The short stories in the collection describe the numerous roles Madhav assumes, which include teacher, critic, volunteer, prophet of god, host to an alien from outer space and writer.
Falls Church, VA (PRWEB) October 03, 2013
While giving the final touches to the preparations for his own prospective death and cremation, Madhav, the common protagonist of the stories, receives a call from his daughter in the United States telling him that she has obtained all the necessary documents for his emigration from India to the U.S. and that he must come join his family as soon as possible. His preparations for death are interrupted, and, on his relocation, his preoccupation with dying gives way to the pursuit of happiness, not only for himself but for the world.
The short stories in the collection describe the numerous roles Madhav assumes, which include teacher, critic, volunteer, prophet of god, host to an alien from outer space and writer. Throughout the book, Madhav talks about religion, literature, music and business. Assuming one role after another, Madhav waltzes the reader through the chaos of the world, building bridges across cultures and between nations. Simultaneously serious, lighthearted and witty, the stories should appeal to a wide spectrum of audience-- from the general reader to students and teachers of literature.
About the Author
Saligrama K. Aithal is a graduate of Mysore University, Mysore, India, and Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind. He has taught English language and literature to diverse groups of students at numerous places in India and the U.S. for over half a century. He first came to the U.S. in 1968 on a Fulbright scholarship to do his doctoral degree, returned to India after graduation, and took leave from his job in India as often as he could to visit the United States to work and attend professional conferences. After his retirement in 1998, Aithal headed back to the U.S. for permanent residence. He lives in a suburb of Washington, D.C., and works sporadically as an adjunct professor in local colleges and universities. Aithal has edited several anthologies and textbooks and has two books ready for publication: Toni Morrison, Novelist and One in Many, a sequel to Many in One.
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