In a conversation with multitalented Dr. Jagdish Chaturvedi about his book The Benefits of Failing Successfully.

    Before we engage the author with questions here are some of the things you should know about him and the book.

 

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A little about the Author

Dr. Jagdish Chaturvedi has been known all his life by family, friends and peers for being absentminded, impulsive and for making mistakes, failing and causing blunders. Despite this, at the age of 33, he is a well-to-do Ear Nose Throat surgeon and medical device innovator with 18 inventions to date. He was recognized as one of the 35 innovators under the age of 35 by MIT Technology Review in 2016.

He is a well-known stand-up comedian, actor and an author of the best-selling book on medical devices called Inventing Medical Devices: A Perspective from India.

 

ABOUT THE BOOK :

 

BLURB OF THE BOOK – 

In this book, Dr. Chaturvedi shares ten personal anecdotes of mistakes and failures and gives a perspective of his interpretation, where he positions failures as a part of the process rather than a definitive outcome. Explaining with humorous caricatures and situations, he demonstrates numerous benefits that arise from such mistakes, why they are important and how they have helped him shape his career.

Even though the mistakes and failures made by Dr. Chaturvedi may appear trivial and in-significant when compared to those faced by many others in the general population, they highlight the principles of a very unique and positive perspective that may be applied in mistakes and failures of greater magnitudes as well. This book may serve to be food for thought for many who believe that failures are detrimental and that they should be aggressively avoided and not embraced. It may change their minds to think about failures as steps towards success, by showing how key insights from these failures can be used to empower new skills and opportunities.

 

Now that you know all of this. here we bombard the author with questions and get an insight more about the interesting book.

 

1)  Tell us a little about the book and what it means to you?
This book is my way of sharing how failures have helped me progress in life faster and more effectively. At the age of 34 if I am a well-to-do doctor, successful Medical device innovator, serial author and stand up comedian then all credit goes to the ability to fail and make mistakes quickly which helped me evolve faster. I don’t think many people realise the benefits of making mistakes and failing. The learnings from mistakes can make one good at things and many such learnings makes one an expert. People generally avoid mistakes and miss out on a chance to improve. Through this book I want to demonstrate how my failures have helped me more than negatively impact me.

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Icebergs in Paradise by Sayan Basak(poetry)

Icebergs in Paradise by [Basak, Sayan]

 

Blurb –

There is a relationship between the eye contacts we make and the perceptions that we create in our heads, a relationship between the sound of another’s voice and the emotions that we feel in our hearts, a relationship between our movements in space all around us and the magnetic pulls we can create between others and ourselves. All of these things (and more) make up the magic of every ordinary day and if we are able to live in this magic, to feel and to dwell in it, we will find ourselves living with magic every day. These are the white spaces in life, the spaces in between the written lines, the cracks in which the sunlight filters into. Some of us swim in the overflowing of the wine glass of life, we stand and blink our eyes in the sunlight reaching unseen places, we know where to find the white spaces, we live in magic.
Icebergs in Paradise is a journey that will make you travel the entire world of emotions – starting it from joy to sadness, love to pain, fear to cheer and anger to tranquility. ”

 

Review –

Starting with the cover it is all blue in color – calm and yet destructing the way blue color is. The blurb gives you about the type of poems are present. The title is different. relating to a metaphor as per the poet. Vocabulary is amazing and you get to learn new words and imagery. Most of the poems are lenghty. Some poems take a little time to be understood. The way each poem flows- the description is beautiful. his/her both perceptions of poems are present. The theme of the poems range widely from daily observations,fights, as a person,  mental health, sky life, love and society issues. you will notice skies and ocean being used alot of times in poems which shows love for skies.

Favourite lines – into your embrace and we fade into starry skies.

Favourite poems – anguish, before autumn, rapt, as we once were.

For poetry readers this book will take you to different world of imagery and new silences.

overall – 4/5.

Ramayana: Stand Strong – by Shubha Vilas

 

 

BLURB –

The Ramayana is not a story. It’s a way of life. It’s the game of life.

Life is a constant reminder that nothing, however powerful in one season, remains unchanging. The endless cycles of change can truly us if we are unprepared to face its realities. However, we often see these changing times as problems larger than they really are. Many issues in life when perceived with fear, result in pain; but when perceived with CLARITY, result is FREEDOM.

Situations of helplessness are almost always created by our own limited imagination.

