Thursday, January 29, 2015

Book Review: Death of a Diva: From Berlin to Broadway by Brigitte Goldstein: A Superbly Woven Murder Story

Death of a Diva: From Berlin to Broadway by Brigitte Goldstein is a murder mystery suspense story about the ruthless murder of a legendary actress in 1941 in Broadway theater. The story is about Stella Berger whose shocking murder shakes the whole New York city. Stella was a popular film and theatre actress started her career in Germany. But being an openly opponent of Nazis she had to move from Germany to the United States to save her life and career. Her brutal murder indicates the roots of the conspiracy of her murder originated from Germany.

All investigations lead towards a single person an immigrant musician who hurriedly is given a verdict of death after a quick trial. During the same period a young man Misia Safran, a Jewish, and a expat from Germany gets engaged in this investigation and understands that the musician who was tried and sentenced to death was probably not at all involved in the murder of Stella Berger. Death of a Diva: From Berlin to Broadway by Brigitte Goldstein is an excellently woven murder mystery that keeps the interest in the story intact throughout. Misia decided to find out the reality of actual murderer and hence goes twenty years back into the life of Stella during her successful days in Germany during 1921s.

Misia meets various people who were close to Stella when she lived in Germany and learns a lot of things about her from them. In an attempt to get the right clues about Stella’s brutal murder, she tries to connect various threads of information about Stella, gathered from various places and people who used to know Stella. Misia learns about Stella early days in Vienna as an unknown entity to her career as an actress reaching to peak in Berlin. And while working on all such information gathering activities, Misia finds out a deep connection between Stella, her childhood and a deep secret. There is something in one of the vaults of a Swiss bank that could open up many secrets. But dilemma is that if Misia opens this secret in public, it could lead to damaging of the neat and clean image of the actress.

It was the stunning murder of Stella Berger that compelled Misia, a die-hard fan of Stella, to do this extra bit of effort in search of finding the real culprit behind the whole game. Overall Death of a Diva: From Berlin to Broadway by Brigitte Goldstein is quite interesting and mind boggling story line woven in a masterly manner. 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Car Review: Tata Bolt: Sure To Grab Top Slot In Hatchbacks In 2015 And Beyond

This was a pre-launch visit. Got a chance last Sunday to visit and witness the most advanced and beautiful car launched by Tata Motors – Tata Bolt. The hatchback is undoubtedly the most innovative, with high quality and comfort and within an affordable range. It is definitely going to beat all competing hatchbacks based on its innovative features, quality and price. Let us look at its innovative features first few of which are listed below:

Projector Head Lamps:
The innovative front light has a provision of both high beam and low beam at the same time which you can use on highways where you want to see far ahead and road, both, at the same time.

Anti-fogger – front and rear glass is another important and helpful feature that is critical one should look for while selecting a car. There are air vents near front mirror.

Rear Smart Wiper:
The rear wiper automatically starts during rain when you take your car in reverse gear. You don’t need to put on manually.

You can adjust the height of your driving seat up and down depending on your height and size. This feature is unique, available in all models of Bolt and definitely is not there in any of the other brand hatchbacks.

Dual Airbag:
It is not only available for the driver’s seat but for the co-passenger front seat too thereby getting you double safety.

Touch Screen:
The top model comes with touch screen navigation and voice recognition feature for stereo, A/C etc.

Auto Climate A/C
The feature enables A/C to adjust its temperature on its own according to the climate.

Alloy Wheels:
The highest model comes with alloy wheel providing extra safety and life.

Follow me Head Lamp:
Allows you to adjust it for 30, 40 or 60 seconds to stay your headlights on after you switched off the ignition and locked it from outside so as to help you see things in car’s headlights if stopping in dark at night.

Show all tyres pressure status on a small device on the right side of your dashboard so as to enable the person driving the car to take appropriate action if any of the tyres is having uneven air pressure.

It is state of the art world standard engine that is packed with high power and is turbo charger. It gives 90 PS of maximum power and is with 140 Nm torque.

