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Book Review: F?@K Knows, by Shailendra Singh

About the author:
Shailendra Singh is like a jack of all trades (maybe even a master). He’s been there, done that… be it a sports marketing guru, an advertising whizz or a Bollywood producer. He adds “author” to that list with this book, his first.

The book in a nutshell:
“F?@K Knows” is an autobiographical type book that quite doubles up as a life guide or a self-help book. It brings out life lessons that we can implement in our lives. We all know and have heard the questions that life throws at us. Sometimes we don’t have an answer. After all, we say that not every question has an answer, so when life asks us one, we have that tendency to say that that question falls under that “unanswerable” category, even if they are important ones. The book aims at helping us the answers to those important life questions and in the process, help us to also find ourselves, follow our heart, achieve our goals and live life.

What I liked in the book:
The language is such that you can’t help but laugh. It brings that in-your-face humor that the blurb at the back promises and it doesn’t preach. The author doesn’t say or push that he is right, and we must follow his “lessons” to achieve what we want. The book puts his thoughts as-they-are in front of us and tells us this is what can happen. Each lesson’s title also has that humor aspect, and is followed by the nutshell of what the lesson wants to say. I especially like the chapter “They” because I can understand that chapter well, and also the chapter “Conversation with God” that felt, in its humor element, one that quite a few of us, including myself, might have when we go to Heaven. I could identify with a few other chapters and I feel it is advice that can be taken. It’s not rocket science that the author wishes to make us understand, it’s our life after all, and we do need a little push at times to listen to our heart and not our mind. I like the disclaimer for the humor, very different.

What I didn’t like:
I’m not one to use the word “F?@K” that often. Yes, I understand that in the context of the book and what it means to say, the usage continuously is warranted, but I still felt it to be slightly overkill. Also, I’d have put some other color on the cover other than bright yellow.

Closing thoughts:
We don’t need to implement every single thing literally. Like the humorous disclaimer and the preface say, you need to think if it’s what you want, what your heart says and decide. And then it’s your decision, wherever it takes you. You can’t tell someone else pushed your heart to say what it doesn’t want. In short, the book has to be read as if it’s about you and nothing else.

A rating of 8/10
A rating of 8/10

Book details:
Title: F?@K Knows
Author: Shailendra Singh
Genre: Non-Fiction
ISBN: 9788129123886
Publishers: Rupa
Price: INR 195


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(March 8th, 2013)