Saturday, August 31, 2013

#BookReview--> The Evolution of Gods by Ajay Kansal

Are Gods real?
Did they exist at one time on Earth or are they just a figment of our imagination?
Did God create the first couple on earth?
How did plants, animals, insects etc. come to be?

All these and more questions have been of immense interest to humans from centuries. The natural curiosity about the origin of life though documented throughout history has always featured some unexplained parts which Science has not been able to explain leaving imaginative people at liberty to spin all kinds of tales to suit their immediate needs.

The Evolution of Gods by Ajay Kansal is an effort to utilize Science to explain the why, how and when of the evolution of life and the subsequent evolution of the God phenomenon. The author, being a man of science himself, takes anthropological and historical facts to explain the evolution of life, religion and God in a simple yet very interesting way.

According to the author,
“Man could perceive some unseen, unheard, untouchable, non-aromatic divine power only after the evolution of his imagination.”
“Whenever people encountered some power beyond their control that could harm or help them, they began to worship that power.”

I was sent a free copy of the book by the author to read and give my honest review. So here it goes.

Firstly, I loved the cover design of the book where an artistically dressed man possibly the Priest or the Head of a tribe is shown in a "call upon" pose with lightning in the background. It brings to our minds the image of a tribe that worships the elements of nature feeling it all powerful because it is beyond its control!! 
A point made several times by the author in the book when he links the origin of Gods to the power of imagination of us, humans and the fact that the power deemed as Gods was unpredictable and beyond our control.

“…they considered thunder and lightning as devastating, mysterious and frightening. Consequently, their leaders or priests imagined a divine sky god that was behind the changes occurring in the sky. Gradually, they began worshipping the sky as a god.”

Secondly, the writing is simple yet leaves us interested and hooked to each event he describes, be it the first burial instance from the Skhul Cave of Israel to Naskapi- a tribe in Canada where the Priests were consulted by the people before any venture. Ajay Kansal is able to dispel myths and shed light to some pretty exciting things which are generally unknown to people like “…the Vedas do not assert the concept of punishment for past karma, and do not advise any meditation to liberate people from them. The Buddha was first to invent the idea of past karma, and he came several centuries after the compilation of Vedas.”

Thirdly, a lot of research is evident and the book stimulates discussion and debate. Thought provoking statements backed by solid well researched examples are abundant.
Fourthly, though the book seems like it is a work of an atheist yet it does not preach against religion or our faith in the existence of Gods. It’s a venture to try and explain each and every belief of ours using modern Science.

Lastly, it’s a well written book and keeps the reader bound, quickly turning pages till the end. All explanations to our beliefs are well backed with scientific discoveries, dates and suitable data. It’s written in a timeline fashion which I think increases its appeal as we get to see a scientific perspective to all events till date.

All positives done, it’s time to count the negatives.

Firstly, the sentence structure could have been made more appealing with a little more editing.

Secondly, some small footnotes or end notes could have been added to support the author's explanations and assertions.

Thirdly, I felt an addition of a few pictures and diagrams could have greatly added to the overall appeal of the book.

All in all, a fascinating read from a very promising author. It’s written to the point and greatly adds to our understanding and knowledge of the origin of life, religion and evolution of Gods. I have always believed that there is a God and that everything that happens is part of a bigger plan known and devised by him. But The Evolution of Gods,without preaching against the existence of God, has made me question if all my beliefs are true or just made up tales to inspire fear and reverence to something greater than us!!

“...Humanity itself imagined all the divine powers called Gods. The concept of Gods was the projection of ancient humans' need to have something greater than themselves.”

But apart from creating queries, it is also successful in satisfying our curiosities and answering our questions without being boring and stilted. Thus making it a very promising book; with a fresh perspective to our origin, history, our morals, beliefs, faith in God etc. It states hard facts without compelling the reader to take sides; leaving him enough freedom to come to his own conclusions.

I give The Evolution of Gods 4 out of 5 and recommend everyone to read it.

I was kindly sent a free copy of the book by the author, Ajay Kansal in exchange for a review and I am very thankful to him. This review of the book is my own and in no way influenced.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

#BookReview--> The Millioanire's Marriage by Catherine Spencer

I came across this book by chance and was intrigued by the title.. The Millionaire's Marriageis the story of Gabriella and Max.

Monday, August 26, 2013

#BookReview--> Legacy Collection, Book #3- Bedding the Billionaire by Ruth Cardello

What do you do when your "steady, reliable, play-safe always" sister has not so safely fallen in love with a billionaire and is going to marry him, leaving you with the responsibility of planning the marriage of the century?

Sunday, August 25, 2013

#BookReview--> The Earthman Jack Space Saga Book 1- Earthman Jack vs The Ghost Planet by Matthew Kadish

'In the entire history of the universe, there are many tales worth telling...' and so starts the extraordinary tale of the ordinary Jack Finnegan.

#BookReview--> Tommy and Tuppence #2- Partners in Crime by Agatha Christie

"So Tommy and Tuppence were married", she chanted, "and lived happily ever afterwards. And six years later they were still living together happily ever afterwards..."

Saturday, August 17, 2013

#BookReview--> 2 States: The Story of My Marriage by Chetan Bhagat

Boy loves Girl. Girl loves Boy.
Girl's family has to love boy. Boy's family has to love girl.
Girl's family has to love Boy's family. Boy's family has to love girl's family.
Girl and Boy still love each other. They get married.

 2 Statesis the story of Krish and Ananya who are from two different states of India, "stupidly in love" and want to get married not by eloping but with their parent's consent. Everything looks easy except

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

#GeneralPost--> How the decision to review every book I read changed my reading style..

I dont remember the first time I realised that I loved to read but I still feel the giddiness when I have a new book in hand or the thrill that follows thereafter. I have always been a fast reader and can proudly claim to having completed reading books as fast as within an hour or two!!
But ever since I have started reviewing every book after I have read it, I feel an added responsibility to think and evaluate my thoughts about a book before I present them on my blog because these thoughts of mine can turn out to be a deciding factor in someone's decision to buy that particular book!!
Now I feel I have become more responsible and the sense of duty to present the most honest view about a book has made me a more aware reader. I now savour the books I read and even after I have finished reading them take time to collect my feelings about it and reach the most unbiased and untainted conclusion.
I would love to hear your thoughts about the same and hope to always present the most honest review of a book. If even one person is aided in his/ her search for a book via my review then it's a success for me..:)

Thursday, August 8, 2013

#BookReview--> Whitehorse, Montana: Winchester Ranch Series Book #2 - Hitched by B.J. Daniels

The first thing my brain registered while reading Hitched!was "OMG ! its spooky.." :)

Jack Winchester is on his way to Whitehorse and his estranged grandmother's farm when he notices a girl standing beside the road on a lonely stretch with her thumb out.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

#BookReview--> Legacy Collection, Book #2- For Love or Legacy by Ruth Cardello

Another awesome read in the Legacy series by Ruth Cardello. I had thoroughly enjoyed reading the story of Abby and Dominic in the first book, Maid for the Billionaireand I have equally enjoyed reading about Dominic's feisty sister, Nicole in For Love or Legacy :)

Nicole has just learnt the terms of her father's will and is not happy.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

#BookReview--> Legacy Collection, Book #1- Maid for the Billionaire by Ruth Cardello

Firstly, I loved the book cover. Its simple yet very telling. The central figures locked in a kissing pose don't have faces as if the author wanted the readers to place themselves in their positions

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