“The Gospel of Mary Magdalene and Me”

 

Submitted for Manbooker prize 2014
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PART ONE 

Chapter 1
Oh, Magdalene.
I am your sister Lexmi, born in the twenty-third generation of the ancestry of your gene. After two thousand years, I came up through your genetic ladder to know the truth of your ‘self.”
I was brought up in the strict guidance and rituals of the Indian Vedas and Upanishads. I was exploring with wonder why you became my object of obsession. 
While wandering with the wings of dream in the pathways of Jerusalem’s temple and across the wild desert lands of Judea, your vibrant face bloomed before me.  Later, on the junctures where my femininity was confronted, I felt your presence. My life resembled yours. 
I have been meditating in this dark room for the past week as a penance just to hear your voice. 
I beg…
Oh, Magdalene, kindly fill yourself in me as a voice…
Feeble violin music rises; it transforms into a female voice…
The voice of Magdalene… 
It goes back with the time…
Beyond two thousand years…
I tuned my mind and body with that musical voice. 
My long time task gains…
Tell me Magdalene…. Share your moments of truth with me.
 
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I am Mary Magdalene, the most misinterpreted woman in the history. 
 Dear Lexmi, I have been waiting painfully for you for many centuries. I should start my story right from my liaison with Jesus.
 
It was our wedding night. With his sweet and mesmerizing voice like the eternal music of immortal soul, Jesus said to me, “We were born for each other. In our childhood days, we fought and made up several times and realized finally that we belonged to each other. With your love only, I got my dignity. You are the person who showed me my own self.”
In the pure light of the olive lamp, my lovely eyes enveloped Jesus. He felt I was more beautiful than any angel in my snow white wedding dress. “Nobody in this world is so benign to me. How many rich peers yearned to take you as bride?” he asked me.
The hushed laughter of Mary, mother of Jesus, sounded outside the room. She was very happy on that day, and her constant melancholy evaporated. Consuming the remnant of the Jordan wine after the wedding, our relatives and friends swirled around hilariously.
An exotic divine fresh pine aroma exuded from my garments, and it spread over to Jesus. He gently sat near me on the bed and held my face near to his. He looked in to my eyes with extreme endearment. Those eyes were oceans of unending waves of love. My lips trembled near his lips. Even though we had been playmate from childhood, Jesus wondered out loud why he never noticed  my rich and surreal beauty. 
Often haunted by agonies and terrible loneliness, Jesus used to run to me when we were young. He would simmer and settle down in my company and at last sleep in my lap like a child. 
Today, that old playmate was suddenly my Groom. My joy multiplied as I watched him staring at me so lovingly. 
Any woman would have desired the handsome Jesus. Any woman would have lusted to strip before his eyes, filled with the peace and clemency of the other world as well as this world. Any woman would have received the gentle touch from his kind of charming long fingers. This was the golden moment of the fulfillment of a dream. I watched his face with love. 
“Why? Why am I not able to touch you in this wedding night?” He asked piteously. “This bridal chamber is filled with the footfalls of angels. As I move my hand to touch you, the incorporeal pigeons grow as large as eagles and hack at my heart brutally with their sharp rostrums.” 
“All of these are your phantasms, as usual. I believe that the only truth in this entire planet is our love,” I responded.  
He laced his hands at the nape of my neck and held tightly.  Our eyes met. As   he tried to kiss my lips, he wriggled with severe pain as if spasms of pain hurt his heart. Jesus slipped away. He squirmed on the floor like an epileptic patient and slowly immersed into a deep sleep. Were the forces of nature treating Jesus harshly? Why was he departing from me? Fear filled my heart. I do not know for how long I sat motionless in that night. Time sprawled like a tired snake. Deeply depressed, I lost my state of mind and slept for many long hours. 
…Suddenly the room was filled with poisonous cobras furiously approaching to bite Jesus, their horrifying hoods open wide. Hundreds of bloody torsos were scattered around him…. Jesus woke up from the nightmare. His tongue and lips were dry. He drank cold water hungrily from a goblet.  He felt that somebody was pushing him out of that room. He was forced to liberate from all physical temptations. He was moving to an eternal remission from all flusters….
Jesus looked at Magdalene, sleeping in her bridal apparel like a tender kitten. He felt no affinity right then. Poisonous snakes began approaching ferociously towards him, hissing. He ran from the room. While running, he turned once again to Magdalene. The wedding chain he tied round her neck seemed like another stark reptile coming to attack him.
He opened the door in a hurry. It was like somebody was chasing him out from that bridal chamber. Jesus fell on the floor. He rose up quickly and began to fly through infinite time, crossing the skies, travelling from planet to planet, outrunning light years…. 
There is no abatement for a bleeding soul, even when it covers billions of light years. Jesus heard himself, the moaning of a cursed birth. His running was for refuge. Was time frozen under his feet? Was the time taking birth from him? Or was he the incarnation of time? 

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Namasthe everbody,

I’m pleased to introduce my novel ” The Gospal of Mary Magdalene and Me” is submitted for 2014 Manbooker Prize. This year Manbooker committee made new rules and regulations  for  the submission,that makes  competition  even   harder than previsous years.

I have invested last 10 years of my life researching. writing and rewriting  this book.More than 500 books I have read before , I wrote this novel.

Born out of diversity  each of these women  lived apart for centuries  with out any meeting,     finally,provides a context and a narrative style unique to this novel.And  it unravels a     freshness of spirit.The tug of war between the ideologies of the east and west, the interplay of similarities in human nature spread over a vast expanse of time help  interpret and understand herself. The story draws its inspiration from my interest in the intriguing nature of feminist ideas alongside spirituality and sexuality

It was a sincere effort to highlight my passion for feminist philosophies, psychology and         politics. I chose to write a fiction as I enjoy telling stories and found it a good medium to weave in my other interests in sociology, history ,metaphysics  and quantum physics.

The first part of the novel deals with the recital of life experinces of Mary magdalene, who   lived nearly two thousand years ago.  there was a noble woman called  Lexmi who lived in modern era. In the second   part, Lexmi relates to Mary Magdalene , her woes as a philosopher and her frustrations    reflective of life  in today’s world. War  is just like terorism,  20  million people died  in the two world Wars and 10 million people vanished  at  the time of partission of India. My novel  is seriously discussing these issues.

As a legal practitioner in a remote village of India and her unceasing challeges  to corrupt  practices and her shattered dreams. Second part of the novel is semi-auto biographical.

