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…once Amazon.in starts charging for shipping, it will be cheapest for only 7% books.

Amazon.in launched yesterday with Books and Movies. We at MySmartPrice tried to crunch some data to find who is cheapest for books. To do this we took top 2000 books across all genres (as our sample set) and did a price comparison for them. Following charts show the percent of books where a store is cheapest on.

 

Case 1. List Price + Shipping Cost (as on date)

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Shipping Costs considered for Case 1.

  • Flipkart – Rs. 50 for books below Rs. 500
  • Amazon.in – Free Shipping (as on date – limited time only)
  • Infibeam – Rs. 30 for books below Rs. 250
  • HomeShop18 – Free shipping (they are not charging any shipping charges for books as on date)
  • Landmark – Free shipping
  • Crossworld – Rs. 30 for books below Rs. 300

 

Case 2: List Price + Shipping Cost (when Amazon.in starts charging for shipping)

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Shipping Costs considered for Case 2 (after limited time offer, when Amazon starts charging for shipping)

  • Flipkart – Rs. 50 for books below Rs. 500
  • Amazon.in – Rs. 49 for books below Rs. 499
  • Infibeam – Rs. 30 for books below Rs. 250
  • HomeShop18 – Free shipping (they are not charging any shipping cost for books as on date)
  • Landmark – Free shipping
  • Crossworld – Rs. 30 for books below Rs. 300

 

Case 3: List Price Only (No shipping cost included)

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Notes:

  1. For books or orders above Rs. 500, clearly Flipkart is the cheapest store. 
  2. Amazon.in will be one of the most expensive stores when they start charging for shipping.

 

Following is the raw data for the top 2000 books that we extracted and used for the above analysis.

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Win Author Signed Copies of To B.E or Not To B.E by Dipen Ambalia.

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MySmartPrice asked folks what #IfKrishnawerealive on twitter. Winners get an author signed copy of Ashwin Sanghi’s new book The Krishna Key. Here is a list of winners per hour from 10 AM to 6PM. Also given are some really interesting tweets worth sharing.

Winner for the first Hour 10Am-11AM Sandeep Varma

Winner for the second Hour 11 AM- 12PM Deepak S

 
Winner for the Third Hour 12PM- 1PM Stereotypewriter

Winner for the Fourth Hour 1PM – 2PM Purba Ray

Winner for the Fifth Hour 2PM – 3PM R@M

Winner for the Sixth Hour 3PM – 4PM Karthik Ravva

Winner for the Seventh Hour 4PM – 5PM Ravindranath

Winner for the Eighth Hour 5PM – 6PM Yadavi Sisodia

Tweets worth mentioning

There are few tweets which are awesome and worth mentioning whether they make into the list of winners.








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This is the review of Life Of a Software EngineeR by Dipen Ambalia. Life Of a Software Engineer is the first book we at MySmartPrice have personally found an interest in and are promoting through this blog. The book caught our attention thanks to its unique and indeed catchy title. The book has a special connection to us  as most of us at MySmartPrice are/ have been software engineers at some point of time or the other.This Book is definitely a unique comical take on the Indian Software Industry

 

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Details about Life Of a Software EngineeR by Dipen Ambalia

 

Name of the Book: Life Of a Software EngineeR
Author: Dipen Ambalia
Price:Rs 90( as on March 08) For updated price check Price of Life Of a Software EngineeR
MRP:Rs 150

Review of Life Of a Software EngineeR

Dipen Ambalia is a software engineer by profession. Having literally passed through the whole Software Development Life Cycle with a career in every sector of Information technology in India from Development and Production Support to Pre-sales and Business Analyst, he has been there and done it all. Here’s a more detailed interview of the author. Dipen has explored his 8.5 years of Software career to come up with this little rib tickling read for all Software engineers and IT enthusiasts.

What kind of life does a Software engineer have? What are some of the common terms used in Software industry? What is the difference between onsite and offsite?  Is it just a myth that Software engineers are the most eligible bachelors in town? What exactly happens in a typical “IT meeting”? Ever wonder what the origin of Outsourcing and Power Point Presentations were? Dipen Ambalia busts a few myths, a few egos and takes no prisoners in this rib tickling satire on the Indian IT sector. If you are a software engineer, you will find yourself looking back and laughing nostalgically, if you happen to be a Project Manager or higher in an IT sector, you would probably launch a Fatwa against this blasphemous writing. If you are a father of an engineering student on the brink of an IT career, you may shake your head in regret. There is definitely something for everyone in this book.

