Author: Shailendra Singh
Publisher : Rupa Publications
Price : Rs.195
Has anyone read “7 Habits of Highly Effective People? It was a pretty good book which put me off self-help books forever .
I mean, it did spout a LOT of wisdom and all that jazz, but I could appreciate it only when my eyes were open. For the most part, I believe I snoozed my way through it.
(These opinions are mine alone and NOT mean to hurt sentiments of true-blue Stephen followers. Peace )
I saw “F?@k Knows” and another book on Blogadda and applied to review both (secretly hoping that I get the other one). Imagine my horror when I got this one instead
It was going to be tough. It didn’t help my cause that I abhor self-help guides, I hate preaching of any kind. Period.
But what must be done, must be done. After 3 days of dillydallying (while the clock ticked and my review-publish date drew closer), I finally ground my teeth to powder and sat down to finish the darn book.
After a few hours of “Hmmmmmm…..flip flip flip….*chuckle*…..he he…flip flip flip…LOL!!……*chortle*….gasp!..flip flip..Oh!…he he…” – Repeat X (number of pages)/2 , I realized one thing -
There are self-help books and then there is F?@k Knows!
Unashamedly unapologetic with a generous dose of humour. Take it or leave it!
Shailendra Singh makes no bones about his intention of penning this book. You may either take time to ponder over his pearls of wisdom or throw the book in a trash can. He doesn’t give a F?@k.
And thats why, for someone who loathes self-help books, “F?@k Knows” comes as a breath of fresh air.
The book is divided into multiple chapters, with titles ranging from “F?@k Knows Why the Word Suicide is Called ‘Khud-Khushi’ in Hindi” to “Chi F?@k Po” . The incidents mentioned in the book are all from the author’s personal experiences. Though some of them are grim, he manages to coat them with a sugary layer of wit and humor.
I personally wouldn’t recommend the book for teenagers for it has its share of hidden profanity (not that kids these days don’t know the meaning of all of them ). There are also some sections dealing with more intimate matters which are expressed rather artfully I must say.
Shailendra Singh, Joint Managing Director of Percept India and the brain behind Sunburn and Go For Gold, is a born dyslexic. In the earlier sections he mentions that he always had trouble reading and the only books he could get through were the self-help ones.
Looks like those books helped him big time, because along with dishing out wisdom, Shailendra has successfully blended his sense-of-humor and earthy common-sense in the narration. Nowhere in the book does it appear as though the author is droning on issues which have been hammered into our heads by many more before him. Though some sections have been put forward by other authors, none have been successful enough to get a laugh out of the reader like this one
“F?@k Knows” is just the right book to grab when you have a few minutes to spare, while traveling or waiting at the airport/railway station. You can read a couple of chapters while drinking a cup of tea/coffee during office breaks.
The best part is that the chapters are short and sweet and just long enough to drive the point home. They are easy to remember and quote….maybe thats why the book makes its impact .
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