The Billionaire and the Monk
A Simple Story about Finding Extraordinary Happiness
Vibhor Kumar Singh — 2021
'Are you happy?' This seemingly straightforward question puts two men from opposite walks of life on a personal journey to find the true meaning of happiness. As their paths cross, the Billionaire who leads a life of luxury and the Monk who once believed in renunciation strike up an unlikely friendship, united by their common goal. In the scenic city of Shangri-La, they soon discover that the greatest wisdom often lies in the simplest truths of life. Donning the roles of teacher and disciple by turns, the two friends show and learn from each other that happiness is in fact a state of mind. And seeking contentment on either end of the spectrum of human experience – be it asceticism or self-indulgence – is futile because joy exists in its purest form in the harmony between simplicity and ambition. As it demystifies the elusive concept of happiness, this thought-provoking tale offers an answer to the oft-asked question: Can one truly be happy?