Kiara is a dynamic, thirty-something girl who has reached great heights professionally, and is the apple of the eye for almost everyone who knows her. But she never took any short cuts to become happier, wiser, healthier and more compassionate. She had to find rays of hope where the dark tunnel seemed unending, and identify shade in life's burning path. She found little pearls of wisdom in chasing her dreams, in spreading laughter, in learning from scriptures and philosophers, and even at one point in almost ending her life. More than Kiara's story and the wisdom she achieves through the various dramatic and hilarious experiences, this book is a motion picture with you in the lead role. You as the 'hero' who can beat the most stubborn of villains — most of which lie deep within us…our fear, unkindness, selfish interests, negative thoughts and jealousy. You as the 'heroine' who is sharp and witty in talking, selfless and caring in love, and charming and beautiful inside out, like none other (perhaps a 2.0 version of you). Walk with Kiara to find a better you, because It Doesn't Hurt to be Nice.
By writing It Doesn't Hurt to be Nice, author Amisha Sethi has served her purpose in life. She truly captures the essence of human nature and what we need to basically keep going on. She has done her part by sharing the same with readers. Intentionally or unintentionally, that's exactly what the book is about. It's about finding your purpose in life and striving to be better each day than you were yesterday, which basically sums up my own belief as well, so that's a plus point.
I wouldn't say that It Doesn't Hurt to be Nice is a philosophical discourse that is highly enlightening, but I can say with confidence that it helped me understand better what I already know and wish to practice as well. The book comprises of a collection of incidents from the life of the main character Kiara that end up teaching both her and the reader a lesson. A healthy dose of quotes from ancient Indian scriptures sheds light on rich and valuable teachings, which is perfectly balanced with the amusing and easy to relate to incidents from Kiara's life.
While I did have my apprehensions about reading It Doesn't Hurt to be Nice, especially since I thought I would need to roll my eyes every two pages since I'm not into a hundred percent positivism through and through, the book ended up being very nice and was somehow fun to read. I do wish that it were more concrete, in the sense that it would concentrate on one aspect at a time. At the same time, however, I see how that would have ended up being way too long as a book.
Overall, I do agree with the title of the book: it really doesn't hurt to be nice, but I do believe that being nice ends up hurting you. Anyway, all that aside, the book is definitely worth a try as it is a quick read through which you can learn something or the other.
*A copy of It Doesn't Hurt To Be Nice by Amisha Sethi was provided by Srishti Publishers and Distributors in exchange for an honest review. We thank them for the book.