‘On Writing Well’, a book written by William Zinnser, is an excellent resource for writers in general, and non fiction writers in particular. This book is an ‘informal guide to writing non fiction’, but read the quotes below to decide if it is also inevitable. Even if you just write emails, it is essential to write them well.
After reading this book, I feel that all my conceptions about writing were misconceptions and there is much to learn. One hard-hitting fact is, I have always thought that I was a good writer – that stopped me from learning the craft. Now I have been shaken out of it.
“Readers want a writer who believes in himself and what he is saying. Don’t diminish that belief. Don’t be kind of bold. Be bold.” Continue reading →
If you have been waiting for the right time/offer to buy the Amazon Kindle eBook Reader, here is the temptation: Amazon.in will offer the Kindle for Rs. 4,999/- (I bought it for 5,999) until Nov. 01, ’13. If you are a book lover, this might be the perfect opportunity to experience reading from the best eReader in town. Continue reading →
Kobo is a very popular online book store, based out of Canada. Their platform is similar to Amazon Kindle and they deal with eBooks exclusively. They have their own range of eInk eReaders, Tablets, eBooks and even a self-publishing platform for authors. You can read Kobo books on their eBook readers, any other eReader (via Calibre) or any mobile/tablet, by downloading the free apps.
Song of India: Tales of Travel and Transformation is a book written by Mariellen Ward, based temporarily out of Toronto, Canada. Temporarily, because she keeps visiting India, every now and then. In her book, she conveys what India could offer to foreigners and why many foreigners like to visit India. Though a Canadian, Mariellen is not exactly a foreigner – India is almost her second home!
“People don’t go to India to experience India; they go to experience themselves in India. They go to pit themselves against the crowds, chaos and poverty. They go to test their egos, which India alternately builds up and smashes apart in the blink of a street child’s eye. People go to India knowing that they will be forever changed…” Continue reading →
Chanakya’s Chant is a Historical/Contemporary Political Thriller written by the famous author, Ashwin Sanghi. This is his second book and I have already reviewed his third book, The Krishna Key, previously. Chanakya’s Chant has been published by Westland Ltd.
First, I must mention that this is indeed an excellent thriller and I finished reading it within 2 days. This book is a best-seller and deserves it. The concept of writing two stories that are separated by more than 2000 years side by side, without distracting or confusing the readers takes a lot of talent. I have mostly read only positive reviews about this book and many of them were justified – I too liked the book. Continue reading →
This is my Amazon Kindle that I bought today morning from Tata Croma shop. I could have also bought it online from Amazon.in, but the shop was near my house anyway. And I am sorry for that shameless advertisement for my eBook inside the Kindle, just in case you didn’t noticeContinue reading →
Tibet: The Road Ahead is a non-fiction book written by a Tibetian, Dawa Norbu, who was born in Tibet and lived there for the first 11 years of his life. After the Chinese take-over, his family (along with numerous others) crossed over and settled in India.
In this book, Dawa Norbu tells the story of his family and the circumstances which led them to leave their homes/belongings in Tibet. He includes a detailed analysis of the history and political situation in Tibet, both before the Chinese occupation and after it. Continue reading →
You can read the description/sample and buy my eBook:“Happiness Guide for Tourists Visiting India: 50 Exciting Things To Do”from Amazon (US) orfrom Amazon (UK).
What can you do in India, other than visiting the regular tourist places?
My eBook addresses this crucial, but often overlooked question. It’s not a travel/tourist guide with information on places to visit, etc., but it is a happiness guide that gives information on some interesting things you can do, when you visit India. It’s a non-fiction guide book and it gives all the info that a tourist guide doesn’t. It’s a good companion book to a proper travel guide to India. Continue reading →
Smart Phones Dumb People? is a non-fiction book written by Parthajeet Sarma, who runs his own business in the building industry. This book elaborates on how our various problems could be solved, especially with the application of technology. When I read the title, I was expecting the book to be about something else!
Initially the author touches upon the importance of innovation and the ecosystem required to create innovation. The second chapter is about technology. Frankly, the first two chapters contain a lot of information that we already know. But his insight on PAT (Process Alteration by Technology) offers some food for thought, Continue reading →
The title of this book reads, ‘Business Sutra: A very Indian approach to management’. Not ‘wealth generation’. There is a good reason for that.
“In ignorance, we behave like animals, choosing to dominate and establish pecking orders and territories In wisdom, we invoke the human in each other and work towards mutual happiness”
Answer this question in your minds: Is wealth-generation, a result or the goal? Is wealth-generation an indicator of the growth or growth itself? Does sustainable wealth-generation require companies to domesticate employees as per their ‘organizational culture’ and exploit them through ‘expert managerial talent’, or create an environment of learning/growth and inspire employees to grow along with them? Continue reading →