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“Alumni of the Year”: A Tale Of Friendship, Love & Faith

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Alumni of the Year is a book that makes you reminisce your distant memories and relive your school days. It’s tale of friendship, love and faith and is set in the backdrop of a school reunion.

Our protagonist Dave has his ups and downs. He wants to achieve a lot, however, responsibility has caught up with him. Most of his days are now spent with an insistent boss in a hectic work schedule. Everyday challenges keep lining up while he contends to have relationship with his five-year-old daughter.

Dave reveres his childhood memories, but doesn’t keep up with his school friends due to a bitter incident in the distant past. His busy life doesn’t really allow him to reminisce often, till one day that past decides to come knocking back at his door.

The school Dave attended conducts an Alumni of the Year competition. Dave gets to know that his arch rival from the school days is nominated for the competition. This unsettles Dave. Dave would do anything to win that award. So he donates a large sum for the renovation of the school library and is granted a nomination in return.

The story then narrates the incidents that happen in Dave’s life as he travels from Dubai to Goa to Kochi to participate in the Alumni of the Year competition. In this journey, Dave confronts his fears, ambitions, and re-discovers what matters truly in life.

Tomson Robert is the author of Alumni of the Year. While his day job demands his engagement in Management Consulting, he quickly shifts in to his role of an author once back. He is a doting father and a loving husband apart from being an author and a Consultant.  He travels extensively around the Middle East and other countries in Asia. Work – Life balance is an issue very close to his heart. His other works include a collection of contemporary short stories called ‘Stories of work, life and the balance in between’.

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Top 10 Books Of The Month | November [Editor’s Choice]

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So it’s the end of november and for this month we are back with the top 10 books that you can read.

Whether you want a page-turning thriller, a gripping historical novel or a feel-good read, or a self-help book, we’ve got some great choices out this month.

So here is our list of Top 10 Books which you shouldn’t miss reading this month.

Happy Reading! 🙂


1. It Was Always You by Sudeep Nagarkar

Have you ever regretted a lost love?

Karan and Shruti are a happily married couple. Until Karan’s ex resurfaces in his life one day. Soon Karan finds himself getting nostalgic over matters of the heart and thinking fondly of his first romance. Will he put his steady and seemingly perfect marriage at stake for his ex-girlfriend?

Meanwhile, his best friend Aditya finds his own relationship with his wife Jasmine going through emotional turmoil. Will both friends work towards keeping their marriage afloat, or make a decision they would later regret?

2. The Living Mountain by Amitav Ghosh

A new story from internationally renowned author Amitav Ghosh, The Living Mountain is a cautionary tale of how we have systematically exploited nature, leading to an environmental collapse.

Recounted as a dream, this is a fable about Mahaparbat, the Living Mountain; the indigenous valley dwellers who live and prosper in its shelter; the assault on the mountain for commercial benefit by the Anthropoi, humans whose sole aim is to reap the bounty of nature; and the disaster that unfolds as a result.

The Living Mountain is especially relevant today when we have been battling a pandemic and are facing a climate Read More..

3. Ananda by Acharya Prashant

What is that one fundamental thing for which we go about toiling all our lives – sacrificing, negotiating, scheming, praying? Intuitively, one might answer – happiness. But do we really know what happiness is?

Most of the existing literature paints a fuzzy picture of happiness, beautiful in words but lacking in practicality. In this book, Acharya Prashant shatters all misconceptions about happiness jargons like ‘loving unconditionally’ and ‘living in the present’. He explains how what we commonly understand as happiness exists only in the backdrop of sadness, and what man is really looking for is not just happiness, but Ananda – an Read More..

4. Unlayered by Priyanka Dewan

The book is an endeavor to share some insights into perspectives of life that will enable one to stay positive and appreciate the beauty of life in all its glory.

The collection of quotes might appear random, however it depicts author’s journey into life. Author’s encounter of panoramic thoughts through life events witnessing highs and lows. As they say life is a true teacher, author believes that she is still work in progress however each time life has thrown its vagaries, author has churned out these quotes. Through these quotes Author has derived immense strength to remain afloat in adversities and at the same time score wisdom during steep adulations. Read More..

5. To Beyond and Back by Riya Kewalramani

With just a visit, Mother Nature revived the explorative spirit in Professor Robin. Having retired from a huge list of research, with the instance of snowflakes falling from the sky, he decided to carve his path towards his biggest discovery, alongside Professor Rekha Murray.

