Book: Songs of the Mist
Publisher: Notion Press (2016)
Paperback: 241 pages
A life, less ordinary made extraordinary by the search for the divinity within. Tracing the journeys of people from varied professions, this is a tale of self-discovery, the science of spirituality and long-lost love while a young scientist comes to terms with his childhood dreams.
Join an uplifting narrative crafted by Shashi as he takes you on a journey with the Monk- high on the mountains and in depths of broken hearts.
Songs of the Mist is the journey of different people—Ashutosh, Ayan, Anishka, Calliope, and Vasudha—from different circumstances. The underlying plot intertwines the life of these people.
Ashutosh has lost his purpose of life, and unsure of himself. He wanders about with thoughts of taking his own life when he meets the Monk, and thereafter starts to learn what life is really about. He meets the mysterious, and sensuous Kyaka during the journey. Ayan is a scientist who as a part of his research, and as a quest to find the meaning to his recurring dreams visits Badrinath, and is introduced to Ashutosh. The lives of Calliope, and Vasudha aren’t much explored but are mostly used to facilitate the story.
Instead of finishing the book in a single setting, I took my time finishing it. This book isn’t like any other mystery where you’re excited about how the book ends. This book is a process itself. I wanted to soak in the words, and savour the meaning before proceeding. The wonderful description of nature blended with spiritual philosophy takes you to the wilds of Himalayas, away from the civilization. Even sitting in a crowd, the book gives you a sense of solitude which seeps through the heart right to the soul.
Songs of the Mist starts slowly, but gets interesting with Ashutosh’s meeting with the monk. The change of perspective gives a feeling of disjoint narration at the beginning. However, as the book progresses, and you realise the relation between the characters, it is easier to follow the narration arc. The book jumps between tenses in some places, which is confusing.
Some issues between Ashutosh, and Vasudha are left unresolved which would probably be explored in the second book. However, the revelation of Kyaka provides a satisfactory, and pleasant end of the book.
Quotes from the book:
“Everything that flowers, dies too, but in its dying provides seed of a new beginning.”
“To make lasting memories, it is important to be within that moment, with the whole of your awareness involving all your senses rather than get distracted by being involved in actions, like taking pictures. This action distracts the mind from the moment it needs to cherish.”
“All she wanted at the time was clarity—a black and white space—but life played its own shades of gray and her young mind rushed in to judge before understanding.”
Songs of the Mist is a must read for those who love spiritualism. The book would connect with anyone who wants to explore questions about existence of life. If you seek rational explanation of spiritual philosophy, you might like the book.
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