Do you have the courage to face your fears?
Stand Strong, the fourth book in Ramayana: The Game of Life series reminds us through its eternal stories — such as the tale of brothers Vali and Sugriva — that life is like a high-risk treasure hunt: one often has to walk through a maze of confusing paths while being chased by dangerously complex dilemmas to find the hidden treasure of wisdom.

 

REVIEW –

There are books that uplift you and hold you through storms , this book is one of those. Ramayana has been written over and over again but this one has a different perspective and teaching to tell us. This book keeps you hooked at all times. Starting from the cover itself it  is so calming. The blurb gives just the right amount to keep you interested. A long read yes, but really beautiful. The way it is narrated and each event is properly explained plus every page has glossary to explain all the meanings to one. It is a self help plus a story book. This book gives you so much more clarity about life and your current situations. It will make you wise and much more satified with life. Language is easy to understand. The book has alot to offer as you delve in. It is not necessary only for sprituality readers to read this book but it is made for the masses to gain wisdom and root alot more to themselves. It is a series of 4 books one can read this book directly or can even be read from the start. The plot rotates around the main characters.

overall -4/5

Phases of Moon: A Poetic Journey of a Girl Paperback – by Neha Jindal (poetry)

 

BLURB –

Every human being has different feelings and emotions at every stage of life, but they are unable to express. This book gives an expression, to various emotions of a human heart. The poetries in this book will echo your heart, and will give words and voice to your emotions. It covers different stages of life starting from teenage to marriage. Hope you love getting drowned in this emotional stream.

 

REVIEW –

cover – enigmatic, simple something dark and sublime.

blurb – gives about the types of poems that are in the book.

The book consists of pictures inside this book accompanying each poem. Poems are in rhyme scheme. Based on friendship, phases of life,marriage, feelings, holding on, letting go, loneliness and all that we cannot weave in words. The poems are effective and relatable. The length of the poems are mostly long. Instead of the pictures illustrations would look better. The book is a less than a hours refreshing read. The poems i really liked are – teenage, little lonely heart,heart and brain, vicious life and memories.

All the poems are relatable and consist of depth,lightness in them. A refreshing read delving you into a little more meaning of life.

overall- 3.5/5

Rooh Se Rooh Tak (Hindi) by Vinit Bansal

 

 

BLURB –

गर ना समझें तो यह महज़ एक कहानी है, एक किताब है… बाकी और किताबों की तरह, जिसे आप पढ़ते हैं और भूल जाते हैं। समझें तो एक कोशिश… उस शय के सबसे सच्चे और सुच्चे स्वरूप को जानने की जिसे हम सभी प्रेम कहते हैं। कहानी की शुरुआत होती है नील से। किस तरह से एक छोटे से शहर का सीधा-सादा सा लड़का यूनिवर्सिटी में आता है और उसकी चकाचौंध में खो जाता है। पहले ही दिन उसकी मुलाकात होती है रणदीप से- यूनिवर्सिटी का सबसे रुआबदार लड़का। दोनों दोस्ती से कुछ आगे बढ़कर एक-दूसरे को भाई समझने लगते हैं। इसी बीच नील को प्यार हो जाता है- सच्चा प्यार, अदिति से। प्यार रणदीप को भी होता है- रिया से, लेकिन एकतरफ़ा प्यार। परिस्थितियाँ कुछ यूँ करवट लेती हैं कि रिया आत्महत्या कर लेती है और जाने से पहले अपनी हत्या का इल्जाम लगा जाती है नील पर। क्या नील रणदीप को अपने बेगुनाह होने का यक़ीन दिलवा पाता है? क्या होता है जब आपका सबसे अच्छा दोस्त आपका सबसे बड़ा दुश्मन बन जाता है? क्या होता है जब प्यार सनकपन की सभी हदें पार कर जाता है? क्या होता है जब आपको प्यार और ज़िन्दगी में से किसी एक को चुनना पड़ता है? क्या नील और अदिति प्यार की उस ऊँचाई को हासिल कर पाते हैं? क्या दोनों एक हो पाते हैं? जवाब आपके हाथों में है- ‘रूह से रूह तक”।

 

 

REVIEW –

The cover depicts about love and a person being in jail. The title is really touching. The story is based on love, revenge and friendship. How a day can change your life completely. The story has alot of dramatic turns. The major characters are neel, aditi, randeep and riya. How neel saves a life and randeep becomes his best friend until  a unwanted accident takes place which shatters his life. You will really love the daily incidents described and the college days as well.  Neel is in love with Aditi.and randeep is in love with riya. Riya falls in love with neel.Riya conspires against neel to get him to love him. That one accident changes everything( read to know about the twist). It is a little long read but it is really gripping. The pace keeps on changing from fast to slow and medium. The last few pages the story moves fast. The narration is beautiful. The phrases used in the book are relatable. The characterization has been done really strong. The book is like a journey. The author has written several more books and he has done an amazing job with this book as well. Will definitely be looking forward to read more of his books.

overall -4/5.

