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This book is about the sense of loss: Anupam Kher

The veteran actor of B'town Anupam Kher was out here in Delhi for the release of a book 'The Spirit of the River', a spiritual fiction, based on the concept of depression. Apart from him the author of the book, Karina Arora and the CEO of Hay House publishers Ashok Chopra were present to grace the launch event.

Featured by the Hay House publishers 'The Spirit of the River' highlights every kind of emotional and spiritual load, which is carried by humans on a daily basis. The story line of the novel follows the story of Zoe, a newly turned adult's young life and her tragic experience compels us to start a conversation about loss and its implications. With her 18th birthday still a happy new memory, is confronted with the untimely death of her parents. The reality of such a huge loss throws Zoe into the dark corners of grief but leads her on an unexpected journey where she learns to experience life on her own. The simplicity in narration is fresh and the story-telling is both engaging and inspiring.

"This book is about the sense of loss, about losing parents at such an age, and how the young girl Zoe copes up with the sense of loss she has been through, is the most amazing factor of the book," said Anupam about the book he narrated. Whereas on talking terms about depression among youngsters, he stated, "I think today's youth has the stress about fitting into circumstances, like, 'I want to fit in, I want to look cool' this is one of the biggest reason for them to indulge in such a stressful zone."

On materialistic things and social media, he said, "You cannot be constantly with machine, like mobile, internet, and things like that because there comes a time when you will become like a machine. Information turns into knowledge only by going through life, otherwise it will be just information."

On the other hand the author of the book Karina Arora shared her own views and thoughts regarding the same, she said, "This book is about your inner self, it is about what you are from inside; it is not about the outside factor and what you look like. Writing a book is one of the ways to cope up with depression. This is a very far out concept, I haven't experienced this situation personally, but as I read several books, I formed different outlook and perspective for life."

Karina Arora was 17 when she started writing this book, and by the age of 18 she completed it. Based from Delhi, presently she is
pursuing her business degree from Australia.
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