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The Valmiki Syndrome

The Valmiki Syndrome

(A book in the Ramayana series)
A non fiction book by

From India's epic storyteller comes a book that may just change your life

Hard work, ambition and topping our careers are all that matter to most of us. But at what cost? Like Rama banishing Sita in that tragic moment of Valmiki's seminal epic, we often choose the 'dharma' of work responsibilities over our loved ones, pressuring ourselves into ignoring or neglecting the very people who make our lives and success meaningful. We are willing to work 24/7 in pursuit of career excellence and rewards. What about working towards emotional fulfillment, personal relationships, the rewards of a happy family and healthy home environment? Are these not as vital or more vital, in some ways, than a promotion, turnover or profit line? Does being successful mean giving up the very people and pursuits we truly love?

In his first major work of non-fiction, bestselling author and former journalist Ashok K. Banker grabs this dilemma by the horns. Using the story of Ratnakaran the bandit and his transformation into Valmiki the sage, as well as other present-day examples, Banker shows us how the dilemma between work goals and personal relationships has always been around in one form or another--and so has the solution. Insightful, thought-provoking and utterly inspiring, The Valmiki Syndrome is a map to the most elusive treasure of modern existence: personal fulfillment.
As Banker candidly puts it, no book or guru can change your life. Only you can. The Valmiki Syndrome inspires you to start today.

Ashok Banker is regarded as a pioneer among Indian authors. Credited as the author of the first Indian English crime novels, the first Indian TV series in English, co-writer of the first Malaysian TV series, the first Indian author of fantasy, horror and science fiction to find worldwide success, the first successful series author and many more firsts. His hugely successful Ramayana Series was published in seven languages in 56 countries to great international acclaim. With over 1.4 million copies of his books in print worldwide, he is one of India's most successful and best-loved authors. Over 41,000 readers have contacted him via his official website - you can too. Visit him at Or visit his own ebookstore, India's first bestselling ebookstore, publisher and author at

We seem to be neck deep in a culture dedicated to the cult of self help.
As in, help yourself. As if nobody else matters and we each exist in our own independent universe.
Betterment, improvement, education, everything seems to begin with the self these days.
Not that it's wrong in itself. The self is important. Vital.
Sure, we need to earn money, we deserve to live well. Eating healthy is good. Staying fit is great. Being beautiful and sexy is desirable, sure.
But there's a point beyond which it becomes an obsession.
All our lives seem to be dedicated to doing nothing else these days. Earning more. Owning more. Buying more. Getting, taking, achieving, improving.
But is that all we're about?
Is that the only thing we want to do with our lives? Live for ourselves? To the point where people will proudly proclaim that the only books they read are self-help and biographies - with the latter being considered a more advanced form of self-help literature: self-help by learning from the examples of other successful people.
Is this al

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Kindle Editions

April 2012 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: THE VALMIKI SYNDROME (Epic India Library)
Author(s): Ashok K Banker, AKB eBOOKS
Publisher: AKB eBOOKS
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