Uncommon Sense

Sometimes I think that people do not have the two C’sCommon sense and Courtesy.

I say this because there have been several times when strangers have asked for a drink from the water bottle that I carry in my backpack’s outer pocket.

I always give it to them, happy in the knowledge that I could help someone quench their thirst.

However, most of the times, an alarming 85% at that, people empty my whole bottle of water leaving not even a drop for me! I have to then wait till I get home or to my office to fill my bottle and satisfy my own thirst. I do not like asking for water from others unless I’m desperately thirsty (which is rare for me).

It is basic common sense and courtesy to leave at least a little amount of water for the person who has given it with a good heart.

I don’t know how these people can be fine with completely finishing someone else’s water. How does it not strike them that the person giving them water needs to drink too!?

I’ve experienced this so many times that I now pack my bottle inside my backpack. I don’t mind sharing my water but I do mind someone senselessly, inconsiderately, and uncourteously finishing all my water.

Have you ever experienced the same? Do you too mind people acting like this?

A disappointed Venice signing off for now..

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Book Review – Finding your Writing Flow ~ Sona Grover

If you’re like me who is stuck in a non-writing mode and want to just get OUT of the rut, then Sona Grover’s ebook Finding your Writing Flow can help you realize what is holding you back and how you can get back to writing.

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All of us have, at some point of time, experienced a stagnant writing period. Finding the time, energy, or passion to write is a task. Sona has explored these common phases and has neatly illustrated realistic ways to express ourselves through our writings.

About the Book

Simple and profound at the same time, this little book guides you through self doubt, offering tips to help you find inspiration, staying productive, getting better at your craft and renewing yourself as a writer.

What I Liked about the Book

Sona’s words connects with you instantly through her personal experiences, and solutions to common issues faced by writers the world over. She asks pertinent questions that make you think why you are a writer and how you want to be a good writer. Some of the chapters that struck a chord with me are:

  1. Ways to Greater Creativity
  2. Keep the Inspiration Strong
  3. Finding your Authentic Voice
  4. Powerful Ways to Self-Renewal

My Review

This is a handy guide for writers who need a helping hand in being a writer again. Sona encapsulates key points and solutions that will help you return to writing. Her deep insights provide a steady foothold to grow as a writer in the long run. Her friendly, warm tone blended with firm advice makes for a motivational read. If you need a gentle nudge to write once more, Sona’s ‘Finding your Writing Flow’ will help you start on the ‘write’ track 😉

You can read Sona Grover’s e-book Finding Your Writing Flow here.



Venice 🙂





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Book Review – A to Z of Mental Health

I’ve always been interested in psychology and how the mind and emotions work in people. So, I was glad to see that Arjun Gupta had written an ebook on the A to Z of Mental Health.

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In this day and age where the number of suicides, cases of depression, and emotional turmoil is happening, there is a need for all of us to understand the factors and reasons behind these incidents, and also how to deal with them if it happens to us or our close ones.

About the Book

A to Z of Mental Health tries to explore the various aspects of mental illness that are sometimes ignored. You will finish this book with richer and more meaningful knowledge about mental health and how it affects every person.

What I Liked about the Book

I liked that Arjun has covered some of the most common as well as unknown mental illnesses in his ebook. The topics I liked most from this ebook are:

  1. Armed Forces and Mental Health (We hardly spare a thought for the mental and emotional stress that our soldiers go through while protecting us and our nation – this is a must read!)
  2. Educational Institutes and Mental Health (Students go through enormous pressure during their years of studies and need adequate and proper counselling, guidance, and help during this phase)
  3. Key phrases of Mental Health (It is very important to know how to converse with those who have mental illness. This piece shares the key phrases we can incorporate in our conversations with sufferers)
  4. Repercussions of a Suicide (This piece blew my mind away! Thinking that the people you deal with everyday will be affected by you committing suicide is a misunderstanding. Read this powerful and painfully truthful piece to know the rel repercussions of a suicide)
  5. Self Harm (A poignant piece of advice on self harm and how to avoid doing it. Arjun has also included contact details of help lines pan-India)
  6. Workplace Mental Health (Most working people undergo some form of mental stress at their workplace, this piece shares some solutions that could help employees and entrepreneurs to work in  healthy manner)
  7. Yesteryears of Depression (Can you believe that the Bhagavad Gita, Romans, and Greeks talked about Depression? This piece explores depression in those eras)
  8. Zzz and Mental Health (As a fan of sleeping, I know how important sleep is for our physical and mental well-being. This piece takes a deeper look into the importance of sleep)

My Review

I admire and respect Arjun for sharing his personal experiences with depression and self harm. The fact that he has learnt to cope with them and shares guidance and resources for others in similar situations is commendable. I feel that it is a book everyone should read to get a basic understanding of the various mental health issues existing and how to deal with them.

You can read Arjun’s helpful ebook ‘A to Z of Mental Health’ here.