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Reviewed by Astrid Iustulin for Readers' Favorite
A story of selflessness and devotion is always touching, but it is even more extraordinary when the protagonists are two brothers. Manas is the eldest and hopes that Manan, the younger brother, will have a wonderful life. Born and raised in a family that cannot provide for them, there are very few hopes that Manas's desire will be fulfilled. But life is not always cruel to those who deserve something more, and the possibility that Manan has a better future becomes more and more concrete. Will the older brother be able to see his greatest wish fulfilled? The reader will find it out by reading Dr. Jyuthica Laghate's magnificent book, The Empty Handed Altruist.
The Empty Handed Altruist by Dr. Jyuthica Laghate tells a special story. Too often, we tend to forget about generous feelings like altruism and kindness, so we have to be grateful to Laghate for reminding us of their value. However, what makes the story of Manas and Manan a precious one is the example the older brother sets. He has generous feelings despite a life spent in poverty and abuse. I believe that The Empty Handed Altruist is more than a story of good feelings. If Manas was able to be selfless in such dramatic circumstances, it should be easy for us to remind ourselves to follow his example and have the same regard for others. The Empty Handed Altruist is a very short book, and therefore you can read it quickly. However, its message is intense and resonates for a long time in the reader's mind, as only the best books do.