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Busting Clichés Paperback – 1 Feb 2017
Paperback, 1 Feb 2017
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Who hasn't grown up with clichés?
Clichés have been around forever and everybody uses them from time to time. In fact, we learn a lot of them at English class in the form of proverbs and sayings. And that's a good thing, because a lot of clichés are power-packed with wise advice and rules to live by.
However, trouble brews when they are generalized, taken literally or misinterpreted due to popular notion. These overused statements then become limiting beliefs that negatively influence our thoughts, choices and decisions.
This book examines 20 commonly misunderstood clichés - the ones we all learned in school. Full of cartoons, popular music references and personal experiences of famous and non-famous folks, it will help you truly live life your way.
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The book has quirky doodles for each chapter, something that either represents the cliché or the misused meaning or a basic situation.
Being written in easy English, understanding the book would be no herculean task.
Listed under the self-help section, the book is an eye opener and a must read for children and teenagers in their growing years so that they can shape themselves up.
It’s a great children’s book, but the adults who have gone a good number of self-help books, might not find it helping, it’s just fun to read.
We often tend to use a phrase or quote when we want to prove a point or make an impression. But more than often we these phrases are misinterpreted or have lost the original meaning.
Mahevash Shaikh in her debut book Busting Clichés has listed twenty such commonly used and misinterpreted phrases which all of us, at some or other time of life have either heard or have used it.
I personally loved the way author has followed a format to explain each phrase; first with its real meaning followed by its misunderstood version and then a popular song which suits that phrase. Next, you find an illustration in form of stick figure sketches. Then you get author’s take on that particular phrase, followed by personal experiences shared by some well-known bloggers and personalities. Finally, a question which helps the reader analyze and think and pen down our personal experience regarding that phrase.
Mahevash has followed this particular format for all twenty phrases.
The language used is simple, a unique theme which makes Busting Clichés an interesting read.
The best part of this book is the premise of this book wherein the author has critically analysed the phrases/ proverbs or so called cliched statements that we keep hearing in our daily lives. The thought behind that analysis as said in the blurb was to see how these very statements become limiting beliefs in our lives.
The author has written in detail about twenty such phrases. They way each of them have been explained is very crisp neat. The author breaks down each cliche into intended meaning, misunderstood meaning, a takeaway from it and also shares the experience of people who have faced or overcome the limiting beliefs.
What I liked in the book were the illustrations which were very simple yet effective.
The use of quotes by well known people was a very good idea.
The experience of people have been written in a very crisp and concise manner without sounding preachy. Personally the cover has underplayed the content of the book. More cliches could have been added too.
All in all, it's one of those books that can be kept on your bed side stand to even read a random page or cliche a day to help you get inspired. I definitely recommend this book.
We form certain beliefs based on the knowledge we attain, or by what is passed down from generations. Seldom using our own discernment, we follow the "cliches" blindly. Then, even if we are required to "jump into a well" by these beliefs, we do it, without pausing to reflect if our actions make any sense! It makes most of us look like the rats who blindly follow the Pied Piper and plunge to their death!
Here are a couple of cliches I would like to share.
The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
Intended meaning: People are a lot like their parents, in terms of habits, personality and appearance.
Misunderstood version: The capabilities of a person are predetermined by their genes. As in, what you can and cannot do, depends on your parents' accomplishments and failures.
We often hear about people expecting certain things from their offspring just because they are their flesh and blood. If the father is a doctor/engineer, then it is expected from the child to follow in his footsteps, regardless of the fact that he/she may have interests/capabilities different from the father. How many lives get ruined because of this line of thinking! Rarely is it taken into consideration that each individual has his own unique personality. Their freedom to choose their destiny is snatched from them at an early age and so often we read about the outcome of all the pressure the child has to go through. Sad, isn't it?
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.
Intended meaning: Physical force will hurt me, but your insults will not.
Misunderstood version: This one is a classic example of misunderstanding as we take it to mean that harsh words don't hurt.
We all know how powerful words are. A few good words can make one's life, but a few mean ones can ruin one's self-esteem for life! How often, before speaking our mind, do we pause to ponder how our words could affect someone? Rarely. But, when others hurt us with their poisonous barbs, we hold them responsible for hurting our feelings.
We all are a work in progress. There is really no harm in accepting our flaws and working on them. It will only help us become better versions of ourselves. This book helps us do just that - better ourselves and set things right - for us!
Quibbles: Frankly, I did not find a single point worth criticising in this book. It's a short book with 20 chapters. I finished it in two days, but the amount of knowledge I gained from it, it's going to last me a long time. Does it sound like I am exaggerating? Well. I am not. The book makes you realise how you need to work on yourself and change certain beliefs - some that may be holding you back from realising your goals.
Rating: I give the book 5 stars. No, it is not a sponsored post. Read the book and see for yourself.
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