December 2017 Releases

 

 

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Horror: Horrifying Stories of True Paranormal Activities and Ghost Stories That You Wish Were Not True! by Frank C. Chastain

It enlists a list of stories that are actually claims made by others who were not believed by their peers initially and were termed as mad. The stories are chilling and troublesome. Folklore ghost stories on the other hand are lighter and may even contain tints of dark humour. Occult stories like those of Annabelle are very much alive even today.

Title: Horror: Horrifying Stories of True Paranormal Activities and Ghost Stories That You Wish Were Not True!

Author: Frank C Chastain

Publisher: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited

Date of Publication: 9 November 2017

Genre: Thriller

Rating: 5/5

Suppose. On a faraway island. A dilapidated house. A gusty wind. A stony way. A dimly lit entrance. You enter alone. Are you really alone?

Frank Chastain’s taste for all things spooky makes him bring out this hair raising book about serial killers and ghosts that is bound to give you the chills. Beginning with a close study of the psychology of the serial killers, Chastain notes that serial killers are concerned with themselves and no one else. They often lie about their feelings and tend to have a disturbed childhood.

While harboring homicidal thoughts is not out of the norm even in a very normally behaved person’s mind, it is the tendency to give these thoughts a course that differentiates average people from serial killers. They are also obsessive narcissists and are cruel to animals in their childhood. This may be due to chemical deficiencies in the brain. With a short introduction the book goes on to index a list of killers in the history of the criminal world. These include the Long Island Killer, the Zodiac Killer, the Child killer Genene Jones, the Boston Strangler, Richard Ramirez, Pogo the Clown and many more. The book is filled with brief accounts of their ghastly acts that is unfathomable to the average person.

It is a dark face of the beastly and cannibalistic instincts of humankind. The book also comes with chapters on Fascinating Facts About Serial Killers and their Famous Last Words which are baffling.

Everybody has grown up listening to ghost stories as a child and while it may seem fascinating, it never fails to scare. People enjoy being scared despite the adrenaline rush. But some people also have strange things happening to them and are afraid to tell others fearing societal taboo. Chastain mentions that what we call ‘ghost’ is in fact the spirit, soul or energy of a dead person. The book enlists a number of stories that are actually claims made by others who were not believed by their peers initially and were termed as mad. The stories are chilling and troublesome. Folklore ghost stories on the other hand are lighter and may even contain tinges of dark humour. Occult stories like those of Annabelle are very much alive even today.

Though certain unexplained mysteries are a point of debate among investigators and ghost busters but they continue to fascinate explorers and readers alike. The book provides a few do’s and don’ts that are good to keep in mind just in case you encounter something supernatural someday. You never know.

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Polished Steel: Lessons from the Dojo by Shaz Davis

Each chapter is beautifully illustrated with appropriate hand drawn color sketches. The illustrations add to the already vibrant anecdotes that provide meaningful lessons to anybody looking for answers in the struggle of life. Also, each chapter concludes with a haiku on the lower left corner of the page that provides enlightening metaphoric meanings and thoughtful contemplation.

Title: Polished Steel: Lessons from the Dojo

Author: Shaz Davis

Publisher: FirstLine Limited

Date of Publication: 8 June 2017

Genre: Self-Help

Rating: 5/5

This historical non-fiction written by Shaz Davis is a one of a kind book about real stories recalled and recollected by her and other students of Sensei. Teaching over more than 5000 students, Sensei or Lao Tse or Bob Davis is a trainer in various styles of traditional and sport karate, aikido, jujutsu, and kobudo.

In 1985 Bob felt that the worldwide trend of commercialisation and modification of training for sport and competition was not conducive to effective self defence application, health and personal growth. He immersed himself in Chinese civilian defensive art systems with particular emphasis on wing chung kung fu, tang shou dao, t’ai chi ch’uan, chin na and hsing i-ch’uan. He also studied Phillipine fighting systems and Japanese martial art forms. The afterword in the book reveals the massive stroke that Sensei suffered in 2015 damaging the back right quarter of his brain and affecting the functioning of the left side of his body. To see a teacher who has touched so many lives through his hardwork and sincerity become completely dependent to perform basic everyday acts is heart breaking. This book is dedicated towards taking forward his vision and work by his student and wife Shaz.

