Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Book Review: The Valmiki Syndrome by Ashok K Banker

On the jacket: 

Maxing our career is our ‘dharma’ in this age of Kali. But at what cost? Working parents don’t see enough of their children, couples barely spend time with each other, young men and women become strangers to their families and friends. And here’s the irony–most of us mention our families and loved ones as the main reason for why we strive towards success, without realizing that we stand to lose them in this very quest. So how do we strike a balance between our careers and our families? In his first major work of non-fiction, bestselling author Ashok K. Banker goes back to Puranic sources to address this question. He writes of Ratnakaran the bandit, who made a living out of killing and looting to support his family, and his transformation into Valmiki, the sage. Using his story and contemporary stories from today, he shows us how they contain the answers to today’s most pressing issue: how to prioritize, manage, and enhance our personal as well as professional lives. Insightful, thought-provoking, and utterly inspiring, The Valmiki Syndrome is a map to the most elusive treasure of modern existence–personal fulfilment.

Review:

The Valmiki Syndrome is neither fiction, not mythological. 
There are three stories in the book, that go side by side, yet, they are only used as examples to answer the age old questions we are haunted with ~ Who am I?, What do I want? and How do I become that person?.

Through different stories and by citing examples of Buddha, Banker tried to urge us to ask questions that are important. He stresses that if we don;t ask question, we would never move ahead towards change.

Banker has mentioned in the very begining that the book is a not self-help, which I agree with. He has tried to create scenarios and described situations, leaving it up to us how we take them forward once we are done reading the book. He has inserted his own views, which I personally feel he could have avoided, and let the stories do the talking till the end.

My rating: ***/5


[This review is for Random House India. The opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.]

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