English Bytes – Book Review

9 Sep

9780143419006

Title – English Bytes
Author – Manish Gupta
Publisher – Penguin (2012)
Price – Rs 250/-

Though studied in English medium school, my love for language started only after joining corporate job as we were suppose to speak with ppl across the globe. When author contacted me for review, from blurb I thought it would be just like any other self help book and I never prefer reading them..To my surprise this book is unique in its narration and promise you a hearty laugh while learning nuances of English.

Author started book with his personal journey of convent education where English was rarely used and he got himself into difficult situation during his engineering days. He has explained in a story form different ways which helped him in mastering the language skill like first he started watching English movies and started speaking with his close buddies in English only. This technique can help you but to become perfect in English you need to be in company of those who are expert so that you can make them your benchmark .
Another such technique is use of mnemonic.

My Take on book – Though it comes in genre of self help book, you will never feel it while reading. ITs so interesting and engrossing that you may tend to like this as any other fiction book around. . It has something for everybody. If you want to learn English, this is excellent book and if you are pro then also its useful to brush up your skill. There are lot of words which we don’t use in our day to day conversations. Author has used humorous anecdote to start describing a situation and then has explained all possible difficult word associated with that scenario.
Lot of time while reading book we come to a point where a particular word is not clear and we hardly take trouble to open dictionary. The best thing in this books is Author’s footnote with detailed explanation of difficult word make it quite easy read and as claimed by author in blurb –
You will add 1000 word to your dictionary..It may help you to love the English language little more πŸ™‚

Those who are sitting for GRE/GMAT/CAT will get huge benefit from this book.

About Author – Manish Gupta is a banking professional. When not crunching numbers he is busy engaging with and examining the vagaries and idiosyncrasies of the English language. He also likes trivia, travelling, adventure sports, delving into human psychology, and giving professorial discourses to colleagues, family and friends, and practically anyone who can give him a patient hearing

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3 Responses to “English Bytes – Book Review”

  1. Manish Gupta September 13, 2013 at 2:03 pm #

    Dear Rashmi,

    Thanks very much for a wonderful review. I am glad that you enjoyed the book and gained something out of it. I am also relieved that the book lived up to your expectation. If there is any feedback (howsoever small, even minor), please do share it with me while the memories of the book are still fresh in your mind.

    I am counting on your support to spread the good word about the book esp. when people ask you for recommendation on books to improve their language. And I am sure, given your background and the accomplishments in this field, there are just so many of them who keep seeking your guidance.

    Many thanks & best regards, Manish
    Twitter: @English_Bites
    Facebook Account: http://www.facebook.com/manishdeepaligupta
    Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/EnglishBitesBook

  2. Shilpa Garg September 25, 2013 at 11:58 am #

    Sounds wonderful. I have just started reading this book and I am hooked to it! Though Manish has cautioned to read 1-2 chapters at a time! πŸ™‚

    • Rashmi September 25, 2013 at 12:00 pm #

      Me too couldn’t follow his caution n finished it very quickly πŸ™‚

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