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5 books to read in life

I am one person who is a good reader and observer. Not every book would fascinate me. There are some books that I have read from start to the end. I would love to pen them here as my perspective to the books which should be read by an individual once in a lifetime.

1.    Bhagavad Gita: 

This is a a part of the epic Mahabharata, where its written in a dialogue form between Arjuna the pandava prince and his guide Lord Krishna. I recommand this book as it’s the holy book of the Hindu’s. We often find a self help book that will help us in the 21st century. May it be the help of self confidence, love, motivation, guidance, power, money, fame, fortune, trust, making friends, winning attitude and so on. You don’t need to go in search of all the teachings to different set of books.

This is one book which will have all the answers to your questions, whatever may be the question. It’s the 21st century and this book was almost written in the 5th century; the exact date is not known by any but this century was accepted as the time when it was written. One of the most powerful books to answer your queries. It was written way back in ages of time. But if you see the language its hard to understand, but the meaning and truth behind it is inevitable. I would not write too much about it but would recommand you to read it one in a life time verse by verse everyday.

Some quotes from famous personalities across the world on the Bhagavad Gita:

Albert Einstein
"When I read the Bhagavad-Gita and reflect about how God created this universe everything else seems so superfluous."
Aldous Huxley
"The Bhagavad-Gita is the most systematic statement of spiritual evolution of endowing value to mankind. It is one of the most clear and comprehensive summaries of perennial philosophy ever revealed; hence its enduring value is subject not only to India but to all of humanity."
Mahatma Gandhi
"When doubts haunt me, when disappointments stare me in the face, and I see not one ray of hope on the horizon, I turn to Bhagavad-gita and find a verse to comfort me; and I immediately begin to smile in the midst of overwhelming sorrow. Those who meditate on the Gita will derive fresh joy and new meanings from it every day."
Henry David Thoreau
"In the morning I bathe my intellect in the stupendous and cosmogonal philosophy of the Bhagavad-gita, in comparison with which our modern world and its literature seem puny and trivial."
Dr. Albert Schweitzer
"The Bhagavad-Gita has a profound influence on the spirit of mankind by its devotion to God which is manifested by actions."
Carl Jung
"The idea that man is like unto an inverted tree seems to have been current in by gone ages. The link with Vedic conceptions is provided by Plato in his Timaeus in which it states 'behold we are not an earthly but a heavenly plant.' This correlation can be discerned by what Krishna expresses in chapter 15 of Bhagavad-Gita."
Herman Hesse
"The marvel of the Bhagavad-Gita is its truly beautiful revelation of life's wisdom which enables philosophy to blossom into religion."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"I owed a magnificent day to the Bhagavad-gita. It was the first of books; it was as if an empire spoke to us, nothing small or unworthy, but large, serene, consistent, the voice of an old intelligence which in another age and climate had pondered and thus disposed of the same questions which exercise us."


 

2.    Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus:

This book is written by John Gray who is an American Author and a relationship counselor. “It was the Highest ranked work of non-fiction” of the 1990s. This book starts with the Title that men and women are from two distant planets and have their own set of rules accoding to their planet. This book states the common problems between men and women are a result of fundamental psychological differences between the genders, which the author exemplifies.

One example is men's complaint that if they offer solutions to problems that women bring up in conversation, the women are not necessarily interested in solving those problems, but want mainly to talk about them. The book asserts that each gender can be understood in terms of distinct ways they respond to stress and stressful situations. This book gives ample examples of how to deal with the opposite sex. It makes you learn how to respect the differences and adjust with situations that would or may go out of hand to handle. All issues that teens don’t understand due to the lack of understanding can be learnt from this book. Respect to each other is the best thing it will explain. Highly recommanded for teenagers which take relationship as everything else. This will firm your mind for the opposite sex for sure and no matter how many times you read the book it will teach you something everytime you read it.

 



 

3.    Who moved my Cheese?

 

Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life, published in 1998, is a motivational book by Spencer Johnson written in the style of a parable or business fable It describes change in one's work and life, and four typical reactions to said change by two mice and two "littlepeople", during their hunt for cheese.

