2014-03-28 12:15:39 - The Slow Train to Rishikesh by Sharan Kumar Arunachalam and Gary Paul Corcoran is a wonderful novel highlighting the true colors corrupt Indian system
The author, Sharan Kumar was born in Chennai in a prosperous business family. He gave up his flourishing career in fashion designing to pursue his passion of film making. He spent several years in college learning the art and then a year at New York Film Academy for mastering the skills. He came back to India after this and at present working as a screenwriter in the film industry.
In need of an English speaking author to assist him with turning his ideas for The Slow Train to Rishikesh into prose, Mr. Kumar hired Mr. Corcoran as his collaborator.
With hints of Kipling and ancient Hindustan as a backdrop, The Slow Train to Rishikesh is a riveting tale of love and greed,
set against the corruption of modern day India. Hiresh, in his thirties is employed with the Central Bureau of Investigation as an investigator. He is to go to the city of Indore to investigate a minor poisoning incident in the city of Indore, he soon finds this minor incident has blown up into a full scale catastrophe, with shoddily run factories, hundreds of people dead from pesticide poisoning and corporate malfeasance everywhere he turns.
It is on the journey from Rishikesh to New Delhi, and from New Delhi to Indore that Hiresh finds himself in the company of an idealistic young Brit named Chelsea, who works for Human Rights Watch and has been assigned by them to report on the same incident. Initially butting heads, these two disparate personalities from differing cultures are soon allies in an effort to thwart a cover up which leads to the very highest positions of power in India.
Then there is an encounter with Uday, the smiling but duplicitous government Minister who swears his only interest is in helping Hiresh to uncover the truth. There is this religious leader Muktananda. He has been fighting for the cause of the downtrodden so far. But s the story unfolds, it is revealed that he has built up his fortune investment in all those organizations that have exploited the interest of all those who cause he has been campaigning so far.
The story highlights the true colors of Indian society where people are disillusioned in name of justice and dubious stands are taken in name of reputation. Read it on and you will definitely strike a chord with the protagonists.
Book : The Slow Train To Rishikesh
Author : Sharankumar Arunachalam and Gary Paul Corcoran
ISBN : 978-93-83809-43-1
Price : Rs.225.00
Publishing Date: March 2014
Publisher: Power Publishers