Green?' introduces us to three EnteleTrons : Ellie - the electron, Priti - the
Proton and Ning - the Neutron. And in tune with the typical characteristics of
these particles, Ellie is always looking for ways to make connections and
sometimes ends up making mistakes too. Priti, the Proton brings positivity to
everything around her. She is a loving character taking strength from her
positive outlook towards people and life in general. Many times she gently
nudges Ellie to correct her mistakes too. Finally the mediator, the most
neutral character is the Ning. He is the one looking to solve problems and to
work on challenges. He is an expert in using various devices that are available
in their EnteleLab.
author has very intelligently chosen the names for these significant particles
highlighting the essence of their personalities . The name Ellie is of Greek
origin meaning Light, name Priti is Indian and means love and Ning is of
Chinese origin which means peaceful.
all three of them are trying to investigate the reason for the green color to
be missing from the plants, trees and even from the rainbow. They decide to
question the primary colors first for the reason behind the disappearance of
green color from among them. They come to know that the bickering of all the
rest of the colors annoyed the calm green color to such an extent that it
decided to leave the group.
Ellie, Priti and Ning, the rainbow colors realize their folly and agree that
the natural order was indeed the best way to be. This appeased the green color
too and it wooshed back at its rightful place.
colorful book for young readers and a step towards starting them early on the
concepts of science in a fun and light way. The rainbow colors, the three
particles of matter, the prism, separation of visible light and many other
things are introduced in a very simple manner through an interesting tale.
Moreover, the life lesson of working together and in unison is also conveyed
beautifully here. The after notes written by the author are worth mentioning
too - "When you read about the EnteleTrons and their adventures, think
about how tiny they are in size, but how huge they are in their effect on the
universe. You can be just like the EnteleTrons.
Think about how you can make a huge difference in other people's lives
activities, experiments and interesting discussions can be accessed at www.entelechyed.com
'What I Talk About When I Talk About' has been on my reading list for a very long time and thanks to MySmartPrice, I had my copy to read and review.
Got a mail from Spark, the online magazine if I could contribute one of my latest reviews there. I was working on the review of 'What...' and shared the same with them. Now please hop on to Spark's Turn of the Page for the book review.
Akhil Khanna an MBA with specialization in the field of Financial Management from the University of Sheffield (U.K.), wanted to make the financial world a little more accessible to the common man and his attempt led to the book 'Let's Talk About Money' (reviewed here).
Here is a brief e-interview that I conducted with him for the readers of Literary Sojourn.
1.What all led to the
writing of the book?
In the year 2007, I was handed over the
responsibility of managing the family portfolio of investments. I found that
most people belonging to the middle income group invested in some asset class
based on either recommendation of their friends and relatives or based on
advice of the experts in the media. Following this investment method, a large
no. of them lost a substantial portion of their savings after a period of few
years. This led me to research about the reasons why an investor should invest
in a particular asset class. My research led me to believe that a global
financial crisis was brewing, which was likely to affect almost every human
life on earth. I started writing articles on Global Financial Crisis in 2009
which were published on the net and were well received by the readers.
I realized that people can better manage their savings if they
understood money in a simplified manner without the fancy jargon thrown at
them. Moreover if the middle class of the society were shown the bigger
economic picture with logical reasoning, they would be in a position to take
judicious decisions as to the level of risk they would like to expose their
savings. The response to my articles gave me the confidence to write this book
which explains money management to a non finance person using illustrations
which they can relate to in their day to day lives. This book identifies and
evaluates various investment options and tries to logically link the effect of
the ongoing Global Financial Crises on these investments.
2.Do you think you have
been able to achieve what you wanted to through this book?
I think I have been able to achieve my
objective because I believe that if anyone older than a high school student
from any profession like lawyer, doctor, engineer etc takes out time to read
the book “Let’s Talk Money”, he/she will be able to manage the individual
savings in a better manner and enjoy a better standard of living in the long
3.What do you think is
the major hurdle for a layman to understand the financial system?
There are two hurdles that prevent an investor
from understanding the financial system, one is procrastination and the other
is the belief that someone else out there in the world will make my life better
or is actually interested in making me rich. Every investor has to realize that
no one is more interested in your financial well being than you yourself and
for that you have to devote time and effort to understand money and the rules
of the game as they exist today and change from time to time.
4.How much expertise is
required in managing one's own money?
The only thing required to manage one’s money
is the intention and willingness to do so. The whole financial system is much
simpler than it is made out to be. We have to keep in mind that a normal
investor is not out to become a financial wizard but is looking for enough
information that helps one to broadly decide the level of risk one wants to
take with the savings. Such a call can only be taken when an individual knows
the level of risks associated with the different investment alternatives available.
Moreover an understanding of the overall economy is important because there is
no investment strategy that works at all times and it is necessary to change
investments in response to the changes in the financial environment.
5.What are the two
mantras that every individual should keep in mind with regard to money and its
I agree with Will Smith’s quote that summarizes today’s thought process about money
“Too many people spend money they haven't
earned to buy things they don't want to impress people they don't like.”
The two mantas that can help an investor with regards to
investment is :
your money in anything that you do not understand. If you badly want to
put your money in it, take out time and effort to understand it first.
If it’s too
good to be true, it probably is.
6.What next after 'Let's
Talk Money'? In the world of sequels, do you plan to write one too?
My main aim regarding “Lets Talk Money” was
to simplify the basics of investing and the explanation of the ongoing Global
Financial Crises to a normal investor as I believe that this unstable financial
environment is going to be with us for the foreseeable future. Moreover the
inherent weakness in the political systems and democracy prevalent today is
likely to ensure that this crisis gets much worse before it gets better. I have
tried to assign logical reasoning and highlight the key issues which led me to
my conclusions. The
sequel of “Lets Talk Money’ is only likely if there is a change in the
way the global central bankers and politicians tackle the ongoing crisis. Till
then all the likely outcomes that I can think of are already covered in this
7.How easy/difficult was
it to get your book published? What were the challenges that you faced in the
This is my first attempt to write a book. A new
author is rarely backed by established publishing houses. My manuscript was
turned away by a no. of publishing houses because it is a non fiction book and
not a topic of mass appeal. I am grateful to Times Group Books for the
confidence they placed in my manuscript and their willingness to publish it. I had made up my mind that in the
worst case scenario I would go ahead and publish the book on my own as my
intention to bring financial literacy to the middle class non financial
background was bigger than the profit or loss made in publishing the book.