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A User's Manual
What Should I Do With My life?
By Po Bronson
Secker & Warburg
Rs 610; Pages: 366
Po Bronson, one of America’s most talented young journalists, made his name covering the dotcom boom for Wired
magazine. But his new book charts totally new territory, telling the stories of dozens of ordinary and unknown people "who had unearthed their true calling, or at least those who were willing to try", people who attempted to find a deeper destiny or create one for themselves. From a young Tibetan who, when 17, was told by the Dalai Lama that he was the reincarnation of a great warrior, to the man who wants to spend his life helping people play better golf, and the hotshot PR executive who became a landscape gardener, Bronson explores the lives and minds of apparently common people trying to script the stories of their own lives.
These are not all uplifting tales. Bronson offers no ready-to-serve chicken soup for the soul. Many of his subjects remain confused, with no happy ending in sight. It’s not an inspirational book, nor about careers and jobs, but one that makes the reader contemplate the choices he has made, both in professional and personal life. There are no pat answers, only the question: "What is freedom for, if not the chance to define for yourself who you are?"