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Book Review: Gems of Kerala History, by Surya Das and Sreedeep Chennamangalam

“If you do not know where you come from, then you don’t know where you are, and if you don’t know where you are, then you don’t know where you’re going.” – Terry Pratchett

Books on history haven’t thrived in my bookshelf, or in my reading for that matter. The genre hasn’t been one I have loved. This book was an exception for two reasons. Firstly, it was written by a friend, and secondly, it was about the land I am from.

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Book Review: She Walks, She Leads by Gunjan Jain

“Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others.” – John Sweeney.

Growing up, we always look at someone to inspire us, to show us the path to walk on, but not how to walk on it. At first, it might be someone very dear to us, like our parents or a teacher. As we get to know stories of leaders, we try to follow in their footsteps.

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Book Review: When the Boss is Wrong, by Sibichen K. Mathew

Once past the college life, we’re said to be entering the ‘real world’. In a way, that is true. Even in college, we’d have retained some semblance of childhood, when in reality we’re well on our way to that ‘real world’. For anyone in the corporate/professional world, the first order of business would be getting a boss, I suppose. That’s a change we’re to embrace. Up until then, we did not have anyone telling us what to do (parents don’t count) and we were headed somewhere, not led somewhere. Through the corporate/professional life, the bosses keep changing. As the author himself says in the early parts of this book, there’s even a chance that we imbibe some of his/her qualities. For one who keeps shifting between different companies, there’d be an idea of what the boss is like. Through this book, Sibichen introduces the reader to many kinds of bosses.

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Book Review: Kerala – The Divine Destination, by Lalitha Balasubramanian

‘That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.’
~Jhumpa Lahiri~

At times, there’s nothing more relaxing than traveling. The heart gets tired of seeing the same things over and over again, and wishes to explore the unseen, hear the unheard and experience something new. Someone who is stuck in the city for most days of the week may prefer to venture out of it, and seek the sounds of nature, or the calmness of a village. Of course, there are occasions where one would seek out the warmth and familiarity of an old, treasured memory.

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(Book Review) When I Fell in Love with Life: Musings of a Cancer Survivor, by Geetha Paniker

‘Life is 10% what happens to us, and 90% how we react to it.’ – Dennis Kimbro

No one can predict what life throws at us, how it tests us. We can’t control that, but we can control how we let it to affect us. We can choose to take it in our stride and learn from it, or stop and let it fester. To do the former takes strength and courage, patience and a positive life-affirming attitude. Those qualities are reflected in the writings shared by Geetha Paniker in this book.

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