There are four models of Bolt – named – XE (entry level), XM (medium), XMS (medium with extra safety) and XT (top model). The Bolt comes in two variants – Petrol and Diesel. It is technologically superior enough to beat its nearest competitors – Swift from Maruti and i20 from Hyundai.

The Tata Bolt can be driven in three modes – Eco, Sports and Balanced mode thereby adjusting speed and fuel economy accordingly.

The car is excellent in terms of innovation, technology and quality and is beautiful & smart in terms of its appearance. It has been launched on 22nd of January 2015 and is going to be a big hit very soon. This is a world class car produced by none other than Tata Motors. 

This post is a part of the Get. Set. Bolt. activity at BlogAdda.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Book Review: The Shepherd and the Princess by Gary L Smith: A Real Life Journey With David And Goliath

The Shepherd and the Princess: 7 Keys To Conquering The Goliath In Your Life by Gary L. Smith is a box of magical powers for you. It is a surprise bundle of many actions in one book. Logically it is must read book for all and a must have for your personal library so as to refer to it whenever in life you feel lonely or low. The book teaches you many important lessons of life in a very interesting manner. The book, after you finish it, will appear to you as your personal coach, mentor, friend, guide and teacher.

The Shepherd and the Princess: 7 Keys To Conquering The Goliath In Your Life by Gary Smith opens up many doors of your life by giving a fresh packet of energy to your heart, a new direction to your mind, and a quick relief to your soul. It prompts you to break all your barriers and dare to think beyond, dream big and increase your scope of achievements in life. As a teacher, this book will guide you in a step by step manner to come out of your constraints and barriers which sometimes we ourselves build around us and then keep living in a limited circle.

The story of the book has been carved with biblical touch bundled with Gary’s own personal life realities, experiences and incidents. So it is a package of ancient wisdom with real life experience to get you the real life insights to learn, adopt and experience in your own way. The Shepherd and the Princess: 7 Keys To Conquering The Goliath In Your Life  by Gary Smith in fact acts as a catalyst to your learning and gives it a new direction with a great momentum. The story is woven in a very positive manner so as to energize with each page you finish and move along the journey of life in the book. The story moves along strategizing and solving the most important but too complex mission of real life – succeeding in every aspect of life and acquiring an all-time happiness.

Within this fantastic story of The Shepherd and the Princess there are thought provoking questions building a self-probing scenario and guiding to find their answers from within. To guide in finding appropriate answers, Gary presents answers to these questions based on his life and how he is driving his life in a planned manner to a next level with every step with the suggestions given in the book. Basically it is an example of walk the talk.

Overall The Shepherd and the Princess by Gary Smith is an interesting book one must read to get answers to many of the questions that keep hovering around. 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Book Review: The Magic Poof by Stephen Hodges: A Wonderful Message On Friendship Valid For Any Age

Whatever you belong to, this book The Magic Poof by Stephen Hodges is going to interest the child in you.  The book has been dedicated to two wives – to Ange-Marie, wife of author and to Katie by the illustrator Kyle Gentry.  Excellent illustrations will keep this small book lively and sparkling which is bundled with a wonderful story of Poof.  The story in a way has been dedicated by Stephen to his wife by keeping her name as that of the seven year old main character of this story. So there is seven-year old girl named Ange-Marie and there is Poof.

Poof is actually a makeover of curly hair of Ange-Marie as a big ball making it reside on top of her head.  She is mostly adventurous and mischievous in some ways. The Magic Poof by Stephen Hodges is first in The Magic Poof Series. The big ball of her curly hair, Poof, is equally adventurous. As Ange-Marie walks, Poof bounces on her head, as if fitted on some kind of springs, and when she skips, it bounds. It dances when she dances as if to set a pace with her or to accompany her. Poof is always there on her head, even if Ange-Marie has cut hair. Both are able to converse with each other and that is what keeps interest alive in the story, page by page, illustration by illustration.

