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Book Review: The Instant Survivor – Right Ways to Respond When Things Go Wrong

Author: Jim Moorhead Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press – 214 pages Book Review by:  Paiso Jamakar Americans face four major problems in their lives, states the author of this book Jim Moorhead. Those four crisis-level problems are the four D’s: downsizing, divorce, disability, and debt. Employees look at their colleagues in cubicles in their offices but they are not aware how much pain and stress they are in. One of their fellow employees will be laid off soon, and another will have to move out of her home due to a failed marriage. A third coworker, in a different department who is disabled, is weeping because she barely makes ends meet and has no career-advancement prospects. Still a fourth colleague is so behind in her mortgage payments due to past long-term unemployment that she does not have the money to make her next payment. Except for disability, the other three problems are a result of the ongoing ‘Great Recession’ in the United States that began in December 2007 and continues to worsen. This is evidenced by numerous economic measures despite the misinformed ‘feel good’ reports of alleged lower unemployment by the major news media. These four personal issues are impacting the bottom lines of businesses where these individuals are employed, causing losses of about $75 billion a year, due to lower productivity caused by employees’ hidden grief, according to...

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Book Review: The Heirloom Life Gardener: The Baker Creek Way of Growing Your Own Food Easily and Naturally

Authors:  Jere and Emilee Gettle, with Meghan Sutherland Publisher: Hyperion Books – 227 pages Book Review by Laxmi Chaandi Recent books (such as notably, The China Study) on the harmful effects upon health of eating meat, have led many hundreds of thousands of people in the United States to become vegetarians. As a consequence it is no surprise that I have been noticing in produce sections of supermarkets the availability of ever-larger varieties of fruits, grains and vegetables. Some U.S. families have also begun growing some of their food at home. Studies sow that the number of households growing food crops increased 20 percent from 2008 to 2009. By 2010, there was a 400 percent growth of farmers markets in America compared to 1994. And, as more families are eating organically-grown food, they’re moving away from vegetables and fruits that have been treated with pesticides, other toxic chemicals and harmful preservatives. They are also avoiding genetically-modified foods. So, books like this one, on growing your own food in natural ways from pure seeds are becoming increasingly more valuable and popular. This is a large-size book with full-color photographs of a large range of vegetables – leafy ones, from the ground, and other types – as well as varieties of succulent fruit, farm scenes and farmers’ markets. Viewing the photos, you can almost taste the sweet, juicy, dark-pink inside portion...

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Book Review: The Growth Map – Economic Opportunity in the BRICs and Beyond

Author: Jim O’Neill Publisher: Portfolio: An Imprint of the Penguin Group – 248 pages Book Review by Sonu Chandiram The author Jim O’Neill is chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management. He coined the term BRIC in 2001 and identified the countries covered by this acronym – Brazil, Russia, India and China – as four of the fastest-growing major economies in the world, by population and area. Except for China whose economy is now second in size (having overtaken Japan) to the United States in terms of gross domestic product or GDP, the other three members of the BRIC have one or both key assets – a large and young (read: productive) population and a large geographic area with rich natural resources – that can help enlarge the country’s economy relatively faster than the six largest economies in the world or the G6: the U.S., Japan, Germany, France, United Kingdom and Italy. Note that these six countries also carry large amounts of external debt relative to their GDP, which has slowed their growth. Now about ten years later, he identifies the “next eleven” countries whose GDP will grow rapidly: Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, Turkey and Vietnam. In 2003, Jim O’Neill made predictions on the GDP growth rates of the BRICS and in which years they would overtake, collectively and individually, the GDP sizes of...

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Book Review: The Gifted One: The Journey Begins

Author: Dr. Andy McCabe Publisher: Balboa, a division of Hay House. 205 pages Book Review by Nano Khilnani The last word in this amazingly insightful novel by psychologist Dr. Andy McCabe is the word namaste that Indians say in greeting each other, while clasping their hands together. The Sanskrit word namaste does not merely mean “hello.” When someone says this word, it means they are interested in actually knowing you and want to have a conversation with you. It is a means of minimizing one’s ego at that moment and saying to the person you’re seeing that ‘you are important to me.’ and ‘you are my focus now’ at this time. Hindus clasp their hands together when they are in front of God (shown in numerous forms, each signifying a different value) in a temple or elsewhere. It is a means of paying homage and showing respect. This book is about the life-transforming story of a frustrated writer named City Bear. When he meets a blind beggar in a New York City subway, he is tested for his concern and caring (or lack thereof) for others. Passing the test with flying colors, so to speak, City Bear is rewarded with a life-changing gift by the beggar, who is called The Gifted One in the book. Discover what that gift is, and read his story to find out what happens...

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Book Review: The Flavor Bible

Authors: Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg Publisher: Little, Brown and Company – 380 pages Book Review by:  Laxmi Chaandi Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg are accomplished chefs who are also Honorary Ambassadors of the Culinary Institute of America, an honor bestowed to just a few very accomplished and innovative people by that prestigious organization. They are also well-known writers and award winners in culinary circles. The Flavor Bible, published in 2008, won for them the Nautilus Book Award in 2010. In 2007, they won the Cookbook of the Year award from the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) for their book What to Drink with What to Eat. They are also coauthors of other books: Becoming a Chef, Culinary Artistry, Dining Out, Chef’s Night Out, The Food Lover’s Guide to Wine, and The New American Chef. The husband-and-wife and chef-and-author pair urges you to be original and imaginative in coming up with new dishes, and ingenious in your cooking: to experiment with new  ingredients, various spices, zesty seasonings to develop, most importantly, distinctive flavors in your foods. Here is a description of their cooking as written on the inside flap of The Flavor Bible:   “Cuisine is undergoing a startling historic transformation: With the advent of the global availability of ingredients, dishes are no longer based on geography but on flavor.  This radical shift calls for a new approach...

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