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Abhishek Indwar

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Beating Procrastination

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Reviewed: 05-02-21

This book is a wonderful guide to those who are looking to focus and take control of their own life. There are instances which are very relevant to a daily life. Also visit the author's website which he keeps mentioning throughout the book

What Makes A Great Leader?

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Reviewed: 26-01-21

I always wanted to read a book written by Barack Obama. Ever since he was elected as the president of United States, I admire him for his political views. This was a long awaited book and also this is just the first part. It is learnt that Obama wanted to make it a single book but later he split his two terms presidency into two books. This book starts from his political camping to the end of second term. The book has kept the most important topic on Laden's death at the end. This book covers all aspects of Obama's presidency. I heard this book on Audible. To my surprise Obama has lend his voice for this audiobook.

A well written book on the Art of Diplomacy

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Reviewed: 17-12-20

Its not usually I read big fat books but I made an exception with this. Believe me it was worth. Shashi Tharoor is always someone whom I admire and this book is a testimony of his brilliance and the way he puts forward how external affairs is important for a country like India. The concepts of diplomacy and India's relationship with different geographies around the world has been properly explained. Even a layman can understand it.
A book well written.

Economics Overdose

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Reviewed: 18-07-20

Its very difficult for an economist to help understand economic terms in a layman term. The book discusses a lot about the migration of people in search of a good living and good life. Authors have spend a quality time both in US and India. Hence they share a different perspective of both the worlds. There were many myth I had before reading this book. I must say that many myths are busted now. This shows how elaborately the authors has done the research and studies everything in advance to put it in a good way. This book is surely a gyaan overload but in a good way.

Good to hear from Michelle

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Reviewed: 21-06-20

I've never been a fan of autobiography genre. But since there was much hype around this book I finally decided to pick this one. I started this audiobook on Audible by Michelle's own voice. This book starts on describing Michelle's humble beginning in south side of Chicago in 2-storey apartment. She shares her journey to the graduate college Princeton University. After which she moved back to Chicago and finally met Barack. They went on a vacation to Hawaii and Kenya just before marriage. The book also captures the hustle which they went through when Barack decide to run for White House. An ordinary person's journey into a larger than life role.

Reconnect with nature

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Reviewed: 21-05-20

This episode too is based on a similar storyline like Ep-2, where a bunch of tour guides take a certain set of people on a camping and hiking expedition to help them reconnect with the nature. In the previous Ep-2 of the same series, few war veterans were taken for camping. But in here the group was different. Women who have recently come out of rehabilitation centres have a very different way of seeing at things. Unlike war veterans they are not exposed to the outside world for a relatively long time. It is good to hear how happy these women were when they experienced something new. They shared their experiences and at the end of day-3 they discussed how 3-day effect was helpful for them.

Connect with Nature

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Reviewed: 20-05-20

I started hearing this series of podcast which talks about why humans should spend more time with nature. This audiobook takes people randomly selected from various background on a camping and studies the change in their behaviour.

First audiobook in this series talks about how a group of researchers plan to take war veterans in U.S. military on a camping trip. The basic idea is to help them disconnect from the daily chores of urban life and spend some time beside the river amidst the nature. A group of war veterans shares their story which is covered in the second part of this series's auidobook.

It really looks fascinating how the narrator compares these camping expedition with a spa. We enjoy having a spa for few hours in a day and will hate a spa if it continues for an entire day. Similarly camping in the nature is like a spa. Spending few days is worth it. But if asked to spend whole life, it becomes an issue with human beings.

A Timeless Classic!

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Reviewed: 04-05-20

Another fantastic podcast by Rajeev Masand where he invites Ayan Mukerji. The director of movie Wake Up Sid to speak about the details of this movie.

Ayan is not known for interviews and it was probably the first time I heard him. He is very good in conversation with Rajeev and takes the listener to the word of Sid instantly. He describes how Karan Johar almost finalized Imran Khan and on the contrary Ayan wanted to cast Ranbir. He also shades light on how an odd casting decision was taken by having Konkana opposite Ranbir which was important from story point of view. A very bold decision indeed! This movie also captures the protagonist love for the city Mumbai in a very beautiful way.

Box office numbers are not a parameter to judge a movie and this is proved by looking at Wake Up Sid. Hear this podcast to revisit that life again when you were in college and carefree. Also, there is a special cameo by Ranbir himself towards the end of this podcast.

Golmaal is Back Again!

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Reviewed: 04-05-20

I can’t believe that this movie released in the year 2006 and still feels fresh after 14 years. Golmaal is truly a coming-of-age comedy movie and deserves a cult status.

At an airport a lady came up to Rohit Shetty (director) to thank him because when she must keep her kids engaged while doing household chores, she puts on Golmaal movie on the TV. Children also blackmail their parents to screen Golmaal on TV during meals. This shows how much the audience still connects with this movie.

The story of this movie lies on a very thin plot. In this podcast by Rajeev Masand, the director of this movie Rohit tells how the idea came to him and explains behind the sets fun while making the movie. He also spoke how natural the casts were in bringing the characters on the screen. One interesting trivia I came to know is that this movie name Golmaal is an abbreviation for of the four main characters – Gopal, Lucky, Madhav and Laxman.

The reason why this movie still resonates is because of the two things – one having a very clean storyline and second that each character got a proper screen space to come out on the screen and shine. There is also a guest appearance by Ajay Devgn at the end. It was such a delight to hear this podcast.

Unbearable One Hour Journey

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Reviewed: 01-05-20

Before starting this podcast, I had high hopes that this Rajeev Masand’s podcast with Karan Johar will be as good as the previous two chats I heard – Farhan Akhtar and Farah Khan. But this podcast turned out to be as bad as the quality of cinema Karan Johar produces and directs nowadays.

Till date, when movie "Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham" (K3G) comes up on TV screen people have a high recall value. I started this podcast expecting that I would get to hear trivia on behind the scenes of K3G. Looks like Karan had no clue what was on the top of his mind while putting this movie storyline on the celluloid. He dodged every question by Rajeev saying that he doesn’t know what was on his mind when he wrote the scenes. This podcast is unbearably an hour long.

Try not to waste your time with this podcast. You can try others in the same series.

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