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I loved reading this book. The author has recounted his experiences and wisdom gained through his interactions with a wide spectrum of people from all walks of life. The range from his kid's school founder to an encounter with Mother Teresa, while he was a school kid, to a chartered accountant, a real estate developer, his various colleagues... the list goes on and on.
What I really liked was that he analysed and fitted people into six broad categories. My favourite chapter was: Keeping Happy.
It is a good read and I would recommend it. There is always something that we can learn from others.
I had purchased this for gifting it to someone. While the leather has a good finish, the handle is a bit tacky - I had excepted the handle to be of a better quality. At the current discounted price it was fine, but not otherwise.
The packaging was very good and I do appreciate this.
For an amateur birdwatcher or wildlife enthusiast, this product is a good fit. I've taken it on a recent field trip and found the small size and light weight to be a huge asset. At its current price it is a good purchase.
It was so wonderful to read about how Salim Ali became India's famous ornithologist, it all began when he was a little boy and noticed that a sparrow (or what looked like a sparrow) had a yellow throat.
The author has vividly described his childhood in Mumbai, his overseas stay, viz: in Burma and Germany, his long tenure with the Bombay Natural History Society and the great professors who guided him.
Salim Ali's wit and humor also shine through. He talks about his stay at a government guest house. There, the guests were divided into first class guests and second class guests. Only when you reached the breakfast table would you know how the 'State' had choosen to classify you. Mercifully, Salim Ali's breakfast consisted of two eggs and two toasts (given to first class guests). At least the government had got something right!!!
Today, one may not find sparrows' in one's backyard, but this book sure made me put on my shoes, grab a pair of binoculars and visit open areas where I could indulge in birding.
If you love bird-watching, this book is a MUST READ.
It is a good phone, with large keys - useful for senior citizens to use easily. But unfortunately it has no caller ID which I was expecting it to have. FlipKart's delivery was prompt and efficient as always.
A lovely fragrance, a few drops can add that extra element to any prayer room. It can be used in a diffuser or just sprinkled around, for instance on rose petals or a few drops on a flower arrangement - can also work wonders.
I have begun to use this shampoo regularly, because I was looking for an organic product. The only drawback, perhaps henna leaves the hair rough and dry. A good conditioner is also required post shampooing.
It doesn't color the hair, but if there are grey strands, it does leave a tint after regular use.
I found the smell to be overpowering and bitter. I just used it once and then was forced to throw away the bar of soap. I just couldn't stand it. If they could just make the smell less overpowering, I am sure it would be a great soap for use during the monsoon season.
I loved Khadi's Lemon soap though.
I love travel books and I have always wanted to visit Turkey, so this book was just perfect for me. What made it much more appealing is that each chapter begins with a quote from Rumi (which fits the content of that chapter). The book captures the experiences of Rachel a Chinese-American residing in a small US town, who actually wants to visit Mexico on a student exchange program, so that she can brush up on her Spanish which she hopes to take up as a subject in University. However, fate has something else in store for her and she finds herself winging it to Turkey.
The beautiful descriptions of the Turkish setting and the Turkish culture made me realise how similar our own Indian culture is. Families have a say in relationships, marriages are a huge affair and are arranged marriages or those blessed by the elders, the Mehendi ceremony exists with some differences, fathers are overprotective…. I can go on and on.
Through her journey, Rachel does help her host sister Aylin to brush up on her English (This was the objective of the student exchange program), but in turn, not only does she pick up a few Turkish words, but learns the meaning of true friendship and experiences love for the first time. It is a well written, descriptive book, which captures the beauty of Turkey, its culture and also the sensitivities of human emotions.