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In Pursuit of Love, Spirituality and Happiness (utgåvan 2009)

av Gita Audhya

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The globalization of the cultures and religions of India and the United States, combined with the spirituality of Hawaii, creates a universally enriching experience in the moving novel In pursuit of love, spirituality and happiness.  Jonathan, a handsome young American man born in a very rich, powerful, political, glamorous and conglomerate family who was tormented by his father’s corrupt nature and ethical quandary in business had to choose between his quests of love for Oliana, a full-blooded Hawaiian beauty who evokes all the images that he‘s constructed about ancient Hawaii and whose sculptured face etched forever in his memory, and his loyalty to his parents.  The choice that took him across and beyond, the choice that made him to do ultimate sacrifice, brought him the happiness in his life.  The story conveys the message in the light of current events that even though he had plenty of money, status in the society he was never happy; happiness came to him through true love, sacrifice and his ethical conviction and spiritualism. The novel captures the essence of true love between two people, their conflicts and astonishing & amazing romances and the relentless pull of day to day problem living in a corrupt situation and facing the reality. Jonathan from USA and Oliana from Hawaii came from very opposite backgrounds but they seek deeper meaning of life and happiness through love and spiritualism as their basic fulfillment.… (mer)
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Titel:In Pursuit of Love, Spirituality and Happiness
Författare:Gita Audhya
Info:iUniverse (2009), Paperback, 196 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Betyg:*****
Taggar:Mythical, Magic, Hawaiian culture, Hinduism, Christianity, ethical, spirituality, happiness, true love, love at first sight, romantic love, sacrifice, American young man, Hawaiian beauty, Volcano Goddess Pele, corporate corruption

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I really enjoyed this book. It was a little hard to get into it, but once I did it was so interesting! It tells the story of a young man coming to terms with the differences between his native culture and Christianity. I like the way this character was portrayed and seeing him mature and become an individual, his own person not controlled by others desires and rules. All of us make this journey to find who we are and who we are supposed to be. Check it out, I think you will agree it's a great book. ( )
  angelswing | Aug 23, 2013 |
This is a great book. I had a hard time getting into it. But once I did I couldn't put it down. The characters are great and the depth of the story was great. I am going to pass the book on for my friends to read. ( )
  tricia35 | Aug 5, 2013 |
The story was clear and concise. It didn't really grab my attention, but it wasn't bad.

On an editing note, throughout the book, there were a number of commas missing. ( )
  eheinlen | Jun 7, 2013 |
I'm not quite sure why this book took me so long to read. Maybe because I had such a different view of what "In Pursuit..." was going to be. To be honest, "In Pursuit..." is a real, true story. I know we all throw that word around quite liberally, but for the first time, in a long time, I actual read the story, and really enjoyed the depth of the characters, Oliana and Jonathan. Their love story seems troubled, and the external strife with Jonathan's work seems fabricated, but trust me, this is one true story, you will get into. ( )
  kristincedar | Feb 18, 2013 |
TITLE INFORMATION
IN PURSUIT OF LOVE, SPIRITUALITY AND HAPPINESS
Audhya, Gita
iUniverse (196 pp.)
$14.95 paperback, $9.99 e-book
ISBN: 978-1440139895; July 20, 2009
BOOK REVIEW
Romance, Hawaiian history and spirituality intertwine in Gita’s first novel.
Centered on a couple’s romance and life together, Gita’s book subtly informs readers about Hawaiian history and finding
faith—whatever form it may take. The story begins when Jonathan, a wealthy, big-shot banker for his father’s company,
takes a vacation to Hawaii to escape his miserable job and oppressive parents. There he meets Oliana, a full-blooded
Hawaiian beauty. The plot development is sudden: Their relationship quickly progresses and they get married before he
leaves for the continental U.S. Occasionally, the story tells readers rather than shows; while well written, additional
detail and buildup could improve the early sections of the book. Even so, the couple’s love and passion is on full display.
Oliana teaches her new husband much about Hawaiian history and religion, but after moving to Houston with him, she
has a difficult time adjusting to a ritzy lifestyle; she also feels suppressed by her possessive mother-in-law and cold
father-in-law. Likewise, Jonathan soon becomes consumed by work, and the passion they shared slowly dwindles. When
Oliana returns to her first love—Hawaii—Jonathan searches for and discovers the true meaning of love, happiness and
spirituality. Many married readers will be able to relate to Gita’s novel. Despite an engaging story line and a
well-rounded supporting cast, the novel could benefit from more description and dialogue to fully flesh out the story line.
In covering Hawaiian religion, Christianity and Buddhism, the novel draws attention to spiritual discovery, emphasizing
the age-old adage “money can’t buy happiness.”
A refreshing blend of romance, history and religion that entertains as it informs.
Kirkus Indie, Kirkus Media LLC, 6411 Burleson Rd., Austin, TX 78744
indie@kirkusreviews.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine pick, highly recommended August 7, 2010
By Midwest Book Review
Format:PaperbackThe pursuit of Happiness, a constitutional right, is not an easy right to exercise. "In Pursuit of Love, Spirituality, and Happiness" tells the story of a young man trying to make on his own separate way from his corrupt father and pursuing a Hawaiian beauty, but seeing that there is nothing easy about getting what he wants. A fine story of chasing one's goals, "In Pursuit of Love, Spirituality, and Happiness" is a fine pick, highly recommended. ( )
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The globalization of the cultures and religions of India and the United States, combined with the spirituality of Hawaii, creates a universally enriching experience in the moving novel In pursuit of love, spirituality and happiness.  Jonathan, a handsome young American man born in a very rich, powerful, political, glamorous and conglomerate family who was tormented by his father’s corrupt nature and ethical quandary in business had to choose between his quests of love for Oliana, a full-blooded Hawaiian beauty who evokes all the images that he‘s constructed about ancient Hawaii and whose sculptured face etched forever in his memory, and his loyalty to his parents.  The choice that took him across and beyond, the choice that made him to do ultimate sacrifice, brought him the happiness in his life.  The story conveys the message in the light of current events that even though he had plenty of money, status in the society he was never happy; happiness came to him through true love, sacrifice and his ethical conviction and spiritualism. The novel captures the essence of true love between two people, their conflicts and astonishing & amazing romances and the relentless pull of day to day problem living in a corrupt situation and facing the reality. Jonathan from USA and Oliana from Hawaii came from very opposite backgrounds but they seek deeper meaning of life and happiness through love and spiritualism as their basic fulfillment.

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