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Better than All Happy Ever Afters

In Anu Lal, Books on January 24, 2016 at 11:47 am

Better than All Happy Ever Afters

This season is emotional. I heard a young man commit suicide at a university. They say he was murdered by the authorities. Some say murder was a figure of speech. I think both are right. I have only one solution-Love. To love the victim and the victimiser. How can I love the victimiser? I think I can. We all love ourselves, don’t we? Have we not victimised another individual, at least once in a lifetime?

A few of my friends and I were in a very important work these days. We have come out with a wonderful message. This message is that of love. Today, we would like to inaugurate the Facebook page for this great message:

BETTER THAN ALL HAPPY EVER AFTERS

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Stay in Love,

Anu Lal

Bestselling author of You Should Know How I Feel

http://anu-lal.blogspot.in/

MOUNT SERMON: ON SALE NOW!

In Anu Lal, Mount Sermon on September 12, 2015 at 8:09 am

“Anu Lal, has done it again! A new Salman Rushdie in the making!”
___Siggy Buckley
Author, Next Time Lucky

 

Dear all,

The moment of childbirth, to see the graceful face of that new born, is one in a lifetime occasion. What I feel right now is not less than that. I am joyous to announce that my fifth book, Mount Sermon has been released in Amazon Kindle Store, as expected.

Here is the link for the book page: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B015923JX8

“In harmony with the fantasy-sating landscape of Cannanore and some of the characters from Wall of Colours and Other Stories – the first part of the trilogy, “Hope, Vengeance and History”, the author’s newly-cast storytellers and listeners of the written word entice their reading audience into an almost physical interaction from this book’s onset as well.”

__hülya n. yılmaz (Ph.D.) author, Trance (a tri-lingual book of poetry), senior lecturer, The Pennsylvania State University.

I hope you enjoy Mount Sermon and post your reviews Amazon and Goodreads.com.

Thank you for your continued support for my writing ventures.

God Bless you.

Anu Lal

Author, Mount Sermon.

PRAISES FOR MOUNT SERMON:

“Anu Lal’s stories have the breath of ancient storytellers, the wisdom of old days, and the immediacy of our contemporary age.”

___Irina Serban
Author, Hiding the Moon

“Author Anu Lal cleverly explores the psyche of his characters and analyzes the fine line between imagination and insanity while teaching us the strange relationships that exist between the characters and their environment,”
___Lena Winfrey Seder.
Author, The Metamorphosis of a Muslim – Autobiography of my Conversion

Mount Sermon: Revenge of an Indian Storyteller 

In Mount Sermon on September 10, 2015 at 7:16 am

Hi, I am an author. My name is Anu Lal. Some of you might have heard of me before, or read my books previously. For those who are coming across my writing for the first time, I would say that you can begin by reading Mount SermonMount Sermon is my fifth book. In Mount Sermon, I have attempted to perfect one of my well acclaimed strategies in fiction, which is, a story inside a story.

In Mount Sermon, I have attempted to tell the story of a storyteller. Within the story of this amazing man, you may also discover another story, the story of a gifted man. I would not want to reveal all the surprises here. But I can tell you, with Mount Sermon, I have taken my craft to a whole new level.

Mount Sermon is also the story of Lepak and his son Prekshaka. Lepak is a father who thinks he has all reasons to be rough with this son and everyone else around him who does not fall into his way of thinking. In his sudden rage, Lepak messes up with the wrong man. He beats up the storyteller.

Humiliated and shattered because Lepak ruined one of his most productive days, the storyteller designs a brutal tale. He has a bait to lure Lepak in. The bait the storyteller uses is none other than Lepak’s little boy.

Located in the exotic mountains of Cannanore, and fantastic landscape of Salode, this story would take your sensibility to another dimension.

Mount Sermon is a novella, an extremely apt fit for your Kindle reader. A novella is not as long as a novel and not too short as a short story. Therefore, for your busy schedule and entertainment, Mount Sermon would be the best choice this weekend. Mount Sermon would be on sale in Kindle stores across the world, from 11 September 2015 onward.

