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5/5 Stars - "Remember the four topics you are not supposed to talk about in polite company? This book tackles all of them, notably polygamy, class inequality, racial discrimination, and the politics of war" - J. Li, author of Barakel and Nissa: A Reincarnation Love Story
5/5 Stars - "...a must-read for anyone who [is] interested in learning about the Hindu religion, Indian culture, and folklore" - L. Hanan, author of Almost Paradise
5/5 Stars - "Although the novel takes place over the duration of a mere “eighteen strange Himalayan nights,"...[it] fosters a forum for discussion, debate, and philosophical musings on heroism, politics, war, polygamy, and religion - Ekraz Singh, Associate Editor, Existere: A Journal of Arts and Literature (Volume 32, Issue 1), York University
4/5 Stars - "a journey…about Mahabharata, that extended Sanskrit epic that contains so much of the information about past as well as current conditions in India… an almost Scheherazade-like weaving of the story of the tales contained in that epic as told in music, dance and drumming. From this well written description...Chandola manages to teach us a great deal about Indian culture" - Grady Harp, Top 50 Amazon Reviewer
"an intriguing mix of epic poem, cultural and historic insight, gossip, ideas, questions and issues" - Christine Wald-Hopkins, Tuscon Weekly book reviewer.
"In the Himalayan Nights is a song to them, and a song for...those who love music and reason" - Glen Jennings, Cha Asian Literary Journal
"a perfect blend of history and the present" - Sukriti Tolani, Hindustan Times Book Reviewer
In the Himalayan Nights (2012)
286 pp. 6" x 9" Softcover
A love-song for a tumultuous time in India, IN THE HIMALAYAN NIGHTS, captures eighteen days and evenings in 1977, at a moment when India teetered on the edge of what it would become as it reincarnated for a postmodern, hyper-real world.
Struggling with questions about the nature of morality, the authenticity of folk heroes, and the reality of ritual possession, an Indian-American anthropologist, his wife, and his passionate, fresh, and vocal graduate students visit Dehradun, a state capital in the shadows of the Garhwal Himalayas, to witness the religious, cultural, and political undercurrents stirred up by a performance of the ancient Bhagavad Gita. Whether because of the hypnotic drumming or the inspired analysis emerging from the group and their hosts, each become entangled in what can only be appropriately called as their own dharmic war.
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