Saturday, 22 April 2017

Sometimes it is better to QUIT

 
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The Story of My Half Girlfriend


Thank you so much for everything that you have done for me. Sometimes I wonder how my life would have been had you not been there.’ Soumya said keeping her hand over mine. Having known her for all these years, I knew she wasn’t lying. She indeed valued my presence in her life.
Don’t even mention it. I am always there for you. 365 days a week, 24X7’ I said placing my other hand over hers. That was when she pulled back her hand and said. ‘Thanks.’

Some relationships are like that. They don’t have any meaning. But do relationships require any meaning? Aren’t they way beautiful the way they are? Why do we want to compartmentalize them and give them formal names?

Attribute it to my conditioning or the social structure that I live in. I wanted to take things forward with Soumya. I liked her company and she liked being with me to. ‘You always inject a positive energy into me.’ She would say giving me a hug.

We would chat for long hours. Time slipped away but our chats did not stop. I longed to be with her. To hear her giggles and to see her smiles. I would call her almost every day. But she would agree to meet me only once or twice a week. She would come to meet me as and when she had any problems. She would take her heart out and I would listen to her. Listen to her without giving any advice. Then once she was done I would tell her a few jokes and she would laugh. I would share the latest school gossip with her and she would widen her eyes and say, ‘Oh, is it so?’ Once her mood was changed I would deal with her problem, albeit subtly. I would focus on the positive things of her life and that particular situations. Fiddling with her dupatta she would say, ‘I never thought this way.’ She would return home in a positive mood. Even her parents knew about it. So whenever she was feeling down, her mother would say, ‘Go and meet Raj.’

It would be so beautiful if we spend all our lives together.’ I said one day sensing her jovial mood.
Of course. We are friends and we will stay in touch.’ Gazing at the walls she said.
I went on to explain her that I wished to marry her. She didn’t react. She neither accepted my proposal nor did she turn me down. The status of our relationship was hanging somewhere in between.

She came to me only when she had some problem in my life. That gave me a feeling of being a doormat. I tried speaking to her a couple of times about my feelings, she said that the caste barrier that stood tall between us would never permit our union.

I passed out of the school and went to college of which she was not a part. The frequency of our contacts reduced and one day she married some other person. Her marriage has its own set of ups and downs. She calls me for guidance during the down phases and choses to ignore my calls saying ‘The baby was crying.’ But still she remains special in my heart. Sometimes I wonder would she have been happier if she was with me. But the answer is we never know how our lives would have been if we had taken some other decision. May be yes, may be no.

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Was marriage your biggest mistake?


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Indian to the core

My head was throbbing. I was to appear for my final year exam in next week. I was too worried. No matter how much I studied, I was not sure if I would be able to top the examinations. I had topped the examinations for the past two years and now there was tremendous pressure on me to maintain my track record. The fear of outcome made me close my book. I sat holding my head in my hands. All sorts of negative thoughts were bombarding me. What if I don’t top the examinations? I would lose everything. One bad thought gave rise to another and finally I was doubtful if I would pass my examination. That was when my mother stroked my back and said, ‘Don’t worry child. Do your best and leave everything to God. After all, everything is not in our control.’ 

My mother was not that educated. Yet she knew this philosophy which is ingrained in every Indian."कर्मणये वाधिकारस्ते मां फलेषु कदाचन । मां कर्मफलहेतुर्भू: मांते संङगोस्त्वकर्मणि" ।। Says the Bhagwat Gita which is revered in every Indian household. In simple words it means that perform your duties and actions, but never hanker for the end result. 
It was the end result which I was worried about and once I detached myself from it, a heavy burden was lifted from my shoulders. I studied without any pressure of the outcome, wrote my exams. No wonders I topped the examinations. But I had learnt a valuable lesson. Rather it was always in my genes. Some dust had gathered on it. My mother had wiped it and I was again reintroduced to the greatest philosophy – All things are not in our control.
We Indians have known for thousands of years that we cannot control everything. But we are not fatalistic. We know we cannot control the storm. Instead of wasting energy on how to prevent the storm, we focus on how we can prepare ourselves to face it. Majority of Indians are poor. Yet they have the most beautiful smiles in the world. This is because of the true contentment, which comes from acceptance of things which we cannot change.
Even modern science has classified persons into two categories. Type A are the persons who want to control everything. They are always stressed. They are more prone to heart diseases. Type B people know that everything is not in their control and this acceptance saves them from cardiac problems. Doctors suggest that Type A people should change their personalities to prevent heart diseases.

