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Hindu Deities Posters
Hindu Deities Posters
by Sanjay Patel
Edition: Poster
Price: £17.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 23 Nov. 2015
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Amazing...


Kids/Junior/Children Free Standing Punch Bag Speed Ball Set + Gloves Boxing Toy
Kids/Junior/Children Free Standing Punch Bag Speed Ball Set + Gloves Boxing Toy
Offered by NAIK SPORTS
Price: £24.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars the pump was horrible, 10 Nov. 2014
the pump was horrible, is broken during first application. Gloves are not very good quality as well.


The Basics of Process Mapping, 2nd Edition
The Basics of Process Mapping, 2nd Edition
by Robert Damelio
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.21

5.0 out of 5 stars just started reading and completed few chapters, it is ..., 10 Nov. 2014
just started reading and completed few chapters, it is not something I didn't knew but helped in improving the implementation.


Maxi-Cosi Rodi XP Children's Car Seat Group 2/3 (Graphic Crystal)
Maxi-Cosi Rodi XP Children's Car Seat Group 2/3 (Graphic Crystal)

5.0 out of 5 stars perfect.., 10 Nov. 2014
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perfect...
it is very comfortable and height / support adjustment at the for back / neck is very good.


The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye
by J. D. Salinger
Edition: Paperback

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars truly potrays confused, anxious, rebellious, corruptible.... and many other aspects of a teen age, 28 Oct. 2010
This review is from: The Catcher in the Rye (Paperback)
"Don't ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you'll start missing everybody"... these are closing lines of "The Catcher in the Rye", a wonderful novel by J. D. Salinger.

"The Catcher in the Rye" truly potrays confused, anxious, rebellious, corruptible, condescend, careless but caring, carefree but worried... and many other aspects of a teenager.

Holden Caulfield, the central character of the novel, reflects quite a few aspects of my teen days. Indeed, after reading through, you will also feel the same.

"The Catcher in the Rye" is the narration of events that Holden Caulfield went through during three days between expulsion from yet another college Pency and reaching home.

For him everyone was a "phony" and everyone was more "phony" than he imagined.

After expulsion Holden leaves the school, takes a train to New York and stay in a shady hotel for 3 days. He spends an evening dancing with three tourist girls and narrates encounter with a young prostitute "sunny"... rather funny encounter with sunny. He changes the mind as soon as she enters the room. And Holden's schuffle with Maurice, the pimp.

Holden shares his memories with his girl friends or so called... his brother Allie, DB and sister Phoebe. His dreams about job to catch the children, if they come close to the edge of cliff and becomes a "catcher in the rye". His "confused" experience with Mr Antonili, his teacher he admired most. He wakes up in the night to find Mr. Antolini patting his head and perceives as "flitty". He couldn't conclude whether his interpretation of Mr. Antolini action was correct or not.

Holden decides to move out west but somehow stay back after spending sometime with his sister, who also wants to go with him. At the close of the book, Holden decides not to tell anymore and refers that he is sick and being treated at mental hospital....

And also, there is another character pretty much like Holden himself.. "Hunting Hat"..

"The Catcher in the Rye" is considered one of the 100 best English novels of the 20th century and it is one of the best I have read.

-- ashutosh jhureley


A Thousand Splendid Suns
A Thousand Splendid Suns
by Khaled Hosseini
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.38

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't stop thinking about the novel, it's character, the events .. MUST READ, 21 Sept. 2010
Kabul... One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs,
Or the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls..

A powerful, energetic, compulsive, heart breaking, well-researched, fast paced and a simple novel by Khaled Hosseine.

A Thousand Splendid Suns tells the tale of Kabul and Afghanistan using storyline around of lives of two tormented women (Mariam and Laila) from different perspective but similar fate..

This heartbreaking but enlightening and eye opening story takes you through recent history of war torn nation, the suffering it's people lived though these unforgiving ages of war, it's culture and it's destruction.... soviets, mujahideen, taliban, americans, pakistanis... 9/11.. all aspects of Afghanistan captured through the eyes of "Mariam and Laila"..

