Book Reviews

Yoga: The Science of the Soul Vol.1
Author: Osho; Publisher: Diamond Books
(Pp 256, ISBN 9789352612055 Rs 250)

Yoga is an integral part of our health-conscious cultural landscape practised by millions for health and low priced prescription viagra fitness reasons. Yoga is not just a body exercise programme; it has a philosophical and spiritual dimension to it.

Diamond Books has brought a 10-part series of talks titled Yoga: The Path of Soul in which Osho talks about Yoga. This is the first book in the series and introduces us to Patanjali, the founder of ancient Yoga in India. It takes us step by step into a deeper understanding of the essence and origin of Yoga.

If you wish to meditate but find your mind drift away too soon, this is a book for you as Osho breaks down Yoga sutras in easy to digest chunks. He believes that there are no rigid rules to accomplish it, just ideas which can be digested and incorporated in our consciousness. The book teaches us exactly that.

Author: Sanjay Koppikar
Publisher: Sapna Ink
(Pp 282, ISBN 9789386116376, Rs 245)

The book Divided Minds is a tribute to scientists who are trying to make our lives better through nano technologies. As the name goes, characters in the book have divided minds – they are in a dilemma whether to go in one direction or the other.

Three parallel stories run together; but are entwined together. There is a brilliant scientist whose breakthrough in nano technology can change the world; a girl who has to choose between two men – one who stood by her in thick and thin and another who evokes deep feelings; and an army general who has to choose between his job and we use it saving the nation.

The plot is interesting and reminds us how we battled the war within ourselves, making life’s toughest decisions.

Publisher: Niyogi Books, New Delhi
(ISBN 987-93-85285-33-2, Rs 350; $ 10)

There are no Gods in North Korea is a pleasant travelogue. Written by Anjaly Thomas, the book chronicles her solo trips to North Korea, China, Mongolia, Egypt, Uganda, Nairobi and Turkey. The book is narrated in a conversational style, giving readers a sense of being privately engaged. The approach to the book is commendable as the author is being honest in her observations. From dancing in the rain in North Korea much to the chagrin of Miss Deer and Giraff, the tour guides, to finding her own roads in Mongolia where she is awed by the vastness of Gobi desert, she is the quintessential backpaker you’d want to go on a trip with. She doesn’t mince words; she is brutaly honest, which readers will find refreshing.

She related Pyongyang at night to a ghost city, and said, tellingly, that the Hermit Kingdom lacks people, life, colour, taffic jam and noise. Yet, she does not complain because, in her own words, she has stayed in far worse places. Even though she had to lie to gain entry into North Korea, her writing betrays that. She is honest yet restraint, in a good way, of course.

In Uganda, she is confronted by a pimp outside the airport asking if she needed a service. In Turkey, she tried couchsurfing and in China, she stopped to marvel at the Great Wall. These are some of the touristy encounters. She has done the African wild, too. Hoever, more than anything else if there is one thing that sets this book apart, it is this: through all these trips, she offers some interesting insights into the nature of human being and the extent of its diversity, all the while, questioning and improved celebrating.

In her writing, Anjaly uses sarcasm as an effective literary tool and asks a lot of rhetorical questions. The title of the book is not inspired by the communist ideology of godless state, but by the simple fact that North Koreans propitiate the Kims, much like the rest do their gods.

As you flip through the pages, you will get a sense of the zeitgeist that the author lived through, and begin to feel liberated even when confronted with vulnarabilities in the narration. You will find your own prejudices being radically redifined as you explore beyond your immediate surrounding through the book. Somewhere through the journey, you will find your own insecurity – to go out and explore the world – being addressed. There are ample humors too to lift your spirit. It is a journey of rediscovery worth taking. You must grab a copy and explore the world.

–Thanglenhao Haokip

Author: Barun K Mitra,
Publishers: Oxford University Press,
(Pp 255, ISBN 9780199459742, Rs 325)

Personality Development and Soft Skills is a good read for all young aspirants from any field, who are all set to start professional career. It is designed to serve as a textbook that addresses the requirements of students and is divided into different chapters, with small exercise at the end of each chapter, thus making it more interactive and interesting. Moreover, it also helps in imbibing the knowledge better.

It is compact guide to prepare oneself to face the challenges of corporate world in a better way, as it provides crucial insights into various facets of developing one's personality, as well as improve written, verbal and nonverbal communication skills. Moreover special pointers are also given for effective CVs, participation in group discussions, and tackling job interviews. Equal importance is given to verbal communication and body language. It also highlights the importance of public speaking and speed reading skills. The book also provides inputs on avoiding common mistakes of speech and behaviour. This book is going to be guiding mentor for the readers and it also contains several case-studies and real life examples as well.

–Smita Dwivedi

Author: Nipun Goel
Publisher: GenNext Publication
(Pp 155, ISBN 978-93-8022-288-2, Rs 180)

A remarkable effort by a debut author…
Everything will Fall into Place is a story of a guy and his tryst with destiny, desire and diligence. It actually works on the principle that when you desire something with all your heart, the universe aspires to make it happen. The story revolves around Gautam Kapoor who is an ordinary man but how he becomes one of the most eligible bachelors in the country. The book also touches upon two of the most important emotions in our lives – love and pain. Yet there are numerous instances which will make you laugh.

The language is simple, yet you feel you can actually see what’s happening. Infact, it is like a movie…with all elements to make it a blockbuster!

–Varsha Verma