Sunil was only six years old when he learnt that he was a Hindu—not the best of tags in his birthplace, Bangladesh. Friends turn hostile over that one realization and the child Sunil resigns himself to a life as a punching bag. As if this abuse of their only son was not enough, the Acharya family’s life is shattered one day by a terrible tragedy and they leave their home in Gaibadh overnight for a new life in India. The new life in his adopted motherland takes Sunil on an unheard-of journey, a journey you will identify every step with and pray it has not happened. One day, when he was only 39, doctors tell him that he has just a month to live. His was a life wasted. There is only one hope for him: he had learnt as a priest that every soul is given a chance to redeem itself and earn a place in Krishna’s abode. Will it hold true for him? Woven into the life of Sunil and his family are questions critical to the future of Hindus in India. Is the path of non-violence a recent invention or has it been around for ages? What does Krishna tell us about being non-violent or tackling adharmis? Are Hindus facing an existential crisis in their own land?
About the Author
Madan Lal (Sharma), M.Com, CAIIB, born in 1960, hails from Sambalpur, Odisha.
Joined a government bank as a Probationary Officer in 1984.
Worked in over a dozen Indian states—Odisha, Maharashtra, UP, Haryana, Punjab, Chandigarh, Rajasthan, Uttrakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Gujarat, Diu—and also in Japan and Afghanistan.
Enjoys reading and travelling.
After retirement, he settled down at Raipur in Chhattisgarh with his wife Annu, Son Tarun and the family dog Marble.
This is his first full-length novel.