Aug 082012

Authored by Ravinder Singh, I Too Had A Love Story is his debut novel. The main ingredient of every love story us the honesty attached to it and this one is present in this novel to a great extent.

The USP of this book is the honesty with which it is written – a tale of true yet painful love. It touched a chord deep within my heart and also that of readers worldwide. It has gone on to become a national bestseller with thousands of copies in print.

One always remembers that first touch, that first kiss, that first of every relationship. All this has been captured very beautifully by the author. While reading it one can almost feel the emotions that are penned down in the book and honestly I was close to tears by the time I reached the end of I Too had a Love Story.

The book, I too had a love story, takes off when four old friends decide to meet each other for the first time after a few years out of college. Their topic of discussion, like all boys talk, soon moves to girls when each of the four friends discuss about marriage and the girl of their dreams. Once they go back home, Ravin, the protagonist, sees an online matrimonial ad and registers for the same just for kicks.

And as fate would have it, he ends up talking to a girl named Khushi. And even though, both of them don’t meet for a long time, their friendship starts over the phone and soon blossoms into love after many late night chats and phone calls. The beauty in which the author captures these conversations is commendable and makes one smile after every page.

The story continues forward when both of them meet for the first time and then take their relationship onto the next level. Readers of this book are bound to fall in love with the two main characters and the sweet and cute conversations between them. I too had a love story is one that is filled with pure innocence and that is what makes it even more special.

The climax of the story is one that will move you to tears. I will not reveal the climax but it is commendable in the way in which the author touches those painful chords inside all of us. I too had a love story is definitely a must read book for every person who has been in love and especially for those who have loved and lost someone special. I Too Had A Love Story is a must read book for everyone!

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Jul 312012

Life of Pi, written by the Canadian author Yann Martel and first published in 2001 is a Man Booker Prize winning novel along with being a winner of the Asian American Prize for Literature. It tells the story of a young boy named Pi who spends 227 days out on sea on a small raft with a group of animals after their ship sinks and is a tale of his journey towards survival.

Life of Pi is the story of Piscine “Pi” Molitor Patel, a boy who follows three religions of Hinduism, Islam and Christianity and who lives in India where his father owns a zoo in the city of Pondicherry. After a brief stay in India, the Patel family decide to close their zoo and move to Canada due to the political turmoil in India.

However, due to bad weather, the ship carrying the family along with the zoo animals begins to leak water and ultimately sinks. Pi along with an orangutan, an injured zebra, a hyena and a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker are the only survivors who take shelter on a small lifeboat.

A few days into the journey, the hyena kills and eats the injured zebra and then the orangutan. The tiger, Richard Parker, in turn kills the hyena and so Pi is left alone on the boat with a hungry tiger. In order to stay alive, Pi soon establishes himself as the alpha male of the group so that the tiger does not harm him. He, in turn, begins to fish and feed the two of them since he, too, doesn’t want to be alone on the boat for fear of going mad.

Life of Pi begins its last phase when Pi’s lifeboat washes up on the coast of Mexico after a nightmarish 227 days where the tiger, Richard Parker, escapes into a nearby forest. Pi then comes up with another story involving his mother, a sailor and a murderous cook instead of the animals because the authorities refuse to believe his original story.

However, the authorities prefer listening to the first story even though they do not believe in it, leaving Pi to end with a remark saying that it is the same way with God – those who do not believe in him miss out on something in life!

A must read book, Life of Pi is for all those book lovers who like a story that takes its time to build up. Although available at all leading shops, it is much better to purchase it online where one can get a great discount on it.

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Jul 252012

Written by the Australian, Gregory David Roberts, Shantaram is an autobiographical novel that was first published in 2003 and has sold more than a million copies the world over. It is the story of Roberts who escaped from an Australian prison and made his way to India where he lived for ten years amongst Indians.

The novel begins with the escape of an Australian convict called Lindsay who escapes from jail and lands up in the city of Mumbai, India. Although intended as a stop-over, Lindsay stays on in India for the next ten years and the book revolves around his experiences there and his journey to find a purpose for his life.

