Need Over Want


  • Language: English
  • Author : Poornima Jha
  • ISBN: 9788195947898
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Genre : Non-Fiction
  • Publisher: The Alcove Publishers
  • Pages: 210
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Minimalism is the philosophy of spending your time, energy, and money on things that add value to your life. It’s the art of recognizing need over want. Minimalism is a cry against a consumerist mindset where you allow yourself to drift in the direction of every marketing gimmick around you.

Saro and Lakshmi write letters to their fathers discussing their lifestyle choices. Kalyani explores the minimalist philosophy after an abusive marriage pushes her against the wall. A middle-class Bihari family discovers what a minimalist home should be like. Siddharth struggles to focus on the right things in the office while he goofs up at an important client meeting.

A family uncovers country-side fitness mantras as they are stuck in heavy rain in Coorg. At a superhero costume competition, relationships are strained and mended through the eyes of kids. A disoriented college passout Appu is listening to the podcast of a minimalist digital nomad, on the verge of taking a crucial life decision.

In 2024, five years after the Covid 19 pandemic hit the earth, many people still feel mentally stressed and remind themselves how to socialize. A clumsy Instagram crazy rich kid Ruhi takes a trip across Europe in an attempt to learn more about herself.

This book weaves the guiding principle of Minimalism in an anthology of part-fictional and part-real experiences. There are exercises and challenges given at the end of each chapter to drive home this philosophy.



Poornima Jha grew up in Chennai, though her roots are from Darbhanga, Bihar. She lives in Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany with her husband who is her biggest fan and supporter. She has a bachelor’s degree in Engineering and an Executive MBA from IIM Kozhikode. Alongside managing a team of embedded software programmers in her day job, she is a lifestyle blogger and a marathoner. She has travelled to several countries accompanied by nothing but books sometimes.

This is her debut book, which took shape after years of blogging on her website The blog was where she had been pouring the lessons from her lifestyle experiments so far. At work and outside, she yearns to be a serial skill-collector. She balances her free time by juggling between – running full marathons, cycling long-distances, dancing, swimming, playing badminton, stitching, painting and carpentry.

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