My favorite Fiction Books|Notes And Thoughts

My favorite place in the entire planet would be a book shop. Even if I’m not buying anything, I love to roam inside each and every corner. I love the smell of new books and it’s always addicting.

As a part of my new year resolution, I’m not buying any new books this year. Because I have collected enough books last year I don’t have much space to store it. It’s always hard to throw away books. I won’t do that except donating books.

Eat Pray Love
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Among my entire book collection, there are few books that will always be so close to my heart. Because it’s my favorite, that doesn’t mean it has to be everyone’s favorite. Each and every one in this planet has their own interests and likes and I respect that.

White tiger by Aravind Adiga. I was so hesitant to read this book. When I started it, it was finished unknowingly. It was first published in 2008 and won the 40th Man Booker Prize in the same year.

And there were none by Agatha Christie. It’s a mystery novel. While reading this I felt like I was in the story. I was with the characters. I was terrified when I read the climax. It’s such a great book and considered as one of her masterpiece work.

M.T Vasudevan Nair is one of my favorite novelists. He is a prolific and versatile writer in modern Malayalam literature. Thanks to my mother who had a huge collection of his writings. Few of my favorites are Nalukettu, Asuravithu and Iruttinte Athmavu.

S.K Pottekadu(S. K. Pottekkatt, is a famous Malayalam writer from Kerala state, South India), the man who gave me the passion for traveling. I have traveled to Finland many times through his book(Paathira Sooryante Naatil). I have been to Bali many times through his book(Balidweep), it’s beautiful 🙂

PS- If I’m going to explain all of my favorite books and authors, this will be a never ending blog. So it’s better to end before getting bored.

Five must-read Inspirational books|Notes and Thoughts

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Will Power Instinct By Kelly McGonigal

There are many Inspirational books that are available in the market.I haven’t read many. I’m still in the process of finding new and good books to read in this category. Given below are the books that I felt like the best in many I read till date in the category of Self-Help. Hope you all will find it helpful 🙂

1.The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma

The monk who sold his Ferrari is the first book I read in this category when I was 18. It’s the journey of a person and the revelations in his life’s journey. It’s a like a story. But in many chapters, we can found out our picture in them. It’s written by robin Sharma. After reading this book I became a great fan of him. He is a world renowned public speaker. Out of all his book, I like this one the most

2.The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It by Kelly McGonigal

I found it in the category of the Barnes and nobles top must-read inspirational books. The book is explained in a very simple language and talks about the functioning of the brain in which even a school can understand every bit of it. Kelly McGonigal is a psychologist. She talks about all about willpower, what is willpower, what’s the importance of willpower and how we can achieve it, in a very simple language.

3.The power of now by Eckhart Tolle

I heard about this book when the youtuber Lavendaire was talking about the must read books in 2017. This book is so inspiring and talks us about the power of now. Everything that has happened in the past has passed and the things that are happening right now is the most important thing. We have to feel it, understand it. Eckhart Tolle is a spiritual teacher and a famous author.

4.The art of happiness by 14th Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler

I actually didn’t read this book. I bought it through audible. I downloaded it through some free trial offer and there were some points left. Using audible or kindle can reduce the usage of papers, in that way it’s good. But we will never get the feeling of a book. I like reading books in paper form. I used to listen to this whenever I’m on the subway. it’s a very small book. It’s written by the 14th Dalai Lama, which is the current Dalai Lama.

5.Feeling Good by David D burns

His point is very clear and crisp in the functioning of our brain and our actions. There is no pseudoscience in this book. This book is included in the list of inspirational reading because we all need to set aside our anxiety and sadness before getting inspired, right? :-). David D. Burns is an adjunct professor emeritus in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine and the author of the best-selling books Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy and The Feeling Good Handbook.

5 New Year resolutions that everyone can make

Resolutions written in a paper
Resolutions

So let’s see what are the five simple resolution ideas that everyone can make 🙂

1.Start doing something you love

 “When you start doing what you love to do, you will never work another day”. Starting a blog was one of my biggest dreams and I was thinking it for almost 7 months. I searched a lot of websites because I’m not a pro and there is a lot to learn. I started it by the end of December and I felt it like one of my biggest accomplishment 🙂

2.Traveling

 Traveling will give you a lifetime full of memories, understanding different cultures, knowing about their cuisines and lot more. This year I wanted to Travel to India. Traveling to India is not a very hard thing for me because I’m an Indian and I can travel to my country anytime I want, but there was a lot of restrictions from both the financial point of view and all those traveling hassles.It’s almost a 24-hour journey from the USA to INDIA. But finally, I did it.

3.Accomplish one thing you fear the most

 Do one thing you fear the most like bungee jumping, paragliding or simple things like getting a tattoo. Getting a nose pin was one of the hardest decision I ever made. Because while I was growing up I always wanted to look like boys and I don’t like getting my ear’s pierced or getting my nose pierced and even my father didn’t like the idea of piercing my ear and I finally pierced my ear when I was 10. I came to that decision when everybody in my school started calling me a boy, even though I secretly want to look like a boy at that age, I partially don’t like the idea of looking like boys because I had a huge crush on earrings of other girls. And the end story I got a nose pin on Jan 6, 2017. Getting a tattoo is also one thing on my wish list.

4.Reading every day

 Reading every day. It sounds easy but it’s very hard to keep up a routine. Start from 5 pages weekly and increase the pages.

5.Writing gratitude journal daily

 Just like I said in my earlier post, giving gratitude is a simple thing we can do in an everyday life. So far so good. I’m writing the gratitude journal for the past 3 months and I want to continue it. It makes me feel really good with what I have, rather than worrying about what I don’t have 🙂

7 things we can do for a quality life

1.Gratitude

Giving gratitude is a simple thing we can do on an everyday life . We are lucky if you have a roof above our head. If we are writing some thing positive it will give us a positive attitude towards life . You don’t have to buy any expensive journal for this you can even write it in a plane sheet of paper. If you want to make it a bit more fancy you will find millions of website to take printout of gratitude journal for free.

2.Reading

Reading something inspirational everyday can give us a positive way of thinking even if we are down. THE WILLPOWER INSTINCT by Kelly McGonigal is a very good book that will give you simple explanations for lot of things and how to get will power to do something.

3.Meditation and Yoga

The benefits of yoga and meditation are endless. It will give you deep relaxation both mentally and physically. A five-minute body muscle relaxation exercise will help you to have a peaceful sleep.Do both meditation and yoga daily, make it as a routine.

My favorite book for yoga  is LIGHT ON LIFE by B.K.S Iyengar, though the book is partly written for yoga teachers ,everyone can benefit from this book .

Exercise:

Exercise daily, even if it is for five or 10 minutes it will create a positive change in our brain without our knowing.

4.Minimalism

Throw away those unwanted things which we no longer needed or using.Buy only those things which we are sure we are going to use it for a longtime. It will help our mind to declutter.

5.Avoiding Junk Foods

Eat healthy for at least  3 or 4 days in a week and make it as a routine. Healthy foods definitely includes home cooked foods.

6.Planner

Planning a day ahead has shown proven benefits to declutter our brain in many ways.

7.Love yourself

The  most important thing is loving yourself, how can someone lead a positive life if you are not taking care of yourself both mentally and physically. So start loving yourself 🙂