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The Inheritors: Stories of Entrepreneurship and Success by Sonu Bhasin – Book Review

Wondering how to grow your business and looking for some inspiration? Thinking as to how some businesses grow so big and while some are still struggling to make the ends meet?

The Inheritors by Sonu Bhasin is just what you are looking for.

About the Author

Sonu Bhasin is one of the early and senior women professionals in the industry and has led businesses in senior leadership positions during her role as director, ING Barings; president, Axis Bank; and group President, Yes Bank. Currently, Sonu is an independent director of boards of well-known companies.

She is the founder of Families and Business (FAB), a platform for family-owned businesses, and the editor of Families & Business magazine.

Blurb of the book

Why did Harsh Mariwala leave his family business? Why did the Burman family quit the day-to-day operations of Dabur? How did the Dhingras turn a collapsing business into India’s second largest paint company?

The Inheritors offers a fascinating behind- the- scenes look at what goes on in Marico, Dabur, Keventers, Berger Paints, Select Group, Motilal Oswal and many more. The book focuses on culture, family politics, ego battles, business rivalries and a lot more. And then, of course, there are the inheritors themselves- some take the businesses to greater heights while others lead them to doom.

Review

Sonu Bhasin has chosen storytelling method while writing about the inheritors of the so-called big business houses and brands as we know them today. The story telling method makes the book very interesting and highly relatable. It is very interesting to know that the inheritors, who are believed to be born with a silver spoon, also need to work hard and face a lot of challenges to reach where they are. Success doesn’t come easily to anyone. Even the big companies who have reached the skies of success today have to start from a scratch and had to go through several hardships from various fronts to be where they are today.

I found the book very inspiring and gripping from beginning to the end. Even while talking about the details of financial aspects of the family businesses, the book doesn’t lose the interest of the reader. Reading about the personal lives and interests of the inheritors of the family businesses, their ambitions, passions and dreams while dealing with the various obstacles that they had to confront, like Amit Burman’s dream of establishing food related business and how he had to work his way through in converting Real Fruit Juices and Lite Bite Foods into big profitable brands has highly inspiring and motivating.

The book also brings into light some aspects of feminism though in extremely subtle ways when the author talks about how the females of the families of the family businesses were not given any role in the council and even the profit sharing of some companies.

At the same time, there is the story of Pooja Jain from Luxor group, who questions the term “inheritors” itself and brings in to light how each day she has to work hard and has dedicated herself in the service of the company.

To conclude, the tight grip on the narrative and the story telling medium combined with some of the most fascinating stories of the people who took the reins of their family businesses in their hands and have not only been running it successfully but have also led them to greater heights, makes “The Inheritors” a worth read.

I was given a copy of the book by Writer’s Melon for an honest review.

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Second Chance by Dr Sandeep Jatwa: A Book Review

Can we really buy everything with money? Who is richer: a person having billions in his bank or a person having someone to love and receive love from? These are the questions which the book Second Chance brings to us.

“Second Chance…if you were given a second chance, how would you change things?” The book poses a question on the reader through the cover page itself. From the beginning itself it feels that there is an element of some kind of surprise in store. It is sufficient to arise the curiosity of the readers. The cover page of the book is very intriguing. It shows a wealthy man walking on a road amidst the clouds and his head is held by a huge hand. It signifies the role of a super power in our lives whom we keep ignoring and fail to recognise.

About the Author

The book is written by Dr. Sandeep Jatwa. Born in the holy city of Ujjain and grew up in Dewas, in the state of Madhya Pradesh, India. He attained his MBBS from MGM Medical College, Indore. He works at the Government Hospital Sarangpur District Rajgarh. He has been writing since 2006 and has completed two novels. The first is yet to be published and the second one with the title of Second Chance has been published. His most urgent wish is to be able to educate children working on the streets and believes that childhood should be awesome and not a struggle.

