Book Review: Colours of Life by Inderjit Kaur

Book Review of Kaleidoscope: Colours of Life by Inderjit Kaur

Kaleidoscope : Colours of Life is such an apt title for this book because the author, Inderjt Kaur, has used the colours of the rainbow as metaphors for the various qualities needed to live a fulfilling life e.g Spiritual Violet, Compassionate Orange, Confident Blue. book cover kaleidoscope

The book is a mix of the author’s own experiences, her thoughts and the stories of people she has encountered in her life. The book basically talks about suffering and the author tries to give her readers advice on how not to let it get them down.

When I heard about the book and read the foreword, I expected to read a lot of motivating stories but the stories cover only the first seven chapters of the book. The second part of the book covers thirty-eight chapters which deal with advice that is pretty doable. E.g expand your vision, appointment with your future etc.

I liked the way she has sprinkled her book with quotes from other motivational writers. They wind up the chapters rather well.

As you read, nuggets of wisdom spring out at you like, “ When you give up, you indirectly refuse to learn.” or “a world of you, by you, for you!”

But despite all this it was a difficult book to read as there were places where the sentences were too long and rambling to make sense. The book really needs to be edited better.

The Author:

inderjitInderjit Kaur is an author, motivator with a powerful voice of spreading positive words through her writings. A highly influential blogger and inspirational guide who with her tag line ‘Keep smiling, keep shining’, has brewed up with the original concept of living through her books of A living series.

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Book Review:”The Face At The Window” by Kiran Manral

“The Face At The Window” by Kiran Manral.

Synopsis:

download ftwThe story takes us back in time, to the life of Mrs. McNally, who is at the fag end of her life. Her life has held many secrets and she is wondering whether she should document her life story for her daughter and granddaughter to know the truth after her death. However, she is visited not only by the ghosts of her past but also a very real ghost who brings a twist in the story of her life, one that she never expected.

What I liked:

The story is gripping and pretty scary. It keeps you wondering till the end. Mrs. Mcnally’s character is absolutely real life and you can actually visualise her as an old Anglo-Indian teacher.

Ms. Manral has a way with words and uses them well. One of my favourite parts of the book is the  way she describes love, “Was she grown enough to know of the love that tore you apart and patched you together so that  you were never quite yourself again, to know that hearts got broken and mended and broken again, to feel the gaps between successive loves rattle with the hollowness that comes from pieces of the heart being scooped out.”

What I didn’t like:  

Too many people die. Some of the deaths could have been avoided.  Also her ending is a bit abrupt like her other books . You are left with wanting to know more. There are a lot of unanswered questions.

All in all:

A good book. It will keep you gripped till the end and may even scare the faint hearted. Please do not read this book if you are alone at home at night. Ms. Manral has come a long way from her first book, “The Reluctant Detective”  There is a marked improvement both in her style of writing and the strength of her characters.

You can read about my interview with Kiran Manral on my blog here.

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Book Review: “Voyagers into the Unknown “ by Ruchira Khanna

 

Voyagers Into The Unknown by Ruchira Khanna

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Synopsis

The story is about Raj, the owner of a tourist firm who believes he can change the lives of his clients for the better. So he only takes on those clients who have suffered some personal loss or trauma and need emotional healing. It is the story of six people’s journey from pain to living life again. The group is a motley bunch. We have Carl who is a divorced workaholic who realises that money is a cold bed fellow, Ira who is suicidal after her husband leaves her, Darci and Lennard who love each other but can’t get past the trauma in their lives, and Asha who still mourns her dead husband. As the story unfurls, Raj realises that he too is in need of healing.

While the plot is not new, the story is told well enough to hold your attention till the end.

What I liked

The way the characters come alive. Each one of them is different and the author’s understanding of human nature is pretty good. The book talks of the frailty of human nature and deals with the mistakes we make without being judgemental. It speaks of hope and redemption; of finding strength within oneself without talking on a lecturing tone.

What I didn’t like

The book seems to cater to western readers. Things like puri bhaji are described as “spicy potato with gravy and puffed whole wheat bread” and “flowy tunic and pants also known as salwar khameez”. I mean, there are a lot of Indian readers who read in English don’t you think so?

Also, the solutions she offers are very simplistic, very fairy tale like, a sort of  “And they all live happily ever after”.

All in all

An enjoyable and comfortable read with a cup of chai. Something you can relate to and mull over for a while.

The Author

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Ruchira Khanna is a Reiki Master who passes out information about channeling universal energy and conducts sessions . She says she is just another soul trying to make a difference in this life time. Her two other books are, “Choices” and “The adventures of Alex and Angelo”

 

 

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