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Sunday, 14 May 2017

Amidrishti - The Divine Attitude

About the book:

he Divine Attitude provides knowledge to live a life full of purpose and peace. This simple tale of two brothers provides guidance to the art of living with greater spiritual and emotional intelligence. A wonderfully crafted tale, the book narrates the extraordinary life of Amichand, a virtuous merchant who confronts challenges in life through his faith and patience. A life-changing odyssey, his journey provides powerful practical lessons that teach us to: Nourish relationships with family members Cultivate self-discipline Deal with adversities in life Be a benefactor to all including our own family members The story is all about relationships but there is a learning to one's own self also, which is very powerful. Also available in Gujarati as ""Amichand ni Amidrishti"" and in Hindi as ""Amrut Drashti."""

My review:

“Amidrishti – the divine attitude” a self help book aims to help people understand the mysteries of life and how to overcome the odds that one faces in his/her life. Written by Acharya bhuvanbhanu Suri, the book speaks in length and breadth about the life of our protagonist Amichand.

Amichand is a son of a wealthy merchant and his father passed away soon after his marriage. Being a mature and virtuous person Amichand takes proper care of the business and his mother who grieves the loss of his husband. Amichand promises his mother that he will take good care of his brother Vinu and to love him as their child.

Vinu grows older and gets married to Tara. Tara seeing such goodness of Vinu's brother and sister-in-law towards her husband, becomes jealous. She tries to corrupt the mind of Vinu by manupulating him against his family. She eventually succeeds in her endeavor and separates the family as well as the business.

I won't be a spoiler and you have to read the rest of the story to find out what happens next.

Amidrishti, the book based on the teachings of Jainism, enlightens the reader about various situations that takes place in a person's life and how to overcome the turmoils in life. Honestly speaking I loved the story and the message imbibed in it. Lord Mahavira's teachings truly reflect in the story and how can a person change if he embraces Jainism and follows the path of Mahavira. A person's thought process reflects one's state of mind and how well he can handle situations in life.

Amidrishti has described each and every aspect of a person's life and the author has reflected his thoughts on a particular circumstance and how to deal with it before moving to the next aspect.
This is what I loved about the book, being shown the path of greatness by the author himself.

The story plot is exceptional and the teaching is even greater but there is something that I didn't like about the book. I accept the teaching is of Superior quality and there is no match to it.

Maybe the original text is completely different from the one translated to English. But this is what I didn't like about the book.

There is an excessive use of the word “Poison” in the first few pages of the book. For a self-help book to use the word poison repeatedly is completely outrageous. I believe that a self help book should focus more on how can a person change his life by reading the book and not by repeatedly being convinced that a nectarous thought is better that poisonous thought.

I read this quote a long time ago “Good of everything bad.” and this applies to every form and aspect of life. I really didn't like the translator using the words like poison, poisonous, jealousy, envy again and again throughout the book. This pained me as a reader, as I believe that a self help book should focus more on positive thoughts and should change the words that reflects more positivity than negativity.

When you focus on solutions rather than problems, life becomes easy. The book has focused more on problems and how to get rid of them eventually. I say rather than discussing how to address the problems, discuss on what could have been done, so that the situation wouldn't have taken place in the first instance and that would have been incredible.

I wish Acharya Bhuvanbhanu Suri's thought and his original writings are much different than what I have read.

The characters in the story have justified their purpose and the story should have been left alone rather than doing an autopsy on a particular situation. Yeah! I know why the author has chosen to teach and enlighten a person though the story of Amichand, so that one can co-relate his/her life to Amichand's life and change the way he/she thinks.

I can say one thing, the story and it's characters have won but the words that have described the situations have lost owing to negative words like poison, poisonous, hatred, victim, nectarous as a word also lost in fulfilling its true purpose. As I said earlier “Good of everything is bad.”

What could have been done is that the story should have been different book and the teachings should have been written in a completely different book.

I wish to read the original text of the book Amichand rather than the translated version in English.

About the author:

Jain Acharya Shri Bhuvanbhanu surishwarji Maharaja was a clairvoyant, acadamic genius, profound thinker, skillful orator and versetile writer. He acquired GDA degree from London. Has written more than 80 books of various subjects. He was renowned scholar of Prakrit, Sanskrit and Gujarati and had mastered every aspect of Indian Philosophy

'I received a copy from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.'


Below is my review on Goodreads



Amidrishti - The Divine AttitudeAmidrishti - The Divine Attitude by Acharya Bhuvanbhanu Suri

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


“Amidrishti – the divine attitude” a self help book aims to help people understand the mysteries of life and how to overcome the odds that one faces in his/her life. Written by Acharya bhuvanbhanu Suri, the book speaks in length and breadth about the life of our protagonist Amichand.

Amichand is a son of a wealthy merchant and his father passed away soon after his marriage. Being a mature and virtuous person Amichand takes proper care of the business and his mother who grieves the loss of his husband. Amichand promises his mother that he will take good care of his brother Vinu and to love him as their child.

Vinu grows older and gets married to Tara. Tara seeing such goodness of Vinu's brother and sister-in-law towards her husband, becomes jealous. She tries to corrupt the mind of Vinu by manupulating him against his family. She eventually succeeds in her endeavor and separates the family as well as the business.

I won't be a spoiler and you have to read the rest of the story to find out what happens next.

Amidrishti, the book based on the teachings of Jainism, enlightens the reader about various situations that takes place in a person's life and how to overcome the turmoils in life. Honestly speaking I loved the story and the message imbibed in it. Lord Mahavira's teachings truly reflect in the story and how can a person change if he embraces Jainism and follows the path of Mahavira. A person's thought process reflects one's state of mind and how well he can handle situations in life.

Amidrishti has described each and every aspect of a person's life and the author has reflected his thoughts on a particular circumstance and how to deal with it before moving to the next aspect.



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Friday, 5 May 2017

Book Review of Thicker Than Water




About the Book:



When young Walter finds a dead body along with the dead fish in his tutor’s fishpond, he knows he should tell his old master, Charles Murray of Letho. The dead man leaves a pretty wife and child and a broken string quartet, but someone must have profited by his death – could it be the avenger from his past as his widow fears, or is it someone from closer at hand? St. Andrews is once again the setting for a murder mystery, and a puzzle that Murray must solve before the murderer strikes again.


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My review

When I first started reading the book I was skeptical about the story plot and how the characters were introduced and was very confused in the initial pages of the book. This was my first time reading an ARC, so had a difficult time ignoring the spelling mistakes. I was out of sync with the other parts of the series and reading the 10th part was a great challenge but you will be able to find the story interesting as you continue reading. After a few chapters into the story I was able to make out what would have happened in the books prior to this.

But as I read on I was thrilled by the way the author, projected his thoughts and the way he added twists in the story. It kept me in the hunt of what would happen next and what I loved about the book was that conversation between the characters of the story.

Filled with mystery and suspense, it made me turn pages as if I was under a spell and the pace of the story was also good with all the characters playing their part well, to keep the reader gripped to the story and in the hunt of what will happen next.

Overall it was a great read.






About the Author:


Lexie Conyngham is a historian living in the shadow of the Highlands. Her Murray of Letho novels are born of a life amidst Scotland’s old cities, ancient universities and hidden-away aristocratic estates, but she has written since the day she found out that people were allowed to do such a thing. Beyond teaching and research, her days are spent with wool, wild allotments and a wee bit of whisky.

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