Dying to Live – Synopsis

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The sequel to Sick of Being Healthy achieves the rare distinction of improving on the previous book.
The book opens with thoughts of failure and death.
Move on to winning: Megha wins a swimming race. The car journey home is filled with her mother’s recriminations: she did not try hard enough. What is going on?
Megha, one of Tara’s BFFs in the first book, is a super achiever with everything going for her.Or so it seems. She has a loving family and a privileged background, she is a class-topper, swimming champ, sports captain; she is attractive, is popular and has good friends. But he mother is never satisfied with her achievements, is critical and pushy: ‘You can do better; you didn’t do your best.’ Her boyfriend turns out to be a selfish jerk, but she can’t let go. He turns abusive. They break up. Her parents decide to divorce. She feels increasingly pressured – expected to top at everything and drop the new army camps started in school, which she loves. Then her friend Tara outshines her, carrying off the laurels at the school Prom Night. It feels like betrayal – the best all-round student prize was supposed to be Megha’s! And all through this turbulent period, Megha has sudden blackouts, every time the stress levels rise. Depressed, unhappy, angry, all her self-confidence gone with what seem, Megha toys with the idea of ending it all. She has no one to talk to – the doctor had advised counselling but her mother, in denial, said Mehga was fine, didn’t need a ‘shrink’.
The last straw was her disappointing performance in the 10th board exams and her mother’s usual reaction, full of blame instead of sympathy and encouragement. She decides to commit suicide. And fails. She is rescued in the nick of time, and then comes a period of healing when she goes to stay with her Nani, a wise and loving woman. She learns some great lessons on living, gets a great coach, has a happy time. And her mom and she learn to understand and love each other better.
A new perspective, a new life. Again with unexpected twists, which show you can never take anything or anybody on face value (usually a value allocated by you) – and what is a shock at first may be a good surprise, after all. Megha realises her family is as loving as ever, only rearranged, with added members – and they all gather round – as do her friends – to back her up and cheer her on.

About the Author - Monisha K Gumber

Inspired by Archie comics, Wimpy Kids and Chetan Bhagat and forced by her husband, Monisha had no choice but to write this book-

Sick of being healthy. Despite being an ardent fan of Ayn Rand when she was a teenager (talk about regression), she decided to produce something that would not only be fun but also teaches kids about life. When she was barely six she won her first National level drawing competition and then many more followed till she gave up participating. Just as an act of rebellion. Against nothing in particular. When she was in High school, she served as an Editor of her school magazine. And that’s about all the credentials she has when it comes to writing. No articles in newspapers and no publications of her own. Yes- excellent in making proposals and PowerPoint presentations. That is the reason her husband forced her to come up with this !

Indian author

We know that, so what’s new?

  • It is very desi and real.
  • It looks good. Has hand made illustrations.
  • The narration is exactly the way we all talk.
  • It has some Hindi text. Because we are Indians?
  • It still tries to teach some important lessons of life in a disguise of a picture book for kids.
  • Not too many of it’s kind in India.
  • It is a book that parents would want for their teenagers.
  • Even suitable for older readers.
  • And most important- It is very light. And heavy too.