Between U & Me

by Aparna Sharma
( Foreword by PadmaBhushan Dr. Devi Shetty )

After the tremendous success of ‘Reality Bytes – The Role of HR in Today’s World’, in English and Hindi, Aparna Sharma’s second book, ‘Between U & Me’, is a genuine endeavor to share with the readers, ‘extraordinary lessons’ from ‘ordinary people’.
All of us encounter obstacles or face challenges in our lives. As the challenges become complex, quite naturally, we feel the need for motivation. While self-help and inspirational books are available aplenty, most of them sketch the journey of the who’s who or celebrities whose advice, though genuine, is difficult to follow for common people.
“But why should we take inspiration from celebrities alone?”asks Aparna Sharma.“Since it is human nature to share and learn from others, why not seek advice from ‘ordinary’ but experienced people around us, who can guide us effectively and practically to resolve our problems?”

It is with this thought that Aparna has written the book, ‘Between U & Me’. What makes Aparna Sharma’s book stand out is that unlike the norm, she does not use the lives of famous personalities to draw inspiration. Rather, the book portrays the real-life stories of the people around her, who have inspired her and made a positive difference to her life– from her educational to personal and professional life. The protagonistsof this book, are so-called ‘ordinary’ people, but each is an achiever in his/her own right. In simple, lucid language, they have chronicled their life journeys, the circumstances and challenges they faced with tenacity to reach the pinnacles of success, for the benefit of the readers.

From an octogenarian former editor of the first English women’s magazine in India, to an entrepreneur who applies the ancient knowledge given by Chanakya to the business world, to a household help, tested by circumstances but firm in spirit, to a young, guitar-strumming renunciate, they span generations and are from different age groups and strata of society. However, the common thread that runs between them is, their attitude towards life and the fact that the transformation they brought in their lives, began with themselves.

Some of these stories will leave you teary-eyed ,a few will make you ponder over the unjust norms of society while others will leave you marvelling at the sheer persistence of these people in the face of all odds. But all of them will, no doubt, change your perspective towards life and leave you motivated and empowered to take on your own challenges and rise above your situation.

Each reader will find in the book, something that will resonate with his/her life, either personal or professional, making it a must-read for people of all ages, as well as a wonderful gift.The best part of the book is that the reader can revisit the book any time he/she feels the need for much-required encouragement.

The extraordinary qualities of these people exist within each one of us too. All that is needed is for us to get in touch with them, brush off the layers of conditioning or neglect, and polish them to a shine. So, here’s wishing the readers success in letting their inner strength shine through, just like the people in this book!

The book is published by Vishwakarma Publications.

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Author : Aparna Sharma

Felicitated with the "Woman Achiever Award 2018” by Indian Women Convention (IWC),“MTC Global Outstanding Corporate Award for Excellence in Human Resources” during the 6th Annual Global Convention –SANKALP 2016, “Women Achievers Award" by World HRD Congress & Institute of Public Enterprise in 2013, “HR Super Achiever Award” by Star News at the 20th World HRD Congress 2012 amongst many others, Aparna is a passionate learner in her journey of over 21 years of intense and expansive HR work. In her diverse roles, Aparna has successfully been a learning partner, mentor and coach to leaders, leadership teams and organisations to build competencies, learning abilities and nimbleness for achieving purposeful performance.

Contributors

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Smt. Vimla Patil
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Dr. T.V. Rao
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Dr. Faiqa Saulat Khan
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Dr. Radhakrishnan Pillai
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Ashwin Pasricha
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‘Dhyanshree’ Shailesh
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Shri Pheru Singh Ruhela
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Prakhar Sharma
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Dr. Sarah Musavi
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Raj Khilnani
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Vandana Jadhav
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Tanveer Shaikh
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Arun Kaimal
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Smt. Sarita Deouskar
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Aparna Sharma

