Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

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Reread Siddhartha by Herman Hesse. It is a spiritual journey this book. It is for all who are lost right now. I was surprised to learn that Hesse was forgotten as a writer till he was rediscovered by the Hippies in the sixties and suddenly it was boomtime for him in the US and then Germany.

The Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav

The Seat of the Soul

If you have heard the song, “Everyday is a winding road” you will understand what life’s journey is about.– Don’t be “a stranger in your own life.” Are you getting a little bit closer to your own self, to your own soul? Are all your life questions still unanswered?

If they are not answered you have to read Gary Zukav’s “The Seat of the Soul.” It is another book Oprah Winfrey keeps by her bedside and reads often.

“Reverence is engaging in a form and a depth of contact with Life that is well beyond the shell of form and into essence. Reverence is contact with the essence of each thing and person and plant and bird and animal. It is contact with the interior of its beingness.”–This is the essence of the book. We have to develop a reverence for the world we live in; each leaf, each tree, each blade of grass, every bird in the sky, the clouds, the stars, the sun and the earth itself; everything has a soul and we have to connect our soul with this soul-world.


Basically Gary giving the example of a friend Hank/Hal asks us to “ consider seriously the deeper meaning of his(our) existence. The pains and the joys that flowed through him(us) did(do) not affect his(our) awareness of who he(we) was(are), or what (we) might become.”

We remain lost or unhappy because we resist introspection and meditation; we do not want to meet ourselves in the soul; we are content writhing in the flesh.

Gary exhorts us to get out of our strait-jacket of examining our world with our fixed five senses– “From the perception of the multisensory human, we are never alone, and the Universe is alive, conscious, intelligent and compassionate.”

“We are evolving from five-sensory humans into multisensory humans. Our five senses, together, form a single sensory system that is designed to perceive physical reality. The perceptions of a multisensory human extend beyond physical reality to the larger dynamical systems of which our physical reality is a part.”

This is the soul of the book and it has to be read by everyone for a life changing experience.

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Book Dive

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Ishoo looks at an Issue of his book treasure.


Tunnel of Books; Tons of Books

Book Dive

Book lovers are attracted to books like honey bees to flowers. My city, Chandigarh has a unique area allocated for the resale of old books in Sector 15. Chandigarh is the first planned city after independence and designed by famous architect Le Corbusier.

I remember when I was studying in the Punjab University the book sellers were located on the pavements right opposite the exit gate on the dividing road between Sector 15 and the Univ as it was called then. I spent many pleasant evenings looking for a work of fiction to read at my leisure.

Today, alas, the works of fiction for sale are not so interesting, famous or classical. These books are merely the flotsam and jetsam of quick fiction readers. After an hours search I found two books. One was ‘The Clock Winder’ by Anne Tyler and I bought it because I loved her book The Accidental Tourist. The other I took because the cover claimed it to be a New York Times Bestseller. The name of the book is Hugger Mugger. Maybe the name intrigued me. It is written by Robert B. Parker. So this weekend it is going to be Hugger Mugger.

The real book buyers here are students from the University who want cheap second hand course books. They have my sympathies for books are very expensive. You can really find all course books for school, college and university. If you tell the seller he might even find a particular book from some source. Software programming books are displayed prominently and must be much in demand.

This pursuit of fiction is not for those who have the OCD of dirt-fear. I give the books a thwack and a bang and that is reasonably clean for me. The price of course is atrocious. This guy Issue (rather an apt name for a book seller; maybe he spells it as Ishoo) gave me a flat rate of Rs. 40 per book of fiction. That is two thirds of a dollar. I’ll wash my hands every time I hold the book. I asked Issue if book sales have declined because of the arrival of the World Wide Web. ‘No Way’ he said happily as if he had just killed a dragon. The Internet does not scare us. I looked doubtfully at him and then slinked away.

One complaint in passing from an almost founder citizen of the city- the underpass I had to take from fifteen to sector 11 is filled with rain water and I am sure in their fight against dengue the Chandigarh Administration will show some alacrity in drying this hell hole. This must be the Paradise of mosquitoes.

Let’s hope some official takes notice. Don’t modern cities have informers like olden times Kings used to have? I suppose I can be considered an informer. Anyway banish the negative thoughts I am happy, I am set for the weekend with two books to read.

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Secret is a hot favorite

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Zounds even the Hounds

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A Prayer for Owen Meany


What the Dickens?


A Fictional Life


Buy and Sell

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Software books



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