Wednesday, April 24, 2013

An Outer Journey that leads to an Inner Transformation !!!!

Having been an avid reader of non-fiction categorical books esp. inspirational and motivational books, this book at first didn't seem different to me. Another book to lift my spirits, leaving me charged up in the end. yet, I was wrong, it was indeed different.
Came across this quote in school - "Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be read only in parts, others to be read, but not curiously, and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention."
And for me, this book is the one I literally chewed and digested ;) The author,  Robin Sharma, known for his fabulous work in The monk who sold his Ferrari, came up with a beautifully written story of a man named Jonathan Laundry and his journey around the globe to collect Talismans from different people. It's all about finding your authentic self, confronting your deepest and real fear, finding your passion and acknowledging your true love and lastly to be a good human being. I would refrain myself from indulging more information on these talismans, leaving upto you to find out yourself.But this all sounds too familiar, especially for people who are really into inspirational stuff, isn't it? Pick any good motivational book and you'll have dozens of pages filled on each of these topics. Then what is it, that I liked it so much.
 For the first time, I felt connected !! As the story unfolded, I found myself indulged in deep thoughts and self interrogations just like Jonathan. And that is why, it took me longer than the usual to finish the book, absorbing and soaking each and every thought mentioned and every question raised in it. It helped in real sense to peep in myself and look for answers.This book definitely struck a chord with me. Not sure, if it will have the same effect on everyone but you will surely enjoy reading it once.
And For all those who love travelling, there is a bonus for you as the writer gives a vivid description of every place that the lead character visits covering historical facts, marvelous architecture, art and culture.

All in all, a book written in a simple language conveying powerful thoughts. It may not have created as much hype as its prequel but it surely is a delightful read !!!!!

P.S: This is my first Book review (if it sounds like one :P).