Review: F?@k Knows by Shailendra Singh

March 11, 2013

F? @ K KnowsTitle: F?@k Knows
Author: Shailendra Singh
Publisher: Rupa Publication
Publication Date: 7 January, 2013
Genre: Self-Help
Rating: 4/5 stars 
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What do you want from life? Are you on the right track? Are you truly happy? If your answer to these questions is F?@k knows!, then this book is for you. Find the answers to lifes most important questions with the help of uber-successful entrepreneur, Shailendra Singh, co-founder of Percept and inceptor of Sunburn.

Told with sparkling, flavourful and in-your-face humour, this book will advise you on how to:

Find yourself (Because youre probably lost. Admit it.)

Follow your heart (Because if you dont then youll die unhappy, you stupid f?@ker.)

Achieve your goals (You know you want to.)

Live life like you give a f?@k (Becausewhy not?)

Candid and thoughtful, F?@k Knows will show you how to really live life on your own terms, to do what you want to do and not what you have to do just because your father said so!
Some people would tell you that if you don't stand for swearing, then dont read this book. I'm telling you different. Even if you cant, just ignore it, go ahead and read it. But if you just cannot tolerate it, then go give the book to someone who does swear and ask them to block out all the swear words. Then read it.

How many people do you know who have fame, wealth, money, family plus rub shoulders with the who's whos of almost every field in India, and still question themselves if they really are happy? Well, Shailendra did. And when he found the answer to be 'no', he followed his heart in pursuit of his happiness. Lucky us, he has seen fit to share his wisdom in this book.

This is not a book that you should read at a stretch (like I did). Read it chapter by chapter, savour it, bit by bit. Like cheesecake ( ;) those of you who read the book, will get that analogy). Go pick it up from your shelf, read any random chapter, implement it, then come back and read another. That's the way to go about it.

Want to know what the reading experience was like? Shailendra's father, the late Mr. Magal Singh, said it perfectly - "He gives me wisdom in a manner which will make me laugh, but with a full understanding of the meaning of what he is saying.' Perfect description. Parents really do know their kids.

That brings me to the main subject of this book - Just listen to your heart, and tell your brain to shut the hell up! The author's suggestions on how to go about this are so much fun! Making bucket lists, writing letters to yourself, and practicing Tai Chi are a notable few. I found the 'Chi F?@k Po!' method especially hilarious because, in Tamil, "Chi Po!" literally means, "Ugh! Get lost!" & that fits perfectly with the sentiment behind the exercise.

The author is very insistent about two things throughout the book - follow your heart, and MAKE A BUCKET LIST (I have mine, if you notice). I found it almost eerily coincidental that he kept talking about fashion designers (yeah, you guessed it. I wanted to be one). And the fact that he writes EXACTLY like my sorta-Yoda friend, Aaliya, talks (swear words and all) didn't really help.

F?@k Knows is defnitely PG 18. It makes for a VERY uncomfortable read when you're sitting next to your busmate, and have a reputation of being a no-swearing girl. Which is probably why the author suggests the loo as a recommended venue for reading. But, I have to admit, some good old swearing does help to release all that pent up tension (though I still don't swear).

This book would be a big help to youngsters who are just stepping out into the world. So do a good deed. Take a marker, black out all the swear words, and two other chapters as well (!), and then go hand it it your younger cousin/sibling (preferably 15+). It'll do them a world of good.

F?@k Knows is a hilarious, crisp, no-nonsense (and sometimes gross) book with a voice that does not lecture, and hits the bulls-eye on every page. Read it. It's worth the f-bombs and other assorted expletives.

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P.S.: I couldnt find the book on Goodreads, hence the absence of the usual link.