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Life is What You Make It: A Story of Love, Hope and How Determination Can Overcome Even Destiny

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The heart-warming story of a young girl who struggles against all odds, when life as she knows it is disrupted What would you do if the perfect life you have is torn asunder?

Set across two cities in India in the early eighties, Life Is What You Make It is a gripping account of the years that change young Ankita Sharma's life.
Paperback, 209 pages
Published April 20th 2011 by Srishti Publishers and Distributors
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Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fictional, 2011-reads
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
Archit Ojha
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-we-own

I can pretty much assure you that this is not just another book that it shares the shelf with. And Preeti is of a different mettle too.

There is an arresting grip that the tale of Ankita held over me as I turned page after page.

The bipolarity disorder has been eloquently portrayed. The highs of the euphoria to the abyss of crestfall.

I won't say it's a tormenting tale of a person battling with her own imaginations.

But rather a well articulate account of the mindset of the downside of creativity ma
Apr 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owns, 100-pages
This book for me stands as a reminder of the day I walked into the college canteen where Archit was waiting for me.

He had a pen and notebook on the table. A cello tape that he kept calmly yet hurriedly in his bag. We discussed and made plans for our future.

Unlike other 'college couples' who talk about which movies to go today, we discuss about Duolingo and Goodreads.

I mean seriously! We discuss about languages and books with glittering and sparkling eyes.

We surround overselves with books, lang
Feb 04, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Ananya Ghosh
Apr 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, 2012
" 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
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: before-2017
This book is special for me. For so many reasons on so many levels that I'm afraid i won't be able to share. Though i would try my best so that the way this book became a turning point in my life, my interpretation of it may become someone else's.

I read this book after my boards while i was preparing for entrance exams for various courses. Exhausted and lost were the two feelings were there as my constant companion. I was naive and oblivious to a lot of things, I lived a bubble which tbh wasn't
Dec 29, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Annette mathews
In the beginning , we see Ankita, a girl of 21 showing up in a mental institution with her parents .

So what happened to anikta that she had to seek help from the asylum ?

The Rise and fall of Ankita :

Ankita has the perfect life . She has everything . She gets placed into a top management institute in Bombay .She also gets placed into an average institute in Cochin ,where she currently resides.Her boyfriend,Abhi pleads with her to choose Cochin . If given a choice to choose between a top managem
Jan 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Anusree Burman
Aug 23, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Aug 29, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
'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,
Divya Lavanya
Jul 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
May 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Jun 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
Life is what you make it, a catchy title indeed. The first thing I learnt after reading the book is – Don’t judge a book by its title and fancy taglines! The title is only justified with an epilogue that happens 15 years later. The plot is very straightforward portraying how the female protagonist, Ankita belittles Abhi's love that made her end up in asylum where she rediscovers her new self. However writer Preeti never missed to charm the readers with her incredible narrations especially when A ...more
Vishal Kumar
Apr 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Never belittle love, no matter where it came from and to be a little humbler, nicer and kinder with my words and actions..
May 31, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Had read it in a time when I was...well..not put it mildly. And it clicked.
Aishwary Mehta (The_Fugitive_Biker)
Quote From the Book I Liked - “It is indeed amazing how words and kindness have the power to heal, perhaps much more than medicines.”

The book is about a teen girl from a Strict Indian Family, who was a star in her College during her graduation. She was firstly a shy girl but later on because of her friends discover another side of herself as a Leader. Gradually succeeding in Academics and Co-curriculum activities being the Creative Secretory of her College, St. Agnes, she gets tangled in Love
Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Awdhesh Singh
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved reading this book. The story of the book is griping and you pass through several emotions while reading the book. The pace of the book is perfect and description so good that you feel as if you are actually seeing a movie. The book make you think about the uncertainties of life in a beautiful manner as you go through the ups and downs of the life of Ankita, the main character of the book. I don't generally read fiction but I could not keep this book aside till I finished it.
Debleena Biswas
Jul 23, 2016 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It is not the typical books that we see like those of Durjoy Dutta or Chetan Bhagat. It deals with certain mental problems really sincerely. Though love is the predominant theme but it did not bother me like those instaloves normally do. Overall it is a book that i can recommend. I liked it very much
Sundeep Supertramp
May 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
wonderful read.. the pain in the story is felt by the readers.. gave a vivid image of a indian girl... one of my best reads of mine....
Nikita (Njkinny's Blog)
Sep 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jitendra Patel
Jun 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Friends and Families
Shelves: my-favorites
Overall : 5/5
Feeling : Inspired for life.
Recommend : Friends and Families

Quote i liked the most ?
" Never Belittle love no matter where it comes from. "

The story revolves around a girl who is about to turn 18 and falls for a guy, NO! three guys i guess. Tried suicide twice but survived somehow, spent months in rehabilitation center and departs with message for life.

I liked the book as a whole and this is what i am expecting out of books i read. I started reading this book in the morning befor
VijayaRaghavan S N
Mar 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to VijayaRaghavan by: Ganesh Sanal
Seriously GR, you need to consider giving an option for the user to give it a .5 star. I wanted to give this book 3.5 stars but since I am robbed of my intention thanks to the lack of creative thinking by the GR developers I am forced to give it 4 stars half halfheartedly.

The title of the book suggested that I am getting into yet another teenage love fiction that our Indian authors are so famous for. But I took the word of one of my friend who, like me, has had his fair share of shit. The first
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Rise, The Fall, The Meteoric rise & recovery of Ankita Sharma from Bipolar disorder:

Rating: 3.5/5

Story is a fictitious tale of Ankita's life events - high school love letters, unprofessed college love life/events, Maniac/Artful/Running/hardworking MBA life, how she got admitted to a mental hospital for her bipolar disorder, the emotional trauma/turmoil she underwent alone in the hospital and how she came out of her cocoon & recovered from her mental traumas.

Takes you on roller coaster ride o
Vinay Leo
Apr 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Gaurav Singh
Aug 29, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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