Truth & Dare- The Modi Dynamic

Truth & Dare: The Modi Dynamic
Author- Sanju Verma
Publisher- @bluerose_publishers
Genre- Biography
Format- Hardcover
Pages- 223
My Rating- 4.5/5

Thank you @pristine.books and @bluerose_publishers for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.
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๐Ÿ“ŒThe BJP led government came into power under the leadership of Narendra Modi with the ideology of “Sabka Saath Sabka Vikaas.”
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๐Ÿ“ŒThe book is divided into two parts. Part I focuses on Modinomics whereas Part II focuses on the meteoric rise of BJP under Amit Shah.
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๐Ÿ“ŒThe book elaborately talks about his role as a Prime Minister along with the policies that he has undertaken during his tenure.
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๐Ÿ“ŒThe author has made a clear cut distinction between the 55 months of Modi government with the 55 years of Congress led government. A lot of phrases are used like ‘Lokniti versus Lokshahi’, ‘Rajniti versus Rajposhi’, ‘Prajatantra versus Parivarwaad’, ‘Sabka Saath versus Apno ka Saath’, ‘Seva Bhaav versus Satta ka Lobh’ and ‘Vikaas versus Vinaash.’
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๐Ÿ“ŒThe author has mentioned that it is because of the Nehru-Gandhi family that there has been no real development of the country, the MISA Act passed during Indira Gandhi’s regime, from Sonia Gandhi to Rahul Gandhi to Robert Vadra are all out on bail on very serious charges, 1984 Anti- Sikh genocide during the tenure of Rajiv Gandhi, Sonia- Rahul’s involvement in the National Herald Case.
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๐Ÿ“ŒThe book also mentions about Mamata led TMC government failure in maintaining law and order in West Bengal like Kaliachak riots in Malda district to Dhulagarh riots in Howrah district to Asansol- Raniganj riots during Ram Navami to Saradha and Rosevalley scams.
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๐Ÿ“ŒThe book talks about the leading policies of the BJP led government such as Demonetisation, GST, Ayushman Bharat, Make In India, Digital India, Skill India, Aadhar, The Mallya Syndrome, Stand Up and Start Up India, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao.
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๐Ÿ“ŒThe book is detailed, well-researched with strict coherence to facts and well-edited.
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๐Ÿ“ŒThe author also mentions about the intiatives and development in Maharashtra like a portal named Aaple Sarkar, Samruddhi Mahamarg Coastal Road, Maharashtra Village Transformation Scheme, Cloud policy, increasing the GDP to 400 Billion USD, and the Right to Service Act.
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๐Ÿ“ŒThe country was specially shaken by his policies: the demonetisation, GST and Adhaar.
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๐Ÿ“ŒThe book begins with a chapter on the Gujarat model of development. He built during his tenure Sardar Patel’s 182 meter tall statue in Kevadiya,
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๐Ÿ“ŒThe author also mentions that the growth of the country during the last 4.5 years has been multi-fold: the establishment of various 103 KV’s, 62 Navodaya Vidyalayas, 1 NIT, 7 IIT’s, 7 IIM’s, 4 NID’s and 14 IIIM’s. Not only this, the country has taken the 6th position replacing France in terms of GDP and replaced China to become the biggest FDI.
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๐Ÿ“ŒVarious development projects like 2 crore houses under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana- Gramin and Urban by 2021- 22, National War Memorial, Jogighopa Multi- Model Logistics Park, 8 lane Delhi- Vadodara- Mumbai expressway, India’s fastest train- Vande Bharat Express, Short Range Surface to Air Missiles, HELINA programme.
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๐Ÿ“ŒBudget 2019 also includes 10% reservations for the Economically Weaker Sections of the society in colleges and other public institutions of learning.
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๐Ÿ“ŒThe author also mentions that a lot of initiatives of the Modi government did not receive media attention like Mines and Minerals(Development and Regulation) Act, 1957.
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๐Ÿ“ŒDefects of the book-
1) The book does not mention anything about Modi’s foreign tour visits, the issue of NRC and illegal immigrants, and Godhra incident.
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2) Till today people are sleeping on the roads, young children are begging and there has not been much hike in the rape cases of women or sexual harassments against women. So has there been overall development.
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3) The book portrays that we are living in a country with no problems like a dream world.
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4) The book got a bit stagnant for me.
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๐Ÿ“ŒThe author has got an eye for detail and I enjoyed reading the second part of the book more.
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๐Ÿ“ŒI recommend this book if you want to have a detailed read about the political economy of India since last 5 years under Modi’s leadership.

