Book Review:-An Invitation to Die: A Colonel Acharya Mystery

Author: Tanushree Podder

Publisher: Harper Black (An imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)

Format: Paperback

Publication Date: 25th August 2021

Genre: Thriller, Murder Mystery

Pages: 276

Goodreads Rating: 4/5 (as of 8th August, 2021)

My Rating: 4/5

MY REVIEW


‘An Invitation To Die’ by Tanushree Podder is set in a fictional hill station of India named Ramsar. Ramsar is a haven for retirees, and crime rates are negligible. But when a dead body is found in the van of Violet Williams after her granddaughter Pia forgets to lock the door, things go haywire.
Now, it’s up to Tim Thapa, ASP of Ramsar’s Police Station, and Ramsar’s resident sleuth Colonel Acharaya to find out the main culprit behind the murder. Will the Colonel and Tim be able to find out the culprit?

You have to read the book to find it out.

I have read ‘A Closetful of Skeletons’ by the author and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. This is the reason why I was excited to read ‘An Invitation To Die’. I assure you that you won’t take much time to finish reading ‘An Invitation To Die’ as it is very fast-paced. The writing style of the author is simple but also engaging. The book managed to keep me at the edge of my seat until the very end. I loved the way the author has vividly described the scenic beauty of Ramsar. It was as if I could visualize everything that was happening around me.

However, the reason I could not give the book five stars is because of its predictable ending. When I was halfway through this book, I could predict the murderer. So, when the murderer was revealed at the end, I was not surprised. Nevertheless, I loved the efficient storytelling by the author as she was successful in sustaining the tension of the murder mystery.

All in all, I enjoyed reading ‘An Invitation To Die’ and will recommend it to readers who love reading murder mysteries.

About the Author (Taken from Amazon)

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Tanushree Podder is a self-confessed word-a-holic and a traveller. When she is not reading or writing, she’s sure to be packing her bags and boots to go zipping around the world. Tanushree stumbled through many career choices before finalizing on writing. Spooky Stories is her twelfth book in fiction. 

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Book Review: Let Love Take Over

Author: Tomson Robert

Publisher: Srishti Publishers & Distributors 

Format: Paperback

Publication Date: 9th July 2021

Genre: Fiction

Pages: 176

Goodreads Rating: 4.01/5 (as of 18th August, 2021)

My Rating: 3.5/5

MY REVIEW

Let Love Take Over is a tale of true love which intends to defeat miseries and challenges the notion of a hero.

Joshua aspires to become a writer one day. Although his father always instructs him, ‘Don’t try to be a hero’, he cannot stop himself from raising his voice against injustice. This nature of him leads to a tragic incident and changed his course of life. Although many years have passed after this incident, Joshua still cannot forget it. Once courageous Joshua, now can’t even take a stand for himself or his loved ones. Owing to this reason, he can’t even stop his boss from manipulating him, and his marriage with his wife is falling apart!

Will Joshua be able to get over this tragedy that is affecting his life and find redemption? You’ve to read the story to find it out!

The way the author has presented the story is impressive. He has tried to relate this story with biblical verses that will certainly teach the readers valuable life lessons. The writing was lucid, and the narration was fast-paced. One thing I loved about this book was the mention of different types of Indian and Asian delicacies. Because we all love food, don’t we? Additionally, through this novel, the author has also tried to highlight the impact of Covid-19 on employment and jobs, toxic work environment, and abuse of authority in the workplace.

However, I would like to mention that, there were too many filmy instances in the book which I didn’t like much. Also, there were some spelling errors in the book which need to be taken care of.

All in all, I would say that I enjoyed reading ‘Let Love Take Over.’ If you are looking for a quick and light read, then pick this one up.

About the Author (Taken from Amazon)

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Tomson Robert is a storyteller who hustles between finding solutions as a Management Consultant and inspiring people through his writing. His stories bring to life the experiences gained from traveling, falling in love, failures at work and life and finally, triumphs. Tomson lives in Dubai with the love of his life Cini, and their adorable daughter, Lea.
This is his third book after Alumni of the Year and Stories of Work, Life and the Balance in Between.

