Book Review: The Best Of Halfway To Asphodel by Vishvaraj Chauhan

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Ye jo gehre Sannate hai,
Waqt ne sabko hi Baantein hai,
Thoda Gam hai sabka Kissa,
Thodi Dhoop hai Sabka Hissa.

-Javed Akhtar

Author: Vishvaraj Chauhan

Summary:Vidhya Thakkar- Indian blogger, Mumbai blogger, book blogger, Book blogger Mumbai

This book contains the major and best works of Vishvaraj Chauhan under the umbrella of his blog, ‘Halfway To Asphodel’ ( It consists of five sections – Contemplative Philosophy, Personal, Romance, Letters To Silence, and Poetry. Contemplative Philosophy consists of articles that choose one topic and discuss it philosophically, in a way that is contemplated by the author’s mind. Personal articles have a touch of intimacy and relation, which are extremely easy to relate to.Romance contains essays about Chauhan’s idea of love, it’s associated despair and other feelings.Letters To Silence are Chauhan’s letters addressed to silence, which make you consider Silence like never before.The Poetry section are amateur poems, which are often of the rhyming variety.


Well, first of all, I liked the title of the book, it’s attractive. the cover could have been much better. the book is divided into 5 Parts: Contemplative Philosophies, Personal, Romance, Letters to silence, and Poetry. Each part has its own beauty. The author has explained each and every perspective beautifully. His experience, his thoughts, lessons of life, philosophies are explained well. The flow of the story is smooth. There are quotes and lines in this book which I loved the most. The book is narrated well. The flow of the book is smooth and crisp. The hold on vocabulary is really good. Loved the way the author had control over language. The pace is also good. you can start this book with any chapter and will be easily able to connect with the book. I loved ‘Letters to Silence’ part. each and every chapter has its own depth, it’s own glory. One can easily relate and feel the situations.The author has plotted the situations which we all face in our day to day lives. The acceptation of exception, To dream, a dreamers dream are my favourite chapters.This book talks about the deeper understanding of life. The author’s maturity about life. his strong perspectives are very well described in the book. The way he has written the musings, thoughts is wonderful.

The way he presented the book and the language this book is written is wonderful.
The simple, crisp and interesting language which one can easily connect with. The author’s maturity is truly depicted in his writing style.

If you love reading Philosophy, Go for this book!

You can get your copy here.

*** I received this copy from the author in exchange for honest and unbiased review***


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