July 23, 2021
Beset with a deep sense of alienation, Alexander, a middle-aged Scandinavian mathematician with a bent for the metaphysical, begins to question everything, from his failed relationships to his declining career prospects and the attainability of happiness. On a cold winter night, a seemingly random encounter with a stranger obtrudes onto him an unsought responsibility over a dog and a series of bargains with eccentric individuals. Caught up in piquant musings on the crossings of poetry, mysticism, and mathematical paradoxes of infinity, he is unknowingly initiated into a unique esoteric group of seekers and newfangled anchorites.
The experience turns into a springboard for a daring new escapade into a life of self-discovery and reconciliation. In an effort to find answers to his troubled love affairs and ambivalent relation to religion, the once reticent loner undertakes a spiritual experiment in the East. He leaves his comfortable but predictable life behind, and becomes a seeker.
From the yoga ashrams of India to the Buddhist monasteries of Burma, this spiritual novel takes the reader on a pilgrimage through the thicket of human insecurities and aspirations. Alexander learns to navigate the perilous landscape of modern spirituality, con-masters and authentic teachers, and as a result he discovers, articulates and manifests his own response to the baits of love and faith, radically different from the ones he had once held.
The Outcasts—A Thousand Dreams of Redemption
Platinum Press, Leadstart, Mumbai, India
April 19, 2019
Set in contemporary India, a land of dichotomies, the novel challenges the notions of gender, feminism vis-à-vis spirituality/religion, and culturally appropriate romantic expression.