Book Reviews

Author: Claudia Ciesla
Publisher: Om Books International, New Delhi
(Pp 218, ISBN 9789385273933 Rs 195)

One can’t help but picking up the book – Keep Eating Keep Losing as the title of the book is so tempting. Who doesn’t want to eat and levitra cheap canadian pharmacy wow look it yet maintain the perfect figure and weight? Written by model and actress Claudia Ciesla, the book teaches us how to make healthy living an integral part of our life without taking the fun out of it.

Claudia takes readers on her on own journey wherein her busy schedules and unhealthy eating habits landed her in hospital. It was then that she realised the value of healthy eating. With dietary changes and regular exercise regimen, she succeeded in getting the right weight.

The book presents a holistic strategy drawn to reorganise our life by making good health an important goal. It shows us how the right blend of healthy eating, exercise and rest can help us stay in shape. With easy-to-follow tips, the book also provides healthy recipes to pamper your taste buds. Written in an n easy-to-follow manner, the book will be helpful to all those who are trying to lose weight or struggling to maintain it.

Author: Deepak Kaul
Publisher: Westland Ltd & Bloody Good Book
(Pp 124, ISBN 9789385724930, Rs 200)

The story of Mahabharata has never failed to amaze us. It is still so relevant in today’s time, though the situations are different. That’s the essence and the inspiration for the book Corpokshetra. The cover is interesting– Krishna dons a cap with his iconic peacock feather while Kauravas and generic cialis canada pharmacy Pandavas are fighting on the desk. Yes the book is a modern corporate Mahabharata.

There’s a twist to the characters, Hastinapur is a business empire, Bheeshma the man behind it, Duryodhan runs it while Dhritrashtra owns it. Pandavas have come out of exile (working for NGOs) and now want their share. Krishna is the consultant who is good at negotiations and corporate deals. What follows is a corporate boardroom – Kurukshetra – which sees 18 days of war of the words and some cricket and golf in the last two days.

The book has a humorous angle to it – wanting the reader to know what happens in the end, though everyone knows the climax of Mahabharata.

Author: Baisali Chatterjee Dutt
Publisher: Niyogi Books
(Pp 188, ISBN 9789383098880, Rs 1,995)

Fashion and colourful outfits is not just for women… Sharbari Datta has proved that. She has been instrumental in bringing men's ethnic wear in India to the limelight. She has given kantha traditional handicraft of rural Bengal a facelift making it cool, trendy and fashionable. Not just this, she reintroduced old dhoti-punjabi outfit to younger generation… making it look as cool as denim.

This is the first book that captures Sharbari Datta's life and work. Her multifaceted personality and creativity are explored through the rich collection of photographs featured in the book. The book is divided into seven chapters: Introducing Sharbari Datta; The Design Diva; The Business Side of Things; The Men, the Memories, the Milestones; And They Say; Everything Else You Wanted to Know; and Future Perfect.

Beautifully printed and aesthetically designed, the book is appealing to the eyes. Vivid pictures are breathtaking… making Indian ethnic wear look so cool and comfortable for men. Get to know more about this design diva, in a tete-atete with the lady herself.

The book will be an inspiration for many and a collector’s item for all!

Author: Vibha Batra
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing India, New Delhi
(Pp 183, ISBN: 97893859364, Rs 199)

This romantic comedy revolves around the protagonist Misha, a makeup artist, who after a series of twists and turns falls in love with Akki, a model whom she frequently associates in fashion weeks.

Despite being a dark horse, Akki passionately responds to her love; but the hindrance that comes between them is his Didi, would be sister-in-law of Misha. Ever since both the parents of Akki had passed away, Didi was in search of a dignified and homely bahu, which she thinks geeky, gawky and gainfully employed Misha wouldn’t fit. But the question here is will Misha be able to win Didi over this khandaani bahu brigade?

Author: PC Sarkar
Publisher: Kalpaz Publications, Delhi
(Pp 220, ISBN 9789322051281399, Rs 900)

The origin & history of Lucknow is truly intriguing not just to the historians but also to the common man. The history of Lucknow can be traced back to the ancient times of the Suryavanshi Dynasty. Lucknow Buildings, Begums and The British by PC Sarkar is not about history, rather it is a book about heritage. As a city, Lucknow has witnessed many turmoil during the past three centuries. The history of Lucknow is both rich and fascinating. The history of Lucknow reveals interesting and often charming aspects of the culture and life of the people of Lucknow.

The book deals with three different areas which are complimentary to each other. It very lucidly describes the building of Lucknow, the lesser known history of the Begums, who contributed to the growth and development of the city of Lucknow and British who ruled by proxy through their Residents.

PC Sarkar in this immensely researched book has thrown light on the lessor known but significant aspects of the history of Lucknow by incorporating information about events of the life and times of the British residents.

Supported by an exhaustive bibliography and large number of images of bygone era of Lucknow, the author has made this work a treasure– worth reading and preserving.