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Getting There by Samir Deokuliar

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If you are feeling demotivated, lack clarity and wish for advice on a success mindset, then this book will surely be an interesting read. “Getting There” by Samir Deokuliar is an engaging and helpful book on motivation and mindset. 

Right from the beginning, the narrative will pull you into the book with examples from the author's personal life experiences. The white minimalistic book cover with hand-drawn illustrations is unpretentious. The simple language without additional fluff and jargon shows you the sincere, straightforward and honest approach in the author’s narrative. 

About the author Samir Deokuliar

Samir Deokuliar is a mechanical engineer by qualification but he discovered early that his calling lies in coaching people in human relations in the corporate world. 

He is a speaker at conferences, seminars and events in India and abroad, talking on diverse topics like leadership, building teams, work-life balance, handling stress and other topics that concern his audience. Apart from this, he is also an associate consultant with a UK-based consultancy firm that works with several organisations and corporates.

Samir Deokuliar also runs a company, Humans Not Machines (HnM) that addresses the human mindset and relationship aspect in the corporate world.

The multi-talented author, Samir Deokuliar, has also illustrated catchy doodles for his first book “Getting There”, interspersed occasionally between the nuggets on finding your purpose and defining your ideas of success.

Review of “Getting There”, Author Samir Deokuliar

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  • Title: Getting There
  • Author: Samir Deokuliar
  • Pages: 128
  • Publisher: Ebenezer Printing House
  • Year of publication: 2023
  • Genre: Motivational, Self-Help
  • Stars: 5 out of 5 

Key ideas from the book

The author says, we wake up every morning and do what society expects us to do. We have hope and endeavour to be successful in our work and personal life. Life is a marathon, though we get caught up in short-term goals and tasks in the daily grind. So, we need to think deeper and evaluate the fundamentals of all our efforts.

The book has ten nuggets/chapters, ideas from some chapters are given below.

Finding one’s purpose is difficult if you are tied up in being busy.

If you don't spare a moment to reflect on your true calling, how will you find your true calling or passion? Here, the author discusses ways or thought processes by which you can find these answers. The “Reflect and Act” segment after every chapter/nugget has actionable ideas you can reflect over. 

Rethink ideas of success, commonly associated with money and fame.

Other than money and fame, many people consider taking care of their family needs means success. For others, success means adding value to other people's lives. Giving many real-life examples and genuine thoughts, the author discusses how you can get clarity on your idea of success. The author’s views help a great deal, for you to reflect on what you must look for in success.

Being true to oneself and authentic is powerful. 

Samir Deokuliar advises you not to be someone you are not. It is not easy to be authentic and acknowledge the truth. Sometimes it can be challenging and make you feel vulnerable and disarmed. 

Listen and understand rather than just hear.

When you are around people who speak the same language, wear the same kind of clothes and live the same kind of life; you may feel you understand them. But do you? The author talks of better ways you can listen and understand others.

Nuggets of wisdom and clarity

Apart from these, there are more nuggets of wisdom in the book, that are brilliant, impactful and give clarity. As you complete each chapter, the ideas become more deeper and you will feel a change in your thought process. Because the book has an honest narrative that comes from experience and personal reflection, it is convincing and touches your heart.


If you want authentic ideas that are insightful, and practical, then "Getting There" is a great reading choice. You can reflect on the learnings from the book because it provides you with a dotted line you can walk on to find your purpose and get clarity on what success means to you.

This book can be a guide to young people and employees to enhance their productivity and life satisfaction. HR professionals could get inspiration to create helpful programs (resource-the author himself), guides and lectures for their staff. Students of all age groups could also benefit from this book to get useful insights that they could apply in their lives.

The experiences, reflections and questions shared by the author will entice you to think deeply. You will feel as if a wise friend is sitting next to you, sharing important life advice to live a fulfilling life.

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Be Obsessed or Be Average

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Book review of Be Obsessed or Be Average

Anybody who wants to succeed must read this life-changing productivity book "Be Obsessed or Be Average," by Grant Cardone. His engaging language, stories and examples will make you concentrate on your goals if you wish for extraordinary success.

About Author Grant Cardone

Grant Cardone is a reputed entrepreneur, motivational speaker and author. His writing style is straightforward, engaging and supported by several examples and anecdotes. He is the CEO of Cardone Capital with more than 4 billion dollars in assets.

As an author, he has eight business books to his credit and is part of thirteen business programs. Apart from this, he is the CEO or partner of seven other companies and listed as a top business influencer (social media) by Forbes.

As a consultant, he travels the world for consultation with Fortune 500 companies, governments and industries. His LinkedIn profile says that success is your duty, obligation and responsibility.

Let's find what “Be Obsessed or Be Average” is about.

