Book Review of The Soulful Journey by Anita Sekhar

Book Review of The Soulful Journey by Anita Sekhar

Sometimes the world around you can be very unfair and take away all the beauty & excitement of the life, making it a soul draining experience. Well, this remarkable title, The Soulful Journey by Author Anita Shekhar has talked about the painful issue of the hardships faced by the ‘Hindu Community’ in the Kashmir Valley. The book covers the part where the Kashmir Valley became highly dangerous for the people belonging to the Hindu Pandit Community in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. This is a story of a young girl and the various incidents that took place in her life, which ultimately changed her life forever. The author has presented this story in such an extraordinary manner that the story is going to stay in the mind of the readers for a real long time!

Author Anita Shekhar is currently working as an Assistant Professor with Amity University; she has a passion for reading and teaching students. She believes that live examples are the best way to make the students understand any subject. She has been into teaching for nearly seventeen years and has always emphasised real life teaching and coaching. Born and brought up in Srinagar, she did her schooling at Convent School, which provided her with a sound foundation in English. The Author aspired to be a good communicator & counsellor in her life and she strongly believes that communication is the best medium to connect with people.

This incredible book, “The Soulful Journey” by Author Anita Shekhar covers the journey of a young docile girl. The book highlights the parts where her life was full of turmoil during her prime youth days and how the state of Jammu & Kashmir was reeling under terrorism, which made it difficult for the denizens to live there and her family was no exception. This book has various shades like love, romance, misery tragedy displacement, and distress. Despite the difficulties faced by the Hindu Pandit community, they stayed united even when they were forced to live in tents, migrant camps & makeshift arrangements!

Further, the book talks about the burning scenario of the Kashmir valley and mentions that how the same region, which was once called Switzerland of India has now turned into a hell for the Hindus. The author highlights the facts that how the majority community of the Kashmir Valley got involved in the ‘Anti-National Activities’ and forced the Hindu Pandit community to flee their homes where their ancestors had lived for ages.

Through this title, the author also recalls the natural beauty of the Kashmir Valley and talks about how Kashmir used to be a prime tourist destination during the good old days, when things were at peace in the valley. During the summer seasons, people from all over the world used to visit Kashmir and enjoyed to see snow clad mountains Charchinari, Harvan, Pahalgam, Gulmarg, Nishat Bhag, and the famous Shankaracharya Temple. It used to be the destination for shooting of all the major Bollywood Cinemas too, which included the famous song ‘Jai Jai Shiv Shankar’ enacted by the famous star cast like the legendary Rajesh Khanna & Mumtaz and the shooting of films like Karma starring Dilip Kumar, Jackie Shroff, Anil Kapoor, films like ‘Kashmir Ki Kali,’ ‘Sangam’ and others!

Coming to the choice of the book title, we find that the title “The Soulful Journey” for this book is certainly an appropriate one. Moreover, with reference to the collection of chapters added to this book by the author the book title makes complete sense. In addition, it is a very ‘Catchy Title’ and this is something, which makes the book even more interesting, as the title itself compels you to pick up this book for a read. In this case, the title is giving a very interesting vibe so you would feel the urge to go inside the book.

In addition, I must mention that the title of this book is much “Justified” with regards to the sequence of the chapters in this book. Undoubtedly, it is a very apt title for this title and the author had been extremely wise to go for a book title like this one!

Well, if we go over the readers’ connect part for this book then interestingly we can note that this title, ‘The Soulful Journey’ is written in a real appealing manner. In addition, the various chapters in this title are indeed engrossing & fascinating and the narration carried out by the author is so amazingly lucid, that it would totally hook the readers until the very last page of this incredibly written title. Moreover, it should be noted that this is one such title, which will make the readers think about the stories inside this book for several times, even after completing the book.

Now, coming to the final part, i.e. the book’s verdict where I must mention that a title like, “The Soulful Journey” is for sure a MUST READ one& deserves a chance by the readers. The book is most certainly a collection of reading worthy stories for people of all ages and is written in a very clever manner. We do not get to see much amazing titles very often in the market so it will be a great deal for the book lovers to give this title a chance. In addition, author Anita Shekhar deserves all the appreciation for her honest & hard work in this title!

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