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The Quest of the Sparrows: Explore the Joy of Freedom

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Inspired by the life of a sparrow that leads a carefree life, Partibhan, a young and reluctant guru takes off on an amazing journey in evolution. He believes that human beings can become powerful creators, and achieve much more but the desire to secure the future makes them mere survivors. Between birth and death, evolution is the only constant, which humans can achieve by ...more
Paperback, 261 pages
Published 2011 by Rupa & Co.
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Vimal Uniyal
Oct 01, 2011 Vimal Uniyal rated it it was amazing
A very different book, not like any I have read so far. It compels you to reassign your priorities. I took pride in thinking of myself as a survivor but it told me even a sparrow did that and effortlessly at that. It talks of the potential we all have but done achieve because we start running a rate race which perhaps is more comfortable.

I had stopped believing in spirituality but it made me question my resistance.

If I become something one day, then I will owe it to this book. But it is too ear
Ravi Sharma
Dec 26, 2013 Ravi Sharma rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)

The book has many, amazing insights. It doesn't preach spirituality but demonstrates it through incidents. It is a compelling call to evolve and not merely survive life.

The story is about a journey without money and belongings. Partibhan, a reluctant guru, takes the example of a sparrow which lives each day of its life without worry. It never hoards yet lives joyously, despite being so low in the chain of human evolution. Human beings, despite being placed
Ankit Jain
Jan 31, 2014 Ankit Jain rated it it was amazing
The first book by the author duo Kartik and Ravi offers a refreshing perspective on ideas concerning the manner in which we can live our lives to its fullest potential. Although the book is raft with platitudes from grandma stories and tales, the presentation and characters help in making them easier to relate to.

The packaging of this book on practical spirituality in a fast moving and action packed fiction capsule renders it a flow uncharacteristic of the genre.

The analogy to the life of the sp
Rigveda Kadam
A simple and beautiful book. It handles the tricky theme of spirituality without coming across as pompous or preachy. I could relate to quite a few characters in the book - the cynic, the hopeful, the seeker. It does a damn good job of trying to integrate seemingly impractical concepts of spirituality into our daily lives. And it does so in a light handed and smooth manner.
It resonated with the part of me that keeps pondering about existential questions, good vs. evil etc. And the book stayed wi
Roman Jedele
Feb 02, 2014 Roman Jedele rated it it was amazing
I bought the book on Amazon Kindle store and was very circumspect about its content. There was an allusion to the life of a sparrow that attracted me to the book but talk about spirituality had put me off initially. But when I came across the book the second time I decided to give it a shot.

I must say that the writers have done a stupendous job on the book. The story flows very swiftly and packed with a lot of action. Their are parts that are heart rendering. The narrative from the point of view
Soumyabrata Gupta
May 21, 2013 Soumyabrata Gupta rated it really liked it
A journey towards spirituality: discussing the God factor

Soumyabrata Gupta

Where is God? How can we attain spirituality? These are two of the basic questions that the authors Kartik Sharma and Ravi ‘Nirmal’ Sharma ask and debate upon in this novel which can be best described as a bildungsroman. However in spite of its apparent philosophical allusions and connotations, the authors have created a work of literature where, they successfully dispel the myth of the complexities associated with the can
Feb 12, 2014 Ritika rated it liked it
There are lots of talks about spirituality, ways to practice it and so on. It is alright to have questions like why not we go for a self help book then or a yoga camp or ashram? Is it actually a novel?
Well, it is. There are stories and they are interesting. I like authors' courage to write something different. The authors are so positive about spirituality that they go on to prove that it can make wonders happen which is good to some extent as it fills you with positivity but soon the same thing
Jan 20, 2014 Rakshit rated it it was amazing
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Meenu Dua
Jan 31, 2014 Meenu Dua rated it it was amazing
I had heard quite a lot about The Quest of the Sparrows from my friends who mostly said great things about the book. It was while searching for one of my books that I came across this novel yet again and curious I read the blurb which indeed seemed promising and relevant to me. It seemed to offer a very different and interesting treatment on spirituality. The sparrow analogy and Partibhan’s journey without money and belongings got me hooked. Intrigued, I overcame my initial lethargy and finally ...more
Jan 23, 2014 Kshitij rated it it was amazing
Its a captivating book and will force you think. It will involve you and take you with it on a journey. Its inspiring because it tells you that how simple life can be and how complicated we have made it. One definitely would connect with it at some point or the other especially if you have ever questioned your purpose or yearned for the feeling of content and the best part about the book is how simply its written. Its a great read!
Kalyan Panja
Motivated by the being of a sparrow in this path breaking, evolutionary fresh inscription that looks at the top connotation of existence as well as reveals nearly how one can attain amity as well as ecstasy while leading a consequential plus inspired verve that escort a happy-go-lucky existence, and consider that individual mortals be able to develop into dominant initiators, along with attain a lot further save for the craving to secure the upcoming crafts them sheer survivors flanked by nativi ...more
Oct 01, 2011 Kamlesh rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Kamlesh by: Online
I found it amazing. There are twists and turns and at the end of each there is a simple insight that connected with me. I could relate to Partibhan completely. He is the kind of spiritual guru we all need today because his approach is practical and not pedantic.

All the characters looked from everyday life situation and I could understand their dilemma.

