An Imaginary Friend

Ok, first of all, Happy 2022! May this year bring more awareness, health, Love, and freedom to you!

In this blog, I want to share something with you through an imaginary character. This imaginary character is my friend, I like to imagine. I want to be around him, brainstorm ideas with him, and work together to create something that’s worth sharing. Let’s call this imaginary friend of mine ‘The Creative Partner’.

Let me describe him even more. As the name suggests, he’s creative. He’s the epitome of creativity. He’s a true artist, that is, one who creates and shares, one who constantly gifts people, his art. He never stops because of anything. No matter how many people receive his gift, all he cares about is the impact, the change that he bought in that one person who received it. He’s so clear about it, all he loves to do is create and share his art. He’s never defeated by resistance and inertia, he’s always working on one or the other project.

And I wish to hang out with him, because I truly need someone like him to push me to create and share more, to be generous to gift more, of my art. Also, I’d like to be with him because when I’m feeling sad about how many people received my art, I want him to laugh at me out of pity and remind me what art is all about!

Well, this character may be fictional but is very significant in explaining something truly valuable. What I mean to say through this blog is the importance of a creative community. The world requires more artists, the world requires you to be creative! And for you to be creative, you definitely require the support of the first circle of people around you. You do not want people who make you hold back your gifts. You have to be with people who are creative, true artists and are efficient in being one. They’re not the ones that get defeated by the power of resistance. They’ve got the audacity to work and they promote you and encourage you to show your work!

The mass media is marching towards a complete mess of mediocrity. True value is rarely to never appreciated. And that is knowingly or unknowingly impacting the creative community, the true artists.
What I’m seeing lately is many budding artists getting disappointed by the lack of appreciation for their art. Luckily, I’ve passed that phase of my life, but I surely want to help those in that state right now and the ones that may enter into it in the future. It is hard I know, but be creative!

But this can stop if you decide to make a change within yourself. If you decide to appreciate more the true art and artists and stop settling for mediocrity the mass media is choking you. Support and encourage the true artists around you. Let me guess, if you’re still wondering who’s a true artist, I’ll give a hint, it’s simple, someone who’s creating and sharing something that is one of its kind and is doing it on a regular basis.

And if you’re an artist, you’ve got responsibilities too to grow and improve the quality of the creative community. Not only should you support, encourage and promote other artists around you, but you have to be you, you have to be an artist, consistently. You have to create and share, and also, constantly raise the bar of your creativity and originality. That’s a lot to ask, but wait, aren’t you an artist? If yes, then I need not even ask you all these, it’s your natural state to CREATE and SHARE true ART!

Thank You,
Yours Loving,
Sanath Kumar Naibhi

Monthly Book Recommendation

The monthly Book recommendation is a short blog post/ newsletter I write to you on what books I read in the previous month and what I’ll be reading next. This month I could read 6 books (3 paperback and 3 Audiobooks), thanks to audible!

Books I read in December 2021:

  1. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell- A fantastic book. Soo interestingly presented. You don’t feel like you’ve read too much, you’ll instead you’ll feel like to keep reading. Success, what it takes, factors that give an unfair advantage to some, etc.
  2. Mastery by George Leonard – a good Book. But compared to ‘Mastery’ by Robert Greene, this book is so much less in value. This is a very short book. There are a few key concepts about the Allies and enemies for mastery and the concept of the archetype of students in the path of mastery is helpful.
  3. Good to Great by Jim Collins. Hats off to his work! The author is giving you the data and inferences drawn from his team’s study of companies that became good to great. 15 years of data. If you want to know how great companies are great, and what all it takes to build a company that’s not just good but great, this is the best book!
  4. Wings of Fire by A.P.J Abdul Kalam- A very simple and yet very clear depiction of his life timeline. The sad part is, there’s less of his reflections and his inferences, it’s just like a report of major events. But still, it is very clear from his journey of what are all the factors that contribute to success and how luck is a big part of it. By the way, I listened to this book on audible, narrated by Gireesh Karnad, it was so enthralling, with all the music, sound effects, and all.
  5. Art of War by Sun Tzu – This is not a book, this is like notes, a reference. There’s a lot of strategies for a combination of conditions. And memorizing all of them, I think is unnecessary if you’re not in a battle or political situation. So I think it’s a bit overhyped for today’s context.

