Posts By Ranu

Jasmine builds on shifting sands


Jasmine is an ambitious talented college going girl who gets a lucky break into the fashion industry. What follows is Jasmine’s trials, challenges and her methods to cope with her changing circumstances. She meets interesting people in her journey who help bring about changes not only to her professional life but also into aspects of her spiritual journey towards maintaining a balance in her life and excelling in her professional life as well, thereby contributing to her coming into being a wholesome person.

The book is self help book by first time author Sanjay Desai who tries to give a formula of manifestation to the universe, using a metaphor of Jasmine and her trials in the fashion industry. The metaphor is intricately woven to make the reader understand the delicate nuances of the spiritual journey which otherwise would come across as a lot of “GYAN”. This easily taps into the reader’s modern mindset.

The Characters of Jasmine, Prasad, Bala. Shaheen, Anjolie, etc are well woven keeping the book light and not bowed down by the heavy spiritual theories which is sometimes gets difficult to read.

I particularly like the prologue. The conversations between Ma Krishnamayi and Sanjay in the beautiful backdrop of Kedar was very enticing. The picture that was painted was very beautiful peaceful and serene. The rules of mindfulness as I know it being explained by Ma Krishnamayi was quite profound. Past is the dream power, memory of an impression we carry, also the default state and the creation power where we can actually make changes and probably bring any changes in the world we are living, a state where we can exercise our power to manifest.

The world that was given to us has not been created by us. It is there by default within which we have to survive. Hence depending upon our creation power is all that we can do to make any changes to our shifting circumstances. A quote I liked from the book which will stay with me was :

“To see with the Inner Eye is to believe

To believe with unwavering Faith is to Manifest “

Another takeaway from the manifestation formula was the focus and alignment factors which lead to the achievement of our goals:Focus on the goals and Alignment to the circumstances.

All in all an easy and quick read which no fancy trimmings. Only my wish is that the editing team paid more attention to grammar and spellings. I found that a huge pitfall. Looking forward to reading more interesting reads from the author.

Verity by Colleen Hoover

Amidst all the confusion of life and the pandemic I happened to read a crazy masterpiece. There are few psycho thrillers which you read that you already have an opinion about when you start off and you are so sure that this is how it is going to turn out and then when you read it, it not only stops you in your tracks but for some time you go comatose. Verity is a book just like that. It is simply brain shattering. I read it amidst cooking and all my chores and almost started a fire in my kitchen.

There are always two sides of a coin, in life we all have our preconceived notions of good bad evil. What is good from one person’s perception is completely different from another person’s view of life. Our definition of things in life are very different and the same thing can have different meaning for another person. This book questions all such perceptions takes you to the edge and pushes you off. The book questions the most basic thing and the beginning of every life, mother. We all have definitions of motherhood but this one is scary terrifying….. I’m scared to put in an epithet here.

The main antagonist and probably protagonist of the book is Verity, a successful best selling author who writes thrillers but with a twist. She writes books from the murderer’s point of view. Her books are evil and twisted and that makes her books, bestsellers

Verity meets with an accident which puts her in a vegetated state. She and her family have had a bad year, where within a span of a few months her twin daughters died in separate mysterious circumstances and then her own accident. Lowen Ashleigh is a lesser known author who writes thrillers like Verity. She is called on by the publishing house to complete the series that Verity was working on. She has troubles of her own, personal and financial. So its given to say that she needs the job badly. The story starts with her moving in to Verity’s home to help acquaint herself with the research, writings and drafts if any made by Verity for the series so that she can restart writing from where Verity had left off.

Once she moves in she finds a manuscript of an autobiography written by Verity just before her accident. The autobiography is dark and twisted and questions everything that has happened, everything that appears is probably not as it seems, there are two stories for everything that has happened or maybe not. The happy go lucky beautiful family consisting of Verity her husband her twin daughters and her little son may not really have been so happy and beautiful after all, or is fiction afterall just fiction.

For me the character of Verity is so prominent it wipes out all other characters. They seem to fade into oblivion. Her husband her son Lowen they all seem totally forgettable. I like the way the author has handled the character. It is dark, keeps you on the edge and wipes out any preconceived stereotypical ideas you may have.

For me I had to hug my daughter to sleep. Even as I say this it is a given that you have to read it.

