Monday 8 February 2021

Book Review : Jasmine Builds on Shifting Sands by Sanjay Desai

The book Jasmine Builds on Shifting Sands by Sanjay Desai is a self-help fiction book that answers questions on self-manifestation facing the shifting sands of life challenges.

Book Title: Jasmine Builds on Shifting Sands

Book Cover Analysis: 

The cover is simple and neat. The author has picked a very unique title that just doesn't reveal much about this self-help book. But when you finish reading the book the true meaning shines out.

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About the Author: Sanjay Desai

Sanjay Desai is an entrepreneur and an ex-banker, an alumnus of IIM Bangalore, and a Chartered Accountant. During his successful career, Sanjay has been integrating the essence of a parallel spiritual journey with his material pursuits. He has now set out to share the ways and means of seamlessly traversing through the material and spiritual world, thereby enriching each journey.

Self-manifestation Journey:

The book Jasmine Builds on Shifting Sands is a learning journey of the author Sanjay Desai. With ample questions and a confused mind he sets out on Kedar trek to meet his spiritual guru, Ma Krishnamayi to enlighten him with her leanings. 

Questions that the author wants to seek answers for:

Do we have the power to manifest the world within us? Can we ever do that on our own? 

If we have the power within us how is it possible to realize that?

Is it possible to find everything by ourselves?

How his Guru Ma answers his questions by picking simple examples is captivating.

The conversation between the Guru and the author imparts great learnings to the readers. Guru Ma hands him to read a new generation story that could connect with him easily.

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The Story:

This is a journey of self-discovery of Jasmine who is brilliant at studies, has simple dreams, is pampered by parents, and enjoys the company of her friends. But suddenly the simple life takes a sharp turn when she wins a beauty pageant. She is embarked on a journey in the fashion industry that throws her life into a confused melodrama. 

How the transformation of a simple next door girl into a fashionista opens up different emotional and professional challenges in life is what the book portrays. Will Jasmine be able to cope up with the circumstances or will she give up is worth the read.

There are several other characters in the story which at some point or the other make Jasmine believe in her actions and guide her to set on a glamorous world of the fashion industry.

The fragrance from the book:

The first thing that I like about the book is that it is not an elaborate one. The author has managed to convey the thought in a short story form that strikes the perfect chord with the readers.

The epilogue and prologue in the book add richness to the thought.

The book very clearly focuses on how a will to do something in life can surpass any number of challenges.

Simple and lucid language easily connects with our heart, and the thought behind it is very well passed on.

The author also stressed the importance of mentors and how staying humble and grounded will help in life.

The book stands out in the way it has connected the ancient concepts of yoga, meditation, spirituality in the context of today’s fast paced world. 

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Final Word:

Most of the time, we are busy with routine activities that we forget to realize our dreams and strength. This book focuses on self-manifestation and conveys the message that if we set on a path with total devotion we can taste the fruits of success. Staying focused is the key to unlock the world of inner happiness. 

This book is a must-read for people who are looking for self-development and is struggling to keep up with the ever-shifting sands of circumstances. Set in modern times, it will resonate with all age groups. The book comprises of links from micro learning multimedia toolkit to help understand the factors of a success journey.

Book Details:

Book : Jasmine Builds on Shifting Sands

Author : Sanjay Desai

Pages : 134, Paperback

Genre : Self-help Fiction

Publisher : ConciousLeap

Rating : 4.5/5

I thank Blogadda for introducing us to this book through the Book Review program.



  1. Jasmine Builds on Shifting Sands seems like a decent read. I love the simple cover too and liked the way you have explained in detail. Looks like a great book to find inner happiness.

  2. Wow seems like an awesome book to read. I was looking for a good book for my next read and I will try to buy Jasmine Builds on Shifting Sands.

  3. Seems like a really good book... I love the cover design.. I will definitely give this a read!

  4. Jasmine Builds on Shifting Sands seems interesting read. Thanks for sharing honest review about the book. Will going to read this book for sure.

  5. seems a great self help book to me.. I am curious and def giving a check when I visit the book store next.. thank you for the review

  6. Your review is increible and I just completed it yesterday. Sanjay Desai has been able to logically blend the spiritual practices - Yoga, Meditation, Introspection with Ayurvedic practices - massage and detox with modern day Goal setting, Will and Focus for manifestation of ones dreams. Excellent proposition and superb narration. A very practical approach towards achieving our dreams.

  7. Looks like a beautiful read. Self discovery is I guess the best thing to achieve.

  8. Looks like a great read. The journey of self discovery is indeed the biggest learning experience.

  9. Looks like a beautiful read. You have reviewed it so nicely. Self discovery is a beautiful journey.

  10. I'm concentrating as well as focussing on blogging. Let's see where it takes me. I still get tempted to try out my other talents though.

  11. Yes as a busy individual most of us always have a long to do list of duties and responsibilities and forget about our real dreams. I am sure this book had a strong spiritual base and will help to enlighten us to know the hidden power that lies within.

  12. I have read this book. I found it great. I love Jasmine. Law of manifestation well explained.

  13. Everyone is suggesting this book. Already read two reviews & now urs third. I will definitely buy this book soon as I liked the plot & self help book.

  14. Books on self help and development are always in demand, because there are so many of us seeking inspiration from successful leaders. I'm surely going to read this one.

  15. The plot of Jasmine Builds on Shifting Sands seems interesting and the self discovery is intriguing. I will try to pick it up.

  16. I liked the cover of the book and the title is intriguing. I like the sound of the story and the journey.
    a will meets actions and shows up in results - that's inspiration right there!

  17. I really love how author has manage to showcase his point through short story and the story of girl make the book more interesting ,how she face challenges in life.

  18. I absolutely loved reading this book as it beautifully blends the self genre into fiction tale, while subtly answering the answers on manifestation.

  19. This is a motivational book that helps to stay focused and have a positive approach to rise above hurdles and accomplish the dream. The connection to the universe and it’s integral part in making our dreams come true also is a lesson to be learnt.

  20. I've read this book and loved it. I am more of a fiction reader and this book has both the elements fiction n self help. A good read it is.

  21. This book by Sanjay Desai looks to be a decent read. Thanks for reviewing this book for us and introducing a new book for reading.


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