Wondered why you look better or worse in pictures than mirrors? - How selfie cams make you feel good.



I was using my gcam to click some shots and then I ended up taking a selfie later on with a friend. Now, my friend looked a bit weird in the selfie and I started wondering there must be something wrong with my selfie skills.

To be totally honest, I felt I look better than her in pictures, just joking. When I took some normal candid shots from rear camera they appeared fine but selfie look was a bit weird. For a moment, I thought there must be something seriously wrong with my selfie skills. But then I wondered if that's the case then how can I look good and she was looking weird.

I started googling next. Now, if you know me well, I love experimenting and this gave me a literally brain fuck moment. During physics lectures, I had learnt that mirrors don't show the true self. It was something that was already in front of me and I never realised it.

Some of you might think what's the big deal, it's just a selfie right? Well wrong, think of yourself getting ready by looking in mirror and you make yourself look just perfect in the mirror, think you're good to go and when you click pictures at some party, they're just ultimate weird. I'd use the term weird as I don't wanna go into ugly vs beautiful classification. It's just different.

The fun fact was my friend was already well aware of it. She just said,"That's why we (girls) always ask others to click or get a candid shot more than selfies." At that moment, I really felt dumb.

Now, I researched a lot after this revelation on the internet. I also messed with almost every other camera setting and a few apps. The brain fuck moment wasn't here. It's fine, we look weird in mirrors or real depending on your choice of the perception you think about yourself. But, I kinda felt scammed a little when I had a realisation.

When you think you're looking good and click yourself with your average selfie cam app. I used gcam and always wondered why it looks so weird in selfies even though the selfie preview looked great? I started researching and this is what I found.

If you think you look really good in photos then you are kinda sorted. Selfies are not your thing and you prefer someone clicking you over you clicking with a selfie cam. Then you are looking at the real you.

As Everyone Sees Me
This picture shows how I might be looking to you in real life. But the fun fact is that for you this might be normal. But for me it's a surprise. I don't see myself like this ever in mirror. The second picture shows how I look at myself in the mirror. Mostly as this is a selfie, there are many things I'd like to throw some light on later but this is simple fact.

As I see myself in mirror

If you want to see how you appear to others, just go the selfie camera, make the option to click the mirrored selfies off and click. Now, the irritating thing I encountered here as while you still have options to click real selfies and mirrored, there's no way to get a real selfie preview.

Each and every single selfie camera in this world shows you a mirrored selfie preview
The clicked images might just differ as later after clicking the software flips is to show the real image as per your chosen setting.

Now, I dived deep into this and this trickery, is traced back to the first days in selfie world. When the first selfie camera made appearance in the world. Apple decided to make iphone show mirrored selfies so as people feel nice and comfortable clicking themselves as much as they want. Later on the removed the mirror mode but the preview still gives you a mirrored image, even when post clicking the selfie turns up real image.

I got annoyed at the fact that in the world of UI and UX designs we are taught to follow WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) principles. But here in the reality there's a whole new level of scam going on.

Every social media app, shows you unreal selves. that's why something they look horrible in selfies or others think opposite. But here's a little catch. The selfies aren't still exactly showing you real you even if you turn off the mirrored selfie mode off. The camera due to close angles and the way you click, just makes it look more weird than you might appear in reality. Although the weird context increase it's still somewhat true.

I still wonder, why every selfie camera in the world shows us mirrored previews. Why not just let us see how the picture will turn out to be? Isn't that the actual use of previews?
The answers I found were, it's to aid you in placing camera better. You might turn left in real and camera will move right. So to undo this counter steering the previews are still mirrored while pictures you take are real.

The fact that they haven't bothered yet to undo this age old system is because to make user comfy to use the system as well as that taking a selfie from a close angle might be actually not so real much. The focal length plays an important role in how we perceive the objects hence the idea of clicking mirrored selfies all the time might not be a totally absurd one.

In the end, a selfie should encourage you to click more and upload more and then send complimentary comments for the device. There's no concern regarding it getting artificial day by day.

Isn't this a whole lot of messy confusion and looks like a lot of thinking to be done upon?

Why not even a single camera for selfies shows you true previews and by default gives you options to click true images of yourselves? Why every social media is hell bent to make you feel good?

I'd really love to know your thoughts on this. Please do comment.




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Review: Time of Contempt



Time of Contempt by Andrzej Sapkowski
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
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Book Description : 

Geralt the Witcher has fought monsters and demons across the land, but even he may not be prepared for what is happening to his world. The kings and armies are maneuvering for position, each fearing invasion from across the river, each fearing their neighbours more. Intrigue, dissent and rebellion are on all sides.

The Elves and other non-humans are still suffering under decades of repression, and growing numbers join the commando units hidden deep in the forest, striking at will and then dissolving into the trees. The Magicians are fighting amongst themselves, some in the pay of the kings, some sympathetic to the elves.

And against this backdrop of fear and contempt Geralt and his lover Yennefer must protect Ciri, orphaned heir and sought by all sides. For the prophecy rests on her, and whether she lives or dies she has the power to save the world - or perhaps end it..  




After reading previous books, this book I really don't know why felt like a huge filler. There was barely any story progress here. It was same annoying confusing story telling going on here. By far the nomenclature of everything has annoyed me the most. I feel that would be more of a personal preference.

Ciri is on her journey, Geralt is on his journey, Yennefer feels like is forced in between along with a ton of characters. I don't know what dryads and elves are doing. Dandelion is as usual lucky one who is saved from every situation without any scratches.

I am really doubtful whether I'll pick up books further in this series. I really want to know what happens ahead after the wonderful introduction of Geralt but here it feels overloaded with ciri.

I really would not recommend this book unless and until you want to finish reading this series before Netflix adaptations come out.

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Learn Python With Dhawal - 17 - Handling Errors and using Exceptions


Previously, we learnt about File handling. Did you try something else apart from the course instruction program? If you have, there'll be a fair chance that you must have encountered some sort of errors. Debugging for errors is one thing that we always have to do as a precaution. But what if there are case scenarios where there's some issue with a portion of code, but that code might be important or you can still run the program successfully after failure of one particular method.