Happy reading, and have a happy and safe weekend with the enigmatic storyteller, Lepak and his son, Prekshaka.

About the Author: 

Anu Lal is a bestselling author, book reviewer and blogger. His recent book, You Should Know How I Feel… has been a bestseller Contemporary Romance in Amazon ebooks, and paperback.

He is the first Indian author to write a trilogy in short story collections in English: ‘Hope, Vengeance and History’ trilogy. The first book in this trilogy is Wall of Colours and Other Stories, which is published in July 2013.

His blog, ‘The Indian Commentator’ is one of India’s leading book blogs. Also a very successful educator, he works as a Lecturer in English at a major institution in Kannur, Kerala. He loves music, art, books, and above all, the incessant desire to write.

Contact Anu Lal at: anulal05@gmail.com
Blog: http://anu-lal.blogspot.com/

Mount Sermon: A Novella

In Uncategorized on September 10, 2015 at 7:08 am

Dear Readers,

Here are some awesome wallpapers from the Bountiful Word Publishing team. These wall papers feature the moods and words from the new book by the Amazon bestselling author Anu Lal.

Fascinating insights and in-depth understanding of human psyche is one of the special features of author Anu Lal’s craftsmanship.

You Should Know How I Feel by Anu Lal and Dhanya Krishna: A Review

In Anu Lal, Books, Dhanya Krishna, You Should Know How I Feel... on February 2, 2015 at 2:25 pm

couple-beach-flower-romance-love copyYou Should Know How I Feel, is a collaborative collection of four short stories by Anu Lal and Dhanya Krishna that tackles the theme of love and it’s attendant trials and tribulations.

 
“My World Is Called You” by D. Krishna explores the concepts of miscommunication between couples and the erroneous conclusions that often result when suspicion and hastiness take hold over sober thought and dialogue. Through a chain of unfortunate events, the situation spirals out of control until both parties are made to realize the truth about their feelings for each other.

 
“Rukhsana’s Husband” by Anu Lal deals with the relationship of two people of different faiths; He is of Christian faith and she, of Muslim faith. Although their love is strong, the difficulty of revealing his faith to her parents weighs heavily on them until he resolves, at her urging, to convert to Islam in order to promote familial peace. Roles become reversed, however, as she wavers in her suggestion and his resolve to convert strengthens.

 
The last two tales, “I Am You”, by D. Krishna and “Like An Arabian Tale”, by Anu Lal, deal with the theme of family influence and tradition weighing on romantic liaisons. The first story deals with a woman’s apprehension of what may come to pass when a love relationship is revealed to her parents. The second tale delves into the fallout when one’s worst apprehensions, and more, are realized.

 
The unifying theme of these stories is one of existential crisis experienced when lovers are forced to grapple with the constraints of cultural expectations and with the weight of their families’ wishes and indeed, their own uncertainties of what is right. The characters are further challenged as they deal with their own self-images, desires, and the pull of modernity as they clash with the stereotypes of love marriages versus arranged unions. The struggles to live an authentic life, true to themselves is a universal theme as we all seek to live in accordance with our own values and dreams. I was somewhat surprised to realize the extent to which lovers must struggle to negotiate the treacherous shoals of romance against the backdrop of cultural and family pressure.

 
I enjoyed this book. The stories are well written and held my attention. Sprinkled throughout with humor, tension, mystery, and yes, romance, You Should Know How I Feel is worth a look.

A review by

Stephen Boka

This review is originally published in Amazon.com, Goodreads.com and Flipkart. Read the original here.

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Bestselling Blogs?

