Knowledge without application is simply knowledge. Applying knowledge to one’s life is wisdom. From one perspective, The Sketchbook of Wisdom is actually a book of knowledge based on simple first principles collated from the finest minds who have walked on this planet. From another perspective, it’s actually a book of wisdom because it comes from the experience of people who have actually lived this knowledge. And, of course, Vishal as the author has done years of introspection and tested some of the principles in probably which can be the best lab to mimic life – the stock market.
So as a reader when I picked up this book, I could bucket what I read into three categories:
- Pure wisdom which just resurfaced from within and there was a silent nod of approval,
- Knowledge which immediately resonated probably because the seed of this knowledge has been planted before and this was just a reinforcement. These now need further introspection and at the opportune life moment will transform into wisdom becoming a part of daily living, and
- Knowledge which was new, and which needs validation before it can transform into wisdom.
One such shift happened recently when I contracted Covid and very soon things went from bad to worse. The frivolity of life and the understanding that we are nothing but a mere speck of dust in the grand scheme dawned as I lay in my bed fighting the virus with just a will to weather the storm. It was during that moment of crisis I realised the need to prioritise between the essentials and non-essentials in my life.
The true worth of wealth, fame, work, and relationships was really understood. And, of course, gratitude has taken more space in my heart, just the gratitude of being alive and to all the forces (known and unknown) of supreme reality which has kept me in the play. Thanks to The Sketchbook of Wisdom, some of the nuggets of knowledge that lay buried within, arose during my time of illness and helped me understand the true essence.
~ Gautam M
My husband and I received The Sketchbook of Wisdom yesterday as a gift from our friend. It arrived at a great time when I was anxiously contemplating a decision. We both were glued to it from the beginning. I started to read from a random page. I came across the chapter on ‘forgiveness’ and it somehow deeply moved me. It made me see some instances as blessings in disguise.
My farmland had an ancient forbidden peepal tree. I was angry that the piece of land with this tree was dumped on me cleverly by my relatives. But yesterday, when I saw the majestic tree, it looked so beautiful. I felt grateful that I’m in possession of something sacred and majestic, that stood the test of time. We got inspired by the tree illustrated on the cover of your sketchbook. We have now started referring to it as “The Wisdom Tree.”
Thank you for creating a book from a labor of love. This book is quite special!
~ A & V
I am not into reading books at all almost. I am in the generation of scrolling with an attention span of fewer than 30 minutes in any task. The book was lying untouched in my closet. Whenever I tried to start reading something or other would happen I failed to read.
On 20th April, I got Covid symptoms and isolated myself from the family. 20th to 24th days went in anxiety and worry about parents, wife, and child. 24th April, mom got mild symptoms so 24th to 26th went in worry and anxiety. Thankfully things in control and recovery happening at home only.
27th April I picked up your book and the amazing journey of feelings begun.
I went through a different kind of awakening and awareness while going through the book. The choice of words and the method to convey it is thought-provoking. The principles, virtues, and the way to approach life are inspiring indeed. While worrying about things that are not in my control I discovered this book and found peace. Tried and trying to meditate. Not becoming over-analytical about things and living a fulfilled life with family and the present moment is the most important takeaway for me.
My work, decision-making process, regrets, opportunity costs, aspirations got a new perspective after reading your book. Thank you for compiling your thoughts and sharing them through the book. The best part is that it’s a book and not a blog. Else it would have ended up as a bookmark for me.
~ Karan J