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 272012
 

The Alchemist, written by Paulo Coelho, was first published in 1987 in Portuguese and has gone on to sell more than a million copies worldwide and is present on every best-seller list worldwide. A simple story about hope, destiny and dreams, The Alchemist has inspired people around the world to re-look at their lives and pursue what they actually believe in.

It is the story of a Shepherd boy named Santiago who has recurring dreams of hidden treasure and who is continuously troubled by these dreams. At first hesitant to venture out of his homeland, the boy finally realizes that these are prophetic messages that he should listens to and undertakes a long journey to search for The Alchemist who holds the answer to his dreams.

During his travels, Santiago learns to read the signs and messages that nature shows him and interacts with a lot of people, each of whom advices him on different facets of life and each of whom gives him a new learning. Every new day brings something new for the boy to learn and he slowly begins to understand the ways of the world. During his travels, he also falls in love with a girl named Fatima who teaches him about love and its purpose in life.

Throughout The Alchemist, there is one message that keeps getting repeated and that is that one must always follow one’s dreams and heart for only then will he attain true satisfaction. There is a beautiful saying in the book that if one truly wants something, then the entire universe will come together to make it happen.

Like it says in the book, it is better to overcome the fear because the pain of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. It’s not the goal that matters in the end, but the journey undertaken to achieve that goal.

The Alchemist, through its simple and poetic writing is one book that will force you to think about how to life your life. With a mix of spirituality and practicality, the book will help you understand the universal language of the world and more importantly, your heart. For all those who’ve always wanted to follow their dreams but were afraid to do so, this book is meant for you.

The Alchemist is present on every best-seller list worldwide and also holds the Guinness World Record for the most translated book in history ever by a living author. It is available at all leading bookstores worldwide and can also be bought through online retailers at a discounted price.

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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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Jan 222012
 

Ebook readers have become hot items in 2011 and now into 2012. The hottest by far on the market are the Kindle from Amazon and the Nook from Barnes and Noble. Both companies have color tablet reader versions and eink models to choose from. Let’s compare the Kindle vs Nook models to see which are best for you.

One must decide which is best for them first- A color tablet reader, or an e-ink screened reader?

With a tablet reader, the user gets a color screened device that can do much more than just read novels. You’ll get to play games, use apps, watch videos and surf the web among other things. The drawback will be a drastically shortened battery life and difficulty using the device in bright sunlight.

E-Ink readers are good for the purist novel reader. These devices last for up to 2 months on one battery charge, and are easily readable in bright sunlight. You won’t get many of the features of the color tablet reader, but it’s good for reading.

The Nook Vs. The Kindle

The Nook Simple Touch is Barnes and Noble’s best foot forward for e-ink readers. It is touch screen operated, and the body of the device has a rubberized black coating for comfort. It also allows for page turning with push buttons on the side of the device.

Amazon’s Kindle Touch is their newest E-Ink model. It lasts 2 months on a single charge as well, but doesn’t have page turn buttons. Instead, it is completely touch screen operated.

Memory and International use are the biggest differences between the Kindle and Nook. Kindle works in over 100 countries world-wide, whereas the Nook only works in the U. S. . So one needs to keep this in mind. Also, the Nook has expandable memory, but it will cost money to purchase the SD card. Amazon allows for Cloud Drive storage for all Amazon content for the Kindle.

The Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet are the top of the line color tablet readers for Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Both are very capable and cheap tablets compared to, say, an IPad that many are familiar with. The devices are similar in speed and functionality, the biggest differences are in the company behind the devices.

You can see that comparing the Kindle vs. Nook shows there are many factors to take into consideration. I recommend checking out detailed reviews with side by side videos to really get a sense of the differences, and which is best for you.

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Apr 102011
 

People sometimes get frustrated because they fall behind when reading and learning due to the huge amounts of reading material they must learn for school or work. So many books are being written worldwide, that readers sometimes have difficulty keeping up with the production of fiction and non-fiction works. It can be really amazing trying to keep up with it all ” don’t you think.

In the rapidly changing and highly competitive business world, with new products and services, and new upgrades introduced every week, speed reading really comes in handy. Most corporate millionaires now read two or three business related books every week. Thats a lot of work for those unfortunates who dont have speed reading abilities.

SPEED READING enables people to absorb up to twice or three times what they normally read in the same time.

Reading researchers in the past determined that the brain is competent of comprehending and cataloging from 10,000 to 50,000 units of information every minute. The length of a unit is about one word. The body’s five senses are receptors for data, which it transfers to the subconscious mind to be recorded for posterity. When the conscious mind needs information, it is recalled from the subconscious. Then it surfaces the necessary data for processing and use, much like a computer.

An interactivity exists between the brain, which well just imagine is the computer CPU, and the mind which consists of thoughts and memories. All data gets processed in such a way that we can learn it.

The information that we receive, process and evaluate comes from our five physical senses. With that data, our mind makes decisions, choices and judgments. We learn through our five senses (i.e. sight, smell, hearing, touch, taste), which are already pre-programmed to respond automatically.

A good example of pre-programmed response: Consider the example of the teen boy who smells pizza and what his reaction is. It is similar to Pavlov’s dog, because his senses send a message to the brain in the form of a brain-work.

The perception of feeling our favorite food is a mental exercise, compared to the reaction of swallowing which is physical. Therefore, brain and mind is where the action is and the body is where the reaction is.

Learning this system of speed reading will encourage the use of three of the five senses. That is a method that will strongly influence your mind to remember, recall and understand; beyond that, well teach you techniques for becoming a better and more efficient reader.

Follow the instructions and you will turn into a speed reader who loves to read and improve the quality of his or her own life. We expect great, positive successes from you with great improvements in many areas of your life.

Statistics: The average American high school graduate (I know this sounds strange, but many are graduating without the ability to read at an eighth grade level), reads at about 200 words per minute. A college student reads 20% faster at 300 words per minute. It does not matter what your baseline or starting reading speed is, your potential reading speed after using these techniques will be faster and your potential is truly unlimited. This is because scientists who have researched the human brain/mind agree that our potential is unlimited. Double-triple-quadruple your reading speed, theres no limit.

You can expect to learn how to achieve your greatest potentials as a reader, business person, student, etc. This is because youre becoming an enthusiastic speed reader and a complete success in life.

Be Dynamic Through Speed Reading will assist you become totally unlimited in your power and ability to do, be, and have all that you desire in life, whether its great grades or financial success. Dr. Jay Polmar is the Master of the art of speed learning, accelerated learning and speed reading and has helped over 100,000 students worldwide become perfect learning machines.

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