I Have The Controls: Get off Life’s Autopilot and take control of your destiny


Manish Kumar has been a Combat Pilot with the Indian Air Force where he was awarded the Chief of Air Staff Commendation for devotion to duty. He has years of experience as a Leader and thousands of hours as a helicopter pilot, preferring to fly rescue missions where his intuition not only helped him locate and save pilots and survivors but also averted near fatal crashes, saving men and aircraft. These incidents made him look for the greater meaning of life.

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I Have The Controls: Get off Life’s Autopilot and take control of your destiny

Author – Manish Kumar

(Also published as BE YOUR OWN PILOT)

In this inspirational fiction the author 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 the reins of life in our hands. ‘I Have The Controls’ is about the journey of a boy from a small town who realises 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 book is sure to touch and inspire you to break the shackles of self-limiting beliefs and to take off in life. Foreword by John Harricharan I lead a very busy life and generally cannot answer the tens of thousands of emails that come to me every month. Much as I would like to respond, it’s almost practically impossible. And so it was that I came upon a note sent to me by Manish Kumar. I don’t quite remember when it started, but I kept seeing his name here and there, sometimes on my FaceBook page, other times through something a dear friend, Yasminder Verdi, would mention in an email. And that is how I got to know Manish. It is not that we had met or had daily conversations. After all, he lives on the other side of the planet from where I am. It’s more like his spirit was shining so brightly through his words and across the miles that I had to stop and take note. I am happy, very happy that I did. Why am I happy about this? Because I was given an opportunity to discover a rare treasure. You see, Manish had written a book called “I Have the Controls.” He was kind enough to send me a draft copy to look at. I thought I would just glance through it, but then, as I started reading, I could not put it down. Manish uses the metaphor of flying to bring us some of the most life-affirming messages possible. In simple language, he leads us into a world where we find the gentle hints of that which we need to know. His chapter, “It’s all about balance” as well as his formula for success, which he refers to as “IVR” would help anyone to reach goals that may have seemed unreachable. And, NO, I will not tell you what “IVR” stands for. You will have to find out for yourself and experience the thrill of discovery, just as I did. You will be happy that you found the formula. In some ways, “I Have the Controls” reminds me of one of my favorite authors, Richard Bach. Richard’s books such as “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” and “Illusions” sit in a special place on my favorite bookshelf. I go there often for guidance and wisdom. Manish’s book will be in that same, special bookshelf. My suggestion is that you get yourself a copy of this book, read and reread it. I think you’ll find the answers to problems that have been challenging you for quite a while. And while you are at it, pick up a copy for someone near and dear to you. Share it with those you love. They will be grateful, very grateful. Thank you, Manish. Thank you for sharing your insights with us. Thank you for writing a book that has the potential of changing many lives. And thank you for giving me the opportunity to read it. I look forward to reading your future books. I am sure many others will, also. John Harricharan is a world-renowned speaker, mentor, life teacher, author of the bestseller When You Can Walk On Water, Take the Boat and an incredible human being. “John Harricharan leads us along the enchanted path of enlightenment with magic, charm, love and compassion.” -Dr. Deepak Chopra, author.


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