Book Review: An Unemployed Autobiography by Krishna Chaitanya Dharmana

Title: An Unemployed Autobiography

Author: Krishna Chaitanya Dharmana

Enjoyment Rating: 4/5

Technical Rating: 4/5

Synopsis:

Krishna decided to commit suicide on his prolonged unemployment and poverty. Before his death, he wanted to visit the biggest Hindu temple, where surprisingly he meets with an old English Muslim man inside, who bets and wins against the boy. Krishna reveals his story to the old man with the emotions carried in a traditional home of love and the unemployed memories. Krishna connects to the old man’s philosophy and the mysterious pouch hanging to his shoulder leading to a glowing soul like never before.

Review:

An Unemployed Autobiography reads like a philosophical text.  Since the book is part non-fiction with fictional elements, I could feel the author’s passion in the words.  I love reading and learning about Hindu, so I found this novel to be an interesting window into the religion!  Even though the book is short, it provides a profound impact.

Krishna is a suicidal man who decides to visit the biggest Hindu temple before he dies.  It is at this temple where he meets an elderly Muslim man who begins to play bets against him.  Through this game, Krishna reflects on his life story and his emotions.  I appreciated how the author took the time to explain different Hindu concepts to increase the width of the book’s audience, and how deep they made their main character’s emotions.  Even though the writing explained more than showed the reader, it felt like an appropriate writing style for the story.

An Unemployed Autobiography is an eye-opening spiritual text that is unlike anything else that I have read.  Even though the novel is short, it is powerful.  I enjoyed the soothing read of the text, and I feel enlightened after reading it.  This novel is highly recommended for anyone who enjoys religious or spiritually based stories!

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