How I Braved Anu Aunty and Co-Founded a Million Dollar Company
How I Braved Anu Aunty and Co-Founded a Million Dollar Company is a book written by a young, savvy and quick witted entrepreneur, Varun Agarwal. Based on the authors life, this book is aptly titled as it gives an insight into his whole journey of transforming himself from a below average student to a famous and successful entrepreneur. It focuses on how he overcame certain hurdles; in this case, the hurdle was Anu Aunty!
The book revolves around a few main characters, the author, his mother, his business partner, and of course, the mighty Anu Aunty! She seems to play an important role in his life and has always affected his decision making. She has been very critical about his life in general and is someone you would want to avoid! She is that person whose eternal goal in life is to contradict your thoughts. The whole book talks about how the author initially started his whole company without the knowledge of his family and Anu Aunty. He does so for obvious reasons.
This book is anything but a guide to becoming a businessman or lessons on business ideologies. It’s a light read that showcases the author’s wit and his lifestyle. It’s quite funny and there are parts that I relate to, like the chapter where he introduces his group of friends. They are really quite similar to my group though they are a crazier bunch.
It’s not all fun and games as the author sheds light on important parts of the business world through his experience, shares a couple of do’s and don’ts while starting up, or doing anything in life for that matter. There is a beautiful quote in the book that reads, “Don’t think before you do, think after you start doing” This really opened my eyes as it talks about how it so often happens that we think about something for so long that we over think the whole situation and finally don’t do anything.
In conclusion, I would like to say, it’s a great book, a light read filled with humour and personal experience. It’s a book for people of all ages and everyone can relate to it.
II CAMS K
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a crime fiction and a mystery novel, written by Swedish author and journalist Stieg Larrson. It won the Glass Key Award for Best Crime Novel of the Novel of the year in 2006. Larsson died on November 9 2004.
On December 2004, Mikael Blomkvist, a reporter and a publisher, lost a case against the industrialist Hans-Erik Wennerstrom. He is sentenced to prison for 90 days and is directed to pay 150,000 kronor for the false allegations. Around that time, Dirch Forbe, lawyer of Henrik Vanger, starts looking into the life of Mikael Blomkvist with the help of Lisbeth Salander, an investigator. Soon afterwards, Blomkvist meets Henrik Vanger who hires him to search for his brother’s missing granddaughter, Harriet Vanger who went missing 40 years ago. Henrik is certain that someone from the family murdered Harriet and he promises Blomkvist 2.4 million krono for his work.
Blomkvist agrees and starts his investigation. Blomkvist feels the need of an assistant and thus, after some time, Blomkvist and Lisbeth start working together. The investigation peaks as the duo realize that the disappearance of Harriet Vanger is connected to many serial killings that took place around the time of her disappearance. Lisbeth and Blomkvist then come to know that Harriet was constantly being sexually abused by her father, Gottfried Vanger. But what puzzles Blomkvist is that she disappeared one year after his death. As the puzzles begin to fall into place, the dark secret of the Vanger family comes into light which leads to the mystery being solved. The book basically revolves around how women are abused and rendered helpless in the modern day. The suspense is very good but the ending is a bit of a letdown. I would recommend this book only to those who like crime fiction.
II CAME L
The Godfather is a crime based novel written by Italian-American author Mario Puzo which was originally released by American book publishers G.P Putnam’s Sons in the year 1969. Mario Puzo is widely known for his novels on the Mafia. Apart from The Godfather, he wrote The Sicilian and The Last Don.
The book narrates the story of the Corleone family. The book is set in the United States of America in the 1950’s when organized crime was run by syndicates or ‘families’ and the mafia controlled most of the real power. The book follows the struggle of the Corleone family through their power struggles with the other gangs. Large parts of the novel are based on real life incidents, (notably the history of the so-called ‘Five Families’) the Mafia-organization in New York and the surrounding area. The novel also includes many allusions to real-life mobsters and their associates. Johnny Fontane is based on Frank Sinatra, Moe Greene on Bugsy Siegel for example.
