Wednesday, October 12, 2022

un PARENTING - Sharing Awkward Truths with Curious Kids By Reema Ahmad - Book Review

Name of the Book: un PARENTING- Sharing Awkward Truths with Curious Kids

Author of the Book:  Reema Ahmad

Genre: Non-Fiction


UnParenting is a great answer to every time you’ve ever wondered, “Is it just me, or is being a parent is actually challenging in today's time? Reema winningly leads us through the world of modern parenthood with both depth and breadth, in a voice that is insightful, relatable, and genuinely searching. Structuring her book, author weaves in her own experiences, her learnings and the story of people known to her, who have experienced difficult parenting and highlights what's changed and what hasn't to great effect. Reema split through many misconceptions of parenting with a great honesty. In her book, she has challenged the present notion of parenting competencies and hold on to a notion that parenting is not just about taking care of the child but being aware that we are bringing life on this earth and not just any commodity. 

By sharing her own examples, she has touched upon many issues which every parent by default faces in their lives while dealing with their children but are tend to keep under the hat for reasons only known to them, be it sex, consent, sexual abuse, trauma, divorce, bullying or body acceptance. Her tips on how to treat a child as an equal, being honest and speak your mind, empathizing with differences are very insightful and can help many parents. 

The book is very high at it's emotional quotient , that will navigate you through the murky world of emotions, self awareness, empathy and being grateful. 


Unparenting doesn't try to preach anything but will sail you through the parenting journey. I liked the humor with which author has dealt most of the critical issues as it makes it even more engaging and refreshing. It is not easy for anyone to open up about their personal life, but author has done it with great sensitivity which is admirable. This book can act as a great companion as it will help you to understand yourself better and will clarify fallacy you were living with. One of  the quote by Jennnifer Jhonston which author has reiterate has shaken me to the core,

"The way I See the world, we are constantly at risk from the people we love the most. They, after all, are the only people who can do us serious damage, a damage that lasts forever." scary but the real truth of life.

The author brings a self-aware resistance to dogma that’s refreshing and reasonable. She seems to want to help our children blossom into their best, most authentic selves without totally fraying our nerves in the process.

So if you are struggling to answer some of the most awkward questions, its time to Unparent with Reema.


Through her own awkward journey as a confused single parent, Reema Ahmad explores what it means to explore newer ways of bringing up children-ways that nurture their sense of innocence and curiosity while giving them the freedom to choose their own truths. Reema invites you to hop along as she and her son, Imaad, learn to laugh and make up stories about why penises shape-shift, the mysteries of pubic hair, the magic of adolescent crushes and the confounding maze of dating and sex. Join them as they explore these mysteries and other serious topics like abuse, adult relationships, divorce and dying-issues that adults often forget to wonder at and seldom question.

More than anything else, 
Unparenting is a vibrant, whacky testimony to a parent-child relationship where the child leads and the parent follows. Written in the form of deeply personal, engaging and often humorous essays, the book is a powerful reminder of what it feels like to be lost and misunderstood as a child, and how important it is to challenge what we think we know as parents.


Reema Ahmad is a neurolinguistic programming-based life coach. She is also a mental space psychologist and she works in the area of healing from trauma, abuse, violence and relationship issues.

Reema co-edited an anthology of women's work called Of Dry Tongues and Brave Hearts with Semeen Ali. It was published by Red River Press in 2022. She is a poet and has also written articles for online publications like Scroll, Vice, Daily O and Live Mint. She is also a two-time TEDx and Josh Talks speaker.

Reema began her career as a child sexual abuse awareness educator and went on to specialize as a sexuality educator. She then co-founded Candidly, a forum to explore issues of gender, sexuality and media with her longtime friend Amita Malhotra in 2017.
Reema graduated from Lady Sri Ram College, Delhi University. Her schooling and early years were spent in Agra where she now lives with her parents, her son, two dogs and three cats.


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Pages: 288
Publication: Penguin eBury Press
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Thursday, September 22, 2022

MAYA - I BOW TO THEE, YOU CANNOT BE OVERCOME By Acharya Prashant - Book Review


Author of the Book: Acharya Prashant

Genre: Non-Fiction


The book "Maya" is an assemblage of question answer sessions that Vedanta philosopher and teacher, Acharya Prashant has been having with diverse audience over a decade. As these audience come from various background the standard and depth of each session is enormous. Every chapter of this book is substantially based on these interactions. According to the author, readers would understand that "Maya " is the most scientific term and can be explained more explicitly. Authors explanation is deeply spiritual yet not confined by any tradition. 

