Wednesday, September 23


Kamat is a well known restaurant in INDIA. You would find a Kamat in almost every city of this country. Well know for its south indian food, kamat has indeed got its name high on the list where food industry is concerned. Some days back i got my hands over this wonderful book, "idlis orchid and will power" written by vithal venkatesh kamat.

Vithal venkatesh kamat is indeed the man behind the success of almost 400 Hotels in India and many more outside india. Here in this book he shares his experiances , his very thought provoking success secrets and many more. If you are looking for Inspiration , get a copy of this book.
The family had a small restuarant in mumbai and the father was a workoholic. Looking at his father work day and night , vithal too inherited the qualities but had something more in him. In this book Mr vithal kamat shares his every small incident from his childhood to building the best eco friendly hotel "orchid".

The best part of the book i enjoyed was the interview Mr vithal kamat answered. He had no need to look for a job as he had a hotel he could work for. But vithal had a desire to know what is market value was. So he went to answer an interview.

Interviewer : "hello, Should i ask you 4 easy questions or 1 difficult question" ?
Vithal : "Ask me the most difficult question"
Interviewer : "OK , what came first , the HEN or the EGG??"
Without any hasitation or delay
Vithal : "The EGG"
Interviewer : "what makes you so sure that the egg came first? "
Vithal : "This is your second question"

The interviewer had a smile on his face and vithal was selected for the job. However Vithal refused the job and appologised for the time of the interviewer and asked what salary he would earn for the job. 50,000 INR per year was the answer and then vithal realised what his net worth in the market was.
This book also speaks about how he was cheated by his brother and was left with no property, other then his half build hotel orchid and a 100 CR debt. But the will power of Vithal venkatesh kamat made him survive this situation and become the owner of a well know hotle "THE ORCHID". The orchid has won more then 30 awards for being the best eco friedly hotel in the entire world.

P.S : Nowadays i am more addicted to books and try to read more. I might as well have a separate section for the books i have already read and what i am presently reading.
idrish laxmidhar

Saturday, September 5


It was awesomely cool and well written. Loved every page of it. Yes , for all those who know about sidney sheldon will know from the title itself what i am posting here about. For the unfortunate people, "Tell me your Dreams" is one of the classic piece by the most famous novel writer SIDNEY SHELDON. Go read it, I bet you will not regret...

I love reading and when i got my hands over this book i could not wait to start with it. Before i could actually sit with it, i took a little time out to read the synopsis of the book at the back page and found it very interesting. This was 4 days back.
Spending 2 hours at night every day , i managed to finish the novel and i must confess , it is the best read i ever had. Well the other Sidney sheldon novels are equally interesting and make sure you are glued to your chair, but this one had something extra.

"TELL ME YOUR DREAMS" is about a 29 yr old simple women named Ashely petterson who is suffering from MPD. Ok , before you start googling for MPD , it is a short form for "Multiple Personality Disorder".

What is MPD?

As the name suggest it is a disorder where in there exist multiple personalities within the same body. For instance , a person who is shy and reserved in his normal life may inhabit a strong dominant person within him at other time, and a calm cool person another time, without the host's knowledge.
Similar is the issue with Ashely petterson. She hosts , Alette peters and Toni , two other women within her which come up with complete different personalities. Ashely is a simple , reserved and a loner. Alette is full of negative thoughts , born in Rome , and is a artist ,whereas Toni is more of outgoing , singer party animal.
Ashely isn't aware about other two alter she inhibits. She however always has a fear that she is being stalked. As her life moves on, with a great job in a computer company as a designer , suddenly out of no where she is caught up in a problem and charged for murder , she says she never commited.

Yes before you jump to any conclusions , it was her alter toni who comited the murders. She killed people and castrated them.
Her father who happens to be a famous surgeon , has a full faith on her daughter and thinks that she is innocent. He approaches criminal lawyer whom he had helped years back save his mother.
David singer , was a criminal lawyer at first , but is now a company lawyer for a famous firm and about to get a partnership in the same. But now he is forced to take up ashely's case.

The author has very well narrated the life of david and how he tries his hard to make sure that his client ashely is acquitted. Then follows court sessions and at the end the jury is convinced that ashely is convicted for deleberately murdering and castrating people.


Ok i will not be a spoil sport here and give out the main plot. But before you close the browser and hurry to a book store to buy your copy , here is some questions you need to find the answer for..
Is she acquitted by the judge even after she is charged with cold blooded murders?
If not, then how does David singer help her prove innocent?
How does ashely suffer from MPD?
what is the reason she is a host to "toni - a aggresive and short tempered" , and "allette - a italian shy and negative thinker"?
There are some people ashely did not even know. Since she had no motive , why would she kill them. ?
Is MPD curable ? If yes how does she get herself treated for it.

My Verdict.
Out of 5 i would rate it 4.
The author has nicely put all the three characters and beautifully narrated their lives.