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“This life is what you make it.No matter what,you’re going to mess up sometimes, it’s a universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you’re going to mess it up.The ones that stay with you through everything -they’re your true best friends. Don’t let go of them.As for lovers,well,they’ll come and go too.And baby,I hate to say it, most of them -actually pretty much all of them are going to break your heart,but you can’t give up because if you give up,you’ll never find your soulmate.You’ll never find that half who makes you whole and that goes for everything.Just because you fail once, doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything. Keep trying,hold on,and always believe in yourself,because if you don’t,then who will, sweetie?So keep your head high,keep your chin up,and most importantly,keep smiling,because life’s a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.”
-Marilyn Monroe
Sorry for making you read the above already well known quote or rather para by marilyn,but the book,I am going to talk about is straight similar to this.
Preeti Shenoy,the author of this book ‘Life is what you make it’ seems to second her thoughts towards life and that’s what probably make her write this book.
The cover of book though itself serves its reader,a hot inspiring dish,as its title suggests the type of inspiration people would get after reading it in one go.
How a girl’s life gets dramatically changed in a short span during her late 80s,makes it interesting indeed.
How she leads a life along with her family’s middle class mentality.
She seems unaffected with it as she continues writing letters to her boyfriend.
Here,a new thing can definetely pops up in a reader’s mind that ‘why letters’ ?
‘Cause,they deliever more feelings than any digital message’-say the old people.
Rating: 4.5/5
Story-line:
The story revolves around a girl [Ankita],who has to move into Kerala,because of her dad’s transfer.
She is a smart and talented girl with a boyfriend since her school time.
Her boyfriend lives in delhi,as gets selected in IIT.
The only option remains for them to communicate is by writing letters.She gets admission in all girls college,from where her life starts to change. She begins making friends.
On her visit to a rival college for some fest,she meets a guy[abhi],who instantly starts to love her and one fine day,proposes her,to which she agrees.
She starts forgetting her boyfriend [vaibhav].
Later,she comes to know about her qualification in a known institute of Mumbai,but the guy [abhi] forces her to stay with him,leading to a painful argument.
One fine day,she meets him and breaks everything between them. The next day,she comes to know about the guy’s death,she’s ditched lately.
She gets numb but tries to recover from the shock,so she moves to Mumbai with her family.
Soon,she befriends two girls and two boys and discovers a new world.But everything starts to change and she finds herself obssessed with the books,jogging,painting and her college.
She starts to stay awake late nights,only to make notes and write poetries.She starts turning into a new girl. Meanwhile,her one friend becomes her boyfriend but she has no feelings for him.Days start to pass and she begin feeling a strange kind of fear.She becomes claustrophobic & starts to stay at home,and that’s when her mum dad find all those letters she has got before from her two ex-boyfriends.They scold her and burn them all.
This all affects her so badly,that she starts to feel like a living corpse.She loses her all abilities,be it reading,writing or memorising.She finds cutting comforting,so she cuts her-self,but second time her father
saves her.
He takes her to rehabilition centres,but there her mind doesn’t get any peace.
Finally,She gets admitted to NMHI in Bangalore,all alone.
She comes to know about her bipolar disorder through some Dr. Madhusudan who she finds comfortable with.She is treated with medicines and EST,along which,she’s also made to rehabilitate by doing creative things.Slowly she gets her reading and memorising ability back.
She after getting influenced by her doctor’s words,decides to drop out her college and MBA course.
After some weeks,she gets discharged and when she moves back to Mumbai,she starts to live her life as she should,as she comes to know ‘LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT’.

The storyline may give you a thought of any movie but the feel you’l get while reading,will be different.
No cheesy lines,and no famous quotes has been used,yet it’s the capability to get its readers glued to it till the end and leave them satisfied with no curiousity at all.Its flow in simple english and the comparisions and metaphors the author has used,is appreciable enough for taking it at the top of the race of best-sellers.

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