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When Life Turns Turtle: Journey of A bollywood Tramp Paperback – 9 Aug 2016
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Raj Supe (aka Kinkar Vishwashreyananda), is a poet, storyteller and novelist. An MBA, he has had a career in advertising, research and creative consulting, before turning to literary and spiritual pursuits. Some of his literary works include the spiritual memoir, Pilgrim of the Sky; The anthology 'Hundreds of Shells' and translations such as 'Cloud Burst of A Thousand Suns' and the 'Sahitya Akademi' awarded 'Rainbow at Noon'. He has also worked on film scripts and plays.
His writings convey the passionate intensity of a seeker and the sincerity of one who hopes for an ideal mix of traditional mythic imagery and the urgencies of modern life. In the words of a leading poet, ‘he has the anonymity of the saint-poet on the one hand and the self-expression of the modern writer on the other’. Raj is Editor of the spirituality e-magazine, The Mother, as well as the co-founder of 'Foundation for Contemplation of Nature'.
Raj was initiated into the order founded by Sri Sitaramdas Omkarnath and met his Guru in the person of Kinkar Vitthal Ramanuja. He now leads a simple life on the banks of the Ganges.
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Set initially in Bollywood in the land of lucre and creativity, it transitions into a serious self-search in Rishikesh, along the perennial ancient mother Ganga where mystics and rishis have for centuries pondered on spiritual and intellectual questions baffling man's quest for evolution and peace.
The hero, a young successful heartbroken filmmaker finds himself and true love on the Ganga. His spiritual journey, the steps and questions troubling an agitated seeking soul are all dealt with so convincingly and interestingly. No jargon, no technicalities, no proselytizing, the wisdom of ages is shown to you through the eyes of a modern, very successful westernized man.
Indraneel’s search for meaning in his life and how to overcome his deep sense of despair over failed love is the central theme of the novel. He eventually finds lasting love and peace in Rishikesh and how it culminates in his return to life is the well written story of the slice of life of moral and spiritual questioning.
The descriptions of nature and seasons, emotions and insights into the human heart are all beyond the ordinary. The unerring and deep insights into mystic spiritual practices astound one, where did the author learn of them? He is a disguised saint himself?
A true novel for today’s times and surprisingly timeless at the same time! Brilliant. I won’t be surprised to see a Booker nomination and that won’t be turning good literature turtle.
The author's genius is revealed as he captivates the sojourn which is nothing similar to what one has heard of or ever seen in life. What a journey for a Bollywood Tramp! I don’t know why he used the word ‘tramp’—he isn’t!
I have underlined several parts of the book that I think I will revisit for the rest of my life. Not because I didn't understand them, but because every time I read them, they touch my soul at a very inexplicable core, scraping out perhaps eons of rust, making me very light and rejuvenated!
Sublime truth of living a harmonious life;a perfect blend of worldy Maya and Spirituality which we all yearn for.
There was something about the book which i could not identify at first,which made it quite unlike anything i have read recently.Its presence was so subtle that i had to re read it to figure out what it was:
Love and Serenity which came from the depths of the author's heart enveloping you in a warm cocoon which rejuvenates you with a fresh introspective perspective of life.
Raj Supe deftly weaves an exquisite tapestry of deep profound beliefs lucidly explained and interwoven with haunting descriptions and characters which vividly come alive on the screen of one's mind!
Beautifully etched and intensely reverential are the moving portrayals of Naam and Footprints,amongst many other such evocative passages,which can only be written by one who has veritably experienced Divinity himself.
A must read and re read for all ages, believers and non believers alike !
Some can say it has a bit of spiritual over-tone but it is so as the main character who is sceptical at the beginning slowly realises the ways of life and he unearths himself.
The Himalayas is present throughout - like an omnipotent protagonist - it soothes the wounded, it destructs, it again recreates hope and faith ...... Though Indraneel returned from Rishikesh to Mumbai - I am still sitting on the ghats of the mother Ganges and hearing the little girl singing naam.....
The tone of the book is personal and intimate when there are conversations between the protagonist Indraneel and his mentor Shaman and at the same time the writing is able to capture the sweep and scope of big mega events like the Himalayan tsunami and the Kumbh Mela at Allahabad with ease.
The holy river Ganga and her banks provide the gorgeous backdrop for this story of seeking to unfold. Set in the contrasting locales of pulsating Mumbai to the spiritually charged Rishikesh. The story despite dealing with a sombre subject of spiritual quest, still manages to have a texture of a thriller. The writing is infused with a sense of mystery, the reader is always left with the feeling of what's going to happen next thus resulting in a page turning adventure as we follow the graph of Indraneel's journey of finding his true calling.
A must read in today's time when everyone of us are seeking answers to the eternal problems plaguing us of frustration, depression and heartbreak.
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