New Novel ‘On Its Own’ Offers Radical Solution for Religious Strife

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Author Swa Raj concocts thrilling story of religious conflict, global war.

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“My book asks whether religions are a bane or a boon to humanity. Do they contribute to world peace or just spread hatred and disharmony?”

Author Swa Raj raises the debatable issue of religion and offers readers a controversial solution to the world’s woes of religious conflicts in the new novel “On Its Own” (published by Partridge India).

Other pressing issues may have kept most of the world from following the news about the abduction of eight delegates from a religious conference in Shimla, India by an unknown jihadist group. But for Lacene Swenson, it was hugely significant. Her uncle, a rabbi from Israel, was among those clerics.

The fact that her name is etched in a mysterious book which contains a list of the abducted clerics makes it all the more significant. More worrisome is the presence of another list with the names of more than 200 religious sites spread across the world, and the plot to destroy them to incite global religious war.

“I was inspired by the incessant religious conflicts that take a heavy toll on both human and material resources, and the unending spats of violence that breed hatred, disharmony and loss of peace in the world,” Raj says. “My book asks whether religions are a bane or a boon to humanity. Do they contribute to world peace or just spread hatred and disharmony?”

“On Its Own”
By Swa Raj
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 280 pages | ISBN 9781482816938
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 280 pages | ISBN 9781482816921
E-Book | 280 pages | ISBN 9781482835564
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Swa Raj is the pen name of Parameswaran Rajeswaran. It translates to “self-rule.” God, religion and spirituality have always fascinated him. Having spent 30 years in South India and another 30 years in East and South Africa, he developed a love-hate relationship with all religions. His tryst with religions has resulted in his debut novel, “On Its Own.”

Partridge India, a Penguin company, is a leading provider of book publishing, marketing, and bookselling services for authors in India, all priced appropriately for the Indian market. Committed to providing the highest level of customer service, Partridge India assigns each author personal publishing and marketing consultants who provide guidance throughout the process. Partridge India shares its headquarters with Penguin Books India in New Delhi. For more information or to publish a book, visit or call 000.800.10062.62. For the latest, follow @PartridgeIndia on Twitter.

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