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Jonathan Livingston Seagull

A story. Yup. That’s all it is. Minus the adjectives.

Life-changing, memorable, and most influential; unforgettable and really thoroughly awesome. Of course it would only be self-flattering to say any such thing on themselves. 

It is about a seagull with the name of Jonathan Livingston. I could go about telling you the whole story, considering its just a 100 pages long. But if I told you, it’d entirely spoil it. It is one of those timeless classics, which is already 3 decades old, but will never really be out of meaning.

In essence, the most important point I received out of it, is that one should do something for the joy of it, and not plainly for the end result of it. If we study (my analogy), we should study because we find a thrill in the process of learning. Not because we want to get marks, and get a job, and die just another useless person. And it adequately faces the point which people often contest such a statement with: one can’t live out of the fun one gets by working. And like I knew, it nicely tells you that one can. There is really no need to look for money, in life, but a perpetual search for something we really want to do. Results shall come by themselves – and they are bound to better than others if what we do, is with a passion for it.

I won’t only say this is a book you must read, I’ll add that you should do this after buying one for yourself. And it’d be silly if you get “intimidated” by the fact that the Rs. 200 tag seems a bit ludicrous for such a tiny book. It is worth way more – way way more. And another reason you must buy it, is so you can read it like a hundred times every year at least, so finally you end up living a life you want to live, rather a life you’re living just for surviving.

  • …or you could simply download the ebook.

  • .. and that would only contribute to degrading its value in the reader's eyes?
    I personally find reading ebooks very uncomfortable, and I can definitely not grasp any meanings out of a story read on an ebook. Hence I would still insist you buy a copy, and read it. Have you read it, btw?

    • I've read the book. I agree with you that it's one worth reading for everyone.

      Coming to the topic of ebooks, I always prefer to read them that way than in paper form.

  • .. and that would only contribute to degrading its value in the reader's eyes?
    I personally find reading ebooks very uncomfortable, and I can definitely not grasp any meanings out of a story read on an ebook. Hence I would still insist you buy a copy, and read it. Have you read it, btw?

  • Abi

    Yes, this is indeed a very inspiring book. I have an dog-eared copy of this book and I've read many times. Great for refocusing. In fact, my new blog's design is partly influenced by the pictures in the book.

    • Refocussing. Yes. It really tunes you into doing our favourite stuff. Also works as a pretty efficient anti-parents' motive motivator.. Helps in loosening your thoughts away from thoughts of tests and marks… 🙂

  • Anurag

    Well, personally, I found the most intriguing part of the book to be how long it took me to read it. It's a 100 page book, which I read over the course of a day. That is a long, long time to read such a small book. I think, that the book is just so awesome, I by default begin to read slower so I can enjoy it more.