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Book Review- A Dire Enigma: Desultory Deaths Always Hide a True Motive

Author: Waiss Kharni SM

Publisher: Notion Press

Format: eBook

Publication Date: 16th June 2021

Genre: Thriller

Pages: 102

Goodreads Rating: 3.78/5 (as of 29th July, 2021)

My Rating: 3/5

MY REVIEW

Adrian works in a secret organization named the National Centre of Security (NCS). This organization works with the government in solving crimes and predicting threats to the country. Along with other officers in NCS, Adrian is investigating the deaths of three individuals who have died under mysterious circumstances. He is working day and night to find evidence that will help NCS understand the reasons for these deaths and who is behind all this. To make things worse, Adrian’s neighbor is found dead under the same circumstances. Rumors started going around that these people are dying because of some supernatural activities. But Adrian is not ready to believe that. However, when Adrian and his wife also experience some strange activities in their house, he starts doubting whether the rumor is actually true!

Will Adrian and his fellow investigators will be able to find out the cause and the main culprit behind these deaths? Read the book to find out.

‘A Dire Enigma: Desultory Deaths Always Hide a True Motive’ is a fast-paced thriller with a gripping plotline. The book is full of twists and is bound to keep the readers at the edge of their seats. Although the writing style was simple and neat, there were a few grammatical and spelling errors in some places which need to be taken care of. The ending of the book was unpredictable and surprising. Thankfully, part 2 of the book is coming soon, and I am eagerly waiting to know what happens next in the story!

All in all, I liked reading this book and would recommend it to all the mystery and thriller lovers out there!

About the Author (Taken from the book)

Source: Notion Press

Waiss Kharni SM is an Engineer by profession specialized in camera technology and image processing. He was born in Ooty, a hill station in the South of India, and has interests in art and culture like writing, dancing, singing, story-telling, video editing, and designing. He started writing from his early teenage years at boarding school. A Dire Enigma was a small fictional story he shared initially with his friends in college but over time, he converted his story into words.

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Book Review: A Garage Sale of Lovelorn Things

Author: Shrutee Choudhary

Publisher: BecomeShakespeare.com

Format: Paperback

Publication Date: 4th March 2021

Genre: Poetry

Pages: 175

Goodreads Rating: 4.80/5 (as of 26th July, 2021)

My Rating: 4/5

MY REVIEW

A garage sale of lovelorn things is a collection of heartwarming poems written by Shrutee Choudhary. In this book, you will find musings of a broken heart, pain, unrequited love, and despair. The poems are not written in a linear fashion but rather in a haphazard way. This is because the words and emotions come straight from the author’s heart. Additionally, the illustrations that are present in the book will allow the readers to understand the feelings associated with each poem. Through the poems, the author has tried to let go of the feelings of her heart and scattered emotions that she was holding onto for a long time.

So, if you want to declutter your hearts and minds from feelings that break you, then it’s time you read this book. Throw away anything that pulls you down in a garage sale of lovelorn things! 

Some of my favorite lines from the book are:

“And then I thought
maybe love was like the sunlight
I could try and capture the rays
with my bare palms and fail
or I could stand still and bask in it
let it warm me with its molten touch
then let it leave when its time
have a little faith and see it
come back to me
day after day
and maybe when liberated
it would stay mine”

“Your touch caused ripples
Upon my skin
So one night
I made you touch
The sky
All the darkness
Was stirred
And
Galaxies were brought
To life.”

“I often find myself thinking of death for it feels like a real possibility now. I almost never think of mine, but anyone who has a piece of me- my parents, close friends, pets, I look at them and break down. Is this why they mean by loving somebody like you’re going to lose them?”

About the Author (Taken from Amazon)

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Shrutee Choudhary is an actor and a writer, based in Mumbai. She began writing as a child, in attempts to mimic the worlds she so often escaped into through various books. The poet in her, however, quite naturally leapt out as a teenager, and she has found an outlet through words ever since. She loves to tell stories, whether it is through her performance, travel or writing. She has a mass following on Instagram. Follow her work on @shruteechoudhary.

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Book Review: Legal Fiction

Author: Chandan Pandey

Publisher: HarperPerennial (An imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)

Format: Paperback

Publication Date: 2nd July 2021

Genre: Political Thriller

Pages: 156

Goodreads Rating: 4.21/5 (as of 9th July, 2021)

My Rating: 3/5

MY REVIEW

Legal Fiction by Chandan Pandey was originally a Hindi novel titled “Vaidhanik Galp.” The book has been translated into English by Bharatbhooshan Tiwari.

