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Friday, December 24, 2004

Current Reads

Category: Misc. Reading

I am reading these books.

- The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma
- Digital Fortress by Dan Brown

Snapshot:
The Monk... is a dull read. I was attracted by the title and was looking for some insight in Zen Philosophy and modern life, however, this book is a rehash of so many feel good books, more so from Indians like Deepak Chopra and Shiv Khera.

A rich and successful lawyer sells everything, including his red Ferrari, and goes to India in search of the meaning of life, finds it from some sages in the Himalayas, returns home, and preaches it to his friend. That's the story.


You don't have to visit India to find the meaning of life. It is as good/bad as the US, if not any better or worse.


The Monk... is dull & boring with pedantic writing and hackneyed examples. It is a mixture of Dale Carnegie, Deepak Chopra, Shiv Khera, Chicken Soup series, and Who Moved My Cheese rolled in one.

How did this book become a bestseller?

If there were Sanskrit Mantras to be used, then proper references should have been provided, instead of a platitude like this is ageless wisdom.

A popular verse from The Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

You are what your deep, driving desire is
As your desire is, so is your will
As your will is, so is your deed
As your deed is, so is your destiny.