In a conversation with multitalented Dr. Jagdish Chaturvedi about his book The Benefits of Failing Successfully.

    Before we engage the author with questions here are some of the things you should know about him and the book.


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A little about the Author

Dr. Jagdish Chaturvedi has been known all his life by family, friends and peers for being absentminded, impulsive and for making mistakes, failing and causing blunders. Despite this, at the age of 33, he is a well-to-do Ear Nose Throat surgeon and medical device innovator with 18 inventions to date. He was recognized as one of the 35 innovators under the age of 35 by MIT Technology Review in 2016.

He is a well-known stand-up comedian, actor and an author of the best-selling book on medical devices called Inventing Medical Devices: A Perspective from India.





In this book, Dr. Chaturvedi shares ten personal anecdotes of mistakes and failures and gives a perspective of his interpretation, where he positions failures as a part of the process rather than a definitive outcome. Explaining with humorous caricatures and situations, he demonstrates numerous benefits that arise from such mistakes, why they are important and how they have helped him shape his career.

Even though the mistakes and failures made by Dr. Chaturvedi may appear trivial and in-significant when compared to those faced by many others in the general population, they highlight the principles of a very unique and positive perspective that may be applied in mistakes and failures of greater magnitudes as well. This book may serve to be food for thought for many who believe that failures are detrimental and that they should be aggressively avoided and not embraced. It may change their minds to think about failures as steps towards success, by showing how key insights from these failures can be used to empower new skills and opportunities.


Now that you know all of this. here we bombard the author with questions and get an insight more about the interesting book.


1)  Tell us a little about the book and what it means to you?
This book is my way of sharing how failures have helped me progress in life faster and more effectively. At the age of 34 if I am a well-to-do doctor, successful Medical device innovator, serial author and stand up comedian then all credit goes to the ability to fail and make mistakes quickly which helped me evolve faster. I don’t think many people realise the benefits of making mistakes and failing. The learnings from mistakes can make one good at things and many such learnings makes one an expert. People generally avoid mistakes and miss out on a chance to improve. Through this book I want to demonstrate how my failures have helped me more than negatively impact me.

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The Ray of Asha by Jisha Rajesh


The Ray of Asha by [Rajesh, Jisha]




A young journalist Gayatri Chaturvedi, was assigned to interview a spiritualist who was the talk of the town for his unique healing powers. Initially, she takes him for a fraud but as the interview proceeds, she realizes that he has a deep knowledge of medicine. Smitten by the charms of his looks and fascinated by his intriguing personality, she decides to probe into his past. Her investigation leads her to that era of his life when he was a post-graduate student of medicine. Right at the time when he was about to propose to his lady-love, his life turns upside down and he finds himself accused of the murder of a fellow student. The story unfolds as Gayatri seeks answers to the questions that keep reverberating in her mind. What has made the boy who has a heart of gold, commit a crime as heinous as murder? Is he really guilty or was he trapped? A story of indomitable courage, selfless love and ardent friendship will reaffirm your faith in the power of hope.

A few quotations from the book –

“Saying a prayer is like sharing your sorrows with a best friend.”

“Life can change from a bed of roses to a scorching desert within a blink of an eye.”

“I couldn’t find any rational explanation for the strange turbulence of emotions that builds up inside me like a whirlpool whenever she crosses my visual field.”

“How could a complete stranger invade our psychic system and gain control over us so much that we seem to lose ourselves to them?”

“Within a fraction of a second, our eyes exchanged millions of unspoken words with each other. And then her face faded in the far horizon as the speeding jeep parted us.”

“The thread of both life and death were intertwined in my current state of existence and I was somewhere in between both.”

“I was floating in a vacuum where there was neither sound to jolt me nor gravity to bound me.”

“The path of evil seems to be attractive and promising but it always ends up in a terrible terminal. On the contrary, the path of righteousness is rough and bumpy but leads to a glorious culmination.”

“I felt as if a stranger has suddenly banged into the privacy of loneliness and carved a niche in my heart.”

“Glooms and glees are nothing but mirages that we have created ourselves in our minds.”

“We are so much concerned about our tomorrows that we even forget to live our todays.”

“Pleasure and pain traverse our lives in vicious circles like day and night.”

