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Preeti Shenoy is the bestselling author of Life is What You Make It and eleven other titles. Her books have been translated into several Indian and foreign languages. She is among the highest-selling authors in India. She is also a speaker, columnist, and artist. Preeti has been featured on BBC, Conde Nast, Verve, India Today and all other major media.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Srishti Publishers & Distributors; First edition (17 April 2019); Srishti Publishers & Distributors, a unit of AJR Publishing LLP, 212-A, Peacock Lane, Shahpur Jat, New Delhi-110049, India, Contact No-011-41751981, sales@srishtipublishers.com
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 256 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9387022609
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-9387022607
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 254 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 12.85 x 1.37 x 19.84 cm
  • Country of Origin ‏ : ‎ India
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Preeti Shenoy, among the top five highest selling authors in India, is also on the Forbes longlist of the most influential celebrities in India.. Her work has been translated to many languages.She is India's most loved author, on life and relationships.

India Today has named her as being unique for being the only woman in the best-selling league. She has been awarded the ‘Indian of the Year’ award for 2017 by Brands Academy for her contribution to Literature. She has also received the Academia award for Business Excellence by the New Delhi Institute of Management. She has given talks in many premier educational institutions such as IITs and IIMs and corporate organisations like KPMG, Infosys and Accenture. She is also an artist specialising in portraiture and illustrated journalling.

Her short stories and poetry have been published in various magazines such as Conde Nast and Verve. She has been featured on BBC World, Cosmopolitan,The Hindu, Verve, Times of India and many more.

She has a very popular blog and also wrote a weekly column in The Financial Chronicle for many years. She has a massive online following. Her other interests are travel, photography and yoga. Her books include A Hundred Little Flames, It’s All In The Planets, Why We Love The Way We Do, The Secret Wish List, The One You Cannot Have and many others.

Website: www.preetishenoy.com

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3.0 out of 5 stars An okay attempt - doesn't meet Preeti Shenoy's standard
By Writing Buddha on 30 December 2020
52nd Book of 2020!

There are few authors whom you can’t afford skipping and that is what defines my relationship with Preeti Shenoy who is my favorite female author. There are instances when I have been unable to read her book just after its release but somewhere, I take out time and end up reading her book when I am in the zone to accept the deep stories she tries to share with her readers. I am just done reading my 52nd and the last book of 2020- “Wake Up, Life is Calling” written by Preeti Shenoy and published by Srishti Publishers. This 250-pages book is the sequel to Preeti’s first book- “Life is what you make it” which has been very popular since its release. Just for everyone’s information, even if you don’t read the 1st book, you can still go through with this without any concerns as even I had read it in 2011 but have completely forgotten the story by now. Haha!

The book talks about the protagonist Ankita who has seen a lot in her life which had led her to depression and mental health issues – now, she is wanting to reload her life with new experiences and forgetting her past but this comes with its own challenges where her own past and the people from this past are making it difficult for her to revamp her life. Preeti has ensured throughout her writing career that she focuses majorly on the mental health issues and specifically with the female characters. She has kept the same approach with this book itself where the character of Ankita is still dealing with the same in her 2nd chance to life too.

The book is little inclined towards darkness which becomes relatable and readable only if you have been through the same situation or have a bit of depression in your life currently otherwise you might find difficult in enjoying the book. Anyone reading this book must ensure that they read it completely if they pick up otherwise seeing the vulnerability of the character they might feel that there is no scope once someone has gone into the state of depression. Author has nicely covered as to how a person overreacts to things happening around them considering everything is against them. They forget realizing positives around them but keep on focusing to everything negative that happens. This makes life tougher than before.

Author has mentioned about the relationship of the patient in depression with their psychiatrist very aptly which I believe is very important to mention as having a doctor who hears you patiently can do magic for you in such cases. There are several notes that the protagonist writes whenever she feels that she has learnt something magical and transformational for her life which I believe are the highlights of the book as it displays the famous philosophical side of Preeti. I liked all those italic notes as well as many conversations she had with her parents, psychiatrist and teacher which makes you think about yourself. Preeti has somewhere tried giving hope to the people who have stopped trusting themselves or the world around them which I think shall definitely reach the sufferers.

