Reading Non-fiction Books Can Be Very Helpful – here are a few reasons you must read nonfiction genre

Reading is helpful in various ways. To learn something new, understand something important, get an idea about an entirely new concept, and many other purposes meet results by reading books. While fictional works may satisfy our entertainment craving, reading non-fiction books can be an extremely helpful and enriching activity for a variety of reasons. In this article, we will explore how reading non-fiction books can help us. 

First of all, unlike fiction, non-fiction books provide a wealth of knowledge and information on a wide range of subjects. Whether you are interested in history, science, business, or any other topic, non-fiction books can help you learn more about it in a structured and comprehensive way. By reading non-fiction books, you can gain a deeper understanding of the world around you and expand your horizons. And mind it, we are not counting the academic books we study during school, college and university education. 




In addition to providing knowledge, non-fiction books can also help you develop various skills and abilities. For example, reading non-fiction books about history can help you enhance your critical thinking and analysis skills as you consider different perspectives and evaluate the accuracy and reliability of different sources. For instance, reading non-fiction books about science or technology can help you learn about the latest research and developments in these fields, which can be useful for your personal or professional growth. You can discuss the same with your friends and further your knowledge. 

Moreover, non-fiction books can also be a great source of inspiration and motivation. Many non-fiction books are written by individuals who have achieved great things in their lives, and reading about their experiences and insights can be a powerful way to motivate you to pursue your goals and dreams. Non-fiction books can also provide practical advice and tips on how to achieve success in various areas of life, whether it be in your career, relationships, or personal development. Yes, now you can think about a few bestselling titles in the self-help genre – Rich Dad, Poor Dad, 7 Habits, Think and Grow Rich, Freedom from the Known, and many others. 

And finally, non-fiction books can be a great way to broaden your perspective and understanding of different cultures and viewpoints. By reading non-fiction books written by authors from diverse backgrounds, you can gain a greater appreciation and understanding of the world and the people around you. You can read about the culture of the continents you have never explored – sitting in India, you can read something about the people of Australia or Japan. You can read about the ancient Greeks and Romans. And so on. 

To conclude, reading non-fiction books can be a very beneficial and enriching activity that can benefit you in numerous ways. Whether you are looking to learn something new, develop innovative skills, find inspiration, or simply broaden your perspective, non-fiction books can be a valuable resource that can help you achieve your goals. You can find some amazing non-fiction books by Indian authors here – best non-fiction books by Indian authors.

By Priya for The Book Blog




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

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!

Buy the book now – click here to get a copy from Amazon

 

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

A Higher Conversation by Neil David Chan – Review

Neil David Chan’s book, A Higher Conversation, compels the readers to seriously think about the possibility of communicating with one’s soul. Neil, we can say, has tried to give a wonderful presentation of the idea of having a conversation with one’s own soul and he has done it in a wonderful manner. The whole book, A Higher Conversation, is about talking to one’s inner-self and learning about the things that we don’t know or might not know if we remain troubled by the external world so much. I enjoyed the book very much and I even tried to practice the art of talking to my soul… though it might take more time to fully realise this art and then master it. Nevertheless, here is my review of A Higher Conversation by Neil.

“So what you are saying is from a small ME, become a bigger ME, and then become a universal ME!”

Neil shares this thought with his soul. The conversation about possessions and the associated consequences that they might bring has been very interesting to me. And, the thoughts shared by Neil, questions asked or doubts extended have met wonderful answers, ideas and possible solutions that will make the world much better a place to live. The idea shared by Neil, for an instance, is quite an eye-opener if we see the world as one.

“From birth to death, you come across multiple characters in the form of parents, siblings, friends, colleagues, and strangers. What’s your strategy here?”

The enlightened being, Neil’s soul, details the process of detachment that is necessary in order to lead oneself through this period called life. Neil’s soul explains the process of a game where a skilled player doesn’t bother too much about the ongoing circumstances and just keeps his focus on the target – the next level. And the same can be found in Bhagavad Gita as well, we have to live our lives but not to be indulged in things that might confuse us or delude us. And Indian readers who have the knowledge of spiritual tenets will certainly appreciate Neil David Chan’s way of describing the necessary detachment here.

