Book Review: 21 Ways of Being Happy by Shama Patel

This book will help you to meet yourself and discover a better self.

The Blurb:

Happiness is a state of mind. Yes, it is. It is not a condition or situation that is presented to some and kept away from others. It is in our own hands to overcome guilt, self-pity, regret and anxiety to lead a fulfilling, happy life.Shama Patel, a professional psychologist, enlists the ways and tricks to stay happy, forever.

21 Ways of Being Happy is written with the aim of bringing you closer to yourself. It is a book that will help you charter the course of your life, your own way.


Staying connected with your loved ones is a key to living a happy and balanced life. It is OK to run away from everyone- mentally, emotionally or sometimes even physically- to sort things out in your head but once feel you have collected your broken pieces together, get back to your home, get back in the vicinity of your loved ones. If someone continues to hurt you, you are indeed free to take a step back and let them exit from your life, but breaking ties with all others is a clear invitation forloneliness and depression. At any time of crisis, this connect will make feel loved. This connect will make hopeful that you aren’t alone in this world and that there are people who care for you and your survival matters to them. (Page 108 – Stay Connected)

About the Author:

Shama Patel is a Psychologist and an Author of a recently launched book titled ”21 Ways of Being Happy”. She is an empathetic soul with a creative mind and a beautiful heart which has touched the lives of many young adults, couples, senior citizens and several others who she has met in her journey of life. She has also helped various alcoholics, drug addicts and survivors of abuse and human trafficking in their healing process. An ardent believer in the trinity of Body, Mind and Soul, her practice and writing strongly reflects this philosophy. This altruist finds solace in sketching and her yoga practice.

My Review:

A book that must be read by everyone. It’s important to look into yourself and feel contentment in what you are and how you are. When I had it in my hands, I felt this is something I really needed.

The reader’s heart…
21 Ways of Being Happyby Shama Patel is a sensitive approach towards comprehending humanpsychology,better vision to look at life and some effective ways of being happy inwherever you are and whatever you are – you are here with a purpose. So, focus on that. The optimism in the title was enough to hold my attention and the cover page is breathtakingly beautiful. The author has shared her real life experiences and clear examples which makes reading all more interesting. The book deals with various problems that we encounter in our everyday life and some of us for many long years. Such as anger, grudges, shame, self-pity, helplessness, ego, etc. also suggests some valuable tips to sort them out with continuous practice based on inner quest to cope with them. It also shares some beautiful life mantras like,to live in a moment, appreciate little things in life and importance of gratitude.My favorite chapters are:Be a miracle for someone else, Take a stand… And Stick To it! and Power of Mindfulness.I thoroughly enjoyed reading this happy go book. To be honest, while reading I found myself there in the book. In a positive way and negative as well. I got my answers well. A book I would love to gift my friends.

What I liked?
The best thing I liked about the book is that, in the middle and in the end of each chapter some exercises are given which are highly effective if you solve them sincerely. So, while the book discuss about the problems; it offer some good solutions as well. There are some interesting caricatures inside the book that will help you feel connected to it. I especially loved the gratitude message in the book.

”Gratitude is an ”expression” of being content with anything that comes your way, or everything that you have in life. It is a form of expression that makes feel good about what you are blessed with, and gets you closer to your inner self. It helps you keep the ego – I, me, myself- aside.”

What I disliked?
Absolutely there is nothing that I disliked about the book with hope and positivism being its main ingredients.

Why should one read this book?
This book creates positive vibes around you. It will help you to focus your attention towards the brighter side along with some valid reasons. This book will push to solve your inside riddles and perplexity.

To this promising reading ride that will make you merrier, I give this book a five-star rating.

Blurb: 4/5
Description: 5/5
Writing Style: 5/5
Excerpt: 5/5
Book Cover: 5/5
Overall Rating: 5/5

Book Details:
Title: 21 Ways of Beings Happy
Author: Shama Patel
Genre: Non- Fiction
Type: Paperback
Publisher: Grapevine India
Language: English
Pages: 223
Year of Publication: 2015
Price: 140 rs.

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21 Ways of Being Happy is like a guardian. It will guide you in happy as well as in hard times. I had a wonderful time reading it and I will definitely get back to it time to time. A ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Book that will help you in self-discovery and that happiness is just a thought away. Highly recommended for all, No second thoughts!

I self-bought this book. The opinions expressed in the review are my own, and remain unbiased and uninfluenced. I have given a five-star rating on Goodreads and FlipKart as I felt nothing less than that would be fair.

Book Review: My Little Epiphanies by Aisha Chaudhary

This book depicts the essence of hope in despair.

