What is Stoicism?Stoicism is an ancient Greek philosophy developed around 300 B.C. as a modification of Cynicism which teaches the development of self-control and courage by fighting destructive emotions. It is not just a set of beliefs but a way of life with practice and including the logic mostly. Soliloquy and a kind of meditation aimed at training one's attention to remain in the present moment is the main characteristic. No wonder it’s not more popular. No wonder the Stoic sage, in Western culture, has never obtained the popularity of the Zen master. Even though Stoicism is far more accessible, not only does it lack the exotic mystique of Eastern practice; it’s also regarded as a philosophy of merely breaking even while remaining determinedly impassive. What this attitude ignores is the promise proffered by Stoicism of lasting transcendence and imperturbable tranquility.It ignores gratitude, too. This is part of the tranquility, because it’s what makes the tranquility possible. Stoicism is, as much as anything, a philosophy of gratitude – and a gratitude, moreover, rugged enough to endure anything.About the book:The title of the book ' A Stoic's Diary ' is very attention capturing and new. The book cover is very subtle and doesn't talk much about the book. The art of Stoicism is briefly yet illustratively and practically is explained in the book. The concept of mind maps and looking at a problem in different dimensions is observed as the main concept in the book. Self awareness, self help, will power and perseverance are explained in a beautiful manner. One of its kind of a book in the field of Stoicism. Kudos to the author.
Poetry is a wonderful piece of work in the field of literature. Though it looks like just a word play, it carries an emotion with it be it a short poem, long poem, illustrative poem or a rhyming poem. Poems are in general recited in a particular tone. Poetry is also read sometimes depending upon the topic.About the book:The unique feature in this book is the author made the every poem to be spoken. These mostly talk about the various restrictions and taboos that prevail in the society since ages.It is also to be noted that the author has broke some rules in the way of writing like even without following a particular pattern the context can be retained.The title of the book ‘ Caffeine Remembrance ‘ is interesting and gives a soothing feeling. Well the name caffeine! The book cover is a simple clip art of a girl holding a steaming coffee cup.The narration is simple, easy and new.Easy and simple language is used . The book is a nice and easy read.