I was an atheist, but when I learnt that everything is not in my control, I began to believe in God. As told in the Bhagwat Gita, I surrender my actions at His feet. That has made me more relaxed, more open. No wonders Indian influence is increasing in Lufthansa’s TVCs. #MoreIndianThanYouThink

Monday, 17 April 2017

Have you read my latest book The Story of My Second Marriage

 
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Think with Me

A person who has been behind the bars for many months speaking of morality is ironical. But that has not deterred Saharasri Subrata Roy Sahara from writing his second book in Think with me in Thoughts from Tihar trilogy.

This small book has five chapters each devoted to Electoral System and leadership, Population, Education System, Media and Religion. The author discusses each of this topics, shares his point of view and offers solutions for the betterment of the existing system. I was unaware of the Nominated Deputy Member of Parliament mentioned in the book.

The book gives heavy heady doses of morality and is neither encouraging nor entertaining. So go for this book only and only if you are a die hard fan of the author.


The Story of My Second Marriage - Have you read it?


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Kissing the Demon - Book Review

There are numerous books written on creative writing. But all of them are written by foreign authors with references to foreign novels. There is nothing written by an Indian to help the upcoming authors hone their skills. Kissing the Demon by Amrita Kumar fills this void on the Indian literary scene.

To plot or not to plot is an eternal dilemma for every author. This book answers this question. It has a section devoted to creating the unforgettable characters. Point of view is also discussed in detail. I really liked the tips offered by the author for writing dialogues. The way she tells us to incorporate the story in the settings is bound to help every author.

A book written is a job only half done. Editing and finding a publisher continue to be a nightmare for every author. The book deals with these aspects as well.

This isn’t a book, it is a course in creative writing. Hence this book is highly recommended.


Key to My Soul - Book Review

An accident, a girl in coma, a boy in search of a girl whom he loved, Probal Mazumdar’s debut novel Key to My Soul has a familiar premise. The protagonist Siddharth is in his school when he meets the love of his life Hazel. One day Hazel suddenly disappears only to resurface after seventeen years, this time immobile in a vegetable state. What she has left behind for him are letters, which will reveal some deep hidden secrets.

The book makes a promising beginning. If you grew up in the eighties and the nineties, you will perfectly relate to his writings. The feeling of nostalgia is the USP of this book. The free-flowing language makes you to yearn for more. But unfortunately the novel falters and doesn’t live up to expectations. The letters neither gel with the narrative nor do they evoke emotions. The novel drags in the second half. There are couple of spelling mistakes in the book. Read this novel only if you like reading mushy love stories which defy logic.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

The Story of My Second Marriage - A big Thank you

Thwarted Escape: An Immigrant's Wayward Journey



 
Lopamudra Banerjee’s Thwarted Escape: An Immigrant's Wayward Journey introduced me to a new genre called creative non-fiction. Until then I had never read anything like that.

This book is a collage of various experiences. Her growing up years in India in a Bengali family. The traumatic experience of being abused as a child. Her empathy towards the Delhi gang rape victim to her motherhood the author choses so many topics. Her life in the US too forms an important part of this narrative.

Lopamudra isn’t a writer. She is a poet, she is a painter who with her words weaves poetry and paints the canvass, bringing true to life characters who stay with you, whom you can relate to and who will disturb you. I am glad that I read this book for Lopamudra is indeed one of the finest writers of our times. I am yet to meet a person who can write so poetic, so lyrical. There is a magic in her writing and it mesmerizes you. Reading this book is like a divine experience. There were moments when while reading the book I closed my eyes to drench myself completely into the beauty of the words. I wished the book would never finish. The book is a page turner in spite of the fact that it has no linear story structure as such. 
 
Thwarted Escape: An Immigrant's Wayward Journey is a masterpiece that cannot be missed.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

The Power of Handwriting Analysis


The Power of Handwriting Analysis by Pradnyaa Parikh claims that by changing the way you write D, T, Y, S and I you can escalate your self-esteem, communication skills and confidence. The book discusses as to what slants and baselines indicate. I found parenting with handwriting analysis interesting. The author also suggests career choices based on handwritings. A special section is also devoted to Corporate Graphology.

