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Literature, Intimacy & Connection

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Literature, Intimacy & Connection

Literature affords us, familiar friends, through the silent passage of words — it forges our connection with fictional and real-life characters recreating the experience of an authentic friendship — with friends who are almost more perfect than the ones in real life. Partly this is owed to the fact that we see the character as they are — there’s a level of intimacy experienced that often feels grander than that with a close family member or friend due to the open and transparent nature of the narrative and the fact that we have uninterrupted access into the mind and emotions of the characters. Photo by Florencia...

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Discover the Magic of Personalised Reading with Bijal Shah

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Discover the Magic of Personalised Reading with Bijal Shah

"Discover the life-changing magic of books. Books, stories, literature connect us to others. They help us connect the dots in our own stories and ultimately hold mirrors up so that we can truly see ourselves and be understood." Bijal Shah, Book Therapy Get Started   As Seen In   Hi! I'm Bijal, a book curator and bibliotherapist. I'm also a freelance journalist, a writer, a poet, a counsellor, a publisher and a voracious reader.  I've spent half my life in libraries and bookstores. My book recommendations have featured in the Guardian, Marie Claire, NBC News, Asian Voice and various other publications. My personalised reading service is unique and intended to save...

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Mahavir: Nirav Gudka's Timely Children's Book on the Revered Jain Tirthankar

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Mahavir: Nirav Gudka's Timely Children's Book on the Revered Jain Tirthankar

.   Born a Jain, I've always hoped for a children's book on the beautiful philosophy that's over 2000 years old.  Jain, a word derived from the Sanskrit word 'Jina' describes the path of enlightenment and salvation over successive re-births by removing karma and embracing an ethical and spiritual existence.  It also prescribes non-violence to living creatures, including plants. It's peaceful nature and compassionate and thoughtful way of life are wholesome life lessons for any child. A month ago, on the auspicious Jain occasion of Mahavir Jayanti, authors Nirav Gudka and Sunita Shah of The Jai Jais published "Mahavir", the story of the 24th Jain Tirthankar Lord Mahavir,  an...

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How Book Therapy Began - A Personal Journey

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How Book Therapy Began - A Personal Journey

I often get asked the story behind Book Therapy. In Q&A format, I've answered the 5 questions I get asked the most below which I hope narrate the Book Therapy story in the most accurate way. Q: How did you get into bibliotherapy? A: Post-completion of a part-time diploma in psychodynamic counselling and psychotherapy where I underwent therapy myself. I was working in Investment Banking at the time since graduating with a Bachelors in Science in Mathematics. During my own therapy sessions, I noticed, that every time I explored an issue, I'd reach out to a book to understand the context better. My...

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What If Life Had An 'Undo' Button?

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What If Life Had An 'Undo' Button?

An undoing button. This is exactly the premise of Heather Child's latest book, The Undoing of Arlo Knott. The protagonist, Arlo Knott has a unique ability to turn back time - seconds, minutes and even days. This enables him to go back in time and continuously change the past until he gets the outcome he wants whether that's changing careers or relationship dynamics. However, there are always consequences. As he strives to unravel the consequences, so begins his 'undoing'. A brilliant page-turner and striking concept, the book will leave you hooked as it thoughtfully explores the very human themes of guilt,...

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