Searching for answers about our mind and space, they fled into a supernatural domain which was both hilarious and terrifying.

With a grasp of magic and fantasy, this transitional realm of superiority between science and religion, and the brain and the mind was a monumental struggle for these two Read More..

6. The Art of Winging It by Dr. Kaushik Sridhar

In this book, you will read about my life and learn how and why traditional structures and ways of doing things have never really worked for me.

Throughout my life, I’ve learned how to break away, make often frightening leaps, and forge my own path, flying by the seat of my pants! It’s not always easy to run against the wind. You will encounter resistance. You will have doubts and doubters. You will need an inner resolve, one that can be cultivated and enhanced. Having grown up in India, Nigeria, the United States, and now calling Australia home, I have found that when it comes to forging your own path, there are no established rules. You Read More..

7. A Sonnet for Every Day by Devidasan Vellat

The book ‘A Sonnet for Every Day’ subtitled ‘101 Musings of DD’ is a superb collection of sonnets written by Devidasan Vellat over a span of about six months. It has an extremely ardent style, characterized by fanciful, intertwined, methodical and variegated themes.

It is simply an exposition of all that is and that would be as far as mankind and universe are concerned. Further, it is a get back to or a revisitation of the sonnet form long after Shakespeare’s times. It deals with a unique description of the mundane and the extra-mundane influencing human life. The book is undoubtedly a fine emergent from the golden quill into Indian Poetry in English.

8. Distilled Musings by Dr. Shadab Ahmed & Dr. Malwiika Sisodiya

A Collection of Verses, Bards, Hymns, Poems, Qitahs, Masnawis, Muwashshahs, Sonnets, Zajals, and Couplets of famous Rhapsodists and Rhymesters of their respective eras – spanning the European Courts, Indian Darbars, Irish Taverns, British Pubs, American Diners, Russian Battlefields, Italian Countryside, Persian Winehouses, Mandarin Riverbanks, French Bistros, Spanish Twilights, Australian Deserts, and Mid-Eastern Prisons – all unified by the same celebratory euphoria and exhilaration of the “Aqua Vitae” which enraptured such critical and unique pieces of art and literature.

This book is written by Dr. Shadab Ahmed & Dr. Read More..

9. Mahabharata by Vibha Ashwin

The Hastinapura royals live a peaceful life, absorbed in singing their own praises?but they get a rude shock when their seemingly innocent, forest-dwelling cousins, the Pandavas, appear at their doorstep as competent young claimants to the throne. With the Pandavas and Kauravas both vying for the throne, Hastinapura is torn apart.

Everyone must choose their sides in the tumultuous war that ensues. Trapped in this chaotic competition are innocent warriors, helpless old men, sightless royals, guilty old women, and a certain child of the sun god, all having to choose sides in a war where despair is the only winner. Embark on this action Read More..

10. MEMOries by Satyen Chattopadhyay

MEMOries is a journey of a retired senior Indian bureaucrat from a joint family in central Calcutta [Kolkata] in a newly independent nation to the corridors of policy-making and power in New Delhi at a time when the nation was on the threshold of liberalization and globalization.

It is his tribute to a nation on its 75th anniversary through the central message that each of us can play a crucial role in nation building, in our own individual ways.

The author of this book is a retired bureaucrat of the 1959 batch of the Indian Defence Accounts Service [IDAS], possibly the oldest civil service in India, dating back to 1740. Born in a Read More..


Book Prices

It Was Always You Rs.109 (Kindle)
The Living Mountain Rs.223 (Kindle)
Ananda Rs.223 (Kindle)
Unlayered Rs.59 (Kindle)
To Beyond and Back Rs.175 (Paperback)
The Art of Winging It Rs.545 (Hardcover)
A Sonnet for Every Day Rs.290 (Paperback)
Distilled Musings Rs.1695 (Paperback)
Mahabharata Rs.649 (Paperback)
MEMOries Rs.155 (Paperback)

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Top 10 Books Of The Month | October [Editor’s Choice]

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This is a month for celebrations. We know that you are busy enjoying yet we have a list of books for your TBR.

From gripping thrillers to literary gems, here are some brilliant reads out this month. 🙂


1. The Living Mountain by Amitav Ghosh

A new story from internationally renowned author Amitav Ghosh, The Living Mountain is a cautionary tale of how we have systematically exploited nature, leading to an environmental collapse.

