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March 11, 2013 / subramanyam

Shailendra Singh’s F?@K Knows

          This life of ours which comes with a fixed expiry date makes us run day in and day out. We run after our dreams, our aims, ambitions and aspirations. At times this consistent chase for success resembles a rat race that’s full of fare with no time  to stand and stare. We push ourselves to the limits with a hope that we will be able to control the race or at the least be on the top of it.
          There’s nothing wrong in pushing ourselves to the limits or say running behind a goal as if there’s no tomorrow, however the fundamental question we need to ask ourselves even before we start running is “is this goal really mine?”  Was it my decision to do this in my life, did my heart really choose this or was it something that was thrust on me? Am I struggling for my childhood dreams or for the perceptions and impressions of the people who made some choices for me?

          For all reasons, the journey is more important than the destination and if we don’t enjoy the journey, the chances are really shailendra_singh_f_k_knowsreally dim that we enjoy the destination. It’s the journey, the wear and tear of the daunting tasks that we ought to enjoy, for that’s what makes us strong more matured and happier in life. Can we really enjoy the journey if it was not our goal to begin with, will we really be happy on that day when the entire life flashes in front of our eyes and we realize that we did not follow our passions? Wouldn’t it be beautiful if our passion and profession are the same? Aren’t these some questions we ought to ask before we start the race of our lives?

          The monologue in the last few paragraphs, call it free gyaan or the piece of mind or whatever you want, might have been dull and boring (I would consider myself lucky if it is not J). However, when Shailendra Singh speaks about topics of this sort in this book “F?@K KNOWS” you are bound to enjoy. For, he assumes a completely informal tone and drives home these points in a very conversational way. Whatever I spoke in the previous paragraphs is just the tip of the iceberg compared to what Shailendra Singh has written in his 233 pages, which is divided into 75 chapters of this book.

          Shailendra Singh  calls himself as a B.T.D.T (be there done that) guy.  He  in fact is a sports marketing guru, advertizing whizz, a deal maker and a Bollywood producer. This man who has made Rs.100 million in his life,  speaks about the importance of dreams and why  passion should meet the profession in our lives. He takes us through his personal experiences, the way he learnt things and the way we should learn them in a very informal way. For sure, this book is not going to bring in the boredom. He doesn’t use an authoritative tone or the moral high stand which otherwise is used in most of the self-help books.

          As Shailendra himself suggests, this book is not something you ought to read in one go.  It’s better you read some chapters(one at a time is the most optimal way) let the content sink in,  and then start of with the next ones. I would advise you having a highlighter handy as you might want to highlight/underline some of the  salient ones you read.

          The only complaints I might have with respect to this book is the “F” word,Some of you who know me might have been shocked by “F ”  word in the title itself right ?  Conservatives like me might not enjoy reading the jargon, but nevertheless it might definitely strike a chord with most of the young population of India who for me are considerably more liberal and are happy using the word.

          All in all a very good book, good to see, self-help books coming up from people who have been heavily successful. Do read the book it can make think in a dimension you were not cognizant of, till date.  
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  1. Reshmy Pillai / Apr 20 2013 1:57 pm


    Here is a month long celebration of Indian debut writers. Do join in. The rules are simple – Read the 1st book of an Indian writer, review, link to us. We promote, you vote. It will be a fun and exciting month. With some prizes thrown in too. Hope to see you at The Tales Pensieve.


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