Today is Teachers Day. What other day would be better to write about a book that ‘teaches’ you to live. Through an interesting story of a parrot’s (or our?) life-travel, capturing the travails of life in a parable, the book slides into the various gullies of a common life, guiding us to question our thoughts and find answers within them.
The book tries to answer the question it poses:
“Is it ‘Possibe’ to ‘Change Your Life’? To quite an extent, actually Yes.”
Working on the theory of ‘YOUR THOUGHTS CREATE YOUR LIFE’ and yet, when things go wrong, to make us see new perspectives or ‘perchpectives’ as the author chooses to pen it, the author has woven a fable that is interesting to watch like an anime movie, albeit at its own pace, only slightly racy rapid at places.
Mostly, life (like mine has been and of what others I have seen), isn’t really all that smooth even when we talk of its going through its ups and downs, as the parable lets it read. It is a bit slow in its pace at certain places but then swinging and spiralling through downslides or upswings or merry-go-rounds or go-cartels and roller-coasters; and thumps & jumps and shocks and accidents and bumps and rocks on bumpy rocky pot-holed roads and muddy dirt & stone-ridden tracks with quick-sand suckers lying as traps.
Instead, there are equally spaced tidal waves in the story (like a typical story) that settle down at just the most appropriate time, but sadly no sudden storms and Tsunamis. Everything happens at the right time to introduce the right change, unlike life. This is where the book falters, where its knees wobble. That is why, with the book, the ride fascinates but disappointingly does not intrigue, attracts but does not impress much, makes an impression but not an indelible one, impacts in a subtle way, not banging you in the head but lingering like an after-taste, a thought that continues to tinker in the mind, making you pause and wonder and wander in your own life’s theories. And this, didn’t make me very happy or convinced or shaken either, as an adult, mature reader. It does not become my Bible, which, I can open a random page and seek answers to when in confusion.
But when I say that, I mean to say something else than rejection of the book. A bit superficial at times, but overall it’s a fun, easy read with great, positive life and power affirming content :) The book is actually going to make an immensely effective as well as a good read for children in the age-group of 8-14 years, depending upon their reading-difficulty level achieved. Those who are into reading their ‘Enid Blytons’ would do well to read this, and I strongly recommend the book as a must-gift for all kids by their parents for a summer or autumn or winter-break read or even to be sent as a birthday-gift to your child’s friend(s) ! You could yourself buy the book for a child that age, any reason, any occasion, any single day would suit it. An exam cleared or not cleared, a birthday or friend-ship day or Children’s Day or Birds’ Day or Reading Day or some such purpose.
A must buy for all Libraries, I think it would do well for CBSE to introduce the book to Sixth graders as an English text-book novel. If not that, it could at-least add it to their list of must-reads and recommended-reads for children that age!
As I read through the book, I strongly felt, that this lesson through a parable is best absorbed and understood at the tender age of learning values when they should be picked up, before making mistakes that can be avoided, before stumbling upon the blocks of life. Though it’s probably never too late to learn, isn’t it best to imbibe the best at the earliest? It infuses the reader with a kind of optimism, hope and encouragement that is mot understood and needed when under-confidence overwhelms, when you have to take the first step and do not have the guts to do it. Whether you’re struggling with doubt or debt or simply looking to have more success and abundance, you could benefit from this ‘read-me-&-prop-yourself’ book. (It’s not exactly a Self-Help book, no, I wouldn’t categorise it in that category. It IS inspirational but not really a transformational profound book.)
While it is easy to notice the kids these days as brash, over-optimistic and crude in their rudeness to attempt everything forbidden, unforeseen or lucrative, there is a certain inferiority-complex that propels them to try out not for the unreachable but for what that is someone else’s instead of what could be moving in the correct direction on the intuitive radar.. Then even the radar could go wrong if you misinterpret the signals or read too much into them or be rid with over-confidence when perceiving them. Nothing is infallible after all ! THAT is over-confidence. Then, there are others who are shy, timid and shrugging-off their shoulders in the garb of indifference to trying out anything new, be it new ideas, experiments or values. What one needs in life is balance. The book, you could say, to an extent, is meant for both kind of children, though much much more suitable for the latter kind, so very abundantly found in our middle-class schools. I am sure they will absolutely love this book. Peppered with heart-warming insights and wisdom, ‘Free Fall: The Journey Home’ by Rohini Singh is sure to remain with them long after they have turned the last page & continue to amaze them as an initial imprint on their soul-thought.
I particularly like the portion where moods have been compared to objects tangible and intangible, including colours. It is a nice game that could be played in the classroom, as a play on adjectives as well as for a class of moral-values secretly playing on sociology plus psychology of the kids involved. This little book here proves to you once and for all that your thoughts have power and that a field of infinite possibilities awaits your claim.
It is a vivid portrayal of the Physicality of The Journey Of The Mind Through The Soul.
I loved turning the pages of the book, for its sheer creative artistic beauty! The cover is pure delight, a treasure to hold in your hands. The pages inside are a pleasure to behold, the way spectacular illustrations pop up every now and then, before and after and in-between the chapters.
The summarising quotes that lay open the crux of the chapter, the focus of the story is easy to lay your thoughts upon. I guess, kids would love to audaciously colour the illustrations in colours of their own choice to bring the book alive to their own personal selves, to savor the copy for life, as a cherished possession of their growing-up learning years.
As a suggestion, I recommend adding a ‘tear-out’ page at the beginning of the book that provides an easy origami/cut-out/ corner or insert DIY and color-it-yourself bookmark.
I guarantee the sales of the book shall sky-rocket with this added incentive (no, its not a gimmick! :O ), making it reach the right hands and eyes to read. ^_^
(I have provided an example of how to do it here. I made one for myself, just because the kid in me came alive when I took the book in hand.)
Rohini Singh is a spiritual mentor, life coach and corporate facilitator. She practices a number of alternative healing therapies, including Reiki, reflexology, hypnotherapy, Emotional Freedom Techniques, and Theta Healing; and conducts regular personal-growth workshops and healing retreats both in India and elsewhere. She leads retreat designed to empower, transform and connect with the true Self. She writes regularly for newspapers, speaks at public forums, and is the author of numerous internationally bestselling books including The Only Way Out is Within and has written eight best-selling cookbooks apart from two novels for children. No doubt, she has done a good job, if not the best, again. :) Like I said, this book too feels to me, more suited for children. Try it out. :)
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Book Source : Publisher
Publisher : Hay House India
Genre : Parable
Price : Rs. 299/-
ISBN : 978-93-81431-31-3