Recounted as a dream, this is a fable about Mahaparbat, the Living Mountain; the indigenous valley dwellers who live and prosper in its shelter; the assault on the mountain for commercial benefit by the Anthropoi, humans whose sole aim is to reap the bounty of nature; and the disaster that unfolds as a result.

The Living Mountain is especially relevant today when we have been battling a pandemic and are facing a climate Read More..

2. The Illuminated by Anindita Ghose

‘When the light shifts, you see the world differently.’ A superbly nuanced work of fiction, Anindita Ghose’s first novel The Illuminated revolves around two women: Shashi and Tara.

After the sudden death of her celebrated husband, Shashi is alarmed to realize that overnight, she has lost her life’s moorings. Meanwhile, their fiercely independent daughter Tara, a Sanskrit scholar, has been drawn into a passionate involvement with an older man, which threatens to consume her in ways she did not imagine possible. Amidst a rising tide of religious fundamentalism in India that is determined to put women in their place, Shashi and Tara attempt to look at themselves, and at each Read More..

3. In an Ideal World by Kunal Basu

Altaf Hussein, a young Muslim student, has been abducted from his college hostel. The authorities have washed their hands off the matter and the police are accused of a cover-up. Rumors claim he has gone to fight the jihad in Iraq. More sinister rumors have him tortured and murdered for opposing the Nationalist students who are on a rampage to create a Hindu homeland in India, driving out Liberal supporters like Altaf and their decadent ideals.

The divide between Liberals and Nationalists invades the Sengupta household in Kolkata when Joy, a bank manager, and Rohini, his schoolteacher wife-both compassionate humanists-learn the shocking news that their only son Bobby Read More..

4. Paradigm Shift by Prateek Singh

In 2005, during the US-Iraq war, one of the most horrifying war crimes occurred in Haditha, Iraq. Daniel Ryan was going through a military trial for causing a massacre. During his trial, he was sent to a secret location in Israel.

He met a CIA official in Israel who guided him on his new journey to New York City. Rachel Green went rogue and was on the run in Syria. CIA and ISIS were trying to track her down. She knew something that the agency did not want the world to know. Meanwhile, ISIS was conducting a training program under which youngsters were targeted to execute deadly missions around the world. They found someone in the Zaatari Refugee Read More..

5. The Empty-Handed Altruist by Dr. Jyuthica. K. Laghate

The opulent were thrifty,
But the paupers, magnanimous!
It wasn’t charity of the ‘Big Bucks’,
But the role of a teary-eyed, starving elder brother
Feeding his baby brother, the grubs he collected from the garbs;
‘Benevolence’ and ‘charity’
Coming from the fist of the ‘Empty-handed’.

A doting boy, Manas, takes care of his infant brother, Manan, after his parents succumb to addiction and live like mere vegetables and wolves waiting for wild drinking and lying on the roads near the gutters whilst their two boys are trying to look at Read More..

6. The Highway by Prashant Pathak

Vijay, an electrical engineer sees the death of his family on the highway but failed to save any of them. He dedicates his life to saving every life on the highway. Vijay uses all that he gets from his money and education to save every life who meets an accident on the highway without any expectations.

The author of this book is an entrepreneur who has spent the last decade reading and writing.

The highway is his debut book, You can order this book from amazon & flipkart.

The book is also available in the kindle edition.

7. 108 Soft Morning Musings by Aalok Sood

Aalok has stirred up the ‘humans’ from their slumber with such strong messages that he has given through his ‘morning musings’. The musings make an effective read and are related to our day-to-day happenings!! The author has put across the thoughts in a subtle manner for us all to listen before it gets too late!! A wonderful piece of work by Aalok!!

– Yash Sharma, Managing Editor, Asian Tribune, Canada

The author is an ex-Indian Army Colonel. He is a Corporate Master Trainer and a Life and Business Coach. He can be termed as a ‘Human Resource Transformer’. He works on the rise of the ‘Human Intellect’, aligning the Ego, and balancing Read More..

8. My Mind’s Café by Juju’s Pearls

My Mind’s Cafe: 28 Stories for a Love Tooth, as the name suggests, is a collection of stories encompassing various elements of love.

