The Rear-View Mirror: The Journey, A Taxi Driver And A Book

The Rear-View Mirror: The Journey, A Taxi Driver And A Book

by Vineet Bhatt


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Travel through the twisting, grinding and bumpy road of life demands frequent introspection and self interrogation. Pausing, reflecting, revisiting the route, examining the effect of your words and actions and doing a course correction is essential if you wish to craft a remarkable legacy worth emulating.
Philip Young was very proud of his background but was haunted by the fear of failure. His frantic clutch at security and his desperate longing for the comfort zone is remindful of our own certain tight spots in life.
What happened during that day's travel and immediately thereafter that prompted a mysterious change in Philip which forty odd years couldn't? What was the treasure buried between the ears of a taxi driver and the wealth that lay in the pages of a book?
Experience the saga of the journey Philip Young was so sceptical about, the company of a taxi driver that was barely exciting to start with, and a book he carried merely to see him through the idle hours of the journey.

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ISBN-13: 9781482843361
Publisher: Partridge India
Publication date: 01/21/2015
Pages: 154
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.36(d)

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The Rear-View Mirror: The Journey, A Taxi Driver And A Book 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Shilpa_Iyer More than 1 year ago
Vineet Bhatt’s first novel is a treasure trove of nuggets of wisdom.  This story, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and inspiring wisdom, is about an American corporate executive assistant Philip Young, who travels much against his wishes from his homeland in New York, to revive a sagging informational technology sector branch of his company in Kolkata, India.  Although he grudgingly accepts his new environment along with his wife Rose, his initial success with his Indian colleagues, his superior competency at work results in an inflated ego, which creates “a gap” with his team whose admiration and reports often appear fake and labored. Thus, the business deteriorates further with the board of directors questioning his competence and propose closing down their overseas operations. Philip suddenly receives word from headquarters in New York, and is asked to travel from Kolkata to Bhubaneshwar, to discuss the updates and future of the company.  With much trepidation in his heart and no answers to provide, he decides to travel by road and strikes up simple yet inspiring conversations with his Taxi driver Feroz, a simple man in his late twenties, with an effervescent personality, all of whom point Philip in the right direction of his much needed personal transformation.  No one knows, if Philip will be able to surmount the obstacles and turn the tables of losses into huge sustainable profits in his business right away. But what starts out as a journey to find answers on how to turnaround a sagging business in a foreign land, turns into a discovery of the inner treasures found within and the process of the much needed personal transformation to make this journey.  Lush with scenes of Indian landscape and diaspora, heart-felt deep observations of the mysterious of Nature, and deeply sensitive nuggets of wisdom, the story of Philip is an eternal testament to the transforming power of our belief coupled with the importance of listening leading to self-improvement and growth. There are some wonderful quotes within this book that are worth framing and placing on our desks to remind us of how much we have to learn about life. This easy-to-read book is an opportunity for much-needed personal introspection in today’s mad rat race. Reading through makes one feel like a cow chewing the cud to reflect at our own pace the importance of living for others, and what we do for others live forever, while what we do for ourselves only fades with us.