This story, set in Jesusalem, Kashmir  and Kodungallur, a port city in the southern state of  Kerala.

All the things in my  consciousness  are the parts of my culture. Many people asked me why I wrote the story of Magdalene even when I was born as a Hindu. My reply is this: I am not a Hindu, Christian or a Muslim. I am the product of all good things  on this earth. The porridge which I drank today is made with rice grown in Thailand. I drank the result of the hard work of a Thailand farmer. I bow before that unknown farmer . Human beings  are  social animals and they cannot survive alone.

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    Chapter No. 1 – Self energy from sex energy (The Perennial Path)
    Chapter No. 2 – Tantric path to super energy (The Perennial Path)
    Chapter No. 3 – Reflections in a mirror (The Heartbeat of the Absolute)
    Chapter No. 4 – Sex, the genesis of love
    Chapter No. 5 – From repression to emancipation
    Chapter No. 6 – The pinnacle of meditation
    Chapter No. 7 – Sex, the super-atom
    Chapter No. 8 – From lust to the lord

57.Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

  1. Chandogya Upanishad
    59.Isa Upanishad
  2. Kena Upanishad
    61.Aitareya Upanishad
  3. Taittiriya Upanishad
    63.KaushitakiUpanishad
    64 Katha Upanishad
  4. Mundaka Upanishad
    66.SvetasvataraUpanishad
    67.PrasnaUpanishad
  5. Mandukya Upanishad
  6. Maitrayani Upanishad
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    The Rig Veda: The Book of Mantra
    ”The Rig Veda is a collection of inspired songs or hymns and is a main source of information on the Rig Vedic civilization. It is the oldest book in any Indo-European language and contains the earliest form of all Sanskrit mantras that date back to 1500 B.C. – 1000 B.C. Some scholars date the Rig Veda as early as 12000 BC – 4000 B.C. The Rig-Vedic ‘samhita’ or collection of mantras consists of 1,017 hymns or ‘suktas’, covering about 10,600 stanzas, divided into eight ‘astakas’ each having eight ‘adhayayas’ or chapters, which are sub-divided into various groups. The hymns are the work of many authors or seers called ‘rishis’. There are seven primary seers identified: Atri, Kanwa,Vashistha, Vishwamitra, Jamadagni, Gotama and Bharadwaja. The rig Veda accounts in detail the social, religious, political and economic background of the Rig-Vedic civilization. Even though monotheism characterizes some of the hymns of Rig Veda, naturalistic polytheism and monism can be discerned in the religion of the hymns of Rig Veda.
    The Sama Veda, Yajur Veda and Atharva Veda were compiled after the age of the Rig Veda and are ascribed to the Vedic period.”
    71.The Sama Veda: The Book of Song
    The Sama Veda is purely a liturgical collection of melodies (‘saman’). The hymns in the Sama Veda, used as musical notes, were almost completely drawn from the Rig Veda and have no distinctive lessons of their own. Hence, its text is a reduced version of the Rig Veda. , if the Rig Veda is the word, Sama Veda is the song or the meaning, if Rig Veda is the knowledge, Sama Veda is its realization, if Rig Veda is the wife, the Sama Veda is her husband.
    72.The Yajur Veda: The Book of Ritual
    The Yajur Veda is also a liturgical collection and was made to meet the demands of a ceremonial religion. The Yajur Veda practically served as a guidebook for the priests who execute sacrificial acts muttering simultaneously the prose prayers and the sacrificial formulae (‘yajus’). It is similar to ancient Egypt’s “Book of the Dead”. There are no less than six complete recessions of Yajur Veda – Madyandina, Kanva, Taittiriya, Kathaka, Maitrayani and Kapishthala.
    73.The Atharva Veda: The Book of Spell
    The last of the Vedas, this is completely different from the other three Vedas and is next in importance to Rig-Veda with regard to history and sociology. A different spirit pervades this Veda. Its hymns are of a more diverse character than the Rig Veda and are also simpler in language. In fact, many scholars do not consider it part of the Vedas at all. The Atharva Veda consists of spells and charms prevalent at its time, and portrays a clearer picture of the Vedic society.
    74.Nature’s Most Powerful Medicinal Plants in India
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    75.Kabbalah Meditation
    Judaism’s Ancient Meditation System for Mystical Exploration through Meditation and Contemplation by Rabbi David A cooper
    76.The Desert Fathers In the early Middle Ages, there lived a group of hermits in the wilderness areas of the Middle East. They were known to history as the desert fathers.
    “They dwelt in small isolated communities for the purpose of devoting their lives completely to God without distraction. The contemplative movement traces its roots back to these monks. They were the ones who first promoted the mantra as a prayer tool.”
    77,In the Heart of the Desert: The Spirituality of the Desert Fathers and Mothers – by John Chryssavgis
  8. Charvaka philosophy by Brihaspati
    ”Charvaka is a Rationalist Philosophy of ancient India. The original Manifesto of this philosophy was written by Brihaspati around 600 B. C. and they are lost to posterity. What little knowledge we have of this philosophy comes to us from commentaries written by their adversaries. There is a dire need to regenerate this philosophy in modern India by preserving its fundamental aspects and developing newer ones that are applicable in the twenty-first century.
    Fundamental Beliefs Of Charvakas
    A. Followers of Charvaka Philosophy do not recognize any knowledge, which is not based on sensory perception and physical verification. It rejects knowledge gained from inference, intuition and testimony.
    Therefore, Charvakas reject all supra-sensory phenomena such as gods, Atman, rebirth, demons, evil spirits, Moksha, and the like. They consider them as relevant to ancient times but totally irrelevant to modern times.
    Charvakas also reject all rituals such as Yajna, Pooja, Abhisheka, pilgrimage, and Shraddha meant to appease gods and ancestral souls. They believe that the sole purpose these rituals serve is to provide priests the means to make a living. They do not believe that Swamis, Babas and Gurus .”
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    Thorkild Jacobsen (Author)
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    By: Na. Nandhivarman
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    Jonathan Mark Kenoye
    84,Life in the Ancient Indus River Valley by Hazel Richardson
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    by Ka. Pa Ar̲avāṇan̲
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    Burr Cartwright Brundage (Author)
    87.Life among the Incas
    by Andrew Kerr-Jarrett,
    88.About Machu Picchu
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    by Estrada-Bell
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    Stephanie Dalley (Translator)
    93..Dravidians civilization
    ”Dravidians were already in the Indian sub-continent before the Aryans (Indo-Europeans) arrived on the scene. The Dravidians already established cities and villages and then the Aryans invaded the sub-continent and imposed their language, culture, and religion onto the Dravidian natives. Thus, Sanskrit and light skin are of Aryan origin ”.
    94.Indo-Iranian language.
    ”Indo-European, Indo-European language, Indo-Hittite
    the family of languages that by 1000 BC were spoken throughout Europe and in parts of southwestern and southern Asia.
    ”The Sanskrit Language is probably the oldest Indo-European language for which we have compositions, although the texts were not written down until the Common Era (CE). Here is a brief introduction to the Sanskrit Language and the Hindu Religion from the perspective of Indo-European linguistic studies. Two other closely related languages have a few early references known from their inclusion in texts produced in Mesopotamia. Mitanni is known from a few words associated with horse racing included in Hurrian (not an Indo-European language) texts made in Anatolia (Turkey). Information about the Kassite Gods is known from a few words and theophoric king names recorded in letters to Mesopotamian and Egyptian rulers. The religion of the Sanskrit-speakers eventually became the Hindu religion of modern India and surrounding areas. Because this is still the religion of about a billion people who had no break in their traditions, it retains the character of the ancient religion
    The Avestan Language is the oldest form of the Iranian languages and it is known from the ancient scriptures of the Zoroastrian religion. These texts are not datable, but they are believed to be very old. The earliest datable inscriptions in an Iranian language are attributed to Persian kings. Although the Sanskrit and Avesta languages are so similar that they are dialects of each other, the religions of the Sanskrit speakers and the Avestan speakers are very different, so they are most easily treated as separate categories for religious studies. One of the differences between them is the division of the original pantheon of Indo-European Gods into two groups, the Asher, or Gods of the Sun and the Devi, with Indra, Gods associated with grain fields and the moon. This division is referred to as the Pandemonium, since the Sanskrit speakers demonized all of the Gods of the Zoroastrians and the Avestan speakers demonized all the Gods of the Sanskrit speakers.”
    95,The Origins of Indo-European Religion
    Uckfield, Sussex, England: Historical Review Press, 2010
    Alexander Jacob advances a revolutionary thesis: Indo-European religion emerged in the Near East from the same fundamental race and civilization that gave rise to the Egyptian, Mesopotamian, and Indus Valley civilizations. Most historians claim that Indo-European religion was carried into the Near East and India by a distinct ethnic group, the Aryans, migrating from somewhere North of the Black Sea.
    96.Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
    97.The Original and Developed Doctrines of Indian Buddhism In Charts
    by Ryukan Kimura
    98.History of Southeast Asia
  9. The Basic teachings of Buddhism
    100.Buddhism: Major Doctrines
    THE FOUR NOBLE TRUTHS
    FIRST NOBLE TRUTH
    “All life is suffering.” Duhkha.
    We are always dissatisfied, anxious.
    Even when we think we are happy, underneath we “live lives of quiet desperation.”
    SECOND NOBLE TRUTH
    “Desires cause suffering.” Trsna.
    Not just nasty or selfish desires. Any desire to change the world. Even the desire to do well or help others or save the planet.
    This dominates our psyche: thirsting.
    Craving for things; aversion to things; attachment to what we have.
    THIRD NOBLE TRUTH
    “Extinction”: the end to suffering and desires. Nirvana.
    Basic attitude: equanimity, tranquility & openness.
    Psychology/Ontology: unity with reality and all things interwoven.
    Consciousness: direct perception and oneness with object of perception.
    Action: not based on desires > spontaneity.
    Emotions: no emotions, or undisturbed free flow.
    FOURTH NOBLE TRUTH
    “The Eightfold Path.” Includes morality, wisdom, and meditation.
    Main technique: meditation. Break the control of our mind so we can experience reality with undisturbed openness.
    Meditation can take many forms, including art.
    Often requires break from normal life: monasticism, wayfaring, or reclusion.by David Barnhill

