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The Quest of the Sparrows – Review

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The Quest of the Sparrows

Blurb:

A seemingly ordinary young man forced to become a guru takes a leap of faith and sets off with his followers on a taxing journey that changes their mindsets and lives forever. Inspired by the carefree life of a sparrow, reluctant guru Partibhan takes off on a 600 kilometre expedition on foot to test his theory of practical spirituality. He believes that human beings can become powerful creators, but the desire to secure the future makes them mere survivors. However, survival isn’t the only goal of life. A much bigger role, a higher calling awaits us. Will Guru Partibhan and his disciples complete the journey? Will they discover their true potential and find everlasting joy? Looks at the importance of spirituality in today’s fast paced world. A must read for all those feeling burnt out and wondering about the ‘higher purpose’ of their lives. The story of a young man who finds his calling in life, written in a relatable manner.

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Review:

I received this book as an Instagram giveaway prize. Penned by father-son duo Kartik Sharma and Ravi ‘Nirmal’ Sharma, the story takes inspiration from the life of a sparrow, who rather than hoarding  for future, lives a  carefree life and takes each day as it comes.

The narrative is divided in four parts. Each presenting the story from a different perspective. Part one is Nikhil’s story, part two is Sanjeev’s, part three is Partibhan’s story and part four is conclusion which represents viewpoint of  different minor characters.

Partibhan is a young guy with turbulent past. After his father (a renowned guru) passes away, he unwillingly takes charge of his ashram and becomes the next guru. This young man believes in attainment of practical spirituality and to test his belief he takes a leap of faith and embarks on a 600 km journey on foot (without any belongings) with his disciples.

Nikhil is an NRI who is suffering from midlife crisis. His second wife is cheating on him and his daughter leaves him to move in with her boyfriend. His life is falling apart. In order to find some sort of stability in life he comes back to India and joins Swami Partibhan in his quest for spiritual awakening.

Sanjeev is a private detective who comes from a broken family. He doesn’t believe in God and thinks religion is a cult of blissful ignorance. He is on a hidden mission to expose Swami Partibhan as a fraudulent Swami.

This book was a refreshing change from all the half-baked love stories and crime thrillers I have been reading lately. The book cover is simple and intriguing. At first I was a little bit apprehensive that the book will be a 260 page long sermon on spirituality. But I was pleasantly surprised after reading the book. The authors have splendidly woven together spirituality with fiction.

This is basically Partibhan’s story. His internal struggles are portrayed marvelously.  He is a simple guy who is terrified to leave behind his present life and accept a lifestyle which he abhorred for so long. I loved the part in which he slowly conquers his gluttony and achieves the stage of self-actualization. His progress toward higher awareness and divinity is gradual and consistent throughout the book.

The other characters provide a refreshing outlook to the narrative. All the characters are interesting and easily relatable. I liked Nikhil’s character development. At the beginning of the story, he is a non-dependable sort of guy who doesn’t care much for his family or business and ends up being alone. But slowly with his determination to change and good company, he transforms himself and attains the peace of mind which he was looking for.

Sanjeev’s story represents all of us who believe that all miraculous gurus are fraud. I enjoyed the part where his rational mind continuously tries to find logical answers for all the miracles Swami Partibhan performs. He continues with his theories up until the last moment, when he has no logic to support what he witnessed.

I loved the ending which was sharp and kept me on the edge of my seat. I never thought they will go through with “that”. Maybe I was hoping for another miracle. 🙂

Although I don’t agree with authors’ idea of anti-materialism, sacrifice and everlasting joy, I can surely appreciate their perspective which is well-explained. Their courage to opt for a unique story-line is  really commendable. This book actually made me think about spirituality and its impact on human nature.

My Rating- 3.5/5

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