I recently read the book "The monk who sold his Ferrari" by Robin Sharma. It was an eye opener. I have never read books on self -improvement. In fact I have never been a book reader. The only time I remember reading books was during my extended stay at the hospital after my transplant. I had become quite a voracious reader at that time, devouring complete books in a couple of days. But it was only fiction.
My reading was revived recently when Chetan Bhagat decided to write about IITians, call center employees and the mistakes in a particular person's life.
I kept hearing about this monk book so often that I always thought I must read it. Akbar mentioned it during a conversation with a few friends over dinner and advised all of us to read the book and follow it. I have always admired Akbar and his attempts at leading a conscious life. What did the trick for me however was when "Ben maharaj", a Jain sadhvi mentioned that she read a Hindi translation of the book and found it amazing! That did it. I had to read the book!
The book came with an audio CD that had the author read it out. I listened to it while going to office and coming back much to the consternation of my chauffeur who would have preferred the latest chartbuster instead! I found the CD amazing. What was being said was so true.
My life had become a mad rush. Doing one thing after another. Without stopping to even think about what I was doing. Mainly reacting to situations. Not doing what I really want to do. Doing things that I have to do. I felt like Robin Sharma had actually written the book for me after seeing what I was doing with my life!
I was shocked to realize that most of us live our lives that way.
I loved the audio book so much that I read the hard copy of the book again after listening to it. I made notes of what I considered important. The next step is implementing what I have learnt. This is difficult. But it is necessary. To make my life more sane, more meaningful.
I would recommend this book to everyone. Even those who do not read regularly. You will not regret it.