Meeting Yama

What to expect?
Expect a book that delves into both spirituality and mythology. Expect a book that narrates the story of three different individuals whose fates intertwine in the city of Varanasi. Expect a book that will appeal to readers with a spiritual bend of mind.
The story as it goes
Meeting Yama is the story of 3 different people who come to Varanasi for different reasons, each seeking an answer to his questions and each looking for the resolution of their issues.
Amrit, who through a chance encounter happens to learn about the power of telephonic communication, and because of one such mysterious telepathic message, is now in the city to immerse his mother’s ashes.
Surya, who finds his calling by the way of a cryptic dream that he saw of a black idol with a garland of orange flowers. The deity urges Surya to come find him, indicating that he will be waiting for Surya’s arrival.
Rajat, a busy doctor, a man of science, who only believes in things that can be explained through science. Rajat’s exploration of Varanasi is not driven by any internal pull, but by the directions of his wife and his superior at work, both of whom encourage him to take a solo trip for some inner reflection.
The climax
The climax gives a befitting end to the stories of these three characters, but I am afraid it is not as exciting as the rest of the book. It seems a tad hasty in writing and doesn’t do justice to the build-up preceding it.
In the end
In the end, Meeting Yama is like a crash course in spirituality, self-introspection, and reflection. There is infinite wisdom to be found in its 230+ pages, and anyone with a bent for learning has a lot to gain from it.
Pick the book if
• You enjoy spiritual reads.
• The idea of a novel based in Varanasi appeals to you.
• You are looking for books that put you on the path of self-introspection.
• You love discovering new Indian authors.
• You love reading tales and ideas from the vast resources of ancient Hindu texts and scriptures.
• You have an interest in hyper-realistic and metaphysical concepts.
Skip the book if
• You don’t like novels that have a spiritual bent.

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