‘Spiritual’ has become a different genre in Indian literature over the years. The stories generally follow a fixed theme just like it happens with romantic comedies or romcoms. A person embarks on a spiritual journey after entering a zone of confusion and chaos, thanks to the ‘modern’ era and how that person manages to change his or her life.
Author Pankaj Dwivedi has tried exploring the theme in his debut novel, The Possibility. Let us try and find out how much impact does it make.
The book tells the story of Dr Abhay, who hails from Delhi. Despite being a successful surgeon and being married to a caring woman, he starts questioning his life. There comes a time when he is confused with various questions pertaining to life. Fate brings Abhay to the asharam of Maharishi in Haridwar. Will he get his answers?
The Possibility is aimed at the urban people who are living the life of machines as all are busy earning. But is earning the same as living? This theme will strike a chord with the target audience which comprises of people involved in the rat race. Hence, the relatablity factor is present.
The character of Maharishi plays a big role in keeping the appeal alive. Although he is a spiritual guru, he is not like those babas by any means. He has vast knowledge about ancient scriptures. But at the same time, he is so modern that he won’t raise an eyebrow even when two of his disciples secretly get intimate. Such portrayal of a guru will be appealing to people from today’s era.
However, there should have been more insight into the persona of Dr Abhay.
Dwivedi has used simple words and sentences, which are easy to grasp for people of all walks of life. In some places though, it appears too simplistic.
Haridwar is an important spiritual destination of India. But, surprisingly, it is not explored as most of the incidents take place inside the asharam.
The Possibility lacks repeat value due to one major reason. On quite a few occasions, we are presented with long monologues where someone continuously preaches and the narrative becomes monotonous. Author Raj Supe’s When Life Turns Turtle (read review HERE), which had a similar theme, clearly steered away from this despite being much more lengthier.
Overall: The Possibility is worth reading for those who are trapped in the web of lifeless urban life.
Review by: Keyur Seta
Author: Pankaj Dwivedi
Publisher: Leadstart Publications
Price: Rs 225
Cover: Inspiring and peaceful picture of a monk submerged in spirituality at a picturesque location