Genre : Indian Lit.
Theme : Fictional debate on God’s existence
Source : Review copy
The summary :
Does Karma exist? Is it possible to remember past life? Are there clairvoyant people who can see your aura and know of your past and future? Is it possible to have “out of the body” experience? Can there be transmigration of souls? Do our dreams tell us something? Can a Guru help you liberate from the cycle of life and death? Is there life on other planets and solar systems? Are there intelligent beings in outer space who are observing us? Do some people know when the world will end? Is it possible to be prepared for the end of the times and to move on to a new civilization? What is the purpose of my life? A series of mysterious coincidences lead a child from a remote village in India, who would not have any future otherwise, make leaps of progress. His curiosity led him to attend some conferences given by a Brazilian missionary representing a cult in Spain headed by a Spiritual leader from Mexico. There was an instant attraction. The boy cuts his family connections, overlooks his career aspirations and lands up in the monastery in the Cataluna region of Spain to be a missionary. The spiritual head of the cult directs all the followers to abandon their worldly connections and prepare for the doomsday and creation of a new human race. The followers built safe houses and prepared fervently in line with the instructions of the spiritual head. The doomsday prediction does not materialize and what follows is chaos and disorientation. The protagonist survives to tell his story.”
My thoughts :
So the book is about the protagonist talking of his experience with a spiritual organisation and how he had fallen prey to this organisation . We read about the young vulnerable Mukul falling for a newspaper advertisement and how he joins this organisation believing he’s walking in the spiritual path . The organisation demands every shilling he earns and what does he do ? Willingly pay them , ofcourse . He’s willing to beg and steal if that means he can keep paying this organisation . You know what ? I think that’s dumb and he’s nuts .
My major peeve with this book was how stupid the protagonist was . And this is not a book i would have picked myself . The only reason I picked it now was because of the promising premise . But…
Was the book anything like it was described on the summary ? No . Karma is a Hindu concept which was later adopted into Buddhism , how did the author connect that to a Christian Cult ? Clairvoyant people are mostly pagan and the author also connects that to the cult . Re-incarnation and blah blah blah , they all belong to paganism and Hinduism , how did he connect it all down to the cult ?
The title is also misleading , just the way the premise was . It isn’t really about the existence of god as much as it is about the stupid mistakes people make in the name of God . Why is that ? Did the author intend to make people buy his book even though there’s little in the book that connects to the title ?
There was a potential in the plot but the author didn’t really use it to its fullest . And frankly , writing sucked . The writing just didn’t string together , for me . And don’t even get me started about the prose and the pace . The book could’ve used a few more drafting and editing from professionals . But I could have over looked that if the book had been good enough .
The only redeeming factor about this book is the story line itself . It was meaningful and all but only barely managed to convey the truth of cults . In my view , the book could have been so much better if the author had dared to give us the insights instead of an outline of everything .