Ram Madhav
May 4, 2020

The Misfit’s Manifesto (TED)

Author - Lidia Yuknavitch

It is a different kind of book. ‘The Misfit’s Manifesto’ is a life story of the author, weaving into it the stories of several of her friends, who, starting off as misfits or different people, transformed their lives. Failed lives to fulfilling ones.

It is not a book of psychiatry. It is rather a biography. Lidia tells us a moving story, poignant yet promising. Many a reader would find shades of his or her life in various narratives. Each one of us face situations when we feel as if we are a misfit. But then, ‘There is power in difference. There is beauty’, says the Manifesto.

Interesting read; a tiny book that I completed in just 3-4 long haul flights; but filled with profound messaging, emotions and statements…. like….

‘Misfits tell the best stories because our very lives depend on navigating an ever changing reality’

‘I have learned from my mistakes but I also know that I will make them again’

‘Even at the moment of your failure you are beautiful. You may not know this yet, but you have the ability to endlessly make yourself up from your own ruins.’

It is a misfit’s ‘Manifesto of Hope’. Worth reading if you are okay with serious sociological stuff.

Published by Ram Madhav

Member, Board of Governors, India Foundation

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