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The man behind the monk

The monk is back, and this time, with his secret letters. Bestselling author Robin Sharma speaks to The Guide about the remarkable travels of Julian Mantle as well as his expectations from The Secret Letters of the Monk who sold his Ferrari

The law fraternity's loss is literature's gain. Robin Sharma moved from litigation lawyer to bestselling author in a little over a decade. Copies of The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari are available in over 65 countries and 75 languages. His newest offing, The Secret Letters of the Monk who sold his Ferrari takes us on a global mind-trek across Argentina, India, France and China. The end result -- a compelling saga about regaining one's personal power and finding your true self.



How or why did you decide to take up writing? Did it emerge as a 'Eureka' moment or was it a slow process?
I started writing books out of necessity. Like Julian Mantle in the original The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari book, I was a successful yet unhappy litigation lawyer. Through passionate searching, I discovered some game-changing tactics that transformed my life. I wanted to share these with other people to help them see the results I saw. So I started writing... and self-published that book in 1996.


The Secret Letters of the Monk who sold his Ferrari, Robin Sharma,
Jaico Publishing, Rs 250. Available at leading bookstores


How did the idea of Jonathan Landry come about? Was he a figment of imagination, inspired by a single individual or a combination of different people you might have interacted with?
Well Jonathan Landry, the hero of The Secret Letters of The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, is a man facing the frustrations of life that so many of us are facing in this age of dramatic disruption. He is in a job that doesn't work for him, has relationship challenges and just feels his life is stuck. He has a very special encounter with Julian Mantle who sends him on an amazing journey to many of the planet's most exotic destinations in search of the secret letters that reveal wisdom that will make ordinary lives extraordinary.

What was the driving force behind penning The Secret Letters of the Monk who sold his Ferrari?
It was time for a sequel to The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, which was published 15 years ago. I've learned a lot about what makes for a great life over the years and wanted to share what I've learned with my readers, who I adore by
the way.

The choice of destinations in the new title is interesting: Buenos Aires, Paris, Shanghai and Agra -- did these locations flow as you worked on the storyline or were they always part of  the plan?
They were part of the plan.

Has today's reader changed since the time you began writing?
I think all of us -- not just my readers -- have changed. The world looks like a place we have never seen. Technology, the environment, the global economy and the stresses of life: the world is in deep disruption. And so many of us are feeling "busy being busy". The danger in that is that one can waste a life spending valuable years on the wrong things.

When a reader picks up any of your bestselling titles, what is he/she looking for?
I wrote this book to help people get re-inspired and to guide them to the lives of their dreams.

The Secret Letters of the Monk who sold his Ferrari, Robin Sharma, Jaico Publishing, Rs 250. Available at bookstores.

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