The book is written in the third person with the narrative shifting from one main character to another according to the plot. The language is simple and mainstream with the inclusion of Italian words such as ‘Consigliere’ etc., thrown in to give an authentic Italian feel to the narrative. The narration style is very neutral and reads like a report of events which makes it really easy to understand and comprehend. The book shifts from present day to the young struggling days of Don Corleone. This provides a historical background for all the events occurring in the book besides sketching the character of Vito more clearly.
This is one of my favourite books of all time. It is brutal and brilliant at the same time. Family comes first but so does thirst for blood. The portrayal of Vito Corleone can be compared to that of many Greek heroes. The transformation of a patriot into the most powerful don in the country is something which is portrayed excellently by Puzo.
Sri Ram Burgula
II HEPP N
Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Harriet Elizabeth Beecher Stowe was an American abolitionist and author. Her novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852) reached millions and inspired many more to get rid of the evil of slavery from the United States of America. Her novel was also among the chief causes for the great Civil War fought between northern and southern states. This novel energized the anti-slavery movement in north and provoking widespread anger in the south. Uncle Tom’s cabin is among the twenty other books written by Harriet Stowe. She also wrote three travel memoirs and collection of articles and letters. She was influential among the masses both for her writings and public stands of the social issues of the day.
Uncle Tom’s Cabin is based on the life of a slave in Deep South America during 1850’s. This novel cannot be distinguished as sad or happy. The content of this book is so well written that it will do more than just make you cry, it in turn teaches the readers much about themselves. It teaches good values, steadfastness, even in the toughest times. It also says that no matter what, having to place ultimate faith in God is the best and the wisest thing to do even during the most tormented times. It says that people take every situation for their own selfish advantage even when knowing that they are wrong. Uncle Tom’s cabin had a great storyline but I would say that Harriet Stowe didn’t give the book proper justice. Uncle Tom is a slave who is sold from one family to another with new problems coming at each step. Until finally Uncle Tom ends up with a cruel master who punishes him severely and ultimately, the main character, Tom dies.
The meeting of Tom and Eva and the faith in God which Eva had was so powerful that reader would actually feel that he is the closest to God amid all his beings. It was so liked by people that over 300 people were named “Eva” in Boston alone. The little girl Evangeline taught everyone that there is so much wrong happening around us and that we are not doing anything about it. She also taught that if we can try to stop the wrong with our entire strength then, we should do so. If not with your hands then with your tongue i.e. to speak against it and take a public stand. If not with your tongue, then the smallest and most the graceful is that you should place in god that he will always be the best disposer of affairs. Even if we had a grain of Eva’s or Tom’s faith within all of us, then all the wrong will eventually change.
Harriet Stowe lays heavy emphasis on religion. It’s as if she is preaching every verse of the Bible itself. Stowe should have rather laid emphasis on ending the book with Uncle Tom actually returning to his family and facing joy as a free man. This type of ending would have given the readers a glimmer of hope that after every dark journey, God has designed a bright new horizon for us in both the world i.e. here and hereafter.
Nevertheless, Stowe did such a fine job in telling her story that the people rose to finish slavery from its roots. The war which the novel started was so great, that even Abraham Lincoln remarked when he met Stowe; “So this is the little lady who started the Great War.”
Reading this book is like embracing a journey through the events of history and realizing that history has indeed destined us for who we are today. It has been rightly said, “Charity begins at home”, and your charity will begin after reading this book.
II HEPP N
A Thousand Splendid Suns
Khaled Hosseini, born March 4, 1965 is an Afghan-born American Novelist and Physician. Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan. His father worked as a diplomat, and when Hosseini was 11 years old, the family moved to France; four years later, they applied for asylum in the United States, where he later became a citizen. Hosseini did not return to Afghanistan until 2003 at the age of 38, where he “felt like a tourist in [his] own country”. In interviews about the experience, he admitted to sometimes feeling survivor’s guilt for having been able to leave the country before the Soviet invasion and subsequent wars.