Book Launch

Events

SR No. NAME OF PLACE NAME OF organization DATE DETAILS
1 Mumbai Book Launch at TSCFM 25/05/2018 With Shri Ranjit Shahani, Vishal Soni, Ashwin Pasricha, Guruji Dhyanshree Shailesh,
Raj Khilnani, Yogita Vaidya & Dr.Adil Malia.
2 Mumbai Book Launch at
Mumbai Press Club
26/05/2018 With P.Venkatraman, Guruji Dhyanshree Shailesh, Yogita Vaidya,
Smt.Vimla Patil, Raj Khilnani & Tanveer Shaikh
3 Thane Book Launch at
Hiranandani Estate Club
02/06/2018 With Shri N.M Sharma, Tanveer Shaikh, Shri Pheru Singh Ruhela,
Smt.Usha Sharma, Yogita Vaidya,Vandana Jadhav & Ashwin Pasricha
4 Mumbai Book Launch at Kitab Khana 08/06/2018 With Dr.Radhakrishnan Pillai, Vishal Soni & Ashwin Pasricha
5 Mumbai Book Launch at Library- National Sports Club of India (NSCI) 09/06/2018 In Conversation with Tanveer Shaikh
6 Mumbai Did You Read Today?- Book Lovers Club 10/06/2018 With Prabha Kishore & all members of the Club
7 Ahmedabad “Laja” Forum 16/06/2018 With Nirali Shah, Smt.Kamini Rao & Asmita Gajjar
8 Ahmedabad Ahmedabad Management Association (AMA) 16/06/2018 With Dr.T.V Rao & Paresh Kariya
9 Ujjain St.Mary’s Convent School 07/07/2018 With Shri N.M Sharma, Guruji Dhyanshree Shailesh, Sister Roshan (Principal), Sister Marlyn (Vice Principal) & Yogita Vaidya
10 Pune MIT School of Technology Management 19/07/2018 With Faculty & Librarian
11 Pune “Between the Lines”, An Upohan Initiative 19/07/2018 With Advait Kurlekar, Veena Apte, Vijay Pusalkar & Kiran Deshpande

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Dr.Adil Malia

“Hidden inside each one of us is an unidentified 'Phantom' of potential talents. This is yet another of natures gift to each one of us . Unfortunately, it has a tendency to remain hidden & bottled-up within. Albeit fully capable, the dance of this Phantom remains un-choreographed into an opera. Aparna brings out this aspect very well in her book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the 'first-snatch' versions of the chapters of this lovely book as it was getting into print.

It is the prime job of every leader to identify that bottled-up talent within the people who work with her so that she systematically opens the bottle and navigate the potential of this Phantom into a reality. Totally aligned to Aparna's clear thinking on this subject.

Rightly indicates Aparna..one can achieve success in any sphere by sheer dint of hard-work. I enjoyed reading every chapter in the book. Will inspire you & keep inspiring every time you fall short.

Highly recommended !!! “

Vikesh Wallia

“Congratulations Aparna for the second book ! The best one can do for the Society at large today is to add to the self confidence of ordinary people that they can also do extraordinary things ! I have read the book and enjoyed thoroughly. You will enjoy the blessings of many for your this endeavor !! Our country needs many more such books and many more Aparnas !”

Dhyanshree Shailesh,
Mahamandleshwar Shree Panch Dashnam Juna Akhara,
Shant Advait Ashram,
Swami Shaileshanand Giri

Dear Aparna, A hearty congratulation on your achievement for successfully publishing another book. "Between U and Me"

It's a book that will make readers think and research by inner journey, "Between Me and Me!!".

It's not just you sang my song in this symphony, but it's a total master piece album. You have put all your hard work and efforts in it. It is an ideal thing to appreciate people to follow their dreams and achieve extraordinary heights being an ordinary one. Positivity plays an important role to move forward and keeping belief that what you are doing is a great work. I am pleased that everyone in book specially you gave my "Campaign Against Depression" and "Duty revolution " a practical ground. This kind of motivation is required in our competitive society. All the best to you for writing more books in the future.

