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Life is what you make it
By TANIYA BISWAS
Life is What you make it
Book Name: Life is What You Make it_ a story of love, hope and how determination can overcome even destiny
Author Name: Preeti Shenoy
Number of Pages: 209
Year of Publication: 2011
Publisher Name: Srishti Publishers & Distributors
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Life is what you make it, a great masterpiece, and more a biography than a fiction, is one of the most wonderful works of Preeti Shenoy. If you love inspiring stories which portray all emotions along with stories of failures and success; then definitely it’s your cup of tea. The story pinpoints Anks’s life in the early eighties. Ankita Sharma, a bright, young and charming girl has the world at her feet. She is beautiful and passionate and has many friends who follow her and love her. She is a born leader and she reflects her leadership qualities well in her college as the Arts Secretary. She wins many awards in the inter-college competition. She even manages to get herself enrolled in one of the premium MBA course. Why does she drop out? What makes Anks to take this step inspite of so much hard work and determination to get just an interview call from her dream MBA Institute? What makes her feel worthless and empty? Why was she getting severe panic attacks? Will she be able to recover ever once again?
The whole story revolves around Anks. The characterization has been done fantastically by the Author. It’s so amazing that you will feel like living each and every character in the book. People love relatable stories and the author has used this liking of people too seriously that the reader will be bound to relate to every scene in his everyday life. Especially the witticisms, hanging out with friends, college dramas, sweet and sour love stories, guilt feelings, strict parents and typical Indian home culture, are some of the scenes which you can easily relate to. The story goes in a moderate pace though, but you can’t stop your eagerness to know the future events, as you will relate to it well. At some point of time, you will definitely say to yourself;”Oh no; it’s so me” I guess. The story goes smooth until Anks manages to get into a premium MBA course. Then it takes a wild turn when Anks finds herself fighting with panic attacks. Slowly and slowly, a feeling of emptiness and sinking feeling in the stomach grows in her, much like slow poisoning. This affects her brain and she goes into severe depression. The girl, who was once an extrovert, now has become shy, very shy even to face her own dear friends. The sinking feeling in the stomach is now worst, unbearable for Ankita and so she decides to take her own life. Will she take her own life? Or will she ever overcome her fear and lead a normal life once again? These questions will arise in your minds and you will be forced to turn the pages one after another just to know what happens next.
Each scene has been portrayed by the author in such a manner that it will almost appear like a movie, playing just in front of your eyes. There are some scenes in the chapter which will definitely remind you of some movies like “Love You Zindegi” and “Hemlock Society”; especially those of Anks and her favorite psychiatrist, Dr. Madhusudan. Even a scene where her parents had to part ways from Anks while she was admitted in the mental health care centre, reminded me of a scene from “Taare Zameen Par”. Now let’s have a look at some of the pros and cons of this book.
- It’s overall a very positive story which will inspire you to look at life like you have never looked before.
- It highlights the power of love, faith and hope which can easily bring back a person to alive who is almost dead.
- It shows all the relatable dramas of our daily lives, starting from home tantrums to social tantrums. This relatable quality plays the most important role in making the book most interesting.
- It pinpoints the need of a little appreciation and assurance like, “I am always with you, no matter what happens” to your loved ones.
- It even teaches us how our strong will power and determination can even change our own destiny.
- It portrays strong emotional bonding of love and friendships; which are considered as keys to increase the level of happy hormones in individuals.
- The story goes at a quite moderate pace, especially in the beginning and the middle, though it takes a faster pace in the end.
- The story has no mention of Anks’s brother in the entire book, except in the beginning.
- Some of the scenes will though give u a feeling of worthlessness as you can relate well until you reach the climax. The climax will inspire u after all.
The story has limited cons as per my opinions as it’s an overall positive story which will motivate you to live your dreams and follow your passion once again. The climax will definitely stitch a feeling of positivity in your heart. You will be bound to look at life in a different angle. However, there could have been some more mentions about some of the important characters in the book, like Vaibhav and Anks’s brother. Despite of these little flaws, the book is definitely an attention seeker one. The characterization, the keen and sharp observations, the witticisms and the honest home truths make the book the show stealer. You will experience more of a live movie streaming just in front of your eyes. The book came as a fiction story though, but it appeared to me like the biography of the author itself. Moreover, sometimes you might even feel that it could be your autobiography as well if you can replace some characters and delete some of the scenes and add yours. Thus, you can now figure out yourself how much relatable it can be.
It’s a must read book and I will definitely give it a 4.7 rating out of 5 and a big salute to the Author, Preeti Shenoy for her wonderful work