Book Review – A Mirrored Life by Rabisankar Bal. Translated by Arunava Sinha


On the cover :

On his way from Tangiers to China, the medieval moorich traveller Ibn Battuta arrives in Konya, Turkey where the legendary dervish Rumi had lived, danced and died. More than half a century may have passed since his death, but his poetry remains alive, inscribed in every stone and tree and pathway.

Rumi’s followers enthrust Ibn Battuta with a manuscript of his life stories to spread word of the mystic on his travels.  As Battuta reads and recites these tales, his listeners discovers their own lives reflected in these stories – fate has bound them, and perhaps you, to Rumi.

A Mirrored Life reaffirms the magical powers of storytelling making us find Rumi in each of our hearts.

Quick Review :

A beautiful inception of stories inside stories. A mirrored life keeps you entertained with stories.

Full Review :

My learned readers, you know that there are stories even before there are stories, but some stories are bound by fate.

I have read Dozakhnama and loved it and thus wanted to read this book the moment I got news about this book’s release. This book is a translation of bengali book just like Dozakhnama. It’s mere 200 pages, so one can finish it in few hours.

Ibn Battuta tells us how he got his hands on this beautiful kitab and then starts reading Rumi’s kitab to us.

Just like Dozaknama, A Mirrored Life is entertaining with loads of stories. With these stories, Rumi’s life is revealed to us, chapter by chapter. Wherever Author felt his information might not be true he mentions all the stories he has heard in Konya regarding the same incident. A Mirrored Life is high on Persian/Urdu words making it difficult to grasp the meaning of sentences at some points. Footnotes with the meaning of such words would have been a good idea to include.

Ratings : ****

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