Handwriting Analysis isn’t a perfect science. At many places the writing is confusing, particularly because the samples produced in the book and the analysis do not gel well. The author should have made her points clearer by marking the samples using pointers. If you are interested in Handwriting Analysis this book may interest you.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Double or Quits - Book Review

Double or Quits is the story of Jyotsna Singh. She is an anaylst with an investment banking company. Aryan Sahani the promoter of Sahani Hospitals meets her in relation to floating of an IPO. Jyotsna is attracted to him. Contrary to the rules they enter into a romantic relationship. Aryan systematically induces Jyotsna to manipulate the figures to make unlawful gains. She is suspended from her job. She is even convicted for insider trading. Will she redeem her life?

With this novel Shilpa Gupta enters the Ravi Subramaniam’s style of writing. So there is no suspense as such. But the real and cruel world of investment banking is exposed. I feel that the author should have spent some more time and attention towards building the Jyotsna and Aryan relationship. Their bonding is simply unconvincing. Even the title Double or Quits sounds both odd and inappropriate. Shilpa scores by making the protagonist a woman. Jyotsna is not a prey, but a woman who is ready to take responsibility for her actions. The novel is a fast paced thriller. It is a page turner and gives the satisfaction of reading a good novel. Hence this novel is highly recommended.


The Princess of a Whorehouse: The Story of a Swamp Lotus - Book Review


The Princess of a Whorehouse: The Story of a Swamp Lotus is the story of Aparajita and her mother. The first half is told in the voice of Aparajita’s mother and the second half is narrated from Aparajita’s perspective. Aparajita’s father dies in an accident. A well wisher brings her mother to Delhi and sells her to a pimp. Aparajita’s mother finds a way out of the brothel, into a kind man’s heart. They get married. This ensures a normal life for Aparajita, who can now go to school like any other child. But what happens when her schoolmate comes to know that her mother was into the flesh trade.


The book is a short read. It scores on descriptions. The editing is tight and the story has both a place and flow. Where the author utterly fails is in dialogues. The dialogues are anything but real. So we have a down market pimp saying ‘Hang on for a minute.’ Bookish dialogues like ‘A major explosion occurred there. It’s a fateful day for us,’ steal the realistic setting of the story. Also as depicted in this novella adoption cannot take place by merely signing a paper. I wish the author had researched more on this aspect.


But this book is an easy read. It is one time read for sure.

Intimidating Obscurity - Book Review

Intimidating Obscurity a Pursue to Eternity is story of Stella. Her mother is murdered. This murder is followed by few others and Stella loses her near and dear ones. Then Rey enters her life. He proposes her, she wants to say him yes, but her friend Kimaya too loves him. Plus Stella receives a call asking her to deject Rey’s proposal. So Stella rejects his proposal and marries Robert. Rey marries Kimaya. One day Stella is found dead. Rey finds her diary and many secrets are revealed.

The plot appears interesting but the treatment is banal. There are bookish dialogues which do not sound real. As a result all the characters speak in the same tone. The author narrates the story mostly through dialogues. At many places the dialogues could have been avoided to give a good pace to the story. Unfortunately that is not done. Plus the grammatical errors mar the narrative.

Everything from title to book cover and writing style to characters in this book is amateurish. So open this book at your own risk.


Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Bag it all - Book Review

Some tales with their simplicity and honesty touch your heart. They remain with you forever. What more if they are damn interesting and inspiring? One such book is Bag it all by Nina Lekhi and Suman Chhabria Addepalli. This is the tale of Nina Lekhi who built the brand Baggit.

Nina’s story begins with her carefree and even careless youth. She is the party girl who is the only student to fail in painting. Her academic failure doesn’t stop her entrepreneurial journey. She starts her bag business from her bedroom and goes on to open her shops all over the world. The book is full of anecdotes of how she faced problems in her journey and how she overcame it. The book also journals her personal life, her marriage, her pregnancy. Nina’s husband became a full time meditation teacher. She discusses how she handled his absence and his decision.

Nina’s business is deeply rooted in morals. She is an ardent follower of Siddha Samadhi Yoga. She illustrates various situations where she chose to keep her word, even if it meant mounting losses.

This is a wonderful book. It is simple, yet unputdownable. Whether you wish to become an entrepreneur or not, this book will inspire you.

Friday, 17 March 2017

The 365 Days - Book Review

Maiden authors bring a fresh voice and a fresh narrative with them. Nikhil Ramteke’s the 365 days is one such novel.

