“Living Courageously” is an inspiring memoir of Lipa Rath, which tells about the spirituality and power of surrendering to situations when you feel miserable in your life. It is undoubtedly an interesting tale that makes you realize the practicality of accepting the bitterness of the life instead of mourning over the situations.
Sometimes, a failed relationship, miscarriage of your baby, or losing a great opportunity left you in unbearable conditions. It happens with everyone but such up & down of life goes to an extent with some certain people to introduce them with eternity and soul of world. Unfortunately, the author experienced several adverse conditions in her life like her failed relationship, custody of her daughter, and solitary confinement in public life. She simply explains her encounters with omens and their directions in getting over from troublesome incidents of her life. Though, she has not used the word in this 114 pages long book. Instead of this, she has shared the works and excerpt of great thinkers such as Swami Vivekanand, Paramhans Yoganand, and Leo Tolstoy.
In some ways or other, she tells about the philosophy of believing in karma. The famous Brazilian author Paulo Coelho has also written on this subject in his bestselling book “The Alchemist’’. He has said that “I don’t live in either my past or my future. I’m interested only in the present. If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man. Life will be a party for you, a grand festival because life is the moment we’re living now.”
My Experience as an Avid Reader: The novel is written by a beautiful heart and with a noble intention. However, there are some path holes in the language of the novel, which breaks the rhythm of the reader. For example, the writer has referred the god as ‘Him’ and ‘He’ in the middle of sentences, which breaks the flow of reader. Moreover, the editor has not done his job proficiently by overlooking writing patterns. In some sections, the editor has overlooked major grammatical errors. Hence, the flawed expression of such beautiful thoughts disappoints the readers and stops the book from becoming a bestseller.
50 Words Verdict: The memoir does offer a lot to the reader with its simple and spiritual lessons. It can be read by anyone, who see his or her life as cursed in moments of great ecstasy. However, the transcription like narration of author’s life breaks the reading flow despite delivering valuable insights.