Book Review – 4 Pillars of Abundant Life – Ashok Wahi



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Life is full of ups and downs and it does offer flips and flops. In this fast-moving life, it is easy to find and buy materialistic things but difficult to find happiness. Whenever a building is constructed, the base should be strong enough or else the building is expected to collapse. The pillars of the building should be efficient enough to construct and complete the building. So is the case with life which is also build on some pillars.

Today, I am reviewing a beautiful book for living a happy life. As presented in his debut book titled “4 Pillars of Abundant Life”, author Ashok Wahi had presented the 4 pillars of life or better to say “abundant” life. The author had tried to explain the building blocks of life by these 4 pillars.

About the Author

Ashok Wahi had a very successful corporate career spanning four decades. He has been a friend, philosopher, and guide to many – young and old from all spheres of life. He has a unique gift of presenting complexities of life in a very simple and personal experiences.

Need not to mention that the author belongs to the blogging fraternity and I am very happy to write review of his debut book. He is a very good blogger and I request you all to visit his blog for his literary pieces. Please check his blog, https://ashokwahi.wordpress.com/

It gives me a lot of pleasure to write review post of his debut book. Being known him for few years as a blogger, I would like to congratulate the “author” now. Many congratulations. 🙂

About the Book

As the name suggests, “4 Pillars of Abundant Life”, the book brings four pillars to live an abundant life which is presented in the four chapters. The book has a lot of examples from the author’s life and his personal experiences, making the book a blissful read. All the examples provided in the book gives a learning experience. Apart from the examples, the book is filled with many quotes which beautify the reading experience. And the best part is, the book is short, precise and to the point. The book provides an important message about the “House of Abundance” which is built on four pillars.

PC: Self

The book is simple and easy to understand. The book starts with an introductory chapter which is more than enough for the readers not to leave the book before finishing it. The introductory chapter throws some insights and at the same time puts some of the important questions in search of happiness. While reading, the book compels to pause for a moment and think on the questions raised. Taking some of the examples from the corporate world as well, the author had presented a relatable read to the readers. There is an interesting point made by the author regarding happiness vs successful. An extract from the book needs a worth mention.

It is so true that all the so-called successful people are not always happy, but every happy person is always successful! Because whatever we want to do or possess or achieve is for this feeling of happiness.

The book beautifully describes the happiness stealers and happiness enhancers in our life. Unfulfilled desires and worrying about the future are two important stealers of happiness whereas curiosity and enthusiasm are the two important enhancers of happiness.  Unnecessarily thinking and worrying about the future and that too for hypothetical reasons which spoils the present should be avoided, the author had strongly given this message in his book. One must look for the moments and things which brings happiness.

As it is said, money is not a guarantee to live a happy life, but majority of the people have that thinking of money giving a guaranteed happy life, the author had beautifully discussed this myth in the book. Life is full of ups and downs. Be it good or bad, nothing lasts forever. There is no end to pain and suffering in life, they will come but will go as well if faced properly. One should be always be happy in helping others, not only in monetary terms but emotionally, motivationally etc. Doing charity is good but “charity without publicity” is real charity, the book provides such kind of thinking.

Finding happiness in life is a difficult task. But why? It is difficult because most of us try to find it outside. Of course, it depends on external factors but majorly, happiness depends on our internal mental attitudes. The book provides an eye-opening discussion. Life is journey and being successful in life is what everyone desires. A very meaningful quote in the book is worth to mention.

Success is a ladder up that we go step-by-step. If the ladder isn’t balanced, we are sure to fall.

There should be a balance in life, as discussed in the book. The book also provides an important formula for distributing 24 hour a day into three portions. Please read the book to know the formula. To be successful in life, concentration is required, and meditation is the best way to focus or concentrate. Meditation is helpful in becoming spiritual. A fruitful discussion on meditation is provided in the book.

To conclude, author Ashok Wahi had given a gem in his debut book which is a blissful read. The book is inspirational and motivational as well.  4 Pillars of Abundant Life, please read the book and live an abundant life, which is crucial.

– Ashish Kumar

Unique Blogger Award…


Recently, one of my blogger friend POOJAG nominated me for the Unique Blogger Award. She is a versatile writer and writes in various genre like poems, quotations etc. You should visit her blog for having nice literary pieces. I would like to thank her for considering me for this award. This is also after a long time that I am posting an award post. The last time I did was in November 2015, more than one and half years. Excuse me for my absence from the award posts… 🙂

Rules 

  • Share the link to the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
  • Answer the questions.
  • In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 15 people and notify them.
  • Ask them three questions.

