terms of popularity or critical appreciation. Both these things go on to build the reputation of the author in the future and in the present as well. New authors have to struggle these days because fame does not come to them very easily. Nevertheless, if they are into serious writing and they mean business, the literary business, critics and serious readers do accept their claim and honour them with the appreciation that they deserve. This stands true with Vanisha Uppal, the author of On The Way, her debut book. Though the book is newly-launched and it has not done that magic in the market yet, it is our duty that we honour the seriousness of her writing and apprise the readers with the same.

On The Way has been appreciated by readers on Goodreads and critics on their platforms and blogs. There is no doubt that every one of them appreciates what Vanisha Uppal, the author, has done in terms of her writing, the objective, the vision, the philosophy and the ultimate test of a writer – connection with the readers and their predicament. On The Way, the book, does not make any reader feel left alone. It is for everyone because it deals with our daily issues, goals, successes and failures. The book, though categorised as spiritual non-fiction as well, does not talk about spirituality in direct terms. Readers will have to encounter the life stories of Vanisha Uppal and big-little episodes of her life with her grandparents, friends, employers and students, teachers etc. They will have to extract their messages and interpretation from those episodes, offered as articles, and that’s a very easy thing to do – let me assure you all.

The author’s strength lies in her capacity to connect with her readers. She offer’s book’s content in a way that reflects various conditions that we usually find ourselves in. For example, we might be happy, sad, tense or worried. We may be anxious about some results to come, some answers that we don’t have, some problems that we want to solve. We may be joyous because of our income, when someone says yes when we get out of some sword-hanging trouble and so on… the author has managed to cultivate all these human situations in her articles and shared her experiences about the same. How did she react to some trouble? How did she react to solve a problem? How did she put her trust in God? How did she get help from the act of mediation? What does she think of questions that are not answerable in simple terms?

Vanisha Uppal’s writing goes beyond the simple connotation of spiritual or motivational writing. She tries to simplify the concepts that have otherwise been lionised by many authors who believe in making a mockery of their readers by using high-end words and sentences that are unclear. You might find a few mistakes here and there in the lines by Vanisha in terms of grammar or punctuation. However, you will never find an attempt to download the wit of her readers and that makes her a readable, likeable and ‘simple’ author!

We have to wait for more of her books to come out and then only we will be able to assess her literature on an overall and more holistic foundation. However, with whatever is available right now, Vanisha Stands out as a prodigy turned on late and she has to prove her worth only in terms of a prolonged literary stint. Otherwise, the ones who will read her will find it easy to connect with her writing not because she is a genius, but only because she is a simple person offering her honest opinions about things we all feel and experience.

 

By Anand for The Book Blog

The Moon Wolf by Sanjana Kanamarlapudi – Book Review

The best thing about this novel is that it has been written by an author who is very young, talented and who does have a vision for the ideal children’s literature. Once you start reading The Moon Wolf, Sanjana Kanamarlapudi’s latest fictional book, you will understand the statement in the very first line conveniently. The novel has all the essential elements that fuse together to craft an ideal book for young readers. Written by a young author as well, The Moon Wolf will get special treatment from the readers as well as book critics, I am sure.

The novel has very favourable ratings and reviews on Goodreads and Amazon, as well as on the popular book review websites in India and globally. And it is no coincidence because the novel does have a certain appeal about it. Novelists often try to put entertainment above anything else in their novels even if they are writing for children. However, Sanjana Kanamarlapudi had her priorities sorted and she has tried to balance between acts of motivation as well as instances of entertainment. It is a story consisting of wolves, their struggles, conflict with humans and a web of assassination plots, battles and prey-predator games. Everything changes with Moony, a wolf supposedly came from the moon, mysterious and magical, strong and able, friendly and fierce… I must admit that the novelist has done her best in creating this protagonist that’s inspirational and ideal for the roles ascribed to it.

The Moon Wolf is for children who are in their early primary sections, children in their early teens and anyone with an interest in fantasy novels, fiction involving animal kingdoms and novels about magical powers, myths and legends. Yes, at the core, you will certainly find a drive that will essentially appeal to the young audience only. However, the novel has certain elements that make it different, adds to its depth and help it stand out among many other novels. Sanjana’s novel has different layers in the storyline, one is about the curiosity of the protagonist itself, Moony looking for its origins and one is about the curiosity of the readers, whether Moony will be successful in leading the pack of wolves to a victory in the war against Grey’s Dark Pack. This makes things interesting.

