DR. DEEPALI SHARMA
The present research work focuses on the dilemma of the modern man with the clear insight of the quest of the protagonist, Som Bhaskar. The focus is to show how the modern and technological expansion, cause lot of harm to the social milieu of India. The accomplishment of the pristine targets, of affluence, employment and leverage by any mechanism are in reality, a repercussion of the process of social progress and industrialization under the impact of the West. Futility of desires, anomie, utter chaotic situations, despondency, and erosion of values – all these things highlight the futility of existence. . Through intense self-examination and soul-searching, Joshi’s heroes attempt to finally get the way to the intricate labyrinth of life and arrive at a personal equilibrium and fulfillment. Arun Joshi has highlighted most effectively some of the internal metaphysical and ethical questions. The research ponders on the need to expose the westernized Indian aristocracy, which has lost its spiritual roots by scrutinizing the conundrum of one’s existence with substantial potency resistant to an outspread backdrop of maturity. The narrative investigates the concept of detachment and the hankering for the obligatory of life in the metaphorical quest from ignorance to enlightenment of the narrator-hero Som Bhaskar. Som is a young, educated and intelligent millionaire industrialist. Arun Joshi in the novel divulges himself as a person who exposes the hollowness of the western culture and its negative impact on Indian psyche.
Key Words: Quest, Expedition, Existence, Dilemma, Spirituality.