Book Review Treat: Colours Of Life by Inderjit Kaur

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“Kaleidoscope- Colours of Life” is a book with a really creative and a new concept. Part 3 of Living Series, Inderjit Kaur comes up with a book of inspirational essays to guide through the hard and easy bits of life. But what makes this book is the way it is presented and set up. Part A of the book is titled ‘Rainbows’ and each color of the rainbow is illustrated through an inspiring person that the author has encountered in her own life.

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The author lists down the quality of the person that she relates with the respective color, and then the story of her encounter with that person and what she learns from that person which helped her realize something in her own life. The best thing is that these people are not any extraordinary, high achievers but everyday people like us who might not even be noticeable in a crowd if we just take them by their appearances. This makes the characters extremely relatable and simply through a general interaction they leave such pearls of life lessons behind, that can open us to so much awakening and new ways of thinking at one go. Each essay is ended with a quote by a powerful and motivational personality, appropriate to the theme of the essay.  While the “Spiritual Violet” reveals the story of a common shop owner. Despite unsettling tragedies, this man who the author addressed as Jeevan Kaka, amazed people with his unfailing attitude despite all odds. His simple and spiritual nature, quite evident from the short interaction in the essay itself proves why he deserved to be honored under “Spiritual Violet”. “Compassionate Orange” is a tragic yet awe inspiring tale of Annette, who became mentally challenged due to the atrocities faced by her alcoholic father at a very young age. Perhaps her bubbly and innocent nature was due to her mental retardness, yet to see her devoid of any angel, resent or feeling of vengeance leaves one thinking that how even normal thinking persons are caught in the web of their own makings. We are quick to judge and ever harder to budge (we’re okay sticking to one line of thought or belief even when there are many routes to take in the same situation).
Part B of the book is titled “Contrast and Hues”. This part deals with various shades of life and personalities. The essays are titled based on virtues and attitudes we choose to carry with us further in our lives. “Being Committed” is an essay about being committed to one’s own growth and learning. It’s easy to lose hope and pace, it’s easy to give up but what’s rewarding is to keep walking even if we’re slow, even if we lose track hundreds of times or stop momentarily to charge ourselves. The author notes how she takes small steps each day to make her a better, stronger person than what she was yesterday.

We are often a victim to procrastination. But the hard part about this is we stand to lose opportunities! Once we start taking responsibility for the decisions we make in our lives, and stop blaming or relying on others, not only do we become more independent but also our choices start becoming much easier. Based on this theme, the author introduces an essay titled “Opportunities Slip Away”.

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The author went through a very tough phase in her life, which she mentions in the Introduction. However it is her hard phase which brought more clarity in her life about herself and her choices and these are a basis for this book, a beautiful & inspirational collection of essays. This is a very good themed book, apt for raising our motivations and quick to give us inspiration when we’re looking for some guidance. The editing of this book is really poor. The author has made use of very long and incomprehensible sentences which take away the effect that the essays could have had on the reader. The theme of this book is excellent and unique; however the author could have worked more of developing it. Though I would definitely suggest this book for first-time readers considering the theme and the message that this book aims to deliver, however, for people who have already forayed into self-help or motivational collection of essays, the writing style & grammar make the book very drab to read. Also, even though the author has chosen very inspiring topics for her essays, and many a times the anecdotes, experiences, encounters and stories she introduces are worth noting, however the views of the author on the same come as to be very opinionated and limited at times, which is again a big disappointment for a book which seemed to be quite promising. I’ll give this book an overall 3 on 5.  As an ending note, I will say that this book is any day better than a chick lit or “another teenage novel” which contemporary Indian authors seem to be quite obsessed with, and at least this collection of essays has something new to offer and gives something to think about.

© 2016 Mind Pickles

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Book Name: Kaleidoscope- Colours Of Life (A Living Series Part 3)
Author Name: Inderjit Kaur

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Book Review Treat: Promise Me A Million Times by Keshav Aneel

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Book Name: Promise Me A Million Times 

Author Name: Keshav Aneel

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Promise Me A Million Times is a novel written by Keshav Aneel. The main characters have names like Aster, Edwin and Charlie. The story is also based in fictional cities like Etiole, Beaten, Grane and Lugaar which could have brought interesting side to this story however the lifestyles, places and setting are all Indian so this mismatch in the names creates a disconnect while reading the story.

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Starting with plot, this story is about two guys who are orphans with big dreams. They come with hardly any money but lots of hopes and expectations to make a good lifestyle in a big city. Though Edwin is ambitious and wants to be a big actor some day, Charlie is a simpleton who’s only aim is to support Edwin in his dreams. Little did he know that he has a lot in store in life to discover.

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The writing style is simplistic and maintains the interest of the readers. But the scenes and the dialogue is very clichéd most of the times which makes it quite difficult for this book to stand out from an already huge collection of contemporary Indian authors. Nevertheless it comes with a good message of perseverance despite failures, never giving up, understanding a person beyond their flesh, and standing by your friends no matter what. In that aspect this book is a great introduction for non readers and teenagers for whom this book will provide good lessons to follow.

A remarkable thing about the author Keshav Aneel is he dropped out of his job to follow his passion of writing his book. This in itself is such a great message to today’s generation who feel like a lost cause just after failing to clear an exam. In times of tough competition and survival, the author’s journey as well as this book reminds us that braving it all to follow our passion is truly worth it. Aster, Charlie and Edwin stands a testimony to this truth of life.

Another good aspect of this novel is Aster and Charlie’s bond as it is so heartfelt and deep. Aster is such a strong and inspiring person and plays more than a role of protagonist’s love interest. Towards the end, the realization that Charlie has about sacrifice and insecurity in love is profound and enlightening.

Overall I give this book 3 out of 5 stars and hope the author comes up with much newer themes.

© 2016 Mind Pickles

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What Do You See: Pain or Gain?

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“Winners see the gain, losers see the pain”. –Shiv Khera

There’s a simple mantra which has the strength to carry you very far in life. And that is ” No Pain No Gain”. The more you are willing to put time & efforts into making ideas a reality, the more are the chances of seeing a dream come true. So the next ttime you think ” what if”, try and think “why not”. There’s nothing that can stop you….EVER!
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Pain is an inevitable part of life. Whenever a baby learns to start walking from his crawling stage, it is bound to be difficult and painful. Each attempt to stand up and walk guarantees a fall straight on his ass. Yet the freedom and independence that comes with walking keeps the baby moving.

In our daily lives it’s so funny to see someone faltering (perhaps they have a bad accent, don’t know the local language of the country they are living in, can’t socialize, are autistic, don’t behave like others, body shaming). We make our best efforts to make them know how weird, awkward, ‘uncool’, silly, funny, unwanted they are looking. Perhaps behind our snickers and hurtful jokes, we hide our own insecurities of faltering. It’s better to allow us and others the flight of nonchalance over the opinions of others and doing for a change what really is good for us. After all, a person who is isn’t falling down isn’t walking either!  Crawling helps you fit in the crowd…..but is that what you want to be doing for the rest of your life?

© 2016 Mind Pickles