Error Handling

Imagine there's a calculator program and you want to take input amounts from the users, but the user didn't give any input or say there was a failure in catching input or maybe wrong input was given. What would you do? In the previous coding examples that we have done, they program will simply throw an error and would stop it's execution.

In some scenarios we can handle complete halt of execution but imagine a code written to run atomic cooling plants or power plants or even hospital ventilation systems or say power grid? Running into some stupid error might result in complete halt of the execution and might result in huge losses of both life and finance.

To handle errors programmers often build some mechanisms but it's not possible that we can always have a mechanism in place. So to counteract with such situations we have something called Error handling mechanisms. We use exceptions to just get past around some situations still making the code finish it's execution and turn get into a stable state.

For example : Imagine you wrote a code for running a banking application. There was a power loss and before that you had sent the message to send the money from account A to B, but in midst, before the message could reach B, there was a power failure. Now the A would assume that he has sent the money but B will still be waiting for money. This can result in chaos if that happened at a larger level. (I know there will be database management here, but just giving an example, so don't overthink). To counteract such cases, we create a kind of a failsafe mechanism. There we create an exception.

What is an Exception?

Just like the name suggests, we give error situation an exception and allow the code to run further. It's like giving it an excuse to continue without total halt of the system. Continuing from the same above example of a banking scenario.

Now, after the power has been restored, we had built in an exception inside the program. If something like that had happened and we received no acknowledgement from B about receiving the money, we would reinstate the balance amount in A's account and then sent the money again or just inform the details about the failure to the server manager and user stating about the failure of the transaction.

Further it would depend on the build of the system to either resend the request or cancel the transaction altogether.

Using Exceptions in Real time Code.

Imagine in the previous file handling program. You wrote a code to open a file and read it. Now, if the file didn't exist, you'd get an error and program execution would be halted. Now, we can write a code that if the file previously mentioned don't exist, we can give user an option to create a new file and then read the it using the program. We do it with the help of the 'try....catch/except' blocks. Where 'try' is used to try a particular code and 'catch/except' is used to mention incase the code inside the 'try' block failed execution. There's also an option of a default code block which can be called either 'default/finally' this block of code is executed in all case scenarios irrespective of the execution of try and catch blocks.

Syntax : 

try :
    statement1
    statement2
except nameOfError:
    statement3
    statement4
finally :
    statement5
    statement6

Here, inside the try block you'd write all the code that you have doubt about having a failure. Now with the except block you can counter all the errors at once or counter exceptions depending on their type. If you don't mention the name of the error you want that particular block of except code to handle then it'll be used in all case scenarios of failure. It might not be smart as at times knowing what's the issue can be a lot more helpful and can be remedied. For example, if user didn't enter their name then you can use default name temporarily and then alert user about it or if you are using a calculator program then you can use 0 or 1 depending on what the previous operation was and alert the user about data input failure.

You can also add an 'else' block here to be executed in a scenario where no errors have occurred. Not sure where this would be useful but it's a handy thing to know. Now before we begin actual coding, I want you to try the name of the error where file is not been found. Open a new python file, write a code to just open a desired file but which doesn't exist. See the output and copy the error name and save it somewhere just incase for our code.

Input :

import os
try :
    f = open("C:/Users/joshidhawal/Documents/Git/learn-python-with-dhawal/testfile.txt","r")

except  FileNotFoundError:
    print ("The desired file is not found, we will create one for you instead.")
    f = open("C:/Users/joshidhawal/Documents/Git/learn-python-with-dhawal/testfile.txt","a+")
    print("A new file is created")
    f.write("Hello World!")
    print("Message is written in it.")
finally:
    f.seek(0)
    print("The cursor is moved to beginning of file")
    print(f.read())
    print("The message is read")
    f.close()
    print("File is closed")
    os.remove("C:/Users/joshidhawal/Documents/Git/learn-python-with-dhawal/testfile.txt")
    print("the file is been deleted")
    
   
Output :


  1. The desired file is not found, we will create one for you instead.
  2. A new file is created
  3. Message is written in it.
  4. The cursor is moved to beginning of file
  5. Hello World!
  6. The message is read
  7. File is closed
  8. the file is been deleted
Explanation :

Now, I have tweaked this code a little bit. In previous chapter we were using directly appending mode to read-write a file. But if we are just reading a file and not bothered about writing it. This is the error handling mechanism we can use. Here, we have previously found out the 'FileNotFoundError' is the one we want to handle and leaving the other errors aside for later.

We use the try block and put the read file statement inside it. But when that reading a file gives an error which we have previously expected, we already had corrected exception kept in place for it. So the instead of programming blindly for every possible exception, we targeted a thing that we could remedy.

We just created a file, wrote into it and rest is the standard procedure as we know from the previous program.

Note : We can use console log statements instead of printing the states but this is for the further advanced chapters. For now, we have used print statements as a part of logging mechanism to know what's happening in the program.

Input :

try :
    a=int(input("Divide 10 by : "))
    b=10
    a=b/a
    print(a)
except ZeroDivisionError :
    print("You can't divide by zero, enter a valid number again")
    a=int(input("Divide 10 by : "))
    b=10
    a=b/a
    print(a)
except Exception as e:
    print("Some error occured\nError Description : "+str(e))
finally:
    print("Sorry, run the program again")

Output :


  1. Divide 10 by : 
  2. Some error occured
  3. Error Description : invalid literal for int() with base 10: ''
  4. Sorry, run the program again
Explanation : 

Here we have added a parameter to catch other errors than the ones we had previously planned for. Here when someone forgets to enter and just presses enter, it'll catch the particular exception and then display the error without stopping the execution of your code. We just create an object of the main 'Exception' class as 'e' and then use it to catch the errors. We later just print the description of error and finish execution of code without any errors technically.

