In the last post, I'd mentioned about the cover unveiling of my new non-fiction book The Magic Mindset. So many of you joined in and you made the celebration of the book truly special by interacting with me, sending me your wishes. Thank you so much for that!
Here's the cover of the book!
To capture the spirit of the book, my publishers Harper Collins created this beautiful video , which I want to share with you. Do use the headphones or switch on the sound and watch it.
If this video made you feel calm and peaceful, then you will definitely love the book!
To give you a better idea about the book, here are a few questions that I was asked, and my answers as well!
1) What brings you to write this book? What is it that you want to send out into the world via this book?
I began the 21 days of positivity when the first lockdown started in 2020. At that time we naively believed that the lockdown would be only for 21 days. We were all in shock, and unaware of what was to come. As the lockdowns kept getting extended and the situation began getting more and more terrifying, a lot of people found it very hard to stay positive. They were locked inside their homes, finding it hard to cope. Many wrote to me saying that on some days it was only my posts and writing that kept them afloat. They urged me to write a book about it, and this book is the result of that.
The message I want to send out --No matter what your situation, there's an alternate way of looking at it, and it is possible to feel joy.
I think just like we can train our muscles in the gym, we can train our mind to think in a certain way. It does require that you put in the work, and make a conscious effort. A mindset reset is indeed possible, but the basic thing is you have to want it, and believe that a change is possible. It all depends on what you choose to focus on and prioritise.
3) Self help is an overly subscribed section when it comes to book, would you say your book is more about the practice rather than the theory? That it's about self work rather than self introspection only, because we've enough of the latter but few books actually lay out or lead us towards the goal?
Yes, my book is definitely more about the practice. I have laid out the principles in every area--health, relationships, finances etc. But to put them into practice, I have also given a lot of tools. Throughout the book there are questions which require you to think.
There are small tasks which you will need to complete. I've also shared
incidents from my own life, as well as inspiring stories of other
people. There is also a 14 day positivity challenge at the end of the book, which you can do if you feel that you need a little push.
4) Is finding 'your happy place' a sort of refuge or is it more a conscious state of being that you think we need to practice being in?
It is not a refuge at all. The book does not take a 'pollyanna-ish approach' by pretending everthing is okay, and we have to look at the bright side, while ignoring realities which might be harsh. The 'happy place' i refer to is within us. It involves recognising what we already have and making small changes in how we apporoach things and being content with the progress we make.
5) How did you imagine the book to be while writing it? And now that it's about to release this month, do you think its shape and form adhere to your vision?
I did not have a vision for this book at all. I was simply pouring my heart out into it, in a genuine bid to help people. Everyone was feeling devastated and I wanted to show them that it is possible to feel joy and hope again. I am delighted to say it has far exceeded my expectations! The various sections deal with every possible situation in life, and there are practice exercises you can do to take your power back.
6) While it's a book to read, would you also say it's a pathway to practice being more purposeful?
I think it is more of a 'practical guide to a happier life'. It doesn't prescribe a one-size-fits-all solution,. Instead it encourages you to think deeper about the issues that are bothering you. It gently points out alternatives. Then it lets you make the decisions that are best for you.
7) social media has become such a space for projecting an ideal reality which could be potion for some and poison for the others. Do you think that a gear shift in one's approach to one's own lives in relation to what exists out there is needed? Does your book help with that?
There's an entire chapter on social media and how to deal with the negative impacts of it.
8) What do you want your readers to get from The Magic Mindset?
I want them to find their happy place. I want them to feel joyful, hopeful and enthusisatic about life. If this book helps them to do that, I'd be overjoyed.
If you haven't yet ordered it, please do place an order. All pre-orders are limited edition printed signed copies with a message in my handwriting!
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Will blog again soon!