Exploring the Afterlife : The Soul of Truth by Shaji Madathil

  • Title : The Soul of Truth
  • Author : Shaji Madathil (the original Malayalam text), translated by Dr. Jessy Skaria
  • Book Type : Novel
  • Genre : Spiritual, Fiction, Life
  • Edition : Paperback
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury India
  • Year of Publication : 2019
  • Number of Pages : 361

— Blurb of the Book —

…”The light of day culminates in the darkness of night. Likewise, does the radiance of birth dissipate in the gloom of death? No one knows.

A new day inevitably emerges from a dying night. Likewise, does new life arise from death? No one knows.

The author, speaking through the soul of the dead protagonist, takes the reader on a tumultuous journey, reliving the memories, and thoughts, and dreams of Uthaman; dead and gone, and yet, very much alive in essence. In the shadows of the dark trees, in the corridors of moonlit nights, Uthaman’s soul lives on for forty-one nights, telling readers a vivid, poignant and silent story.

Of life! The fervour, the greed, the passion.

Of death! The tragedy, the loss, the emptiness.

What is the logic? What is the reason?

Are we simply marionettes in the hands of a master puppeteer?”…

Lady Bookamore‘s Views —

First and foremost, I thank the author for giving me an opportunity to review such a philosophical story on the concept of the afterlife.

The Soul of Truth is yet another spiritual fiction I enjoyed reading, after Your Destination Has Arrived. Centering the concepts of the Human Consciousness and the Afterlife, The Soul of Truth presents an interesting speculative take on what the afterlife may actually be like. Most importantly, I loved how the author brings in multitude of references from the Hindu Scriptures in an attempt to imagine life after death.

Among the many reasons why I loved reading The Soul of Truth, one of them includes the themes of the book. There have been innumerable books exploring the workings of the Human Consciousness after death. The book talks about what happens to the human body forty one days after his or her demise, and it is narrated over a span of forty one chapters. In this exploration of the Afterlife, the book brings in many references from the Vedas and endeavours to build a subjective experience of life after death. Secondly, the book doesn’t remain static in this quest of tracing the unabated nature of the human soul. Instead, the book simultaneously narrates the life of the deceased, Uthaman. As far as structure is concerned, I was impressed by how the author has crafted the storyline deftly and innovatively. Rather than focussing merely on the philosophical aspect of the story, the book also throws light on the autobiographical aspect of it. After all, it is important for the reader to get accustomed with the backdrop of the events that take place in the book. Hence, the derails of Uthaman’s life is as important as his experiences in the afterlife. Thirdly, the language employed in The Soul of Truth is simple, lucid and, at the same time, tranquil indeed. It almost seems as if the themes of the book have been soaked in by the language itself, or the language being the source of this spiritual serenity that occupies the entire bandwidth of the novel. Fourthly, the characterisation is pretty much fine. A tiny bit of complexity could have been welcomed, but I don’t mind it’s absence that much.

However, the best part of The Soul of Truth is that it does not preach anything. It has nothing else to add to the scriptural information that we are already aware of. Except for one thing. The subjective experience of one single individual. Yes, it can’t be denied that a subjective experience has a narrative of its own (with its own biasness), and also its own interpretations which may or may not abide by the norms of the grand narrative of the afterlife and so on. Yet, in this lies a personal touch, a sensation which can only be described by the individual who experiences it. This is one quality of the book which moved me. I convey my best wishes to the author for his future endeavours.

Lady Bookamore rates this book 💙💙💙💙.5/5

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