Input :

Here we just added an if statement inside out try block after the input statement to give an error if someone entered a negative number in the previous code.

try :
    a=int(input("Divide 10 by : "))
    if (a<0):
        raise Exception("Enter anything else please!")
    b=10
    a=b/a
    print(a)



Output :


  1. Divide 10 by : -10
  2. Some error occured
  3. Error Description : Enter anything else please!
  4. Sorry, run the program again

Explanation :

Now, there will be times when you want to raise/throw exceptions of your own in certain cases, for example say while sending amount in a bank transaction, it shouldn't be negative. You can't send someone -100₹ or -100$ per say. That would be a joke and a disaster if someone finds that bug out. So in such case scenarios we write custom exceptions. To raise/throw a custom exception, we have a keyword 'raise' here in python. We will write a conditional statement and depending on that we will decide whether to throw/raise an exception or not. We can throw/raise any exception we want, here I have raised a custom exception but you can find out exceptions of your choice and deploy them as your wish and will.

With this I hope you had grasped all the basics about exceptions and how to handle them if you come across them during your coding  adventures. Feel free to try out some custom exceptions and experiment around a bit here and there.


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Learn Python With Dhawal - 16 - File Input and Output


I know I have been slow with the updates but I have been working on an idea to build a project for this little course book of mine. I had to sort through a lot of ideas on what to make the project on to keep it simple, fun and yet covering all the major aspects of a proper application development.

Then I realised I haven't posted about how to read write a file yet. So before we jump on the bigger projects, here are a few basics more here and there to finish. So let's begin.

File Handling

File handling is one of the most primitive and basic tasks that you should know to perform if you want to move ahead into application development using python. As the title suggests there's not much mumbo jumbo to learn on the coding spectrum but here, we have to cover up a lot on the theory part.

File permissions

Before we move ahead and start operating on a file. We need to know what are the file permissions and how to deal with them.

There are mainly 3 types of file permissions :

I am using the word 'mainly' because the words indicating the permission or some custom permissions might arise depending on what you've been working on. But here we would go with the vanilla ones.


  1. Read : This permission as it says, allows one to read the file.
  2. Write : This permission allows one to write the file.
  3. Read and Write or Append : The name of this permission can be seen different depending on the systems you are using but it simply allows one to access and write the content in the file.

File Operation Modes :

Here we have just like the permissions we have 3 modes in basic to perform various operations on the files.


  1. Read : When you open a file in this mode, you can read the contents of the file. This mode will give you error if the file you want to read doesn't exist.
  2. Write : When you open a file in this mode, you can write your desired content in the file. But be careful while opening a file in this mode as when you open the file in write mode, the previous content of the file gets deleted. The new content of the file will be whatever you entered after the opening the file. This will create a new file if the file you specified doesn't exist.
  3. Append : When you open the file in this mode, you can write your desired content in the file. The difference here is that if your file previously contained anything, it won't be deleted and the new content will be just written after where the previous content ends. If your file didn't have anything written inside then it will just write down new lines as you enter them. This will create a new file if the file you specified doesn't exist.
File Operations :

Open : As the name suggests, this is used to open the file to start working on it. If the name of the file you point at doesn't exist, it might throw an error or create one depending upon the mode you used to operate on the file.
Close : This is very important step, as most forget to close the file after operating on it. If you don't close the file after operating on it, it might cause errors in file or make the file entirely unusable or might just not save the content you had entered.
Create : This will be for creating a file.
Delete : This will be for deleting a file.


File Handling in Python

Now, above we discussed basics of file handling. Each language has its own way of handling files. Here we will discuss actual operations and modes in python to perform various file operations.

Mode Function
r Read the file, default value if you don't specify the mode.
w Write file, creates a new file if the mentioned file doesn't exist. Also, if existing file contains anything, that would be deleted.
a Write file, creates a new file if the mentioned file doesn't exist. Also, if the existing file contains anything, it would continue writing where the previous content ends.
x Create a new file and opens it, returns error if file already exists.
tOpens file in text mode, default value
b Opens file in binary mode. It's useful for images.

Open : This method uses two parameters, one is the location of the file in your storage and second is mode you want to open the file in.

Syntax :  open("fileaddress.extension", "Mode you want to open your file in")
example - f = open("demofile.txt","r"). This will open a file in read mode. Here, f is the file object created to operate on the file. Python follows OOPS concepts, hence we have to create object of file to use it.

Close : This method uses no parameters or arguments.

Syntax :  "fileObjectName".close()
example - f.close()

Input

import os
# First we will create a file.
f = open("C:/Users/joshidhawal/Documents/Git/learn-python-with-dhawal/testfile.txt","a+")
print("A new text file is created and opened in append+ mode")
# Writing in the file
f.write("Hello World! This is my first created file")
print("Message is written in file")
# Reading the written text
print("This is the position of cursor in the file : "+str(f.tell()))
f.seek(0)
print("We changed the cursor position to beginning,so now we can read the file.")
print(f.readline())
print("Message is read")
# Closing the file
f.close()   
print("File is closed")
# Delete the file
os.remove("C:/Users/joshidhawal/Documents/Git/learn-python-with-dhawal/testfile.txt")
print("File deleted")

Output

  1. A new text file is created and opened in append+ mode
  2. Message is written in file
  3. This is the position of cursor in the file : 42
  4. We changed the cursor position to beginning,so now we can read the file.
  5. Hello World! This is my first created file
  6. Message is read
  7. File is closed
  8. File deleted


Explanation :

First we create and open the file. Now if we just had to create the file we could've used the 'x' permission to create the file. We can add '+' to add more functionality. You can read more about the file operation modes by clicking here.

But here we used 'a+' as the file operation mode, meaning we are opening it as an append mode and allowing some more permissions to it. We are also printing the state of the file operations after each operation is performed. This is not needed but it can be used as a method of debugging or some sort of confirmation that the particular operation is been performed. Since Python is an interpreted language, all the print statements followed by the operation will indicated that the particular operation is been performed successfully.

Next we use the 'write' method to write into the file. After that we seek the current position of the cursor in the file. Now, remember that if you have to write again, it'll start writing after the previous position as you haven't closed the file yet. So if you wished to read whatever you've written, you'd have to get the cursor back on the the starting position.

