The Happiness Advantage!

An interesting book that I found and took it up. It talks about the seven principles that can help us perform better in the workplace.

I couldn’t judge what the book might be about going by the title. I was smitten by the theme as I got started by the book. It is all about how ‘happiness’ can actually drive ‘performance’ and ‘success’ at work. It’s a common notion that we think we would be happy when successful. This book would make you think otherwise. And, I couldn’t agree more.


As such, this book is a must read as to how we could imbibe these simple tricks in our lives and see making huge differences in how we see life and work.

This book is also a great tool for all the ‘would-be’ Managers who can actually try to understand the nuances and try them out with the team. Such experiments can truly boost the overall productivity of the team and improve work culture as well.

I strongly believe we need not limit these to just our workplace, but learn to put to use in our day-to-day lives as well.

Shawn lists out these seven principles in a wonderful way and talks about the strategies that could help us implement them. This book is always worth a revisit and such a pleasure to read.

A profound book, perfect for gifting!   

Highly recommended. 


Lean In : Women, Work And The Will To Lead!

I couldn’t have imagined a better start to the year than taking up this amazing book from my shelf.

I had just an iota of things about Sheryl Sandberg, which this profound book helped shape my views about what a wonderful and inspirational model Sheryl is. As she mentions early in the book that this is not a philosophical book, nor is a self-help kind and neither is it a biography. It is an astounding amalgamation of all these and in fact, I wouldn’t be wrong to say “more”.


I had never given much thought to the perception of feminism earlier until this book happened. Sheryl enlightens us with her exclusive thoughts on feminism, but then she does make it a point to not fall into the trap of gender bias. She talks about the issues women face in their lives while managing their personal lives which get intertwined with their professional world. She highlights how challenging it becomes for women to satisfy everyone in the myriad roles they play during the course of their time. She lists down excerpts from her own personal life [which in itself, is no less than worth admiration] and aligns them with the points she brings to the table. Her most important stressed point is working towards equality in the world and overcoming gender bias. With this book, she has set role models in the form of Sheryl Sandberg and Dave Goldberg, for their efforts have not gone unnoticed. Since charity begins at home, Sheryl urges everyone to work on equality and more communication.

I was influenced by one of the lines from her book. She says, “there won’t be more female leaders in the future, there will only be leaders”. There are more such instances and notes which will leave a deep impact on our thinking and mindset and help us come out of the boundaries we [especially, women] set around ourselves.

Truly, an intense and a must-read book for everyone out there.

Happy Reading! ❤

One In A Million

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”   ~ Helen Keller

Life – no less than a roller coaster ride in itself. While it gives us innumerable moments to cherish for, it also puts to test our abilities and limitations. How often have we not got bogged down with the trials and tribulations that life has to offer?! The road to success ain’t that easy. It takes a lot of effort, character, perseverance and the right attitude to achieve and sustain the same, in spite of all the roadblocks around. To add, a pinch of inspiration keeps one going.

This very aspect reminisces me of a famous American Educator, a Social Activist, a World Famous Author/Speaker and a Lecturer – Helen Keller. She is one among the epitomes who proved that there are virtually no limits/boundaries except the ones we impose upon ourselves. While ups and downs are a part and parcel of life, there is something more that life puts us to test for – as goes Helen’s another famous quote – “We would never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world.”

Helen Adams Keller was born on June 27, 1880 in Tuscumbia, Alabama. In 1882, she fell ill with so-called ‘brain fever’ and was rendered blind, deaf and mute. Beginning in 1887, her teacher, Anne Sullivan, helped her make tremendous progress with her ability to communicate. While in college, Helen wrote her own autobiography – “The Story of My Life”, and in 1904, at 24, she graduated from Radcliffe, becoming the first blind person to earn a degree in Bachelor of Arts. In 1932, she was elected Vice President of the UK’s Royal Nation Institute for the Blind. Helen went on to become a world-famous speaker and author and until this day, she is remembered as an advocate for people with disabilities and everyone as well. In 1915, she and George Kessler founded the Helen Keller Institute[HKI] Organization devoted to research in vision, health and nutrition. In 1920, she helped lay the foundation of the American Civil Liberties Union[ACLU].

“Be of good cheer. Don’t think of today’s failures, but of success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles. Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost.”

We often reflect more upon what we do not own rather than what we possess upon our own set of limitations rather the opportunities that lie ahead. Helen has beautifully demonstrated the will that helped her rise above the challenges, to do something admirable. She never let her disabilities get the better of her. In these times of vast economic disparities and a looming ecological crisis, we need examples of people like Helen, throughout history, who committed their lives to justice – bringing more equality and fairness to the world. In a nutshell, Helen is truly Inspiration Personified!

Could not find a more apt closure that succinctly conveys Helen’s take and perseverance – “Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow.” 

P S – This is my Official Entry towards my LOB’s Newsletter, that garnered quite some attention.Well, happy that I contributed my bit. The entire Editorial Team was appreciated by the LOB’s Leadership Team for the hard work we put in.

Happy Reading ! 🙂