When Life turns turtle by Raj Supe

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Name         – When life turns turtle

Author                  – Raj Supe
Publisher              – Leadstart Publishing
Number of Pages – 469
Publishing Year   -2016
Edition                  -Paperback
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Rating : 3.5

Indraneel is a young and successful film-maker, an alumnus of Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In an intoxicating relationship with a young and beautiful aspiring actress, his next film is being hailed as a blockbuster. Things couldn’t be going any better. Suddenly, without warning, Indraneel’s life overturns. Hurt floods his heart and soul, seemingly beyond redemption… 
He arrives in Rishikesh, a mountain town by the river. The artist within him, as well as the bruised individual, senses the timeless love and solace emanating from the Ganga and the Himalayas, but innumerable whys continue to invade his thoughts. Introduced to Shaman, a bookseller with a difference and a ‘closet guru’, the deeply sceptical Indraneel is introduced to a bewilderingly new, yet strangely magnetic world of spiritual seeking. 
As the seasons pass, as pass they will… Indraneel gradually opens his mind to what he finds around him, delving step by step into the truth about spirituality and human existence. A measure of peace finally descends on his tormented mind. 
But the world beckons yet again and Indraneel stands at a crossroads once more. He is asked to make a difficult choice. Will he submit to the strong current of spirituality now flowing within him? Does a spiritual life mean giving up everything else? Can he ever go back to the world? Will he find the happiness he so desperately seeks? 
The world that Raj Supe creates is vividly described with a true artiste’s eye for detail. Set in the ‘belief land of Rishikesh’ on the banks of Ganga ‘perennial river of India’s mystical past’ – his story leads the reader through light and shadow to the goal Indraneel, the protagonist, has set himself – a life of spiritual bliss… Raj serves up a rich repast from which no reader can depart unfulfilled. ~ Benjamin Gilani

My Review

When life turns turtle is a spiritual venture with a fictional background. The life of Indraneel is complicated and he tries to simplify it with spirituality. The book breaks several pre set norms of spirituality.When every spirituality books mention about attaining nirvana after fulfilling your decides, the books speaks of spirituality in a pragmatic scenario.
Indraneel’s life in the new world is endearing. The narration is engaging. The book is definitely not an easy read. Take it only if you seriously need to read something with substances.

Reviewed for the publisher
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book as a
complimentary copy in exchange for a honest review. I was not required to write
a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

About the author

Raj Supe (aka Kinkar Vishwashreyananda), is a poet, storyteller and novelist. An MBA, he has had a career in advertising, research and creative consulting, before turning to literary and spiritual pursuits. Some of his literary works include the spiritual memoir, Pilgrim of the Sky; The anthology ‘Hundreds of Shells’ and translations such as ‘Cloud Burst of A Thousand Suns’ and the ‘Sahitya Akademi’ awarded ‘Rainbow at Noon’. He has also worked on film scripts and plays.
His writings convey the passionate intensity of a seeker and the sincerity of one who hopes for an ideal mix of traditional mythic imagery and the urgencies of modern life. In the words of a leading poet, ‘he has the anonymity of the saint-poet on the one hand and the self-expression of the modern writer on the other’. Raj is Editor of the spirituality e-magazine, The Mother, as well as the co-founder of ‘Foundation for Contemplation of Nature’.
Raj was initiated into the order founded by Sri Sitaramdas Omkarnath and met his Guru in the person of Kinkar Vitthal Ramanuja. He now leads a simple life on the banks of the Ganges.
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