Author: Aashish Gupta
Publisher: Notion Press
Dakshesh, an old man in Sirubari village suffering from cancer, wishes to be released from the excruciating pain. He requests the villagers to take him to the three monks. They are all intrigued by the legend of the mystical three monks. No one has seen them but only heard stories of miraculous healing they offered.
Knowing that the sick man’s death is imminent, the villagers leave him alone near the Pashupatinath temple hoping that the three monks, if they exist, would embrace him on the holy land. The old man wakes up to the sight of the three monks, but only to know that they are no saints but notorious criminals.
What they tell Dakshesh in his last few breaths, shakes his entire perception of humanity and its sins.
This book is different, it is dark, traumatising and makes you think. Unlike other books of this genre, this story also touches upon mental illnesses and how they affect the society. The author explores what happens if people become slaves to their disruptive minds.
The book starts on a different note. Initially, the way the story started I felt it would go on a spiritual note as we see a person wishing to meet the three wise monks. But once he meets the said monks, the story takes a dark turn where we read the dark past of each of these monks.
The overall construction of the story is excellent. The fact that the three stories were completely different from each other, which made the reading process quite effortless. The characters were multifaceted.
The writing mixes poetry and prose quite effortlessly. It helps us understand what is going on in the mind of the people. Overall I really liked this book, I rate it 4 out of 4.