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The second book by Preeti Shenoy, Life Is What You Make It, was published on January 1, 2011 and it turned out to be a national bestseller. The book has also featured in the “Top Books of 2011, ” a Nielsen list, which is released by the Hindustan Times. The book was also selected as one of the all-time bestsellers of 2011 by the Times of India.
Life Is What You Make It is based on a love story that has been set in India in the 90s. It has been described by the readers as a book portraying how love, hope and determination can together win over even the destiny. It is a gripping tale of few significant years of the protagonist’s life.
The novel revolves around a woman in her 20s, Ankita, who has a past haunting her like a nightmare. As she grows up from adolescence to a woman in her mid-20s, she wades through different situations, engages in affairs with a couple of guys and is set-back by her parents’ refusal to accept her situation. As a result of non-stop upheavals in her life, Ankita develops bipolar disorder at one point in time.
The story revolves around Ankita’s struggles, determination, her decisions and her faith in self. The book beautifully describes how she gets acquainted with her bipolar disorder, how she decides to help her own self and how she battles these situations all by herself. The title of the book in a way describes the central theme of the book but the manner in which Preeti drove home the point through an interesting story, is delightful.
Preeti Shenoy has written seven books already and Life Is What You Make It is counted among one of her best works so far.
About the author:
Preeti Shenoy is an artist cum author based in Bangalore, India. Consistently been nominated for the Forbes List of 100 Most Influential Celebrities in India since 2013, Shenoy’s other interests vary from yoga and sociology to photography. Shenoy’s first book, 34 Bubblegums and Candies was a creative non-fiction published by Srishti Publishers that went on to become a national bestseller. Apart from this, she has also written for the Reader’s Digest magazine and the Times of India media group and has been teaching English and Mathematics to the underprivileged children.
I liked the starting and the way author created the suspense. I kept guessing the reason and was proved wrong at the end. Its very well written and is also a lesson for people who try to commit suicide. It tells you how important is your life and its very easy to enjoy it. All depend on you how you move forward. There will be situations in your life when you are highly frustrated but its all part of life. In book she got the doctor but in real life you get someone and you dont even realize to thank her for saving your life. Author described the kind of pain in stomach, its very much similar to a guilt feel or a kind of frustration which we feel when things are not in our favor or when some betray us or even you betray someone for a selfless reason. I liked the way author portrays the feeling of a person to damage her body to get rid of the mental pain. Its a must read. Hats off to Preeti Shenoy –Ravi Soni Aug 29, 2011
I think I am in loved wide its story. Its quite complicated yet interesting , it just tells that love must be confessed. delivery of the book was on time and buying this book was a good decision. I think I had added a pearl to my library. –ANKITA OJHA 31 Jul 2014
i am not a book bug…..still i managed to read the same and it totally changed my Perspective towards life…..one should definately buy this book and read it… everybody goes thru ups and downs in their lives….but how one manage the same is the question…most of us feel depressed or low at one point in time…but we should realise that life is beautiful …..with love,hope and friendship…..we should love ourselves first then only we can love others…nice book to have it in my kitty or rather my very first book…will like to read more books from the same author….well done lady!!! you rock!! –Pooja Chopra 24 Jan 2013