Editorial Reviews

"Ashraf Karayath's Janaka and Ashtavakra―A Journey Beyond proves that mythology may not be just something of the past; these tales draw parallels to our present stories."The Week, Largest circulated news magazine in India
"As the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, Ashraf Karayath's debut novel Janaka and Ashtavakra- A Journey Beyond, published by Rupa Publications, sets a new meaning of life."The New Indian Express
"The seeds of the book grew out of the author's knowledge he gained in the hustle and bustle of Dubai's business world."Mathrubumi, Leading South Indian News Daily
"The mythological novel answers some of the questions pertaining to the absolute realities of life."The Hitavada, Largest selling English daily newspaper of Central India
"Janaka and Ashtavakra, published only in July this year, is already soon rising to be the top 20 bestsellers on Amazon."Gulf News, UAE, 2020

Janaka and Ashtavakra

A Journey Beyond

The story of a sage Ashtavakra and his disciple King Janaka is one of the most gripping yet unknown episodes from the Ramayana.

A young boy Ashtavakra goes to King Janaka’s court to debate the kingdom’s most learned sages but is ridiculed by the courtiers for his deformed body. After the boy triumphs in the debate, King Janaka realizes the boy is extraordinary and becomes his disciple. While Janaka becomes obsessed in his quest for spiritual liberation, inside the secretive world of the palace, a treacherous plan unfolds. Very soon war clouds gather on the horizons of Mithila, but Janaka devotes more and more time with the young sage. Even though the whole world believes a calamity is imminent, Janaka stays on the spiritual path. With Rishi Ashtavakra’s guidance, the king enters the realms of a new world that alters the reality for him and his kingdom.

This novel is rooted in ancient Indian spiritual wisdom and philosophy, but with new interpretations of the concepts of liberation, enlightenment, consciousness and the absolute realities of life. It invokes the question of whether what we see is indeed an illusion. This compelling story sheds light on the modern reader’s own existential questions, leading oneself to relate to the king and his struggles.

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