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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Book review: “Life Is What You Make It – Preeti Shenoy”

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Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever Gods maybe,
For my unconquerable soul……

Life is full of surprises, some sweet as candies, some sticky as bubblegums. Preeti Shenoy’s book, Life Is What You Make It talks about determination, love and hope as the rudders of an person’s journey towards destiny.

Ankita Sharma had the World at her feet. She was a smart, good-looking, promising 21 year old Management student. 6 months later, she found herself admitted at the National Institute of Mental Health being treated for bipolar disorder.

The book shows her struggle & how  she came close to committing suicide twice before understanding that life actually is a gift to be truly cherished. The book describes in the most touching way how the glowing and beaming, shining and growing Ankita ended up depressed, pale, overweight mental patient, and her journey back to normalcy.

Some cynics might call this book a “Knowledge Encyclopedia about Bipolar Disorder”, I would politely disagree with them. This book, in my view, is a manual about how sheer determination, hope, coupled with the power of love & care, can even change a person’s destiny.

The book, written in the simplest prose, rouses a rainbow of emotions as you turn its pages. One can feel the simplicity of love when she covertly talks with her first love Vaibhav behind her parents back early7 morning. When she gets close to Abhi who is madly in love with her, despite being with Vaibhav, one can feel contrasting emotions of anger & practicality.

Her initial brushes with her disorder rouses fear when she dances on her college building terrace. One feels pain during the ordeal while she was trying to figure out what’s wrong with her. Her experiences in NMHI alongwith her interactions with Dr. Madhusudan, how he helped her through her treatment and covalence makes one feel empathy towards what she faced in her life.

This book is a must-read for those who are searching for an inspiration to fight against antagonistic forces in their lives. I picked this book and finished in 5 hours straight. I would say today that these book has made me understand a particular struggle in my life in a new perspective. I hope after reading this review some of you will feel inspired to read it.

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