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Unfinished: A Memoir-Priyanka Chopra Jonas

Book review, recommendation and notes : BIG MAGIC by Elizabeth Gilbert
The old adage goes, "It takes a village to raise a child." The concept of a family, or at least the guiding principles for raising children, is broadly understood in India. The emotional and psychological development of a child, and especially a girl child, is a consequence of various underrated elements, which the child's immediate and extended family are responsible for. Upbringing is not limited to the basic needs it rights for, and it is not just the birth giving parents who hold the meaning of healthy upbringing. This book discusses the importance of empowering young girls so that they might go on to make the world a better place.

What is this book about in 4 sentences:

  • Parental responsibilities and how to raise happy, healthy children.

  • Guidelines for instilling a sense of individuality in a young child

  • A girl's rights to an education and economic autonomy are urgent needs in the modern society.

  • The road to success is long and arduous; it requires faith in one's own abilities; a great deal of discipline in staying in the here and now; and, most importantly, a supportive set of parents who can be relied on in both good times and bad.

Who should and should not read the book:

  • Find all the resources you need to get your project the attention it deserves in this handy yellow book.

  • For those with an insatiable appetite for masala-style Hollywood and Bollywood scoops.

  • Anyone who would be too nosy to learn about Priyanka and Nick's private life together.

  • If you have an irrational dislike for Priyanka or preconceived notions about her, you might want to reconsider. But if you want to know what it takes to be Priyanka Chopra, you really should read it.

A brief thought what the book is all about.

How the book changed my life:

My outlook on life has shifted now that I'm a self-employed artist and photographer, and I hope to continue developing and expanding my horizons as I get older. Maturity is the sum of our abilities, age, time spent gaining experiences, and the places destiny takes us and how we respond to them. Priyanka's family background doesn't equip her well for the competitive and biassed Hindi film industry. She is a model of how to achieve success despite humble beginnings. Her guiding ideals can serve as a model for anybody, but especially for young girls who aspire to a life of their own design, free from the obstacles society has traditionally placed in their path. Being an artist in any field and building a successful career from beginning is not easy, so I can understand how she feels. The truth here is that everyone has to wade through streams they either enjoy or despise; I, for one, have had my fair share of successful and unsuccessful endeavors. Some people came into my life to help me aim higher, while others dropped me into the depths of despair quite by mistake. It didn't hurt that I grew up with a set of progressives who always had my back. She has arrived at a pinnacle and hopes to scale even greater heights; I, too, feel like my adventure has just begun. In today's world of uttermost uncertainty, being a good human is the least we can do, and I genuinely hope to soak up some of her work ethic.

Conclusion | Lesson Learnt:

It's official: Priyanka isn't going anywhere. All she has is her own strength of will and drive, and she has used them to get herself to this point. Although I have never met her, I feel a strong kinship to her experience.

I don't want to toot my own horn, but this is one book I plan to keep handy as a constant reminder that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to. Taking a position for what you believe in and what your cause is is crucial. Having a path that is less trodden is wonderful, and so is going through a difficult time.

Taking a nontraditional route will result in the outcomes you desire.

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This is the first installment in a new series in which I will attempt to read and understand a book. I'm also making an effort to get more introspective in my podcast, and I hope you find it as helpful as I have. I hope to be able to produce many more of them in the future. Carry on reading!


I, Shovona Karmakar, work in advertising as both a photographer and a computer-generated imagery (CGI) artist. Location: Mumbai. This online journal serves as a window into my worldview and interests, and I hope that you will find something of interest here. My life is consumed by the desire to learn more, so if I'm not doing my homework, you can probably find me at a garden center or a bookstore.


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