This is the story of Shijukutty a fisherman from Kerala. As every other Malyali has gone to the Gulf and made a fortune, Shijukutty too goes to Dubai, leaving behind his wife and son. He has taken a loan to pay the agent who is going to arrange for his job in Dubai. Shijukutty boards the plane with many dreams. All his dreams are shattered into pieces once he lands up in Dubai. He is not paid the salary which he was offered. He works twelve hours in a day as a construction worker and languishes in a labour camp. Will the Gulf offer him the life of his dreams? For this you will have to read the 365 days.

This novel brings the miserable life of labourers in the gulf to the fore. It shows how they are cheated by the agents, exploited, made to work for long hours and live in inhuman conditions. The author, having himself lived for many years in the gulf, weaves this ugly world which exists in the belly of the glittering Dubai very well. He brilliantly captures the ambitions, desires of the blue collared working class Malyali. His real to life characters bring alive the life in the labour camps in front of us. It is the success of the author that we can feel their pain and their despair. The author has a good understanding of the dynamics of human relationships. Be it Shijukutty’s relationship with his wife or his room mates, the author simply gets it right.

The 365 days is a refreshing, riveting but a poignant tale. There are couple of spelling mistakes in the book. Also the protagonist at one place says that he misses the toothless smile of his son. At another place we come to know that his son is over two years. I wish creases like this were ironed. Yet, the 365 days for its story and emotions is a novel not to be missed.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Alien and the fairy without wings

Who says Colgate is all about brushing your teeth? The following story was weaved by my nephews with my daughter Niva as the protagonist of the story. Colgate has opened a new way for stories which are magical, entertaining as well as educative.


'What's that flying in the air?' Niva, who was playing in the courtyard thought. It was twilight and the object which she saw in the sky was strange. It wasn't a star. It was neither an airplane nor a rocket. It came nearer and nearer. 'UFO.' Words came out from her mouth spontaneously. Until then she had heard about them only in science fictions.

A strange creature stepped out of the UFO. 'Don't be afraid. I am a friend. It said and escorted Niva into the UFO. The UFO flied up high in the sky. 'We run a space scholarship in our planet, though our scholarship is not restricted to children of our planet alone. We identify bright students, with keen interest in science, from all over the universe and take them for a fiver hour space ride.


Was what Niva heard true. She was one of the brightest students in the entire universe. Reading her thoughts the alien said. “Yes Niva you are one of the best science minds we have seen.' The door of the cabin opened and a beautiful girl came in with a tray containing chocolates in her hands. If she had wings, she would have definitely made a beautiful fairy, Niva thought. 'These chocolates are made in our planet. They are sugar free and are known to improve cognitive and analytical skills in children. Have them to your heart's content, for their medicinal properties will disappear if you taken then to Fungfoo.’
'Fungfoo.' Niva said with her eye brows stretched.
'Oh, sorry, we call your earth Fungfoo in our language.' The alien said.

They flied up in the air. Suddenly Niva felt like she was weightless. She began to fly in the air like a kite. The fairy without the wings and the alien held her by her thighs and dragged her to the ground.


'This is space darling. You do not feel gravity here.' He said adjusting the steering of UFO.
'Then how come you guys are not feeling gravity?' Niva asked.
'That is because we astronauts are trained to work without gravity in the space.'
'So you are an astronaut?'
'Yes and the fairy without wings too.'
'So you guys aren't aliens?' Niva asked
'Well going by the dictionary definitions we are strangers to you. So may be we are aliens in that way. But we too are a highly developed race like you people.'

Come on get down.’ The alien said politely.
'Have we reached your planet?’ Niva was too eager to see another planet.
'No this is a space ship. Wear your space suit first.' The fairy came out of the curtain again. This time with a space suit in hand. She went to explain Niva that a space suit weighs 127 kg with 13 layers of material. It provides the much needed oxygen while in space.



Niva's eye widened on seeing the space ship. She had never seen anything like that before. Many men and women were working in their cubicles. “So this is your office in the space?' Niva asked.
'Yes, you have put it it very well in simple words. Space stations allow you to live and work in the Earth's orbit.'