101.Buddhist meditation,,,
The Buddha was taught Samatha (tranquility) meditation, and rediscovered Vipassana (insight) meditation. These are the two forms of Buddhist meditation, Samatha and vipassana — tranquility and insight.
102,Period of Ramayanam and
103,Period of Ramayana and Mahabharata
104.Nagarjuna.The philosopher
”Nagarjuna developed his doctrine of emptiness in the Madhyamika-shastra, a thoroughgoing analysis of a wide range of topics. Examining, among other things, the Buddha, the Four Noble Truths, and nirvana, Nagarjuna demonstrates that each lacks the autonomy and independence that is falsely ascribed to it. His approach generally is to consider the various ways in which a given entity could exist and then to show that none of them is tenable because of the absurdities that would be entailed. In the case of something that is regarded to be the effect of a cause, he shows that it cannot be produced from itself (because an effect is the product of a cause), from something other than itself (because there must be a link between cause and effect), from something that is both the same as and different from itself (because the former two options are not possible), or from something that is neither the same as nor different from itself (because no such thing exists). For Nagarjuna, the impossibility of such production is confirmed in the Prajnaparamita sutras by the claim that all phenomena are anutpada (“unproduced”). The purpose of Nagarjuna’s analysis is to destroy vikalpa (“misconceptions”) and point the way toward the abandonment of all philosophical views (drishti).
In the chapter on motion, for example, Nagarjuna asks whether gatam (“going”) is to be found on the path already traversed, the path being currently traversed, or the path ahead. After considerable reflection, he finds going to be absent in each of these places and concludes that going is therefore not to be found. It is this “not finding” that is the emptiness of motion. Nagarjuna does not claim that motion does not occur but rather considers that it does not exist as it is typically conceived.
Nagarjuna defined emptiness in terms of the doctrine of pratitya-samutpada (“dependent origination”), which holds that things are not self-arisen but produced in dependence on causes and conditions. Adopting this view allowed him to avoid the charge of nihilism, which he addressed directly in his writings and which his followers would confront over the centuries. Nagarjuna employs the doctrine of the two truths, paramartha satya (“ultimate truth”) and samvriti satya (“conventional truth”), explaining that everything that exists is ultimately empty of any intrinsic nature but does exist conventionally. The conventional is the necessary means for understanding the ultimate, and it is the ultimate that makes the conventional possible. As Nagarjuna wrote, “For whom emptiness is possible, everything is possible.”
Nagarjuna is the most famous thinker in the history of Buddhism after the Buddha himself. This fame was certainly present in the Buddhist cultures of Asia but was enhanced in the West by the preservation of his Madhyamika-shastra in Sanskrit and its early study by Orientalists. European scholars initially condemned his philosophy as nihilistic, but succeeding generations have regarded Nagarjuna as a sophisticated philosopher whose views parallel those of a variety of European thinkers. As more works of Nagarjuna were studied, he came to be understood more clearly within the philosophical and religious milieu in which he lived.”
105.Love and Passion in Tantric Buddhism
Article of the Month – July 2000 by Nitin Kumar
The word Tantra itself is derived from the verbal root tan, meaning to “weave”. Many things are interwoven on the Tantric path, including the lives of men and women. The Buddha couples of Tantric iconography celebrate this deep harmony of the sexes. The purpose of this dynamic was the creation of partnerships devoted to the realization of the ultimate truth. For instance, the man cultivates pure vision by seeing the woman as a deity, her sexual organ as the throne of enlightenment, and her sexual fluid as divine nectar. Thus according to the Brhadaranyaka Upanisad, sexual union also constitutes a fire sacrifice, as performed by the creator god Prajapati upon creating woman:
Having created her, he worshipped her sexual organ;
Therefore a woman’s sexuality should be worshipped.
He stretched forth from himself a stone for pressing nectar
[i.e., causing a woman’s sexual fluid to flow]
And impregnated her with that.
Her lap is the sacrificial altar;
Her hair, the sacrificial grass;
Her skin the soma press;
The depths of her sexual organ, the fire in the middle
.by Nitin Kumar
The texts often refer to the union of a lotus and vajra, or diamond scepter. Clearly, “lotus” and vajra are metaphors, not literal terms. One is not meant to bring together a flower and a scepter, but something denoted by these terms. Depending upon the level of interpretation, uniting the lotus and the vajra can mean uniting wisdom and compassion, or bliss and emptiness, within the practitioner’s psyche, or bringing together the female and male organs in physical union, or a number of other things that must be combined on the path to enlightenment.
Along with Gopa, he experienced bliss.
By uniting the diamond scepter and lotus,
He attained the fruit of bliss.
Buddhahood is obtained from bliss, and
Apart from women there will not be bliss
And at another place:
The man [sees] the woman as a goddess
The woman [sees] the man as a god.
By joining the diamond scepter and lotus,
They should make offerings to each other.
There is no worship apart from this.
… Candamaharosana-tantra