Enjoyed reading all of them. Now let’s come to my book list for next month.

Books I plan on reading next:

  1. Linchpin
  2. Zen in the art of archery
  3. Lifespan
  4. Behave

My Book Update:

  • I could just start moving the boulder in the last week. I realized one of the major causes for which I wanted to publish this book. I wanted you to know. So that pushed me to get back on track. 

Let me know what are you reading currently and what are your favorite books of all time!

Thank You,

Yours Loving,

Sanath Kumar Naibhi

Review your Year!

The only thing you can believe in is work! Yes, the only thing that can move you is your actions! As Robin Sharma would put it, small seemingly insignificant actions when done consistently, brings massive results. When actions are turned into habit, it can bring great movement to your life in the long term. And we’ve already talked about keystone habits.

In this blog however I want you to think about and review your actions and work output. In particular, annual review, since the year 2021 is coming to an end, I’m referring to the work output you’ve put out this year.

I want you to do this, take a piece of paper and a pen, and start writing all that you’ve accomplished this year! It might be anything significant.

For example, it might be the number of books you’ve read this year, and if you’re an artist, write the number of sketches/paintings you did this year, and for a musician, it would be number of compositions you’ve created this year and for a scientist or for academicians, it would be the number of blogs or articles or papers you’ve published, and so on.

Just write down, measure what matters! And by that you’ll get conscious of where you’re heading and your intensity. And by that, you can steer your way accordingly. That’s all I would like to say through this blog.

Thank you,
Yours Loving,
Sanath Kumar Naibhi

Boredom & Creativity

This is what I’ve been sailing in lately – Boredom. Of course, boredom is not something new to me, to anyone for that matter. But since I was experiencing it a lot lately, I thought of making it the topic of this week’s blog. So here I am, writing about boredom and its significance and relationship with creativity.

Boredom is a state in which you’re completely disinterested in an activity you’re doing which in turn may make you be not interested in any other activities as well.

Boredom can cause a lot of trouble to you if you don’t realize what it is. If you’re not conscious of your boredom, you might feel very low. It can mess up your mental health, just because you didn’t realize you’re simply bored.

Boredom can hurt you, believe me, I’ve been there. If you don’t realize the simple fact that you’re just bored, you’ll hurt yourself badly. The mind starts wandering around in all places you don’t want it to as you know that’ll hurt yourself. And once you’ve hurt, then you’ve created a problem trying to solve a problem that didn’t exist.

Boredom is a very necessary state, it’s very essential. Boredom, though it might seem so, is not the opposite of Creativity. Instead, it’s a tool, if recognized and used properly can make you more creative!

By the way, my boredom levels reach the high when I’m in college listening to subjects and topics completely irrelevant to the real world, completely irrelevant to what you can do right now to apply that knowledge. But that’s not the boredom I’m talking about, that’ll remain the same for me forever till those classes remain irrelevant to the real world. I’m talking about the phase of boredom in the cycle of creativity.

Like many aspects of life, Creativity also moves in a sinusoidal signal, in crests and troughs, or, in other words, there’s ups and downs, there’ll be peaks of high-level creativity and there’ll be peaks of despair due to boredom.

I was a victim of great levels of despair and low feelings. I used to hit this low point very often until I realized it was part of the creative cycle. In other words, I was in a loop, I used to get low just a few days after I had finished a new creative project that I was working on. It’s because I didn’t realize it was just boredom. And soon after I realized that it was somewhere in January this year, the way I saw these cycles changed.

Once you recognize the cycle of creativity you’re in, you’re liberated. You’ll start to enjoy and embrace boredom! You might have heard that ‘ Creativity is like a muscle and it needs to be relaxed for it to grow and build stronger. If you hit the gym regularly or you do yoga you may know this already, relaxing your muscles is as important as much as working out! Similarly, boredom is important as much as the times you create amazing things out of your creativity.

