Books

Book Review: Atomic Habits by James Clear

Habits are the compound interest of self-improvement.
– James Clear

“Atomic Habits” has become one of the most popular book in self-help genre. And after reading it, I found it very practical to implement in our daily life and the examples given by James on Psychological aspects are incredible. He has given a detail breakdown of slowly shaping your lifestyle and making minor changes on daily basis and change your habits to achieve excellence.

James has also mentioned many real life examples of many athletes, entrepreneurs, artists and other successful people who managed to change their lives by making very small changes in their habits on a daily basis. He has also mentioned that when we try to change our bad habits and fail to do so, it is not our fault, we fail because of the system we are molded into from our childhood. It is our lower self-esteem which takes over our mind and our brain starts repeating in our head that, It’s not gonna happen for you.
Human behavior changes every day with situation and circumstances but what doesn’t change is human nature and his/her believes. And in this book James has explained how we can change that to achieve our desired goals by changing our inbuild behavior.

Even when you are trying to adapt a good habit, it is very much obvious and normal to fail in it to implement it in your daily routine. But with slow and small approach it can be achieved. If you will think that, from tomorrow I want to wake up at 5 am instead of 8 am. It’s not gonna happen, you will definitely fail on the second day or the third day. But instead, if you try waking up at 7:45 am for a week and then 7:30 am for the next week, your body will automatically start adapting to the change and you will feel more confident about yourself. He has mentioned that by making 1% change every day can give you massive result on a longer period. He calls it 1% rule.

There are many more theories mentioned in the book, to know more about it do read it and you will not regret it for sure.

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Published date: 16th October 2018
Author: James Clear (Journalist)
Genre: Self-help book, Study guide
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Page count: 320
My rating: 5/5

You do not rise to the level of your goals.
You fall to the level of your systems.
– James Clear

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Books

Book Review: How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.
– Dale Carnegie

We are living in twenty first century and in the current times making friends digitally is very very easy. People talk virtually through many social media platforms but when it comes to making real friends and having a real bond, most of us are lacking behind. Dale Carnegie wrote the book “How to win friends and influence people” in the year 1936 but it is still one of the best book which can help you in making a reliable social circle of your own in today’s time.

Carnegie has explained each and every step and point in a very understandable way. And the best part is he has jotted down very small and minute things which we hardly ever notice in our own way of talking and meeting people. Like at times we meet people and talk to them, but we don’t show complete interest in what they are saying but in return we do expect them to give us their complete attention.

He has pointed out how we want others to like us but we never take the initiative in liking them first. We want to be important part of other people’s lives but we never try to make them feel that they are important to us. The only way to influence other people is to talk about what they want and show them how to get it. These are few examples of how Carnegie has explained in the book the process of making new friends and wining them and how to influence people towards the betterment of our lives and getting success. But at few points I did felt that all the steps mentioned in the book is not relatable by all kind of personalities. It may happen that few of the steps may conflict your own opinion in life. But having said so, to change your life you have to come out of your own comfort zone.

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Published date: October 1936
Author: Dale Carnegie
Genre: Self-help book
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Page count: 341
My rating: 4/5

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Books

Book Review: The Success Principles by Jack Canfield with Janet Switzer

Decide what it is you want, write it down, review it constantly, and each day do something that moves you towards those goals.
– Jack Canfield

This one particular book is worth reading for people trying to achieve whatever they want in life. Jack Canfield who is an motivational speaker, an entrepreneur and an author has jacked up all self-help books into one in this book. Jack has taken real life stories from all over the world achievers and has written along with the principles to guide you to take one step at a time towards success.

There are total of 64 chapters in this book as in 64 principles. I guess many of you might prefer to read a book in one go but what I felt as a good approach to read this book is to take it one chapter at a time. Read one chapter and try implementing it in your life and when you feel the changes visible within you, go to the next chapter.

This principles not only helps you to achieve your goals but also give you confidence that you can actually do it. It also helps you becoming a better version of yourself and remove all the negative aspects of your personality. It will change your perspective towards how you solve the problems you are facing in life.

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What makes it believable is that Jack has mentioned the case studies about situations faced by real life successful people and how they took actions, made changes to achieve their dreams and on today’s date they are known for their achievements.

Plus with this book comes a free online complimentary course, which will help you understanding how to implement and learn those principles. And the very first principle that is taught in this book is to take 100% responsibility of your life. That means you shouldn’t blame life or circumstance or any other person for all the wrong happening in your life. Because you always a have choice to get out of a situation you are currently in. By taking full responsibility of your life, you take the first step towards gaining the confidence of changing your life.

