Saturday, January 11, 2014

#49 : The Quest of the Sparrows: Explore the Joy of Freedom by Karthik Sharma and Ravi Nirmal Sharma : A Review



BOOK TITLE: The Quest of the Sparrows: Explore the Joy of Freedom


ISBN: 8129118653

AUTHOR: Karthik Sharma and Ravi Nirmal Sharma

GENRE: Fiction

NUMBER OF PAGES: 261

FORMAT: Paperback

SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone

REVIEW BY: Shree Janani

HOW I GOT THIS BOOK:  I won this as a part of Goodreads Giveaway Program

SUMMARY: Inspired by the life of a sparrow that leads a carefree life, Partibhan, a young and reluctant guru takes off on an amazing journey in evolution. He believes that human beings can become powerful creators, and achieve much more but the desire to secure the future makes them mere survivors. Between birth and death, evolution is the only constant, which humans can achieve by giving up self-limiting practices.

Partibhan sets out to test spiritual principles at a practical level, with the exceptional 600 kilometer journey on foot without money and belongings. He wishes to demonstrate that man’s fixation on materialism and the need to accumulate is overrated: Survival isn’t the goal of life. A much bigger role, a higher calling awaits us.

Can Partibhan and his followers overcome hardships on the way to find the answers they seek? Are they able to prove that spirituality isn’t an impractical concept as many have come to believe but is inseparable from evolution? What insights do they come across? What does their journey prove and what is its power packed message for you? Do they discover peace and joy? How is it different from happiness?

Discover all this and much more in this path breaking, evolutionary new writing that explores the higher meaning of life and demonstrates practically how one can achieve peace and joy while leading a meaningful and creative life

REVIEW:
Spiritual or Advance thinking books aren't really my forte. Sadly I am not blessed with such an intellect to understand or should I say I am blessed with a temperament to steer clear of such books?

The Book cover and the summary intrigued me. What harm in giving such a book a chance? I entered the giveaway and won it too! 

The book is exactly what it claims to be. The writers have attempted to convey what we have conveniently chosen to forget. The book is about discovering yourself, the real you and not the person that we have become due to various reasons. 

Thankfully the writers have managed to induce that suspense element; else I would have chucked the book for it contains a lot of explosive truths which would make you realize what kind of monster you are. 

For an Atheist, the book might look like a feeble attempt to make him believe the existence of a higher being called god. Thankfully I am not an Atheist. 

The narration was pretty good. The incidents described on Journey on Foot seemed more or less realistic. The writers managed to keep me hooked to the book unlike my previous trysts with Spiritual sort of books. The climax was really the biggest twist. I never saw that coming! But when "that" happened I kind felt sad (Read the book to know what "that" is! No Spoilers!).The writers thus successfully managed to convey emotions properly!

The one thing that could have been is the explanation of how both the Gurus cure cancer/Tumour. That sort of sounds farfetched but is not unheard of (Read up on Holy Saint Sankaracharya) 

Overall, I felt like reading a culmination of discourses by various spiritual gurus like Sri Sri Ravishankar ,Osho and my own grandfather! The writer's originality is restricted to the "story" line.

VERDICT: Pick it up only if you can handle some serious thought processing

RATING: 3 on 5

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Karthik Sharma :
Kartik Sharma, a graduate of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi and Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad, is passionate about books. Be it reading or writing, he found his one true passion in the written word. 

Published at the age of 23 by Rupa Publications in September 2011, he continues to write fiction stories and philosophical musings on his blog: 
http://interlocutor-kasper.blogspot.in/

He quit his investment banking career in 2012 to devote more time to writing. He is currently working on his second novel which he promises to be "fueled with philosophy and at the same time encapsulated in science fiction"
Ravi Nirmal Sharma :
He is an Associate Creative Director (Copy & Concepts) with a reputed agency. He believes each one of us is born with a unique talent, which if actuated contributes to evolution.  Life has to be more than a mere journey from birth to death. Not once, but many times, people and circumstances remind us of the inner calling we ignore. Listening to these voices can enrich our life and those of others in touch with us.

EDITIONS AVAILABLE:Paperback, Kindle

PRICE: Rs.144 (Paperback)


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