In Anu Lal, Books, Unclassified Intellugence on September 2, 2014 at 10:50 am
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Courtesy: Google

Blogging has been a sexy and engaging pastime for many. It’s been there for some years now. Although it seemed that the charm of blogging would wear out over the peak years of Facebook and Twitter, some recent political and cultural events have proved otherwise. Malala Yousafzai, the girl who was shot by Taliban began to raise awareness for girls’ education in Pakistan as a blogger. Like Twitter and Facebook, blogging stayed too. Unlike in the past, where you may have had just one platform to blog, like this one you are currently reading, now many other websites offer blog-spaces. Interesting experiments take place in blogging, each day. One of the most important events that occurred recently in blogging in India was the introduction of Kindle ebooks into the world of blogging. Someone combined the flexibility of blogging with the reach and popularity of Kindle ebooks. This ‘Kindle blog’ came through BW Publishing. It’s our honor to be a part of this grand mission and historical event. The writer, whose mind dreamed this idea up is none other than the acclaimed author of the Hope, Vengeance and History Trilogy and the bestselling author of You Should Know How I Feel…, Mr. Anu Lal.

Click on the title for a sample: Unclassified Intelligence

Unclassified Intelligence

Unclassified Intelligence

Bestselling author Anu Lal has taken blogging to another level. The August-September edition of the kindle edition of his blog, The Indian Commentator is coming out this month through BW Publishing. His blog, The Indian Commentator is one of India’s leading blogs and the only blog with a Kindle monthly edition, known by the name, Unclassified Intelligence.

Publishing random blog-posts in a collection is a fascinating idea, not just for the blogger. The readers too can take a copy home and cherish those amazing and useful articles, fiction, or non-fiction, art or cooking, for generations to come. Anu Lal’s topics range from books to cultural events and from movies to cyber culture. Mr. Lal has also revealed to our editors, his hope that by the end of this year, he would be able to compile a collection of his popular articles on various topics in an omnibus book form.

Recently, bestselling author Ashwin Sanghi Replied to one of his book-review tweets that involved the latest thriller in collaboration with author James Patterson, Private India. This book review has apparently been one of the top discussions in Linkedin too. Acclaimed by both national and International personalities, The Indian Commentator’s page views has shown a steady growth over the years. Thousands of readers visit his blog page http://anu-lal.blogspot.in/ every day.

Given below is the profile information on author Anu Lal, as seen on his blog:

Courtesy: The Indian Commentator

Courtesy: The Indian Commentator

The previous edition of Unclassified Intelligence has been a #2 and #3 bestseller in amazon.

Unclassified Intelligence

Unclassified Intelligence

The August-September edition of Unclassified Intelligence features eleven new articles, one of which is written by Dr. hülya n yılmaz, a published author, a freelance editor and a Liberal Arts college professor with an extensive teaching career. Her article titled “Don’t Think I Am an App!” appeared in the Indian Commentator previously.

According to Anu Lal, the idea of publishing blog articles in book form is very intimate. In his opinion, he himself would love to keep a personal copy of all that appeared on the blog over the years, in a printed book form. The amazing popularity offered by Kindle ebooks is the fact that directed him towards publishing collected non-fiction from his blog The Indian Commentator, in ebook format. However, he surely expects to bring out an omnibus edition in print by the end of this year.

“I would love to keep a printed copy of materials that appeared over the years in The Indian Commentator,” he says. When he approached BW Publishing, we were only glad to assist him in this endeavor. As one of our editors pointed out, Anu Lal’s readers too would love to keep a personal copy of his wonderful and soul-touching articles.

Truly, blogging has taken a new turn, here. Is it going backwards, to the world of books, from where it initially originated? One never knows. But the truth is, it all gets more and more exciting each time.

The previous edition of Unclassified Intelligence was made available free, and immediately, it shot into top positions in the bestseller list. Apparently, the editor was right in his comment about what Anu Lal’s readers might want.

The author has plans to release the August-September edition of Unclassified Intelligence in a week’s time. We are all set with the formatting and editing of the book and already gave him our GO. However, he is delaying the release for a few more days in order to include an unpublished and new article on “blogging” as a surprise gift for his readers.

Wow! When Author Anu Lal takes up his pen, who can ask for more!

For the time being, BW Publishing has to keep the reading community waiting.

Just a few more days.

Keep watching this space for more.

