Book Title: DYING TO BE ME
Author: Anita Moorjani
Genre: True Story
Publisher: Hay House Publishers
Published in: 2012
Awards/Achievements: #1 Bestseller, 15 Reprints till 2017
How long it took me to finish reading the book: 2.5 days
Note: Some books are so enlightening, healing and encouraging…they are like a lighthouse, guiding ships and boats even in a dark, storming and wild sea, thus helping them navigate and sail through safely. This post isn’t a spoiler so as to maintain the curiosity for the ones who haven’t read the book yet, thus encouraging them to read it at the earliest.
The book is a true account of the author herself. The book has been written in three parts.
The first part is about the author. Born in a Sindhi family consisting of her parents and an elder brother in Singapore, Anita grew in a neighborhood having mixed cultures. She became fluent in Cantonese along with Sindhi, Hindi and English. Anita had to face lots of ups and downs…including being treated differently because of brown skin, coping up with cultural and ideological differences of her school mates and her parents, forced engagement with match found by her parents, which was called off later. Since her childhood, Anita felt she was a misfit and unable to live up to everyone’s expectations leading to her frequent failures and somehow, situations used to make her confident about this.
Later, while she was being looked down by her community as someone with a bad upbringing, a stubborn, unsuitable prospective bride, Anita convinced her parents to let her pursue a job. The job not just gave her the opportunity to fulfill her ambition to be independent but also meet Danny Moorjani, her true love.
Unfortunately, Anita’s dad passed away before her marriage. After a few months, she tied knot with Danny. During the next 7 years, one of her friends Soni and her husband’s brother in law were diagnosed with cancer. This made Anita filled with fear which grew to such an extent that Anita began to have a fear for life.
In April 2002, Anita was diagnosed with a second stage of Lymphoma, a kind of cancer. After going through an extremely painful and traumatizing span of few years, she was rushed to hospital and was announced to have slipped in coma. The entire duration of her coma (30 hours) brought a complete turnaround to her life story so far and that’s where Anita no more remained the same, someone always giving up to situations and fears.
Miraculously, a cancer patient at terminal, metastasized stage who was brought to hospital in close to death condition, Anita’s ailment could not be traced in any of the investigations after she recovered from coma…How this happened, what made this happen…That’s where is the real, most enlightening part of the book.
The second part of the book throws light on Anita’s near death experience and her miraculous comeback, where she finds an altogether new and different way of looking at life and herself. The most surprising thing is Anita knew everything that happened during her coma.
In the third part of the book, Anita shares her views and understanding towards healing and positive energy.
From the paperback, “This is a book that definitely makes a case that we are spiritual beings having a human experience and that we are all one.”
Anita is now absolutely fit, living a happy life with her husband. She is helping oncologists for betterment of patients and their healing, this being her aim of life now.
To know more about Anita, visit www.anitamoorjani.com
My Reading Experience
Knowing beforehand the fact that the book is a true account of the author had already made me curious to read the book. The narration of the young girl’s struggle , an ailing Anita’s painful journey in a very simple, apt yet very touching manner (which is quite disturbing too, for those unaware of what cancer patients have to go through) kept me engrossed and made me eager to know how she recovered from a near death experience…and there it was….A LIFETIME MANTRA for me. That’s when I felt more and more people should read this book no matter what their situations be.
This book is not meant for ailing people only. This book delivers the biggest essence of life, as I said a MANTRA which each one of us and our generations to come, should follow every moment of life.
That’s why I chose to begin writing about my reading experiences with “Dying to Be Me”.
A BIG SALUTE TO ALL THOSE WHO HAVE GONE THROUGH OR ARE GOING THROUGH SIMILAR STRUGGLES….and a request to all their family members, relatives, friends or even just acquaintances….healing is not only through medicines…how you can contribute in their healing and how you can heal yourself for even the smallest of your struggles and pains…just pick the book and you will know it all.