Parul A Love Story

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Parul A Love Story
Praful is a Professor, a dyed-in-the-wool academic who is shaped by the life-denying philosophy of Shankara's Advaita Vedanta. Parul, on the other hand, is a sensual, earthy woman who believes in the veracity of love and the reality of the many beautiful things that life offers. A chance meeting between the two leads not only to a romantic relationship spread over eleven purnimas, but becomes a dialogue between two philosophical systems, the Advaita of Shankara and the Madhurya of the Bhagvata Purana. As romantic moments between the two unfold, intellectuality interacts with sensuality, questioning the validity of each, and as Chaitra moves to Magh, a transformation takes place. As Harsha Dehejia weaves this romantic story, where meetings by the Parijataka and conversations underneath the Champa, are not only moments of shringara but introspections on the meaning of life, we hear and feel the sensuality of love as it merges seamlessly with the intellectuality of a philosophic discourse. In this heart-throbbing romantic relationship, there is the spiritual quest of ultimate reality along with the pleasures of the sound of the wind and the song of a bird. Metaphysical thoughts and tender feelings, evocative colours and resonant sounds, intoxicating aromas and patterned textures, myths and metaphors, intermingle in the hushed conversations of two people in love.
About the Author
Harsha V. Dehejia has a double doctorate, one in medicine and the other in Ancient Indian Culture, both from Mumbai University. He is a member of the Royal College of Physicians of London, Glasgow and Canada. He is a practicing Physician and Professor of Indian Studies at Carleton University in Canada. His main interest is in Indian Aesthetics. Some of his publications are: Celebrating Krishna: Sensuous Images and Sacred Words (2005); A Festival of Krishna (2007); Akriti to Sanskriti, A Journey of Indian Forms (2010); Krishna's Forgotten Poets (2010); Pahari Paintings of Ancient Romance: The Love Story of Usha Aniruddha (2010); Painted Words: Kangra Paintings of Matiram's Rasraj (2012). He has curated many exhibitions and has made a documentary film, Ateliers of Love, 500 Years of Krishna Painting.
TitleParul A Love Story
Author NameHarsha V. Dehejia
PublisherRoli Books Pvt. Ltd.
Publication Year2013
Total No. of Pages170
BindingHardcover with jacket
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