Irrationally passionate – Jason Kothari

Irrationally passionate is the passionate journey of Jason Kothari’s entrepreneurial venture from being a rebel to be successful turnaround business expert. 

On first glance the book appears to be a lot of gyaan on entrepreneurship, something like a text book on entrepreneurship. I was prepared to be bored, but the very first page of the book hooked me. Jason Kothari takes you through the travails of his life from his childhood to his story of becoming a turnaround business genius. He gets you involved in his journey as he bargains with the Agra road side vendor for a chess set for Rs 30 from its original quoted price of Rs 500. Next you root for him as he fights his demons and acquires Valiant entertainments. The  challenges in his personal life pushing himself beyond his capabilities and some more to prove he deserves his title of being a turnaround entrepreneur. 

We have all loved comics in our childhood but i have never heard of anyone acquire his favorite comic company from bankruptcy. The episode of buying valiant was thrilling and I rooted for Jason as he ran around warehouses looking for documents studying and finding loopholes in bankruptcy laws, as well as studying for his projects in Wharton, all this at the age of nineteen.

We often see stories of people who achieve so much in life but they cant handle their success or failures with the same tenacity. Jason on the other hand is a fine example of balancing both success and taking losses with a grain of salt. I like how he takes a page from everything he faces in life, his feeling of being a misfit in a land he didn’t think he belonged to, his setbacks in his personal life to his health breakdown or lessons from finding answers in his spiritual endeavors,  lessons from his experiences laying off people, or his Thai Muay fighting bouts. 

Turning around Housing.com and getting Snapdeal, freecharge, vulcan out of the woods was just as interesting. We had all read about the flipkart trying to take over snapdeal story. I got the real and whole story from the horses mouth. From my side i had never known that Softbank was into so many projects in India. The Emaar story was a bit flat but I think after reading so many interesting accounts I was craving for more unputdownable stories.   I liked how Jason ended each of his business endeavors with a win win feel. I guess we all wish to achieve that but few of us actually manage to attain that. For one person to achieve so many turnaround opportunities in such a short duration of time plus the grueling work that goes into each one makes his relentless journey very interesting.

The book ends with Jason’s seven pillars of a start-up. All in all it was an easy read and gripping with absolutely smooth flowing easy to comprehend language. A must read for all start-up entrepreneurs and also entrepreneurs in peril. 

 

Flower 142 Rouge, Pink Rain lily


Last week we had a huge storm cyclone and torrential rains. Though it lasted only for a few hours the howling wind put the fear of “Winds” in all of us. As the wind howled and screamed at our windows threatening to break the glass, my little daughter snuggled into my lap and stayed put the whole day. What came out of the awful storm was lot of fairy tales and stories woven by my little daughter’s awesome imagination and this beautiful Pink Rain Lily whom we have named Rouge. Another first bloom for me !

This is such a pleasant surprise for me as I had totally forgotten which color bulbs I had got. I am always amazed by these awesome natural events like the May flower, which blooms every year in the month of may without fail. All year round it shrivels with no leaves or flower but come May a leaf sprouts out and out comes the most beautiful flower. Another of this awesome natural events is the rain lily which blooms every time it rains. No matter how much you water it from different water sources and creating different rain scenarios, (I have tried it all) it blooms only when it rains from the sky. I wonder how  it knows the difference.

 

Flower 141 Rain Lily


 

This is varsha my first rain Lily who finally made an appearance for the first time since I planted her a couple of years ago. Bulbs I had got online from nurserylive.com. And what an appearance, She grew in so quietly I never even noticed. We had some sudden storm and rains and there she was!!!! In all her glory. It was one of those blind purchases where i forgot what color rain lily bulbs I had got. Such a pleasant surprise.

The c19 pandemic has caused havoc all over the world. We have been in lockdown since the last three months now. It has caused our life to pause, a big comma. The silver lining in this really dark cloud is that there has been a drastic decline in the pollution levels and that has caused a horde of bees to visit my garden. That and the low pollution has caused all the flowers to bloom at an alarming rate. Plants that were totally forgotten and written off are now flowering and flourishing. Proves there is a silver lining to every dark cloud.

Lets pause and smell some beautiful roses!!! Stay safe all !!! God bless!!!

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