Guys! I read a non-fiction book and I rarely do that. And you know what? I actually enjoyed this one. It was called A Story of Karma by Michael Schauch.
Synopsis: In 2012, Michael Schauch and his wife, Chantal, undertook an expedition deep in the Himalaya of northern Nepal, into a remote valley that had been closed off to outsiders for decades. They led a team of artists (a photographer, a musician, and a painter), with the objective of capturing a moment in time through their unique lenses. As a mountaineering fanatic, Michael had a second (and less conspicuous) goal to climb an unknown mountain he had only identified through a photograph. What unfolded in the mountains forced him to question his values and his own identity, and eventually resulted in meeting a little girl, which was the most profound encounter of his life. Little did either know that from that moment they would completely change the trajectory of each other’s life.
A Story of Karma recounts this journey, and the years that follow as Karma (the little girl), and Michael and Chantal grow their lives together amidst the complex dichotomies and backdrop of Karma’s 17th-century Himalayan village; the impoverished and polluted Kathmandu; and the modern world of Vancouver, Canada.
I thought this book was very enlightening. You come to understand the author’s journey as they go off on an expedition in search of the great challenging mountains and end up getting some new perspective. I also really enjoyed how much they went into the different cultures within Nepal and explained how they interpreted things while over there and how they were perceived by others.
I’m a travel junkie so hearing about all the cool places to be seen in this world makes me want to get off my butt and get out there. I can just imagine how those kids reacted to new people in their village. I have been to Nicaragua and when I was there, we put on these little camps for the kids and their eyes just lit up and their smiles were huge because they were experiencing something they normally never would have had the opportunity to do.
It’s really refreshing to see how the smallest things to us could be a huge deal for someone in a third world country and it really puts our lives into perspective which is definitely a point I think the author was hoping to get across.
I think it is beautiful what Michael and Chantal ended up doing and that it was a life-changing moment for them. I can’t really get into specifics without giving the book away. All I can say is to read it and follow along with Michael as he discovers something that would change his life.
Book Rating: 4/5
Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the author in ebook format to read and give an honest review.
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