Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Harnam Sethi's Journey to Self Discovery (Book Review)

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

'Life is meant to be lived and not to be understood.'

If only Harnam Sethi had known this earlier, it would have made him realize it sooner that -
'Being vulnerable is what makes life so beautiful.'

A book that traces the journey of Harnam Sethi- the only child of his parents, a deep thinker ( sometimes too much of that, basically a man in search of a reason for his existence, his life.

What begins as a fast-paced story drags and gets too monotonous in between only to get back on track towards the end but it somehow fails to deliver the essence that it promised to, in the beginning.

There are definitely moments in the journey that provide an insight into one's soul and the very idea of 'living', it's so-called purpose as well as finding that one goal that would make one feel content with his presence in this world.

For those into spiritualism,soul-searching or whatever other term one can think of to categorize those kind of people ( including me)- it can definitely be worth a read but then one should have immense patience to follow Harnam's journey because as one progresses with the story, one can actually imagine the rut he seems to be in ( if not physically, mentally atleast!).

I would really like to appreciate the author for delving into a subject like this but maybe somewhere down the lane, the connection with the audience gets lost only for it to bounce back but unable to hit the bull's eye when it came to leaving the audience spellbound.

What I could not connect with is the sudden enlightenment that he achieves when he experiences 'love'. But then again there were times when I actually smiled at the very situation he was in.He did try to charm the reader in some way or the other.

- Divya Nambiar

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