My prayers for your creative enthusiasm always.

Om namo Narayan!”

Radhakrishnan Pillai

Aparna Sharma - a dear friend and a #CorporateLeader has recently released her 2nd book titled ,“BETWEEN U & ME” – ‘Ordinary people - Extra ordinary lives’ !-Amazing Book. Worth a read! Interestingly, I am also a part of the book. One Chapter is about me and the journey of ‘Chanakya in my life’ Do read and gift it to others... Lots of life lessons in this book.

Best wishes Aparna - wish to see this book soon on the best seller list. Keep writing and inspiring others... #BookNow

Arun Kaimal

Aparna Sharma - my Mentor and and a respected #CorporateLeader has recently released her 2nd book titled, “BETWEEN U & ME” – ‘Ordinary people - Extra ordinary lessons’.

Aparna Sharma has been kind to make me a part of her journey by including a Chapter in the book about my life journey so far. I feel lucky and blessed to be featured in this book with many other inspiring human beings like Radhakrishnan Pillai and others. I have read the book and feel it has many simple life lessons to offer to all of us depending on our life journey and the stage we are at.

Best wishes Aparna Sharma - wish to see this book soon on the best seller list. Keep writing and inspiring others...#Book Now

Amita Jain

I have become a great fan of your work.
I’m already glued to your latest book "Between U & Me".

Novel Concept!The language is simple, inspiring and connecting.

Madhusudan Joshi

“Between U & Me” is a ‘must read’ for everyone, especially for the younger generation. What is amazing is the you have identified and captured heroes from common people around us. It clearly shows that you, as an Author have an open mind to acknowledge them irrespective of their age. Your personal story is touching, teaches about resilience and success. Looking forward to one more from your desk!

Dr.Ashalata Menon

“Your book, “Between U & Me” is really worth reading. Very different from other books, as you can start from any chapter. There is something to learn from each person. I was very touched by your story, since I know you for so long as a doctor, but did not know about your life & struggles. Well done! I have already recommended the book to my family, friends & patients too!”

Col. Amit Sharma

Awinash Dulip

“Between U & Me by Aparna Sharma -

All proceeds of this book go to UDAAN a scholarship initiated by the author Aparna Sharma to promote education of the girl child in her school where she has studied. Her rewards, her professional life and career, her journey started here, what a unique manner of giving back to the school that moulded her.

The book expresses that even common people have extraordinary lessons to learn from. This can inspire common, average people from all works of life who have determination, willing to work hard, have clarity and focus and are willing to tackle all difficulties can also be successful.

The selection of people in the book “Between U & Me” come from all works of life, uneducated, skilled, talented, educated and highly educated, free lance, private sector, government & public sector and each one has a story to tell.

Highly recommended. Do read!”

Meenakshi Mirajgaoker

“Inspiration comes from different places and Aparna’s book has provided many opportunities for everyone to get that spark that could set your goals on fast forward mode. It’s a story of people who have not allowed difficult situations that could easily pull people down, but instead used these as a inflexion point to change their lives from ordinary to extraordinary. “Between U& Me” is a must read for all ages.”

Suresh C.Tripathi

“Your book , “Between U & Me” is very very inspiring. I have requested my children to read it too. Everyone has a story & one can learn from it & relate. Congrats for bringing out such a nice book!”

D.B Sengupta

“Watched the Video with Dr.T.V Rao praising the initiative. You have always been exploring new ideas but the most striking part in this attempt of yours is to include the common man into your endeavour. So, from rubbing shoulders with the high profile HR fraternity to the common man on the street, the canvas of different class of society is now complete through your book . You are a tireless worker. Adulations & compliments are not very important to you but people’s interest in your work keeps you Inspired. ‘Between U & Me’ is a wonderful piece of your alignment with the common people whose fight for existence despite all odds go unnoticed unless people like you take time to share their expectations & experiences. Please keep your efforts going for the good of the society. Best Wishes.”