BOOK REVIEW: WHERE THREE EMPIRES MEET

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Author: E.F. Knight

Genre: Non-fiction, Travelogue

Published by: Rupa Publications

Number of pages: 368 pages

My Rating: 3.5/5

MY REVIEW: The publishers Rupa Publications provided me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

This book made a refreshing change from my recent reads as it is a travelogue. It is about a journey made by the author in the year 1891 to the remote (at that time) regions of Ladakh, Tibet and beyond.

The first thing that needs to be kept in mind while reading this book is that it is about a journey that took place about 127 years ago. At that time, life was much slower and people travelled at a leisurely pace. It does take some mental adjustment to keep reading about the “Empire” and the “natives”!

The author has vividly described the regions visited as well as given fascinating descriptions about the local populations as well as certain peculiar local customs.

I recommend this book to readers who are fond of reading travelogues and history. The book also has photographs taken by the author. The only thing that might put readers off is the length of the book, i.e. 368 pages.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: E.F. Knight was a barrister who gave up his profession to be a journalist.

BOOK REVIEW: STEPPING STONES

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Author: Lubhna Dongre

Genre: Non-Fiction, Self-Help

Published by: Notion Press

Number of pages: 293 pages

My Rating: 3.5/5

 

BOOK SUMMARY: As the sun consistently rises and sets, you too must approach your goals with the same commitment and steadiness, every day, like nature, and contribute to the world by passionately living your purpose.

MY REVIEW: I have received a review copy of Stepping Stones by Lubhna Dongre from Vinfluencers in exchange for an honest review.

The book begins with a list of leaders who have given guidance to the author followed by acknowledgements and an introduction by the author explaining what motivated her to write the book. Throughout the book, the author also thanks various teachers who guided and motivated her in different ways.

The book has been divided into chapters titled Potential, Purpose, Programming, Progress, Plan, Problems, Persistence, Power, Performance and Pleasure/Peace. The title of the book, “Stepping Stones” is extremely appropriate as the author attempts to give guidance to young people about how to go ahead in life.

With each chapter, the author focuses on urging the reader to set goals and to be prepared to break out of one’s comfort zone. On many occasions, the author gives examples of her own life experiences. I particularly enjoyed reading about Barefoot College and the night school in Ajmer, Rajasthan.

Lubhna Dongre has given valuable tips regarding utilising time, energy, being consistent, setting goals and working hard throughout the book. She has also discussed the power of positivity and gratitude.

The author has also discussed an interesting technique that can be used by teenagers and adults alike: to think about how we will be remembered after we die.

The book concludes with letters and emails received by the author by various leaders all over India.

It is commendable that a young person has written such a motivating book. The division of the book in different sections makes for easy reading. Though the book is targeted at a young audience, adults will also definitely benefit from reading this book.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lubhna Dongre is a teenaged schoolgirl whose goal is to become an IAS officer.

 

 

 

BOOK REVIEW: ECHOS OF CULTURE IN THE CORPORATE ENVIRONMENT

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Book: Echos of Culture in the Corporate Environment

Author: Ashraf Haggag

Genre: Non-Fiction

Published by: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Number of pages: 158 pages

My Rating: 4/5

 

BOOK SUMMARY: This new guide to international business culture can help you avoid misunderstandings during negotiations and other important tasks. The author discusses a number of important issues including the definition of culture as a driving force in business, the unique cultures of a variety of countries and global regions, the influence of culture on business strategy, the effect of culture on business communications, and the role culture plays in consumer buying behaviour.

MY REVIEW: I have received a review copy of Echos of Culture in the Corporate Environment by Ashraf Haggag from Vinfluencers in exchange for an honest review.

The book begins with an introduction giving the definition and characteristics of culture. The author beautifully explains the terms related to culture.

The book has been divided into explaining the cultural identities of Europe, Asia, America and the Middle East respectively. Therein, there are numerous sub-divisions explaining the working culture in depth. For example, in the case of Europe, the cultural identity of Italy, Germany, France and Russia have been differentiated and explained.

This book is vital not only to students of international business and finance, but also to students of sociology. It definitely makes the reader think about and marvel at the differences in the culture and work ethics of the people of each country. To give an example of the detailing provided in the book, the author has discussed the views of every nationality on punctuality in the corporate world.

After narrating the traits of the culture of various countries, the author holds forth on the influence of culture on business negotiations, strategy, communication, creativity, innovation, on employees and on consumer buying behaviour.

The author concludes by summing up that our values are the key building blocks of our cultural orientation.

I must say that I found Echos of Culture in the Corporate Environment to be an interesting read!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ashraf Haggag is a senior executive with nearly three decades of experience in close proximity to the corporate market. He is eager to bring enhanced    cross-cultural awareness to today’s business leaders.

BOOK REVIEW: LEGENDS OVER GENERATIONS

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Author: Ashraf Haggag

Genre: Non-Fiction

Published by: Primedia eLaunch LLC

Number of pages: 228 pages

My Rating: 4/5

 

BOOK SUMMARY: People have contributed to various life aspects science, politics, literature, arts, social activities and so many other fields. These genius minds put a keen interest in every phenomenon right from when they were young. The zeal, passion, dedication, hard work and efforts they put into their work helped them discover something new about the world we live in. They are among the most influential people of today’s world. Their way of shaping modern day culture is completely unrivalled.

 

MY REVIEW: I have received a review copy of Legends over Generations by Ashraf Haggag from Vinfluencers in exchange for an honest review.

This book is unusual as it is a non-fiction book based on luminaries in various fields such as arts, literature, science, human rights and politics. Instead of focusing on any one field or any particular person, the author Ashraf Haggag has chosen to focus on numerous personalities or what he terms as “legends”.

The downside of this book is that it may not appeal to a larger audience. The upside is that the language used in this book is very simple and clear and can be understand by a layperson. As a student of History, I particularly found this book interesting.

The book has been divided into segments. The author has given an introduction and has explained why he has chosen the personalities that have been showcased in the book.

The different sections of the book are human rights, science, politics, art and literature respectively.

In the human rights sections, we read about not only about deceased personalities like Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, but also about living personalities such as the Dalai Lama and Malala Yousafzai. I particularly enjoyed reading about Malala!

In the political legends section, the author has once again given the reader information about legends like Napoleon Bonaparte as well as politicians like Mikhail Gorbachev who I saw on television and read about in the newspapers all the time when I was a child.

In the arts section, I was able to gather a lot of information about people I previously knew nothing much about, like Anton Checkhov, Simon Bolivar and Humphry Bogart.

The author has brought the book to a worthy conclusion by enumerating the traits of people who can be termed as “legends”.

All in all, Legends over Generations is worth a read!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ashraf Haggag is a senior executive with nearly three decades of experience in close proximity to the corporate market. He is eager to bring enhanced cross-cultural awareness to today’s business leaders.