Be Your Own Pilot
By Manish Kumar
In this inspirational fiction, Manish Kumar talks about the unlimited power and potential lying dormant in every soul, waiting to be awakened. The moment we become aware of the power within, we stop being a victim of circumstances, get off the Autopilot called fate and take control of our life. 'Be your own pilot' Is about the journey of a boy from a small town who realizes his dream of becoming a pilot, learns the lessons of life on the way and goes on to inspire others to follow their dreams. His flying instructor implants wisdom into the Flying lessons and teaches him to take the flight of faith. The book shows the way – how, by aligning personal desires to the benefit for mankind, it is possible to lead a deeply rich and satisfying life. Using flying as a metaphor, Manish Kumar has penned this extremely enjoyable story. Peppered with the author's insights, this books is sure to touch and inspire you to break the shackles of self-limiting beliefs and to take off in life.
What our readers say
January 6, 2021
Inspiring book! If u believe what you believe, one day you will achieve what you believe. This is a book all about your beliefs.
Gp Capt Ashok K Chordia
October 24, 2020
Life’s lessons presented in a ‘SIMPLY GREAT’ manner A masterpiece of a motivational book. Not only budding pilots but all youngsters seeking direction in life will benefit from the contents. Squadron Leader Manish has beautifully woven the ‘Skill of Flying’ with the ‘Art of Living’. Life’s lessons have been presented in a way that they do not appear to be sermons. Lucid… Manish strikes the right chords in the heart.
October 10, 2019
this book was out of stock on Amazon when i was looking for it. This is a life changing book. BE YOUR OWN PILOT Small words but big meaning rather huge meaning. If you don’t get what I am talking about then you go and read the book by the same title by a very dear friend of mine; “Sqn Ldr Manish Kumar (retd)”. I and Manish were together at a far flung place in North-East…. Kumbhigram. It was an IAF base. I always held Manish in high regard. That time at a young age also he was very focussed and clear in his intent and approach. He was a simple person and I am happy to note that he remains so till date. I have been hearing about this book for quite some time now; from friends and from FB. We also had discussion about the book in one of the get together with few common friends. Few had read the book and were all gung-ho about it. This piqued the bibliophile in me and I embarked on the journey to find the book. I admit that I was not triumphant in tracking the book, as it was not available on Amazon and Flipkart. Well, then I did the best thing …. I requested the author himself and he not only responded promptly and sent me a copy but was kind enough to keep a track of the delivery. And One fine morning I was one of the holder of this admirable book. Manish only asked me that I must give my feedback to him. I am late in fulfilling my obligation as I got busy in my personal commitments though I finished the book very early. In fact once I started reading this book I was unable to put it down. Did You ask me why….. Let me start by telling you from the beginning of the book. The cover and the title both are gorgeous and stimulate interest and once you read the Foreword by the ‘Great Mr John Harricharan’, you just want to dig in. So did I ….. I dug in with great gusto and finished the book in two sittings flat. The break from the book was spent in my office. I must admit that I am a voracious reader and from a very early age I started ‘Speed Reading’ all thanks to my habit of hiring books for a day. To save upon my pocket money I always used to finish each book in a day. But due to speed I tend to skip or rather just glide over the sentences without paying much attention though it will give me inclusive essence of the narrative of book. After one complete reading of the book I realised that this book is different and it commands rather deserves respect which I had only reserved for few books. Over the years I must have read many books probably in the range of thousand but Only few books I respect. I had categorised them in different category. The most important category belongs to the books which are capable of changing life. This book by Manish belongs in this class… along with my all time favourite ‘Jonathan Livingston Seagull’, by Richard Bach and ‘The Alchemist’, by Paulo-Coelho. In this book you are going to find the pearls of wisdom just scattered on the shore, I mean in plain sight. You don’t have to look deep or construe the hidden meaning by drawing on the deep philosophies. Manish talks in plain language but the message can’t be more profound or resonating. To be very forthright I was little taken back by the size of the book initially, but then I remember