Look at my three-petaled lotus,
Its center adorned with a stamen.
It is a Buddha paradise, adorned with a red Buddha,
A cosmic mother who bestows
Bliss and tranquility on the passionate.
Abandon all conceptual thought and
Unite with my reclining form;
Place my feet upon your shoulders and look me up and down.
Make the fully awakened scepter
Enter the opening in the center of the lotus.
Move a hundred,thousand,hundred thousand times
In my three-petaled lotus Of swollen flesh.
Placing one’s scepter there, offer pleasure to her mind.
Wind, inner wind-my lotus is the unexcelled!
Aroused by the tip of the diamond scepter,
It is red like a bandhuka flower.
….Candamaharosana-tantra
Tantric Buddhism is unique among Buddhist sub-traditions in its acceptance of the body and sense experience as sources of knowledge and power. Tantric Buddhists eulogized the body as an “abode of bliss” and boldly affirmed that desire, sexuality, and pleasure can be embraced on the path to enlightenment. In keeping with this life-affirming orientation, the movement upheld the possibility of liberating relationships between men and women and envisioned cooperative yogic methods that men and women can perform together in order to transform the ardor of their intimacy and passion into blissful, enlightened states of awareness. This mood of exuberant delight, graceful sensuousness, and reciprocity that often characterizes the sculpted and painted couples also suffuses the literary descriptions in the Tantric texts, which exult in an open and unshamed affirmation of sensuality in a religious context:
Therefore, one who desires Buddhahood
Should practice what is to be practiced.
To renounce the sense objects
Is to torture oneself by asceticism-don’t do it!
When you see form, look!
Similarly, listen to sounds,
Inhale scents,
Taste delicious flavors,
Feel textures.
Use the objects of the five senses –
You will quickly attain supreme Buddhahood.
… Candamaharosana-tantra
Tantra asserts that, instead of suppressing, vision and ecstasy, they should be cultivated and used. Because sensation and emotion are the most powerful human motive forces, they should not be crushed out, but harnessed to the ultimate goal. Properly channeled they can provide an unparalleled source of energy, bringing benefits to society as well as continually increasing ecstasy for the individual. Tantra deals in love, and love needs objects. One cannot love nothing. Love means care; and care carried to the limit is perhaps the ultimate social virtue.
by Miranda Shaw, which is a comprehensive and masterly analysis of the Tantric Buddhist tradition from a feminist perspective.)
106.A comprehensive Biography of swami Vivekananda.
107.The Odyssey By Homer
108.Greek civilizion
109.Greek Mythology