I found the book not only interesting but also enlightening and compelling in a way that it stresses the need for introspection, self-awareness and self-analysis – what are we doing with our lives? Neil has explored various issues and ideas with his own inner-self, the higher being or the soul as we say. While it might sound bewildering to many readers, the author has given some serious issues to think that we cannot imagine… and it certainly gives wind to the fire that Neil has tried to escalate – we can talk to our own soul. In India, the soul is considered to be a part of Parmeshwar or super soul. And we very much believe in the fact that body and soul are two different beings. The soul is universal and detached, the body is mortal. Neil emphasises the same. He reiterates, several times, that one should cater to the soul and not to the body or mind.

A Higher Conversation will be a wonderful read for many readers who believe in spiritual ideas. Neil’s work is practical and also viable. It does not block the readers’ vision with hard arguments that contain words that might negate someone’s ambition. Neil David Chan believes in something and he believes that others might also achieve the same… do read the book and you can find it for yourself.

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Review by Smriti for The Book Blog

The One Invisible Code – Sharat Sharma – Review

Self-help books have been evolving. The genre, as a whole, has also been constantly evolving for many years. Earlier, it used to be the successful author telling the readers why they are mediocre and why one has become successful. In short, harassing the readers because they are reading the book by a successful person. Later, gradually, it changed and anyone began sharing his or her ideas to become successful. Today, here we stand, self-help genre has penetrated not only our professional but also the personal life and we have many authors who tell us what to do, what not to do, how long to sleep and how long to work… it might be very difficult to pick the best book in the self-help or motivational genre for the purposes you want to read. And in this article, I will be reviewing a book by Sharat Sharma, The One Invisible Code, that has really helped me focus on my goals after realising them and also understanding myself – self-awareness.

The author, in this book, surprisingly, has focused more on the realisation of one’s abilities and weaknesses rather than focusing on himself, other successful persons or anything else. In short, at the centre of The One Invisible Code, the readers will find themselves and this is not only unique but also very courageous to do. In turn, for the readers, this becomes very helpful as they can understand the real problems, ideas, vision, goals and action plans that is subjectively theirs…

There are 10 chapters in the book and all of them are related to each other. You read the fist and you are prepared for the second, you read the second and you are pushed to third… so on and so forth. And therefore, I would also advise the readers to go through all these chapters in a consecutive manner. You have to read them all one by one, in the traditional order. The chapters are prepared in a very unique style. There is a code or rather a template that continues throughout the book. The ‘lesson’ breaks with a character Joy who starts discussing various ideas, confusions and issues with his master, a learned person it seems, who has all the answers. Joy, the character, seems to be an embodiment of the readers who are looking for answers to various questions related to their lives. After the story or the discussion, you will see many big-small sections with ideas, propelling thoughts, actions to take, tasks to solve. In short, the author wants you to understand the ideas and take actions.

I would also prefer this book because it is rather practical and viable. Compared to other books that might talk about things which are practically not possible, this one tells you to embrace the reality as it is and take appropriate actions to change things to the order you like. For example, many authors tell the readers simply to ignore negativity around you, ignore your weaknesses and move ahead with positive ideas only. However, it is not possible! On the other hand, Sharat Sharma, a motivational coach himself, tells the readers to embrace the reality, embrace their weaknesses and strengths, realise their actual position and then work hard, according to the plan, to change things around oneself… and this is what practically motivated persons do and suggest others to do.

And finally, The One Invisible Code, the book being discussed, is a book that is almost animated. It engages the readers on all possible fronts and inspires them to act, to think, to plan and to execute. The author is merely a coach that instigates… you will see the same once you begin reading the book yourself. There are images that relate to the topics being discussed, there are pictures that depict plans and vision, there are tables and columns, there are many other things that resemble action and inspire the same. There are also exercises, solutions, practical tasks… you will surely appreciate the author and this book once you read it! And I am not being an overt admirer in adding a 5/5 rating with this book! You will surely like it! Go ahead and get a copy now!

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Review by Mugdha for The Book Blog