Author : Ashutosh Gupta
Publisher : Notion Press
Publication date : August 8th 2017
Book length : 170 pages
Language : English
If you have a penchant for both reason and abstractness, this intriguing piece of literature shouldn’t be missed. Equations of a Being beautifully coalesces the author’s thought pieces pertaining to the existential spectrum. Never has there been a book that blended emotions, intellect, and imagination so seamlessly, to celebrate a being in totality.
The author depicts his artistic persuasion, the enriched and disintegrated fragments of his existence, and the conclusions based on his interactions with the physical and abstract elements of life in a compelling and unbridled manner.
It’s a book for the ages that will let you trace the complete trajectory of a being and realize that a being has been and will always be a convergence of his tryst with abstractness, his acceptance of vulnerability, and his surge for virtuosity. (
Rating : 4/5
I received the book from the author in exchange of an honest and unbiased review.
“As long as I am writing, I am on the verge of homecoming.”
This is the first line from the author’s book : Equations of a Being- A being who gathered Moss. This is book of a very different genre than what I usually read in daily basis. This book is something which is based on my personal studies of Literature. Though I have never officially taken up the title of a writer, I indulge in writing a lot. So this book has a special value for me. The extract of the book I stated about perfectly describes the mind of every writer. I believe writers do not write just for the sake of it. To a writer who had long suffered, writing is a way of healing. To a writer who has never been able to speak out in front of anyone, writing is a open platform where there are thousands of people ready to lend an ear. To a writer who has never been able to express the overflowing thoughts of the mind, writing is a way of expression where thoughts form shapes. And to every write, tired, drained, depressed and lost in the innumerable turmoils of life,writing is like a safe shelter, it is the verge of homecoming, a path of escape, a quite, peaceful vacation from the extreme pressure of this too-busy world.
“Time and life don’t fight like warriors on a battlefield. They turn into seducers and each of them seduces to make us forget the other.”
How very true these words are! They say time and tides waits for none. They say life is too short to not enjoy every second of it like there’s no tomorrow. It’s as if existence has become a silent and continuous argument between how to manage time and how to truly live every moment of life. Nowadays, people have become so busy with their works and accomplishments, they slowly and gradually forget the actual meaning of LIVING. They act like machines, going on and on doing exactly what they are supposed to do in order to survive. Then again there are some who try to fight time, they get addicted to not just surviving but making the most of this little life. As the author stated, time and life never fight each other to overpower each other’s existence in humans. They pull us into their seductive charms, quietly and delicately. When time takes over a mind, it lures one to forget the meaning of LIFE. It makes one forget what it means to silently enjoy a steaming cup of coffee staring at the vast stretching sky. When life takes over, it makes one forget the ever moving time, the change of every hour.
“All virtuous ideas deserve the honor of a beautiful language, just like an anonymous beggar deserves true cremation rites upon his death.”
We, humans, are complex creatures whose minds are homes to numerous thoughts and ideas. Throughout our lives we watch, notice, experience different things and our minds and ideals change accordingly – either for the good or bad. The thoughts which are as bold, truthful, honest and CLEAN as the warm blood that flows through our veins deserve to be given the beautiful form of language. It deserves to be penned down in words that when read makes the dormant volcano of a human mind boil and pour out thoughts of sincere beauty. The writer beautifully compares this act of absolute importance to an act of pure humanity. An anonymous beggar sitting curled up in the corner of that busy street begs for just another day, another chance to live. The by-passers hold every breath the beggar takes in their hands yet they seem not to realize that. Every human, where rich or poor, deserves a proper cremation after death. Though the beggar’s death becomes inevitable, he has the right to receive a proper funeral.
I have so many thoughts based on this book but I feel the scarcity of words to pen them down completely. I have tried as much as I could and as long as the writer does not point out the exact meaning, the works are always open to interpretations. I feel the scarcity of words to pen them down completely. I have tried as much as I could and as long as the writer does not point out the exact meaning, the works are always open to interpretations.
The book comprises of more and more of such deep thoughts and ideas. One thing I have realized; in this long path of reading numerous books, understanding and experiencing different phases of life and filling pages after pages with my thoughts, a writer had this constant struggle going inside his/her head to try to pen down the experiences and thoughts of the mind yet being unable to find enough words to describe them. That perhaps can better be called as a writer’s agony. I am fascinated by the writer’s thoughts and ideas. The book covers topics of every possible human thoughts and situations. He starts with the path of being an artist, he points out how he fed his thoughts and art to nourish and enrich them. He focuses on life, man and women, their differences, their interdependence, their equality, feminism. He then shifts his flow of thoughts to God, faith, beliefs and worship. At last he comes to the most complex question of life – existence. We all have our own versions to describe it.
What I personally felt about the book is that it is very enlightening and not one of those devouring reads. It needs time to sink in. Not all readers understand every kind of a read. Not every reader can feel every possible kind of a writing. So I suggest that if you are really into deep, spiritual, enlightening, literary reads, this one is a must read. But if it’s only the interesting, thrilling story you love, this one is not for you. This book is sort of a healing for a lost, distressed soul, a home to the unrest mind. The quality of a book depends on the mindset of the reader. Some might find it be rather a complex, heavy read while some may find it feeding the hungry soul with words of great beauty and deep meanings.