“We’re all stories in the end.” – Steven Moffat
I met Karanbir Singh in a Children’s literature festival held in one of the prestigious boarding schools of Nabha, Punjab. Karanbir came across as a positive – minded and cheerful young person. During one of our conversations he revealed the back story behind his debut book. ‘My little infinity,’ he said, with candour, was essentially an account of his own journey; after his father passed away bravely fighting liver cancer (and undergoing more than a couple of major and minor surgeries), three years ago. At the time of his father’s death Karanbir was about 20. His father’s death left him shattered and questioning the meaning and purpose of life and ultimately led him to write his story.
However, it was his father who’d initiated this book after his illness was diagnosed. He wanted to share his experience of a cancer survivor (after his first surgery) and motivate others in a similar situation, but unfortunately, he fell sick again and could not complete the book. Later, Karanbir took it upon himself to write about his own emotional journey about the major event that changed the course of his life and decided to bring out the whole story. The book is thus divided into two parts: Part I – Entries of a father and Part II – Destiny of a Son.
As is clear from above, while part one highlights the emotional and mental state of his father and how he comes to term with his own illness; the second half is all about Karanbir and his quest to understand why (good) people suffer and what happens after death.
What I loved in the book was the simple and honest writing. This is a book of hope and resilience. It’s a personal story and yet each one of us can relate to it as our paths (and circumstances) may be different but our final destination is the same. It also shows how grieving is a process and it’s normal to grieve the loss of our loved ones but at the same time, it’s equally important to realise that life must go on. And that we all must be able to leave behind happy and inspiring stories. The book also highlights the importance of having a strong and loving family, the bond between parent and child, and why life must be lived with positivity, joy and compassion.
Author(s): Karanbir Singh
Publisher: Adhyayan Books
Release: April 2018
Genre: Non Fiction/Medical
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