English Bites

    English Bites  (English, Paperback, Gupta, Manish)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: PENGUIN INDIA
    • ISBN: 9780143419006, 0143419005
    • Edition: 2012
    • Pages: 307
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    Flipkart Official Review

    “English Bites! My ‘Fullproof’ English Learning Formula” by Manish Gupta as the title suggests is about English as a language and somewhat about how to master it for students and the like. So the book is about how to work on fluency, vocabulary and some tips with reference to written English. That in its truest form so to say is the summary or the gist of the book. To a large extent, the hilarious take on the language works for the book. Manish knows how to write and the language is simple and breezy. The examples with the words also are not difficult to understand and that is quite commendable when you set off writing a book of this nature.

    What do not work are the footnotes at every page. They almost do anything for my reading experience, but we also understand the need for them in this kind of a book. The book promises that you learn close to 1000 new words and rightly so. Having said all of this, this book is only recommend o people who want to know more about how to master the language for whatever academic purposes. As a read, it is fun in places and in others it is mostly average.


    English Bites!: My Fullproof English Learning Formula is a guidebook to help readers master the English language. This book is filled with autobiographical experiences, footnotes, funny anecdotes, and a range of new words and their usage.


    Summary Of The Book

    English Bites!: My Fullproof English Learning Formula, published in 2012, has been designed to help readers overcome language barriers, and to learn fluent English. The author speaks about his own experiences, and explains how he used to be a tongue-tied schoolboy. However, over time he developed his foothold over the English language, and finally became a well-versed banker. This book has a autobiographical feel to it, as it is filled with humorous stories of Gupta’s experiences and misadventures with the Queen’s language.

    The author promises that readers of English Bites!: My Fullproof English Learning Formula will be able to inculcate more than a thousand new words in their vocabulary through easy and effective techniques. The differences between similar sounding words are also explained, in addition to descriptions about when and where to use them. Delightful incidences have been incorporated to showcase how terms can have different meanings in different situations. Furthermore, meanings of new words are mentioned at the footer of each page. In addition to this, English Bites!: My Fullproof English Learning Formula also contains trivia which ranges from B-school jargon to origin of words to brand names, and more. This guidebook is not a traditional self-help book. Jokes, anecdotes, and funny illustrations keep the reader’s interest in place, and makes learning fun.

    This book can be used by candidates of CAT/GRE/XAT/GMAT, those who wish to develop a better command over English, and any language enthusiast. English Bites!: My Fullproof English Learning Formula, the author’s debut work, is the perfect guide to improve one’s verbal abilities.

    About Manish Gupta

    Manish Gupta is an Indian author, and banker.

    Gupta graduated with an engineering degree from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh. He then worked at Tata Motors, and later did his MBA from XLRI Jamshedpur. He started his career in the financial sector with Citibank, and later became the Head of Sales and Managing Director of a major bank. He has now taken leave from this sector, and plans to work as a trainer, coach, and consultant in the field of education. Gupta’s interest lie in human psychology, and he enjoys travelling as well as adventure sports. He lives in Mumbai with his wife and they have two daughters.

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    Book Details
    • Imprint
      • PENGUIN
    • Publication Year
      • 2012
    • Author
      • Gupta, Manish
    • Weight
      • 262 g
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    An inspiring read

    Manish Gupta is an honest, forthright and gregarious banker who has labored over the book for close to two decades. And he doesn't disappoint. The text is anecdotal and racy and words along with some interesting trivia keep popping out as you flip through the book. Read it not just to improve your word power or ken, but also as a work that reflects the predicament of an average Indian student for whom learning the nuances of English language is as important as scoring well in academics, and h...

    Avinash Katoch

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    22 Dec, 2012

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    Bitten and smitten by English Bites !

    Manish takes the readers on a fascinating journey of his own life in the form of story telling, which is always alluring and in the process introducing English ,the language and it`s own journey and how it is evolving still .Beautiful book for one and all , right from a novice to a purist of the language .Truly bitten and smitten by English Bites .Hope English Bites grows, evolves and endears to one and all just like the language !

    Vinay Nadig

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    5 Jan, 2013

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    Hats off !

    Amazing to see an Indian write so innovatively . Completely original work but more importantly its very user friendly. The best part is anyone from beginners to advanced learners of english have something to gain by reading this absolute delight piece of pedagogy .

    Akhilesh Kumar

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    15 Jan, 2014

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    Amazing Book - A must read!

    Usually am awry of books which claim to teach English or for that matter even the Spoken English classes as I firmly believe it is something that cannot be taught. It can be only learnt on your own and this book proved me wrong.

    The author has written an amazing hand book mixing his own experiences with the some basic rules to be followed to master this language and he is bang on! the tiny notes at the bottom of each page along with illustrations make it a wonderful read and this is definat...

    Privy Trifles

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    22 Aug, 2013

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    An excellent book!

    As some wise man had quipped - It is better to learn from others mistakes than from your own. Manish Gupta through his English Bites not only explains the meaning of 'faux pas' but also lists down several of the ones that he seems to have committed. It is these tales that make the book an interesting read. A great treasure for the ones who feel challenged with English and a refresher for those who think they know (you are sure to learn something new).
    Some people tend to get bogged down by ...

    Vidhi Vijayvargiya

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    21 Jan, 2013

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    Before reading this book, it would be good if one has a fair idea as to what this book is all about. Certainly, it is not a book that you can pick on a lazy Sunday, whereas if you are a non-native speaker of English and you look forward to having that polished edge that differentiates a good speaker and an average speaker, then look no further!

    Being a guy who is born and brought up in Trivandrum, I can identify myself with Manish in the book as the narrative is quite autobiographical. Manis...

    Renjith Nair

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    11 Dec, 2013

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    Good choice

    Nice job, good not best, I was expecting much after reading reviews.

    Laay Trivedi

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    20 Apr, 2017


    Wonderful book

    The book delivers what it promises. It teaches us loads of new words, their meanings and their origins.
    Irrespective of whether you are a student trying to crack competitive exams, an employee or just a language lover, you will surely like this book.
    a must read.
    not to be rushed through, but to be devoured. :)

    Jigar Doshi

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    26 Nov, 2013



    if you're seriously looking to increase your word power, then this book is definitely not for you. Author has mistakenly put wrong title for his auto-biography. However, t could be a good read but not for what title is intended for.

    sonu meena

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    20 Nov, 2013


    A nice learning experience!

    English is a fascinating language and everyone wants to learn this language. Manish Gupta brings you a nice English learning method in this book where he tells about his own English learning experience.

    It's not preachy but a light read. Little anecdotes based on the author’s keen observation and experience makes this book an interesting read. Difficult / unusual) words are highlighted so that you can learn easily. Readers don’t have to consult the dictionary because the book carries a nice...


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    14 Oct, 2013

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