That was when a girl who looked like a shorter version of the fairy came and yelled. 'Sir there is a new comet.' Everybody rushed to the window. 'It is so young. Perhaps we are the first one to notice it. Aishwarya we will name it after you.' The Alien said. Aishwarya blushed. She was named after Aishwarya Rai, whose beauty had created ripples among the Aliens as well. The Alien then explained Niva that comet heats up when close to the sun and gets its tail of dust and ice crystals. Thereafter the alien took out the rover from the garage and he took Niva on the red planet, known as Mars on the earth. Till then Niva had known only Land Rover. Now she came to know that Rover is a space exploration device which moves across a planet's surface. She had heard that the atmosphere on Mars was conducive to human survival. But she was the first one to encounter with an alien from the Mars. She was too excited to share the news with her friends. But she wanted to explore Mars completely first.
'Alien, your life is so exciting. Can I join your world?'
'Yes, but for that you will have to study. By the time you go to college, boundaries between planets will be blur. We will experience Universal brotherhood in the true sense of the word. We will visit each other's planets with ease and learn new things from one another.'
'Thank you Alien.' I will wait for that day Niva said as she took a selfie with the alien and the fairy without wings.

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Thursday, 2 March 2017

31 Miles - Book Review

31 Miles: Can We Ever Win Against Ourselves?

is the first novel by Vinita Bakshi. This book takes us on a journey of void which most married women experience even after decades of happy marriage with two kids.
The core story follows the life of Mansa who is happily married to Abhijeet for two decades. Mansa is depressed. This is when she comes in contact with Rajan through online chat. Rajan showers her with romantic poetries and shayaris. At times his words are full of overt advances, which Mansa disapproves of. But Mansa has begun to quiver. She is looking forward to every chat with Rajan. She happens to go with her husband on a trip abroad, Rajan is away just by 31 miles. She is too eager to meet him.

After being turned down by Rajan she is depressed. She turns to a Guruma who helps her travel into another lifetime, where the seeds of her incompleteness, her sorrow are hidden.
In her debut novel Ms. Bakshi comes with a believable protagonist, though the online affair drags a too long. Also the past life regression takes the novel into another plane. Unfortunately this part doesn’t appear organic to the story and looks like a patch. The author asks us to read the sequel to know the trials and tribulations of the lead character in her next life. Well I am done with her lifetime as Mansa and that is more than enough for me. 

1857 Dust of Ages - Book Review



1857 Dust of Ages: A Forgotten Tale by Vandana Shanker dust of ages has an interesting premise. Shiv a young art historian stumbles upon some papers in his at his 200 years old haveli in Navgarh. It is about a British soldier searching for his wife in the chaos of 1857. Navgarh didn’t have a male heir at that time. It had a princess by name Meera. Her father had planned her marriage with the neighbouring State. This was more of a political move to save the autonomy of the Navgarh State. But Meera is in love with a British Officer named Richard. They elope. Will their relationship be accepted by the Royalty? How does Shiv discover their relationship after more than 150 years that too when it has been kept a secret. For answers to these questions you will have to read the novella 1857 Dust of Ages.


I really liked the premise of this novella. A young Princess falling for a British soldier is indeed interesting. The story oscillates between the present times and the past. I wish the romance and the chaos of 1857 was given some more space in the book. Also I found the ending rather abrupt. Except for these flaws the book is a descent read.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Her Secret Husband - Book Review


Her Secret Husband is Sundari Venkatraman’s tenth book. This is book three in the 5-novella series titled Marriages Made in India.

This is story of Ruma who falls for the rich and handsome Lakshman. Ruma is a middle-class girl and her parents have arranged her marriage with Bunty. As Ruma’s engagement is soon to take place, Lakshman and Ruma get married in secret. This marriage is supported by Lakshman’s sister and brother-in-law. Ruma’s grandmother too has plays an important role in arranging this secret wedding. So Ruma is already married before her engagement to Bunty. It is their plan that Ruma’s parents would give in when they are told about her marriage at the time of engagement, in the presence of friends and relatives. However destiny has some other plans. Just before engagement it is revealed that Bunty and his family had furnished wrong information regarding their business. As a result of which the engagement is called off. Lakshman marries Ruma the very next day.

What I liked about Sundari’s writing is its simplicity. She doesn’t go for unnecessary descriptions and complex sentences. She tells her story in simple words and simple language. This is the biggest USP of her writing. This being a romance falling in Mills & Boons genre one can’t expect much from the story. It is high on romance and erotica quotient and I am sure it wont disappoint its readers. 
 

Friday, 24 February 2017

Six Suspects - Book Review


Vikas Swarup’s six suspects is a murder mystery. Vicky Rai, a minister’s son is killed at his farmhouse in a party which he had thrown to celebrate his acquittal in a murder case. Apparently he had shot a bar girl for refusing him a drink. The police cordon off the venue. They search each and every guest. Six guests are found in possession of guns. These are the six suspects.

