Karan Bajaj – The Yoga of Max’s Discontent

yoga max discontentThe Yoga of Max’s Discontent (published in India as The Seeker) is a surprising novel of spiritual discovery, and coming of age. Max Pzoras, a successful Wall Street analyst embarks on a spiritual quest to India after a rough encounter with a violent street scuffle. Why do people suffer? What or who do you believe?

What started a search for a certain Brazilian doctor who somewhere in the Himalayas lived as yogi, becomes a slow detachment of the need for relationships, sexual desires, the need of three meals a day and hours of sleep. Max’s discontent triggers him to continue his path to enlightenment. He stays for months alone in a cave up in the Himalayas, and finally ends up as host in a guesthouse. Incredible yoga positions and exercises, walk on water, and float for a while, as a reader you’re watching what Max sees, feels and does. Tested to the max, transcendence is reached, and life’s cycle rounded. Whereas the American slang, the curses, and abuse of Jesus Christ’s name prevail in the first part of the book, this novel is basically promoting a Buddhist way of life, in which Max chooses to believe in nothing, follow no guru, denying membership of a specific Indian cult. Emptied, nearly dead at moments, tempted to return to America at points, but devoted to the very end.

About the author

Karan Bajaj is the #1 bestselling novelist of Keep off the Grass (HarperCollins India: 2008) and Johnny Gone Down (HarperCollins India: 2010) with more than 250,000 copies of his novels in print. Both novels were optioned into films, the latter just entering pre-production and slotted for a 2017 international release. He was selected as one of the “Top 35 Under 35 Indian” by India Today and was nominated for all of India’s top literary awards—the Crossword Book of the Year, Indiaplaza Golden Quill and Teacher’s Indian Achievers Awards(Arts).

The Yoga of Max’s Discontent, Karan’s first international novel, will be published by Penguin Random House on May 3rd 2016. It was inspired by Karan’s one year spiritual sabbatical learning Yoga in a South Indian Ashram, meditating in complete silence in the Vedantic tradition in the Indian Himalayas and living as a Buddhist Monk in a Scottish monastery. Now back in New York, Karan is a certified Yoga teacher attached to the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center while working his day job as the Chief Marketing Officer of the cult mom brand, Aden and Anais.

Born in 1979 into an Army family, Karan is an engineering graduate from BIT Ranchi and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.

I received a free review copy from the author through Netgalley to provide you my personal review.

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