that ‘all good things come in small packages’ and this book is a pocket dynamite. One serious reading and it will blow your mind. It will give you so many meaningful insights that for the next one week you can just spend about reminiscing about the book and what all it had told you. By the second reading you will start identifying yourself along side with Manish. Did you ask me second reading? Well Yes, Don’t you dare read this treasure trove of astuteness only once. Believe me you… this certainly is worth a second read. Well, actually its worth third and fourth also but then, all men for their own vices…. You can decide for yourself. The book is mesmerising and entrancing from the start. Manish takes you literally on a merry-go-around with the word go. The first chapter itself will give one Goosebumps with these momentous words, ‘I have the control’. And he had just begun guys. The next two chapters take you on self realisation journey with ‘Release Your Brakes before You Take Off’ and ‘Your Attitude Determines Your Altitude’. In his subtle and non-preaching style Manish tells to Let it Go and Sore High. The favourite chapter of Mr John Harricharan is IVR. That’s Idealise, Visualise, Realise. With very few words Manish talks about the power of dreaming big. Mind you he also gives you techniques to master it. Not a bad deal for a book of this size. In chapter titled Fight to Fly Manish shows his emotional side. Its touching how he describes the encounter with the family of a friend after his sad demise and how a letter from one of the family member gave him inspiration. In chapter Be your Own Pilot one can almost taste the flagrant nervousness along with Manish whether he clears his flying solo test or not. It’s a roller-coaster ride which I am not going to forget in near future. You almost started cheering for the underdog youngster as he took on the fiery instructor. I can go on and on describing about the remaining chapters but then now I realised that it would amount to rambling and the whole review would be rather very long. So let me wind off now by saying that the remaining chapters about which I had not written anything are the icing on the cake. And one among them is my favourite, ‘A Lesson in Humility’. It’s so hitting that I don’t want or rather don’t find myself proficient of reviewing it in this article. So Go ahead and read it yourself. It may change your perspicacity towards life.Now, if I have to summarise this book I can say that this is one of the finest books to enthuse someone to pursue a passion, aim, or an ultimate accomplishment and helps one to render himself from his limited powers to the power beyond his imagination through self-belief, that makes one the better version of himself. It teaches us to make certain decision in our life as- when to pause- where to start over- this is a must-book for every reader who dreams to be something great or the greater than he has achieved. Thanks Manish thanks a lot for giving us this book. I am now waiting fervently for your next book, “My Comeback Trail”.PS. Amazon and Flipkart you had already lost out by not stocking this book now don’t be doubly foolish by not stocking up on his next one!!
March 9, 2019
Good book Good
December 26, 2018
IAF aspirants. How a young pilot learns not only to fly but also to apply all those lessons in one’s life.
September 23, 2018
A very good book! A well written book that teaches very useful lessons through the personal experiences of the writer
September 7, 2018
Great book. Great book. Relates your life to the flying experience of the author. Inspiring and at the same time very interesting.
August 25, 2018
To the great mind nothing is little Gone with the wind by Margaret Michelle was. the first book which I read in one go not a moment of stop.Down the line ,30 years I got another gem Be your own pilot by Manish kumar .The flow and grip that the author has on the subject engulfed me and I had to postpone all my work for a day till I read the entire book. The enlightened consciousness of the author initiates your fight instincts and soul awakening and you are ready to take your life flight full on .He amazingly makes his flight sorties. as a complete learning school. His insights and life experiences propels yr life engine .Guys plz read the book only 119 pages and be assured of knowledge infinite .l have put it in the category of books like Gone with the wind there has to be something great in it .All thanks to the author Manish kumar for penning it and taking us on a divine and motivational journey
August 25, 2018
Great book Great book. Smooth writing,loved the wit in writing. A great example of perseverance. Wish there were some more leaves to turn. Grand Salute to Manish Sir’s contribution.
August 16, 2018
Life of a pilot truely reflect it. Very good..book for iaf aspirants..learned a lot