Auto biographical story of badminton Champion Gopichand

Shuttler’s Flick by @priyakumar7272 and Gopichand sir. Published by @simonandschusterin
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If you are looking for a book which is borderline between fiction, non-fiction interspersed with real life stories, motivation, view of a real life champion and a lot of emotion together – this is a must read book!
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Being a badminton enthusiasm, this a dream come true book for me. I have revered Gopichand sir for the longest of times.
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I love how the book is sectioned starting at his winning The All England Championship after his surgery and goes on to trace his lifetime with photos. Each section has a beautiful relevant title, a real life story, Gopi sir s view on it and his way of telling, followed by our to learns labelled as serve!
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I loved the graphics and most importantly the bonus chapters which are super important ones in actually making of an all around champion!
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I personally think the importance of discipline, rountine and never die attitude has been channelled beautifully through the book! Dedication to a sport beyond ones personal career and pushing that spirit into others is also a magnamanious trait.
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Collection of musings

The mind is Somebody and the soul Nobody’
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Thinking out loud – Keeping Nothing Behind by @tapanghoshthewriter is a collection of 29 short writings which to me seemed like diary musings, feelings and thoughts of the authors mind. The writings ranged from social issues, to mental clearance and perceptions. Some of them are intersped with small anecdotes and have a set of fictional characters Khush and Harry.
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I liked the fact that its a book which can be read up at one go and makes you pause and contemplate what he is written with your thoughts. It will make you delve into your heart and make some choices too.
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I love how the cover represents the author and the title of the book beautifully. The title too justifies the contents of the book to the t!
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A collection of 12 stories and 12 poems

A collection of 12 short stories of varied taste and 12 poems as well of varied types.
The mix of stories is my favourite part. They range from heart touching to adventurous, travel to abstract. There is grief, happiness, love, fear and so many other emotions told of in the tales. They are relatable. A few of the stories became my favourite and so did some characters like – Together Forever  and Wildfire. The stories are of varied length and enjoyable.
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In the poem section, which is also again open versed and of different lengths my favourites are – Revival, Do we care and Tryst. Some of them are motivational and hit truly.

A collection of beautiful short stories

This is a collection of twenty short stories with varying themes. They are however themes which are relevant to be the grey in our lives – the unrequited love, a sudden great connection, meeting a unselfish person and sometimes they coming back in our lives, relationships undefined and then pleasure and pain of the defined.  Somewhere yes they do unite at this varied feeling of love.
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We see love has no age and that some relationships are worth so much more then blood relationships. There is love between friend, between siblings, between parents, simply for the society, for self and many undistinguished ones.
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The stories are plausible, current and relatable. This book is a very giftable book by me. The author has tried to be very comprehensive and I give kudo s to her for the inclusivity of so many beautiful ideas, feelings rather into a string of words as stories. The characters in most of them could be me or you!
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The few things that could be improved are – definitely proofreading, the word ‘sooner’ has been utilised a lot of times and I would have liked a little better tight grammar.
Also too the publisher – the book is printed really badly. There are poorly printed words, dirty pages and the cover with such a nice image has not been honoured.
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A bold re imagined tale about Draupadi

‘Let History Never Remember a Draupadi or a Panchaali. Let me be a forgotten, insignificant grain in the sand of memoirs, but let not history wrong-fully remember me as a woman responsible for war and mayhem.’
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The most sought after and discussed women from our great epics has probably been Draupadi. Her thoughts, logics, feelings and every aspect has been elucidated, defined and then elaborated widely. I have read some very bold assumptions and retellings as well-butI haven’t read any where She stands for herself, attempting to re write history and honoring self respect more then anything ever! Yes – the biggest catch from Saniya here is Draupadi with all her questions about her birth, assumptions of life, doubts about her family, friendship with Sri Krishna – is clear that she will stand for her honor before anything else. Based on some dream mystic premonitions of her ‘ Vastraharan’ and the resulting great war of Mahabharata! She makes the choice of refraining.
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Krishna s relationship with Krishnaa has been Beautifully depicted and again the idea of men and women although celestial cant be friends and very true friends and confidantes has been solidly established.
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Another highlight for me in this parallel retelling was inclusion of Nal and Damayanti s tale and also the subtle way in which Draupadi and Karna s relationship has been indicated.
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Overall for the new ness of the idea on a tale most told, on a strong take of self before anyone and anything and trying to softly break on age old idea s its a must read. I saw where the author has picked her inspiration from and how strongly she has amended the tale in favor of women!
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The only thing which could have made the book better was tighter proof reading!

