Most people read books to gain knowledge of things they would otherwise never learn. While school textbooks impart a fair amount of knowledge, they often leave us unprepared for real life. This is where Nihit Mohan’s latest book ‘What School Doesn’t Teach You: Influential Lessons to Achieve Your Dreams’ comes in. This collection of conversations, anecdotes, and experiences of the author’s mentors and gurus, is a unique guide to life that promises to help readers perform better and address their confidence issues.
As a Senior Manager in Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore, Mohan does not come across as a traditional writer of self-help books. However, his experience of living in multiple cities and exposure to many cultures in India and abroad, have made him adaptable and experiential. He shares, “Both my roles as a hard-core financial service professional and author have been quite strenuous but extremely rewarding. And I have two great teams rooting for me—one at home and one at work. Both have helped me perform these roles appropriately and also enjoy them simultaneously.”
Having been an avid reader since childhood, the step into writing was a natural one for Mohan. He recalls reading the book ‘Built to Last’ by James Collins and Jerry Porras, which moved him greatly and made him want to write something in that genre. This was one of the catalysts for the release of ‘What School Doesn’t Teach You’, and the other was his belief that everyone has a purpose to fulfil.
“This book is a ‘Food Court’ of concepts. There are many books available for each of the topics I have discussed in the book. So for a young professional who works 12-14 hour days and feels sapped of energy, this is an ideal read. Going through multiple different books can be a monumental task and it is equally tough to implement the concepts one learns in real life. This book presents the reader with many concepts, in brief, so one can pick and choose which to use now and which later. And each of the chapters is independent of each other, so you could pick up each chapter independently to read and assimilate,” Mohan explains while speaking about his latest work.
Response to the book has been encouraging, especially from the student and young professionals community. Mohan had shared his manuscript with various industry stalwarts and was pleased that they appreciated it too. Recently deceased hero Gen. Bipin Rawat too reviewed his book and gave encouraging feedback.
Speaking with candour about his writing process, Mohan says it was strenuous for him to begin but he gained momentum slowly. He describes overcoming the initial inertia as a big task, but he enjoyed the ideation and research, much of which amounted to a midnight exploration of various ideas and landscapes. After reaching the midway point in the book, this task that had seemed impossible—of writing a book—suddenly seemed very doable. “Aware of our generation’s mindset of not being able to focus on one thing long enough, I had to speed the process of writing by putting my sleep, family, and friendship commitments at stake!” Mohan smiles. It took almost nine months to write the book, which became in the process almost like Mohan’s second child. The entire experience was a very rewarding one.
Non-fiction is his preferred genre to write, and he would take to fiction only if someone forced him. Mohan takes inspiration for his work from conversations with friends, family members, and mentors. His research is funnel based as he attempts to get to the crux of the idea or method through multiple sources including published research papers, books, anecdotes, and previously published articles and newspapers. Though his first book is all his work, he is open to exploring co-authorship for future works of non-fiction. “I am currently developing my second book and researching various topics to solidify my writing. I am reading a lot for this upcoming project,” Mohan says before signing off.
‘What School Doesn’t Teach You’ by Nihit Mohan is available online on Amazon, Flipkart, Kobo, Kindle, and other platforms. One can also buy them from two leading bookstores of Singapore—KinoKuniya and POPULAR.
The writer pens lifestyle articles for various publications and her blog www.nooranandchawla.com. She can be reached on email@example.com.
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SIDDHANT BRINGS A LUXURIOUS HARLEY DAVIDSON HOME
MUMBAI: Actor Siddhant Chaturvedi recently brought home a luxurious Harley Davidson Sportster S, making him the first person in India to have the bike.
The ‘Gehraiyaan’ actor took to his social media to share the news of the same with his fans and followers. The actor, who rose to fame with MC Sher from Gully Boy, has certainly come a long way in the matter of just 3 years, which is a rather remarkable feat.
On the work front, Siddhant is currently gearing up for Shakun Batra’s next ‘Gehraiyaan’. He also has ‘Phone Booth’, ‘Yudhra’ and ‘Kho Gaye Hum Kahan’ in the pipeline.
SONAL CHAUHAN TO PLAY LEAD IN AKKINENI NAGARJUNA’S THE GHOST
MUMBAI: Akkineni Nagarjuna’s ‘The Ghost’ is a much-anticipated film ever since its announcement. Earlier it was said that the Bollywood star, Jacqueline Fernandez was cast for the film however, the word on the block is that the talented Sonal Chauhan will be playing the lead opposite Nagarjuna instead of Jacqueline.
That’s right, Sonal Chauhan fans are in for a treat as they get to see their favourite actress on the silver screen. A source close to the film said “Makers felt Sonal Chauhan was the best fit for the lead role opposite Nagarjuna in ‘The Ghost’. They felt both the actors Sonal and Nagarjuna would make for a fine on-screen pair and that’s when they approached her. The two are definitely going to portray some great chemistry in the film.”
