Her Master Key: A Hotel Housekeeper’s Stories from Inn-dia by Shruti Johri

her master keyI received Her Master Key: A Hotel Housekeeper’s Stories from Inn-dia by Shruti Johri as a review copy from the publisher. Thank you for the book, Rizwan.

The blurb:

Her Master Key is an entertaining account of what a lady encounters during her career as a housekeeper at a leading five-star hotel in India. She stumbles across extraordinary incidences of infidelity, bigotry, passion and absurdity of occupants that would have otherwise remained squirrelled away in secrecy.

Apart from these vignettes, the book also lays bare the struggles of white-collared, blue-collared and non-collared staff, often breaking the stereotypes we have about hotel employees.

Take a peek into what really goes on in the plush world of the luxury hotels in India!

The story:

Gauri, a housekeeper at a leading five-star hotel in India, belongs to an illustrious middle class family of scientists, academicians and musicians.

When all of seventeen, Gauri had left her Bengali family at Bhopal and moved to the city. She had found it difficult to explain to her family, friends and schoolmates that housekeeping is a serious profession and needs to be taken seriously.

Struggling hard, travelling in local trains and taxis at regular and odd hours both, Gauri worked in the hotels of Jaipur, Mumbai and Delhi where she has worked in different capacities, as a management trainee, a middle level officer to the overall incharge of a hotel.

She loves to meet people from a wide variety of backgrounds, tastes and nationalities.

My take:

This book, written in first person from Gauri’s point of view, is an account of Gauri’s experiences in the hotels she has worked in various capacities coming in contact with people of varied backgrounds and with varied tastes.

Written in simple language the accounts are an eye opener for everyone about what goes on in the housekeeping section of a hotel in order to make our stay comfortable. The author has done a lot of research and also her personal experiences have helped her explain the nitty gritty of the housekeeping practices in a hotel. This book will actually make me respect the housekeeping staff more during my visit to a hotel the next time.

A must read.

DISCLAMER: I received the book as a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.

 

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Love at Second Glance by Amritha Dinesh

Love at Second Glance by Amritha Dinesh is another book from Juggernaut that I downloaded and read offline. It is a story set in beautiful Kerala.

The blurb:

Sonali takes up a teaching job in Kerala after a humiliating break-up. Soon she finds herself falling for the attractive but arrogant school chairman, Raghavan. While she struggles to figure him out, they must get together to save the school from closing down.

The story:

Sonali lives with her parents in Delhi and works as a fact checker and junior editor at Text Avenue, a publishing house. She has been dating Mohit since first year of college and her dream is to marry Mohit, get a great job in publishing and live happily ever after. Mohit wanted a career in movies, gets a break in a reality show and humiliates her on television. She feels ridiculed and resigns from her job.

Jo Mol, Jo, opposites to her in every respect, is her best friend and confidant. So Jo talks her into starting afresh, calls up her cousin, Raghavan Malakath and begs him to give Sonali a job in the Silent valley school, run by the Malakath management in Kerala. There her past is does not matter at all.

She arrives in Kerala, meets Mrs Malakath, who is nice to her and Raghavan, who is rude to her. But he has his reasons.

She gets settled in, is liked by the students, teachers, colleagues and the Principal.

But then her past raises its head again.

What happens next? Read on……….

My take:

Loved the story. it was so convenient to read it on my phone.

The characters are well developed and realistic. The story is fast paced and has been written well. The language is simple. The author has described the scenes in great detail.

 

 

Let’s Start With Forever by Sapna Bhog

51d6dRgEY6L.jpgWhen I finished the first book of the Sehgal Family and Friends Saga, Take a chance on me by Sapna Bhog, a book which I enjoyed so much that I actually read it twice, I was desperately waiting for her second book which was due in April 2017. Let’s Start With Forever by Sapna Bhog is the second book in the series and it is the story of Raashi Deewan and Sameer Sehgal.

The blurb:

Enter a world of glamour, wealth and beautiful people. Enter the world of the Sehgal family and friends. A brand new series of books!

A perfect one-night stand is never supposed to mean more…But it did, for her!

RAASHI DEEWAN runs a successful chain of restaurants. Her recipe for life is simple – dream big and work hard. Growing her business is her sole focus until Sameer Sehgal walks back into her life. He had pursued her relentlessly, once. She had fallen for him, once, and then he had walked away. Now, she wants nothing to do with him.