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Published date: December 28, 2004
Author: Jack Canfield
Genre: Self-help book
Publisher: Harpercollins
Page count: 514
My rating: 5/5

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Books

Book Review: Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson

Does anyone ever like to welcome change into their life?
We all like to stay in our comfort zone and live our life blissfully, isn’t it?
But life doesn’t ever go as planned and we all are very well aware of it. So how do you deal with the changes that come in your journey of life? Do you embrace it happily or you start stressing out and stay stubbornly inside your precious cocoon?

This book tells a story of four different characters, who are facing the same situation but each one have a different approach to get out of it. When their only means of survival which is “cheese” is taken away from them, how they move on in life. Do they try to find a new way of survival or will they just give up? You need to read the book to know more about it.

Usually, self-help books are very directive with advice and instructions. But what I liked about this book is, you get to read a story and then you get to take life-lesson from it in your own perspective. Every person who reads this book tries to compare themselves with one of the four characters from the story.

There are a lot of people who are scared to get out of their comfort zone and many feel stuck in their current life. If you are one of those people, then this particular book is for you. In a way, it will make you believe that change can bring good into your life and make it better.

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Published date: September 7, 1998
Author: Spencer Johnson
Publisher:  Putnam Adult
Page count: 94
My rating: 4/5

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Books, Stories and Poems, Story telling

Book Review: The Bet by Anton Chekhov

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The Bet” is a short story written by a Russian writer Anton Chekhov in 1889. It is a fiction story based on morality. Even though the story is short, Chekhov has shown what is the real beauty of life. Even though we are blessed wealthily in life, we generally take everything for granted. People don’t realize what actually matters in life for surviving. We never take in to account what the nature and society gives us on day to day basis to survive in this world.

It is an eye opening story and is definitely a must read. The story starts with a party where high level rich bankers and lawyers are socializing. And the discussion is going on whether capital punishment is worse than life imprisonment. They are debating that on one side capital punishment can be very brutal being death penalty and government shouldn’t take something that they cannot give back, on the other side life imprisonment is equally brutal as a person dies every single day being confined within a closed place with basic surviving necessities and no contact with the outer world.

When this is going on a young lawyer gets really furious saying that capital punishment is worse and for severe crime, life imprisonment is enough for redemption. At the same time a rich banker challenges the young lawyer that he would bet two millions if he could stay in solidarity imprisonment for even five year and survive. And to that the young lawyer said, if he would get two millions he can stay in solidarity for fifteen years.

And that’s when the bet starts. The young lawyer is kept in solidarity prison for fifteen years with no contact to outside. He is not allowed to hear or see anything that is going on outside. He is only given the privilege of food, books, wine and tobacco in his cell. He can ask for as many books or any kind of books he likes to read. He can get as much wine and tobacco through a small window in his room. If he completes his fifteen years then he gets two millions. 

Now the suspense is will the young lawyer be able to survive this self imprisonment solidarity or will he fail? What will the rich banker do. Because two millions is a huge amount to pay for a bet.

To know what happens ahead and who wins the bet you need to read the book. 🙂

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Published date: 14 January 1889
Author: Anton Chekhov
Page count: 73
My rating: 5/5

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Book Review: Girl in room 105 by Chetan Bhagat

Hello Everyone!

Here is my next book review.

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I read this book and I can say that it’s a total page turner. Meaning you can’t stop yourself to read it till the end. People who have read other books written by Chetan Bhagat will find this particular book very refreshing. First time he has written a murder mystery book and I was euphoric to read it. The story was very well outlined.

This book has everything in it, murder, suspense that’s gonna keep you on edge, heartbreak, terrorism, politics. Well in a way everything is covered.

The story is about a guy Keshav and a girl name Zara. Keshav is a former IIT student who falls in love with a girl named Zara from Kashmir and obviously she is very beautiful, in a way every guy’s dream girl. She is smart, talented and very popular. Where Keshav is a son of senior RSS member and Zara is a Muslim girl from Kashmir you can understand what a controversial and dramatic story it can be. While Keshav is struggling with his career to get a good job in a good MNC IT company and is teaching in coaching center to survive, Zara is pursuing her PhD in IIT Delhi. They fall in love and have an amazing relationship and eventually they breakup because of family unacceptance and mutual disagreement. Suddenly after four years of breakup Keshav gets text messages from Zara on her birthday night to meet her like old times to reconnect, that’s when the story actually starts. Because when he reaches to her room to wish her happy birthday, he finds her dead.

Obviously he is shocked to death and in the same time he himself falls into a terrible position. Because when he sees the love of his life dead in front of his eyes he also becomes a prime suspect to her death. How he gets out of suspects list and gets the urge to find the actual killer is a thrilling journey. The story is narrated by Keshav throughout the book and as he calls it is an “unlove story”. And then Keshav starts digging for clues with the help of his best friend/roommate Sourav to find the real killer. Hopefully you will find this book as riveting as I found it.

