Prabhakar Showcases Short Stories That Depict a Unique Culture

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Insightful book allows Western readers to take a glimpse at India

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“Beyond the Rainbow” by Prabhakar is a spellbinding and inspiring work of fiction. Each story is a poetic experience, aesthetic as well as elevating. The captivating story connotes as a whole without any annotation. The moral and aesthetic coalesce. These profound stories are a portrayal of simple characters that come and go as silently as the day or the night.

The stories approximate to an Indian macrocosm of vision and variety without any prejudice to their universal extent and intent. A pervasive sense of irony is ever there to chasten any romantic pigmentation. The book serves a sumptuous cocktail of romance and symbolism, humour and irony, realism and religion with a sympathetic human concern. It betrays a simple soul’s predicament and pride. Going through the book the enchanted reader would hear the elusive echoes of the past, the present, and the future of humanity. A journey from ‘The Champion’ to ‘The Mahakumbha’ is a pilgrimage through India.

Through Prabhakar’s stories, Western readers will be acquainted with typical Indian souls, their predicaments, and their pride. In this fast, globalised world, Indian culture, today, is in the melting pot. Nonetheless, the unwavering Indian soul survives. For ages, the Indian race has stood the test of time. And for ages to come, it will. This book is a poetic pilgrimage to India—the land of unique unity in diversity, the land of simple faith, the land of Ram, Krishna, Gautam, and Gandhi. But at the same time, it also unveils the failings and the rot –Achilles heel – of today’s India, thus giving the readers the freedom to perceive India with their own fair sense of judgment and reason.

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About the Author

The author Prabhakar is an established surgeon at Sasaram, about a 100 kilometres east of the holy city of Varanasi in India. Born on 15 January 1956 in a traditional Hindu family at the village, Tendua, midway between Bodh Gaya – the place where the Buddha attained the highest wisdom – and Sarnath, where he delivered his maiden sermon of Buddhism, the author grew into a respecter of non-violence and universal brotherhood. He completed his formal education and training in surgery at the Banaras Hindu University way back in 1983. He has since set up his own nursing home to care for the ailing humanity. If his efficiency as a doctor bespeaks his scientific temper, his story of literary success in the form of Twenty-One Short Stories betrays his literary bent to a maximum advantage. The author is an ardent lover of nature, a strict vegetarian, and an avowed pacifist.

Beyond the Rainbow * by Prabhakar
Indian Souls in Short Stories
Publication Date: September 13, 2011
Trade Paperback; AU $29.99; 187 pages; 978-1-4653-5147-0
Trade Hardback; AU $49.99; 187 pages; 978-1-4653-5148-7
eBook; AU $9.99; 187 pages; 978-1-4653-5149-4

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