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."

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More detailed WIBA review

August 26, 2022

“Written in first person, the book is a “micro-autobiography” of a South Asian family that migrated to Canada and the trials and tribulations that they faced before settling down and making Canada their home.

It is a candid description written in simple language, full of incidents of learning lessons that reflect on the writer’s principles and values.

A flowing style that is simple, yet captivating to keep the reader glued to the book.

The author’s voice comes out loud and clear. It is coherent and full of practical wisdom for sharing with the reader.

The narrative is well timed and smooth flowing. Very informal style with a personal touch which is endearing to the reader.

The main theme and the secondary themes are well knitted into a homogeneous pattern.

The author talks in detail about her experience as a social worker, seeing a lot of child abuse leading to trauma, especially in Indigenous children. This leads her to delve into the ugly spots of our society that need to be dealt with immediately. Later on she takes on the role of an environmentalist and an activist asking everyone to join her in saving the earth, its trees and flora and fauna.

Attractive book cover with a glossy image that stands out.

A book worth reading. Quite thought provoking and reflecting the resiliency shown by the writer in diverse situations”.

August 15, 2022

Arwinder Kaur

Thought-provoking read

March 7, 2022

I was inspired by this thought-provoking book. It helps in making you look at both yourself and the choices we make for our lives and our planet. The way the book is written it makes you feel like you are sitting around a kitchen table with her, discussing life, and learning from someone else. In this case, someone from a different culture, but the beautiful thing is that as the conversation progresses the cultural differences start to fade and all you feel is the shared humanity. I enjoyed reading about her upbringing and the struggles she went through, and the felt strengthened by positive energy she is able to share. As we read, we also learn how inspiring her mentors and friends have been in her life, and our mentors have been for all of us in all our lives. I would recommend this book to anyone; all ages will find something inspirational. Lisa M.

Lisa MacNeill

Motivational book.

January 29, 2022

This book was definitely educational for me. The need for humans to look at how our behaviors are negatively impacting our planet is critical. I’m motivated to do my part even if it’s only small. The more people who take small actions, the more difference we can make for the world. Let’s start with ourselves!


Highly recommend this book.

October 29, 2021

Must read for young and old and those concerned about the planet and next generation. Forceful and powerful. Each page keeps you hooked and I couldn’t wait to read the next one.Highly recommend it. Buy it for yourself . Buy it for someone you care for , it’s a wonderful gift for anyone you love!

4.8 out of 5 stars (based on 4 reviews)
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