A playbook for the world-weary


They talk about the benefits of waking up early, being mindful, what Krav Maga can teach you about life, or how useful the Japanese concept of Ikigai or the 'reason for being', can be in dealing with small and big challenges of modern day existence.

Corporate couple Eika and Siddharth Banerjee's book, '52 Red Pills' is a prescription for those caught up in the whirlwind of modern life, and are struggling to cope with it. The book, written in 52 crisp chapters, speaks to a generation whose challenges are both material and spiritual—from individual health and well-being to dealing with the real and present dangers of climate change.

Eika and Siddharth Banerjee, management graduates and successful corporate honchos, who describe themselves as 'hyper-learners', seem to have encountered these questions in their lives, spoken to several people about them, and come up with their own 'playbook' of life. In the short, through these 52 capsules—some of which have rather useful insights into wide ranging issues such as nurturing and managing meaningful social relationships, 'powering' your mornings, and the benefits of cinnamon—the authors bring together myriads of thoughts and offer readers practical tips, too. The journey of learning something about each these subjects – finding and keeping in touch with friends in the real world, preventing a heart attack by following a healthy lifestyle, sparking your inherent creativity – and current spiritual trends, is recounted in an anecdotal and intimate conversational style. The authors delve into certain concepts from ancient philosophies such as Hinduism and Buddhism, and transform them into modern day lifestyle tips such as developing an idea by visualising it first.

After each chapter, the reader is invited to reflect and pen down their own experience on the subject in an effort to make the learning process interactive, and help the reader embark their own journey of self-discovery. The core idea is to direct the gaze towards the self, and harness the transformative power of one's thoughts to achieve individual life goals.

'52 Red Pills' is an engaging, uplifting read, and for those looking for some quick answers to the deeper meaning of life, it's just what they ordered.

52 Red Pills: A new age playbook to become healthy, wealthy and wise

Author(s): Eika and Siddharth Banerjee

Publisher: Pan MacMillan India

Price: Rs 350,

Pages: 326