IN THE HIMALAYAN NIGHTS - Anoop Chandola


 

 

 

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IN THE HIMALAYAN NIGHTS (2012)
by Anoop Chandola
286 pp.; 6" x 9" Softcover
ISBN 978-0-9829987-0-0

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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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

An epic saga that creates its own dance around the Mahabharata's legends...based on...[Professor] Anoop Chandola's own fieldwork and familiraity with India...It's all about Hindu culture, legend and folklore - and it's also about how elements of an ancient civilization translate to modern times and experiences...a story of change, transition, acceptance, and survival; all bound together by the ever-persistent backdrop of drumming and singing...in the Himalayan nights - Donovan's Bookshelf, Midwest Book Review

"a perfect blend of history and the present" - Sukriti Tolani, Hindustan Times Book Reviewer
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