Life of a Software Engineer is a narrative of sorts by the author from his own experiences. Most of the chapters whiz by fast like a typical Sitcom or stand up routine, leaving you laughing, smiling and nodding appreciatively of the small nuances of a software engineer’s life. A few notable chapters in the book include, “The Origin of the Software World” in which the author compares the birth of Outsourcing to the Discovery of America by Columbus or “The Deewar- Those Who have been Onsite and Offsite” that takes a comical look at the differences between people who have been onsite and offsite or the unspoken truth that “Google is God!” in the world of software.

Dipen Ambalia has made some of the most matter of fact events and daily routines look extremely comical. There is ample use of exaggeration in the writing and this has definitely added to the allure of the book. The book doesn’t get preachy or biased in any way, neither does it pretend to be the ultimate bible for all software engineers. In this lies the true charm of the book. The book is a easy and light read with very common language and liberal use of popular references. Such as the reference to popular Hindi news channels sensationalizing nonsensical news such as Aliens liking Himesh Reshammiya or the reference to Rakhi Sawant etc.

The book definitely looks at times like the collection of random musings of a frustrated software engineer and in it lies the true power of the book. There is no character for you to love, it could just about be anyone who has a career in India’s top IT companies. Living their 9-5 (+ overtime) life in cubicles and attending Con calls and sweating through  Appraisals or praying for Onsite. The only draw back the book may face is its too blunt at times or pushes to the point of trying to be funny at times. There are chapters that just draw at max a smile. Like a good jovial person who has a few bad jokes, we may of course overlook the few “jokes” that just don’t hit the spot after all “Bhaavnaon ko Samjho”.  Thankfully though, these troughs are less and far between for an otherwise enjoyable book.

To conlude this review of Life Of a Software Engineer I would say, this is a definite must read for all those who are related to the Indian Software Industry. Fortunately for the author, that’s pretty much the entire nation. If you have a job in IT, if your husband has it ( which maybe unlikely if you go by what the author writes) or if your child is entering the hallowed grounds of India’s many engineering colleges, Uncles, aunts, cousins, neighbors everyone can relate to the candid posts of this frustrated software engineer. Dare I say there may appear a  few Stand up routines and Sitcoms that are spun of from one of the 22 chapters in this book .

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This is the review of The Mine by Arnab Ray. The Mine is perhaps our first encounter with a horror book written by an Indian Author. The book is the first psychological horror novel we have come across and we must say this blew our minds. The book definitely deserves a read through by all the horror lovers among our wonderful users of MySmartPrice.

Details about The Mine by Arnab Ray

Name of the Book: The Mine
Author :Arnab Ray
Price:Rs 127( as on March 01) For updated price check Price of The Mine
MRP:Rs 195

Review of The Mine by Arnab Ray

Arnab Ray or The Great bong as he is known in the blogging community has been popular for his work as a humorous writer and blogger through his famous blog greatbong.net. His first book May I Hebb Your Attention Pliss was a riproaring comedy, while The Mine takes you along a more darker journey. Expect ghastly images, ghostly memories and the resounding truth that your past shall always catch up with you.

When a secret government project/mining expedition somewhere in the heartland of Rajasthan runs into operational difficulties, 5 experts are called into make enquiries. Each told one part of the puzzle and each asked to enquire one aspect. But when the discoveries they make come together, they find themselves in the middle of a truly diabolical plot. Are they pawns in a military experiment, are they at the judging table of the Devil or are they simply dreaming up the punishments of their sins?

The Mine takes you through the arduous journey of 6 people who are fighting from the inevitable end to their lives of crime. Six individuals of high personal stature with a successful professional life and a deep, dark secret that they would rather not tell anyone else. They have lead their lives in glory and high prestige in the eyes of the world denying the sins they have committed but now their pasts have finally caught up with them. The Mine will test the virtue of Samar Bose, Dr Akshay More, Dr Preeti Singh, Dr Anjali Menon along with her little daughter Anya and Dr Karan Rathore and make them pay for their sins.

