“Everything always starts and ends with Yama”
Death is often misunderstood as the culmination of all events but it's much more than that. Death brings hope of a new beginning and embarking on a new journey in the cycle called life. Maybe it’s the shallowness of our minds that we often fail to see the larger view of life and death. Mythological fiction can be viewed as a window to know more about religion, ancient history intertwined with folklore. It often bridges the gap between the world of literature and spirituality.
“Meeting Yama” by Manoj V Jain is a novella centered around the journey of three men Amrit, Rajat, Surya who remain unknown to each other only to cross paths in Varanasi. Each of these individuals has their own set of unique past and a fair share of pain and joy but their stories are so relatable that at one point or the other as a reader, I sympathized with them. The writing style combines the tales of old cities and temples on one hand and talks about chakra meditation and dreamscapes in the other, all of which in a simple and fluid narrative. While it’s more focused on the mysterious side, it gives enough material on spirituality to take a pause and ponder.
This is his 7th book and I just got introduced to him. I can surely bet my coins on his works in the future. This refreshing yet gripping book kept me hooked till the last page.
Meeting Yama is published by Notion Press and you can order your copy here.
ABOUT THE BOOK
From the moment we are born, we start our journey towards death. Some walk slowly, others run towards it, some skip and dance their way there, while others crawl.
In his seventh book, author Manoj Jain dwells on the uncomfortable topic of death. Interspersed with stories from Indian mythology, Meeting Yama is set in the mystical city of Varanasi where all answers are given if one is willing to listen.
Amrit, Rajat, and Surya, three visitors meet each other in this city and find resolutions to the issues that they carry within them.
If you are reading this, then there is probably something in the book that is meant for you.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Manoj Jain has always been interested in human relationships and how they are affected by circumstances. He travels all over the globe, meeting new people and listening to interesting stories, which give him a deeper understanding of the way people think. His passion for writing combined with an education in psychology and a degree from IIM Ahmedabad empowered him to turn author.
You can reach out to the author here.