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Book Review with a twist – Done

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Described as catnip for conspiracy theorists, and I can’t help but agree. Any book/post which gives me an idea of how the world (as we know it) works is always a fun read. This book by Jacques Peretti is very detailed and well researched, and quite frankly a bit alarming.

This book reminded me of the concept of the butterfly effect, one seemingly innocuous flutter of a butterfly’s wing which changes the course of events thousands of miles away, consequently changing the world.  This book gives the reader a glimpse of how decisions are made by way of handshake deals which impact billions of people and more importantly billion dollar industries (if that). It makes the reader re-think how we feel about food, taxes, our own weight, our insatiable want for technology, basically every aspect of our lives.

Am I reviewing my own consumption patterns over the years and my attitudes, Certainly. Would I recommend this book – YES! I think every person should read this book. Not because I like to perpetuate fear-mongering trends, but in a world where we are the “Commodity” that a handful of people are betting on (or against), a book like this one will perhaps make people look at their own worth (perhaps even understand it)!

Underneath the incidents, I feel like that is the point… Let me know what you think.

Peace & Love

xo

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Book Review- Unthink

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I am always game to read books that offer a different perspective, and Unthink by Chris Paley is one which is completely counter intuitive and looking at everything from an upside down perspective. It is also very insightful.

Till very recently, I used to identify as a true-blue Taurus – someone who is averse to change, someone who is rigid & inflexible, someone who is stubborn. It was only recently that it dawned on me that your narrative and what you think & believe is a self-fulfilling prophecy. Lately I’ve noticed change can be a wonderful thing because everything changes anyway, whether we like it or not. Books like these help you release your own narratives, and get out of your own head.

If you have a few hours to spare, give this book a read. It might actually enlighten you on things that you least expected.

Peace & Love

xo

Book Review – How to be Parisian

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One of my dear friends recommended this book and I immediately bought it on my kindle account and started reading it. Quickly realized that a book like this is meant to be read in hardcover, so I mentioned it to my dad that I wanted to buy a hardcover as well, because of the pictures. So he bought it for me, and it arrived today. Thank you amazon and a bigger thank you to Nidhi!

This is a fun tongue in cheek book written by 4 Parisian women. I am not Parisian by nationality, but I identified with most of this book. Perhaps some of us are just born with a Parisian heart.

One of my favorite lines from this book is this because I felt myself furiously nodding in agreement –

The Parisienne, shamelessly snobbish, is such a snob that she’s perfectly comfortable letting everyone know it. What’s wrong with that? The Parisienne is arrogant.

Use whatever adjective you like (or dislike), instead of snob, and it works. OWN it. Not only that embrace it, get comfortable with it, and no one (even yourself) can’t use it to make you squirm. I don’t think a Parisienne will ever be caught dead squirming about anything! But don’t take yourself so seriously either.

Anyway, my love for Paris just got amplified after reading this book.

Would I recommend this book – in a heartbeat.

Give it a go, and let me know what you think.

Peace & Love

xo


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Don’t go by the Title

One of my most favorite books of all times is titled Finding your strength in difficult times by David Viscott, and I found this book at home about 5 years back, and boy am I glad I did.

Now don’t let the title fool you, it has very little to do with “difficult times”, instead it is a collection of very simple thoughts on various every day subjects which can act as a guide to better oneself as a human being. And since the first time I read it, I’ve been taken with this precious little book (its actually tiny <3). I read this book when I feel like I’m slipping from the standard of grace that I hold for myself. Often using the wisdom from this book in various instances in life, especially when I am encountered with contentious people. Quoting from it to loved ones, or even recommending it to a lot of friends. I even went so far as to buy a few copied and gift it to really close friends. That’s how much I love this book.

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This style of writing appeals to me most, simply because it is simple and crisp, it doesn’t drone on and on about the same concept, it makes its point and moves on to the next. On average each chapter is about one and a half pages, so by the end of each chapter I found myself in a state of wonder that this author had nailed it with beautifully articulated thoughts.

It also acts as a constant reminder to me not to get carried away by the surface, not to judge a book by its cover (works literally also), and before writing something off, to actually take a step back and look at the bigger picture. The take away from this book in terms of the chapters itself is way more. But I’d rather you read this book and see for yourself.

So irrespective of whether you are going through difficult times or not, if you can find this book, please do read it, (and if you do) do let me know how you liked it, I would love to hear your thoughts on (one of) my favorite books.

xo