The book is well detailed and written in a simple language that is easily digestible. “Training in a traditional dojo is only 50 percent technique. Students sign up to learn self-defence or a particular art, but stay because of the holistic body, mind, and spirit lessons that blend with the teachings in almost every class” are lines from the foreword that sum up briefly the endless gains from the dojo that is a place of life long learning and one needs to maintain practicing until one reaches near perfection and then re-learn all over again.

Each chapter is beautifully illustrated with appropriate hand drawn color sketches. The illustrations add to the already vibrant anecdotes that provide meaningful lessons to anybody looking for answers in the struggle of life. Also, each chapter concludes with a haiku on the lower left corner of the page that provides enlightening metaphoric meanings and thoughtful contemplation. The illustrations are very simplistic but the book largely functions on the binary of orange and white. Chapter names begin with the overall moral of each incident such as “leave your ego with your shoes, if you don’t know: ask, what’s in a shout” and so on. Spanning over thirty nine chapters, this book is meticulously done in terms of content, illustrations and layout.

While Shaz spends much of her time caring for Bob and playing Frisbee with their dog Shanti, she is already an award winning writer. This is a very indulging read for trainers and trainees as well as those outside of the dojo who may be contemplating on taking up a martial art form or enrolling their kids into one.

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The Teacher & The Salesman: A Communication Reference Guide for Delivering Engaging and Informative Discussions Using the POETIC Framework by Mohibul Nahar

The book is very candid and conversational. Nahar confesses that he’s not selling any secret formula or profoundly insightful ideas.

Title: The Teacher & The Salesman: A Communication Reference Guide for Delivering Engaging and Informative Discussions Using the POETIC Framework

Author: Mohibul Nahar

Publisher: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited

Date of Publication: 23 July 2017

Genre: Self-Help

Rating: 5/5

“A good talk is like a primer for your brain.”

The classroom is a dynamic space of constant interactions and all those facing a class of beaming students know the importance of maintaining that dynamism in order to uphold the energy of the class. But some Professors are way too boring and do not realise that their real influence upon the students is far beyond the subject lectures. It is in the way they present their ideas, how they talk, how socially relevant they keep their speeches and how far they are able to pull their students out from deep slumber yanking at their eyelids. Their real impact is outside the class in how approachable and open minded they can be. But no matter how much we all understand these, do we know the ways to achieve them?

Pleasantly, Nahar jumps to the help of all such communicators in need to help them realise and prioritise their goals. Using the anecdote of a conversation between a teacher and a salesman, Nahar drives his point home about the importance of salesmanship on behalf of the teacher. Teaching and selling then become twin concepts. While teachers help the youth grow, salesmen drive the economy. He cleverly argues that we are always selling our best to the ones in whose hearts we want to create a special place for ourselves and in return be adored. Explaining how to sell one’s skills then becomes imperative while also teaching them how to be better versions of themselves. The book is very candid and conversational. Nahar confesses that he’s not selling any secret formula or profoundly insightful ideas. It is all a bunch of his own personal observations taken during his engineering and business degrees as well as a lot of field experience. But with a tinge of humour he goes on to mention that his most important experience is with his spouse of ten years that has provided him with ample experience of lecturing, being lectured to and lots of selling.

Nahar goes on to introduce the POETIC framework that should form the basis of logical discussions and fruitful arguments. Bullet points and simple examples make it easier to understand his advice. He stresses on peer to peer teaching for better bonding and clarity of concepts amongst students who may fear their peers as competitors or see them as a threat to their personal development. The knowledge level of students is important and the awareness or misunderstandings they bring with them will shape the way they receive information.

He also adds a word of caution regarding advanced students who are always a challenge (as much as a delight) to their teachers though they usually appreciate the pre-lecture refresher; triggering ideas they may have missed or hasn’t yet occurred to them. They may come across as arrogant, detached and uninterested because they’re mostly self-taught and depend very little upon their teachers. Hence, it may be difficult to pin them down as they’re always on the move but that shouldn’t deter the teacher from selectively engaging in higher order thinking and dialogue. In the most highly engaging classes the teacher should not require participation at all. The students should know the course of events. On the whole, the book is very engaging with quite some practical advice. Though it is targeted towards those in teaching or speaking based professions, consultants, salespersons, trainers, marketers and presenters but it is a useful read for all.

