The Diary of Anne Frank

By Anne Frank

This is the diary of a Jew girl, Anne Frank, who died during the Second World War. This is one of the most famous books on war. It was in a Radio broadcast that Anne heard diaries of World War II victims will be published and she seriously started writing this diary.

Anne belonged to a Jew family of Germany. Her father Otto Frank, was a businessman. During world war her family moved from Germany to Holland. Again when Germany invaded Holland in 1940, Otto Frank foresaw the risk to Jews and so found a place to hide with his family. It was at the top and back of a building that served as a warehouse. His wife and two daughters Anne and Margot, best friend Mr. Van Daan, Mrs. Van Daan and their 15 year old son Peter. They also invited a dentist Albert Dussel. The diary mentions the daily issues when people come to stay togather, the effect the fear of getting caught has on them and the trauma of giving up everything to save one’s life. Also her feelings towards Peter displays the feelings an adolescant faces. The book ends on a sad note when they are found.

It is true Anne didn’t survive to see the ultimate success of the book but she will always live through her work. In fact her school is known after her and there is an Anne Frank Foundation which works towards future by helping to promote better understanding among young people from every part of the world. Anne had made a wish “I want to go on living even after my death”. Her wish has definitely come true. The takeaway was never to give up on your dreams no matter how big they are. The writing style is simple yet effective. It is an amazing book to gift. This can be read anywhere from a long journey to daily travelling for work.

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How to get from where you are to where you want to be

By Jack Canfield

This is a self help book. I was a little worried and bored because of a monotonous life when my mother handed me this book. What attracted me was the red cover of the book where the A(of are) and B(of be) are printed in gold. Also A and B are connected indicating a route to take.Once I started reading this book it became very difficult to stop.

The author has defined the route to success in 25 principles. Each chapter covers one of 25 principles required to attain one’s goals. The author begins with the basic thing of taking the responsibility of one’s present situation and then resolving to change it. The book contains beautiful stories of people who have managed to achieve their goals inspite of all odds. It also mentions some very good exercises to take up like visualizing the goals, remaining positive, keeping a list to get to the goals, avoiding negative thinkers, asking for help, etc. One major point the author stresses is to keep persevering until one reaches the destination. He also states that initially one might also face failure but that should not deter him/her. Infact failure should be taken as a learning experience to prepare for the ultimate success. The book is filled with amazing quotes by successful businessmen, sportstars, actors, motivational speakers, etc. Each quote is worth putting up on the table in office.

Personally I was motivated to change some of my old habits like procrastinating things till the last minute. The fonts in the book are large making it easy to read. Also the topics are covered in small paragraphs making it easier for the reader to grasp each point, think about it and incorporate it in his/her life. This is a great book to be gifted as a corporate gift. It is good for all people above the age of 12 and who have high ambitions. It can be read while travelling to and fro from work. As it requires to introspect a lot so it may not be a good idea to take this on a long journey.

The oath of the Vayuputras

By Amish Tripathi

The oath of the Vayuputras

This is the final part of the trilogy. After reading the first two, like most of the readers I too was waiting with bated breath for the third part. Here the mystery about Shiva’s identity are revealed along with the ultimate cause of evil. The book began with where it had ended in part two.

Shiva found his long lost friend Brihaspati, who informed him about the ultimate evil, Somras. Shiva realizes the purpose of his life and decides to fulfill it. But there are many people who support evil. Moreover most of the kingdoms are divided. He sets forward towards uniting them in his fight. He is supported by his wife Sati, sons Ganesh and karthik along with a lot of people. Most of the suspense of previous books have been revealed here, like the history of Vasudevs and Vayuputras. The reader comes to know about the greatness of his uncle. The efforts used to create an entire army have been described beautifully.

The war strategies have been described in detail in the book. The image on the cover clearly indicates war in the story. All this has made the book really long. This leads to the user losing interest in between. Although the evil is destroyed, yet the story ends on a sad note. It is a good read if you are going for a long vacation. I would not suggest taking it on a long journey as the detailed descriptions may lead to loss of interest. If you have read the first two, then there is no way you cannot read this.