BOOK REVIEW OF- Mind, Life & Reflections By Payal Jain

Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 10088 KB
Publisher: Invincible Publishers; 1 edition (8 January 2019)
Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited
Language: English

From birth to death we all go through series of emotions, breakthroughs and transformations that upholds our way of ‘being in the world’ by means of our perceptions and reflections whittling our mind and soul. ‘MIND, LIFE & REFLECTIONS’ explore these lessons penetrating the emotions we feel through the perceptions of our mind about the experiences of life and how the same reflect on us shadowing or revealing our true self giving meaning to our existence.’MIND, LIFE & REFLECTIONS’ is a book on self-discovery kindling the thought and lighting fire within. It continuously unleashes the dormant energy within to recognise self-worth and take a step forward, unhindered, and untamed to rise to your full potential while taking you through your own life journey.“Simplicity of life is in living happy and helping others to live happy. It is there, where joy comes from. Brilliant writing.”- Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister Delhi“Peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance, remind yourself to be grateful of the simple things. Life journey and the lessons beautifully expressed!”- Anup Jalota, Singer“Payal asks the questions we didn’t even know could be asked and guides you to find answers within you. This book unravels you and binds you in a better shape. A brilliant read.”- The Bookoholics
It has been said over the ages that it’s important that what thoughts you are feeding into your mind because your thoughts create your belief and experiences. You have positive thoughts and you have negative ones too. Nurture your mind with positive thoughts: kindness, empathy, compassion, peace, love, joy, humility, generosity, etc. The more you feed your mind with positive thoughts, the more you can attract great things into your life. Progressing into life, Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could. Concluding with reflection, When an incidental colour or a random fragrance takes possession of our imagination, we can unexpectedly blossom into a new entity as it gives us wings and enlightens our horizon, just like canary birds that feel stimulated and start singing as soon as they sense the radiance of the sun through the reflection of the skylight. I feel the title of the book is apt since it amalgamates all the three subsets of life, mind and reflection into a single set called living.
The book beautifully recreates three aspects of living to showcase us the art of surviving. I remember John Lennon once said that there are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life. Reconsidering life, there will come a time when all of us are dead. All of us. There will come a time when there are no human beings remaining to remember that anyone ever existed or that our species ever did anything. There will be no one left to remember Aristotle or Cleopatra, let alone you. Everything that we did and built and wrote and thought and discovered will be forgotten and all of this will have been for naught. Maybe that time is coming soon and maybe it is millions of years away, but even if we survive the collapse of our sun, we will not survive forever. There was time before organisms experienced consciousness, and there will be time after. Coming to mind, the plot illustrates yet there are moments when the walls of the mind grow thin; when nothing is unabsorbed, and I could fancy that we might blow so vast a bubble that the sun might set and rise in it and we might take the blue of midday and the black of midnight and be cast off and escape from here and now. There is nothing so disobedient as an undisciplined mind, and there is nothing so obedient as a disciplined mind. The author gives a different perspective of reflection through his book. Water is the most versatile of all elements. It isn’t afraid to burn in fire or fade into the sky, it doesn’t hesitate to shatter against sharp rocks in rainfall or drown into the dark shroud of the earth. It exists beyond all beginnings and ends. On the surface nothing will shift, but deep in underground silence, water will hide and with soft fingers coax a new channel for itself, until stone gives in and slowly settles around the secret space. Death is water’s close companion, and neither of them can be separated from us, for we are made of the versatilitiy of water and the closeness of death. Water doesn’t belong to us, be we belong to water: when it has passed through our fingers and pores and bodies, nothing separates us from earth.
To Sum up, I would really like to congratulate the author for describing such an emotional perspective with the soft touch of philosophy. Reflection comes between us and every other person and object in the world. An object or a person can be reflected in so many different ways. Yet the heart of an object or the essence of the heart can never be reflected. All faith and creativity is the hunger to cross over this frontier, it is the desire for pure and total encounter and belonging. Love is an affair between a reflection and its object
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Overall I would like to rate the book 42 on a scale of 50.
4 stars out of 5
Originality of the plot and sub plots- 9/10
Net emotions in the story- 8/10
Usage of words and phrases-8/10
The title, cover and the illustration-8/10
The net impact on the readers- 9/10

Reviewed by-
Sayan Basak

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