There is a wonderful and rich message about friendship in the story of The Magic Poof by Stephen Hodges which is valuable for any person of any age, gender and geography. Overall this book with fantastic illustrations, lovely story and wonderful message advocates itself to be a must read by one and all. 

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Author Interview: Jerome “Jay” Isip: I Failed Most Of My Classes On Purpose

A native of Belleville, NJ, and Filipino by birth, Jay Isip was a professional Mixed Martial Arts fighter for 12 years, teaches a barbering class and operates a men's salon, owns a fitness facility, investment relations firm, and is an app developer. The last goal he achieved as a measure of success was to write a book, 10 Stacks To Success, which was released in November 2014. For more information and to view the book trailer visit the author's website:

Welcome Jay!

Your real name and pen name?

Jerome “Jay” Isip

Please share some of the best memories of your childhood

I was kind of mischievous because of my older brother, and I caught on to things at a young age for being around older kids. Most of my childhood memories are the times that gave me a “Thrill” and make me laugh until this day. There are 100 Million stories but let me keep it simple---I use to love stealing from the candy store with all my friends and selling them in the playground for 100% profit at 9 years old. I loved hopping on the back of the ice cream truck and see how far we could ride until the driver notices. It was always exciting to run home as fast as I could on report card day so I could manually change my grades before my parents got home. I enjoyed walking home from school and pulling all the fire alarms on the way home. It was fun to see other kids get nervous and run, haha! I’ll be here all day so I’ll cut it short…

About your education?

I never did home-work; I failed most of my classes on purpose, that way I was placed in easier classes so things were smoother, I joked around and drew most of the time. By the time high school came around I was placed in “special” classes so it was easier for me to keep my grades up and stay eligible to Wrestle. I stayed back in High School---finally caught up. Went to college for a day and dropped out during my placement test. School wasn’t my thing---as you’ve noticed. I learned more from experiences, sports, trial and error, self-due diligence, doing drugs and drinking alcohol---they have taught me great life lessons that no school system would ever be able to. In school, I’ve learned how to lie, cheat, and steal---how’s that for an education. I am not against school but, it is not for everyone.

What career did you plan during your education days?

I planned to open up my own business one day---and I did. So I am grateful for schooling because it showed me what I DID not want to do in life. Don’t get me wrong because school was fucking fun; friends, girls, sports, cool teachers---just not the system. So I boycotted—personally.

What languages you can speak and write?

English and Profanity.

What is your biggest source of inspiration in life?

What is my biggest source of inspiration---life itself! The sole purpose of our existence is to live our life, be the person we are meant to be, and enjoy each moment we experience. The experience of life keeps me inspired each and every-day I wake up. I make sure my days on this planet are filled with the things I enjoy, love to do, and put me in a mental state of euphoria. Just to know I can wake up to breath fresh oxygen, function at my own desire, and do whatever the f#$k I decide to do---is inspiration.

What hurts you most in this world?

The world hurts me the most but, I can deal with the pain and adjust to a better place.

What is the biggest challenge you have faced? How did you overcome it?

Biggest challenge I have faced is that person in the mirror. Every-day is a challenge when we step into the walks of life we have spread on the pavement. We have obstacles in our every-day lives, as long as we are growing---not content. It’s easy to live life at a median, monotony, and clockwork. The real challenge is stepping into the unknown to try and figure it out, into the dark to search for light, to face fear when you are scared, trying to overcome. Defeating yourself is the Big Challenge---you are your own worst enemy. I am my biggest challenge and the fight is never over as long as you are still alive…

If you had to live a day of your life as one of the living or dead personality, who would it be and why?

I would live everyday as myself---why? That would be running away from who you truly are…

When did you start writing? What is the purpose of your writing?

I want to leave something behind in this world….

