Author: Geetha Paniker
Publisher: Partridge India
Cover : 1.5/5
Title : 3.5/5
Blurb : 3/5
Value for money : 3.5/5
Overall : 3.5/5
An anthology of writings from a cancer survivor whose therapeutic writing will guide, inspire, and heal your soul. She lays bare all the aspects of private suffering yet points out how she overcame each challenge with grit, determination, and a healthy dose of childish delight and wonder. Profound thoughts narrated in a simple language. Her words and wonderful ability to blend with her surroundings, yet stand out by absorbing the essence of it all; will challenge you to look at life through a rebel’s twinkling eye. Journey with this nature-loving, soul-searching, deep-thinking powerhouse. See what it feels like to touch rock bottom and build a solid foundation for a life made on her terms. A truthful story that continues to redefine the norm and gives you a glimpse into the life of a true survivor.
When I Fell in Love With Life by Geetha Paniker is a collection of 81 narratives on self-motivation that the author held on to in times of adversity, and especially during her fight with cancer. A few of the chapters in the book are:
- Falling in Love with Myself: A strong message on how loving and cherishing oneself is of utmost importance.
- A Bare Tree: Drawing inspiration from a bare tree who stands tall and strong with its fruits hanging even after its leaves fall.
- A Resplendent Magical Sunset: No sunset is the same; each one tells a different story. Same is the case with life; enjoy its beauty in the present moment and capture all the good memories lest they are gone forever.
- Is Cancer a Taboo?: The facts and perceptions that people hold about cancer are demystified.
- Kaleidoscope of Butterflies: Butterflies are a symbol of life and hope. They are filled with the magic of believing; believing that you can overcome all hurdles and challenges and yet emerge to be beautiful.
- The Twilight Glow of my Life: Wondering why the grey clouds that provide beauty to a twilight are considered drab and dull.
- Over the Mist of Life: Life is juts like the mist that is seen for a while before disappearing completely.
- A Sweet Awakening: On how cancer enlightened the author to cherish life and do things she always wanted to do but procrastinated.
- Love for Cancer: About cancer inducing realization among its patients that life is short, precious, and to be enjoyed in the moment.
- The Silent Cry of a Soul: On the emotions and feelings that women patients experience upon bilateral mastectomy.
These and 71 other narratives drawing inspiration and motivation via metaphors will truly make you cherish your life and the beauty that it holds.
The book is too extensive; some of the chapters cover the same points via different narratives and incidences. These could have been eliminated to come up with an efficient version of the book.
Geetha has covered almost every aspect of rock bottom that one could hit in life — be it failure in an attempt to achieve something or going through a phase you have no control over — thus catering to most of issues that people face in life. What I loved most about the book is the innocence, emotion, and intensity with which the narration has been made; I could easily place myself in the shoes of the protagonist and experience what he / she must be feeling. This, along with the beautiful poems and pictures incorporated in a few chapters, greatly helped me in understanding what exactly Geetha is trying to convey through the narratives. When I Fell in Love With Life is definitely going to be my guide to a healthy life.
A repository of motivation and inspiration (3.5/5)
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