Life Is What You Make It

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

You can make it easy on yourself or you can make it hard. Life is what you make it and I choose to make mine a happy one, full of fun and laughter and you are more than welcome to join me. What we think determines what happens to us, so if we want to change our lives, we need to stretch our minds. Life is ours to be spent, not to be saved.

You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. Love the life you live. Live the life you love. Life will always be to a large extent what we ourselves make it. Do not let making a living prevent you from making a life. If you have not made somebody's day happier, if you've not appreciated something good that has happened to you and if you have not felt thankful to be alive, then you have wasted that day of your life on earth! Always has been, always will be.

Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. Life is what you make it: 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 Life is certainly what we make it but in this case please do not worsen your life by reading it-being judgmental.

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 explanations but the author could have done without the monotonous descriptions and recurring allusions. The author fails to make an imprint on one's mind because of her protagonist's portrayal as a shallow character initially. Later she metamorphoses into a self-centered,egotist lady with a dicey attitude who cares for nothing but her career. Tides turn and she then finds herself in a hypothetical bottomless pit Bipolar disorder from which there is no escape.

She bears all the agony and battles with her inner self in a asylum to carve a life out of it. But it's better to be hated for what you write than to be loved for what you hide.

Jan 22, Avanthika 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 Have you ever felt the void around you? She's beautiful and intelligent. She made it to one of the top B-Schools in India. But fate has other plans for her. From her Business School, she lands into a mental hospital fighting bipolar disorder. Ofcourse yea, she stabs and cuts others feelings to carve her destiny. She did face all the questions listed above. And that renewed the new in her. Preeti Shenoy penetrates deep into the readers mind.

She makes us feel Ankita's pain and suffering. This book stirs your emotions and brings back memories of all those things that you want to forget. Must read for all those people who thinks they're the only ones who suffers in this world. Dec 27, Preety rated it really liked it. 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, "Somet 'Life is what you make it' My favourite lines from the book, "Sometimes all one needs is a strong anchor, a person you can trust blindly. Someone who will lead you on, be there for you and never let you down.

Jul 28, Divya Lavanya rated it it was amazing. It was one of the few books which I completed in one sitting.

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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'.

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It's just that they try hard, but they can't. 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 It was one of the few books which I completed in one sitting. The author was able to convey her message well and that's what matters.

Jun 30, Swetha rated it it was ok. Life is what you make it, a catchy title indeed. 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 Life is what you make it, a catchy title indeed. However writer Preeti never missed to charm the readers with her incredible narrations especially when Ankita tries to call her boyfriend over phone, the first bike ride and the first kiss.

The grandfather's words, "Never belittle love" still resonates more powerful than those usual words, "I love you". May 31, Gowtham rated it liked it. 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 cannot discuss with anybody abt it. At a point she gets too much stress and endup in a mental hospital. She will be cured from bipolar disorder laterr. This is how this pretty girl wins her life.

May 14, Sridevi rated it it was ok.

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Views Read Edit View history. In the heat of life-saving moments, Zaid finds his heart captured by the new doctor on his team. Is it when you "lose" it or is it when the world "loses" you? I choose to listen to my heart and intuition, knowing that they will always guide me in the right direction. A Story of Hope: 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. The story however does border on mundane at times.

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 There is one glaring technical glitch in the story. As a consequence , Ankita comes across as a shallow girl , who changes her boyfriends at the drop of a hat to further her ambitions. The darkness , surrounding the character could have been better handled. Also style of writing falls flat. I decided to photocopy it and distribute it.

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What actually happens in the mind of the person who has a sudden adrenaline rushing gushing through his or her limbs? What happens when logic ceases to exist at many many levels? And what is insanity? Is it when you "lose" it or is it when the world "loses" you? More sensitivity and more depth were called for short of which , this book just falls in the category of a college "romance". The immaturely crafted epilogue just relegates it to the class of a Bollywood flick The two stars are for the subject matter , which many authors fear to explore and for the writing style which is easy on the mind of the reader.

She was firstly a shy girl but later on because of her friends discover another side of herself as a Leader. Agnes, she gets tangled in Love affair with 2 guys, simultaneously. In her last year of graduation, a tragic incident happens which changes her life forever. This was the first part of the book which I really hated due to its all the Shitty - Romantic drama Not at All Romantic, rather Crazy Guy and Shy Girl love story, of which the Girl cheating on her current long-distance boyfriend if you say so.