 

Blurb of the book     

Second Chance is about a billionaire called Shekhar who believes that he can buy anything with money. Words like love, kindness, pity, sympathy and respect have no value for him. Through the course of his entire life, he has conducted so many evil deeds that he himself cannot recollect. A thorough ruthless and reckless person, he starts getting warnings from the City of Justice to mend his ways but he keeps ignoring them and continues his ways. One day he meets a terrible accident and is taken to the City of Justice. He is surprised and does not believe himself. Considering it to be a joke, he talks rudely with the God of Justice, “you have no rights to punish me,’Shekhar yelled”. When he is shown all his evil deeds by the Bookkeeper in front of God, he feels ashamed. He gets sentenced to go to the hell. His mother’s last wish comes to his rescue and he is given a second chance to improve his wrong doings. What were the deeds for which he was taken to the hell? Will he be able to improve himself? Will an arrogant and egoist person like Shekhar Kapoor acknowledge his mistakes and correct them?

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Theme

The book revolves around the theme of the cycle of Karmas. If we do good deeds, we go to heaven and if we do bad deeds then we have to face punishments in hell. We have to pay for our sins and no riches, money or wealth of the world can save us from that. Love and kindness go a long way in providing happiness in life rather than money. The moral of the story is very well stated by Manohar Kaka in the book, “a small cottage wherein laughter lives is worth more than a castle full of tears”.

Review

The book is very well written with a very interesting plot. The narrative is able to hook the reader and keep them engaged throughout its course. The language is simple and comprehensible. The story unfolds gradually seemingly predictable at the beginning it brings in some surprises. The characters are portrayed very vividly and realistically. The protagonist, Shekhar is not a hero or someone you would fall in love with immediately but on the contrary is someone the reader as well the other characters in the book hate from the beginning. The character, Shekhar, evolves gradually. He is made to see his folly and is directed towards improving it. The narrative becomes too descriptive while presenting the scenes of the City Of Justice and the punishment he has to go through in the hell, “he stood on a red hot land, whimpering for mercy with smarting and impotency on his face. The remains of his shoes were hanging from his ankles and his suit – a rag now – was totally drenched in his perspiration.”

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The narrative becomes dull and slow paced during the descriptive scenes of the City of Justice and Hell but picks up pace after that. The second part of the book which deals with Shekhar trying to correct his wrong doings is very interesting. There are elements of surprise and suspense which are unfolded in the end. The love story of Shekhar and Unnati is very sweet and subtle, “the most beautiful and golden hearted girl was his and now he was feeling himself to be the luckiest person in the world”.

The book provides its reader with a much needed lesson and thought to ponder over in its closing lines, “life changes when you open the door of your heart for love…no money can give you contentment and happiness”. Overall the book is surely worth reading and keep you engaged with some good morals and learnings too.

Note: I received a review copy from Vinfluencers in exchange of an honest review.

 

 

 

 

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One Kit for All Your Hair Woes

Mamaearth Hair Care Kit Review

Mamaearth has become a well-known brand now. Starting from their baby care range to traditional recipes not to forget the mamaearth skin care range, Mamaearth has been keeping its promise of providing us with 100% toxin free and natural products. This time mamaearth brings to us a special range of products that all moms need the most especially after their delivery, a very special hair care kit.

 

 

After delivery, one of the most dreaded thing that we face is the hair loss. I remember, how much I used to cry every time I used to comb my hair. It’s such a pain to see your beautiful hair lying on the floor. How thin they become and how dull they start looking after a few months post-delivery!

Mamaearth seems to understand moms too well. For that’s the reason they have come up with a most amazing kit to deal with all our hair woes. Even after so many years after delivery, I cannot say that my hair are the same as they used to be. One of the major reason is that I don’t get the time to visit a salon very often and with two kids, I simply forget to even look at them. Welcome to motherhood!

