Thursday, April 30, 2009

Book Review: April 2009

Even as I write I am fretting about the fact that I have been able to read only two books this month. I shouldn't be that obsessed with it. Its not like I am competing against someone. But there's just so much I haven't read that it makes me uncomfortable I won't be able to read them all...but maybe I should relax a bit...before I get labelled as suffering from OCD.

Anyway, the books being reviewed this month are:
1. The Game Of Life And How To Play It by Florence Shinn
2. Discover Your Destiny with the Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin S. Sharma

The Game Of Life And How To Play It
Florence Shinn

This book was published in the year 1925 by the author herself after being unable to find a publisher for it. And it may have been a publisher’s loss considering the amount of popularity this book enjoyed.

‘Most people consider life a battle -- but it is not a battle, it is a game.’ This quote pretty much summarizes the book. It aims at convincing the reader that life ia a game and one can win if one plays by certain rules and laws. It goes on to elucidate on each of these laws that span topics like prosperity, health, relationships etc. The author mentions various demonstrations that she witnessed in support of the points she tries to drive home. Most of the demonstrations are simple; for instance, getting a particular amount of money, which was unduly lost, back. But they help lend weight to the author’s points. Ultimately the book does leave an impression and makes life appear much simpler than we make it out to be. The book also scores in being a very short read. And I completely enjoyed.

For anyone who’s read The Secret, this book will sound very familiar and serve only to ingrain harder what The Secret would have talked about. In fact this may have been one of the precursors to The Secret too. Nevertheless, it is a book worth picking up and giving a try. See if you can play the game and win.

Discover Your Destiny with the Monk Who Sold His Ferrari
Robin S. Sharma

This book was a Woman’s Day gift from one of my sweetest friends and I will be forever indebted to her for it. I really liked it. In fact I liked it better than The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, which started seeming like a string of old clich├ęs somewhere along the way. Discover Your Destint quotes many people too but it does so with some grace. The book makes good reading because of the way in which the Monk interacts with the narrator and also because I believe that the principles outlined in the book, if practiced, can really make a difference in our lives. We spend too much time living a fake life whose priorities are defined mostly by others. Very few of us delve deep into what we really want fpr ourselves, what we are really capable of doing and going the distance to do it. We are too scared, too bound and too sane for that kind of a thing. And our real potential remains buried deep under the layers of this external garb which is mostly not even us.

Discover Your Destiny seeks to provide pointers to shed that garb and explore what we really want and can do in life, to let us realize what we can really become before we die. It does not provide concrete steps…only 7 principles or stages that one needs to go through to become who he truly is. And yet, it is a starting point. The sooner we realize we were born to do great things and start working towards getting there, the better it is…all of us. And this book will surely help.

Happy Reading!

1 Thinkers Pondered:

deepocean2k said...

Anu,

Can i borrow? ;)