Review of ‘The Humane Quest Volume 3’, Authored by Mehak Gupta Grover
“This is a book that can actually said to be a summed up unique version of the four Vedic principles of The Vedas.”
The book begins with the wisest foreword written by both internationally and nationally acclaimed author and novelist Dr. Santosh Bakaya which will give the most candid insight of what this book is about and why you must give it a read. In her words “We need to sit up and listen to this young sane voice which trills passionately, rising above the chaos of the present turbulent world, where violence and hatred hold sway and sanity has gone into permanent hibernation.”
(Dr. Santosh Bakaya)
Justly said by the novelist, educationist and writer Dr. Santosh Bakaya, this book actually takes one to a place of pondering where one needs to sit and listen to the varied questions brought forth through verses, prose and essays. Holding this book at first I had a feeling that this must be some kind of philosophical book with mainly articles and essays but to my surprise the young writer has used her skills to present a different world of her ponderings which will actually make you think and contemplate to find the possible answers to the questions which she has raised.
The authoress has written two more volumes of it, but I got the opportunity of starting with the third and the most recent volume. Which is why, I was kind of sceptical in the beginning that I might not get the whole concept of it but somehow it worked wonder in its own way. The book basically talks about the mayhem this world is going through, the condition of women and how much it is still difficult for them to sustain in the disparate and biased world towards them. The book is created by the author on the four main Vedic principles that are Dharma, Artha, Kama and Mokahsa. Though the whole world around us would be having different perspectives about the above Vedic Principles but the authoress has given a much resonating and more subtle understanding of these which makes this book an enjoyable read with particularly the poems that are much candid and straight from the heart.
Instead of dividing into segments the book is written in the mixed rhythm, starting with a poem, and then few prose pieces and this pattern can be seen throughout the book. The author has taken the liberty of using the quill to her heart’s desire and I would say that this has made the book a refreshing read. She has brought up myriad concerns about the society that still menaces it like dowry, women not being given equal rights, the vitality of education, cleanliness and more. She has also pondered upon the role of soldiers by a dedication made to them through both poem and prose whose sacrifice she says we need to understand and respect them as the true heroes of our country. She has done her research well and has given her tribute to myriad such great martyrs who have saved our country innumerable times.
Nevertheless, the most sensitive topic that myriad women writers have written in the past and even the present day writers still chose to write is feminism, and Mehak too has chosen it by depicting the ironical truth that women should be given a chance and right to education, to their own thinking power, to stand equal in the society and some more other issues, which she has addressed by asking the readers, which I feel might stir many to think from her perspective as well.
The book remains refreshing because of its mix writing style, the monotony breaks after each piece and brings a different tone of portrayal of thoughts. The writing is lucid, contemplative and not to be mistaken as a deep philosophical book rather an enjoyable one. And the most intriguing and heart warming part is the last poem written by the author to her grandmother which shows that the author is a great person at heart who has learned the core human values from her graceful grandmother. The poem is ‘An Ode to my Grandmother’...in writer’s own words,
She believed in the existence of God,
Who gave her the power of righteousness.
She’s been gone for six years now,
But she is still strong in my memories,
These three words felt like a dagger to the chest,
Knowing that She is Gone.
Plethora’s Verdict: The book can be a good change if you only read fiction and need something different to read or taste. However in the beginning I read the book thinking it mainly to be based on the four Vedic principles and as the name suggested I was expecting some more philosophical elaboration of those, however it contains more of thoughts, ponderings and author’s own perspectives and questionings on varied social milieu and some other exponential topics. But overall it’s a good read giving out positive vibes and I would like to rate this book 4 on the scale of 5, recommending it as a one time read for all.
Writer, Mehak Gupta Grover, is the author of three books - THE HUMANE QUEST (volume-1, 2 &3), published by Authorspress, New Delhi. It is a QUEST for HUMANITY.
She has been bestowed with '100 Inspiring Authors of India' award in kolkata. She has also been honoured with the 'Women Of Influence 2019' award presented on women's day in New Delhi. Recently she has been awarded Gitesh-Biwa Memorial Award of excellence for her article on woman power "I Just Need A Chance". Along with her books, her work has been published in various anthologies and she is recipient of various other prizes in poetry competitions as well.
She is known for raising contemporary issues in the society. Just as there is freedom, there is a certain responsibility towards the same. To choose to do good and be good within the specified responsibilities, is freedom in action. 'The Humane Quest' is a humble attempt to create awareness against the evils of society and stimulate the strong Indian values which are lacking in the present times.
Mehak Gupta Grover, LL.B, You can connect with her at (firstname.lastname@example.org)