But of course, it’s the balance that’s important, make sure you don’t mistake procrastination for boredom, it’s a very important distinction.

That being said, I’ll give you a few tips for transitioning from the phase of boredom that may help you transition to the creative phase quicker and better.

  1. Acknowledge your boredom. As already said, the first key step towards squeezing out of boredom is to recognize it for what it is.
  2. Let yourself do every random thing that your mind wants to do at this phase, of course, it should not be something harmful to your mental or physical health either in the short or long term. Just relax, let go of any anxiety, stress, frustration, or anything that’s bothering you at all.
  3. Have an Artist’s Date. This is like the continuation of the second point. Want to walk miles without a destination in mind all by yourself, order a little treat from your favorite restaurant, want to build a sand castle-like when you were a kid without bothering who’ll think or tell what, do it, doodle those silly lines, and faces you would draw when you were a kid. Simply said, Do anything that the artist in you, the child in you wants to do. And that’s the source of your creativity!
  4. Find inspiration. This should be after you’ve left your child self play enough. Sometimes, inspiration comes naturally after you’ve played enough, but if it didn’t, you can deliberately seek inspiration. Go to art galleries, museums, parks, forests, a village house, whatever it is that lets you observe what other creators have created, and nature is the greatest of all creators. 
  5. CREATE! After you’re through these points mentioned above, acknowledging boredom, doing random things, having an artist’s date, and after you’ve taken inspiration, you’d be glad you had a great time, it was very fun, this boredom phase, it’s time to get back into the cycle you love even more! Get back to creating!

Thank You,

Yours Loving,
Sanath Kumar Nabhi

Would You Recognise Shree Rama?

You can consider this blog as a preface of my blog The Gifts of Obscurity or a continuation of my other blog People Don’t want Good. Either way, I mention them just to help you to think and understand even better this perspective I’m going to talk about in this blog.

Ok, I’ll not beat around the bush, let’s consider this hypothetical scenario and I’ll ask you the core question that kicks off the conversation. If Lord Shree Rama existed right now, would you recognize him? And since this is a hypothetical scenario, there are a few other conditions. Here, Rama is not a son of a King, his father is neither a grand craftsman nor a rich dad either. Hence he’s not the prince, no ascending throne, no marrying Seetha, no going to a forest, nothing, but all the qualities of his great personality remain the same.

Would you still recognize him? Would you recognize his skills, wisdom, the purest and the finest personality human minds could ever imagine? Would you recognize Shree Rama? Would you bow to him?

You may apply the same scenario to various others with other great personalities in place of Shree Rama. It may be Sri Shankaracharya or Swami Vivekananda. Would you recognize Shankara disguised in casual clothing? Would you recognize Swamiji before he went to the US and gave his amazing and world-famous speech?

And the answer is obvious and certainly no.

So with this in mind, I’ll give you a few points to takeaway.

  1. Even though no person may ever seem to reach such ideal states of personality, the essence remains in each and every being on this planet. In other words, the intensity may vary but the essence of those great personalities is in you. You are as great a personality as Shree Rama, Sri Shankaracharya, and/or Swami Vivekananda.
  2. Even though those ideal states of being are very hard to possibly be, do not quit the direction itself. Continue to follow in the footsteps of those great personalities, no matter how difficult it is. 
  3. And if you’re already heading in that direction and still you may not be recognized for what you are, so what should be your approach is that you should not work for the recognition. First, accept that people won’t recognize you. Forget about external validation. Forget those rare fancy stories where a potential person is recognized by people resulting in an explosion of growth in that person’s life. Work for you! Work towards that ideal balanced state, no matter what!  
  4. When I say people won’t recognize you, we have one more takeaway to look at. You and I are also part of ‘people’. So we have to share equal responsibility in recognizing people. Recognizing Shree Rama, Sri Shankaracharya, and/or Swami Vivekananda in people.

