Thursday, June 30, 2022

Kakori- The Train Robbery that Shook the British Raj By Prachi Garg - Book Review

Name of the book: Kakori- The Train Robbery that Shook the British Raj

Author of the book:  Prachi Garg

Genre: Historical Non-Fiction

The Kakori train robbery was a conspiracy weaved against the British Empire to help Indian freedom fighters achieve freedom as soon as possible. Ram Prasad Bismil ideated that the political dacoities must take place. He believed that the money belonging to the British government will help them purchase weaponry which will help them further on their way to freedom.

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ABOUT THE BOOK

The narrator of this book Ram Prasad Bismil was a freedom fighter, poet and an avid reader and a writer. This book is inspired by his autobiography which he wrote in the jail after his arrest. You must have heard different versions of struggle for independence; however history is told from different perspective and it requires deep uncovering to understand the strength and struggle of the heroes of the Kakori action, the first step towards the war of independence.

This book clearly defines the purpose and reality of this unforgettable incident. Every chapter starts with a beautiful quote in Hindi with English translation. I have shared one below. 

" है लिए हथियार दुश्मन ताक में बैठा उधर 

और हम तैयार है; सीना लिए अपना इधर

खून से खेलेंगे होली, गर वतन मुश्किल में है 

सरफरोशी की तमन्ना , अब हमारे दिल में है|"

(The enemy waits there with weapons, and here we are ready to take their bullets on our chest. We will shed blood if the nation is in trouble, the feeling of sacrifice is now in our heart s ♥)

The Kakori robbery was not looked upon as a petty theft or a crime of violence. Instead, it was being perceived as an event that had set the motion of revolution into a gigantic wave.

HRA (Hindustan Republican association) was founded by young revolutionaries like Rajendra Lahiri, Chandrasekar Azad, Sachindra Bakashi, Kesab Chakravarthi, MurariLal Gupta, Banwari Lal and Manmath Nath Gupta who were part of this mammoth yet significant incident. The members of HRA were extremely educated and well versed with world politics. They were excellent orators and writers and most of them came from a modest beginning. This association was designed in a manner to promote participation and volunteerism without the fear of hierarchy unlike Congress. They believed in encouraging ownership and responsibility and that helped in inculcating sense of brotherhood among all the comrades. By conducting this robbery they didn't want to to send any wrong message on behalf of their association to the country. They were sure that this robbery would bring them in direct and open animosity against the government. But in the end, it was executed for the greater cause of independence.  

The motivation behind this plan was to get money to accelerate the movement and to challenge the government. In fact, taking this money that actually belonged to the Indians seems like a symbolic way to tell the world that the revolutionaries would reclaim the country from the hands of the British.

MY TAKE ON THE BOOK

I would like to congratulate the author for sharing a different yet honest perspective about Kakori train robbery incident which was a landmark in Indian history. There is lot of fallacy around this incident and sharing the event from the horse's mouth will makes things clear in people's mind. The book is a reminder that tells us about how selflessly and tirelessly these revolutionaries fought for our freedom and stood against many atrocities. Very well researched and detailed descriptions of events and emotions.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Prachi Garg is the founder of www.ghoomophiro.com and the best selling author of Superwomen and five other books on entrepreneurship, which have been translated into other language as well.

She was awarded the Economic Times Inspiring Leader award (2021) and Adgully Women Disruptor in Technology (2021) for her exemplary contribution in the field of entrepreneurship and technology. She has been featured in CNN. The Hindu, The Indian Express, Business Today and other major media.

She has been contributing to various entrepreneurship platforms and takes up entrepreneurship workshops for B-school students.

BOOK DETAILS

Format: Paperback/Kindle

Price: 297 INR/ 261.25

Pages: 208

Availability: Amazon






Tuesday, June 21, 2022

11 Best Indian Original Web Series To Watch - Web Series Review

Binge watching gained more popularity when the world was hit with corona virus pandemic. That was the time when we watched everything as a family. There are pros and cons of binge watching but it has definitely done more good to the OTT platform and people like us who look for different ways to spend more time with the loved ones. The act of bingeing content fosters a sense of community around a show, something that experts call it as "shared culture space". The common ground allows viewers to discuss and enjoy the show even with the people you can call it  "strangers".

So here I am with the list of series which are my personal favorites. 

The Family Man

Streaming on: Amazon Prime Video

Genre: Political Thriller


The Story of The Family Man is inspired by Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's horrendous assassination by LTTE militants. The script gives you the glimpse of real life events and all the twist and turns makes it really thrilling and keep the viewers at the edge of their seat. The director have managed to create a gripping sequel which is not just fast paced but humorous too. 

