A tribute to spiritual India
Thank You India
Author: Maria Wirth
Publisher: Garuda Prakashan Private Ltd
A German stops over in India on her journey to Australia and gets so taken in by the country and its culture that she doesn’t complete her journey to Australia but ends up spending the next 38 years here and proceeds to distil her experiences into a book. Well, Maria Wirth is the person, and Thank You India is her book which, in essence, is a tribute to the spiritual riches that she found in this eternal land.
It takes a neutral and external, yet inside and intimate view of the spiritual stirrings in the caves and crevices on Himalayan heights, in the recesses of Kerala’s forests, on the banks of our sacred rivers, and in the ashrams of the spiritual gurus all over India. It has the objectivity of an outsider and the detail of an insider. The book is a distillation of Maria’s 38 years in India, and she does justice to it. Through her narration of her rendezvous with scores of people—some eminent gurus like Devraha Baba, Anandamayi Ma, Osho Rajneesh, Eckhart Tolle, Ramdev Baba, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, and some obscure ones deep inside Himalayan caves as well as aam aadmi (common folk)—Maria manages to evoke and sustain the interest of her readers.
You get the feeling that Maria is entranced with Indian wisdom and spirituality but is not possessed by a Utopian view of India. As is evident from her comment on the first two pages: “India hides her positive sides. Whoever expects comfort, will probably be disappointed, even on a luxury tour in five-star hotels. At some point, one will be confronted with hawkers, beggars, potholes, dirt, noise, cockroaches, or heat . . . In spite of it, a smile comes easily to Indians . . .”
Maria also takes the trouble to set the record straight on issues which her detractors use to beat India with, such as the caste system, English education, and ‘Hindu terror.’ She concludes her book with a chapter titled The world is in need of Indian wisdom. So, should you read this book? Well, would you like to know about the inside world of spiritual India? About foreign seekers and their motivations in leaving their land and calling this land their own? About how our ancient culture compares to the much later invented religions from the West? About evolved Indian gurus and how their thoughts could shape the world within and the one without? If yes, please go ahead and read this book by all means.
It’s not often that objectivity, curiosity, and love for this land and its ancient heritage come together.
Cancer is a mindset
One Woman, Two Advanced Cancers, Conquered.
Author: Dr Nidhi Bajaj Gupta & Megha Bajaj
“I feel cancer is nothing but suppression of emotions,” says Megha Bajaj and explains it through a series of examples in the book.
Cancer is a life-threatening disease and we’ve all heard so many stories about it. Right from the body blow delivered by the horrific diagnosis to the brilliant, awe-inspiring stories of the brave and determined survivors, the trials and triumphs of cancer warriors come in various shades. But what most people don’t know about are the physical and emotional struggles of the family members of the patient diagnosed with cancer. One Woman, Two Advanced Cancers, Conquered is a story of one such survivor and her family members, who valiantly braved the storm brought about by the diagnosis of cancer.
In this book, the Bajaj sisters talk about the phase of their lives when their mother was diagnosed with cancer. Twice. And how life took a turn, testing their patience, faith, and vigour.
Beginning with painting a picture of a regular family with its own share of happiness and troubles, Megha narrates the story that was to transform them and their lives forever. She dots the whole narrative with major life events and describes how faith played an important role in the battle against cancer. Complete unflinching faith.
Highlighting the challenges one faces during such testing times, she recollects how their attitude played a significant role in meeting them. She emphasises that treating cancer like a big deal, indeed makes it one, and taking necessary precautions while maintaining a positive attitude can have miraculous effects.
The period of recovery is of equal importance, and adopting a healthy lifestyle change keeps the cancer from relapsing. Consistent, directed, and intelligent efforts are required to be put in with full faith that good will happen.
The second part of the book written by Dr Nidhi describes a holistic approach to wellness. Accumulated through her own close encounter with the disease, Dr Nidhi has compiled the diet and exercise plan that must be adopted post cancer treatment, to ensure a complete and healthy recovery.
This book is a complete cancer guide and gives a glimpse of what the cancer journey looks like, with tested and medically backed recommendations and tips. Cancer or not, this book will be helpful for everyone who decides to read it.
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