Be it any writer, struggling or established, it is a herculean task to really understand the likings of a reader. Times have changed, writers have changed, so is the business of writing. Now writers are writing books that demands the likings of Facebook driven generation – IIM’s, IIT’s, MBA’s, BBA’s etc. Today’s books are mostly based on happenings in corporate sectors e.g a night @ call center gave a glimpse at the lives of employees working in call centers. The book was an instant ‘hit’ and made Chetan Bhagat the favorite author of younger generation. Everyone loves his book, so do I. Slowly, many budding and upcoming authors adopted the formula of writing books on lives of younger generation ( their struggles in corporate sector, their personal lives (love, breakups, ditching).
Today’s books have become more formulaic than inspiring. But the struggle story of writer doesn’t end here. Despite following the successful recipe to write an interesting book, the story is rejected several times by editors who are just there to dampen the confidence of upcoming writers. There are a lot of examples of writers who have self published their books after facing heartbreaking rejections of cold-hearted publishing companies. So, after swallowing countless rejections, the book is finally accepted by a kind editor of an unknown publishing company. Now the next stage comes: marketing. If you are not pluggged to social networking sites, don’t expect your book to succeed. Even a struggling blogger values the potential of social interaction and this is where Facebook, Twitter plays a significant role in connecting the book to the potential readers. After a huge promotion on social networking sites, the book is available for sale in book stores as well as on home shopping portals like Flipkart, Amazon etc. Now comes the judgement day for the author to see the sales of his book in the market. Finally, the book succeeds in connecting with readers. It’s a happy ending story for the writer. But somewhere in this process, the author loses his real creativity, his soulful conscience which always wanted to tell the story he desired.
Now the writer is just a toy in the hands of readers 😦 If you all agree with my ideas, please do share your ideas in the comment box.
There is not a single person on earth who is not left untouched by depression. Cut throat competitions, tight work deadlines, challenging projects have seriously dampened the enthusiasm of today’s human race. In the verge to meet day-to-day challenges, our mind is slowly drifting towards instability in terms of health both physically and mentally. According to you what is the exact definition of success? Is success your real life or have you really lost somewhere the real meaning of life – your happiness and your peace of mind.
Like every career oriented person, Ankita Sharma, a small town girl from Cochin aspires to make it big in the world of corporate. Ankita arrives in Mumbai to pursue her career in MBA. Earlier things go according to her will as she puts all her mental and physical energy behind topping the scores in MBA. But in this process, she starts ignoring her health and slowly her mental health starts deteriorating and in no time she starts experiencing mood swings. When she is happy, she is hyperactive and too energetic to carry out any task assigned to her, but on the same time when she is sad, the thoughts of suicide and fear starts gripping her mind. She loses her ability to sleep, rest and understand basic activities – even reading and writing. Things go to such an extreme point that she decides to end her life but this is where her parents support her during her tough times.
She undergoes treatment for a mental disorder called ‘Bipolar disorder’ and slowly realizes that there is more to discover in life beyond goal and ambitions. Ankita succeeds to come out of the mental disorder and decides to opt out from MBA and plans to enroll in writing.
I was really touched by this story and empathized with the pain Ankita was going through. ‘Mental disorder’ doesn’t mean one is mad or insane. Actually we need to support such people with care so that they can succeed to come out of such disturbing phases. In movie ‘Taare Zameen par’, the kid Darsheel Safary is suffering from a disability called ‘Dyslexia’ where he has trouble to understand letters and how Aamir Khan helps him to realize his skills is best shown in the movie. Diseases like ‘Alzheimer’, ‘Schizophrenia’, ‘Dyslexia’ have become common in today’s age but unfortunately the sufferers don’t get the expected support.
Kudos to author Preeti Shenoy for coming with such a complex story and presenting it in such an entertaining way. Friends, success is important to everyone in life but make sure that you don’t ignore your health in the process to chase your dreams. I highly recommend this book this inspiring book to everyone who are looking for upliftment in their life.
It’s been a month now!! Staying without writing even for a month feels like ages. August was a blessed month for me as I had found time to come up with several stories. But for past 1 month, I had been completely absorbed in my personal priorities, trapped in rush hours of commitments and imprisoned in the prison of disappointments. Phew !! Seriously without God’s grace, I would have gone maniac.
Finally after a span of 1 month, I felt like talking to you all and here I am !! In this span of one month, I found time to explore new stories and connect with new authors. Recently, I was privileged to read an inspiring book – Life is what you make it which is penned by Preeti Shenoy. Presently I am near to the completion of book and I felt very uplifted with the story line of this book which revolves around an ambitious girl whose life goes upside down when she is detected with a mental disorder called ‘Bipolar disorder’. How she triumphs in this battle is best to be read in the book ‘Life is what you make it’. I am presently looking forward to pen my thoughts on this novel in my coming blog post with more details on the story. The second novel I thoroughly enjoyed was ‘Pride and prejudice’ written by Jane Austen. With this book, she had started the trend of romantic comedy in literature. If you love light-hearted romantic stories, then Jane Austen’s books are best for you. Two different authors, two different genres. Both ‘Life is what you make it’ and ‘Pride and prejudice’ explores the complexities of human nature in a different way. So now that I am back in action, I promise to come up with rejuvenating and inspiring stories that will definitely cheer up your mood. This blog post was just an attempt to keep you updated about my activities when I am not writing.