A Thousand Seeds of Joy – Review

So, I was just wondering how could a common wife of five men, the Pandavas, Draupadi be considered one of the Panchkanyas that spiritually and religiously connected people know. I was always having the curiosity to know further and then I got to know it from Goddess herself – Lakshmi Ji. Well, the question must come. Where did I get to know it from the Goddess and when? How? Why?

A Thousand Seeds of Joy is a book that I came across recently and it has been penned by Ananda Karunesh, a person who felt his awakening first at the age of 19. His book, in fact, is a conversation that the author had with two Goddesses – Saraswati and Lakshmi and I read the same. There are many secrets that I could learn and understand by reading that book and I won’t be a fool by keeping those pleasant moments to myself! Go for this interesting book guys!

At first, for a rational person like me, it was indeed difficult to believe what I was seeing in front of my eyes. It took me a few hours to digest what I read in the very preface. After reading the chapters, 1, 2 and then 3, I realised that the conversation is indeed serious and something which is interesting as well as above the humane – above the level of our daily discourse and then I gave it a read. Chapter after chapter, I kept reading and out of curiosity to know what did the Goddesses reveal, I kept reading until I saw the last page of the book which ends with the endnote number 26 defining divine feminine.

Now, let me share what I feel of this book A Thousand Seeds of Joy. I won’t exaggerate but I do feel the need to do so because I just love this book! It begins and ends but not in proper order so one needs to start reading this book with basic preparations. You have to be aware of the basic concepts related to different sects of religious beliefs. There are seven parts in the book and each has its purpose. For example, the interesting facts that I learnt about Draupadi came from the part called The Feminine Wisdom of Mahabharata. Likewise, there are other six parts which talk about different things.

The most exciting thing throughout a reader’s journey into the depth of this conversation must be the part that he or she is reading a conversation featuring Goddesses! Goddesses are talking to a human being and what else can be more interesting than this?

So, my dear reader friends, stop reading whatever you are reading now and give this book a try first! You will surely like what I just finished! You can get a copy from Amazon and do share the copy with other readers if you like the book… let the good thoughts and words of wisdom spread! All the best!

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review by a contributor to The Book Blog

The Elephant Chaser’s Daughter

Poverty teaches thousands of lessons which elite can never learn. The urge to learn comes from the vacuum that’s created in one’s life in absence of education. Rich don’t value what is worshipped by the poor. A similar kind of thought is conveyed by the book The Elephant Chaser’s daughter.

It’s the ordeal of a poor girl Shilpa Anthony Raj. She lives in a village where the prevailing caste system and poverty have compelled people to switch their gods! It was long long ago and the memoir begins with Shilpa starting her education at Shanti Bhawan, an institution which provides education to any one child of poor families. As per the author, who also happens to be a student of the same institution, they were provided nutritious meals and were taken care of in terms of health and vaccination too. The author graduated as a topper in liberal arts from Shanti Bhawan.

In the beginning, the impression I had about the book was that it’s a murder mystery as it starts with the death of author’s sister and people defaming her of her illicit relationship with many men. The parents and other family members wish to find out the cause of her death and the murderers but suddenly we find the story going to the flashback. Even then the reader gets an impression that it’s a way of solving the murder mystery and driving us to the clues but the story ends with no findings. However, the purpose of the book is to impress upon the readers with the problems dominating in our society. And the problems are unfolded one by one through Shilpa’s division of the chapters of her book, very carefully.

The author gives too honest description of the prevailing conditions in her village. She even goes to the extent of talking about her own parents and sisters of having illegitimate affairs. Too vivid descriptions of the character of either her fellow students or their parents are given. As a reader, we were already aware of the miserable conditions that these ill fated children were exposed to. Shilpa’s book only adds to the bitter reality of our society! She talks about a boy who studied with her was unaware of his father as her mother was raped by several men.

One more incident of a ten-year-old girl who dances and goes with men elder to her and earns money by dancing and other such activities is also heart rendering. The author too feels like earning in that way. Later, her kind of sexual encounter with her own uncle is described in a raw format which tells the readers how the social and family condition acts upon the minds which are not yet matured.

The ugly side of the society lurks throughout the book and chides the readers often. We are taken aback with the realities which come to us in a form of flashback when Shilpa’s grandparents reveal the secrets. The condition of women, the condition of children; and the condition of people collectively who belong to the section Shilpa belongs to are miserable and this is what we come to know. Shilpa’s questions are all valid and should be answered by none other than us who are a part of the society – how long?

