"NADI KE DWEEP, which may be translated as ISLANDS OF A RIVER, is a novel for those who want to meditate; it is a meditator''s novel. No other novel, neither by Tolstoy nor Chekhov, can be compared to it". --''OSHO''.
The novel narrates the story of Bhuvan, a young free lancer, who after being bitten by intense love of Rekha, a socialite, joins the second world war and does not even know if he would ever return alive to marry Gaura, the girl of the choice of Rekha. The philosophy of the novel is that the greatest joy of life lies in `non-fulfilment'' or deprivation ! The author has gone supreme when he gets Bhuvan say " Let beautiful aspects remain beautiful! Do not touch them. The''ll be spoiled".
Agyeya, the author of the book, was born on March 7, 1911 in India. His father was an archaeologist, and an expert in the Sanskrit language. His childhood was spent at many different places but mostly in the hills of the beautiful Kashmir valley and that is the reason the book revolves around a hilly back drop.
Agyeya travelled extensively, both in India and abroad. Between 1961 and 1964, he held a visiting faculty position at the University of California, Berkeley. In 1965, he returned to India and became editor of the weekly ''Dinmaan''. He remained in India till 1968, before embarking on a trip to Europe. In 1969 he returned to Berkeley as Regents Professor, and continued there till June, 1970. In 1976, he had an 8 month stint at Heidelberg University as visiting professor.
The following comments would set a pre-monition for the book :
"First 10 pages have been very intense, philosophical too , at times. And yes, it is not a typical "stream of consciousness" thing. ( I have tried reading first 20 pages Ulysis. This is no Ulisys-like.) But yes, it does explore the deepest thoughts of a person. I am actually liking the slow pace of it. It is definately not one of those novels trying to portray a particular social mileu."
A few lines of poems from the book :
" Prayers place their lips on thy forehead . . . ."
" And the stars in her hair wetre seven ....."
" Oh, Orchids, then this is farewell ......."
I would love to dwell deeper into the novel for those who want !