Spirituality and religion have different connotations for different people. For some, it might mean penance in the dense forest and for others, it simply means living your life without any burden on your back. The latter seems to have attracted the author of On The Way, Vanisha Uppal, and she has penned the same in the form of experiences, observations and ideas in her book. On The Way is not a difficult book to read. It is for anyone who can read and understand English. It is for everyone who wants to understand life without any spectacles of any kind.
How to take care of yourself?
How to understand your needs and desires separately?
How to take care of your children?
How to understand what and when to give up?
How to meditate the right way?
How to understand when to stop your venture in a direction?
And many questions like these will come across most of the time. How do we answer those? How do we understand these things? How do we make ourselves understand these complex-looking scenarios?
On The Way by Vanisha Uppal is a compilation of questions like these. Fortunately, with answers according to the author and those are certainly impactful enough to provide new perspectives that readers will enjoy. Vanisha has shared experiences from her childhood, with grandparents and parents, from her school and college life, from her marriage and years with her daughter (going on) and days that test our resolve. She has also shared her practices in Kriya Yoga under the guidance of Per H. Wibe.
The titles of ‘articles’ in the book are suggestive, metaphorical and also very interesting. It is out of Vanisha’s creativity only that she could create such titles that not only summarise the content but also hint the readers of the upcoming thoughts. For example, Vanisha writes about times during the lockdowns across the country and she has done this under the title Sagar Manthan. Lockdowns were the period for introspection and understanding one’s ups and downs. The author has shared her experiences during the time and many of us will certainly relate with the same. There is a total of 26 articles and 10 moral stories, very short. You will understand the gravity of the same once you read the book throughout.
What I like the most about On The Way by Vanisha Uppal is its usefulness. You can read the book from any page and yet you will find the connection. She writes about the anxiety of not earning enough, the curiosity of earning too much but not doing a job that you like, how to deal with the teenage crush of someone you know, how to stand against the storms in life, how to deal with questions that keep raising in your mind… since Vanisha is also a practitioner of Kriya Yoga, she has also shared her experiences about meditation and how it can change one’s life for good.
I found the book useful as well as interesting. It deals with the issues directly and with the themes and concepts indirectly. Thus, the book is not boring at all and anyone with an interest in reading will love the title. You can get a copy of this book from Amazon India by clicking the link below:
Review by Anand for Literature News
On The Way by Vanisha Uppal – Book Review
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On The Way is your friendly guide to life… read it and you will certainly admire Vanisha for her truthfulness and honestly and envy her for the way she made for herself!