Life is Beautiful

My rating:4 out of 5. The book is a memorable account of a person who went through many traumatic things in life almost sequentially, passing through the quantum of grief that can sap, confuse and misdirect almost anyone. She gets back on her feet to live life after profound losses in all terms physical, mental, emotional, and financial.    Probably she thought she ought to live and deserved to live. Plot Initially, as you start reading, it got a little overwhelming for me to just keep experiencing only the negative side of life. She lacked a loving father(who was almost

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I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

My rating: 1 out of 5 stars. Well, the words below are just my opinion and I don’t want to churn any sentiments here. I feel the book was a bit ahead in her lifetime and the memoir does not make a compelling read. Many loose ends like -what happened to the other two who were shot in the same incident as Malala? How have they been taken care of in their home country? While only Malala got airlifted and then totally relocated to the UK with her family joining her, thereafter. Is only spreading awareness while sitting in a

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Eat, Pray, Love

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars. This book got me glued at the beginning for the fact it was delivered in a brutally honest manner with self-deprecating humor infused in between. I do like the way she questioned some of her beliefs, rants about them and then I would not call them repetitive but reflecting on how her mind interprets or travels around some of those painful areas. It’s difficult to jump into the unknown and take a break when you are heartbroken, I appreciate her for that… She set out on the most needed journey at the most

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The Rosie Project (Don Tillman, #1)

The Rosie Project (Don Tillman, #1) My rating: 4 out of 5 stars. This has been one of the best books I have read in 2016. It made me ‘laugh out loud’ and that’s too unlikely when I read. Sure it must have looked like something when I laughed out at 12:30 am in the night, just a few pages in the book then. If you know someone who seems emotionally inept/or you take care of someone on the spectrum/Asperger then you should consider this book. Besides, if you like the “Sheldon cooper” character in the Big bang theory, this

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When Breath Becomes Air

When Breath Becomes Air My rating: 5 out of 5 stars. This book perhaps is the only one I can recall to date that made me cry. I mean really cry. It’s a piece of work, a real account of a dying person with a tough epilogue. When you start the book you don’t know Paul K. Midway.  Past reading through the middle of this book, you feel that you know him well and before you reach the end, you want to change the end. The degree of self-reflection that he has articulated over the pages is awesome. Excerpts on

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Hug Your Haters: How to Embrace Complaints and Keep Your Customers

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars. As someone who has been in the customer service industry for a decade, I was naturally drawn to this title. I mean we all know “something” about handling a difficult customer. However, what could be a method to this, is there any? These were some of the questions that have been lingering in my mind. The book starts with examples of some “one-star” reviews on sites such as yelp, trip advisor and steadily feeds into this pattern by offering how these were handled by the respective companies. It gives us a healthy contrast

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When Bad Things Happen to Good People.

  My rating : 3 out of 5 stars. For quite some time I had wanted to read this book, as I believed that the book may explain its title. It gave a different perspective contrary to what most of us have been ingrained with.  That world is not a fair place and life is full of random circumstances; so there is nothing that “GOD” decides in terms of who goes through what. He cites a plane accident to be taken as a combined random fate of all those in; rather than giving it any religious meaning “those in that

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