How to get Lucky – Easy & breezy

Author: Ashwin Sanghi
Language: English
Length: 160 pages
Publisher: Westland

Yet another self help book

Once my daughter was cleaning up the book shelf and decided to sort out the books topic wise. She managed to find a whole shelf i.e. 1/3 of our books only on self help. Obviously the first book didn’t help, nor did the second, nor did even the entire collection else, why would I have bought yet another self-help book?
Simply because it was written by Ashwin Sanghi.

Anyone who has read anything by Ashwin Sanghi will admit that he has an engaging style and his books make a good read.

His latest offering “13 Steps to Bloody Good Luck”  is his first foray into non-fiction.

I was shopping at Westside when this book caught my eye while at the check-out counter. Since it was just Rs.100, I picked it up but later found that the same edition is available from Flipkart for Rs.75 and even cheaper Rs.60 as an e-book.

Yet despite the fact that didn’t get a discount, I have no regrets, for this book is definitely worth every penny spent on it.

The Book

Starting out with the dedication to his father, it is apparent that Ashwin Sanghi is indeed a lucky fellow – simply because he has the good fortune to being born to his parents, parents who allowed him to follow his dream . Indeed, very few  parents  permit their children to follow their dreams especially when their dreams are different. So the first step to being lucky is to be at the right place at the right time.
Ashwin has identified 13 steps to become lucky….. because as he says, 

After completing my first novel The Rozabal Line I was in the process of making submissions to literary agents and publishers. After sending over a hundred letters, I was sorely disappointed when polite and not-so-polite rejections arrived. a year later, it was evident to me that no one was really interested in my work.

I described my situation to a close family friend who was having diner with my father. Taking a generous gulp of his third peg of Johnnie Walker Black Label,  the gregarious Punjabi gentleman responded, “In life, ninety-nine per cent is about good luck! Just remember that son.’
In a slightly argumentative tone I asked, ‘But uncle, what about the balance one per cent? Surely that must be hard work or talent?’
Laughing loudlyh, he declared triumphantly,’The final one per cent? that’s called bloody good luck, my boy! Simply keep at it and wait for your bloody good luck to kick in.’ 

However, with a series of anecdotes and quotations from the lives of various successful people and inspirational and motivational writers, Sanghi shows how one can actually cultivate the luck required and not just wait around for it to kick in.

Unlike most people, Sanghi believes that 13 is a lucky number and identifies 13 steps to become lucky. Most of these are already familiar to all of us but it is nice to be reminded of them every once in a while.

People who are lucky are those who have the right attitude  and approach to events and opportunities that come their way. Essentially it is up to the individual to reap the benefits of what life has to offer and become lucky argues Sanghi in a lucid and entertaining manner. Indeed once while reading the book my bai was amazed to see me laugh at what she thought was nothing till she realised that I was enjoying the book.

The verdict

This book is worth a read and will definitely leave you feeling happy and inspired, ready to charm Lady Luck herself!

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Author: Unishta

A granny who always sees the humour in life and tries to do things differently. When others make cupcakes, this granny makes banana fritters. When she’s not busy chasing her grandchildren who love making her run around, she indulges in her passions of reading, writing, meeting friends and watching movies. And somewhere between all this she enjoys travelling and cooking!

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