A breath of fresh air
Published by: Jaico Books
Price: INR 295
This book first hit the bookstores in 2007 and is now available in a fresh new cover. When I started reading this book, I had no idea whatsoever that I am embarking upon a delightful journey into a whole new world where the inhabitants—ferrets, to be precise—live their lives and face their problems with values that we all espouse as virtues in our world but rarely see them being put into action. The book comes like a breath of fresh air in a world polluted with vicariously negative ideals.
Curious Lives is a collection of fables that has romance, suspense, adventure, bravery—all tackled with love, humility, sacrifice, courage and creativity. The ferret civilisation, in sharp contrast to ours, is devoid of evil, crime, wars… and yet it’s got all the excitement and thrill that we long for.
The ferrets grow up in a culture that encourages them to choose their highest right at every opportunity. They are taught how to lift each other up and find joy and fulfilment in every situation.
All the five stories enrich your heart and uplift your soul, as the characters endear you with their cuddly wisdom. Bach is a masterful writer. He knows how to weave in his idealistic notions in a manner that doesn’t come across as preachy and moralistic. Come to think of it, his heroes are quite like him—courageous, compassionate, creative and always following their highest right.
This book tells you that there’s still hope left for us in our world that seems to have gone completely awry. If enough people read Curious Lives, may be we might succeed in changing the course of our civilisation.
Don’t miss this book. I would say go a step further, gift it to all your friends—and yes, to all the kids in your social circle.