The story revolves around writer Arjun Kumar who gets an unexpected phone call late at night from his ex-girlfriend Anasuya. But Anasuya has called him because she is helpless. Her husband Rafique Neel, who is a college professor and theatre director, is missing, and the Police are not ready to register an FIR. Anasuya has married Rafique without her family’s consent, and now she does not have anyone to turn to. Learning about her plight, Arjun leaves for Noma, where Anasuya lives. After reaching there, Arjun gathers another piece of news- one of Rafique’s students, Janaki is also missing. Owing to Arjun’s brother-in-law’s political connections, he is finally able to register an FIR. But Arjun soon realizes that things are not as they seem, and there is something deeper beyond it.
Legal Fiction is a short novel of around 160 pages. In the book, the author has tried to uncover the dark side of India by touching upon some sensitive topics like ‘Love Jihad’, caste discrimination, and mob lynching. I love reading thrillers and was expecting some good thrill from this book, but I was disappointed as I didn’t find it thrilling.
Legal Fiction is not a fast-paced thriller novel, but it was a good read. I will recommend this book to those readers who like reading political thrillers.


About the Author (Taken from Amazon)

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Chandan Pandey is the author of three short-story collections and one novel in Hindi. He has won the Bharatiya Jnanpith’s Navlekhan Award, the Shailesh Matiani Katha Puraskar, and is a recipient of the Krishna Baldev Vaid Fellowship. Bharatbhooshan Tiwari is a writer and translator in Hindi and English.

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Book Review: Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

Author: John Green and David Levithan

Publisher: Dutton Books (An imprint of Penguin Books)

Format: E-book

Publication Date: 6th April 2010

Genre: LGBT, Young Adult Fiction

Pages: 222

Goodreads Rating: 3.75/5 (as of 6th July, 2021)

My Rating: 3/5

BLURB (Taken from Goodreads)

Will Grayson meets Will Grayson. One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two strangers are about to cross paths. From that moment on, their world will collide and lives intertwine.

It’s not that far from Evanston to Naperville, but Chicago suburbanites Will Grayson and Will Grayson might as well live on different planets. When fate delivers them both to the same surprising crossroads, the Will Graysons find their lives overlapping and hurtling in new and unexpected directions. With a push from friends new and old – including the massive, and massively fabulous, Tiny Cooper, offensive lineman and musical theater auteur extraordinaire – Will and Will begin building toward respective romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most awesome high school musical.

MY REVIEW

I picked up Will Grayson, Will Grayson, a novel written by John Green and David Levithan for pride month. However, I was highly disappointed with this book. Coming to the story, the novel follows the story of two teen boys who have the same name, Will Grayson.
The story is narrated from the point of view of Will Grayson 1 and Will Grayson 2 through alternate chapters. Will Grayson 1 (written by John Green) is a straight teen and has a gay best friend named Tiny Cooper. He also has a crush on a girl named Jane. Will Grayson 2 (written by David Levithan) is a gay teen and is suffering from depression. He does not have many friends in school but is in love with Issac, a guy he met online. Both the Graysons have nothing in common and do not even know about each other’s existence. But one night, they accidentally meet each other. What happens after they meet? Read the book to find that out.
I am a big fan of John Green, but this book didn’t meet my expectations. The plot is uninteresting, and I found all the characters in the book annoying and overly dramatic. When I started reading the book, I thought that Will #1 is narrating the story and Will #2 will come later. However, after reading the first seven chapters, I found out that something is odd, and it was only then I realized that I was reading it all wrong. (Basically, The POV of Will #1 is presented in the odd-numbered chapters and the POV of Will #2 is presented in the even-numbered chapters!) After realizing my mistake, I went ahead with the story, but the novel failed to capture my attention. The story is very teenish and mostly revolves around Tiny Cooper, his gay musical, and that’s it.
Another thing that irked me was the way Will #2’s point of view written in the book: Nothing was capitalized, and all the letters were in lower case. The only breath of fresh air in the book was Will #1’s friendship with Tiny and his chemistry with Jane.
All in all, Will Grayson, Will Grayson was an okayish read for me. If you are a fan of the YA genre and John Green, then you can read this book!

About the Authors (Taken from Amazon)

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John Green is the award-winning, #1 bestselling author of Looking for AlaskaAn Abundance of KatherinesPaper TownsWill Grayson, Will Grayson (with David Levithan), The Fault in Our Stars and Turtles All the Way Down. John’s many accolades include the Printz Medal, a Printz Honor, and the Edgar Award. He has twice been a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize and was selected by TIME magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. With his brother, Hank, John is one half of the Vlogbrothers and co-created the online educational series CrashCourse.
You can join the millions who follow him on Twitter @johngreen and Instagram @johngreenwritesbooks.