Hotel magnate, SAMEER SEHGAL always gets what he wants. He has a dream and Raashi Deewan holds the key to its success. Unfortunately for him, Raashi has no interest in helping him. Convincing her to work with him is a challenge, one he is more than happy to take on. But Raashi is difficult to impress and hard to persuade. The more their paths cross, the more he realizes that maybe letting her go was the biggest mistake of his life.

Will Raashi forgive Sameer? Will Sameer fulfill his dream? Find out more in this book of love and second chances.

Let’s Start with Forever is the second book in the Sehgal family and friends saga. It can be read as a stand-alone. If you like reading strong characters in stories centered on family and friends then you will love this series of books.

The story:

Twenty seven year old Raashi Deewan owns a successful chain of restaurants which she had taken over after the death of her grandmother. She has a younger sister, Jiya, who studies economics in New York. Having lost her parents to a fatal car accident when she was thirteen, their grandmother sent both Raashi and Jiya to a prestigious boarding school in Dehradun where she met Sheena and Keya. They are her best friends, her pillars of support, her advisors, her critics, her everything. She lives alone in the apartment and misses her sister and most of all her two best friends, Sheena and Keya, who are now married. In all these years, she has also grown closer to Janak Sehgal, Sheena’s grandfather and is one of the three Janak’s Angels.

Sameer Sehgal, The Golden Boy of the Indian Real Estate and Hotel industry, Director Sehgal Corporation, Managing Director of the Sehgal Real Estate & Hotels group is the owner of several world class hotels.

Sameer had returned to India six months ago and Raashi had met him off and on at Sheena’s house in the last six months during Sheena’s and then Keya’s wedding as he is related to both Sheena and Keya. They were both attracted to each other the night of Kabier and Keya’s reception, when he had left her never to come back. And the two of them had deliberately stayed away from each other.

Three months later,

Sameer comes to her restaurant AquaNox with Natasha Arya, the daughter of Jiten Arya, owner of the Arya group of Hotels. Mr Arya wants Sameer to marry Natasha and take over the Arya Group, and Sameer thinks that maybe he can consider marrying Natasha as he had dated her several years back in London. The only woman who had ever held his heart was Natasha and she had left him long ago. So he had decides that maybe that relationship could be revisited as in the recent years he had never thought of marriage in serious terms and to him marriage would not be for love.

Since Natasha had broken up with him, he had not let any woman get close to him until he met Raashi six months ago and he does not want any kind of relationship that could hurt him again.

He wants to expanh his hotel into a spa and is eyeing the plot where his grandmother’s villa was but there is a hitch, Janak Sehgal has already given it to Raashi……..

My take:

I loved the story, it is simple, fast paced and written in a language that just flows smoothly. The dialogues have been written in a way that I felt I could hear the characters conversing. The scenes have been described in a way that they can be easily visualized. The characters are well developed and realistic and even the secondary characters have a role to play in the story.

There is mention of the events and characters of the first book of the series and once again, the author has portrayed the friendship between the three girls and the relationship between the Sehgal brothers beautifully.

The author has touched upon a lot of emotions, like friendship, sibling love, romance, jealousy, and not to mention the unexpected twists and social media.

I am eagerly waiting for the next book in the series.

 

Marketing by Adit Chouhan

marketing.jpgWhen I was asked by the publisher, if I wanted to review the book, Marketing by Adit Chouhan, I was a little sceptical as I am not a marketing person or a management person, but I thought why not give it a try. And believe me, I did not regret it, what with the insights that I have gathered. Thank you Rizwan Khan of Rupa Publications for sending me the book.

On the back cover:

No management school prepares a budding marketing professional for the real world. Most business courses end up offering only theoretical knowledge on marketing. Filling in this crucial gap, this book offers practical tips on marketing strategy, planning and execution. It is a hands-on approach to marketing as opposed to the hundreds of theoretical books available on the subject.

This book is a step-by-step guide on planning and executing TVC, print, OOH, radio, BTL and digital campaigns as a marketer, and more. How do you manage your bills? What do you, as a marketer, understand by negotiation? How should you manage internal communications? What is social/business networking and how can this be managed? Find answers to all these questions and more in this book, explained in the most pragmatic manner.

Marketing: Tricks of the Trade They Won’t Teach You at B-Schools! is a must-have for any management student, marketing professional or entrepreneur who wants to be a notch above her/his peers. Sharpen your marketing acumen, know the trade secrets and get it right every time!

