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To write a lot, you need to read a lot! I am fond of reading so I love exploring different kinds of books, fiction as well as non-fiction.
So, here you have me- a writer- speak on writing. On my blogs and books ( published or otherwise), and on the blogs and books I read.
Also, my take on what's making news!

Prem Rao : Stories from a Story Teller Prem Rao

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To write a lot, you need to read a lot! I am fond of reading so I love exploring different kinds of books, fiction as well as non-fiction.
So, here you have me- a writer- speak on writing. On my blogs and books ( published or otherwise), and on the blogs and books I read.
Also, my take on what's making news!

    "1962: The War That Wasn't" by Shiv Kunal Verma. A review.

    "1962: The War That Wasn't" by Shiv Kunal Verma. A review.

    The Indo-China Conflict in the winter of 1962 thrashed many reputations and left a deep scar on millions of Indians including me. There have been many books written over the decades on the infamous events of those tumultuous days. Shiv Kunal Verma's " 1962: The War That Wasn't" is, in my opinion, the most objective of the lot.

    It is, I feel, a "must read" for students of military history and politics. After all, isn't it often said that those who don't learn from history are likely to make the same mistakes all over again? Today's world and India's circumstances are vastly different from our position in 1962, but it is worth remembering how expensive mistakes can result in loss of life, considerable hardship to the men defending our borders, and an irreparable harm to reputations built over years! 


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    "The Saga Of A Braveheart" by Shakunthala A Bhandarkar

    "The Saga Of A Braveheart" by Shakunthala A Bhandarkar

    This is the heart warming and inspiring story of Lt Col Ajit V Bhandarkar, Shaurya Chakra, of the 18 th Battalion (Mysore) of The Madras Regiment of the Indian Army. He was killed in action in October 1999 while serving with the 25 Rashtriya Rifles in the Poonch area of Jammu & Kashmir. He was the second in command of his battalion and volunteered to lead a Quick Response Team  when intelligence gathered indicated that some terrorists had infiltrated into Indian territory. He killed three of them before he succumbed to grievous injurious sustained in the gun battle with the fourth infiltrator. He was awarded the Shaurya Chakra for his courage and exemplary leadership. 
    Putting behind her deep personal sorrow at her loss, Mrs Bhandarkar has written this book to share her husband's story with the public at large. She hopes through this book to create greater awareness, particularly among many civilians who know little or nothing about life in the Defence Services, and what it means to be an Army wife.
    The book traces the life of Col Bhandarkar, a fine officer and gentleman whose memory is held dear by many who knew him and worked with him during his service to the nation. 




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    • 8 min
    Pothe! A Tribute to Film Actor-Director Pratap Pothen (1952-2022)

    Pothe! A Tribute to Film Actor-Director Pratap Pothen (1952-2022)

    My personal tribute to a close friend whom I knew for 63 years! Many knew him as a film personality- an actor, a director etc but I remember him most from our schooldays together at The Lawrence School, Lovedale in the beautiful Nilgiri Hills in Tamilnadu in India. 

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    • 9 min
    "Elon Musk: Tesla, Space X and the Quest for a Fantastic Future" by Ashlee Vance

    "Elon Musk: Tesla, Space X and the Quest for a Fantastic Future" by Ashlee Vance

    A definitive biography of a man who is always in the news these days- Elon Musk. Most recently, his bid of $44 billion to buy Twitter hit the headlines the world over. Such a move is not unexpected of Musk. When you read this book by Ashlee Vance titled, " "Elon Musk: Tesla, Space X and the Quest for a Fantastic Future" you will understand why!

    From his earliest start up to his growth as an entrepreneur and now a business leader, this book gives you deep insight into the man himself and his innovative approaches to business. His risk taking abilities have inspired awe. His vision for the future have only a few parallels, if at all.

    This book is a must read for anyone who aspires to be a business owner, entrepreneur or business leader. 


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    • 7 min
    "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership" by James Comey. A Review.

    "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership" by James Comey. A Review.

    " A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership" by James Comey is a comprehensive account of his professional life, especially as the 7th Director of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation. He was appointed to this office by President George W Bush in 2013. The author shares his views on key personalities he came across in the Bush administration and later in the Obama administration. 

    He was the FBI Director when the high profile Hillary Clinton email case was investigated. He continued as FBI Director under the new Trump administration until he was unceremoniously fired by President Donald J Trump in May 2017. 

    In this book, Mr Comey who served for decades in the US Department of Justice in various capacities gives his views on basic tenets of ethics and leadership. He gives examples of what he believes are good and bad leadership. 

    An interesting book that gives the reader deep insights into the complexities of holding high office, especially in times of crisis. 


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    • 7 min
    "Unaccustomed Earth" by Jhumpa Lahiri: A Review

    "Unaccustomed Earth" by Jhumpa Lahiri: A Review

    They say that writing short stories calls for special skills on the part of the writer. Not every writer can do this with the elegance of Jhumpa Lahiri, who excels in this form of writing.

    "Unaccustomed Earth" is a collection of eight short stories, written in her distinctive style. All of them have characters who are immigrants to the United States. They speak of the many issues that they face as immigrants and how they have to cope with them. This is short story writing at its best! 


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    • 7 min

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