The Moon Wolf, as a novel, excels because it does not rely merely on any one issue or idea. It has Moony, the hero. It has Grey, the villain. It has the secret prophecy of someone from the Moon and it has the regular day job involving training, leadership and preparation for the battle to come. The novel also has negotiations and compromises, mitigation and political ties. Everything in the novel is tightly connected and the author has not left space for loopholes, as it appears after the first reading. However, critically, the novel may find itself in want of a little more depth in the development of characters and 2-3 more characters from each side, if developed, could have added more to the overall appeal of the novel. Nevertheless, in its current form, the novel will surely attract readers and will make for a day spent well in the life of children and lovely young readers. So, if you are thinking about a gift for someone’s birthday around, do consider a copy of this brilliant novel!

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Review by Nishant for The Book Blog

Centripetal by Rohit Shukla – Book Review

Some novels are to be read within hours and some are to be read first few chapters and left alone for good of everyone! However, there are the novels that we like to read but, somehow, cannot finish it in one go and we have to take breaks, come back again, start reading and take another break if necessary. Centripetal by Rohit Shukla is one of the latter. A reader must want to accept the challenge and keep reading to the end but the complexity of the text does not allow it to be done in one simple go. The layers of the storyline and angles with which the plot can be interpreted are many… The author has fused various timelines, various styles of narrative, various devices to distract the readers from the major course of action… and thus, Rohit Shukla has almost succeeded in keeping his readers engaged to the text and divorced from the facts that he wants to keep secrets hidden… till the last!

There are a few major characters in the novel and they appear in a sequence. Once we are exposed to all the major characters in the novel, flashbacks and daydreams take us to major episodes that readers should ideally know. There are songs and music in the background and the narrator, who is unknown, is very careful in setting the scenes and telling the readers of every minute detail before the action begins. The language might be crude sometimes but it perfectly synchronizes with the flow of the text and the characters who are uttering those words. Yes, the characters develop very nicely and readers will certainly have curiosity about certain characters and their history, present and even future.

Centripetal, as the name explains, does not display any characteristic that might lead the readers to believe that all the actions lead to one central goal. Every character in the novel have their separate goals and they are busy achieving the same. One is longing to be coupled again with his love and vice versa and another character is eagerly making sure that his writing comes to life… yes, a struggling author. Another one tries to make a living and keeps himself up doing the same. All characters somehow come across each other on different occasions and on those occasions only, major actions in the novel take place.

I truly appreciate such works of fiction by modern Indian authors. This is mainly because we need to come out of the cocoons of simply-read starter novels that have a lead female and a male character and that’s done. No, we need to get out of the teenage romance phase and authors like Rohit will certainly pose challenges in front of other young authors to think about something new… something beyond the usually selling semi-juvenile love stories that may attract the teenage readers for an hour or so. Centripetal, as a novel, will not let the readers rest for a while unless a resolution is met and this is what an author should aim for.

On the other hand, it should also be taken care of that authors do not cross all the limits of textual and contextual unity and make the text entirely unreadable or out of the ambits of comprehension of the readers. At some points in Centripetal, Rohit might have overdriven the plot to the blank spots that might lose the grip of the readers’ attention and the accumulated interest that comes running in the previous pages might be lost in a flash. That is something many readers might experience in the course of the novel.

At last, reading this novel will surely be an interesting job for many readers and I wish them the best! You can get a Kindly copy from Amazon India and start reading the novel right away. It is not costly as well! Click the link below to get a copy right now.