My take:

At the outset the author mentions that he is not a marketing legend and that he is sharing some crucial tricks of the trade that he learnt on the job. This book gives practical knowledge on marketing and is suitable for marketing students, those pursuing a career in marketing and anyone who wants to start a business or a career in marketing.

In very simple language he has defined marketing and also explained the differences between consumer and customer and also between branding and marketing. He talks about target groups, media vehicles and how to reach the target group through these vehicles. He mentions that the most important part of marketing is the marketing budget.

He then moves on to planning, executing, analysing, negotiating, liaising and selecting. And then management both internally and externally.

The chapters are mostly short and easy to understand. Two chapters are long but they were meant to be as they involved a lot of matter.

This book is easy to read and understand.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from the publisher in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.

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Cover Reveal: CARTHICK’S UNFAIRY TALES BY Carthick

Cover Reveal: CARTHICK'S UNFAIRY TALES by T.F. Carthick

 

CARTHICK’S UNFAIRY TALES
BY
Carthick
 
Blurb

A damsel in distress. An evil dragon. A concerned father seeking a savior to rescue his daughter. A hero galloping off to the rescue – a knight in shining armor. Now THAT is stuff of fairy tales.


But what if the father’s real concern is for the dragon’s hoard; What if the damsel’s reason of distress is the marriage proposal by her pompous and vicious savior; and what if the story is told by the horse who bears not only the overweight knight but also his heavy, shining armor all the way to the dragon’s lair and back, facing certain death in the process?



What if there was more – much more – to all your favourite fairy tales than met the eye?



This book chronicles not one but seven such unfairy tales – tales told by undead horsemen and living cities. Tales of mistreated hobgoblins and misunderstood magicians. Tales of disagreeable frogs and distressed rats and bears baring their souls. Once you read these stories, you will never be able to look at a fairy tale the same way ever again.

 
About the author




T F Carthick is a Bangalore-based writer and blogger who has been blogging since 2008. He is an avid reader of Children’s Fiction, Science-fiction and Fantasy. Enid Blyton, J K Rowling, Isaac Asimov, Frank Herbert, Neil Gaiman and Douglas Adams are some of his favorite authors. His paranormal thriller ‘Bellary’ was one of the three stories in the book Sirens Spell Danger, published in 2013. Six of his stories have featured in multi-author anthologies and literary magazines. He has written over 50 short stories, many of which can be read for free on www.karthikl.com.



He is an Engineer and MBA from India’s premier institutes IIT, Madras and IIM, Ahmedabad and currently works as an Analytics and Artificial Intelligence Consultant at one of the world’s leading Consulting Firms.

 

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Book Blitz: Darkness There by Lopa Banerjee and Santosh Bakaya

Book Blitz: Darkness There - But Something More: An Anthology of Selected Ghost Stories by Dr. Santosh Bakaya and Lopamudra Banerjee

 

Print Length: 182 pages
Publisher: The Blue Pencil
Publication Date: June 30, 2017
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
Genre: Paranormal

 

 

Who has not been intrigued and enthralled by the spirit world, ghosts, other-worldly beings, or in other words, the paranormal? Ambiguous presences around us, whether in the form of orally narrated stories by our grandparents, or in the form of haunting, riveting supernatural stories in books and movies have held us in their spell, engaging, alluring us even to this date. In fact, the prominence of paranormal investigators, ghostbusters and others documenting the other-worldly in today’s age overpowered by science and technology only points to the fact that we crave to push our boundaries as rational beings and delve into the phenomena which we cannot define or explain tangibly.This anthology of 30 selected ghost stories by authors dispersed all over the globe celebrates the spine-chilling thrills and sense of awe and bewilderment of this very inexplicable world inhabited by the other-worldly beings. Come, experience the cataclysmic, weird, and at times, benevolent spirit world and you will never have a dull moment in this roller-coaster ride!

