Virtual Volunteer | Manohar Grandhi | Book Review

A month ago, Manohar reached out to me to review two of his books. And I was having a super huge reading slump. And finally, I picked up Virtual Volunteer.

I’ve been deep into volunteering for the last five years and always had a lot of ideas about how volunteering should be like and wanted to share my experiences as a volunteer. Naturally, this was the book I gravitated towards to read first.

And this is the first Book review of 2021!

Title: Virtual Volunteer
Author: Manohar Grandhi
Genre: Non-Fiction
Pages: 65
Rating: 3/5
Links: Goodreads | Amazon
Image Credits: Goodreads

My Thoughts

As the name suggests, Virtual Volunteering is a book about the author’s experiences when he was a virtual volunteer and what he feels were the benefits of volunteering.

This is a book with really short chapters with a mix of teaching and learnings as Manohar volunteered to mentor a youth who was doing her engineering. The learnings from every chapter are simple and are practical

This is a book for everyone to read, anyone with a fleeting interest in volunteering can pick up. This being a super small book, it’s possible to finish it within a single sitting!

This book had a good amount of wisdom, with a few stories with morals in between. But, I definitely did expect more from these. Many of the stories were conventional anecdotes and was expecting a different outlook and perspectives of what has always been said out there.

I also felt that quite a few chapters were left midway. Many a time, as I read the book I felt it was building up to something which never came! I ended up being more curious, though. I’ll consider it as the author teasing the readers’ minds!

What I really liked about the book:

I liked the fact that the author had a clarity of purpose through the book and had shared his learning and thoughts which benefitted his mentee to the rest of us. The learnings from each chapter were simple, yet strong.

What I didn’t like about the book:

There were many places where the content could’ve been elaborated so that I could relate more to the author, or the content. I expected the author’s views and thoughts rather than generic thoughts about living a good life. Also, I was sort of disappointed when I expected this book (due to the title) would talk about the nuances of volunteering virtually, but had not been spoken about. It did talk about volunteering in general, but not about the hardships, challenges, nuances and need of virtual volunteering.

My Recommendation

This is a book for everyone to read, anyone with a fleeting interest in volunteering can pick up. This being a super small book, it’s possible to finish it within a single sitting!

I Would Rate it:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

With that,
More Power to you!

Kushal!
#Peace


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