Book Reviews, Books, Business, Non-Fiction

BOOK REVIEW: The Art of Non Conformity by Chris Guillebeau

Do you want to decide for yourself with what to do in your life and create rules and live the way you want? Anyone who has the similar desire to be an individual should read The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau. This book conveys a simple message that might be hard to digest at times, but if you succeed in the process of digesting this message, you can pursue your dreams willingly. The message Guillebeau is wants you to focus on is there’s nothing wrong with being different. You don’t have to live your life the way other people expect you to.

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Books, Non-Fiction, Reviews

BOOK REVIEW: The Art of Creative Thinking by Rod Judkins


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We are all capable of thinking creatively. Why? It gives better productivity, more satisfaction than the mediocre, and improves visualisation. Rod Judkins, the author of The Art of Creative Thinking, is a lecturer and an academic on the arts. But this certainly doesn’t mean one has to attend or get some modern education on attaining the creativity. There is no fountain of creativity to drink from.

On reading The Art of Creative Thinking, I observed from Chap 1, that Judkins knows what he is talking about. He quotes, he para-phrases, and he writes mostly about the obstacle one intends to face when suffering from lack of creativity and how to develop some cues and turn them into habits as you progress in your daily life. This is not a self help, or is concluded in that way, this is my conclusion. You can have yours once you are done with it. That’s why Judkins’ book is so special. It doesn’t conclude in a definitive manner and rather leave that part up to you. Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Art of Creative Thinking by Rod Judkins”

Books, Essay, Reviews

Anne Lamott On Writing

Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird: Some instructions on writing and life is among my favourite books on writing. It’s both practical and profound, light- reading, witty, and humorous at the same time. Published in 1994, this book still has a lot to offer to anyone with a creative pursuit and I consider it as timeless and a valuable piece of written words, exhibited rationally.

Lamott starts on considering writing as a sense making mechanism:

One of the gifts of being a writer is that it gives you an excuse to do things, to go places and explore. Another is that writing motivates you to look closely at life, at life as it lurches by and tramps around.

Lamott, throughout the book take into consideration that who ever reading this book is a part of her class or a workshop and pursue this type of narrative throughout the book, till she has dismissed the class. She begins her class by advising her students on where to focus when starting to write:

‘I don’t even know where to start,’ one will wail.

Start with your childhood, I tell them. Plug your nose and jump in, and write down all your memories as truthfully as you can.

[…]

Start by writing down every single thing you can remember from your first few years in school. Start with kindergarten. Try to get the words and memories down as they occur to you. Don’t worry if what you write is no good, because no one is going to see it. move on first grade, to second, to third.

[…]

Write down everything you can remember about every birthday or Christmas or Seder, or Easter or whatever, every relative who was there. Write down all the stuff you swore you’d never tell another soul.

[…]

Scratch around for details: what people ate, listened to, wore—

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Books, classics, Fiction, Reviews

Book Review: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

There are very rare books, that earn the title of masterpiece from its reader. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is one. This book, as we know, is one of the most acclaimed and successful book written. It’s their in the top of all the top book-lists. Written quite frankly and engrossing narration in first person by a six-year old-girl.

The book is set in a small town in Alabama, narrated by a small girl, Jean Louise ‘Scout’ Finch, who has a very short temper for a little girl. She has a brother, Jem, and an honest, liberal— father, Atticus Finch.

Atticus share strong relationship with his kids, a man of wisdom, and impartial to people of different opinions, preferences, and beliefs. Atticus advice her daughter, who has a rough first day at school, about being impartial and putting yourself in other people’s shoes:

If you can learn a simple trick, you’ll get around better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.

Atticus Finch displays admirable qualities such as being calm, virtuous, of moral parenting, and his philosophy of being liberal. These qualities do not have a territory of just being a parent but Atticus practices these qualities in his daily life of being a lawyer too. When he takes a case of involving a black man accused of raping a white girl, he and his children are repudiated by their neighbourhood. But Atticus is man of values, he is indifferent by this vexed conduct. Rather he focuses on bringing justice that is need in the Maycomb County. The case of a white man defending man grabs everyone’s attention and the battle of court becomes the attention till the day the justice is served in that court room. Well, the rest is for you to read. There is some unexpected turn waiting for you to explore and the noble representation of an idle human being.  Continue reading “Book Review: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee”

Non-Fiction, Reviews

Book Review: How Proust Can Change Your Life? by Alain de Botton

Alain de Botton’s How Proust Can Change Your Life? tries to find an inspiration and explore various themes out of Proust’s essays, letters, and his fictional work. It’s a clever book with an amusing  and an evoking title. No prior knowledge of Proust or his epic, seven volume novel In Search of Lost Time is necessary in order to read and enjoy this book but after reading it, half of you will go for the first volume of In Search of Lost Time if you haven’t read Proust’s work before.

How Proust Can Change Your Life?  reflects not only on Proustian philosophy, but the way Proust’s life (as an habitual hypochondriac and Mama’s boy) was almost comically at odds with his logical ideas. Proust had a curiously inspiring vision of the meaning of life and how to live it. He explored in his most famous work, In Search of Lost Time, the dynamic nature of family, love, death, pain, friendship, dating and most essential to all of his ideas, how to open your eyes to the world around you.

The subtitle of this small book , “Not a Novel” is a hint to its reader that it’s an exploration of Proust’s world. Continue reading “Book Review: How Proust Can Change Your Life? by Alain de Botton”

Book Reviews, Books, Non-Fiction

BOOK REVIEW: The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

Recommended by many, read by me, and the conclusion? Not so good.

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield is develop in a “self-help” book way that makes a reader to confront about disease of not working, procrastination. I appreciate author’s effort as he starts off with a high node, by making a reader realize the evil and withdrawing power of resistance. He goes on explaining the causes of why we resist to work and it is our conscience which is blocking our creative mind. He then describe ways to overpower the evil of resistance and to continue to do our work. That’s the only positive point I found through the text of this book. Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The War of Art by Steven Pressfield”

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FRIDAY FIVE: Five ways to stay creative on a weekend!

Today is Friday, tomorrow starts what most of us seek. The mighty weekend. Either we can get dull on weekends, or we can be productive, it’s up to us. To do any of the both, mere creativity is always needed!  Thus, I am showing you five ways to be creative to do so.

 

1. Get away from the computer

Go somewhere, where your heart takes you. But please leave the desk, you have spent all your week in front of that flat bright screen, suffering from a god-knows-what syndrome or wrist cramp due to excessive use of keyboard. Give your hands a rest. Do something else.

2. Surround yourself with Creative people

We all have some friends, who are creative. Hangout with them. Visit the places which inspire you, taking along your creative friend. And if you’re too lucky, find a creative date. Continue reading “FRIDAY FIVE: Five ways to stay creative on a weekend!”