Ode to the mountains
The Beckoning of Gyanganj a fiction written by Chandan K Pathak has been released in the capital. The event took place at the India habitat Centre in the presence of many eminent personalities. Film actor Adil Hussain graced the occasion as the chief guest. Anamika Yaduvanshi- Life Coach and Motivational speaker and president of Astitva Foundation, John Uche Jesus- Nigeria born Indian Fashion designer and CEO of Diamond Ark, Avininder Singh- hospitality professional and Asst. Prof. Manjeet Baruah- North East Studies from JNU were among others who attended the programme.
Gyanganj is a mystical abode of immortal beings located in the remote Himalayas. It influences series of events from two eras and results in The Beckoning of Gyanganj, a cocktail of Himalayan adventures, spiritualism, love and romance, hatred and politics, sufferings and revolt.
Having travelled to the Himalayas number of times in search of elusive true-saints and at times even contemplating to retire to a cave there to meditate for the rest of his life to attain spiritual knowledge, there was a phase of Chandan K Pathak’s life when he juggled with the materialistic and spiritual influences with lots of challenges.
Through this book, he has tried to weave his own story encompassing all aspects of love, romance, spiritualism and politics.
The Beckoning of Gyanganj is his second book. His first effort Footprints was a collection of short stories which were earlier in form of blogs. Pathak is currently working on his third novel (untitled) which is loosely based on a real life story from 1980s.