Hence to do that we have used 'tell' method to show the current cursor position followed by using 'seek' method to move the cursor to the file beginning. Hence then we could read the message that we had written in the file. We read the content using the 'readline()' method since it's only one line. If we wanted to read the whole file and there was content of multiple lines or say maybe a paragraph we would be using 'read' method instead.

We close the file after performing the operations using 'close' method. Now the next step we take is totally optional and for educational info. At times you don't want to keep a particular file or delete it. If you run this program it won't give you any error as it is using append mode. But say, if you wanted to use create mode and then just leave file as it is and there was some file with the same name which you had created previously, you'd have to delete it.

So to delete the file we have created, we import the 'os' package and then use it to remove the file we had created.

~*~*~*~

This program gave you idea about how to perform most basic file operations using python. To know more you can refer the linked python official documentations or just try out yourself by experimenting and googling. It always helps to search and find out new tricks.

Try out yourself :

Write a program to create a file if not in existence. If it exists, open it and start writing information where the previous content had finished. At the end it should give read the whole file again. It should ask if you want to keep the changes or not. If yes, the previous message should be saved and file should be closed or else the file should be reverted to it's previous state.

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Review : The Forgotten Army - Amazon Originals



The Forgotten Army
My Rating : 5 of 5 stars
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About : The Forgotten Army' is the dynamic story of Lt. Sodhi and his daredevil band of men and women who fought a heroic battle for the independence of India as part of the Indian National Army which was forged out of British defeat in Singapore during WWII and led by the charismatic, indomitable Indian leader Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.


The story-telling happens here from the POV of a soldier. I'd have loved to see more about how the things had actually worked out but this is a good account as well. The story here is extremely well presented. They masked the story with layers. The main layer telling the story of the Azad Hind Sena or the Indian National Army as they say in english. Secondary layer being the love story of soldier and his female companion.

Now, I'd try to keep this as low in spoilers as possible but since this is an already well established historical account there'd be hardly any portions accounted as spoilers for this series. Well, yes there's a dual storytelling happening in the series. Each episode shorter than your Netflix series( telling this because this would affect your binging habits) is equally rich in content even being short. They have named it 'Season 1' so I am hoping there'd be some upcoming future seasons in production line.

Coming back to the story, I loved it. It was a great dramatic mixture with the historical accounts. I felt I was kinda back in that era. The cinematography is really amazing and the war scenes are well shot. There's drama but its like that perfect amount of salt in food, not too much and not too less. Although, as I said in the first line of the review itself, I would've loved it more if there was more part on story of how Netaji joined INA or took command of it. There are bare bone glimpses of it.

Now, if you don't want to read a rant you can skip this paragraph. I have so many bones to pick with the people who did injustice to these people. Here, I feel Japanese army was much better in comparison to our own people. It was a shock to find out that after independence none if these soldiers were taken into real indian army, neither they were provided with any compensation or pension. Like, how ungrateful can you be? These people laid the foundation of freedom and their actions were neither remembered nor they were given enough credit? Their existence just remained to a paragraph in the history textbooks ( at least in the ones when I had done my schooling ). There's a memorial in Singapore and they are barely even remembered here in India? What kind of a sick joke is that?

Nevermind, the rant would never suffice but surely, the history is history and as the soldier said in the series when his grandson asked, ' what did you get doing all this?' his answer was, ' That depends on your generation. We did what we had to do, now you'll decide whether you'd cherish it or let it go in vain.'

It's a must watch series which I'd surely recommend. Brilliant cinematography, amazingly emotional soundtracks and a honest story.




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Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows



Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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Book Description : 

Harry Potter is leaving Privet Drive for the last time. But as he climbs into the sidecar of Hagrid’s motorbike and they take to the skies, he knows Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters will not be far behind.

The protective charm that has kept him safe until now is broken. But the Dark Lord is breathing fear into everything he loves. And he knows he can’t keep hiding.

To stop Voldemort, Harry knows he must find the remaining Horcruxes and destroy them.

He will have to face his enemy in one final battle.  




There's a lot of book which makes it super had and confusing at the same time to write a review about.

There's a lot of plot on-going here. A lot od details and well certainly I feel this was somewhat better than movie counterparts. Although, I felt some scenes were too hyped up where everyone was almost overpowered and then suddenly powerless at the same time. It was a weird sense of conundrum.

One point is when Harry becomes the master of death after dumbledore. I enjoyed the backstory about dumbledore and how both he and voldemort wanted to master the death but voldermort chose dark arts and dumbledore went after the hallows.

That part I felt was seriously over powered but it was kinda enjoyable. There was lack of excitement until the climax and mostly it was okay but can get boring as well, depends on person reading.

Although, I feel this book was a fitting conclusion to the series. I wish there was more part on what happened after this huge war. It shows harry and ron's kids going to Hogwarts but there's not more information on it. I would've loved more on that part.

I feel the aftermath of a mayhem is more important in a story than the end of mayhem itself. It was there but wasn't satisfactory.

I would recommend it since its the last book in HP series. There's quite nonsense which you can skip if you want in the book but, can be fun if you want to dive deep about the life of Dumbledore.

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Review: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince



Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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Book Description : 

When Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince opens, the war against Voldemort has begun. The Wizarding world has split down the middle, and as the casualties mount, the effects even spill over onto the Muggles. Dumbledore is away from Hogwarts for long periods, and the Order of the Phoenix has suffered grievous losses. And yet, as in all wars, life goes on.

Harry, Ron, and Hermione, having passed their O.W.L. level exams, start on their specialist N.E.W.T. courses. Sixth-year students learn to Apparate, losing a few eyebrows in the process. Teenagers flirt and fight and fall in love. Harry becomes captain of the Gryffindor Quidditch team, while Draco Malfoy pursues his own dark ends. And classes are as fascinating and confounding as ever, as Harry receives some extraordinary help in Potions from the mysterious Half-Blood Prince.

Most importantly, Dumbledore and Harry work together to uncover the full and complex story of a boy once named Tom Riddle—the boy who became Lord Voldemort. Like Harry, he was the son of one Muggle-born and one Wizarding parent, raised unloved, and a speaker of Parseltongue. But the similarities end there, as the teenaged Riddle became deeply interested in the Dark objects known as Horcruxes: objects in which a wizard can hide part of his soul, if he dares splinter that soul through murder.

