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Monday, December 18, 2017

Book Review: Happiness Is All We Want by Ashutosh Mishra

Title: Happiness Is All We Want                       
Author: Ashutosh Mishra
Category: Self Help
Publisher: Bloomsbury India
Price: Rs. 260/195.3 (Kindle)
Pages: 216

As far as the title of this book goes it is what life is all about "the pursuit of Happiness". It is indeed all we want. We run after creating happiness for ourselves and our loved ones, in every act of ours. In this race we often keep the subject who matters the most, the recipient of this happiness "our being". I say being because it is both the body and the mind. Our minds are constantly restless in struggle to be the best and our body the last priority. I speak not about people here but myself as well, for the last decade I have been my last priority and successful career my first. This process that started a decade ago now shows alarms as my stamina is nowhere near what it originally was leading to declining productivity. The remedy to this , I stated seeking in literature and that is when I pounced upon this book. 

I have read and am trying to now incorporate many self help books, so I would like to here highlight what the writer has done in creating it and how to use it best. So the most critical part of this book is that it is written by practice. The problems he underlines are very true in Indian context, so I could relate to them very easily. Though most of them are true everywhere, life mostly is a race and we are over-stressed as a young generation more than any before us has been. These examples are so related either to myself or people I know that I started rushing through pages for solutions. This brings me to the most important way in which to read this book is to make pointers. The writer has given some tips at the end of every chapter, which is like the mantra you should remember, making a list of these and slowly including them as priorities in your schedule and life will be more productive. He also goes into intricate details of how we behave. Say we always believe "I will get up in the morning and exercise", this never happens, not for the laziness to exercise, that may come later but the impossibility of waking up early kills it all. He therefore discusses how to watch these hindrances and gives useful tips in avoiding them. Like making exercise a habit first and then fine tuning on the time at which it is done. I found this watchfulness in particular extremely helpful.

The book also has advanced solutions to problems for those who want to go all ahead with it, like Reiki. However to those with work commitments like me I think starting with the most basic ones and going one step at the time with the list becomes helpful. All in all this book certainly helps you achieve that healthy mind and body, rendering you fit to enjoy the success you work so hard for.

RC Rating: 4/5.

    About the Author:

Ashutosh is an MBA from XLRI Jamshedpur and a Mechanical Engineer from IIT Delhi. In his corporate career of sixteen years, he has been a senior banker with global banks like Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank and is currently with ANZ Bank. With gruelling work schedule and plenty of business travel, he was fortunate to realise the importance of health and wellbeing early on. He learnt and practiced many tools and techniques for his own wellbeing while balancing the demands of a high profile career and a lovely family. Based on his experiences over last couple of decades, he has developed a framework for comprehensive wellness with a fresh perspective.

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