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Review by Nishant for The Book Blog

Just Invest and Become Insanely Wealthy – Book Review

Books on investments are mostly read by those who have, at least, the basic knowledge of financial documents, a moderate idea of financial mathematics and some elementary knowledge in economics in general. However, can you imagine a book on investment that is for the readers who cannot meet any of the criteria above? Certainly not! Anyone will come up with a fact that no book on investment can be complete or meaningful without data, numbers, charts, financial statements and so on. However, negating all these orthodox and traditional ideas, Jayaram Rajaram has come up with his debut book, a book on investments in various assets classes, Just Invest and Become Insanely Rich. Going by the title, anyone will be wooed to get a copy and start reading instantly. For all such eager readers, here are my observations about the book that will help them make a better decision about the book.

“This book is for anyone who wishes to approach investment in a very simple, commonsensical, intuitive manner and go against what the herd or 99% of the people do.”

So, the idea is very clear. The book has all the basic plus expert opinions, ideas and instructions that beginners in the world of investment might be looking for, according to the author. However, in the line just after the above-quoted, the author has also notified that any person with an income of about 15 lac per year should be diving deep into the book and he or she will be benefitted from the pieces of advice and suggestions for using tools and ideas that the author has offered in his book. And it is a sensible thing as well. Jayaram Rajaram, the author, does not promise to make ‘anyone’ rich and he has fixed certain benchmarks so that nobody loses anything instead of gaining in the future. I applaud this candidness in the thoughts of the author and I hope many readers will do the same.

The book has 12 distinct chapters and 7 out of these 12 chapters are dedicated to stock market investment in close or remote relations. How to invest, when to invest, why invest rather than having cash in your bank and when to pull the plug out… the author has described everything in brief details. Moreover, Jayaram has also let the readers have a glimpse of the research and analysis tools that he uses, in the form of websites with certain features. You will find examples and screenshots as well and those are really helpful for the novice as well as moderate level investors who might have been using tools in different forms.

One thing that I could gather by reading those chapters on investment in the stock market is that the book is aimed at those investors who are looking to play the long and the patient game. Intraday trading and short term trading are almost subdued in direct terms by the author. So, those who are looking for something on those concepts might have to be disappointed.

The 5 remaining chapters are dedicated to concepts like real estate investment, debt investment, office and meeting space investment, agricultural land investment, and a few other investment classes that will yield profit for the investors according to the author. The calculations that Jayaram has offered as examples are attractive and make sense in the first hit. However, the feasibility and use of the tools and suggestions might need time (since they are about the long run). However, anyone can easily see whether the strategies are working or not within a few months of the initial investment.

In terms of a book critic, after having briefly summarised the concepts, I will say that this title is written for common readers, using common language and should be easily detectable because it does not use the typical financial lexicon that a few authors tend to use while writing such a book. So, are you ready to give your chances of becoming wealthy a chance? The book is waiting on Amazon to be picked up!

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Review by Rahul Anand for The Book Blog

Sri Aurobindo – a master in prose writing, Hinduism and Spiritual works by him

Sri Aurobindo’s literary works made him immortal. His thoughts don’t only get carried by his Ashram but also by his words. He was a poet, a prose writer, a master speaker, a great person and a great Indian who strived not only for political gains (like many did during the freedom movement) but for the general wellbeing of Indians and anyone who wanted freedom from the slavery of mind as well. However, Sri Aurobindo’s poetry does not come as close as his prose writing’s excellence. Aurobindo’s prose mostly encircles Indian ethos, Hindu philosophy, Sanatan spirituality, Upnishads, Vedas, Hindu epics and well-being in general terms. And, mark it, his prose is excellent!

The Life Divine forms the core of his works of greatness. It thrives along with the works of the great Hindu religious body of works, inspires people to achieve greatness offered to them, contemplates the core ideals of spiritual evolution and suggests many ways to evolve and develop. However, don’t let this giant work dwarf your perception of other great prose works that Sri Aurobindo has produced. His work on Upnishads, Vedas, Mahabharata and Gita, Hindu spiritual schools and other subjects have been magnificent. For example, his work on Upnishads makes life easy for many readers who want to dive deep into the world of the Upnishads but cannot comprehend the grandeur of the language. They can easily take advantage of the commentary offered by Sri Aurobindo.

The Renaissance in India with A Defence of Indian Culture is equally important and a must-read for all those who want to understand the ideas that Aurobindo extends in order to teach the world the lessons that India can offer. And the most interesting thing about the works by Aurobindo is that you can read all of those for free on the official website of Sri Aurobindo Ashram… isn’t that great, readers?

