Monday, 10 June 2013

101 Simple secrets to keep your hope alive - a book review


Today I decided to rearrange my bookshelf. How we have changed in the modern times, always reading ebooks in iPad, Kindle, laptop or desktops or smartphones and almost stopped reading books in the old fashioned way. I was surprised finding so many books in my shelf both in English and in the Malayalam language, our mother tongue.

So today's post is a book review.
The title of the book is 101 Simple secrets to keep your hope alive. 

A simple book, nothing complicated. I forgot when I bought it, I think it was when I made a trip to Bangalore in 2002. I do not remember reading this book in detail anytime. What a lapse it was from my side! This book is a must read. It has many beautiful and inspiring quotes by great people like Aristotle, William Shakespeare, Mother Theresa and the like. Awesome...!

The book starts with a proverb 'a cheerful heart is good medicine'. :)

Laugh more - especially at yourself. Laughter is the cheapest, safest, and most reliable medication there is. 

Another one - Appreciating what you have is one way to keep your hopes up.

Fall in love with God.

Pleasure in moderation relaxes and tempers the spirit. I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! :)

Give hope to others - it will do wonders for you too.

This book has inspiring quotes, practical insights and powerful reminders that will help us find hope when nothing is there to be hopeful. It helps in finding out God's presence in our life especially during a crisis. I would recommend this book to everyone, just keep it in your library, one day you or someone would benefit from it.

Originally published by the Honor Books, Colorado. Compiled by Betsy Williams.

If anyone of you has read this wonderful book, please share your opinion here.
  • Finding hope in the midst of crises is not easy. Such books really shine a beacon of hope when dark clouds of hopelessness cover life. Never lose hope. Always believe, there are plenty of solutions for each and every problem in life, be hopeful!
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Amelia said...

Hi Rajiv, great posting. Not only you, in fact many of us couldn't be bother to read books in the old fashioned way any more especially the younger generation. Most prefers to read ebook that's including looking for recipes. :)

But off course there are still many books lovers who like to collect their favorite books and read them the old fashioned way.

Your this book sound very interesting with lots of inspiration and motivation contents. Thanks for the recommendation. But I haven't touch my novels collection for a longgggg time. LOL

I see, your mother tongue is Malayalam? I learned to cook Indian food from my good friend a Malayalam lady. And my first boss is an Indian Doctor, that's how and why I liked and enjoyed Indian food.:)

Have a great day ahead. Sorry if I take up too much space in your comment box. I'm very talkative type. But laughter is the best medicine and can prevent wrinkles. LOL

Rajiv Sankarapillai said...

Hi Amelia, Thank you for writing such a beautiful comment here.

You may please take as much space as you need for writing comments, no probs at all.

I must say your's is one the most beautiful comments on this blog. Thanks again.

Yes Amelia, '101 simple secrets to keep your hope alive' is a must read book. Try to get a copy, you won't be disappointed.

Dust off the novels you have, enjoy them ! I am also doing the same, some in my collection were already read by me long time ago so I am reading those again and it is a wonderful feeling going through them. I will post reviews of some of those soon.

Wow...what all Keralite recipes you know of ? Let me see if I can persuade my maid to help me in posting some tasty dishes popular here. If so, you can read some posts about our dishes on my blog !

You will find Indians all over the world especially Keralites !

Best of luck and wish you too a great day !

jonathan said...

Hi, been quite a while since you last posted. I am a book lover but had affinity with children's literature because of the nature of my job. I make sure that I dust them off and read and re read them to my students. I used to read some novels but stopped for lack of time. I am always busy with other things, gardening and tutorials.

Anyway, the inside of the book 101 Simple Secrets is a treasure as ou have shared. In life, we become so busy that we needed constant reminders at how beautiful life is and how we can make it better. To be reassured that there is always hope is inviting for us to re live moments.

I met another student just this week and she told me she is from Kerala, the third family I now know from there. Just sharing!

Rajiv Sankarapillai said...

Hi Jonathan,
Thanks for this beautiful comment.

Children like story reading, good that you entertain them like that.

I agree with you fully; this book is awesome !

Great, you will find Keralites all over the world, we are like that, wanderers...

jonathan said...

Thanks! Added you as well on my blog list. Have a great Sunday!

Rajiv Sankarapillai said...

Hi Jonathan,
Thank you.
I wish you also the same.

DWei said...

Never heard or read this book before but it sounds motivating.

Rajiv Sankarapillai said...

Hi, yes it is a nice read.

Thanks so much for your visit here and the comment.

Please visit here often and feel free to write comments .

Anonymous said...

These all seem great. This looks like a book that motivates and inspires.

Rajiv Sankarapillai said...

Many thanks for writing a comment here Medeia.
This book has many beautiful quotes, truly inspiring. said...

Adorable review! Sometimes people needs books like this!

Rajiv Sankarapillai said...

Tie Bow, thank you so much for this comment.
Please drop in here again and write comments.

Blackswan said...

I'm really not good at reading stories off the screen; prefer the old style of holding the book. I strongly stand by "Laughter's the best medicine" as anger makes a person age faster. Hahaha!

Cute review! Just got hold of Inferno by Dan Brown recently :) Have a wonderful weekend, Rajiv!

Rajiv Sankarapillai said...

Hi Shirley, Ohh...glad to hear that you are a book lover too! Good...!
LOL... join a laughter club...enjoy...have fun...

Hope you will post a review of Dan's book asap. I write reviews in Goodreads.

Nas said...

Sounds like an interesting book. Thanks for sharing about it!

Kati said...

Hello, thanks so much for stopping by my blog and saying hello!
This looks like a truly inspiring book!

Have a great day,

Rajiv Sankarapillai said...

Hi Nas, many thanks for dropping by my blog and writing this comment. Feel free to write comments like this in future as well.

Rajiv Sankarapillai said...

Ho Kati, thanks a lot for this comment.
This book is awesome!
Please visit often and write comments like this.

1 Recette 1 Minute said...

Hi Rajiv, thanks for sharing this book review. I really love those kind of book.
Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the kind words. I like your blogs too.

Have a great day !


Rajiv Sankarapillai said...

Thank you so much.
I am honored by your visit here and the beautiful comment.
Please drop in here again and feel free to write comments.

Irina said...

The quotes are really inspiring! Something to repeat and keep going whatever happens. Thank you very much, Rajiv! As for your ideas on “How we have changed in modern times” – I am worried about it a lot. We often discuss it with my students in class, some of them are also concerned. But the major part is becoming non-readers. This is true and very sad. Here you will find thoughts consonant with yours. Paper Books vs. Digital Books / Will generation Apple ever read books? ( / It will be very interesting to hear your comments.
I’ve meant to join your site, but there’s no option through blog account. Unfortunately!

Rajiv Sankarapillai said...

Hi, I am happy to see you here and your valuable comment. Thank you so much for dropping by and adding a comment.

Followed your link , checked the post, commented, shared the post on Google plus and subscribed to your blog's Atom feeds. Already joined your Google friend connect.

Hope this is the link you referred, what you posted here in your comment did not work.

We have to find some other alternatives to paper. Cost factor has to be tackled. Printing and publishing charges have to be brought down.

What I feel is people still love 'books'. Look at any bookstore. You will see lot of people browsing, some reading and some just stand there simply looking at them. How many will buy a book is an altogether different matter.

I still love reading real 'books' !

Thanks again, drop in here again and add comments as well.