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The Calling
Apr 07, 2015 09:24 AM 5659 Views



Himalayas is an enchanted place and has intrigued people for centuries; sages went up there in search of salvation; explorers in search of new places; the people climbed up those altitudes in search of peace, stories or simply to conquer the heights.

‘Beckoning’ or the calling of Gyanganj – a mystical place in Himalayas. The novel beckoning of Gyanganj is a story weaved around a simply guy Ravi. He always felt an attraction towards these ranges. As the fate be the avid traveler and trekker is stationed at Dehradun and has now many more reasons to explore the Himalayas. Also, he stumbles upon and finds his love of his life Risha. The modern day love story shapes up quickly and the duo is engaged with the blessing of the families.

Ravi, or as a matter of fact no one knew what lies ahead. Ravi goes on a trekking with a team but is separated by a blizzard. On one side, team searches for him for days and finally assumes him to be dead and returns back whereas Ravi is safe in a cave – from where his journey towards Gyanganj begins.

Ravi unfolds the mystery of Gyanganj where he connects with Swami Raghunath. The kingdom of Mayurpura whose prosperity and happiness is eclipsed by a demon in the disguise of human as Aakash causing the people of the kingdom’s endless sufferings. Their prayers were finally answered and Swami Raghunath comes to their rescue. He saves the kingdom but could not save himself by the curse of the queen that haunts him in the lives he is reincarnated thereafter.

Ravi connects with his past events; his challenges; his powers; his failures and much more which helped him explain many unanswered questions. Did beckoning of Gyanganj help him? There are questions but every question is answered by the time reader reaches the end.

The story moves at a very fast pace. The author has captures the scenic beauty of Himalayas very beautifully and it is a complete travelogue for those who wish to explore these ranges. As the story paces ahead it goes to spiritual levels; it explains well the Karmic connections and the Mother Nature’s connections which keeps us hooked to the world. A flawless explanation on many questions we ask in our day to day life at the spiritual levels.

At a point the author questions the reader about the sufferings of humans. He has reasonably justified the sufferings and how they are ended when a human is too weak to retaliate. For a person like me – I understand it as a free will; the people suffered because they chose to. By the time they realized the choice it was too late and hence they suffered. The remorse and prayers were finally heard and hence they were guided to end their sufferings.

The readability is good and the flow of the story keeps the reader engrossed for what next.

In all a promising writer in making. My rating 3.5/5

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