According to the disclaimer given my him, the responses given by a teacher are customized and you might find some contradicting responses, the reason being, as seekers come from varied background and experiences, there cannot be one time solution for any problem. 

The book is divided into three parts, in first part "So Real She Looks" has 11 chapters, wherein author has explained who and what  Maya is. In the second part " She Conceal, She Reveals" has 12 chapters, here author reveals and give better understanding of Maya and in the last and third part "Only She Can Lead You Into Realty", has 14 chapters, wherein author talks about how to deal with Maya. Despite this demarcation every chapter is interrelated and as you read through, you will have better understanding of self. 

Vedanta ask questions to people " Who is the inner one? What is his nature? What does he desire? Will fulfilment of his desire give him contentment? As a response to this Acharya Prashant has brought the essence of Vedanta spirituality to the world today and help solving people's problem which are born out of their ignorance towards themselves.


Most of you have heard this term on daily basis, most frequently used yet most misunderstood. Acharya Prashant has made an consequential effort to make us understand the real meaning of the term "Maya" as it play out in our day-to-day life. 


Perpetual intelligence, modern context and vernacular metaphor makes his work eccentric. Readers gets an enriching experience as they go through varied range of questions that they could relate and empathize. Each query raised by the seekers is very well explained with real life examples that everyone can corelate with. If you are looking for the better understanding of self and life, you must read this book.


Acharya Prashant is a champion of socio-spiritual awakening in today's world. He is an acclaimed Vedanta exegete and author of over 70 books, including the national bestseller, Karma. An alumnus of IIT-Delhi, IIM-Ahmedabad and a former civil service officer, he is an exponent of pure Vedantic wisdom, a campaigner against superstition, a proponent of spiritual veganism, and an expounder of essential human freedom.


Format: Paperback/ Kindle Edition

Price: 250 INR/ 237.50 INR

Pages: 352

Publisher: Jaico Publishing House

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Sunday, August 28, 2022

Ladies Tailor by Priya Hajela - Book Review


Name of the book : Ladies Tailor 

Author of the book: Priya Hajela

Genre: Fiction


With the partition of India in it's backdrop, the book "Ladies Tailor" talks about refugees who have witnessed and faced dreadful massacres but with their sheer perseverance made it to a better future. It is a story of one such refugee, 'Gurdev' who was a true patriot and believed in making big with fair means. People had to take some tough life decisions during that time that could have changed accepted patterns and relationships for life time. Separated from his family due to differences in ideology forced him to move away from them and migrated to India to build a new family of his own. But to his misfortune he could not hold them for too long. His wife fled away with his kids living him baffled and alone. That's when he engrossed himself in something constructive that could divert his mind from the agony he was going through. The story is full of uncertainties, adventures, suspense and hope that makes this story interesting and gripping and not to forget a bit of romance too.

Very soon 'Gurdev' founds his true passion and got into a clothing business with two of other refugees who shared the same passion. He also met someone special who was not just selfless but aroused certain feeling which he did not experience even when he was married. As they were majorly into "Khadi", an affordable hand woven fabric "Made in India" they realized they need to bring variety and their clothes lack the very important embellishment that can make their outfit stand out. And, the best people who can do this were two orphaned boys who lived in Lahore.

As we all know after partition things were quite tensed between the two countries and to bring these boys back to India could be quite strenuous. They took this challenge, but it is for you to see whether they managed to bring them back and what all they had to go through during this journey. Whether Gurdev will find his true love  and will he be a successful business man ?


Author has mentioned her true inspiration behind this book, her grandparents who were refugees and probably that's why she has beautifully and effortlessly recreated an authentic imagery of the place, food, dress in the 40s and 50s. Religion is quite integral part of this book and if not dealt with care could have been disastrous. But hats off to the author for handling it so intelligently and carefully. This book is full of masala as it has suspense, thriller, romance and adventure, all at the same time. Must read to feel that  adrenaline rush which is missing in today's lives.


Priya Hajela is a fiction writer who lives in Pune with her husband and two dogs. Writing is second career for her,. She graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College in Vermont in 2017. Prior to taking to writing, Priya got an MBA from Vanderbilt University in 1992 and worked in a variety of telecom and IT organizations in senior marketing and business development roles for twenty-two years.

