Genre: Fiction or Novels, Pages: 272, Binding: Paperback, ISBN: 978-93-83271-87-0
This is the story of a Calcutta Journalist about his quest for life–an intrepid child’s struggle to reach a moral height. Wasted, as the global environment, family ties, and perceptions in rural and urban societies underwent tectonic changes. Catapulted into a world least prepared for one from a conservative Brahmin family, living in a sylvan rural environment and with small-town companionship, Anil’s life was transformed into one he never bargained for. Poverty, family tragedies and a different career from educational profession pursued by his father and grandfather directly influenced his life henceforth.
Problem came later, after the death of Sunanda. It was the aloneness that affected him most, compelling him to withdraw from the rest of the world and take shelter in a mental sanatorium he visited in his early youth in one of the hill stations of India. There he befriended a doctor and found in his wife a daughter he longed for. He fought a constant battle of wits with the psychiatrists and physicians at the sanatorium to play the role of a patient living with schizophrenia. Ultimately he took his own life through Brahminic, Vedic rites; invoking death, a constant companion, he was never afraid of.