Title : It Doesn’t Hurt to be Nice
Author : Amisha Sethi
Pages : 144
Publisher : Srishti Publishers
Genre : Fiction
Cover : 3.5/5
Plot/Story : 3/5
Characterization : 3/5
Writing Style & Narration : 3.5/5
Presentation : 3/5
Overall : 3.5/5
Kiara is a dynamic, thirty-something girl who has reached great heights professionally, and is the apple of the eye for almost everyone who knows her. But she never took any short cuts to become happier, wiser, healthier and more compassionate. She had to find rays of hope where the dark tunnel seemed unending, and identify shade in life’s burning path. She found little pearls of wisdom in chasing her dreams, in spreading laughter, in learning from scriptures and philosophers, and even at one point in almost ending her life. More than Kiara’s story and the wisdom she achieves through the various dramatic and hilarious experiences, this book is a motion picture with you in the lead role. You as the ‘hero’ who can beat the most stubborn of villains — most of which lie deep within us…our fear, unkindness, selfish interests, negative thoughts and jealousy. You as the ‘heroine’ who is sharp and witty in talking, selfless and caring in love, and charming and beautiful inside out, like none other (perhaps a 2.0 version of you). Walk with Kiara to find a better you, because It Doesn’t Hurt to be Nice.
For a debutant author to write about philosophy and learning of life at such a young age, seems to be awkward but you can only believe in the content of the book by giving it a try. ‘It doesn’t hurt to be nice’ by Amisha Sethi is a genuine try to write up on a topic that is pretty of track for the audience those were potential readers of the book.
The book talks about Kiara’s life and her encounter with different scenarios that generally get faced by everyone on different stages of life and are having very simple logics behind them that shapes our future. Author has beautifully described those small events of the protagonist’s life and had explained the way it shaped her life. The overall concept of the book is the title of the novel itself, that is, it doesn’t hurt to be nice.
The book is philosophical, so don’t expect a quirky highs and lows in the storyline. It generally speaks of life and their importance. Author has used various teaching of Gita and Vedas to emphasis her point and the overall flow of the book is pretty good and is having the tendency to leave you with thoughts of changing or living your life in a better way.
The negative about the book is that there was nothing new to learn out of it. You already know all the things that are written in the book and if you are not in reading philosophy, this book could be a kind of moral science study for you.
Overall, the book was a speedy read for me and had vibes of positivity in it and hence I loved my experience with the book.