Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Perfect families, perfect houses, perfect lives.

Author: Liane Moriarty
Pages: 496
Publisher: Penguin

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My Review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5

Jane meets Madeline and Celeste on the day of their children’s kindergarten orientation but they didn’t know that in the course of the next few months all of their lives were going to change. Jane’s son Ziggy gets accused of bullying on the very first day of orientation which leads to numerous events of accusations and blame game. Also though Madeline and Celeste seemed to have a perfect life but in reality their lives were all messed up. If you want a get more information about what’s going on with the three of them you need to pick up the book.

The book is amazing and story is beautifully weaved. It involves bullying, schoolyard politics, domestic violence, traumatic pasts and unhealthy relationships. The book dives deep into topics which we tend to ignore in our day to day to lives. The horrible things people face and how perfectly they hide it is well displayed in the book. We can never know by looking at a person what he/she is really going through, People can be so afraid or traumatized that they would destroy their family or spoil the lives of their children that they never speak up about their abusive relationships. It also deals with bringing up children in a broken family and also single parenthood. Among all these there are mysteries piling up from the very first page which keeps you hooked till the end. It is one of those kinds of book whose ending give a strange satisfaction even if its legally wrong. I just want to say that the book is brilliant and all suckers for mystery should read it once.    

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Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

Publisher: Corgi Childrens

Pages: 320

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My Review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5

Madeline is suffering from Severe Combined Immunodeficiency which is also known as bubble baby disease and has not left her house in seventeen years. She is allergic to the world and anything can trigger her sickness from someone’s perfume to an exotic spice used in the food though they don’t know specifically which one. Her house has a specialized air purification system and anyone entering the house has to undergo a process of decontamination. But when Olly, a handsome and charismatic young boy moves into the house next door her life changes. She wants to burst her bubble and run away to him. She wants to risk her life for love.

The book is very beautifully written and deserves all the love. With cute little illustrations the story becomes more interesting. Once you pick up the book you will get mesmerized by Nicola Yoon’s writing. I have read both her books and without any doubt she has become one of my favourite authors and now I just want to know when is her next book coming out. The characters are so sweet and relatable. I loved reading this book so much and now I am just falling short of words to express my feeling. It’s a very cute and fluffy story and you would definitely love reading it. Just pick it up once and you won’t regret. It’s a perfect book to read in the weekend sitting by your window with a cozy blanket and a hot cup of coffee.

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An HR Article- Different & Effective Ways of Recruiting

Finding the best candidates has never been as tough as it is today. For any organization, recruitment is a significant part of developing and maintaining an effective and efficient team. A good recruitment strategy will cut down the wastage of time and money, which would have been spent for extensive training and development of unqualified candidates. There are various types of recruitment that organizations use to attract the best staff. Not every job has the same requirements, and also each company has different needs. That means employers need to use hiring tactics that will match their values and appeal to the candidates they’re searching for.

Various types of recruiting methods can be used within the same company, based on the role and the department they are hiring for. For example, in manufacturing, there are design, technical, marketing, sales, finance, admin and artisan roles to fill from entry to executive level. The same procedure of hiring cannot be use to find the best candidates within each division.

With the advancement of technology, various kinds of recruitment process have come up. Job postings can be published easily on sites which reach out to a broad audience. With the increased use of social media, it has also become an important platform for recruiters to source talent from. It is also used to showcase company culture by sharing photos and videos of various events or day-to-day office life. Job-postings can now be sponsored to come up at the top of relevant search which results in attracting more job applicants.  Companies are making their social media pages and keeping it updated with relevant information as it is the first place which candidates check before applying for any position. 

Recruiting Internally

Internal recruitment refer to hiring employees within the organization. In other words, applicants seeking for the different positions are those who are currently employed with the same organization. Internal sources of recruitment are the best and the easiest way of selecting resources as performance of their work is already known to the organization. It can be done in various ways:

  1. Promotions

Promotion refers to upgrading the designation of the employees by evaluating their performance in the organization. It is the process of shifting an employee from a lower position to a higher position with more responsibilities, remuneration, facilities, and status. Many organizations fill the higher vacant positions with the process of promotions, internall

2. Transfers

Transfer involves the shifting of an employee from one job to another without any change in the rank and responsibilities. It can also be the shifting of employees from one department to another department or one location to another location, depending upon the requirement of the position.

