Greed Lust Addiction by Ravi Dabral - Review
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Greed Lust Addiction by Ravi Dabral – Review

Greed Lust Addiction, along with the Hindi version, Lalach Vasna Lat, has been written by Ravi Dabral – an author with Indian roots who lives in Singapore and is a commodity trader by profession. His novel has been very popular among the youths as well as the persons who are working and well-settled. Though the theme of the novel by Ravi isn’t that simple and youth-friendly to an extent, yet, his novel talks about the issues that are related to common human beings in every way. We all lead our lives in a common society where things like corruption, greed, crime, politics, police and social issues matter a lot. Greed Lust Addiction deals with these issues very openly and tries to establish that we all must be vigilant when it comes to getting something better out of the society we live in. Read more

Goodreads & Free books - the giveaways!
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Goodreads & Free books – the giveaways!

Reading books has always been a favourite time pass for people in India as well as anywhere. However, books have many qualities and standards and choosing books might be difficult at times – so, how smart are you? Intellectual Reader has come with an idea – how to get free books in India? We will tell you that and you can certainly get free books in easy steps. Moreover, we will also tell you that you can use Goodreads, in smart ways, for many other things than just reviewing and finding books to read. So, let’s get going! Here we begin. Read more

Elephants in the Room - Book Review
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Elephants in the Room – Book Review

Suraj Laxminarayanan’s debut novel Elephants in the Room is about ambition, fate, violence, cold-blooded murders, escapades and a sensational experience of reading a crime thriller and you certainly cannot miss a page if you begin reading it. It builds up a little slow but once it catches the momentum, you won’t be able to stop yourself from asking – so, what’s next? Elephants in the Room is a brave attempt at modern crime thriller fiction and Suraj has succeeded to a great extent. More or less, it’s like a crime movie which you can imagine happening as you read the novel. Read more

If I am Born Again, Lord Please - book review
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If I am Born Again, Lord Please – book review

If I am born again, Lord Please… this is a collection of poems which are not simply poetic expressions but a moving story in verse… the poet who composed the collection’s poems, Shopone, has tried to put out the story of an old affair – his love with an unnamed girl who used to be his teenage dream and thereafter, a ‘someone’ who gave her ‘something’ for an eternal phase of time and that’s how this collection happened to exist. Mark it, Shopone is the pseudonym of the author as he intends to keep his real name behind the curtain for some reasons. If I am born again, Lord Please… as the title suggests, is about the plea of the poet regarding his life and a wish, if he could be born again…

Lost love or a love one-sided often ends with agony and rarely ends with a realisation that all is but one and nothing and that nothingness procures a sense of completion for the people. This collection of poems is almost the same thing. Shopone writes, through his poems, about his feelings for ‘her’ and how he continued to love her even after she went with someone else (after marriage) and so on… the constant lover in the poet always longed for the sight so pleasant. However, with the passage of time, the poet walks through different phases of life and he learns various new things.

In the synopsis, that can be found in the very beginning of the collection, the poet briefs the readers about the composition of these revealing poems. He tells us that these poems have been composed after he, someday, sees his ‘ex-flame’ and enters into a fanciful world of romance with her once again. In the very romantic world, he seeks to find what he has been seeking for so long now. He tries to find solace by creating his belief systems and subsequently understanding the truths and lies that we live with.

The poems are long. The poems are simple in tone and nature so that the main story can come to the fore rather conveniently. Moreover, the poet has tried his best to let the poems have a symmetry about them and that worked as well. There are seven poems in the collection and all of them are prolonged to contain the story being told – a love story which will be very interesting to read.

