Book Review… The Wisdom of Sundays, Oprah Winfrey

This book is weightless and yet so heavy at the same time.

Weightless, in the airy, expansive photographs that grace its pages and heavy with beauty, wisdom, peace and presence.

I love it.

The text is an exhaustive selection of dialogue between Oprah and her guest speakers on the hugely popular television show, ‘Super Soul Sundays’.

I missed most of those episodes, but the few I saw were shot beautifully, in what seemed like a copse of sunlit trees, with Oprah and her guest sitting on wicker chairs and just chatting about life, philosophy, spirituality, in general.

What I am enjoying about this beautiful book is the sheer variety of speakers and their own unique thinking. It reminds me of, ‘Light from Many Lamps’ but in a very different and creatively inspiring way.

The book is to be savored like dessert after a meal or like drinking water on a hot, tiring day. It is bound in textured cotton cloth, which exudes its own warmth. All the photographs are taken by Oprah, at various stages of her life, now put together into this 235 page volume.

The pages are lush to hold, the print, tastefully selected. There is a quiet energy that pulsates through the book… It invites you to slow down, relax, savour, enjoy, in the comfort of your own home, the colour and expanse of nature interwoven by the wisdom of thought – provoking, calming, wise words.

A must keep by the bedside, where it could be the first thing you read before starting your day… Or the last, before bidding it adieu… ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ˜Š

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Chapter 101, Beautiful Bookstore๐Ÿ˜Š

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‘Chapter 101’ in South Point Mall, is my new favorite book store๐Ÿ˜. It’s for the books they keep and the music they play! On a sturdy Bose system, the plaintive Violin ripples out… Its the title song of ‘In the Mood for Love’ by Shigeru Umebayaschi playing… Breathtaking… It makes one want to waltz๐Ÿ˜Š… With a book in your arms๐Ÿ˜

The warm tones of the decor add to the beauty of the store. Heart-warming touches like inviting people to help themselves to tea or coffee, is sweet. In a first for me, there is a row of reading glasses for those who forgot theirs ๐Ÿค“

They have some beautiful books on art and autobiographies. I loved the fully illustrated version of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ and a thick volume of all the artwork that went into the creation of Harry Potter movie sets!! There are copies of books no longer in print. Precious.

Quite a beautiful experience!
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Value of Words ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿค“

Many years back I made it a habit of noting down quotes or paragraphs from any book I was reading at that time.

Going down memory lane, I find out how my taste has changes, how I’ve metamorphosed over time (not necessarily to become a butterfly… ๐Ÿ˜Š) Most importantly, it shows me the person I was, one that the mirror doesn’t reflect anymore.

Over the years, my ‘collection’ has grown and now when I travel, guite often, I pick up one of my Diaries that have handwritten, hand-picked words of wisdom and banter, spirituality and philosophy, mystery and poetry all in a slim volume.

Sitting at a waiting lounge or in a new city, this collection of words takes me back to the root of my being… It makes me realise that while the branches might grow unruly and wild, the core is unchanging… It is my friend that has grown with me, it has imparted its support at crucial times… It has connected me to my past in beautiful ways, one whiff from a sentence can remind me of where exactly I was sitting, which couch it was or which tree trunk against which I leaned….

Time moves on, as it should, and what moves with it, for me, are a trail of words that never fail to get me back home from all my wanderings….

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