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Tracing the Moon: A Memoir of a Woman's Journey in India Paperback – October 28, 2016
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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite: Five star review. Tracing the Moon: A Memoir of a Woman's Journey In India by Kumari Ellis is an uplifting memoir that will take readers on a mystical and spiritual journey along with the author. Judith is a nurse who cares for patients with HIV/AIDS. One night while taking care of a dying patient, Judith sees something that changes her perspective about life and death. She leaves her job in search of understanding what she saw. She lands up in Mumbai, India. She gives up everything and stays at a Sadhu's ashram in Himalayas. She visits monasteries, towns, and temples in search of truth and more understanding about the spiritual customs and culture of India. As she allows the mysticism and spirituality of India to embrace her, she also gets a new name, Prem Kumari, which is given by her spiritual guru in Lucknow. The memoir is the honest and courageous account of a person's determination to seek her inner self. The book is a fascinating read and India will captivate readers with its colors and mysticism. The author's story is touching in many ways and the journey Prem Kumari undertakes into her own self is inspirational. The author's narrations are descriptive and she has captured the vibrant essence of India beautifully in her writings. I found the book a good read. It is simple yet profound and there are some excellent quotes and messages that can be learned from it. It is a story that will make readers take a journey in search of their inner self. An exquisite, poetic account of a journey of awakening, Review By Martin Aylward Kumari draws on both her extraordinary depth of experience in India, and her lyrical ability with language, to seduce the reader into a mystical exploration, both of mystical India, and of the reader's own longing for depth and discovery. I lived in India at the same time as this memoir covers, Kumari and I were and remain good friends, and I lived closely with Babaji over 3 years, and remained close to him until his death in 2012. Kumari's writing captures the feel of that time beautifully, and captures Babaji, his language and manner, his ease of being and deep simplicity, in a way that I found profoundly moving. I would thoroughly recommend this book to all those who love India, and also equally, for those who may never have been, but who share that stirring in the soul that invites us to take risk, to explore consciousness, to leave behind the familiar and dare to really find out who we are, to confront the depth and mystery of what it is to be human, to be conscious, to be here.
About the Author
Kumari Ellis's time as a nurse on an AIDS unit inspired her to visit India on a spiritual quest, where she stayed for six years. Originally from England, she now works as a community nurse in Australia. She is a mother of two who writes in her spare time. Tracing the moon recently won the Next Generation Indie publishing award.
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This book nourished me in a way that surprised me. It made me realise much of what I feel as a solo female traveller is shared by other women. Having travelled to many of the places Kumari visited, even staying in Babaji's ashram in Dharamsala, it amazes me that whilst we visited the same places, albeit for very different reasons, the outcome and emotions experienced by Kumari were often a direct reflection of my own journey, which is why I think this is a wonderful read for any traveller (both travellers of mind and body).
As I sit here in Delhi writing this review, en route to Dharamsala for the season, I thank you Kumari for reminding me just how fortunate I am to have the time and space to explore. And thank you Kumari for being brave enough to share your story with the world and I wish you every success. Om namah Shiva.
Finally, "Tracing the Moon" inspires a devotion to the presence within reminding me of who I am truly am. Thankyou.
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