Kota Factory

Streaming on: Netflix

Genre: Comedy Drama

Kota Factory is one of my favorite series. It showcases the life of young IIT aspirants who lend up in Kota, a hub of coaching

Friday, June 10, 2022

Princess & Prejudice (Devgarh Royals Book 2) by Alisha Kay - BookReview



Name of the book: Princess & Prejudice (Devgarh Royals Book 2)

Author of the book: Alisha Kay

Genre: Romantic Comedy / Fiction

Romance novel should have three basic ingredients to be successful, strong characters, compelling love story and steamy love scenes. And I must say despite being a new author, Alisha Kay has successfully managed to add all these three ingredients in right amount in her book "Princess and Prejudice."

ABOUT THE BOOK

"Women are meant to be loved, not to be understood." - Oscar Wilde

This quote sums up the whole story!

It's this simple law, which every writer knows, of taking two opposites and putting them in a room together. It's a yin yang situation that we don't often notice in our decisions but the author has tapped the right note. 

Princess and Prejudice is a royal romantic comedy Book 2 of the Devgrah Royals series. The protagonist Yuvrajkumari Jayshree Singh , princess of Devgrah and Dr. Aryan Sharma are known to each other from their childhood, as Dr. Aryan's sister Nivy  and Jessie (Jayshree) were besties.

Jessie and Aryan are always at loggerhead but deeply in love. They do not want to accept their feelings for each other. Is it due to his prejudice or her pride?, is readers to see. Through out the book you will witness misunderstandings and insecurities but when Aryan's sister engaged to Jessie's brother, they are forced to put all of them behind and that's when the love bloomed to its peak. The romance is passionate and flammable and same goes with their cat and dog fight. There is much good natured banter which I think readers will thoroughly enjoy as I did. 

Like any other love story there are antagonist who tries their best to create rift between the leads but towards the end everything get sorted. 

Though this book is second in the series but can be read as stand alone. 

Saturday, April 30, 2022

The MAGIC MINDSET - How To Find Your Happy Place By Preeti Shenoy - Book Review



Name of the bookThe MAGIC MINDSET - HOW TO FIND YOUR HAPPY PLACE

Author of the book: Preeti Shenoy

Genre: Self Help / Non-Fiction

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While positivity is about looking at the bright side of things, the magic mindset embraces and accept that it is not always possible to do so. Sometimes things get so bleak that our mind refuses to accept that there can be a silver lining. In this book, Preeti Shenoy gives you a set of principles for every area of life, designed to help us shift our perspective from hopelessness to hope, from despondency to joy, from cynicism to belief- a belief that change is coming and things are not as bad as it seem. Perfect reading for the difficult times that we are living in. The Magic mindset is full of tips, suggestions, fun exercises and practical advice on career, family, health, relationships, finances, social media, and more. It also includes inspiring stories and anecdotes from Preeti's own life. A cornerstone for all those who want to change their outlook. The Magic Mindset helps us build a purposeful and joyful life.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Preeti Shenoy, among the highest selling authors in India, is on the Forbes longlist of the most influential celebrities in India. Her books include When Love Came Calling, Wake Up Life is Calling,  Life Is What You Make it, The Rule Breaker, A Hundred Little Flames, It's All in the Planets, Why We Love The Way We Do, The Secret Wish List, The One You Cannot Have and many others. Her work has been translated into many Indian languages. Preeti is also a motivational speaker, and has given talks at many premier educational institutions and corporate organizations like KPMG, ISRO, Infosys and Accenture, among others. An avid fitness enthusiast, she is also an artist specializing in portraiture and illustrated journaling.

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Zero Day by S. Hussain Zaidi (India's No.1 Crime Writer) - Book Review


Cybercrime is a relatively new concern for law enforcement officials and for us as a layman. As the number of computer owners connected to the internet increases, so too does the opportunity for cyber crime. This book has fast moving narrative that reveals how being interconnected we all are through the internet can be a boon and a bane at the same time. 

Name of the book: Zero Day

Author of the book: S. Hussain Zaidi

Genre: Crime Thriller Fiction

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Mumbai is in a state of chaos, and all traffic signals across the entire city have stopped working.

Shahnaz Ali Mirza, head of the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad, receives an anonymous email claiming it to be a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack. He quickly puts together a crack team that includes his protege, IG Cybercrime Vikrant Singh, and gets to work trawling the dark web for more information on this mystery attack. However, a move to bring forward the hacker backfires, leading to a second, deadlier attack on Mumbai’s lifeline, the railway system.

It is their first brush with cyberterrorism: a zero-day vulnerability in the Indian government’s system that could bring the country to its knees. Racing against time and investigating a case unlike any other, Mirza and Vikrant face the most dangerous mission of their lives in Zero Day.