Published date: 9 October 2018
Author: Chetan Bhagat
Page count: 304
Publisher: Westland
My rating: 4/5

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Book Review: Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer

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Hello Everyone!

So I read this book recently “Midnight Sun” by Stephenie Meyer. It is a companion novel to the book “Twilight”. The Twilight book came in 2005, in which the whole story was narrated by the female protagonist Bella. It was Bella’s side of the story with her perspective about her love story showing her compassion for Edward even though he is a vampire. But in the entire series, we never got to know Edwards thought or his feelings about being in love with a human.

Well people who loved the Twilight series, for them this book is a treat to sink their teeth into. You are going to know Edward’s struggle about his feelings for Bella while his thirst is overpowering his senses. How he falls in love with a human being when all his senses are pushing him to just quench his thirst for blood? Well, this book is going to tell you all about it. Being a vampire, Edward is also gifted with the power of reading people’s mind and hearing everything that is going on in their head. And also he is much faster than other vampires. Well, the twist is he can’t read only one particular human’s mind and obviously it’s Bella. These things are already told in the book Twilight. But in Midnight Sun you will get to know how this particular twist makes Edward curious about the girl he wants to kill the most in the entire world. How his curiosity overpowers his normal senses and reflexes and while he tries to figure this girl out he falls in love with her.

It’s quite funny and romantic, the way Edward tries to figure out Bella by just talking to her and asking her about her favorite books, movies, food, color etc. Well, normal human beings get to know each other the same way, while they make guess and make mental judgements. But being a vampire with the ability to read minds, trying to figure out a human without this ability is very irritating for him.

In this book, you will also get to know more about Edward’s family. You will get to know in detail about Edward’s foster parents and foster brother and sister. And how they react to the addition of Bella into their life.

People who haven’t read the Twilight series yet, even they can also start with this book and if you like the story then you are definitely going to read the Twilight series as well.

Published date: 4 August 2020
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Page count: 658
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
My rating: 4.9/5

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Engaging Treat for Fictional Book Lovers!!!

That’s the thing about books.
They let you travel without moving you feet.
– Jhumpa Lahiri

Hello everyone.
Many times you must have read a book which would have kept you so engaged that you couldn’t stop reading it till end. You might have forgotten to eat or even sleep. Right!!! Well I know it does happens a lot of times, mainly while reading fictional books. Today I am going list few books which I couldn’t stop reading till I reached to the end.

Harry Potter Series By J.K. Rowling
This is my most favorite book of all times. There are seven parts to this series and I can assure you that you are definitely going to love this journey to Hogwarts. It’s a magical story of wizarding world.

Twilight Series By Stephenie Meyer
This series is all about romance in a world of vampires, werewolves and humans. It’s a teenage romantic triangle story between a vampire, a human and a werewolf. Full of action and drama. There are four parts to this series.

Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte
This is one of the classic stories which will inspire you. It is a story of a simple girl who struggles through her life to achieve her desires and values her self-respect and self-worth so much that she is not willing to compromise at all cost.

The Alchemist By Paulo Coelho
This is also one of my favorite books. It is a story of a simple shepherd boy who travels all around the world to find the treasure of life and while doing so also learns the value of life. It’s a life changing and soul stirring story.

Love Story By Erich Segal
Though this book is all about a simple love story but is really full of compassion, romance, fun and tragedy.

A Walk to Remember By Nicholas Sparks
This book is one the love story which teaches the value of real love. It is a story of two teenagers who are completely different from each other but still fall in love. And even with lot of pain they go through all the stages of life.

Pyjamas are Forgiving By Twinkle Khanna
This book is a story of a middle aged woman who is divorced and is going through lot of health disorders. She decides to go to a spa for treatment and her life changes there where she not only gets treated health wise but also learns the truth of life.

Percy Jackson & The Olympians By Rick Riordan
This is a fantasy fiction book series based on Greek mythology. There are total of five books in this series. To know the rest you have to read the book of course.

Pretty Little Liars By Sara Shepard
Well this is quite a long book series consisting of sixteen parts but people who like reading thriller and murder mystery, for them it is definitely a treat. It is about five girls who are in high school and become victim of life threatening murder plan.

The Girl in Room 105 By Chetan Bhagat
I read this book recently and absolutely loved it. It is an un-love story about a guy who tutors in a coaching center and is trying to find a job. And one day when he goes to wish his ex-girlfriend on her birthday, he finds her murdered. It’s a must read.

We lose ourselves in books, we find ourselves in there too.

I hope you find this books worth reading. Do share your favorite book with me as well.

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