This dynamic manual asks if mediocrity has value, doing the predictable and routine will fetch great results. He says, being mediocre is acceptable in society and few are obsessed with their extraordinary big goals.

Personal examples of the author

Cardone recalls moments when he had his multimillionaire goals. His life illustrates the value of compulsive thinking that unleashes the potential to break free from mediocre life. This obsession to get extraordinary success is what pushed Grant Cardone to transform from a struggling entrepreneur to a successful multimillion-dollar businessman.

Cardone thinks obsession can make you great if you set goals and have tenacity. Personal stories reveal how obsession helped Cardone flourish. 

Being average and safe or having huge ambitions and refusing to settle

Average and safe don't work anymore. Obsessively pursue your huge ambitions and refuse to settle. Only then can you join the industry builders, game changers, innovators, and top performers in your sector?

Success requires dedication which trumps strategy, time, and competition. Obsession is the only way you can change the world.

10X Rule to maximize results

Cardone compares obsession to attention, perseverance, and other qualities. He encourages his audience to aim high and provides instances of his "10X Rule," which instructs people to work ten times harder to achieve their goals.

Follow your interests for “Work-life balance”

Cardone disagrees that work-life balance is important. He encourages having a balanced professional-personal integration for a well-rounded life. He believes that following interests is the only route to happiness and that settling for less than our full potential is the surest way to never achieve it.

Some important ideas from the book

Overcoming worry and rejection is helpful because past failures should act as motivation. Cardone advises readers to see failures as a learning experience and to continue working on their goals. Throughout the book, Cardone explores various aspects of obsession, including,

  • Audacious goal-setting,
  • Dream big
  • Take massive action
  • Not settle for mediocrity
  • Mindset that allows one to fully immerse in passion
  • Overcome fear and rejection
  • Take full responsibility for your life
  • Work ethics
  • Persistence

This book emphasizes self-determination, writing our narrative, stop blaming others and taking charge of our life.

I think, "Be Obsessed or Be Average" gives good advice, but some readers may find the author's incessant striving too much. Not everyone might like Cardone's straightforward approach. Most people prefer a work-life balance by attending to other areas of their life too. However, if you wish to have 10x success then this book will inspire you.


Finally, reading this book will motivate you to reconsider your life and use obsession to succeed. Cardone’s message is compelling and hits you to create an impact in your mindset. "Be Obsessed or Be Average" is thought-provoking, influential and will motivate you to change your mindset and become obsessed with success.

 Each chapter displays Grant Cardone's passion and conviction. If you're willing to work hard and avoid settling, this book will help you reach your goals, especially if you are seeking extraordinary success in your life.

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Dopamine Detox Book Review

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In this article, you will read a brief review of the book Dopamine Detox by Thibaut Meurisse. In the times you live in, there are multiple distractions that keep you from being more productive.

You must know how these distractions work on your mind, what are the ways to get over them and why Dopamine detox is relevant to you.

What is dopamine?

Dopamine is a neurotransmitter produced in the brain and has multiple functions in the body. It is an essential “feel-good hormone”  but over stimulation of dopamine is not good either.

While dopamine and serotonin are both neuro-transmitter chemicals, they are different in a way. Thibaut says that dopamine is that neurotransmitter which makes you excited and act, do something in anticipation of pleasurable activities or rewards. 

Dopamine makes you crave for sugary cakes, click on the social media notification, or look forward to any other activities that give you a pleasant feeling.

Serotonin has more long lasting effect as it makes you feel happy or gives a feeling of well-being after the reward.

What’s in the book “Dopamine Detox”?

The book presents several theories of what happens when you have over stimulation of dopamine. So, you will read about what is dopamine and what role it plays in your life. 

After this the author explains what is the problem caused by dopamine rush and why you should practice a detox. He explains a three step method for having a successful dopamine detox routine. 

Procrastination is common when there is an excess of dopamine and the mind seeks immediate validation. Setting priorities, thinking of long term goals and taking decisions that are aligned to these goals, seem difficult.

In between the 72 pages of this book, the author talks about ways you can workcome procrastination and actually do the work. He explains the psychology behind instant gratification and how users are manipulated. Lastly, he explains how to not have a dopamine relapse and live a fruitful life.

This book is a very useful read for most people in today's technology driven times. Especially when there is a false sense of busyness yet little time left for real work.

  • Title: Dopamine Detox
  • Author: Thibaut Meurisse
  • Publisher: Thibaut Meurisse
  • Pages: 72
  • Year of Publication: 2021
  • Genre: Productivity, Self-Help
  • Stars: 4.5 out of 5

What happens when you have a dopamine addiction?

