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The Sojourn

The Sojourn [Kindle Edition]

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Why are we born? What is the universe? What is time? What is the reason behind everything? How should we live? What is the truth? What matters the most? Did God really intend to keep all this a secret? Or all the truths were always before us and we never came out of ourselves just to look around?

These and many more questions have intrigued us all our lives. The education of a child in ancient times had knowledge pertaining to these questions as an integral part. But as we moved towards modern times, we lost many things which matter the most. We have lost the way of our lives with no one to show us the light. All our education and knowledge revolve around making a living. But though it may be potent to tell us how to make a living, it fails to impart us the knowledge of how to live. Moreover, we seldom find any time to read any books concerning matters outside our vocational realm.

‘The Sojourn’ is an attempt to fill the gap. In the most succinct yet captivating way, the book opens doors to many truths. It is a journey of not only our lives but the entire universe. By reading the book and totally immersing in it, the reader will find himself in a new dimension. His way of seeing everything will change. The truth, if manipulated, becomes a lie. The more efforts are made to hide it, the more it loses its identity. Therefore, what was always lying before us will be known to us forever. The truth is simple and elegant. That’s why it is the truth. By knowing its true nature and essence, we will see everything in its true grandeur.

On including ‘The Sojourn’ in the curriculums, the students will come to know how to conduct their lives in the most effective way. They will find a guiding light in any situation of their lives. On repeated readings, the book will become a part of their subconscious mind and consequently, their second nature. This will give them a meaning and purpose for their lives. Those who have passed their study phase can read the book and implement the principles in their lives. The book will change their perception and will help them find their purpose. They will find the ways to resolve anything, since they will know the reason and true nature of all the existence.

Thus, ‘The Sojourn’ is a book that will transform. When read with an open mind, and several times, new thoughts and truths will emerge each time, to ponder over. No matter whatsoever the situation a person may be in; on reading the book with a quiet mind and reflecting upon it, he will find solutions and ways out. With the limited time in our lives, these thirty five pages of poems will become a facilitator in real sense of the word. Therefore, the book is meant for everyone and will make the foundations of all civilizations very strong.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2559 KB
  • Print Length: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Shashi Publications; 2013/1 edition (22 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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3.0 out of 5 stars the sojourn 5 July 2013
By karend
Format:Kindle Edition
i was gifted this book for an honest review .it is a beautifully written book .i didnt expect to like it as much as i am not usually a poetry girl but the writing is good and the poems well crafted.the illustrations suit the poetry very well and are spectacular to look at .truly an inspiration to read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Awesome 27 Jun 2013
By maffism
Format:Kindle Edition
From the beautifully illustrated cover to the last page Sojourn is an absolute pleasure. In it, Gupta shows just how right Socrates was in saying that "The unexamined life is not worth living", because it opens the reader's mind up to the wonderment of the brief Sojourn that is our time between both our last incarnation and th enext.

You'll own it forever, re-read it over and over again, and will never truly be finished with it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rupansh Gushta offers and oasis of calm. 21 Jun 2013
By Cuica
Format:Kindle Edition
Illustrated with high class images these are heart felt poems.
Rhyming couplets throughout make for easy reading on a difficult subject the author has clearly thought long and hard over.
The presentation is beautifully conceived and offers personal reflections on all aspect of nature and the universe conjuring up the mysticism of the world we live in and the beauty that is around us. Written almost as a meditation, suitable to be read again and again to ponder on mankind's unanswered questions.
In a world of rushing this author has created an oasis out of his personal calm which he extends to us the reader.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and inspiring 13 Jun 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
"Sojourn" by Rupansh Gupta is an inspiring collection of short poems and musings about life and how to live it.
The poems are beautiful pieces on a wide range of issues, such as faith and innocence and are complemented by beautiful pictures.
Meant as an education the poems certainly are great reflections to enjoy and incorporate wisdom, remind us of things we need to appreciate and honour, teach us about the importance of beauty, teach us about the mechanisms in life, processes and roles.
I liked the poems on nature and water in particular
Sojourn reminds us of what it would be like if we walked through life with open eyes and an open mind every minute of the day.

"Everything you see is worth getting applause."

The second part of the book repeats the titles of the poems and gives keywords associated with each piece

The book would be a great tool for philosophical instructions and meditative musings.
There is a certain quality to the writing that is hard to put into words, but once you are tuned into it, the riches of the experience is quite impressive.

It is almost impossible to read it in one or two sittings, it is very intense and full of thought.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's a beautiful poetry/philosophy book with lexicon (loved that) 8 Jun 2013
By Gisela Hausmann - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
The Sojourn by Rupansh Gupta asks the eternal questions "Why are we born?" and "What matters the most?" Even during my lifetime these questions have become more complicated as the world is becoming smaller.

The interesting part of Rupansh Gupta's book is that he offers us poems to stimulate our own thoughts. While there is certainly no shortage on philosophical elaborations and answers to the named questions, Gupta's poems make room for our own thoughts, in a way typical philosophy books just don't do. He also presents thoughts I have never pondered, for instance:

"The shapes not so symmetrical
Proving beauty can even be in asymmetrical..."
"Indeed", I thought while reading this. "I should have thought about that at some point"; after all I grew up in Austria, famous for its beautiful mountains.

