Barbara Ann Briggs
Barbara Ann Briggs, TM Teacher and 1980 MIU graduate (MA in Higher Educational Administration) has published a second book entitled Pilgrimage on the Path of Love.
The book has garnered some wonderful comments
Barbara Briggs’ Pilgrimage on the Path of Love, a spiritual odyssey, delivers the richness and complexity of life in India, and brims over with convincing, memorable characters, not the least of which is Shantila, a seeker after something we too seldom see in literary fiction – spiritual awakening and liberation. Through many suspenseful twists and turns of fortune, a reader follows Shantila’s journey with the certainty that the outcome of her story will enrich his or her own meditations on the timeless questions of why we are here, and how we can follow a spiritual path in a world so stained by suffering. This is a book I would recommend for everyone who loves wisdom and wishes to lead an examined life.
Dr Charles Johnson, Professor Emeritus, University of Washington, MacArthur Fellow, Recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Literature, and National Book Award for his novel Middle Passage, author of 21 books
Reading through Pilgrimage on the Path of Love by Barbara Ann Briggs gave me the feeling of moving gently on a canoe in a beautiful lake on a bright sunny evening when the approaching twilight leaves you nostalgic to see the day coming to an end. Making lucid use of the confessional mode of expression, her debut novel remarkably captures the spirit of the times. The quest that Shantila, the chief protagonist, undertakes on the path of love unveils to her not only the agony of pain and suffering implicit in meetings and partings but also the ecstasy of understanding and appreciating the intrinsic beauty of the landscape of the soul, the true nature of life as we live it. Her rumination at the end of her journey –“The pilgrimage I sought to complete has been completed, not to the temples of Rishikesh, Haridwar, Badrinath or Gangotri, but to the omnipresent God, to the temple hidden within every human heart” — comes as a potent antidote to growing intolerance bordering on clash of cultures and civilizations that characterizes a world in individual as well as collective distress. The charm of the novel lies in its ability to capture the attention of the reader from the beginning to the end as it takes us over picturesque rivers, dales and hills to experience a kind of peace that defies understanding. I wish her maiden venture all success!
Nibir K. Ghosh, UGC Emeritus Professor, Department of English Studies and Research, Agra College, Agra (India); Senior Fulbright Fellow, University of Washington, Seattle, USA & Chief Editor, Re-Markings (www.re-markings.com).
Pilgrimage on the Path of Love by Barbara Ann Briggs is a loving account of a woman’s quest for spiritual fulfillment. At heart is a palpable undeniable love for the country of her adoption; its multitudinous life, its minor duplicities and wider generosities are so fondly captured, with a liveliness, both authentic and amusing that I felt fresh love gushing for this crazy country of mine. In the book, we travel from Dubai to Delhi to Manali and Leh with its far flung monasteries and brooding temples, and with each ascent, the protagonist is symbolically nearing that state which neither gains nor wanes, where plenitude and beatitude are suffused. These visitations are presented with gossamer delicacy; the author’s luminous prose spreading its lacy veil over creation till creation becomes a salutation and a benediction. The inherent discipline encourages emulation; the devotion which the author brings to her enterprise, and the serenity that follows are an inspiration.
Shernavaz Buhariwalla, Retired Professor of English Literature, Nagpur University, Madya Pradesh
Reminiscent of Irina Tweedie’s Daughter of Fire, Herman Hesse’s Siddhartha and Teresa of Avila’s Interior Castle, Pilgrimage on the Path of Love is a tale of human love transformed into divine love, of desperation into exaltation, of darkness into enlightenment. Barbara Ann Briggs writes with a poignant, transcendent grace that enables us to experience the story, not merely read it. And this is an experience to treasure.
William T. Hathaway, author of Wellsprings: A Fable of Consciousness, Cosmic Egg Books
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