Harnessing the Windmills of the Mind by Abraham Thomas

 

 

BLURB –

In the pell-mell of life, who has not sometimes felt overwhelmed? The mind seems to be in endless churn… Leading us in circles of despair, anger and frustration… Where do we turn when we are floundering? The answer lies within. Windmills offers practical and sustainable ways forward through Effective Mind Control (EMC).
How to control your temper.
How to cultivate patience.
How to face grief.
How to deal with guilt.
How to escape from the well of sudden disappointment.
How not to feel dissatisfied with life.
How to avoid despair over the lack of meaning in your life.
These pages abridge the behavioral aspects of the AI thesis about the mind on the Effective Mind Control website. EMC has drawn keen interest from around the world, logging over half a million page views from over 150 countries. EMC assumes that IA, an intuitive algorithm, enables the mind to apply inductive reasoning to manage attitudes and behaviours. Windmills suggests simple mental and physical exercises, followed by wise men across the centuries, to change our own views and actions… Pointing the way towards a positive life experience.

 

REVIEW –

 

Life is tough and drives you insane so many times where we all ache for something more and something that keeps us going. There are such phases where there are just downfalls and nothing is clear again. This book is for all of us in difficult times and even on a daily basis. This book is empowering. The book cover is really beautiful and the title goes along really well with the book. The book is divided into many sections where one might be stuck and need help. This book helps one recognize true potential and how much more one can endure. There are many self help books you will find now but this book is definitely one that you should have. It talks on basis of facts, problems and there reasonable situation. It includes basic exercises,  daily activities one can do when they feel lost, anxious.The book talks about various emotions, boredom, sadness, anger, jealousy. On how they develop and ruin our minds. This book is a constant reminder of how beautiful one is and how each one of us can conquer everything just if guided properly. The tips and plans are really helpful if one uses them on a regular basis. One will also see positive changes in their life. The way the book has been narrated is tremendously amazing. easy words and many points one will relate to the book. One will definitely learn something amazing from this book.

overall – 4.5/5.

Promises of a firefly Pocket Book – by Anupam Patra

 

BLURB –   A blind girl’s chance meeting with a stranger sets her on an unforgettable journey of love and light; a loveless marriage is rebuilt by the very thing that is meant to destroy it; an estranged mother’s fight to reunite with her daughter reveals to her the strengths and flaws of bonds of blood, two women separated by years of hostility discover the many forms of heaven and hell as fate decides to redeem their relationship; an eighty year old man’s chronicle of love and loss that tells us all about the permanent consequences of choosing against our heart’s will. These are stories of promises and letdowns, of faith and betrayal, of sins and atonement; these are stories that introduce us to lovers, bravehearts, convicts and prostitutes. ‘Promises of a Firefly’ binds together eleven tales that remind us of our gifts, our glories and the crushing limits of our lives. About the Author: Anupam was born and raised in the millennium city of Cuttack in Odisha. He finished his schooling and graduation while growing up in the thousand year old city’s narrow lanes and ambient warmth. Inspite of the necessity of having to pursue science and then law for a career, his love for art has always shone the light of his soul. He used to teach and has worked as a banker prior to taking up public service as his profession. An avid lover of all forms of art, he confesses to find comfort in telling stories. Promises of a Firefly is Anupam’s debut book.

 

REVIEW – Some books leave you with longing and a sense of home,this book is one of them. A collection of story always ready on to the go to read indulging you with parts of the world. such a great book one must definitely have a hands on to. the book gives such an amazing feeling right from its simple yet elegant cover. the title felt a little abrupt but makes all the sense. This book will hold you in the toughest times. will make you learn alot of things and even make you learn to let go through. the words are simple and hard hitting. the stories are connecting and really mesmerizing. it will keep you hooked. each story is woven in it’s very own individuality. all of them were amazing, I not have just one favourite as the whole book is a personal favourite and i will definitely read it again! very few books can have effects on you. this book is definitely one! the stories are based on observations and even on society norms.

overall- 5/5