- Author: Mandira Bedi, Satyadev Barman
- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Penguin (20 January 2020)
- Language: English
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Mandira Bedi is a fitness icon. But behind the six-pack is also a snotty, complaining, can’t-get-out-of-bed-today girl who, in her own way, is still searching for true happiness. Not conditional, materialistic, transactional happiness, but just happiness. So has she cracked it yet? Mandira says ‘No’. But she genuinely believes that she’s headed in the right direction. In her own chaotic way, she seems to have discovered some kind of non-scientific, non-spiritual and as-yet-non-existent formula for finding peace in everything. Just being happy-for no reason. This book is about that.
I haven’t read a lot of memoirs so I was intrigued by this book. I went into it with zero expectations and came out with some cheeky laughter and fun facts.
Happy for no reason is the memoir of Mandira Bedi, a woman who is synonymous with fitness today. The book underlines her struggle with the odds, coming to terms with reality, and then her love for fitness. Although I am not a fan of celebrities and have never been excited about their lives, this one got me some comfort. It was happy knowing the mundane and ordinary life of a celebrity. They too are normal humans who have to deal with things on a regular basis.
Mandira stresses the concept of self-love and emphasizes the relationship one has with its self. As she says, “Loving yourself is not vanity, it’s sanity.” Her focus on personal well-being provided some key takeaways from the book. She does explain how being in limelight brings its own set of challenges and how having a supportive family helps a woman in her growth. What struck me was her brutal honesty in admitting her flaws and acknowledging the different significant incidents of her life. This made this fairly easy and ordinary book different for me.
While ‘should’ does not allow one to start something for fear of failure, ‘could’ allows one to appreciate and participate in the humanness of one’s being.
I loved the writing so yes, points to the author who penned it down. The book comprises several anecdotes and quotes which aid in putting out Mandira’s thoughts clearly. I’d recommend this book who want to start reading books. This one would both engage you and inspire you 🙂
MY RATING: 3/ 5
Buy your copy: Happy for no reason