Here he befriends an Indian called Prabhakar who introduces him to other people and finds Lin a home in the slums of Mumbai. Since he is perceived as a peaceful foreigner by the Indians, it is here that he gets a new name called Shantaram, meaning Man of Peace. Lin then becomes accustomed to his life in the slums and learns to live along with other locals.

All along the novel, Shantaram tends to return to his old ways of crime and violence but each time returns back to the good side becoming a better and more learned man. He befriends several local people, movie stars, criminals and also begins to love an American woman by the name of Karla.

Lin also manages to travel abroad to Africa and Afghanistan through his connections where he deals in the illegal trading of weapons and arms. However, when his mentor dies, Lin regrets his crime filled ways and decides to live a better life. He returns back to India, shunning his old ways and tries to become a better man and changes himself from within.

The story ends with Lin deciding to travel to Sri Lanka where the sequel of the book is planned. Available at all leading bookstores, this book is still on every major best-seller list worldwide. In case you’re looking for discounts, then one should order online from some of the online retailers. Shantaram is a must read book for everyone who is looking for a purpose in life.

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Jul 232012

Amish Tripathi is the author of the Shiva Trilogy books that are a series of three novels which have become very popular in India. The first book in the series is called The Immortals of Meluha and was first published in the second half of 2010.

The second part of the trilogy is titled The Secret of The Nagas and is due to be published sometime in August 2011 and is already creating waves amongst book lovers in India. The Oath of the Vayuputras is the last part of the series on which the author is currently working on and will be published in 2012.

This tale of epic adventure takes place in the ancient world of Meluha, also known as the Indus Valley of old. It is here that we are introduced to Shiva, a tribal warrior chief who learns that destiny has a bigger role for him during his travels to Meluha. We are also introduced to the two clans of Suryavanshis and Chandravanshis who are at loggerheads with each other.

The first part in the Shiva Trilogy is The Immortals of Meluha which introduced us to all the characters in this amazing series. In The Immortals of Meluha, Shiva discovers his true identity and learns that he is the one chosen by the Gods to bring peace in the Meluhan land by defeating all that is evil.

It is also in this book that our hero falls in love with the Suryavanshi princess Sati and comes face to face with the mysterious warrior tribe of the Nagas who have taken sides with the evil Chandravanshis.

First published in 2010, The Immortals of Meluha soon became an instant hit with book lovers because of its unique storyline of history and mythology. Also, another reason for the mass success of the book lay in its smart marketing by its author who created a buzz around the book. The Immortals of Meluha had a very catchy cover and there was also a small trailer film released along with the book which went viral very quickly.

The next part in the Shiva Trilogy series is titled The Secret of the Nagas and will take be a true sequel to The Immortals of Meluha. Releasing in the August of 2011, many expect this book to outsell even the first one. As of now, this book can only be bought through some of the online retailers like Flipkart in India.

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Jul 122012

Corruption is a major setback to development worldwide. The situation of corruption in Russia is one such case. Up to the early 18th century, government officials were allowed by law to engage in bribery activities. This trend took a break in 1715 with the coming to power of Peter the great. He introduced fixed salaries for all those working for the government.

This of course failed greatly as there were too many government officials that there was a strain in paying them. It in return led to irregular salaries especially for those holding lower ranks. Corruption therefore rematerialized as these officials had no other means of survival. After the death of Peter, old habits gained momentum once again. The officials started earning their daily bread through resources acquired from those who wanted to benefit economically from their administrative capacities.

Introduction of paper money as a mode of payment halted these practices. This was done by Catherine the second when she ascended to power. It however did not last a lifetime as paper money greatly lost value to the metallic money towards the end of the 18th century. There was also another hindrance as the bureaucracy lacked proper security.

It officially became an offense to practice fraud in Russia in 1922. Those found guilty were to face a death penalty by law. However due to relaxation in law enforcement, the people of Russia continued with the same trends. This is practiced even in the present day as the authorities are not committed to fighting the act.

