Am back with a new book recommendation.
You would have heard of this book. Siddhartha. By Hermann Hesse.
I got to know about this book from Vishal Sikka (ex CEO - Infosys), a leader par excellence that I got to work with. Vishal is pure brilliance and anything he recommends is worth exploring. Always!
“Siddhartha” is a book that follows the life of a Brahmin, Siddhartha, who breaks away from his family to embark on a journey of self-discovery.
What made the book so compelling for me is how Hermann Hesse painted Siddhartha as such an imperfect & impatient character who dwells a lot in internal conflict and turmoil (definitely something I can relate to).
The book follows the experiences and hardships he encounters at different stages of his life. The sacrifices made in order to "seek wisdom".
It is a great starter for understanding different aspects of life. A book that takes you on a journey through Siddhartha!
I plan to read this again in a few years time to see if it gives me a different perspective. A book worth re-reading.
Here are my takeaways from “Siddhartha”:
- Wisdom can't be communicated. Stop seeking wisdom. Experience life by yourself and learn. - Your journey is your own. It can't be compared to anyone else's. - Nothing is permanent. There is no permanence in life. - Have patience; right things will come to you at the right time. - Concentrate on present; in the moment. There is no point in crying over the past or worrying about the future. - You must live by your life purpose. - Change is the only constant. - Do not 'search'. Instead, 'find'. Searching restricts you to only your goal but finding opens your mind to the new. - Action makes good deeds. Build a mindset to practice.
I would suggest you to pick this book and give it a try. You won't regret. I promise.