ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5
We all our so full of ourselves these days. Our hands and plates are always full, so much so that we never really have time to look back at what we intended to achieve initially and where we are standing currently. Everybody is ambitious and everybody is a victim of the rat race phenomenon, but where does all of this really take us? Do we really care for our happiness? Yes, we do.
But are we really measuring it in the right terms. Is it just money or is it our true inner calling? Something which tells us to let go and live in the moment? Something which tells us that there is joy in giving and joy in being kind and compassionate. Do these questions and thoughts mean something to you? Do they ring a bell even it is a far-fetched and much fainter one? If yes, then It Doesn’t Hurt To Be Nice is the just the right book for you right now.
The book is not essentially a novel and not even a self-help book but it takes the essential elements of both – storytelling from a novel and guidance from a self-help book and brings to you something which is both interesting and fun to read and yet at the same time quite thought provoking. Kiara is a thirty something girl who sketches the various incidents of her life involving both happy and sad memories and who with each incident leaves a strong thought, a strong notion for the reader to reflect upon. She teaches you how to find the tinniest of hopes in the darkest of tunnels, how to look for happiness in the most gloomy times, how to be a fore bringer of light when everything or everybody is sinking in the dark.
It Doesn’t Hurt To Be Nice is written in an informal and laidback style and is full of do goodies that one ought to do in one’s life. There are illustrations which provide a pinch of humour to the points that the author wishes to drive across. The thoughts, the illustrations and the anecdotes from the life of Kiara are also augmented by various texts from our ancient Hindu scriptures – the Puranas and the Upanishads and they enhance the value of the words greatly. There are many great sayings and mantras which we learn along with their meaning and their importance in our everyday lives.
Overall, It Doesn’t Hurt To Be Nice is a fantastic read – full of gyaan, values, humour, pinch, fun and flavour. I recommend it to all my readers because of the all-encompassing positive feeling which it leaves the reader with at the end of it. I also rate the book three and a half out of five stars and keenly look forward to the author’s next.