Why did I pick this book ?

It came in as a recommendation as book that is good enough to be peeked at by Srini Rao of Unmistakable Creative.  Most of Srini’s recommendation are good.

I open the news papers and I am aghast at finding so many people taking their own lives out. In that sense I wonder is there a science behind what drives people to these extremes.

Do not go by the title. This book is a view on how we could possibly address the pain that we give to our own selves.

What do I like about the book ?

I liked the author’s style of appealed writing. Without being preachy, it gives us a peek into our erroneous selves and the repeated mental trauma that we are quite capable of giving our own selves and possibly others close to us.  I could identify with some of the narrations in the book.

What is one interesting idea that I learnt ?

Well, this is an idea that is quite clearly that has come out in the last few years of my life. Be it from meditation retreats, religious discourses and scriptures,  western philosophy, eastern philosophy one thing is very clear.

“My life is my responsibility”.

This book reinforces the above in a very different way.

The moment this sinks in , everything else becomes relatively easier.

How long it would take ?

2 – 3 hours.

Paras or Quotes that I liked

“All too frequently, the vast majority of us find a reason to avoid taking out the trash, or do the dishes or make the bed or fold our laundry. Later, we’re baffled (and possibly disgusted) by how messy our home is, how obese we’ve gotten or how broke we are. It’s then that depression creeps into our lives. It’s been said that “depression is rage focused inward” and that statement has a great deal of truth to it. “

“Life is an investment; like anything else, the less one invests in it, the less one values it. Thus, the best strategy one can employ is to continually invest in one’s own life.”

“Also, it is here that I’ll reiterate my point that acting out of fear of losing someone has results akin to a Greek tragedy: the more a man believes himself to be avoiding that particular fate, the faster he actually runs toward it.”

Enjoy Maadi (Have Fun)