Love is the destination, Love is the path, and Love is the God Above. This is all about in Raj Kiran’s The Golden Temple
Falling in love for the first time, letting the passing winds whisper into your ears ‘yes, this is it’, melting into a gooey mess when you hear you beloved’s voice over the phone-it’s magic in real life.
This magic of first love gets transferred directly into the pages of “The Golden Temple”, written by debut author Raj Kiran Atagaraha. The story begins with Raj going to visit the Golden Temple in Amritsar for the first time. He is excited because he has heard so much about the Gurudwara and he can’t wait to live the experience now. But he is nervous too, about feeling out of place in the Gurudwara because he doesn’t know the rituals that are followed there. Like the Northern Star, comes Geet, whose beauty, whose innocence, whose knowledge on Sikhism enthrals Raj.
Love gives you wings, they say. Raj the writer has always been a dreamer but it is love that teaches him to live his dreams.
But if love is one side of a coin then the other side has to be hatred. Raj wants to propose Geet with a rose but before he can do that he has to swim through the sea of blood that was shed during the 1984 anti-Sikh riot.
Is the love in one person’s heart strong enough to fight against the hatred in the hearts ofmillons?
You have to read The Golden Temple to find out. Raj not only makes your heart beat with love, he also makes you marvel at the simplicity of his ideas. Life is complicated but writers like Raj provide the simplest of solutions to make it easier.
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