1. Dialogues With the Master
2. Rise and Fall of the Third Reich
3. The Federalist Papers
4. The ECK-Vidya
5. John Carter, Warlord of Mars
The Five Books that changed my outlook on life are:
1. The Tao of Pooh -- by Benjamin Hoff
2. The Theosophic Life -- by Annie Besant
3. At the Feet of the Master -- by Alcyone (J. Krishnamurti)
3. Making it Happen -- by Peter Sheahan
4. Rich Dad Poor Dad -- by Robert T. Kiyosaki
The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
Think and Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill
The Last Barrier - Rashed Field
No Ordinary Moments - Dan Millman
I Thought It Was Just Me - Brene Brown
....so hard to choose just five! It's more like twenty
1. The Christian's Secret Of A Happy Life--Hannah Whitehall Smith
2. I Am Rich Beyond My Wildest Dreams, I Am, I Am, I Am --Tom Pauley
3. 365 Thank Yous--John Kralik
4. How To Win Friends And Influence People--Dale Carnegie
5. How To Stop Worrying And Start Living--Dale Carnegie
I didn’t start reading till I was a young sprig of 17 (comics was all I “read” before that).
And then came Lord Of The Rings, I was mesmerized. I remember vividly when Gandalf died, I cried and didn’t read (or talk much either) for three days.
It got me into the magic of reading and books.
The second book that immediately comes to mind is Anger by Thich Nhat Hanh, a beautiful Vietnamese Buddhist monk. It helped me deal with anger I didn’t even know I had and to deal with a truly difficult situation. For that I am ever filled with gratitude.
The third book would be Meetings with remarkable men by G. I Gurdjieff. This man is probably one of the most remarkable men ever. And the people he meets are also quite a handful. I was especially moved by his and his friends, “search for truth”, which led them to wander all over the world. Many of us have also been on our own journey to the so called truth. I was already doing, without knowing it, quite a few radical things (one of which was being part of a “school” in the middle of a jungle). So to read him was very very inspiring.
Olivier Follmi’s book on photography: Homage to the Himalayas is one of the most beautiful books on photography I have ever seen. It turned the way I take photographs and the way I look at photographs on its head. For nearly three months after seeing this book and buying it, I must not have taken a picture. But walked around, just looking and being inspired. I continue doing this.
I don’t remember which book of Krishnamurthi I first read but at that point of time, it profoundly affected me, firstly by me saying, hey, this guy and me think alike ( the outrageous mind of the 17 year old) and I would love to meet him. The more I read him the more I started to understand what I was thinking. This is no longer true for me now. As I realise that I am more of a feel person rather than a person who analyses and is stuck in the brain.
Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
The Importance of Being Ernest - Oscar Wilde
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
My Pilgrim's Heart - Stepanie Dale
Each book delighted me, transported me, educated me, amused me and inspired me from my childhood to my adult years - anything and everything is possible
I must have read a couple of thousand books over the years. Morevoer, these readings have covered a multitude of subject matter: fiction, travel, transport, history et cetera.
However, five that come to mind as having particular significance to me are: Theosophy by the Leightons; Psycho-Cybernetics by Dr. Maxwell Maltz; Act of Will by Roberto Assagioli, MD; Teach Yourself Public Speaking by an English public speaker whose name temporarily eludes me, and You'll See It When Your Believe it by Dr. Wayne W Dyer.
Five find outers -Mystery of the burnt cottage -ENID BLYTON ( my 1st book ever )
Doctors - ERICH SEGAL ( inspirational )
Many lives, Many masters -DR. BRIAN WEISS ( food for thought )
The Ramayan Series - ASHOK BANKER ( reinforced my basic principles )
Scarlett - ALEXANDER RIPLEY ( never failed to cheer me up )
1. Small is Beautiful - E F Schumacher
2. Being Peace - Thich Nhat Hanh
3. Non Violent Communication - Marshall Rosenberg
4. Healing Wise - Susun Weed
5. The Dhammapada - The Buddha
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