Saturday, 6 June 2015

BOOK REVIEW : Paradise Lost & Regained by Ratnadip Acharya

Whispered the forest & its trees, ‘Little deer, tell us your story again.’
Smiled I & asked, ‘What will you gain hearing it time & again?’
Replied the forest at once, ‘It is not just a story of a deer,
but of we all—forest, earth, sky, trees, wind and river.
It is a testimony to trust, love, hope & courage
that we will all remember for ages.’
With a smile, again I began to narrate my story,
which breathed my love, fear, success, failure & glory.
It spanned from my birth in the forest to human captivity,
from where I escaped to explore life’s other possibility.
Everywhere and every moment I received help from Nature,
& it taught me to experience life from closer.
I learnt that the other name of life is Mystery,
and that it is beautiful with all its unknown twists and unpredictability.
Once I finished my narration, the forest was throbbing with life,
there prevailed only peace, silence & joy, and no strife.
‘Name your story,’ breathed the forest and every living entity it contained.
Thought I for a while and replied...
‘Paradise Lost & Regained.’


REVIEW :-  I got this book from the author in exchange of honest review.
This story about the journing of  a Deer.
Sounds same like Panchatantra, but i think its better then that .

Each chapter has a message associated with it, each chapter has a lesson to learn.

The way the author has set everything, we can visualise his way of seeing the nature .

The first chapter begins with the birth of a deer, how he entered into the world from the womb of her mother, her mother taught her how to stand & walk.
& give her message as to how to live a joyful life ,to remain happy & consciously.

She was not much happy in the world as she was in her mother's womb.
Almost everyday She found  something new to explore, a lesson to learn & a new kind of fruit or leaf to taste.Even the idea of chewing the same food everyday filled her with a sense of boredom & monotony.

With her heart filled with a sense of rapture ,little did she know that next morning  another surprise & shock was awaiting her.
Then one day, one tiger caught the elder deer  & attacked, killed her. She remained still, as though she cant move her feet. A moment later when tiger left ,she felt the energy & strength coming back to her legs.

In the end she found a small deer same lyk her, lying near,almost listlessly.It was breathing heavily as the bitting cold of the winter night had taken a  heavy toll on it.,the small deer was frightened, & has come there after  escaping from the same zoo which the deer belong & was trapped,The twin tress called her by shaking the branches & helped to escape .Now she realized that freedom was not at liberty  but a responsibility. We are free to choose the path that leads to love & joy for us & others.
She took the respnsibilty of the small dear & caring her like a mother.

The book is beautifully written...there is fantasy element in it, the description of nature, weather ,the way the scenes are set,everything is perfect .
& each chapter begins with a quote .


About the Author :-

"Ratnadip is a well-trained street magician and has demonstrated his skill to many across the country. A NIT Jamshedpur graduate, Ratnadip lives in Mumbai where he works as an Electrical Engineer. He contributed many inspirational write-ups in different collections of Chicken Soup for the Soul. In December 2012 his first novel, Life is Always Aimless ....Unless You Love it was published and was received well by the readers across the country. Being deeply interested in life, Nature and its mysteries, this time Ratnadip has come up with a storyline the like of which has hitherto not been told. It is about a little deer growing up in a far-flung deep forest, teeming with its fellow deer, other animals, trees and rocks. Yet we can all find ourselves in this strange and surreal world that Ratnadip has created in this inspirational novel Paradise Lost & Regained. Ratnadip can be reached at: or on or on Twitter: @RatnadipAcharya "

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