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Author Interview|Sanju Verma

Hello peeps!!
I hope all of you are doing fine. I am actually busy with my exam preparation and ain’t able to give time to what I love doing, that is, reading books.
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This is the first time that I conducted an interview with an author and I am lucly enough for this opportunity all thanks to @bluerose_publishers and @pristine.books.
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A conversation with Sanju Verma, author of Truth & Dare- the Modi dynamics
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โ“Tell us about yourself.
I am an Economist and MBA by education, Stock Market and Investment Banking professional by choice and now, a Politician out of sheer passion, to be able to make a huge difference to the lives of the less privileged. Contrary to popular perception, a driven politician works harder than most others, as public service is a 24/7 commitment. Ofcourse, I am a newly minted Author, too, which came naturally to me, as I am a prolific Columnist as well. I must thank Bluerose Publishers here, for shaping my journey as an Author and making it so seamlessly satisfying.

โ“If not being an author, what was your dream in life?
I am living my dream as a Politician, with no “Ifs” or “Buts” or regrets, whatsoever. I juggle various roles and i am loving every bit of it, as multi-tasking is my forte, given my boundless energy and restless enthusiasm.

โ“Who or what inspired you to write the book?
Karmayogi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a leader born once in a millennium, is my inspiration. Also, I am deeply influenced by Amit Shah, the man who has singularly transformed the BJP into the biggest political organisation in the world, with more than 11 crore members and counting.

โ“Who is your favourite author?
Paulo Coelho, because his novels are a slice of life and inspire people to never give in or give up. And yes, i am a huge fan of Ayn Rand, too. Like millions, Howard Roark in “The Fountainhead”, is a character that I closely identify with, as it celebrates the indomitable human spirit, in the grittiest manner.

They Go To Sleep by Saugata Chakraborty

They Go To Sleep
Author- Saugata Chakraborty
Publisher- Notion Press
Genre- Fiction(Short Stories)
Pages- 97
My Rating- 3.4/5

Thank you @bookstagrambellas and @saugatathechakraborty for the review copy in exchange for a honest review.

My Review-
๐Ÿ“ŒIt is a collection of 12 short stories.
๐Ÿ“ŒThe stories are quite diverse and set in various places.

๐Ÿ“ŒThere are some stories which had the flavour of suspense but the rest were just simple stories of normal people and their experiences.
๐Ÿ“ŒThe first story titled “They go to Sleep” turned out a disappointment for me as I could not gather the pieces in the end.
๐Ÿ“ŒI quite enjoyed the second story as it was based on the lives of six people in seven cities and all the stories are knitted at the end.
๐Ÿ“Œ The third story titled “Blowing in the Wind” started on a very good note but the ending turned out to be the most unexpected one.
๐Ÿ“ŒThe fourth story titled “A man of Letters” is a futuristic story set in the 2030’s about the methods adopted in delivering letters and how machines also required sick leaves. But it comes with a strong message that an end to an era is the beginning of another.
๐Ÿ“ŒThe fifth story titled “P for Payback” is a political drama of revenge and power but not well-coordinated.
๐Ÿ“ŒThe sixth story titled “Rare” portrays the story of Hemant who works in a Bank and found 100×25 p coins in plastic packets in one of his drawer. At first, he thought of neglecting them but later saw it had the logo of 1982 Delhi Asian Games. The ending was unexpected as he decided not to sell the coins…(Oops๐Ÿ˜œ!! A spoiler)
๐Ÿ“ŒThe seventh story titled “It was Time” portrays the story of the protagonist who is always late and the saddest story of the collection๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข.
๐Ÿ“ŒThe eighth story titled “Aperture” is the story of the Kasmiri people from the eyes of a journalist which was a refreshing experience for me.

