Book Review: E-Squared

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Title: E-Squared

Author: Pam Grout

Page: 163 pages

Plot: Don’t face reality. Create reality! E-Squared could best be described as a lab manual with simple experiments to prove once and for all that reality is malleable, that consciousness trumps matter, and that you shape your life with your mind. Rather than take it on faith, you are invited to conduct nine 48-hour experiments to prove there really is a positive, loving, totally hip force in the universe. Yes, you read that right. It says prove.
The experiments, each of which can be conducted with absolutely no money and very little time expenditure, demonstrate that spiritual principles are as dependable as gravity, as consistent as Newton’s laws of motion. For years, you’ve been hoping and praying that spiritual principles are true. Now, you can know.

Favorite Quote: “It’s right underneath your fingers, baby. That’s all you have to understand—everything is right underneath your fingers.”

Thoughts:  I have always been fascinated by the Law of Attraction. I have read a couple of books about it as well. It is easy to read and admire it but difficult to consciously make an effort to implement it in your approach. Hence I was not so keen on reading this book until my friend insisted me to do so.

What makes this book different from what I have read in the past is the series of exercises that the author asks you to undertake. The exercises are simple and fun. I tried a few easy ones and they really worked.  It definitely takes time to intentionally make it a point to follow these laws but hopefully with practice it will become a part of your lifestyle.

E-Squared aims to tell the readers that 1. There is an invisible energy force or field of infinite possibilities.2.You impact the field and draw from it according to your beliefs and expectations. 3.  You, too, are a field of energy. 4. Whatever you focus on expands.  5.  Your connection to the field provides accurate and unlimited guidance.6. Your thoughts and consciousness impact matter. 7. Your thoughts and consciousness provide the scaffolding for your physical body.8. You are connected to everything and everyone else in the universe.9. The universe is limitless, abundant, and strangely accommodating.

This book if for you if you believe that your thoughts impact what you get in life and are looking for an experience to strengthen your belief. If you are planning to read this book, I would advise you to keep an open mind and try out the exercises. Don’t rush into reading the book. Read one chapter a day; implement the exercise before moving on to the next one.

Keep Believing!

Rating: 4/5

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Book Review: The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success

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Title: The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams

Author: Deepak Chopra

Page: 115 pages

Plot: This is a book you will cherish for a lifetime, for within is pages are the secrets of making all your dreams come true. Based on natural laws that govern all of creation, this book shatters the myth that success is the result of hard work, exacting plans, or driving ambition.

Instead, Deepak Chopra offers a life-altering perspective on the attainment of success: When we understand our true nature and learn to live in harmony with natural law, a sense of well-being, good health, fulfilling relationships, and material abundance spring forth easily and effortlessly.

Deepak Chopra is the bestselling author of numerous books and audio programs that cover every aspect of mind, body, and spirit. His groundbreaking books blend physics and philosophy, the practical and the spiritual, with dynamic results.

The Seven Laws of Success distills the essence of Chopra’s teachings into seven simple, yet powerful, principles that can easily be applied to create success in all areas of your life. Filled with timeless wisdom and practical steps you can apply right away, this is a book you will want to read and refer to again and again.

Favorite Quote: “The past is history, the future is a mystery, and this moment is a gift. That is why this moment is called ‘the present’.”

Thoughts: This is a pocket sized book which I managed to complete in less than an hour. But actual understanding of every aspect will take much longer. Deepak Chopra offers seven laws of success from a spiritual perspective. One should not seek success only in terms of money and fame but from a self growth and self transformation point of view. He sums up the insights of the secret to the overall success in seven laws:

1.Pure potentiality
2.Giving
3.Cause-Effect (Karma)
4.Least Effort
5.Intention and Desire (Intention & Attention)
6.Detachment
7.Purpose (Dharma)

Each law is explained in a compact manner, sticking to the point and yet offering the understanding of each law. There are simple techniques mentioned in the book on how to implement the laws in our daily life. The writing is flowy yet simple and to the point. After reading this book, I became responsive towards the law of pure potentiality and aware of the fact that everything works in harmony with the universe. I haven’t tried implementing all the laws myself but I do look forward to reading it again and trying to inculcate the learnings from this book in my life.

Rating: 4/5

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Book Review: Chanakya in Daily Life

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Title: Chanakya in Daily Life

Author: Radhakrishnan Pillai

Pages: 290 pages

Plot: Life is unpredictable and full of challenges. One wrong step and everything can come crashing down. In such a scenario, one often wishes for a roadmap of life, but how is that possible?

Bestselling author Radhakrishnan Pillai’s much-anticipated book, Chanakya in Daily Life, will help you navigate the rough seas of life and stay on course. Covering all aspects of life from the personal to the professional, it will tell you everything from how to begin your day to how to end it, how to choose the right job, stay financially secure, have a happy married life, raise your children the right way, achieve the perfect work-life balance and much more. Like always, Pillai decodes and simplifies the visionary king-maker Chanakya’s teachings from the Arthashastra and Chanakya Niti to provide solutions for any problem that might crop up in any aspect of your life.

