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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Book Review:My Stroke Of Luck

Title: My Stroke of Luck (Soft Cover) 
Author: Vijay Santhanam
Year of publication:2013

This is a book review of My stroke of luck authored by Vijay Santhanam.I did not know what i had put my hands on before i read the first few pages.I thought it to be just another story of struggle,trial and tribulations but this was something else.More than life and beyond the normal thinking.The mans own story in his own words.The journey of forgetfulness yet a hint of remembrance. What will you do when you can see a face recognize it yet not put a name or relation to it? Leave that! What if you cannot distinguish between male and female?

Vijay had a stroke at the age of 41 which left him paralyzed on right side of the body.The simplest of the daily chores weren't possible to accomplish without assistance but that changed eventually just because of the right mix of determination,companionship and motivation.Mentioned at the very beginning is that he is not from a medical background and whatever he shared,he has experienced.Everyone have their own personal experience and you can only learn from others experience.So there is a lot of learning that we get in this book.

First and foremost the valuable lesson that the book will teach you to not to ignore your gut feelings when something is wrong with your body system.You are brave,you know you are healthy but if you get yourself checked for a persistent little problem it can avert a very big problem[here a headache was a little problem but grew to a stroke when ignored(not checked)].How the desire for something(Vijay is a fan of cricket and during his  stroke he has co-authored “If cricket is a religion,Sachin is god” and “The business of cricket:The story of sports marketing in India” with Shyam Balasubramanian)you love with all your life makes a strong inspiration to fight with the problem.Family and friends being your support system in the harsh time.The unpredictability of what will happen next and will i be able to pass the time of test creates a leap of heart inside you as you would either be grinning with joy that he passed it or will be sad knowing he has to work on it again to pass it.He had to start learning from the very basics to get to the hard things which were so normal before being affected.Now what all did he learn and how did each day progress it surely is to be read by you.

You do not know what will life offer you the very next second and so it is better to make the most in the moment you are.The most intriguing part for me was where i learned that the side of brain affected is reverse of that of the side of body.The author of course has a very practical approach and why not because he experienced a situation where he was as good as half dead.The spirit to overcome the impossible and make come true the power of will is what is reflected strongly in every page you read.

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1 comment:

Raj said...

i am pretty sure that if the writer read this, he would be touched. amazing review :)