Some of the results from excess dopamine that the author talks about are …

  • Whenever there is a social media notification on your smartphone, you can’t resist clicking and spend long time going over other content as well.
  • You seek instant gratification of social media likes and comments or any other instant highs.
  • Causes lack of patience and unable to think of long term goals.
  • Binge on sweets, cold drink beverages, movies, chatting on social media or doing too much exercise. 
  • Seek instant replies to messages.
  • Expect fast results.
  • Cognitive biases
  • Adopt incorrect mindsets.
  • Fear of missing out.
  • Restlessness and anxiety.
  • Unable to concentrate and feel distracted.

Whats good about the book, “Dopamine Detox”?

Examples are given wherever the author thinks necessary. Some of the examples were shocking and enlightening. 

One such example is that Steve Jobs, the former Apple CEO kept his children away from using phones and tablets, as much as possible, even though he sold them for a living.

Another example that impressed me was that Amazon, the e-commerce giant, was created in 1994 but had it's first profitable year only in 2003 after witnessing a 149 million dollars loss in the previous year.

Additionally, I think the perspectives and theories penned by the author are wise. For instance, he says that for success, one needs to think long term and keep patience. He supports these insights with examples.

What's more important is the book gives actionable steps and tricks that are practical and work on your mindset.

After reading this book review of "Dopamine Detox", you know what is the book is about, there is a right amount of dopamine stimulation and there are ways of training your mind to avoid excess.

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How Interactive Storybooks Help Children?

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Storytelling and storybooks are practical tools for educating and entertaining kids. Everybody knows that, but interactive storybooks are next level regarding engagement and fun quotient.

What are interactive storybooks for children?

If you want to know what is interactive storytelling then please click on the highlighted link and read it.

Traditionally, interactive storytelling was face-to-face by asking questions, making sounds for effect, and participating in the story. In this day and age, technology has given new forms to storytelling. 

Usually, children’s interactive storybooks are available in digital formats like tablets, phones and computers. In digital storybooks, there are questions, audio-visuals and activities and when these are answered the narrative can proceed further.

Interactive storybooks for children have choice-based narratives, gamification, require response and feedback, and can be collaborative in nature.

As parents, educators and caregivers, you know how important it is to let kids explore various activities. It's essential to help them grow with diverse mental and physical activities.

Reading has many benefits for children such as improving vocabulary and improving perspective.

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What are the benefits of interactive storybooks for children?

1. Children can develop critical thinking skills with interactive storybooks.

Good stories for children have a theme and an author's purpose. There are various elements and messages in a story. Interactions with the narrative make the kids more interested in the story. They are more likely to ask questions, make predictions, and draw inferences about the narrative and characters.

2. Using interactive storybooks encourages creativity.

Interactive storytelling enables children to use their imagination because it allows them to imagine themselves in the world of the story. 

By participating in the story, they can connect with the characters and events more thoroughly. This helps increases their imagination and creativity.

3. Interactive storybooks enhances lingual abilities

Children's language skills develop when they read engaging stories and learn new words and how to combine them.

Children can better understand the language by connecting what they see and hear to what is written or spoken by using pictures and sounds.

4. It invites participation from the young audience.

Most children are enthusiastic when asked to take part in a story.  For instance, because of the questions, children are more likely to retain what they have learned. They can choose what to do, solve problems, and connect to the characters in a story.

5. Improves familial bonds

Family members can share their experiences through interactive stories.

When a family reads and discusses a story together, they can get closer and build memories to last a lifetime.


Interactive stories are a great way to keep children's attention and interest in reading. They can be communicated in person or on the internet. Among other things, interactive storytelling can help toddlers learn to think critically and absorb words.

Physical play, technology events, or enticing reading for children can all contribute to this. Reading interesting stories will make your child enjoy studying and storytelling for the rest of their life.

Giving your child the right resources and skills can help them develop a lifelong love of reading and stories.

Further reading

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Intrinsic Motivation Books

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What do we mean by intrinsic motivation?

Intrinsic motivation is the drive or desire to do something for our own sake, not because of rewards or pressures from the outside. It is a type of motivation that comes from within and is driven by personal interest, enjoyment, or curiosity. This means that people who are intrinsically motivated do something because it makes them happy, not because they think they will get something out of it. In this article, you will get to know which are the five top books on intrinsic motivation.

Why do you need intrinsic motivation?

Intrinsic motivation can show up in many different ways, such as hobbies, creative work, and learning new skills. It is often linked to a sense of autonomy and self-direction. It means, you are free to pursue your interests and passions without any outside pressures or restrictions.

How does being intrinsically motivated help you?

One of the best things about intrinsic motivation is you are more engaged, creative, and good at what you do. When you are motivated, you tend to be more focused, persistent, and tough when trying to reach your goals. You are also likely to come up with creative solutions to problems and to take risks to follow your dreams. 