Motivation for the Writer in You

In Anu Lal, Writing Solutions on July 6, 2014 at 5:53 pm
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Courtesy: Google Images

 What makes the writer in you smile? The money involved in the writing business or the chance to serve humanity through the words you write? I know the money part doesn’t hurt the majority of us, but by any standard very difficult to come by on reliable amounts, doing writing as a day job. So what is your motivation for staying in this profession?

 Bestsellers and Moneymaking:

Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451, in one of his writing tips suggests that one should not fix one’s attention on moneymaking while plodding through the journey of being a writer. However, with success stories like Hugh Howey and Amanda Hocking flying around in the media around us, none of the wannabie writers would possibly prefer to feign ignorance towards the “money-making” aspect of writing. This, indeed, is the catch in being an indie publisher. I hope the people in BW Publishing wouldn’t disagree with me. If they do, you wouldn’t be reading this piece right now. If you are reading this part, believe me, they are a bunch of very nice people, kind and all. But each time a writer attempts self-publishing, those few glittering names might serve a tantalizing example for them to try it out at least once. This is the same reason why when my second book, You Should Know How I Feel, went into Amazon’s top-hundred bestselling contemporary romance list, I couldn’t sleep the whole night. I was excited, of course.

 Being a bestselling author is not as financially liberating experience as winning a lottery. It takes time before you make awesome lots of money. Being a bestseller currently, is a responsibility than anything else. It is a status quo, according to which people expect you to act, at least in your future writing endeavors. In that sense, it gives the writer a definite advantage. There is both visibility and a chance to look at oneself with confidence. Seeing one’s book in the bestseller list, of course raises one’s confidence levels. However, as I mentioned, it is not easy to earn a living by writing bestsellers any longer. One must keep a day job in order to experiment with a dream like ‘being a writer’. It is an experiment basically, which you are sure to win. But it also depends on how you define ‘victory’.

 This is where Mr. Bradbury’s words help us. If a writer’s focus is awards, and if one fails to secure a position in a prestigious short list for a great award, the writer fails. If a writer’s focus is on bestseller lists and money, and if one fails to make that happen in the expected attempt, the writer fails inevitably, again. The choice is simple; do you wish to be a failure in selling or a failure in writing?

If you wish to avoid being the latter, your focus should be on writing, not on selling. It is an extremely workable tactics, which most of us in the kindle-era are yet to trust. Cover design and marketing are important factors in publishing a book. However, the most important element that makes a book is its ‘life force’, the content. Much like human beings, every book has its own life force, its own soul. It is to tend and nourish the content, its soul every writer must strive each moment. This puts upon the writer the added responsibility to play God with the story. Like the invisible Creative Source of the universe and the way it tends and nourishes the human spirit, a writer must feed the content of every book with love and grace.

 Faith plays a crucial role in this attempt. I am sure every writer reading this article would be wondering where I am driving at with these spiritual interpretations for the art of writing. I would suggest that there is an added advantage to this perspective. If, as a writer your focus is on good writing and strong content, each attempt will take you a little up the ladder to the fulfillment of your dream. When you armor yourself with this perspective, you abandon the risk of trailing off in this bestselling list or that. This doesn’t mean I am belittling the importance of bestsellers. Instead, I am stressing the importance of providing quality content irrespective of your place in the list. Being noticed is just the side effect. After each work, your expertise as a writer will grow and so will your authenticity. But this could happen only if you would spend your energies in the perfecting of your craft and not over worries on acceptance by the populace.

 What others think of your craft should not be the marker of your success. If it were, you would never be able to make it big, for every bestseller-performance invites attention. The more attention, the more criticism. In fact, practicing the art with unshared attention of the author would be a definite upper hand in your life in the post-bestseller period. You would be unaffected with negative or positive criticisms by others and be a writer with a steady growth if you follow your inner call rather than what this critic or that critic thinks. Thanks to the spiritual perspective. This would work in your favor once you start mounting the stairs of success.

