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Love Trumps All!

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  33 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Love Trumps All! - Tale of Cultural Crossovers
Five friends, five religions, five ideologies, five inseparable interwoven stories of transformation and self-discovery on a global stage.

A story that cuts across Y2K opportunities of the late 90s to the current backdrop of Trump election.

Anant Joshi, a dreamer who chases the American dream during Y2K rush and leapfrogs from
Paperback, First edition, 374 pages
Published December 12th 2017 by Leadstart Publishing - Inkstate Books
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Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved the bookcover, it fits the story to a T. And so far as the writing style, story flow and plot are concerned, I‘m very much impressed with those as well. The plot is well put together. It has the right flow and ebb to hold the reader’s attention. The adept writing lets the story advance smoothly. It really made me take delight in reading the stories and experiences of the characters.

The characters are distinct and well fleshed out, with different quirks and opinions yet sharing some
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emotions —isn't that what binds us to each other, and that is what Sudarshan Mahabal's book is rich in. The story does say that it is about a man, Anant, from a small town in India making it big in the Silicon Valley of California, then leaving it all to come back to India. But the real story which runs like a gentle stream, tinkling and splashing its way over the rocks is the emotions that the author has weaved into the plot. The scenes start subtly but end in an explosive bang, that squeezes ...more
Ruchi Patel
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-owned
First of all book cover justifies the story. So you can judge this book by its cover. Nice story. Basically divided into 3 parts. Parts of the story touches our day today’s life experiences. Well written plot and nice writing style and story holds your attention till the end. Nice one. I really liked it
Bhargavi Chandrashekar
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
We live in a time of great change, where every IT graduate looking forward to work abroad. Driven by the exponentially increasing success rate in the foreign countries like USA & UK. In order to thrive in this whirlwind of change, they don’t care what they are losing. Love Trumps All by Sudarshan Mahabal brings an original angle to the trope of exploring the life of such people in the foreign land.

The book starts with the conversation between Anant & Madhura in the beautiful Mumbai’s
Asha Seth
Jun 29, 2018 rated it liked it
The Plot:

This is the story of Anant, Madhura, Chris, Sameera, and Amy. But most importantly, it is the story of Anant. He is from a small town in India and struggles to bake his way through the glam of metros and follows his heart accepting a job in the US. Madhura, his classmate-turned-girlfriend is apathetic to his practical views and accuses him of betrayal to motherland when he announces his decision to fly overseas. The story thereon is about his professional and personal journey in the US
Banaja Prakashini
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
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It took me a good number of days to read the book, and the author has tried to add a lot of plot in those pages. We see the dream, we see the dream achieved, we see the way the dream was achieved, what happens next and a lot more.
One of the things that I really appreciate, framing a character that is so normal that it’s a pleasant feeling to be reading about him.

Rating- 3.5 out of 5 stars

Despite have a lot of twists and turns in the plot,
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Overall Rating: .5

I like books where the characters are much more prominent than the actual plot. Well, it’s definitely good to have a balance between the two but I don’t mind if in some cases, characters top the plot.

Almost every Indian harbours this dream of making it big in the States. Even, I for one, am under this spell of living the American dream. While my interests is more in exploring the places and playing tourist,
Swapna Peri
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Book Title: Love Trumps All
Author: Sudarshan Mahabal
Format: Paper Back
Total Number of Pages: 374
Published By : LeadStart Publishing pvt. ltd
Published Year: 2017
ISBN-10: 9352019911
ISBN-13: 978-9352019915

Book Title:
The book title ' Love Trumps All ' is new & interesting.

