The Quest of the Sparrows is a critically acclaimed Indian spiritual fiction that offers valuable insights without ever preaching. It is the story of an ordinary young man, who takes a leap of faith when he is forced to become a spiritual guru.
He and his disciples set off on an arduous 600-kilometer journey. With no money or belongings, all they have is a burning desire to put the scriptures and spiritual laws to test. The guru derives inspiration from an unlikely source: an insouciant sparrow that lives each day to its fullest and never stockpiles for the future. He makes it his aim to prove that survival is not as tricky a task as most human beings make out. He comes to the conclusion that we, the human race, are destined to play a much bigger role in the grand scheme of things. Beckoned by a higher calling in life, will Guru Partibhan and his followers successfully make it to the end of their voyage? Will they succeed in unlocking their true potential and discovering eternal bliss?
The story is narrated from the perspective of four people, namely the explorer, the experimenter, the doubter, and the hater. These are four states that exist, either consciously or subconsciously, in every human being. Does this demanding journey bring about a change in the mindset of the guru and his group? The Quest of the Sparrows is definitely worth a read to find out the answer to this question. If that were not reason enough to read this, the books has an element of mystery about it, which is bound to keep the readers guessing until the end.
The novel is fast-paced and meticulously examines both the importance and relevance of spirituality in the modern scenario. The plot is carefully interspersed with interesting incidents, which successfully drive home profound life lessons. Unlike most books in the genre, The Quest of the Sparrows makes no over-the-top claims about bringing any sudden or enormous changes to one’s life. It is, however, not short on the promise to help one unlock and fulfill their true potential. An irresistible cocktail of spirituality and personal development, this is a must-have self-help book for every proud and boastful bibliophile.
Format: Kindle eBook (the paperback version is currently unavailable due to the countrywide lockdown restrictions as of May 6, 2020)
Published: September 2011
Number of Pages: 274
Language: (Indian) English
Publisher: Rupa Publications India