“Our birth is the best and the worst thing that has happened to us. It depends on us what we turn our life into.”

“Her voice was as moist with tears as it was scorching with sarcasm.”

“Vigour is the quality of the soul and not of the body. A resilient soul can cherish even in a half-dead body.”

“All our rosy dreams don’t harden into reality but some do melt into tears.”

About the Author –
Jisha Rajesh is a doctor by profession and a writer by passion. She dreams of spreading the message of love, compassion and universal brotherhood through her stories. She was a winner of various literary competitions during her college days. She is an avid reader and music and cooking are her other hobbies. Her stories have been published on StoryMirror, Muse India and Indus woman writing.



The cover shows of a stethoscope depicting life and death. cover is simple and hopeful. Blurb is crisp .The story follows a smooth narration. The language is easy to understand. The way the author has put up imagery is really beautiful. The topics which are covered is medical as well as spritualism.  A alot about psychology will also be learnt in this. It is such a pure read which will take you to yourself and stir alot of emotions. We all are in dire need of hope and this book just guides you through and help you understand how much hope is what we need.

You can see in the blurb alot of relatable quotes are given which all of us have felt it once or gone through atleast once. These quotes also help us things better and gives us hope too.

Never to giveup in the toughest of times has been given in these pages. This book is bound to leave an impact on you and drive back the potential one has to the maximum.

Overall -4/5.



Not Worth Living For Kindle Edition by Shreyan Laha


Not Worth Living For by [Laha, Shreyan]





Ishita Singh, a student of an esteemed college in Mumbai was living a normal life along with her group of friends, a caring senior and scarily enough, a creep who stalked her.

Shweta wakes up in an unknown planet with an advanced civilisation and sets out with Alexander Ishutin, a former spy of the RSV to discover about the far future.

Underlying the lives of these two girls in different worlds, there lies a dark secret. Will they ever come across this dark secret or will it be so chilling that it won’t be worth living for? Prepare yourselves for a psyched, dystopian adventure. Not for the faint hearted.



The story follows the life of the two main leads Shweta and Ishita and how they are interconnected. The author has done an amazing job of narrating the story in a beautiful,slow and simple manner unfolding the story. The narration is good and also the language used is easy to understand. Characterization has been done beautifully. This book is something other than the usual stories and has alot to tell you. The book takes you through a roller coaster ride. Cover could be better but is alright. It is a one time read. The book takes you through so many emotions throughout.










The cover is really beautiful and builds in the curiosity. The author’s have done an amazing job on describing about the artificial intelligence and it’s uses in day to day life health care. Artificial intelligence impacts the health care system drastically. Various systems and aspects are discussed to make it simpler to understand for us. Reports and diagrams are given to make it easy. The book is an amazing insight for  health care professionals.

A good and informative read.

overall -4/5


The Seductive Affair by Rishabh Puri




Prisha Khatri is a regular college graduate, focused on her career, desperate to finally move out of her parents’ house and freshly dumped by her successful fiancé. When she lands a job at a prestigious media house, she’s glad to have something to take her mind off her heartbreak. What she doesn’t expect is to be landed on a business trip with a famously fiery reporter Rajesh Lagheri. He’s travelling to a business conference for a story and doesn’t seem impressed by her involvement. But as soon as they’re out of the office, things change and it becomes clear that there is more to Rajesh’s trip than meets the eye. As Prisha is drawn into the story he’s trying to hide from their editor, their hunt for the story grows more intense and she finds herself growing closer to Rajesh. As their chemistry threatens to overwhelm them and Prisha is pulled deeper into the Seductive Affair, she must decide what matters most to her matters of the head or of the heart.



This book to be summed up follows a simple yet predictive story which unfolds with it’s pace here the author has done a good job to put up the story in an artistic manner and to keep the reader hooked until the end of the story. The story is about Prisha who fights for her rights and breaks up with her fiance to focus on her career more than anything. She joins her dream company and has this infatuation towards rajesh who is another journalist in the panel as well. They firstly share this weird relation with one another. But both are inclined towards work more than anything to cover up a conference here instead they go behind to follow a big story which leads them both spending more time with each other and furthermore fall for each other madly in love. Not going to reveal much about the story.

