When you search for ‘water’ on Google, you
get little less than 3 billion hits. When you do the same thing with ‘earth’,
you get a little over 1 billion hits. Rightfully so, because water occupies
nearly 75% of Earth’s surface. Perhaps no other substance comes near water.
Water is ubiquitous. So why one more book on water? Water is the best gift of
nature to the world.
Water has been held in the highest esteem
by humanity since times immemorial. It not only satisfies the physical needs,
but also serves humanity with its un-manifested aspects.
There is a certain mystifying element in
water. Different facets to water such as Spirituality, Divinity, Philosophy and
Aura play a significant role towards the satisfaction of mental and spiritual
This book gives the reader food for thought
on the various aspects of water.
The author, Vinod D. Shah, is a chemical
engineer with education at UDCT (now ICT) at Mumbai, University of Michigan and
Wayne State University in USA, for a Master’s and PhD respectively. Upon his
arrival in India, he became an entrepreneur and industrialist. He was one of the pioneers in India,
competing with multi-national companies, offering water treatment chemicals in
Vinod spent his early years in a small
village in Gujarat on the banks of the Sabarmati River. Water fascinated him,
specifically during times of flood, when the river saw no bounds.
A view of rivers while travelling in a
train gave Vinod a soul-touching experience. The biggest excitement was when
Vinod, at the age of fourteen years, saw a vast expanse of sea during a visit
to Mumbai. The love for water took deep roots.
After three years of research on the
diverse aspects of water, Vinod compiled a work on the structural and mystical
properties of water as is evident in this book. Being a nature lover, he has
travelled far and wide, and has developed a hobby collecting rocks and
minerals, some of which are quite rare.