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Saturday, March 8, 2014

A Cupful of Aha by Anandaa


One fine day, I was contacted by BecomeShakespeare.com people for reviewing their books.

It was the first time we have heard of these publishers. Actually, it is a self-publishing firm. A self-publishing consultancy.

The first thing I did after receiving their mail is to check their catalog. It was primarily divided in two - fiction and non-fiction. Non-fiction was not type, so I directed checked into fiction shelf. It had 2 to 4 books. So I had little choice. I selected two books and this one is one of them.

When I opened the package in which both the books came, I was surprised to find the whole package weighed as if only one book. Inside, this book was any heavy. This is small in every aspect. In tiny and only 54 pages thick.

Blurb (from the jacket):
"...Hello," I said, “Can’t say I've seen you around here before.” 

She smiled again…and my heart melted. “No, you haven’t,” she giggled. “For I have come especially to meet you today. I am Death, and it is time.”

What happens when Death comes for you...and you start arguing over coffee ?

... a quirky tale that offers a whole new perspective into one of life's deepest mysteries…

About the author (from the book):
The author is possibly the only double PhD (one in Applied Psychology, the other in Comparative Tribal Music) who has spent multiple stints in several rehabilitation centers for problems ranging from drub abuse, mental breakdown, and schizophrenia.

He then spent 8 years roaming the remote regions of the Himalayas - living with goatherds and monks, and often going several months with not a word spoken.

At ease with Prime Minister and commoners like; he has the unique ability to predict key events of your future just by looking at a photograph of your little finer.

PS: None of the above is true. The author is just the average John (or Jani or Janardhan). Does not matter.

The message is important; not the messenger.

Hope you enjoy the book. :)

My take on the book:
Seriously, it is one of the unique Author's Bio I had ever read. The idea of writing a fictitious author's bio is brilliant. That too, writing it with such diversity of characterization is magnificent. So my earlier doubts of contempt of reading this book had been washed away after reading the author's bio.

Then came the part where the narrator meets the Death, a female. I was hooked to the book.

Let me take a liberty of altering the old saying - Don't judge a book by its cover, 

Don't judge a book by its size.

Well, no one can guess the intensity of this book by looking at it. Its tiny frame is pretty deceptive. Its content is very strong.

Overall, it was a quick, humorous and insightful read.



Title: A Cupful of Aha!

Author: Anandaa

ISBN (edition I've read): 9788192816609


Read between: 05-03-2014 (one day)

Reviewed for: Pooja Iyer (of Become Shakespeare)

Publishers: BecomeShakespeare.com

Pages: 54

MRP: ₹ 95   |   $ 3.99

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