The cover has this mysterios yet beautiful aura which adds up more to the title. The title is curious and tells alot about the story and blurb is crisp. The story is simple. The language is easy to understand. The author has done a good job in narrating the story.

A one time read.

overall -3.5/5.

Imperfect Misfits by Devanshi Sharma




Tiasha: I am very annoyed.
Aakaash: That’s your job, Tiasha. Good that you are doing it well.
Tiasha: And I am very serious.
Aakaash: When are you not!
Tiasha: Argh! I hate you, Aakaash.
Aakaash: Thank God for small mercies!
Just like a scoop of vanilla ice cream makes the sizzling chocolate brownie delicious, these best friends complimented each other. A chef by passion, Tiasha jumps and waves through her professional choices, while Aakaash, the witty stand-up comedian, knows exactly what he wants.
He was the tranquility which refugees crave to stay in and she was the refugee, who wanted to wander and explore. Imperfect Misfits is a story of perfect misfits, food, frolic, emotions and their endless imperfections.
The question is, will their friendship survive through this wavy journey of love?



To be summed up can be put up as a book which is an enjoyable read with you traversing in their story along with them.

The cover is simple yet suits the story and the title as well. The title is intriguing and the back cover shows up the mutual understanding between them.

The book has the story of Tiasha and Aakash as two poles apart kind of personalities but stay together no matter what as they know and understand each other more than anyone. The story follows the pattern of their description how they are towards the end of college and now they have to decide what to do with their lives to move on forward and again. Aakash is a standup comedian and Tiasha is an amazing cook. Life throws them with opportunities and they stay together as friends. Time passes by and they realize they are meant for each othher. The story has been narrated well and keeps the reader hooked with the storyline. Tiasha is a bubbly person who does’nt know what to do and is very unclear whereas Aakash is a person who is clear about what he wants in his life. The way the author has described the events is good it feels like a story being told with some of her sayings in between as well. Hinglish is used in the book. The funny conversations between both of them are really enjoyable. The language is easy to understand. A One time read to make you laugh and enjoy the simple yet good read.

overall -3/5

The Fragrance of Sunshine by Sadaf Shakeel (poetry)




The Fragrance of Sunshine is a collection of poems, quotes and prose. The book is divided into five chapters and each chapter deals with a new subject covering a different shade of life; such as identity, love, tragedy etc. The musings bloom with the scent of hope to obliterate the odour of despondence.



The fragrance of sunshine is a suave collection of words and feelings we all go through everyday or at some point in our lives. Poem a day saves the day and sometimes our life too.

This book has a beautiful revolutionised sunflower picture with intricate designs in it. The blurb is clear telling you about the book. The cover really builds the curiosity to dive into the book. The book has poems, small quotes and prose about certain topics. The book has mostly small poems wrapped up in deep meaning which is relatable. The book is divided into 5 sections with 164 poems in the book which makes it an interesting read. The imagery in certain poems feels like it has come from the heart and resides so many different meaning in one poem. The poems deals with healing, pain and love most of the times. What I really enjoyed was reading poems on a variety of topics in one book, unsaid topics or topics which scare us.

One of my favourite poems in the book is Deception which goes like –

What pained me often

was how her smiles

never rose up to her eyes.


Definitely a book that will engage you and make you feel alot of things. GO for it.


The Curve of Chance by Vijay Raghav




Here’s a book of four intriguing short stories entwined with threads of chance and probability. Set in Mumbai, these tales are a heady mix of facts and fantasies. Filled with abstract concepts and unrivalled in content, each short story deals with timely coincidences and untimely encounters.

A herpetologist who explores the therapeutic effects of snake venom is drawn into a roller coaster ride when his friend accidentally walks into the aftermath of a drug deal gone askew. A local drug lord and his aide hunt for a cocaine deal worth many crores while their real intention is to cause mayhem in New York by detonating dirty bombs. An honest police officer heading the Anti-Narcotics Cell refuses to swallow the karma pill as he fights and suffers from a rare insidious disease which affects his voluntary muscle movements. And, in the exclusive first story, a maverick scientist, inspired by the idea of projecting thoughts as images, creates an improved version of Tesla’s theoretical thought camera. Later, he curses himself for being in the wrong place at the wrong time when a wealthy liquor baron urges him to recreate his remarkable invention and drags him to a world where immortality and wickedness are the unwritten norms.

