Monday, February 15, 2021

Janusz Korczak by Itzchak Belfer Is A Story Of Love and Hope #BookReview #Books #Holocaust

Janusz Korczak: The Man Who Knew How to Love Children by Itzchak Belfer has an eye-catching cover image. In fact, it is a painting. An old man embracing a young boy with his right hand. And a book with his left hand. The bald old-man with brown mustaches and purple necktie looking straight into your eyes. The young boy is looking at the old man. A lively cover page indicating so many things in a simple painting. The story has a key focus on only one thing - Humanity. Probably that is why the old man is looking straight into the eyes of the person looking at the cover asking, or rather requesting, to keep humanity alive in their mind, heart, and soul. The world is a right balance of good and bad. If there is a lot of bad around, there is a lot of good around too.

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It all depends on you what you want to see and what you want to deliver to this world. That is what probably Janusz Korczak: The Man Who Knew How to Love Children by Itzchak Belfer intends to convey to its readers. There are, in fact, good people on this earth who are selfless. Those who care for others selflessly. The author has a first-hand experience of growing up in Janusz Korczak’s care. That is the reason he is able to witness a huge amount of goodness in him. The author has taken appropriate care to present the intensity and gravity of that goodness in the same manner as he received it. If there is sadness, on one hand, there is hope on the other hand. The book presents both the sides of humanity. And the life keeps oscillating between these two extremes.

While there are a number of books on the Holocaust and its damage to humankind, Janusz Korczak: The Man Who Knew How to Love Children by Itzchak Belfer is a little different from others. It is a memoir that makes you conversant with the dark side of humanity in the shape of the Holocaust. But it also reflects hope, love, and goodness on the brighter side.

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Michelle by Ayala Yoked A Page-Turner Full of Excitement #BookReview #Books

Michelle by Ayala Yoked is the story of Michelle Cohen. She is an idealistic rebel. And she leads her revel group from the front. Her team, in fact, is completely dependent on her. Even if she is in trouble, she has to keep fighting for her ideals. A court in France convicts her in an attempt to destroy an arms factory. That is why she had to spend her term in a jail there. After she is released from the jail, she moves to Israel. Gérard Frontiére was the only person in her life who could understand her well. Mostly even before she could understand herself. He was, in fact, the only person who kept waiting outside for her when she was in jail. She was in Cell 83 for eight months. Every moment was a pain. Also, every moment was a relief. Innumerable moments in those eight months.

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Gérard was a student from the Faculty of Medicine when they first met. It was Albert who introduced him to Michelle. And it was Albert's theories and ideas that seeded the idea of damaging that arms factory. She was caught and sent to jail. While she was in jail, somebody murders Albert. There are demonstrations and allegations. Albert's murder, in fact, shortens her tenure in jail. Somebody gains the name in the media by forgiving her and getting her sentence duration shortened to eight months. Media propels their (her and Albert's) names as selfish youngsters. While Monsieur Paul Frontiére’s forgiveness gets him a lot of praises all around. Michelle understood well Paul's intent of humiliating her in the name of his generosity. The story has a lot of twists and twirls. In fact, every sequence keeps you on your toes. And you keep wondering - What Next?

Michelle by Ayala Yoked Is An Intense Story. It is a story of passion, love, and ideals. In fact, I will call it a page-turner full of excitement every moment. 

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Pain is inevitable, but suffering is a matter of choice - A Breath She Took by Ilan Amit - #Books #BookReview

A Breath She Took: A Story About a Woman Confronting Her Dark Secrets and Meeting Her New Self by Ilan Amit is about an internal transformation. 23 chapters and 158 pages tell you a tale in a very different manner. It might change your perspectives on life. This is a fascinating story of a young girl trying to run away from her home umpteen times. During this course of action, she never realizes when she becomes an adult. All of a sudden she realizes that now it is not merely a matter of paining muscles, shortening of breath, aching limbs, and profuse sweating because of continuous running for so many years, it is a matter of new discovery. Something more than all this that she is facing for years. She discovers she can fly instead. She realizes a new strength within. This is something that happens quite rarely.

The beginning of A Breath She Took: A Story About a Woman Confronting Her Dark Secrets and Meeting Her New Self by Ilan Amit is quite immersive and curiosity generating. It is powerful enough to grab your attention right from the first page itself. When roots of a tree start lifting the sidewalk bricks, it becomes necessary to take an immediate action. Probably cutting down the tree is the best option. Uprooting it completely comes as the only option in the mind at the first instance. Is it possible to attain the goal just by trimming it a little? Absolutely, this is not the story of a tree. But what if a similar kind of situation arises in one's life? The aggressive amputation results into just a surviving trunk to observe its own downfall. But everything doesn't happen as you think or wish in life.