Even in the present day, leadership still makes the ordinary citizens meet the cost of government related activities. Opposition and Critics argue that this indirectly legalizes bribery. In contrast, the government views it as a way of facilitating delivery of services to the citizens.

Russia was once among the leading economies in the world. The situation of corruption in Russia has seen it loose significantly to other economies that are seriously fighting this vice. Learning from the past is an upcoming provision to the present situation. Embracing the culture of fighting this impunity to restore the lost glory is proving the only suitable alternative.

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Jul 102012

The Secret of the Nagas is the second part in the critically acclaimed Shiva Trilogy written by the Indian author, Amish. The first part, The Immortals of Meluha, was first published in 2010 and instantly became a runaway success. Amish is now back with the second part of this mythical trilogy, releasing in mid August, hoping to repeat the same magical performance once again.

The 1st part ended with Sati being kidnapped by the Naga warrior and this is from where The Secret of the Nagas will begin its journey. Shiva will also need to avenge the killing of his friend and this will form the major backbone of the book along with the rescue of Sati from the evil clutches of the Naga clan.

Once again, the author will use the interspersing of history and mythology to create a spell-binding tale of love, lies and deceit. Will we see the Suryavanshi and the Chandravanshi clans unite to fight a common enemy or will it be the triumph of evil over good?

Shiva, meanwhile, will continue his journey and his destiny of becoming the Mahadev, the lord of all lords, and Amish will try and portray his main character in a much stronger light. All the doubts that Shiva has in his mind and all his unanswered questions will hopefully be answered as he answers destiny’s call.

Just like the 1st book in the series, the author will have a few aces up his sleeve while doing promotional activity around the book before its release. The cover of the book is already out and has become a hit in online forums with people loving its creativity. Also, the use of another trailer film like last time cannot be ruled out as well.

Some critics hit out at Amish during the release of his first book by claiming the language to be not up to the mark of a good writer. This time, I’m sure, Amish will have gone an extra mile to prove all his detractors wrong. There is going to be the introduction of some more new characters in The Secret of the Nagas who will bring alive the book.

The hype and publicity around The Secret of the Nagas is already at such a pace that it is expected to become a best-seller post its launch. As of now, the book is not available at bookstores and will only release in mid-August. However, for all those impatient folks out there, you can pre-order the book online through online retailers like Flipkart.

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Jun 292012

Children can indulge as they live in a magical place while travelling around many book review websites after school or on the weekend. They can share their excitement with their peers as they tell them about their discoveries during lunch. You can practice your writing skills as you pen your own reviews to online magazines and newspapers for publication.

Some editors pay you for the privilege of sharing your opinions about a narrative that has captivated you. Relax as you allow your eyes to scan what your regular page has to excite you. Parents can participate in the excitement as they relive their childhood as they read views about modern fairy stories.

Feature stories are also presented about writing and published works to keep you entertained as you browse the site for yourself. Authors also share their stories to help people to understand where their ideas came from. The sites are also rated to prevent people from hours of searching for quality news and views whenever they wish.

Young adults can develop an appreciation for different kinds of writing that they had not previously considered. They can learn about other cultures as they read the words that people use to create meaning. The net is a simple way to see what people are reading in their spare time.

Students can base their projects on any of the books that they see online. Secondary teachers encourage their pupils to investigate specific classical titles so that they can create their own engaging piece of writing. Many sites have feature articles to inform and entertain viewers as they visit the online world when they have time to do so.

Teenagers will likely spend hours gazing at book review websites as they click on various links to see what popular writers have created for them to enjoy. In conclusion you can earn some spare cash as you write reviews of your own.

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Jun 272012

In every state, there are organizations that are formed to run certain matters since the government cannot handle all affairs. An oil cartel is an organization that is formed by sellers of petroleum products. In this organization, there has to be a contact that binds the firms.

