A Spoke in the Wheel

9788189059569

Navayana, New Delhi, 2014

467 pages

Price INR 495.00
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Upali, embittered survivor of a brutal war of conquest, is given a job by the emperor, Ashoka, the victor of that war —to write the first ever chronicle about the Buddha, three hundred years after he sets in motion the Wheel of Dhamma. For the emperor is set on a new conquest, that of Dhamma. So begins a search for the Buddha and a fight over his message. Was it renunciation? Individual salvation? Universal compassion? Tolerance, of even intolerance? Questions surface among the Buddha ’s followers, fearful and then angry, to be fought over viciously even as the sangha rises to glorious imperial patronage, a patronage that will sustain it for over a millennium and reach it to half the world. This is the story of that story, of the Buddha as seen by his admirers and questioners. In unassuming but agile prose, Amita Kanekar takes us to the time of the Buddha, then to that of Ashoka, and back again. The wheel is in motion, we move from one to the other, spinning with the wheel, becoming one with change. Amita Kanekar  lives in Panjim and is currently working on a second novel, set in the reign of Aurangzeb. She also writes about architecture and history.  

Amita Kanekar

Amita Kanekar is a Mumbai-based writer, whose well-received debut novel A Spoke in the Wheel was published by Harper Collins Publishers, India. Kanekar teaches comparative mythology at the University of Mumbai. She was born in Goa in 1965. She is currently (2006) working on her second novel. She has lived in the US as a child, and also teaches architectural history. Kanekar is currently researching material and travelling for her second novel, on the rebellion of a little-known peasant community in the time of the Mughal ruler of India, Aurangzeb. Kanekar's first novel about the Buddha, A Spoke in the Wheel, has earned favourable reviews. Published in 2005 by Harper Collins India, the book went into its second impression that year itself.