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Life is What You Make It

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What would you do if destiny twisted the road you took? What if it threw you to a place you did not want to go? Would you fight, would you run or would you accept? Set across two cities in India in the early eighties, 'Life is what you make it' is a gripping account of a few significant years of Ankita's life.

Ankita Sharma has the world at her feet. She is young, good-look...more
Paperback, 209 pages
Published 2011 by Srishti Publishers and Distributors
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Oh. my. God! I take back all I said in the beginning.. It is not some YA romance. This is real keeper! I just do not have words to describe how I'm feeling.. There is so much you learn from this book. You look at the world with new eyes. It is really well written. I did not want it to end. As one of the reviewers mentioned it ended very abruptly. There were many things i wanted to know.. Bipolar disorder! It was really very well explained. Please do read it.. I'm currently very emotional to writ...more
" A stop gap relationship
She looks at him with misty eyes
They have made love
He seems content and relaxed
Most importantly, satisfied.
Not noticing her silence
or perhaps choosing to ignore it
Not knowing its cause

He is talking about leaving now
His voice a monotonous drone
Over the din of the fan in the background
In the cramped two room apartment
Filled with the smell of their sweating bodies.

In her mind a thought crosses
That the only difference between her
And her sisters on the street
The so called wh...more
This one only deserves 2.5 stars, but good reads allows only 2 or 3.

I have a serious doubt on because it always shows this book in the best selling category. Definitely not good enough to be there.

The starting imitated chetan bhagat's style - mental asylum/hospital and all.

The structure of the story is one thing that lacked in this novel and many others by Indian authors.

Things that I was unable to digest.
- just because your first love was in different city, doesn't mean you go a...more
The Writer has done a great job with expressing the inner feelings of a girl, be it a modern girl or the one of the decade as described by Preeti Shenoy.. She has described each and every node in a girl's teen age, be it emotional state, or a love case, or relationsip of parents with children, the relation with friends, a true philosopher, guide and what not.. A very beautiful picture of Bipolar disorder is picturised throughout, in its most interesting manner..

It comes out to be "A MUST READ" d...more
Sorry to say , but this was the worst book I have ever read in my entire life.
Now I clearly understand why people say that "the title and cover of books can deceive one."
"Don't judge a book by its cover." Oh no, never! I wish I could do that , but seriously I won't.If I did , this book would have at least got a 4 star rating from me.
The first thing I hate about this book is the protagonist.She is shallow and narrow-minded and plays with others' feelings.I'm not a fan of the Twilight saga and I t...more
Anusree Burman
Life Is What You Make It really does throw you off the track in the beginning and begins as a really predictable young adult romance. Yet what you never expect is the sudden turn of events and a plunge into the emotional turmoil of a 21 year old afflicted with Bipolar Disorder. The story is elegantly crafted; it is about facing life and emerging strong and proud. It is about having the guts to follow your dreams and believing your worth. The story however does border on mundane at times. Indian...more
Debasis Mohanty
Life is certainly what we make it but in this case please do not worsen your life by reading it-being judgmental.

What makes the book boring ?
1)Repetition of thoughts.The author raves about the protagonist's symptoms for about 60-70 odd pages which irked me a lot.Recurring explications about the protagonist's state makes it look even more drab.Some may argue that the bipolar syndrome mentioned in the book has to do with cyclic patterns(manic highs and depressive lows) and that demands explanation...more
'Life is what you make it'.....and the story lives up to the title,quite literally!!
Honestly,I had never heard about the author until recently.
The thing I found best was that it teaches each one of us that life may not necessarily turn out the way we have planned or hoped for...!!!
I found the central character's self praise went a bit overboard especially when she joined St.Agnes and also at some other instances...
In some way,I could connect to yhe story...
My favourite lines from the book,
Gatha  G Namboothiri
A very,very short book which I completed in just one or two hours.Told from the point of view of Ankita Sharma,this narrates the life of a typical youngster.

Ankita's life is filled with hopes and dreams of joining a good MBA college and she is in love with Vaibhav,her former classmate.But soon Abhishek enters her life and soon Ankita finds her life changing.What happens after Abhi proposes her and her emotional turmoil forms the rest of the story.

The thing is,I could connect with Ankita as she i...more
Shivani Vohra

This book was quiet difficult to rate.