This is why HR professionals and business leaders attempt to create intrinsic motivation among employees and team leaders.

Intrinsic motivation is good for individual performance, but it can also be good for society. Research has shown that people who are motivated by their interests are more likely to do good things for others. These include volunteering, giving to charity, and working to make their communities better. Read further to find the best intrinsic motivation books.

Intrinsic motivation in daily life

Intrinsic motivation is very important at work, in school, and in everyday life. If you are intrinsically motivated at work, you tend to be happier with your job. You also remain more loyal to your company, and more likely to be successful in your career. This is because you can find meaning and purpose in your work. You are more likely to take the lead, solve problems, and look for ways to improve and grow.

In the same way, when it comes to school, intrinsic motivation can lead to better grades and more interest. Self-motivated students are more likely to be curious, to keep trying, and to take on hard tasks. They are also more likely to enjoy their studies and see a point in what they are learning.

In everyday life, intrinsic motivation can help with happiness and overall well-being. Taking part in activities that are personally important and enjoyable can help you. It will make you feel that you have a purpose and are being fulfilled. This can lead to more happiness and life satisfaction.

Here are 5 of the best books on intrinsic motivation.

1. Daniel Pink's "Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Drives Us"

In this book, Pink looks at the science of motivation. The author argues that intrinsic motivation is one of the most important factors in success and happiness. 

2. "Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience" by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

"Flow" refers to a state of optimal experience in which people are fully immersed and engaged in an activity.

3. Richard Ryan and Edward Deci's "Self-Determination Theory: Basic Psychological Needs in Motivation, Development, and Health"

This book's focus is on the importance of autonomy, competence, and relatedness. It talks about how these feelings motivate people.

4. Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander "The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life." 

This book gives you a framework for thinking about possibilities and creativity. It focuses on how important it is that your inner motivation drives you to grow and succeed.

5. Carol Dweck's "Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

In this book, Dweck looks at the idea of "mindset," which comprises our beliefs and attitudes about problems and opportunities. She recommends, develop a "growth mindset,", focus on learning and get better. This could help readers find their motivation and be more successful.

In conclusion

Intrinsic motivation books show how a strong force pushes people to do what they love and reach their goals. Intrinsic motivation is essential to developing a feeling of purpose and fulfilment, whether at work, in school, or everyday life. It can also help people be more engaged, creative, and productive. We need to learn about the science of motivation and developing our inner drives. This way we can reach our full potential and define our success. So, let's embrace our passions and go after them with all our hearts. Intrinsic motivation is the key to our personal and professional growth.

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Best Numerical Ability Books

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Numerical ability is part of many competitive exam syllabus, so if you want to give these exams, numerical ability books will help you prepare for the topics. In this article, you will read what is numerical ability, the topics in it and the best books to help you prepare for competitive exams.

What is Numerical Ability?

The candidate's ability to comprehend simple numerical ideas and work on basic numerical operations is numerical ability. Knowing basic math operations like adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing is a basic numeracy skill. 

Numerical ability is the ability to figure out how to add and subtract numbers, solve simple math problems or use a specific formula. If you know how to use basic math formulas, you could do well in numerical ability tests. 

The main point of a numerical ability test is to see how fast you can find the right answer. This is because a numerical ability test is meant to evaluate your ability to understand, analyze and use simple mathematical ideas within a time frame. 

In competitive exams, you get limited time to answer questions. So your speed in solving questions makes a lot of difference to your success. Overall, you need to master all the subjects of the competitive exams to prove your mental abilities.

Topics in Numerical Ability Books

  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Division
  • Multiplication
  • LCM, HCM
  • Square Roots
  • Cube Root
  • Fractions
  • Probability
  • Time and Work 
  • Pipes and Cisterns
  • Discount
  • Partnership
  • Simple Interest
  • Compound Interest
  • Percentage
  • Ratio and Proportions
  • Profit and Loss
  • Speed, Time and Distance
  • Average
  • Mensuration
  • Geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Statistics

And others.

Numerical Ability Books

The five books listed below will be relevant for your competitive exams preparation such as railways entrance exams, SSC, banking exams, MBA entrance exams, and state and central government job exams. 

1. Kiran Text Book of Quickest Mathematics

  • Author - Experts from the Publication house Kiran Institute of Career Excellence
  • Stars - 4.5 out of 5

This book contains numerical ability and quantitative aptitude based on the latest trends in exam patterns. Using this book will prepare you for all the competitive exams. 

Important highlights

All the important topics of numerical aptitude are covered in this book. Includes simple interest, binary number systems, decimals and fractions, basic mathematics, geometry and trigonometry. Even problems based on time and distance, work and wages, volume and surface areas, height and distance, probability and data analysis, data sufficiency and data interpretation are there in this book.

