This book was probably my most anticipated read of 2019.
We easily come across Gaur Gopal Das’s short videos on leading a happy life almost daily on social media, and I can say this very firmly that each one of those videos are excellent in the meaning that we can derive from them.
Look at the following of an Indian monk on social media, need I say more?
An entire book by him was such spectacular gift to all the book lovers around the globe who know him. 🤗
No doubt, it has been one of the widely talked about books in the World Book Fair and Jaipur Literature Festival held this January!
Without any further ado, let’s get straight to how I felt it was after having read it.
The 200 pages short book basically tells you about the 4 wheels or principles that form the foundation of a happy life: Personal life, Relationships, Work life and Social Service.
The sections of personal and work life, I found were mere retelling of what any other self help book keeps telling you. Gratitude, Focusing on Positives, competition with yourself etc.
While I really liked what he had to offer about relationships and social service, other things were plain and not quite appealing. But one unique thing about this book is how he has connected and presented many of his life encounters directly in the book which can provide reader with an idea of how a monk’s life is in general and to my surprise, it’s not like they are ignorant of people who live for money and fame, they are exactly the same kind of people as we are, doing the same things as we do, probably the orange robe does make alot of misconception around common people!
If you are someone who is new to self help books, maybe you can read it for starters but if you are someone like me, who have already read and loved other books on psychology of life, I don’t think this is a book you would want to pick up.
To the fans of Gaur Gopal Das, maybe you can console yourself by the fact that it’s just his debut book. Who knows he will come up with better books in future, because I have no doubts on his wisdom and power of words.
If you are interested here’s a list of self help books that I have read, that I felt are better:
1. The power of your subconscious mind by Joseph Murphy
2. The Secret and The Magic by Rhonda Byrne
3. The 5 am club by Robin Sharma
4. The prophet by Khalil Gibran
5. How to overcome mental tension by Swami Gokulananda
6. The subtle art of not giving a fuck by Mark Manson
7. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
8. Siddharth by Herman Hesse
9. Who will cry when you die by Robin Sharma
10. Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
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