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Exile : A Memoir | Taslima Nasreen | Book Review

December 9, 2016

Exile : A Memoir | Taslima Nasreen | Book ReviewBy Sankalpita

SUBJECT: 3.5/5

CANDIDNESS: 4.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5

Taslima Nasreen is a household name in India. The Bangladeshi author has been always in news no matter what. She is a brave soul for in spite of all the “fatwas” in her name and the “bounti…

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I'd Rather Read | Various Authors | Book Review

December 7, 2016

By Sankalpita

CONCEPT: 4/5

EXECUTION: 3.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

Childhood is the time when we are free to pursue our interests without any hindrances and stress. There is no burden and there is no pressure. It is this time when we form our own delica…

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When Breath Becomes Air | Paul Kalanithi | Book Review

October 3, 2016

When Breath Becomes Air | Paul Kalanithi | Book Review

By Bhavna Anil

PLOT: 4.5/5 

CHARACTERS: 5/5 

WRITING STYLE: 5/5 

CLIMAX: 5/5 

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 5/5 

This posthumously published memoir is divided into two halves – the first half chronicles Paul’s early life and his life-altering career switch from En…

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Pancakes in Paris | Craig Carlson | Book Review

October 2, 2016

Pancakes in Paris | Craig Carlson | Book Review

By Sankalpita

SUBJECT: 3.5/5

CANDIDNESS: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5

Pancakes in Paris: Living the American Dream in France. The subtitle says it all. This book is every man’s ticket to making the American Dream work in Paris. Personally, I feel the book c…

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Ariel Bradley | Lynda Durant | Book Review

October 2, 2016

Ariel Bradley | Lynda Durant | Book Review

By Sankalpita

AGE: 6-9 years

Ariel Bradley, A Spy for General Washington does a very good job of teaching a little bit of history to the kids while inculcating some good reading habits in them. The book also inspires the children to feel patriotic and serve their motherland (in this case T…

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7 Vows of Marriage | Devika Das | Book Review

August 27, 2016

7 Vows of Marriage | Devika Das | Book Review

By Sankalpita

SUBJECT: 3.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 3/5

RELEVANCE: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5

Many say that “Marriages are made in Heaven” but very few realize that marriages are run on Earth. The West and the East both have a very different approach to marriage. While the West is …

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Eat Pray Love | Elizabeth Gilbert | Book Review

August 26, 2016

Eat Pray Love | Elizabeth Gilbert | Book Review

By Sankalpita

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

SUBJECT: 4/5

CANDIDNESS: 4.5/5

RELEVANCE: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

This book is so popular that it is almost impossible to not read it. Having felt ashamed many times on my not having read this book, I quietly ordered the book (befo…

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50 Tips on Building your Child's Self-Esteem | Jenny Loveless | Book Review

January 1, 2016

By Sankalpita

SUBJECT: 3.5/5

RESEARCH: 2.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

RELEVANCE: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

Having recently discovered the joys of motherhood, I sat down to think of some really good ways of ensuring that I be a good mother. Given my love for anything written, …

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Mrs Funnybones | Twinkle Khanna | Book Review

January 1, 2016

Mrs Funnybones | Twinkle Khanna | Book Review

By Sankalpita

SUBJECT: 3/5                               

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

CANDIDNESS: 3.5/5

HUMOUR: 4.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5

To be able to write humour is a gift and after reading this book I can surely vouch for Twinkle Khanna in this…

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I Inspire | Neerja Malik & Megha Bajaj | Book Review

December 11, 2015

I Inspire | Neerja Malik | Book Review

By Sankalpita

SUBJECT: 3.5/5

CANDIDNESS: 3/5

WRITING STYLE: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

Of all the ghastly diseases that plague the citizens of this world, Cancer is the deadliest, ugliest and the most widespread. God forbid, it should never happen to anyone. The insanely to…

