Saturday, February 11, 2012

The Secret Letters of the Monk who Sold his Ferrari by Robin Sharma

The Secret Letters of the Monk who Sold his Ferrari

Format: Paperback
Published by Jaico Books
Language: English
ISBN: 9788184952926
Pages: 223
Price: Rs.250
Genre: Self-Help

My Ratings

The Secret Letters of the Monk who Sold his Ferrari

When you first hear the title, it reminds you of Robin Sharma's earlier book, The Monk who Sold his Ferrari. There is something so captivating about Robin Sharma's style of writing that a reader is flummoxed as well as relaxed, curious yet observant.

Unlike any other books I have read so far, it does not hide anything, contrary to the word "Secret" in the title. There is no sense of camouflaging the story into words, as Robin takes us through  Jonathan Landry's quest to find all the Talismans as told to him by Julian Mantle, a monk and his cousin. It is when he undergoes this journey that Jonathan realizes how insufficiently lived his life actually is. How, his problems- be it in his professional or personal lives,were due to his own decisions. He chose to be unhappy; he chose to live a life, giving more importance to his profession that made him go far off from his family, his wife and his kid. Hitherto, he had been cursing his destiny, his work, God and everyone else but him.

Yes, as you may have guessed much earlier, this is a Self-Help book. It aims to help you lead a better life and make you a stronger, sensible person when you reach the last page of this book. Through Jonathan's journeys and reading of each Talisman, we are made to believe in the power that Life brings to us.The possibilities, the serenity and the beauty of life is undeterred by the rush, the tensions that come along. But we tend to focus so much on the negatives and the precautions that we forget to Live. Instead of living our lives, we start to Fear it.

Robin Sharma in that sense, helps us introspect and realize by taking us through each Talisman and makes us realize the innate deeper meanings it kept for us to lead a better life.But what is so specific and unique about Sharma is that he does not point down these "Secrets" of Life but rather helps us Live it and Learn it.
I have always believed that when we finish a book, we take  a part of it within us. And these parts are mostly Felt, not Spelled. That is what struck me, the most while reading The Secret Letters..

Though I felt at times, that the book was stretching a bit at some places. Another thing that disappointed me was that I found four grammatical errors in the book. It really bothered me, as a reader because it is somehow not expected from Robin Sharma or the publishing house, Jaico. Nonetheless, there were some beautiful moments in the book, and it served its purpose well with me. I am more learned, and hopefully wiser.

Do take the talismans seriously. And then only read forward. Do write back and let me know if you feel the same way I do or not! :)
And in case you want to buy a copy online, here is the link! Did I mention, Discounted Prices too?

 Robin Sharma is the globally celebrated author of 11 international bestselling books on leadership including The Leader Who Had No Title, the phenomenal #1 blockbuster that is inspiring a movement around the idea that “Now, anyone - in any organization - can show Leadership”. His work has been published in over 60 countries and in nearly 70 languages, making him one of the most widely read authors in the world. He shot to fame with The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, which has topped international bestseller lists and sold millions of copies.