  1. Roman deities
    111.Greek and Roman Religion – Roman Colosseum by Linda Alchin
    112.World Religions:
    113 Ancient History to the Present
    Geoffrey Parrinder (Editor)
    114.Encyclopedia of Greek
    115 Roman Mythology (Facts on File Library of Religion and Mythology)
    Luke Roman (Author), Monica Roman (Author)
    116.Plato’s biography of Socrates : Taylor, A. E.
    117.The apology of Plato
    118.The Iliad by Homer
    119.Apology by Plato
  2. Works of Euripides
    201.Sophocles works
    221.Sophocles plays
    222.Sophocles biography
    223.Socrates works
    224.Aeschylus works
    225.Aristophanes works
    226.Aristotle works
    227.The Republic by Plato
    228.Works of Euripides
    229.Works of Aristophanes
    230.Works of Aesop
    231.Argonautica by Apollonius Rhodius
    232.Theogony by Hesiod
    233.The Roman empire
    234.Ancient Greek & Roman Gods
    235.Greek Heroes in Ancient Greek Mythology
    236.Roman Heroes and Heroines | Mythography
    237.Roman Colosseum by by Linda Alchin
    The Colosseum
    The Flavian Amphitheater
    Emperor Vespasian, founder of the Flavian Dynasty, started construction of the Colosseum in 72 AD. It was completed in 80 AD, the year after Vespasian’s death.
    The huge amphitheater was built on the site of an artificial lake, part of Nero’s huge park in the center of Rome which also included the Golden House (Domus Aurea) and the nearby Colossus statue. This giant statue of Nero gave the building its current name,
    138.The Life & Times of Nero (Biography from Ancient Civilizations) (Biography from Ancient Civilizations: Legends, Folklore, and Stories of Ancient Worlds)
    Jim Whiting (Author)
    ”The Roman emperor Nero is one of the most notorious figures in history. He is most famous for “fiddling while Rome burned,” then blaming Christians for setting the fire and beginning a series of horrible persecutions against them. With the help of his scheming mother Agrippina, he became emperor at the age of sixteen. It didn’t take him long to become tired of being under his mother’s thumb. Like most teenagers, he wanted to become independent. Because he had so much power, he ordered her to be murdered.
    He often misused his power. Many people lived in fear. He even changed the time that the Olympic Games were held and added some events so that he could participate and win. Finally the Romans were fed up with him. He was declared a “public enemy.” He tried to run away, but he was too late. With soldiers closing in, he killed himself.”
    239.Mark Antony : Biography – Spartacus Educational
    by John Simkin .
    240.The Assassination of Julius Caesar, 44 BC –
    241.Mark Antony and Cleopatra – Biography
    32BC coin depicting Cleopatra and Antony’s face in British Museum .
    242.The myths of Heracles
    243.The book of judges Samson and Delilah.
    Judges 16
    Samson and Delilah
    ”16 One day Samson went to Gaza, where he saw a prostitute. He went in to spend the night with her. 2 The people of Gaza were told, “Samson is here!” So they surrounded the place and lay in wait for him all night at the city gate. They made no move during the night, saying, “At dawn we’ll kill him.”
    3 But Samson lay there only until the middle of the night. Then he got up and took hold of the doors of the city gate, together with the two posts, and tore them loose, bar and all. He lifted them to his shoulders and carried them to the top of the hill that faces Hebron.
    4 Some time later, he fell in love with a woman in the Valley of Sorek whose name was Delilah. 5 The rulers of the Philistines went to her and said, “See if you can lure him into showing you the secret of his great strength and how we can overpower him so we may tie him up and subdue him. Each one of us will give you eleven hundred shekels[a] of silver.”
    6 So Delilah said to Samson, “Tell me the secret of your great strength and how you can be tied up and subdued.”
    7 Samson answered her, “If anyone ties me with seven fresh bowstrings that have not been dried, I’ll become as weak as any other man.”
    8 Then the rulers of the Philistines brought her seven fresh bowstrings that had not been dried, and she tied him with them. 9 With men hidden in the room, she called to him, “Samson, the Philistines are upon you!” But he snapped the bowstrings as easily as a piece of string snaps when it comes close to a flame. So the secret of his strength was not discovered.
    10 Then Delilah said to Samson, “You have made a fool of me; you lied to me. Come now, tell me how you can be tied.”
    11 He said, “If anyone ties me securely with new ropes that have never been used, I’ll become as weak as any other man.”
    12 So Delilah took new ropes and tied him with them. Then, with men hidden in the room, she called to him, “Samson, the Philistines are upon you!” But he snapped the ropes off his arms as if they were threads.
    13 Delilah then said to Samson, “All this time you have been making a fool of me and lying to me. Tell me how you can be tied.”
    He replied, “If you weave the seven braids of my head into the fabric on the loom and tighten it with the pin, I’ll become as weak as any other man.” So while he was sleeping, Delilah took the seven braids of his head, wove them into the fabric 14 and[b] tightened it with the pin.
    Again she called to him, “Samson, the Philistines are upon you!” He awoke from his sleep and pulled up the pin and the loom, with the fabric.
    15 Then she said to him, “How can you say, ‘I love you,’ when you won’t confide in me? This is the third time you have made a fool of me and haven’t told me the secret of your great strength.” 16 With such nagging she prodded him day after day until he was sick to death of it.
    17 So he told her everything. “No razor has ever been used on my head,” he said, “because I have been a Nazirite dedicated to God from my mother’s womb. If my head were shaved, my strength would leave me, and I would become as weak as any other man.”
    18 When Delilah saw that he had told her everything, she sent word to the rulers of the Philistines, “Come back once more; he has told me everything.” So the rulers of the Philistines returned with the silver in their hands. 19 After putting him to sleep on her lap, she called for someone to shave off the seven braids of his hair, and so began to subdue him.[c] And his strength left him.
    20 Then she called, “Samson, the Philistines are upon you!”
    He awoke from his sleep and thought, “I’ll go out as before and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the Lord had left him.
    21 Then the Philistines seized him, gouged out his eyes and took him down to Gaza. Binding him with bronze shackles, they set him to grinding grain in the prison. 22 But the hair on his head began to grow again after it had been shaved.
    The Death of Samson
    23 Now the rulers of the Philistines assembled to offer a great sacrifice to Dagon their god and to celebrate, saying, “Our god has delivered Samson, our enemy, into our hands.”
    24 When the people saw him, they praised their god, saying,
    “Our god has delivered our enemy
    into our hands,
    the one who laid waste our land
    and multiplied our slain.”
    25 While they were in high spirits, they shouted, “Bring out Samson to entertain us.” So they called Samson out of the prison, and he performed for them.
    When they stood him among the pillars, 26 Samson said to the servant who held his hand, “Put me where I can feel the pillars that support the temple, so that I may lean against them.” 27 Now the temple was crowded with men and women; all the rulers of the Philistines were there, and on the roof were about three thousand men and women watching Samson perform. 28 Then Samson prayed to the Lord, “Sovereign Lord, remember me. Please, God, strengthen me just once more, and let me with one blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes.” 29 Then Samson reached toward the two central pillars on which the temple stood. Bracing himself against them, his right hand on the one and his left hand on the other, 30 Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines!” Then he pushed with all his might, and down came the temple on the rulers and all the people in it. Thus he killed many more when he died than while he lived.
    31 Then his brothers and his father’s whole family went down to get him. They brought him back and buried him between Zorah and Eshtaol in the tomb of Manoah his father. He had led[d] Israel twenty years.”

