Publisher : jaico books, Harper collins
Author : Robin Sharma
Publication year : 1997
About the author :
Robin Sharma is a Canadian author, public speaker and a former lawyer. He founded the leadership training firm Sharma Leadership International and has written 11 books.
Julian Mantel, a successful lawyer from Connecticut gets a heart attack in a packed court room. The heart attack, as it turns out, is just a sign of a greater problem. The doctors put up a choice in front of Julian– to chose life or law. Julian, realizing that this was his turn to get out of the life he was finding himself suffocated in, quit practicing law. He sold his mansion, Ferrari and all other possession only to start on an expedition to India with just one goal – to seek out happiness in life ; to learn the secret of living a fulfilled life. In his quest, he comes across sages who live far away from any modern civilization. Upon finding them he is asked to promise just one thing in exchange of learning the secret way of living of the Himalayan sages. Over time he learns the secret way of leading a perfect life and to honor his promise of spreading the ancient wisdom in his own land, he flies back home to meet his friend and former colleague John. It is then when he discloses his secret learnings to his friend.
My thoughts on the book:
Well, this is certainly not an ordinary book where the plot is very essential. This book has a simple plot- guy goes to India to find inner peace, returns back home to share what he learned. Unlike sophists and heretics, Philosophers used to choose a discourse as a means of learning and propagating ideas. Similarly, Robin Sharma uses a discourse between Jessie and John to give us the ‘know how’ to lead a prosperous life. The book is brilliant in its own way and one might get amazed after realizing just how the small changes mentioned in this book can help you a great deal in real life. The book itself answers all your queries and gives you an insight on how you must enjoy the small things in life. It is absolutely amazing. I finished this book in one go because I love learning how to improve myself even if it is by the smallest distance on the scale. Trust me, I have read Holy Geeta, Bible, Torah and many spiritual and inspirational books but this one is quite something. I felt that you don’t have to be a serious reader to understand and even apply the techniques this book mentions. Words used are quite simple and the format is also very simple so even kids can read and take a lot from this book. We are so focused in our daily lives that we always strive to beat others at being an engineer,doctor, businessman etcetera but we never truly care about ourselves as a person. We never strive to better ourselves as a human being and as a soul. While philosophical texts and even spiritual/religious books offer the answers to such questions, this book does its bit without going deep into the matter so that even a normal reader can relate to it.
I definitely recommend reading this book and picking up the good stuff.
However, when it comes to rating this book, I’ll be upfront and say that the presentation isn’t good. My reasons for this are very sound to me. First of all, the whole book is just two friends talking on one fine evening. Second, we are lead to believe that John also attained enlightenment. I took Jessie months to learn the secret. The sages could have just told him the secrets too. To be honest, I think that Robin Sharma only wanted to deliver the message and did not pay much attention to the presentation of the idea. The characters are loose and have very less significance.
Okay, so I can go on and on about the book so let’s just get on with the ratings.
Characters : 2.5
Message : 4.5
over-all rating: 3
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