Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Last year in one of the lists of must read books of Anantha Vikatan, this book "JLS" was mentioned.
During the 2020 Pudukkottai Book Fest I found this book and bought it from Book World guys. This morning I have completed this book at one sitting, an art that I have lost touch in the recent days.

If you need to find the answer for the question "Why the people celebrate it?" you have to read the book. This book must be chewed again and again. It is a light house to guide to ashore and power house for dreamers. the people who dare to differ, people who are far from the madding crowed.

Jo a seagull, who wanted to experiment all the possible ways of flight, dive, barrel roles is scorned by his kind. His mother asked him to live by the rules of flock, that is to fish, collect stale breads from the shore, and circle around fishing boats for his food.

This is not his real goal, he never bothered about hunger, all he wanted to do was to experiment the flight. He circles, whirls past his flock which was busy around a fishing boat.

One evening he soared 2000 feet about the ocean and started to dive, he spread his entire wing and his velocity increases, when it reaches a new high, new world record for seagulls, he looses his control and landed in the concrete hard blue sheet, his wings weighed as they were made of lead.

He started to think that his mother was right, he was made of "feathers and bone, a simple creature", as he recalled his  mothers chiding he remembered the comparison of high flying falcon,  for it had a shorter wing span.

This revelation drove him crazy and in the dark night he soars to skies again, he started to dive down, this time he only spread the outer edge of his fore wing, it worked he reached 220 mph! a new record!

The following day his flock calls him and blames him that he was a such a shame to his flock and excommunicate him!

Jo flies alone, now he learned to catch delicious fish which are ten feet down the surface, at time he flew to the cities, forests and tastes delicious insects and worms!

The next part deals with his experiences in heaven, his understanding of his true existence,  the art of flight at the speed of thought, more importantly to love his fellow seagulls.

No wonder the world celebrates this master piece of Richard Bach, who is actually a pilot  always wanted to stay in the sky!

These kind of books should be read and reread from time to time, it helps you to preserve the inner you!

It just reminds you to the art of living!

Kasthuri Rengan


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