Book review: A handy map that makes navigating through life easy

  • IANS, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 23, 2016 18:08 IST
Love is Always Right and Other Musings is Vinita Dawra Nangia’s second anthology drawn out of her long-running ‘O-zone’ column. (

Title: Love is Always Right and Other Musings

Author: Vinita Dawra Nangia

Publisher: The Times Group Books

Pages: 248

Price: Rs. 299

Urban life comes with its own hiccups and road blocks. While some may have their own roadmap to deal with them, several find the ordeal daunting. Even the better equipped may sometimes need to seek directions, or course corrections.

There is no shortage of advice. For it is not only philosophers, psychologists, and spiritual leaders, but management experts, soldiers, economists, sportspersons, actors and others who have also chipped in to probe various facets of the human condition and to present a range of solutions. These, however, may not always be applicable, feasible or effective.

Sometimes it is the more simple, the uncommon ‘common’ sense and sometimes counter-intuitive advice, presented almost informally, that proves to be the best. And this is what author, journalist, and columnist Vinita Dawra Nangia offers in her latest book.

Vinita Dawra Nangia is a columnist, author, editor and a motivational speaker. (Twitter)

In this second anthology drawn out of her long-running ‘O-zone’ column in Times Life, the Times of India’s Sunday supplement, she offers a refreshingly uncomplicated take on issues of life, love and livelihood, and personal and professional growth.

In one of the sections of the book, Nangia asks how often we find ourselves looking at things through a camera. She writes, “So happy are you with the present moment that you believe it isn’t enough to just lose yourself in the happiness. You need to do more. You need to freeze capture the moment for posterity.”

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Pointing at the problem, she says, “In an attempt to capture present moments for the future, you forget the right-now time”. Although seemingly obvious, we never feel it at the moment, and then inexplicably feel sad over the too-transient nature of our pleasures.

It is not just lessons that are imparted in the book. It is about a lot more — but all of it needs to be perused first hand and be deliberated upon. For this is not an infallible guide but more of a manual to identify your everyday-life issues and deal with them — on your own. This is what makes it a valuable read.

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