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PANKAJ DESAI

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To and Within The Presidency of USA

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-02-21

This book promised a very exciting and interesting perspective from the opposite side of the table and it nearly did. So often we have longed to know as to what all is needed and happens to reach the White House and then after what happens therein. This book serves that promise well - we come to know a lot. However, overall it is more a book that should interest the American readers in general and American political science students greatly. Mr. Obama read very well and was versatile too. Often he sounded like an excellent story teller. For me as an Indian many times though I did feel detached. Overall Enjoyed the lengthy book.

So Disappointed

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-02-21

Very disappointing experience. Gulzar, a superlative poet could write such inferior quality short stories is really surprising. First I thought, may be the genius's creation is mauled in translation. But one after the other, stories go from bad to worse. Except for the first two I found all others substandard. To make matters worse, the narrator completely killed it. He seems to be in a perpetual hurry. He has generously contributed to spoiling whatever good Gulzar saab may have written. Alas! What a dissatisfaction.

Enriching

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-10-20

This is expectedly a book that goes deep in the depths of mindfulness. Its brilliance lies in the fact that it explores so many difficult areas absolutely effortlessly and generates and infectious confidence in the reader to dig deeper and palpate the solutions here and now. The sentence "you can experience Nirvana here and now" explains everything that this book has to offer.

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Typical Crime Thriller

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-10-20

Such crime thrillers keep you glued to the book and this too did. Nothing exceptional, expected twists and turns and a predictable criminal at work. But the strongest feature was Michael Kramer - the narrator. He was the finest, most versatile and the best narrator I have heard since I switched on to Audiobooks. Overall, it was an okay book.

Very Useful Can Become Life Changing

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-09-20

This is a great book coming from The Great Courses. It provides very critical guidelines to someone who is a traveller on the journey of self evolution. Interlaced with personal anecdotes, this book doesn't bias you or try to patronize you. It just steers along effortlessly. Its reading by the author himself is also very clear in tone and never monotonously boring. I have gone through it once and feel a need to go through again.

Beautiful Story

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-09-20

It was a smooth experience. Tom Hanks reading is as expected - masterly. A story of a brother and his sister, spread over five decades, it is very well written. Not once did it drag, nor was it wearing down. It may not be long remembered, but it was surely good till it lasted. A one time read - indeed.

A Saga of Prestige

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-07-20

Very informative and interesting, the author has done a good quality research before writing this book. The spirit of nation building in all their ventures is well known to many Indians, but their struggles, their setbacks and the internal turbulences were brought out well here. Small titbits like the name Lakme having its origin in the name Goddess Lakshmi was spiced up the writings. The narration was a little robotic but that is okay. Overall enjoyed.

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Evolving

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-05-20

Being one from Osho, it was expected to be insightful and profound. It was exactly as expected. Giving unconventional insights into so many complexities, this compilation takes you a few steps ahead in your quest to experience and unveil truth, the Zen way. Are you walking that road? Then pick this up, its for you.

Super Fine

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-04-20

Very sensible, completely honest and grounded, I feel every average investor must read this book. Ms. Hallan doesn't fall into the proverbial trap that so many financial planners and writers fall into and that is teaching the readers things they are not supposed to teach. Continuously alerting the reader against greed, she like a typical hardworking professional who has worked herself up, shows very practical and sensible ways of generating wealth without breaking any rules of sensible investing. The narrator is also a class apart. Aware that she is reading an audiobook on investments and money matters, she keeps her tone of an excellent counsellor becoming persuasive when needed and even a gentle rebuking where traps are hidden. Well done! Congratulations to all involved.

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Too long and a mixed bag

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-03-20

First reaction I got as the book finally finished, was uff sooo long. At many points it was very gripping and at many others, downright boring. The author is absolutely brilliant but was probably drawn to the attraction of writing a classic. In the end I felt relieved that it was over. I can't deny the author and their narrator their due credit - well done! But to the author please consider the reader when you write. Every book is the baby of its author. Understandably no one wants to cut it. But in this book, it should have been. So often, I lost the plot and the characters, completely. If somebody presents you this book, do read it. But don't spend your own money to buy it and read it.