I felt emotions when I heard one of them saying, “I would write and send you a few incidents as I don’t want to burst into tears in front of you.”
…says Anvita Bajpai, the author of the book ‘Turning Points’.
A wife, mother and an independent lady, she believes that every person has at least one turning point in his/her life that makes him/her extraordinary from an ordinary person.
Anvita has got a lot of jewels to put on her hat, as in, a lot of achievements in her career. Calling herself a product visionary, speaker, and author, she has bagged 13 years of R&D experience with IT MNCs, some startups and her own endeavors. Alumni of IIT Madras and IIM Bangalore, she gives guest lectures there.
I don’t know why I’m stating all these particular laurels of hers here because all of these are already recorded at the back of the book with even more detail. Want to see it for yourself? You can get the book from Amazon, it’s not costly.
How I met Anvita Bajpai
I was called by a friend to a place called Atta Galata, in Bangalore. It’s a nice and cozy place – actually, a bookshop which combines the effectiveness of coffee and bread. I knew I was going to meet this lady but I knew nothing how the book launch was going to happen, who all will be there and other random questions. When I reached, a lady in an elegant black long kurta was speaking on a mic. I assumed that she must be the one.
That’s me with Anvita and her friend, after the book launch, while she was signing the book for me
The signed copy!
Yes, she was the one. And, then it happened. The way this lady was explaining what was there in the book, made clear that this was a book worthy of anybody’s time to be read. Let me tell you what is there in the book, ‘Turning Points of Uncommon People‘. It’s a collection of thirteen true stories about people who had a significant turning point in their lives.
What makes it extraordinary is that all the thirteen of the stories are so different from one another. The amazing people listed here are so different – a 70 year old author, two senior teacher from Art Of Living, a woman from pre-independence who is now no more, a lady with a skin disease, a cartoonist, a fitness enthusiast, an IIT dropout, a Kathak dancer, a housewife, a corporate professional, a person who experienced the partition of India and Pakistan, a person who wanted to make a movie, and the two tech people who came about having their own for-profit ventures in India.
These stories are the result of selflessness and self-love at the same time that these people felt and acted upon.
How is the book written
This is not a novel or a guide on How To Live Your Life, but a collection of real life stories that happened with people who readily welcomed change. This is so inspirational when I realize that, if noticed and acknowledged, everybody encounters something in their lives which has the capability of changing their world around. Some take actions on it, and some just dump the idea.
When you’ll read this collection of stories, you’ll definitely look forward to your own life with this view.
Anvita has narrated the book in a conversational style mostly as if telling stories, with real images that she got from those people themselves. She contacted people, met them, called them and researched a lot. It is real hard work that went into putting this book together.
Why is ‘Turning Points of Uncommon People‘ a strong book of revelation
Whatever inspirational stories that we hear are of those people, living or dead, who are already known by a huge mass. But, this little book carries the prowess of some common people who allowed their lives to be uncommon. It is a brilliant depiction of so many lives which makes us understand that how little things matter. We have to accept challenges and not fear from the outside demons and be brave.
Thank you, Anvita Bajpai, for making this huge effort and bringing forth the unheard stories. All those mentioned in the book are a true spark and you are the eyes to have that spark shining. Keep writing, and keep moving!
P.S. Anvita Bajpai is also the author of another book called Life, Odds & Ends.
Go ahead, and read the book to find your turning points!