Harry must use all the tools at his disposal to draw a final secret out of one of Riddle’s teachers, the sly Potions professor Horace Slughorn. Finally Harry and Dumbledore hold the key to the Dark Lord’s weaknesses... until a shocking reversal exposes Dumbledore’s own vulnerabilities, and casts Harry’s—and Hogwarts’s—future in shadow.  




This was a really good read. I really don't have much to comment on this part of the series. The story progressed and dived deep into the life of the main antagonist. It gives an interesting insight although into the life around hogwarts.

It was very interesting to know the backstory of how did voldemort rose into the power that he had at that time when Harry was in hogwarts.

There was action in the end of the story while most of the other portions were well balanced and enjoyable.

Some portions did feel unnecessary but I don't mind as they didn't stretch out for that long. I felt really bad when dumbledore was killed. But it was kind of expected as if Harry had to take up the lead than the current leader had to be stepped down. Considering dumbledore the master magician and owner of the elder wand, it would have been stupid to just sideline him without killing. They indeed killed of the character but it didn't felt stupid. There was ample of background and reasoning to make it good.

There was interesting twist in Ginny-Harry and Hermione-Ron coupling. I enjoyed it and felt it was well deserved.

I'd recommend it to read for sure.

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Review: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix



Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
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There is a door at the end of a silent corridor. And it’s haunting Harry Pottter’s dreams. Why else would he be waking in the middle of the night, screaming in terror?

Harry has a lot on his mind for this, his fifth year at Hogwarts: a Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher with a personality like poisoned honey; a big surprise on the Gryffindor Quidditch team; and the looming terror of the Ordinary Wizarding Level exams. But all these things pale next to the growing threat of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named---a threat that neither the magical government nor the authorities at Hogwarts can stop.

As the grasp of darkness tightens, Harry must discover the true depth and strength of his friends, the importance of boundless loyalty, and the shocking price of unbearable sacrifice.

His fate depends on them all.  



Reading this after the Goblet of fire was a bad experience. The level of excitement dropped from super high to mediocre. As for me the story was really nice. But I felt there was unnecessary dragging of things which could've been chopped down in editing

The read is super lengthy for me who's more into reading books in one day ( 700pgs max). This one took me 2 days to finish and well it also made me lousy and sleepy as the middle portion of the story was horribly draggy. The end was a bit better but however it could've been much better comparing to previous books in the series.

I felt the content here in terms of plot progress was very meagre and it had a lot of portion for the ones who just wanted to read more about harry's daily life. It could've been skipped altogether and it wouldn't have mattered at all as this book barely contributed in the story progress.

The death of Sirius, introduction to professor Umbridge and sacking of fudge. I feel these three are the only major changes that are in the book you might ought to know. You can read first few chapters and end few chapters for this book if you just want to know the story.

I'd say it was an okayish read if you are persistent in reading all the books. Watch the movie counterpart for this book. That'd be my recommendation.

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Review: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire



Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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Harry Potter is midway through his training as a wizard and his coming of age. Harry wants to get away from the pernicious Dursleys and go to the International Quidditch Cup. He wants to find out about the mysterious event that's supposed to take place at Hogwarts this year, an event involving two other rival schools of magic, and a competition that hasn't happened for a hundred years. He wants to be a normal, fourteen-year-old wizard. But unfortunately for Harry Potter, he's not normal - even by wizarding standards. And in his case, different can be deadly.  



This according to me would be the best Harry Potter book from the series that I've read so far. There's a gargantuan depth in the plot. Also it would be the longest book I've read in this series.

I loved the way the story begins, connecting the dots from the previous book. There was a lot of depth shrunk into a few pages. At times I felt it was contradictory but then as it came to an end it was wonderful.

I feel the movie had almost removed half of the scenes from the book. The book is a lot more in details and about many other factors like the elf winky and Hermione's obsession with anti-elf-slavery movement.

I can talk about this book for hours it seems. Loved the read totally.

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Review: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban



Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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Harry Potter's third year at Hogwarts is full of new dangers. A convicted murderer, Sirius Black, has broken out of Azkaban prison, and it seems he's after Harry. Now Hogwarts is being patrolled by the dementors, the Azkaban guards who are hunting Sirius. But Harry can't imagine that Sirius or, for that matter, the evil Lord Voldemort could be more frightening than the dementors themselves, who have the terrible power to fill anyone they come across with aching loneliness and despair. Meanwhile, life continues as usual at Hogwarts. A top-of-the-line broom takes Harry's success at Quidditch, the sport of the Wizarding world, to new heights. A cute fourth-year student catches his eye. And he becomes close with the new Defense of the Dark Arts teacher, who was a childhood friend of his father. Yet despite the relative safety of life at Hogwarts and the best efforts of the dementors, the threat of Sirius Black grows ever closer. But if Harry has learned anything from his education in wizardry, it is that things are often not what they seem. Tragic revelations, heartwarming surprises, and high-stakes magical adventures await the boy wizard in this funny and poignant third installment of the beloved series.  




I totally enjoyed reading this one. So far, now I think we are deep enough into things where the descriptions are little better. You know what I mean, terrestrial surroundings are better mentioned and described. There were really good moments within the book with a lot of story and plot depth inside when compared to the movie.

I finished the book in a few sittings which means it had me totally hooked up with the story. I don't there's much more left to say as this one is really worth reading it. I'll repeat if you have seen the movie, you'd love this book as there's a lot missing from the movie.

I loved the scenes with buckbeak, the scene with harry pulls up a patronus charm all by himself. It was quite fun as it added the concept of time travelling to a fantasy. Quite a unique idea as it kept it within the fantasy limits but totally explored the sci-fi concept of time travel.

Just go, grab your copy and read it. I enjoyed it, you'd surely enjoy it too if you have a taste for fantasy novels.

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Review: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets



Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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The Dursleys were so mean and hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he's packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike

And strike it does. For in Harry's second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockhart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls' bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley's younger sister, Ginny.

