The Love Saga
Love can happen anytime, at any age. Blessed is the one to whom it happens in adolescence. They say love is like the spring torrents. Some say it is the pain of a grass blade stabbed by a moon beam. Others call it the sensation in a butterfly’s wing when it brushes against a flower. Yet, some others say that only they know love that mutely suffers its pangs and never complain. There is a saying that there might be a clue to how the raindrop enters an oyster and turns into a pearl, but there is no clue to what brings happiness in love. People say love turns bold and physical during youth. In adolescents, it is platonic and crazy. In old people, it turns unfathomable and astonishing. The spiritualists say, “Both the indulgent and the celibate are travelers of destinations other than love.” Who knows of the tears and pangs of adolescent love, and how they transform from restless and un-rained clouds into a shower of a beautiful emotions that become a source of strength and joy. Call of the Yeti brings together beauty with truth and raises the spirit above petty achievements to give birth to the truly heroic within us. This book is a saga of the Tibetan people’s brave struggle to liberate their self of the narrow ties of nativity. The poetry within the prose is intrinsic and has the power to penetrate consciousness.
The author of the book, Nirmal Kumar, has served in the Indian Administrative Service for sometime, after taking his Master’s degree in Indian and Western Philosophy. He has devoted himself entirely to writing poems, short stories, novels and books on philosophy and history. Having various books to his credit, he has been writing since the age of twelve. Call of Yeti carries us to the period of culture in Tibet, pristine and crystal-like, as it had dawned in the vision of the wakeful Lamas—the time when the world was passing through different phases of barbarism. Through the character of Siva, the writer gives a glimpse into his philosophical side. He writes, “He had known that to attain freedom, the soul had to sacrifice itself to freedom. Attachment to freedom as an ideal did not help in attaining actual freedom. Siva did not want a relationship of the slave and the master brought in to the vicious play of two egos.” In love, the soul had to evolve to a state of perfection: and perfection meant that it had known that even the perfect soul was lesser than God, for God was greater than the ideal perfection that the human mind could conceive. It also meant non-existence of the soul in the presence of God, in the same way in which a burning lamp becomes non-entity in bright sunshine, as its light does not add to the light of the sunshine.
Call of the Yeti is an interesting read, and the Nirmal Kumar’s style of writing has made this book come alive. The vivid descriptions and the use of philosophy have made this book an enjoyable read and make us ponder on the issues of love and brave struggle of the Tibetan people. The prose and poetry in the book rhymes with the story of an eternal love. In a nutshell, this book is a saga of an age-less love.
By Nilabh Krishna