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Book Review: Death Counter & Encounters by Amarnath Pallath

Death Counter & Encounters by Amarnath Pallath is a profound memoir of the author who comes unscathed from the den of a deadly disease. The book is non-fiction that recounts the life experiences of the author that deals with death and other queer encounters. The book closely studies the vagaries of life in the face of adversities.

Grappled by the deadly disease when the author is admitted at Hinduja Hospital Mumbai, he takes a look back at his life and strange occurrences of death and life that he encountered from childhood to current time.

The book is interesting because the author’s life and family history is worth noticing and riveting. From about to falling off a train in the lightning storm to 1971 war to horrific turbulence in flights to Bombay blasts of 1993 – the author details his journey in a fascinating art of storytelling.

The book is not only limited about death subject, it rather touches upon the other aspects of life as well such as fear, trust, things that change us, relationship, destiny and above all Hope.

Author’s highlight on family issues and learning from parents touches the chord of our upbringing. No matter what financial or epidemic grips the family, parents always try to fill hope and sense of life in their children. The author writes about the importance of calmness in life that he gained from his father. The coverage on his mother’s illness was tragic and emotional. Despite all hardships, he didn’t forget to implement lessons gained from his parents.

Amarnath wrote this book with full conviction that provided honest and brutal narrative. It is a good and meaningful book for more than one reason. If you ever take your life casually, probably this is the time to reconsider your beliefs. And for sure, Amarnath’s journey of life will inspire you to remain positive and hopeful till your last breath.


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