Despite the novel being set in India and Dubai, its author says that the questions the book deals with are universal. According to Vishnu, the most important aspect of his story is finding a purpose in life while serving society.
“Wherever you live, when you are hit by a harsh reality you start to ask yourself: why is this happening to me? Who is giving the orders? What comes next? In this book, the main character tries to find these answers first by going to the most sacred and ancient place in India, Varanasi, and then – to meditate in the Himalayas mountains,” says Titty, who admits crying after finishing reading her husband’s first book.
In the meanwhile, the debut author has already finished writing his second book, which takes place in Kerala, West Bengal, Florida and California. The half-finished third book is telling about the experiences of an Indian student who comes to study in Lithuania.
Lithuanian and Sanskrit has 10 thousand similar words
The couple’s friends from Lithuania were also among the first readers of the Temple of Hope. After getting their appreciation, the Muraleedharan was encouraged to pursue publishing. For Titty and Vishnu, the support of their Lithuanian friends is very important.
“We speak Lithuanian now, so it’s easier for us to integrate into the local community,” says Vishnu.
In India, there are 22 official languages, among them – Hindi, the official language of the Indian government and Sanskrit, an ancient language that originated over three thousand five hundred years ago. Some parts of India, especially in the North, speak Hindi as their first language, but nobody uses Sanskrit to communicate. Instead, people from different Indian regions speak English among themselves.
After coming to our country, the couple from India found out that Sanskrit and Lithuanian have 10 thousand similar words. Jokingly they say that now they regret choosing Hindi instead of Sanskrit as their second language at school.
“India is vast and different – when you go from South to North you get different food, different tastes, culture and language. Lithuania is similar everywhere – bulviniai blynai in Kaunas and Vilnius taste the same,” says Titty with a smile.