About the book
The author’s bio also says that she has extensive experience in equipping her clients with the right tools to navigate life’s challenges and lead more fulfilling lives. You will experience this in every chapter that you read. Sanjukta has simplified the complexities that we face so beautifully that the challenges we though are insurmountable are indeed made easy to face.
The introduction begins with the blessings of social media. How social media rescued us from being emotionally isolated during the initial period of Covid and the lockdown. I actually travelled back to those days when I could not meet my friends or even my parents who were only a five minute drive away from my home. WhatsApp video calls were the thin thread of hope I and many like me hung on to sail over that period. She then also talks about the flip side of social media, instant validation and gratification. I have suffered some of these and I see the Gen Z plagued by it. Everything that is done has to be Instagram-worthy. In achieving the Instagram-worthy goal so many are losing their self-worth. Having faced emotional health issues for quite sometime I could instantly connect with the chapter on Linear Life we all Love and how healing is not a linear process but a long and an emotional roller coaster journey.
I connected with each chapter but I connected with most was the chapter When Life Gives You Lemons. During Covid when both my parents were hospitalized I had no safe space to vent out my fears without being judged. All that I was told was ‘be brave’.
Also, during Covid every time I sneezed or coughed I thought I had Covid. I got myself tested not once but four-five times. The anxiety I went through baffled my family. I on the other hand was anxious and angry because I felt no one understood me. I wish I had found this book earlier.
Sanjukta as an author is empathetic and she understands all that a human being goes through. She normalizes feeling anxious and stressed, to grieve for an ex yet she reinforces our belief that there’s no hurdle that one can’t cross; you can grieve for your ex, love them too and yet be in a fulfilling relationship with your partner.
It’s a brilliant book that’s a must read for everyone; teens, youth and the older generation. Let this be a handbook in times of distress. Let us all learn The Art Of Falling Forwards and look back with gratitude.
About the author
Author Sanjukta Khaund is an ICF-Accredited Coach and Certified Counsellor specializing in Personal Growth, Professional Development, Parenting, Life Transition and Suicide Risk Assessment and Management.
Read by Monica Mujumdar Dixit
Monica Majumdar Dixit is a lawyer by profession and an author by profession. She is an avid reader and also blogs book reviews. Her book review blog is named Chrysanthemums, Lilies and Cacti, for she believes that just like these flowers each book is beautiful in its own way and has a different fragrance