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I have to admit I was a bit skeptical of the detective novel Her Nightly Embrace when I read that the lead character, Ravi Singh, sees visions of Hindu gods wherever he goes.
Oh, and I subtracted points for the back cover quote and endorsement from Deepak Chopra, of all people.
ADI TANTIMEDH podcast excerpt: “Ravi used to be a religious scholar, which means he would be extremely well-read. And he’s Hindu. If he’s worried about karma, his life, the more deeply he gets into this world, how corrupt and evil it can get, I thought, ‘What if he sees gods?’ He would start to assume that he’s going insane!”
Fine man, that Deepak Chopra, but not exactly the guy I look for to offer recommendations of books about the adventures of a private detective. Michael Connolly, yes. Vikram Seth, yes. Deepak Chopra? Eh, not so much.
But dammit, Deepak was right when he wrote that “Ravi is a character unlike any that readers have quite encountered before.”
Her Nightly Embrace is a series of wack-a-doodle adventures introducing Ravi and the crew of screwups at the Golden Sentinels agency in London. Ravi, like the best PIs in 20th century detective literature, gets plenty of tail, by the way, but always at a steep price. And his family is a hoot and a half.
Still not sure about the Hindu Gods, however, unless they are supposed to be the book’s version of a Greek chorus, offering commentary from the margins. I think the stories would soar just as high without them.
ADI TANTIMEDH podcast excerpt: “I wondered if we could get a quote from Alan Moore since he was my writing teacher and I still talk with him weekly. But Deepak Chopra? I did some work on a video game that had Deepak Chopra’s name on it, but I never met him. I’m surprised and perplexed (by his endorsement of ‘Her Nightly Embrace’).”
Key interview moments:
• 3:15 Novelist Adi Tantimedh can’t explain why Deepak Chopra endorsed his first ‘Ravi PI’ novel, ‘Her Nightly Embrace,’ but he didn’t turn him away, either;
• 17:30 Tantimedh’s anti-hero, Ravi, has issues every where in his life, including dealing with the local Asian housewife gangster who is shaking down his mother;
• 31:15 An explanation–that makes sense–for why Ravi PH sees Hindu gods wherever he goes.