Arnab Ray takes you through a roller coaster ride with several plot twists and truly bone chilling visuals. The stories and the sins of each character may seem repulsive for the weak hearted but at no point do they seem unnatural or impossible. The book engages the reader right from its prologue to its rather shocking epilogue. The book makes for an exciting trip for the fresh readers into the world of Horror Stories.Our only difficulty with this book is the truly explicit use of gory images and use of strong language almost at intermittent intervals. While this book is definitely aimed at a mature reader , the use could definitely prevent some of the novice readers from being exposed to a wonderful concept. The characters in the book are well framed and one does empathize with a few for a while. In particular, a reader cannot help but root for the main protagonist Samar Bose. The book does take a fairly expansive look at the backgrounds of the individual characters without getting into boring lengths and the best part is the sheer possibilities hidden within each plot twist and scene. Reader can easily visualize the dark dingy corridors of The Mine. If you are one of the gamers, you may find this book to take you back to some popular games like Bioshock and Doom3. There is certainly something for everyone in this book.

To conlude this review of The Mine I would say, this is a definite must read for those brought up on a steady diet of Alfred Hitchcock and some of the modern Horror movies. I could see the potential of a great horror movie in the making with some very popular stars in the lead roles. The story of the 5 experts may reflect sins that even common men may commit in their lives, while there are no lessons to be learnt from this book as such, one does get the feeling the book leaves a lasting impression in our minds. The most important lesson being “The greatest evil lies deep inside.”

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This  is the review of  The Secret of the Nagas  by Amish Tripathi. We have found ourselves picking up truly wonderful books by Indian Authors in recent times.After falling in love with  Chanakya’s chant we have managed to be blown away by The Secret of the Nagas. The book is so good that I wanted to share my views with all wonderful users of MySmartPrice.

Details about The Secret of the Nagas

The Secret of the Nagas

Name of the Book:The Secret of the Nagas

Author: Amish Tripathi

Price: Rs. 177 (as on June 01) For updated price check Price of The Secrets of the Nagas MRP: Rs. 295.0

 

 

 

 

Review of The Secret of the Nagas by Amish Tripathi

This is a time for sequels for everything. Most authors strive to back a best seller with sequels, often beating the original concept to dust . But, The Secret of the Nagas totally took me by surprise. Though being a sequel it’s as refreshing as the first one. The book starts exactly where its predecessor left off making The Immortals of Meluha a prerequisite for this book. Amish Tripathi has to be credited for coming out with a novel idea through these books.

Unlike a hazy chap from the first book, Shiva is a now a confident man, happily married to Sati, living in a land where weed flourishes. The magnanimous characters feel familiar, like the ones we had heard in the bed time grandma’s stories. The Shiva in this book has shifted his focus on the Naga clan, responsible for the death of his friend Brahaspati. The Nagas are all humans with the physical deformities who have been abandoned by their family because the law demands Nagas be exiled. The mystery behind the Nagas takes him to the land of brangas and further deep in the Dandak forest. The race between good and evil is still on, the boundaries between them, however, have become very smudgy.

Filled with super secrets, justifying the title of the book, it’s a total page turner from the start to end. After reading the first book, you might feel that you can predict the next one, but trust me, you can’t. With every page there is a surprise waiting for you, so much so that the climax just might take your breath away! The book also sees the birth of Karthik, Shiva’s son, as well as other popular Hindu mythology characters – Ganesh, Kali, Parashuram etc.

 

Tripathi again deserves a pat on his back. He has amalgamated his knowledge of geography and history and has immensely improved upon his first book. He knows how to keep you interested. What I like the most about the book that you don’t feel like you are reading a mythological series with Gods and Semi Gods in focus. Shiva, the destructor, is the new dude. The book totally changes you perspective of Gods.

However, the book has its loopholes too. The language is a bit of a turn off. The usage of modern day phrases at times seems inappropriate. It kind of modernizes the book in a way that it does not fit in the era. The mere mentioning of the word “radio waves” is a little hard to digest..

To conlcude this review of The Secret of the Nagas I would say, It really doesn’t matter if you are interested in mythology or not, if you are a bibliophile (or even if you’re not one!) this book is meant for you. It’s an innovative way to introduce youth all over the country to the Gods we hear about all the time. Just like the previous one, I highly recommend this book. If you haven’t read it yet, go and grab it ASAP. Read it to know the ‘Secret’ of the Nagas. This is really looking like a great trilogy.

This is a book you shouldn’t miss. If you are planning to grab yourself a copy .You can check the best price for The Immortals of Meluha and The Secret of The Nagas at our Books page.

 

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This review of Chankya’s Chant by Aswini Sanghi is the first book review done by MySmartPrice. While we had reviewed a few online stores, we have not been able to review any books due to lack of time. However recently I was on a small vacation and got a chance to go through Chanakya’s chant. The book is so good that I wanted to share my views with all wonderful users of MySmartPrice.

