I’m back after a long time literally. I have been trying to read and study, but I don’t know what’s happening. Not a reading slump for sure.
So I’m here again temporarily to share my views on a brilliant book by Dr. Mayank Mishra titled “The Diary of a PhD Student-To be or not to be.
Here through this book the author shares a glimpse of his life in Italy during his years of gaining the PH.D degree.
We often wonder in awe the management & the dedication that a person puts into while changing countries, adjusting with the foreign culture altogether. Passing flamboyantly through all the hurdles, whether academic, cultural diversities the person spends a wholesome years of his life that he would cherish for the rest of his lifetime.
This book by Mayank Mishra is a general tour, rather a sneak-peek into a PhD Student’s life during his tenure of perusing it in Italy. This book is rhythmic by the flow it begins and ends, indeed a true mirror to readers of how tedious the PhD life is ways behind the shimmering glitters of a foreign land.
Usually cities in the foreign land in general are quiet, calm and soothing but this environment essentially depends people you’re surrounded by. I can really imagine the mess the author must have gone into when he shifted to his new flat during 2nd year in Italy. There’s a brilliant contrast made between Italy & India.
I really appreciate that the author took out time to bring out this beautiful book to life that stands as a go to self-help book for all the PhD aspirants. It’s not that, the author’s path towards his destination was a bed of flowers but it wasn’t a waste either. It’s so naturally evident that not only he earned his PhD but also different perspectives of life. It mentions a detailed concept of the PhD journey regarding challenges to solve the problems, dealing with mismatch of thoughts between his Professors and him and perhaps successfully submitting his final thesis.
The author calmly takes his readers to an unforbidden, unknown, unfiltered journey stressing on the real struggles in life. This book has broadened my thoughts of visualizing the world and I’m sure it would change yours too.
This book is an eye opener towards studying in foreign land that would leave you giving experiences through the sight of the author.
The language is lucid. I’m glad the author wrote this book systematically to bring out the things in an effective manner.
Thank you @profmayankmishra for the review copy.