Sacred River – A Himalayan Journey
Sacred River is a spiritual adventure to the source of the Ganges River. It weaves three stories that initially flow independently but come together at a Hindu temple in Gangotri on the bank of the Ganges River in the Himalayas.
The first story describes the life struggles of an illiterate farmer, his devotion to spirituality, his longings for a pilgrimage, and finally his travels to the Gangotri temple. In the second story, an Indian charity with the goal of uplifting the people of India is unable to raise enough money. In desperation, their CFO hatches a plan to steal gold from the Gangotri temple, which he believes has hidden it for centuries. A senior monk of the temple is drawn in to participate by flattery and false promises. The third story is about a man whose family fell from high standing in what is now Bangladesh, to refugee status in Calcutta, as a result of the Partition of India by the British to create India and Pakistan. Following his father’s dream, he comes to the U.S. for fortune and glory. He succeeds, but then experiences a mid-life crisis and depression. He journeys to the source of the sacred Ganges River, searching for peace and renewal. Several Americans join him: his wife, a Navajo boy, a young Mormon woman, and a somewhat flaky, but resourceful, American man who falls in love with their beautiful Indian guide; he is also intrigued by strange things he observes. While events unfold as monks, pilgrims, thieves and tourists confront their own demons in the Hindu temple, he decides to investigate and dares to go after unknown thieves.
The day to day life of ordinary villagers, lofty goals, desire for fame, romance, and cultural nuance supply fuel to the story. On the surface, the action centers on the treasure heist; but underneath, this is a story of a quest nurtured by Indian mythological and folk tales, of unconditional spiritual devotion, and of intercultural romance. They weave a colorful tapestry of overlapping stories. As little tributaries flow together to make a mighty river, each thread in the tapestry is woven to make a beautiful picture with an uplifting conclusion. A Himalayan journey that will touch your soul.
About Debu Majumdar (Bellingham, Washington Author)
Born in India, Debu Majumdar received a doctorate degree in physics from SUNY at Stony Brook. His first book, From the Ganges to the Snake River, a creative non-fiction, interweaves Indian culture with north-west American reality. His four children’s books (Viku and the Elephant series), set in village India, explore universal themes such as friendship, perseverance, preservation, and surviving bullying. Sacred River is his first novel, written from a background of India’s ancient heritage. He and his wife live Bellingham, WA. For further information, please go to Debubooks.com.