Book Review: Hidden Road To Lifemanship

Author: Nimish Thakkar

Generally, self-help or motivational books fall in the non-fiction genre. But author Nimish Thakkar has tried including such aspects in his fiction book, Hidden Road To Lifemanship. So does he succeed in his endeavor? We’ll soon find out.

The book tells the story of a school-going boy named Rishi. His parents are an epitome of spirituality, honesty and nobility. He follows their footsteps and just like them, he too becomes an ardent worshipper of the saint, Jalaram Bapa.


Despite being a good sober person, Rishi lacks the edge in studies. He is especially weak in Maths. This is when a person enters his life and promises to change it forever. But will the positive change last for long?

Hidden Road To Lifemanship has a positive start. The idea to narrate the tale through the eyes of an infant initially is creative and pleasant. Overall, it has an interesting story with a realistic turn later on. The basic idea here is to imbibe good qualities in people of today’s era, especially the city dwellers and the book succeeds at that till some extent. Some of the teachings of the character Swami Ram act as wake-up calls. But what stands out is the way Rishi is drawn towards Swami Ram for the first time.

Thakkar’s writing is a good combination of rich words and simplicity. It has the capacity to impress lovers of the language and at the same time is easy to understand for the not-so-well-versed in English.

Unfortunately, the book its share of minus points, which cannot be ignored. These are as follows:-

–The conversations featuring Swami Ram form the major part of the book. These talks, however, get too redundant and preachy. Plus, for a large majority of the duration, the chats follow the same pattern, which starts testing your patience. This disappointment is felt the most during the ending parts. This is the major drawback here. It’s not possible to reveal more to avoid spoilers.

–A miraculous incident in the first half doesn’t serve any purpose later on.

–The target audience of the book is youngsters. But some of the teachings would be completely unacceptable to people of today’s era.

–There are noticeable editing issues. There is no space in between a lot of sentences.

Overall: Hidden Road To Lifemanship is a one-time read.


Pages: 245

Publishers: Leadstart

Price: Rs 250

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Title: Hidden Road To Lifemanship
Author: Nimish Thakkar
Genre: non-Fiction
Publishers:  Frog Books
Price: INR. 250
Goodreads Rating: 4/5BOOK REVIEW:
Bolted with Lucid writing, Hidden Road To Lifemanship is majorly a gripping allegory written by Nimish Thakkar. Rishi, narrator of the fable, talks about his experiences and upbringing from day 1 of his life. And the anecdotes shared by him imparts the spritual knowledge that every being should hold. Loknath & Amba , rishi’s parents, believed that the upbringing of a child wrought the destiny of the child. Books can gave the knowledge but the moral upbringing from the very young age is important. Loknath used to dictate the lessons from the autobiography of Mahatma Gandhi to the Swami Vivekanand so that Rishi’s subconcious mind could absorb it. Mother Amba too played a pivotal role in raising Rishi by introducing him to the true religious knowledge. But the fable flied with the spellbounded wisdom imparted by a 115 year old Ascetic to Rishi.
Author had embedded some serious wisdom snippets that surely needs to be assimulated by the reader. From the Meditation to the motivational words about success, book isn’t just gripping but needs to be read with relaxed mind to absorb as much as possible. Where major chunk is hooking , there’re couple of pages which plunge the fable to undulate between gripping & somniferous parameters.
So Hidden Road To Lifemanship is surely a must read for Indian readers .

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“ This is Not a Paid Review ! I received this Book as a Review Copy from Author & The Opinions expressed in the review are my own , and remain unbiased and uninfluenced . ”