Dr Haseena Chokkiyil’s debut book, The Kintsugi Moms, is a compelling read. Not only because the book raises an important issue – women in society – but also because the author has moulded her personal experiences into a thesis of empowerment and global good (and I am not exaggerating). This book distinguishes itself from others I’ve read in many ways. The Kintsugi Moms does not overly rely on philosophy or psychology to advocate well-being. Dr Haseena Chokkiyil’s approach is different, practical, realistic and viable. She conveys her opinions about issues that concern women. And her opinions, let me clarify, are valuable, authoritative, and sound because she has counselled many women who were in distress. Beyond opinions, the author also shares her ideas and tips for holistic well-being in a very simple and easily applicable way.
It’d be unfair if I don’t discuss the title of this book. Kintsugi, Japanese art, comprises creating something new with broken pieces. And now it becomes clear instantly – women who were broken into pieces learned about themselves, embraced the reality, and became better moms for their kids – The Kintsugi Moms.
The book has two parts. In the first part, readers will find the stories of eight wonderful, brave, and victorious women who defied their limitations to get across the pool of sorrows and emotional barriers. Part two of the book contains Dr Haseena’s suggestions and tips. The book has about 240 pages. And it is worth your time!
Although the book’s ultimate goal may align with other self-help books, getting better as we learn, it has many differences. However, Dr Haseena’s writing style, problem-solving approach, and persuasive arguments based on her experiences and research differentiate her book and make it both a convincing self-help resource and a societal eye-opener work of literature. The Kintsugi Moms, as the title suggests, also celebrates the lives of single mothers who have braved worlds to raise their kids alone! All the characters who have made it to the stories by Dr Haseena are single mothers who were left alone when they were down with illness and emotional breakdown. Dr Haseena’s introduction to their lives and how she transformed the approach of these women towards life will have many things to observe for readers as they read the book.
Coming to the second part of the book, readers may be aware of holistic healing methods. The Kintsugi Moms also provides steps one can learn more about oneself and apply some simple changes in life to get over negativity and embrace positivity for the good. However, as I mentioned earlier, the book is different because the approach with which Dr Haseena presents her ideas is peculiar and also convenient for readers to understand and (if they want) implement in their lives. The author has presented a list of things one needs to take care of to be better every day. She calls it The Roadmap to Kintsugi.
Overall, the book is a must-read without a doubt! Anyone interested in quality literature, meaningful non-fiction books and writing with a cause will find the book recommendable. Dr Haseena has made her impression on readers in her very first attempt. It is more than commendable! You can get a copy of the book in Ebook or Paperback format from Amazon India right now. Click the link below to get a copy:
Review by Chitra for ReadByCritics book blog
The Kintsugi Moms: Transformative Insights from a Healer’s Diary by Dr Haseena Chokkiyil – Book Review
A must-read book! The book highlights why no defeat is the ultimate defeat… Dr Haseena helps readers in making ways to their own happiness! Celebrating motherhood and womanhood, the book offers insights into the world of holistic healing in a convenient way.