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Nude Before God

Nude Before God

Shiv K Kumar
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Ram Krishna is an artist who paints nudes. Incensed by his wife’s possible infidelity, and despite his own conjugal insecurities, he engages in an adulterous liaison. Immediately, Karma strikes: his wife’s purported lover pushes him to his death into a flooding river. Unclad of corporal existence, he hovers above earth and discovers that—apart from his parents, dog, and a few friends—no one misses him. Dejected, he encounters Yama, the Lord of Death, and begins a conversation that extinguishes his own airs and affectations, and makes him see that he may have been wrong about life . . . and his wife.

Armed with a wry sense of humour, Shiv K. Kumar lays bare the questions of humanity’s inescapable end, plying us with a story of the afterlife that gives us new reasons to live and laugh.

Imprint: Vintage Classics

Published: May/2013

ISBN: 9788184003833

Length : 184 Pages

MRP : ₹299.00

Nude Before God

Shiv K Kumar

Ram Krishna is an artist who paints nudes. Incensed by his wife’s possible infidelity, and despite his own conjugal insecurities, he engages in an adulterous liaison. Immediately, Karma strikes: his wife’s purported lover pushes him to his death into a flooding river. Unclad of corporal existence, he hovers above earth and discovers that—apart from his parents, dog, and a few friends—no one misses him. Dejected, he encounters Yama, the Lord of Death, and begins a conversation that extinguishes his own airs and affectations, and makes him see that he may have been wrong about life . . . and his wife.

Armed with a wry sense of humour, Shiv K. Kumar lays bare the questions of humanity’s inescapable end, plying us with a story of the afterlife that gives us new reasons to live and laugh.

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Shiv K Kumar

Shiv K. Kumar has donned many hats and lived many lives: poet, novelist, short-story writer, playwright, translator and critic. He was born in Lahore, where he received his school and college education. He obtained his doctorate in English Literature from the University of Cambridge. He was Professor of English at Osmania University and the Central University of Hyderabad. He was also Visiting Professor of English in various British, American, European, and Australian Universities.

Shiv K. Kumar has published thirteen volumes of poetry, five novels, two collections of short stories, a play, and a translation of Faiz Ahmed Faiz's poetry into English. His own poems have appeared in several renowned newspapers and magazines like the New York Times, Poetry Review (London), Western Humanities Review, among others-and been broadcast on BBC. In 1978, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature (London). He received the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1987 for his collection of poems Trapfalls in the Sky. In 2001, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan for his contribution to literature.

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