About Mamaearth Anti Hair Fall Kit

The kit contains 4 products:

1.   Root Restore Hair Oil

2.   Happy Heads Shampoo

3.   No More Tangles Conditioner

4.   Pro- Growth Hair Tonic

 

1)  Root Restore Hair oil

Root Restore Hair Oil has coconut oil, olive oil, orange oil, rosemary oil, palmarosa oil, evening primrose oil, jojoba oil, bhringraj oil and vitamin E as its key ingredients. It helps in strengthening the roots, provides nourishment and repairs damaged hair. It is Paraben free, Phthalates free, dye free and SLS free. It comes in the form of a clear liquid and has to be applied evenly from the roots till the end. Being herbal and therapeutic in nature it helps reducing all the hair problems.

 

2)   Happy Heads Shampoo

Happy Heads Shampoo contains biotin, horse chestnut and amla as its key ingredients. It is free from harsh chemicals and very gentle in nature. It is in the form of a clear liquid with a mild fragrance that retains in the hair for quite some time. Even though it is mild in nature but it cleanses the hair thoroughly, which I feel is the best part. It forms good lather but one needs to wash twice if using after hair oil. It does not cause any dryness to the hair.

3)   No More Tangles Conditioner

With the kind of neglect that our hair go through especially after becoming a mom, this conditioner comes to our rescue. Our hair become so rough and dry that they easily form tangles. Mamaearth’s No More Tangles Conditioner contains milk protein, cocoa butter and fenugreek. It makes the hair naturally soft and silky. It moisturises the hair and strengthens them. It spreads easily and has to be applied from the roots till the end.

4)   Pro-Growth Hair Tonic

With caffeine, red ginseng and milk protein and being free from all the harsh chemicals, this is a must have product for all the moms. It is mainly for strengthening hair roots, improving density of thee hair and reducing hair fall. It has to be applied on the roots. It is non sticky and very light.  A regular application helps in visible results.

 

After using the products in the kit regularly for over a week, I can see a difference in my hair. There is a natural bounce and shine. The limpness is gone and they look healthier.

The kit is available at their official site as well as the leading online stores.

To know more visit www.mamaearth.in

 

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Adventures in Farland by Moshank Relia: A Book Review

 

About the Book:

Adventures in Farland is a book written for young readers between the age group of 6-15. The book is based on fantasy fiction. The story revolves around a young girl called Mira who chances upon to meet, Bushy from Farland and is invited to the New Moon Party by Princess Harmonica. Farland is a magical place about which Mira has heard stories from her mother. The gnomes, the fairies, the toads, the eagles and many other strange characters live in Farland.

Mira gladly accepts the invitation and is taken to Farland by Starlight, the best pilot of Farland. It was like a dream come true for her. She was travelling to a place she had heard about in the stories and was believed to be a fairy-tale. It was then that her adventures begin. She comes to know how the land of Farland is under danger by a witch who wants to destroy everything. Even though, she is a complete stranger to the place, Mira agrees to help the people of Farland. During her mission to save the land, she visits some of the most fascinating places and meets some of the strangest creatures. Will she be able to save the beautiful land of Farland?

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Characters of the Book:

The book portrays some very interesting and magical creatures. The Characters are very interesting, curious and relatable.  The character of Bushy, for example, is very strange too. He has a bush on his head instead of hair.

The character of Mira is portrayed as a beautiful, brave and kind hearted girl. She thinks wisely and acts bravely even at the most crucial moments.  She remains calm and composed throughout her adventures.

Mira was accompanied by her two friends, Vira and Bira, the twin brothers who constantly kept quarrelling. They were turned into rats by Bushy so that they do not disturb the party.

Some other interesting characters of the book are Starlight, Queen Halo, Princess Harmonica, Ugly the Giant and the Windman.

The Narrative Style:

The narrative of the book is very gripping from the beginning till the end. The imagery used in the book is very vivid providing enough room for imagination to the young readers. The imagery used is very descriptive and vivid. The reader can visualise the story very clearly. The language used is very simple with some new words to enhance the vocabulary of its targeted audience. The use of song in the train sequence helps lighten the tension building up during the sequence of events. The element of suspense holds the curiosity of the readers till the very end. There is never a dull moment during the flow of the storyline. The story comes with morals too by the way of the characters. The way the twins were punished and turned into rats and the way Mira acted bravely and wisely provides a lesson to the young readers.

