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3 Lives, in search of bliss is an inspirational fable of a New York city cab driver who, upon his unfortunate and sudden death, finds himself being offered three chances at redemption and finding happiness. The book is about the 3 lives he leads, the choices he makes in those lives and attainment of eternal wisdom and bliss.

After his death, Ray is offered three lives, each designed out of his choices, to find happiness. What starts as a journey towards wealth, health and knowledge turns into a discovery of eternal wisdom, and ultimately leads to bliss.
Exotic, evocative and haunting, the tale of Ray Cordoza’s three lives will make you ponder the choices that you make in your own life towards the pursuit of happiness.

The book is a celebration of the beauty of this wonderful universe and our lives as human beings. It falls into the genre of spiritual fiction - a format in which a fictional narrative is interlaced with philosophical and spiritual concepts. It could also (easily) be categorized as inspirational, self-help and motivational, depending on the perspective of the reader.

3 Lives is a product of inspired passion which aims to present eastern and western spiritual concepts in a manner that demonstrates the one-ness of everything in this world that we find ourselves in. That we all share the same fears, desires and aspirations. And, that we all have the same questions. That we share, at a fundamentally spiritual level, a deep and abiding desire to find and hold onto happiness.

Whether you're looking to be inspired or to comprehend the seemingly incomprehensible pain and disappointments that come our way in life,  this short novella is bound to leave a deep and lasting impression on you. Happy journeys!

About the Author
Srini Chandra was born in the city formerly known as Madras in India in 1968, where he learned to play the violin and studied French from the Alliance Francaise. He received a bachelors degree in engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, where he played on the basketball, cricket and athletics teams, captained volleyball and served as a 3-term student senator. His academic qualifications include masters degrees from Ohio State University and Carnegie Mellon University, where he was awarded the prestigious Heinz Fellowship.

After over a dozen years of of study, work and life in the United States, and a stint in Singapore, he moved back to India and is now settled in Bangalore. Srinis professional career spans two decades in global leadership roles in general management and marketing at some of the worlds leading high technology companies.

Srini is a student of philosophy, science and spirituality. His travels have taken him to over forty countries around the world (including a motorcycle trek up the worlds highest motorable road) and have served to reaffirm his abiding belief in the one-ness of all things. He lives in Bangalore, India with his lovely wife and two daughters. 3 Lives, in search of bliss is his first published literary work.

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Author Srini Chandra
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Publisher SQL Authority
Publication Year 2012
ISBN-13 9781463762551
ISBN-10 1463762550
Language English
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 148 Pages
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If you read one book, do yourself a favor and make it "Three Lives"



To properly review this story, I have to tell the story of my reading. When I first started this book, I didn't think it would change my life. In fact, I would even say I was unimpressed. The first two paragraphs of the book are very negative and certainly aren't like anything I would normally read.

However, I don't like to leave things unfinished, especially books, so I kept going. And I am so happy that I did. I mentioned before that I didn't think this book would CHANGE MY LIFE - but it did. The story line woke me up and I hadn't even realized that my soul had been asleep!

I read this entire book in a single go. Once I sat down and started reading I could not put the book down and I stayed at my desk until I had finished the whole thing. It is helpful that this book is rather short, but it was still several hours where the only movements I made were to turn pages.

But let me explain. This book attempt to answer the question "Why me?" If you have had a hard life, or even an easy life, odds are that you have sat down and asked yourself why your life has turned out the way it has. Why have you had good luck or bad luck in your life? Why have certain things happened? The author attempts to answer this question by exploring three lives (as the title suggests) that the main character, Ray Cordoza, experiences after he dies in a car accident. Yes, the main character dies in the first few pages, but that is what makes this story so special.

Ray Cordoza experiences three very different lives after his death: Anwer Al Safi, son of a devout Muslim, Dr. Jill Clayton, a scientist and teacher in America, and then Tenzin Lhamo, a young Tibetan monk. Each of these lives is obviously very different and helps Ray Cordoza see the world in a very different way and how small things can change our lives so drastically. Believe it or not, looking at things from such different angles has made me feel braver in my own life. I have more courage to go out and experience life, in all its beauty and terror.

Do not misunderstand me, this book has not made me dissatisfied with my own life and wish for something else. It has had quite the opposite effect. It has awakened me to the beauty of my own life, how special every moment is, and how much I have to appreciate. I love my family even more after reading this book, and I didn't think that was possible! I recognize how lucky I am and how many small favors appear to me every day.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Not to put too fine a point on it, but I feel that I finally understand the meaning of my life. If you read one book, do yourself a favor and make it "Three Lives."

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A gem of a book !

Friendship comes in many forms. I stumbled upon Srini Chandra on Twitter. I haven't spoken to him or met him in person. It is not often that someone comes up with a stunner like "3 Lives". What a debut! It is said first impression is the best impression - the cover of the book is stunning. As regards the content, I must say it is on par with "Siddhartha" by Herman Hesse. many many years ago when was I was young, I stumbled upon "Siddhartha" in a dusty corner of a lending library. It was a turning point in my life. That book left a deep impact on me. Now, several years later, destiny has thrown "3 Lives" on my lap. This book will have a permanent pride of place in the small library that I have in my sweet home. I will ensure that "3 Lives" rubs shoulder with other literary giants in my book shelf. If I were to recommend a book to my two little daughters when they grow up, as a father, I would recommend "3 Lives". But as they grow up, I hope Srini Chandra will have written many more books as "3 Lives". This is one book which is worth the wait and worth the weight in gold. Just place your order for the "3 Lives" on Flipkart!

