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Post by rs1977 » 07 Mar 2018, 02:43

[Following is an official review of "Fluid Thoughts-Water(structural and mysticism)" by Dr. Vinod D. Shah, Ph.D..]
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2 out of 4 stars
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This is a review of the book Fluid Thoughts: Water: Structure and Mysticism by Dr. Vinod D. Shah. This is a non-fiction that provides information on various aspects of water. The book also impresses upon the reader how important water is and how to use it in a responsible fashion.

The book begins with scientific discoveries related to water. The characteristics of the three states of water (ice, water, and steam) and how those properties are helpful in the sustenance of life on Earth are explained. Details about Osmosis (which is the reason for the capillary action used by plants to suck water), water having a memory and a personality, water's effect on human physiology, and water treatment in ancient civilizations are also explained in detail. The mention of celebration of water in the various cultures and poetry makes the reader curious to seek out further information. There are useful discussions about water management, treatment and usage methods, current water crisis, and proposed solutions. I found the list of websites at the end of the book pretty valuable.

I would suggest several improvements in the book. Important topics like water management and treatment, water scarcity, and the proposed solutions are presented at the end of the book, while topics that won’t be of much interest to the contemporary reader like Vedic hymns and divinity of water are given centre stage. On some topics, there is too much of information that is not directly related to the objective of the book, for example, the discussions about Aristotle. Some of the concepts are not explained in detail, for example, the author does not elaborate on erstwhile Spanish alchemist Geber’s claim "calcinations lead to increase in a substance's weight because spirit is united with the body". There are too many references to ancient Indian thoughts on water. There are usages of many Sanskrit words that might put the reader off. It is not clear why the author appreciates the chemical properties of water on one hand and criticizes molecular analysis of water on the other. It would have been helpful if the author had added his research and observations in places where technical points about water are being discussed.

There are several mechanical errors in the book which could have been avoided by professional editing. There are incomplete sentences, redundant words, missing periods and commas, italicized words containing letters that are in regular font, and wrong capitalizations. There are formatting issues like empty pages without explanations, many spaces between two words, missing line breaks, spaces missing between all words in a paragraph, etc.

Overall, I found this book valuable to a beginner who wants to know more about water. Although the book has information about many topics related to water, the structure in which the information has been presented is not appealing. There is too much of dwelling on the celebration and treatment of water in the ancient times. Important information like contemporary management and treatment of water has taken a back seat. The book has not been thoroughly proofread. I could have rated this book 3 out of 4 stars owing to the presence of useful information about water. Because of the ineffective presentation style and several mechanical errors, I rate this book 2 out of 4 stars.

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Post by Sahani Nimandra » 09 Mar 2018, 08:48

Too bad about the errors, it always take a good read away otherwise it seems that the plot has lot insightful information to offer. Hope a good editing would do the trick. Thank you for the review!
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Post by naicme32 » 09 Mar 2018, 11:19

The writer did a good job

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Post by Mouricia25 » 09 Mar 2018, 12:31

A book about water, hmm.. Not a book I would read, but I love the review.

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Post by Gills123 » 09 Mar 2018, 13:21

Errors must be corrected. Good work done.

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Post by JJNP » 09 Mar 2018, 13:57

Thanks for the review. Water is an interesting subject. I studied environmental science at one point, and found the subjects of glaciers and erosion very interesting. This book would be a maybe for me, even though you have pointed out the poor editing.

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Post by lavellan » 09 Mar 2018, 14:23

Thanks for your review! I was surprised to hear that the book was solely about water. I agree that topics relevant to casual readers should have been discussed in greater detail.

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Post by Jonida » 09 Mar 2018, 18:52

This book must contain a lot of useful information about the water, very interested in this one even if it has too many errors...

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Post by NL Hartje » 10 Mar 2018, 00:53

This is an interesting premise for a book. Who did the author intend to read this book, I wonder? Not scientists as they would surely know many of the details already. I can't imagine the errors will help get this book mainstreamed.
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Post by kandscreeley » 10 Mar 2018, 12:02

Maybe I'm just silly, but I didn't no that this book would actually be about water. I thought it was something philosophical. I don't think I would enjoy this book, but I'm glad that you found some good in it.
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Post by melissy370 » 11 Mar 2018, 20:25

Don't think a book about water appeals to me. Good review though.

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Post by va2016 » 12 Mar 2018, 01:35

It's sad that such an important topic has not been presented
well to the readers. As you mentioned, important topics like
management and treatment of water should have been
prioritized and highlighted. I hope that the next edition will
take care of the suggestions that you mentioned, and the book
thoroughly edited.

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Post by mvr2003 » 12 Mar 2018, 01:38

The poetry on water and the celebration of water in the
cultures would interest me. May be I will give this book
a try, ignoring the mechanical errors.

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Post by Jkhorner » 12 Mar 2018, 12:48

It seems like the author should have chosen whether he wanted to celebrate ancient thoughts regarding water or have a scientific discussion on its importance and use in the modern world. Both of them together does not make for a cohesive book, in my opinion. Thank you for reading and reviewing!

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