The cartels members have to agree on a number of things such as price of their products, the total industry output, the number of market shares that each member should have and the division of profits from the shares. The other factors that might be considered in the formation of the contract include the common sales agencies, allocation of territories, rigging of bids and allocation of customers. These issues, however, range from one cartel to another.

The law that they have to observe is the antitrust law that is being enforced in many states. Unlike private cartels that only enrich the individuals, the public cartels usually benefit the whole population either directly or indirectly. In most states, there are competition laws that hinder private cartels from identifying and breaking the cartels as part of their competition policy.

These cartels usually have one key advantage over the private cartels in that they cannot be subjected to any legal action. The private cartels on the other hand, are owned wholly by the members and these cartels can be subjected to legal action if they violate any laws that they are supposed to observe. The laws that govern private cartels are known as antitrust laws.

The profits of public cartels usually benefit every members of the nation in one way or another, but the profits of private cartels do not benefit the public. The profits are shared only by members. One major problem that cartels encounter is cheating by some members.

An oil cartel may be good or bad to the economy of a state. It depends with the amount of profit they want to make. Some cartels are so self centered that they do not care about the economic status of their country.

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Jun 272012

One of the best ways to cheer your spirits is to settle down with a good book and a delicious drink. It reduces stress levels and improves vocabulary and creativity. Who wouldn’t want to read. Reading heartwarming stories that bring a tear to the eye is a wonderful way to spend an evening and, most importantly, it is free.

There is a genre to suit every personality from the romantic to the morbid and short stories are a wonderful way to embrace and explore this. Choose one that has a collection of different themes and types to help the reader discover what they are passionate about. There are so many undiscovered writers that are featured on websites and are certainly worth a read.

Some people thoroughly enjoy reading poetry, while others find it not to their liking. If unsure about poetry take a trip to a local bookshop or library and flick through a few books. They can prove to be very inspiring and may become a new passion.

In most cases people will choose a novel to satisfy their need to have their spirits lifted. There is such a variety of novels that there will certainly be something to satisfy every personality. The back cover should usually give an insight to the style, but taking recommendations from friends with similar tastes is always a good idea.

Something that brings a smile to one person may not be ideal for another and reading is a very personal experience. Don’t feel pressurized to read something just because it is critically acclaimed or someone recommends it. Make a decision based on gut feelings.

If looking for a particular book consider all options before spending the money on an expensive copy. It may be available in a local charity store or even on the internet. heartwarming stories can be found anywhere, but when a good one has been found it should always be shared with friends and family.

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Jun 032012

A new book has just been published by Tinger Windom. It is called Interview with the Antichrist. This book can be bought as a paperback from Amazon. You can also purchase it in digital format. It was released in 2012.

Windom has also produced a website which promotes the book. The stated purpose of the book on both the promotional website and in the book itself is to prove that, while the man she is interviewing which she calls Terry is in fact the Antichrist, he is not the devil. She also states that he is not the son of the devil.

Windom states that the man she interviews is living in New York, but that he is originally from England. She says that he has been a celebrity known throughout the world for most of his life. He is in his older years now and she protects his famous identity by calling him Terry instead of his actual name.

This is Windom’s first published work. She is, according to the blurb on her book, hard at work at an ‘undisclosed location’ producing the sequel to interview with the antichrist. The date of publication for the sequel is not given.

According to this debut work, Terry is not the only Antichrist. He is the leader of a large group of aliens from another planet who find themselves stranded on the Earth. Out of resentment for this exiled state, they have been bringing havoc on the people of this planet for many years.

The book is made up of two parts. The interview with the one she calls Terry is the first part. The second part is made up of a discourse on a text which Terry gives Windom during the interview. She writes that he claims the text is in Chinese. He says it reveals all sorts of esoteric secrets regarding Antichrists, the Bible, and the church. He says the church has been keeping it under wraps for centuries. interview with the antichrist is a book that appears to take itself seriously. It is written with the sense that the things in it are true and actually happened, rather than just a work of fiction the likes of Da Vinci Code.

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