 

This book is about a team of two mice and a team of two minature exectives who each slide into a pair of size 0.005 sneakers and run through a maze in search of cheese. All goes well--until somebody moved the cheese! Chaos then (predictably if not hilariously) ensues. And that is the intelligent part of the book.

 

Its said everything is good till it changes. This is what this book is all about. You know where the cheese is you are good enough to tackle things, but the moment someone moves the cheese you are dumb struck how to find it and there is a chaos. This book teaches you to deal with such changes in everyday life, may it be personal or professional. A very small book which can be read in 45 minutes at a stretch.

 


 

4.    The 48 Laws of Power

 

The 48 laws of Power is the first book by American author Robert Greene. The book, an international bestseller, is a practical guide for anyone who wants power, observes power, or wants to arm him- or herself against power.

 

 

 

The 48 Laws

 

  1. Never outshine the master.
  2. Never put too much trust in friends, learn how to use enemies.
  3. Conceal your intentions.
  4. Always say less than necessary.
  5. So Much Depends on Reputation – Guard it with your Life.
  6. Court attention at all costs.
  7. Get others to do the work for you, but always take the credit.
  8. Make other people come to you; use bait if necessary.
  9. Win through your actions, never through argument.

10.Infection: avoid the unhappy and unlucky.

11.Learn to keep people dependent on you.

12.Use selective honesty and generosity to disarm your victim.

13.When asking for help, appeal to people's self-interests, never to their mercy or gratitude.

14.Pose as a friend, work as a spy.

15.Crush your enemy totally.

16.Use absence to increase respect and honor.

17.Keep others in suspended terror: cultivate an air of unpredictability.

18.Do not build fortresses to protect yourself. Isolation is dangerous.

19.Know who you're dealing with; do not offend the wrong person.

20.Do not commit to anyone.

21.Play a sucker to catch a sucker: play dumber than your mark.

22.Use the surrender tactic: transform weakness into power.

23.Concentrate your forces.

24.Play the perfect courtier.

25.Re-create yourself.

26.Keep your hands clean.

27.Play on people's need to believe to create a cultlike following.

28.Enter action with boldness.

29.Plan all the way to the end.

30.Make your accomplishments seem effortless.

31.Control the options: get others to play with the cards you deal.

32.Play to people's fantasies.

33.Discover each man's thumbscrew.

34.Be royal in your fashion: act like a king to be treated like one.

35.Master the art of timing.

36.Disdain things you cannot have: Ignoring them is the best revenge.

37.Create compelling spectacles.

38.Think as you like but behave like others.

39.Stir up waters to catch fish.

40.Despise the free lunch.

41.Avoid stepping into a great man's shoes.

42.Strike the shepherd and the sheep will scatter.

43.Work on the hearts and minds of others.

44.Disarm and infuriate with the mirror effect.

45.Preach the need for change, but never reform too much at once.

46.Never appear too perfect.

47.Do not go past the mark you aimed for; in victory, learn when to stop.

48.Assume formlessness.

 

 

 

To who all are in love with the power they like this is one book that guides you to such a power that would not destroy you but make you the one you want yourself to be.

 

    5. The art of Seduction

 

The Art Of Seduction is the second book by American author Robert Greene.

The book profiles nine types of seducers and eighteen types of victims. Greene uses examples from historical figures such as Cleopatra, Giacomo Casanova, Duke Ellington and John F. Kennedy to support the psychology behind seduction. The book contains 24 seduction techniques. Greene saw The Art of Seduction as the logical follow-up to The 48 Laws of Power since seduction is "about power and manipulation as much as it is about romance, about how to make someone fall under your spell."

 

This book just does not talk of seduction of love but almost every feeling that a human would want to seduce for. May it be love, lust, power, betrayal, etc.

 

This author masters in teaching things which would make you positively upright in life and just not let you fall in life to wrong practices but guide you in a way how things are suppose to be mentored.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are my all time favourite, the main reason behind the love for these titles is it has taught me everything in life and these are non fiction and these can be implemented in real time and there is no chance they can fail to win over situations. This blog comes out of my experiences of life with the teachings of these titles. Bhagavad gita is the ultimate true teacher in this world and there is no doubt about it.

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