David Levithan’s many acclaimed novels include Someday, Another Day, Every Day, Two Boys Kissing, and Boy Meets Boy. His bestselling collaborations include Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist and the Dash & Lily series (both written with Rachel Cohn) and Will Grayson, Will Grayson (written with John Green). In 2016, David was named the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for his contribution to YA literature. You can learn more about him at davidlevithan.com and follow him on Twitter at @loversdiction.

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BOOK RECOMMENDATION: The White Tiger

Author: Aravind Adiga

Publisher: HarperCollins

Format: Paperback

Publication Date: 3rd November 2009

Genre: Fiction,  Picaresque novel

Pages: 321

Goodreads Rating: 3.75/5 (as of 13th June, 2021)

My Rating: 5/5

BLURB (Taken from Amazon)

Meet Balram Halwai, the ‘white tiger’: servant, philosopher, entrepreneur, murderer…Born in a village in the dark heart of India, the son of a rickshaw puller, Balram is taken out of school and put to work in a teashop. As he crushes coal and wipes tables, he nurses a dream of escape. His big chance comes when a rich landlord hires him as a chauffeur for his son, daughter-in-law, and their two Pomeranian dogs. From behind the wheels of a Honda, Balram sees Delhi and begins to see how the Tiger might escape his cage. For surely any successful man must spill a little blood on his way to the top? The White Tiger is a tale of two Indias. Balram’s journey from the darkness of village life to the light of entrepreneurial success is utterly amoral, brilliantly irreverent, deeply endearing and altogether unforgettable. 

MY REVIEW

I wanted to read The White Tiger from the moment I had seen its movie trailer come out. And I am glad that I read the book before watching the movie because it was worth it. Now, without further ado let’s dive straight into the story.
The White Tiger is the story of Balram Halwai who uses his wit and skills to escape from poverty and become a successful entrepreneur. The novel starts with Balram Halwai emailing Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, requesting a meeting with him while talking about his life story.
Now, let’s go a little backward and talk about Balram’s past life.
Balram comes from a poor family and lives in a village named Laxmangarh. He is not very fond of his joint family and aspires to study and do something big in life. But when his father is unable to repay the loan he took from the landlord (referred to as The Stork in the novel), Balram dropped out of his school and started working in a tea shop. Even while working in the tea shop, Balram starts spying on every customer at the table and overheard everything they said. He decided that this is how he will continue his education. But the owner of the tea shop wasn’t very happy with his work and so he fired him. Thus, Balram and his brother Kishan decide to go to Dhanbad so that Balram can start his career afresh.
While working in a tea shop in Dhanbad, Balram decided that he want to work as a driver as this profession would help him earn more money. Thereafter, he took driving lessons and landed a job as a chauffeur of The Stork’s younger son Ashok, who has recently come to Dhanbad from New York. But how does he become a successful entrepreneur from a chauffeur? For that, you need to read the book.
The novel ‘The White Tiger’ mostly revolves around Balram, Ashok, Ashok’s wife Pinky, Mukesh (Stork’s elder son, also referred to as The Mongoose in the novel), and The Stork. I liked the fact that the novel is written in first-person narration as it was easier to access Balram’s inner thoughts. Coming to the character of Balram, I would say that he is very cunning as well as confusing. Yes, I will agree with the fact that he knew how to work his way through but I felt that sometimes even he didn’t know what he was doing and why he was doing it. As a reader, I couldn’t understand whether I should empathize with him or should I despise him. Now, I will talk about the character of Ashok. Both Ashok and Balram shared a warm relationship as a master and servant. As he has stayed abroad, Ashok knew that servants should be treated respectfully. But, whenever Ashok’s family was around, i.e. when he was with his elder brother and father, Ashok behaved as if Balram never existed. This was something I disliked about Ashok. Now, while talking about Ashok’s wife Pinky, I would say that she is very annoying. Pinky didn’t have that much role in the book except in one instance when I liked her because she supported Balram for something he has not done. I don’t have much to say about the characters of Stork and Mongoose. The only thing that I want to say is that they are those kinds of people who think that the poor should remain loyal to them and that they can dictate whatever terms they want to their servants.
The novel focuses on three prominent themes- poverty, inequality between rich and poor, and corruption. The narration was very engaging and keeps the reader hooked until the very end. I found the novel an absolute page-turner and would recommend it to every reader.