2. Arithmetic Subjective And Objective For Competitive Examinations 

  • Author - R. S. Aggarwal
  • Stars - 4.5 out of 5

Reputed author and subject expert R. S. Aggarwal has written this book that applies to several competitive exams. Some of these exams are IBPS exams, SSC and railway exams, NABARD and IDBI bank executive officer exams, LIC, Income Tax, railways, state and central government exams, and hotel management admission tests.

Important highlights 

This revised edition of the arithmetic subjective and objective book published by reputed educational publisher S. Chand has the latest question papers and their solutions.

3. Fast Track Arithmetic

  • Author - Rajesh Verma
  • Stars - 4.5 out of 5

This edition of Fast Track Objective Arithmetic is a bestseller because it goes over everything you need to know to master math concepts.

Important highlights 

This thoroughly checked error-free edition will make sure you have a complete command of the subject and help you do well on the exams. It will cover all of the latest exam questions, new types of questions, and tricks. The exercises are of different levels, such as basic level and advanced skill level.

The book has a perfect mix of basic concepts and short tricks for solving different kinds of math problems. It covers the syllabus of almost all competitive exams, such as RBI, SBI, IBPS PO, SSC, LIC, CDS, UPSC, Management, and all other Entrance Recruitment and Aptitude Tests. 

Since its publication, Fast Track Objective Arithmetic has helped a lot of people across the country build and improve their aptitude skills. This is the first book of its kind, and it has everything you need to learn how to do math through basic and higher-level graded exercises. 

4. Numerical Ability: 18 Days Wonder

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  • Author - K.J. S. Khurana and Rajeev Markanday
  • Stars - 4.5 out of 5

Meant for candidates who are short of time in their exam preparation, this book covers all the important topics of numerical ability. The book is published by reputed publishers S.Chand. Also, this product bundle comes with an analytical reasoning book by M.K. Panday.

Important highlights 

Publishers have called it 18 days wonder because it has day to day result-oriented course that will ensure the best preparation for success. Additionally, this book has vedic maths and data interpretation. 

A helpful book for candidates preparing for the MBA entrance exam, CDA, railways, various SSC exams, and banking exams. The book is good for you if you want to clear your numerical ability concepts and practice tests in a few days. 

5. FCI Numerical Aptitude

  • Author - Experts from the publication house ADDA 247

Using this book will help students learn and understand the new pattern of SSC FCI recruitment exams, which will help them get the best possible score on the competitive exam. With the new pattern and challenges of competitive exams in mind, the book was put together by experienced faculty, and subject-matter experts. 

Important highlights 

  • There are answers to all 800+ multiple-choice questions
  • Concepts with clear explanations and examples
  • Questions from the most basic to the most advanced, with detailed answers
  • Explanations and Examples
  • Questions from the most basic to the most advanced, with detailed answers

Importance of Numerical Ability Books

Numerical ability books are an essential resource for anyone who wants to improve their mathematical skills. These books cover a wide range of topics such as algebra, geometry, statistics, and more, with easy-to-understand explanations and examples.

One of the most significant benefits of numerical ability books is that they can help you prepare for exams and tests in various fields, such as banking, finance, and engineering. Additionally, these books can help you develop problem-solving skills and boost your confidence in dealing with numerical problems.

Numerical ability books are also great for people who want to improve their everyday math skills. With practical examples and exercises, readers can learn to calculate percentages, discounts, and more, making them more comfortable with day-to-day calculations.


1. Is numerical ability the same as quantitative aptitude?

Numerical ability is different from quantitative aptitude. In competitive examinations, the numerical ability is part of quantitative aptitude tests. 

Quantitative aptitude has more logic-based questions using numbers and data. While numerical ability is more of solving questions involving numbers. 

2. Which are the competitive exams for which I will need  numerical ability?

  • IBPS Bank PO, Clerk, RRB’s
  • SBI PO and Clerk
  • RBI Exam
  • Railway entrance exam
  • XLRI
  • CAT
  • MBA entrance exam

And many other competitive exams.

To Sum It Up

These numerical ability books will play an important role in your self-study. The math questions in competitive exams are extremely challenging to solve if you haven't practised enough. 

Addressing these kind of questions can take a lot of time and concentration. Often, you have to try a variety of techniques before you find the right answer.

You should be familiar with the kind of questions that are often asked in these tests, learn some ways to answer them quickly, and tackle as many similar difficulties as you can.

It's also essential that you have a solid grasp of the most basic math concepts that these questions use. Breaking the question up into smaller parts can help you figure out how to answer numerical questions. 

Tackling math problems takes a lot of practice and comprehension of how numbers work. To do well in competitive math tests, you need to know the basic methodologies and kind of queries asked in the exams. 

