This week, we survive.

It might not be possible to grow every day, but if we hold on now, we can have a better future tomorrow.

Dear friend

Welcome to Be Your Best Friend with Anangsha - the weekly newsletter constantly looking for ways to grow, evolve, and become its best self.

This week’s theme is survival.

My country is in a state of turmoil right now - with the Covid19 cases constantly on the rise and stricter restrictions on the people’s movement being imposed. In such tough times, it’s difficult to be happy every day.

And so, we do the only thing we can: we survive.

We hold on because we know no matter how dark the night is, the morning will come.

It might seem as if good days will never arrive, but every time the darkness threatens to overwhelm you, remember it’s technically impossible for things to remain the same forever. They will change and we will overcome this.

Until then, we survive, because that’s all we can do.

Read on for some of the most valuable resources I discovered this week and some art I created.

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My latest YouTube video

I’m super excited to share this with you for two reasons:

  1. This is the first time I attempted to make a reaction video.

  2. This is my first video in HINDI.

If you understand the language and would appreciate a fun take on Amitabh Bachchan’s character in the movie Baghban, you would definitely enjoy the video.

Book recommendation of the week

Broken by Nicola Haken.
Genre: LGBTQ romance. Mental health representation.

This is a brilliant book about how to love a person with mental illness, someone who is bipolar and suicidal and believes he is broken since birth.

In today's world when every person feeling slightly down starts calling themselves depressed, we need more books like this that break the stigma around mental health without being patronizing or condescending.

The author has done a brilliant job of bringing these beautiful, flawed characters to life. If you can handle the trigger warnings of depression, self-harm, and suicidal ideation, I’d 100% recommend you to read this book.

It’s amazing how powerful a smile can be, even a forced one. It’s all it takes to fool people into believing you’re not falling apart inside.” - Nicola Haken, Broken

Buy the book here

Stories I recently wrote

The past week, I focussed on writing personal stories in such a way so as to provide maximum benefit to the reader. Here are some of my latest creations:

  1. I Did Yoga Every Morning for 2 Months. Here’s How it Changed My Life

  2. Do Separate Time Zones in a Country Promote Harmony or Dissent?

  3. To Be Happier, Learn to Say “No” to Yourself on 3 Occasions

An article I enjoyed reading

Write George Ziogas talks about the ugly side of self-help and all the important things we need to keep in mind while consuming any kind of motivation content in his brilliant article, Tony Robbins Is Right, He’s Not Your Guru: The half-baked hollowness of pop-psych.

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That’s all from my end today. I’ll see you again next week. Till then, stay strong. Keep smiling and be awesome.

With love,