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#BookGiveaway: Happiness is All We Want by Ashutosh Mishra [CLOSED]

Hello Readers,

I am hosting a Book Giveaway of a thoughtful book called Happiness is All We Want by Ashutosh Mishra, published by Bloomsbury earlier this year.

I have only three copies!

You can read my review on the book here.

I had the honour to interview Mr. Ashutosh Mishra for the blog.

*Eligibility Criteria: Your mailing address must be in India.

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Book Reviews, Books, Non-Fiction

BOOK REVIEW: Happiness is All We Want by Ashutosh Mishra

Pages: 212, Paperback
Published: 2017 by Bloomsbury
Cover Rating: 3/5

Modern day life is busy. To lead a certain lifestyle, one has to be first consciously aware of the fact that one wants to lead a certain lifestyle. This certain type of lifestyle is directly proportional to the individual self. Neglecting this self may become harmful. However, the wellbeing of this self can be divided in three inter-related dependent bodies: Mind, Body and Soul. Ashutosh Mishra’s latest book, Happiness is All We Want, released earlier this year will guide you to attain the level of self wellbeing.

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Books, Non-Fiction

How to come up with Ideas? Tips to Help You Think Creatively

Published: March 16th 2017 by Watkins

Pages: 160

It’s important to regard a new idea with encouragement rather than discouraging it. After all, every great creation starts with an idea, but where does that special spark comes from? This is question that Rob Eastaway, author of  Any Ideas: Tips and Techniques to Help You Think Creatively tries to address in the book by providing an miscellaneous collection of tips to develop your ideas  for better outcomes in day to day.

How do we come up with ideas?

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Book Reviews, Books, Non-Fiction, philosophy

BOOK REVIEW: Become What You Are by Alan Watts

Pages: 146, Kindle Edition

First Published on:  1955

Cover Rating: 4/5

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This not the first Alan Watts book I have read. To read this one, I made myself familiar with his writing and philosophy by reading his other books such as The Wisdom of Insecurity (on someone’s recommendation in past) and listening to his teachings in past few weeks. It’s important to know your subject in most cases. In this case, even if you aren’t familiar with Watts’ philosophy, I’d suggest you to go ahead. However, a bit of familiarity only embraces curiosity. The title is the essence of this book, might point to another domino piece in the self-help genre but I can assure you that this text which was first published in 1955 holds the same amount of value and wisdom today as it did back then.

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Authors, Books, Interviews, Non-Fiction

Author Interview: Ashutosh Mishra

Q. Hello and thank you for agreeing this interview and congratulations on your latest book, ‘Happiness is All We Want’. Tell me a little about yourself and your background?

I am a banker by profession, currently heading treasury sales function at ANZ Bank. Previously, I worked in senior positions at Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank in similar roles. By education, I am an MBA from XLRI and engineering graduate from IIT Delhi.  I was born and brought up in Delhi, completed by education and living in Mumbai since the start of my corporate career in the year 2000. Other than work, I have a wide variety of interests in well-being, spirituality, travelling, blogging and writing. I am married and have two kids.

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BOOK REVIEW: Worthy-Boost Your Self-Worth to Grow Your Net Worth by Nancy Levin

Published in August, 2016 by Hay House Inc.

Pages 259, Kindle Edition

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What if I told you that your net worth is determined by your self-worth, and by self-worth I mean how you treat yourself. A more convincing way would be reading Nancy Levin’s Worthy-Boost Your Self-Worth to Grow Your Net Worth. According to her, the real key to financial freedom isn’t changing what we do, it’s changing how we feel.

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Book Reviews, Books, Non-Fiction, philosophy

BOOK REVIEW: The True Language Of Love by Sean Azimov

Pages: 260
Published: May 2017 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Cover Rating: 4/5

“Often we hope that tomorrow will be different… and only find tomorrow being the repetition of today! Do you ever wonder why? The answer is simple, if you don’t like what you are getting… then change what you are doing.”

Some writers have a way with words, they use them in such a way that any reader who reads that text will feel empowered by it. Such is Sean Azimov’s The True Language of Love, first volume in the series of the Book of Life.

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Book Reviews, Books, Non-Fiction

Book on Happiness: Feel, Deal and Heal by Nirmal Yadav

Published April 15th 2017

Pages 200

From the time I put my hands on Nirmal Yadav’s latest non-fiction book, “Feel, Deal and Heal” considering the amount of books in self-help genre as a whole, I had good vibes.

She starts by acknowledging the question we all wonder, the one that concerns an individual’s happiness. Man is a social and emotional creature. Be it the professional or the personal sphere, emotions are the driving force behind all our thinking, behaviour and actions. The problem is that we are the product of a dysfunctional society that teaches us to be ashamed and afraid of our feelings and trains us to suppress not express.

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Books, Non-Fiction

How a Mindset can affect your life?

A book about the growth mindset and how it relates to success by looking everything in life as a learning opportunity.

For twenty years, my research has shown that the view you adopt of yourself profoundly affects the way you lead your life. – Carol Dweck

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BOOK REVIEW: How To Develop Emotional Health by Oliver James

This book is a part of The School of Life series and irrespective of that, it gives some good insight on ‘Emotional Health’ which make this book a good starting point, as the title suggests. James Oliver starts his book by defining emotional health as

Emotional Health is the sense that what is happening, is happening now.

Sometimes the clear and simple words hit you hard and that’s what I realise after reading the first lines of text in this book. I liked Oliver’s style of opening the text with what matters. There’s no abstraction in that. Most books of this kind are pretty and heavy in text but they lack where it matters most: straightforwardness. Often they are not plain-spoken, the words must strike the reader at the right place in his mind.

Happiness is a part of abstraction which consume our daily lives. It is the most arbitrary expression that has different set of meanings to different people. Satisfaction, joy are subsets of it. And this what James Oliver suggests in his book. Rather than to seek an abstraction, we should cultivate our own emotional health.

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