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Book Review: Three Men in SeA by Ashok Yeshurum Masillamami

Three Men in SeA by Ashok Yeshurum Masillamami is a wonderful book that is part travelogue, and part memoir and historical journal. The title is impressive yet intriguing. Well SeA stands for Southeast Asia. The trio of Terry, Gerald, and the narrator Ashok fulfills a long pending travel wish. Thus, in 2012, they travel together through four countries: Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. However, the book also has tales from Sri Lanka, which was visited by Gerald, as he grew there and spent much time of his life. After the travel experiences the book also sheds light on many historical points, especially dredging up the Tamil roots in India and elsewhere. The book is a boon for travel lovers. It also provides travel information for digital nomads and slow travelers, as it comes handy with what to have there and what things to be avoided. Before you commence the book, the author has given the backdrop details about their trip. What actuated, what worked, how many initially opted, h

Book Review – Living the Practice: Volume 1: The Way of Love by Rohini Ralby

Living the Practice: Volume 1: The Way of Love by Rohini Ralby is an insightful and engrossing integrated spiritual book. Rohini takes it forward from where it was left in Walking Home with Baba: The Heart of Spiritual Practice. Rohini had been a true disciple of Swami Muktananda Paramahamsa for around eight years. From him, she learnt the true ways of love and a purposeful life, free from fear and ignorance. The book is abundant with tools and techniques that advance one on the path of unperturbed spirituality, yet its USP lies in Fourchotomy , which further can be used to get true self love. The below excerpt distinguishes love from vibrations, our hedonistic unbridled desires as when repetitively happen take precedence over the meaning of love. We begin losing our self in the monotony of vibrations. “First, we have to feel the vibration. Not just when it has blossomed forth, but when we are at rest. The vibration is always there just under the surface; we have to become aware of i

Book Review – Astro Poems: Twilight Adventures of Nick, a Space Boy by Barli Sowmya

It’s a beautifully blended book of creative content and illustrations. Though the title suggests poems on our Space, however, reading gives a hunch that it moves on like a short novel of children. As you could guess from the title, the story features Nick – he goes in the Space and is thrilled to discover the other side of the world. Barli Sowmya’s objective to write this book is to educate below primary level children with Space that is partly visible from the earth. She infuses innovative creative content technology so as the book sounds informative, light, and right on the path. Nick and Susana are cute siblings. They grow curious upon seeing a colourful vibrant space robot in a toy shop. They have no proper understanding of Space. Nick watches Space from a telescope. He forms a different opinion about it. However, his father Daniel corrects him. And one day he is sent to Space in some space centre. While Nick roams around the space centre, he discovers a fascinating pull in t

Book Review: From Slave to Separate but Equal: The Constitution, Slave Capitalism, Human Rights & Civil War Reckoning by Paul Kalra

Trading and slavery of black people and slaves from African subcontinent was a common and prevalent system among white people from Western Countries. Among all ‘North America’ holds the most unwanted and ugly and merciless history against slavery of blacks. Paul Kalra’ s new book is about all types of slaves in the USA, it optimally sheds light on their basic day-to-day plight, moral dilemma in revolution and civil war, existential crises with reference to protestant slavery code, and their fight for a share in civil and human rights, and so on. The book is though a compilation of accounts, bibliographical references and journals, yet it qualifies as a historical non-fiction fit. Stretched up to 10 lengthy chapters, the book takes you through the early years of slavery boasting to last vestiges of slavery as why it was rejected due to the white immigrants from Europe to presidential election of 1860s right up to the end of civil war in 1865, and that 1760s American Revolution. Th

Book Review: Everything and Nothing by Nilotpal Dutta

The vagaries of life are as uncertain as the quirk of fate. What we plan, think, and anticipate – could change in a matter of few days. But whenever life changes and goes opposite the dreams, it causes irreparable pain. In the novel ‘Everything and Nothing’ by Nilotpal Dutta we follow a similar lifecycle of one strong yet naïve woman: Damyanti. In a true sense, this novel reads like a historical saga. The family tree of the protagonist Damyanti and others roots back to 18 th century. The novel is mainly staged against the modern-day Bangladesh. It sheds light on how a family is built and developed layer by layer, from one generation to another. Damyanti also known as Paki in childhood was a privileged child to have a family of good values and in fact that time there was hardly any communal division. So, she enjoyed her life purely and could see Hindu, Bengali, or Muslim through a same lens. But things changed…for worst. Her story roots back to peaceful days of Dacca (now Dhaka). S

Book Review: The Unexpected Trail by Nisha B Thakur

The Unexpected Trail by Nisha B Thakur is an extra layered drama packed riveting murder mystery with romance as one of its undercurrent themes. The story is presented with a superb flair of narrative. The plot remains within a boundary of few families but the traverse of the novel is lengthy, but not at all banal. The novel features love story of Raj and Tanvi, residents of Mumbai. They both have sad childhood, struggle for career aspirations, yet love binds them. They meet while working for a same company. However Raj was expelled from the company due to Tanvi’s friend Neha. Initially, Raj is loathed for being poor and no trace of family. Tanvi has no parents. Her maid Ganga Tai and friend Neha don’t like Raj for their personal set of reasons. Raj and Tanvi live in the same house. While partying with friends, one day Tanvi finds a dead person in her kitchen. Here onwards, the novel turns into a murder mystery genre. Inspector Yash continues solving the case, but on the other hand