Book Cover :
The book cover is an interesting image of the famous spiritual symbol, Ying-Yang, in which the Ying is represented with The American Flag and The Statue of Liberty, and on the other side of Yang, it's the Indian
Jiten Upadhyay (Team ThinkerViews)
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Do you love to read about various cultural cross overs? If the answer is "Yes", then this book is definitely a good choice. Though, it explores Indian and US way of living, doing business and other aspects, people from various other cultures can also relates to the same, as human emotions are almost similar everywhere. I read the book and found some of the fantastic stuff explored in it despite of its own
Readers Cosmos
May 08, 2018 rated it liked it
The writer has done an amazing job in describing the Y2K boom period and how Indians were hired in masses, the problems they faced and the adjustments they made, to eventually make the great American dream come true. The book is more of a philosophical take on life, situations, politics religion and most of all relationships. The book alternates with the characters narrating their stories which is distracting as one has to go to and fro from a single point and it is many a times very repetitive. ...more
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Love Trumps All" is a book which many engineers who are in their forties can relate to. Till 1997, most engineers worked as engineers in the field which they studied, however after salaries in the IT sector increased, many switched over to the IT sector and made a lot of quick money. The book is interesting because it traces the story of Anand Joshi, who studies chemical engineering in UDCT, Mumbai, and then moves to the United States for a job in the IT sector through a bodyshopping firm. He ...more
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love Trumps All! offers a unique perspective of the US Silicon Valley culture from an Indian perspective. In fact, the book is full of cross cultural perspectives, which makes the book a very rich reading. Most of all, it shows how our human nature that wants to experience love, safety and belonging is a stronger bond than socio-cultural ways of relating. This bond holds the promise of uniting us as a species inhabiting One Planet. After all, all of the boundaries, whether countries, states, ...more
Akshata Kurnool
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“Love Trumps All” is a book which shows the real struggles of moving to a different environment and adapting to it. It offers the journey of each character in their respective point of views, and the author has portrayed each one of their views in beautiful words.The bond of friendship between the protagonists is very heartwarming and it shows that with the love and support from friends and family, no hardship of life is difficult to conquer. It is definitely a must read!!
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great read. People born in one country, travelling to other for work and then facing the dilemma of where to settle is a very common thing these days. This book really broadens our horizons about being a global citizen in real sense.
Jun 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Little fictional at certain points, however characters' narration and few cross cultural aspects related to India and America were so practically defined.
I commend the effort put by a writer who aspired to write and pursued it to make it a reality!
Sameer Surnis
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The author displays his flair for writing and storytelling skills. Linking the characters, their views, places they visit, appears to a reader in a nice flow which is certainly a big plus.
All in all a very good effort from an amateur writer in his first book.

Bravo...Keep it Up!!!
Sidharth Bhatkhande
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent storyline of 5 characters, each unique in their needs and desires. Beautifully integrated backstories of these characters that bring forth the cultural and emotional aspects of relationships. As someone who has lived in both India and the US, I could relate to these characters. Depictions of some of the moments - example - the one in Yosemite and the Everest Base Camp are awesome - you get goosebumps. I liked the balanced perspective that the author has put forth around the 2016 US ...more
Dec 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
'The American Dream' - I wonder how many people have dreamed this in the entire world, people of so many cultures and languages - all unified by this one dream. But no one talks about the journey one faces to achieve this one goal. And what happens then? No one talks about the transformation afterwards. This story takes us into the life of a man who dared to dream and achieve what he wanted to in his life and the story of the people he relates to. We get the sense that everyone has their story ...more
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The book takes you through an amazing journey of an aspiring person. The author creates the backdrop and scenes in way that you feel as if your the witness to the events happening in the book. It takes you on a journey of emotions, experiences and situations. We feel connected to the characters in a way and feel inspired by their hardships and success. It is a must read for all the aspiring young adults, adults and readers of all types out there. It was a wonderful experience for me and I hope ...more
Kanwarpal Singh
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Review : This book is story based on time when America is employing technical people from India Anant Joshi is one of them. He left his childhood love Madhura to go to US and work in silicon valley. Got married to a gynaecologist and have 2 children, worked with Chris O'Brien and his wife Amy Cohen. They started work and earn a fortune out of there start up, but recession hit them in time they have to take break from the busy life and return to India to his parent and went to meet Sameera
Ravikant Bhattad
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mr. Sudarshan has made rather I would say created a very beautifully crafted, his book “Love Trumps All”
This book proves that YES, Love is beyond anything and everything!!
While reading, it was like I was part of each character - Anant, Sameera, Chris, Amy & Madhura and living it myself till end.
This book summarizes the various aspects of life from dreams to passion, Ind-USA-Ind, Business trips to start-ups, individual values to families bonding, US elections to philanthropic, etc.
A wonderful
Rahul Phatak
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A pretty good story of an NRI's life in SV and his eventful return to India. Consider this a more realistic take than SRK returning to his village and building a dam. A few important topics like immigration, family pressures, religion (or the lack of it), inter religious marriages, also form the backdrop of this novel.
Being a debut author, the book suffers from minor view-point/timeline jumps but nothing jarring. A must read for people who have thoughts about crossing the USA-India divide
Rasika Mahabal
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First book written by my brother and what a fantastic first effort. It is available on Amazon India and amazon US.
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
***** I was given a copy by the author for an honest review *****

I liked this book, there's the review. Well there are short comings and the book is slow at many a places.

Considering that it's the first book by the author it's a worthwhile effort. Unfortunately my laptop crashed so one the review got delayed also my notes were on that laptop.

Writing for the most part is good enough though in few parts the things do get a little preachy but Sudharshan is clever enough to have a character respond
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 Stars.

Because I enjoyed the book and I would like to read more from Sudharshan Mahabal.

Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A nice first novel by my cousin. It traces the life of a few friends---growing up, friendship, romance, tragedies, the works. Set non-chronologically, and with chapters written from individual perspectives, the novel also has solid doses of the philosophical viewpoints of the individuals, as they grapple with religion and agnosticism, opportunism and altruism, loss, honesty, parent-child conflict and filial piety, love for the motherland and the lure of Amrika, american politics, plus questions ...more
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