Tuesday, July 31, 2012

New book review on Amazon.com

New book review on Amazon.com .by Don
"A Child Lost in Flight is a fast read but yet a very touching read. It explains the feelings, frustrations, and hurt of losing a child that helps the reader feel the story like they were there in person. This book inspires compassion, courage and strength showing the reader how to move on after the loss of a child. I found the fact of the story interesting and I learned some disturbing facts about how life is in other cultures. I read this book in sitting unable to put it down. This book is ultimately an encouraging story with an ending I could smile at."

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Book Review from Spiritual Travels blog

Susan Bailey has written a nice review of the book, published on Spiritual Travels blog.

A short narrative of 57 pages, A Child Lost in Flight moves with urgency causing this normally ponderous reader to fly through the pages, anxious to find out what happened to this family. The author’s simple, transparent prose disappeared behind the quick flow of the story.

Mohan cited a particularly helpful book by Elizabeth Gilbert entitled Eat, Pray Love. He writes:
Gilbert’s cheery narrative of how she broke through the gloom and despair of divorce and her lost dreams by following her dream: spending a year eating, loving, and praying, moving across continents to focus on herself to reflect and recharge resonated with me. Wasn’t this also the situation Suja and I had found ourselves in? There was a distinct pattern in the book that resonated with me.

Remaining in the present, allowing oneself to recharge, to breathe … this, to me, speaks of someone open to the flow of life’s journey, through the tumultuous to the hope of a new place. Mohan and Suja were open to transformation, the healing power of allowing grief to take its course.

There is much wisdom in A Child Lost in Flight that can apply just as easily to people of faith as to people with little or no faith. Little Aditya will never be forgotten but his memory can serve as a reminder and a guide to this couple of life, death and renewal: the most basic, and most profound of mysteries.

More detailed review on The Holy Rover Blog. Susan, Thanks for the review!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Who likes to read about other’s grief?

I have been trying hard to promote my recent memoir and this weekend I was musing on how many people really like to read books and memoirs about grief and adversity.

How many of us have the perseverance and strength to read about other’s inner feelings of despair and anguish? Even if we know that the writer has been able to - or trying to -  overcome such grief and anguish. Those close to author may find difficult to distance themselves, and sit back to read about an incident they are already aware of.

Humans around the world seek to follow the principle enshrined in the United States Declaration of Independence "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."  And in the pursuit of happiness, reading about human grief and triumphs, and overcoming adversity is not really a priority.

While reading about grief is hard, writing about it can also be equally excruciating though sometimes it is also cathartic. Many of us, self-included, have a strong motivation to write about our grief. For some of us who are unable to verbalize, writing helps get feelings off one’s chest. When our infant son, suddenly died on an international flight bound for India, my wife and I were in shock. I had to begin planning the funeral of our only child instead of the glorious homecoming we had envisaged. It took me a while but I eventually began writing about my experience, observations and feelings as my wife and I began to “move on” in life.

During the past few weeks, I have been trying to seek out reviewers to read "A Child Lost in Flight," the recently published memoir. Although a few reviewers have been kind to post reviews of the book on Amazon, Goodreads and their blogs, I have been finding it especially hard to reach out to influential Digerati.

I think there are several reasons for this: mine not a memoir by a famous person or the story of an incident people may be naturally inclined to explore (how many of us want to even contemplate the death of a child?) Another reason for the lackluster response is perhaps the topic of grief, though the book is not just about grief but how I overcame it.

Maybe I am not “marketing” another key aspect that I have explored in the book, the social comment on the growth pains of India that directly impacts the diaspora like me. As one of the reviewers has posted on Amazon “The book also describes the breakdown of the order and structure that is all too common on airlines based off of India. When this subtle incompetence is combined with a ridiculous level of bureaucracy within India's public sector organizations, one has to struggle through even basic processes that we in the western world take it for granted.”

Perhaps the real question here is in reaching out to readers. They must be thinking: Yes, I know you have written about your adversity and how you overcame it; but by reading about your grief and travails, am I going to experience some negative emotions? And why should I invest my time and energy in reading about your travails and challenges when I could be in pursuit of happiness?

link: cross post from other blog

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Books, Reviews, Writings and Anime: A Child Lost in Flight by Mohan K.

Book Review novellabooksllc.blogspot: A Child Lost in Flight by Mohan K.

How do we as compassionate human beings handle loss and tragedy? Most of us inherently help others when needed, shed tears as a sign of empathy for a friend or colleague, and react in fear when something or someone threatens our personal being or our family members. The aftermath of these events can leave us searching for answers, at a loss for words when explaining our feelings and thoughts, and inevitably alone inside. Author Mohan K. deliberately sweeps us into his real life adversity! We learn about the cataclysm of events that befell a normal father’s life story, abruptly advancing it into a tumultuous tale of very real danger and loss. The pain he feels comes through his writing, the love he acknowledges in every word, we the readers know the suffering is deep. The emotional burden and writer’s voice Mohan K. carries from the loss of his loved one is haunting. In his book A Child Lost in Flight, he explains the circumstances and intertwines an emotional cry for help! The author is trying to find small ways every day to cope, leaving a message to his readers and media alike to require more safety measures aboard aircraft.

Book Review : A Child Lost in Flight

Thanks to Sri S for the following review on Amazon.com

As a father with a first hand experience of traveling to India alone with a 22 month old child, I cannot imagine the shock and grief of the author losing his child on a flight. I am truly moved by the author's courage to move on and channel his grief and thoughts through this book.

The book itself is very well written. The composition is to the point and succintly expresses the turmoil the author experienced. I would truly encourage the author to pen and publish more books.

The book also describes the breakdown of the order and structure that is all too common on airlines based off of India. The staff and crew tend to be inexperienced and more often than not poor decision makers. When this subtle incompetence is combined with a ridiculous level of beauracracy within India's public sector organizations, one has to struggle through even basic processes that we in the western world take it for granted. This is very well illustrated in the book when the author is seeking a more dignified and expedited treatment of his situation.