Awesome story that makes me question what I have done so far with my life. Survival is easy,no big deal. It is what I do with my life is what it
Vandita Jain
Jan 30, 2014 Vandita Jain rated it it was amazing
Spiritual books are not at all my thing. I reluctantly agreed to read this one because a friend very strongly recommended it to me. What I dislike about spiritual books is that they are too preachy and whatever they say, seems very impractical to implement in real life. And I loved "The Quest of the Sparrows" for being exactly opposite to the usual books of its genre. This book makes getting a healthier perspective towards life seem so simple and do-able. I thought only thrillers are riveting, b ...more
Meet Kanodia
Jan 22, 2014 Meet Kanodia rated it it was amazing
A book which touched my heart. The way spirituality is adressed here, makes you relate to the characters in an uncanny manner. The buildup in the first half is really gripping. Nothing like the spiritual books from which most of the young generations shy away. A highly recommended read.
Soundar Phil
Mar 03, 2014 Soundar Phil rated it really liked it
I got this book directly from the writers through Thanks for the writers & Goodreads.
This book speaks more on Divine which is connected with Sprituality, But I see the book more speaks on Humanity than the spirituality by portraying the stories on:

1) You should treat others like how you wanted to be treated
2) Be patience
3) Importance on spirituality than humanity (Provide what the poor want which turns them into lazy) I can say these are really has more meaning than it actual
Sandy Chugh
Jan 21, 2014 Sandy Chugh rated it it was amazing
A life changing journey, inspiring one to read.
Dec 26, 2013 Shree rated it liked it
NOTE : I Won this part as a part of the goodreads giveaway.

Spiritual or Advance thinking books aren't really my forte. Sadly I am not blessed with such an intellect to understand or should I say I am blessed with a temperament to steer clear of such books?

The Book cover and the summary intrigued me.What harm in giving such a book a chance? I entered the giveaway and won it too!

The book is exactly what it claims to be. The writers have attempted to convey what we have conveniently chosen to forg
Santosh Baraiya
Aug 08, 2013 Santosh Baraiya rated it it was amazing
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Oct 01, 2011 Deepak rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone who wishes to evolve
Recommended to Deepak by: Saw it at Delhi Book Fair
The book has amazing insights and they are so simple they steal your heart. I thought spirituality was all about preaching but this book had a fresh perspective and went on to demonstrate it was practical. Not through sermons but interesting stories. It uplifted my state, made me somehow more aware.

The book gave me a new way to look at life. The word evolution stays with you after you finish it. Puts an end to all the doubts about the meaning and purposelessness of life.

I feel empowered to star
Aravind Vijayasarathy
I'm not a very spiritual person, so couldn't connect much with the book as the authors would have wished a reader to.Picked up the book in the first place only because it was written by my batchmate.The language is very simple and easy to understand, but Guru Parthiban's story leaves a lot to be desired. Overall, a decent read. People who wish to connect more with their inner selves would enjoy it.
Oct 12, 2011 Rekha rated it it was amazing
Simple, inspiring, I would say this book has sort of revealed the TRUTH, of right and wrong, good and bad! It helped me clear so many of my day to day confusions. Its enlightening as well as interesting and really gripping work of fiction. Kept me glued till I finished reading it. A must read for every intelligent, sensible human being
Nikhil M S
Feb 16, 2014 Nikhil M S added it
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I won this book on Goodreads giveaway and now thinking how lucky I was to win this book among others.
I am half way through the book and I will post a detailed review after completing.
Drvedmitra Sharma
Apr 19, 2013 Drvedmitra Sharma rated it really liked it
The eventful journey of a man in search of answers to doubts within. Narration is gripping, language lucid and the story draws continuous attention.
Arun Singh Ruhela
May 26, 2012 Arun Singh Ruhela rated it liked it
Topic is profound, Book is good, story is average, and characters are loose. A nice attempt by writers.
Mar 06, 2014 Anushree rated it really liked it
Don’t judge a book by its cover they say, but the cover of this one sums up the essence of the book beautifully. Self-created and self-propagated beliefs in the banal turn the suit, a symbol on the cover, to shackles. Man begins to take the visible and the material too seriously and his life gets mired in its seemingly important but inconsequential rigmarole. The sparrow, in contrast, while being much lower in the ladder of evolution lives freely and joyously, ‘living’ every day instead of merel ...more
Pallav Ahooja
Jul 28, 2014 Pallav Ahooja rated it really liked it
The writers, through the interesting spiritual journey of a reluctant Swami and his followers, make a case for practical spirituality . Various misgivings and hesitations that anyone might have are challenged through the questions and reservations of different relatable characters .

Simple living, non -materialistic lifestyle,living like a sparrow -the simplest and commonest of birds is advocated by the story of a simple journey without getting too preachy.

A light , refreshing read that is sure
Ankush Chugh
Feb 16, 2014 Ankush Chugh rated it really liked it
A gripping read and thought provoking content. Handles the tricky subject of spirituality in a very approachable way.
Shagun Gupta
Oct 23, 2011 Shagun Gupta rated it really liked it
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It poses interesting questions and juxtaposes them brilliantly against practical explanations.

The first half goes at a healthy pace and keeps you engaged with its philosophical connotations that most thinkers would love to start their thoughts with.

However the end is a bit let down getting into the happy ending bit too abruptly. Moreover Swami Partibhan's story is a bit of a letdown.

All said, at least worth a look... even if it for the first half of the book :)
May 09, 2015 Sakshi rated it it was amazing
I got this book by goodreads. Book was amazing I loved it. It's based on spirituality, divine, journey about faith, humanity.
Thanks for sharing this book
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Kartik Sharma, a graduate of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi and Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad, is passionate about books. Be it reading or writing, he found his one true passion in the written word.

Published at the age of 23 by Rupa Publications in September 2011, he continues to write fiction stories and philosophical musings on his blog: http://interlocutor-kasper.b
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