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Best Books for IBPS PO Exam

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Here are the best books for your IBPS PO exam preparation. The IBPS/Institute of Banking Personnel Selection is a centralised yet independent organisation that conducts various exams for selecting personnel. Evaluation and selection procedures for numerous government agencies, insurance firms, and Indian public sector banks are conducted by them.

So, if you want to become a probationary officer in a top bank, then you must study these books and appear for the IBPS PO exam. 

The study guides given below are the best books for IBPS PO exam preparation.

You have to appear for the test online but at the selected places and in two parts. The first part is an online preliminary exam, and the second part is an online main exam. You have to qualify in both these exams then you appear for the interview round before selection. 

Solved Question Papers of Previous Years and Mock Tests for Practise

1. Study this Comprehensive Guide to IBPS Bank PO

  • Title - Comprehensive Guide to IBPS PO
  • Author - Disha Experts
  • Publisher - Disha Publication
  • Pages - 824
  • Genre - Banking Study Guide
  • Stars - 4.5 out of 5

The 11th edition of "Comprehensive Guide to IBPS-CWE Bank PO Exam" made specifically for the IBPS Bank PO Prelim & Mains Exams, has more than 4,500 multiple-choice questions (MCQs) in the Quantitative aptitude, Reasoning, and English sections, and all of them have answers. 

The book has information to help you study for Banking/Economics Financial Awareness with the past 7 Years' questions & practice questions. The book provides a link to 100 hours of video courses on math, logic, English, and general knowledge, prepared by a team of Disha experts. 

To know more about How to prepare for the IBPS PO exam, click on the highlighted link.

It has links to 4 online practice tests based on the most recent IBPS PO exams. This new edition also has new chapters and different types of questions. The book goes over all of the complete topic areas of the Preliminary and Main PO Exams, as well as any new information.

2. Study Guide for Prelims & Mains Exam 

  • Title - 11 Years IBPS PO Solved papers
  • Author - Disha Experts
  • Publisher - Disha Publications
  • Pages - 344
  • Genre - Banking Study Guide
  • Stars - 4 out of 5

A full study guide for the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection Probationary Officer/Management Trainee Examination (IBPS PO/MT Preliminary & Main Exam). The book's content is based on the new IBPS PO/MT exam pattern. A self-study book with clear, high-quality information to help you get ready quickly and well. 

All the important subject areas are in this book, including, Quantitative Aptitude, Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency, Reasoning Ability, English Language, Computer Aptitude, and General/Economy/Banking Awareness. It also gives access to 6 online practice tests and 6 question papers of the past year and their respective answers.

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3. Quantitative Aptitude

  • Title - Quantitative Aptitude
  • Author - R.S. Aggarwal
  • Publisher - S.Chand Publishing
  • Stars - 4.5 out of 5

This book is a must-have companion if you are studying quantitative aptitude because this R.S. Aggarwal book is famous and trusted by thousands of aspirants.It has hundred of questions in each heading, moreover they give access to video lessons if you scan their QR code.

This book is a must for banking exam aspirants.

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4. Data Interpretation and Data Sufficieny

  • Title - Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency
  • Author - Sandeep Bajaj Ananta Ashisha
  • Publisher - Arihant Publications
  • Stars - 4 out of 5

It's a good book for data interpretation and data sufficiency, moreover, its published by the trusted brand of Arihant Publishers.

5. Reasoning Ability

A good book for practising reasoning ability for banking exam.

6. English Language

The book contains objective type questions for English language according to the prescribed syllabus.

7. Computer Aptitude

Arranged chapterwise as per required topics from beginner to advanced, this book will help you understand all the concepts of computer aptitude.

8. General Awareness, Economy, and Banking Awareness

This book is revised and updated, covering various topics in the syllabus of general awareness, economy, and banking awareness. There are sixty six question papers and solutions that will clear doubts and prepare you.

To Sum It Up

This article lists the best books for IBPS PO exam preparation so that you can make good use of these books. You can clear your concepts and solve previous year's question papers. When you are prepared and confident, you have nothing to fear. Just go ahead with conviction and you will succeed.

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Science Fiction Book for Kids

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Looking for a science fiction book for kids? This article will offer an interesting science fiction book written by a teenaged author. 

What is Science Fiction?

Science fiction can include time travel, bio-medical war or its unethical use for mass destruction, underwater discoveries like never before, natural resources, disasters, galaxies, aliens, supernatural powers and fantastical events involving science. Fiction is imaginary and speculative so there are infinite possibilities that can happen in a fiction story.

Why do Kids Love to Read Science Fiction? 

Kids love to read science fiction because sci-fi has so many unknown adventures and surprises. Reading science fiction books is like a roller-coaster ride. You never know what scientific adventure is coming next to shock or surprise you.

