Ankita has the perfect life. She gets placed into a top management institute in Bombay. She also gets placed into an average institute in Cochin ,where she currently resides. Her boyfriend,Abhi pleads with her to choose Cochin. If given a choice to choose between a top managem In the beginning , we see Ankita, a girl of 21 showing up in a mental institution with her parents. If given a choice to choose between a top management institute with an average institute. Top institute would be always in our mind. But, an average institute is considered bearable if it means you can be with your love.
We would have been facing a dilemma. But Ankita , she was not facing any dilemma. She was adamant in going to Bombay,She made it clear with her remarks. I thought she was really mean and selfish towards Abhi.
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Really ,Pride has gone into head. She could have at least made Abhi understand her decision. But no , she was downright rude. Abhi couldn't take this and ends his life. This was the first step to her road to depression. She goes to Bombay. She works hard and tops the class. But in this process, She puts too much pressure on herself without her knowledge. All hell breaks loose when her past is dug open by her Parents.
When she is confronted with the past , all memories of abhi comes flooding back. She couldn't take it. She tries to end her life. She gets admitted into a mental institution. There, with the help of a doctor, she slowly returns back to Normalcy. She makes new friends there, who have been in the same situation as she was. All turns out good for this lady at last. She gets discharged and goes on to lead a happy life. Take this book ,when you are feeling down.
This book may make you feel good. Dec 29, Mukesh rated it liked it. This one only deserves 2. I have a serious doubt on flipkart. Definitely not good enough to be there. The structure of the story is one thing that lacked in this novel and many others by Indian authors. Things that I was unable to digest. View all 3 comments. Jan 08, Sneha rated it it was amazing. The Writer has done a great job with expressing the inner feelings of a girl, be it a modern girl or the one of the decade as described by Preeti Shenoy.. She has described each and every node in a girl's teen age, be it emotional state, or a love case, or relationsip of parents with children, the relation with friends, a true philosopher, guide and what not..
A very beautiful picture of Bipolar disorder is picturised throughout, in its most interesting manner.. Hats off to the Author, to put a girl's feelings in words and make the reader to get truly involved right from page 1 to Not a single page would be of some sort of a skip reading.. Few words from the book itself, to describe it even better- " The world is indeed a better place when there is love, friendship, acceptance and hope. Powered by these, you can indeed overcome anything, including destiny Aug 23, Anusree Burman rated it liked it.
Life Is What You Make It really does throw you off the track in the beginning and begins as a really predictable young adult romance. Yet what you never expect is the sudden turn of events and a plunge into the emotional turmoil of a 21 year old afflicted with Bipolar Disorder. The story is elegantly crafted; it is about facing life and emerging strong and proud. It is about having the guts to follow your dreams and believing your worth.
The story however does border on mundane at times. Indian Life Is What You Make It really does throw you off the track in the beginning and begins as a really predictable young adult romance. Indian authors could really try coming up with better and stronger plots that explore the social psyche prevalent in the nation. A conservative family,parents obsessed with academic excellence,a bright young student fallen from grace- the ingredients are all there but somehow the build up lacks structure.
And the plots of most Indian writers are really starting to look way too similar. There are better stories out there and a delicate and unique handling of the issues plaguing the Indian youth with stronger characters and sound plots could work wonders towards revolutionizing the current writing scenario and providing the readers with food for thought. Aug 29, Debasis Mohanty rated it it was ok.
Life is certainly what we make it but in this case please do not worsen your life by reading it-being judgmental. What makes the book boring? The author raves about the protagonist's symptoms for about odd pages which irked me a lot. Recurring explications about the protagonist's state makes it look even more drab.
Some may argue that the bipolar syndrome mentioned in the book has to do with cyclic patterns manic highs and depressive lows and that demands explanation Life is certainly what we make it but in this case please do not worsen your life by reading it-being judgmental. Some may argue that the bipolar syndrome mentioned in the book has to do with cyclic patterns manic highs and depressive lows and that demands explanations but the author could have done without the monotonous descriptions and recurring allusions. The author fails to make an imprint on one's mind because of her protagonist's portrayal as a shallow character initially.
Later she metamorphoses into a self-centered,egotist lady with a dicey attitude who cares for nothing but her career. Tides turn and she then finds herself in a hypothetical bottomless pit Bipolar disorder from which there is no escape. She bears all the agony and battles with her inner self in a asylum to carve a life out of it. But it's better to be hated for what you write than to be loved for what you hide. Jan 22, Avanthika rated it it was amazing. Have you ever felt the void around you? Have you ever thought there are few bad decisions that has made your lyf miserable?
Have you ever spent your tym with someone who made you feel you're just to be USED? Did you fall in love with someone and have you ever regretted for falling for them? Atleast once, have you ever thought yourself as a burden to the world and to your surroundings that you wanted to quit forever?
