Lucy Bryson enjoys a voyage of spiritual and philosophical discovery with Ruchir Verma’s beautiful coming-of-age tale.

By Lucy Bryson

A brilliantly written tale of a young boy’s path to adulthood, The Boy From Allahabad is an impressive first novel that combines elements of literary fiction and philosophy.

With shades of Herman Hesse’s classic philosophical novel Siddartha, Verma’s debut is rich in mysticism and metaphor, and highlights the importance of religious tolerance and making the right life choices in difficult circumstances.

The book follows Balu, the ‘Boy’ in the title, who, on the cusp of adolescence, seeks to understand why he was abandoned by his parents as a child, and to carve out his role in society.Al...
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