Poonam Bamba’s daily court experiences finds expression in her new book “Temple of Justice- A School of life”

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By Bipin Sharma

Akin to ‘schools’ which have since time immemorial been considered as ‘Temples of Learning’, Courts too happen to be great learning grounds with numerous invaluable teachings to be taken home every day every hour. Well, a classic instance in this regard is conveyed by Poonam A Bamba’s new book “Temple of Justice- A School of life” which is a compilation of her daily court observations, learning and experiences. In fact, Poonam Bamba (District and Sessions Judge, Saket (SE) Delhi), daily court experiences find a brilliant expression in her new book that comprises a montage of the different shades of human relationship that, she came across every day in the court. She has gone the extra mile to astutely highlight the myriad tones and tenors of human relations, and just leaves no stone unturned in vividly capturing the dynamics of such relationships in her personal diary.

Through this book, the author has shared her conversations with her diary becoming a tool for recording her journey through various life stories that were unfolded before her every day. The trials and tribulations, and how she evolved along with the characters of each case were great learning’s which stirred her to compile them in the form of a book so as to give an altogether new experience to the readers. For her, every day was akin to a new awakening amidst life’s new travails and drama. Each story in this book has weaved into it, the life lessons the author learned as she moved along with each case before her. Her conviction that there can be no better school of learning than the “Temple of Justice” is ingeniously reflected in the different chapters of the book. In fact, she has gone that extra mile to illustrate the same pertinent point in her book.

More significantly, the book is like dropping of her armour by the author. It brings to fore what the people mostly do not get to know of, such as the thought process of a judge while dealing with different characters and complex cases, or for that matter, the predicament that a judge faces and the myriad emotions that he or she goes through. The author has effectively highlighted the efforts that take a judge to disentangle from the immense energy exchanges in the courtroom during the course of a day’s proceedings.

The book is also a special expression of Poonam Bamba’s gratitude to all those who taught her precious lessons of life which subsequently became a driving force for her to assimilate those learning’s in the form of a book. The book promises to help countless people explore ways of coping with marital distress which nowadays has become an integral part of the marital life. The book also signifies a new era of thoughts. It would be no overstatement to state that the book offers a fresh ray of hope for countless beings who deem that their marriage can never be redeemed. The book is all about life’s key lessons and learning’s while at the court.
About the Author
Poonam A. Bamba is District and Sessions Judge, Saket (SE) Delhi. She has authored the popular book, “Temple of Justice- A School of life”.

Born and brought up in Delhi, she resides in Delhi with her family.

She graduated with honours in Botany from Hans Raj College, Delhi University and followed it with a Post Graduation in Law from Delhi University. As a keen observer of life and nature, she evinces special interest in the dynamics of human relationships. Her book encompasses a wide gamut of issues and caters to a large segment of the society. To the social scientists, the book provides a glimpse of change in societal outlook towards divorce, its acceptance as a way out of a bad marriage, change in profile of spouses and the grounds for divorce, the impact of technology on matrimony and so forth. To spouses, it offers experiences of other people to learn from, what to avoid, and what to take care of in marital relations and otherwise. The experiences shared by the author by way of her personal conversations with her Diary, touches upon various crucial reasons instrumental for marital discord, sharing with us many interesting and comical anecdotes. Her description of characters is very colorful and interesting. For spiritual persons, the book shares the ways in which spiritual principles can be implemented in day to day life, and all the more so, in times of distress. It shares how the author realised that Bhagwad Gita’s learning’s of staying detached and remaining a ‘drishta’ helped her deal effectively with spouses in agony, sans getting entangled in their karmic exchange. For the students of law, it provides a great opportunity to learn as to how a court can deliver justice with compassion; and it gives insight into finer nuances of handling familial litigation; the critical role played by Family Courts in restoring harmony in society / bringing amicable resolution of disputes. For judges, it offers an enriching rich shared by the author. It shares emotional and psychological challenges thrown at a Judge, and suggests how they need to be dealt with.

This book is also a reflection of how the author grew personally as well as spiritually while dealing with spouses/parents/children in distress. The book is author’s heartfelt gratitude to every litigant, lawyer, staff member who came in her court/life, and offered themselves as her ‘Gurus’.

Summing up, the book is a perfect blend of experiences, ideas, and suggestions on how to sensitively cope and deal with personal disputes.

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