Shimla: Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh here today released ‘A World Within’ a sensitive book by Minakshi Chaudhry, touches upon the basic questions of life, religion, compassion, patience and love – the driving force behind it all.
Published by leading Indian publisher, International Hay House, this happens to be the 13th book from prolific writer’s pen, best known for Ghost Stories of Shimla Hills.
“Old age comes to everyone, some now, some later,” Minakshi Chaudhry, a cancer survivor, says about the book. “The book narrates how to cope and handle this inevitability.”
The book narrates a touching story of a parent who has been disabled by dementia – Alzheimer’, handling and the care taken by the children as they recount what their Dad means to them.
The book is a tale about man building bridges to nowhere in a fast paced stressful world where things fall apart when diseases strikes and how a proud and doting father’s journey slowly sinks into fading years when memory fails?
“The book is about human relationships,” says Minakshi.
Appreciating the authors efforts, the chief minister on the occasion said, as many as 65% of elderly persons are dependent upon others for their day to day needs and this book will touch the hearts and minds of readers as this book is based on a true story.
The book records the personal experiences of the author, her feelings for her father who was slowly overtaken by Alzheimer’s, a disease where a person forgets everything, even his own-self.
Minakshi Chauhdry, a former journalist, has written several books which include, Sunshine: My Encounter with Cancer, Ghost Stories of Shimla Hills, More Ghost Stories of Shimla Hills Love Stories of Shimla Hills, Whispering Deodars, Writing from Shimla Hills and Exploring Pangi Himalaya: A World Beyond Civilization.
“Children know me best by the Ghost tales, but are kind of disappointed when they meet me,” says Minakshi Chaudhary. “It can’t be you who has written those spooky stories”, they often question, says the author.