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Cracking the Code | Ayushann Khurana & Tahira Kashyap | Book Review

November 26, 2015

Cracking the Code | Ayushmann Khurrana & Tahira Kashyap | Book Review

By Sankalpita

SUBJECT: 3/5

CANDIDNESS: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

Most of us have, in our younger and juvenile years, dreamed of making it big in the tinsel town and maybe some of us still harbour that dream. But honestly what are the odds? What are the…

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It Doesn't Hurt To Be Nice | Amisha Sethi | Book Review

September 19, 2015

By Sankalpita

SUBJECT: 3/5

RESEARCH: 3/5

RELEVANCE: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

We all our so full of ourselves these days. Our hands and plates are always full, so much so that we never really have time to look back at what we intended to achieve initially and where we are st…

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The Unsure Male | JT | Book Review

September 10, 2015

The Unsure Male | JT | Book Review

By Sankalpita

SUBJECT: 3/5

RESEARCH: 3/5

RELEVANCE: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5

The author JT is a retired officer of the Indian navy and in his free time has often pondered over certain basic questions which haunt the daily aspects of our lives but which unfortunately we as…

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Girl World | Patricia Ottaviano | Book Review

September 10, 2015

Girl World | Patricia Ottaviano | Book Review

By Sankalpita

SUBJECT: 3.5/5

RESEARCH: 2/5

RELEVANCE: 3.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

Teenage years are indisputably one of the most challenging and most beautiful years of our life. The memories which we make and the person we develop into goes a long wa…

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13 Steps to Bloody Good Luck | Ashwin Sanghi | Book Review

August 12, 2015

By Sankalpita

13 Steps to Bloody Good Luck | Ashwin Sanghi | Book Review

SUBJECT: 3.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

RELEVANCE: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

Yes! You will be surprised. We all have known Ashwin Sanghi as the bestselling author of the three mythological thrillers – The Rozabal Line, The Krishna Key and Chanakya’s Chant and of …

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The Old Man and His God | Sudha Murty | Book Review

July 29, 2015

The Old Man and His God | Sudha Murty | Book ReviewBy Sankalpita

SUBJECT: 3.5/5

THEME: 3.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

RELEVANCE: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

Sudha Murty does not need introductions. After years of hard work she has successfully established herself as a force to be reckoned with. She is also one of India’s most fam…

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Real Heroes: Ordinary People Extraordinary Service | Book Review

July 14, 2015

Real Heroes: Ordinary People Extraordinary Service | Book ReviewBy Sankalpita

CONCEPT: 4/5

RELEVANCE: 4.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5

“Love cannot remain by itself – it has no meaning. Love has to be put into action and that action is service” – Mother Teresa

These words reflect upon the meaning of true love. What i…

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Stolen Years: A Memoir of Simranjit Singh Mann's Imprisonment | Pavit Kaur | Book Review

June 26, 2015

By SankalpitaStolen Years | Pavit Kaur | Book Review

SUBJECT: 3/5

CONTENT: 3/5

WRITING STYLE: 3/5

CANDIDNESS: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5

Simranjit Singh Mann was an Indian Police Officer posted in Bombay when he resigned from the services of his organization as a gesture to protest against the wrong doing on the …

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Nobody Can Love You More | Mayank Austen Soofi | Book Review

June 16, 2015

Nobody Can Love You More | Mayank Austen Soofi | Book Review

By Sankalpita

SUBJECT: 4/5

RESEARCH: 4.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5

Life in a red light district is never an easy one, even for somebody who has come into its folds by choice. The book “Nobody Can Love You More” written by the famous blogger cum writer Mayank…

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Tales from the Secret Footballer | Anon Anon | Book Review

May 20, 2015

By KC

SUBJECT: 4/5

RESEARCH: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4.5/5

Football is one of the most watched sports in the world, and has millions of fans in multiple countries. And the English Premier League is one of the most popular leagues in the world, with fans around t…

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