In this book, the author has tried to cover a few major dimensions that everyone can relate to. Love is an emotion, a feeling, and it can be with anyone and anything. Love needs to be conveyed and expressed.

Besides the usual love between parents-children and man-woman, love is way beyond our thoughts and follows no rules. Love follows the heart. These stories are all about love? unconditional, unspoken, extra-marital, LGBTQ, conspiracies in love, Read More..

9. Portraits in Dignity by Eva Bell

Portraits in Dignity is a collection of twelve short stories of brave young women, who were subjected to different kinds of gender abuse and have emerged victorious. Each story resonates with their individual strength exhibited under difficult circumstances.

The author of this book is a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists. She is also a freelance writer and her short stories and articles have been published in magazines, newspapers, anthologies, and on the Net. Her published novels are Silver Amulet, When Shadows Flee, Halo of Deceit, and Runaway Widow.

You can order this book from amazon & flipkart.

10. Unparenting by Reema Ahmad

Through her own awkward journey as a confused single parent, Reema Ahmad explores what it means to explore newer ways of bringing up children-ways that nurture their sense of innocence and curiosity while giving them the freedom to choose their own truths.

Reema invites you to hop along as she and her son, Imaad, learn to laugh and make up stories about why penises shape-shift, the mysteries of pubic hair, the magic of adolescent crushes, and the confounding maze of dating and sex. Join them as they explore these mysteries and other serious topics like abuse, adult relationships, divorce, and dying issues that adults Read More..


Book Prices

The Living Mountain Rs.143 (Kindle)
The Illuminated Rs.215 (Kindle)
In an Ideal World Rs.269 (Kindle)
Paradigm Shift Rs.99 (Kindle)
The Empty-Handed Altruist Rs.120 (Paperback)
The Highway Rs.200 (Paperback)
108 Soft Morning Musings Rs.240 (Paperback)
My Mind’s Café Rs.291 (Paperback)
Portraits in Dignity Rs.249 (Paperback)
Unparenting Rs.224 (Paperback)

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Top 10 Books Of The Month | September [Editor’s Choice]

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Hey Folks,

We are back again this month with a new list of books by amazing authors that you should add to your TBR this month. So be it romance, be it poetry, be it leadership, be it self help we have it all. So go ahead and add them to your bookshelves.


1. Rocky and Arjun by Vijay Sharma

Rocky and Arjun – Eventual Days with my Mountain Dog, is the story of a vibrant journey of a dog named Rocky and a boy named Arjun. Rocky, who is an old dog shared his last wish with Arjun, to spend the eventual days of his life in the city he was born. Every day, Rocky and Arjun visit different parts of Palampur to refresh the memories they have spent together. On each of the final days of Rocky’s life, they meet someone from their family and friends to refresh the beautiful memoirs of their unforgettable journey.

This story goes through a series of flashbacks of Rocky and Arjun’s incredible bonding, and their effervescent journey together from the day they met each other till the day they said Read More

2. A Reason to Live by R. Mahalingam

A boy and a girl engage in pre-marital sex. The story takes us through the travails and hardships the couple undergoes. The book also discusses the advisability of refraining from such an act. It also stresses the necessity of parents taking their wards into confidence before finalizing their marriage. The book also implores youngsters to not take hasty, irreversible decisions in their lives.

The author of this book is a Mechanical Engineering graduate who has gone through different job experiences in his field before retiring. He is currently aged seventy-five years and has had mixed fortunes in life. He presently lives in Chennai with his Read More..

3. The Goodness of Bad by Ravi Raman

Out of the blue, during a discussion on child molestation, my wife remarked, “My mother advised us to never believe men.” I was left stunned as she painted all men with one brush. But coming from my life companion and a well-respected counselor, set me thinking. What she had said had a much deeper relevance than what met my eye. An IIT’ian at heart, after some dithering, I decided it was worth getting to the bottom of it, even if it meant a lifetime. Dive into this book as I relive my past and share the experiences and learnings in the book.

The author of this book is an engineer from IIT Bombay, who has worked for decades in senior management positions Read More..

4. How Leaders Decide by Harjeet Khanduja

Organizations provide mind-boggling compensations to their leaders as compared to an average employee. Is it because they work more?

Just like the saying ‘we are the decisions we make’, the very existence of an organization depends on the decisions its leaders make! Decision-making is not just a process. It is an interplay among competitive strategies, processes, design, values, and culture. Narrating the experiences of industry decision-makers, the book demonstrates that organizational decision-making is about making tough choices—navigating through a minefield of biases and execution issues. It walks the readers Read More..