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Rejection: 2 in 1 Book: Proven steps To Overcome the Fear of Rejection and Breakup Bible: How to Tell Your Partner This Isn’t Working (The Relationship Guide Series) by Niel Schreiber

Acknowledging the apocalypse is of utmost importance. One cannot begin to resolve issues without pin pointing the cause and reason behind them. It calls for putting down unrealistic expectations or over dependency on the trigger.

Title: Rejection: 2 in 1 Book: Proven Steps to Overcome the Fear of Rejection and Breakup Bible: How to Tell Your Partner This Isn’t Working (The Relationship Guide Series)

Author: Niel Schreiber

Publisher: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited

Date of Publication: 9 November 2017

Genre: Self-Help

Rating: 5/5

“you’ve touched me

without even

touching me”

-Rupi Kaur, Milk and Honey (2014)

Rejection is a brutal emotion and tends to overpower all the positivity in a person. That does not in any way mean that rejection cannot be overcome. The book begins by helping the reader navigate the murky and dark waters of rejection and its tendency to parasitically take over one’s life. Rejection can mean a lot of things to a lot of people from being turned down by the one’s they admire, to not making it to a certain position in life or not getting a certain grade and job. In any case it has far reaching effects in the lives of people. It can take on a life of its own and begin to manipulate decisions. However, it is self -inflicted rejection that is the worst. The book provides ample advice on how to deal with and rise above rejection. While it is not exhaustive, it has some positive approaches towards situational downturns and feelings of dejection. The step by step advice helps to focus on the issues at hand and work at eliminating them one at a time in order to ensure steady self-development.

As its title suggests, the second book is truly the Breakup Bible for the modern generation that seems to be struggling to keep its heart in place. With a conversational style and brief approach, the guide is bound to teach readers how to begin at self-love and self-acceptance. Acknowledging the apocalypse is of utmost importance. One cannot begin to resolve issues without pin pointing the cause and reason behind them. It calls for putting down unrealistic expectations or over dependency on the trigger. ‘Whirlwind Relationships’ are addressed as one of the riskiest of all, since the couple identity overtakes the individuality of the duo. This has serious long term effects leading to the ‘fairy tale fallout’. Dishonesty is at the top of the list. The book stresses over and over again on certain issues that should not be tolerated under any circumstance. No means no. Openness and accountability must not be compromised with as is the case in most toxic relationships. After the erosion of self -worth is over begins the real period of recovery and renewal. The book focuses on self actualisation and identity reconstruction through some simple yet profound tips. The advice is very organised, subtle and mature. It’s just the kind of words that a person needs to hear at a time of emotional meltdown. Following these does not come across as too difficult and the book does not ask for much from the reader except to listen in a whole hearted manner to the counsel with an open mind. It strikes a beautiful balance between finding inner ease and yet being able to remain big hearted and emotionally stable.

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New Age: 2 Books In 1 – Enhance Your Life With “Astral Projection” & “Lucid Dreaming” (New Age Series) by Tabitha Zalot

These hypnotic like states and mental representations also find prevalence in Literature and Art famously seen in Dante Alighieri’s Divina Commedia. Scientific experiments to induce out of body experiences have not done enough to clarify the nature of these experiences. It is assumed that a fifth dimension is usually chosen that can be occupied by various entities or can be un-populated.

Title: New Age: 2 Books in 1- Enhance Your Life With “Astral Projection” & Lucid Dreaming (New Age Series)

Author: Tabitha Zalot

Publisher: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited

Date of Publication: 2 November 2017

Genre: Self-Help

Rating: 5/5

A near death or out of body experience is so intensely vivid that it cannot be physiologically explained. It is a mystery to the one who has and hasn’t experienced it. The existence of a spirit has long been debated but there exist numerous hypotheses and verdicts that sustain and confirm it. Astral projection consists of detaching the spiritual form from the bodily one. Is there anything more awe inspiring than the idea of implicit eternity?