Thus, Chanakya in Daily Life is the perfect guru who expects only one thing from the shishya—a willingness to learn.

Thoughts: ‘Chanakya in Daily Life’ is a non-fiction, self help book inspired by the teachings of the great Guru Chanakya’s book ‘Arthshastra’. Mr Pillai has simplified his teachings for a lay man to understand and incorporate in his life.

The book is sectioned into three parts: Personal Life, Professional Life and Family Life. These sections are further distributed in smaller chapters, explaining various aspects and activities one can undertake to improve his life.

The writing is simple and direct. The language is kept simple to be well understood by anyone. The matter is crisp and the book is not dragged with unwanted examples making it a quick read.

We know most of the things that are highlighted in the book but we never tend to incorporate these things thinking for it to be too trivial and petty.  What I liked the most about the book is the fact how small things can make a big difference in our productivity and overall craft our lives.

This book simplifies the knowledge derived from the king maker himself making it easy for a common man to discipline his life and achieve his overall goals.I would recommend this self help book to all those who are looking for a road map to better their personal, professional and family life in tandem.

Ratings: 3.5/5

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Power of ‘Now’

Hi guys, hope you all are doing well.  I can’t believe 2016 has gone by and it’s already the last month and 2017 will soon be dawning upon us. This year particularly I have realized the importance of not pondering over the past or fretting about the future. Living in the ‘NOW’ and being in the present is the way to go. I am trying to incorporate this in my life. Yes, it is much easier said than done.  If you believe in the same ideology as me, here are a few quotes to motivate you. Have a good day! 🙂

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Book Review: Hello, Agnieszka! (Between Two Worlds #2)

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Title:  Hello, Agnieszka! (Between Two Worlds #2)

Author:  E. Journey

 Pages: 275 pages

Plot: A raw tale of early love, rivalry and betrayal.
A passion for music. Her oldest son’s suicide attempt forces Agnieszka to reveal a past she has kept from her children. A young Agnieszka discovers a passion for music upon hearing her grand-aunt Jola, a concert pianist in Poland, give a recital. Jola hones her talent and feeds her dreams of becoming a concert pianist.
Shattered dreams. But real-world problems, thorny relations with a mother tied to her roots and betrayal by lusty Aunt Jola a shatter her dreams.
A 70s love story. Young Agnieszka finds love that renews her hopes for happiness. Sadly, it ends, cut short by forces outside anyone’s control. Sustained by music and memories of her first love, Agnieszka grows and gets a second chance at happiness.

What happens when you have to disclose the past that you were trying to bury to protect your children? Hello, Agnieska the second book in Between Two Worlds series is all about the buried past re-routing itself into the present. In the last book, Hello, My love we see the ups and downs in Elise & Gerg’s relationship. The second book picks up from where we left, but the difference is that the protagonist of this book is Elise’s mother, Agnieska.

Agnieska is forced to reveal her past to her children when her eldest son, Peter tries to commit suicide out of depression and is diagnosed with a genetic disease.   The book takes us through Agniseka’s rough childhood, her tough relationship with her mother. She finds herself drawn to becoming a pianist when she hears her aunt Jola play and playing the piano becomes her only comfort through her rough days.

The story is poignant and churns a lot of emotions in the reader. Agnieska comes across as a very strong character, making her and inspiration for turning around things in life. She is an epitome of strength and determination. The narration is evocative and I loved this book much more than the first one.

This book is a tale about heartbreaks, rough childhood, loving and losing, hitting the rock bottom and learning to rise again.

Rating: 4.5/5

PS: – Thanks to the author for sending a copy of the book for an honest review.

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Book Review: The House Of the Soul: A Novel

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Title: The House Of the Soul: A Novel

Author: Annie Dawson

Pages: 325 pages

Plot: Homemaker Ella Casey is circling the middle-age drain. Her once adventurous life is now measured in loads of laundry, her grand dreams of changing the world diluted with each rinse cycle. When she flies to the enchanting California estate of her best friend Teri for a Peace Corps reunion, the accomplishments of her peers threaten to soak up the last drops of Ella’s floundering self-esteem.

Teri Flores is everything Ella is not: glamorous, wealthy, and fearless. Her sprawling mansion, La Casa Del Alma, serves as both artists’ retreat and modern day salon to Teri’s eclectic entourage. Teri entertains her guests with lavish meals, outrageous activities, and impassioned debates, but the weekend sours when old grievances mix with new ambitions.

As past and present collide, Ella struggles to redefine herself, but will her growing need to validate her life end up destroying it?

THE HOUSE OF THE SOUL is a journey of love, loss, and friendship, and a treasure map for anyone brave enough to embark on the precarious voyage of self-discovery.

