November 25, 2012 by Ashwin
Genre: Self Help, Philosophy
I’ve never been a fan of self help books, I had two books by Dale Carnegie and I never read them. I like fiction. But then I got this book from a friend @iyatingupta and this book kind of looked nice and I had to read it.
The best thing about the book is it’s a mere 104 pages and can be finished within 2 hours but being lazy as ever, it took me a week . Now about the book:
It’s a book by SONU VC, I had no idea about the guy until I read this book. The book is about Birth and Existence and for a topic as this it’s too short a book. The book doesn’t answer any questions but forces you to introspect the simple aspects of life. Are we living the life we should live or we have become too materialistic or practical?
The book is divided into four parts:
Avatar or Angel
Why Birth makes you ponder about the purpose of our birth. Are we born to do what we are actually doing or do we have have a bigger purpose. Do we actually know what we are doing and what for?
The second part is about Avatar and Angles. It says we may not be an angle but we can be not to everyone but someone, someone who who is in dire straits and by helping them out we can be an angel to them.
The first and second part are nothing we don’t know of but it’s just that we are reading about it in detail.
The practical line is the best part of the book. It says we have become too practical, living a monotonous life and nothing significant. But do we have a choice?
The author shares Swami Vivekananda’s philosophy:
“As you have come into this world, leave some mark behind. Otherwise, where is the difference between you and trees and stones? They too come into existence, decay and die”
But for most of us leaving a mark means becoming famous be an actor, cricketer or someone important and the letting the world know us but the author doesn’t agree to it.
The book is too idealistic and with values and mindset we have been brought up it’s too difficult to live a life with no affinity to materialistic possessions.
The topics brought up in the book have always intrigued me and I’ve spent some time thinking about it and going nowhere, but the book doesn’t answer them and it makes you reflect on yourself. The book just asks questions and a slight hint to that question.
All in all, it’s a good read and a very simple take on a complicated topic but a self help book or any book cannot answer any such questions. Its for you and only you discover.