THE RUDEST BOOK EVER Shwetabh Gangwar is a novelist, public speaker, professional problem- solver, and has over two million followers on YouTube. He dedicatedly solves people’s problems sent to him on his Instagram, and makes videos on as many as he can. He defines it as the purpose of his life and what truly brings him meaning. First published by Westland Publications Private Limited, in 2019 1st Floor, A Block, East Wing, Plot No. 40, SP Infocity, Dr MGR Salai, Perungudi, Kandanchavadi, Chennai 600096 Westland, the Westland logo are the trademarks of Westland Publications Private Limited, or its affiliates. Copyright © Shwetabh Gangwar, 2019 ISBN: 9789388754439 The views and opinions expressed in this work are the author’s own and the facts are as reported by him, and the publisher is in no way liable for the same. All rights reserved No part of this book may be reproduced, or stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without express written permission of the publisher. I dedicate this book to the two people I admire the most in my life —my mom and my wifey. I thank my mom for her indomitable strength that protected the child I was. That protection allowed me to shape the individual in me. I thank my wife for her strong determination and values in life, which influence that individual to become better. CONTENTS A SMALL YET IMPORTANT INTRODUCTION CHAPTER ONE YOU ARE A PRODUCT CHAPTER TWO YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO BE SPECIAL CHAPTER THREE WHAT REJECTIONS DO TO US CHAPTER FOUR PEOPLE ARE WEIRD CHAPTER FIVE DO FAILURES MESS YOU UP? CHAPTER SIX FINDING LOVE CAN BE A PAIN IN THE ASS CHAPTER SEVEN HOW YOUR SELF DIES CHAPTER EIGHT SCREW HAPPINESS CHAPTER NINE CHOOSE SATISFACTION, NOT HAPPINESS CHAPTER TEN SCREW PLEASING PEOPLE CHAPTER ELEVEN YOU ARE A NATION CHAPTER TWELVE SCREW YOUR HEROES CHAPTER THIRTEEN ADMIRE, NEVER FOLLOW CHAPTER FOURTEEN THE PIECES OF SHIT ONLINE CHAPTER FIFTEEN DON’T SUCK-UP IN A RELATIONSHIP CHAPTER SIXTEEN LEARNING HOW TO THINK CHAPTER SEVENTEEN A FEW SIMPLE THINGS TO NEVER FORGET A SMALL YET IMPORTANT INTRODUCTION This book is a collection of perspectives. It’s not about one fucking thing. This book does not mean to teach. It is written to make you think, which is why the charged language, the book title, and the harsh approach. Although the book does preach a whole lot, all I want from you is to think about it. Essentially, this book is about freeing your mind from all the bullshit you have unknowingly attached yourself to and are suffering from— ranging from ideas of happiness to people in your life. It will rip into everything. Because this book is about freeing you, it talks about a lot of things from your life. Whenever you disagree with something, write down in detail why, what is your reasoning behind it, and pray to God while reading your reasoning that it doesn’t sound like, I disagree because my feelings don’t like it. CHAPTER ONE YOU ARE A PRODUCT Hey, buddy, how are you doing? Aren’t you glad that you bought this book! Well, we are going to go on a journey together. And as long as you are reading this book, I will be your friend. The only case in which this doesn’t apply is if you illegally downloaded this book, in which case, fuck you. This book is about insanely practical ideas to free you from all bullshit. Let me start by saying this: a lot of this was supposed to be your parents’ job. I am not gonna say anything bad about your parents. All I am saying is: if people were products, then what we see around us are really shitty ones. So, clearly, parents are royally fucking up their jobs. Let me give you an introduction of the world you have been brought into: The world doesn’t give a flying fuck about you. This world is a place full of people that will come in the form of friends, lovers and well-wishers; in the form of emotional adhesives, neatly packaged dreams and aspirational lollipops; in the form of saviours, fixers and salespersons. We are gonna talk about them all. Anyway, when the time comes, a lot of them will take complete advantage of you, rid you of your emotional innocence and turn your world upside down. It will most definitely happen, history tells you that, no matter who you are or what you do—rich, talented, genius, pretty, strong, powerful, polite, kind, or careful. So, do you feel prepared? Let’s start with you. You are a product. You are a product with hope attached to it. What does that mean? It means that, one day, you are meant to become this awesome, functional unit capable of choosing jobs, careers, relationships, environments and economies on your own volition—that’s the hope. The better the choices, the better the product you are—that’s the simple law on the basis of which the world judges you. So, here are a few things about you: A person is not born ready. A person has to be made ready. The person is emotional in nature. The person does not know how to learn in the beginning; it knows how to absorb, which means it learns whatever it absorbs from its surroundings. I am talking about when you were a kid. The person has to learn how to learn. The person can think, but does not know how to think, which is why it cannot learn how to learn. This may be confusing, but it will become clear later in the book. A person’s emotional responses to different experiences create interpretations of those experiences, which the person assumes to be true. Therefore, emotional responses become one of the earliest teachers of the person. ‘Emotional responses’ is a garbage teacher, because as a kid, the emotional intelligence is underdeveloped. Because the person learns by absorption, the parents and surroundings become the other teachers. Instead of teaching the person how to think, parents and surroundings teach what to think —thereby becoming terrible teachers themselves. Teaching what to think stops the product from learning how to think and since the person doesn’t learn how to think, it grows up to be confused and clueless regarding how to deal with this world.