Rupansh Gupta also presents old wisdom in new form; I liked his lines:

"The results of past are irrelevant, [how true, whether we like it or not]
Consider every second as well spent, [don't we like this assurance?]
There is a long way to go,
Just move... "

The Sojourn by Rupansh Gupta is a book very worth reading because its structure allows the reader to adapt perspectives when re-reading it.
Additionally, The Sojourn has a feature I have never seen in any poetry book: a Lexicon, listing the words, which matter!

What a great idea, Rupansh! Loved that!

-- Gisela Hausmann, author and blogger
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poetic thoughts and stunning visuals: meditation for change 14 Jun 2013
By Grady Harp - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Gently eloquent Rupansh Gupta has gathered thoughts that have nurtured his existence and in this stunningly designed book he shares the significance of the universe in the form of exquisite photographs and accompanying poems. Gupta rightly is concerned that the education of our children and young people is unilaterally devoted on how to succeed in the business world - the moments of teaching the soul how to be receptive to the true meaningful experiences and facts of life has fallen by the wayside.

Throughout this book Gupta offers revelations about light, rivers, dreams, music, motherhood, grass, flowers, birds, flying in the sky, stars, time, clouds, fire, rain - all those magical mysteries of the creation in which we are living. His language is through the form of poems, and while the rhyming couplets are not always in sync not the poems the work of a master poet, that is not the reason for using this format. This is Gupta's succinct way to engender response to those elements around us we don't take time to notice, much less ponder.

As our author/guide phrases it, `The true knowledge can be obtained by knowing oneself. But to know oneself, light has to be shone on the way to knowledge. 'The Sojourn' is a book which helps to discover oneself. In the midst of any problem, it helps to bring out the solution from within. After reading and understanding this book, the reader will never remain the same. He will see the world in its true grandeur. The secrets embedded in all creations of God, have been telling the truths from time immemorial. In a poetic style, the words bring out the beauty in all the creations. When included in the education system, it will build the foundations of children. Thus, 'The Sojourn' helps to live an enlightened life.'

Some may look on this little book as simplistic and naïve - and those are the ones who need it most! We are living far to fast and chaotically to pause long enough to find meaning in our lives. This visual and poetic aide gently reminds us of what is important, and at the end of the book Gupta offers a lexicon that addresses the important meaningful words in each poem to emphasize his message. Grady Harp, June 13
4.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeously illustrated volume 4 Sep 2013
By S. Deeth - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
An intriguing prelude offers many philosophical questions at the start of this short poetry collection, while the poems that follow explore such varied themes as faith, nature, music and family life. Each page is beautifully presented with vibrant illustrations, best viewed in color, all pleasingly well-chosen for the poems appearing opposite them. The poems are all of similar length and style, with simple rhythms, slightly didactic prose, and determined rhymes, but the whole is a pleasing book where illustrations and words combine into something greater than words alone.

An odd mix of poetic, philosophic and scientific prose can be seen in the poem Humans which begins: "The life in something as fundamental as a call / To survive, having its own organelles..." The poem continues with a look at evolution, "God's simulacrum," and the pinnacle of existence. On a later page, "Following one's bliss," one is empowered "to explore" in Music, while the zephyr's wind reminds "Everything becomes as it used to preexist." Flowers are described beautifully as "The jewelry of the mother earth..." and Water as "the manifestation of the spirit." A flock of birds, a soaring eagle, a sky of blue and clouds give way to fire and smoke as the poems progress, from mankind all the way to the stars, then to the abstractions of shape and paradox.

Strongest in its gorgeously rendered images, and most intriguing in its lexicon where words from earlier poems are expanded and explained, this short poetry book may or may not answer the questions of the prologue, but it certainly pleases the eye.

Disclosure: I received a free ecopy of this book from the author with a request for my honest review.
2.0 out of 5 stars Misses the mark 15 Aug 2013
By Savvy Shopper - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I received this book in exchange for a fair & honest review

The Sojourn is a book of poetry that takes the reader on a journey through nature and life, using such as topics as fire, wind, ocean, tree. The poetry itself is rudimentary; the author insists on rhyming every 2 lines to each other. This makes it read like a high school assignment and distracts from the meaning the author is trying to convey.

That being said, the book itself is beautifully put together with wonderful photographs facing each poem and the poems themselves are outlaid on a calming and visually appeasing watermark.

I give it 2 of 5 stars, because the poetry reads student versus inspired author and while the author tries to answer the deep questions of life and provide meaning to our existence it did neither for me. I just found it uninspiring despite a valiant effort by the author. This is not a book I would recommend to others.
3.0 out of 5 stars the sojourn 5 July 2013
By karend - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
i was gifted this book for an honest review .it is a beautifully written book .i didnt expect to like it as much as i am not usually a poetry girl but the writing is good and the poems well crafted.the illustrations suit the poetry very well and are spectacular to look at .truly an inspiration to read
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