Author: Mallikarjun B. Mulimani
Publisher: Leadstart Publishing
Price: Rs 150
Rating: * * * ½
Review By: Keyur Seta
Is money enough to guarantee contentment? Can you achieve peace without faith and love? Is it necessary to have a religious tag to attain spiritual enlightenment? How important it is to forgive ourselves?
Author Mallikarjun B. Mulimani has explored these questions in his spiritual novel, Bhakti Sans Religion. The book is more like a pleasing ride that enlightens and overwhelms you and at the same time, keeps you engaged.
It tells the fictional tale of two individuals from diverse parts of the world. Hailing from the US, Christine is a lawyer who is deeply in love with her profession. Her super successful stint in the legal world is dream-like. But deep inside there’s a void that needs to be filled.
Rudra’s rise from extreme poverty to the high ranks of corporate world is almost miraculous. But his life is far from perfect. Destiny brings Christine and Rudra together. Will they find answers to the serious questions lurking in their minds?
The title of the book, Bhakti Sans Religion, sounds too philosophical. That is not quite the case with the content though. Of course, there is enlightenment and the exploration of a lot of deep questions. The manner in which faith and love is created in two individuals is convincing. People from urban areas who are only involved in work would surely be able to relate with the tale.
But the book can also be enjoyed by those interested in fiction and are not much into spirituality. The fast pace and the very short length makes it appealing to a larger audience. Although the character of guruji is that of a spiritual preacher, he is entertaining. What’s also pleasantly surprising is the romantic angle, which is truly heartwarming.
However, the following points fall in the negative zone:-
– The story of Christine in the first 38 pages is narrated too hurriedly. The author should have been more elaborate during the important life events of the character. Also, in these portions the writing is too simplistic at times.
– It’s good to have shorter books in today’s era. But this one should have been at least a bit lengthier. Elaborating Christine’s story would have helped in this aspect too.
– There is slight lack of conviction on a couple of occasions (can’t reveal much to avoid spoiler).
Overall: Bhakti Sans Religion has its heart at the right place. It’s an honest, well-intentioned saga that is enlightening and heartwarming.