It would be great if you can add this book to your TBR

Dr. Santosh Bakaya
Recipient of the international Reuel Award for literature [2014] for her long poem, Oh Hark!, The Poet Laureate Award for Ballad of Bapu, Oh Hark! And where are the lilacs? [2016 Poetry Society of India, Gurugram, Haryana, India] , The Universal Inspirational Poet Award [2016 , Pentasi B friendship Poetry and the Ghana Government ] and the Incredible woman of the year Award, 2015 [Incredible women of India blog] Santosh Bakaya, an academician –poet –essayist –novelist, has made her mark both in prose and poetry. Her three mystery novels, [The mystery of the Relic, The mystery of the Jhalana Fort, The mystery of the Pine cottage] for young adults, were very well received in the 1990s.
Flights from my Terrace, her e-book of 58 essays, published on Smashwords [2014], now has a printed version [Authorspress, Delhi, 2017]. Ballad of Bapu, [a poetic biography of Mahatma Gandhi, Vitasta publishers, Delhi, 2015], and Where are the lilacs? [Authorspress, Delhi, 2016] have received international laurels.
Her poems have figured in the highly commendable category and poem of the month category in Destiny Poets, a U K based poetry website. Her poetry has also appeared in Learning and Creativity- Silhouette magazine, in Incredible women of India, in an Australia based e-zine, Mind Creative, In Brian Wrixon’s Anthology, the online magazine Episteme, published from Mumbai and Setu , a bi-lingual journal published from Pittsburgh , USA, GloMag ,Different Truths and Spillwords.com, all very popular international e-zines.
She has co-edited UMBILICAL CHORDS: AN ANTHOLOGY ON PARENTS REMEMBERED, published by Global Fraternity of Poets, Gurugram, Haryana and Darkness there but something more – a collection of ghost stories. [Blue Pencil] Under the Apple Boughs, her second compilation of poems, is her most recent book [Authorspress, 2017]. In July, 2017, an Award for Literary Excellence was conferred on her by Bharat Nirman, an international NGO.
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Lopamudra Banerjee

Lopamudra Banerjee is a writer, poet, editor and translator, currently based in Dallas, USA. She has a Masters’ degree with thesis in creative nonfiction writing from the Department of English, University of Nebraska at Omaha. Thwarted Escape: An Immigrant’s Wayward Journey, her debut memoir/nonfiction novel, (Authorspress, 2016) has received Honorable Mention at Los Angeles Book Festival 2017. The manuscript has also been First Place Category Winner at the Journey Awards 2014 hosted by Chanticleer Reviews and Media LLC, USA. Her literary works have appeared in numerous journals, anthologies and emags.
Her fiction has been featured in Silhouette I & II anthology (Authorspress), among other places. She has received the Reuel International Award 2017 for Poetry and also Reuel International Award 2016 for her English translation of Rabindranath Tagore’s novella Nastanirh (translated as The Broken Home) instituted by The Significant League, a renowned literature group in Facebook, and the book is available in Amazon Kindle. Her debut poetry collection ‘Let The Night Sing’ has recently been published by Global Fraternity of Poets. Also, her collection of selected stories by Rabindranath Tagore in English translation, ‘The Broken Home and Other Stories’ has recently been published by Authorspress.
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My Singapore Fling by Sudesna Ghosh

2d151-singaporeflingMy Singapore Fling by Sudesna Ghosh is the latest book by the author. This book is the story of Dipa Basu.

The Blurb:

Meet Dipa Basu. She’s a 30 something modern Bengali woman living in Kolkata and a successful writer. After many relationships and breakups, she’s decided that love is a waste of time. She’s always had these phases where she’s been obsessed with different things; like one where old men in dhotis appealed to her. But this time she’s crazy about men with British and Australian accents. She travels to Singapore for a few days, on a quest to have a fun, meaningless fling. Her trip is full of surprises. Will Dipa have her Singapore Fling?

The story:

Thirty something Dipa Basu is a born air traveler, maybe because she has always relished every moment of air travel including the waiting hours at the airport. She loves airports and finds people watching fun. And among the airports, Singapore is her favourite. She is addicted to the place and the airport so much so that she would ask her parents if she would be allowed to travel to the airport spend two days there and then come back to Kolkata. She also has a thing for British accents and the Aussie ones. And she calls it the early mid-life crisis, the phase that involves travel, airports, and enough drama to make her feel like a movie star.

She decides to go on a holiday to Singapore with a mission. And when her parents ask her what she would do there, she tells them that she would be working on her new book.

She lands in Singapore with one intention- to have a fling.

What happens next? Read on………….

My take:

Dipa is funny and the author has portrayed her beautifully. Her friends are ones that anyone would want. A light read written in simple English. The book is entertaining from the word go.