31 December 2020 | By: Writing Buddha

1900* BLOGS in 4172 Days with Lakhs of You!!!

1900th BLOG POST 

Out of many resolutions that I keep every year, this year, I had ensured that I will be writing my 1900th Blog Post. Surprisingly, it has come down to the last day of the year when I am writing this when the year shall end within next 4 hours. I think sometimes how much you plan, it is God who decides the last word and things happen accordingly. If writing the 1900th Blog Post is designed by the universe on 31st December, 2020, so I think it is for me to believe that the year for me ended up on good note at least in terms of my Blogging career by achieving this landmark.


It has taken 4172 days to deliver 1900 different posts which is almost one post in every 2.08 days. This tells me that I have almost stayed with this medium day in and day out. There have been several instances in life when I saw things falling apart all around me but something that kept me standing and fighting with the obstacles and challenges of life has been my love for writing and talking with everyone who reads it. Many people ask me that it has been more than 11 years since you are blogging but you haven’t got the kind of success others get through social platform these days.


What should I tell them? What can I tell them? There are several examples where people keep delivering their art on social platforms in the wait for one to go viral and giving them the fame and with it, the much-awaited success. Don’t I feel like my blog or any of my posts going viral? I certainly do. But does that make me depressed or low? Not at all. That is the last priority ever. The first priority is always to vent out the emotions and thoughts I have within me. It is always about sharing whatever I am feeling at the moment. Because when that happens and whatever amount of response I get on the posts, it makes my heart feel light and energetic.


Post this, the next priority is to ensure that my blog posts inspire everyone who is reading regularly. I accept that there are less personal or spiritual posts lately and more of book reviews but there are many who have started reading after seeing regular book reviews here. Some or the other book arose curiosity for them to get into the world of books and know what it speaks of. And whatever little bit I write these days from my personal life also makes others take decisions wisely. They learn from the mistakes I have done. They have seen me grow from a 20 years old boy to a 31 years old man. They have seen all the phases I have been in. And that makes them understand me as a person and therefore, they also give me advices that I would not have got if I didn’t have a Blogspace like this.


And after this, if there is any other priority left then it is to benefit Indian authors. When I had started reading a decade back, whenever I discussed about this new habit of mine, and if someone turned out to be an avid reader too – I always heard them speak about foreign authors only. This made me think how Indian authors will grow in India if no one will speak about them and every reader will keep on reading foreigners only. Then I decided that I would read Indians as much as possible and write about all the books that I’ll read. And that is why I have kept doing this since a decade now and I love the kind of support Indian authors have given me in return. This has made my life a little bit celebrated too.


In all that I mentioned above, if doing these, I get some fame or my blog goes viral, it is great but even if it doesn’t, it doesn’t take away anything from me. My energy remains to be the same and that is already evident from the rate I mentioned above with which I have written on this blog space. It would not have been possible if I had aspired for getting too much of fame or readership. Remember, one person listening to you with complete devotion is better than 1000s sitting in the crowd with no attention towards what you are speaking. I have always believed in this and I have also seen people getting motivated or inspired from this space. That is enough for me.


Now, it’s time that I am writing last paragraph of this year. First of all, I would like to wish all of you a very Happy New Year and want to see all of you emerge as a stronger person than what happened with all of us emotionally in 2020 due to the pandemic. I know life becomes very tough at times but all we have to do is to take all the strides that come our way. And if things really become difficult and you think you can’t survive, the last thing I would like to request all of you is to talk to your parents before taking any big decision that shall disappear you from this planet in a moment. Parents always forgive you for the mistakes you make and see how you can be taken out of the trap you have fallen in. I would like to pay my condolences to Sushant Singh Rajput on this note – the man who stayed in my mind for most of the time this year. Hope none of us have to go through what he went through.


May God Bless All of Us in 2021!





The Best 10 Books I read in 2020


The Best 10 Books that I read and rated in 2020 out of the 52 Books are listed below (not in particular order as all of them have been rated 4.5 stars out of 5). In case you are getting into the habit of reading or one of your New Year Resolutions is to read books this year, I am sure the below list shall help in starting with picking up the good books so that you get boost to read more and more.

If you want to purchase any of the books below, just click the title of the book - it will take you to Amazon from where you can add it to your cart.


