- Series: The Monk Key Series
- Paperback: 214 pages
- Publisher: Notion Press; 1 edition (December 22, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 935206562X
- ISBN-13: 978-9352065622
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,236,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What you take out of the book will depend on your own unique being, but I am sure it will, for a moment at least, make you pause and re-think life and its meaning. It did to me. Highly recommended!!
Disclaimer: I received this book from the author free of cost in return for an honest review.
Five persons from different walks of life and world take a journey of their lifetime to meet a Monk at the Himalayan range. They almost have nothing in common except their thirst to try to seek and learn what they know not about life. No, this has not much to about their pain and suffering (there is), as their paths and destiny towards the Himalaya in search of the elusive Monk.
Remember, when you read or I made you read "The Monk who sold his Ferrari" before it became the 'cool' book? People who said me this was similar to it, you are wrong, this book is lot more than that. I should warn you, this is not an easy read. This is not the book you can read on a dentist waiting room (I tried doing that) nor a book that you would want to breeze through to increase your reading count. But you have to read it - if you had questions that were too cool to ask your parents or those answers you smirk at when they give you. It is a really hard book to get hooked to at least in the first few pages and then out of nowhere you seemed to be nodding without realizing you are.
I am pushing off writing what I really liked about the book. Shashi's writing style and clarity of thoughts. His language held my attention in a book which has such a serious subject, too many descriptive sentences for my liking and a not so fast moving story. Just when you were about to skip a line or so, (only because novels these days requires not more than a speed reading, am not sorry to say that) he just grabs the attention with something so off your balance that you are nodding your head to glory, once again.
This book would be an interesting read if you want to read about not so mundane questions that you can't ask others, like 'why we draw a circle of water around the plate before we eat?(pariseshanam - I think)' or 'why would anyone want to live at such harsh living conditions near Himalayas?. It would be a sure read if you were among the ones that discuss and think about self realization or worry what we do here - go read his book and go have a chat with the author, right then. If you don't fall in either of the categories, and you are anything like me - just go read for his language, nuances and attention to minutest detail, even if the genre is not your cuppa tea.
But that's not the only thing this book gave me. It also connected me to the spiritual treasure of Vedic culture, Bhagwat Gita knowledge and above the ways and means to fight failures, heart breaks and pain.
Above all it gave me a new perspective on Karma Yoga. As author explains through the mysterious Monk, the reality of the most famous and powerful teaching of Bhagwat Gita i. e. "We should do our Karma and not worry about the Fruits of our striving" puts the most popular shloka "Karmanye ma vadhikaraste..." in totally different perspective.
As I read more and more of the pages, beautifully describing emotional responses of heart broken people, people who were confused about spirituality in scientific context, it made me realize that the author has shared his deep understanding of the subject, human behavior and his passion for the unknown.
Loved the characters, specially Ayan and Yogini Anishka's conversation, where it looks like developing into something controversial... But that I feel only we will come to know in the second part of "The Monk Key" Series as well as about the Tribal girl Kyaka. I am not really sure who or what she is?
But what an amazing debut by an Indian Author, who's simple words dealt with a complex subject of spirituality, entangled with love and loss, so poetically.
Well done, waiting to read the Part 2.
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