Blurb: “After having gone through the book, you will definitely and convincingly realize that to achieve peace, true happiness, contentment, satisfaction and also to attain continuous progress in life in terms of material gains, respect and love, you need not depend on anybody in this world. It all depends on you. It is all in your hands.”—‘Saharasri’ Subrata Roy Sahara “Nobody does anything for anyone. All do for themselves either for more and more material gains or to save and escape from any kind of material losses or from mental-emotional dissatisfaction or for getting more and more mental-emotional satisfaction. Therefore, no one sacrifices for anyone. When no one does anything for anyone, there is no justification in expecting any returns.” The author goes on to explain that to make life truly beautiful, one also needs to understand the basic truths with which we are born or the basic instincts inherent in us all. So for a positive outcome one has to learn the psychological or the emotional aspects of life, in other words, the realities of life or the entire philosophy of life. As you get immersed in the potent energy of these ‘Life Mantras’, you will slowly find a change, a sense of fulfillment, a self-motivation coming in you. You will thus be led to the ultimate realization that the journey of life is indeed a truly blissful and an enlightening experience.
About the Author: Subrata Roy Sahara (born 1948) popularly known as ‘Saharasri’, is one of the most successful, bold, vociferous and talked-about figures of corporate India. When he laid the foundation of Sahara India Pariwar in 1978 with a capital of `2,000 (about $32) and three workers, who would have imagined his company’s meteoric rise to a worth of `1,80,000 crore (about $27 billion) within a span of thirty-seven years! A teacher, guide and a proud guardian to his over 1.2 million fellow workers, he ascribes his success to his philosophy of ‘Collective Materialism’ which means continuous collective growth for collective sharing and caring. Renowned institutions like Harvard School of Business, USA; the Indian Institutes of Technology; the Indian Institutes of Management; and Banaras Hindu University have invited him to address their faculty and students, besides which, a host of awards have been bestowed on him that include the ‘Indian Business Icon of the Year’ at the Powerbrands Hall of Fame Awards in London; the Doctor of Business (honoris causa) by the University of East London; and the highest honorary degree, ‘D. Litt.’ by the Lalit Narayan Mithila University, Bihar for his contributions in various fields.
Review: ‘Life Mantras’ is an comprehensive and challenging book by Shri Subrata Roy Sahara, Managing Worker & Chairman, Sahara India Pariwar, on his lifetime experiences, observations, insights on people, their problems and other issues. ‘Life Mantras’ is the first book in the ‘Thoughts from Tihar’ trilogy and the forthcoming books of the said trilogy are ‘Think with Me – How to make our country ideal’ and ‘Reflections from Tihar – A book on Tihar Jail’. In the book, ‘Life Mantras’, Shri Subrata Roy Sahara ornately details out the various emotional and poignant aspects of life vis-à-vis the essential character intrinsic in all human beings so that the souvenir of ‘Life’, bequeathed upon us by the God emerges in its factual beauty. After reading the book, I have truly realized that to achieve peace, happiness, contentment, satisfaction and to have continuous progress in life in terms of material gains, respect and love, you need not depend on anybody in this world. It all depends on you. It is all in your hands. Author Shri Subrata Roy Sahara explains that to make life truly beautiful, one also needs to understand the basic truths with which we are born or the basic instincts inherent in us all. For a positive outcome, you need to learn the psychological aspects of life. As you get immersed in the potent energy of these ‘Life Mantras’, you will slowly find a change, a sense of fulfilment in you leading to the ultimate realization that the journey of life is indeed a truly an enlightening experience. Despite author Shri Subrata Roy Sahara’s ongoing problems with the law, his take on life and its various aspects cannot be ignored. After, 37years of experience it can hardly be accommodated in 298 pages. One of his conclusions in the book ends with a very meaningful line – “Peace never chases happiness, happiness chases peace”. It’s a reflection of the transformation process the man is apparently going through.
I write a lot, which keeps me off the streets and out of trouble. There is always something to write about, always a new story to craft. Not writing, for me, is like trying to hold back a sneeze. Learning to write was the most powerful influence in my life. I can still remember the awe I felt when I realized I could put real words onto paper and tell out a story. From that first ‘a-ha’ moment I knew I wanted to write.
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