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Book Title: Is Your Mind Really Yours?
Subtitle: Break Free From The Shackles of A Programmed Life
Author: Ajay Sachdeva
Total Number of Pages: 180
Publisher: Niyogi Books
Publication Date: 7 Oct 2017
Genre: Non-fiction / Self-help
The cornerstone of this lively and highly readable book is the idea of operating from the ‘free spirit’ as opposed to the programmed mind. In doing so, one can truly experience freedom, growth and contentment.
Ajay Sachdeva asserts that life, at its core, is centred on the relationship one has with one’s self—that is, with one’s thoughts and emotions. These in turn influence one’s relationship with one’s ‘external’ world, including families, friends, society and the workplace. Is Your Mind Really Yours? raises several important questions for the readers to reflect on. It invites them to examine life from another perspective: the setting free of conditioned ideas, belief systems and stereotypes—all of which never belonged to individuals in the first place. It is in this establishing of the connection with the inner true self that they can begin to feel the liberation that was always within them but got caged in a mental trap.
REVIEWED BY SOHINEE DEY
As you all know, I am not really a fan of the non-fiction genre, especially books of self-help and personal development sub-genre. By now, I might have said this every time I post a review of a book of non-fiction genre. The main reason being that most books of these genres tend to give so many tips and plannings which are supposed to make our lives easier.
Is Your Mind Really Yours? is totally a different take. I was expecting the same format as other books of this genre, but this book is more about knowing yourself and finding your true self.
Being able to truly understand oneself is the most important part of self-discovery. To have a better relationship with people, first you need to have a healthy relationship with your own self. Ajay Sachdeva goes on to explain how we are living a programmed life ever since our birth. We tend to pick up habits from our friends and family, we are taught things which we hold as the ultimate truth, we form a list of rights and wrongs in our head. But everything is “programmed” into our minds. What we believe to be true might not be the truth in reality.
It’s the relationship we have with our own selves determines the kind of relationship we form with the “external world”. Our beliefs, our versions of the truth, we tend to judge people on our own belief systems. Is Your Mind Really Yours? is a reflective piece of work which would make readers ponder on what they know and what actually is the truth. The book raises many important questions and is a really good way of questioning ourselves and discovering our true selves.
The book is divided into seven chapters which starts off with “discovering your true self” and ends on a final liberation from the programmed life. The book isn’t that lengthy but you would have to have interest in this topic and in this genre to truly enjoy the book while reading.
The narration of the book is really smooth. The flow of the words was smooth too. It never felt as if the author was rushing to the good stuff and never did I feel that he was trying to preach me some ideal ways to connect with my inner self better. Having walked down the path of self-discovery, I could really connect with the words of the author. One really has to reflect on his/her own self to truly understand what the author is truly meaning to say. The book also has some quotes from famous personalities which I really liked.
The cover is good but I felt it could have been a bit better, as in more relatable to the concept behind the book. Nonetheless, I really loved reading this book.
MY FINAL VERDICT
This book would be a good choice if you are having a tough time understanding your true self or if you’re a victim of self-hatred, or if you just want to walk down that path of self-discovery. This book would be really helpful especially for teenagers and young adults.
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