So do you want to snuggle into the boring world of determinism or do you want to plunge into the rough seas of randomness and chaos?



Starting of with the cover it has the notion of the 4 stories and how all of them are related to one in the end. The cover is rather confusing at first but as the story paces it all makes sense. The title is apt to go along with the story. Narration is well and each story has it’s twists and plots which keeps the reader hooked to the story till the end. It has a mixture of scientific factor, thriller, police dealing with crime. It is a unique book creating rollercoaster for the readers. It is a one time read.


Rail Romance by Krupa Sagar Sahoo






This book depicts the Indian Railways, part and parcel of the life of every Indian. The first part is a curious housefly’s account of its journey on the Coromandel Express. Eager to see the world beyond its habitat, the fly sees many different places and people before the train is halted in the face of a super cyclone. What happens to the passengers? How do different people react in the face of disaster? Does anybody come to their aid? Can they resume their journey? The second part is a collection of fascinating threads interwoven into a beguiling narrative: – Why did the daughter of a Station Master vanish from the colony one fine morning – ?How a Station Master is tormented by a cobra’s presence in his quarters. – Why a tea stall contractor invites the wrath of a Commercial Officer. – What happened to the coolie apprehended during a security drive? – Does the rodent elimination drive end in success or disaster? – Does the future son-in law of G.M Sahib get special treatment from the Railway staff? – How an old lady and a newly married girl display similar emotions when confronted by their spouses. – What happened to the family stuck in traffic congestion; do they make their train? The author, a retired Railway Officer, brings out the joys and woes, victories and failures of both railway main and rail users in a delightfully humorous style. The eventful journey on the Coromandel Express and the other stories about railway life, are bound to keep readers happily engaged to the very last page.




Another collection of stories which has been so well written and is relatable to anyone who has travelled from Indian railways atleast once in their lives. The title is also apt and makes one curious to read it further.The cover shows the exact representation of railway be it local station or a junction with loads of people from different walks of life, trains, rustling, noise. everyone running here and there to rush home or some other destination.  The cover is really amusing and real which creates one the curiosity to dig into the book as soon as one can. This particular book focuses on stories from the coromandel express. Each story is different and unique from the othet one these stories even have pictures given in the stories which adds to the imagination of the reader. The stories hold the reader together. The narration is beautiful, with good description that one would face when travelling in the trains. All the mess and beauty both of it together with easy to understand words. The stories are amusing and lovely.


Love a Little Stronger by Preeti Shenoy






Life is a collection of moments, some memorable and some mundane. Often it is the tiniest things that bring the greatest joy, even though at that time, we have no idea that what we are witnessing may be magical, something that we will talk about and laugh over after many years.
Packed with her hilarious narratives, poignant observations and a writing style loved by millions across the world, this book is certain to strike a chord with anybody who has children or who has been a child, themselves.
For those who have read 34 Bubble gums and Candies, this is a new version, with many additional stories. For others, it is a heart-warming, hilarious and inspiring collection of true anecdotes from the author’s life, telling us to Love A Little Stronger, no matter what happens.




This book is a push, a strangers smile and full of positivity that is very much needed. It is a friend which narrates you stories about themselves. The cover is really alluring and hopeful. The blurb is crisp. The title is really touching. The book is further divided into 5 parts which is related to family and day to day stories that unfold in the day. The book has a personal touch to it which elevates the beauty of the book and helps you connect more which further more keeps the reader glued to the book. It is a soft, light heart read which will give you some important lessons and morals that we often forget. You will really enjoy how the book follows all the little things that happen and how many similarities are present between all of us.  The book will make you realize the most important thing that is love And hope how they can walk us through any tough times of our lives. I enjoyed reading all the parts of the book you can read it in parts if you like or as one readf. The book will surely land you up in different emotions and laughter as well. The book has many stories or incidents which all of us will relate to someway or the other. The way childrens wit amaze you or be it how your day at work sucked completely.

It is a good book to read 🙂

overall- 4/5.