5. The Vaccine Crime Report by Dr. Kamalpreet Singh

Dr. Kamalpreet Singh spent countless hours on vaccine research. He studied thousands of research papers, read hundreds of books, interviewed dozens of medical doctors, and watched many vaccine documentaries that are now censored. After extensive research, he came to a conclusion that all the current vaccines are ineffective, unsafe and may lead to serious health complications like autism, development disorders, asthma, allergies, diabetes type-1, and even death.

The Vaccine Crime Report gives you access to the findings of credible scientific studies published in prestigious medical journals that refute the claim that vaccines are safe Read More..

6. What the Heck Do I Do about Upskilling the Workforce? by Sonia Sant

If you are a CLO – or aspiring to be a CLO – and feel that your learning solutions are not valued by your colleagues, or if you believe Learning and Development (L&D) is underinvested, then this book is for you.

It helps you unstuck the engine and formulate a practical framework using simple but immediately actionable solutions that you can implement within your means.

This book is a practical primer offering insights and solutions to serve your learner’s need for upskilling and to sit at the high table of business transformation as a key stakeholder.

7. La Siesta by Dr. Shadab Ahmed

With an Introduction to Castilian, Catalan, Galician and Portuguese Literature.

Notable translated works from Spano-Portuguese poets of the Early and Late Middle Ages, the Alhambra poets of the Moorish period, the Romancero poets, the Neologism and Paetrarchanism poetry of the Renaissance Period, the Satire, Neostoicism, and Mythological poetry of the Baroque Period, the poets of the Golden Age and Romanticism, the Modernism poets, the Generation of 1927, Poets during the World War II and under General Franco in peacetime, PostFranco and Contemporary Spano-Portuguese Poets – in the form of Epics, Read More..

8. Hydrate to Elevate by Dr. Debi Prasad Acharjya

This is a humble presentation of the “Electrolyzed Reduced Water (ERW) – Water Infused with Molecular Hydrogen” and its various health ramifications.

Molecular hydrogen gas is probably the greatest discovery in medical science and healthcare since 1953. Hydrogen is the lightest and smallest molecule of gas in our Universe. When infused into purified water, it produces a liquid that can hydrate virtually all our 37.2 trillion cells at epigenetic levels at speeds that are shockingly fast when seen under the microscope.

People often feel better, and ailments disappeared. But only recently did research confirm that this water contains Read More..

9. The Power Of Infinity by Anupkumar Shetty

This semi-autobiography has been used to explain the science and logistics of living a cancer-free life. A sincere attempt has been made to bridge secular and spiritual life, the science of cancer, and the science of wellness.

This book conveys different ways to beat cancer and prevent cancer by systematically attacking the cancer cells with an anti-cancer lifestyle. The book has five sections. The first and the fifth sections summarize the book for a busy reader. The second section is on fighting cancer as the last game of your life by comparing this battle to world cup finals of any sport you like by diligent, unfailing team building and intelligent, blissful Read More..

10. Unbroken by Pawan Verma

Unbroken by Pawan Kumar Verma is a fiction book packed with crime, thrill, love, hate, and suspense. It also has quite a number of twists and turns which adds to its many merits. If you’re into this genre or even if you’re not into this genre this book won’t fail in entertaining you and keeping you hooked to the very end.

Our protagonist is Roma Anand, she is a painter, the story starts with her painting exhibition being carried out in Macau, she’s very happy and very unaware of what destiny has in store for her, from being a normal painter to finding herself in the middle of murders, what exactly happened? What went wrong? Well I can’t write everything down here can I? Read the book yourself Read More..


Book Prices

Rocky and Arjun Rs.203 (Paperback)
A Reason to Live Rs.340 (Paperback)
The Goodness of Bad Rs.449 (Paperback)
How Leaders Decide Rs.342 (Kindle)
The Vaccine Crime Report Rs.299 (Paperback)
What the Heck Do I Do about Upskilling the Workforce? Rs.300 (Paperback)
La Siesta Rs.1190 (Paperback)
Hydrate to Elevate Rs.250 (Paperback)
The Power Of Infinity Rs.314 (Paperback)
Unbroken Rs.297 (Paperback)

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