IN THIS LIFE OR THE NEXT BY MENAKA RAMAKRISHNAN

BOOK BLURB:
Tania Seth has a rare gift. Whenever someone sings or hums their favorite song, she is able to see a vision of that person’s past life. On the metro one day, when an anonymous man hums a tune, she witnesses the tragic events of his previous birth on a mysterious island.

In that life the man’s lover was murdered. In the current life, he seeks revenge.
She didn’t see the man’s face on the metro and knows nothing about him. But she is sure about one thing – she has to stop him from committing a horrendous crime.

As she tries to search for him, demons from her own painful past come back to haunt her and she discovers that nothing is really as it seems. Will she be able to find him before it’s too late?



REVIEW:
This is one of the best books I have read this month and I would say this is a very different book I have ever read. This is a story of Tania Seth, who has a rare gift which enables her to see the visions of people's past life when they sing their favourite song. This might seem like a very interesting power and gift to some readers but in real she is really living a complicated life because the visions that she sees are not positive and causes lot of stress and anxiety to her. She feels that if she is gifted with these special powers and is connected to Beings of Light  then its her responsibility to help people in their current life. Her family is very supportive and protective of her.

On the metro one day, when an anonymous man hums a tune, she witnesses the tragic events of his previous birth on a mysterious island. She sees visions related to Advaita ( lover of Maya) and Brijraj. Maya and her unborn child is killed by Brijraj in that life. But in current life, Advaita seeks revenge. She didn't see the man's face on the metro and knows nothing about him. She doesnt know how she will find Advaita, Maya and Brijraj in this current life and how she will be able to help them? But she is sure about one thing- she has to stop this man from committing a horrendous crime.There are other secondary characters in the book like Alejandro, Zeo, Yogini who plays an important role in helping Tania complete her purpose.


She tries to search for him, but it isn't easy at all as the demons from her own painful past come back to haunt her. It's tiring and complicated to bring a difference in other people's life while maintaining her own mental peace. While solving this puzzle of past and current life, she discovers that nothing is really as it seems. She tries to grow her powers through meditation. To know will she be able to find him before it's too late, you'll have to grab and read this book.

WHAT I LOVED THE MOST ABOUT THIS BOOK:
1. Even imagining my life as of hers makes me feel so burdened, so I really loved how Tania kept herself motivated all through her difficult journey. This is what makes it an exciting and interesting read.
2. Secondly, readers can read and learn so many important life lessons from this book while enjoying the extraordinary tale of Tania.

" All the same, I also feel that pain results in learning. If we are never privy to an unfortunate circumstance, how will we learn any lessons? If there is no bad in the world, is it possible to appreciate the good? A soul evolves with pain. Each human experiences a certain level of agony across every lifetime, to learn lessons in each."

" I stared at her in amazement. The word poor is so relative. The standard definition of poor is someone who can't afford basic necessities  like food, clothing and shelter. Ultimately, poverty is in the mind. The man  who cannot afford all the riches in the world, but is content with what he has, could be considered wealthy. The person who can afford  all the riches in the world, but is content with what he has, could be considered wealthy. The person who can afford everything, but is unhappy, may be regarded as poor. "

"It's probably because humans always have a tendency to compare themselves with other people. What they do not realize is that comparisons are a source of misery. Some people do believe that comparisons encourage healthy competition. Through comparing yourself to someone else, you can figure out your current standing in life. But what often happens is that, in this frenzy to achieve more than another person, we often forget the blessings that life has so benevolently showered upon us. Because of this, human beings are rarely happy. "

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Menaka Ramakrishnan is a seeker since birth and a writer by passion. She owns a content writing business in Dubai and has a BBA degree from the SP Jain School of Global Management, Australia. During her free time, you will find her performing acoustic tunes with her ukulele, or collecting mementos from across the globe. In This Life or the Next is her debut novel.

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