March 28, 2016

Book Review: Life Mantras by Subrata R. Sahara

Life Mantras

Author: Subrata Roy Sahara
Publisher: Rupa Publishers
Rating: 4/5

Confucius has correctly said- Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. It is the mind that bulldozes the person to do what ought not be done. Why make life complicated when the simple solutions are just a thought away? “Life Mantras” is a sincere attempt by Subrata R. Sahara, to throw light on the delicate and hidden threads that hold the life together. It is these threads that need to be cherished and nourished so that they become stronger with each passing day. This is not a tale; this is not a learning; this is not a collection of experiences. Instead, this book offers a simplified and more realistic approach to understand the complexities of life.

Grab this book to read something different.

My opinion
“Life Mantras” is not the usual nonfiction novella. It outlines the secrets of living a happy life, in broad strokes. The title of the book is direct and apt. The cover of the book is subtle and catchy. I would like to compliment the quality offered by Rupa Publication. It is top notch! The author has carefully taken care of the blurb and presented it with utmost precision and care. The font (style, size) is perfect. The layout, content section, division of chapters, and the typesetting is fine.

Coming to the content in the book, the book is magic. For the ones who have a flair for nonfiction books and are open to varied perspectives, this book will definitely be well liked. The author has used lucid and extremely simple language (boon for all people, in general and loss for the ones seeking creative writing). Nevertheless, this book does not leave its readers like a lost ball in high weeds, for it relates to everybody. Some of the chapters that proved out to be excellent were ‘Motivation’, ‘Mood’ and ‘Ego’. They are bound to ring a bell and force the readers to take a trip down the memory lane.

Although the editing and proofreading is fine, I did not quite like the simplicity of language. But this cannot be counted as the drawback. Somewhere, the uncomplicated words forced me to toy with the idea and not ponder.

But all said and done, the book definitely aces the test. Yet another marvelous feat by the author and the concept is worthy of appreciation.

PS: The book might not be liked by everyone because of an entirely different genre.

Best wishes!

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Review copy: Provided by Rupa Publication

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