Healing Strings

Healing Strings by Manmohan Sadana is an extremely touching tale that follows Raj, an ex-pat from India, who is living away from his family in Tokyo. This is where we find him when a massive earthquake shakes the city, and he is forced to take shelter. But unfortunately, in the wake of one natural disaster comes another in the form of a tsunami, and those living in Japan must also deal with the threat coming from the nuclear reactors. Although, these are just the beginning of the issues that Raj must face, as he soon discovers he is very ill and in need of urgent medical attention.

There is constant mirroring of the two storylines, Japan trying to recover from natural disasters while in constant worry that a nuclear reactor will explode, and Raj’s personal battle with his disease and the concern that his blood vessels may burst at any moment. This is excellently portrayed as we follow Raj, who learns about what is happening everywhere else through news stories and from his friends.

This story is a potent reminder that while all of these things are happening in the larger picture, life still continues as individuals as well. From battling his illness to trying to learn a new skill of playing the mandolin, it is an excellent theme to have filtered through the main text. This book also shows readers how Music Therapy can be used to cure ailments, and that music is truly a powerful part of our lives.

There are so many varying cultural references throughout as well. The reader gets a glimpse into Raj’s culture through references to ‘Shiva-the Hindu God’ or his mantra taught him by his ‘spiritual adept.’ But they also get to see the Japanese culture witnessed by Raj. For example, when he first meets Ayana, the music teacher and Japan’s treasured musician, she is described as wearing a ‘silk kimono with sakura imprints.’ These visual representations of the culture allow the reader to honestly imagine what is happening.

There are a few places I thought metaphor and suggestion rather than telling would have given the story more depth. However, the story is truly heart-warming and enlightening, definitely an original tale that I have not had the pleasure of hearing anything similar before.

Pages: 162 | ISBN: 9356206465

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