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on Mar 19, 2021 His debut book, The Midas Touch – 99 Pages To Acquire The Art Of Alchemy and Forge Champions, about leadership skills, was a 2020 bestseller. Now, author Dr Sheetal Nair is back with his latest offering — The Monk’s Secret — which is a summation of techniques used by various psychologists, management gurus, spiritual gurus and entrepreneurs to successfully manage one’s life in the best possible manner, especially reflecting on life in a pandemic. In an interview with indianexpress.com, the 34-year-old — for whom “it is the value of everyday experiences and how we as a race should change our perspectives to deal with life” is what truly counts — explains more about his thought process, the self-help literature genre, and how all of us can learn to “enjoy life”. Can you describe your journey to becoming an author? I’ve always loved reading. Being a single child, books were the perfect companion for me. Growing up, Charles Dickens and O’ Henry had a huge impact on me, the way they showed the protagonist’s struggle and their relationships helped me understand how to navigate life. The impact these books, which were published years before my birth, had on me made me realise the power of words. I started off small by contributing to children’s magazines and then later onto reputed publications for my research work. And finally, I struck gold with my first bestseller. What is the idea behind your new book?
I can say day-to-day experiences. I usually channelise what is happening around me or affecting people in general. Like my first book, The Midas Touch, was written when I realised trainers today had lost the meaning of real leadership, and they kept harping on concepts that had become outdated. My second book was a result of the pandemic and the mental impact it had on people; the negativity which had engulfed us as a race was beyond imagination. I felt that we as a race should focus on the positives and change our perspective. I’m inspired by the people around me and the situations they find themselves in.
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