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Name: Wise Enough to be Foolish by Gauri Jayaram
Genre: Fiction (based on true story) Language: English Pages: 205
Published: 2013 [JAICO Publishing House]
My Rating: ★★★★
Started: 11h Aug, 2013 Completed: 19th Aug, 2013
Total Reading Hour: 30-40 Hrs
…Truly Wise Enough…Engrossing…
Excerpt from Book:
Wise Enough to be Foolish is a fictionalized memoir that traces the journey of an Indian girl’s life, with all its challenges and delightful surprises, as she blossoms from an insecure child into a confident young woman. This roller-coaster ride of adventure, laughter and heartache, as she balances her love life with her struggle for independence, will keep you guessing – What rules will she break next? How far will she go to find herself?
Book’s starting is unusual. It starts with birth of protagonist of this novel – Gauri (Protagonist and author’s name is same and so looks like this book is based on author’s own life?….No Idea). You might be thinking, Lots of fiction novel starts with protagonist’s birth, what so unusual about it? … Yah… Right but not with full of Negativity.. And when I read some more chapters, I started feeling that protagonist is captive in her own negativity. She thinks – she is weak, pathetic, most not-so-favorite and no-one loves her in this world. As someone said, “You cannot love character (or rather say enjoy character/book), if you are judgmental“, and so I decided to stop being judgmental for a while. Then I started understanding her situation, her thoughts, her attitude towards life and different persons. Author depicted life of Gauri through various phases from baby girl to teenage girl to college girl to working woman amazingly. At every point of time, she gets someone in her life – male friends and female friends, mature friends and immature friends, short-time boyfriend and long-term boyfriend, polygamist and monogamist, one-night stand lover(lover?) and true lover – but she learned a lot by mistakes. She fell many times and so she rose many times. There are so many characters in book. Every new chapter adds new character (and sometime many characters). It always difficult to manage so many characters in single book, reader might lost in crowd of characters but author managed it very beautifully and made story more readable and entertainer.
Some good lines from book:
- Sometimes, when you realise that the demons are in your head, and that reality is not so bad, you cry out of relief.
- Listen, girl, you need to learn to rely on yourself. Don’t trust everyone in life.
- Maybe it is trust and not love that is the foundation of every positive relationship.
- to know where you are going, you have to first know where you come from
- it was always an advantage to have a bit of evil in you.
- when no one knows what to say, and there is a moment of silence, the angels are passing and everyone should stay quiet.
- Life is an individual event, and only you count….Sometimes you win, and sometimes you lose.
- there is direct correlation between what you sow and what you reap, when it comes to investing emotions in human relationship.
- When you are young, love is like a firecracker – dazzling, bright and electric. When you are older, it’s like a candle, It gives light and warmth and lasts much longer.
- In life, you will never get everything. The perfect marriage and the perfect spouse don’t exist.
- when you are gambling on the table of Vegas, the way you behave when you have little at stake is very different from how you behave when you have a lot at stake.
- ..I figured that respect did not come from drinking or not drinking in front of elders, It was reflected in how I behaved after I had downed that drink…
This novel is not just a story about Gauri’s life but author indirectly raised so many questions on our social system as well. Why Indian society is so obsessed with baby boy? Why Indian society is so stubborn about inter-cast marriage or love marriage? Why society still expects higher degree girl to become a full-time housewife?
Amazing novel. Grab it and read it.
Note: I received a copy of book from Marina Fernandes [JAICO Publishing House] and I am very much thankful to her to share such an amazing novel.
[Source: Official FB Page] Mother of two girls, amateur athlete, part-time writer, management school drop-out, traveller, entrepreneur, in full-time employment with the world’s largest escorted touring company and woman behind The Active Holiday Company, Gauri Jayaram is a little bit of many things and still not satisfied! She frequently combines her love for long distance running with rock music.
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A man who is aware cannot move in the past, because it is no more. A man who is aware cannot move in the future, because it is not yet. A man who is aware lives in the present, herenow. Here is his only space, and now is his only time. And because he is only herenow, time as such disappears. Eternity is born, timelessness is born.
– Osho (mySamasati)