A Matter of Small Matters

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iUniverse, Nov 9, 2012 - Fiction - 330 pages
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India in 1939 was not a free state. Under British rule, young Indian men feared they would be forced to fight in the recently declared war on Germany. Shastri is one of these young men. Already incarcerated by the age of fifteen, however, Shastri turns down political opportunities in order to suffer with his people as a freedom fighter—and suffer he did.

It is several years before India is declared a free state, in 1947. By then, Vedanta is born. Vedanta forms a friendship with the wise and learned Shastri, and soon Vedanta becomes Shastri’s adopted son, accepting instruction from this respected elder. Together, they must navigate a newly free India, where the rules have changed and politics are as complicated as ever.

Over a forty-year span, the life of Shastri pours into that of Vedanta. Through love of God and of women, both men seek peace and enlightenment. Although theirs is a story of India, the struggles of elder Shastri and young Vedanta are universal. They too seek to find the meaning of life, the strength to face challenges, and the power to trust, in spite of impossible odds.

 

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Contents

a baby is born 1
3
return journey is physical test 3
13
javeri joins police 4
19
Quarters are precious assets 5
28
rao succumbs to pneumonia 6
37
The missing scotch 7
46
Lawyer forced to retire in rampur 9
57
a turbulent life begins 10
67
no vacancy for relatives 25
168
They play in the Grove 27
181
Father beats up his child 29
188
Kulla marries Champa 31
196
animals get help 33
204
Life in Mysore 35
214
The veterinary college 37
221
They eloped in the 38 middle of night
229

no Thank you 11
73
rajani is threatened with jail 12
82
dont force me 13
90
new hiring in college 14
96
She needs to be independent 15
106
Plan is diabolically simple 16
116
rajani redeems vow in Tirupati 18
128
rustic life is 20 violent
138
booK II
151
First to wake up and last to rise 24
161
Breeding ground of defiance 39
236
Tree murder is prohibited 40
244
Wilson in Military academy 41
252
ranga gets a motorcycle 43
259
ranga Fails the examinations 45
269
Shastri wins national award 46
275
vedanta wins gold medal 47
284
vedanta goes to Gaya 49
298
Surrender is not salvation 50
307
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