I found myself jumping between 3 stars to 4 stars, but then finally ended up settling for 3 stars ***

Hmm... when I started this book, I didn't have high hopes. Considering all the YA books of India, I labelled it as another cliché Indian novel, but I am extremely happy that this book proved me wrong. Unlike other Indian YA novels, this book actually described everything vividly. From the description of people to landscapes, hotels, c...more
This is about a girl ANKITA,She is BEautiful it seems.Guys fall in love with her. She doesnt understand their true love.But still she is having good relationship with all the boys proposed her.A guy dies just bcz she ignored his love.
At a point of time , her life style changes.she begin to feel guilty about herself.She cannot discuss with anybody abt it.At a point she gets too much stress and endup in a mental hospital.
she could not read and write.She will be cured from bipolar disorder laterr.T...more
It was one of the few books which I completed in one sitting. I've no words to describe how I felt after reading it. It made me realise one hard fact. That mental disorders are not about 'not trying well to come out of situation'. It's just that they try hard, but they can't. They need help. They are not crazy people. A must read for anyone to look at life from a new perspective. I don't want to talk about the style of writing. The author was able to convey her message well and that's what matte...more
Pradeep Badatiya
Preeti has chosen a very uncommon topic, that is mostly misunderstood by Indian society, but must say what a terrific way to describe and aware the people about mental health issues.
The story seems very common in start but as the plot grows we keep on indulging with the story. The language is very easy to understand and lucid. It is clearly understood after finishing the book that an on depth analysis and observations are done before creating the draft for this plot. The book touched me somewhe...more
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There is one glaring technical glitch in the story . The story begins when the protagonist Ankita , is in the throes of deadly depression which could tilt her either way . Yet , when she begins to talk about her past , she acquires the voice of a very normal , sane person . Technically , she should be looking at her past also with the same eyes of a depressed person .

Also , the conflict of the character was poorly handled . As a consequence , Ankita comes across as a shallow girl , who changes h...more
Abodid Sahoo
First of all, Hats off Preeti..for bringing into light a common but less known disorder...'the bipolar disorder'. Coming over to the book, it was really a touching story, and there were moments which almost made my eyes wet.
1. The initial part of the book is very well written. One can feel the essence of love, and frankly speaking, a budding lover would really like the letters, calls,etc...between Ankita and Vaibhav,Abhi,etc,etc :P
2. The mid part is very well narrated. This part is a very emoti...more
Gaurav Singh
Generally i am Chetan Bhagat's Fan and have read all his book, for first time i tried Preeti shenoy's "Life is what you make it". Well what to say, book takes you on roller coaster ride of Protagonist's life and shares her joy and sorrow moments. In her beginning phase, Reader find her to be very beautiful, confident, smart , Intelligent and above all an intellectual girl, for whom success is one day job, but when it comes to her personnel life i mean her choice for boyfriends, she is very confu...more
A girl in love, orthodox strict parents who are dead-set against love, a heartbreak and realizations after the heartbreak. And yes, a concluding epilogue which tries to tie up all loose ends if any. I've read three books by Preeti Shenoy, and all three has some or all of these aspects in each. This book is one of the three. Though the start is promising, it is also conflicting. The narration is very simple and direct, as is her style and that's something I like. There are aspects of love, but it...more
Preeti has a wonderful way of picturing things in her writing. I don't think most of us are gifted with creative writing. Even though we can feel and let our emotions flow and feel it in life , it's little harder to put them down in the paper. I was dragged with her writing skills rather than wooing with the story line.I am clueless what made me to read this book in a single sitting , but I am sure I have enjoyed each and every minute. The protagonist Ankita went through a hell a lot of agony to...more
Have you ever felt the void around you ? Have you ever thought there are few bad decisions that has made your lyf miserable ? Have you ever spent your tym with someone who made you feel you're just to be USED ? Did you fall in love with someone and have you ever regretted for falling for them ? Atleast once, have you ever thought yourself as a burden to the world and to your surroundings that you wanted to quit forever ?
The protagonist, Ankita, is too proud of herself. She's beautiful and intel...more
Anagha Sudhakaran
It was just awesome. A simple one time read, the one which I had finished in just one day.
The story of a college girl Ankita who was haunt by several circumstances of life. It was not a typical love story even it had elements of love in it.

The prologue describes Ankita's meeting with a psychiatrist and the reason of her visit was explained through the whole book. The story begins with the letter to Vaibhav her schoolmate. They were indeed good friends and later it turned out to love. Ankita's da...more
RK Deepak
The story-line was good and interesting until the parents of Ankita burnt the letters of Abhi and Vaibhav. The whole depression theme of Ankita and how she recovered was not so effective, as reading through the second half seemed like I am reading a self-help book over bipolar disorder. Many of the important questions were left unanswered by the author.....