244.Jean-Paul Sartre
School- Continental philosophy, Existentialism, Phenomenology, Marxism, Hermeneutics, Anarchism

Notable ideas
Bad faith, “existence precedes essence,” nothingness, “every consciousness is a non-positional consciousness of itself,” Sartrean terminology-
245.The Roads to Freedom By Sartre
246.Nause-Sartre
247.Being and Nothing-Sartre
248.Existentialism-Sartre
249.Tantric Buddhist by Miranda Shaw, which is a comprehensive and masterly analysis of the Tantric Buddhist
250.Noam Chomsky -Bioraphy
‘Noam Chomsky is an eminent linguist and a radical political philosopher of international reputation”
251.Hopes and Prospects-Noam Chomsky
252.Language and politics-Noam Chomsky
253.Profit over people; Neoliberalim-Noam Chomsky

  1. Culture of Terrorism-Noam Chomsky
    255.What kind of creatures Are We-Noam Chomsky
    256.Radical Humanism of M.N. Roy:
    257.M.N. Roy: Radical Humanist: Selected Writings
    By Austin Cline,

258.compiled by Innaiah Narisetti
When most people think of “humanism” or “secular humanism,” they probably think of western politics, philosophy, and culture. This is understandable, but it’s not entirely accurate. Humanism has also developed a rich tradition elsewhere in the world, especially in India. It’s unfortunate that more people in the West are unfamiliar with the course of humanism among Indian thinkers and writers.
One of the more influential humanists in India was M.N. Roy (1887-1954), a revolutionary who was at one point the founder-secretary of the Mexican Communist Party. He even associated closely with communist figures such as Lenin, Stalin, Mao, and Trotsky. Eventually he came to reject communism, though he never entirely gave up on some basic socialist principles and went on to help chart the course of humanist philosophy for India during the early post-colonial years.

259.Sigmund Freud’s Biography
260.Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud
261 Mass Psychology -Sigmund Freud
262The Unconscious-Sigmund Freud

  1. New Humanism-M.N.Roy
    264.Erich Fromm ,humanistic psychoanalysis,
    265.The Art of Loving by Erich Fromm
    266.Escape from Freedom by Erich Fromm
    267.On Being Human-Erich Fromm
    268.Marx’s Concept of Man-Erich Fromm
    269The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness-Erich Fromm
  2. Karl Marx’s Biography – Facts, Birthday, Life Story
    271.A.Das Kapital by Karl Marx
    272.The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx
    273..Wages, Price and Profit by Karl Marx
    275..Writings on the Paris Commune author Karl Marx
    276..Marx on Religion by Karl Marx
    277..Karl Marx on Society and Social Change: With Selections by Friedrich Engels author Karl Marx
    278.Wage Labour and Capital by Karl Marx
    279..Class Struggles in France Eighteen Forty Eight-eighteen Fifty by Karl Marx
    280..Karl marx writings on the paris commune
    281..Love and Capital: Karl and Jenny Marx
    282..Mao Tse-tung
    Four Essays on Philosophy
    283..Mahabharatha and Trojan war’
    Parallel of this story in Indian literature:
    ”There are many Ancient Greek ideas and influences still surviving in present day Indian culture. This influence of Greek ideas might have happened after the invasion of India the Alexander the Great in the year around 300BC. In addition to that the rule of later day Indo-Greek kings also influenced Indian language,religion and culture. ”
    284.The One Straw Revolution by Masanobu Fukuoka
    285..Communist and Post-Communist Studies is an international journal
    286..Post-Liberalism: The Death of a Dream by Melvyn L. Fein.
    287..Postcommunism and the Theory of Democracy
    288..The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
    289..The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
    290..A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
    291..The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler
    292..Upper cloth controversy
    No female was allowed to cover their upper part of the body in front of Upper castes of Kerala until the 19th century.
    293..India: Independence Women Who Pioneered the Women’s Movement By Vibhuti Patel
    294.. Sreedhara Menon, A Survey of Kerala History,
    295..Vincent van Gogh Letters by Theo
    296..Freedom at Midnight: by. Larry Collins, Dominique Lapierre
    297.,Ideas of a Nation : by B. R. AMBEDKAR
    298..Caste Revolutions of Yesteryear: Ayyankali
    299..Metaphysics definition
    300.Metaphysics philosophy
    301..Epistemology philosophy
    302..Metaphysics psychology

303.An Inquiry into Modes of Existence: An Anthropology of the Moderns by Bruno Latour and Catherine Porter
304.A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking

A Brief History of Time is a popular-science book written by British physicist Stephen Hawking and first published by the Bantam Dell Publishing Group in 1988. It became a best-seller and has sold more than 10 million copies. Wikipedia
305.The Universe in a Nutshell by Stephen Hawking
306..The Nature of Space and Time Authors: Roger Penrose, Stephen Hawking
307..The Theory of Everything by Stephen Hawking

  1. Parivrajakante Mozhi ,Puthiya Purusharthangal by Asha Menon

309..Psychic powers by the Editors of Time life books
310..The Anchor Atlas of world History by Hermann kinder and Werner Hilgemann.
311.The Discovery Of India by Nehru
312.The murder of king Tut. James Patterson&Martin Dugard.
313.Gay Rights . publisher David Bender.
314.The Abortion Controversy . ”
315.The AIDS crisis. ”

  1. The Disabled . ”
    317.Parivrajakante . – Asha Menon
    318.Period of Ramayana and Mahabharata
    319.Nagarjuna.The philosopher 320.Gods, Graves, and Scholars is a popular book by German writer C. W. Ceram about the history of archaeology. First published in 1949, Ceram’s book introduced the general reading public to the origin and development of archaeology. It sold extremely well — over 5 million copies have been published in several languages — and remains in print today. Gods, Graves, and Scholars covers Greek, Egyptian, Mesopotamian, as well as Mexican, Central American, and South American archaeology.

