Jayesh Mody’s Don’t Panic is a voluminous read that draws attention to the troublesome factors and stressors in life, then weaves them with fictional analogies and personal life stories in the interest of helping readers realize more blissful and happy lives.
Numerous topics are addressed in this book, ranging from the headlining acts of terrorists and the devastation they reap on families, to materialistic lifestyles that often focus on ego and pride and eventually lead to intolerance. With his view of mothers as “the most precious entity in the world” to his emphasis on our need to probe into past memories to release lingering pain, Mody highlights the inner voice of conscience as “the ultimate freeing force.” His core sentiments are artfully captured in a final poetic verse that reflects God’s wisdom poured down on us along with ponderings about never feeling alone, enjoying life’s treasures, and learning from our past as we are all “Born to live a blissful life.”
While the book is categorized as a fictional collection of short stories, this seems misplaced. Much of the writing leans toward an academic self-help style treatise complimented by fable-like tales highlighting wise monks, learned kings, and loving mothers offering valuable life lessons. Mody’s real literary strengths surface as he relates memorable recollections of personal events that tap into the likes of his emotional family connections, the heartfelt bond of a beloved dog, and the kindness of strangers during a major health crisis.
The work greatly suffers from technical errors and would benefit from a thorough proofreading. There are frequent missing words, misspellings, punctuation errors, sentence fragments and repeated thoughts and paragraphs. Also distracting are odd phrasing styles (“Such scenes were very common sight since last few months…”).
Mody’s narratives may not showcase any fresh insights in terms of lessening life’s daily tensions and anxieties. Still, his quiet, gentle sharing of personal experiences could prove a bit of balm for those seeking a calmer existence.
Also available as an ebook.