What if a few weeks later you notice a little bud appearing on one of the stumps? Is it a moment of happiness or an occasion to cry? After spending so many years together Yaron wants them to split up. She has a childhood habit. When she's hurt, she smiles. As if by squeezing her cheek muscles, she tries to block her tear glands. Such is the intensity of the engrossing story of A Breath She Took: A Story About a Woman Confronting Her Dark Secrets and Meeting Her New Self by Ilan Amit. Her name is Inbal. She had to leave her house when she was only 10. And then after living together with her husband Yaron, who one fine day wants them to split. Life has been so cruel to her in every instance. It is fascinating to read how she comes out of it. Bravely.

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6 Golden Tips For Writing Reviews #ReviewWriting #Reviewer #GoldenTips #WritingReviews

Review writing is quite popular. It is popular for the last many years. Writing a review is easy but writing a good and appealing review is not everybody's task. It takes a bit to become a good review writer. It is a good way of earning money and fame. Furthermore, it is one of the best freelancing jobs. Besides earning money, a review writer also keeps gaining a good amount of experience with every new product they review. That keeps enhancing their learning and writing skills. In fact, many persons with excellent writing skills get lucrative offers from big companies. Even a few of them few go on their payrolls to work full-time for them. Since writing reviews requires an extra edge of expertise in this field, it is as good as a professional service.

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A good review is well-accepted by its readers. It all depends on how great the content is. Product owners pay a handsome amount for writing great reviews. It could be in terms of kind or cash. Drawback in this model is it resulting in a biased review. On the other hand, people want to read unbiased and fair reviews to get a right kind of opinion. Because, on the basis of what people read, they decide to buy or leave the product. Good companies give full liberty to the review writer to post his or her fair views about the product. But, if the product is bad, a reviewer should not compromise by writing what is not true. In that case, a good reviewer will either try to convince the company to allow him to write fair views or else he/she should refuse/return the offer.


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A good review writer has the power to change the fate of a product. Writing a good reviews is a good mix of artistic and scientific skills. A good review will always focus on both aspects of a product - pros and cons. Because a review reader is never interested in a fake or false opinion from a good reviewer.

Here are a few of the top skills a good review writer must possess:

  • Consistency: Consistency in reviewing various products will keep your readers coming back to you regularly. It will also help in a regular and organic growth of your readers. So what you get in return of consistency is good growth in number of views of your reviews and readers at the same time.
  • Passion: A passionate reviewer and writer builds a unique style and that becomes the USP of the review writer. So by passionate I mean to say be unique, be stylish, and be truthful.
  • Be End-User: Never experience a product solely as a reviewer. Be in the shoe of an end-user and then experience it. That will create a very genuine and fair review.
  • Convincing: Whatever you write needs to be convincing. Just check if it you are convinced, only then it will convince others.
  • Pros and Cons: Highlight both sides of the product in your review. Writing only good is a straight indication of a foul review if it is too sugar-coated and polished.
  • Be expressive: Express yourself as much as possible in the best possible manner.

Disruptions Result In Huge Experience Gains For Technology Leaders

Year 2019. Like every year, as a regular practice, it would have been a set of new technologies to learn & procure, New deployments, New milestones, New game plans, and new projects. Definitely, these would have been divided in phases, quarter wise /year wise. And there would have been some previous years projects running in their mid or conclusive phases. It could have been boardroom high-end VC setup, plant automation, security, etc. Most of it would be limited to the boundaries of your respective organizations.

Disruptions Result In Huge Experience Gains For Technology Leaders
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But then all of a sudden most of it went haywire in December 2019 of January 2020. It was a wartime for technology. Things changed in a big way. Technological requirements changed. Many projects in the pipeline were closed or put aside or put on hold. New requirements demanding immediate solutions and deployments were enforced. All dimensions good changed. Business or technology would have never changed disruption in such a big way earlier.

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So, I have a few questions to the enterprise technology leaders:

  • How much time did it take to understand the gravity of disruption and its impact on your respective organizations in terms of technology?
  • How much time did it take to change your gears? I am sure you were not ready for this all of a sudden disruption that was so unalarming and immeasurable. Demand to gear up was quite high. It was as if everything to be done NOW. How quick were you to respond to this and take necessary actions?
  • How did you cope up with new technology demands, divergence, different skilled workforce, New vendors, etc.? What extra efforts you had to put in? How much did you have to stretch yourself to cover up so many new things in the shortest possible duration?
  • Did it give you a newer set of opportunities or an additional load of stress? At that juncture, did you really get stressed? Or you were all confident to take it up as a grand opportunity to show your hidden and untested capabilities? Now, do you think you have widened your skill sets, knowledge, learning, and wisdom?
  • Did it increase your risk taking capacity and risk mitigation capabilities? I think, after swimming in unknown territories of the ocean of 'technology & business' more than a year now, you have become a new 'YOU' who is more confident, more learned, and more responsible. I feel, during this period, one has been able to gain experience and knowledge of 10 years in one go.


