Tuesday, November 29, 2011


By now, every book lover has realized that Flipkart is a blessing.  As it promptly delivers you any book right at your doorstep without a hitch.  Recently my younger daughter gave me the titles of 3 books which her professor had recommended. One of them is 'The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari' by Robin S Sharma.

Sure enough i had heard of this book but somehow never got down to reading it. Probably as  my reading habits had gone for a toss and it is only recently that i am trying to catch up on the best selling  novels, unread by me.

I have purposely named this Post as 'Elation!' instead of  ' A Book Review' as how could i possibly attempt to write a review of an International Best Seller that has sold over 15 million copies and  been translated in over 50 languages?

And yet, i was mighty elated  and thankful to my daughter for making it possible for me to read this book. And sure enough, i  wanted to share my views.  Hence this Post.

The entire novel's message is conveyed through a dialogue between Julian Mantle, a high profile millionaire  Lawyer who turns a Monk after an unexpected Heart attack and his colleague John.  Julian returns from  the Himalayas after spending time with the sages of Savanna and emerging as a Born Again Monk.

While the book is full of inspirational content and several techniques, i liked one advice immensely.

Julian  explains to John,  that the sages of Savanna had created  '5 Step Method  for Attaining Goals'  to reach their objectives  and fulfill the purpose of their lives. Julian advices John to buy a Journal and calls it the Dream Book. He advises  him to fill this book with one's desires, dreams and objectives. For it was only by writing down the goals and knowing oneself that one could successfully achieve ones' life goals.

Julian also talked reverenentially about ONE word that could make a major change over in one's life. : PASSION. He  says," A burning sense of Passion is the most potent fuel for your dreams"

So, what are those 5 steps?  Go and read the book and find out for yourself :)

The novel has a beautiful message on dealing with one's past:

"Every event has a purpose and every setback a lesson. I have realized that failure, whether of the personal, professional or even spiritual kind is essential to personal expansion.  It brings inner growth and a whole host of psychic rewards. Never regret your past.  Rather, embrace it as the teacher that it is."

A few other quotes i liked immensely are;

'Investing in yourself is the best investment you will ever make.  It will not only improve your life, it will improve the lives of all those around you".

" People never realize that mind management is the essence of life management".

"When you dedicate yourself to transforming your inner world your life quickly shifts from the ordinary to the realm of the extraordinary".

"By controlling the thoughts that you think and the way you respond to the event of your life, you begin to control your destiny."

Towards the end of the novel, the author talks about the importance of Time management and also the  importance of serving humanity. Believe it or not, i finished the book in half a day!

Truly a magnificent piece of work, that inspires you from the cover to the end. So go ahead and buy your copy today if you haven't already.

Happy Reading and Happy Enlightenment!

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