My answers to the questions

1.What (or who) inspired you to get into blogging?

As blogging is a good platform to share your literary pieces. I was writing and posting in my notes on facebook (where no one was reading :-P). I came to know about blogging when I was in first year of my B.Tech and hence  started to blog

2. Describe your ideal three-course meal? 

It’s difficult to describe. I prefer some spicy food which may be from veg or non veg…

3. Would you consider naming any future children after fictional characters, if so which characters?

Question postponed till marriage… 😛

I would like to nominate the following bloggers;

The questions for the nominated bloggers are same as answered by me. Feel free to accept/reject the award. Have a good day. 🙂

– Ashish Kumar

Dear me…


Dear me…
Where  are you?
No news, no post, no comments.
There is no interaction with readers.
A sudden absence from your own interest.
Makes a question mark on your interest.

Dear me…
Where are you?
Are you in your lost world?
Or you are in a break?
Agreed
Its good to have a break.
But break doesn’t mean prolonged absence.
Its good to get the things done right.
Getting detached completely is also not right.

Dear me…
I was here, I am here.
This is my world and I will be back.
Everything is fine.
Nothing to worry.
For the absence I say sorry.
I am back now.
Back with my posts.
Have lots of tasks pending.
Reading, posting comments and writing.
Catching up with all these soon.
Dear me…
Just enjoy the sunny noon.

smiley

– Ashish Kumar

Blogger Interview Tag


My friend Neha of FORGOTTENMEADOWS, nominated me for this challenge. This is the first time I am taking up the challenge. I would like to thank her for considering me for the same.  Neha is a brilliant writer whose poems will make you speechless. Her posts are beautiful and when it comes to short poems, its better to say she is the master of short poems. Do visit her blog for amazing literary pieces. 🙂

blogger interview tag

Here are the rules:

* Mention the person who tagged you.
* Answer the questions in full.
* Don’t forget to tag up to ten other bloggers at the end.

Here are the questions and their answers:

How did you get into blogging?  

I wrote my first poem which was in Hindi when I was in class IX and again a Hindi poem in class X but unfortunately I lost both of the poem which I was unable to preserve. Due to that anger I stopped writing for two years. 🙂 But there was always a voice coming from inside to write. So I started writing again when I entered college for persuading engineering and initially I wrote in notes on facebook for few months and was getting reviews there. I created my blog in February 2011 from one of my friend suggestion without knowing what a blog is. I posted my first post in April. 😦  My  Hello World post which is default is still active and have preserved it yet and will be preserved in future too. 🙂  I was not posting frequently and there have been big gaps of 6 months also but slowly and slowly I learnt what is blogging and how to use it and  I am here and just want to continue this journey as much as  I can. 🙂

What advice would you give to a blogger just starting out?

I don’t consider myself in a position to give advice to novice blogger’s as I am not a veteran. I am a novice and still in learning phase, just learning from many prominent bloggers.

What would be your dream campaign?

Spreading awareness regarding your  own inner strength which people usually fail to recognise.

Do you have a plan for your blog?

I don’t have any specific plan as of now. Just wanted to keep going and share among you all the wonderful and respected bloggers.

What do you think about rankings?

I think every literary piece is having something special in it. Writing is a creativity and every literary piece is unique and has something to offer.

Following are the nominees for this interview challenge:

All the nominees are free to accept/reject the interview tag. The above nominations are not in any particular order. Hope to have your response. Happy blogging!… 🙂

Ashish Kumar

…DAY 2 – QUOTE CHALLENGE…


One of my friend Kritika have nominated me for 3 day quote challenge. This is for the third time that I am taking up the challenge. Reading and writing quotations is very pleasant for me. I would like to thank her for the same.  She is a versatile writer with very nice creativity in her writing. Her blog title FROM THE SOUL TO THE NIB OF THE PEN justify her writings. Do visit her blog for reading beautiful pieces… 🙂

This is the second day of the challenge. Here are the rules.

  •   Post a favourite quote of yours for 3 consecutive days,  obviously  a different quote         each day from any book, any author of your choice. It could also be your own quote.
  •   Nominate 3 bloggers with each post to challenge them.
  •   Thank the person who nominated you.

I would like to share this quote of mine…

Sometimes tears comes  from the eyes even though we have not cried.                                                                                                                            -Ashish

 

My nominations for day 2 for this challenge are as follows…

Looking forward to read the great quotes from all the nominees…  🙂 Have a great day… 🙂

 – Ashish Kumar