June 19 is observed as Reading Day in Kerala, the little south Indian state where I come from. What could be a better day than today to comment on Ma’s beautiful book I finished finally. Reading Fortune’s Wheel has been a beautiful journey into the lives of a community who stayed strong with immense willpower against one of the biggest natural calamity that affected Europe. I was greatly touched and inspired by the women characters in the book, who broke the norms, decided for themselves, stood up against the order that prevailed and made their way, strong, with their heads high. Also the rise of the toiling labor class portrayed in a subtle way in the book is also very inspiring. After all life is about people and the inter-personal relationships tested by time and natural calamities and social changes. And this book is about life and people.