OPINION

Book Review: A Nameless Place

February 23, 2010
Pallavi Hallur

India is an extreme place, an intense place. I feel the spiritual energy in India accelerates the pace of our personal journeys. There is so much going on here.

I was born in India, and I have been writing all my life. I lived and studied in the UK for most of my life, where I have had two poems published. In 2007, I came to work and travel in India. This is when I started writing my first novel, A Nameless Place, which has just been published.

The novel deals with culture, spirituality and identity, as understood by Laxmi, a confused and frustrated British Indian girl. The experience of falling in love (with a man, with India, with life) takes Laxmi on a revelatory journey. The story is very simple, but for me, its themes are very deep.

Laxmi's experiences in India reveal to her that there are certain laws governing her life, that what we think and feel has a direct impact on the reality we experience. But understanding this on a theoretical level does not make any difference; a person has to apply and live by their understandings in order to notice a shift. Gandhi said, 'Be the change you wish to see in the world', and this has a spiritual relevance for Laxmi, who begins to change herself through expanding her awareness. Falling in love and learning to let go of the 'object' of one's desire is one of the ways Laxmi gains her freedom - from possessive notions of love and into a realisation of universal love. Laxmi's struggle involves redefining her values and overcoming cynicism, a habit she realises does not serve anyone.

I can't say much more about the plot, but if any fellow Desi Critics are interested in reading the novel, it is available at most major bookstores in India and can be ordered online from anywhere in the world from Pustak Mahal.

Editor's Note: This is a preview of the author's own book, if anyone would like to review the book itself, please contact us/the author

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