Story Time w/ Subba Rao Now in Remarkable New Collection of Stories

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In “Curry Goat and Calypso,” the amazing fictionist comports himself with affectionate humor, with a finesse and delicate sense of spatial and temporal values on a wide range of subject matter

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In the collection of short stories entitled Curry Goat and Calypso, author Subba Rao assumes the name of Juggernaut in exploring his thoughts and experiences from living and travelling in India, Trinidad, Jamaica and the United States. His is a private cosmology that pertains to living in the current mode of life –his travels, as do the travels of his characters from India to a better life in America, he half-jokingly calls moksha, or salvation.

Showing a free-ranging style that takes in the vastness of creation through his chosen motifs or symbolic characters, Subba Rao explores not only his roots but makes his knowledge of Indian culture and beliefs the bases of translating his experience of the world. It is done with a lighthearted affection for the world and its foibles and it shows in how Rao finds these little moments of humor with which to entertain his readers in the stories.

In India, Juggernaut explores the culture of Baba and idol worship; in Trinidad and Jamaica the easy going life style; in the United States the practices in the animal and yellow grease recycling business. In some stories, Juggernaut expresses his anguish over the bizarre sounding names given in the past to some tropical fruit and vegetable plants that now needs renaming to reflect their true identity. In all these stories, one can see the Indian sense of life as undivided from the spiritual plane, how things and beings just naturally travel from plane to plane. Rao comports himself with finesse and a delicate sense of spatial and temporal values on a wide range of subject matter on local culture and practices.

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About the Author
Subba Rao was born in 1948 in Visakhapatnam, a coastal city known for rocky beaches, pineapples and jack fruits in the State of Andhra Pradesh, India. He received his Ph.D. in Soil Chemistry from the University of the West Indies at Trinidad, West Indies. He later worked in the sugar industry in Jamaica before immigrated to the United States of America in 1984. Rao attributes his story telling skills to his father, a physician and a great story teller. He loves to read and write short stories. He considers Trinidad born author V. S. Naipaul as inspiration to write. The material for the short stories in this publication came from his travel experiences in India, Caribbean and the United States. Rao follows the teachings of Ramana Maharshi, and Sri Aurobindo, the philosophy of self realization (God is within), and believes that immortality, unity and freedom are in ourselves and await there for us to discover. Since 1993, the author has been living in Sioux City, Iowa with wife Radha and daughter Samantha. Currently he lives on the Big Island in Hawaii.

Curry Goat and Calypso * by Subba Rao
and Other Short Stories
Publication Date: October 2, 2012
Trade Paperback; $23.99; 430 pages; 978-1-4797-2274-7
Trade Hardback; $34.99; 430 pages; 978-1-4797-2275-4
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4797-2276-1

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