Living While Human

Non-Fiction - Environment
346 Pages
Reviewed on 09/29/2023
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Author Biography

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Arwinder Kaur

    Book Review

Reviewed by Foluso Falaye for Readers' Favorite

Living While Human by Arwinder Kaur is a micro-autobiography and a call for embracing sustainable life choices and preserving our natural world. The book starts with a glimpse of the early stages of Arwinder's parents' life in Canada as immigrants from India who found their social life less receptive than their homeland. Additionally, we follow Arwinder's rich, multicultural experiences in the first few decades as she traveled from Canada to England and India. Arwinder also narrates her living in Vancouver, becoming a social worker, and rejecting mainstream living. The other half of the book reveals why humans are not as smart as we think compared to other animals and how a simple, accessible answer solves many of the problems we have brought on ourselves and the world around us.

I was hooked from the first page and kept repeating how much I loved the book while reading it. The author's Western view of India is intriguing, as it contains some accurate, intelligent deductions about living simply and appreciating one's privileges. One of the many captivating stories from Arwinder's travels is about a woman who climbs through a moving train's window to sell some goods. I wholeheartedly support the author's essays about indigenous lifestyles, nature preservation, population control, the government, and other discussed topics. She shares her concern for the world with concise, thought-provoking words and a burning passion for healing our dying world actively. Quotes from Living While Human should be framed and placed in schools, offices, and even on billboards worldwide to help us fully understand the need to embrace sustainable, healthy living.

Tellwell blog

Living While Human takes us on a profound journey of self-discovery and understanding. Arwinder has woven a captivating narrative that delves into the enigmatic human psyche. Through her insightful exploration, Arwinder offers valuable insights into how we can navigate the complexities of our modern world while fostering a deeper connection with ourselves, others, and the earth. ” Tellwell Author of Month


A flowing style that is simple, yet captivating to keep the reader glued to the book. Quite thought-provoking and full of practical wisdom. A book worth reading. “ Whistler Independent Book Award review

Lisa M

I was inspired by this thought-provoking book. It helps in making you look at both yourself and the choices we make for our lives and our planet. The way the book is written it makes you feel like you are sitting around a kitchen table with her, discussing life, and learning from someone else. In this case, someone from a different culture, but the beautiful thing is that as the conversation progresses the cultural differences start to fade and all you feel is the shared humanity. I enjoyed reading about her upbringing and the struggles she went through, and the felt strengthened by positive energy she is able to share. As we read, we also learn how inspiring her mentors and friends have been in her life, and our mentors have been for all of us in all our lives. I would recommend this book to anyone; all ages will find something inspirational. Lisa M.


Reviewed in Canada on October 31, 2021
This is the most powerful book I have read in a long time. It is filled with hard truths we need to look at but also filled with incredible positive messages about how humanity can do the right thing for people and planet. The Earth has given us a clear path forward. Indigenous groups and all those who truly care about the future also know this path. This book has opened my heart and mind and inspired hope for our children and the future of the planet. It is also amazing because the book takes the biggest destroyers of the planet, corporations and the politicians to task and outs the responsibility squarely on their shoulders. The author does not hold back. It is brutally honest and she refers to what they have done as “crimes against humanity” and against the planet.
The author gives concrete examples of steps that can be started immediately to reverse the course we are on and hold those responsible for the destruction, accountable. As individuals, and around the globe, her message is relevant and uniting. This is a book that has the potential for a global ecological movement that is desperately needed at this moment in time. It is now or never.
The book is easy to read and applicable to young and old. It should be read in high schools and colleges so young people can be prepared for the world they are facing.
Highly recommend this to everyone.