brain do exercise. And as you know how important exercise is, right? That is why it said, “reading is to mind what exercise is to the body”. Recently, I got to know about a book named Live Your Dreams: Be You by Neeti Nigam Keswani, via FaceBook. I found the title interesting and decided to read it. I have enjoyed reading it thoroughly and here I present my personal and unbiased views and reviews for the same.
Book Plot:Let me start with a disclaimer for this book “Live Your Dreams” that though I will try my best to avoid as many spoilers as many possible while talking about the plot and providing my views and reviews for various aspects of the book, it is quite possible to have some of them. The book “Live Your Dreams” tells a story in a simple and linear manner. It is about a young girl who has completed her study and like any other aspiring middle-class child who envisioned his/her better future doing a job. With the aspiration to achieve a better lifestyle for herself and her loved ones, she is working hard to deliver the best she can. It is the beauty of growing up in a middle-class environment that you understand the importance of each and every resource and you, by nature, are unable to waste them, when you’d seen your parents working hard to earn the smaller things. Besides, you can check out the Top 11 books to read if you feel so. Her parents are considering that it is the right time for her marriage, so the proposals are forwarded to her in an almost regular manner. Though being educated parents themselves, neither her father nor her mother forced her to get married in hustle and bustle. She is performing well in her job and she eventually conquers the milestones of success, one after the another. She had a possession, her green diary. And, she has a hobby. She loves to draw lines to turn them into a good dress. The sense of fashion is natural to her and her imagination is remarkable as mentioned in “Live your dreams”. Whenever there is an annual day in the office or an event at a friend’s place, she was the one who decides the theme and provides dress designs. No, she is not feeling any conflict between her job and her hobby. She enjoys doing her job and her work was bringing some remarkable results for the company. That’s how the book “Live your dreams” was going. She had support in the form of the family, she got support from the office also, she has a friend named Priya, her sister is more than a friend to her, one of her superior admires her work and is almost like a brother to her and she is in love with a genuine, humble, talented and equally hardworking fellow. So, life is all fine for her. Is she missing anything? Will she get married to her soulmate? Will there be any complications? Why the book name suggests “live your dream” – is there a void anywhere for the female protagonist? Well, you need to read the book to know more.
Views and Reviews about “Live your dreams”:Frankly speaking, I’ve picked this book “Live your dreams” without much expectations from the same. The reading experience, on the contrary, was really amazing. It is a story that goes in a linear manner. Of course, it has ups and downs, but it is a smooth ride.
After a long time, I came to read a story that is set up in modern times and having characters that are modern, and yet it shows the real middle-class family. We mostly see that the rich families in the book and some imaginative backdrops and things, which are good at the fantasy level, but we are unable to connect with it. At the same time, we often see typical melodrama when it
comes to the story set up in a middle-class environment. The book “live your dreams” has realistic characters. Their dreams and aspirations, their way of living, their morals and ethics, their consideration for family values, their support to each other, and the success they achieve (which they deserve, not accidental) are explored pretty well.If you get to know about the author’s life, you may come to the conclusion that this is her biography or something inspired by it. Well, the author herself makes it clear that the book is a work of fiction and is not her life story. Of course, some of the incidents could have been inspired by what she had experienced, heard, read about, and imagined of course. The author’s idea about gender equality and women’s empowerment is very right. We see that many authors, makers of films and tv serials, etc. represent the wrong concept for these attributes in their work. Using abusive language, cuss words, talking about adultery at a length have nothing to do with these attributes, but we see it is represented through them. Neeti, in this book “Live your dreams”, has avoided using any such things in the book, and the writing doesn’t include a single sentence which you can consider in the “adult-only” zone. This is a big achievement. Maybe a set of books included “live your dreams” that might help people reach out their spiritual help could be helpful. Check the ” 11 Spiritual Books Which Will Help You On Your Spiritual Journey ” here…!!!
Neeti is good at writing about real emotions, for example:
Although, I may have grown up somewhere in their heart I am still their little girl and they want to be sure I am doing all right.Yes, for all the parents, their children will always remain so. Their way of loving and caring will never let the children grown in the parent’s mind. And, that is the beauty of the parent-child relationship. At a certain age, especially when people get older and lose their parents, they feel a void. So, as the author says in the book, we must understand the importance of family in a sooner-the-better manner. This is another important message conveyed through this book “Live your dreams”. You may relate with this book, Night Train To Lisbon, that also speaks about dreams and journey.
Sometimes, we just tend to take our families for granted forgetting that these little moments spent with them will be the ones which we cherish for life.Neeti talks and points out about love in “Live your dreams” in simple words which makes an impact:
It seems time passes so much faster when I am with him. … When our conversation starts, moments turn into hours without any of us noticing.I like the following lines about the relationships and family:
And then my thoughts go on Priya and Randeep. I am so blessed to have such friends… I could open up with them without the judgements. I could just be myself. — — — — — — Randeep is just the cool brother I never really had but I still have in him… a gem of friend.There are some philosophical and motivational lines in the book like:
As they say, it is easy to fight but very hard to make anyone understand your point of view. — — — — — — With increasing responsibility comes increasing accountability and that means growth and feeling of satisfaction. — — — — — — You know, words can kill like scalpel or heal like medicine. — — — — — — Go with the flow. Do not fight the current. Because if you try to fight the current, chances are you might exhaust yourself and drown. So, my simple advice is, go with the flow And believe you are well protected. — — — — — — Identity and striving for a goal both are important. But never at your own cost. Never let the little voice in you fade away. Listen to it often and take its advice. — — — — — — Set your priorities right and then live from the values set out. And don’t do something because he wants or she wants or what will they think. Do what you want. — — — — — — It feels good to be supported. But first we have to learn to support our feelings and values. So today I decide I am going to take the step.So, as you can see, the book- “live your dreams” is good in terms of literary qualities also.
The characters grow gradually and remain as they are. There is no unwanted melodrama. There are various points in this book “live your dreams” where the author could have infused it, but she decided not to. The way the bond of love is explored in the book is really remarkable. The characters support each other and that is what the friends and family are for, to support and to be supported. ” Live your dreams” conveys the message of positivity. And, as we see so many negative things are happening around, a moderatedose of positivity is required. If you want to summarize the message of the book it could be:
Enjoy the life as it goes. Enjoy the stopover that may come in future. Stop being unhappy about where you are and where you want to be. It is the interim time that the journey is all about… make it fun,make it exciting. Your adventures, your paths are what will make your destination worthwhile. Never ever forget to Live your dreams.