I have found myself in various situations where I have created my own personal success. I have never worked for anybody else for more than a few months without stepping out on my own. I always knew I wanted to be a business man and that is exactly what I always strived to do. I have successfully built my own businesses including a hair salon, gym, app development business, an investor relations business, still found time to be a professional Mixed Martial Arts fighter for 12 years. I believe I am the definition of self-made through action I have created in my own mind. I believe I am a prime example of failing several times before achieving my personal success. I have faced many obstacles throughout my journey including repeating senior year in highschool, previously failed businesses, found myself in financial debt, alcoholism, and losing many professional fights including to some of the greatest fighters known today. Through these hard situations, I have physically and mentally rewired my brain to react differently in life to make things positive and find the ways to make things go my way. In conclusion, while I may not have attended college and received a degree to this "topic", I truly believe all my life situations and experiences provide me with knowledge and creditability to speak about it.

I wrote this book because it was a huge goal of mine prior to any success I have had before. Now that I have attained all the goals I had set for myself in the past, I would like to share with everyone on how/what has helped me. So I wrote a book with the steps that guided me to where I am now and want people who were/are just like me to know that there is MUCH more out there to experience and would wish for everyone to live in pure happiness. I would love to inspire others and entertain them at the same time with the book I wrote. It has simple and in your face methods, I believe it will help anyone who is "lost" within themselves.

I want people to realize and understand that there is more to them than they think there is. Everyone has the potential to be someone great but they are being held back by either family, friends, job, living environment etc. Today, too many people are scared to take risks to better themselves because they are afraid of the unknown and are searching for "it". They believe it is a new job, new life, new environment, or a new materialistic item that they think they are seeking but I believe the "it" that they are searching for is themselves

Which of your work has been published so far? Would you like to share a synopsis of your work?

I a new author and only have only published 1 book “10 Stacks To Success” Amazon Link(s):
Searching for a NEW way to get motivated? As the title implies, "10 Stacks To Success" is this generation’s guide to discovering that there are no limits. Unleashing the power of your own creativity can be a challenge. But there is nothing more rewarding than opening up all of the potential you that you have had inside of you the whole time. More confidence, more understanding, and more freedom than ever, are yours for the taking. This book can be the starting point for the lifestyle of your dreams, no fine print, no asterisk, no B.S.

What are your forthcoming writings?

I don’t even know what “forthcoming” means, lol…

What are your future plans?

I plan (currently) on writing another book as I thoroughly enjoyed the process. I will keep competing in professional MMA, grow my business(s), and travel, travel, travel…

What four top most things you take care of while writing a book?

1.    Clear Mind
2.    Eat Healthy
3.    Exercise
4.    Experience

Is high level of imagination important to have for an Author?

Absolutely, if you want to have great book. Imagination in everything—at least in my opinion.

Your dream destination on Earth?

The North Pole to visit ol’ Saint Nick!

Your origin of birth and other countries you have visited/ stayed.

Born and raised in America…

Your favorite time of the day? I don’t have a favorite time. 

I enjoy all times of the day..

Your zodiac/ sunsign?

I’m a Taurus, don’t really care for Zodiac’s….

Your favorite color and why?

Black and Gold, no reason they change about every 7 years…

What is the last book you finished reading? What is the current book you are reading?

10 Stacks to Success and 10 Stacks to Success, haha!

Your favorite book and why?

I don’t have a favorite book, I enjoy many books, and each book has its stand outs and personal influence

Your favorite movie and why?

I don’t have a favorite movie, I enjoy many movies, and each book has its stand outs and personal influence… If I had to choose I would say ALL Adam Sandler movies…he’s a genius…

Your favorite celebrity and why?

Adam Sandler, he pretty much changed my life since a majority of my jokes and friends jokes revolve from his movie quotes.

Your favorite food?

Chicken, Rice, and Hot Sauce!

What comes to your mind when you think of India?

Curry… and my two best friends Bobby & Nero.

Some quickies: Sun or Moon, Laughter or Smile, Morning or Evening, Coffee or Tea, Mountain or Sea, Long Drive or Short Drive, Silence or Conversation, Water or Fire, Air or Earth, Mars or Jupiter, Tulip or Rose, Red or Blue, Left or Right, Glance or Stare.

I can’t choose because different times of my day/life I would pick one over the other and vice versa. It really depends on the situation, circumstances, and scenario---they all mean the same thing.