Details about Chanakya’s Chant

Review of chanakya's chant Name of the Book: Chankya’s Chant

Author: Ashwin Sanghi

MRP: Rs. 195.0

Price: Rs. 135 (as on June 01) For updated price check Price of Chankya’s chant

 

 

 

Review of Chanakya’s Chant by Ashwin Sanghi

The first thought that came to my mind after reading the book is the movie Rang de Basanti. Similar to the movie, the book has two parallel tracks running in parallel. On one track the author describes the story of Chanakya or Kautilya, one of the most famous characters of history known as  Chandragupta Maurya’s mentor. He single handedly planned and executed the death of Dhanand, the most powerful emperor of his time, to take revenge for the killing of his father. Chanakya’s chant goes deeper into the childhood of Chanakya and his journey to become Kautilya.

The other track of the story takes the reader to the present day. Pandit Gangasagar Mishra draws inspirations from Chanakya to ensure that his protégé Chandini Gupta becomes the Prime Minister of India. Pandit Mishra seems to have taken Chanakya’s advice that the end justifies the means to heart. Nothing can stop him from achieving his ultimate goal. Similar to Chanakya, Pandit Gupta makes use of saam, daam, dand, bhed to accomplish his goals.

Mr sanghi has managed to write a well researched book in a manner that will keep the reader engaged till the end. What I liked the most about the story is that turns of events in the story were quite unpredictable. The book is written in a simple style and there are lots of sharp and witty observations by both Chanakya and Pandit Gupta.

On the negative side, the book is a little too verbose at places and the writer could have kept the number of pages to a lower number by doing away with some gory descriptions. There is a fair bit of profanity in the book as well.

To conclude the Chankya’s chant review, I will suggest to try this book especially if you take interest in history and/or politics. It is a good weekend read as well. This is the first book review done by us. Please let us know what you think of our review of Chankya’s chant. BTW if you are planning to buy the book then find out the best price of Chanakya’s chant.

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Beyond a Boundary

Author: C. L. R. James

Part memoir of a West Indian boyhood, part celebration of the game of cricket, this self-portrait of a life spent playing, watching and writing about the game, tells us of its psychology and aesthetics, players the author knew, and the issues of class, race and politics surrounding it. This book is regarded as one of the fines cricket books of all times.

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The Art of Captaincy

Author: Mike Brearley

In what is widely considered the definitive work on the subject, The Art Of Captaincy, Mike Brearley, a psychoanalyst by trade these days–but most famously the England cricket captain behind that dramatic 1981 Ashes victory–delivers his thesis on what makes a leader, on and off the pitch. In his five-year Test career Brearley, a long-standing county captain but never much better than a relatively modestly talented cricketer himself, led England 31 times–winning 18, drawing 9, losing only 4–and explores the key elements of his theories via candid reflections on those experiences.

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Bob Woolmer’s Art and Science of Cricket

Author: Bob Woolmer, Timothy Noakes

This trail-blazing book represents the first time that a cricket coach and a sports scientist (both world experts in their field) have teamed up to create probably the most comprehensive book on playing and coaching cricket there is. The authors’ vision: to develop players who show not only technical but mental strength, and who are as physically fit and injury-resistant as possible. Much more than a coaching manual, this book reflects Bob Woolmer’s passion for constant innovation and questioning his dedication to the art and science of cricket.

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What Is a Googly?: The Mysteries of Cricket Explained

Author: Rob Eastaway

Here at last is a witty and revealing book that demystifies cricket jargon and answers all the questions you’ve always wanted to ask. Illustrated with pithy and instructive cartoons, it explains where cricket came from, what happens on the field, what the tactics are, and the dos and don’ts of being a spectator. If you’ve ever made a fool of yourself in the pavilion or wondered how to tell who’s winning, then Rob Eastway, co-inventor of the Coopers & Lybrand World Cricket Ratings, has written just the book for you!

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Buy W. G. Grace Ate My Pedalo : A Curious Cricket Compendium

W. G. Grace Ate My Pedalo : A Curious Cricket Compendium

Alan Tyers, Beach

W.G. Grace Ate My Pedalo is a spoof 1896 periodical from The Wisden Cricketer archives that looks at cricketing events of 2010 through a Victorian lens. Highlights include: cricketing insight from the greatest minds of the nineteenth century, Charles Darwin, Oscar Wilde and P.T. Barnum; outrageous tales of dressing-room scandal and derring-do; a panoply of contemporary advertisements (Mr Michael Vaughan’s Patented Hair Restorer, Boycott’s Finest Sticks of Rhubarb), and, of course, the first, exclusive eyewitness account of W.G. Grace and that Pedalo incident. A comedy cricket book of wit, intelligence and cheek that will appeal to cricket fans of all ages, be they members of the MCC or the Barmy Army.

