This week a book arrived via Australia Post that answered many questions, I did not truely know needed answering. This book was a wonderful awakener. I needed it. Rebirth by Kamal Ravikant is a tale of love, self-discovery and the roller coaster 'alone-time' can bring. It's a true example of a traveller's tale, told from the heart. Strong, raw and vivid. Delve into the mind of a wanderer and be intrigued by what you may find.
Review of Rebirth by Kamal Ravikant
Amit, an American with an Indian background, finds himself on a pilgrimage along the famous Camino de Santiago through Spain, after his abusive father dies of cancer. He has many questions and with each answer, many more are raised. But that's the lovely thing about life, you never finish learning.
Firstly, I quickly discovered that this book will not wholly appeal to people who haven't themselves been on a journey of self-discovery. Every chapter, every new character, I found myself drifting off into my own flashbacks of my time in Cambodia. Lonely and challenging, i could completely understand every sentence, emotion and blatantly honest thought that was expressed on Amit's journey. You definitely don't have to have travelled to understand this, but without your own personal journey to relate to, it will lack some wholesomeness.
To some, this book may seem a little jumpy and simple, though this is the style that grabbed me and reeled me in. It leaves plenty of room to place yourself within the pages. Free to add your own experiences, faces and landscapes. Stunningly simple.
"I remember George Mallory, my favourite childhood hero. When asked why he climbed Everest, he replied, 'Because it's there.''
"If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you."
"If I loved myself, what would I do?"
A wonderful cover photo and authentic paperback again leave you to bring your own memories into the story and reminisce on writing in your own journal, telling your own tale. Many moments I found myself smiling. Not in humour but with warmth. A sense of familiarity and empathy that I have not been able to find with any person since my own journey.
"Two partners... Fear and Faith. The one you dance with determines your life."
"...We hold ourselves back, not life."
"...Maybe we need to ask a different question... You could try the 'whys' - Why me? Why now? Why here? Why this? - But I don't believe you'll find what you're looking for. Try this: ask, 'Now what? Now that this has happened, what do I do?'
Rebirth by Kamal Ravikant is a wonderfully written novel that has given me strength and comfort. I feel safer about writing honestly on my time in Cambodia and hope, as I have with this book, my tale will also be relatable. It's shown me new ways of looking at my experience and given me a clear vision of what I must now do to convey my honesty.
Well done and thank you Kamal.
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