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Songs of the Mist: Volume 1 (The Monk Key Series) Paperback – Import, 22 Dec 2015

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  • Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Notion Press; 1 edition (22 December 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 935206562X
  • ISBN-13: 978-9352065622
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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I sat down to read the e-version of the book. The story revolves around few characters like Ayan, Calliope, Vashudha who are from different parts of the world with different background.

While Ayan has worked as a Scientist from India in Geneva, Calliope was from Vienna. Vashudha is a celebrity singer from Mumbai and Ashutosh. Ashutosh had always been dreaming about meeting the Monk and to get to understand the meaning of life. He gets to meet Anishka - a Yogini initially who is the principle disciple of his guru Baba who came from Tibet.

The books talks in great detail about the spiritualism by combining it really well with the real life incidents making it a perfect connect. This is where the writer strikes the chord as this would appeal for both - atheist and theist.

The revelation of Monk and the lifestyle he leads which we might have heard or seen in movies was explained in great detail in this book making you get to know about their life as if you were watching it from the close quarters. Baba did not want to accept Ashutosh as his disciple immediately as knew for the fact that living the life of a Baba needs greater sacrifice, if not any. This made Ashutosh keep coming every year to him from Varanasi. There are lot of references to Nature and being a nature lover myself, I couldn't ask for more.

Though Ashutosh wanted to take the spiritual route, he wasn't comfortable with lot of things like food, staying in cold places, taking bath on cold rivers. Ayan who wanted to write a in-house magazine by doing a research on few Yogis by doing brain-mapping could not find the right person and he was dejected about this as he kept waiting at the Badrinath temple impatiently for days. This was brought to the notice of Baba and Ashutosh meets Ayan.
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[Note: I won this book in GoodReads giveaway and this is my honest review of the book]

This is first book in the series - "The Monk Key" by the author Shashi.

The mystical world of Himalaya is always charming and alluring and in the narration of the story the author has canvased it beautifully.

The story is about Ashutosh who moves on to join a monastic life due to problems in his personal life. and during this journey he meets various people/monks and most of the narration revolves around it.

I liked the spiritual journey of Ashutosh. The beginning of the book is a bit slow but later on it picks up the pace and becomes interesting . Some questions of Ayan and Ashutosh still remain Unanswered in the end but hopefully those will be answered in next series of the book.

I rate this book 4.5/5.
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I started to read the book as a skeptical. After all, this was the first 'spiritual' book I was attempting to read. I was immediately hooked. The whole book is a joy to read just for the narrative itself - beautifully written. It makes you feel a part of the happenings - just like watching an engaging movie. And then there is the journey of people through the mystique Himalayan landscape in search of inner peace and spirituality. The author masterfully brings out the turmoil, pain and the yearning in his characters so much so that you feel as if you could reach out and touch their emotions.

What you take out of the book will depend on your own unique being, but I am sure it will, for a moment at least, make you pause and re-think life and its meaning. It did to me. Highly recommended!!
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This is a wonderful and unique book, especially those who are seeking inner peace and spirituality. You can compare yourself with each and every character in the book; among all I loved the character of Ayan the scientist, whose character is described in such a way that I have compared myself with him.
The book is a spiritual journey of Ayan, Ashutosh, Vasudha, Anishka and Calliope they all search for the true knowledge of Spirituality in Himalayas, under the shade of a Tibetan Monk. They don’t have anything common, but they all gather to seek and learn from the monk. I think somewhere in our mind we want to know the purpose of our life on this planet earth, this book will give you some basic answer for your questions.
Please don’t compare this book with “Alchemist” or “The monk who sold his Ferrari”; this is totally different and unique book. You cannot complete this book in one sitting, as it keeps you thinking once you reach the end of every chapter.
The writing style of the author is good, also the book is slow but the meaning is conveyed perfectly. We have a new author who words can transform your way of thinking for spirituality. A must read for those who seek spirituality.
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Songs of the Mist has a mellifluent melody, a soul of its own, the freshness of a dewdrop which you only notice when it glistens through the first rays of sun on a winter morning. Overall, Shashi’s first book is a masterstroke…If you wish to travel to Benaras (as I know it), experience Kushinagar (Place where Gautam Buddha attained Nirvana) and follow the trail in the snow of Himalayas (without being there); if you wish to re-discover yourself looking for some answers in your quest for divinity, this is the book which will do that for you...

It is a mesmerizing, captivating saga of discovering your inner self in simple, easy to follow language of love, loss, pain, agony and ecstasy! There is a little bit of Ashutosh in each one of us – so most of us would relate to him. Between page 31 to 60, you will pack your bags, tie your shoe laces and join Ashutosh on his journey through the wilderness of Himalayas, in search of ‘answer’, the divinity, and the elusive Monk…

With each page, this books grows on you…the characters become more endearing, the journey looks more picturesque and the plot thickens…which in the end leaves you wanting for more!

With the help of Ashustosh, Vasudha, Anishka, Ayan, Calliope, Kayka and the Monk, Shashi has crafted a gem…

People who follow Robin Sharma, Paulo Coelho…they have yet another choice now!
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