Book Review of 34 Bubblegums and Candies

34 Bubblegums and Candies by Preeti Shenoy is her debutante non fiction book. I have read her fiction novels like Life is What You Make It, It Happens For a Reason, It’s All In the Planets and they all have been fantastic. I have read her blogs as well and wanted to know her better, so I thought of buying her first book. This book is a collection of blog posts and some stories that are related to author’s life. This book is dedicated to her late father who has been her inspiration. It took me just one hour to complete this book and I was moved by the thoughts of the author. This book gave me a better perspective to look at her.

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The cover of the book surely matches the title of the book as it says 34 bubblegums and candies. The author compares this with her husband and her children. The way she beautifully expressed her personal life experiences is just amazing. I just couldn’t top admiring the thoughts of the author.

The very first chapter is dedicated to her father whom she calls her best friend. The way she simply narrates the story binds the readers together. At the end of this short story, we surely shed tears and that remorseful feeling in our eyes in the form of new tears makes it poignant.

Some of the chapters talk about the hilarious experiences of the author and also the people she is linked to and admires them. From these, we come to know that her anecdotes were from her own life, her experiences with her father, mother, children and even her dear husband. They have been beautifully expressed.

The style of writing is simple. No fancy words are used as the main purpose of the author is to convey her thoughts. The descriptions and anecdotes are simple perfect. There are certain quotes used by the author which are loved by the readers. I am glad that I picked up this book.

About the book

34 Bubblegums And Candies is a collection of short, real-life incidents that have inspired the author in the course of her life. Using the analogy of bubblegums and candies, the title alludes to the various facets of life that go by unnoticed. Humorous and engaging, the book takes you through 34 real-life incidents covering a variety of characters.

Some of the short stories are titled Please Hug Me I’m Just Like You, Sylvester Stallone Doesn’t Open Up Easily, Radiators And Drains, My Special Friend, Age Miracles, Feeling Needed, Mail Exchange and The Stranger. in Please Hug Me I’m Just Like You, you travel into a home where children who are HIV positive are cared for. 34 Bubblegums And Candies gives you a fun outlook at some of life’s more complicated issues without trivializing them.

The funny and touching stories end with notes that encourage the reader to look at the lessons you can learn from some of the simplest things in life. Like the author’s other works, the book uses simple vocabulary, presented in an engaging pace. 34 Bubblegums And Candies was published in 2008 and is available in paperback.

Key Features

  • 34 Bubblegums And Candies includes longer versions of some of the stories featured on the author’s blog.
  • The 146-page book is a light read that will entertain you and make you laugh at the simple but humorous aspects of everyday life in India.

About the Author

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Preeti Shenoy is an author and an artist based at Banglore, India. Her first book ’34 Bubblegums and Candies’, a creative non-fiction made it to the national best-seller list. Her interests are as multifarious and diverse as her several academic degrees. She also specialises in pencil portraits and holds an internationally recognised qualification from UK in portraiture. She has held a number of varied jobs in the past. She has also written for different publications life Readers Digest and Times of India, as well as taught English and Math to underprivileged children in India. She loves art, reading, travelling, photography, nature, animals, blogging and basketball and most of all, spending time with her spouse and two children.

P.S. Also Read the review of her latest book Its All In The Planets

https://captivatingmode.wordpress.com/2016/10/17/itsallintheplanets-a-fantastic-novel/

 

Book Review of Who Will Cry When You Die?

Who Will Cry When You Die? by Robin Sharma is a non fiction self help book. This book surely changes our outlook of looking at life. This is true that nobody has time for us, doesn’t matter if we live or die. A person will mourn for us for one day, two day or more than a month but slowly the memories will fade away. I know it is a New Year and I am talking about death here. But the truth I realized when I had lost a dear one. It is not that we don’t miss the person but slowly we learn to without them. When I had lost my grandfather, I used to mourn at his death. But now its been more than 6 years since he left us. I have accepted the fact that he is not around us but that doesn’t mean I never loved him. In all this, I learnt that we need to live our present for our life is too short to keep grudges, fights or anything.

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The title of the book surely leaves in deep thoughts. It is not just a title but a question in itself that Who Will Cry When You Die? This reminds us of the time when we are busy in our professional life and miss the love of our family. It gives you a strong motive to pick up this book and know the reason as the book is so gripping in itself.

When you are born the World rejoice while you cry. Live a life in a such a way that when you DIE, the World should cry and you rejoice’ – Ancient Sanskrit Saying.

Robin Sharma’s book ‘Who Will Cry When You Die?’ is based on the above lines. Sharma talks about 101 ‘Life Principles’ you need to follow to die peacefully and worth-fully.

There is no plot or characters as in this book as it is a self help book. The way the author has talked about various aspects of life in form of 101 chapters is mind blowing. Some lines just touched my heart and I would surely quote them below.

The style of writing is poignant and the author gives us many references, iterations of his points. He has beautifully sculpted his points and one can just fall in love with the way he explains. No doubt, people admire him for his life lessons. He talks about corporate life, he talks about his personal life, he talks about his friends, then some experiments he ask his readers to perform. One feels comfortable while reading it and with the ease he explains is just enthralling. Some of my most loved quotes are:

‘When you were born, you cried while the world rejoiced. Live your life in such a way that when you die the world cries while you rejoice’

‘Kindness, Quite simply is the rent we must pay for space we occupy on this planet.’

Grab your copy fromhttp://www.amazon.in/gp/product/8179922324/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=3626&creative=24790&creativeASIN=8179922324&linkCode=as2&tag=boorevpan-21

About the Author

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Robin Sharma did his post graduation in law and is the author of 11 leadership books. Sharma is also the founder of a consultancy – Sharma Leadership International Inc., that helps build leadership qualities in people in organization