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Interesting Read : Why E-books cost so much!

12 Apr

 

Very insightful article!

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57412587-93/why-e-books-cost-so-much/?part=rss&subj=news&tag=title

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Book Summary #1 : The Secret Letter of The Monk who Sold His Ferrari

23 Jan

P.S. – After much of fighting inertia and procrastination, I have finally got around doing this! Already working on the next one now! 🙂 Please note this is just a summary of the book, not a review!

Book Summary #1

 The Secret Letters Of The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

 By Robin Sharma

Background

In the prequel to this book, the main protagonist – Julian Mantle, is a high powered courtroom lawyer who from the outset is any professional’s dream – Making good money, having a Ferrari, travelling all over, marriage, kids. But from inside nothing is going right for him – his health is on a downhill, he has no time for his family and his marriage is on the rocks. He finally realises he can’t go on like this when he gets a massive heart attack at the age of 45.

He leaves everything (even his Ferrari!) and goes to Himalayas in order to get his life back. There he meets a monk and his life seems to be recycled like never before. He is looking much younger than he looked at 45; his face is all radiant and glowing. He is finally living and enjoying life in its entirety!

In this sequel of a book, Julian decides to help his nephew – Jonathan Landry who is going through a similar phase in his life. He sends him on a journey to collect the various 9 amazing talisman accompanied by life-saving letters that carry the extraordinary secrets that Julian discovered when he went to Himalayas.

On a remarkable journey around the globe to places such as Buenos Aires, Paris, India, Shanghai to name a few, Jonathan meets some amazing people who live the wisdom which Julian shared with them and in the journey reclaims his life!

 

Quick Brief of the Nine Life-saving Letters

Letter 1: The Power of Authenticity

The most important gift we can give ourselves is the commitment to living our authentic life. To be true to ourselves, however, is not an easy task.

 

Letter 2 : Embrace Your Fears

What holds us back in life is the invisible architecture of fear. It keeps us in our comfort zones, which are, in truth, the least safe places in which to live.

 

Letter 3: Live with Kindness

It is important to remember that just as our words are our thoughts verbalised, so our deeds are our beliefs actualized. How we treat someone defines how we treat everyone, including ourselves.

 

Letter 4 : Make Small Daily Progress

The way we do small things determines the way that we do everything. If we execute our minor tasks well, we will also excel at our larger efforts.

 

Letter 5 : To Lead Your Best Life, Do Your Best Work

There is no insignificant work in the world. All labour is a chance to express personal talents, to create our art and to realise the genius we are built to be.

 

Letter 6: Choose Your Influences Well

We do not move through our days alone or apart from the world around us. And so we must always be aware of the things and the people we allow into our lives.

 

Letter 7: Life’s Simplest Pleasures Are Life’s Greatest Joys

Most people don’t discover what’s most important in life until they are too old to do anything about it. They spend many of their best years pursuing things that matter little in the end.

 

Letter 8:  The Purpose of Life Is To Love

How well you live comes down to how much you love. The heart is wiser than the head. Honour it. Trust it. Follow it.

 

Letter 9: Stand for Something Bigger than Yourself

There are no extra people alive today. Every single one of us is here for a reason, a special purpose – a mission.

 

For more on each of the letters, you can buy the book here –

Amazon

Flipkart

 

I also found some very interesting statements/quotes (from the book) worth thinking about : 

“Our daily behaviours broadcast our deepest beliefs.”

“It doesn’t matter where you are going, just who you are becoming.”

“Night hides many things, but reveals others.”

“The way you relate to others reveals the way you relate to yourself.”

“Why is that often we allow ourselves to treat family in ways we wouldn’t treat friends – or even those we don’t know? Probably because we assume they will forgive us. But that’s no excuse. “

“You would rather shop than live?”

“The more addicted you are to having; the less devoted you will be to becoming.”

“Real happiness doesn’t come from accumulating things.”

“I’m not going to live the same day over and over again, and call it a life.”

“You can’t move forward while looking back.”

“There is nothing you can do to change the past.”

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Hope it was helpful!

 

Anirudh

Quick Update

4 Nov

P.S. – In my endeavor to write more regularly, I would be having this quick updates whenever I don’t have much to talk about.

My profile at work(Tally Solutions) is a bit changed from being a Business Development Manager to being a Product Manager for the audit tool – Tally.ERP9 : Auditors Edition. Its been almost 2 months in this role and its been exciting to say the least. More on this hopefully in the coming posts.

I have added a new section on the right – Books In Queue. These are the books sitting on my shelf waiting to be picked! I also intend to post small reviews of the books I have finished reading!

 

Ciao!

Is this the future of books/magazines? Highly interactive and engaging!

1 May

Guy Kawasaki – The Art of Enchantment

3 Apr

 

I have already seen this video a few times, clearly I am enchanted by Guy Kawasaki!

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