When a book has such inspiring forewords as The Humane Quest (Vol-II), you know you are in for a special read. In terms of subject matter, the book does not disappoint. Mehak Gupta Grover deals with a wide variety of topics that challenge society and humanity today. The evergreen nature of the topics makes this book an ideal addition to your personal collection.
I was particularly able to relate to “The Clash of Man and Machine” and “The New Millenials” since I have been grappling with these dilemmas myself. But don’t assume that the other pieces are any less engaging. Universal topics such as Poverty, Child Trafficking, Water Predicament, and Climate Change are well fleshed out.
Interestingly, Grover does not just place the bare facts in the open and leave the matter there. She weaves in her opinions with ease, giving each piece a personal touch. She has found a rare balance between presenting a rant and presenting a fact-based account. You are made aware of the current state of affairs in an accurate manner but you also know where Grover stands with respect to the topic being discussed. I found this approach refreshing and I felt it prevented the book from becoming a collection of essays.
Grover appears to be an optimist—she begins the book with “Pure Blessing” which is about a mother’s unconditional love for her child and ends it with “People are Good People,” wherein she says that she believes in the inherent goodness of humanity. Despite raising dire questions about the present state of humanity in “Where is My Humanity?,” “How Much More?,” “A Wake up Call” and “Cultural Massacre,” she does not give up hope.
I have developed an interest in fitness recently and I found “Culture of Health” hilariously true—the meaning of fitness has been twisted to represent perfect photos of the perfect face and body for social media. The true meaning of health and happiness has been forgotten. Grover peppers this piece thickly with pertinent quotes to prove her point.
Grover’s book isn’t meant for speed reading—instead, you should read a bit, ruminate, and figure out how you can do your bit towards bettering the world.
(Literoma Publishing Services offered a copy of the book to me in exchange for an honest review.)