SALMAN TO FEATURE IN GURU RANDHAWA’S NEW SONG
MUMBAI: Superstar Salman Khan will be seen flaunting his acting skills in singer Guru Randhawa’s new song ‘Main Chala’.
Female vocals of the track have been lent by Lulia Vantur, and the female artist who will be featuring alongside Salman is Pragya Jaiswal. On Tuesday, Guru Randhawa took to Instagram and shared the update with his fans.
“Love will be in air with #MainChala! Song releasing on 22nd January. Stay Tuned,” he wrote.
He tagged Salman Khan and Pragya in the comments. Produced by Salma Khan, the romantic track will be out on January 22.
ARJUN MATHUR TO ADARSH GOURAV: HERE’S LOOKING AT THE TOP THREE OTT NEWSMAKERS
MUMBAI: The past few years have been a revelation for Indian cinema with the influx of OTT content. From handling an out-of-box idea to bringing forth a crucial issue in the limelight – our actors are going all out with their digital ventures!
While we saw some of the finest performances on the streaming platforms last year, there are a few names that define the space with their path-breaking performances, unconventional takes, and impeccable cinema sense. So, here’s rounding up the top four OTT newsmakers.
ARJUN MATHUR: You cannot have a list of the ground-breaking stars without Arjun Mathur. The international Emmy Award-nominated actor has pushed the boundaries with his non-conformist choices, like playing a gay wedding planner in Made In Heaven or shooting a show in a lockdown with The Gone Game. Now, he has Made In Heaven S2, Gone Game 2, Lord Curzon Ki Haveli, and Lionsgate Play’s next series.
PRATIK GANDHI: Pratik Gandhi became a household name with his blockbuster series, Scam 1992. The actor earned massive acclaim for his apt and flamboyant performance of Harshad Mehta. Later, he stunned the audience with his brave selections – Bhavai and Shimmy. Coming up next for the actor are Atithi Bhooto Bhava, Woh Ladki Hai Kahaan?, and Six Suspects.
ADARSH GOURAV: With his solid performance in The White Tiger, Adarsh Gourav has made it into everyone’s watchlist. The new-age actor bagged the BAFTA nomination for his performance and is all set to step into Hollywood with his next venture, Extrapolations, starring Meryl Streep.
PANDIT BIRJU MAHARAJ WAS MY GURU BUT ALSO MY FRIEND: MADHURI
NEW DELHI: Behind every successful person, there are unfailing efforts of teachers. Kathak legend Pandit Birju Maharaj played the role of that guru in actor Madhuri Dixit Nene’s life.
After learning about the demise of Pandit Birju Maharaj, Madhuri, on Monday, took to Twitter and opened up about her relationship with him. “He was a legend but had a child like innocence. He was my guru but also my friend. He taught me the intricacies of dance and Abhinay but never failed to make me laugh at his funny anecdotes,” she wrote.
“He has left behind grieving fans and students but also left a legacy we will all carry forward. Thank you Maharajji for everything you taught me in dance along with humility, elegance and grace. Koti koti pranam,” she added.
Alongside the note, Madhuri posted a throwback picture of her doing mukhdas with Pandit Birju Maharaj. For the unversed, Pandit Birju Maharaj, who breathed his last on Monday, had worked with Madhuri in films like ‘Dil Toh Pagal Hai’, ‘Devdas’ and ‘Dedh Ishqiya’.
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Mumbai: Pushpa star Allu Arjun, the talk of the town, has absolutely impressed
his fans,audiences, actors in the South and also many bigwigs in Bollywood. The
stylish star with his emphatic performance has won the hearts of many in the Hindi
speaking regions. Now, Bollywood is all praise for Pushpa Raj aka Allu Arjun and
the movie, reiterate what the stylish star has said in the film, ‘Pushpa is not flower,
it is fire’. Completely entranced by Allu Arjun’s splendid work in “Pushpa”,
and also as the Hindi version in the North belt alone grossed Rs 100 crore
in box office collections in 25 days of its run, actors and big producers
in Bollywood have taken notice, and are now speaking about the
stylish star’s ability to charm viewers.
At a time when Allu Arjun has amassed a big fan following in
Hindi-speaking regions, there are reports of Bollywood producers lining up to cast him in their next Hindi films. Also, many
Hindi actors are showing interest to act in his upcoming pan-India movies. It is also reportedly said that producers are looking
to get Hindi dubbing or remake rights of the icon star’s upcoming films as they feel he will dominate the cinema space now.
The passion Allu Arjun put into his Pushpa Raj character is
so evident that people are just captivated by him.
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