|The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma|
There are many a books that I read twice, sometimes to get a different perspective that comes with age and sometimes to revisit the beauty of the words and their implications. One such book that I randomly picked up again was The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari: A fable about fulfilling your dreams & reaching your destiny by Robin Sharma. Though not a big time self-help books reader, I recognize that this one is an inspiring tale that provides a step-by-step approach to living with greater courage, balance, abundance and joy. It is a kind of a book that you want to both savour and speed through.
This fabled tale is of high-flying lawyer, Julian Mantle, who, after suffering from a heart attack in the middle of court, goes on a spiritual quest through the Himalayas and returns to impart his new-found wisdom on colleague and friend John, the narrator of the book. The story is told from the perspective of John who admires Mantle’s great success and aspires to be like him. During the narrative, comes forth the core of the book that is ‘The Seven Virtues of Enlightened Learning’, which Julian Mantle reveals one by one. Yes, one realizes that they have been made up by the author — actually pulled them from other sources and put them together yet there are some wonderful take-backs that one should deliberate on. The metaphor of the ‘Mind as a Garden’ and how to ‘Savour the Rose’ are amazing creations of the author. The one I love the most is the idea of thoughts being vital, living things like little bundles of energy and that the quality of your life is determined by the quality of your thoughts. Not needed to be explained; just a little introspection will make you realize how potent the thought is.
Of course, there are other thought provoking ideas and beliefs that are interspersed and can be deliberated and meditated upon, but I leave that to the readers who come across the book as and when. The book is a fable, and it’s one that will certainly make you give some thought to your life, your goals and your dreams.
Ms. Rima Pant
|Message in a Bottle|
By Nicholas Sparks
This book is a second romantic novel written by American novelist and screen writer, Nicholas Sparks of “The Notebook “fame. The 1999 film, “Message in a Bottle “produced by and starring Kevin Costner is based on this novel.
This book takes you on an emotional and romantic journey into the lives of two people who find love again, after deep grief caused by love. Theresa Osborne , the female protagonist in the novel is a single mother and a struggling columnist in a leading publication .She is divorced and is disillusioned about romantic relationships.
Garrett, a widower and a popular sailor , runs a sea club . He is still haunted by the loving memories of his wife, Catherine who died three years ago. Garrett writes love letters to her which he packs in a bottle and throws them far away and deep into the sea in a hope to reach her.
One fateful day , one such letter in a bottle is found by Theresa while jogging on the beach.
Something which started initially as a column for the publication turned into a miraculous encounter that embraces all our hopes for finding someone special, for having a true and strong love that is timeless and everlasting.
The book read is worth an experience.
Ms. Bhawna Garg
HOD Computer Science
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|Adaptibility in one self is the medium to a wonderful living
( Book: Who moved my cheese by S. Johnson)
The book ‘Who moved my cheese’ tells about the unexpected change that is beyond one's control, in which ‘cheese’ is a symbol of something one wants, ie: happiness, security, financial resources. The message that the author attempt to convey is that our future, success, security, and ultimately happiness is within our control.
It is truly felt that change is the must. There is a regular cycle of change . As a teacher, I feel that strategies that were once thought to be "out-of-this-world" are now seen as ordinary. The writing industry has shown us that there is an audience for just about anyone's ideas, no matter how he writes. At school , we teachers are exposed to a brilliant medium of teaching through the use of latest technology. All this conveys our chase towards the better and fresh ‘cheese’.
Ms. Madhu Pathania