Luke Ashley Fernandez




In the novel, The Separation of Being, Amrit, a savant, is a young man on the run from forces that seek his ruin. He has lived a life burnishing his intellect as a scientist and a theoretical physicist. He had worked tirelessly for the regime, for ‘the cause’ and should have been lionised for his success, for his ground-breaking discovery, but instead finds himself set upon by the dogs of war, grey men in grey suits. It seems someone in power wants him out of the way. He cannot understand this bizarre twist of fate, and the regime’s many tentacles have now tracked him to the last place on Earth he thought they would find him, in the most remote capital city in the world.


Having nowhere else to run, he seeks out Thea, his only friend and she reluctantly agrees to take him to a meditation retreat she happens to be attending later that day. He finds himself seeking refuge in a Buddhist monastery and in the throes of the deepest of meditative experiences that enlivens his mind and captivates his senses, and immersed in his feelings for Thea that only intensify during his ordeal, he finds what his heart seeks, truth. 


The novel, described as a philosophical discussion on the mind as we have not seen since Zen and Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, discusses the world of quantum consciousness and its nexus with Buddhist philosophy. The Separation of Being is a quest for meaning and for anyone seeking answers to the biggest of life’s questions in a hard-science based suspension of disbelief. It is a contribution to our body of knowledge on consciousness and an enlightening tale of the human condition.


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