Book Review : The subtle art of not giving a fuck by Mark Manson

My favourite lines from the book :

My recommendation: don’t be special; don’t be unique. Redefine your metrics in mundane and broad ways. Choose to measure yourself not as a rising star or an undiscovered genius…..Instead measure yourself by more mundane identities: a student, a partner, a friend, a creator.

Unlike any self help book, this guide puts forward a ‘counterintuitive approach to living a good life’. Now what would you expect from a self help book : assurances like ‘you are special and born to extraordinary things’, ‘ whatever you think is or isn’t, you are right’, ‘keep trying’, ‘don’t doubt yourself’ and the like. But not this book. This book tells you that you are not special. ( And after reading the book, I agree with Mark! )

Mark Manson has very adeptly laid down his counter-intuitive thoughts well- illustrated using anecdotes from his life and those of his acquaintances. Throughout the book, you will get to read lines like : ‘Don’t try’ ( the first chapter) , ‘You are not special’, ‘Doubt your own thoughts’ and the best part : his reasoning and rationale is not flawed. In fact this is what make this book worth reading – because of Mark’s candid and uninhibited way of laying down secrets of living a happy life, secrets which are not in accordance with the generally- accepted philosophy, yet holds water. He has also laced his writing with profane humour & unbridled expressions. ( The title of the book is proof itself ! )

All in all, this groundbreaking book will definitely help you in re-evaluating your mantras of life. And according to Mark,once you do that you will realise that living a contented and happy life isn’t that difficult after all.

Highly recommended.

Build your Vocabulary Part -5

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Want to make your writing skills exotic !! Here’s the key 🙂

In continuation with my ‘Build your Vocabulary’ category, I introduce the 5th chapter, filled with interesting English and some Latin words too ! Watch this space for more foreign words that are yet to come.

 

Word Meaning Sentence
euphemism a mild or indirect word or expression substituted for one considered to be too harsh or blunt when referring to something unpleasant or embarrassing. He used a euphemism to disguise his real feelings about the incident.
Parody an imitation of the style of a particular writer, artist, or genre with deliberate exaggeration for comic effect. His dexterity in making comical parody of different movie actors is commendable.
Non sequitur (Latin) a conclusion or statement that does not logically follow from the previous argument or statement. His poem is filled with metaphors and non sequiturs.
verbiage excessively lengthy or technical speech or writing, confused, the way in which something is expressed; wording or diction. When writing an essay, you should focus more on providing facts and less on stuffing the paper with verbiage.
Sine qua non (Latin) an essential condition; a thing that is absolutely necessary. Fruits are sine qua non of my morning breakfast
specious Misleading, superficially plausible but wrong, deceptive The intruder tried to give the authorities a specious excuse regarding his presence in the building.
caveat Premonition, warning , caution
LAW:a notice, especially in a probate, that certain actions may not be taken without informing the person who gave the notice.
The caveat of the contract includes a penalty fee if the loan is not repaid on time.
bedrock Fundamental principles on which something is based Faith and peace is the bedrock of every religion.
sanctimonious making a show of being morally superior to other people. My sanctimonious aunt tends to look down upon people who do not go to church every Sunday.
tawdry showy but cheap , of poor quality Although Aunt Eloise had lots of money, she always wore such tawdry jewellery.
protégé (French + Latin origin) One whose welfare, training, or career is promoted by an influential person. The relationship between mentor and protégé has been a defining factor in the success of countless artists in the field of cinema.
voyeur a person who gains sexual pleasure from watching others when they are naked or engaged in sexual activity.
A person who enjoys seeing others in pain or distress.
The biographer is always something of a voyeur and burglar.
hiatus a small pause break in continuity in sequence or activity After Mary had a baby, she took a brief hiatus from work.
vociferous expressing or characterized by vehement opinions. The protestors were vociferous as they screamed outside of the government building.
brunt worst part or chief impact of a specified action Young teachers are more likely to bear the brunt of increasing parental expectations.
fount source The fount for all the troubles in the country is the corruption deeply rooted in the system.
deem regarded or considered The event was deemed a great success.
pliant easily influenced The pliant head led his company to downfall because of his indecisiveness and gullible nature.
remit task assigned officially to a person or group The remit of the committee is to punish the guilty and bring reforms in the working of the autonomous body.
grist useful material, especially to support an argument. The research provided the most sensational grist for opponents of tobacco
bait annoy or taunt someone The other boys revelled in baiting him about his love of literature.
unsavoury unpleasant. disagreeable because morally disreputable. He has an unsavoury reputation owing to his unscrupulous demeanor.
cauldron A situation characterized by instability and strong emotions. A cauldron of anger and remorse gripped the city after the actor’s death.

Dear Sherlock

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To

Mr. Sherlock Holmes
Consulting Detective
221-B Baker Street, London

Dear Mr. Sherlock Holmes,

For a girl who has spent her childhood lost in the world created by Sir Doyle, reading about your prowess in criminal investigation, your theory of meticulous and precise deductions, the innocuous arrogance and supremacy towards Scotland Yard, the faithful friendship with confidant Dr. John Watson, the subtle but witty sense of humor and amusement at flattery, the frivolous fights with Mrs. Hudson (the landlady) over shooting the wall to fight boredom, – Sherlock, you are an idol. The youngest of the Holmes family and preceded by elder brother Mycroft Holmes whose intelligence exceeded yours, yet you were the crime solver.

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I cannot thank Sir Arthur Conan Doyle enough for introducing you and your stories to the world. A genius who is so accurate in reasoning and deductions, yet unaware of the fact that earth revolves around the sun – what goes in your mind palace is a mystery to me. Detached from emotions and sentiments you are a cold Consulting Detective, yet your friendship with John is most celebrated; Untouched by love – yet there is an enigma surrounding your admiration for Irene Adler – The Woman who outwitted you ( that makes her even more special ! ) and whose intelligence left an indelible impression on your mind; you are a paradox to me.

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You, along with your doctor friend, – Dr. John Watson for whom I have immense respect, have solved unsolvable mysteries and brought nefarious criminals to book. No matter what it took, you risked your own life and faked your own death to doom your archenemy and criminal mastermind, Professor Moriarty. The world is indebted to you both for you bravery and valor. Oh! Your death! , How deeply it would have pained John! But your miraculous return after three years left both of us reveling. But you never insisted on becoming a hero.

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To you, Sherlock, I would like to confess my deepest love and admiration.

With a heavy heart I say, you are my favorite FICTIONAL character.

 How earnestly I wish you were for real!

– A proud Sherlock fan

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