The Blurb: 

‘Aisha’s body may be failing her but she has a continent -sized spirit and it’s impossible not to be touched by her bravery, her grace and her wisdom’ – Danny Boyle, English filmmaker

‘Aisha, your each breath is worth a thousand of ours, your each moment expands into million of ours, your love for, and deep understanding of what life is, open a door for us to peek into our own, in a roomful of mirrors where your each word reflect our lives, thank you for opening our eyes, and for the love.’ – Shekhar Kapoor, Indian Filmmaker

‘This book is written by a 18 year old who has seen and understood life much better than most of us. Aisha gives us a masterclass of life through her book…a very special book by a very special person.’ -Shantanu Moitra, Indian Music Director 

‘Aisha is an angel with a human voice…celebrating every moment of her precious life…she is here to spread love and just love…speaking about every breath she takes with hope, positivity and humor. I see my chirraiyaa in her’ -Swanand Kirkire, Indian Lyricist

‘Aisha…You bundle of talent, wit, honesty, mischief, fun, love, kindness, brightness. You amaze me every single day. It is a privilege to know you. I love our chats, rants, secrets, musings. To quote you…you’re ‘amazeballs’. Love you. -Virginia Holmes, Make up Artist and Designer


Fairy dust in your eyes
I could see no more
They say the soul never dies
What did yours leave me for
My darling you have kept me alive
You soothed the rocky roads before me
I’m shattered now you’re dead inside
Burnt into thin air, this was our destiny.
Until we meet again, one day our worlds will collide.
Till then you always own a piece of my heart Just
tell Him not further break it apart


We are so selfish, because we are never truly in love with another human being. We are just in love with a reflection of our desires, an idealization of a dream, which, in the end, is merely our own.


The cure for any sadness is connection with the people we love. Once you’ve lost all the connect, then you know you’re losing the battle

About the Author: 

Aisha Chaudhary was born with S.C.I.D (severe combined immune deficiency) and underwent a bone marrow transplant when she was 6 months old.

2014 was a brutal year for Aisha as her disease progressed and her lungs started giving up on her. The last few months of the year felt like a roller coaster ride, one that seemed to be mostly going down. Spending almost all her time lying in bed, Aisha wrote down her thoughts to get some relief, to get them out of her head.

Aisha’s life was not anything like the average life of an urban teenager, but she had experienced a lifetime of emotions; life and death, fear and anger, love and hate, the depths of utter sorrow and the happiest one can be.

 In My Little Epiphanies she takes a hard look at her own feelings and what it was that gave her a sense of hope and control. This book gave her purpose and meaning, something to hold on to. Sometimes Aisha’s little epiphanies have morphed into doodles that capture what was going on in her mind as her destiny played itself out. Through the book she wanted the world to understand her unusual life and hoped that it would inspire others going through similar hardships to find peace.

My Review:

My Little Epiphanies is a masterpiece scribble by an eighteen year old girl who has a strong will power and a desire to live her life at its fullest no matter what. Normally, when there are things in our lives not going well, we tend to get upset and curse life and fate. But Aisha is an exception. According to her, ”We should be happy about things we can do instead of being sad about things we are not capable of.” She believes living in the moment and she implemented that in her life, can be seen in her book. While she was on the bed fighting every day with her illness, she made wonderful sketches, doodle, poured down her heart and mind through words, introspected herself and figured out what this life is actually all about. She was of my age. While reading I realized how painful her days would have been and yet she remained optimistic towards life. Her wisdom, way beyond her age. It’s amazing to see her beautiful interpretation about hope, fear, anger, love, life and people in it. At many places Aisha’s words pinched me to the core to think over it. This book depicts the essence of hope in despair. I am sure her maturity and deep understanding towards life will amaze you and will help you to stay strong in situations you think you would give up. There is a lot learn from Aisha, the little angel. Sadly, she is no more with us but her words and preaching will remain with us forever. She will remain alive in her readers’ heart.

The book cover is beautiful with Aisha’s photo imprint. Inside the book you will find her colourful doodle and photos. The quality of pages is par excellence and it is a book you will cherish for a lifetime.

Blurb: 5/5
Writing Style: 5/5
Excerpts: 5/5
Book Cover: 5/5
Overall Rating: 5/5

Book Details:
Title: My Little Epiphanies
Author: Aisha Chaudhary
Genre: Non- Fiction
Type: Paperback
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Language: English
Pages: 67
Year of Publication: 2015
Price: 250 Rs.

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If you are keen to comprehend about ways of life or seeking for positive vibes and inspiration, then you must read this book. Also, if you are a person who easily get demotivated and going through a dark phase of life must read this book. You will feel a new self after you complete reading it, I bet. A ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Book, recommended for everyone irrespective of age group.

This book was gifted to me by a close friend. I am glad to read and review it. The opinions expressed in the review are my own, and remain unbiased and uninfluenced. I have given a five-star rating on Goodreads and FlipKart as I felt nothing less than that would be fair.