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12 July 12
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All is well

When I started reading the book, it drew me in effortlessly. I finished reading the book in one go, from start to finish, in a couple of hours. It is an excellent read, and left me with a sense of "all is well" at the end of it. The book does a great job of taking on the big questions without taking sides. Questions like - What is happiness? How do I find it? Why is life unfair? etc. I especially liked the portions where the author brings out the struggle between science and spirituality. Is logic superior to emotion? Can atheists be happy? To some one in the middle like me, in the no man's land between science and religion, this book came as a breath of fresh air. The author's writing style is excellent. The plot is innovative. It is one of those books you'll want to go back and read again. Strongly recommend it.

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04 July 12
'Un-put-downable'!

Srini exhibits a great talent to explain concepts and create healthy inquiry within the reader's mind, in an effortless manner. 3 lives is an easy-flowing insightful book with a well-balanced mixture of story, humour and wisdom.

It was refreshing to read a book that does not seek to impose the author's opinions onto the reader and instead encourages the reader to think on her own and draw her own conclusions.

Would recommend this book to anyone who is curious about what happiness and life is about. Delightful and 'un-put-downable'.

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09 July 12
An Inspirational read for any age...!! :)

Once in your life(Or more than once I can say), the moments or days may have come that you would have thought : I wish my life would be like ‘this’ and ‘this’.All of us have a lot of disappointments with our lives and we tend to change it in certain ways if we could.In short,we are in search of eternal bliss and happiness.If you are one of them,like me, you must have the journey of this wonderful book.

3 lives, in search of bliss is a story of a boy Ray Cordoza who is offered three lives of his choices after his death. In all the three roles he was trying to get health, wealth and love. But ultimately he discovers eternal wisdom.He realized that true happiness lies within. The way you look at the happiness in your life, will change after reading this book.

This book actually unfolded the real meaning of a blissful life to me.I never have thanked God for the life,full of happiness He has given me,which I actually did,after reading this book.Happiness lies within you and in the way you experience it.Whatever life you have had,no matter how much you have suffered,it is for sure that you search for a blessed and happy life.It lies within you only.No matter what your circumstances are,the way you see your life and live it,will change in a positive way after reading this book.

3 lives was a truly wonderful experience and I recommend this book to every single person who are looking for happiness.Perfect story binding along with all the wisdom thoughts explained,however,it made me to think on own also.I could not stop reading once I started it.Very interesting one.And a life changing,too.:) I recommend it to everyone who want real happiness to be felt in their life.

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Thought Provoking ..Entertaining & Enlightning!

What is life and what actually is happiness in life? Is there life after the current life and how does one 'know' what matters...these are the questions that motivated me to read many books, articles and attend discourses...in this journey I found '3 Lives' to be an interesting thought experiment that tries to encapsulate wisdom and thoughts gathered over generations and cultures across time, religions and locations .. I wish it was more longer and dwelled more deeply on some of the key questions one faces in life..but I think it still achieves its objective of giving a nice framework for a seeker to think through one's own life and get some pointers towards the directions one can head. Reading this can give pointers to help define what the definition of happiness is or could be for each of us...because ultimately each individual would have to discover the answers for him/herself..and 3 Lives I think does a good job of being that facilitator.

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you are the source of your happiness

With a great passion and interest I completed the book and was happy and tried all the way to thank the author of such a masterpiece Mr. Srini Chandra. He has shown me the way of happiness. I got it, it’s with me. After really a great interval of time I read such a good book and each of the lives described in the book are searching happiness and are teaching you the way. Srini has chosen the words very carefully so that each word contributes to a line are becoming a world of wisdom.

The struggle of happiness through various lives is making the book more interesting.

Every single page of the book will make you feel happy and will teach you that…..

“you are the source of your happiness”.

A few lines of wisdom I collected from the book goes this way. Amongst all the lines I can say this is the best one……

Be content to ask for nothing and willing to give everything.

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Loved it...

There are some (rather, very rare) experiences in life, which compels you to exclaim -"Wow, that was amazing...".

Well friends, i had exactly this experience when i read this book.

The experience of reading the book was simply mind-blowing... A plethora of thoughts evoked and i felt a perfect mixture of patheticity and ecstasy getting evoked within myself.

Every page gave me peace, the most elusive thing in this world.

Please read it, because it connects us with our 'true self'...

Thank you Mr. Srini, for producing such a master piece...

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Lucid Philosophical treatise on a fictional canvas

Perhaps this is one of the rarest attempts of an author, that too in his maiden venture, to beautifully blend seamlessly, Eastern Philosophy and Western Thought, and that on a fictional canvas. No where one finds traces of Hindu Philosophy and the author most successfully achieves, avoiding the inescapable pitfalls of imposing such thoughts on the hapless readers.This bold attempt portrays the evolution of the human soul almost akin to Darwinian Evolution of the Species. Flipkart is niggardly in tying my hands to award only an insignificant and meagre 5 stars for this wonderful philosophical treatise. A MUST READ for any one attempting to find solace and comfort in this world of despair, without attributing everything to Destiny and Fate.

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Superficial, impractical philosophical crap.

The only "takeaway" from the book were some quotes that will make impressive tweets. Otherwise, I found the book very shallow -- a mix & match of "fundas" from various other books. The storyline failed to keep me engrossed. I had to struggle to complete this less-than-150-pages book when I finished off the entire Twilight Saga (4 thick novels) in like 6 days! Things happen in the book purely at the whim of the author... no logical justification. One more book that tells you "WHAT" to do to be happy, but not "HOW" to do it! Who needs to go through 150 pages for that! Just one sentence is enough... "Be like Forrest Gump (i.e. at his IQ level) and you'll never have to search for bliss!"
My rating: 2/5

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