Once in a while we all review the choices we have made in our lives and a lot of ‘what ifs’ pop up in our head. Our protagonist Ella is no different. Ella is a mother of two boys, married to her soul mate and also was a Peace Corps volunteer in Ghana. Ella had an unfulfilled dream of making a difference to the world. A strong urge to live her dream comes back gushing in after decades when she meets her Peace Corps friends at a reunion at Teri, her best friend’s home in California. This book is about Ella’s evolution as a lover, wife, mother, a Peace Corps volunteer, a friend and more over discovering herself.

The narration switches between the present time and the time Ella spent as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ghana. This did add a flavor to the story but it could have been a bit more fluid in certain areas. My favorite character would be Sanchi. Inspite of experiencing immense pain and suffering in life, she held on and advanced into becoming the beautiful person she was. I must mention the credit worthy thoughts and quotes mentioned in the book which are worth imbibing in our lives.

The two key takeways from the book are firstly, that the grass is always greener on the other side hence we should cherish what we already have. Secondly, a difference can be made in many lives by just doing your bit for the family and dear ones.

The House of Soul is a debut novel that makes a mark! Looking forward to read more books from this author.

Ratings: 4/5

PS: – Thanks to the author for sending a copy of the book for an honest review.

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Book Review: I Am The Ocean

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Title:  I Am The Ocean

Author:  Samita Sarkar

Pages: 204 pages

Plot: Samita Sarkar thought she was destined to spend her entire life running. Never giving herself a moment’s rest, she studied hard and graduated from university with top grades, and then promptly began a tireless job search. But although she thought that she had done everything by the book, life still hadn’t given her any answers. She knew that God had a plan, but what was it? Stricken with anxiety while facing midsummer heat and sizable life decisions, the thrifty twenty-something Canadian–who had never before travelled for travel’s sake–purchased a discount bus ticket for what she thought would be a few weeks of reprieve in The United States. Embarking on her journey with nothing but a small suitcase, a broken handbag, a killer manicure and a copy of “The Bhagavad Gita,” Samita would spend her days wandering streets and beaches, and her nights in jostling buses or on cramped couches. Marvelling at the beauty around her, Samita finally discovered what the world has to offer to those who stop running, while learning lessons that would set the course of the rest of her life.

This book is a travel memoir of a twenty something Canadian girl who has just graduated from the university with top grades and is on an exhausting job hunt. Until one day she decides to break the monotony of life and embarks upon a physical and a spiritual journey along the east coast of the USA, on a very little sum of money and the holy ‘Bhagvat Gita’. I simply loved the references from ‘The Bhagavad Gita’ which were quoted from time to time. It truly added a flavor to the book. I loved the staunch faith she has in the almighty, her friend, Krishna.

The book takes us through the various regions of USA and brings out the peculiarity of each place. It was fun to read about the interesting characters that the author met during her journey. The entire journey molded her into the person she is today. Truly travelling alone makes you more courageous, confident and self aware. The narration is so good that I actually felt that I was traveling with the author. After reading the book, I was bit by a travel bug and I am inspired to take up a solo trip myself.

This book is recommended to all the people who love to travel and to those who are looking to choose a path for themselves rather than letting life decide the course.

Ratings- 4/5

PS: – Thanks to the author for sending a copy of the book for an honest review.

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Book Review: Inspiring Anusha

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Title:  Inspiring Anusha

Author:  M.L. Sawyer

Pages: 79 pages

Plot: Mara Loughlin is a depressed and struggling songwriter. After being abandoned by her boyfriend and receiving scathing reviews on her latest work, she embarks on a soul-searching journey to India for inspiration.

On a train tour through the Indian countryside, she meets Nirav, a kind and charismatic India native who teaches Mara, whom he affectionately calls Anusha, about culture, passion, and love.

Inspiring Anusha is an Indian/American romance novel. Our protagonist Mara is a depressed soul, a struggling songwriter and has been recently dumped by her boyfriend. She is deeply moved by the music of an Indian sitar player and decides to undertake a soul searching trip to India.  Little did she know that she will meet her soul- mate, Nirav on this journey.

I liked the plot of the book where a depressed soul is trying to find herself and embarks a journey towards inspiration. The plot reminded me of Eat, Pray, Love.  The reuniting of soul mates was quite evident but the inspiration bit didn’t come across very well. I was expecting a little more emphasis to be given to the ‘seeking inspiration from India’ bit. The plot had great potential but the weaving of the story could have been better. I didn’t feel emotionally connected to the characters since the story was just touched upon.I understand that it was meant to be a quick read but an addition for a few pages focusing on the inspiration would have built a connect with the reader and taken it to another level.

I would recommend this book to those who are looking for a romance novel that can be read it one sitting.

Ratings: 3/5

PS: – Thanks to the author for sending a copy of the book for an honest review.

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