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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.