Book Review: I did it my way by Bikram Dasgupta

Product details

Hardcover: 256 pages

Publisher: Rupa Publication India (2018)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 812915076X

ISBN-13: 978-8129150769

Package Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.6 x 2.6 cm


What is this book all about?

It is the story of a middle-class Bengali boy whose impatience became the reason for his success. Bikram reveals his beliefs, ideas influences, failures and successes in a roller coaster journey of over thirty years, exemplified by a single-minded, near obsessive determination to move ahead in life, despite debacles.


The title of the book caught my attention and this book is a very interesting read. The language is very simple and the author used good choice of words in the book. I personally loved the part where he used his business tactics to expand the business and also become the number one PC manufacturer in the market. Shiv Nadar’s valuable lessons to Bikram impressed and inspired me a lot. He faced a major set back in terms of his entrepreneurship however came up big despite fiasco. The only thing what I disliked in this book was that it was little dragging and rest all things were absolutely fine.

It is what you read when you dont have to that determines what you will be when you cant help it.

-Oscar Wilde


This book is recommended to people who wants to become a entrepreneur and make it big in their journey. Not to forget an apt book for the book lovers who love memoirs.

Rating: 4/5*

PS: Thank you Rupa Publications for this review copy.




Book Review: A Bride, A Murder and A Trail of Blood by Laxmi Natraj

Product details

Reading level: 16.00+ years

Paperback: 249 pages

Publisher: Story Mirror Infotech Pvt Ltd (2017)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 9386305488

ISBN-13: 978-9386305480

Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 1.3 cm


What is this book all about?

A newly married bride starting her life in a modern neighborhood is spotted with bruises and wounds by almost everyone, clearly pointing to a dark case of of domestic violence. When the flat is discovered with blood spills and visible signs of violence in the house, there is an obvious possibility of a brutal attack or even a murder of the bride. Both the bride and husband Professor are missing.

As the police investigate further, evidence piles up against the professor, the accused is found finally, But he shocks the police by saying that he was never ever married to any girl.

The story twists and turns with heated arguments of court scenes where the defence and the prosecution collide head along to prove their point. As the reader almost decides that the story has concluded, a blast from the past of the Professor unfolds, revealing the darkest side of the Professor and more skeletons tumble down from the closet. The reader enjoy a roller-coaster ride of a series of shocking, and spine-chilling revelations, that will have your glued till the last page of the novel.


I have always loved crime thrillers. The title and the blurb of the book caught my attention whereas the cover of the book just looked average. The language was simple and easy to understand.  The story has lot of twists and turns and it has an unpredictable ending. It will keep you hooked till the end and you will be curious to know what is going to happen next. The other thing which I disliked in this book was grammatical errors which can be corrected from editing and proof reading.


If you love unique thrillers and they fascinate you then this is recommended who love mystery and crime thrillers.

Rating: 4/5*

PS: Thank you Story Mirror for this review copy.

Book Review: Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar by Kochery C Shibu

Product details

Paperback: 284 pages

Publisher: Niyogi Books; First edition (3 August 2015)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 9385285009

ISBN-13: 978-9385285004

Package Dimensions: 21.4 x 14.9 x 1.9 cm


What is this book all about?

A hydelpower project in the remote Himalayas. Three people brought together by fate. Nanda, an engineer from Kerala at the dam construction site hiding from his past, from the law, torn between the love of his dear ones and the traditional kalari code of revenge. Khusru, a boy displaced from his native village in Kashmir, a gambit in the terror plot threatening to blow up the dam, working as a labourer at the site. Rekha, a Kathak dancer in heart, a doctor by profession, arrives at the campsite as the consort of Khusru. A village that accepts the dictates of modernity with a heavy heart, its population steeped in superstitions and religious beliefs.

All throng the campsite like moths to a flame, some escape untouched, successful; some, miss a step, and perish. Each has a story to tell and a dream to realize. Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar is about the aspirations of these people with their cares and worries woven into the site life. The fury of nature and the hardships of project life have no mercy for the weak and no time for the dead. Like an eternal spectator the Dhauladhar watches as men risk life and limb in a quest to fulfill their dreams.

What did I like?

The language was simple and easy to understand.  The choice of words which was used and the places which were described was very nice. Short poems in the middle of the book is always a turn on for me. The characters past was explained well  and they were interconnected to each other.

What I did not like?

There were too many characters in the story where it was difficult to remember and relate everything in the story.  The technical details of the dam construction was into details which I did not understand and that was a major turn off for me. The climax was not that great and it could have been better.

(It is not to make mansions, nor to sleep on the terrace, but to live in your birthplace for a few days that this struggle is all about.)


This book is not again for the regular readers. People who understand the technical details of the dam construction and do not have anything to read from their TBR can go head and pick up this book.

Rating: 3.5/5*

PS: I received this copy from the author in exchange for the honest and unbiased review.