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Book Review: Five People You Meet in Heaven, by Mitch Albom

It is said that no one wants to die, but everyone wants to go to heaven. The idea of heaven is different to every person. Some believe in it. Some don’t. But those who do, I feel, have at one point of time, thought of what it might be like, what would happen when we get there. It’s the title of this book, and the intrigue that it brought that made me pick it up. Continue reading “Book Review: Five People You Meet in Heaven, by Mitch Albom”

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Book Review: Living Courageously, by Lipa Rath

About the author:
Lipa Rath is a certified spiritual counselor, an angel therapist and a writer. She has worked extensively in the area of personal growth. She feels that teaching about the truth is child’s play compared to living those teachings “in the cold light of the day”. This is her first book.

Cover art:
The cover is very pleasing to the eye, and one of my favorite shades of green. I don’t know why the choice of the cover, but I felt it might be something like “seeing the light” or something like that. Continue reading “Book Review: Living Courageously, by Lipa Rath”

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Book Review: Wise Enough To Be Foolish, by Gauri Jayaram

About the author:
Gauri Jayaram is a mother of two girls, amateur athlete and a part-time writer. She is also a management school drop-out, traveller, entrepreneur, and in full time employment with the world’s largest escorted touring company. She is a little bit of many things, and still not satisfied. This book is her debut offering. Continue reading “Book Review: Wise Enough To Be Foolish, by Gauri Jayaram”

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Book Review: Turning Points: A Journey Through Challenges, by APJ Abdul Kalam

About the author:
APJ Abdul Kalam is one of India’s most distinguished scientists. He served as the 11th President of India, between 2002 and 2007. He was fondly referred to as “The People’s President” during his term. He has honorary doctorates from over thirty universities and is the recipient of the country’s three highest civilian awards – the Padma Bhushan, the Padma Vibhushan and the Bharat Ratna.

My thoughts on the book:
Inspiration comes in various ways. To read a book and be inspired by it is really a wonderful feeling. Over the last few days, I have had the pleasure of being inspired by few such books. Two of them were written by the man I have had the pleasure of seeing two times as well, the eleventh President of India, APJ Abdul Kalam.

The two books are two parts of his autobiography, and this book, Turning Points is the sequel to the first book, Wings of Fire.

Not that I’m comparing autobiography parts, but this was equally as good as Wings of Fire I feel. Yes, the life story of APJ might not be as endearing or understandable to us, but there are takeaways in each chapter, most certainly in the quotes that are there under the title names, and the concluding paragraph of chapters, and in the messages that are part of this book.

Take title quotes for e.g.

“Vision elevates the nation” was something that I liked. Only when you have the notion to change can you change, and some changes can elevate the nation itself. Another was “The ignited mind of the youth is the most powerful resource on the earth, above the earth, and under the earth”. It felt like he is telling us that a bright mind can move the earth.

There’s a poem in the chapter titled “Learning from others”. It is titled “What can I give?” For me, that poem was one of the highlights of the book. It asks us to share knowledge that we have, if we have resources, to share them with the needy, to use our mind and heart to bring a smile to those who need it. If we can give something, then we will be blessed.

Other things that are interesting in this book are the photos, and also the interview at the last. Again, this book isn’t something that would be appealing to all people, but I found it to be nice and worth the time.


A rating of 8/10
A rating of 8/10

Book details:
Title: Turning Points
Author: APJ Abdul Kalam
Genre: Autobiography
ISBN: 978-93-5029-347-8
Publishers: Harper Collins
Price: INR. 199

 


This book is a personal copy. No payment was taken for this review.
The opinions expressed in the review are my own, and remain unbiased and uninfluenced.


Shared with Indian Quills Reading Challenge at Tales Pensieve.


(Aug 3rd, 2013)

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Book Review: Wings of Fire, by APJ Abdul Kalam

About the author:
APJ Abdul Kalam is one of India’s most distinguished scientists. He served as the 11th President of India, between 2002 and 2007. He was fondly referred to as “The People’s President” during his term. He has honorary doctorates from over thirty universities and is the recipient of the country’s three highest civilian awards – the Padma Bhushan, the Padma Vibhushan and the Bharat Ratna.

My thoughts on the book:
Inspiration comes in various ways. To read a book and be inspired by it is really a wonderful feeling. Over the last few days, I have had the pleasure of being inspired by few such books. Two of them were written by the man I have had the pleasure of seeing two times as well, the eleventh President of India, APJ Abdul Kalam.

The two books are two parts of his autobiography, and this book, Wings of Fire is the first part.

I’m at my wits end as to how to review an autobiography, but it doesn’t feel right not to say this book is inspirational and something that needs to be read. It is a journey through leadership, through hardships, through the life of a man who inspired the nation. It shows a different perspective to things, one that we don’t usually see. The book has a lot of things that can be quoted, but I choose to share this one…

“He who knows others is learned, but the wise one is the one who knows himself. Learning without wisdom is of no use.”

I chose this particular quote because it tells me to look into understanding the person I am too, and not just look to understand others.

Another excerpt that looks into life was…

“The trouble is that we often merely analyse life instead of dealing with it. People dissect their failures for causes and effects, but seldom deal with them and gain experience to master them and thereby avoid their recurrence. This is my belief: that through difficulties and problems God gives us the opportunity to grow. So when your hopes and dreams and goals are dashed, search among the wreckage, you may find a golden opportunity hidden in the ruins.”

I have also got bogged down by failures rather than dealing with it. I guess that has stopped me from growing atleast a little bit. Maybe I failed for a reason, and that opportunity is still there. I think it’s about time I started to search for that opportunity now.

The book is inspiring, but it probably might not sound as much if you aren’t Indian. Still, there are things to take out of it.


A rating of 8/10
A rating of 8/10

Book details:
Title: Wings of Fire
Author: APJ Abdul Kalam
Genre: Autobiography
ISBN: 978-81-7371-146-6
Publishers: Universities Press
Price: INR. 275

 


This book is a personal copy. No payment was taken for this review.
The opinions expressed in the review are my own, and remain unbiased and uninfluenced.


Shared with
1) First Reads Challenge at b00k r3vi3ws
2) Indian Quills Reading Challenge at Tales Pensieve.


(Aug 3rd, 2013)