Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Soul Stories by Gary Zukav

A good friend recommended books by Gary Zukav after I talked about Aleph by Paulo Coelho. Since the book 'Soul Stories' by Gary Zukav was available in our library, picked it up. And, what a wonderful read it was!

While any one can read this book, this book is mainly for those who oscillate between believing and doubting the age-old concepts of karma, destiny, reincarnation. If you wanted someone to give an explanation about these concepts in the simplest terms, using the examples in our daily lives - this is the book!

The book talks about relation between the soul and the body. Gary compares the soul as a big mother ship and the various lives/incarnations as the small boats that go individually for some time. When the boat goes in the same direction as the mother ship, all is well - since the mother ship and the boat are both traveling for the same goal. But, when the boat goes in different directions, the results would vary.

While we believe that God should treat all human beings equally, we all know of situations where it seems like someone is all lucky but its not exactly the same for someone else. Gary gives a logical explanation on why that is.

Buy or pick it up at your local library and do read it to get answers to many questions on these concepts.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Immortals of Meluha - Book Review

Just as remakes of classic movies and remixes of old songs continue to find new audiences, this is a refreshingly engaging book that is a different take on the back story of familiar mythological characters of Shiva and Sati.

The second in this trilogy written by Amish is already in bookstores so a review of a page turner, bestseller seems a little dated. However I was captivated by the story and the story-telling. Here is another writer from IIM who writes from the heart and reaches the reader (and not from the head who aims for his bank balance). The story of tribal leader Shiva who moves his tribe from the harsh environs of their village situated near Lake Mansarovar to the wondrous land of Meluha is a fast-paced tale set in 1900 BC but very much resonant of the times we live in. Amidst order and wealth and good governance, the people of Meluha, immortal as a result of their access to the technology of making somras, the elixir of immortality, suffer from the uncertainty of terrorist attacks that strike unannounced. In a society where science is amazingly advanced, the people still believe in the legend of the Neelkanth, the person whose neck will turn blue upon consumption of somras, the savior who will restore peace.

Shiva's arrival in Meluha and his consequent discovery as being the Neelkanth puts him in the difficult predicament of fulfilling a destiny that is unknown to him. It is refreshing to see his ambivalence at being received as a savior, a title that is uncomfortable at best. His love for Sati, the daughter of the king of Meluha, Daksha, is described with great sensitivity and restraint. The war scenes are vividly narrated. In fact, the whole book is an easy read due to the short chapters and even shorter scenes. It almost reads like a play.

In short, a wonderful book, that I highly recommend to readers of all ages.