I think that’ll wrap this blog, but now that you’ve come along with me for this long, I’ll have to confess a mistake I made and share the corrected/changed course I’m taking for the future. Ok, it’s not a huge blunder, but since it’s related to the blogs I write, I’m sharing it here. In the last blog: Advaita & Meditation, I made the mistake of sharing things that are too personal. It disappointed me when people who couldn’t see my honesty in it remarked with their judgemental attitudes. That is how I realized it was a mistake to share my spiritual journey in a public blog. First of all, spirituality seems too cliche as it is. Second, it sounds even cliche when it comes from a 21-year-old boy. But of course, there were many people who loved that particular blog and some even said they could ‘feel my words’. And I’m so grateful to those, thank you so much.  

But still, I made a decision to create a new page on my website for my personal blogs which are not linked to my newsletter nor will I promote it on my social media, anywhere. It’s just for my love of writing and the love to document my journey that I’ll write there. Moreover, Nobody can stop me from writing! By the way, if you’re interested in reading my personal blogs, you may read them on the personal blogs page on my website which will be up by this week!

Thank You,

Yours Loving,

Sanath Kumar Naibhi

Monthly Book Recommendation

The monthly Book recommendation is a short blog post/ newsletter I write to you on what books I read in the previous month and what I’ll be reading next. This month I could read 5 books (3 paperback and 2 Audiobooks).

Books I read in November 2021:

  1. The Power Of Now Eckhart Tolle –

A great book that reminds us of who we are. It was like therapy reading this book. The entire book rings truth no doubt. But I still think it’s overrated. That truth could be pointed out even clearer.

This book could be a great cover page for mandukhya Upanishad or any Advaitic texts for that matter. But the granularity at which those texts point to truth is way beyond this book’s attempt to do the same. And the funny thing is the author never mentions those texts, I’m unaware of whether he knows them or not. If he had read, he either wouldn’t write this book, or his book would be titled ‘Commentary to Advaita’. And the meditation he offers is just a cut-off layer from the Advaitic meditation. Ok, I’ll stop whining about the book being overrated. But I’ll tell you this, if you just know the 5 koshas of the human body and consciously experience and eliminate them one by one, you’ll be the consciousness, the eternal, Brahman! The author says only 2/5 body and energy. And if you know the true essence of Advaita, you’ll already know the 3 states of being and the Turyam, you’ll know the 4 parts of Om, you’ll know the essence of love.

Space, time, silence, love, these are all just by-products of knowing the truth. People have made it a bestseller, overrated, just by knowing these by-products. I wonder if they got to know the truth, straight. I’ve decided I’ll not read another spiritual book that’s on the bestseller list, especially a book from a West author

2. The Art Of Practicing By Madeline Bruser – A decent book. Has probably few points you didn’t know as a musician, if you are already a performing musician. For beginners, this might be good, because the author talk about the posture and basics of movements. But more than teach you anything new, this book makes you conscious to and of practice.

3. How To Train Your Mind by Chris Bailey (Audiobook) – This book is a must for those people who think ‘meditation is not their thing’. At least it will make you realise, you’ve got to have this habit in your day. Even though meditation has a lots of benefits other than squeezing your productivity, this book gives you scientific data, actual numbers, to show you how beneficial is meditation on your productivity. The author guides the beginners on ways of meditation, how to sit, what to sit on, etc.

4. Influence by Robert Cialdini – A great book! Every entrepreneur must read this book. Because knowing people’s psychology is a huge part to any business. In this book, the author talks about key elements that you require to persuade people to do what you want them to do. And by that, he also tells you how you have to beware of such persuasion tactics used by others on you.

5. Smarter Faster Better by Charles Duhigg (Audiobook) – Best book of the month. Since I had opted listen the author’s first book – ‘The Power Of Habit’, I did the same for his second book as I had very much enjoyed the first one, and it was very so much filled in value. Even though I didn’t feel intense cognitive pleasure out of this book as much as I did with the previous one, it was still a great listen! Great value too. The favorite part of Charles Duhigg’s books, for me, is that he uses real life examples, narrating their story, parallel to what he’s trying to explain. From creativity out of desperation of the FROZEN (movie) team to best worker’s model at one of the most productive automobile factories.