But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone -- or something -- starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects . . . Harry Potter himself?  



Compared to the first book, this book was a lot of fun while reading. There were several moments which I felt were chopped off from the movie. I can say that this one is a lot better than its movie and prequel.

Although, there were some nice descriptions of things this time as compared to the first book, still I am wondering if I don't watch the movie, how the hogwarts castle, ground or the tree would look like? How the dark forest would be like? How the greenhouse in the hogwarts where the magical plants are kept would be like? OR how the Qudditch robes or the playground or the entrance to dumbledore's chamber would be like? There was a lot of gap in terms of terrestrial information here again. But I think, If read after watching a movie it makes it a lot easier to imagine and fun too.
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I was enjoying the read totally and there were many really good moments in the book. I don't think I have anything much apart from it to talk about it as it was a really smooth narration. I loved the way of telling a story and the plot was good enough to keep in hooked in the story. If it hadn't been lacking those descriptions, it could've been a total five starrer for me.

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Review: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone



Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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Book Description : 

Harry Potter's life is miserable. His parents are dead and he's stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he's a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

After a lifetime of bottling up his magical powers, Harry finally feels like a normal kid. But even within the Wizarding community, he is special. He is the boy who lived: the only person to have ever survived a killing curse inflicted by the evil Lord Voldemort, who launched a brutal takeover of the Wizarding world, only to vanish after failing to kill Harry.

Though Harry's first year at Hogwarts is the best of his life, not everything is perfect. There is a dangerous secret object hidden within the castle walls, and Harry believes it's his responsibility to prevent it from falling into evil hands. But doing so will bring him into contact with forces more terrifying than he ever could have imagined.

Full of sympathetic characters, wildly imaginative situations, and countless exciting details, the first installment in the series assembles an unforgettable magical world and sets the stage for many high-stakes adventures to come.  




From the title of the book it should be obvious that this book review isn't about giving it introduction or marketing it a little or even just telling who is it for and not. This review will be completely filled with my thoughts just like the other books in the series. I had been requested by almost everyone I me to read this books series. Honestly, I have watched the movies but never bothered about reading the book series as when I had tried reading it a several years back, there was a lot more confusion in my head than fantasy.

I picked up this book again after I think a decade. Some things have changed by opinion about the book while some stays put yet. The book lacks a lot of description for a fantasy novel. I think there's a painful absence about the surrounding descriptions. I had to watch the movie to imagine the hogwarts castle, the alley where they shopped the school apparatus. How that shop would be, how the vendors looked, how was the train, basically there was a painful gap in imagination about its surroundings and even very little information about the characters itself. Maybe that's why I had DNF-ed it when I first got the books a decade ago.

I know many of you would have counter arguments but pick a person who hasn't seen harry potter movies yet and get them to read a book first. Either they will imagine completely something else or have difficulties in imagining what was going on there in first place. For a regular fantasy reader it might not be much of a problem but for someone who reads occasionally there might be confusion imagining things. For a fantasy which is a very strong point.

Other than that, I didn't find anything as such to mention. For me it was a okayish read, something I might read once and never read again. I might prefer the movie to the book for this when it comes to imagination part but book had some different scenes than movie hence there was a lot of depth about the characters and backstory about them in the book. Hence if you plan to read the book, just watch the movie first so it'll help you to imagine things much better.

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Review: 21 Kesaris: The Untold Story of the Battle of Saragarhi



21 Kesaris: The Untold Story of the Battle of Saragarhi by Kiran Nirvan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Book Description : 

Ten thousand Afghans. Twenty-one Sikh soldiers. One epic battle.

On 12 September 1897, 21 soldiers of 36th Sikh Regiment stood undeterred as they guarded the post of Saragarhi against the onslaught of almost 10,000 Afghan tribesmen a battle for the ages that ended in them laying down their lives in a final hand-to-hand confrontation. The unparalleled heroics of these 21 men have, however, been long forgotten by history. What led to the Battle of Saragarhi? What was the socio-political scenario at the time? Who were these tribesmen and why did they attack an outpost in such great numbers? Who were the 21 soldiers and how were they able to keep the enemy at bay against all odds? Based on colonial era records and information provided by the 4th Sikh Battalion, the legatee unit of 36th Sikhs, 21 Kesaris attempts to answer these questions while paying homage to the brave soldiers who defended the Kesari flag depicting their Khalsa heritage with their last breaths.  



I don't think I'd be capable of judging the story behind this book in any manner. It's a nonfiction and this story is been told my the ones who watched from other sources. That means that the person telling the story has considered others' accounts as well while writing this book. As the blurb mentions it, here we have the story of the one of the greatest battles in the history.

But as you might read in the book and find out, here's more on the background and reasoning of why this thing happened and what was the context behind this madness. There's little to no information on how the battle progressed. Although, I then later tried to google and find out about the real happenings on that day which the book is all about. Sadly, all the accounts other than the military records are pure imaginations and speculations. No one is sure as there were just two reportings about the situations at the battle from the source itself and other information in this or the records is just things which were observed from nearby forts.

There's a fine chance majority of it can be a speculation or a exaggeration. But one thing is sure. The book explains the whole case of why there was a fight, why did they fight and the outcome like a nicely analysed case study. I can say it was more about history of Sikh and Afghan relations. As said before this is more of a why this madness happened than why this madness happened account.

I liked the way the story was presented. I wish there was more of the actual battle scenes since it was more of a speculation representation. But I'm not disappointed at all. It's a must read recommendation on my behalf.

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Review: Sword of Destiny



Sword of Destiny by Andrzej Sapkowski
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Book Description : 

Geralt is a witcher, a man whose magic powers, enhanced by long training and a mysterious elixir, have made him a brilliant fighter and a merciless assassin. Yet he is no ordinary murderer: his targets are the multifarious monsters and vile fiends that ravage the land and attack the innocent. He roams the country seeking assignments, but gradually comes to realise that while some of his quarry are unremittingly vile, vicious grotesques, others are the victims of sin, evil or simple naivety.

In this collection of short stories, following the adventures of the hit collection The Last Wish, join Geralt as he battles monsters, demons and prejudices alike... 