State your signature line/ tagline/ best quote

Success is not merely a goal, it’s a Lifestyle…

The last line of your autobiography would be…

It’s the way I live life, and would love to share my experiences in order to help someone who is/was just like me…


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Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Book Review: 10 Stacks To Success by Jerome Jay Isip: Each Stack Is A Magic Box For Success In Life

About Author:
Firstly a little about the author of 10 Stacks To Success: How To Achieve Success One Goal At A Time. Jerome Isip popularly known as Jay Isip is a veteran industrialist and has acquired perfection in several other streams of life – be it financials, startups, e-stock trading and on top of it athletics. Jay, who lives in Belleville, New Jersey, was exceptional in lot of things during his study days except in studies. He set his own rules of life getting motivated from within. His focus stayed on life and its enjoyments without any compulsions of pleasing any school or college and thus carved his own path and set his own goals to achieve. He became a successful businessman, a renowned consultant and an expert in martial arts. Without stopping over these achievements, he has now become a known author. His self-developed methodologies have helped various people from different streams of life to achieve success with measurable objectives.

About Cover:
The cover of this book with title as 10 Stacks To Success: How To Achieve Success One Goal At A Time by Jerome “Jay” Isip is perfectly fitting in delivering the message very distinctly and clearly. There is a wall with title of this book embossed on it and at the bottom there is a ladder of currency notes. As you see from left to right, each pile goes up in ascending order. There are quite a few indicators I could sense from this. First indicator is that even if you have a wall in front of you denoting a big hurdle there are ways to attain success in life (even in those diverse or adverse conditions), step by step. Another indicator is success is always attained in steps, not a big leap in one go. Third indicator is as you keep reading the book, and let your learning go in practical way, you start gaining success in your life.
A page from the book
About Book and learning from it:
10 Stacks To Success: How To Achieve Success One Goal At A Time by Jerome “Jay” Isip is intended to enable you to understand your inner strength and delivering you power to explore it in a positive way to gain success and fulfill your dreams. There are befitting questions and quotes from the author that keep you engaged in introspection. There is lot to absorb, learn, adopt and implement in life. The main focus stays on certain important aspects of sequential action points starting with building yourself to attain extraordinary in life. Building yourself is important in two different ways – physically and mentally. Without both it is not possible to dedicate hundred percent to attain your unfulfilled dreams of extraordinary success. Second action point is to optimize your mindset in giving fullest with complete positivity and productivity. Third action point is very important to overcome your inner obstacles and hurdles – to win over your fears – known and unknown. Fourth action point is to unlock your creativity to an optimum level and that is quite possible once the earlier action points have been taken care of. The last action point is to enhance your financial position in a substantial manner. If you see, the whole approach above is very practical and scientifically fit.

The complete approach in 10 Stacks To Success: How To Achieve Success One Goal At A Time by Jerome “Jay” Isip is to reach to a level in life where all your decisions go right and get you considerable growth. Jay is quite particular about life altering decisions that are required to be taken in life at the right moment for which he has given examples of his own life. A good foundation is very important in life. There are moments when you need to redefine your path and reconstruct yourself. Change is a very important thing in life and it is very important to leave your comfort zones and adopt change. Change might be required in behavior, attitude, lifestyle, habits or for that sake all of these. Aim is always to go for self-improvement.

Each stack of  10 Stacks To Success: How To Achieve Success One Goal At A Time by Jerome “Jay” Isip is a magical gift but only if you are able to absorb the learning well and get it adopted in right manner. Definitely, if done so, there are no limits left to get the best, extraordinary and unexplored success in your life. A must read for everyone at any stage of life because of two important things – one, learning has no end; and two, one always aspires to get the best in life that this book can help you to achieve. Achievements have no meaning if not bundled with financial gains and the book has same focus in marrying success with financial gains. 

Sunday, January 04, 2015

haiku: journey

why wait for january for a new beginning?
why look at torn jeans before a long travel?
why not take each day as a new journey?


This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.