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Happiness at Work

Happiness at WorkHappiness at Work. Dr. Srikumar S. Rao. Tata McGraw-Hill. Rs. 295.

You have only the right to action, not to the fruits of the action. Bhagvad Gita, 2:47
Invest in the process, not in the outcome. Happiness At Work, Chapter 14.

The message of the path to happiness hasn’t changed over the centuries, only the words have. Srikumar Rao’s Happiness At Work is one of the several “be-happy” books, which sells by millions these days. What makes Rao’s book different from the others of the series is its simplicity coupled with the new insights it will bring. The chapters are short, and he covers much a wider range than usual. There is a clear influence of Vedanta and Zen in this book. Moreover, the examples in this book are essentially Indian, so we Indians would not have much problem in identifying with them ( a problem with most books of foreign origin).
The book is simple, but if you are reading a self-help book for the first time, you might be overwhelmed by the vastness and the new ideas it may bring, especially if you never read The Gita. Some ideas really hit you, like, human beings are genetically programmed to be happy, but we learn to be unhappy! There are lots of golden pearls like this, which if you think over for a while, turns out to be true. The book is short, and can be finished in a day. Don’t do that, instead, read a couple of chapters, “absorb” and contemplate, and then proceed to the next.
By the time, you finish this book, you will really a much more knowledgeable person than you were before starting this book. Recommended for all, especially for the busy ones in the corporate sector, who may have actually forgotten to live.

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