Sunday, February 14, 2021

The Coin by Sandeep Sharma #BookReview Never Make A Plan #Books author_sandeep

The Coin by Sandeep Sharma is an interesting and engrossing 160-page action thriller. The fiction story has 3 key characters and all three have a strong characterization and a huge impact on each other. In fact, this is a story of power, money, and politics. It shows how power can corrupt a mind and malign a character. It also reflects how childhood bullying and physical assaults create a long-lasting impact on the mind of the child. During an early age, a child has a higher level of belief on his close relations and lesser knowledge of differentiating between right and wrong. An unnatural torture in the name of making a kid stronger against the world is an absolute misdeed. But then that is what life is. You find all kind of people around.

Author Sandeep Sharma has a special art in his writing style that creates enough curiosity about the characters and the circumstances in which they evolve. It prompts you to think about it. In fact, you keep intriguing while reading it and asking yourself - what next?

The story of The Coin is about a politician who is one of the richest person in the town and has enough power to manipulate things in his way. He adopts two boys in their early age but for a wrong purpose and his selfish motives. He also tries to manipulate them as the different sides of a coin. That is what the cover of the book says - 'There is no other side of the coin'.

There are a lot of spelling mistakes in The Coin. Brought becomes bought on page 13, 29, 88, and 97. Him becomes hin on page 15. Is becomes if on page 45. Hear becomes head on page 86. Now imagine you are reading such an interesting story, and you get annoying disruptors like this so frequently. The good point is that despite such disruptors, the story compels you to carry on and focus on the sequences to follow.

The story of The Coin reflects a really sad part of our country. Every system, policy, rule, and government machinery has a 'screwdriver'. You only need to identify this screwdriver who knows exactly when and how to tighten the loose ends. As Babban tries to explain - "He knows everyone inside out. Regardless of his position in the organization, he can even bend the top officers according to his will." And, in fact, every such screwdriver has a fee that we call as a bribe. Another learning is about the plans we make. It's foolish to plan because if it fails, you have nothing left other than wait to face the consequences.

And the third important learning is as Chandan says, "I have seen in this world, there's no good. Everyone is pretending to be human, but actually, there's no one. The definition of human is wrong. We are just animals with a higher intellect. There's no difference between the wilds who are wandering outside and the one who is wandering inside in all of us."

Overall, The Coin is an interesting story of Dharmender, Chandan, and Raunak. Just read and try to match yourself with one of them. Or you also believe that there's no other side of a coin?

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Living With Merlin by Anita Bakshi #BookReview @as_bakshi #Books

Living With Merlin by Anita Bakshi is a book of spelling out the hardest grief of her life. I will call it a book of consolidation. A consolidation that is essential when all of a sudden something unexpected occurs in life. It is like assessing the balance sheet of your life after a tsunami. Meeting your soulmate doesn't happen in everybody's life. And spending the sweetest phase of your life with your soulmate is a blessing. That too when everything is going well in all aspects. And then when the biggest jerk of your life snatches your soulmate away from you, forever, brings a big disaster. A disaster where nothing looks good in life. When you have to drag every moment of your life in a forceful manner. Where nothing looks good. And you are not able to cope up with that sudden void or blank in life.

Living With Merlin not only reflects a truthful acceptance of life, as it comes, but it also lets you provide you a learning. A learning to cope up the dire consequences of your life. In fact, it teaches you how to accept every reality of life humbly and gracefully. Even when there the loss is huge, how to take it further positively. Acceptance is the first key. You need to accept the consequences of life. And even if you lose the dearest person of your life, you can stay with the togetherness. This togetherness might not be possible in a physical manner but quite possible mentally and by heart. Living with the memories to bring some energy that drives your life further. Even in those circumstances where you have no direction, no charm, and no inclination to live.

Living with Merlin is a story of reshaping your life facing a sudden and huge void. It is a story of coping with grief, as the title says. In fact, it is about living life while restructuring it. Though Merlin is the name of a dog that indicates caring and connecting in one way or the other. Overall, this is a superb attempt by Anita Bakshi in coping, accepting, redesigning, and consolidating life in the best possible manner. These 228 pages present daunting, touching, and intriguing moments.

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