A tale, at its core a love-story that makes us question our beliefs about ourselves and our concept of sanity and forces us to believe that life is truly what you make it......
Author: Preeti Shenoy
Published By: Srishti Publishers
About The Author:
Preeti Shenoy is an author and an artist based at Bangalore, India. She is among the best-selling authors in India. Listed among the Forbes List of the 100 most influential celebrities of India, Shenoy has varied interests ranging from photography and yoga to sociology. After a brief stay in the UK, Shenoy, who is married and a mother to two children, currently resides in Bangalore. Her latest book, The One You Cannot Have (published by Westland Ltd) released in November and has been gathering enthusiastic, positive reviews from readers. She has also given talks at many prestigious educational institutions, across the country, including IITs and IIMs.
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From The Book:
What would you do if destiny twisted the road you took? What if it threw you to a place and you did not want to go? Would you fight, would you run or would you accept?
Set across two cities in India in the early eighties, “Life is what you make it” is a gripping account of a few significant years of Ankita’s life.
Ankita Sharma has the world at her feet. She is young, good-looking, smart and has tonnes of friends and boys swooning her. College life is what every youngster dreams of and she also manages to get into a premier management school for her MBA.
Six months later, she is a patient in a mental health hospital.
A different book with a different story; unlike other love story book. It will take you into a whole different world and somewhere it will make you feel how your life can change drastically.
The story begins with a prologue where the protagonist, Ankita Sharma lands up in a mental hospital for checking up her mental trauma. The anxiety of Ankita can be felt from the 1st page itself. Set in 1989, where Doordarshan and letter writing were prominent, the story moves with Ankita writing letters to her school’s best friend Vaibhav and waiting anxiously for his reply. As time passes Vaibhav proposes Ankita and she agrees. As Vaibhav was pursuing his IIT from Delhi and Ankita at Kerala the distance between them made their relationship vulnerable and days later she got emotionally attached to Abhi(whom she had met during college fests)
It was difficult for Ankita to choose between Abhi and Vaibhav and as she was a lot career concerned girl, she chooses her dream i.e. to do MBA from a reputed institute. She almost got whatever she wished for and was very happy with her life.
When everything was going well for her, a day, her parents found the love letters which Vaibhav had written to her and from there the real story begins. Her heart and mind both broke in a big way, she got distracted from her career, she began to feel ill within herself which led to her mental illness. She was in so much mental agony that she even tried to slit her wrist and that too twice…
Well, Will she ever get back to her life again ?? Can she be the same Ankita again after going into such a trauma; to know all, you need to read it and I would suggest you must read it.
Book in one line: A worthy read with a simple story but a different concept which speaks about a less known illness called Bipolar Disorder.
P.S. I have read this book 2 years before, and reading it for the second didn't made me bore.
My Ratings: 4/5
(had I been a blogger that time, I would have rated this book higher)
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