A Thousand Splendid Suns is a story about family, joy, love, friendship, agony, sufferings, sacrifices, betrayal, hardships, despair and triumps... I couldn't stop thinking about the novel, it's character, the events I knew and tried to related with what Khaled portrayed... MUST MUST READ..

-- ashutosh jhureley


Into the Wild
Into the Wild
by Jon Krakauer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

5.0 out of 5 stars an exceptional, highly moving, haunting and heartbreaking but inspiring story, 21 July 2010
This review is from: Into the Wild (Paperback)
TWO YEARS HE WALKS THE EARTH, NO PHONE, NO POOL, NO PETS, NO CIGARETTES, ULTIMATE FREEDOM, AN EXTREMIST, AN AESTHETIC VOYAGER WHOSE HOME IS THE ROAD. ESCAPED FROM ATLANTA, THOU SHALT NOT RETURN, `CAUSE "THE WEST IS THE BEST". AND NOW AFTER TWO RAMBLING YEARS COMES THE FINAL AND GREAtEST ADVENTRURE, THE CLIMACTIC BATTLE TO KILL THE FALSE BEING WITHIN AND VICTORIOUSLY CONVLUDE THE SPRITITUAL PILGRIMAGE. TEN DAYS AND NIGHTS OF FREIGHT TRAINS AND HITCHHIKING BRING HIM TO THE BREAT WHITE NORTH. NO LONGER TO BE POISIONED BY CIVILIZATION HE FLEES, AND WALKS ALONE UPON THE LAND TO BECOME LOST IN THE WILD.
ALEXANDER SUPERTRAMP
MAY 1992

..... inscription of Chris McCandless "Alexander Supertramp" inspired by the spirit of Roger Miller song tells you everything about Chris's quest and the book "Into the Wild".

"In to the wild" takes you through an exceptional, highly moving, haunting and heartbreaking but inspiring story of man's journey in to the unforgiving wilderness to explore oneself.

It is story about a young man's, Christopher Johnson McCandless "Alexander Supertramp", odyssey in to the wilderness of Alaska. He was intelligent, personable and talented, yet not happy. His search of happiness and freedom did cost him his life in the end but will inspire you. This book provides very well researched account of his hitchhiking from one extreme to other; people he met; friend he made; pain his family went through; his quest and his point of view. Book provides you fact from Chris that will keep you force you to think whether Chris was crazy or just unlucky.

Jon Krakauer has gathered facts from Chris's inscriptions, journals, books (he read), notes, letters and interview with family, friends and people he met during these two years. Jon did a great job in reconstructing his journey..wow...

Good: Very well researched and very well written, fast paced and keeps you engaged.
Not so good: didn't like section about Jon's expedition to Devil's thumb as it wasn't necessary.

Did watch the movie "In to the wild" directed by Sean Penn, based on this book as well... combo was great experience.

-- ashutosh jhureley


Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose [First Edition]
Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose [First Edition]
by Tony Hsieh
Edition: Hardcover

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WoW...feeling happier... but had lot more expectation, 13 July 2010
Delivering Happiness is very simple, easy to read, funny and fantastic book. After I finished reading the book, I had a very nice feeling, was happier but I was expecting more, lot more material.

In this book, Tony writes from his experiments as young entrepreneur to creating a successful business model based on (simple) core values. He narrates his experiments with worm farm, photo button and pizza business as a boy; his stint with oracle that ended with setting-up LinkExchange as young entrepreneur; his learnings from LinkExchange deal with Microsoft ($265 Million) and as investor; his experiences (and experiments) in building $1 billion Zappos brand in less than 10 years from nothing and finally Zappos "marriage" with Amazon ($1.2 Billion).

He also writes about personal experience and learnings on the way as a kid, in school, at university, first job, raves and parties, hikes and marathons, hiring and layoffs..

