WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5
ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5
“Crests and troughs, ups and downs, joys and sorrows are a part of everyone’s lives. While many choose to simply succumb to bad times, the winner is the one who remains strong enough, successfully wades off negativity and rises, unbound.” – From the Blurb
A small intro
In today’s world of extreme competition and busy lifestyles, there is hardly any time which goes without worry. Emotions, fears, struggles, sorrows are a part of everyone’s life and since they are often such a strong force in our lives, they tend to impact us negatively if not managed the correct way.
Oh, emotions! What hast thou done?
Emotions often dominate our actions and thus our happiness and future, but what if there is a way to conquer emotions? What if there is a way to master them and lead a blissfully happy and successful life? Well-known author Devika Das explores the same subject in her book The Mind Game and does so brilliantly.
Where the book comes into the picture?
The Mind Game helps us understand our emotions in a never before way. It teaches with the help of simplified text and relevant quotes that emotions are an essential part of our lives, but that they can be mastered and managed with the correct discipline and effort. The main motive of the book is to help us in getting rid of the negative aspect of emotions and in turn help us to lead successful and happier lives.
The author’s writing style
I loved the way Devika’s writing is able to strike a chord with readers. Her simple but illustrious language not only provides for a good reading but also makes for good learning. The book is meticulously planned and there are multiple sections with a couple of chapters each.
Topics talked about
The various sections into which The Mind Game is divided are Mastering Your Emotions, Simple Living High Thinking, Analyzing People, Secret of True Happiness, Manage Your Anger Creatively, and A Happy Workplace: The Secret to a Long, Successful Career. Almost all the chapters have been arranged in a perfect chronology which facilitates step by step learning and practice.
“Nowadays, people are so busy running the rat race that they have started ignoring the small things that make them happy.”
A unique read in many ways
The unique thing about this book is that it can qualify as both a casual and an academic read. For somebody looking for in-depth knowledge on the subject, there is an overwhelming amount of useful information to be studied. On the other hand, for others who are looking for a more casual read, The Mind Game again proves to be a useful book. Just read a chapter once, highlight the essential points and you can always go back to them for a casual read, revise and practice.
Makes for a better learning curve
There is a lot of research which has gone into writing the book. This can be gauged from the immense knowledge that the book contains. This knowledge is supported by snippets of everyday wisdom which makes the learning curve a better one. Simple sentences like “Unhappy people dislike their job” goes a long way in making a point than a sentence filled with technical jargons.
My only issue with the book and the final verdict
The only thing that I did not like in The Mind Game was the dearth of examples. I would have simply loved it had the book had a few more examples. But even then, the book proved to be an excellent read and I would, therefore, recommend it to lovers of non-fiction and self-help books. This is definitely one book worth reading and following.
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