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Title: Almost There but Yet Not Arrived

Author: Sandeep Mishra

Publisher: Frog Books / Leadstart Corp.

ISBN: 9789384226

My Review

Achievements and applause are counted as the success mantras in or lives and if an individual is in his young age particularly college days. This becomes a major issue during this period. Everyone is about to step into the real world and counts upon such laurels.

But, are these real parameters to be counted upon? What a person is capable enough but has not earned some medal or secured some top most ranking positions in examinations? Does this bar him from achieving success in the deadly world out there? The author raises similar concern in front of the readers and provides them with an alternate perspective. Now whether this one is a compromising solution or a go-getter one; you need to check it out.

As far as my verdict is concerned, he had been successful in broadening the number of options available at the disposal. His idea is to sensitize the readers that do not be disheartened if you are not able to achieve the standards as set by the societal norms. You always have the opportunity to break open the barriers and achieve new heights. After all, it is not necessary to follow the footsteps of the others; you may lead the herd yourself and be an example to others.

Like a normal guy of young age, the protagonist of the story – Shashi, has set up his plans and goals in life and he aspires to be a successful human being. Nevertheless, the life takes it turns as destined but not up to his satisfaction. What does he plan to do? How does he react to the uncanny situations? Does he shy away or gets heads-on with the turbulent conditions? Find out as he is almost there…

The book-cover could have been more relating to the theme but is not that bad. The characters and events seem to be closer to be believed and are not much far from the reality. You could very easily relate with the protagonist either as yourself or friends around you.

This is a motivating account that should be read by teenagers. This is an easy to read and understand story that motivates the readers not to lose hope but to look out for new opportunity and embrace them open-handed. I suggest it to be a recommended read for individuals who are finding themselves in a fix about the passage of life and turn of events.

About the Book

Almost a School Topper…

Almost an IITian…

Almost Married My Girlfriend…

Can Life be Worse?

Success is glorified and over-hyped, most by those who can barely get there. For those who actually reach there and cross the benchmark, success gets redefined and refurbished with a new benchmark. Shashi however did not belong to either of these groups. He had always been amongst those, who were teased by success the most. His story has been all about missing his goals by a whisker. One after the other as the pages kept turning in Shashi’s life he continued setting up new benchmarks but was constantly deprived of the last mile.

There are many, who spend their entire life chasing their goals and in turn defer the state of happiness for a goal might never achieve. Shashi was about to be one of those but something happened in Shashi’s life which revamped his existence. A surprise encounter in his life made a revelation for him, making him realize what true success and happiness means.

It made him discover what it takes to be truly happy and it was not a verse from the pages of a self-help book or excerpts of a discourse. It was a life changing moment for Shashi and he never stopped after that.

About the author

An MBA from IMT Ghaziabad and a Merit Scholarship Holder in B.Tech from Vellore Institute of Technology – Sandeep is a Jack of multiple traits who currently works as a consultant in a leading MNC. He has represented his School Volleyball Team at Zonal level and performed dance and mimicry, at college and corporate level. He is currently a member of a guitar band in Bangalore and performs occasionally. Sandeep has a penchant for writing and is an avid blogger. He has been in the editorial team at corporate level and contributed various articles in a community newspaper and other forums.