So, here is a science fiction book for kids, written by a young teenage writer.

The Cosmos at War

  • Author - Nachiket Bhat
  • Publisher - BriBooks
  • Year of Publication - 2022
  • Pages - 47
  • Genre - Science fiction in Children’s literature
  • Stars - 4.5 out of 5

Large and full-page colourful illustrations on good quality glossy paper with good binding make this book very attractive.

The story is about a sinister alien named Trimotor who wants to control the cosmos including our solar system. 

To begin with, the alien has war bots that capture a dwarf planet. After his first victory, he grows more ambitious and wants to capture and control everything in space.

Does Trimotor's ominous vision come true? How can he control the planets and the fiery Sun? Who are the Robo-war-engineers and what is their role in this evil plan?

Is there any hope and what happens in the end?

Read this fast-paced and interesting science fiction book to know the complete story.

Final thoughts

Written creatively by a promising young Indian author, the story will take you to several places in the universe, zooming past planets and witnessing the unimaginable in outer space.

Reading a science fiction book can help kids in many ways, such as stimulating imagination about the infinite possibilities of science. Sci-fi stories introduce out-of-box ideas and create awareness about the altruistic use of science.

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Independence Chitra Banerjee Novel

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While reading this new novel by Chitra Banerjee Diwakaruni named Independence, you will feel like a spell is cast upon you and you cannot leave the story midway. There’s a good reason why you must read this book if you enjoy reading Indian historical fiction. Read further to find the reason.

Indian Historical Fiction by Chitra Banerjee

It's a story of the time when the British colonisation was waning away from India and the Indian subcontinent was in the process of division. This period is described vividly by author Chitra Banerjee, who has written several Indian historical fiction books. 

Story of Independence by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

From the very beginning, the author grabs your attention with her descriptive narrative of the three sisters, their doctor father Nabhakumar Ganguly, a mother who stitches Kantha embroidered quilts, Zamindar Somnath Chowdhury and his son Amit. 

Initially set in Ranipur of Bengal, the author gradually introduces other people integral to the story. Each of the three sisters is endearing and has a unique personality.

The story is compelling as it begins in August of 1946 in the Mansion of Somnath Chowdhury, a Zamindar. Somanath owns several fields in Ranipur, a shipping business and a well-kept mansion in Kolkata. Yet he delights in staying at his village mansion which happens to be his favourite. 

Doctor Nabhakumar Ganguly is a friend of Somnath Chowdhury. Nabhakumar contributes meagre earnings to his family, as he refuses to charge fees from poor patients. His wife embroiders special wedding quilts with exquisite Kantha work and earns some extra money. 

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Somnath enjoys playing chess with Priya, the youngest daughter of NabhaKumar. He is fond of her and taught her to play chess when she was barely eight years old. She calls him Kaku (uncle) as he would let her win as if she were his little daughter. Priya secretly aspires to become a doctor like her father Nabhakumar.

The eldest sister, Deepa, is beautiful and could marry a suitable Bengali boy but she falls in love with a young Muslim league leader named Raza. What consequences does she have to bear for this brave love?

Jamini, the middle sister, is talented and assists her mother to stitch Kantha embroidery on quilts. Even then, she is resentful and harbours a secret desire.
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Exciting yet Heartbreaking Historical Fiction

How does the story of each of these sisters play out during independence? Does each sister become independent as India becomes independent? 

This story is poignant and will etch out the turbulence of the times. Are the sisters separated because of the choices they make? 

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On the surface, you may think the story is set in the time India got its independence, but it has fascinating characters and interesting events with multiple sub-plots around the people, their aspirations and their lives. 

The book speaks a touching story of transformation, love, friendship, separation, conviction, bravery, aspiration, communities, families, and nationhood.

When the official decision to divide India is made, a big and dangerous change is coming. Now, Hindus live in India and Muslims live in Pakistan. The sisters are on different paths that take them away from each other. They are afraid of what will happen to them and each other.

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni goes above and beyond with this deeply moving story about sisters and friends. She paints a picture of India's independence that is both exciting and heartbreaking, which will turn any reader, new or old, into a devoted fan.

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The Hidden Hindu

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The Hidden Hindu is a trilogy of science fiction thrillers interwoven with mythology and adventure.

Story of The Hidden Hindu

Book One of The Hidden Hindu

  • Pages - 256 
  • Publisher - Penguin
  • Date of publication - February 2022
  • Genre - Historical fiction/Thriller
  • Stars - 4.5 out of 5 stars

The book cover is attractive and showcases a favourable recommendation by the renowned author Anand Nilekantan. 

This series begins with a twenty-one-year-old boy named Prithvi trying to find an Aghori named Om Shastri. 

