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.
Arjun is going through a crisis in life and trying to stabilize his tumultuous life, he ends up embarking a journey to Hemkund Sahib in search of answers and more.
It is his journey up the mountain that the reader takes. There are more questions than there are answers, but the answers by themselves are profound, leaving one to think about what it means in the readers’ context and not just in Arjun’s story. Arjun could be you or me, he could really be any one of us. His journey could be ours. While the story borders on fantasy, it could very well be a revelation for some of us.
In the small story are words of wisdom lying in the path, shining bright and sure to bring more light in to our lives if only we can open our hearts and carry the wisdom home. At the end of the day, the book does not preach to you. Rather, it tells a story, it shows you the journey of Arjun who understands what he has to do to set things right so that his life is in his control.
Priya Kumar’s The Calling is all about motivation, finding out the meaning of your existence and such. However, what took me by surprise is the format it came in. While I was expecting it to be running into long essays and preachings, I was completely taken by surprise when I realized that it is in the form of a story – Arjun’s journey that we are being spoken to.
The narration is lucid and for those who can be accepting of a bit of fantasy, the book is quite believable. I am not big on reading motivational stuff, but if they can come in the form of stories, I am willing to read more.
The book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.