Author                   :             Spencer Johnson
First Published        :             September 8th 1998 by Putnam Adult
ISBN 13                 :             9780091883768
Genre                    :            Motivational / Self help
Reviewer’s rating   :            5/5

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The book was originally titled ‘Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life’ and has proved to be true to its title by almost everyone who has read it. It is a simple parable told in less than 100 pages, most of which has just a picture of cheese with a saying on it. But it’s not just the length of the story that will make the reader like this book. Who Moved My Cheese is one of those books that everyone can relate to. The story is based on the very fact of life that we all succumb to at some point in our lives: change. In work, as in life, we all face changes that we find hard to accept or deal with. Although the sentence “this book changed my life forever” is as fraudulent as it sounds, books certainly help in giving a new perspective to the way we approach the changes in our life. ‘Who Moved My Cheese’ is one such book that will make you think without putting too much pressure on your head.

It’s a story about four characters: two mice named Sniff and Scurry, and two little people or miniature human beings named Hem and Haw. Allegorically, these four stand for the ways in which people deal with the difficult situations in their lives. They are placed in the maze of life, searching for the cheese which is the thing that gives them happiness. When the Cheese that these four were very comfortable with suddenly vanished, their reactions were very different. While Sniff and Scurry (who had already anticipated the change) moved on, Hem and Haw felt dejected and grief-stricken. The response of Hem and Haw is what most readers would associate themselves with.

Through the course of the last 40 pages, Spencer Johnson succeeds in his work of providing an ‘amazing way to deal with changes....’

One of the very interesting parts of the book is the sayings that Hem writes on the walls. The most effective line among those is: 'What would you do if you weren't afraid?' This is what we essentially need to ask ourselves when we face a dead-end and don’t know what to do. The characters of Sniff, Scurry, Hem and Haw are beautifully constructed to serve the purpose of the book.

‘Who Moved My Cheese’ is considered one of the best selling business books. It has sold more than 26 million copies worldwide in 37 languages. Many companies hold reading sessions of the book for their employees, thereby providing them with new ways of looking at their professional setbacks. The story, as the title says, doesn’t just stay constricted on professional front. It helps in dealing with all sorts of changes one may encounter.

So go ahead and grab the book because by the end of it, you'll have a smile on your face and a picture of New Cheese in your heart!
Happy Reading! :)

Mansi Sharma

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