The Calling is a spiritual adventure. It is an encounter with the truth, the wisdom and the force that is innate to us all. At the brink of a divorce and personal breakdown, Arjun took a trip into the heart of the Himalayas, on the insistence of a sadhu, who predicted that the journey up to Hemkund Sahib would align him to his purpose and change his life forever. At every turn the mountains holds secrets and tests that urge Arjun to evolve into the person he had denied to be - himself. Pretenses, falsities, confusions and untruths fall apart as Arjun is forced to confront the mess he had created in his life. What started off as an opportunity to escape reality, turned out to be an opportunity to escape from the dwindling spiral of self-created misery. Filled with spiritual insights and sprinkled with light humor, this story will help you find your calling, your voice and who knows, even your true self.
Instead of usual excerpt, this time I am sharing a few quotes from the book:
Regret is to life like termite is to wood. It will eat you up. Confusion is to life like a parasite is to its host. It will consume you.
To sit in your space and your world and do nothing in it is a disgrace to the intelligence that you are bestowed with. It is a disgrace to the spiritual force that is inherent to you. Your role in the world is to take charge, to take responsibility for your role in your environment and of what happens in it.
Life doesn't test you at your level; life tests you at a level higher that yourself. You don't choose the test. That way you would have the choice to live small. The test is always a step ahead of you, so that in reaching beyond it, you grow beyond yourself.
This itself is inspiring enough to pick this book and read, still I would like to share my thoughts on the book.
Congratulations Priya! This is an amazing read. I am very sure the other seven books written by you is going to be awesome.
The Reader's Heart…
Books of this genre is usually boring unless until the writer has something good to offer to make it interesting. And that’s what Priya Kumar has done. When I got an email asking if I am okay to review the book from Priya Kumar’s Team, I thought for a second. I read the blurb from goodreads; I was impressed. The astonishing book cover added the zeal required. I quickly browsed Priya’s website and found her intro interesting. I responded positively and I received the book next day. Somehow I took time to start this book, but once I started reading the book, I swear I could not stop. I read the 150 plus pages highly motivating book in a single sitting.
I must say that “The Calling”, impressed me right from page one. The character Arjun, sounded like one of us, trying hard to balance between personal and professional life, excel in both but failing miserably. Standing at the crossroads of life – divorce filled and at the verge of losing job because of a missed meeting – he take a journey to Hemkund Sahib located in The Himalayas. With the help of his friend Jay he reaches a point from where Hemkund Sahib is just a few kilometres away. Really? He is accompanied by the most wittiest humorous easy going soul Chandu- the guide and two donkeys. Arjun finds Chandu irritating and enlightening at the same time, still he is the only way to reach Hemkund Sahib. What follows is a highly inspiring story narrated at a decent pace by the author.
Will Arjun reach Hemkund Sahib? Will he reunite with this family? What lessons the journey had to offer him?
To know the answers reading this enlightening book of twists and turns, filled with many surprise elements that will keep you hooked till the very end.
What I liked?
It’s hard to pick one and rate it the best. Right from the storyline to the narration, chosen characters to one-liner quotes, it is highly is very impressive. Hats off to the author.
What I disliked?
There’s nothing I disliked in this book.
Why should one read this book?
Aren’t we looking for motivation or inspiration at work?
This is a story of us. This is where we stand. This is why we should read this book!
Writing Style: 5/5
Book Cover: 5/5
Overall Rating: 5/5
Title: The Calling: Unleash Your True Self
Author: Priya Kumar
Publisher: Books That Inspire
Year of Publication: 2016
Price: 120 INR
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Info: I took two hours to complete the book and one hour to write this review.