Mindful of Thoughts - Collection 1

Author's Note

We all think. Thoughts give direction to our actions and are therefore capable of enhancing our lives. On the other hand, regressive thoughts can lead us to digging our own graves. Most people, you will agree, are on an auto-pilot mode when it comes to life. They believe that they are thinking, but in real terms, they are not ‘thinking through’. This is the premise from which I began this book.

I have learnt a lot about the world and most importantly about myself while on this path. It is with great joy that I share my thoughts and feelings. I understand that each of us are different in our approach to life. The diversity spices up our lives. If only we could summate the variances and the similarities in a congenial manner…. who knows, there could be hidden gems out there for each and every one of us. Those that will make our lives better off than without them. Those that have been found out by being mindful rather than inadvertently.

This book is for those who are mavericks or those who aspire to be one. 

About the Author

Usha Menon is an architect and urban designer who is currently pursuing her career in the Middle East. Originally from India, she is an amateur artist and avid scrabble player. The cover page and illustrations are by her. Mindful of Thoughts is her first book.

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Kirkus Review

This quirky book of 20 brief essays explores various issues of modern life from a humanist perspective.

The first essay, “My Mind and Me,” introduces the volume with an inner dialogue between a chronic multitasker and a mind that longs for peaceful contemplation. Several of Menon’s thought pieces expand on similar themes, such as “Rachel - No More a Mystery,” a profile of the evolution of an empath, deeply sensitive to the world’s pain, who turns out to be the author herself. “Jouska” demonstrates the value of imagined dialogue to improve relationships and increase inner awareness. Other chapters read like short stories, such as “Scarred,” a touching, straightforward narrative written from the point of view of Salma, a young girl forced into marriage with an angry, abusive man who eventually throws acid on her, permanently disfiguring her but not destroying her courage and determination. “A Rendezvous/One-Night Stand” plays with words with childlike delight as it describes the heroine’s sensuous abandon to a tryst with her inner writer: “A farrago of thoughts it had been. Or gallimaufry. Call it a ragbag, if you will….Even the probability of probability was welcome.” 

Offers rewarding insights to those willing to wade through her often idiosyncratic presentation.