I kind of love the pun in the title. Other than that the story has nothing to do with Steinbeck or Shakespeare.
This book might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but for others it may be a door to a certain level of understanding. I suppose that will depend on how much a reader has contemplated spirituality, self and/or life.
What is it about? Enlightenment and self-discovery. A trip to discover the meaning of self and life.
You don’t need extensive knowledge of yoga or meditation to read this, although it might add an extra element of understanding if you do.
Max comes to a crossroads on his personal path in life. Perhaps it is the death of his mother that brings everything to a head. His past, present and future flashes before his eyes and suddenly he knows it’s now or never.
He leaves everything behind him, after a conversation with a lightly clad man in the middle of cold city. Viveka sees a kindred spirit in Max and says something life-changing to the young man. Max leaves family, friends, a high-paying job, his apartment and his country soon after.
On a personal level I really enjoyed the deep insight into the yoga and meditation, especially the yoga. It made me look at it from a completely different perspective. Not just relaxation, exercise or plain old balance.
You can tell the story is also a personal journey for the author, which makes the insights so much more enlightening and approachable, despite the surrounding fictional story. An unusual and different kind of read.