P.S. Do not forget to watch the movie after reading the book as it is also brilliant!

About the Author (Taken from Amazon)

Aravind Adiga was born in 1974 in Madras and grew up in Mangalore. He was educated at Columbia University in New York and Magdalen College, University of Oxford. His articles have appeared in publications such as the New Yorker, the Sunday Times, Financial Times and the Times of India. His fi rst novel, The White Tiger, won the Man Booker Prize in 2008. His second novel, Last Man in Tower, was published in 2011.

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BOOK REVIEW:- Rumours of Spring: A Girlhood in Kashmir

Author: Farah Bashir

Publisher: Fourth Estate India (An imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)

Format: Paperback

Publication Date: 23rd April 2021

Genre: Non-Fiction, Memoir

Pages: 228

Goodreads Rating: 4.17/5 (as of 8th June, 2021)

My Rating: 5/5

BLURB (Taken from Amazon)

Rumours of Spring is an unforgettable account of Farah Bashir’s adolescence spent in Srinagar in the 1990s. As Indian troops and militants battle across the cityscape and violence becomes the new normal, a young schoolgirl finds that ordinary tasks – studying for exams, walking to the bus stop, combing her hair, falling asleep – are riddled with anxiety and fear. With haunting simplicity, Farah Bashir captures moments of vitality and resilience from her girlhood amidst the increasing trauma and turmoil of passing years – secretly dancing to pop songs on banned radio stations; writing her first love letter; going to the cinema for the first time – with haunting simplicity. This deeply affecting coming-of-age memoir portrays how territorial conflict surreptitiously affects everyday lives in Kashmir.

MY REVIEW

I always had an interest in reading books that revolve around Kashmir. So, when I got the opportunity to review Rumours of Spring- a book that concentrates on Kashmir, I couldn’t resist myself!
‘Rumours of Spring’ by Farah Bashir is a haunting account of the author’s teenage years spent in Srinagar in the 1990s. The novel starts with the death of the author’s grandmother and moves back and forth, all the while the author narrating her past memories, about how their lives changed after Indian troops and militants took Kashmir under siege.
The memoir ‘Rumours of Spring’ follows the turbulent years of 1989-94 (also known as the Post-Tehreek Era) when an insurgency broke out in Kashmir. Throughout the memoir, the author has given several instances stating how difficult it was for them to lead a normal life owing to endless curfews and shootouts. The situation was such that it was an arduous task to just walk to the nearest bus stop, to go to school, or any other place. The people in Kashmir including the author’s family used to live under constant anxiety and fear because any time the troops could barge into their house to conduct a search operation.
I would like to share an instance from the book to describe the gravity of the situation during that time. The author during her periods chose to stay in bed, writhing in pain because she did not want to alert the troops to barge inside their house. Farah Bashir says, “Once, I had run out of the anti-spasmodic medicine. The thought of fetching some paracetamol from the living room, or to get a stick of cinnamon from the kitchen at night, was unthinkable! The curfew had its own way of slipping indoors. It was impossible to move about anywhere in the house without causing alarm. Who knew which of those noises would travel outside and alert the troops to barge inside the house? Sounds could attract a volley of bullets in your direction, unwarranted.”
The author has written the book in a simple but brutally honest manner. I couldn’t read the book at a stretch because the book gives a hard-hitting and unsparing account of the author’s girlhood in Kashmir.
I would like to thank the author for sharing her story with the readers because this is a tale that needs to be heard. Also, I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read memoirs or books that revolve around Kashmir.

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About the Author (Taken from Goodreads)

Farah Bashir was born and raised in Kashmir. She was a former photojournalist with Reuters and currently works as a communications consultant. Rumours of Spring is her first book.

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Book Review:- Subtle: Love and its Afflictions

Author: Deepika Bhardwaj

Publisher: Inkfeathers Publishing

Format: Paperback

Publication Date: 8th March 2021

Genre: Poetry

Pages: 196

Goodreads Rating: 3.91/5 (as of 7th June, 2021)

My Rating: 2.5/5

BLURB (Taken from Goodreads)

Being a hopeless romantic, have you ever felt like an outcast in this world of ‘realists’? If so, then this book is exactly what you need! It’s a collection of poems that celebrates every aspect of love, aptly capturing the essence of modern-day relationships and the struggles we go through to keep up with them. From falling in love to falling apart, from insecurities and confusion, to acceptance. It touches upon a different emotion on every page.

