This is How I Answered a Question My Son asked Me
“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” Toni Morrison
Releasing my new book Balancing is the Work, To Live a Serene Life in the Extreme World, today on Amazon.
At my 50 birthday dinner, my son (25) asked me what one piece of advice would I give him? I couldn’t answer as I had many to give so I remained silent, focused on the food, and asked for the time. He was generous to give.
I mulled over the question and that began the journey of writing this book.
Structuring the book, searching for topics, writing, and several rounds of rewriting, sending the initial draft to the beta readers, and then improving again.
Thereafter designing the cover page and sending the final draft to the blurb writers. It all finally culminated in the book which is being released today as an eBook on Amazon. It took almost 5 years to reach this stage.
I thank the first beta reader Esha Gandhi (my daughter in law). I also thank the blurb writers;
- Mittal Patel, Nari Shakti Award winner and the founder of VSSM,
- Nixon Joseph, President and COO of SBI Foundation,
- Ayoshmita Biswas, Founder the Moody Rhino,
- Dr. Jinesh Shah, adult and child psychiatrist,
- Dr. Ajit Salvi, Executive Engineer at MCGM,
- Vivek Kamath, a bank executive and a voracious reader,
- Satish Vaishnav, a friend, and
- Nipa Shah, a Pod-caster.
Here is what Ayoshmita Biswas wrote to me after reading the book:
“It was a fabulous read…enjoyed reading it very much. Waiting for the book now, am definitely gifting a few of them to a few friends.”
Here is her blurb:
You can pretend to be serious, but you can’t pretend to be witty! — Sacha Guitry, stage actor and writer. And yes, am picking this up from the book itself.
And well, after reading this, what can I say…am a believer. Balance in life is the key — key to your sanity and well being, key to humour and happiness, key to being you. And at the same time it is not black and white, but comes with its own shades of grey! That’s what this book reflects on with the most interesting examples and reference points. It is funny and entertaining, yet on-point serious.
The book almost holds a mirror for you to understand and acknowledge …whether that is you, life, circumstances, or your outlook in general. It is an eye-opener and refreshingly light-hearted. Talk about calling things out, the book definitely does that. It’s a total page-turner — whatever you do, don’t miss it!
All the blurbs are included in the book. You may click here and order the book.
What you can do?
- Buy the eBook
- Gift the eBook (Gift option is below the buy option on Amazon)
- Write a review on Amazon (to help others)
- Refer the eBook to your contacts
(Kindle app can be downloaded from the play store)
Excerpts from the book: Adolescents reading this book would find many subjects relevant to live a well-balanced life when they embark on their real-world living journey, a seasoned 75-year-old would find some of the chapters relevant to achieve balance in their remaining years (as they say जो शेष है वही विशेष है meaning, what is left is special), and young and middle-aged readers would find the book extremely useful touching several aspects of their lives. Earlier you are equipped with the tools of life, you can live a better life, hopefully.
Here are some beautiful quotes:
“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” Charles W. Eliot
“Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world.” Napoleon Bonaparte
“Wear the old coat and buy the new book.” Austin Phelps
Happy reading. Click to order — Balancing is the Work.
Originally published at http://wethecouple.com on October 31, 2020.