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  • 08/2021
  • 9781543707748
  • 180 pages
  • $2.99
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  • 08/2021
  • 9781543707755
  • 180 pages
  • $8.50
Hardcover Details
  • 08/2021
  • 9781543707762
  • 180 pages
  • $17.99
Echoes of light

Echoes of light is a rare and inspiring gift of short stories and poetry that will warm the spirit and uplift the reader as they appreciate a world woven with messages of love, compassion and hope. 
Set in various parts of the world,each story underscores the fact that where ever we are, whichever part of the world we belong to and whatever religion we choose to follow, the fundamental thread that binds us is love, humanity and joy.

Each story and poem reflect so much that has been forgotten and the humanity we long to rediscover and would love to teach our children...

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“Child, whatever you do, know the difference between ambition and greed,” non-profit founder Viswanath recalls her father telling her as she grew up. Echoes of Light finds her setting that wisdom down for others, along with insights gleaned from a lifetime that has taken from India to Afghanistan to the world at large. In a preface, she urges readers to understand that “destructive greed, self-obsession, petty politics, corrupt overwhelming capitalism, and fanatic extremism” are destroying humanity and the planet, and she asks us to be ambitious in kindness, empathy, and gratitude. In the globe-trotting poems and short stories that follow she warns that “the human touch has been killed” in our lives.

Crafted to a purpose, Viswanath’s poetry tends toward the direct and even didactic, free verse that celebrates possibility and the natural world, decries the inhuman pace of contemporary life, and reminds readers that no matter what you do—or how much fame and fortune you’ve accumulated—“You return to whence you came from, my friend.” The stories cut deeper and, like their author’s biography, range the globe, set among Indonesian garment factories, the Surobi district of Kabul, the Hindukush mountains, and a grandmother’s home in Coimbatore. Each centers a lesson about our essential humanity, but their approaches are as varied as their locales, with parables, literary realism, and even a Scheherazade-inspired tale within a tale.

Viswanath proves adept, in her fiction, at bringing life and character to the precepts she advocates, and her handling of various cultures, peoples, and locations is arresting and respectful. (That’s little surprise, as she’s the founder of Healing Lives, which funds the education of future nurses and doctors in Kenya, India, and Bangladesh.) In Echoes of Light she fulfills a related ambition, presenting characters faced with what she presents as the everyday human dilemma: “The choice is ours—to make each day beautiful and memorable; or toxic and damaging.”

Takeaway: This global-minded collection of fiction and poetry urges us all to make a difference in the world each day.

Great for fans of: Jamil Zak’s The War for Kindness: Building Empathy in a Fractured World, Phyllis Cole-Dai and Ruby R. Wilson’s Poetry of Presence: An Anthology of Mindfulness Poems.

Production grades
Cover: B+
Design and typography: A
Illustrations: N/A
Editing: A
Marketing copy: A

literary titan

echoes of light is an impassioned book with wonderfully immersive stories and beautiful overarching themes. i would recommend this book to anyone looking for an uplifting read.

LoveReading UK

Echoes of light is a very peaceful anthology of work. Each piece is separate but they all coexist perfectlyin this collection. i'd recommend it to anyone looking for an uplifting and pleasant read.

Reedsy discovery

Loved it !😍

A collection of poems and stories that feel like little pieces of calm and wisdom, reading like parables to calm and strengthen...

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 08/2021
  • 9781543707748
  • 180 pages
  • $2.99
Paperback Details
  • 08/2021
  • 9781543707755
  • 180 pages
  • $8.50
Hardcover Details
  • 08/2021
  • 9781543707762
  • 180 pages
  • $17.99

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