How should I begin reviewing this one? Hmm, well I had seen "The Witcher" on Netflix and after that decided to read the book series as we always say books are better than their adaptations. But I still stick to my previous conclusion as for now. For "The Witcher" sadly, Netflix adaptation is way better.

Coming to the book, I had googled online the reading sequence for the witcher series as it's obvious you're not going to remember every series in title since it's not mentioned which comes first and which comes later. Here there was a little difference. This book was published first but it was asked to read after 'the last wish'. But to be frank, I feel this should've been read before. Although, there would have been a ton of mystery on what's happening and why and how as such but it would be better in terms of understanding the characters.

The story telling is a huge mess creating confusion in this book series. Honestly, I'd prefer a sequential approach rather than chaotic approach for telling a complex story like this one. I never thought this day would come when I'd complain and rant about the way a story is told but it is has arrived. Seriously, I loved the book, plot, characters and heck even writing. Although the overuse of archaic english is seriously annoying when I have to google 10 or more times in a single chapter, but still I'd let it go as it's quite a personal preference while reading.

But apart from that the there's a serious fault in the way story is being told. I know these are short stories but both the previous book and this one is a serious chronological mess and that too without any time or date reference. It just starts telling you a story without any time context to put that particular episode in. In some places the witcher hasn't even met ciri yet while in another he has already met her. Like what the heck is evening happening here?

There are some differences from the series adaptation though as you'd expect usually but I feel those make the series more palatable than this one. Overall if you love to prepare for GRE or start feeling what english literature homework looks like while enjoying a good story, try this book out. I'd still advise to follow reading the books the in the order they were published as that's the best way to read this story with minimal confusion. Don't follow reddit or other forum advices for reading this series, it'll just put you in more confusion leaving on ditching to read this series altogether.

I gave this one an all star rating because everything I complained about was a personal preference and factually or technically there wasn't a serious fault in the book itself. A writer can tell his story anyway he wants and here we can see not a very good example of how it should be done. Nevermind, the plot's seems good, there are a ton of monsters, overkill to be honest. Little to no information on the world we are dealing with here and it's characters. Most monsters and references are taken from old english or french myths and some even polish myths. We see the forktail vs dragon debate here, I loved that little difference.

Since I do spoiler free reviews I won't talk about the episodes but the moments inside be it action, romance were finely tuned and pleasure to read. I'd say go ahead and start reading.

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Mini Review: Narendra Modi: A Political Biography



Narendra Modi: A Political Biography by Andy Marino
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Book Description : 

Narendra Modi, the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, is powerful, popular and controversial. With the general elections due to conclude in May 2014, Modi’s campaign rallies have drawn unprecedented crowds. Yet, the man remains an enigma. His supporters regard him as the visionary, decisive leader India needs today. His detractors see him as a polarizing fi gure. Is Modi authoritative or authoritarian? Decisive or divisive? A team player or a loner?

Andy Marino recorded interviews with Narendra Modi during more than half-a-dozen exclusive meetings – unprecedented access to a very private man. What emerged is this riveting, objective biography of a man who could be India’s prime minister. Not shying away from the controversies that have dogged Narendra Modi, including the Gujarat riots and questions about the Gujarat model of governance and development, this political biography provides an unbiased account of possibly the most important figure in Indian politics today. Marino records hour-by-hour details of the 2002 Gujarat riots, presenting a balanced analysis of that raw wound on India’s polity. It also reveals hitherto unpublished, authenticated documents, which makes this one of the most important books of 2014.

The author analyses Narendra Modi’s values, the people who shaped his thinking and the sort of national leader he will make. Personal details of Modi’s early life, his wanderings in the Himalayas between the ages of seventeen and nineteen, his rise through the political ranks, his vision for India and his personal philosophy on religion and politics are revealed in a book that is lucid, fast-paced and readable. Narendra Modi: A Political Biography is an insightful, exhaustive and impeccably researched account of the ascent of a political leader. 



This one is a fairly okay read. It throws a ton of light on how a simple boy who sold tea grew up to be the prime minister of world's largest democracy. It's more into the personal life account. There's a web series by eros which feels quite similar to the book. I am not sure if its based on this book or not. But if I give you an option, go for the series.

If you're someone who's looking to read this from informational political point of view then you'll be wasting your time. Its more of personal account even though the title says "political journey".

If you want to connect with the personality and know him other than politics, this is the book you should read.


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Review: The Runaway Bridegroom



The Runaway Bridegroom by Sundari Venkatraman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Eight-year-old Chanda Maheshwari and thirteen-year-old Veerendra Singh Choudhry are married as per custom. But when the bridegroom runs away immediately after the wedding, the Maheshwari family’s world comes crashing down. They move to Jaipur to begin a new life in the city.

Fourteen years later, as a management student in Delhi, Chanda takes up a temporary job at RS Software Pvt. Ltd and finds herself falling head-over-heels for her boss, Ranveer Singh. But, for all her feelings, Chanda is still a married woman. Meanwhile, Ranveer’s secretary, Shikha, is determined to win him for herself. Even though his second-in-command, Abhimanyu, keeps getting in the way, she keeps a steady eye on the main prize. So when Ranveer starts to show an interest in Chanda, Shikha is furious. Back in Jaipur, an astrologer predicts that Chanda’s errant husband will soon make an appearance.

A secret childhood marriage, a vindictive secretary and unwelcome cosmic predictions—how much can Chanda deal with? And does anyone care about what she wants? Torn between the man she loves and the claim a missing husband still has on her, will Chanda ever find happiness? 




Sundari Venkatraman always brings you classic styled stories in an enjoyable manner. It felt I'm back into old bollywood. The story was really good. It was predictable for me to be honest but even after being quite predictable it was a really good read.

The language was lucid and narration will keep you hooked throughout the story. There are a few spicy scenes in case you aren't expecting from it since the story feels like a classic. It will keep you hooked on to the scenes for sure. The descriptions are nice, not too much and not too less, just the amount you'd need in a good book. No over use of complex words just to show off vocabulary. A nice entertaining read if you ask me.

