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Product Details

  • Paperback: 309 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (May 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143115359
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143115359
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,145,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lucky Boyce flees to New York from Bombay after the breakup of her disastrous marriage to a glamorous but controlling husband in Indian author Jain's overstuffed novel. Lucky's lost her status, her self-confidence and her business; struggling to find a purpose in all this through yoga and meditation, she volunteers to teach yoga at the local prison. She soon runs into an old flame, now married but still in love with her, and an opportunity to turn a former business rival into an ally. As she moves toward enlightenment, Lucky's thwarted by ever more bizarre roadblocks: she is mugged, framed for murder, robbed, gets pregnant, ad infinitum, all interspersed with descriptions of visions and prophetic dreams, putting her somewhere between Job and Bridget Jones. Though Lucky herself is a fully imagined, flawed but endearing character, the constant reliance on luck to shape the plot combined with a disappointing ending make this a mediocre read at best. (June)
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Hats off to Bapsy Jain for writing a book with such well defined characters and a gripping story that makes it difficult to put down.
Mengzhu Wang
Intertwined with spiritual lessons and scenes from her past in India, the reader can't help but be drawn to Lucky's charisma and strong spirit.
Tara S
This book is correct in that we're always having these things explained to us, and we never understand them until it's been too late.
Ashok Vaswani

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By P. Gray on March 17, 2010
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I don't want to give anything away with regard to this book because I hate it when people do that, so I won't. I'll speak in sweeping generalizations instead.

This book was an entertaining read at times but I found it a bit too contrived for my taste (I'd already figured out the ending 50 pages into the book.) I found the character "Lucky" predictable, arrogant, dull and very self-centered. I found it difficult to care about her, I really did. I mean, here she was having what I consider a very charmed and wonderful life (particularly when compared to the lives of most other people)but all she seemed to do was whine and complain and wonder why it wasn't better. Don't get me wrong, she did experience genuinely difficult and challenging moments but I just couldn't figure out why she wasn't dancing around joyfully during the times between them. She never seemed to have a truly happy moment and I kept wondering, why?

There's a quote in this book that's used over and over again and is attributed to this book: "We are not human beings seeking a spiritual experience, but spiritual beings undergoing a human experience." This is not an original quote or concept. It is one that has been used throughout history by many spiritual philosophies, texts and leaders, such as "The Science of Mind" by Ernest Holmes, several writings and teachings of Deepak Chopra, Dr. Wayne Dyer and Don Miguel Ruiz just to name a few. It would have been nice for the author to give credit where credit is due even though this book is a work of fiction.

I was truly hoping that this book would be an undiscovered gem for me but I never connected with it. Oh well, better luck next time I suppose.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ashok Vaswani on July 10, 2009
Format: Paperback
Although Shanti tries to keep explaining to Lucky how to see life in
the right way, it's not until the end that Lucky finally manages to do
that. This book is correct in that we're always having these things
explained to us, and we never understand them until it's been too
late. But sometimes we can still pick up the pieces and keep
going. It's difficult but doable. I'm glad this book explains that
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zem S. on July 8, 2009
Format: Paperback
A great book for all readers, despite that Penguin appears to target young women in particular. Lucky, the protagonist, grows from an ambitious young professional to a fully-mature woman. But the twists and turns and interesting characters she meets along way will keep any reader turning pages. A mystery? Absolutely. A coming-of-age novel? Sort of. A novel with a message? Yes. But above all, a page turner. A very entertaining book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Preeya Phadnis on July 6, 2009
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I thought this book was great. It really shows how we shouldn't judge
people based on appearances -- the popular guys can be jerks,
criminals can be nice people, and cops can be criminals. You have to
really dig deep into people to find out who they are. A very touching
book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Phadnis on July 2, 2009
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This book is a must read - for even those readers who dont get to the end of most novels! It is fast paced and exciting with glimpses into rare but true to life situations. Most women will relate in some way with the main character Lucky.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steven on January 25, 2010
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A failed marriage with Bombay's richest bachelor will lead Lucky in a downward spiral, only to be rescued by her prominent Yoga and spiritual instructor Shanti.
Lucky Everyday will bring readers on a journey to places both familiar and unknown; from a rehabilitating yoga class in the state penitentiary to her office in New York, Lucky will fight corruption, greed, and her own empathy to overcome lifelong challenges in an attempt to achieve a balance in life.

Highly recommended for anyone seeking a feel-good story or wanting to explore the philosophical teachings of yoga.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Stefanova on January 18, 2010
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Lucky Everyday is about personal and professional relationships, the ways to make them work and the hardship when they don't. Lucky is a woman who tries to establish herself in hostile environments and succeeds to uncover the spirituality within her that will always help her through. The book is about real life, its lessons and the positive outcomes from a liberated mindset.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ava Suntoke on July 11, 2009
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This is the story of a young woman from India who lives in New York. She comes to America to start out again after going through a divorce. The story that takes the reader through twists and turns that come into all our lives. Although this young lady is well aware of the directions she should take at each turn of the road, it's not always that easy to stick with it. She learns. And we are left more aware too. The story keeps you absorbed and moves fast. I recommend it.
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