Book Title: Stepping Stones

Subtitle: Taking Towards The Goal

Author: Lubhna Dongre

Total Number of Pages: 324

Publisher: Notion Press Inc.

Publication Date: 1 Jan 2018

Format: Paperback

Language: English

Genre: Non-fiction / Self-help / Personal Development


As the sun consistently rises and sets, you too must approach your goals with the same commitment and steadiness, every day, like nature, and contribute to the world by passionately living your purpose. Some days you may toil and sweat; other days you may carry a lighter load, finally basking peacefully in the fulfilment of your dreams. You make a contribution to life. You find yourself living in harmony with seasons, knowing your mission is right. The cycle of life continues, and you move into the cycle.

Are we setting goals and if yes are they right; what is the future of them? Explore the many questions with this teenage girl through the pages with her thoughts and the guidance from leaders which are best suited to guide the youth. Lubhna takes you through a journey starting with knowing yourself to the ultimate goal of life. Look through the perspective of what a teen thinks about purpose, programming, pleasure, peace and so on…

Dive into the world of contribution.

“Letters and emails from eminent personalities, guiding you towards significance of goals in life.”


I have read self-help and motivational books by many authors but never have I read such a book penned by a 16 year old young author. Lubhna, at such an young age has spoken of so many important topics which we tend to overlook in our lives and even if we know deep in our heart that we should do this and we must follow that, we never do because we have been conditioned to the monotony of our lives that anything outside that makes us uncomfortable.

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Stepping Stones by Lubhna Dongre

Stepping Stones, a debut novel by Lubhna Dongre attempts to showcase the problems and thought processing of teenagers and people who have just stepped into the phase of adulthood. We all know that when puberty hits, the life of teenagers becomes difficult as they goes through a transitional period. It’s not only the body which sees a change, but it’s also the mind which goes through a change. To add to the pressure, there’s school life or college life, studies, expectations of parents and relatives and there’s certain responsibilities. Under such pressures, teenagers often drift away in the wrong directions or make wrong choices and then they keep following that path which they didn’t want to.

The book is divided into ten chapters. The author has indeed covered a lot of topics, from ‘Potential’ to ‘Progress’ to ‘Purpose’ to ‘Problems’ to ‘Peace’ and everything in-between. Stepping Stones, as the title of the book is apt for the book as the author talks about all these stepping stones that one has to step on in order to not only succeed in life but also succeed while following his/her dream. The author has quoted her mentors and other famous people throughout the book. Their words which has acted as a motivation for this 16 year old author.

Having a supportive family is really important if a person is looking to follow his/her dreams. A healthy family is important in its own self. In today’s world, everyone happens to be busy : the child has to go to school, his/her father would go to work and the mother, if she is a working woman, she will also be busy with her work. At the end of the day, when the child returns home, he/she would tution classes and these days the classes end very late. As a result of this, the family doesn’t get to spend quality time and for this, the child may often times feel neglected or he/she would move back into his/her own shell refusing to talk to anybody. The author has spoken of the importance of having good and healthy family relationships. As a teenager, she has summed up the teenage mind very well.

I was happy when I found out that the author has shared her experiences and have also added some of her real life incidences. Talking from experience and supporting them with real life incidences when that person has applied his/her shared tips is really important when it comes to a self-help book. This helps the readers to connect better with the prose and also becomes fairly relatable. Otherwise, it would become very monotonous where you only follow the tips and see the book as a guide.

The narration of the book is informal. Often times, when I read self-help books, I have found that it reads more like that of a person who tries to inform a reader of the topics and then follows up with their tips. But in this case, the author has presented more of an informal tone where she is gently nudging the readers to listen to what she has to say and then she provides some tips and follows up with her own personal experiences. This makes the book more interesting and also adds a personal touch. Think of it as a friend who is talking to you and understands you. The language is also very lucid and easy to follow. It’s not constricted at all. The sentences are structured really well. The cover of the book really suits the concept behind the book.

There were some grammatical errors throughout the book and some words were missing in the sentences. This can be easily corrected with a round of editing. Other than this, I don’t have anything to say about improvement or parts which I didn’t like.

If you are someone who does life the non-fiction genre, then yes, you would definitely like this book.


I think teenagers and young adults would find this book more relatable because for them, they are stepping onto the stepping stones mentioned by the author, they are going through those phases and this motivational book would be really great for them. But, even for the grown ups, this book will let you understand the workings of a teenage mind and will help you to understand them better, hopefully.

If you do like the non-fiction genre, then you would like this book too.


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