Title- paradise Lost and Regained
Author- Ratnadip Acharya
Publisher- Frog Publishers
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.’
A mother is the one who understands her children very well. Words are not required. A mother by reading her children eyes can understand everything. Same is the case with little deer. He comes to the world, want to explore and experience everything and do not believe in the old existing notions. He wants reason for everything happening on this earth and her mother beautifully explains him everything and clears all his doubts. The conversations between the deer and his mother are beautifully explained. The tales described in the story helps us to understand that no matter what life goes on and we need to accept the fact. As the story do further, each chapter becomes so engrossing that you share your emotions with the little deer. If he is happy, you are happy and if he is sad you too are sad. The story holds a grip on readers and keeps them engrossed in its fragrance till its end.
Few lines i liked most from the book are
” Whenever you endeavor to do something unusual in which your fellow mates and elders have already failed to succeed or never had the courage to take up the challenge, they would invariably discourage and frustrate you to pursue your goal. If it happens to you don’t belittle your dream, don’t let your attention diverted from your objective. Rather be calm, ignore what they say, be more collected and continue your effort with redoubled energy and enthusiasm. and if you can really keep calm and remain focused then it is a matter of time before you meet with your objective. ”
Positive points The author has beautifully explained the life of forest through little deer’s eyes. This is something which is different and has written something out of the box. I also loved the quotes written at the starting of each chapter.
The most interesting part of the book is that the book is inspiring in its own way. I appreciate the author for his simple yet intriguing narrative style.
Negative Points– The length. At some points I felt that if the length of the book could be kept a little short then it would be more compelling.
To readers– To all readers who love to read something different and are looking for an inspiring read can definitely pick up “Paradise lost & regained” and this book will not disappoint you.