Book review : Me before you by Jojo Moyes.

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Me before you. The recommendations to read this book were so promising that I skip a lot of books from my list and jumped to this one. Devanshi, who I like to call my book sister was gushing all about it from the time she has read it and was in for a long impatient wait until I read it and discussed all about it with her. Now that I’m done but not yet dusted with this book here’s what I think of it.
I started off with the book taking in the story of a poverish girl holding up her family financially so that her family can live up their social and educational aspirations. Louisa Clark is somehow succumbed to feel like she’s not the brightest one of the lot. But as you dive yourself between the pages of Jojo Moyes’ narrations you can picture a girl full of life and with a sparkle in her eyes. She’s intelligent, bright, funny, compassionate and afraid to show this, self of hers, to the world. Just like the many of us. Losing her job due to unforeseen circumstances she lands up being a caregiver for Will Traynor. He’s a finance company owner, adventurous, living life to the fullest being turned into a quadriplegic cripple. Our prince charming was stuck in a dark corner of his huge castle when Louisa walks into his life with her bright spirits and brighter clothes. The chemistry between the two is quite prevalent from the time they’re introduced to the other. The book advances with each of them helping the other to gain a wider and newer perspective to life. But majorly the two of them teach us a lot about love and life. Like, you should not seek for someone that completes you but someone that compliments you. Often in a relationship we are too caught up in finding someone who can fill the blank for us but lovers are not for the play of fill in the blanks. We need someone to understand our flaws and strengths both and give us the power to shine with a perspective that we will never be able to see for ourselves. Once you meet someone like that you’ll start filling in the blanks yourself. For them. And of course, reciprocation is the key. You give what you get. In love? All the more. There are lot of moments in the book that made cry. Sometimes it just left me in such an abstract space that I had to close the book let my thoughts haul at me so that Will and Louisa’s reactions seem legit. The story is tender yet harsh but above all beautifully written. It makes you cry, laugh, it’s a roller coaster of emotions!
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With all the love and air around this book you may see this one to be a all and all romantic novel, but if you dig deeper you’ll realise it’s thought provoking book that speaks more life than on love.

Rating : 4.5/5

Happy reading! 🙂

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5 entrepreneurial skills I learned in Mumbai Locals

The city of Mumbai works on local trains that operate efficiently and to give you the facts it is spread over 465 kilometres, the suburban railway operates 2,342 train services and carries more than 7.5 million commuters daily. By annual ridership (2.64 billion), the Mumbai Suburban Railway is the busiest rapid transit system in the world. So the tag ‘lifeline’ is totally justified. The narrative versions of each commuter on mundane affairs are boundless. It could mean getting inspired by a 60 year old woman trying to subsidize life by earning a living beyond bare necessities or fret over swamped compartments. I have bounteous inwardness to give away and I choose to tell 5 entrepreneurial skills that I learned in the Mumbai locals.

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Here are they:

1. Punctuality.

1 minute of delay to catch the train you commonly take, can cost you snide looks from your boss, a half day pay (maybe even overtime) and unnecessary stress. And to start your day with so much antagonism is something we all want to avoid. Hence, we try to reach on time or at least just in time to make sure we don’t miss the train.

2. Negotiate

Mumbai Locals will let you learn and use your negotiation skills synchronously. After all the squabble and bickering when you finally get in, it’s difficult to survive. It’s time to dust off your negotiation skills and put them to use by asking the fellow commuters when are they going to get down? So you can secure the seat after them.

3. There’s always place for more!

When you think your plate is full and you can’t squeeze any more tasks at hand, come check the infamous fourth seat of the train.

4. Get tough

There are 7.5 million commuters transmitting daily and to get in, in the span 40 seconds to one minute is not easy. You need to build a strong guard, make sure you climb in without someone pulling your hair or transforming your clothes in raggedly fashion. It just doesn’t end here you need to be tough to be able to stand steadily for under an hour because chances are you won’t get a seat till Dadar.

5. Charity

As a entrepreneur it is very important that you give back to the society. I see an act of kindness when a passenger wary from their day who probably looks more stale than a day old bread, offers his/her seat to the 40 year old who’s not only struggling the chaos of life but also fighting the inevitable debacle of their age.

It is crazy what these perilous, unstable, swamped 12 compartments hold for you.