Books that I would read over and over again
The last book that I read over and over again is “Manual of the Warrior of Light” by Paulo Coelho. I read it until some passages were literally committed to memory. I did the same with the inspirational stories in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. The one lying on my bed side table with a note book is the “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Life lessons for Mastering the Law of Attraction: 7 essential ingredients for living a prosperous life”. I am actually doing the exercises detailed at the end of each chapter in order to make sure that even in the midst of chaos I retain a sense of my priorities and keep moving towards my goals.
I am sure that I have forgotten the name of some of the books that I had read so eagerly over and over again and yet there are some that I can never forget. “Memoirs of a Geisha” by Arthur Golden was just such a book. The “White Mughals: Love & Betrayal in Eighteenth-Century Inda” by William Dalrymple transported me to another era and captivated me. While I have read most of the books in the Penguin Classic publication by writers like Jane Austen, Homer, Charles Dickens, it was Ian Fleming’s series of “James Bond” books that ignited my imagination.
When I finally got into reading management books and self help books, I became an ardent follower of Robert Kiwosaki, the author of “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” series of books on financial self-help. Then there was Dale Carnegie with his “How to stop worrying and start living” that started me on his books. An ex-boss introduced me to “Good to Great” and “Built to Last” by Jim Collins and Jerry I. Porras.
A book that I frequently refer back to (and sometimes even daily) is the “7 habits of Highly Effective People”, I loved the advice and found practical applications for it through out both my personal life and corporate career. Another good one was “Eat that Frog” by Brian Tracy, while the title is hilarious, the advise are downright practical. I copied bullet point list out of these books and printed them out to tack them up on my cubicle wall. When I find myself stalling at work, I look at that list and get going again.
While some people find books boring, to me they are the secret doorway to another world. They transport me in a moment to a different era, a different culture, from one corner of the world to another. They force me to consider different points of view, they make me laugh and they make me cry. And they give me advice that makes me go “hmmm…. now why didn’t I think of that?”