Enjoyed reading all of them. Now let’s come to my book list for next month.

Books I plan on reading next:

  1. Viveka Choodamani ( Commentary by Sri Chandrashekhara Bharathi)
  2. Eight Upanishads (with Commentary by Shankaracharya) by Swami Ghambirananda
  3. Quiet by Susan Cain
  4. Outliers by Malcom Gladwell
  5. 10% Happier by Dan Harris
  6. The Pilgrimage by Paulo Coelho

My Book Update:

  • Utterly unproductive month, haven’t done anything.
  • In fact, have thought of not publishing my book at all.
  • My brain is scared to face the fact that nobody buys my book, in other words, the failure of the book. But I’m glad that it’s at least not in the delusion of the book’s success.

Let me know what are you reading currently and what are your favorite books of all time!

Thank You,

Yours Loving,

Sanath Kumar Naibhi

Advaita & Meditation

In this blog, I’ll talk mainly about how Advaita changed the way I meditate and through it, my Life.

I was fascinated by spirituality since I was a kid. But nothing worked for me in that direction, or did it? I was always fascinated by the systems our ancestors had to connect to the eternal and to escape from being trapped by time. I was fascinated by Yogic practices like Raja Yoga and Pranayama for the sense of doing something challenging and its health benefits and unknown spiritual growth, I was fascinated by the concept of Karma Yoga as it bought significance to my actions, I was fascinated by Bhakthi yoga, even though not a fan, for it’s significance even though it seems irrational. I was fascinated by Kriya for its mystical experiences and magical doings.

But I couldn’t stick to any of those paths for long. Even though at this point in my life, I’ve installed various systems from all those types/paths of yoga in my life, I’ve been limited to it. And finally, something worked for me for the first time.

To be honest, I got to know clearly about Advaita only just a few months ago. I had the simple basic facts for a long time, but its true essence was somewhat fresh to me. The knowing of Brahman, the path of Jnana Yoga, the 3 states and the fourth, Om and its parts, the analogies of wave and water, Gold, and ornaments had a huge impact on my mind, it had awestruck me intellectually. But it was not until I sat and close my eyes to meditate using that knowledge that I experienced something new.

October 3rd week was the most joyous week of my Life. Yes, that’s not an exaggeration, I literally was able to distinguish myself from the mind and body. And then on, there’s a tinge of stillness 24*7, though I’m not conscious the entire time. I would say I’m conscious for 1/4th of a day. I know, all this may sound too cliche, but I’m writing this for the same reason that I’m writing my book, it’s for the reason that it could help the past me. I share this in believing this will help someone who’s like me, for whom nothing seems to be working in their spiritual path.

Before the meditation, I want you to try this. Whenever you are reading something, observe your body. As staying away from mind while reading is not possible, I don’t need to tell you to shine consciousness on the mind, it’ll already be shining. And you’ll realise that the consciousness is something other than body and mind when you observe your body while reading anything. Try it! In fact, you can try doing the same with any activity, meditation while walking is something that has worked very well for me as well!

The meditation:
Ok, before I say the procedure, I’ll be honest, this is not something I’ve come up with on my own, it’s been there and practiced for centuries. It’s using your mind to see that it’s not the consciousness and finally let you be the consciousness.

1: Close your eyes sitting in any comfortable position. First, observe your body, from your toe to the tip of your head, and notice that you are observing your body, you are being conscious of the body, which means you are not it, right?

2: Then, observe your energies, I use the breath to make it easy to get conscious of my energies. Feel your breath throughout your body. And then realize that you are observing your breath, inhale, and exhale but you are not it.

3: Next, observe your mind. Your thoughts. There may be any random thoughts in your mind, the thought may be of whether this meditation works for you or not, or it might be anything else, no problem, just observe. By that, you notice you’re not the mind, you are observing those thoughts and hence you are not it.

4: Observe your creative being. This is the place where you get ideas from. To be frank, by this time, I’ll be empty, I’ll have no thoughts here. And do the same here, you’re observing and hence you are not that.