A Thousand Splendid Suns is a heart-warming story of two women set in Afghanistan. The story follows two women born at different times, into different families but share the same fate. Mariam is only fifteen when she is sent to Kabul to marry bitter Rasheed who is thirty years her senior. She is ill treated and exploited by him. Nearly two decades later, Laila a young, happy girl unexposed to the evils of the world, falls by bad black into Mariam’s unhappy household. The book takes us into the world of these two women, their daily lives and their hardships. In contrast, the author’s previous bestseller is a story of two young boys and their deep connection, friendship and misunderstanding, set in between the destruction of Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. The bravery and heroism portrayed by the two young women is truly inspirational and heart wrenching. It is highly recommended as the author gives us a look into the routines and daily lives of the people before and after the Taliban rule.
II HEPP N
Mein Kampf which means “My Struggle” is an autobiographical manifesto by Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, in which he outlines his political ideology and future plans for Germany. Hitler’s hatred of Jewish community is described in the first chapter. According to Hitler, the Jews have a devious agenda of world domination and that the interests of the general world population are in risk of being overrun by Jewish interests. He claims that the international finance is under the control of the Jewish interests. He lays down facts supporting his one-sided exaggerated view of a displaced community. He identifies 2 threats to world stability – Judaism and Marxism (which he claims was created and controlled by Jewish interests).
The primary assertion of Hitler’s consideration of the Jews involvement in various segments of society is twofold: firstly he sees any involvement or representation in a particular industry or social role as “domination” and secondly he perceives all activities performed by the members of this particular race as centrally organized. But this was quite contradictory to the reality of the situation where Jewish people existed in different socio-economic strata, held different political perspectives. This argument did not deter his illusive conviction. The fact that Marxism was an offshoot of Jewish interests is a divided kingdom on its own; organized resistance to worker exploitation (through Marxism and Trade Unions) in contrast to worker exploitation for economic gain.
In his attempt to support his doctrine, Hitler resorts to use evolutionary theory as well as religious beliefs. According to Hitler, all races other than Aryans are inherently inferior; of which Jewish are placed at a higher level of despise due to their supposedly dangerous qualities. He also makes use of genetics to prove his judgement that the Aryan race is most superior because of racial purity. He attributes this judgement to the economic development of regions of the world were racial interbreeding is at its minimum thus generating a species with super qualities handed down from generations without any dilution from inferior species. Hitler saw a purpose in destroying “the weak” in order to provide the proper space and purity for the strong. So that the strong get stronger while the weaker species are eliminated.
Hitler asserts out that the German propaganda strategy was creating works which were very intellectual compared to Allied forces and was not sufficient to arouse the emotions of the frontline soldiers who were generally uneducated; while the allied propaganda were direct jabs of words which had one or two points per pamphlet and was very effective in motivating soldiers. He emphasized the importance of propaganda as a weapon of war and considered it as one of his primary weapons while building the NAZI cause. This is one of the main reasons of the NAZI success in the early months of the World War 2.
The surrender of Germany in WW1 is a profoundly shocking and saddening experience for Hitler. He describes how he was first informed while at hospital, recovering from the effects of mustard gas. As usual, he points the blame for the surrender entirely on the Jews. Germany’s defeat in the First World War is just one of any number of maladies he blames on the Jewish people.
Hitler’s view of the world are based on what he believes are observable facts. However, his methods of observation are at one-sided and are at many occasions deceitful and resulting from paranoia. He goes to great depths to expose the Jewish connections between every facet of anything derogatory within society at the time, but produces very little evidence of any Jewish involvement. He created two very powerful emotive platforms on which he propelled his quest to bring Germany back to glory days: the need for the restoration, and the dangers of the supposed ‘Jewish conspiracy’. He makes the Jews the scapegoat for all the maladies that happened to Germany and asserts that Germans collectively, had nothing to do with the fall. This in fact, threatens the very existence of a displaced community and became the precursor of one of the world’s worst human genocide in modern history.
II HESP M