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Review: Lord of Mathura

ImageLord of Mathura by Ashok Banker, the 4th in the Krishna Coriolis series was the book that I completed last week.
After I completed the earlier 3 books of the series, I was waiting for the remaining ones to come out and as soon as they did I grabbed them though it took sometime for me to read.

Lord of Mathura deals with the teenager Krishna and several incidences of trouble visiting vrindavan in forms of different demons being sent by Kamsa. Jarasandh suggests Kamsa to send his demons rather than going himself and Krishna manages to defeat each one of them.

The start of love between Krishna and Radha also finds a place in the book and in the end when everyone fails, Kamsa takes it on himself to kill the ‘Deliverer’ and calls him to Mathura, where in the end Krishna and Balram together defeats all the champions of Mathura and Krishna kills Kamsa by throwing him from high above the sky to the ground.

I like that Banker has kept the story crisp and tidy and unlike earlier books didn’t elongate any unnecessary scenes. A few well written scenes that I liked were when Krishna picks up ‘gowardhan parvat’ against wrath of Indra and where ‘swayam bhagwan’ gives ‘darshan’ to Akrur. Both chapters are beautifully written.

Ashok Banker brings alive the piousness and serenity of a ‘god’ (not just Krishna) through his words. Kudos to him.

A very well written book in the series. If you haven’t read it, I recommend reading the entire Krishna Coriolis.


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Review: What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

So I am late with this book, way late, by almost a week. I managed to finish this book by last Sunday only. Things are tight now a days and work is taking up more than usual time and this being a festive season household chores also take up more than usual time.

Enough of whining I guess, back to the book review.

So the book last week was “What Got You Here Won’t Get You There” by “Marshall Goldsmith“.

As I mentioned in an earlier post about my disliking for self-help books, which preaches you how to be successful, how to lead your life, what to do and not do, etc. So I was hoping it not being one such book. And the book didn’t disappoint to a large extent.

All in all book is a good read for people who are already successful in life (or better who are in a leadership role), nevertheless it can be a good read for anyone at any stage in his/her life. I am sure it will add some value (but not a lot).

Marshall Goldsmith talks about an often ignored issue, that people who are successful or people sitting at managerial levels also have flaws, they also make mistakes and unless they correct themselves they are not going to go further in their career or rather people might not like them as leaders.

I liked the topic as it is essential that every person realizes that a successful person doesn’t mean that he/she is always right in what they do or that they always take good decision. The point is that they are successful despite their flaws. And many a times we can see a few people around us who have taken early leaps in their career but then after a while their career get stagnated. It is important to realize that we might have some flaws that we need to address so that we continue our path to progress (both in career and personal lives).

Goldsmith deals with the troubles of success first and later suggests some ways that can help one change for better. A few of the points he suggests are Feedback, Apologizing, Advertising, Listening, Thanking, Following up and Feed Forward.

The author narrates several incidences from his career as a consultant helping people and how these points bring about a change. However I do think that some of them are pretty obvious and it’s more of a practice that a person needs rather than someone telling them in a book (yet again).

And although it’s a good read but I am sure that hardly anyone would benefit from just reading it unless it is followed (similar to his engaging his services). Feed Forward is one point that I found out of the ordinary which we don’t usually do. What we can or we should do in future is important, how we can improve is essential to know more than what we did wrong.

There are some places where one can get bored reading, may be I will reduce the size of the book by 20 odd pages but all in all the manner of writing and the examples keep you engaged.

A good one time read but if you think that this book can teach you something that you don’t already know, you might be slightly disappointed.

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