Book review | The Mind Game by Devika Das

Author: Devika Das

Genre: Non-fiction, Self-help

No. of pages: 214

Published by: Blue Rose Publishers

Published on: 7th July 2018

Format: Paperback

My rating: ★★★☆☆

“Happiness, stress, ecstasy or depression, it’s all a mind game. As long as our mind is under our control, everything else is. That’s what The Mind Game is all about. It is not an average self-help book that preaches life-enhancing methodologies based on complex science or long philosophical verses. The book’s genius lies in its simplicity. It offers quick, actionable and instantly applicable tips that will help readers lead better lives, instantly.”

I found this book to be a simplified Psychology textbook. As a Psychology student I feel that but to novice readers it will serve as a good Self-help book. I rarely read Self-help books, Non-fiction in general, because this genre is not something I read with interest. But I certainly felt that this book can be read as a basic Self-help book, especially for people who are not into reading books.

The book is divided into 6 sections talking about different topics ranging from how to control emotions to creating a positive workplace. This helps in the simplification of the book and readers can choose to read any section they want, according to their mood and requirement.

I'll be talking about the advantages of the book now. First of all, the chapters are written in points and small paragraphs. So it's a smooth read and helps the readers to grasp the concepts better. Second, the author mentions the problems first and then goes on to explain how we can deal with them. This, again, will help the readers acknowledge the book properly. Third, the book follows the saying 'prevention is better than cure.' This means that the author very artfully writes (for every section/topic) about how we should first learn to prevent the situation and not crib about the cure. Fourth, the book is filled with simple life hacks. These hacks are really practicable in life. Like maintaining eye contact while talking to taking short deep breaths when one is angry, the author covers all.

My favourite chapter is the one on Depression. I loved how the author describes the different types of depression for people who don't even have the basic idea about depression. Another this I loved is how the author explains the Big Five Personality factors for her readers. She explains psychological concepts really effortlessly for the easy understanding of her readers.

The only thing that I didn't like about the book is that it's a bit boring. This is completely my own feeling because I'm not a fan of Self-help books because they never help me, but readers who are looking for this kind of a book in easy words and a basic Self-help book should definitely grab it. Also, I'd prefer if the author had included more real-life anecdotes as examples. The book lacked the interesting side to it.

The concepts and the theories mentioned in the book are really easy to understand. The author of the book, Devika Das, indeed wrote a book to help people understand the basics of how to control their emotions and life. The book was specifically broken down to small sentences and bullet points for better understanding and the very few examples that the author wrote about are written in a way as if it's a small story being narrated to the readers.

An eloquent writer whose words pour out naturally. That's Devika Das. Her first encounter with writing happened at the age of 13 when she explored various paths of poetry. Later, she started blogging in 2008 and stepped into novel writing in 2016.
The poem that has received great acclaim is "For Those At Kargil", a tribute to all those martyrs who have laid down their lives while serving the nation. Creative writing liberates her and is a medium to express her real Self. It's often noted that a person is not expressing himself/herself clearly when he/she talks to someone; however, writing is a medium that gives a person the liberty since there is less fear of being judged by people.
Her recent publication, an anthology contribution, talks about breaking stereotypes. Her hobbies include reading, listening to music, and theatre.

I got the book as a part of the review program in Outset 


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