Book review

Notes to Myself: My Struggle to Become a Person

Author: Hugh Prather
Born: 23 January 1938
Died: 15 November 2010
Price: INR 399
Pages: 176

I heard a lot about this book so I decided to buy it. I bought it from Amazon(I buy all my novels from there so no need to tell it again and again😂).

When I began reading Notes to Myself, it did not sound too interesting. The book seems like the ramblings of a man trying to get in touch with himself. But somewhere in the middle of the book, he actually starts getting in touch with himself and then what he says looks like what you would say to yourself. As the name suggests, Notes to Myself is, talking to yourself or making notes for your own self.

Hugh Prather’s ”NOTES TO MYSELF” is a powerful, yet sensitive collection of wise thoughts written as just you and I write a diary. It is a personal account of Prather’s retrospective and introspective view of life.What is life all about? Who are we? Where have we come from? What is that common thread running among all humanity which somehow connects each and every human-being? This book is a view of a person who is inside the world but still a part of him is ”on the outside, looking in”.Hugh Prather very astutely weighs success and failure, relationships and life as a whole and draws wise facts about life. When he says, ” there’s beauty even in devastation. even a heap of garbage can evoke something”. Sounds stupid at first but read it again and it sets you thinking. When he says , ” people will always be proud of the result but never of your effort”, we all know how close he is to the truth. ”NOTES TO MYSELF” is not philosophical, it is a just a beautiful and wise psalm of life. It just reminds you that good or bad, strong or weak, rich or poor , somewhere we have humanity and its vulnerability tucked away in us. Random thoughts with a lot of depth and meaning is what this little book is all about. It really doesn’t need a review, it just needs a heartfelt reading and it doesn’t matter whether you like it or not. Consciously or unconsciously , it’ll simply sink into your life.

Few things really touch you and it is as if someone is putting words to your thoughts. I particularly liked the thought on Friendships or for that matter any relationship. It says ‘When you meet new people and make friends with them, you only see virtues in each other, and after a while you reach a stage when you see only vices and no virtues and you will often find blaming yourself as to how could you overlook these vices before, but if you can cross that stage, then your friendship will probably stay on for a long time’ Isn’t it so true for most of our relationships and friendships particularly?

This is a kind of book which is not written to be read just once. More you read it more you will fall in love with it and the ideology behind it. I can’t wait to read it again.

I rate it 9/10

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