The title of all the chapters are very creatively designed which I did notice while reading them as even those one, two or even five words makes you feel nostalgic. Later, in the end of the book, author reveals how she chose the title which made me feel proud about my instinct even though I don’t listen English songs. I also liked the suicide manual part as it did give some curiosity to know what’s mentioned in them and what it shall further lead to.

Now talking about the drawbacks, the book is very dark which makes it tough for you to read as it doesn’t move very fast and gets stuck at the same spot itself. Author just doesn’t leave the story mentioned in the first book and keeps mentioning it every now and then. Anyone who hasn’t read the first book shall not be able to connect with Ankita the way readers who have read the first one would. I also believe the things mentioned by the author about suicide etc. might make it feel appealing to some and they might also try to do the same which could have been avoided.

There is something missing about the X-factor that comes with Preeti Shenoy’s book in this one – I don’t know why. There isn’t much description about other characters or the locale in which the book is set or the philosophical depth and many other such factors generally on which Preeti emphasizes upon in her writings. I have never rated any book of Preeti below 4 ever but unfortunately this time, I have to. I give this book 3.5 stars out of 5. This doesn’t meet the standard set by Preeti. Also, somewhere my heart says that the pressure to do as good as “Life is what you make it” made Preeti write it in a certain way and not freely as she does.

That’s all for my reading journey for this year 2020.

Thanks.

WRITING BUDDHA
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read duology on mental health issues facing by the young adults today.
By Reading_Tamishly on 13 August 2022
A book on mental health I would recommend.

I have loved the first book Life is What You Make It.
I was a bit hesitant to pick up the sequel as I thought it would not live up to my unrealistic expectations.

How wrong I was!

Yes, to know the characters and their story we have to read the first book. The first book will introduce you to the characters as well as their backgrounds, the detailed description of mental health issues our main character was facing and how her family was struggling.

I would say the sequel is really impressive as it carries on with the worries and doubts of our main character, Ankita, as she is still struggling through bouts of depression and anxiety due to daily circumstances and the people she was with.

I can say the author has dealt with the subject very sensitively and also represent the age of the character very realistically. I totally appreciate this.

I just love how the author has written these two books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Serious Read
By Vishnu Chevli on 31 May 2019
This is my second book by Preeti Shenoy. The first one I read was "Love a Little Stronger" that was a wonderful light read. I enjoyed the humor, emotion and feeling shared in those stories. And Preeti is one of the bestselling authors of India, so I didn't want to lose the chance to read the next book by her which was a sequel to "Life is What You Make It", again a national bestseller. I happily accepted the review copy in exchange for an honest review.

"Wake Up, Life Is Calling" is a story of Ankita. She had troubled past. She recently came back from a mental asylum, she was admitted there due to Bipolar Disorder. Her parents were her biggest supporters. The story started when she joined the course of creative writing. She made 2 friends from her class and started living normally. Her phone-friend/school friend or I would say her long-distance boyfriend suddenly entered her life. She was annoyingly enjoying her life when something unexpected happened to her which brought back troubling memories back to her. The last third of the book shows her struggle from the phase.

Frankly speaking, I found the book is inline or may be inspired by "Veronika Decides to Die" by Paulo. Don't get angry with me but I was not able to finish "Veronika...". Somehow I was getting too many negative vibes from that book. Something like that happened to me when I was going through the phase of Ankita's struggle. The reason I sailed through was limited options and 15 hours journey. Also, Indian background helped me to go through. Once I was done through 2nd third, I was enjoying the book. And before I know, I reached the last section. Yes I finished the whole book in one day (6-7 hours)

My observations
1) Though the book is written with good intention and motivation in mind, for people in depression I would advise either finish the book (if you start) or skip it. If you leave it in low of Ankita's character you may get more depressed.
2) The book is written for mature people with the proper thought process.
3) To make sure, the seriousness of the subject won't affect the reading pace, Preeti has used simple language and straight storytelling.
4) I haven't read part 1, if you want to read it first then do it. It will be helpful.
5) Nice and colorful cover design.
6) I didn't like Parul's behavior in the climax, the way she was portrayed in the beginning I thought she would be mature enough to support Ankita.

I know many people said good words about the book, I felt depressed (even though I was not depressed at all) while reading the book. And that's why I am not able to give more than 3.5
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