Sunday, May 7, 2017

Rajat Mitra on his new book

The Infidel Next Door is a saga of the undying spirit of man while facing loss and betrayal in the name of religious persecution. It is set in the period before the seventh and last exodus of Hindus from Kashmir in 1989.
As seen through the eyes of two priests living next door to each other, the novel describes the conflict when one of them begins to see his relationship to God as the true one and decides to meet the demand of his people to throw out infidels from Kashmir.
A story so steeped in haunting imagery of a once beautiful land and its forgotten people, it brings to fore one of the deepest fear of our times that when a man gets caught up in a struggle over his religious identity, does his conscience still remain an arbiter of his choice.