 Service and the Spirituality of Writing:

At this level, it must sound like a mission. The central concept of our discussion is writers’ motivation. Should it be money or the craft itself? We have already seen that giving too much importance to money and rank could jeopardize the very life force of your work, the craft, and this increases the risk of failure as a writer. Instead, if one spares undivided attention at the Glorification of Craft, there is a win-win situation in store for the writer. You will know each time that you are learning something important in terms of ‘how to tell a better story’.

 This is where one comes across the duality of reader and writer, because you are “telling something”. In order to tell something, you need someone across you to listen. However, the motivated writer should be in harmony with the Constant Reader, a terminology popularized by Stephen King, and not the money they are receiving as royalty. Storytelling and writing in general are acts that involve the undeniable dualism of the reader and the writer. This makes it a writer’s duty to give back one’s best to the Constant Reader. Giving the readers a treat with the best content, you could involve in the creative process without thinking about rewards.

 Rewards, you should take for granted, for they in a dedicated writer’s life make themselves bountifully present. Dedicating one’s craft to the service of humanity in taking the reader away into another world for escape or to impart a new idea into their minds, is a useful pretext to work regardless of the monetary reward. This is a set of regular exercise, which can help writers achieve the Glorification of Craft.

 Giving away books free, without any additional cost is an advantage of electronic publishing and a positive, selfless gesture towards the reading community. With Amazon Kindle’s Free Book Promotion tools, it’s even easier for indie authors to chose when and which book they would like to give away free of cost. From July 5 to 7, the Kindle version of my blog The Indian Commentator with a special authors’ note is available free. Because my readers have given me so much support through BW Publishing and through Amazon’s sales channels, I consider this my thanksgiving gesture, to return something back to them. Art always attains higher meaning through service.

 Free e-books are generally a marketing strategy that many traditional publishers are reluctant to take. However, when I suggested the idea, BW Publishing was very impressed and was ready to make a kindle version of my blog. They did it with impressive quality. There is no revenue intention behind this attempt. I thank my publisher for extending this warm gesture of friendship and service not just towards me but also to all the clan of my readers.

 What gives me real joy is not the number of bestselling charts this book is climbing currently, but the fact that I am giving something back to the reading community, free of any financial burden. Moreover, I am receiving the satisfaction and contentment that I envisioned through the practicing of the spiritual perspective of writing or the viewing of writing as “tending of the life force” of the creative work. These are rituals that can ground the writer in writing for higher levels of excellence rather than superfluous gains.

With love,

ANU LAL

Download Unclassified Intelligence, the kindle version of The Indian Commentator here, free.

UNCLASSIFIED INTELLIGENCE.

Anu Lal’s latest book Prabuddha: The Clear-sighted is now out on sale. Get a copy hereblog stats copy

You Should Know His Journey: Anu Lal Reveals

In Anu Lal, You Should Know How I Feel... on June 22, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Gamble everything for love,

if you’re a true human being

–Rumi3D-Love-Heart

Writing, for me, is an act of love. When I say this, I cringe at the weight of similarities in how many of my fellow writers have approached their courses of writing. Many of us are in love. Some of us fell in it, as an act of total accident, while some others chose to learn it, acquire it, and master its nuances, the wise ones.

Two weeks from Valentine’s Day, I still consider the possibility of dedicating a whole day for love. Questions such as- Why is just one day for love? Shouldn’t we dedicate all our days to love?- always arise talking with students. But the fortunate thing about asking such a question in the classroom is that they always have answers. And some of them daringly share their ideas. Some of my students suggest that when life is busier and no one has time to spend with their beloved one, and when work means survival, we need at least a day to convey what we feel for the other person, at least through a small gesture.

 It’s sort of a Victorian modesty, to say the least, the avenues of love and the ways we communicate it these days. We love the form and texture of our message, like a Victorian, who would love the same about long letters written in Victorian English. A card, a text message, an e-mail, or an e-card could define our feelings, these days. It is easy, if you look at it that way. Through a pre-programmed e-card your teeming desires and passions are poured out. This, for a Victorian poet, might have taken hundreds of pages of inspired poetry. What about the ordinary folks in the Victorian England, those who could not compose lengthy poetry or weave a genuine piece of prose on their deepest romantic urges?

