“Kayakalpa” Translated by Biman Arandhara

Anuj Kripalani is an internationally renowned scientist who apparently has everything—scientific breakthroughs, awards, fame, wealth and a fine family. A deep personal crisis makes him return to India, to rediscover himself and to find out an answer to the question that has always haunted the human race from time immemorial. Anuj thus sets forth on a physical, emotional, spiritual and scientific journey in India. He is reunited with his former sweetheart and finds spiritual solace in his guru. But the answer to the question—the key to rejuvenation—continues to elude him till he finally learns the secret, in which he is helped by a yogi’s Kayakalpa treatment and modern science.

While he feels like a creator, sculpting his human subjects anew, unforeseen complications arise. He is caught in a dilemma and has to make a difficult choice. His discovery tests his ethics and ultimately a profound realisation dawns upon him.

THE AUTHOR

An agro-meteorologist by profession, Dr Lakshmi Nandan Bora has so far authored twenty-nine novels and twenty-six short story collections, some of which have been bestsellers for a number of years. He has been honoured with the prestigious ‘Saraswati Samman’ (2008), besides a number of awards, including ‘Sahitya Akademi Award’ (1988) and ‘Assam Valley Literary Award’ (2004). A former professor of physics and agro-meteorology and chairman of the Assam Pollution Control Board, he now edits the widely circulated Assamese weekly Goriyoshi.

Biman Arandhara, a journalist with The Assam Tribune, has translated over sixty short stories, three novels (including Kayakalpa), a couple of biographies and several other articles of varying interests.

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