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Buy The States Of Indian Cricket

The States Of Indian Cricket

Author: Ramachandra Guha

The States of Indian Cricket by noted historian and author Ramachandra Guha, is one of the most enjoyable books on cricket and cricketers of India. For the first time within the covers of a single volume, we find an informal, anecdotal, and immensely readable history of Indian cricket.

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Buy Out Of The Box : Watching The Game We Love

Out of the box- Watching the game we love

Author: Harsha Bhogle

Harsha Bhogle in his weekly column in the Indian Express has captured the entire gamut of Indian cricket. Out of the Box brings together the very best of Harsha’s writings, in a book that will be a veritable delight for any cricket fan. Knowledgeable, frank and witty, and with a sense of drama comparable to that of cricket itself, Harsha brings the nation’s cricketing ethos inimitably to life. And he is at his best when paying tribute to some cricketing greats—Lara, Inzamam, Jayasuriya, Ganguly, Sehwag, and the incomparable Tendulkar.

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Pundits from Pakistan: On tour with India, 2003-04

Pundits From Pakistan: On Tour With India, 2003-04

Author: Rahul Bhattacharya

A cricketing romp through Pakistan In early 2004, the Indian cricket team set out for Pakistan. Pundits describes the subsequent tour, detailing the matches, the moods, the games and the players. More than merely that, though, it is also a book about the first major sporting encounter between India and Pakistan in 15 years – a period in which the two countries had fought one war and come close to another. What emerges is a fascinating contemporary account of a beautiful game in its most crucial setting, captured through the eyes of a young Indian discovering Pakistan.

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Penguins Stopped Play: Eleven Village Cricketers Take on the World

Author: Harry Thompson

It seemed a simple enough idea at the outset: to assemble a team of eleven men to play cricket on each of the seven continents of the globe. Except hold on a minute that’s not a simple idea at all. And when you throw in incompetent airline officials, amorous Argentine Colonels’ wives, cunning Bajan drug dealers, gay Australian waiters, overzealous American anti-terrorist police, idiot Welshmen dressed as Santa Claus, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and whole armies of pitch-invading Antarctic penguins, you quickly arrive at a whole lot more than you bargained for. Harry Thompson’s hilarious book tells the story of one of those great idiotic enterprises that only an Englishman could have dreamed up, and only a bunch of Englishmen could possibly have wished to carry out.

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Buy Sachin Tendulkar: A Definitive Biography Celebrating 50 Centuries In Test Cricket

Sachin Tendulkar: A Definitive Biography

Author:  Vaibhav Purandare

This is neither a scorebook, nor the accumulation of facts or the extension of a globally recognised brand. This is the first in-depth and comprehensive biography of Sachin Tendulkar, and it puts Sachin the cricketer and the human being in perspective. Tendulkar’s story is told grippingly, with a wealth of rare, unpublished anecdotes that throw fresh light on a remarkable career. This book probes the psychological birth and growth of the world’s leading batsman, examines the historical forces that shaped his personal and cricketing character, analyses his cricket planning and actions and evaluates the history the man has created, whether by making his Test debut at sixteen or by breaking records with a stunning regularity.

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We have decided to review the online stores by ordering from them. First in this series is landmarkonthenet.com.

Book Ordered on: 7th Dec 2010 at 6:15  PM (Ordered as a guest without creating a login, so that there’s no way to track the order).

Sent a mail to customer care: 7th Dec 2010 at 6:23 PM (asking them to confirm the order placed)

Got a mail from customer care: 7th Dec 2010 at 8:11 PM (confirming the order and that the book will be dispatched the next day)

Got an automated mail: 8th Dec 2010 at 7:58 PM (confirming that the book has been dispatched along with courier details)

Book delivered: 9th Dec 2010 at 6:00 PM (Book delivered via DTDC Courier)

Order to Receive Time: 47 Hours 45 Minutes.

Based on this experience I am rating landmarkonthenet.com as 4.5 /5. I will definitely order from here if the price is less than other stores.

Scope for Improvement: SMS Notifications when the order is placed and when it is dispatched (along with courier details) as not all people will check their mails daily.