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Aruna Ladva’s Book Launch
May 23, 2013, 9:34 pm
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‘It’s Time…for Relationships’

By Shabana H. Shaikh

 

Recently, I attended the soft launch of Aruna Ladva’s book, ‘It’s Time…for Relationships’. The book, which has taken about three-and-a-half years to write, is a series of articles written by Aruna for her blog called ‘It’s Time’, sharing invaluable insights in relationships. Seeing the popularity of the relationship topics, BK Publications (London) decided to publish it in a book, and It’s Time is the first in a series of books to come on similar themes.

The launch was held in the serenity of the Harmony House in Rumaithiya and in attendance was a multicultural assemblage of friends and students of the center. “No one was paid for this book,” Aruna stated, addressing the guests seated casually around the pool side and courtyard. “Everyone did it out of goodness and I am really thankful to each one of them and for you all for being here.”

“The idea of this book came up during a discussion in New York,” recalled Aruna, who is the Director of Harmony House, Kuwait and who was instrumental in establishing meditation centers in Canada, Turkey and Bahrain, besides Kuwait.

The very first chapter in the book is called ‘Relationship with I’ – the self, on which Aruna comments, “We take to our grave.” She further elaborated that it’s actually the relationship that we don’t have with ourselves that we seek in others and in the process encounter disappointments. “Our inner voices are either good or bad, and it’s which one we chose that defines us.”

Similarly, in the chapter on ‘Learning to Say No’, Aruna reflects that we need to learn to say ‘no’ in a polite manner. “A person is more pained by our tone rather than the words, when we say no,” she remarks.

There are several insightful messages in this thoughtful book, based on Aruna’s own experiences and inner reflections. It is written in simple style and with a clarity that resonates instantly with the reader. Aruna explores the many different relationships we have in our lives. She looks at how we can value ourselves and others, how we can build strong relationships and find pure love, and how we can overcome challenges in life.

Aruna is a Certified Negotiator in Conflict Resolution and together with her education in natural health continues to promote a peaceful, natural and vegetarian lifestyle. In her speech, Aruna shared a little about herself and revealed how she took the assistance of an old friend when she first attempted to write years ago. “I was not very good in language,” she said candidly. “I got a C in language, but I an A+ in English literature. My initial writings came back with several red marks, and after a few attempts, I gave up on writing.”

And yet, here she was, holding her first published book. “We all have to start small,” says Aruna. “When I was in Bahrain, I had to come with topics for a column I wrote, and that’s how these series started.”

Aruna was born in Nakura, Kenya, educated in England, worked as a Management trainer in Vancouver, Canada and has lived in various parts of the world. She had her first meditation experience at the tender age of 8 and for the last 35 years she has been studying the gentle art of Raja Yoga Meditation taught by Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University, and considered one of their experienced teachers.

Shortly after the ribbon cutting, we were invited to enjoy snacks by the pool, as we mingled and chatted with other guests and collected our copies of It’s Time, which Aruna graciously autographed.

There are plans to launch an e-book version very shortly.  

‘It’s Time … for Relationships’ is available in BK Publications Bookstore, UK or Harmony House, Kuwait.  You can also purchase it online www.bkpublications.com

 

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