Title : The Seeker
Author : Karan Bajaj
Pages : 355
Publisher : Penguin Random House India
Genre : Fiction
Cover : 4/5
Story : 4/5
Characterization : 4.5/5
Writing Style & Narration : 5/5
Presentation : 4.5/5
Overall : 4.5/5
A violent encounter on the streets of Manhattan forces Wall Street banker Maximus Pzoras to confront questions about suffering and mortality that have dogged him since his mother’s death. His search for a mentor takes him to the farthest reaches of India, where he encounters a mysterious night market, almost freezes to death on a hike up the Himalayas and finally, finds himself in an ashram in a small drought stricken village in South India where strange things begin to happen to him.
But are Yogis who walk on water, do impossible poses, and live agelessly for 200 years the stuff of fiction or fact? Can a flesh and blood man ever truly achieve nirvana? Max struggles to overcome his rational skepticism and the pull of family tugging him back home. In a final bid for answers, he embarks on dangerous solitary meditation in a freezing Himalayan cave. Will Max penetrate the truth of human suffering, or is enlightenment just a new age illusion?
The SEEKER is both a page turning adventure story and a journey of tremendous inner transformation, a SIDDHARTHA for our generation.
‘The Seeker’ is a kind of book that you would surely love to see in your bookshelf and pick it up often to just have a feel of the amazingness contained in those pages.
The Seeker is about the protagonist Max who was living a very dull life and suddenly decides to take up the journey of Himalayas to find Yogis and ask them about the ultimate way of achieving happiness. This book talks about a journey that will keep you on your toes till the very end.
When I picked this book up, I wasn’t sure that whether I’ll be hooked by the book or not but first thing which strikes my doubtfulness was the brilliant writing style of the author. He took Simple English to another level. If you are in writing, you should be able to learn a lot from his writing style and for those who are readers will experience spell bounding art of writing.
Story of the book doesn’t kick start initially. Author took his time to build up the characters first which made it a bit dull in the beginning but gradually the story picks up the pace which keeps on developing till the end and at the climax, you’ll be left dumbstruck.
Himalayan journey portrayal by the author is imaginarily stunning. Author makes you believe that you are standing at those ‘beautifully dangerous’ peaks and struggling for oxygen and the only thing that will make you survive is your will power. Author’s writing style is so lively and vivid that he’ll force you to get in the shoes of Max.
The book talks about Yoga, meditation, will power and many other things that need extensive research to write upon. He never makes things look boring because he is not writing about his research but is writing a story that itself, is engaging.
A loved the book thoroughly and will recommend this for sure. It’s a journey of lifetime. Do grab a copy now.