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Books that Changed My Mind

On my literary writing and study

I started writing at the age of seventeen. I had written poems, stories, and some other articles. Later, during the time I was practicing writing, I wrote the novel ‘Adrishya Badhik’ (Invisible Killer). At that time, I was studying in the ninth grade. When I was in the tenth grade, my first article was published in the special issue of the daily magazine called ‘Junakiri’. After that my works were published in many other magazines. While studying in class eleven, I published an electronic version of the collection of poems ‘Shoonya Sansar‘ (Void World).

I finally realized that wearing an old coat instead of a new one doesn’t make any difference in life but if you don’t read a book will make a huge difference in how you live your life. Yatri Keshar

At the early age of my life, I was inspired by the writings of the greatest Nepali novelist Ramesh Vikal. While studying in class seven, I got a chance to read his novel called ‘Vikram and the New Planet’ for the first time, my interest in novels increased. I studied dozens of detective and science fiction novels at that time. Similarly, one day I found his book ‘Aviral Bagdachha Indravati’. This novel was not detective nor fictional, it was based on social reality, although it was out of my reading genre, I read the whole novel, and it touched my heart so much. That novel raised my level of study even higher. After that, I started reading every novel that I found in my area. At that time, I think, I read a whole library of books (because there were only two small libraries in my village). Paulo Coelho’s ‘Alchemist’  increased my interest in inspirational literature. For the first time, the story of a shepherd following a dream made me realize that ‘there should be a dream in a life’. I have probably read this novel a dozen times. After that, Vikashananda’s ‘Jivan Manthan’ pulled me towards the field of philosophy. I consider him my mentor in the field of philosophy. My other favorite books include Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet and Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra. In the context of Vikashananda, the last time I read his inspirational book ‘Nava Safalta Shastra’, I got so much energy that I immediately bought a diary and wrote down my life goal in ‘tangible’ letters. Even today, this book travels with me in the back pocket of my bag. I’ve studied many other inspirational books thereafter. To name a few, Anthony Robbins’ Unlimited Power, Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich, Maxwell Malz’s Psycho-Cybernetics, Shiva Khera, Sweat Morden and many more.

I thought a person should be beautiful from the inside, not from the outside.

The more books I read, the more I started thinking wider. I started to practice my philosophical life. At the young age of walking in a tie suit, I used to walk around shaking my loose clothes. I thought a person should be beautiful from the inside, not from the outside. So I spent all my money on books instead of the following fashion. My brother’s support was incomparable. Looking back, I realized that if I hadn’t read books at that age, I would never have reached my destination and my life would have been running around materialistic pleasure. I very much inspired by the quote of Thoreau’s ‘Wear the old coat and buy the new book.’ many times, wrote on the copy, hang it in the room but today I finally realized that wearing an old coat instead of a new one doesn’t make any difference in life but if you don’t read a book it has a serious effect on your life. In terms of writing, the last time I decided to write a book on ‘success formula’ by myself. But it was so hard for me to complete this writing, I could not move forward in writing about success. Because it still seems, my study is too short for this level of writing. So my study is still going on…

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Yatri Keshar

Keshar Bahadur Bhandari known as Yatri Keshar is a motivational writer from Nepal. He is one of the founding members of THE SUCCESS NEWS. His key areas of writing are success stories, quotes, and uplifting news.

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