Aghoris are strong, fearless devotees of the Hindu God, Lord Shiva. They perform rituals and spiritual practices that are tough and not performed by common folks.

Om Shastri, an ageless Aghori, is believed to be living since the beginning of the four yugas of Hinduism. He is said to have witnessed the time of Ramayan and Mahabharat.  

Tracing Om Shastri back more than 200 years, some people transport him to a secret island to find more details from him. The Aghori is drugged and hypnotised so that he speaks secrets of the past. 

Read about the secrets that Om Shastri reveals in this mysterious science fiction/mythological adventure story. 

Book Two of The Hidden Hindu

  • Pages - 250
  • Publisher - Penguin
  • Year of publication - August 2022
  • Genre - A mix of Thriller, Historical, Science fiction, and Mythology
  • Stars - 4.5 out of 5

Om Shastri doesn’t know the complete details of times gone by. Yet, he has mighty beings supporting him. 

The magical herb of Mritsanjeevani is in the hands of the wrong people after the first battle is lost. Consuming mritsanjeevani is known to grant immortality and heal diseases. 

Even as the gods and demons continue to be very powerful, they seek mritsanjeevani. Everybody searches the mysterious verse with a hidden agenda. 

So, you will read about various people such as Ashwatthama, Parashurama, Nagendra and his supporters Parimal and LSD, and many others. 

You will read about Satya Yug, Treta Yug, Dwapar Yug and Kali Yug. 

The story begins in 2020 during the pandemic yet the narrative goes in different eras and time zones. You will visit the extinct land of the past that have legendary serpents, curses and cures. 

The narrative could overwhelm you because it travels back and forth from the present to the ancient, medieval and recent history. Not only this, but the geographic location also changes widely. 

Even then, you will enjoy reading the book simply because it is an exciting rollercoaster narrative. 

The Hidden Hindu Book 3

  • Pages - 256
  • Publisher - Penguin 
  • Year of Publication - April 2023
  • Genre - A mix of science, mythology, history, adventure fiction
  • Stars - 4.5 out of 5

The quest is finding the secret of the complete verse to immortality, getting more powerful, finding answers and solving the mystery. However, some verses of mritsanjeevani were missing.

Either Nagendra or Om is Devdhwaja but nobody knows yet. While Parimal and LSD have trouble trusting each other, Nagendra comes back from the dead unhurt and stronger than ever. 

Parashurama and Kripacharya are stuck in the past of the collapsed Om, and Vrishkapi is facing death. What about Milarepa? 

The powerful Ashwatthama doesn't know what's going on, but the other immortals are destroyed from all sides. 

Where are the rest of the words? Will Nagendra find all of them and finish the verse, or will the immortals stop him? Find out about the strange story of the immortals who are running out of time.

 Some of the names you will read about in the series,

  • Kripacharya
  • Parashurama
  • Ashwatthama
  • Om Shastri
  • Devdhwaja
  • Ved Vyasa
  • Prithvi
  • Mrs.  Batra
  • Nagendra
  • Vrishkapi
  • Parimal
  • Shukracharya
  • LSD

About Author Akshat Gupta

Apart from being a fiction writer, author Akshat Gupta is also a lyricist, historian and screenwriter.

Akshat Gupta had yet to publish famous Indian stories before he began his writing journey with The Hidden Hindu. 

As a child, he was passionate about listening to mythological stories and often wondered about immortal beings from Indian Hindu religious stories. So, what made him write this hit combination of mythology-history-adventure-science fiction?

Originally, Akshat Gupta is from Indore and has a family-owned restaurant business which he was involved in before he moved to Mumbai to pursue his career as a writer.

Akshat Gupta was married and has a son from the marriage. Good times took a turn when the couple parted ways. The separation took a toll when Akshat plunged into self destructive sorrow.

After Akshat recovered from the event, he started writing stories so his son could read them and know more about his father.

Akshat was influenced by Hindu stories, so he wrote about the Hindu gods but added various other elements in his unique story. 

Initially, publishers refused to publish Akshat Gupta’s book, which is why he self-published his literary work.

Eventually, his book reached Indian cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni and impressed him with it's storytelling. Subsequently, Dhoni took over the visual rights of the novel. After this, Penguin Publishers offered to publish his book.


The Hidden Hindu, book 1-3, is a multilayered impressive novel thats a combination of several elements. You will find some archeological information, history and mythology interspersed in-between the fast paced racy narrative.

Historical figures, celestial beings from religious texts, Hindu yugas, and more, are all interwoven in a mix. So there is mythology, science fiction, and fantasy in this thriller. It's an enjoyable novel if you enjoy reading the genre. 

If you already know or don't know much of Hindu mythology, either way read the series like a novel simply because its a mix of various elements.

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