All these six suspects have a back story of their own. A corrupt bureaucrat who is suffering from a split personality. An American foreman who travels to India to marry a girl whom he has seen only in her photographs. On landing in India he finds out that the photograph is of a famous Indian movie star, who too is found with a gun at Vicky Rai’s party. Then there is a mobile thief who has had a sudden windfall and is in love with Vicky’s sister. A tribal from the distant land who is in search of a sacred stone which is stolen, is also one of the suspects. Vicky Rai’s father, a minister, who dreams to become a chief minister, is forced to resign because of the wayward ways of his son. He wants to get rid of his son. He too is found in possession of a gun. So who has done it?

The author creates wonderful back stories. Though they are far stretched and highly improbable, they are riveting and entertaining for sure. There is a flow in the author’s writing which wants you to read more.

However with a novel called Six Suspects you want to read a good murder mystery. On this count alone this novel is disappointing. The climax, if it can be called one, is wafer thin. This thick book would have been worth the read, if it had an interesting climax.

Unrequited love

The title walk in the rain and the picture of a couple walking on a beach with a colourful umbrella turned upside down, gives an impression that this book is a romantic novel. Yes, there is romance but this book is a thriller.

This is a story of introvert Surya and his classmate Sandhya. Sandhya forges a friendship with the reserve, introvert Surya and they become inseparable. They even spend their vacations together. Then one day Sandhya suddenly disappears. Circumstances and a wicked uncle Hari force her to take up a new name Saloni and enter the flesh trade. Surya is taken to the brothel by his friend Imran. Surya meets Saloni but doesn't recognize her. He doesn't even touch her. As a result one feckless person considers that Surya has some sexual problem and offers him a cure for his predicament. Surya is irritated. A small accidental push leads to a full fledged quarrel. That man kills Imran. Surya wants to take revenge of his friend's murder. Surya has heard Saloni call that man Hari. Hari has fled the spot. Surya thinks as Saloni has called him by his name, she would know his whereabouts. So he tries to get to Hari through Saloni. Needless to say he discovers that Saloni is Sandhya and the lovers are reunited.

What I liked about the novel is the pace and the easy narration. That kept me hooked. I finished reading the entire book in a single setting. The characters and the plot make the book a page turner. This book is high in entertainment quotient for sure.

There are couple of typographical errors in the book which I wish were avoided. The novel has got a good pace, but at (many) places the writing is confusing.

This book is like watching a Bollywood movie. You don't use your brains and you will have a good time reading this book. Don't ask questions like why does Surya want an instant revenge and you are bound to enjoy this book.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

The Little Black Book of Stunning Success


Robin Sharma's The Little Black Book of Stunning Success is published for the first time in the world by Jaico Books. This book contains short write ups which will help you achieve your goals. As the blurb says, if you're truly ready to live your dreams, this book is your fuel.

The author's writing, as always, is simple and easy to understand. The examples he gives are easy to relate and inspiring. This book is not about making great acts, it is about doing simple things, which will inevitably total into a big picture. To quote a line from the book – The best way to get to your greatness is through small continuous steps – what I call the '1% wins.'

The author says, I'm not the someone who would every tell you that you could get to your dreams without having to make some sacrifices and pay the price in terms of dedication and self-control. Speaking of focus, he says 'The most successful human beings are wildly focused. They have a very clear picture of what it is they want to create by the time they reach the end of their lives and then they have the discipline (and courage) to stick to their mission, saying “no” to everything that is not the mission critical.'

Telling us to enjoy life, the author tell us that we take life too seriously. But at the end, the billionaire gets buried next to the street sweeper. We all end up as dust.

According to the author one of the primary traits of the world-class performers (in business and in life) is their ability to 'detach from the noise.' Each day, 'noise' such as little crises, minor interruptions and interesting distractions beg for our attention. To get to your own unique form of personal and professional greatness, it's important – no, essential – to detach from the noise and stay 'on vision.'

Imparting an important lesson, the author says, “the hours that ordinary people waste extraordinary people leverage.” Speaking of difficult times he says, 'The challenging pieces of our lives just might be when we are most alive. And, if you are awake to them, they always bring tiny miracles.'

Indeed this book hold tremendous potential to uplift your life. It will help you overcome your weaknesses, build your strenghths and live your ultimate dream.