The book begins by elaborating on the historical references of astral projection as seen in religious doctrines and cultures including those of ancient Egypt, Taoist practices and Hinduism. From Plato to Socrates, Pliny and Plutarch, dreams and experiences that correspond to astral travel have been extensively recorded. The astral plane is perceived as a middle light between Heaven and Earth, populated by angelic and demonic entities in philosophical systems such as Theosophy and Hermeticism. These hypnotic like states and mental representations also find prevalence in Literature and Art famously seen in Dante Alighieri’s Divina Commedia. Scientific experiments to induce out of body experiences have not done enough to clarify the nature of these experiences. It is assumed that a fifth dimension is usually chosen that can be occupied by various entities or can be un-populated. Astral projection, however, has been an important instrument in understanding the process of dying. Midway through the book comes the chapter on the sensorial signs and psychosomatic signs of a person experiencing the astral projection which is starkly different from a dream or a vision.

This forms the turning point of the book that moves into a step by step guide towards actually travelling the astral plane. The physical and mental preparations needed to be taken are mentioned concisely. The segment about Top 10 easiest and Most Effective Astral Travel Techniques is very interesting. The book states the many benefits of astral projection such as metaphysical awakening, enhanced imagination and extrasensory abilities, personal growth, time travel, liberation from the fear of death which the author claims provides complete self coordination. But can the astral projection also be dangerous? Zalot provides ample information about the pros and cons and the book is vividly illuminating about an aspect that is little understood despite several supplicants and claimants.

Have you ever had a dream that you wanted to re-dream? Coined as ‘lucid dreaming’ in 1913 by Frederick van Eeden, it refers to the action of immersing oneself in a dream while being aware of dreaming. A lucid dream presents itself like an alternate reality. It is much sharper than a normal dream which may feel pretty much a daze.

Zalot begins by making some controversial statements that lucid dreaming is completely voluntary and lucid dreamers employ reality checks. Lucidity requires practicing a clarity of mind. However, lucid dreaming and dream control are not the same things. Lucid dreaming can be a preparation for out of body experiences in which one can get away from the body and watch it from above. No matter how fantastical it sounds, the bigger question is why would anybody want to involve in it?

Zalot argues that creativity is let loose during the dreaming process through which one can transcend the barriers of consciousness and maybe even to visualise and fulfil unexplored pleasures. The book further highlights common means to induce lucid dreams with and without technology, drugs and supplements. Emotional and cognitive experiences comprise the apex of meaningful dreams. The book also provides some dream control methods that help in maintaining lucidity.

Now whether you are metaphysically inclined or just curious about the world of dreams this is a great book to indulge in some thought provoking escapism.

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Conspiracies: 2 Books In 1 – Conspiracies & Organized Crime (Conspiracies Series) by Alex Monaldo

The American Mob is acknowledged to be among the most significant organised crime instances. The underworld communities only get more complicated with the addition of women to an otherwise male dominated field.

Title: Conspiracies: 2 in 1- Conspiracies & Organised Crime (Conspiracies Series)

Author: Alex Monaldo

Publisher: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited

Date of Publication: 2 November 2017

Genre: History/ Politics

Rating: 5/5

“There is no history of mankind, there are only many histories of all kinds of aspects of human life. And one of these is the history of political power. This is elevated into the history of the world.”

-Karl Popper

A book of intriguing facts about the secretive workings of You-Know-Who. Those who’ve already read Monaldo’s Conspiracies: Conspiracy Theories- The most famous Conspiracies Including: The New World Order, False Flags, Government Cover -Ups, CIA, & FBI will find the first book in the bundle repetitive.

In a fervent attempt to uncover the truth behind some of the greatest mysteries of the world, Mondalo brings this fascinating book full of intriguing theories and factual data bound to stir the spirit. The book argues that the real functioning of the world is run by people that are hidden behind dark curtains of unknown mysteries and can never be caught. Apparently, real power does not lie with the elected leaders. The elected leaders are merely puppets in the hands of a pantheon of enlightened individuals who have distorted the Chain of Being in presenting themselves as a Godly pantheon with the power dominate and abuse.