Let’s take an example to understand how it works. Assume there is a finance company called ABC Ltd. Having two branches, Branch-A and Branch-B, and an employee from Branch-A resigned from his job responsibilities. Hence, this position has to be filled for the continuation of the project in Branch-A.

In this scenario, instead of searching or sourcing new candidates, which is time consuming and expensive, there is a possibility of shifting an employee from Branch-B to Branch-A, depending upon the project requirements and the capabilities of that respective employee. This internal shifting of an employee from one branch to another branch is called as Transfer.

3. Internal Advertisements (Job Posting)

Internal Advertisements is a process of posting/advertising jobs within the organization. This job posting is an open invitation to all the employees inside the organization, where they can apply for the vacant positions. It provides equal opportunities to all.          

4. Employee Referrals

In this process, the present employees can refer their friends and relatives for filling up the vacant positions. Organizations encourage employee referrals, because it is cost effective and saves time as compared to hiring candidates from external sources. Most organizations, in order to motivate their employees, go ahead and reward them with a referral bonus for a successful hire.  

5. Previous Applicant

Here, the hiring team checks the profiles of previous applicants from the organizational recruitment database. These applicants are those who have applied for jobs in the past. These resources can be easily approached and the response will be positive in most of the cases.

Recruiting Externally

External recruitment refers to the process when an organisation looks to fill vacancies from applicants outside of the company. 

1. Direct advertising Placing job adverts on your careers site, job boards, social media and industry publications is an excellent way to find lots of applicants

2. Employment exchanges

An employment exchange is a government-run initiative that keeps record of unemployed job seekers. Employers submit new vacancies to the exchange and are given the details of suitable candidates.


3. Recruitment agencies

You can outsource your hiring process to a recruitment agency. Agencies manage full cycle recruiting on company’s behalf.


4. Networking Events

HR events, job fairs, open houses, seminars, and conferences offer a perfect recruitment platform. HR professionals with relevant and sustained relationships can easily acquire candidates and interns from different disciplines at these events.

5.   Video job postings

In the digital world, video-based job ads, applications, and interviews are becoming more popular.

6.   Peer ratings

these results allow us to get an idea of how the candidate is perceived by the people they work with directly.

Of course, it’s only possible to use this method for internal hires who already have a history of peer-review data.

Thus to conclude, there isn’t a single recruitment process which stands to be the only way to attract applicants. Most importantly recruiters need to be creative these days. They must be willing to explore all forms of internal and external types of recruitment if they want to find the best candidates

Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Pages: 288

Genre: Fiction

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My Review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5

It is the story of Stella Grant and Will Newman, two young lives suffering from Cystic Fibrosis, a disease which won’t allow them to touch each other ever. According to golden rule they need to stay six feet apart but Stella stole one foot to be a little more close to HIM. It is the journey of two love birds who couldn’t stop themselves from falling for each other despite knowing the deathly consequences.
The book is amazingly written and takes you on an emotional roller coaster ride. You will find yourself smiling and crying at the same time for these young lives trying to steal a moment from their short lives. Stella is a strong focused girl who wants everything planned out and under control whereas Will believes in living in the moment. He is carefree without any hope of surviving but meeting Stella opens up new doors. He finally finds a reason to fight. Their story is not ordinary but it is once in a life time kind of romance. Their situation, misery and destiny makes you cry your eyes out. It is heart-wrenchingly beautiful. We strive for this kind of love but only few of us are lucky enough to feel it in their lifetime. This is one of the must-read romance novels and trusts me when I say that it is going to stay with you forever. I am still crying while writing this review. You won’t ever forget the story of Will and Stella.

