Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
A Journey to Yonder by Nidhi Kaur is a short but captivating memoir that follows one woman’s journey to conquering her inner freedom, an inspirational story that will show readers that they have the freedom to choose their responses to whatever happened to them in the past. Starting with childhood memories, especially one of a brother born deaf and the suffering her family went through looking for healing, the narrator takes readers on a path of spiritual awakening, unveiling the beauty of an inner world of compassion and love that can’t be sullied by suffering.
In this thrilling narrative, she demonstrates how embracing the truth can be liberating, but what is most interesting are the bursts of poetry that lay bare her soul, allowing the reader to contemplate her relationship with God, a relationship that has become her stronghold, her strength. The streams of consciousness and her anguish are vividly expressed in powerful lines of poetry scattered throughout the narrative. For instance, talking to, and about her brother, she says:
“They are blind who do not see you.
They are deaf who do not hear you.
They are impaired who call you so.
You are a gifted soul.”
Nidhi Kaur’s writing is a powerful witness to love, to life, and the strong values of humanity. In this work, readers can easily find their voices echoed in the poetic utterances of the narrator. The prose is deceptively simple, but each word is measured and it has a lot of symbolism infused into it. A Journey to Yonder is a message of hope to readers, a book that reminds readers that they are bigger than their problems, and that they are stronger than the challenges they face. I couldn’t stop reading, seduced by the beauty of the language and the perceptive gaze with which the protagonist regards life.