To conclude, The Elephant Chaser’s Daughter by Shilpa Raj is a book which should be read by the readers, the young ones and the adult ones likewise. It tells us what we lack as a society and what we need to embrace. The thoughts of the author might be in a crude format but we need to understand the underlying pain. You can get the book from Amazon by visiting the link below:

http://amzn.to/2vVsbIZ

 

Review by Nidhi Sharma

The Quest of the Sparrows

The Quest of the Sparrows is a novel which offers many interpretations for many people. It does not limit itself to a certain and fixed interpretation and which, no doubt, is the real power and beauty of this novel. Authored by Ravi Sharma and Kartik Sharma, both IIT alumnus with IIM to their credentials, The Quest of the Sparrows also makes use of the metaphors very cleverly to narrate their point of view on life and different ways of life. Let’s begin with this:

“Different people put electricity to different use. Some use it in a torch to light a path at night and someone else lights huge mercury lamps to flood an entire auditorium.”

The Quest of the Sparrows is a kind of philosophical novel, you may say that. Discourses and preaching related to life and relation fill the book to a large extent and which might become such that an average reader can go indifferent to the novel at some stages. However, there is a joy of reading those instances which cannot be missed! A big share of the story is set in the ashram of Swami Parmanand. As per his will after his Samadhi, his son Partibhan is announced as his heir. The transformation of his son from a normal young boy to a spiritual leader is ecstatic. Intermingled are the stories of people who stay in the ashram for seeking peace like Nikhil and detectives like Sanjeev who spy on Swami Partibhan to prove him a fraud and fake.

Another big enjoyment and enlightenment come in the book when the journey begins. Together they undertake an adventurous 600kms journey on foot without money and baggage only depending upon food and shelter. The journey involves changing minds of people towards spirituality through series of mystical experiences. And believe me, this part of the book will surely prove to be an eye-opener for many readers because it just seems happening in front of our eyes! There are a series of encounters and those are wonderful!

The book, however (I feel), will have a limited zone. The feeling of the youth described in the story is actually the real state of mind of youngsters these days. Their transformation into peaceful souls is a big goal to achieve. As the book itself says:

“How could one get conditioning when their mind is still struggling with petty issues?”

A good read for peace seeking souls in both the terms – in the terms of literal peace as well as in the terms of seeking a respite from the regular fiction trend by the regular Indian authors who cannot let go the young adult genre to a temporal rest! It will answer all your queries regarding simple to complex issues. It will surely solve the riddles of your life. So shed your worries, stress and tensions because:

“What is it that we manage to achieve throughout our complex lives…..merely survival.”

The Kite Runner

THE Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

If anyone has ever been able to create a mèlange of emotions like brotherhood, love, compassion and loyalty in the most heart-wrenching way, it’s the very gifted American-Afghan writer, Khaled Hosseini. Rare are the times when one can imagine a friendship tale ejecting such pathos. The Kite Runner, with its subtle poignancy, is plain stupendous. The book, moreover, does not hold back from driving the propagandists insane and speak ill against the author as Khalid Hosseini has bluntly exposed the truth which remains behind the curtain most of the times. Let’s get into the details of the book.

It is the author’s first (and probably the finest) novel. It revolves around the tragic and vulnerable lives of two boys Amir and his ‘acquaintance’ (as he wishes to call him) Hassan. It is set against the backdrop of war-torn Afghanistan. Hassan is the kite runner for Amir. The two boys spend all day flying kite oblivious to the atrocities of war that would ensue with the Taliban intervention which gains central stage in the story’s movement.

The artistic infusion of reality into the fiction makes it a treat for the readers, more than ever! Out of the multitude of heartrending lines from the novel, these act as perfect images of The Kite Runner for me:

“And, under the same roof, we spoke our first words.
Mine was Baba.
His was Amir. My name.”

Looking back on it now, I think the foundation for what happened in the winter of 1975 and all that followed was already laid in those first words”.

It is only when you read the novel, that you realize what treasure you had been missing out on, all this while. I might say to this novel, what Hassan said to Amir, “for you, a thousand times over”. Yes ! It is ‘that’ kind of novel. You can’t resist but read it over and over again and then, no wonder if you happen to memorize many of its beautiful lines, considering how moving they are.

Another element that adds to the aesthetics of The Kite Runner is its discrete characters, the unguarded character of Hassan being my favourite, crafted so beautifully that it almost seems like a piece of art. Others too are too well defined to be forgotten easily.

For it’s no child’s play to move a mass of people to rethink of its notions of reality and suffering, The Kite Runner, truly, is a masterpiece. Written with the intention to be “read, felt and re-read”, the novel fulfills its purpose.

TKR is successful in getting every bit of absorption and engrossment that it deserves. Novels like this one are written once in a blue moon and that one happens to get their hands on it, I call it their good luck.

By: Prakriti Gupta