The book begins with the establishment of the New World Order and Freemasonry that have inscribed in the very Constitution of American politics certain symbolic secrets. Only those who can decipher these will understand a hidden meaning. Assuming the Biblical testimony of the End times is believed by all, Monaldo shows religious inclinations as the basis of understanding and reaching his speculations. A lot of facts are supported with logical evidence but most of it seems like an educated assumption. Monaldo does not coax the reader into coming to any rigid conclusions; making the book highly autonomous. The spirit of free thinking and democracy is maintained. It is claimed that a lot of these institutions is based on occult practices that have pagan roots.

Certain assertions may come across as a little instinctive such as the idea of the Illuminati having started the French revolution although history notes the pioneers of the French Revolution to be Napoleon, Robespierre and others. However, it is surprisingly true that Freemasonry played an important role in the French Revolution which began apolitically but was radicalised by the late 18th century. Now whether one agrees to it or laughs its off as a joke, Monaldo accepts the idea that there is no denying the fact that such organisations are very well capable of pulling off such acts. The book further charts down a lot of recent debacles such as 9/11 attacks, spread of cancer as a man- made disease of the pharmacological industry, functioning of the music industry and addresses their chief conspirators to be the Illuminati or its allies. Like any conspiracy theory it all sounds like a porridge of unbelievable ideas that ultimately depends on whether one believes it or not. There are endless angularities to this topic that is highly controversial and debatable.

Nevertheless, the book presents some very startling ideas that are bound to rattle any reader’s mind who’s never come across this before. From false flags, chem trails, mysteries behind the 9/11 attacks, Bermuda triangle stories and the rise of militant groups, the author mentions the loopholes and inconsistencies in the investigation of these events. Every chapter ends with a “What to Believe” section that provides a balanced guidance to the reader so that they don’t get carried away by these facts. Some ideas are bizarre and others are too strange to be processed. It might as well be laughed off as a joke entirely except perhaps for some Dan Brown fans. But the book also provides proof of some conspiracy theories that did happen in real. Towards the end it becomes an index of well known and unknown conspiracy theories. Monaldo seems to be urging his readers to be diligent and continue to remain sceptical instead of blindly believing anything and everything that is presented before their eyes.

The Dark Lords have widely extended tentacles seeping in serial killings, money laundering, drugs, prostitution and a series of unimaginable criminal records. Derived from an Arabic phrase which means “protection from the arrogance of the powerful”, the mafia are also referred to as Cosa Nostra in Sicily. Joining the Mafia is like being a part of a religious order and Sicilian clans carry out ceremonies to inaugurate the arrival of newer members.

Separate from the Italian is the American Mafia with a similar structure but very different functionalities. Considering the Mafia as a huge reptilian body, the author begins by explaining the amount and purpose of the far reaching tentacles. The stories of corruption are multifarious but despite that their influence goes a long way. Murder is conveyed as an imperative measure and all its nitty gritty including the planning, anticipation and execution is a part of the larger ensemble of an excellently organised crime. The book provides detailed biographical and historical evidence about some infamous hitmen who have killed for a living. Abe “Kid Twist” Reles, Giovanni Brusca, Guiseppo Greco, Roy de Meo, Richard “Ice Man” Kuklinski and their blood curdling criminal careers are horrendously appalling to say the least.

The American Mob is acknowledged to be among the most significant organised crime instances. The underworld communities only get more complicated with the addition of women to an otherwise male dominated field. While the Cosa Nostra has remained away from engaging with prostitutes, in the Neapolitan Camorra of Naples pimping women is common practice. However, drug and female trafficking turns out to be a lucrative business that goes hand in hand with the ways of the mafia. A List of Less Known Facts about the Mafia has bullet points that are highly informative along with brief details about some of the most famous mafia gangsters. However, nothing beats the chapter on the five mafia families of New York City which startlingly redefines family bonding. Monaldo claims that the mafia is a rather calm organisation with gentlemanly behaviour and successful business ethics that veers political associations. In the case of drug cartels things are very different with a lot of loan sharking, money laundering, robbery, hijacking, bribery, gun trafficking, assault and murder. The book also has some very explicit information about Yakuza and the Triads which comprise a clan of Japanese syndicates. Monaldo argues that despite people’s ignorance, the mafia is ever rampant and notorious criminality is here to stay.

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