The protagonist, Ankita, is too proud of herself. She's beautiful and intel Have you ever felt the void around you? She's beautiful and intelligent. She made it to one of the top B-Schools in India. But fate has other plans for her. From her Business School, she lands into a mental hospital fighting bipolar disorder. Ofcourse yea, she stabs and cuts others feelings to carve her destiny. She did face all the questions listed above. And that renewed the new in her. Preeti Shenoy penetrates deep into the readers mind. She makes us feel Ankita's pain and suffering. This book stirs your emotions and brings back memories of all those things that you want to forget.
Must read for all those people who thinks they're the only ones who suffers in this world. Dec 27, Preety rated it really liked it. Honestly,I had never heard about the author until recently. The thing I found best was that it teaches each one of us that life may not necessarily turn out the way we have planned or hoped for!!! I found the central character's self praise went a bit overboard especially when she joined St. Agnes and also at some other instances In some way,I could connect to yhe story My favourite lines from the book, "Somet 'Life is what you make it' My favourite lines from the book, "Sometimes all one needs is a strong anchor, a person you can trust blindly.
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Someone who will lead you on, be there for you and never let you down. Jul 28, Divya Lavanya rated it it was amazing. It was one of the few books which I completed in one sitting. I've no words to describe how I felt after reading it. It made me realise one hard fact. That mental disorders are not about 'not trying well to come out of situation'. It's just that they try hard, but they can't. They are not crazy people. A must read for anyone to look at life from a new perspective. I don't want to talk about the style of writing. The author was able to convey her message well and that's what matte It was one of the few books which I completed in one sitting.
The author was able to convey her message well and that's what matters. Jun 30, Swetha rated it it was ok. Life is what you make it, a catchy title indeed. The title is only justified with an epilogue that happens 15 years later. The plot is very straightforward portraying how the female protagonist, Ankita belittles Abhi's love that made her end up in asylum where she rediscovers her new self.
However writer Preeti never missed to charm the readers with her incredible narrations especially when A Life is what you make it, a catchy title indeed. However writer Preeti never missed to charm the readers with her incredible narrations especially when Ankita tries to call her boyfriend over phone, the first bike ride and the first kiss. The grandfather's words, "Never belittle love" still resonates more powerful than those usual words, "I love you". May 31, Gowtham rated it liked it. Guys fall in love with her.
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She doesnt understand their true love. But still she is having good relationship with all the boys proposed her. A guy dies just bcz she ignored his love. At a point of time , her life style changes. She cannot discuss with anybody abt it. At a point she gets too much stress and endup in a mental hospital.
She will be cured from bipolar disorder laterr. This is how this pretty girl wins her life. May 14, Sridevi rated it it was ok. There is one glaring technical glitch in the story.
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The story begins when the protagonist Ankita , is in the throes of deadly depression which could tilt her either way. Yet , when she begins to talk about her past , she acquires the voice of a very normal , sane person. Technically , she should be looking at her past also with the same eyes of a depressed person. Also , the conflict of the character was poorly handled. As a consequence , Ankita comes across as a shallow girl , who changes h There is one glaring technical glitch in the story.
As a consequence , Ankita comes across as a shallow girl , who changes her boyfriends at the drop of a hat to further her ambitions. The darkness , surrounding the character could have been better handled. Also style of writing falls flat. I decided to photocopy it and distribute it. What actually happens in the mind of the person who has a sudden adrenaline rushing gushing through his or her limbs?
What happens when logic ceases to exist at many many levels? And what is insanity? Is it when you "lose" it or is it when the world "loses" you? More sensitivity and more depth were called for short of which , this book just falls in the category of a college "romance". The immaturely crafted epilogue just relegates it to the class of a Bollywood flick The two stars are for the subject matter , which many authors fear to explore and for the writing style which is easy on the mind of the reader.
Dec 21, Husain Hubail rated it it was ok. She was firstly a shy girl but later on because of her friends discover another side of herself as a Leader. Agnes, she gets tangled in Love affair with 2 guys, simultaneously. In her last year of graduation, a tragic incident happens which changes her life forever. This was the first part of the book which I really hated due to its all the Shitty - Romantic drama Not at All Romantic, rather Crazy Guy and Shy Girl love story, of which the Girl cheating on her current long-distance boyfriend if you say so.
In Bombay, she becomes a Maniac in her daily life, that she almost starts to skip her daily sleep. She's a class topper and also good at poetry but there's a chaos within her.
The story throughout had a great pace which can be completed in a single sitting. The Phrases used in between are relatable. Altogether the book is a one time read. Apr 02, Ajay rated it it was amazing. Preeti has a wonderful way of picturing things in her writing. I don't think most of us are gifted with creative writing. Even though we can feel and let our emotions flow and feel it in life , it's little harder to put them down in the paper. The track appeared in the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City in , where it plays on the pop radio station Flash FM. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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