Authors: Vikas Trivedi & Smita Agarwal
The book “The Hidden Spark” can be described by its readers as a motivational read, a treasure trove of inspiration, a self-help book and so much more. But for me, this came out as an exceptional self-development book, in which the readers can actively take part in dealing with life’s struggles and challenges. The words Self- help and Self-development certainly have different connotations otherwise too, but let us talk about it in relation to books. Whereas the first one is only a passive account in which the authors just share tips and other aspects of self-help from their experiences; in the latter one, the readers are also actively involved in finding their calling, and discovering themselves in the process. In short, involved in finding their hidden spark!
The author Vikas Trivedi is a teacher of English and Psychology, and conducts various self-help workshops based on the law of attraction. The co-author Smita Agarwal is a professional Pranic healer. This book is the result of knowledge derived from those workshops, and also contains the thoughts of some mentors of the authors. A first look at the book and one realises the mind-boggling sessions all of them would have had in writing this commendable work. One thing that I liked the most about this book was the names of the chapters. The various concepts like The Law of attraction, Switch words, Imaginiotic therapy, The law of Echo and Reverse Psychology are also well explained. Life journeys in brief of J.K. Rowling, Katy Perry, Thomas Edison and Bill Gates are also described. There is also a section in the book that pertains to questions normally asked by the participants in the workshops, and well-thought, explorative and expert answers. The book contains anecdotes from the author’s coaching work, and also the experiences of the people who benefited from it. However, such a large number of accounts from the people were not needed, which seems like a hurdle in the book and also decreases its lucidity.
The book, being a practical guide, also carries some exercises to be carried out by the reader, which is a stimulating exercise and keeps one engrossed. The writing is easygoing, welcoming and accessible. The editing could have been tighter, and some parts of the book have language and grammatical errors. However, the book flows well, presenting a readable narrative that effectively weaves together authoritative insight and self-help guidance. The authors take an approach of mixing memoir, analysis and argument. The book’s most powerful moments involve the parts of the authors’ anecdotal experiences which are peppered with deep analysis. Other parts which are not deeply explained appear plain. Various quotes from famous personalities also provide a motivational and elucidating appeal to the book. The book cover shows a picture of an ecstatic man reaching bright constellations in the sky, which is a subtle reference to the reader to reach out for his or her hidden spark to illuminate his or her life. The blurb at the back cover also carries an excellent description of the book.
This is a book that will certainly help readers overcome their ambivalence about psychological books and present a useful roadmap for navigating life’s challenges and leading a happy and content life. This one is recommended if you’re into such types of genres, for you may discover yourself or your hidden spark in the process. Delve into it for an amazing journey of personal development!