Saturday, September 26, 2009

The Monk who sold his Ferrari

Author: Robin Sharma
Pages: 200
Genre: Self-Help/Inspiration
Rating: 2.5 stars (on a scale of 5)

Challenges: Orbis Terrarum Challenge 2009 ; Country - Canada (Author's Origin)

I've been wanting to read this book for more than 3 years. I remember it had generated so much hype when it was released and I was quite intrigued by the title as well. As per the statistics, more than a million copies of it are sold; wanted to figure out why?!

Even when I picked up the book I had absolutely no idea that it was a self-help!! I thought it was more philosophical. Anyways, since I am open to reading all kind of genres, I started this with an open mind...

As you can see my rating, I've given it only 2.5 stars. To me that means it's quite an average read and I wouldn't probably recommend it to anyone. The book actually starts off quite well. I was quite inspired reading the first few chapters! I was hoping that it would continue throughout, but half way through, it proved to be quite pedantic. Though the author has a valid point to make, he drags on and on about the same concept which is a real put off. Rather than emphasizing the importance of those principles, it actually bored me to death. I agree, emphasizing the facts repeatedly with various instances and examples is a good way to create a lasting impression on the reader's mind but it shouldn't look artificial or forced. Though Robin Sharma has used a dialogue approach between Julian (the Monk) and John to explain the 7 key concepts, it just fails to look natural. Every question that John asks seems like a rehearsed script in a reality show!! It just doesn't fit in....Probably a different style of writing would have helped here, is my opinion!

Even the 7 concepts discussed seem to be very cliched and I have read many books explaining the same concepts in a better way, holding the reader's interest. The book really disappointed me. I would not recommend this unless you are in desperate need of self-help.

However, I still liked a few quotes in the book which I made a note of, while reading.

"Every event has a purpose and every setback its lesson.I have realized that failure whether of the personal, professional or even spiritual kind is essential to personal expansion. It brings inner growth and whole host of psychic rewards.Never regret your past. Rather, embrace it as the teacher that it is".

"Investing in yourself is the best investment you will ever make. It will not only improve your life, it will improve the lives of all those around you"

"It's only when you have mastered the art of loving yourself that you can truly love others. It's only when you have opened your own heart that you can touch the heart of others. When you feel centered and alive, you are in a much better position to be a better person"

"By controlling the thoughts that you think and the way you respond to the events of you life, you begin to control your destiny"

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Teaser Tuesdays

"Every event has a purpose and every setback its lesson. I have realized that failure whether of the personal, professional or even spiritual kind is essential to personal expansion. It brings inner growth and a whole host of psychic rewards. Never regret your past. Rather, embrace it as the teacher that it is"

- Page 16, The Monk Who Sold his Ferrari by Robin Sharma

"There is no one strategy that will magically transform your life, John, let me be the first to say this. Lasting and profound change comes through the continued application of a number of the methods I have shared with you. But yoga is an extremely effective way to unlock your reserves of vitality. I do my yoga every morning and it is one of the best things that I do for myself. It not only rejuvenates my body, it completely focuses my mind. It has even unblocked my creativity. it is a terrific discipline"
- Page 111, The Monk Who Sold his Ferrari by Robin Sharma

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!(make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Dancing With Ana : Giveaway Winners

The 3 lucky winners (randomly picked by my computer) of the book 'Dancing With Ana' by Nicole Barker are :

Veens who blogs @ Giving Reading a Chance
Dina who blogs @ Just Another New Blog
Sarbear who blogs @ My Life is an Effing Fairytale

Congrats to all the winners!! Drop me an email with your complete postal address (if you are in US, P.O Boxes are accepted too) and I shall email the author with the details.

**You are eligible for claiming the book only if you are a follower of this blog (if you are not, you can follow by clicking on the button on the right sidebar)

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Orbis Terrarum Challenge 2009 Update

It's 6 months since the challenge started and I am done reading 5/10 books. I think that's a decent progress :) I am enjoying this more than I did last year! I have a tendency of getting stuck reading specific genres, so am glad that becoz of this OT challenge I consciously expand my reading to books from various countries...

1. FLIGHT OF PIGEONS by Ruskin Bond (India)
3. SIDDHARTHA by Herman Hesse (Germany) - book is based in India
4. THE REMAINS OF THE DAY by Kazuo Ishiguro (Japan)
5. BUDDHA MIND, BUDDHA BODY by Thich Nhat Hanh (Vietnam)

Currently Reading: THE MONK WHO SOLD HIS FERRARI by Robin Sharma (Canada)

I am yet to decide on the next 4 books that I need to pick up! So suggestions are welcome :)