5: Go even deeper to the last layer, which is the state at which you’ll be when you are in deep sleep. At this stage, I feel the stillness peeking. You observe and hence you know you’re not that.

In the final stage, let go of that last layer too. And that is the consciousness. That is what you truly are. You can call it the Brahman, Consciousness, or nothingness, or whatever.

What that meditation does is, according to Vedic texts, even according to Yogic texts, we have 5 koshas/layers namely, Annamaya kosha(body), Pranamaya Kosha(Energy), Manomaya Kosha(Mind), Vijnanamaya Kosha (Creative), Anandhamaya Kosha(Deep Sleep), that makes up who we think we are. And by noticing it and realizing we’re not that, you’ll be pointed towards what you truly are.

Thank you,
Yours Loving,
Sanath Kumar Naibhi

Quantity vs Quality | The Ultimate Inference

I previously thought (last year), that I was a very good reader due to the fact that I read only 1 book every 1 or 2 months because I had this notion that I’m doing it well, the quality of my reading is greater than if I’d be reading 4 or 5 books a month and that I’m reflecting better on each of those books and implementing better by keeping the number of books read low.

Then I finally realized (This year) that, quantity and quality are not inversely proportional, but in fact, they are directly proportional in most cases. I realized my capacity to grasp the contents of the books relied on the intensity of my focus and the familiarity of topics in the books, both are factors that improve only by practice, only by increasing the quantity of what you read.

This applies to your work too. By the time I launched my website, I knew this fact already, that to get better at anything, focus on consistent quantity and the quality will take care of its own. And that’s what I did. I committed to writing a blog every week regardless of its quality. I don’t think I’ve depreciated in quality of my writing, but conversely, it has increased, for sure!

I wanted better ideas, so I received and captured all ideas, bad or good, soon I started receiving more and better ideas. And it’s not that I’m great at doing that in all aspects of my life. I’ve continuously failed multiple times to get the quantity of my YouTube videos up. Compared to the past year, I’ve definitely improved, but still not enough, working on it.

Anyway, don’t get caught up in the debate. Quality may be more valuable, but when what brings that quality is quantity, quantity wins over quality, right? They both coexist anyway, so it’s not Quantity vs Quality, instead, it is Quality through Quantity. So set a long-term vision of quality and set larger quantity goals, larger than you think. That solves the problem, simple, isn’t it?

Thank you,

Yours Loving,

Sanath Kumar Naibhi

The Keystone Habit that Changed my Life!

It’s not that I was nowhere near this particular behavior before and it was after that my life changed. No, But my life changed when that behavior became a conscious and consistent habit!

The habit I’m talking about is waking up at 5 AM. It’s not that I was very lazy and had always been late and all, I don’t want to dramatize anything here. I wasn’t lazy but I didn’t like waking up early either.

From my childhood itself, my father was the one who I looked upon, and discipline was the main, key element that he focused on. He himself is a master of various disciplinary habits. And I believe, it had worked well for him, hence he mended me in that direction as well. And I thank him for that. He always pushed me to wake up early. Initially, I was irritated in my school days when no amount of sleep was enough to satisfy.

It’s only when I realized the significance of waking up early, moreover, what you could do waking up early, that I made it a conscious choice to make it a habit! Have to thank Robin Sharma for that. And it’s after a few months to years of being consistent with that habit that I’m now reaping the benefits of it as the result of the compound effect.

By the way, yes I wake up at 5 AM every day 4:45 AM to be precise. Ok, I know you don’t care, so let me move on.

So you might say that you’ve tried waking up early and it didn’t work for you, mainly because you slept late at night and hence lacked sleep and hence scattering your focus and shattering your productivity.

Well, your sleep archetype may be different. And figuring out which archetype is yours is very important, game-changing! There are 3 types – Larks, owls, and hummingbirds. But I prefer you know only the first two, sorry I spoilt it: )
Or you can also see it as 4 chronotypes – Lion, Bear, wolf, and Dolphin. I won’t go deep into these as you can search and read about them anywhere.

