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From Stressed to Sorted – Book Review

From Stressed to Sorted: 11 Ultimate Life-changing Happiness Hacks for Millennials; Book Review. I hardly give book reviews because I can never be critical but when it comes to books related to Mental Health, I do try to spread the word. You never know who might get benefited by reading just a few pages of a helpful book.

So today I am sharing a short review of a book, I recently read and I simply loved reading it. The book, “From Stressed To Sorted” is a self-help book in a very subtle and simple language, anyone can read and relate to the anecdotes mentioned in the book.

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From Stressed to Sorted: About the Author

Before I head on to the book review, I would first congratulate the author for coming up with such a helpful book for the readers and making a fair attempt to be a guiding light through her simple words of wisdom.

The book is written by Sonam Chamaria and edited by Neha Chamaria. The author of the book, Sonam Chamaria is an Investment banker by profession, and a Tarot-card reader, chakra healer, avid reader, writer, blogger, traveler, and photographer by choice.

She started her blog, Soul Speak with Sonam in 2016, and is a highly spiritual person who believes that everything happens for a reason, which you will reaslise as you will read the book page by page 🙂

This book is her first published work and she dedicates this book to her mother with love and warmth in each word.

Book Review:

The book starts with a very warm note, which already connects you to the author and you prepare yourself to join her in her whole journey of 134 pages without any questions and assumptions.

This book, From Stressed to Sorted is quite a sorted book, and not an atypical type of preachy and heavily jargoned book, anyone can read it and relate to it. The book consists of 11 chapters with a unique takeaway, in the end, every chapter starts with an example which we all go through in our daily life, but how we choose to respond to our day to day situations is the “thing” or a constant truning point, author has emphasized on.

You instantly form a connection with the author as the language is so simple and convincing, you will feel that you are actually conversing with the writer as each page turns with the flow. I feel the author has very carefully picked up all her life’s incidents and personal experiences and has given it a beautiful shape of learning. At the end of every chapter, the Try Me’s are worth trying and doodles make you smile.

Written by a millennial, for the millennials, this book is a must-read for three reasons:

1.) You will feel like you are actually chatting with the author.

2.) Besides a little logical gyan, you get a takeaway after each and every lesson, which are worth trying.

3.) All the life hacks are beautifully explained with examples, as you read you come up questions and your questions are answered briefly with examples.

In the end, I would say this book is a mix of fiction, non-fiction, life’s learning and some amazing hacks, crafted with beautiful narattion.

Book Details:

Format: eBook

Length: 134 pages

Kindle edition available at Amazon , grab your copy now.

This book review is a part of Blogchatter Book Review Program, to read more such reviews do visit Blogchatter.

Also read: Shhh! Don’t Talk About Mental Health!

Hope you get sorted after reading this book 🙂

Much love and gratitude

Priyanka Nair

Shhh! Don’t talk about Mental Health – Book Review


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A review of a newly launched book – Shh! Don’t Talk about Mental Health. Why being quiet is no longer an option.

Background:

Sharing the mutual passion for spreading the Mental Health Awareness, I could not resist when I learned about this newly launched book on Mental Health and the title of the book was so attention-grabbing that one just cannot resist to give it a read. Shh! Don’t Talk about Mental Health.

I have read the entire book with deep interest and I must say he has done a commendable job. He has beautifully managed to present his thoughts in a very different perspective supported with deep research, facts, statistics and history.

The most interesting part of the book is the historical facts about the Mentall Illness, the treatment, the stigmas attached to it and the prejudice. I have been writing a lot about Mental Illness and its effects, I do not hold any degree or accolade so I usually stress upon self-help ideas and spread the awareness about the different forms of disorders and how it effects an individual.

I have been through that space while I was fighting a critical illness and the feeling of depression had caged me, honestly I still feel jittery but I was not clinicaly depressed so I could manage to swim across all my inner demons and reach the shore after a year. ( I hardly speak about it)

Reaching the shore and experiencing the withdrawal symptoms was the exact point I realised “IT IS FOR REAL”.

The author of the book exactly conveys the message supporting with historic evidences and facts supportive enough to prove that how Mental Health is still stigmatised and how difficult it becomes for the individual to seek for the coping mechanisms.

About the Author:

The author of the book Arjun Gupta, aims to make this world a better place and tries to spread some sensitivity towards those battling their own minds, hence he started promoting Mental Health Awareness through his blogs and Youtube Channel.

Arjun Gupta is a Mental Health Activist and have battled severe clinical depression between 2015 and 2017. He hails from Hisar, Haryana and is presently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Applied Psychology from Delhi University.

His first book was published in 2018, The A-Z of Mental Health.He feels highly obliged for the support he has got from his family and friends.

The Review – Shh! Don’t Talk about Mental Health

Don’t Talk About Mental Health. But why? Says the author loud and clear with his each word in this book. This book is a story of a 19 year old Yashasvi battling clinical depression and overcoming it, no stop, it just doesn’t end here, the book takes you back at 13th century. Now can you imagine how long we have been fighiting to spread the word?

Today we are in the 21st Century and yet we are discussing that we should be more open about discussing Mental Health issues, activists, pychologists, counsellors are trying their best to spread the word but still it needs more attentiveness.

People still lack awareness and they ignore or avoid talking on the issue often. The author has mentioned about the famous case of the Bethlam Hospital, London, You will be surprised with revelations he has made in the book.

” There are many persons now living who can remember passing the gates of old Bethlam and hearing, as they passed, the cut of the lash and screams of the victims” – Mary Lamb( A famous English writer suffering from Mental Illness,1796)

The ill-treatment to the mentaly sick people was very distrubing, it was no less than a prison. While reading this chapter I remembered one very old incidence, I was in sixth standard at that time and my dad was posted in Bihar.

