“The desire for story is very, very deep in human beings. We are the only creatures in the world that does this; we are the only creature that tells stories, and sometimes those are true stories and sometimes those are made-up stories. Then there are the larger stories, the grand narratives that we live in, which are things like nation and family and clan and so on. Those stories are treated reverentially. They need to be part of the way in which we conduct the discourse of our lives and to prevent people from doing something very damaging to human nature.”
- Salman Rushdie
We have all been brought up listening to stories from our grandparents, parents, and many others. A story has an innate capacity to mould us, to shape our thinking, to inspire us, to motivate us, to coach us and impress our subconscious mind metaphorically. Storytelling is and has always been an important part of the solution. And when the stories are real-life stories, the benefits get amplified manifold. The emotional strings attached to real human stories bring credibility, engagement, and buy-in.
The second book in the AKHYAYIKAS series (Akhyayika means a fable, a short episodic narrative, or an anecdote) is a compendium of 100 short stories of people who dared to dream. Given the rough twist of fate, they decided to pick themselves up and make successes of themselves in their chosen life purpose. All the characters in the stories have one thing in common: they believed in the power of their dreams. The purpose of life is to live a life of purpose!
You can find a link to my earlier books here.