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Book Review: Equations of a Being (A Being Who Gathered Moss) by Ashutosh Gupta

It is not necessary that a book should have a specific genre to draw your attention and interest. What about a book or novella written at free will with no inhibitions at all? Today, we have one such that book Equations of a Being (A Being Who Gathered Moss) by Ashutosh Gupta which is not only brimming with charm but also high on intensity and relevance.

Despite its randomness, the very first equation will hook and take you up till the last page. Here it goes: As long as I am writing, I am on the verge of a homecoming.

Through this book the author has tried to concern his attitude towards life, well it’s just not simple attitude, it is based on wisdom and experience that he seemed to have gathered over the years. Surprisingly, the author has called his thoughts and experiences ‘Equations’. Decoding the title means thoughts of a human being. Clearly, a human holds a diverse range of thoughts and impressions towards life, thus for this reason the book is aptly segmented into sixteen parts. As you browse through the book, you will come across essential aspects like Writing, Artist, Feminism, Women, God, Humanhood and so on. Though written in poetry and prose form, the content of the book takes a firm stance on several aspects that somehow seem lost in today’s time. However, the reality is that the world needs them most. 

Ashutosh’s writing style sees no taming or intimidation, it is a riverine flow. For instance, in the chapter ‘Being a Thinker in a Protective Cartel Called Family’, the author asserts that the framework of a family is designed in such a way that it doesn’t promote one’s intellectual and creative beliefs openly. In a nutshell, family is a mirror without a vista, quite mediocre in its semblance. So, there are many more instances that may test your belief-system and pattern towards the society.         

The book is rich with prose and poetry. We have brought some of the best excerpts from the book to sooth your heart and soul:
The life of a being that owns the
flashes of genius but lacks the
consistency of talent becomes more
of a wait than a progression.

All men know the entire history of God, for which they fear him.
They know nothing about his present and future, for which their hope is restored in him.
This is the very same equation that men and humanity have shared from time immemorial, an equation that is so undivine in itself.

This collection of heartfelt soul-stirring poems and prose is here to leave you stunned with its exquisite charming influence. If you got a huge poetic side, embrace it; treasure it for your use and dose.


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