So, are you ready for a poetry evening? Are you ready for an evening which is made curious with an anticipation for what’s about to come? Shopone’s collection, If I am born again, Lord Please… will be an amazing read for the readers who love poetry as well as romantic stories. You can get it by visiting the Amazon link below:

Get Shopone’s poetry collection – click here to buy

review by Rahul for Intellectual Reader

A Thousand Seeds of Joy by Ananda Karunesh - Review
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A Thousand Seeds of Joy by Ananda Karunesh – Review

Book: A Thousand Seeds of Joy
Author: Ananda Karunesh
Publisher: The Write Place
Year: 2018
Pages: 370
Genre: Spiritual, Self-help, Neo-Religious
Intellectual Rating: 4.5/5

Rigorous reading takes a person to some conclusions which can seldom be drawn of casual reading. However, let us be clear that some books are meant for every kind of readers – the casual ones as well as the critical ones. One such book which is getting very popular these days is Ananda Karunesh’s debut title A Thousand Seeds of Joy. This is something which cannot be labelled as a spiritual or a religious book alone. Undoubtedly, there is a conversation in the book which involves human being and divine beings; however, still, the book does not qualify for any specific genre because it has a multitude of rational, religious, spiritual and even scientific inferences about it. So, what’s a general overview of this book? How would I rate A Thousand Seeds of Joy as an intellectual reader? Let’s see. Read more

Indicting Goliath by Lal Bhatia - Review
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Indicting Goliath by Lal Bhatia – Review

Well, the readers must have been waiting for something new from us because it took a long pause. We are also excited to bring to you the review of one of the latest books which has been creating a buzz in the literary world. Today, our reviewer Rajesh will review Indicting Goliath for you all. This is the very first book by Lal Bhatia, a corporate profile by profession. Indicting Goliath is an autobiography which depicts only a portion of Lal Bhatia’s life – the life that he spent in the USA – as a US citizen and a person who has suffered in the hands of the US authorities, namely FBI and Department of Justice. So, Indicting Goliath is a realistic work of literature. You also get to know the evidence on which the book’s major premise is based – was Lal Bhatia guilty? Read more

Elephants in the Room Launches in September 2018
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Elephants in the Room Launches in September 2018

Upcoming books which make it out on the hit list are always talked, discussed and sought for a beta reading – why the hell is so much noise over it? This is the one question which always arises. So, today, we are going to discuss one such book which is scheduled to be released in September 2018. We are talking about Suraj Laxminarayanan’s debut novel entitled Elephants in the Room – a book going to be launched in mid-September, next month. Like many others in the past, the book is creating a buzz and there are critical opinions coming from different established book critics in India – online and offline. Reviewers, top book bloggers in India and other beta-readers are claiming that the book is a crime fiction, no doubt, but of a different magnitude. So, to check the claim and to judge the book by ourselves, we have appointed Rajesh to do the job for us. Read his opinions. Read more

Our Reading List for coming days
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Our Reading List for coming days

Often, before reading our favourite books or the new books, we try to make a list which contains the names of all the books we are eying. This month, we are also creating a list of books we will be reviewing this month and the next. Moreover, this list can also serve the readers who want to read something new and unique this month or any time. So, without wasting our time, let’s start the game. And do remember that you can always write to us if you want to write for Intellectual Reader. Read more

Is there a career in reading books?
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Is there a career in reading books?

Can book reading be a career? Yes, it sounds ridiculous and absurd as we all make our careers mostly by reading the books. Exceptions are only in the form of Sachin, Messi, Ronaldo and others who did not have to read a lot of books. However, many made their careers by writing books on these personalities. So, for commoners like us, can book reading be a career option? If yes, is it a wise choice to make? The question is really tough and the answers are many but essentially come to conclude yes or no – only one word! Read more

Responsibilities of Fiction Readers
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Responsibilities of Fiction Readers

By default, a person is compelled to grow up understanding certain things about literature produced in English language – Shakespeare was the greatest ever dramatist; Wordsworth was the greatest poet and can only be put next to Shakespeare; Dickens was the greatest ever novelist in English language; there did not happen such case that any essayist could excel Francis Bacon in essay writing and so on… the list is endless and we are cowed by those. We have to accept without any opportunity for us to register our protest. We are told such things in such way and if our taste betrays the facts stuffed in our minds, we are said to have a ‘bad taste’ for literature. Isn’t it true? Read more