My ‘Kindle Unlimited‘ subscription gives me access to some really good books, and then some excellent books. Since I don’t really have to pay money for the individual books, I get an opportunity to cause indigestion by selecting too many books to read and attempting to understand the world better.
It was with this sincerity I approached the book ‘I love money‘.
Although most of the mortals want a good love affair with money, I go into these glorious day-dreaming sessions of achieving beyond mere mortals by not having the need to think about money on a regular basis. I hope at least some of my reading will assist me in this pursuit – it has been a mixed bag so far.
‘I love money’ has noble ideas. In there, money is the good guy.
Money wants to be your friend if it isn’t not already. It has also gone ahead and written the foreword – what more would you expect?
The book announces to the whole world that you need to love money and make no bones about it.
Sadly, the entertainment value stops there.
‘I love money’ takes itself too seriously. It goes about creating a PhD-like course about how money is important, what it can do for you, how you should be doing stuff, and so on and so forth. A PhD course with some badly written content.
In this whole journey, you get many a cliche applied in today’s India (or let’s say your parent’s India if you are less than 30 years old).
Teach your children the value of Money (yes, with a capital ‘M’) and the virtues of saving, healthy habits, and other traits.
In the game of Money and Life, every opportunity matters.
Procrastination is a thief of both money and time.
Don’t jump to conclusions, or conclusions may jump back at you.
And things that a religious elder might not approve, but secretly admire anyway.
Start caring for money, treat it with lot of love and respect.
Sow the seeds of money consciousness deep in your heart.
Being playful with money is when you can see money and enjoy its natural beauty.
Pick up a currency and kiss it thereby expressing your love for money.
Well after reading 50% of this, I seriously started becoming uncomfortable. And, this had nothing to do with the nature of love expressed in the last sentence provided above.
The book simply calls upon you to respect/love money and has advice to treat money seriously – which includes gems like ‘note down who borrowed money from you’.
The book may be good advice and prep for the author’s workshop attendees. The book professes author’s love for money, and I have nothing against love of any kind (let’s not get wild here – afterall this is a G website). But, it fails miserably as a book.
There was no need to get so emotional about the message and create a melodrama about the ‘process of doing it’, ‘around doing it’, ‘about doing it’ and ‘how glorious you will be after doing it’. All the author needed to rather say was to ‘do the sh*t’ and ‘this is how it is done, baby’.
Look elsewhere if you want to read about money advice or how to get along with money.
I Love Money by Suresh Padmanabhan.