ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ravindra Kumar was born in 1981 in Bihar, India.

He started his career in the shipping industry. He qualified for the Civil Services Examination in 2011 and joined the administrative services as an IAS officer.

In 2013, Kumar became the first IAS officer and seafarer from India to climb the Mount Everest.

In 2015, he led the first All India Services Expedition. This expedition was flagged by the Prime Minister himself and the slogan of the climb was Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Mission). However, this climb was adversely affected by the Nepal earthquake. Kumar was instrumental in saving a few lives during the deadly avalanche that ensued.

He penned down his memoirs in his debut book, Many Everests: An Inspiring Journey of Transforming Dreams Into Reality.

SYNOPSIS

In Many Everests, the author has shared the key to succeeding and fulfilling one’s dreams with Advanced Positive Visualization (APT). To explain this, he has distinguished dreaming from visualization. He has also cited various researches carried out on this relatively new technique.

Kumar has included his life experiences to explain this concept in exquisite detail. He has also given an in-depth account of how he achieved his goals by putting the Advanced Positive Visualization techniques into practice. He then mentions the different stages and experiences in his life to further elucidate this point.

The author not only takes the readers on an enthralling journey of the crests and troughs of the mighty Everest, but also of his own life.

WHAT WE LIKED ABOUT MANY EVERESTS

Many Everests is the first-hand account of the author’s historic climb to the summit of Mount Everest. Written in an inspirational tone, IIT and Civil Services’ aspirants in particular will find this biography rather encouraging.

We especially liked the way the author turned the Everest into a metaphor for life’s challenges, before suggesting some intriguing APT techniques to overcome such challenges.

WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER ABOUT MANY EVERESTS

While a good book for a debut author, Many Everests is not devoid of shortcomings.

For starters, the narrative is not engaging enough, and the flow is disruptive, to the say the least. It feels like the author tried to cram too much information into one book, which sapped it of the kind of rhythm one would expect from a book of this genre.

Another downside is the biography-like feel to the book, despite the author claiming it to be a self-help guide. A lot of instances mentioned in the book serve no real purpose and may come across as some unnecessary chest thumping on the author’s part.

QUOTES

Things don’t go wrong and break your heart so you can become bitter and give up. They happen to break you down and build you up so you can be all that you were intended to be. – Charles Jones.

Very often, after dreaming about a big goal to achieve, people lose confidence and start thinking and imagining that they have only limited capacity and so, bigger successes are not made for them and since the principle of visualization, i.e. visualization creates reality works here also, people get constrained by their limitations set by the power of visualization of their mind.

CONCLUSION

Ameya Score:
3/5

As a motivational read, Many Everests does a decent, if not an optimal, job. That said, in all honesty, the book is simply not engaging enough and readers will not stand to lose much if they decide to pass over it.

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