The fable is about the transformation of Julian Mantle, a Harvard trained successful lawyer who looked seventy when he was just fifty three, after a tour to India – visiting John, his former colleague as a changed man – enlightened, alive and vibrant, looking almost half his age, to share the wisdom he gathered from the sages of India – the seven timeless virtues. Interestingly summarized by the end of each chapter is a distinct symbol, articulating the virtue, the wisdom it stands for, the technique to develop and finally sealed with a quote – a quick reference for readers to brush up their learning without reading or skimming through the book again.
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari was in my personal library for over four years – unread. I must have read a few pages and dismissed it within minutes as an over hyped book until I revisited its contents, aimlessly – without much thought, probably because I had nothing else to read – just a few months back and finished reading it in almost one sitting.
The moment I had an open state of mind, the virtues made so much sense to my otherwise haughty and saturated mind, who believed like many pseudo intellectuals self help/ soul searching books are for intellectually challenged retards, born with limited vision.
The only flip side is Robin’s story telling approach which seemed raw and at times juvenile with our over enthusiastic John asking the most obvious questions and being repetitive.
“The purpose of life is a life of purpose” is the key takeaway for me from this book.