Book Reviews - Relating right
by Sharukh Vazifdar
Happy Hours; Author: Sweta Chowdhury; Published by: Macmillan Publishers; Pages: 254; Rs. 325
Interpersonal relationships is an area where many of us can do with guidance and help. We all face problems in our relationships, be it with family, friends, colleagues, or lovers. We strive to bridge these gaps and work toward a happy satisfying life, although we may not always get
there so easily. Not wanting to ask others for help, the situation is often left to deteriorate. Happy Hours addresses this need and tries to give one a wholesome perspective, broadening one's understanding.
Dr Sweta Chowdhury, a counselling psychologist, hypnotherapist, soft skills trainer and NLP
practitioner, aims to create more happiness by guiding people to a blossoming relationship.
Talking about simple things such as appreciating your life, accepting yourself and others, she
tries to allow the individual to see things from more than just their point of view. Advising
shifting from a negatively-oriented mindset to a more positive attitude, the book speaks about
seeing the larger good, serving others selflessly and sharing knowledge and workload.
Ruskin Bond's preview of the book reads, "Spread a little happiness around you, encourage
the aspirations of others, be supportive to those who need your help, and what you give of
yourself will come back to you tenfold. Keep this book on your shelf or bedside table and dip
into it from time to time. It will lift your spirits."
Asking the reader to introspect, have patience and understand, it outlines the simple rules
that can help iron out an issue between two people. Although nothing can take the place of
professional help, we can be aware of what obstacles we face and face them in a better manner.
The book has scope for improvement, and can use some sprucing up.