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Book Review: The Secret, by Rhonda Byrne

“If you want to be happy, be.”

Leo Tolstoy, one of my favorite authors, gives voice to what is a beautiful thought. That if we want to be happy, then we should be. The only thing stopping us from being happy is us. Seeing from the white side of life, this feels the way life should be lived, without giving a thought to sadness. And this is something I try to do most of the time. Why not always? Why do I stop myself from being happy? The easiest answer, and the one that is true, is that life is not white, but mostly gray. There are times when you can’t help but feel a little low. Continue reading “Book Review: The Secret, by Rhonda Byrne”

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Book Review: Living Courageously, by Lipa Rath

About the author:
Lipa Rath is a certified spiritual counselor, an angel therapist and a writer. She has worked extensively in the area of personal growth. She feels that teaching about the truth is child’s play compared to living those teachings “in the cold light of the day”. This is her first book.

Cover art:
The cover is very pleasing to the eye, and one of my favorite shades of green. I don’t know why the choice of the cover, but I felt it might be something like “seeing the light” or something like that. Continue reading “Book Review: Living Courageously, by Lipa Rath”

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Book Review: Don’t Think of a Blue Ball, by Malti Bhojwani

About the author:
As a life coach, she aims to serve, not to fix or to help. Malti Bhojwani is the founder of Multi Coaching International, a certified professional Life Coach with the International Coach Federation, Neuro Linguistic Programming practitioner and an author. Being a life-learner, she is also mastering Ontological Coaching with Newfield Network to hone her skills as she still considers herself to be only a “white-belter” in the field of personal transformation.

Cover and blurb:
Simple looking cover, with not much to give away about what the book is about.

My thoughts on the book:
I don’t really know if life can be coached, it must be lived. So I wasn’t sure if I would love the book at the onset. I didn’t love the book, but I did like it. The book is not about coaching life perhaps, but bringing us through those moments of doubt or sadness that usually take us down. Even those moments need some positive energy that this book provides in plentiful.

I first read it quickly in the order of chapters, and then I went randomly, and I don’t think it makes a difference. The contents page has a thought on each chapter, what it is about, so I think you can go to the chapter you really want to get that good feeling you need. To take an example right out of the box, I went to this chapter on replacing negativity when I was in a phase that I believed nothing was going right. The first line itself helped. “Change your negative thoughts before they manifest, rather than after.” It’s not as if I didn’t know that that’s what I had to do, but someone else saying it to me, rather than me trying to believe in it, perhaps that helped. It helps when you imagine the author giving voice to her thoughts.

There are parts that made me take note, made me feel like I was sitting with her and she was telling them to me. It’s like they were meant for me. Another thing I liked in the book was the vision chart, and the example given in that. I felt like that was something I could implement. Even the weight watching part I felt I could relate to.

The book touches a chord with me since it doesn’t boss my life, but tries to bring some perspective into it. Some things are repetitive, but that’s okay I feel. It’s not a book that is to be read in one sitting, and it will take time for the words to sink in, or take effect in life. A simple book, in simple language yet having the potential to make a big difference to life… it is worth reading for sure.

Rated a 7 on 10!
Rated a 7 on 10!

Book Details:
Title: Don’t Think of a Blue Ball
Author: Malti Bhojwani
ISBN: 978-93-81607-15-2
Genre: Non-fiction
Publishers: Om Books International
Price: INR. 295


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The opinions expressed in the review are my own, and remain unbiased and uninfluenced.

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(Sept 9th, 2013)

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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)