Five Men’s Magical Discovery Enroute Life
Author: Santhosh Sivaraj
About the Author: Santhosh Sivaraj is a banker based out of Chennai who had worn many hats in life- sailor, teacher, trainer and entrepreneur. He considers the journey of life to be the destination in itself and that pushes him to seek newer avenues in life. Absurd Economics interests him and he loves doing standup comedy. He laughs at his own mistakes and loves life unconditionally.
Blurb: Things were never the same for five ordinary individuals who got struck at cross roads and there was no way they can run back. They had no other choice but to take a plunge into their deepest fear and leave the rest to destiny. Their characters was tested out of their comfort zone and it witnessed abstruse results; a PhD scholar fights to win a pizza making contest and a tennis prodigy running for his life in a war torn, bloodied Island. Extreme circumstances and their consequences made these ordinary individuals extraordinary . Was the test imposed on them by someone? Or did they invite it on themselves. The Blue Moon Day is that Once in a Blue Moon day story which questions an individual’s priorities, ridicules the worldly routines and finally redefines happiness.
My View: It’s really a tough book to write review for. On the cover, there is a silhouette of a man, who is carving himself from a stone, while there is a big blue moon in the background. Very meaningful book cover and book title, Both attracted me. I was amazed at why did the author gave this title to the book, but at the end, it got very clear to me. There are five stories in the book, totally different from each other, but all are the true glimpse of reality. You will relate any story with your own life, for sure.
The first story, The Pizza Engineer, has two characters, one is Abhinav, a man of versatility in his career and hence totally messed up, I could easily relate him with myself. Another character is Mr. Pillai, his would be boss, a man of solutions for every problem. This story taught me a lot in just 44 pages and I even adopted its teachings in my own life and I must say, life is getting less messy now. After completing story of Abhinav, I was amazed at from where did Mr. Pillai came and where did he get disappeared! Many lil noticeable things are there, which if adopted by us, can make a big change in our lives.
The second story is The Messenger. I had first connected the title with God and magic and later I realized there was indeed a God in the face of man. Deepak loved Priya and loved her forever, but somehow couldn’t give his 100% to his love. Ajay, his friend, encouraged him and let him get his love. This story teaches us to try till the last for the thing you love. I’m still amazed about Ajay. He’s the God in this story and true friend indeed.
Not Today is another story in this sequence. Vivi, a man who loved his family a lot, but couldn’t make balance between family and job, hence messed up and fell in a big life trouble. An old man , became his God in the story. The story teaches to have a balance in life and to come out of comfort zone to be happy.
Next one is The Storyteller. A story of an old man named Sankaran, who lost all the hopes of living life, after death of his wife and ignored by his only son. An old man of his age became his friend and changed his life with his words and thoughts. Discover your true self, give time to what your heart wants you to do and be happy, this is the teaching of the story. Sankaran’s friend also disappeared at the end like miracle.
The last story is The Heaven. Story of a small town boy Prabhakaran, who has a talent and big dreams but destiny played its brutal game, when he came to know about his death, he got totally depressed. An old man helped him to understand the true meaning of life. Death is the ultimate truth and happiness is the ultimate goal. He died and got the happiness.
All these five stories are different, but at the end they all got connected because of the same old man, who changed their lives in some way or other. All the stories, all the characters are very interesting. Magical is the character of that old man, who had been mystery in everyone’s life and also for me. Even till the last sentence of the book, the old man became a mystery and remained the same. Language, narration, events, background, emotions, character description everything is just too good. Author recommended to read the book slowly, so I read it slowly and felt every story. I also recommend you all to read the story, it will definitely make a change in your life. Though I have written a very long review, but still I feel, the emotions I got from the book can’t be described in words.
Conclusion: The best English story book, I have read till date. Many things to learn from and a never ending impact on mind. Perfect book in every aspect.
Star Rating: 5/5 ( If there were more stars, I would have given them all.)
Book Link: You must buy the book here- The Blue Moon Day . A book, worth spending money on.