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American Royals by Katharine McGee

Author: Katharine McGee
Publisher- Penguin
Pages- 448

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My Review- 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5

OMG OMG OMG I just loved this book. It is the tale of the Royal family of America in a world where monarchy still exists. America is under the rule of the Washingtons and Princess Beatrice, the next heir in line is going to become the first Queen of America. She is the perfect princess torn between her wishes and responsibilities. She has to wear the smile even when her heart gets broken down to pieces. The kingdom won’t approve of her forbidden love story because of which she might need to marry someone else’s love for the crown’s prestige. The younger royals Jeff and Samantha also have a lot going on alongwith Nina and Daphne being a part of their lives. The story is written from the point of view of four characters i.e, Beatrice, Samantha, Daphne and Nina. Each of them have a story of their own starting from heartbreaks, revenge, unavoidable duties and forbidden love.

The author has weaved a beautiful tale which keeps you mesmerized and hooked at the same time. If you love stories about princesses and royal families then you have found the right book. The writing style is flawless and the characters are powerful and adorable. I was glued to the book starting from the prologue and now I can’t wait till 2020 to see what happens next. Yes, the story has not ended and is a part of a series. There are still many parts to unfold and many decisions to be made. I completely adored this book and I am falling short of words to praise. It is such a cozy fluffy heart-warming story and takes you on a ride inside the palace of America. I highly recommend it to everyone.

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My Mother’s Lover and Other Stories by Sumana Roy

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Pages: 252

My Review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟/5

This book is a collection of fourteen stories about ordinary people suffering from various kinds of ailments which fills your heart with sadness and cry your eyes out. These are stories about people facing difficult times in their lives which are killing them slowly and steadily. It breaks your heart reading about such upsetting situations and makes you go silent. After finishing each story you need time to process what you just read as they have deep meanings hidden behind them. Some of them makes you stop and think that how grateful we are to be able to live a perfectly normal life while the very next moment we may question the sanity of every other human being. These are stories of pain, longing and passion which can effect a person adversely. The author has penned down each one beautifully which reflects deep emotions. The stories are short, easy to read and the language used is simple and easily understandable. My favourite ones out of the lot are ‘Untouchability’,’My Mother’s Lover’ and ‘Sleep’. If you are looking to read something deep and thought provoking then i highly recommend this book.

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Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid

Publisher : Bloomsbury

Pages: 310

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My Review : 🌟🌟🌟🌟/5

The story revolves around two women, Emira and Alix. Emira is an African-American, working as a babysitter and living a life which she is not satisfied with. She works for Alix . Though she loves the children, she wants a more fulfilling job which will bring stability in her life and a reputation among friends who are already ahead of her in their career. Whereas Alix is living a lavish life but feels something is missing. She used to work for a cause but responsibilities are making her lag behind. But both of them don’t know that soon their lives are going to be intertwined.
The story is a breath of fresh air. Overall it is fun to read but has a dipper meaning hidden behind. It talks about social issues starting from discrimination, racism, inequality and women empowerment. The writing style is beautiful and the characters are absolutely adorable. It is a fast faced paced story without a single dull moment. It is a feel good kind of story, a light and breezy read with a touch of something to think about. The plot is catchy with certain twists which keeps you hooked till the end. Any girl in their mid 20s can feel connected to Emira who is trying to figure out what to do with her life. She is confused about her choices and which path to choose. Again their is Alix who used to be a headstrong woman but due to children and responsibilities she is losing herself somewhere. Adding to all that is their changing aspects of personal relationships and the ups and downs. It is a very normal yet heart warming story which is similar to many of our lives. I am quite sure if anyone picks it up they won’t be disappointed. It can be a perfect book for your next weekend.

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The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

#blurb: Newly married, newly widowed Elsie is sent to see out her pregnancy at her late husband’s crumbling country estate, The Bridge.
With her new servants resentful and the local villagers actively hostile, Elsie only has her husband’s awkward cousin for company. Or so she thinks. But inside her new home lies a locked room and beyond that door lies a two-hundred-year-old diary and a deeply unsettling painted wooden figure – a Silent Companion – that bears a striking resemblance to Elsie herself…

Author: Laura Purcell

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Pages: 384

My Review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5

After the death of her husband, Elsie Bainbridge moves into his family house, The Bridge, in a village far away from London with his cousin Sarah. Everything seems strange about that house starting from the awkward servants, mysterious noises and villagers’ ignorance towards the Bridge. As days pass by Elsie and Sarah discovers forbidden secrets which disrupts their lives. The spooky companions starts appearing and it seems that the life of every member of that household is at stake.