Doting handbook to Teens

The author merges her experiences into beautiful stories and in an interactive way presents as chapters the most common emotions and questions one deals with during teenage!
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This turnover period is a time of difficulties as well as recognitions. This book deals with every facet you can go through at this age. Dealing with failures, treating happiness, negating jealousy and so on.
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Every chapter beautifully starts with the story of illustrated characters of 5 teenagers and ends with a summarised view point , fun facts, sometimes a checklist and an image.
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The presentation of the book is impeccable and the set point of it being somewhere an amalgamation of fiction and non fiction appealed to me. I highly recommend it to those in their teens!

An extraordinary tale of an ordinary man

Common men become uncommon through their feats. The story of Kishore V Sonpal told by his son Hetal Sonpal is one such autobiography.
Being born at the time of political unrest in the country and into a family of poverty he went through several criticalities but never giving up. Starting at walking miles for basic education, being separated from family and starting helping jobs at a young age, Kishore Sonpal learnt lessons in hardwork and sanctity.
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He went on to become the first Engineer in his family and joined the Indian Railways. He served there dedicatedly but his ideals of sticking to honesty was clashing with progress there. I absolutely respect the decision he took then to leave a government concern and join a private one in Permali. From south of India, he had to move with his newly married wife to Madhya Pradesh.
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At all times he had been dedicated to his job but balanced the looking after of the family as well. He kept tabs on his parents, siblings and extended family and helped them always.
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He was a man of never settling into comforts and of challenging the odds and coming out successful. So when, even disease came knocking at this door, he didn’t bow down to it. For me, he lived a fulfilling life and now he has been immortalised in this book

Fighting for life till your last breath

This year I think I am reading a lot of books which have been a direct reflection of my life in many many ways. Blaze from @rupa_publications by Nidhi and Sushil Poddar is the nearest. This is pure non fiction but put together into a tale that will make you think its a story. I am glad that with Divyansh ‘s inspiration they penned this down. I could not do it, for my father. As I have suffered for my dad, the parents here have for their son. But I should not say suffer. The courage of showed by Divyansh and his family in battling a recurring leukaemia, its complications and a ‘Life’ together can only be declared as a celebration.
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Each chapter seemed like reading my story in reverse. I see where Nidhi maam changes her ways to fit in for her son and I see my mother in her. I see Sushil sir and I can only put me in his place – living each struggle as if it were my own. The vacilations between hope and despair and trying to keep it together at each point and wanting to never give in has been the best described.
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My dad had oral cancer, he too communicated through writing after his tongue was taken out but obviously the magnanimity of Divyansh s calibre with words since a little age is incomparable. I do however love and connect tremendously with the families ways.
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The journey of ten years from diagnosis to ‘Catharsis’ i should say has been so so well elucidated by both parents and the collection of Divyansh s works in the end makes this book a gem of read.
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Obviously I wish I had the calibre to write my fathers story, till then, I will remain glad that these struggles, and the way of these patients reaching out, touching lives and the story of doctors, nurses along with families are being brought to light so beautifully.
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Every fight is worth a tale but Divyansh is a shining star and a bright soul because of his understanding at such a tender age. He is indeed amongst us and will live on.
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I have been honoured to read this book and I recommend it to everyone! I wish the family solace and ask everyone to take inspiration from them.

Lovely Hard bound collection of Inspirational quotes…

A lovely hard bound collection of quotes…

A beautiful collection of 100 quotes I believe which have been penned from deep experiences of life.
There is a quote to describe any emotion of life. Some are evaluative, thoughtful while some are simply inspiring.
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The thing that resonates most with me is the relatability of the quotes. They hit you hard and they hit you write.
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The pocket book size and the sign post creatives stand true to its title of being directional for a motivated life. The packaging and size is perfect for gifting as well as carrying purposes.
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A book to be kept in your collection for prompt quoting as well as pondering!

Inspirational story about breaking out of an abusive marriage

Breaking out of a stereotype unhappy, only one side considering marriage after a physical attack in her birthday party – Tara wants to go preserve her roots in Punjab. Her relationship with her husband Tej is one that is demonstrative of many a woman in our country – tolerant of continuous abuse in form of dormant role as wife and a mother.
Tara thankfully comes out of, I love the representation of her sisters, mother and her daughter, who outright tells her to leave their dad. Tara finds solace in carrying on the good deeds of her grandfather.
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Definitely the #heforshe criteria is glorified in Dev and in his sustenance of Tara to bring a beautiful closure to the story. The in between works of Tara to are inspiring. Especially if you are downtrodden at any stage in your life, you can take some inspiration from the book.
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This is not a new story. Its predictable and we know what the outcome will be. Its the way you come to the end, that makes it worth reading. Sometimes the journey to the destination is worth more right?
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The use of simple, relatable language and a sense of familiarity with a beautiful cover are added bonuses.

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