If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. ~Mary Engelbreit

 

Today I finished reading a book named “When Change Happens” by Lalit Jagtiani

The book in general is about Change management.

Change management is a process of aligning employees with the desired change in the organization. This concept is applicable not only in corporate lives but also in every other part of our life. Change is inevitable indeed.

Firstly, the book begins with the protagonist Matt who is bored with his work. The monotony is creeping up with him. He soon gets a call from his superior where he gets to know he will be part of a trained task force of 15 people who will be change agents in the organization. Their ulterior motive is to bring a change in the employees efficiency!

When I started reading this book, there was so much I could relate to it as I’m working too. Yes, change is necessary. It’s possible that you are good at you’re work or you’re lagging behind always. What’s worse is when you don’t know where you’re heading and what are you doing.

I must say that the author has done a fantastic job by linking this concept with a corporate executive kind of a character. That’s how people; old or young can relate to. They have been in his position once in their life. They can know what all happens in the organization right from appreciation to politics to promotions to back stabbing!

It’s that way I could finish this story in 2 reading sessions.

 

I’d earnestly request all of the professionals to definitely read this book as a concept like this needs to be highlighted a lot more often that it currently has.

The book embarks a journey of how most of our problems can be solved internally itself.

  • We don’t need to find reasons for low sales if we find out why our sales team is not motivated.
  • Also, we don’t need to find out why the company is not faring better against the competition if we cannot find out why the inter departments are fighting among themselves to get the best team award!
  • We don’t need to keep hiring people all the time if we can find out why are they leaving in the first place.

With a shared vision where both the employee and the organization benefit, there will only be success and growth! To change, we need to know why is it needed and what benefits can it get to the organization.

However, it’s easier said than done! There’s a lot of effort which will be needed to put in. Only changing your working style won’t help. Consistency is the key for success over the years.

In conclusion, we cannot do anything alone. We need to get through this together!

 

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Hi Readers,

I got to read this book as part of Indiblogger’s book review program. I was intrigued by the title itself. But like they say, never judge a book by it’s cover. So, here’s my review for Yashodhara Lal’s – There’s Something About You.

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Synopsis:

This book is about a girl Trishna fondly called as Trish. She’s 28, Unemployed, little overweight, single and just wants to be how she wants to be. Thus if you’re around her and trying to change her, then mister you surely are on the block list (if you know what i mean). After being unemployed, she gets a freelance job from the same company that fired her. To get back at them she writes the column in the most sarcastic way possible. Yes, the column becomes an instant hit and thus gets her a job. (Quite amazing how life can get, right?)

Here’s a gist of the characters in the book.

Trishna and her Family:

The story begins with the author giving us a gist of Trishna’s life. The who’s who in her life. Her parents, a friend, work, the city etc. Trish prefers working a lot which means she doesn’t prefer being home. For her it’s not a home sweet home kind of a thing. It’s more like a “Home sweet Hell”. She has her ever complaining mother who always has a say in anything Trish does. Her father is old, has lost major part of his memory but is the reason why Trish goes home everyday.

Friends:

This is the one section where she sucks the most. She just has one friend i.e. her neighbor Akanksha aka Akku. She is a good friend and always listens to Trish. She has a daughter Lisa fondly called as Leeez who feels her mother has no time for her.

Love:

Here’s one section which she hasn’t had any experience on. She has never believed in love and destiny. Then enters Sahil, the geeky  guy who feels he has a superpower. He can foresee something in your future if he touches your hand. (Yeah, he thinks he can do that)

Work:

There’s Nivedita and Zee who are a part of the editorial team that land Trish the freelance job. She hates both of them to the core and the feelings are mutual from the opposite side too.

What I liked:

The way the author could describe things, situations etc. Since the story is in Mumbai I could actually imagine every sequence. Yes, I could feel like almost watching everything unfold in front of me.

If you can make me imagine it so clearly then yes, you’re awesome.

The day to day problems that Trish faces often can be related to all us working professionals too. Yes we all somewhat go through a string of problems right from work issues, troubled relationships etc. I could relate to a lot of issues and thus i must say that the author has done her homework pretty well.

What i didn’t like:

I hate to write this part as I know how it feels when someone tells what they did not like in my posts. But these are my thoughts which i must share.

The only thing I did not like is the flow of the book. It wasn’t a well gripped one. I usually read a book and am done with it very soon. But this book took me a while. It lost the plot midway. The family drama and the love story somewhat just didn’t connect. I feel it had to be either one of them.

Conclusion:

All in all, I did enjoy reading this book. It had a lot of positives and some points to improve on. Every mumbaikar can relate to this book. They’d know the troubles and fortunes of staying in this city.

Hats off to the author for penning down this untypical story.

You can purchase this online on Flipkart by clicking HERE.

Find out more about the author by visiting her page HERE.

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Some lines from the book “The Fault in Our Stars” which I liked;

      When Augustus explains Hazel why he keeps an unlit cigarette in his mouth.

“It’s a metaphor, see: You put the killing thing right between your teeth, but you don’t give it the power to do its killing.”

  

 When Augustus explains Van Houten, what Hazel means to him.
“What else? She is so beautiful. You don’t get tired of looking at her. You never worry if she is smarter than you: You know she is. She is funny without ever being mean. I love her. I am so lucky to love her, Van Houten. You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world, old man, but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices. I hope she likes hers.”

      When Augustus and Hazel converse with each other.

“As he read, I feel in love the way you fall asleep: slow, and then all at once.”

“I’m a grenade and at some point I’m going to blow up and I would like to minimize the casualties, okay?”


“My thoughts are stars I can’t fathom into constellations.”
“That’s why I like you. Do you realize how rare it is to come across a hot girl who creates an adjectival version of the word pedophile? You are so busy being you that you have no idea how utterly unprecedented you are.”
“Come over here so I can examine your face with my hands and see deeper into your soul than a sighted person ever could.”
“I love you present tense.”

            When Augustus talks about pain.

     

That’s the thing about pain. It demands to be felt.”
   When hazel explains that she might end up breaking his heart,  Augustus says,

  

“Oh, I wouldn’t mind, Hazel Grace. It would be a privilege to have my heart broken by you.” 

    The last one is how they choose their words which are just too good to be true.

“You gave me a forever within the numbered days and I can’t tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity”

There are many more which I can fill in, but I feel these are enough to showcase what the book actually does to you.


For any of you who have read the book and feel I missed out on some better lines (which I’m sure I did) do not hesitate in letting me know.

 

 

 
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