321.Tantric Buddhist by Miranda Shaw, which is a comprehensive and masterly analysis of the Tantric Buddhist
322..Indians of the Americas by John Coller
333.Nicomachean Ethics – Aristotle

  1. A History of Western philosophy- Bertrand Russell
    335.Beyond Good and Evil- Friedrich Nietzche
    336.The World As Will and Represntation-Arthur Schophenhauer
    337.The Feminine Mystique- Betty Friedan
    338.The second Sex- simone de Beauvoir,H.M Parshely
    339.Pride and prejudice- Jane Austen
    340.The colour purple- Alice Walker
    341.The Vagina Monologues-EveEnsler
    342.The Feminine Nystique-Betty Fridan
    343.The Awakening-Kate Chopin
    344.I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings- MayaAngelou
    345.Full Frontal Feminism- Jessica Valenti
    346-We Should All Be Feminists- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    347.Cunt; A Declaration of Independence- Inga Muscio
    348A Vindication of the Rights of Woman- Mary Wollstonecraft
    349.Yes Means Yes;Vision of Female Sexual Power and A world with out Rape -Jaclyn Friedman
    350.Gender Trouble;Feminism and the subversion of Identity -Judith Butler
    351.Homage to Catalonia- George Orwell
    352.Orientalism- Edward Said
    353.Silent Spring-Rachel Carson
    354.The Histories- Herodotus(c 400 BC)
    355.The History of England-Thomas Babington Macaulay
  2. Memoris-Pablo Neruda
    357.Pablo Neruda; Poet of the people
    358.The A to Z of Hegelian
    359-Phenomenology of spirit- Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
  3. Science of Logic-Hegel
  4. Elements of the philosophy of rights-Hegel
    362.Science of Logic-Hegel
    363- Lectures on the History of Philosophy-Hegel
  5. Philosophy of Mind-Hegel
    365Lectures on Aesthetics-Hegel
    366.Animal Farm-George Orwell
    367 .Homage to Catalonia-George Orwell
  6. Burnese Days-George Orwell
    363.1984-George Orwell
  7. The World and west-Arnold J.Toynbee
  8. Civilization on Trial-Arnold Toynbee
    366.A study of History-Arnold Toynbee
    367.Choose Life- Arnold Toynbee
    368.Change and Habit-Arnold Toynbee
    369-Turkey a past and a future-Arnold Toynbee
    370.Between Oxus and Jumma.Arnold Toynbee
    371.Armenian trocities,the Murder of a Nation- Arnold Toynbee
    372.TheMew Europe-Arnold Toynbee
    373.Progress and Poverty-Arnold Toynbee
  9. WhyI Am Not a Christian-Bertrand Arthur William Russell
    375.The Analysis of Mind-Bertrand Arthur William Russell
    376.In Praise of Idleness-Bertrand Arthur William Russell
    377.The Conquest of Happiness-Bertrand Arthur William Russell
    378.principia mathematica-Bertrand Arthur William Russell
    379.The problems of Philosophy-Bertrand Arthur William Russell
    380.Unpopular Essays-Bertrand Arthur William Russell
    381.Mysticisn and Logic-Bertrand Arthur William Russell
    382.Religion and Science-Bertrand Arthur William Russell
    383.The antichrist-Friedrich Nietzsche
    384.Thus spoke Zarathustra-Friedrich Nietzsche
    385.Beyond Good and Evil-Friedrich Nietzsche
  10. On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral sense- Friedrich Nietzsche
    387.Human, All Too Humam-Friedrich Nietzsche
    388.The Gay Science-Friedrich Nietzsche
    389.The Will to Power-Friedrich Nietzsche(un published manuscripts edited by Elisabeth)
    390.Ramakrishna; His life and saying- Max Muller
  11. India; What Can it Teeach us-Friedrich Nietzsche
    392.Biographies of words and the Home-Friedrich Nietzsche
    393.The One-Straw Revolution; An Introduction to Natural Farming-Masanobu Fukuoka.
    394.Sowing Seeds in the Desert; Natural Farming, Global Restoration, and Uitimate Food Security-Masanobu Fukuoka
    395.The Sociological Imagination-C.Wright Mills
    396.White collar-Charles Mills Wright
    397.The Power Elite- Mills wright
    398.The Wealth of Nations-Adam smith
  12. The Theory of Moral Sentiments-Adam smith
    400.Essays on Philosophical Subjects-Adam smith
    401.Thinking, Fast and slow- Daniel Kahneman
    402.Blink; The power of Thinking with out Thinking-Malcolm Glad well
    403.Beast and Man-Mary Midgley ( philosopher)
    404The Myths We Live By-Mary Midgley
    405.Imagination and Time-Baroness Warnock( philosopher)
  13. An Intelligent Person”s Guide to Ethics-Baroness Warnock
    407.Existentialism-Baroness Warnock
    408Women Philosophers–Baroness Warnock
    409.The End of Faith; Religion,Terror, and the Future of Reason -Sam Harris
    410.Neurocomic-Hana Ros
    411.Psychiatry Under the Influence; Institutional Corruption, Social Injury, and Prescriptions for Reform- Robert Whitaker( Want to read)
    412.Love and Capital; Karl and Jenny Marx and the Birth of a Revolution-Mary Gabriel
    413.Don”t Believe Everything You Think; The 6 Basic Mistakes We Make in Thinking-
    Thomas kida
    414.The Shallows; What the Internet Is Doing to our Brains-Nicholas( Pscho-Sociology)
    415.A Framework for Understanding Poverty -Ruby k.Payne
  14. The Myth of Mental Illness; Foundations of a Theory of personal conduct-Thomas Szasz
    417.The Mindofthesouth-W.J.Cash
    418.The Ethical slut; A guideto Infinite sexual possibilities-Dossie Easton
    419.Works and Lives ;The Anthropologist as Author- Clifford Geertz
  15. The Sage Handbookof Social psychology-Michael A. Hogg
    421.Sexing the Body-Anne Fausto-sterling
    422.Womem, Gender, and Politics; A Reader- Sarah Childs
    423.Gender Trouble-Judith Butler
    424.A House Full of females;-Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
    425.Race, Class, and Gender In the United states -Paula S. Rothenberg
    426.The Handmaid’s Tale= Margaret Atwood
    427.All the Single Ladies; Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation-Rebecca Traister
    428,The Prophet Isaiah-Raphael ( Painting and Story)
  16. Leonardo da Vinci-Biography
    430.Age Of Enlightenment
    431.The French Revolution.A History-Thomas Carlyle
    432.Citizens; A Chronicle of the French Revolution-Simon Schama
    433.The Oxford History of the French revolution- William Doyle
    434.The Days of The French Revolution-
    435.Data-Ism- Steve Lohr
    436.Julius Caesar- William Shakespeare
    437.Antony and Cleopatra-William Shakespeare
  17. Takshshila (Taxila) – an article about the oldest universities
    439.Black Jews in Africa and Americas-Tudor Parfitt
    440.Yahushua- The Black Messiah
    441.Chosen People’The Rise of American Black Israelite Religions-Jacob S.Dorman
    442.We the Black jews ;Ethiopian -Hebrew Lost Books- Rastafari
    443.The Truth About Black Biblical Hebrew- Israelites ( Jews;the Worlds Best kept Secret)-Ella J. Hughley
    447.People’s History of The Unites States-Howard Zinn
    448.1776-David Mccuullough
    449.Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee-Dee Brown
    450.Nother Earth Spirituality -Ed McGaa
    451.Rainbow Tribe-Ed McGaa
    452.American Indian Politics and the American Political system- David Wilkins
  18. The return of the Native-stephen Cornell
    454.The Tribal moment in American Politics; The Struggle For Native American Sovereignty-Christine K Gray
    455.Theory of Colours-Johann Wolfgang van Goethe
    456.Understanding Colour-Linda Holtzschue
    457.Color Studies-Edith Anderson Feisner.
    458.Color-Messages &Meanings-Leatrice Eiseman
    459.Contemporary color-Steven Bleicher
  19. The Conquest of Incas-John Hemming
    461.Lost City Of the Incas-Hiram Bingham
    462.Mach Picchu-National Geographic
    463.Lost discoveries; The ancient roots of modern science- from the Babylonians to Maya-
    Dick Teresi
    464.Red Gold; The conquest of the Brazilian Indians- John Hemming
  20. Ancient Maya-TheRise and Fallof
    466.Popol Vuh- Translated by Dennis Tedlock
    467.The Mayan Secrets
  21. Developing Destinies
    469.Well of Sacrifice-Chris Eboch
    470.Incident of Travel inYucatan- John Lloyd
    471.Maya Prophecy and Myth- David Stuart
    472.The God Delusion-Richard Dawkins
    473.God Is Not Great-Christopher Hitchens
    474.The End Of Faith- Sam Harris
    475.God; The failed Hypothesis-Victor J. Stenger
    476.Good with out God- Greg Epstein
    477.the Bone Woman- Clea Koff
    478Climbing the Seven summits- Mike Hamill
    479.The darkest Jungle -Todd Balf
  22. Voyage up the River Anazon- W.H. Edwards ( wonderful book)
    481.Traditional aboriginal society– W.H. Edwards
    482.Life of Samuel Johnson- James Boswell
    483.The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
    484.The Autobiography of MALCOLM X
    485.Freedom In Exile-Dali lama
    486.A Moveable Feast- Ernest Hemingway
    487.Long walk to Freedom- Nelson Mandela
    488.I know Why The cage Bird Sings- Maya Angelou
    489.Dreams from my Father-Barack Obama
    490.The story of My life- Helen Keller
    491.Night- Elle Wiesel( His experience with his father in the Nazi German concentration camps at Auschwitz)
    492.Autobiography of Mark Twain
    493.An Autobiography of Agatha Christie
    494.Lenin. A biography- Robert Service
    495.The April Theses-Lenin
    496.Emma Darwins Diaries-Emma
    497.The expression of the emotions in man and animals -Charles Darwin
    498.The Descent of Man,and selection in Relation to sex-Charles Darwin
    499.The Voyage of the Beagle-Charles Darwin
    500.On the Orgin of Species- Charles Darwin
    501.An Ostrich a day-Nancy J. Farr
    502.Desert Island Discussions-Lawley .sue
    503.Syrian Desert- Encyclopedia Britannica
    504.Desert Air -George steinmetz
    505.Empty Quarter; A photographic journey to the Heart of the Arabian Desert-George steinmetz
    506.Nightmares in the Saudi Arabian Desert-Alexandra symeonidou
    507.Arabian Deserts; Nature and Evolution- Stewart Edgell
    508.Feminism is for everybody Passionate Politics-Bell hooks
    509.Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses-Louis Althusser
    510.For Marx-Louis Althusser