Best of Luck for your 2021 Reading Marathon…


Death:An Inside Story by Sadhguru

Raavan:Enemy of Aryavarta by Amish Tripathi

Legend of Suheldev by Amish Tripathi

A Hundred Little Flames by Preeti Shenoy

Nothing to Lose by Manbeena Sandhu

Aahwan:Khand 1 by Saurabh Kudesia

Believe to Succeed like Azim Premji by Rajiv Agarwal

You Never Know by Akash Verma

The One Invisible Code by Sharat Sharma

One Proverb One Tale by The Indian Proverb


30 December 2020 | By: Writing Buddha

Wake Up, Life is Calling by Preeti shenoy (Book Review: 3.5*/5) !!!

1898th BLOG POST

52nd Book of 2020!

There are few authors whom you can’t afford skipping and that is what defines my relationship with Preeti Shenoy who is my favorite female author. There are instances when I have been unable to read her book just after its release but somewhere, I take out time and end up reading her book when I am in the zone to accept the deep stories she tries to share with her readers. I am just done reading my 52nd and the last book of 2020- “Wake Up, Life is Calling” written by Preeti Shenoy and published by Srishti Publishers. This 250-pages book is the sequel to Preeti’s first book- “Life is what you make it” which has been very popular since its release. Just for everyone’s information, even if you don’t read the 1st book, you can still go through with this without any concerns as even I had read it in 2011 but have completely forgotten the story by now. Haha!


The book talks about the protagonist Ankita who has seen a lot in her life which had led her to depression and mental health issues – now, she is wanting to reload her life with new experiences and forgetting her past but this comes with its own challenges where her own past and the people from this past are making it difficult for her to revamp her life. Preeti has ensured throughout her writing career that she focuses majorly on the mental health issues and specifically with the female characters. She has kept the same approach with this book itself where the character of Ankita is still dealing with the same in her 2nd chance to life too.


The book is little inclined towards darkness which becomes relatable and readable only if you have been through the same situation or have a bit of depression in your life currently otherwise you might find difficult in enjoying the book. Anyone reading this book must ensure that they read it completely if they pick up otherwise seeing the vulnerability of the character they might feel that there is no scope once someone has gone into the state of depression. Author has nicely covered as to how a person overreacts to things happening around them considering everything is against them. They forget realizing positives around them but keep on focusing to everything negative that happens. This makes life tougher than before.


Author has mentioned about the relationship of the patient in depression with their psychiatrist very aptly which I believe is very important to mention as having a doctor who hears you patiently can do magic for you in such cases. There are several notes that the protagonist writes whenever she feels that she has learnt something magical and transformational for her life which I believe are the highlights of the book as it displays the famous philosophical side of Preeti. I liked all those italic notes as well as many conversations she had with her parents, psychiatrist and teacher which makes you think about yourself. Preeti has somewhere tried giving hope to the people who have stopped trusting themselves or the world around them which I think shall definitely reach the sufferers.


The title of all the chapters are very creatively designed which I did notice while reading them as even those one, two or even five words makes you feel nostalgic. Later, in the end of the book, author reveals how she chose the title which made me feel proud about my instinct even though I don’t listen English songs. I also liked the suicide manual part as it did give some curiosity to know what’s mentioned in them and what it shall further lead to.


Now talking about the drawbacks, the book is very dark which makes it tough for you to read as it doesn’t move very fast and gets stuck at the same spot itself. Author just doesn’t leave the story mentioned in the first book and keeps mentioning it every now and then. Anyone who hasn’t read the first book shall not be able to connect with Ankita the way readers who have read the first one would. I also believe the things mentioned by the author about suicide etc. might make it feel appealing to some and they might also try to do the same which could have been avoided.


There is something missing about the X-factor that comes with Preeti Shenoy’s book in this one – I don’t know why. There isn’t much description about other characters or the locale in which the book is set or the philosophical depth and many other such factors generally on which Preeti emphasizes upon in her writings. I have never rated any book of Preeti below 4 ever but unfortunately this time, I have to. I give this book 3.5 stars out of 5. This doesn’t meet the standard set by Preeti. Also, somewhere my heart says that the pressure to do as good as “Life is what you make it” made Preeti write it in a certain way and not freely as she does.


That’s all for my reading journey for this year 2020.