I discovered Richard Bach, the American author, through a friend. She lent me ‘The Bridge Across Forever’ and I was hooked because of the perspective. At that time, true love, one soulmate sounded oxymorons but his story of how he met Leslie Parrish was mesmerising.

For a long time, one of the books by Richard Bach travelled with me in my backpack. I was hopping across places, finding myself, looking at opportunities, wondering about potential. I desperately needed to believe in wings. I needed to find answers and to be assured that it was alright to explore alternate realities. ‘One’ came to my rescue. I dreamt on, marvelling at what could be done in alternate worlds.

In a second hand book shop, I unearthed a book on the airliners around the world. Having read Bach and his love for aviation, I was already dreaming of biplanes and barnstorming. I was thinking in terms of rides above farms and towns. Those airliners made me dream some more.

‘Illusions’ was fantastic, for I thumbed open to any page to get inspired. The Messiah was flippant and cool.

I read ‘Jonathan Livingstone Seagull’ eagerly where the simple tale of a seagull uses flight as a metaphor. ‘A Gift of Wings’ opened my mind to a world very different to my own.

Over that tumultuous period in my life, Richard Bach never really left my consciousness. I had his books with me always and their presence comforted me. Even though now I have read much more and many more, but Bach would always remain a guiding light.

“Don’t believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding, find out what you already know, and you’ll see the way to fly.” – Richard Bach

30 thoughts on “The Way to Fly

      1. I’ll read them some day.. Sooner I wish and not too later I hope..

        It’s always a pleasure to drop by your blog.. I did miss you over blogosphere.. Hope you are busy doing something you like.. Have a good time ahead.. πŸ™‚

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      2. I started Siddhartha and I am yet to finish it..
        JLS is my favorite book and I’ve multiple copies and have read it multiple times.. So Richard Bach is always welcome.. πŸ™‚

        Good to know you got settled in new home.. πŸ™‚


      3. I started soon after you said about it.. Then I got held up with stuff at the end of first chapter, I think.. (He got permission from his dad to leave home and started his journey.. That’s what I remember) I’ll have to start it afresh now..

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    1. Yes Neethu, ‘Jonathan Livingstone Seagull’ has been very popular, breaking many records in publishing and book selling. ‘Illusions’ is inspirational too and ‘One’ presents a wonderfully different perspective. What are you reading these days?

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    1. Ah Niri! Another Richard Bach fan! He really has the WOW factor πŸ™‚
      I’ll definitely pick up his handbook. I thought ‘Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah’ was the handbook… Am I wrong?

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      1. No, It is a different book. Bach uses parts of this handbook in ‘Illusions’.

        Do read the sequel of Illusions!
        ‘Adventures of a reluctant student’

        If you don’t have it, let me know


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