At a young age, Rohan is taken away from his parents for the hope of a better life. It does not work out. After years of torture and pain, he flees and joins a monastic life where he learns about ideals of life. After a decade of peace, his life takes a sudden turn when he finds himself in a jungle among a communist insurgent group in Northern India. He undergoes through the clash of identities and ideas, especially with the self-serving leader of the group. In a hope of starting a better life outside of the jungle, one day he decides to leave the group with some people who were willing to follow him. Will he be able to make it out?
Targeted Age Group:: 15 and over
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I wrote the manuscript for 'The Shadow of Hope' when I was in Nepal which was under Maoist insurgency. At that time, it gave hope to people with some lofty ideas, but if one were to dig a little deeper, those ideas were mostly unrealistic and even dangerous. To me, it always felt like it was a movement driven by the ego of a handful of people by giving false promises to masses. This was one of the major driving points for the story in the novel.
Human suffering is universal. Therefore, I thought the story that tries to bring out that suffering would be appreciated by a wider community of readers. That's why I decided to write the novel 'The Shadow of Hope.'
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
It was mostly based on my experience of living in the context presented in the novel. I wanted to make sure that the society where the story is set is well presented. First I think about the situation I want to create and then elaborate on the environment where that situation is taking place and then construct fitting characters.
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