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How do we know that we are living in actual reality? Can we trust our memories? Have you ever wondered about the possibilities of extraterrestrial species visiting Earth in the prehistoric era? What would happen if a rare mutation halts aging in a man?
All these questions, and many more, are answered through six superbly crafted stories penned by breakout author, Ankush Sam Thorpe. In the stunning title story, a man’s journey to investigate his father’s mysterious death leads him to the nation’s best kept secret. ‘A Stitch in Time’, follows a soldier’s quest to finish a mission in a world long forgotten, with a gut-wrenching revelation. In ‘Down Memory Lane’, the protagonist learns that the reality is not what it seems amidst an imminent political coup. In ‘The Representative’, a man suddenly wakes up billions of light years away, in an intergalactic conference, representing Earth. And in ‘Hera’, a group of Neanderthals are visited by a guest from a hyper-advanced civilization, forever changing the course of evolution on Earth.
“When I first shared this story with a monk-friend, he asked me why I wrote it as fiction and not biography. Many others who read this book may have the same query. So let me share: the first reason was the most obvious one — Ahana hardly lived an outer life, her entire life unfolded within, in her consciousness. Outwardly, her biography could be written in a single paragraph: She was born in India, in the early sixties, to academic parents and grew up in a university environment. She met a young man when she turned eighteen, perhaps fell in love, and left her studies and social life to live in an obscure ashram in the Himalayas and explore Vedanta. She then left the ashram and came to Almora, a small Himalayan town, where she lived alone in a cottage. Inwardly, however, Ahana’s life was rich, fascinating, multihued, multilayered, profoundly inspiring. The more I discovered and understood of her life, the more I realized how much is possible, and how much the human being can attain, in a single lifetime — none could come to her and remain unchanged. So how does one write a biography of such a being? And second, as I discovered in writing this book, a biography ties you down to facts and timelines while fiction can free you of all such needless fetters. Ahana’s life, I feel, is the stuff poetry is made of.”
यह पुरातन ही नहीं आधुनिक भी है, छंदिक भी है तो मुक्त भी, आदर्शवादी भी है तो रहस्यमय भी, प्रयोगवादी भी है तो आध्यात्मिक भी | यह हृदय और मन को ही संतुष्ट नहीं करता, बल्कि कहीं उन गहराईयों को भी छू लेता है जिन्हें हम आत्मिक या चैत्य पौरुषिक कह सकते हैं। इसमें एक नए पद्य का उद्घोष है जिसमे गूढ़तम बातें हास्य के हल्केपन और सखा भाव की सरलता से कही गई हैं।
This book is a significant addition to the growing body of literature on Sri Aurobindo. Dr. Singh delves deep into the works of Sri Aurobindo to present a compelling and fascinating collage of the philosopher’s multifaceted and multidimensional genius: Sri Aurobindo as seer and mystic, as visionary and poet, as writer, translator, linguist and critic, and as India’s first spiritual nationalist. Sri Aurobindo, as this book declares, a true fountainhead of India’s literary renaissance, needs to be discovered and better appreciated not just in India, but globally, and Dr Singh has given an incredible tribute to the saint with this exceptional book.