Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Book Review: The Seasons Of Our Lives

‘The Seasons Of Our Lives: How they Alternate from Good to Bad and Vice Versa and How we Can Benefit from their Alternations’ by George Pan Kouloukis is a book introducing a new concept: that alternations of good and bad seasons happen in our lives, and at a definite interval of 16 -17 years. The author illustrates this idea citing the biographical details from the life of more than twenty great figures from olden days to the present. Analyzing each major incident in the respective biographies, he points out how the seasons of their lives alternate from good to bad and vice versa according to a certain pattern. A good season gives its place to a bad, and a bad season gives its place to a good one – and so on. While analyzing their fortunes further, the author notes the repetition of good times and bad times happening at a predetermined interval, identified as 16 or 17 years alternately following 1496, 1512, 1529, 1545, 1562, 1578, 1595, 1611, 1628, 1644, 1661, 1677, 1694, 1710, 1727, 1744, 1760, 1776, 1792, 1809, 1825, 1842, 1859, 1875, 1892, 1908, 1925, 1941, 1957, 1974, 1990, 2007, 2024, 2040, 2056, 2073…

To come to this conclusion, the author explores life history of twenty one great names of history starting with Ludwig van Beethoven. Giuseppe Verdi, Pablo Picasso, and Mikhail Gorbachev. The Dalai Lama of Tibet, Margaret Thatcher, Elizabeth Taylor, Christopher Columbus and Victor Hugo are some of the other twenty great names, whose ups and downs of personal life are shown in great clarity, to support this finding. The author further points out how this data can be of assistance for each one of us. The knowledge of how ones lives’ seasons alternate can help in many ways, such as taking advantage of the good times in other people’s seasons. One can, for example, entrust an employee or colleague with the solution of a difficult problem, like governing the country (a politician could add this to his value, specially while canvassing for votes!), or coaching a team. Opponents can be faced with greater confidence when it is known that one is in a good season of their life, operating thus from a position of strength.

I found this a very interesting book, with clear explanations for all fresh concepts. I tried to suit the periods mentioned with my personal life, I have been able to make some headway in trying to make periods like 1974-1990, 1990-2007 relevant to whatever ups and downs happened in my life, prompting me to try harder. And the author confidently suggests that this is a valid document for anyone and everyone to have a glimpse of their future prospects.