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Maya by C.W.Huntington


When I started reading Maya, the first thought that came into my mind was,” And here’s another book on a foreigner’s perception of India”! There was a time a few years back, when everyone wanted to write about India and their own journey of self-realisation. While some were enjoyable, some irritated and annoyed me. I am a proud Indian and I don’t need some outsider to dissect India for me. And this is how I started reading Maya- expecting it to be another tale of confusion, loss and then discovery.

The story starts in 1975, the year when a state of emergency was declared across India. Political turmoil under Indira Gandhi, does not stop American Stanley Harrington from coming to India. Already a broken man, trying to come to terms with a failed marriage, Stanley tries to get a hold over himself by concentrating on unravelling the mysteries from ancient Vedanta texts. From Delhi to Agra and then to Banaras, Stanley’s journey highlights the myriad links that join together to make the culturally exotic India. Huntington paints a colourful and intriguing picture of India by introducing the reader to hippies, expats, yogis, hermits and scholars, all journeying towards their ultimate goal of living a life free from illusion. Illusion, known as Maya in Hindi is what turns the wheels of the world, according to ancient Hindu and Buddhist texts. The narrative is about Stanley Harrington’s spiritual journey but the author very deftly engages the readers and gently pushes them towards their own journey of self analysis,contemplation and redemption. The book is philosophical and captivating. Huntington’s research is flawless and opens up a world of ancient Indian wisdom in an easy to understand manner. After the first few chapters, I stopped seeing Stanley Harrington as a foreigner seeking nirvana. His journey became my own journey towards understanding the mysticism and the profound knowledge from ancient texts that is somewhat lost in time.

The book demands patience. A must read for the ones with an interest in the age old scriptures from the Indian subcontinent  and also for those who want to understand the illusion called LIFE!

Releasing June 2015


About artikaaurorabakshi

Artika Aurora Bakshi Artika Aurora Bakshi is the author of three well-acclaimed children’s books,My Little Sikh Handbook, My Little Sikh Handbook 2: Ardas, My Little Sikh Handbook: Travel Journal, and an anthology of stories, Hold On To Me. Her first story, set in Amritsar, during the pre-Partition period, All She Had Left, was published on Story Mirror. She co-manages, a manuscript help and book review site. Her passion for reading has led her to helping other writers with their manuscripts. She comes from a family of lawyers and has a master’s degree in International Banking & Finance. Currently based in Sri Lanka, she teaches Commerce and History on a part-time basis at an international school and enjoys being part of the literary scene in Sri Lanka. A regular at the Galle Literary Festival and other literary events in Sri Lanka, Artika’s articles and book reviews have featured in the Daily Mirror, Daily News, The Ceylon Chronicle, and various blogs, such as,,, She was actively involved with SAARC Women’s Association of Sri Lanka and was President of the Association in 2016. An avid reader, Artika runs an online book club with a membership base of over 600 members. Her quotes are featured under soul.nightingale on Instagram and on Soul Nightingale by Artika Aurora Bakshi on Facebook. Artika is also working on her fourth children’s book in the My Little Sikh Handbook series and a second anthology of stories for adults. You can reach Artika at .

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