How I survive Vizmom: A Guide to Everyday Living by Vidhu Bhatnagar

“Just because you have become a mother, does not mean that you stop living your life completely.” – Vidhu Bhatnagar

This week’s read is How I Survive Vizmom: A Guide to Everdayday Living by Vidhu Bhatnagar.

Here is what I thought…

Blurb:

This book handles the complex subject of a working mother’s various resources and techniques of handling her stress of working as a busy doctor, along with the responsibility of giving good upbringing to her children, sometimes with support and sometimes without, and striving to be a better person and a better parent all the time. The working mother is an anesthesiologist who deals with peri-operative management of operations and also works in critical care and this nature of her work makes her a devout believer of goodness, life and happiness (she witnesses so many people struggling for them). It is also a book about her own journey towards self discovery and she wishes to share all her knowledge so as to help everyone understand the meaning of Positivism and Power of Prayers. This book initially commenced as a blog; the continual support of her audience prompted her to initiate it into the world as her creation.

Title:

The title is to the point and very general in nature. I would have preferred a more descriptive and catchy title. In my opinion, a bit of wordplay would definitely have made the title catchier.

Title Rating – 2 / 5

Cover:

The cover is very mesmerizing to look at. It has a philosophical and soothing feeling to it, which suits the genre of the book perfectly. The colours are mellow and soothing. Definitely makes any reader want to pick the book up. I loved the cover.

Cover Rating – 4.5 / 5

Plot:

“Some choices are conscious efforts while others are divine interventions.” – Vidhu Bhatnagar

As I started reading the book, I realized that the author had put a lot of thought into her own life experiences. It is well thought out and definitely has a lot of effort put into it. The anecdotes and stories from which the lessons are drawn are very inspiring.

“To visualize the picture in entirety we need to dive into the sea of self discovery.” –  Vidhu Bhatnagar

The language is simple to understand. It is written with a first person narrative which makes it easy for the readers to connect, especially when it is a book about self-help. However, I wish that the sentences were a bit less complicated and were broken down to maintain the flow.

“The inner courage gives us the strength to stay true to ourselves…”  – Vidhu Bhatnagar

Overall, it is a good read that has quite a bit to offer to every reader. The well defined and distributed chapters make this book easy and engaging.

Plot Rating – 4 / 5

I loved…

  1. The Beginning
  2. The One Liners

I wanted…

  1. More General Situations
  2. Less Complex Sentences
  3. A Clearly Defined Ending

Overall Rating: 3.5 / 5

Verdict: A Lot to Learn from the Book!

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Book Review: Distress to De-Stress by Vikas Kakwani

“Right from our childhood, we try to do things that would get us approval, admiration and appreciation.” – Vikas Kakwani

This week’s read is Distress to De-Stress by Vikas Kakwani, an engaging self-help book about managing stress that is definitely worth a read.

Here is what I thought…

Blurb

“I KNOW YOU HAVE STRESS.”

How do I know?

Simple. Because, you are alive. Also, you have picked up this book.

Wars, famine and plague were the prime causes of human misery in the centuries gone by. Over the last couple of decades, we have been able to ward off diseases, income levels and life expectancy have increased, and the world has seen its most peaceful time ever. But, instead of being happy and joyful we are stressed – a lot. Why did that happen? The change over the last few years had been rapid, and none of us were ready for it. We embraced everything that the changing world threw at us without realizing the deep impact it had caused. It is time to pause, reflect and take action before stress becomes the plague of this century.

Why is stress becoming the cause of misery and ailments in this era?

What is stress exactly, and what are its major causes?

How does social networking in the virtual world create stress?

How can one manage stress to mitigate its effect?

All these questions and many more get answered in this book that helps you identify your causes of distress and help you de-stress.

Title:

What I like most about the title is how it encompasses the entire genre and them of the book with just three words. It is simple, catchy and is definitely something that can make any reader pick up the book. Full points on the title.

Title Rating – 5 / 5

Cover:

The cover has a great colour scheme and is very simplistic in its approach. It has a tinge of satirical look to it, almost as though the author wants to show that a self-help theme can be engaging and interesting too. I found it cute and attractive. 

Cover Rating – 4 / 5

Plot:

“Since most relationships are based on who controls the other, it bestows stress all over.” – Vikas Kakwani

Within the first few pages of the book, I realized that this was not going to be like any other reference material to learn how to manage stress. It was blunt to the point, extremely straight-forward and, in places, quite hilarious too. This blend of humour into a topic such as this is fascinating.

“Our problem is that most of us think that we know everything.” –  Vikas Kakwani

The language is fluent and simple to understand. The first person narration makes it easy to connect to the author. Every reader will find something that he relates to from this book. The examples and scenarios have been blended beautifully within the novel.

“Love is always a two-way street. You love your food, and it loves you back”  – Vikas Kakwani

Overall, it is a highly enjoyable read that just flows beautifully from start to finish. You will definitely have learnt quite a few things the moment you finish this book.

Plot Rating – 4.5 / 5

I loved…

  1. The Narrative
  2. The Scenarios
  3. The Ending

I wanted…

  1. More one-liners
  2. A Better Blurb

Overall Rating: 4.5 / 5

Verdict: Do Pick it Up!

Order your copy from the link below:

Amazon India