Saturday, April 27, 2013

F?@K Knows - Book Review


About the Book:

What do you want from life? Are you on the right track? Are you truly happy? If your answer to these questions is ‘F?@k knows!’, then this book is for you. Find the answers to life’s most important questions with the help of uber-successful entrepreneur, Shailendra Singh, co-founder of Percept and inceptor of Sunburn. Told with sparkling, flavourful and in-your-face humour, this book will advise you on how to:

*Find yourself (Because you’re probably lost. Admit it.)
*Follow your heart (Because if you don’t then you’ll die unhappy, you stupid f?@ker.)
*Achieve your goals (You know you want to.)
*Live life like you give a f?@k (Because…why not?)

Candid and thoughtful, F?@k Knows will show you how to really live life on your own terms, to do what you want to do and not what you have to do just because your father said so!

Review:

Leave me alone in a bookstore and you can spot me browsing through every single section, but the self-help section. I’ve never really been a big fan of them. There was a Prof in college who was gung-ho about Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, and I guess, I did not move beyond 50-odd pages.  But when Shailendra Singh's  F?@K Knows came in for a review; one was obviously the title spelt as Fuk Noz, second was the gist of the book. So, I decided to give it a shot.

The title of the book is actually pronounced as Fuck knows. Old school junta like me still opt for God knows. The bright yellow cover with red graffiti fonts makes it an instant pick me up, especially when you want to read something very light.

The book true to its title has the F word written all over the place. I mean, every chapter has a reference to that particular word. I have a feeling, this was included to make it more readable for first time readers or to grab eye-balls or just to pique the reader’s interest. All said and done, it serves the purpose in some places, while in other’s its completely unnecessary.  The language is really simple and down to earth, you don’t really have to rush to the dictionary or anything. The tone is first person and he takes through the journey of his life; the ups and downs and how he managed to make the most of it.  

What I really liked about the book is that; instead of preaching something that beyond comprehension or throwing in too much funda, the author has taken the personal route to storytelling. It’s heart-warming to know that made that attempt to come down to the level of the common man and speak to them in their language. Kudos to that! That in my opinion is precisely what makes the book different and endearing at the same time.

Content-wise, the author does not tell you anything more than what you already know about the vagaries of life.  The USP of the book lies in the presentation and narration, full marks to that. Sublte humour combined with a little bit of sarcasm seal the deal.

On the whole, the book is good for a one time read. It will not change you unless you let it influence the way you think and function.