About the Author:

The book is written by Moshank Relia, a graduate in English literature with a love for children and story writing. Moshank is passionate about photography and trekking and holds certificate in creative writing, theatre and sketching. It is the first book written by him. His art of storytelling and the ability to hold his audience can well be seen in the book. The way he has crafted the story and the sequence of events in the book makes the reader asking for more.

I am very thankful to him for providing me with an opportunity to review his book. The minute I started reading the book, I could not put it down. It was almost as if I could see it happening right in front of me, making me a part of the journey.   When I told my daughter about the storyline of the Adventures in Farland, she became very excited. She is asking me for the book everyday which shows the suitability of the book for its aimed readers. The book is sure to capture the imagination and curiosity of the children. I am eagerly looking forward for the launch of the book on Amazon on the 19th of this month.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Book That Connects Your Child With Your Childhood

T4Tales Book Review

Recently, I was talking with my daughter about the games we used to play during our childhood. One of the many outdoor group games that we used to play was “Poshampa bhai poshampa”, then I realised that I have forgotten a few words in between of this very famous and sweet song of my childhood. Last week, I received a beautiful gift from T4Tales, a children’s book publisher for a review. To my surprise I found the good old songs of my childhood in it. And guess what, it even has, my favourite “Poshampa bhai Poshampa”.

I was so excited that I called my daughter and said, “Remember I was trying to sing this song few days back and I told you that I have forgotten it. See, this book has my favourite song and the other songs too which we used to sing.” We sat down together and sang all the songs of my childhood. I felt as if I was a little girl again and singing the songs with my best friend. During those few moments, I and my daughter were two best friends of the same age group. We giggled, we smiled and we laughed and hugged each other just like two little girls.

About the Book:

The book called “GOL MOL BOL” compiled by Pridhee and illustrated by Abhilash is a beautiful and colourful hard bound book containing old Hindi Rhymes. The illustrations are big, beautiful and full of childhood innocence. 
The best part of the book is that the rhymes are written not only in Hindi script but in English script as well. The songs are not translated in English but transliterated to help young readers learn Hindi language.

While reading the book I realised that we start teaching English language to our children at a very young age. We start drilling English alphabets, we converse with them in English and prefer reading books written in English right from the very beginning. With the result that they become proficient in English from a very young age. But what about our own Indian Languages and especially Hindi? Kids, these days are not as comfortable in reading and writing Hindi as they are with English.

About the Publishers:

T4Tales brings to us books written in Hindi with English transliteration. It helps young learners who can easily read English with phonemes to read and learn Hindi language. The English transliteration enables them to pronounce the words correctly and help them enjoy the rhythm of the songs. T4Tales offers books for young learners those who are between 0-4 years of age. They help introduce Indian Languages, such as Hindi, Punjabi and Kannada, to help children in their early years. They offer old Indian rhymes that have been passed down to us by our elders and thereby help our children connect with their roots.

About the Author:

The author of the book, Pridhee Kapur Gupta, is a mother of a 4 year old, writes books for young children in Indian languages. A trained molecular biologist with a PhD from Germany, Pridhee has an undergraduate and masters degree from IIT-Delhi, and has taught at Macquarie University, Australia. Her journey in book writing began after becoming a mother when she realised that there were not enough children’s books in Indian Languages available outside India. That’s when she decided to pen down books on her own.

What I loved About the Book:

Apart from the bright and colourful illustrations, the content and the bilingual feature of the book, there is also a very special feature adding a new dimension to the book is the pop up page. There is a pop up page provided at the end of the book with the rhyme “Chanda Mama Gol Gol”. It adds a special flavour to the book and easily enraptures the young readers.

Where to grab it from:  

Grab your copies of the book from

Shumee Toys: https://www.shumee.in/products/hindi-rhymes-gol-mol-bol

T4Tales: http://www.t4tales.com/home.html