The love we find in Thomas Hardy’s fiction, for example Under the Greenwood Tree, in which Dick Dewy, a young member of the Mellstock Choir, who is wading in his love with Fancy Day, the beautiful teacher at the parish school, closely portrays insecurities in love. Dick Dewy spends a considerable time in finding out whether Fancy Day is actually in love with him. His convictions often misguide him or so he feels. His passion is visible, but the response he gathers from his sweet heart is not straightforward. This raises tension in the novel. One may feel at the end that it is a sweet story of less sophisticated people, country folks, so to speak.

Had there been an e-card or text message facility, the two characters—Dick and Fancy—might have sorted their initial problems out quite smoothly. Or could they?

It is true that a passion poorly communicated is a smoking gun. But if love is all too easy to communicate, so many of our gifted writers would not have left it mostly unsaid in their writings. The beauty of Knut Hamsun’s novel Victoria is in the agony endured by the tender young hearts due to their unspoken feelings.

I am in Love with Love

and Love is in love with me.

My body is in Love with the soul

and the soul is in Love with my body.

I opened my arms to Love

and Love embraced me like a lover.

–Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī

The great poet of the Sufi tradition is clear about the course of love. In being so clear, he is unclear too. The suggestive power of these lines is what mystifies us, prompts us to investigate into the section of our mind where poetry is translated into feelings.

krWords converged into feelings are capable of transcending the human realm and reaching the mystical. What transpires between the writer and the pages become a part of the reader’s reality too. Writing a second book was the result of this realization.

My first book Wall of Colours and Other Stories is the first in a trilogy titled Hope, vengeance and History. Although I currently work on the series, a few new stories showed themselves and I decided to write them down. I wrote one down, first. Then I showed this to Ms. Dhanya Krishna, my editor for Wall of Colours. I received an exciting suggestion that I must upload this story in Amazon Kindle, for my readers. We both considered this option for a while. Then I told her that I have a second story. This is when she suggested we should go print with the two stories, if they are long enough. I knew her skills not just as an editor, but as a writer too. It did not take me long to ask her why doesn’t she contribute a few stories herself, so that we could co-author this new book.

With some reluctance in the beginning, she accepted my suggestion and we started working on You Should Know How I Feel. Our initial plan was to release it on Valentine’s Day, because the stories in this book celebrate love. Both of us contributed two long stories each and the process of putting the book together took some more time than expected.

Mr. Saneesh Raj, a friend and classmate of mine designed a beautiful cover for You Should Know How I Feel. A preview to the book cover will be released tomorrow, here at TIC. So set a reminder, please, and make this occasion a memorable one with your presence, as always.

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ON SALE NOW!

You Should Know How I Feel is about love and the many places one can find it. In the journey of writing this book, I learnt that the season of love is undying. In other words, love gives us a glimpse of eternity. Tomorrow will be another day for me, you and all your beloved ones to cherish and celebrate love, much like Valentine’s Day. Each day, whenever you open the pages of You Should Know How I Feel, love will resurrect from the ashes of mundane routines and will assert its supremacy over our lives.

May in your life, love be abundant.

I will leave you with a quote by Ray Bradbury on love: “Love is the answer to everything. It’s the only reason to do anything. If you don’t write stories you love, you’ll never make it. If you don’t write stories that other people love, you’ll never make it.”

With love,

Anu Lal

In Anu Lal, Books, Dhanya Krishna, Wall of Colours, You Should Know How I Feel... on March 23, 2014 at 7:23 am

Dear Bountiful Friends,

You are a special group of celestial beings, destined to come across and share love among each other. Bountiful Word Publishing realizes this fact. Therefore, we started a new endeavor in this direction. This endeavor we call YOU SHOULD KNOW HOW I FEEL…, a bunch of love stories by our author Anu Lal.

With extremely high quality of performance, we have created, yet again, a book that can stand the test of time and generations to be a true classic. The stories in You Should Know How I Feel… will no doubt be your favorite ones forever.

