Mystery, love and beautiful scenery wrapped into a terrific journey.
Sacred River: A Himalayan Journey describes man’s search for meaning disguised as a mystery novel. It weaves several stories that initially flow independently but come together at a temple on the Ganges River in the Himalayas—stories of an Indian American who faces a mid-life crisis; life struggles of an illiterate farmer on a pilgrimage; a young American falling in love with the pretty travel guide; and a charity organization planning to steal gold from the temple in the name of ‘a greater good.’ On the surface, the novels centers on the treasure heist, but underneath, this is a story of a quest for peace in life nurtured by Indian mythological and folk tales.
For some it is a mystery, a gold heist; for some it is a travelogue, a hike through the Himalayas; for some, it is a collection of Indian folk and mythological stories; but for most it is simply an enjoyable read. A Himalayan journey that will touch your soul.
Chanticleer Somerset 2016 First Prize Winner Award Review:
A tour de force of India’s history, religion, culture, philosophy, anthropology, sociology, and politics are neatly packaged as a mystery, await the lucky readers of Debu Majumdar’s latest novel, Sacred River: A Himalayan Journey. All elements of this foundational novel are experienced through a well-developed cast of characters, wealthy and poor, educated and illiterate, as they make pilgrimages to the source of Ganges River.
- Paperback: 386 pages
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 x 1 inches
- ISBN-13: 978-0996851633
Three pilgrims from widely different backgrounds – an Indian American scientist, seeking renewed purpose after a traumatic health crisis; a poor, illiterate peasant on pilgrimage; and a young American mutual fund analyst recovering from a failed love affair – make their way toward the source of the Ganges River. Their paths cross at the highest temple in the Himalayas where a group of shrewd robbers hatch an intriguing plan to steal temple gold by exploiting the weakness of a senior priest.
Events unfold as monks, pilgrims, thieves, and tourists confront their own demons at the temple. The financial analyst is intrigued by a secret code he stumbles across and becomes suspicious that a gold heist plot is afoot. The beautiful female tour guide with whom he had fallen in love helps him understand the clues.
The day-to-day life of ordinary villagers, individual desires for fame, romance, and cultural nuance supply fuel to the story. On the surface, the action centers on the treasure heist – but underneath, this is a story of a quest for spiritual reconciliation and peace nurtured by Indian mythological and folk tales, unconditional devotion, and intercultural romance. Like little tributaries join to make the magnificent Ganges River, each thread is woven into a beautiful tapestry with an uplifting conclusion. A Himalayan journey that will touch your soul.
For some the novel is a mystery, a gold heist; for some it is a travelogue, a hike through the Himalayas; for others, it is a pilgrimage, a spiritual adventure, a visit with the ancient wisdom from India.