- Paperback: 469 pages
- Publisher: Leadstart Publishing Pvt Ltd; First edition (9 August 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9352016157
- ISBN-13: 978-9352016150
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 64 customer reviews
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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 Cloudburst 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 [www.themotherdivine.com], as well as the co-founder of Foundation for Contemplation of Nature [www.foundnature.com]. 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!
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.....
Indraneel continues to extend his stay in Rishikesh through the monsoon, the coming winter, spring and the whole year passes by. The changing hues of the sky and the river, the fast tempo of numerous events and discussions carries the reader on the roller coaster of constant curiosity. The biggest hook that sustains and deepens readers interest are several discussions ranging from the significance of several rituals, relevance of key messages from some cultural and spiritual texts of Hinduism, and the life of the ascetics living on the banks of Ganga. The big natural disaster of Kedarnath happens and the action shifts to Karma Yoga and its various dimensions. What keeps the reader breathlessly galloping through the 468 pages of book is this process of self discovery.
Only time will reveal how many lives are transformed by this brilliant work.