Life Is What You Make It -- Preeti Shenoy

Genre: Fiction, romance
ISBN 9789380349305
No of pages: 209
Publisher: Srishti Publishers & Distributors (2011)
Price: Rs. 65 ( on

Blurb says: Ankita Sharma has the world at her feet. She is young, good looking, smart and has tonnes of friends and boys swooning over her. College life is what every youngster dreams of and she also manages to get into a premier management school for her MBA . Six months later, she is a patient in a mental hospital. How did Ankita get here? What were the events that led to this? Will she ever get back her life again?

Excerpt: "How many guys will you trap with your wily charms, you stupid little tramp?" My mother almost spat out. Her words cut deep, scooping out my deepest feelings of apprehension and exposing it threadbare.

Aishwarya speaks: "Life is what you make it", first I saw this book on flipkart when i searched for some other novels for my project. As the title says, life is what you make it. It is an inspiring story in which how a girl ascends back to her success ladder. Ankita Sharma, stabbed by her own fate, sinks deep to the sea of troubles. Later she becomes a psychic person and is torn into pieces. Her determination brings her back to life. The author succeeds in imprinting Ankita's emotions and feelings in reader's mind. 
Ankita's feeling of love swings back and forth and in between Abhi, her boyfriend commits suicide due to her negligence. This incident later has a profound influence on her actions. This is a story of a girl who fights with her own life and makes it her own. Story plot is basically set across in two cities Bombay and Cochin. Preeti Shenoy has captured the nuances of late 80's and early 90's. The book starts with a poem of W.E Henley and it also contains a beautiful poem written by the protagonist during the initial phase of depression.  The language is simple and  I would recommend this book especially for its vividness except some monotonous descriptions. The author is intended to pass a message even through its title: Life is What you make it.

My Rating: 4/5

Price: Rs. 100


  1. okay,here's something i need to read right away. i know i am going to love it, and perhaps relate to it in some ways. great review,aishwarya. :)

  2. nice review :)
    am gonna buy this one now :)

  3. I don't know why,I don't like Indian Authors(the same old filmy story makes me go mad). But your review does make me want to read it ,nice job Aish :D

  4. @swarnali: i too have the same trouble. For me, Chetan bhagat, arundathi roy etc are exceptional.

  5. Chetan Bhagat is unbearable nowadays. no offence

  6. I liked Preeti's first book .. This one looks decent read .. will try !

  7. @FL_I can't agree more on that one!! I despise Chetan Bhagat.
    @Aish_Well Arundhati Roy,Salman Rushdie,Jhumpa Lahiri,Amitav Ghosh and their likes are few people who cannot be counted amongst the Indian population which just authors books... they are beyond such categorization...they are simply brilliant.


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