Overall it was an enjoyable read which I'd recommend for the ones who want to read something which is new but gives out vibes of a classic. The blurb gives out pretty much what's inside the story if that's what you like....


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Mini Review: Arjuna: Saga of a Pandava Warrior-Prince



Arjuna: Saga of a Pandava Warrior-Prince by Anuja Chandramouli
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Book Description : 

Arjuna is the immortal tale of one of India's greatest heroes. These pages retell in riveting detail the story of the Pandava Warrior-Prince who has captured the imagination of millions across centuries. This is the intense and human story of his loves, friendship, ambitions, weaknesses and follies, as well as his untimely death and revival, his stint as a eunuch, and the innermost reaches of his thoughts. Told in a refreshingly modern and humourous style and set against the staggering backdrop of the Mahabharata. Arjunas story appeals equally to the average, discerning reader and the scholar. It spans the epic journey from before his birth, when omens foretold his greatness, across the fabled, wondrous landscape that was his life. 



It's quite interesting read if you want to know story of Arjun. Well, there was a lot of new content as well as the content which we have seen in every other movie/book. First half of the book felt quite new to read but later on in the later part of the book the story somehow took a turn and she focus was shifted from Arjun to Almost everything else.

Overall its a good read with a quite interesting and heavy use of difficult vocabulary. Most of them are archaic terms but it was interesting reading those new words to keep a dictionary handy at all times or be ready to tap on your kindle or google it up.

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Mini Review: Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!



Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! by Robert T. Kiyosaki

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Book Description : 

April 2017 marks 20 years since Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad Poor Dad first made waves in the Personal Finance arena.
It has since become the #1 Personal Finance book of all time... translated into dozens of languages and sold around the world.

Rich Dad Poor Dad is Robert's story of growing up with two dads — his real father and the father of his best friend, his rich dad — and the ways in which both men shaped his thoughts about money and investing. The book explodes the myth that you need to earn a high income to be rich and explains the difference between working for money and having your money work for you. 



I totally enjoyed reading this one. Although, I was kinda implementing most of the things discussed in the book. It was a very interesting insight into the world.

I've always known that people's mindset decides their destiny and this book can be a living proof of sorts for that.

Being poor isn't a financial state rather a state of mind. The book states it very well when the rich dad says, "I'm broke but not poor. There's s difference between both as being broke is temporary while poor is till eternity."

I'd definitely recommend this read if you are into self help books.

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Mini Review: Becoming



Becoming by Michelle Obama
My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Book Description : 

In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.  



Quite more of a factual account. I was trying to find something maybe inspirational? But it wasn't anywhere closer. First half of the book was just black-white-black-white in my head. Honestly, its more of a thesis like factual account rather than an inspirational biography. At least for me, can't say for others... The book kind of as expected revolved quite around the president's life. There was more to the side which wasn't open to public.

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Mini Review: The Tiger at Midnight


The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Book Description : 

A broken bond. A dying land. A cat-and-mouse game that can only end in bloodshed.

Esha is a legend, but no one knows. It’s only in the shadows that she moonlights as the Viper, the rebels’ highly skilled assassin. She’s devoted her life to avenging what she lost in the royal coup, and now she’s been tasked with her most important mission to date: taking down the ruthless General Hotha.

Kunal has been a soldier since childhood, training morning and night to uphold the power of King Vardaan. His uncle, the general, has ensured that Kunal never strays from the path—even as a part of Kunal longs to join the outside world, which has been growing only more volatile.

Then Esha’s and Kunal’s paths cross—and an unimaginable chain of events unfolds. Both the Viper and the soldier think they’re calling the shots, but they’re not the only players moving the pieces. As the bonds that hold their land in order break down and the sins of the past meet the promise of a new future, both rebel and soldier must make unforgivable choices.

Drawing inspiration from ancient Indian history and Hindu mythology, the first book in Swati Teerdhala's debut fantasy trilogy captivates with electric romance, stunning action, and the fierce bonds that hold people together—and drive them apart. 



I found this one okayish, not to wow and not too ehh... It was okayish. Maybe a good read for you if you like a story without twists. It was quite predictable. There's much dramatization of things and maybe over at times. Descriptions are nice and narration is smooth. I would've liked it more if all the non-anglo worlds like per say bazar, uttarya would've been italicized. Felt a bit draggy at some parts.

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Mini Review: Raavan: Enemy of Aryavarta



Raavan: Enemy of Aryavarta by Amish Tripathi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Book Description : 

A land in tumult, poverty and chaos. Most people suffer quietly. A few rebel. Some fight for a better world. Some for themselves. Some don’t give a damn. Raavan. Fathered by one of the most illustrious sages of the time. Blessed by the Gods with talents beyond all. Cursed by fate to be tested to the extremes.

A formidable teenage pirate, he is filled with equal parts courage, cruelty and fearsome resolve. A resolve to be a giant among men, to conquer, plunder, and seize the greatness that he thinks is his right.

A man of contrasts, of brutal violence and scholarly knowledge. A man who will love without reward and kill without remorse.

This exhilarating third book of the Ram Chandra series sheds light on Ravaan, the king of Lanka. And the light shines on darkness of the darkest kind. Is he the greatest villain in history or just a man in a dark place, all the time?

Read the epic tale of one of the most complex, violent, passionate and accomplished men of all time. 



I was quite excited for this book as I have always been fascinated about Raavan. I know this book isn't about the Raavan we know and have talked about but still this has some inferences from the mainstream genre.

I loved the character of Raavan in this book. I although felt little bit bad as the story progressed, you can say I liked the Raavan more.

The end was phenomenal and I was literally having goosebumps. I didn't actually expect this series to have a sequel as first two books have been pretty bland and this book had raised my hopes a bit but well... I'd just let it be there.

I was about to just DNF it when it started getting monotonous and boring in the middle. But the twists in the end damn, it made me go like from giving this book a 3 star rating to giving it a 4 star. I loved the story of Raavan and I feel it was well written story as compared to the first two books.

I never thought this book is going to have a sequel as well. But somewhere I feel this story series is been stretched too much. The content has been draggy so far in first two. This one was decent read.

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