1. Vaibhav and Ankita were in love from the school time, so when Ankita recovered from depression why she didn't choose vaibhav. I think, if...more
Nikita (NjKinny's World of Books & Stuff)
Sep 23, 2013 Nikita (NjKinny's World of Books & Stuff) rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone..A life altering, perspective changing book..
You have your whole life mapped out in front of you but are you ever a cent percent sure of it charting out the exact way as you think?

Ankita had the world at her feet.She was young, beautiful, multi talented, a meritorious student with loads of friends and boys in love with her. This was the up in her life. Then came the down which left her with two attempted suicides, a severe depression, heavy medication from scores of "Highly acclaimed" doctors and finally when nothing worked, getting admitt...more
A must – read novel for all ages describing the rollercoaster life of Ankita Sharma. The author’s lucid style of narration makes it an easy – read as well. The opening scenes where Ankita finds herself in a mental asylum are more like they have been taken from a Chetan Bhagat book. Ankita’s days in Cochin and the ever – refreshing college atmosphere keeps the readers engaged and gives them a ‘feel – good’ touch. Ankita’s shift to Mumbai and Abhi’s tragic death takes the story in a completely dif...more
Vikas Singh
Bipolar Disorder.. a topic which could be written upon only by one who has been its victim

The book is a nicely researched, well depicted fictional but medically n emotionally true collection of experiences the patient has to go horribly through for various starting cycles (even lifetime). I purchased this one just for this topic.. bcoz.. well, leave that part!

All in all.. it was an interesting read.. the exact n vivid description of +ve n -ve cycles one traverses emotionally being cursed upon b...more
Rahul Sinha
The book has a promising Beginning , Thanks to the college background....the book strikes a chord with the today's youth.
The story seems interesting as the events unfold....primarily due to the Love Triangle.....But Fails to live upto the Promise

The Book is an utter bore in the middle....too much description of the psychiatric disorder.....u tend to lose interest once Ankita sharma loses her Mental Balannce

But Yeah...the journey is Kinda inspiring.....The climax is good too
and the title "life is...more
I started reading this book and was tempted to complete it in a day....
Very nice book...but surely will be completing by tomorrow... :)

Its story(again exactly say its love story)...because exact love is lost by Ankita (female character in book)...and now ......... whether the person before he the one in which she tries to find her lost love........

Just can't tell now.... .....

The concept of "Bipolar Disorder" perfectly explained....

The way we think..."yes whatever we are...more
Meghna Ganta
Ankita 's personality is scintillating, exuding cheerfulness, lively. She is young, smart, bold and beautiful, boys going gaga over her, though she is admitted in all girls college. Having Abhishek by her side, whom she loved but never expressed, enjoyed spending time with him. And on another end Vaibhav whom she would talk over phone and share her daily experiences.
She lands up in top most MBA university, with a dream of rosy future, nevertheless care free world. Until one day she is diagnosed...more
Madan Kamath
When I first started reading this book, and for most of the first part of it, I was very disappointed. Stereotypical story, unnatural dialogues made me wonder why this book was a best seller. The context was also too hurried. As if trying to tell too much in too little.


The Second part of the book is very good. The way the author has expressed the anguish and pain of the character is really something that makes you feel it as well. And, it's a very good twist to the tale, and brought about v...more
This a beautifully written book right here. Its not your typical love story. Rather a book that takes you through the life of a girl who goes through various stages of life and how she deals with life.
It isn't an average book that elaborates about a mental disorder but a very well written book that shows the reader about the mental state of a girl and what she has to do to deal with it.
I wouldn't compare Preeti Shenoy with Chetan Bhagat coz the author has created her own way of writing very ne...more
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Preeti Shenoy, is among the best-selling authors in India (Source Nielsen scan) weaves magic with her words and pictures. An extremely talented and versatile individual, her Twitter bio reads:
“Best-selling Author, Artist specializing in pencil portraits, Poet, Yoga-Buff, Ex-basketball player, Blogger, Dobe-owner, Nature lover, Ted X speaker and a Mother.”

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“Creativity is closely associated with bipolar disorder. This condition is unique . Many famous historical figures and artists have had this. Yet they have led a full life and contributed so much to the society and world at large. See, you have a gift. People with bipolar disorder are very very sensitive. Much more than ordinary people. They are able to experience emotions in a very deep and intense way. It gives them a very different perspective of the world. It is not that they lose touch with reality. But the feelings of extreme intensity are manifested in creative things. They pour their emotions into either writing or whatever field they have chosen" (pg 181)” 135 likes
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