Love & other Butterfly Effects
Some books are so good that they demand to be re-read many times, sometimes its that one line, sometimes it those many chapters. This one How to unleash your true potential by Shivam (don’t you just love the no second name name) is one such book.
For me, LIFE feels like a butterfly effect, where one seemingly insignificant event cascades into the next into the next, you encounter people (sometimes its as innocuous as a “follow” on social media), you meet puppies in traffic who brighten your day, you meet the butterflies who visit your office on a quiet day, all leading to unexpected effects on your day (and life). If there’s one thing I’m sure of, its not a one time event, this life. Its the little things, and the big things, its the horrible things and the blissfully perfect thing, its everything and its nothing without Love.
If a book gets my time more than once, I recommend it.
#Bookstagram 6 – We should all be feminists
While waiting for a clear shot of the Super moon last night, I found (and read) this little book with a punchy title – We should all be feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I picked it up mainly because the title piqued my curiosity (I ALWAYS judge books by their covers, what can I say). Needless to say, the word Feminist mostly has a negative connotation to it, feminists are thought of as angry women who hate bras and men – over simplification, I know – but those are the stereotypes. Irrespective of stereotypes, I’m never quick to label myself (or others) or jump to make arguments for either side, simply because I know that real life has too many nuances to it, and nothing is entirely too virtuous or completely evil.
Having said that, this book was a pretty insightful and quick read, it talked about the insidious ways in which disparity exists in the world. There were parts of it that definitely had me nodding in agreement, and parts which didn’t quite do it for me. All in all, I would certainly read texts on this subject again.
Would I recommend this book – I say, to each his own! If this is your kind of book, go for it. If not, that’s okay too.
What would Audrey do?
What would Audrey Do? Timeless Lessons for Living with Grace and Style, by Pamela Keogh is one of the books that I’ve been very excited about in recent times. And my overall reaction after reading it has been less than delighted (I’m just as shocked as you are!). Now its not a horrible book that I couldn’t even finish, or a bad book in terms of content, it IS about Audrey Hepburn, after all. At the very least, the subject matter pleases me enough to not hate it.
My book review with a twist will be in the form of listing out Pros and Cons. Starting with Cons, so we can end on a good note.
- The writing style of using the Royal “We” got annoying quick;
- Names dropped where none was called for;
- Its about 100 pages too long – a LOT of the parts are repeated (over and over again) throughout the book;
- It practically paints Audrey as a mythical saintly being, there’s even a chapter in called “St. Audrey” (for heaven’s sake!). To me that was very Un-Audrey! (oooh the delicious irony of it all);
- Typos – this made me both mad and sad. It made me wonder if it was even edited;
- Speculative – the parts which actually attempted to answer the titular question, is the most annoying part (which is ironic).
- Its got biographical parts on Audrey’s life which I didn’t know about before;
- The style and makeup tips (yay! These were my absolute favorites);
- The Cover, look and feel, of the book is pretty and pink;
- Its about the lovely Audrey Hepburn. Enough said.
A book (any book) has the power to evoke so many emotional responses from its readers. The ones that make me feel like it ended too soon, or leaves me reaching for it over and over again, are the real winners! Unfortunately, I don’t feel that about this book. But it wasn’t horrible, so that will do for now.
The art of the good life
My first reaction, to books with titles like this which promise to reveal age old universal secrets of greatness or mindfulness or some such popular keyword of that time, is to scoff with derision. One might assume that this is because I’m naturally inclined to roll my eyes instead of embrace new ideas. I’m not. However, such titles come off as presumptuous and a bit full of its own virtues.
Having said that, The art of the good life by Rolf Dobelli turned out to be one of the best books I’ve read in the recent past, and one which I will likely recommend to everyone I know. I’m humbled and will happily accept that my initial reaction based only on the title was wrong. There are certain books that compel you to read it over and over again, because the messages in it are so simple yet essential that you would never want to forget any of it. This is one such book.
The concepts are simple, but told with a witty and often hilarious way that you can’t help but enjoy with an inadvertent smile, while taking mental notes on the author’s advice.
Almost towards the end of this book, I found that this is the second in a series of such books by this author, the first one being The art of thinking clearly, needless to say I am off to amazon after this to place my order for it.
And on a completely vain note, the book is beautifully packaged, a white hardcover with lettering in Gold. Ah its a beauty, indeed. Right up my aesthetic alley. Highly recommended to anyone who is reading this.