Mount Sachin!

Friday, February 26, 2010 Vishaal 0 Comments

Yes. Another piece on Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. India's Favourite Son, Hero and Inspiration.


Maharashtra Decided to recommend Him for Bharat Ratna!

Shouldn't all other states follow?

All Hail Tendulkar!


For A Winter's Night : Sunday Book Review

Sunday, February 21, 2010 Admin 0 Comments

Title: Deep Kiss of Winter
Author: Kresley Cole and Gena Showalter
Published by : Pocket Books, New York; 2009

Pages: 436

Kresley Cole, the best selling, award-winning author of paranormal and historical romance novels released another of her Anthologies last October. 'Deep Kiss of Winter' unlike her other anthologies is complex and has a deep rooted story line which will give you satisfaction as you keep turning the pages. The two stories will make you feel that the book's worth what you paid.

The book is a continuation of Kresley Cole's novel "Untouchable" & Gena Showalter's "Tempt me Eternally". The plot is exciting as it involves mystical creatures, passion, romance, sacrifice and a streak of wild love running through all these giving birth to an enthralling saga. You'll love the way in which Murdoch's and Daniella's story develops, a rarity in the urban fantasy genre.

On the other hand Gena wields her magic efficiently narrating the story of Breean the Rackan whose world has been destroyed by the Schon queen. Breean and his men are now the last of their untainted race and they have decided to find a new world to live in peace. Unfortunately, when they arrive through a portal to earth, they are ambushed by the AIR. Macy has a secret. She can shift and change her identity, but cannot control it under extreme emotions. In her latest identity she finds herself as the newest member of the AIR team, an elite enforcement team sworn to protect earth from aliens.

The duo has done a great work to make this book a fabulous read one won't want to miss.

I purchased this book from my local book vendor. The opinions expressed here are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Knockout Entrepreneur - Sunday Book Review

Sunday, February 14, 2010 Admin 0 Comments

Title: Knockout Entrepreneur

Author: George Foreman with Ken Abraham
Published by : Thomas Nelson, Nashville, Tennessee; 2009
Pages: 237

When I heard about this great concept about giving books to bloggers for free in exchange for a review, I jumped at the opportunity. I have always been a book person, as they never hurt you and when there are no friends around they keep you company. Well after joining this program and browsing through the books on offer, I selected a book by the boxing legend - George Foreman. Now, boxing isn't big here in India (Cricket rules), so I did not know what to expect. It took about 3 weeks for the book to arrive, and the more I waited, the more I regretted opting for the book. Thoughts like, What will i do with it?, Will it be any good?, Will I understand any of the writing? etc.. started swirling in my head.

When it arrived last week, I was pleasantly surprised at the thought behind the book!! As the author says on the first page -
this book is about success and significance -not just mine, but yours!
George Foreman for me was a boxer who made umpteen comebacks in his career, apart from that I knew nothing of his life. So it was with trepidation that I began reading this book. I thought what will this athlete know about successful business? The few athletes I knew who set shop didn't last for long. But after turning a few pages and delving into the written word, I was hooked and read through the various somewhat unimaginative chapter titles such as "Pain is the Middle Name of the Game" or "You Gotta Make' Em Love" and other such. The writing though is very stress free and easy to understand.

There are not many breakthrough ideas though; just practical daily thoughts which most of us do not seem to have! The good thing about this book , is the matter of fact presentation of the authors failures and how he saw an opportunity in them to succeed. This is very much highlighted, when he loses his final boxing game, but uses it as an opportunity to hard sell his Barbecue Grill.
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This Book obtained from Booksneeze for free
This book is quite good and might help each one of us to look at things differently and turn failure into success. A welcome addition to a range of books in my library, though definitely not in the same league as books such as The Monk Who Sold his Ferrari and such.

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Valentine Vigilante

Friday, February 12, 2010 Vishaal 0 Comments

In two days the entire world would be celebrating Valentine’s Day. It is going to be fun all over with friends, families and lovers enjoying a day with whole hearted affection. In my country however, these are xenophobic times and an expression of love in public is only for the very courageous or very foolhardy individual. There are so called ‘guardians of Indian culture’ or ‘guardians of hinduism’ whose main job these days is to harass anybody exhibiting ‘excess enthusiasm’. They have various names across the country – the Shiv Sena in Maharashtra, the Bajrang Dal in the northern states and Karnataka, some call themselves the Dalit panthers and then we have the Rama Sene in Karnataka!

Does Indian culture teach us to smash shops which display heart shaped balloons or beat up individuals in public places for holding hands? Why is it that during holi, men and women can hold hands, hug each other even though they might not be husband and wife or brother and sister? Why does groping of women during this festival, considered harmless fun, when it might to be occurring with the consent of the person involved? Where are these vigilantes when a girl or woman is being molested? Is that part of Indian culture?

To gain political mileage these outfits can fall to any low. What has happened to the constitutional rights of Individuals? Why even after gaining independence all those years ago, are we not free to express our feelings without fear?


Visa Gods and The UK Visa Ban

Tuesday, February 02, 2010 Vishaal 0 Comments

Delhi's Hanuman Temple Can grant you Visa quickly

For those who have been affected by the stop on Visa issuance by the UK visa authorities, this advertisement might come as a God send - literally!!

The sign board when translated - states "The miraculous temple of Visa god Hanuman - For those who need a Visa to travel abroad - Offer special prayers"

A-14 F, New Sarai, Ignou Road, New Delhi - 30.

Wonder whether business is booming!!