Book is very good initially but as it progresses, looses kind of plot and appears to be over hyped. It seems to pass on the message of self-glorification and suggest "my way is high way". This pretty much could be Tony's style, which he has proved to be successful.

Still it is true (as Tony mentioned in closing lines) this book can potentially help you:
- make your customers happier (through better customer service) or
- make your employees happier (by focusing more on company culture) or
- make yourself happier (by learning more about the science of happiness)

Good: written in very simple language unlike other business books, with lot of humor and real life examples, fast-paced, will force you to think, motivational and inspiring.

Not so good: seems like selling self or company, appear incomplete at places, could have been much better, unnecessary sarcastic humor

Must read for at least to be entrepreneurs. Lot of things could be grabbed from Tony's experiences learnings.

-- ashutosh jhureley
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Guts!: Companies That Blow the Doors Off Business-As-Usual
Guts!: Companies That Blow the Doors Off Business-As-Usual
by Kevin Freiberg
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars its all about Guts!.. unconventional, untraditional and innovative approach to leadership, 11 July 2010
This book gives insight in to exceptional leadership journeys that transformed organisations and created mark on the business world. In this book Kevin and Jackie Freiberg has illustrated leadership strategies of the companies that made them great. Great place to work, great to work with and great to be associated with. These companies and organisations are well respected by society & communities; even better !!!

Leaders of these organisations are referred to as "Gutsy Leaders" because of their unconventional and innovative approaches that transformed the organisation. They risked everything for their passion, belief, motive and desire to bring the change. Results were extra-ordinary. for Southwest Airlines, Synovus, USAA, USS Benfold, Bon Marche, GSD&M, TDIndustries, Medtronic, Monarch School, Planet Honda, Quad/Graphics, SAS Institute, E&Y and Fredric's.

These "Gutsy" leaders tried untraditional and innovative ways to bring happiness and joy in everything they do, including "business". They substituted "position & ego" with "passion & trust"; they regard employee as "unique individuals and owners" not as "resources or commodities" and their motive is not only to deliver "service or product" to the customer, but deliver "experience".

It's all about Guts !!!. Gutsy Leaders Blow the Doors Off Business as Usual, Gutsy Leaders Brand Their Cultures, Gutsy Leaders Create a Sense off Ownership, Gutsy Leaders Hire People Who don't Such, Gutsy Leaders Lead with Love, Gutsy Leaders Make Business Heroic, Gutsy Leaders Inspire Fun and Great Leaders Gotta Have Guts!. These are chapters from the book but illustrate the true sense of unconventional and innovative approaches of "Gutsy" leadership.

Must read for all business leaders and managers; it "will" inspire and transform you as a person, as a leader, as a manager; hence organisation as a whole.

To complete the reading, you should also read Nuts!: Southwest Airline's Crazy Recipe for Business and Personal Success, Employees First Customer Second: Turning Conventional Management Upside Down and Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose.
-- ashutosh jhureley


A Thousand Suns
A Thousand Suns
by Dominique Lapierre
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars After reading "A Thousand Suns", I couldn't resist reading author's other books, 2 July 2010
This review is from: A Thousand Suns (Paperback)
Got "A Thousand Suns" as a gift and it was wonderful experience reading Dominique Lapierre. He is a genius story teller.. book is full of emotions, inspiration and admiration.

In addition to his account of experiences, interactions, interviews and research, this book is collection of excerpt from all other work from Dominique Lappierre (and Larry Collins) - O Jerusalem!, Freedom at Midnight, Is Paris Burning?: How Paris Miraculously Escaped Adolf Hitler's Sentence of Death in August 1944, City of Joy....

It is great book, worth having in your library. But keep in mind that it is his point of view, you and many others may not agree. I don't agree with few and hence not 5 star for me.

After reading "A Thousand Suns", I couldn't resist reading his other books. I read "O Jerusalem!". Then it was "Is Paris Burning?" and "Freedom at Midnight" and "Five Past Midnight in Bhopal".... read all these back to back.

-- ashutosh jhureley


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