๐Ÿ“ŒI did not enjoy the ninth and the tenth story.

๐Ÿ“ŒThe eleventh story titled “The short lives of Shazia Sultana” portrays where Atif started chatting with a girl named Shazia Sultana but after some months she died with an incurable cancer. Later, he moved on with his life and got married. But when his friend Suleman called that he got hitched with a girl named Farzana and sent her photo, Atif could not believe his eyes as it was the same girl Shazia. The two friends decide to bring the truth. And kudos๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘to the author as I could have never imagined the story to turn out in this manner.
๐Ÿ“ŒThe twelfth story titled “What’s in a Name?” is how Sudipto had fallen in love with a girl on a train journey and forgot to ask her name.

Wake Up, Life is Calling(A sequel to Life is What you Make it) by Preeti Shenoy

Wake Up, Life is Calling
Author- Preeti Shenoy
Publisher- Srishti Publishers and Distributors
Genre- Fiction
Pages- 242
My Rating- ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ.8/5

Thank you @thereaddicts and @srishtipub for the free review copy in exchange for an honest review. .
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“Wake Up, Life is Calling” by Preeti Shenoy is the story of a girl named Ankita who has been to a mental hospital, gone through severe electric shocks and medications and doctors and psychiatrists. However, failing two suicide attempts, she emerges out strongly. Now she is back on track. She has joined a Creative Writing course. She made friends with Parul and Janki and is actively involved in the college festival called ‘EUPHORIA’. But things start taking a bad turn again when she discovers a banned book with a suspicious title in the college library and a past boyfriend arrives all of a sudden. Will she be able to cope up again? Or is there more to the story? (Read the book to find out…) —————————————————————————-
My Review-
๐ŸƒThe titles of the chapters are quite thoughtful.
๐ŸƒThis is my 2nd read of Preeti Shenoy after Life is what you make it and fortunately this is a sequel of the same book but her writing style is very simple yet intricately woven.
๐ŸƒThe book is written in a simple yet profound language.
๐ŸƒThe story flows smoothly.
๐ŸƒAs you keep moving forward, the story has its own way of revealing the twists and turns.
๐ŸƒThe characters are drawn to a certain extent.
๐ŸƒThe lesson that the story gives is that you are your own enemy and you are the only one who is in control of your thoughts and actions. So you need to guide yourself.
๐ŸƒI recommend this book if you are looking for a light and enjoyable read.

Bestseller by Ahmed Faiyaz

Bestseller
Author- Ahmed Faiyaz
Publisher- Rupa Publications
Genre- Comical Satire
Pages- 188
My Rating- ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ/5

My Review-
๐Ÿ‚This is a book which will give you a good insight into what goes on in the publishing of a book and making it a bestseller.
๐Ÿ‚I wanted to read this book for the longest time as it was all over bookstagram and recommended by many.
๐Ÿ‚Kalim Publishing House is one of the oldest publishing house but now it is not doing great. And so it has been taken over by a London based publishing house who has sent Akshay to become the deputy editor. However, things turn a downhill, when the owner and editor dies on his first day in the office and he has a challenge to bring atleast 5 books in the bestseller list the same year with the help of his team of 5 people.
๐Ÿ‚The stories are set with the writers but he meddles with them. However, it is not clearly stated why they allowed the same.
๐Ÿ‚Vinod Dutta and Anya Malik were quite passionate about their projects but I could not understand why did they allow to interfere with their books.
๐Ÿ‚Akshay was forced and persuaded by Tarun to publish the books of the stars though they were totally trash because it was giving them all the media publicity. I don’t know whether this kind of things happen in real life as well.
๐Ÿ‚Akshay had fallen in love with Zorah and she started behaving differently all of a sudden.
๐Ÿ‚Roshan Khan made Akshay a Page 3 celebrity but he clearly hated it.
๐Ÿ‚Kalim Publishing House was filled with stars, Ministers and crazy people.
๐Ÿ‚The book is written well with good satirical conversations.
๐Ÿ‚The storyline is quite refreshing and interesting.
๐Ÿ‚The book is fast paced and quite a page turner as well.
๐Ÿ‚The story is completed in 367 days.
๐Ÿ‚The characters are drawn to a certain extent. ๐Ÿ‚I will recommend this book for a quick read which will keep you entertained till the end. .