The importance of his works, prose or poetry, his valuable contribution to the Indian conscious post and pre-independence, his rich interpretations of the Indian philosophy and his role in bringing the best of the Hindu spirituality to the world will always be up for appreciation by his readers and admirers as well as the general people who want to understand these concepts by the virtue of the great body of works explaining the same. Aurobindo will always be known as a prolific writer and those who possess the prowess to evaluate literature critically will know how great a prose writer he was.

 

By Guddu for The Book Blog

Read these Indian Authors if you are looking for different – a list

Indian literature has never disappointed me. Whenever I look for inspiration, excitement, perplexing philosophy and a feeling of oneness with characters and their predicaments, I am always, by instinct, drawn to the world of Indian literature, irrespective of language. Though I am very much interested in reading original literature written in various Indian languages, I can only read Hindi, English, Maithili and Sanskrit (to a moderate level) and for other languages, I have to use Hindi or English translation. And therefore, I will list 5 authors here… authors who originally write in English or Hindi, from India, and you will absolutely love them once you read their books, even if it’s only one! Are you ready? 

Ravi Ranjan Goswami: A more than simply talented, artistic and expressive author, Ravi Ranjan Goswami writes in Hindi and English. A graduate in science and worked as a customs officer, Ravi is retired and he lives in Ernakulam to ‘serve literature’ in his own words. The author has written over 20 books, in Hindi and English, and his latest book, The Ashta Yogis (Hindi & English) tells the tale of a Siddha Yogi, Vishnudev and his eight disciples prepared to avert a natural calamity in India. Ravi’s books are dedicated to Indian ethos and India – everything about it. He writes short stories, novels, novellas and does it in Hindi and English. His writings are, however, famous among Hindi readers and he is known to a wider audience as an established Hindi writer. Read him if you want to read entertaining and yet seriously written stories. You can get books by Ravi by visiting the Amazon link below:
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Gautam Rajrishi: Gautam Rajrishi is a serving Indian Army officer. However, in the circles of readers, literature lovers and literary enthusiasts, Gautam Rajrishi is known as a shayar, an Urdu poet and a fascinating storyteller. He has written three books, conventional ones, and an audiobook, the latest one, Janbaaz. Gautam is famous for his contemporary style, use of words and unconventional imagery in his poetry. Want to know more about his writings? What could be a better way than reading his books? You can get the works written by Gautam from Amazon India. Just click the link below to the Amazon website:
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Uma Vanka: Uma Vanka is a tech writer, a motivational speaker, a futuristic-science visionary and also an inspirational author who motivates the readers of young age to chase their goals as well as fixate their goals wisely. He has already published one book, I AM A ROCKSTAR and his second book, Future is BIG, is about to be published (earlier next year, 2022). You can read his bestselling debut book and learn about the life, goals in life, work-life balance, career, jobs and more. You can buy his book from Amazon by clicking the link below:
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Sadhguru (Jaggi Vasudev): Perhaps the only Saint or Yogi or Sadhu who can take on any question you throw at him, anytime and in any mood, Sadhguru is also a prolific author and you cannot skip his books if you love reason, science, spirituality and intellect. Sadhguru writes about life, death, vision, philosophy, science, Yoga, the human body and inner engineering, an idea and a concept developed by him. You can begin in the chronicle order or you can pick up any book from anywhere. You will certainly love his writings.
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Atal Bihari Vajpayee: Yes, you may know him as the prime minister of India in the early 2000s or as a popular leader from Bharatiya Janta Party. However, if you are aware of literature in India, you must know that Vajpayee was a wonderful Hindi poet and he used to recite his poems in a wonderful manner, the heart-touching and flamboyant renderings of his poems excited the crowds. You can know more about the style, content and substance of his writings by reading books written by him. Get his books from Amazon India today and grace yourself with fiery nationalism, humanism, philosophy, religion and much more.
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I do hope that you will love this list of authors and you will surely find the works by them wonderful to read… if you like, do share this list with your friends and inspire them to read more and more. You can visit our website regularly for more content like this. Happy reading!

 

by Sarthak for The Book Blog