Many of you in this field might be aware of the Central Institute of Psychiatry, Kanke,Ranchi. Since it was in Kanke it was called as Kanke Pagalkhana, literally and bluntly. My school was somewhere on the Kanke Road and I remember people talking about it and it was later when I learned that it is officialy known as Central Institute of Psychiatry and not a pagalkhana (Mental Hospital).

I am quoting this incident here just to add and support the thought that it is indeed a very deep rooted issue, a stigma which is prevailing since ages and now coming back to the book, it says the same thing that claiming someone has psychological problems immediately brings about the LABELS like ‘crazy’ , ‘unstable’, ‘dangerous’, and even ‘psychotic’. This is somewhere the change should begin from.

From various psychological theories like one of the Great thinker Hippocrates, who said that the mental illness was caused by the biological factors neither by any spirits or supernatural things. Then diving into to Anciet Indian texts, Veda Puranas, Ramayana and Mahabharata, the book tries to touch the psychological aspect of each era.

Importance of emotinal intelligence and benefit from talking is something everyone should understand and here I would like to quote few lines from the book emphasising the same, ” The future of Mental Health care is rooted both in prevention and cure. Prevention will include building resilience in young children and improving their emotional intelligence.”

Chapters like Unneccesary romance, stigma,poverty and mental health,superpowers of media, those people, throws light on how society and media portrays a image in our mind about mental illness and present it as per their limited knowledge or no knowledge at all.

Final Words

Right from defining the history of psychology, providing facts and examples of the famous personalities, defining Mental Health and its causes, and how a movie could be a source of surviving or just a support group can plant a ray of hope in the the individual, author sums up it all so well and you will be discovering a heart-warming fact towards the end of the book.

Read this book with your heart, understand it from your mind and don’t try to find logic in the theories, just try to connect the dots.

Rating :5/5

Grab your copy now!! Happy Reading!!

This book review is a part of Blogchatter Book Review Program.

Much love and gratitude

Priyanka Nair aka Virtual Siyahi

Book Review: Travel, My Way

Book Review: Travel, My Way

A Travelogue by mother of twin daughters

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Author: Vartika Mehrotra Gakhar

Book Name: Travel, My Way

Genre: Travel

Total Number of Pages: 88

Publisher: Blogchatter

About the Author:

“I have many tales to tell Of the places, I have visited and the cities I have dwelled”, Say the Author of the book, “Travel, My Way” a curated compilation of her personal travel tales, sharing her travel experiences and memories, right from her childhood till now when she is a mother.

Author of the book, Vartika is a blessed mother of beautiful twin girls. She is an ex-HR professional, an amazing painter and here I would like to share she has very recently been invited to submit her artwork at ten-day Banditto Residency Prize art gallery at Tuscany, Italy.

A travel enthusiast, foodie, nature lover, and now a new author makes her multi-talented and a super mom of two. She hails from the city of Nawabs and Kebabs, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh and married in Delhi based Punjabi family. Currently, she is exploring life in another part of the world, Poland, miles away from her family in India.

She is an extrovert and a fun-loving person who believes in vibe game. She is a very simple person, dislikes fakes, duality, and show-offs. She embarked on her writing journey in September 2017 while coping with her father’s loss.

She has a versatile blog ​“Vartikasdiary – let the heart speak” ​where she writes about parenting, travel, food, relationships, short stories, poetries, social issues, and random musings. 
 

Review:

I believe traveling changes a person a lot and when you have so many stories to share with the world it surely connects with everyone who reads it. The author has traveled several Indian destinations like Lucknow, Kedarnath, Amritsar, Rishikesh, Jaisalmer, Kodaikanal, to name few with a slice of Europe in her board.

You will find an interesting flavor of humor, dark, romance, adventure and affection as you turn the pages of the book which you will surely enjoy reading.

Apart from sharing the different places, beautifully captured pictures of the monuments and details of the tour and helpful tips the author has also shared few very handy and useful tips to be taken care while traveling especially when you are traveling with kids.

Her Chapter, “Scary and unforgettable childhood memories of Himachal Pradesh”, literally gave me goosebumps as she narrates two such horrifying incidents crazy enough to scare the hell out of a person especially when you are at an unknown place.

The breathtaking narration of Alleppey and Kodaikanal’s beauty and divine hues of Amritsar will make you feel like visiting the place and the author has tried to cover every minute details for each place.

“As soon as I got down from the plane, I remember I told my husband, “The air is so fresh here”, as it was a pleasant welcome “, says the author when she moved to Poland in 2016, an Eastern European country situated on the Baltic Sea, popular for its medieval architecture and Jewish heritage, sharing the beautiful culture and places to explore in Poland.

Prague was her very first vacation with her infant twins and that chapter remains very special even though she had to manage two kids. The author has covered many foreign destinations with two babies by her side and to explore more you got to read the book.

Why you should read this book?

From road trips to trekking to experiencing divinity to facing horrible and unexpected incidents and yet smiling brightly with her twin kids, the author has left a memorable travelogue with her experiences.

I often hear people say that it is difficult to travel with kids and have seen families to avoid any travel just because of the fear of facing tantrums by their kids while the journey. As you read this book you will find some very useful tips and inspiration to travel the world with a kid by your side and trust me it will be fun.

So just grab your free downloadable link now – Travel, My Way

Rating: 4.5/5

Download your free copy of this eBook now.

eBook Link:https://www.theblogchatter.com/download/vartika-mehrotra-gakhars-travel-my-way/

Social Links:

Blog:: ​https://vartikasdiary.com/ 

Twitter: ​https://twitter.com/vartikasdiary 

This book is a part of Blogchatter Book Review Program

Much love and gratitude

Priyanka

#VirtualSiyahi