Book Review : “The Calling -Unleash Your True Self “

Book Name : The Calling – Unleash Your True Self

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Author : Priya Kumar, author of the national best seller, “I Am Another You”, Priya Kumar’s books have won six international awards. She is an internationally acclaimed motivational speaker, who has inspired over a million people across the globe. Kumar is also a firewalking instructor, trained by the Sundoor firewalking school. She is India’s first certified fire walk instructor.

Genre : Philosophy, Self Help, Motivational, Spiritual, Fiction, Inspiration

Price : INR 299

Publisher : Books That Inspire

Pages : 166

ISBN : 935258970X (ISBN13: 9789352589708)

Edition Language : English

Synopsis : Let the world change, but don’t let your state of positivity change. Let the world change, but don’t let your state of certainty change to doubt because you don’t like that change. Let the whole world change, but don’t let your happiness change in accordance with the apparent despair the world projects onto you.’(Quote from the book)

In case your mind is yearning for a spiritual adventure, the book will quench your thirst for it. Experiencing the realms of life and an encounter with the truth, the wisdom and the force that is innate to us all. At the brink of a divorce and personal breakdown, Arjun took a trip into the heart of the Himalayas, on the insistence of a sadhu, who predicted that the journey up to Hemkund Sahib would align him to his purpose and change his life forever. At every turn the mountains holds secrets and tests that urge Arjun to evolve into the person he had denied to be – himself. Pretences, falsities, confusions and untruths fall apart as Arjun is forced to confront the mess he had created in his life. What started off as an opportunity to escape reality, turned out to be an opportunity to escape from the dwindling spiral of self-created misery. Filled with spiritual insights and sprinkled with light humour, this story will help you find your calling, your voice and who knows, even your true self. The story is as adventurous as the hills of Himalayas and narration brings an ease and relaxation to the mind, body and soul.

Review : This story is about Arjun – a depressed individual whose personal and professional life has taken a tumultuous turn. It is then that he meets with an accident that changes his life forever. An accident that leads him to find himself, to hear the “calling” within . He then meets a sadhu who advises him to take a journey to Hemkund Sahib located in The Himalayas. Unaware was Arjun, of the journey ,that would bless his soul with wisdom, knowledge, truth and spirituality. He finds himself, his soul that had disappeared beneath the burden of the materialistic world. The tranquility and serenity of mountains cleanses and purifies his mind ,body and soul.

Walking along with Arjun through his adventure and through his tests, is his transporter, Chandu, full of humour and wit. Who is Chandu ? Why did the mountains send him as the companion to Arjun?Does Arjun succeed in his tests?

With so many miracles , lessons and mysteries unfolded on Arjun’s way through Hemkund sahib, the book leaves the readers astounded .Every chapter brings with it a lesson, a learning and hopes to move on, come what may.

The narration is ornamented with inspirational quotes by the author very similar to the writing style of Paulo Coelho.

The book is highly recommended to people who have a quest for spirituality, motivation and shall really urge you to think and respond to your own ‘Calling’.

Rating : 4/5

Personal experience : Being fond of motivational teachings and quotes, the book brings a lot of positivity through the storyline , where each one of us can find /relate ourselves to the protagonist ‘Arjun’. His sufferings, pain, disappointment and struggle can be related to the life that most of us are living. The tests he undergoes and its repercussions builds a hope to face and fight life with wit, wisdom and courage. In a nutshell, every chapter brings with it some good learning and enlightens us.