One of Priya's short stories, 'An Affair', was published in Indian Rumination. A second short story, 'The Tatoo Artist' was published in Live Encounters. A third short story 'daughters' Revenge' recently appeared in Kitaab.


Format: Paperback / Kindle edition

Price: 304 INR/ 127.60

Pages: 304

Publishers: Harpercollins India

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Thursday, July 28, 2022

The Curveball by Colby Sharma - BookReview

Name Of The Book: The Curveball

Name Of The Author: Colby Sharma

Genre: Fiction


Colby Sharma LLB., is a law graduate from the University of Liverpool, an entrepreneur and an international traveller dedicated to making the world a brighter place. This is his first novel.


The Curveball by Colby Sharma is a thorough and thought-provoking page-turner. This book takes a seeker on a journey of self-discovery, not only by providing helpful strategies that encourages curiosity and introspection, but by also taking reader's hand and walking step by step through the journey of the main character. It is an extremely engaging book which gives reader a hope that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. The narrative brings out an interesting parallel between a game of baseball and the adversity one faces in their lives. Adversity is part of life that can make or break you, the choice is yours. The protagonist faces many adversities but instead of succumbing to that he has discovered his true self. It is a motivational read which guides you towards the solution that inspires you to take up challenges in life. The book talks about many life lessons that people have forgotten and need to be reminded. 

Author also manifests the importance of having a coach (in this book it's Spooky) in life who neither teaches you nor helps you but reminds you of an ability you already possess that can make your life worth living for. One of the best lesson he describes from game of baseball that is my personal favorite is- 

"Baseball is life. Its full of curveballs. Full of challenges. Every pitch is adversity. Everyone is threat. An obstacle. But look all of these adversities an an opportunity".


  • Take one step at a time. Small steps help you get started and leads to tremendous ripple effect. They help us create valuable habits, which help us achieve big goals at the same time are attainable and specifically designed to not feel overwhelming.
  • Ego is our biggest enemy. It prevents us from learning and developing. It always makes you over-estimate your own abilities and worth, and under-estimate the effort and skill required to achieve your goal. It will keep you out of touch with reality. "Ego can be great when things are going well, but it's a disaster when adversity comes along:- Colby    
  • Stop trying to be perfect. Greatness is not about being perfect, but making mistakes and learning from them. When we try to make things perfect we bind our creativity.
  • Without grit, talent may be nothing more than an unmet potential. Grit is passion and perseverance for long-term and meaningful goals. 
  • Be patient and always wait for the right moment. There is a saying "Good things comes to those who waits". Patience allows you to take better decisions and leading to greater success.
  • Do not forget your basics. When things are hard, it's the simple things you forget. They are the foundation from which all amazing feats are derived.
  • You have to choose your response when things are tough. "Every choice you make eliminates its opposite - Colby. Take emotions as an example, you cannot hold two opposite emotions at the same time. You cannot be happy and angry at the same time.
  • According to Colby, Adversity is a team sport. Even when you are alone you draw on the strength of others in time of difficulties. Working in a team not just enable you to share ideas and responsibilities but reduces stress and makes you a happier person.
  • Identify what you are good at, and this can be done if you are self-aware. You know your rituals or routine, a set of habits that you repeat when you do what you are best at.


  • One base at a time
  • Choose your pitch
  • Remember your rituals
  • Adversity is a team Sport

"You Don't succeed in spite of adversity. You succeed because of it"


I always admire people who can bring out life lesson from any sport. Playing sports is fun. But the best part is, rule of game teaches invaluable life lessons that will apply to just about anything you pursue for the rest of your life. I always believed in accountable partner or an importance of having a coach in life. They guide you when things go out of control and show you the path that leads to success. Author has portrayed similar things in this book too. Bryce the protagonist when gets lost and loses hope, Spooky the coach helped him find the real purpose of his life.

If you are looking for some solid life lessons and want some stability in your life. You must read this book.


Book Format: Paperback / Kindle Edition

Price: 235 INR / 107.91

Pages: 196

Publisher: Jaico Publishing House

Availability: Amazon

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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.

Navrang India


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.


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.


Prachi Garg is the founder of 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.


Format: Paperback/Kindle

Price: 297 INR/ 261.25

Pages: 208

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