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Nan Umrigar’s tryst with the dead

books Updated: Mar 16, 2011 08:07 IST

Divya Goyal, Hindustan Times
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Very often people claim to have met or communicated to with their dead relatives. But do we really believe it? Nan Umrigar, who communicates with her dead son, talks about it at the launch of her second book

Listening to the Silence.

Nan Umrigar's life took an unexpected turn with the death of her son 17-year-old son. After the untimely demise of Karl, while he was participating in Western Indian Championship, she lost faith in God.

Nan, an accomplished rider herself owned a house near the racecourse and recalls Nan," I could see the spot where Karl met with the accident… eventually all windows and doors of my house were shut," Soon she met people who could communicate with their loved ones in the spiritual world. Communicating with her son helped her overcome her sorrowful existence after his death. As she delved deeper, bridging the gap between the two worlds, she decided to share her experiences with others. Her first book Sounds of Silence (2005) was an underground bestseller. Her self published memoirs, "sold more than 5000 copies, and is now in fourth reprint. The book is everywhere, and is also translated in Russian", informs a surprised Nan.

She confesses, the autobiography had a cathartic effect, " It helped me move on. I wrote the first part about Karl after the second part about communicating with him, it was difficult but I felt better."

In Listening to the Silence, Nan shares her deeper understanding of the evolution of consciousness, life and death, Karma and compassion, love and forgiveness and of the onward journey of the soul. "My first book is all my story… the second is about others and my learning through others' experience", says

On communicating with the spirits she says," I do not advice young people to do so because they get stuck and do not move on…we must not disturb the spirits, we should talk to them on one specific time each day…like you call your child who stays abroad".