Category : Book Reviews

Fleishman Is In Trouble : Book Review

Dr.Toby Fleishman, consultant hepatologist, wakes up to discover his two children asleep in the flat – and a short post-it note on his bedside table saying their mom was going to a yoga retreat.

That’s the last he’ll hear from Rachel… for a few weeks.

This is a complex debut novel. With a deeply introspective exploration into the minefield called ‘middle age‘.

The characters are delightfully fleshed out.

You get to know them, understand how they think, feel their angst and anger, and share their passage through life in a visceral sense. You’ll definitely identify with one or the other, maybe a combination of a few – and relate to others through actual people in your own life.

And the story line is brilliant.

Tracing the course through life of three high school friends as they progress to their forties, “Fleishman Is In Trouble” addresses concerns and controversies, tensions and troubles, problems and poignancies anyone who has lived past 4 decades will surely appreciate and resonate with.

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My 10 Best Books of 2019

Best Books of 2019

Like I did last year with a selection of ‘9 Best Books I Read In 2018’, I’ve compiled a list of my 10 favorite reads in 2019.

In no specific order, here they are:

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Amazing Selling Machine 11 Review (ASM 11 Review)

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Amazing Selling Machine 11 Review 2019 (ASM 11 Review)

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Book Review: In Search of Heer – by Manjul Bajaj

In Search of Heer

I read. A lot. And process most of what I read intellectually.

Only few writers consistently manage to sneak past my ‘defences’ to impact me viscerally. One of them wrote the book I’ve just finished, In Search of Heer.

Book Review In Search of Heer Manjul Bajaj

Having never heard the legend before, the story itself was quite engaging – with all the twists and turns that have made it a time-honored saga. But in Majul Bajaj‘s telling, it takes on a special and unique flavor. One you’ll enjoy and savor for a long time to come.

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Product Launch Formula Review (PLF Review)

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Book Review : The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

I’ve found my ‘Book of the Year

It may seem premature to declare it as early as July, especially given the stellar line up of titles on my ‘to read‘ list. But I think this won’t change by December (or even beyond) – because of just how brilliant Alex Michaelides‘ debut novel “The Silent Patient” is.

I picked it up to read over breakfast. All through a busy day, I was constantly tugged towards it, grabbing every chance to read a few chapters. With all my work done by 10 p.m., I sat in a quiet bedroom. The rest of my family was deep asleep.

I, however, was trapped inside a world created by a gifted writer, unable to return to my own until everything was resolved, explained, settled. That happened around one ‘o’ clock in the morning… and only then could I go to bed!

Look, I’m a prolific reader, and have devoured thousands of books. And so for me, to be a contender for ‘best read of the year‘, a book has to check several boxes. This one does.

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Book Review: The Lost Decade by Puja Mehra

The Lost Decade 2008 - 2018 Puja Mehra

I enjoy reading books that describe the arc of events and developments over a time frame. It may span centuries, like Peter Frankopan’s “The Silk Roads” (see my review here). Or shorter periods that are more intense and eventful… like Puja Mehra’s “The Lost Decade 2008-2018How India’s Growth Story Devolved Into Growth Without A Story“.

In a politically charged climate, and especially around election time, books like ‘The Lost Decade‘ run the risk of being called biased or partisan – and then dismissed for that reason alone.

But doing that would be a shame. This is a brilliant, balanced account of the pros and cons of fiscal policy decisions made by successive Indian governments over the last ten years which have brought us to where we are today.

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Books That Make You Think

Books That Make You Think

Over the years, I’ve read thousands of books.

Some shaped my thoughts and views, opinions and feelings – including novels like Margaret Mitchell‘s ‘Gone With The Wind

Gone With The Wind

And Mario Puzo‘s ‘The Godfather‘ which made a huge impact.

For decades, I could quote even lengthy passages verbatim from the book.

The Godfather by Mario Puzo

 

“Every man has but one destiny.”

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