Anu Lal, the first Indian author to write a trilogy in short story collects is all set to conquer the world with his fresh and lyrical story telling style. His language conquers and charms the readers’ minds. Through You Should Know How I Feel… he is introducing Dhanya Krishna, a very talented writer, as his co-author.

The book contains a bonus story for all the loyal readers of Bountiful Word. A surprise awaits you at the end of the book, after the bonus story!

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ON SALE NOW!

We wish you all, a very happy reading. It’s time to rekindle your passion and love, one more time.

The Kindle version of You Should Know How I Feel… is on sale through all amazon stores across the world.

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What Type Are You?

In Writing Solutions on October 27, 2013 at 2:03 pm
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Courtesy: Google Images

The first part of the book is titled ‘The Extrovert Ideal’. As I plodded through Part One, I felt more drawn towards the tactics and means employed in order to equip people to be better public speakers and team leaders.

The idea that if you can talk unhesitant and on a short notice, your presence would claim a considerable authority. People like fast talkers and enthusiastic go-getters. The down side, of course, is that those who feel uncomfortable about talking aloud in classrooms or in public gathering would be marginalized.

Susan Cain’s bestselling nonfiction, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking hooked me with its subheading.The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking” is the central discourse of the book. That explains why I found Quiet interesting.

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Courtesy: Google Images

Ever since, I started attending school, no one ever found me in the school sports or arts festivals. Once, when I was forced to participate in an oratory, I stopped the speech in the middle and realized if I stayed on the stage a moment more, I would faint. Those were great lessons of human psyche to me, first hand of course, that people faint when faced with extreme stress.

In sports, thankfully, I never qualified the initial qualifying levels. Although I was athletic enough, a certain lack of inertia held my limbs tighter than how the tar holds the roads in Kerala.

I knew what my problem was. Someone had informed me. Perhaps, one of my parents, that I am an introvert. It sounded like ‘caveman’, for the ten year old that I was. Someone told me, when I was reluctant to go out to play with other kids that I should not behave like an introvert. That is bad, they said. ‘Bad’ meant dirty, unacceptable, secretive, and this might lead me to delinquency, they warned me.

I had thought that introversion was something like a habit, then. I did not know where I picked it up, though. Anyway, the next best thing was to ‘improve’ my personality. That’s when an individual begins the incessant struggles to fit in. Everyone who lives in such a social set up must have realized where I am driving at.

From her introduction onwards, Susan Cain drives towards the same direction. In Part One, however, what fascinated me was how a culture has found out the measures for an individual to stand out and lead. This was what I was talking about in the first paragraph.

Yes, indeed, this is the quest for purification of personality, in order to attain some sort of outgoing persona. This desire governed much of my childhood. I also suspect that my increased curiosity about how to be an influential person with spoken word has to do with the profession I handle as my day job—teaching.

I meet students who are on the extrovert side, mostly, and others who are introverts. I also find ambiverts in class, a term I learnt from Susan Cain’s book. Part One of Quiet follows the history of how American culture changed from the “Culture of Character” to the “Culture of Personality”.

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Courtesy: Google Images

It is impossible for me to go back to that memory and think about myself standing in front of those many people at my school, in that public speaking competition. Although I had memorized all my speech thoroughly, the pressure was so much that I could not keep track of it at all. My dad had written that speech. I felt I let him down. I really did.

I still remember, in another speech, which was conducted exclusively in classroom, asking my family if I could pitch an idea all by myself, right on the spot, as if it is a reply or supplementation of the previous speaker’s words. Countering, arguing, and being spontaneous to the moment seemed fun. Remember, the same scared owl dropped the platter in the middle of the speech, the previous time. However, my family told me not to attempt this bravado at this point. Later in my life, I realized that I was a better public speaker, if I were spontaneous. Being an introvert, I had figured out to tackle the issue of forgetting the words I memorized and building confidence in front of the public, though I never really got a real chance as a kid to practice this.

Quiet will let you know about yourself or at least what type of person you live with, in a skillfully nonjudgmental way.

Review Courtesy: TIC