Saturday, November 1, 2014

#BookReview: Because Life is a Gift by Disha

On the jacket:

He is ten years old and confined to a wheelchair. But that's not his identity. To the world, he is India's youngest patent holder for inventing variants of chess for six, twelve and sixty players.  Have you heard of the Army Major who was declared dead in the Kargil war, but is India's first blade runner today?  Do you think a woman without hands can be one of India's leading painters?  What is the first thought that comes to your mind when you see a differently-abled person? Pity? Sympathy?  The real-life success stories of fifteen differently-abled people charted in Because Life is a Gift will make you think otherwise. You will sense pride replace all feelings of pity and sympathy for they have fought against all odds to achieve their dreams.  This book is a tribute to their courage, passion and zest for life. They will challenge your notion of the impossible. They will inspire you to live life to the fullest, because life is truly a gift.


There comes a time in all our lives, however positive we are, when we want to give up and just leave. And at such junctions, the coward in us needs to be shown how people with bigger problems have tackled those very problems headlong and come out winners. I was in one such junction when I read Disha's Because Life Is A Gift. I doubt it has made me stronger ready to face my problems boldly, but I know this book gave me the guts to sit up and address my problems. Ideally, this is your cue to read this book but if you need more convincing, I'l do that too.

Disha's first book was My Beloved's MBA. It tackled something I have wondered about a lot. Many of my friends, with wives/husbands and families, had given up their high paying jobs and gone back to study. MBA. And I have always wondered, how are they managing. Not just financially, but emotionally as well. My Beloved's MBA had touched a topic which no one had till then and did a very fine job with it.

Disha has again ensured her book is different from the regular. This book isnt about brilliant scholars who had everything going for them, turned entrepreneurs. This book is about people who had nothing going for them, yet emerged more successful than most of us reading this review.

Right from Disha talks about Suresh, her batchmate at IIM-C, and how he gained the inspiration to write this book from him to the individual fifteen stories about fifteen people, this book is emotionally exhaustive. I read one story a day, sometimes, two. A friend had once said - until the problem landed in my own life, I too was never sensitized about the problems other people face and how they emerge as winners. But that's not right, is it? From a little kid like Hearty, to grownups, all with disabilities owing to which they couldn't have easily, very easily given up on life and lamented at their fates. But they didn't. They worked against what life gave them and in term emerged as bigger people. And we have a lot to learn and practice from these people. The book needs sharper editing, but that can be ignored purely because of the content.

The best part about this book is that at the end of each chapter, mail ids are mentioned for readers to contact. You can contact them to connect or just to tell them how inspirational they are!

Rating: ****.5/5

[This review is for Srishti Publishers & Distributors. The opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.]

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