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Becoming
Author- Michelle Obama
Publisher- Viking
Pages- 448
My Rating- ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ.7/5

My Review-
๐Ÿ”…I was taken down as an angry black woman. I have wanted to ask them which part of the phrase matters the most is it “angry” or “black” or “woman”?…”
๐ŸThe book revolves around the different experiences her character goes through from her childhood to becoming the wife of Barrack Obama to carrying out all her duties as a mother and campaigning for Barrack to becoming the first lady of USA.
๐ŸThe first part of the book deals with Michelle Robinson’s childhood where her father is a blue collar worker and her mother stayed home and she had a very good bonding with her brother. Her aunt taught piano in the first floor to the children in the neighbourhood. After high school, she moved to Princeton with her brother and then to Harvard for her graduation and then Chicago where she started working at a law firm. There she met Barrack and there was an instant connection between them. Michelle is a careful planner but meeting Barrack happened out of the blue.
๐ŸThe book is divided into three sections- Becoming me, us and more. Becoming Me is where she introduces herself to the world living in Euclid Avenue with her parents and growing up. Becoming Us deals with how she met Barrack and lives in the White House with her daughters and the dog. Becoming More is her present life after the end of Barrack’s tenure.
๐ŸBut she does not mention anything after Barrack completes his tenure and Donald Trump becomes the President and his role as a President.
๐ŸI am quite in awe with her writing style as she is quite direct and upfront in revealing the chapters of her life.
๐ŸI highly recommend this book and if you are expecting a non-political read then this book is not for you.
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P.S.- This is my 2nd read of Biography in this genre.

The Forest of Enchantments by Chitra Bannerjee Divakaruni

The Forest of Enchantments
Author- Chitra Bannerjee Divakaruni
Publisher- Harper Collins India
Genre- Mythology
Pages- 358
My Rating- ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ.8/5

My Review-
๐Ÿ“ŒSita said to Ram, “If you reject me now, word will travel all across Bharatvarsha and men everywhere will feel that they too can reject a wife who has been abducted. Or even been touched against her will. Countless innocent woman as innocent as I am will be shunned and punished because of your act. Is that dharma?…”
๐Ÿ“ŒI am totally in love with the spine of the book.
๐Ÿ“ŒShe has a unique writing style which makes the book unputdownable and quite a page turner.
๐Ÿ“ŒThis is Sita’s story including the voices of Kaikeyi, Manthara, Ahalya, Urmila and Mandodari.
๐Ÿ“ŒThe story is complete and has touched all the aspects of Ramayana from Janak finding Sita in the field to Parshuram giving Janak the bow of Lord Shiva and making him promise to give Sita’s hand in the hand of someone who can lift it and put the string in the bow to Ram winning the challenge and marrying Sita and taking her to Ayodhya to their banishment for 14 years in the forest and Sita being tricked by Raavan and taking her to Lanka to Ram killing Raavan and bringing her back and again banishing her with the child in the forest and the predictable ending.
๐Ÿ“ŒThere are a lot of shades to the women’s characters and they are strong and unbendable.
๐Ÿ“ŒThe male characters don’t possess any shade and backbone as they are always in the point of being the righteous.
๐Ÿ“ŒI quite enjoyed the character of Urmila and could relate to her suffering more. ๐Ÿ“ŒI have read quite a few versions of Ramayana but Chitra Bannerjee’s plot and writing style does full justice to it.
๐Ÿ“ŒThe story has a lot of relevance till today where you can compare it with the sufferings that women undergoes till today.