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What I learned from the Manuscript found in Accra

What I learned from the Manuscript found in Accra

The following post is about the quotes from the book “Manuscript found in Accra”. Paulo Coelho is one of my favorite authors. While reading it I thought it would be nice to share the quotes from the book for those who didn’t read the books and also for my own future reference. ­čÖé

Quotes from the Manuscript

What is Knowledge?

‘It isn’t the absolute truth about life and death, but the things that helps us to live and confront the challenges of day to day life. It isn’t what we learn from the books, which serves only to fuel futile arguments about what happened or will happen; it is the knowledge that lives in the hearts of men and women of good will.’

” Does a leaf, when it falls from the tree in winter, feel defeated by the cold?

“The tree says to the leaf: ‘That’s the cycle of life. You may think you’re going to die, but you live on in me. It’s thanks to you that I’m alive, because I can breathe. It’s also thanks to you that I have felt loved, because I was able to give shade to the weary traveler. Your sap is in my sap; we are one thing.’

“In the cycle of nature there is no such thing as victory or defeat: there is only movement.”

“Loosing a battle or losing everything we thought we possessed will bring us moments of sadness, but when those moments pass we will discover the hidden strength that exists in each of us, a strength that will surprise us and increase our self-respect.”

“we will look around and say to ourselves: ‘I survived .’And we will be cheered by our words.
Only those who fail to recognize that inner strength will say ‘I lost’, and be sad. ”

“Only he who gives up is defeated. Everyone else is victorious.”

The defeated are those who never fail.
Defeat means that we lose a particular battle or war. Failure does not allow us to go on fighting. Defeat comes when we fail to get something we very much want. Failure does not allow us to dream. It’s motto is ‘Expect nothing and you won’t be disappointed.’

“If you are never alone, you cannot know yourself.”

I am still reading the book. Rest will be published soon.

Mahendra Kumar




Love for camping

Love for camping

It’s been long since I have been outdoors. However whenever I find an opportunity to break away from the wifi- zone I take it asap. Recently I have been to Aurangabad ( ajanta and Ellora Caves) , Haridwar, Rishikesh etc. What I learned thereis that doesn’t matter how fast your internet connection is, the connection between the nature and you is always stronger.

I may sound philosophical but a recent study published in the journal “Current biology” proves the fact that camping out side do help in lots of ways. It helps in adjusting the body clock. ┬áResearchers found that exposure to the artificial light affected the production of hormones and melatonin.┬áMelatonin rises just before we go to sleep and decreases through the night until we wake up. This is responsible for our body clock. You can read about the benefits of camping on the following BBC article.

I am just saying that whenever you get time, even a minute go out embrace the nature, feel the energy of Sun and keep yourself at peace with nature.

outdoor caming

benefit of camping outdoors


Mahendra Kumar
Computer Engineer turned artist