(These are the nonfiction books I have read diligently for this novel)

17 comments on ““The Gospel of Mary Magdalene and Me”

  1. Gospel essentially is a fantasy – an imaginary narration of the wishes of the lord by a disciple or a beloved. Hence it carries real and surreal elements in a human spirit with feelings and emotions. The real question has been do gospel carries gender bias? Often yes, essentially because of its surreal side. This gospel perhaps is the one ever clears the air of real and surreal in a balanced frame of reasoning and sequencing the myth. It epitomizes the heavenly bliss in a human parlance converging the real and imaginary ingredients in a magical crucible of creative influences.

    This gospel really carries truth – eternal and contemporary. While the contemporary truth haunts the author from its darker manifestations as if human beings are such weak lings, when cold comes in one will pile on the entire clothes one can. But the novel succeeds in pulling up the hidden eternal truth and realization of its never ending bliss like a spring flower with no protection, steadily pushing its way out of the snow for the moth to come and suck the nectar in it, in a gentle breeze. Obstinate are the trammels, yet the truth prevails.

    For sure, the real beauty of the novel converge in a cogent narration of the themes in a philosophical, anthropological, metaphysical and autobiographical ambience but quiet edible to even an uninitiated reader on any of the above. Some says there are seasons in life away from love. Can it be? Unlikely. Love is fire and none can really define it, predict its catchment and draw boundaries. Every love is unique – it has its own mystery and constraints of comprehension. As the choice of colors vary with time, space and age, the events and its implications travel all through the lines. One color, but remains – violet – the inevitable combination of red and blue, the essential contrast of warmth and the coolness, the ultimate realization of rethee and nirasam, to carry the fragrance of a non aging woman forward.

    For, well nigh about one and a half score years, the world of magdhalana and the master was apart. Yet they searched in and out for each other for no avail. They succeeded to maintain a stallion of fantasy and imaginations all through for a ride. There was hope, no, a sort of conviction to regain. They realized that it was not just a dream, nor the murmur of madness. Often it reminded them of love on whose behalf, earth returns to spring, the stars play the music of unity. Behold her. Beautiful and holding the wealth of utmost goodness.

    In sentences of great precision and balance, Rethy reanimates the dilemmas of the post-colonial depressions and the neo colonial inhibitions – the pathos of marginality and exile, the fear of throwing one into a void, the failure of the liberated to remake their societies, the inexorable slide into ruin. She may, at times, be characterized by irritable misanthropy, sexual disgust and by rage. In the canon of contemporary writing she is peerless – a cold, clear-eyed prophet, a scourge of sentimentality and humanism. Ever really glanced through her variety of human examples and the subsequent search for the underlying social causes? Do it, definitely you can see a Tolstoyan spirit. One can be socially successful but deliberately friendless. Naipaul agreed that a book is the product of a different self from the self we manifest in our habits, in our social life in our vices. Similar is the potential for a reader to reorient self away from the manifested self with this good book. Read her loud.
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