MY REVIEW

‘Subtle- Love and Its Afflictions’ is an anthology of poems and is presented in the form of haikus. The book is divided into two parts- ‘The Fall’ and ‘The Rise’ and portrays an emotional journey of a person who is deeply in love.

The first part (The Fall) describes the feelings of a devastated lover who is suffering after getting deceived by their lover. The second part (The Rise) shows how the person emerges stronger, becomes hopeful, and sees the beauty of life.

One of the highlights of this book is its illustrations. Each poem is accompanied by lovely illustrations that help the readers resonate with the poems’ words. However, there were some poems in the book which was not very clear to me.

This book is a short read and can be finished within one sitting. If you enjoy reading micro tales/haikus then I will recommend this book to you.

About The Author (Taken from Amazon)

Deepika Bhardwaj can usually be found reading a book, and that book will more likely than not be a poetry book. She is an MBBS student and has written various articles and poems on topics crucial to gender equality, communal harmony, mental health, and overpopulation. Being an author was always on her bucket list, and eventually, it became a reality. Granddaughter of a renowned journalist, late Mr. R.C Sharma, Deepika developed a knack for writing from him. She aspires to continue writing, as her way to contribute towards a greater change. Other books she has co-authored are ‘The journey of self-romance’, ‘Coming of age’, ‘Aesthetics’, and ‘Tormented’.

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BOOK REVIEW:- Brand New Start: Fast-Start Your Career with the Power of Personal Branding

Author: Mainak Dhar

Publisher: Bloomsbury India

Format: Paperback

Publication Date: 18th January 2021

Genre: Non-Fiction, Self-Help

Pages: 166

Goodreads Rating: 4.24/5 (as of 29th April, 2021)

My Rating: 4/5

BLURB (Taken from Amazon)

Studying in college or business school and wondering what it takes to land your dream job?
Early in your career and wondering how to set yourself up for success?
Feeling off-track after just a couple of years of working and wondering how to find an opportunity that fits you better?

If you find yourself nodding to any of these questions, then this is the book for you. Brand New Start teaches you that a lot of success at the start of your career hinges on how well you understand, articulate and present the most important brand you can work on.

MY REVIEW

‘Brand New Start: Fast-Start Your Career with the Power of Personal Branding’ comes from the CEO of a multinational firm Mainak Dhar, where he tries to make his readers understand the power of personal branding in their careers. According to him, academic degrees and work ethics are necessary but not enough to succeed in a career. What matters is your thoughtful and deliberative effort towards personal branding. Personal Branding not only encompasses the impressions you make in front of others but also creates a holistic image of you.
The author Mainak Dhar wrote this book in the summer of 2020, as a guide to help the readers to work on their personal brand and how they could use it to unlock career aspirations. This book is quite insightful and will aid people who are going to start their careers or want to prosper in their current workplace.
Before going to the key aspects of personal branding, the author has talked about the basics of personal branding and its significance. He has also discussed why many people shy away from personal branding. Then he has gone through the why, what, and how of personal branding.
Next, the author has explored the ‘ADDA’ model of personal branding. Adda is a Bengali word that means leisurely, intimate, and wide-ranging conversations regarding different topics amidst a group of people. From the viewpoint of personal branding, ADDA means seeking out people with whom they can have non-judgemental and open conversations.
I loved the writing style of the author. The author has tried to establish a rapport with his readers. While reading this book I felt as if I am having a one-to-one conversation with the author. He has also used diagrams, charts, and analogies to make the topic simple for its readers.
The author has focused on how our personal brands go beyond our workplace and impact individuals outside that periphery. I will recommend this book to anyone who is on campus and is looking for their dream jobs or someone who wants to progress in their careers.

About The Author (Taken from Amazon)

An alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad with 25 years of experience in blue-chip multinationals, Mainak is the CEO of a multinational firm for India and South Asia. His passions outside of work are family, writing and fitness. Mainak is a bestselling author with over 15 books to his credit and holds a black belt in karate. Among all the hats that he wears, he considers his most important role to be the best possible husband and father he can be.

Thank you Writersmelon for sending me a review copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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