In Bombay, she becomes a Maniac in her daily life, that she almost starts to skip her daily sleep. She's a class topper and also good at poetry but there's a chaos within her. The story throughout had a great pace which can be completed in a single sitting. The Phrases used in between are relatable. Altogether the book is a one time read. Apr 02, Ajay 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 Preeti has a wonderful way of picturing things in her writing. The protagonist Ankita went through a hell a lot of agony to get her life back ,who was gripped with the bipolar disorder. Hats off to Preeti once again for her creative writing and I am sure a good bunch of readers will be enjoying this book a lot.

Sep 20, Awdhesh Singh 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. Th I loved reading this book. That is all I can say. 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.

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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 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? 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 admitted in a mental institution.

But the question remained.. Was Ankita strong enough to overcome this down time in her life? How did she get here when everything that she was doing was sure to take her to the stars? Is this the end? Is it true what they say Life is What You Make it? A poignant tale of hardships, love, failures, a depression so deep that you just want to die and a final victory of the "never-say-die" attitude.

I was deeply touched and moved by Preeti Shenoy's attempt at giving a voice to people with mental disorders like the bipolar disorder who often are not understood and don't get the support they need from their near and dear ones. A well researched book and very sensitively handled, I was impressed by the author who has gone under the skin of the character to bring to the surface the many facets of their behavior and emotions.

The characterization is so pure and practical that everyone will feel a connection to them. Ankita's character symbolizes the modern woman of today who is smart, intelligent, confident and sure of her future plans. Abhi's character left me wiping tears and with pain in my heart. He was so deeply in love!! A good friend, an understanding and caring person he gave Ankita a direction, lend her support and most importantly guided her. His grandfather's words to Ankita after Abhi's death "Never belittle love" is still echoing in my heart and my mind.

Preeti has succeeded in making her point and conveyed her message beautifully to the reader. We often ignore and depreciate love whether it be that of our parents, friends, partner, or anyone else taking it for granted but the true value is only understood when one looses that love like it happened with Ankita when she lost Abhi. The regret of not promising to stay in touch, not soothing him when he was disturbed, not professing her love also played a part in pushing her over the edge. Like Ankita regretted all the things she had taken for granted in her life like reading, writing, being loved, being normal.

I wish no one ever has those regrets and after reading this book I am now a new person with a new perspective to all the blessings I have in my life. In the words of the author, 'The book is not just about bipolar disorder. It is a story of courage, determination and growing up. It is about how life can take a totally different path from what is planned, and yet how one can make a success of it.

It is a story of faith, belief and perseverance too and charting your own destiny. She won against all the odds, hardships leaving behind those days of depression, suicide attempts, uncontrolled rage and the instability. I give Life is What You Make it a well deserved shining 5 stars out of 5 and recommend this book to everyone. Its a perspective changing and an inspiring tale that will leave you feeling more confident and more determined to make your life the way you want it!

Kudos to Preeti for writing such an unconventional book so beautifully. Powered by these, you can indeed overcome anything, including destiny. Seriously GR, you need to consider giving an option for the user to give it a. I wanted to give this book 3. 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 Seriously GR, you need to consider giving an option for the user to give it a. The first part of Ankita's life did nothing to prove my friend's word any right. But, this time, since it was from the point of view of Ankita, it was too girly. That too, teenage girly crap. Luckily enough, Preeti didn't stoop so low to include any sexual acrobatics that our Indian fictional characters are famously known for or fantasies to rocket her book up the bestsellers chart. Then the second phase of Ankita's life started.

And that's when I was rocked up to the core. More because I had never visualized our authors coming up with emotionally moving content excluding romance. Preeti does a marvelous job of taking the readers through the mind of a mentally ill patient. I don't know if this is what happens with them. But it sounded so realistic that you feel sorry for them and that you could do something from your side as much as giving them a reassuring hand.

This is where the rating of the book jumped from a measly value to 3. You are the only one responsible for where you are right now, for how your life looks, for how you are being treated by those around you and for the level of happiness or unhappiness present in your life. You and only you. If you want to change the quality of your life , if you want to change the quality of the relationships you have, you have to start by taking responsibility for everything.

If you keep on doing the same things over and over again, you will get the same results, over and over again. It all starts with a thought, an idea and based on that the actions you will take will lead you in a different and new direction. Will lead you in the right direction. Your world is your consciousness objectified. Waste no time trying to change the outside; change the within or the impression, and the without or expression will take care of itself. When the truth of this statement dawns upon you, you will know that you have found the lost word or the key to every door.

I AM your consciousness is the magically lost word which was made flesh in the likeness of that which you are conscious of being. Even though it may seem hard at first, in time things will get better and better. Whenever you feel out of sync, burned out and powerless, whenever you feel like there is nothing left for you to do, repeat these words to yourself and put as much feeling into them as possible:.

I choose to be patient for I know life is a journey, not a destination.