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Book Review: The Madness of the Monk by Anuj Tikku

The Madness of the Monk by Anuj Tikku is a short book that reveals seven secrets of life. Don’t worry it is not based around The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma. Rather, it is an interesting book. The story kicks off when the author Anuj Tikku is stationed at Dharamshala, a famous tourist place in North India, also famous for Tibet migrants who live in India.


There, in hope of meeting the head Lama, Anuj stumbles upon Tenzing, a monk. By all means, Tenzing looks strange but when their encounters turn into meetings and gossips, Tikku learns a lot about life. There are seven secrets, it is better if you read the book to get all the secrets. This book review will not open up the secrets, yes they are based on life, and if taken seriously one can achieve much more than just being extraordinary.

Another aspect of the book is exploring the nooks and corners of Dharamshala. The author has taken time to explore places with various people. Also, one political fact comes out that as to why China captured Tibet. The monk says that Tibet provides a better view of India, thus strategically Tibet mattered most for Chinese to attack India. This fact was shocking as not many are aware of this. Life, food, mind, pain, pleasure – a lot has been given in the book to observe from.

Anuj Tikku is a famous traveler and he brings alive his experiences of locals and landscapes through his writings on his blog, and also through his travel books. This book, though short, but highly effective. Those who wish to know about monk and monasteries and wanted to seek information on Dharamshala, can pick up this book anytime. One time read, anytime.

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