Essentially, you have to be aware of the hours of your peak performance and low productive hours. By that, you’ll be able to design your days in such a way that, each day you win, at least personally. And once you know the chronotype of yours, the other thing you’ve to do is make time for ‘alone time’ or ‘You Time’. And in this time, you can do various things you love to do that are focused on improving yourself!

Setting aside this silent and alone time is very crucial for your personal growth, in every way! Even if you just sit still for 1hr, all alone and silent, that itself is powerful enough to transform.

But I know that is not possible for most people. Instead, I’ll give you an example by telling you my morning routine. I wake up at 4:45 AM, that 15mins was a conscious choice because I wanted the complete one and half hours of that serene time for my personal growth. After brushing my teeth and drinking water, at 5 AM I sit down and write in my journal everything that comes to my mind till 5:30, if I couldn’t write that long any day, I’ll meditate. And from 5:30 to 6:30 is my reading time. I read books, psychology and philosophy are my favorite genres. After that, 15 to 20 mins of yoga.

And this morning routine took a lot of time, years to adopt, after a lot of trial and error. But it all started with one keystone habit, and that is waking up early!

So, here’s the takeaway. If there’s one thing you should be aware of to get better, it’s your sleep chronotype. And if there’s one keystone habit that can transform you, it is waking up early or sleeping late, based on your chronotype, and giving yourself the treat of some ” You Time. Believe me, it can change your Life!

Thank you,
Yours Loving,
Sanath Kumar Naibhi

Monthly Book Recommendation

The monthly Book recommendation is a short blog post/ newsletter I write to you on what books I read in the previous month and what I’ll be reading next. This month I could read 4 books.

Books I read in October 2021:

  1. The Everyday Hero Manifesto by Robin Sharma who’s one of my favorite authors. His philosophies and mental models had helped me a lot in transforming myself as a better person and as a high performer in everything that I do. He has inspired me to be and DO GOOD ANYHOW! That being said, there’s no doubt that this book is one of his greatest works of his and it became dear to me because this book is written dear to his heart, this book is partly his memoir and as usual, his Life-enhancing philosophies! A must-read for all fans of Robin Sharma.
  2. Attitude Is Everything by Jeff Keller. Very good book. It is a book wherein you already know what’s inside that book, it is definitely a must-read because it reminds you of those simple facts of life and alerts your behavior to be coherent with them. 
  3. The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale. A decent book, although I won’t say it is a must-read book. Probably it is a great book for beginners who are just starting to read books on non-fiction. This book is also like the previously mentioned, but instead of keeping the simple facts simple, the author has unnecessarily prolongated by giving more and elaborated examples. And one of the main reasons for this prolongation is due to the author’s stubborn tendency to mention the Bible and its words whenever possible or not. It is clearly seen that the author has written this book to attract people to Christianity and perhaps to convert them from other religions to Christianity. An ideal author is a person who is unbiased and has a clear vision of the reality.
  4. The Wellness Sense by Om Swami. Easily the best book of the month! Really amazing book! The basics of Ayurveda, Tantra, and Yoga itself are enough to improve your understanding of your body and start making changes to your lifestyle and habits to live a way better and healthier life. Everything from helping you recognize your body type to guiding you to make changes to your lifestyle accordingly, the author has given a very simple yet descriptive and life-changing manual to the readers. A must-read book to all!

Enjoyed reading all of them. Now let’s come to my book list for next month.

Books I plan on reading next:

  1. Influence by Robert Cialdini
  2. Quiet by Susan Cain
  3. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
  4. The Art of Practicing by Madeline Bruser
  5. Outliers by Malcom Gladwell
  6. 10% Happier by Dan Harris
  7. The Pilgrimage by Paulo Coelho

My Book Update:

  • The first week of this month was productive, I edited the entire first draft manually and then updated it on the soft copy as well.
  • Then, I wanted to give it a break. And I’m still continuing to sleep on it. 
  • And as a result, fresh insights and thoughts are emerging to clarify and strengthen the philosophies in the book. 
  • I’ll probably get back to work now.

Let me know what are you reading currently and what are your favorite books of all time!

Thank You,

Yours Loving,

Sanath Kumar Naibhi

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