The book is beautifully eerie and keeps you awake at night thinking about the companions knocking at your door. The starting may seem to be slow but within few pages the book picks up its pace and keeps you hooked. The author has amazingly weaved such a tale of horror mixed with elements of psychology which makes chills run down your spine. The characters are mysterious and well casted. The backdrop of the story gives you the perfect spooky vibes thus doing justice to the theme. The most horrifying part was the diary entries by Anne Bainbridge from 17th century which explains almost all the supernatural activities. This is one of the best horror stories I have read in a long time and I highly recommend it. Also the cover of the book is lovely.

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The Rat Eater by Anand Ranganathan and Chitra Subramaniam

#blurb:When a Mumbai politician is found wrapped in a plastic bag behind a park bench, DIG Ajay Biswas is asked to take over the case. Ajay arrives in Mumbai only to discover that his colleagues don’t want him there and that someone is deliberately providing false leads…

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Pages: 360

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My Review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟/5

Mr. Saane, a Mumbai based politician’s dead body has been found in a park. When police embarks on investigating the murder, they try to hide many facts and blame innocent people to solve the mystery fast. But their unethical ways comes to a stop when DIG Ajay Biswas takes over the case. Through his intelligence and experience he discovers the loopholes and tries to find out the real culprit.

Throughout the book we get to experience two time lines- one the present day and another set 40 years back in a world full of discrimination and prejudice. The book highlights social issues which created a barrier among people. Also it brings the corrupt practices of the police who are meant to make people feel safe. The underlying meaning of the story is vivid and thought provoking. At the end of each chapter the authors pour down their feelings and questioned certain practices. The story is well weaved casting bigotry and corruption with a mixture of thrill and suspense. There was usage of both of hindi and english dialogues which I feel may not appeal to many. Overall it was a good read. Also one of the characters was an Agatha Christie fan which I really liked.

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I Will Miss You Tomorrow by Heine Bakkeid

#blurb:The first in a new Norwegian crime series featuring disgraced ex-Chief Inspector Thorkild Aske, a damaged man with a complicated past Fresh out of prison and a stint in a psychiatric hospital, disgraced ex-policeman Thorkild Aske only wants to lose himself in drugged dreams of his beloved Frei. Wild, unknowable Frei. The woman he loved. The woman he has lost forever. Yet when Frei’s young cousin goes missing off the Norwegian coast and Thorkild is called in by the family to help find him, dead or alive, Thorkild cannot refuse. He owes them this. Tormented by his past, Thorkild soon finds himself deep in treacherous waters. He’s lost his reputation – will he now lose his life?

Author: Heine Bakkeid

Publisher: Bloomsbury India

Pages: 416

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My Review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟/5

Thorkild, an ex-police inspector is freshly out of prison and struggling to get back to his normal life. He is on pills and looking for job when a past acquaintance, Arne Villmyr shows up with his son missing. Though he is convinced that his son, Rasmus is dead but still for the mental satisfaction oh his wife, he appoints Thorkild to the task of finding out Rasmus’s dead body. Thorkild has a dark past with Rasmus’s cousin and is still suffering from the aftermath of that accident. Still Thorkild embarks on the journey of finding Ramus in Northern Norway. The things he discovers in the search mission are shocking, dangerous and eerie at the same time. With hidden mysteries and paranormal activities it keeps you on the edge of your seat.

The book starts slow but within 100 pages it picks up pace and keeps you hooked till the end. The plot is well built with an interesting cast of characters. Also the turn of events keeps you wanting for more at the end of every chapter. The story is set up in a little island with an abandoned light house where there is storm almost every day. The chilly atmosphere and disappearing people make it all the more enthralling. Also it deals with trauma and mental breakdown of the protagonist making us feel more connected to him and grieve for what he went through. With a spooky backdrop the mystery is weaved beautifully. If you are a sucker for mystery and thrillers it can be your next weekend read. It would have been a perfect 5star read but I felt some parts were dragged and could have been shortened easily. Nevertheless it’s a good book to enjoy.

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