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Shashikala Shanmugasundaram
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Genre: Self-Improvement, Parenting & Families
Language: English
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Shashikala (Shashi) believes that each of us is playing a game with life. She says, “We are all IN THE RING WITH LIFE, taking the punches and fighting our own little battles. Sometimes we play our moves phenomenally. Other times, we get punched, kicked, and knocked down. With every life experience, we learn new lessons and become better, wiser, and stronger. Life is all about taking the punches, learning our lessons, standing up again, and playing our best game!”

We always love to talk about the good in our lives — our promotions, our lavish Sunday brunches, our new this, our spectacular that. On the other hand, we rarely wear our pain on our sleeves — success must look effortless, we convince ourselves. In this book, Shashi candidly presents her experiences climbing the corporate ladder in Singapore’s male-dominated construction industry, her sudden retrenchment during the COVID-19 pandemic, along with more personal struggles — her miscarriage and difficult pregnancy. She lays bare her wounds, hoping this gesture of hers will give strength to someone somewhere, who has been knocked down hard by life, to stand up again and face life head-on!

Another sob story? Before you roll your eyes, Shashi is eager to clarify, “This is not a sad story. Nothing about me is sad. I am a fighter. Not only do I make lemonade from the lemons, but I also crush the whole damn lemon skin and make a face mask out of it! This book is not just about what can go wrong in life. In the ring with life, we don't have to stay down. Sometimes, we play our moves ingeniously and achieve the impossible. All it takes is a little belief in ourselves and investment in our abilities.”

Shashi shares her secret to good health, happiness, and peace by highlighting the importance of setting goals, continuous learning, parenting & adoption, and the need to ‘live for a cause’. She believes that crafting a life that we desire is solely in our hands.

Shashi believes that this book will appeal to the following people:
- People who got retrenched during the COVID-19 pandemic and are determined to bounce back.
- People who want to achieve their goals and live a balanced life.
- People who have lived a life of “CAN’Ts” and have always been told that they can't do something or be someone.
- People who feel they are too old to get that degree.
- Women leaders who are eager to make a mark in a man’s world.
- People who want to be best friends with their children. Shashi draws upon her tight-knit relationship with her daughter and shares some practical parenting tips, which have gained the approval of her now grown-up daughter.
- People who are interested in being adoptive parents. A beautiful true story of an Indian couple who adopted a physically challenged Ethiopian girl is shared.
- People who have achieved a lot of financial and material success, but still feel empty inside.
- People who want to do good, but don’t know where to start.
- People who are on the search for meaning in life.

Shashi covers diverse topics in this book. She says, “It’s like a variety of shots instead of a jug of beer.” She promises the most pleasant hangover of your life.

Shashi describes her book as a casual coffee chat with her. With her informal tone and occasional winks (wink wink), she brings forth her views in a light and humorous way. What are you waiting for? Grab a coffee and read on!

About the Author

Shashikala (Shashi) is an experienced architect and a seasoned project manager who has made a mark as a woman leader in Singapore’s male-dominated construction industry. She holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture and a master’s degree in project management. With decades of experience under her belt, she has led many iconic developments in Singapore to successful completion. She is passionate about her work and loves to motivate and inspire teams.

Apart from bringing giant buildings to life, Shashi enjoys fitness, reading, creating nail art, travelling, and hanging out with her friends. She is a strong advocate of volunteering and doesn’t want to leave this planet without making a substantial difference.

Shashi lives with her husband in Singapore. Her daughter is pursuing a PhD in aerospace engineering in Germany.

Book Details

ISBN: 9789811814709
Publisher: Kalvalchi Publications
Number of Pages: 180
Dimensions: 5.50"x8.50"
Interior Pages: B&W
Binding: Paperback (Perfect Binding)
Availability: In Stock (Print on Demand)

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sunderjan18 8 months, 2 weeks ago Verified Buyer

A wonderful book that gives an insight into a winners mind

Finally got my hand on the thru without putting it was a very nice expression of the feelings,the struggles and the attitude of a SUCCESSFUL WOMAN....still unable to put as a human being..because a man would not have had to face even 25%of the struggles..or to put it..hurdles. that were overcome with such confidence and grace.This would be a good read for someone who feels that going is too tough for themselves..n take the easier path and give up on their dreams.

We are all really in the ring....but some like the author choose life..n give it so many flavors that even we get enriched by reading the book..

Varsha Borde 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Great read!

The book is an easy read. Hats off to the author for discussing personal details with an aim to help others. The chapter on women being called superwomen and having to live up to those high standards is very real and happens to each of us and places a huge burden in the process. The chapter on women dealing with miscarriages and difficult pregnancies and going through life as though nothing is happeing is so real. The breakdown of the issues followed by steps to work on them makes it easy to follow.
Congratulations Shashikala on your first book.

Rekha789 9 months ago

In the Ring With Life

I absolutely & thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Inspirational, motivational & uplifting book. This book is for everyone especially for women who want to make a mark in this world. Highly recommend it .

shiromani 9 months, 1 week ago

What an inspiring read it was.

As per the title, Shashi believes that each of us is in the ring with life, taking punches and fighting our own little battles. What matters is that every time we get knocked down, we bounce back stronger.

Shashikala, the author, presents this book as a casual talk between us and her. This book doesn't feel like someone is trying to teach you rather it feels more like a friend is talking to you about her life and you are just taking valuable life lessons out of that chat.

Shashikala has filled this book with a lot of emotions. There were moments I myself had goosebumps, situations which are really hard for anyone, especially for women to handle. The ups and downs of her life will motivate you whenever you feel low.

This book will teach you lessons about health, happiness, parenting, goals, and even adopting. Since it is written very recently, the author has also touched side effects of Covid-19 we all faced during the last few years. Many have lost th

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